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Jennifer Finnegan, BS/ACC ’04, has been named executive director of the Lassen Park Foundation. Finnegan is a native of Portland, Oregon, and grew up in Oakley, California. She and her family recently relocated to Cottonwood, California, from the San Diego area. Finnegan has worked for nonprofit organizations since 2007, including seven years as executive director of the College Area Business District of San Diego. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and camping at Lassen Volcanic National Park and Whiskeytown National Recreational Area.

Los Angeles

Paula Miller, Ed.D,’ 14, received the 2015 SCPHA Antronette Yancey Physical Fitness Award from the Southern California Public Health Association. She developed the Health Education Pilot Curriculum for the Prevention of Obesity program to assist middle school students with physical activity for health and wellness. Through her work, she has motivated students to exercise and make a difference in their lifestyles. The award recognizes the best of past and present leadership concerned with ensuring the healthiest quality of life for Southern Californians.



Deborah Wentworth, MBA ’06, has earned the insurance designation of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), the equivalent of a master’s degree in the insurance industry. She works for Clark Insurance, an employee-owned independent insurance agency, serving as its director of business insurance services in three states: Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.



Marianne Bohr, MAED ’11, a writer, editor and French teacher, published her new book, Gap Year Girl: A Baby Boomer Adventure Across 21 Countries in September. Bohr took a yearlong sabbatical from her job as vice president of a book publishing and distribution company to travel across Europe, and the book is the culmination of her journey with her husband. She currently works as a freelance writer and teaches French to middle school students.

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New York

New York  

Margarita Irizarry, MBA/HRM ’10, has been named national director of EEO and affirmative action for Skanska USA. In her role, Irizarry will lead a team to support proactive national strategies to ensure the company’s EEO and affirmative action requirements are met and align with Skanska’s company goals. She will also serve as a member of Skanska’s National Diversity and Inclusion Council, a group of company leaders who work to facilitate and foster a positive environment for all employees, clients and partners based on mutual respect, trust and communication. She brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to her new position, having previously served as senior manager for global EO compliance for Johnson & Johnson.



Jeff Syracuse, MBA/TM ’05, was recently elected to serve on the Metro Council, representing the 15th District for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Syracuse is associate director for customer relations at Broadcast Music Inc. and a 16-year veteran of the Nashville music industry. He has served his community for more than 10 years, leading his neighborhood association as well as the Donelson Gateway Project, Friends of Two Rivers Mansion and the Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce. Syracuse was also named one of “Nashville’s Forty Under 40” honorees in 2014.

Washington, D.C.

Byron Garrett, MAOM ’02, recently published a children’s book, There’s Greatness on the Inside, to inspire children and parents alike. Garrett is an educator and leadership speaker. He seeks to inspire future generations to pursue greatness.

“My own pathway to greatness was paved by the education I received from the oustanding University of Phoenix faculty. There’s Greatness on the Inside was inspired by my experience as a lifelong learner and a school administrator. All children should receive messages that lift them to aspire to greatness inside and out,” says Garrett.

To learn more about Garrett and his book, visit