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Voice Magazine / Stories
Fall 2018

Man on the Run

Former track and field athlete Michael Sacoto ’12, MSLM ’15, clears hurdles to educate high school students on the need for health care professionals in Southern California.

Randall Lewis Center

Center of Well-Being

The new Randall Lewis Center for Well-Being and Research will serve students and the community as a resource for maintaining healthy lifestyles.

Raising Hope

Raising Hope

Gladys Namuyonga fled persecution in Uganda for the United States. The University of La Verne College of Law helped her win asylum.

REACH Program

Success Within Reach

The University of La Verne’s REACH Summer Camp introduces disadvantaged high schoolers to business skills and inspires them to pursue a college education.

John Raffoul DPA ’02

Life, Supported

When John Raffoul, DPA ’02, took over Adventist Health White Memorial medical center, it was struggling. Under his guidance, the hospital has emerged into a community and industry leader.

Kelly Niles-Yokum

Ripe for Change

Professor Kelly Niles-Yokum is on a mission to make life better for older adults. She’s reimagined the graduate program in gerontology to ensure aging is everybody’s business.

Tatiana Tatarinova

The Genome of Genius

Tatiana Tatarinova is a computational biology professor whose research could affect world hunger, cancer, and even understanding of Jewish ancestry. The trail-blazing spirit and curiosity that drive her cutting-edge work also keep her moving far beyond the classroom and laboratory.

Art Acevedo '05

A Flood of Pride

Bravery, strength, and determination helped residents of Houston, Texas, survive the floods and whipping winds of Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. Alumnus Art Acevedo ’05, chief of the city’s police department, relied on valuable lessons of trust to lead his department — and the city — through the disaster.

Henry Jimenez and Katelyn Winiecki

Practice Makes Profit

Most business programs stop at the theoretical stage. The University of La Verne’s College of Business and Public Management is one of the few in the nation that takes students a step further, challenging them to create real businesses with real money.

Minh Tran ’95

Vintage Leadership

Napa County is known for its lush vineyards and rolling hills. But when Minh Tran ’95 was appointed as its chief executive officer in October, the county looked quite different. Four major wildfires were raging through Wine Country, requiring the College of Law alumnus to work hard and maintain a calm demeanor to help residents survive.

Kenneth Mead

Strength in Community

Police know their jobs can be dangerous. But Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Detective Kenneth Mead ’97 likely had no idea how bad things would get after first hearing about the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival shooting. Community solidarity has helped Mead and his fellow officers stay focused as the investigation continues.

The Future of Adult Education

The University of La Verne’s commitment to lifelong learning and student-focused culture has contributed to a long, successful history in adult learner programs.

Pomona Valley Wildcats

Pitch Perfect

Members of the softball team step up to the plate annually to coach members of the Pomona Valley Wildcats Special Olympics teams.

Extended Davis family

Deep Roots

A sense of community, Church of the Brethren roots, and a reputation for producing top-notch teachers, superintendents, and other educators has drawn 65 members of C. Ernest Davis’s family to the University of La Verne since 1910. The Davis family tree — branching out across three generations — has more Leopard connections than most others.

Allison Farole '07

Managing Chaos

Allison Farole ’07 traded in a dream of becoming a television reporter for a career in emergency management. Though she had faced plenty of stressful situations in her job, a white nationalist rally that arrived on her doorstep in Charlottesville put her leadership skills to the test.

Annamarie Montañez

The Gift of Possibilities

Annamarie Montañez ’02, ’14 remembers the encouragement her parents showed her when she decided to go to college and become an educator. She draws inspiration from that support as principal of the Jurupa Valley Unified School District Adult Education and Community Day School.

Firas Arodaki '12

War and Peace

Firas Arodaki '12 lived through the Persian Gulf War and Iraq War while growing up in Kuwait. Those experiences now motivate the Master of Science in Leadership and Management student to assist others. He helps Syrian refugees settle in Southern California, raises money to support a Syrian orphanage, and stands up for the rights of Muslims.

Judge Winston Keh

Rags to Robes

A pivotal moment in Winston Keh's life came when a man handed him change on the streets of the Philippines. Now Keh ’99 hands down justice as a judge in San Bernardino County.

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