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1960s

Alums from Class of 1967

Thought you might like a picture of some Class of '67 alums. (l to r: Diane Blum Maennle, Helen Snyder, Kathy (Kitty) Larson Freitas, Charlie Bittel Sety and Tricia Wolf)

Kathy Freitas '67
Ever since our 20th reunion, we five (see photo, right) have met every two years or so to catch up, reminisce and look to the future. As we got together last week, we realized that we came on campus in Summer 1963, so we are celebrating our 50th year as friends.

It was 50 years ago that Sr. Helen Benedict first watched over us as we ate dinner and gave us gentle hints about how to do that gracefully; that we figured out the labyrinthine rules about how many nights we could be out until 1 a.m.; that we tried to figure out what our majors would be; that boys were never allowed beyond the dorm reception areas; and that we waited until after our 7–9 p.m. study hours were over to let off some steam and hope the proctor would tell us we got a phone call at one of the telephones at the end of the hall in J.B. It sounds pretty archaic now, but we loved being at CND and we had a blast through all four years. We even learned something from our classes!

1970s

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1980s

Marie Cheung-Truslow '83
Following her graduation from CND, Marie got an MSW from Columbia University in Social work and then a JD from Boston College in 1991. She has done trial and appellate work in Boston for over 20 years and was recently named Executive Vice President and Subrogation Practice Leader at ISG in Framingham, Massachusetts. She represents property and casualty insurance companies on matters of subrogation, complex litigation, large losses, and fraud.

Jennifer (Hillman) Dizon '87
has been a partner at Hood & Strong LLP since 2004. She currently serves on the Board of the Youth and Family Enrichment Services and was recently named to the State-wide board of the national Association of Women Business Owners. She and her husband live in Redwood City and enjoy traveling and professional sports in their free time.

1990s

Ron Horne '93
Utilizing NDNU’s flexible evening classes, Ron obtained his MA in Counseling Psychology while working full time designing global funds transfer networks for Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank. During a leave of absence from the tech industry in 2004, Ron authored “Forgotten Faces – A Window Into Our Immigrant Past.” Widely recognized as the only authoritative reference on memorial portraiture as well as a beautiful fine art publication, Writer’s Digest declared Forgotten Faces “a unique and intriguing history of immigrant America. Featuring beautiful photographs throughout, it is very well-researched and a valuable contribution to the literature.” While highlighted in History Channel Magazine and selected for the cover of Publisher’s Weekly, the Midwest Book Review awarded the book ‘Five Stars’ asserting “Images of immigrants from 28 nations have been captured to heartrending perfection, presenting a unique cross section of photographic art and history combined.” In 2012, Ron retired from 30 years in computer technology to focus on photography and launch Forgotten Faces as a downloadable eBook.  This allows for its distribution in a hi-resolution virtual format at a very affordable cost. He lives and works as a photographer and author in the ‘Gold Country’ foothills of Grass Valley, California.

Margaret Hunter ’98
Margaret works in the counseling/psychology department of Stanislaus University and just published her first book, "Reflections of Body Image in Art Therapy: Exploring Self Through Metaphor and Multi-Media." She hopes to become more active with NDNU alumni.

2000s

Jason Lawrence '12
Jason spends his free time working on cars, volunteering with a scout program in the area, playing and exploring with his dog Blaze, and pondering the deep meaning of why they call it a flea market.

Billie Hiraishi '13
Billie's boyfriend proposed at graduation. Her fiancé is Staff Sgt. Reyko Martin of the U.S. Air Force. They've been together for the past three years and plan to get married next summer.