Chris Cumiford

Encouraging the Unconventional

Chris Cumiford 2012 MA in World History History Teacher for Visalia Technical Early College (VTEC) High School In 2015, Chris was named Tulare County Teacher of the Year, and in 2016, he is one of the top 10 teachers in California. His approach to teaching history is interesting, creative and different than most of the […]

Fotini Alferis

Making Lemonade

Fotini Alfieris 2011 BA in Organizational Leadership 2014 MA in Leadership Studies Community Development Director for National Multiple Sclerosis Society Fresno Chamber Ambassador Fotini Alfieris was a typical college student, working on a broadcast journalism degree at the University of Nevada, Reno, and happy to be working in her field at Pappas Telecasting Company. But […]

Greg & Susan Sommers

By the numbers: 1 impacts 100s

Greg Sommers, Ph.D. CPA 1989 BA in Accounting Director, Master of Science in Accounting Program Professor of Practice in Accounting Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business Like many first year students, when I arrived at Pacific I was unsure of my career goals. Since many of my relatives were in business, I knew I […]

Lisa Freeman

Alumna shines light in earth’s dark corners

Lisa Freeman 2003 BA in Political Science and Intercultural Studies Deputy Country Representative at Office of Transition Initiatives/USAID   My last semester at FPU, I participated in the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C. As most graduating seniors do, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I was going to do […]

Bill Deeter

Lyons man Bill Deeter nationally ranked masters thrower

When Bill Deeter finished up the track season his senior year of college, he never anticipated he would ever be throwing competitively again. That all changed in 2008 when Deeter’s former college track coach from Fresno Pacific University, Jerry Huhn, moved to the Salem area and showed him a National Masters Track clip with the […]

FPU Alumni

Alumni take part in papal visit

Edgar Guzman (FS ’14) – Media/communication director for St. Paul Catholic Newman Center in Fresno Carolyn (Damschen BA ’05) Wise – Freelance singer, real estate salesperson and new mom Joy-Leilani Garbutt (FS ’99-00) – doctoral student at Catholic University of America and freelance organist in the Washington, D.C. area Three Fresno Pacific University alumni got […]

Camille Valentine

A 21st Century Peacemaker

Camille Valentine 2010 BA in Criminology and Restorative Justice Studies 2013 MA in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies When the housing and financial markets crashed in 2007, it was my opportunity as a real estate investor to make a career change. I remember the day I threw up my hands, saying, “Okay, Lord, I tried, my […]

Dorman Family

An educator connects beyond the classroom

Brandon Dorman 2005 BA in Mathematics – Secondary Teaching 2007 Single Subject Teaching Credential 2013 MA in Curriculum and Teaching An early interest in math broadened into a new direction for Brandon Dorman. “It was always more about building community and getting to know parents and becoming part of these students’ families in ways I […]

Jamin Brazil Video

What do eBay, Twitter and AT&T have in common with FPU?

Jamin Brazil 1994 Biblical and Religious Studies Major CMO of FocusVision CFO of Decipher, Inc. After graduating from FPU, Jamin worked as a youth intern at People’s Church in Fresno. At that time he started working with data to shape their high school ministries based on student interests. The ministry flourished and grew from 45 […]

ALUMNIe-News AaronBryan FEAT

1 alum uses music to affect 100’s

Aaron Bryan 2003 BA in Music Education 2004 Single Subject Teaching Credential Visual and Performing Arts Consultant Fresno County Office of Education Aaron with his wife, Tracy (BA ’03, TC ’04) and sons, Luke (5 years) and Matthew (3 years)