President Barack Obama announced in October the appointment of Dr. Nancy Rodriguez ’98 PhD as director of the National Institute of Justice. The NIJ is the federal agency that serves as the research, development and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. It’s dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels.
Dr. Nancy Rodriguez is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University (ASU), a position she has held since 2012. She first joined the ASU faculty in 1998. Dr. Rodriguez recently completed her tenure as Associate Dean for Student Engagement in the College of Public Programs at ASU. Prior to this, she was an Associate Professor from 2004 to 2012 and an Assistant Professor from 1998 to 2004. Dr. Rodriguez is an Executive Counselor of the American Society of Criminology (ASC). She is a recipient of several awards for her research, including the W.E.B. Dubois Award from the Western Society of Criminology, and the Coramae Richey Mann Award from the ASC Division on People of Color and Crime. Dr. Rodriguez received a B.A. from Sam Houston State University and a Ph.D. from Washington State University.
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Former Highline Times Editor, Eric Mathison was chosen by Burien City Council for citizen of the year. He was recognized for his work on the newspaper and his volunteer activities following his retirement. Mathison will serve as grand marshal at Burien’s Independence Day parade.
After thirteen years at the newpaper, Mathison retired and began volunteering with the B-Town Dog Group, Highline Historical Society, and Highline Citizens for Schools. Mathison’s roots run deep through the community as his father donated their five acre property to the city of Burien to be used as a park.
Mathison wrote, “Thanks to the nominating person (Chestine Edgar), thanks to the City Council, thanks to my fellow volunteers and especially the leaders who work so hard, thanks to Margery Ellsworth (my wife) for being who she is, thanks to my mom who taught me the value of volunteering and thanks to my dad for teaching me to strive for quiet competence while going about my life. My mom was named 1969 Woman of the Year by the Burien Chamber of Commerce. I think she would be proud tonight.”
He graduated from WSU with bachelor degrees in Communications and Political Science in 1969.
Simmons Hanley Conroy is a national complex litigation firm and one of the country’s leading mesothelioma law firms. Brent Zadorozny has been hired alongside two others to be a part of the company’s mesothelioma practice. Zadorozny is now based in the firm’s El Segundo, California office.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure, and Simmons Hanley Conroy files more Mesothelioma cases each year than any other law firm in the country.
“Brent will help us to bolster our services to clients throughout California,” said Michael Angelides, managing shareholder of the firm. “Brent has more than 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer and an extensive background handling asbestos and mesothelioma matters, as well as non-asbestos injury litigation. ”
Zadorozny graduated from WSU in 1984 with a degree in English.
Aspen Avionics, Inc. announced March 18 that Mike Churchill ’82 has joined the company as its vice president of operations. Churchill has over 25 years of experience in electronics manufacturing operations and has held leadership positions as a plant manager, including functional leadership in test and manufacturing engineering, program management, and corporate operations.
Churchill will have responsibility for leading Aspen’s manufacturing, supply chain and quality departments and will be responsible for all company operations. He will report directly to John Uczekaj, Aspen president and CEO.
Prior to joining Aspen Avionics, Churchill’s most recently held positions included the director of North American operations for Smiths Detection where he was responsible for materials, quality, production, manufacturing engineering, planning and supply chain for four manufacturing sites. Prior to that, he held the position of vice president of operations for Suntron. He holds a BSEE degree from Washington State University.
“We carefully and methodically searched for an individual with Mike’s qualifications whose proven management style drives data-based decisions, holds individuals to a high level of accountability, and strives for operational excellence. With Mike’s background in electronic manufacturing, coupled with his considerable track record of successfully executing programs that drive a team-based performance culture, we are confident he will be a key leader helping drive Aspen’s continued growth,” said John Uczekaj, Aspen president.
1989 WSU grad, Allison Reeves-Helfen, and her husband Scott own The Wine Alley in Renton, Washington. In April, the local shop will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. The shop was named “Best Wine Shop” in Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington Viewer Poll for six of the last eight years.