Spring 2012 Pine Connections Section Continued

This section continues "Connections" from the spring 2012 issue of Pine...

1980s (con't) 

karkos Terry Karkos, '81 BS, (left) is a journalist in Maine working for the Sun Journal. They did a story on Terry’s background, from NAU Lumberjack photographer to being related to Steven King. Read the Q&A. (Photo courtesy Lewiston Sun Journal) 

X Chris Zapata, ’82 BS, (right) is the new city manager of San Leandro, CA. He was previously the city manager in National City in San Diego County for the last seven years. Chris has been in public service for 25 years, including time as deputy city manager in Glendale. (Photo courtesy NationalCityCA.gov) 


1990s (con't) 

Jessica Rice Boden, ’95 MA, is now president of StoneArch Creative, one of the country’s leading medical device advertising agencies. Boden was previously Executive Creative Director at the agency. Boden’s experience includes agencies in California and a Minneapolis-based medical device company.  “I am honored to take on this new responsibility. I am completely confident our team of remarkable and talented people will continue to explore new and innovative ways to support our clients’ successes,” said Boden.

Linda Hulten, ’95 BS, ’98 MED and NAU retiree, has come home to Arizona. Linda moved to Tucson from Seattle where she was working as the AVP for Advancement Services at Seattle University, to be near her son, Erik, ’93 BS. “We plan to spend our winters in Tucson to be near our son and his family. We will travel to Seattle in the summer to be near our daughter and her family,” Linda tells us. Sounds like the good life, Linda!


2000s (con't) 

Chuck Tomanek, ’02 BS, has been promoted to director of solution engineering at Sundog in Fargo, ND. He’s been with Sundog since 2006 where he has served as a release manager and a senior systems analyst.

XYou’ve probably seen Adam Harper, ’04 BS, (right) all over the place – TV, magazines, billboards. That’s because he’s the new national spokesperson for Macaroni Grill restaurants. Here he is in one of the billboard ads:


(Photos above courtesy adamharper.org)

X Ulrike, ’04 BA, and husband Russell Johnson are happy to announce the birth of their son Klaus Roswell Johnson on June 11, 2011. He was 6lbs 8oz and 20.25 inches long. They told us “Maybe in 18 years Klaus will go to NAU as well. You never know! We are thrilled and could not be happier!”X 

Kim Lincoln, ’07 BFA, (right) has been named by the Arizona Art Education Association as Outstanding Secondary Art Teacher of the Year. Lincoln teaches introductory and advanced placement art classes at Millennium High School in the Agua Fria High School District. While at NAU, Lincoln was named National Outstanding Higher Education Student of the Year by the National Art Education Association.

XNancy Gardner, ’07 MED, (right) is now Camp Verde's new town marshal. Previously, Gardner was a lieutenant and division commander with the Avondale Police Department. Before that she was an officer, detective, sergeant and lieutenant for the Gilbert Police Department from 1991 to 2007. Read more. 

XAnthony D. Esparza, ’08 BS (left), is now assistant general manager at Fiamma Trattoria and Bar at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada. Previously, he was General Manager of Lounges at the MGM overseeing all aspects of a $15 million beverage/bar operation. Anthony has over 12 years of hospitality and customer service experience. Before the MGM, he worked for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts in Scottsdale for 10 years. Anthony has also completed his level one sommelier certification, has been certified as a "diversity champion and diversity coach for MGM Resorts International," and is a member of the Society of Wine Educators.

Dana Flower, ’09 BS, is marketing manager for a luxury private island resort in San Diego, handling their advertising, PR, marketing, graphic design, social media, and more. Dana also mailed us her graduation robe in hopes of starting a robe recycling program on campus. We love that idea!