Campuswide Honors Alumni Updates – Fall/Winter 2021

Catherine Stites (‘92) is an environmental and water lawyer, specializing in Colorado River law.  She worked in private practice for almost 10 years and has been in house at The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for 16 years.  Metropolitan imports about 50 percent of all the drinking water used in the six counties in Southern California, including Orange County.  She has been married to her spouse Tim for 21 years.  They have no kids but love dogs, especially Westies and their current love, Angus.  They also love to travel, and when they can, they try to visit a different country each year.  A proud UCI alumna, Catherine is still close friends with several UCI alumni including her Alpha Phi sorority sisters, she is on the UCI Alumni Association scholarship committee, and is chair of the Class of 1992 30th reunion committee for 2022.

Haleigh Sherman (‘21) currently lives in Madrid, Spain and teaches English for the North American Language and Culture Program (NALCAP).  She works with middle and high school-aged students in a variety of subjects, including art, biology, technology, economics, and English.  Haleigh is also working on her application for medical school and will be applying this upcoming June.

David Cao (‘14) received his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Certificate in College and University Teaching from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He currently works as a Chemistry Instructor at Clovis Community College where he helps others realize their goals and dreams in life through education.

Alison Ozaki (‘12) received a DDS at the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2016.  Alison works as a general dentist in Whittier, California and also teaches part time at UCLA School of Dentistry.  Alison has also recently gotten engaged.

Edgar Cheung (‘12) is an Animation Editor at Disney Television Animation.

Tiffany (Yu) Poe (‘11) graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Chapman University in 2014.  She currently works as a Pediatric Physical Therapist at Kids in Motion Pediatric Therapy.  Tiffany and her spouse Adam (‘11) are expecting their first child due around Christmas 2021.

Patrick Nutter (‘15) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2019.  He started his career at the law firm White & Case LLP in Los Angeles specializing in commercial and antitrust litigation.  In January 2021, Patrick started a one-year clerkship for the Honorable Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  After this clerkship, Patrick plans on returning to private practice.  When not writing briefs, Patrick bakes his way through Claire Saffitz’s Dessert Person.  His current pace is six recipes per year. 

Andre Castro (‘20) is the Founder/Director of Primos Papas.  Since graduating from the CHC, Andre has moved to Mexico City.  He is a storyteller/editor and founder of a collective that focuses on elevating, empowering, and engaging with community from an intersectional sustainable solutions lens.  Andre is in the process of starting another collective that aims to create a community centered multi-use space (restaurant, cultural and creative) to develop an intersectional circular/zero-waste model in an urban environment.  Andre took about a year to do a lot of reflection and grounding work which helped pave the path for them to figure out what they cared about and would do voluntarily.  This path led Andre to Mexico, writing, and getting involved in his community through food sovereignty.

Matthew Ripley (‘15) works in San Diego as a Principal Inbound Product Manager for the company ServiceNow.

Wayne Sung (‘99) works as a QA Lead for Phoenix Online Studios.  In the past few years, Wayne has become more involved with the CHC alumni chapter board by taking on officer positions with most years as the VP of Community Outreach, pioneering the annual Honors to Meet You student/alumni networking event, as well as virtual events during the pandemic.  This year, Wayne became President and hopes to bring even more of the warmth of Honors he experienced while being an undergrad.  Work-wise, Wayne and his coworkers at Phoenix Online Studios continue to create user experiences and have released one game Wayne co-localized during the pandemic.  They’ve also started taking VR contracts and working with companies overseas to develop VR training programs.  Wayne is married to Hsuan Ouyang and they have two children together, Wyatt and Cody.  Both kids are now in preschool making new friends and as a family, are expanding their social circles with classmate birthday parties and other group activities.

Rebecca Kanter (‘00) practices law as a federal prosecutor.  She received her JD degree from the UCLA School of Law in 2003 and is now an Assistant U.S. Attorney working at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California.  Rebecca was recently elected to the San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors for a three-year term that will begin in January 2022.

Jaymes Rombaoa (‘16) is working toward a PhD in Positive Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University with an expected graduation date of 2024.  He is also conducting research on well-being and is an adjunct lecturer at Chapman University.

Emma Wilfong (‘20) runs one of the COVID testing sites on the UCI campus. She has met some current CHC students when they go to get tested. Emma is also in the middle of law school applications with a JD degree objective.

Chris Chen (‘16) received a Master of Public Policy degree from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in 2018. Since the beginning of 2021, Chris has been working in Disaster Recovery with the State of California. He is teleworking, but is considering making a move to Sacramento.

Jasmin Van Malderen (‘15) works with high school students leading service projects in countries like Puerto Rico, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. At the moment, she is also working toward becoming a firefighter.

James Edward Spradling (‘02) received his MBA in 2002 and is now the CEO of Superior Tech Computers. James onboards solutions for the future in cloud technologies, has a court approved anger management app, and is passionate about playing the guitar.

In Memoriam
Campuswide Honors would like to honor the memory of Joshua Bonilla (‘99), who passed away in September 2021.