Patrick Henry High School Reunion Class of 1984 - San Diego, CA

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Elana (Addleson) Schiff and her husband Bill have been married since 1990. She has two daughters, Erin (10) and Tori (7). For twelve years, Elana worked in the cosmetics industry. In 2002, she decided to stay closer to home and now is a full time mother and part time substitute teacher. Scottsdale, AZ is where her family makes their home.

Christine (Andaya) Wallace has 3 children: Shawna born in 1984, Joshua born in 1987, and Benjamin born in 2000. She has been married to her (second) Scottish husband, David, since February 2000. At age 20, she moved to Charleston, SC, and studied and worked as a paralegal/legal assistant. In 1994, she moved to Paris, France, where she worked as a secretary/assistant at the International Energy Agency. There, among other tasks, she helped organize international conferences/workshops and seminars, and edited energy policy publications. In 2002, she and her family moved to the Asheville area, in the Smokey Mountain region of NC, where she returned to her former career in the legal field. As in high school, Christine loves to read and write, and even has a collection of rejection letters from various publications. She continues to write occasionally, but since the term "spare time" seems to have disappeared from her vocabulary, she doesn't write as often as she'd like. After living in a city for 8 long years, Christine was happy to head for the hills. Recently, she and David purchased a home in nestled in a quiet valley next to a babbling trout creek.

Maria (Billion) Klemesrud lives in Indianola, Washington with her husband John (PHHS Class of 1981). Maria received her master's degree from University of Idaho has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 1993. Their son, Loren, just finished his first quarter at Seattle University as an Engineering student. Maria has become a tree-hugger and spends her free time mountain biking, being with friends, taking care of her many animals and painting.
(Updated on 11/18/2012)

Steve Bloom Aloha, I currently live in Maui, HI. The lowdown, I graduated from UCSB (film). Then worked as a commercial diver and deep sea fisherman from San Diego to Micronesia. Currently I work as an I.B.E.W journeyman lineman for Maui Electric Company. I am in systems operations for the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai. We are constantly adding renewable energy sources for our electrical generation (wind, solar and bio fuels). Hopefully another 400 megawatts of wind energy coming from Lanai soon along with a little bit of wave ernergy as well.. I am recently divorced and my 16 year old daughter attends Kamehameha Schools as a boarding school student at their Ohau campus. Her native Hawaiian heritage allows her to attend one of the most prestigious schools in the nation. I have been blessed with beautiful dogs, child, ex-wife, heath and most of all perfect surf. Much Aloha to all alumni. Miss you all!!
ARIBA, ABAJO, EL CENTRO. STEVE (Updated May 25, 2010)

Tina (Botos) Million married fellow alumni Michael Million. They have two kids, Shawn (9) and Rachel (4 1/2). Tina is a stay at home mom and also works part time out of her home doing accounting for a local financial company and Michael works as a Technical Architect for LPL Financial.......They live in San Diego.

Debbi (Dossey) Derks was married in 1985. She went back to school when her daughter was 2 and graduated from SDSU with a degree in accounting. Debbi has been married to her second husband since 2004 and lives in Simi Valley. She is an AVP of General Accounting for Countrywide Financial. They have a 22 year old daughter who goes to Cal State Northridge studying Actuarial Statistics. In their time off they go camping. Desert in the winter and lake in the summer. She still have friends in San Diego and they visit often. (Summited in July 2008)

Matthew Drake wrote this poem for the Class of 1984

We followed the roads to its end
travelled far away from our friends
life came back around again..
We are still dancing to that different
beat of the drummer to which the song we heard, carried us back to this point in time.... wing to wing as friends we still fly like that of eagles of greater heights.
We the Class of 1984 set our sights
flew our own ways,but our friendships
we've made from our days of then to now
we shall never stray

Jeff Green has been married for 8 plus years to his wife Tamara. For the last six years he has worked as a middle school teacher. His main hobby is music. Tamara and Jeff have
just finished their first demo CD called HIGH LUXE. Last year
they started a record company called Casa Verde Records
so this is their first release. They live in Santa Rosa, CA.

Beth Humphreys has worked for much of the past 20 years as reality television producer, director, and legal clearance specialist. As of 2005, Beth began working for Disney as a Sr. Paralegal for the Home Entertainment Business & Legal Affairs department. (We make the Disney DVDs!) She lives in Burbank, California, and in her free time .... what free time?? Boyfriend, check. Cats, check. Kids, none. For Beth's web site address, please e mail us.

Rick Jones has lived in Portland, OR for the past 11 years. Rick graduated from San Diego State University with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Geography with an emphasis on modeling natural systems. Rick now manages the northwest operations for a satellite imaging and natural resource consulting firm which feeds his passion for the outdoors. If there's something going on outside, you'll likely find him there whether it's an outdoor blues festival, brew festival or days spent golfing, camping, hiking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding or kayaking. Rick was married for 7 yrs and has now been divorced for 4 however, the product of his marriage is an adorable 5 year old little girl who he's molding into a outdoor enthusiast in her own right and who is now a bonafide roller coaster junkie. Life is good, really good.

Bert Lacher, Regional Strategy Executive for Verizon Business, supports the regional field sales team in the attainment of annual revenue growth objectives. Bert supports his region's sales goals by creating client strategies, serving as a liaison in the sales governance process, and assisting in driving overall sales, service, and engineering objectives. Bert regularly interacts with other executive level management both internal and with the client in preservation of base revenue and driving revenue growth. Previous to the second half of 2007, Bert had spent the past 11 years as an executive with IBM. Bert has resided in San Francisco, Tokyo, Honolulu, Dallas, and Los Angeles. He currently resides in Laguna Niguel, California with his wife and dog and owns other residences in Newport Coast and San Diego, California. Bert has done post-graduate work in conjunction with Harvard Business School. Bert posesses an MBA from Chaminade University of Honolulu and a BBA from San Francisco State University. (Updated 2/7/09)

Jim Ledesma attended UC San Diego and received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his last year at UCSD, Jim began a part-time job at Naval Aviation Depot North Island (NADEP). After graduation Jim accepted a full time position with NADEP as a Materials Engineer. He was the Lead Failure Analyst of over 140 failure analysis reports during Engineering and Accident Investigations on metallic and composite military aircraft components (F/A-18, E-2/C-2, S-3, A-6, F-16, H-46, H-60). While at NADEP he was selected by the Engineering Graduate Scholarship Program to attend the University of Utah for an advanced degree. Jim received a Master's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at the University of Utah, Jim met a fellow graduate student, Lorie Grimes, & married her in 1996. In 1996, Lorie & Jim accepted engineering positions with McDonnell Douglas later Boeing, in Long Beach & left San Diego. While at Boeing/ McDonnell Douglas Jim has worked on transport (C-17) and commercial (717, MD80, MD90) aircraft, & space programs. Currently Jim is the Principal Scientist on the TSA Homeland Security Research, Development, Test, & Evaluation task order contract, Program Manager of USAF Hot Structure DUST program, & System Integrator for X-37 Hot Structure Control Surface group. On the 4th of July 2002, Lorie & Jim became the proud parents of Katarina. In his spare time Jim enjoys playing beach volleyball & practicing Martial Arts. He has a Black Belt in Cuong Nhu & has studied Tae Kwon Do & Judo.

Michele (McCluskey) Thomsen has been married to husband, Chris for 23 years. She has 4 Children ages 24, 17, 13, and 6. Michele and family reside in El Cajon, CA. Michele is a registered nurse and works for Kaiser Permanente Member Services in a statewide role as a Nurse Consultant. Michele and family love to beach camp, take cruises, watch movies and listen to their favorite music recorded by The Katina’s. The Thomsen family attends The ROCK church in San Diego. Husband Chris is in his first year at Southern California Seminary located in El Cajon. (Updated May 25, 2010)

Lisa (Merrell) Day is a published author!! Her first book is is being released on May 20th. It is a middle grade fiction novel. The name of the book is The Adventures of Penelope Desiree Montclair, Age 10. It is actually a diary of a ten-year-old and tells all about her every day life in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. My website should finally be up sometime this week (please e mail the webmaster for the e mail address). This is my first book published and I have written five sequels. Hopefully this first one will sell well so that the others will be published too. Thank you! Lisa. (Updated 5/15/08)

Jodi (Meltzer) Galen has been married for 15 years, to her college sweetheart Doug. They have three children, twins Joshua and Samantha (9) and Rachel (4). Jodi received an MBA from Columbia University and is managing her husband's oral surgery practice in Beverly Hills, CA. She looks forward to seeing everyone at the reunion (she missed the 10 year reunion, as her twins were born that month!)

Marla Mohr is a Litigation Support Consultant. She has lived in Orange County, CA since graduating college in 1988. In her free time, she spends time with her dog Bailey, plays softball, reads, snow skis, sport fishing, travel and hangs out with her niece (17) and nephew (19). And of course, is still a hugh Padres and Chargers fan.
"You can take the gal out of San Diego, but you cannot take San Diego out of the gal." (updated on 4/25/12)

Rachel (Nugent) Spinuzzi has been married to Marc (Major, US Army) since 1998. They have one son, Sam, who will be 2 years old on 4/9/04. They have lived in Copperas Cove, TX, Fayetteville, NC, Northern NY, and currently reside in Ft. Irwin, CA. She taught band in middle and high school for 10 years in Texas and NC. Now she stays home with Sam. In her spare time she teaches private trumpet and horn lessons, volunteers with her church’s music program, and takes part in Army spouses groups. She loves to cook, watch birds, practice photography, and plans to take up the guitar this year.

Lorna Paris. . . spent a long while trying to find myself. Now, she is a substitute teacher at San Diego Unified School District and with the Juvenile Courts and Community School Districts. She never thought she would like it, but working with the kids at juvenile hall appeals to her. "I STILL does my own thing in my spare time." Look at her "Now" picture to see what she am up to. Since she left school, she has done so much. . . but her balloon art as well as handweaving and spinning are the most important. ("spinning" is using a spinning wheel to make fiber into yarn.) She lives in San Diego and is listed.

Lisa (Peete) Vargas, currently lives in Santee with her 15 year old daughter, Sierra. Lisa has been with her company for 18 years (she is an Inventory Analyst) and is starting her 3rd year of college. She is working towards her Bachelors Degree in Business Accounting/Admin. Lisa is aiming to graduate just before her daughter graduates from West Hills High in 2009. Lisa's daughter is a sophomore at West Hills High School in Santee. Sierra is currently a JV Cheerleader and is taking AP and Honors classes with the intention of becoming a Pediatrician. Lisa and Sierra think it is pretty cool they will be graduating in the same year. In their spare time, (not that there is a lot of it) they like to hang with friends, shop, do crafts and have been going to some pretty good concerts. After a long period of uncertainty, the future is looking brighter……..with many things to look forward to. (updated on 11/20/06)

Kelli (Root) Holbrook has been married to husband Jim for almost 9 years (actually got engaged the night of 10 yr reunion). Have three children...Shane (11) from a previous marriage, Nicole (7) and Conner 1 1/2. They lived in San Diego until May '99, when they moved to Simi Valley for 4 years for her husbands job. However, this past June they made our way back towards San Diego. They now live in Canyon Hills (basically Lake Elsinore). After working at Nordstrom for almost 17 years, Kelli quit in Dec '99 to become a stay at home mom...which has been so fun and rewarding! Although as a way to meet people and network in her new community, she just recently signed on as an independent consultant to sell fashion jewelry for a company called Cookie Lee. Kelli does home and/or office shows, catalog shows & fundraisers. It is great because she can work as much or as little as she choose being that her family is her first priority. In there free time they spend at the desert riding their dirt bikes & quads, go camping at the beach, snowboarding and playing tennis.

Elizabeth (Beth) Saunders writes us that she is living in Connecticut until she can afford to move back to San Diego. She does miss it so much!!! Right now, she has to live near NYC for work - She is an opera singer, and works around the world and in the U.S. If you would like Beth's web address, please e mail us at

Darrin Scheidle lives and works in El Cajon. He and his wife, Sally owns a security business and just recently purchased a Travel Agency. Darrin has 2 step-daughters, a step-son and one step-grandchild.

Linda (Schniepp) Stambulski married in Oct 1991 and moved to Portland, OR in Jan 1992. Happily married to Roger for 12 years, no kids. She has worked for Nordstrom as a department manager for almost that long. Purchased a house in 1993. Was able to backpack through Europe in 2000. 7 countries in 3.5 weeks! Recommend it to everyone! Love traveling, cooking, baking, skiing, camping, hiking around all the beautiful waterfalls we have up here! Love the nightlife scene still along with all the microbrews we have in Portland.

John Schweitzer is married to the former Ms. Linda Hamden (PHHS 1989) and they reside in La Jolla, CA (she is now attending law school at USD). Over the years since graduation, John has played music professionally, and cut a record with "Picture This" under the JARCAR/Hollywood label. He attended SDSU and then went on to law school, graduating in 1992. His legal practice has taken him to New York City and Los Angeles, where his childhood dream to become a U.S. Marine came to fruition. John was accepted and sent to Officer Candidate School on his 33rd birthday (hello, age waiver!), 3 October, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant 12 December 1999. He have been stationed in Virginia, Rhode Island, and Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon returning to California (MCAS Miramar), the oncoming signs of war then had him deployed to Kuwait, to serve in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. John will be going into private practice this fall, after resigning his commission August 2004.

Michael Seales graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in
physics. He then went to work for TRW in Redondo Beach, CA for 7 years as an actual rocket scientist. He left the aerospace business for Hollywood in 1995 when he joined the animation group at DreamWorks SKG when it was starting up. Now a software architect, he develops software used in making both traditional and computer animated films. He and his wife Lisa, now the parents of twins Jack and Kate, reside in La Crescenta, CA.

Paul Smith has been a remodeling contractor since 1990. He owns a house in Allied Gardens with his wife Angela and son Daniel, 11. Paul has been mairred since 1993. He spends his free time with his son coaching baseball, fishing, camping, traveling and playing softball.

Lorna (Stanley) Crosson After 1.5 years in foster care and many roller coaster emotional rides we finally were able to adopt our son last December. He was born May 10, 2005. He enjoys his big sisters (most of the time) Kendra age 10 and Kyara age 8. We almost had a brother for him but we are still waiting for a little guy who needs a home.

I will be in town this May (May 20th - May29th) if anyone is interested. We will probably not make it down for the 25th reunion. (Updated May 11, 2008)

Betty (Steffens) Youmans went to ol' Virginny for her education at the College of William and Mary. She continued playing in the marching & concert bands there. She graduated in 1988 with a B.S. in Physics. She also met her future husband there, Russell, & was married in May 1989 in San Diego. She moved to Sunnyvale, CA, where her husband was employed & continued her schooling at San Jose State University. She graduated in 1991 with an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, having written a thesis on reconfigurable aircraft control systems. Her husband, who also completed his M.S. in Physics at San Jose State, sought Ph.D. candidacy at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, so they moved back across the country. Betty also enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering department there at Virginia Tech. During her schooling, she had a baby boy, Mitchell, in 1993. She finished up her degree in 1995 with her dissertation on autonomous neural network control of a space vehicle undergoing an orbit transfer & rendezvous with another space vehicle. She & Russell moved to the Northern Virginia area to find jobs. Betty found a great company called Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. She has been there since July 1995 doing defense contracting & also managing the sales, support, and marketing of a medical research integrated hardware/software system worldwide. She & Russell also added two more boys to the family, Garrett (1996) and Nathan (1999). All three boys are growing like weeds & are enjoying TAE-Kwon-Do & swim team. Betty is also involved in her church. She teaches Sunday school for elementary age kids & directs the handbell choir. Finally, she also still tells bad puns.

Dennis Roberts last year had an opportunity to become the General Sales Manager of Coburg Dairy in Charleston, SC. Being a San Diego kind living in Modesto, he took the trip and loved the area. Kind of reminded him of the San Diego marnia area. Well, they packed up the family (son - 14, daughter - 10, wife of 19 years and one labrador) and moved 3000 miles to the east coast. The weather is different, but there is a ton to do! The family is loving it SC and the kids are doing great in school (obviously take after their mom). 6/7/10

Lara (Tepper) Grace has been married to Philip since July 2000. They live in the Bay Area with their daughter, Isabella Rose, who was born September 2001 and son, Clayton Tanner, who was born February 2004. Philip works in the horticultural business as a rep for Monrovia Growers and Lara has been with Nordstrom since her high school days. She is the Men's Furnishings buyer for Northern California and Los Angeles, 17 stores in total.

Bryan Walcott has lived in Gresham Oregon for the last 15 years. He graduated from Portland State University with a BS in Business Management with a minor emphasis in Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis. He was married in 1989 and has two children. Son Brandon is 9, and daughter Krista is 5. Bryan works for Providence Health System in Information System Development. He performs Technical Project Development on Large projects that are seen as strategic eHealth initiatives for the Health System. In his spare time Bryan camps, snow skis, water skis, travels, plays on-line computer games (geeks out), volunteers at his church and loves spending time with his family.

Marla (Wrightson) Rodriguez has been married to her husband Ron for 20 years. Their 17 year old son, Jordon, playes volleyball for his high school. Marla works as a Legal Assistant in Irvine, CA for an employment law firm. In their spare time, they coach and/or cheer for Jordon in different volleyball tournament's around Orange County. They make their home in Tustin, CA (Orange County).


Updated on November 18, 2012

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