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The Alumni office is located in the beautiful Degheri Alumni Center. For a detailed map to the Alumni Center, please click here. Our office is open Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Stop by the next time you visit campus! We'd love to meet you and hear about your favorite USD memories.

University of San Diego
Alumni Association
5998 Alcala Park
Degheri Alumni Center 137
San Diego, California 92110-2492
Phone: (619) 260-4819
Fax: (619) 260-4188
Email: alumni@sandiego.edu

The USD Alumni Staff is composed of ten staff members, six of which are alumni of the University of San Diego, and multiple student workers. We work as a team to enhance the quality of the alumni experience. Please join us at one of our future events or visit us in the Degheri Alumni Center, Suite 137.

The Office of International Constituent Relations falls within USD's alumni operations as of 2014.


Charles Bass, Senior Director
charlesb@sandiego.edu


BA, The University of Tulsa, Communication (Public Relations)
MA, Villanova University, Public Administration
Certificate, Villanova University, Public Administration

Charles Bass joined the University of San Diego in June 2011 as director of Alumni Relations and is responsible for overall management of the university’s alumni relations efforts. In addition to private sector experience, Bass has spent more than 15 years in higher education advancement and has worked on the staff of the Villanova University Alumni Association, as well as served as the senior alumni relations officer at the University of Denver and at his alma mater, The University of Tulsa.

Bass has worked regionally and nationally to advance the alumni relations profession, serving in a variety of volunteer roles for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He served as a faculty member for CASE’s “Newcomers in Alumni Relations” workshop and as a regional volunteer for CASE District II, District IV and District VI. Bass is also a co-founder of PCUAD, an association of private college and university alumni directors.


Claudia Iracema Gonzales '99 & '03, Director of International Constituent Relations
claudia@sandiego.edu


BA, University of San Diego, Art History
MA, University of San Diego, Practical Theology

As director of International Constituent Relations, Claudia Iracema Gonzales serves as USD’s primary point of contact in University Relations for alumni, parents and friends of the university who are living and working abroad. Gonzales works with our international Torero Club programs, including our annual European, Asia, and Mexico reunions and our local Comité México activities, among others. She works closely with the International Center and with faculty and staff whose initiatives are designed to leverage the resources and interests of our global USD family. Gonzales is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).


Kara Marsh Proffitt '04, Associate Director
kmarsh@sandiego.edu


BA, University of San Diego, Political Science
Certificate, University of California, San Diego, Fundraising and Development

Kara Marsh Proffitt started working in Alumni Relations in 2004. She now serves the office and the university as an Associate Director overseeing the Alumni Associations 23 regional chapters, all marketing, communications, social media and technologies, affinity programming including special interest groups, USD's professional schools and athletics, and oversight of Outreach & Regional Committees for the Alumni Association Board of Directors.


David Stephens, Associate Director
dstephens@sandiego.edu


BA, Baylor University, Oral Communication

David Stephens has served as an associate director of Alumni Relations since 2003. A successful, experienced administrator and institutional events coordinator, he has three decades of experience in higher education alumni administration. Stephens served as director of Alumni Relations for The Cooper Union in New York City and as associate vice president of Alumni Relations at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, coordinating institutional programs both national and international prior to his appointment at USD. Stephens currently serves as project manager for programs including Alumni Honors, homecoming and reunions, class reunions, giving, Alumni Mass, international alumni events and special projects.


Joyce Chua '09, Assistant Director
joyce-09@sandiego.edu

BBA, University of San Diego, Business Administration

Joyce Chua joined the Alumni Relations team in 2012 as an Executive Assistant after three years in the travel industry. In Fall of 2013 Joyce was promoted to Assistant Director responsible for working with the Alumni Association's 23 domestic regional clubs.

Joyce graduated from USD in 2009 with a BBA in Business Administration, emphasis in International Business and a minor in International Relations. While attending USD she took part in the Founder’s Chapel Choir and was a Torero Squad leader.



Daniella Lisle 14’, Assistant Director
lisled@sandiego.edu

BBA, University of San Diego, Marketing

Daniella Lisle serves as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. In this role, she’s responsible for young alumni and student-alumni relations including providing continuity, leadership cultivation and program consultation for the Student Alumni Association and the Young Alumni Network. Lisle also oversees scholarship program management including USD Alumni Endowed Scholarship, Senior Class Legacy, as well as the Daniel L. Burkett and Kyle O’Connell memorial scholarships. Through this work, she promotes philanthropy education and continues to cultivate and steward alumni to be life-long donors of the University of San Diego. She also serves as project manager USD’s annual Alumni Association impact report, working year-round with alumni officers across campus to administer effective alumni surveys, standardize alumni engagement metrics and present actionable results to internal and external stakeholders.

Prior to joining USD's Alumni Relations team, Lisle was an Account Coordinator in the consumer technology division of Havas Formula public relations agency. In addition, she served as an inside sales associate at Houzz. During her time at USD she served as Chair for the Preceptorial Assistant Program, while also serving as a student worker in USD’s Center for Student Success.



Crystal Peterson '10, Assistant Director
cpeterson@sandiego.edu


BA, University of San Diego, Communications
Certificate, University of San Diego Continuing Education, Event Management 

Crystal Peterson is Assistant Director of Marketing for Alumni Relations, working to enhance alumni outreach for regional programming while engaging with the expanding USD community including parents and friends through various marketing strategies from print to social media.

She graduated in 2010 with a degree in Communications and a minor in Business Administration. Peterson comes from a background of event management in Las Vegas before returning to San Diego to pursue a career in marketing, serving three years in corporate marketing prior to joining USD Alumni Relations. Her passion for USD stemmed from her undergraduate experience after being involved in many facets of university life including Associated Students, Greek Life, and University Ministry. She looks forward to work for what she considers her second home and further engage with the great people of this campus community.



Kristie Figone ’09, Volunteer Coordinator
Kfigone@sandiego.edu

BA, University of San Diego, Anthropology

As the volunteer coordinator for Alumni Relations, Kristie Figone '09 works to recruit, manage and recognize alumni volunteers for alumni events and programs. Prior to joining the Alumni Relations team, Figone worked in the Office of the Vice President for University Relations and for the Dean of Students. She graduated in 2009 from USD with a BA in biological anthropology and a minor in business administration.
Tyra K. Hawthorne, Office Manager
thawthorne@sandiego.edu 


BA, Grambling State University, Business Management 
MBA, University of Phoenix, Non-Profit Management 

Tyra is a native of Detroit, Michigan, a musician, and a Marine Corps Veteran.  She attended Grambling State University on a full music scholarship where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management. While attending Grambling State, Tyra joined the Marine Corps Reserves and shortly after graduation she decided to switch gears and become full time Active Duty. Recently obtaining her Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis on Non-Profit Management, her professional background consists of 10+ years of administration and program management. She is also a non-profit business owner of the Heartbeat Music & Performing Arts Academy, an organization which aims to provide music education and performance programs to the underserved youth of San Diego.

Tyra is responsible for handling budgets for the Offices of Alumni Relations and International Constituent Relations, for working with the Alumni Board, overseeing the office's student workers, and serving as an assistant to Charles Bass, Senior Director of Alumni Relations. 
 
Anzueth G. Gonzalez, Administrative Assistant 
anzuethgonzalez@sandiego.edu

BA, Colgate University, Political Science 

Anzueth Gonzalez joined the Alumni Relations and International Constituent Relations team in 2015. Gonzalez returned to San Diego after completing her B.A. in Political Science at Colgate University in New York. During her time at Colgate, Anzueth served as the administrative assistant to the Vice President and Dean of the College as well as the marketing assistant to the Director of the Annual Fund. 

Anzueth strives to maintain a welcoming environment to all USD visitors. She provides programmatic support, is responsible for all aspects of daily office management and is the direct assistant to the Director of International Constituent Relations.