Jennifer Cline, a 2007 M.A. in teaching graduate of Chapman University College/Brandman University, is the Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year. A fifth-grade teacher at Oak Valley Elementary School in Buellton, Cline will be in the running for California’s teachers of the year who are named in October. Cline will be recognized May 25 at the Education Celebration event in Buellton and at the county’s Salute to Teachers on Nov. 4. A story about here appeared in the Santa Maria Times.
Christine M. Juarez, a 2017 MBA graduate, received the California Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Award for Excellence for her work with the 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the California Army National Guard’s largest combat brigade. Her work as California vice chairman of Volunteer Management for Region 6 (San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties) also played a part in her earning the award. She has presented more than 200 awards during 2016-17 to patriotic employers who employ and support the National Guard and Reserve components throughout San Diego County. She received the award from Gen. Jim Combs, the state chairman for ESGR.
Dan Llorens, who earned his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University in May 2015, is leaving his post as chief of the Fountain Valley Police Department to take a position as assistant police chief at Los Angeles World Airports. Llorens has been the Fountain Valley since 2011. In his new position, he will oversee the office of operations and be responsible for officers’ daily work at both LAX and Van Nuys Airport, according to a report in the Orange County Register. His Brandman dissertation was “The Impact of Realignment on Property Crime: Perspectives of Chiefs of Police.”
Carlos Rojas, who earned a master’s in criminal justice from Chapman University College (now Brandman University) in 2002, is the new chief of police for Bay Area Rapid Transit. He was previously with the Santa Ana Police Department. He will focus on police recruitment, according to a report on the RT&S website.
Michael Goodnow, a 2005 Brandman University – Chapman University College alumnus, is hosting a regional event for alumni in Bremerton, Washington from 6-8 p.m., March 30. The free mixer will feature appetizers and a whiskey tasting at the Toro Lounge. Goodnow is the manager of Corporate and Community Relations at the Brandman’s Bangor campus. For more information and to RSVP, register here.
Eric Raszewski, who received his B.A., Organizational Leadership, from Brandman’s San Diego in 2014 joined HempMeds as sales manager. The company is the first-ever publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, according to the company’s press release. The former Marine will be responsible for management and development of the inside sales team at the company. He’s also working on his MBA at Brandman with a 2017 graduation anticipated.
Lisa Long, deputy controller for the Central Coast Water Authority, was featured in a “Women in Business” profile in the Santa Maria Times on Feb. 26. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Brandman’s Santa Maria campus and is just a few units away from complete her master’s degree. She’s also the immediate past president of the Santa Maria Noontime Rotary Club.
Jaspreet Singh, who earned his MBA from the Walnut Creek campus in 2015, opened Teriyaki Madness at 251 Pittman Road, Suite B in Fairfield, California. The 1,327-square-foot restaurant seats 34 people and created 15 jobs for the community. Denver-based Teriyaki Madness is known for big bowls of rice or noodles topped with fresh-cut vegetables, all natural, fresh chicken, beef or tofu and flavorful sauces made in-house daily. The opening was featured on the Suisun City Patch website.
Alexandro Vasquez, a nurse practitioner who earned his Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Brandman University in 2015, recently joined the emergency medicine department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Barron and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Vasquez earned a master’s degree in nursing science from the University of California-Irvine. He completed his bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston. He completed his fellowship in emergency medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Tami Frankenfield, president of the Alumni Association board, and board members Allison Colerick, Maria Torre, Monica Shukla and Janine Lombardi in Irvine and Aretha Southwell and Angelo Clements via teleconferencing attended the Feb. 3, Alumni Association meeting to discuss plans for 2017. Representing the university were Shannon Feightner, alumni manager; Matt Venegas, assistant vice chancellor for Corporate and Community Relations and Sarah Catz, external affairs consultant.