CSUDH Alumni News
CSUDH Alumni News
For Alumni and Friends of CSU Dominguez Hills
April 2022
Alums Vanessa Yanez and Hiram Martinez

CSUDH Alumni Bring OT Skills to Their Own Texas Practice

CSUDH Occupational Therapy (OT) alumni Hiram Corona Martinez and Vanessa Yanez long dreamed of running their own practice – and in June 2021, their plans come to fruition with their Bravo Therapy & Independent Living Center in San Antonio, Tex. The married couple’s practice quickly become a success due to their patient-first focus on quality care...
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CSUDH Alumna Helps the Public Stay Healthy

During her first meeting as a member of the McNair Scholars Program, CSUDH alumna Kristi Sprowl (BS, ’16) was asked how she would impact the world if given the chance. Her answer: “I would like to create opportunities for people of color to live in equitable spaces, and also be a part of what health equity looks like for them.”
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CSUDH Health Care Graduates Ace National Exams

One of the best ways to gauge the quality of a health care program is by looking at how its graduates perform on independent national licensing examinations – and the CSUDH College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing continues to set a high bar.

Graduates of the CSUDH clinical science program – one of the largest in the nation – have passed the certification exam of the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification on their first attempt at a rate of 95.6 percent in 2020, the most recent year that data is available for. By contrast, the national average was 78 percent. 

CSUDH’s Occupational Therapy (OT) graduates boast similarly impressive results on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam. Since 2019, every OT student has passed the exam within 12 months of graduating—a 100 percent pass rate that places CSUDH at the very top of programs nationally.  
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Mentor Future Healthcare Workers

Healthcare facilties around the world are in need of filling vacant staff positions to provide much needed care to their patients. Help us increase the healthcare workforce by becoming a mentor today, and changing the life of another for the future. 
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CSUDH Alumni Reception in Washington D.C.

CSUDH has returned to in-person events and is excited to visit Washington DC to introduce President Parham to fellow Toros living in the metropolitan area. The evening will offer appetizers and drinks, as well as a university update from President Parham about how CSUDH has transformed and its bright future as a model urban university.  
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
Hotel Washington Freedom Room II
515 15th St. NW
Washington DC 20004 

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Tune in for special guest lectures, theatre productions, concerts, and more!
Transcend: A Multimedia Exhibition by Visual Artist Toni Scott
November 1 - April 30, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
University Library, 5th Floor Art Gallery 
Lauren Halsey: A Solo Exhibition of Work
March 12 - December 10, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
LaCorte Hall, 1st Floor - University Art Gallery
3rd Annual Dymally International Jazz & Arts Festival
April 30, 2022
Doors Open: 1:00 p.m.
Dignity Health Sports Park-Tennis Stadium
Use code "TOROS22" for Toros $50 Tickets 
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Recent accomplishments of fellow Toros.
Chardae Jenkins (BA ‘13) was named one of the 124 Black Women in Hollywood by Essence Magazine. Jenkins currently serves as the manager of multicultural publicity at Netflix. After graduating from CSUDH, Jenkins gained marketing experience at agencies such as Allied Moxy, Cashmere Agency, and The Transparency Agency (which she founded). Since then, she has worked with many of Hollywood's top film studios, including Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. Screen Gems, and Annapurna.    
Vonn G. Schopp (BS ’99) was hired as director of manufacturing for Haviland Products Company (HPC), a global manufacturer and distributor of specialty and commodity chemistry. Schopp will direct all HPC manufacturing operations in their three facilities. Schopp brings over 20 years of chemistry, safety, and plant management experience to Haviland. He most recently worked as a plant manager at PLZ Aeroscience Corporation and Rust-Oleum, where he was instrumental in increasing the productivity and profitability of both companies.
Meisha Sherman (MBA ’02) has been appointed Chief People Officer at Mindbody, the leading experience technology platform for the wellness industry. Sherman will be responsible for talent acquisition, organizational strategy, and leadership and professional development, and will also help further Mindbody's ongoing diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging efforts as the company continues to expand globally. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Global Human Resources for Envista Corporation, a family of more than 30 dental brands. Sherman graduated magna cum laude from CSUDH and earned her MBA from Pepperdine University, where she served as an officer of the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) and was a founding member of the Pepperdine University Black Alumni Council.  
Toddy Smith (BA ’17) is a social media influencer who has a strong following on YouTube and Instagram. Smith rose to international prominence after posting comedic short films through the once-popular video app, Vines. He is also a musician and author. 
Andrew Joseph Zaragoza Jr. (BA ’20) published XI: A Collection of Poetry on Being Human, a book filled with themes of love and relationships, hardship, perseverance, grit, wonder, and humanity. Born and raised in Southern California, Zaragosa is a mental health advocate. He can also be found online as a podcast host, musician, brand developer, and graphic designer. The book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other online retailers.  
Brian Bates (MPA ’15) passed away in March, 2022. Bates served San Jose State for 15 years in leadership roles in alumni relations, annual giving, and special events, ending his tenure as Associate Vice President for Alumni & Community Engagement. He was a member of the CSU Alumni Council board of directors for over ten years and a dedicated member of the Trustee Selection & Evaluation Committee. He recently concluded his tenure at SJSU to start a new position as System Director of Philanthropy Communications & Engagement at CommonSpirit Health.  
Phillip John Fernandez lovingly nicknamed “Buzzy,” grew up in Bakersfield, Calif. While at CSUDH pursuing a degree in sociology, he worked at the Loker Student Union and was an active member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (TKE). He loved to cook and would often feed the homeless and help others in need. He worked at Rio Counseling Center in Bakersfield, where he helped people work through their traumas. 
Terri Louise Murray (BA ’80) passed away in February, 2022. Terri was born in Schenectady, New York and moved to Southern California at a young age. She began her career working in a children's hospital, then operated a shelter for runaway teens, eventually becoming the director of a crisis pregnancy center—a position she loved with all her heart. Terri wed her husband of 30 years after a blind date and they had two daughters together. A devoted mom, she taught her childrens’ Sunday school classes, helped in their classrooms, sewed costumes for their plays, and baked desserts for their piano recitals.    
Josephine Zarro (nee DePasquale) (BA ‘71/MA ’74) passed away in February, 2022. Zarro taught thousands of high school students during her lengthy teaching career, most notably at Banning, Compton, and Manual Arts High Schools. She also mentored dozens of colleagues as a most distinguished educator in Southern California for 45 years. Zarro leaves behind a legacy of inspiration and hope.      
Our faculty members participate in conferences around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish books and journal papers that contribute to their field and highlight their expertise. View the latest >
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