Alumni Now – May 2014 Edition

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.

On the way to Emmaus, this particular passage from the gospel of Luke is one of the best known resurrection narratives in the Bible. It begins with two disappointed disciples leaving Jerusalem after the death of Jesus. As they are walking along, they are joined by Jesus, though they do not at first recognize him.

Along the journey, Jesus begins to explain to them the significance of past events, especially his execution and death. And as he talks to them, “Their eyes were opened.”

The entire passage is full of significance; but just this small excerpt illustrates some mighty lessons. The two disciples were walking away from their center base in community, always a challenge to belief and faith. Would their faith have strengthened and their disillusionment lessened if they had stayed with the rest of their colleagues? The lessons for our contemporary life in faith are many. How often do we seek to participate in the affairs of our community of faith? Perhaps if we were more involved, our eyes would be open with a decrease in disillusionment.

The disciples in this case were traveling away, but to what destination? But, they were traveling. In many ways, life in the faith is life in journey. We get to meet Jesus at various times, in various places, at different moments in particular situations. One beautiful thing to remember is that the disciples recognized Jesus and the breaking of the bread. How often do we take our lives to the sacramental center of the Church?

Good Friday at St. Vincent de Paul

Over thirty volunteers gathered at St. Vincent de Paul’s Human Service’s Campus on Good Friday to grill and serve a meal to over 800 homeless individuals. Check out the photos!

The New Alumni Service Corps for 2014-2015

The Alumni Office congratulates Gabe Campbell ’10, Cooper Davis ’10, Karl Heiland ’10, Brok Kloeber ’10, and Jonathan Londono ’10 on being selected to represent the Alumni Service Corps for the upcoming year.

Brophy Academic Honors

We enjoyed the status of 26 National Merit Finalists, a record breaking total in the history of the school. We enjoyed a State Championship for our math team. We enjoyed Speech and Debate Team Champions in the Arizona District Tournament. All quite an addition to our celebration of the Resurrection, and says a great deal about the quality of instruction at Brophy.

Spring Sports Review

Volleyball – Submitted by Tony Oldani – The Brophy volleyball team is nearing the end of another terrific regular season! The team had a solid tournament in Las Vegas, winning the Bronze division and is currently 10-5 in power-point matches, playing the toughest schedule according to the AIA rankings.

Track – Submitted by Bill Kalkman – Following upon two state championships over the last three years (2011 and 2013 AZ state champions, 2012 state runner-up), hopes for a repeat this year by our Track team were not unrealistic. Led by returning hurdler Bobby Grant, recently having set a state record in the 300 IH, Brophy has been blessed with a group of talented harriers. Junior Isaiah Oliver gives the school a one two punch in the hurdles. Senior thrower Dominic Hernandez and freshman jumper Robert Brooks will have an impact on the state meet score. Our relay teams have been consistent point gatherers in every meet. Our distance runners improve with every week. And just to look to the future, our freshmen and sophomores present some of the most promising stable of tracksters in the history of the school.

Baseball – Submitted by Calvin Fairbourn ’14 – This year’s varsity baseball team was a double threat, well versed both at bat and in the field. Lead by D1-bound pitchers Ryan Castellani and Garrett Rupp, the Broncos took on all comers with determination and resolve. They enjoyed incredible success in the regular season, winning 19 of their 28 games, thanks in large part to incredible performances by many different members of the team. Of particular note was shortstop Nolan Weinstein, arguably the best in the state, who’s ability to deliver double plays and displays of incredible athleticism on cue, clinched more than a few games for the Broncos. They entered into post-season ranked 11th in the state, but were unfortunately cut down by Gilbert High School after an intense 9 inning game which ended 9-8. Congratulations to the team for a great year!

Crew – U.S. Rowing Southwest Regional Championships Bronze medal winners!

Tennis – Brophy tennis team won the state championship over Desert Mountain 5-4 on Saturday, May 10th. Details here!

A Bit of History – Submitted by Bob Sloncen ’57

In the fall of 1954, Brophy put together their first varsity basketball team since the days of the “Pintos”. The team was comprised of 4 juniors, 3 sophomores and 3 freshmen since Brophy did not have a senior class. I was one of the sophomores. Our coach was Fr. Jim Devlin, S.J. and despite the fact we had no gym, Fr. Devlin found us a place to practice. The Arizona National Guard Armory on the SE corner of 7th Ave and Jefferson. Money was hard to come by but Fr. Devlin was a very resourceful coach. The year prior the only all black high school in Phoenix – “Carver High” closed down due to desegregation. Fr. Devlin saw that the Phoenix Union High School District was having an auction to sell off things from the school that it couldn’t use. He went to the auction and had some success. He was excited about his “good deals”.

At practice the next week he told us we had some new uniforms coming but they weren’t ready yet. C-A-R-V-E-R had 6 letters and so did B-R-O-P-H-Y. Father Devlin had someone redo the uniforms with BROPHY on the front. About 2 days before our first game Coach Devlin handed each of us our “new” uniforms. They were almost brand new and we looked almost like a real basketball team. As we walked out on the gym floor that first night we were excited and things were perfect except for one little hiccup. Carver’s colors were blue and white and our new uniforms were still blue and white. But it didn’t bother our cheerleaders. They were still leading the crowd in the common chant of “GO RED….GO WHITE” as we ran around in our BLUE and WHITE uniforms.

Alumni Updates

For the second year in a row, John Heiland ’11 recently received the Dr. Renee Harrangue Award for Service and Leadership at Loyola Marymount University.

Adan Nunez-Frausto’10, currently a senior at Carlton College, delivered a tremendous hammer throw traveling 167 feet, 1 inch (50.93 meters) at the Carlton Relays the weekend of April 19th-20th. For his performance, Nunez-Frausto was named the MIAC Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week. Details here!

Devon Allen ’13, a freshman at Oregon, is making his mark as a two-sport standout. Check it out!

Father and son alums, Bob Pimentel ’76 and Mateo Pimentel ’06, wrote and published a book for parents on the topic of Standardized Testing. Beyond Standard: Navigating the Standard Testing Experience is available on Amazon. Kudos!

Samuel DiCarlo ’11, currently a junior at Barrett, the Honors College at ASU, has been busy! He just completed his thesis project, working with fellow Brophy Alum Pete Burr ’07 to create a video. Samuel has recently been awarded the David Wayne Isom Memorial Scholarship, the Butterfield Scholarship, the Anna and Don Kirkman Family Scholarship, and the John Hudson Scholarship. The varying scholarships are based on the interest in studying families and improving the lives of families and children, as well as the desire to enter into a career of law enforcement upon graduation. In addition, he was received the Sun Angel Funk Award, presented to a student who achieves academic prominence and demonstrates community focused awareness. In the fall, Samuel will be studying abroad in Ireland at Dublin City University. We congratulate you Sam.

Bob Murphy ’83 and Spencer Kamps ’83 completed a rim to rim to rim run (45 miles) of the Grand Canyon on May 2 in 15 hours. For the record, Spencer beat Bob out of the canyon. At least that’s what Spencer says, and apparently it was just a gas!

Dr. Amit Gosalia ’93, co-owner and president of Audiology Clinic, Inc. has won the 2012-2013 American Academy of Audiology Scholar Award for the 4th time in a row. This honor is awarded those who have dedicated themselves to the field of Audiology and have shown their commitment to continued professional excellence. Dr. Gosalia also was elected to serve on the American Board of Audiology. He and his wife, Charmi, live in Vancouver, Washington.

Brophy alums helped Arizona State University wins the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference. Holding the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association SLC Championship trophy are Cortland Jones ’13, Landon Gagner ’13, Mack Regan ’12, Gage Buness ’13, and Robby Leonard ’13.

Kevin Tozer ’03 and his wife, Jennifer McLaughlin Tozer (XCP ’03), welcomed their daughter McKenna Marie Tozer on April 12, 2014. They currently reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan where Kevin is completing his medical residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. 

Richard Thaddeus Schwab ’74 will be completing his Bachelor of Science degree in December 2014 from NAU and continuing on to law school.

Trent Murphy ’09 was drafted in the 2nd round by Washington Redskins! 

Bobby Grant ’14 talked to the Arizona Republic about his successful season.

In Memoriam

Thomas J. Reilly ’59
Edward L. Muckerman ’58
Pamela Ryan – mother of Timothy J. Ryan ’59
Jo-Lynn Cleverly – mother of Jack Cleverly ’11
Donald W. Jansen ’66

It’s never about just one person. Mick Ebeling ’88 uses 3D printers to change lives

1988 ebeling, mick (not impossible labs)Mick Ebeling spoke at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles last week where Aakash Jain ’14 received a special award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Raj Vatsa ’14 won overall 4th place at the Fair. Aakash said, “He and his company have done some amazing humanitarian work with Project Daniel, the world’s first 3D printing prosthetic lab that serves amputees in the Sudan. We were truly blown away by this extraordinary Brophy alumnus.”
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Brophy Mayasich Lacrosse Cup

Update March 21, 2014
Brophy Lacrosse defeats Chaparral at the Mayasich Cup 9-3. Frances, Landis and Dan Mayasich were in attendance for the pre-game ceremony in memory of their son Robby Mayasich ’10.


Posted March 17, 2014
IMG_9287 (wp)The Lacrosse Cup named for Brophy alumnus Robby Mayasich ’10 will be this Thursday, March 20 at Chaparral Stadium. JV at 6:00 PM // Varsity at 7:45 PM

Can’t make it? Give to Robby’s Memorial Fund, a need-based scholarship given in honor of alumnus Robby Mayasich ’10.

Come early for the pre-game ceremony with the Mayasich family, Father Reese and the teams. Remember it is a “Pink Out.” Fans are asked to wear Robby’s favorite color…pink.

Photo: Robby’s dad Dan and Brophy Vice President Adria Renke with Robby’s friends who organized a Donate Life Arizona campaign, at the time it was the largest high school donor drive in the state.

Aaron Qureshi ’94 receives ordination

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1994 Qureshi, aaronBrophy alumnus Aaron Qureshi ’94 shared news of his ordination to the transitional diaconate at the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome on October 3rd for the Archdiocese of Washington (DC). He anticipates ordination to the priesthood of Jesus Christ on June 21, 2014 in Washington. Aaron will conclude studies in Rome in June 2015 and then return to Washington for parish ministry.

Brophy alumni and current students swim to Alcatraz

Men for Others never stops.

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1984 Ashton, Marc_alcatraz swim (wp)On Sunday, September 29th, 11 Brophy students and alumni will be embarking on a historic swim from Alcatraz. The alums and students will be the sighted guides for 3 blind swimmers as they swim the 1 ½ mile channel between Alcatraz and San Francisco in 59 degree water. The three blind swimmers, including Brophy senior, Max Ashton, will be the first ever to swim the channel in Alcatraz Invitational’s 18 year history. “I want to swim Alcatraz because I want to prove to the world to not count me out just because I can’t see like everyone else. Brophy didn’t count me out. These Brophy Alumni aren’t counting me out. I hope Harvard, Stanford and Columbia won’t count me out, either.”

The idea to swim Alcatraz came from Alumni Jim Drake ’84 who, after guiding a 12-year-old blind student rim-to-rim across the Grand Canyon in 2010, knew blind students could swim Alcatraz. “I swam it in 2009. I knew if a blind student could do Rim to Rim in a single day, he could swim Alcatraz,” said Drake, who is now Arizona’s Assistant Secretary of State. “I pitched it to Marc Ashton and here we are.” Marc Ashton ’84 is the CEO of the Foundation for Blind Children and Max’s father. “Once Jim Drake convinced me our kids could do this, I reached out to my Brophy classmates Mike Tiffany ‘84 and Tom Palmer ‘84.” Mike Tiffany, a four-time veteran of Alcatraz, and one of Max’s sighted guides was nervous at first, “Alcatraz is hard. It’s very cold. The water is very choppy and the currents are strong, but I know Max is determined. Heck, he is the youngest blind person ever to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. I’m proud to be on his team.”

“This is what Brophy instills in our students,” said Brophy Regent Tom Palmer ’84, one of Katie Cuppy’s sighted guides, “We graduated from Brophy 30 years ago, but here we are being the eyes for those without vision. Men for Others never stops.”

To follow their historic swim, please go to Foundation for Blind Children’s website

Photo left to right: Jim Drake ’84, Craig Machen ’87, Ben Drake ’17, Jim Mooney ’84, Eric Stelzer ’16, Katie Cuppy (blind swimmer), Marc Ashton ’84, Max Ashton ’14 (blind swimmer), Tom Palmer ’84 (Brophy Regent), Tanner Robinson (blind swimmer), Mike Tiffany ’84, Ed Hendricks ’87, Jim Stelzer ‘84

Brophy alumnus Simon Zachary ’02 enters Jesuit Novitiate

2005 zachary, simonPress Release from the California Province of the Society of Jesus

On Sunday, August 27th, eleven men enter the Society of Jesus’ combined novitiate including 2002 Brophy alumnus Simon Zachary. The new novices arrived at the novitiate with family and friends present. Eucharist was celebrated for all in attendance, and an information session was offered for family and friends.

These men will be guided through their two-year experience by Steve Corder, S.J., Director of the Novices for the California and Oregon Provinces, and supported by Tony Harris, S.J., Assistant Novice Director, along with Eddie Siebert, S.J. who serves as administrator of the Novitiate Community.

2013 jesuit novicesRead more about entering the novitiate…

Click here for bios on all the novices.
Please pray for Simon and for all the novices entering the Society of Jesus this year: Andrew Carrell, Joseph Dickan, Martin Hicks, Joseph Kraemer, Ryan Mak, Eric Nguyen, Jason Odem, Vicente (Appie) Perez, Jr., Alfonso Pizano, Jr. and Michael Tedone.

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Christopher Hoyt ’01 named National Director for NPH Guatemala

2001 Hoyt, Chris (fb)(Press release from NPHH) The Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos y Hermanas International (NPHH) announced that Christopher Hoyt will be filling the role as National Director for NPH Guatemala beginning the first week in June, 2013.

Chris first met Fr. Phil Cleary and the NPH Mexico estudiantina and danza nearly 15 years ago in his home state of Arizona. During high school he accompanied the first mission trip from Our Lady of Perpetual Help school to visit two pequeños sponsored by his family. While at the University of Notre Dame, he pursued a dual degree in Film & Television and Spanish and studied Spanish in Chile. Just a few months before graduating, Chris visited the home and was able to have his first fluent conversation with the children in Miacatlán. That was when he decided to apply to volunteer with NPH Mexico after graduation.

Chris served in Mexico from 2005-2008, as a caregiver, Volunteer Coordinator, Visitor Coordinator, and Director of General Activities. During that time he volunteered with his sister Melissa, now Events Manager at Friends of the Orphans Midwest, and Katie Cordaro, who would later become his wife. Chris says his years with the children, staff, and volunteers of NPH Mexico were among the most influential of his life, and he hoped to someday return to NPH if the possibility arose.

Chris went on to pursue a Masters degree at the University of Kansas, the top rated school for Public Administration in the nation. During that time, he served as Director of Volunteers with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood Kansas City Province, where he developed a start-up program to supply social service agencies throughout the U.S. with volunteers to serve vulnerable communities.

In 2012, Chris traveled to West Africa to assist a Cameroonian community organization in developing international partnerships, revenue sources, and an international volunteer program. Upon completing that project, he accepted a Fellowship with Catholic Relief Services in Malawi, the organization’s largest operation in Southern Africa. There he worked on monitoring and evaluation systems to improve management and effectiveness for a program targeting 15,000 with early childhood development services.

Chris says, “For me, one of Fr. Wasson’s greatest legacies is that he embraced a family of worldwide supporters, in which each of us plays an equally important role, so that pequeños might lead the fullest life possible. Fr. Wasson opened the door for every one of us to use our gifts and talents to their fullest potential to write a new reality in the lives of vulnerable children. To participate in that vision is something I consider the highest honor and deepest responsibility.”

Jeff Malkoon ’05 reflects on a life immersed in this year’s Summit topic, “The Opportunity Gap”

2005 malkoon, jeffYou don’t know where life will lead you after senior year. Shortly after beginning my university career in the business program at ASU, I decided to act on advice from a Brophy teacher, and give the humanities some consideration. I enrolled in a couple courses relating to religion and global conflict and discovered my true passion. I transferred into the School of Global Studies where I was immersed in the survey of world cultures and institutions. There, I had the privilege of studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan in 2007 and working as a clerical assistant in the British Parliament in 2008.

In 2009, I graduated and continued on to the Master’s program in Nonprofit Studies. During this program I began planning a post-grad backpacking trip with friend and fellow Global Studies major, Steven Londoño ’05. We sold as many possessions as we could to fund the trip and left after graduation in 2010. We spent six months vagabonding through a half-dozen Latin American countries. The most memorable event in our journey was the week spent constructing emergency housing in the suburbs of Montevideo with the Jesuit-founded relief organization TECHO, a youth-led non-profit organization seeking to overcome poverty in slums. Working with TECHO changed my life forever. I’d never encountered such a stark societal disconnect – a gap between the extraordinarily industrious working poor of Uruguay and the ability to build a better life; an opportunity gap. As beautiful and necessary as our housing constructions were both in their tangible nature and the sense of human solidarity they produced, without living-wage job opportunities, there was no prospect of sustainable improvement for these families. In the moment I made this realization I knew what I had to do. I began to see my future in the faces of the children there.

2005 malkoon, jeff (2)When I returned to Phoenix, I grabbed the only friend I thought might be crazy enough to embark on this journey with me, Michael McGillicuddy ’05. We’ve spent the past two years of our lives developing PB Americano – a peanut butter line that contributes profit to TECHO while gathering resources to return to the community and do what we can to produce living-wage job opportunities for TECHO housing recipients. After an extended period of development, we reached Valley farmers’ markets about two months ago with our products and have already raised hundreds for TECHO poverty reduction programs.

On Brophy’s FB page recently, I read about this year’s Summit on Human Dignity topic – The Opportunity Gap. It evoked pride in the fact that we’re addressing an issue the Brophy community finds worthy of critical inquiry and discussion. It also evoked the recognition that I might not have had the courage to identify and act on my passion, embarking on this journey and experiencing its many blessings.

PB Americano crafts the most delicious and nutritious products on the plant and bring the Americas together for the common cause of extreme poverty reduction. PB Americano displays at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, The Union at Biltmore Fashion Park and Williams-Sonoma Artisans’ Market.

Alumnus/Jesuit Refugee Service Director in Jordan, Colin Gilbert ’03

Alumnus Colin Gilbert (Brophy ’03, LMU ’07) will speak to Brophy students and faculty this Monday, March 11th. Gilbert kicks-off his month long visit to the U.S. to raise awareness and support of Jesuit Refugee Services and the work they are doing with refugees in Jordan. His presentation is included in Brophy’s annual two-week Summit on Human Dignity, this year the subject is The Opportunity Gap.

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With a background in Ignatian spirituality, liberation theology, Spanish, and Arabic, Colin has worked with immigrants and displaced populations for several years in East Los Angeles, El Salvador, Colombia, Kenya, and the occupied Palestinian territories. Colin taught Catholic Social Teaching at Xavier College Preparatory High School in Palm Desert for several years before moving to the Middle East. For the past two years, he has been working with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Jordan, where he now serves as the Jordan Country Director.

With the emergence of the Arab Spring and due to mass movements of refugees in the Middle East, the work of JRS in the region has increased significantly. In addition to responsibilities in Jordan, Colin has been called upon to assist with communication and advocacy for the JRS Middle East and North Africa regional office, which oversees initiatives in Syria, Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon.

Brophy Press Release 40_Colin Gilbert JRSColin spoke to The Bishop’s Hour about his struggles as a teenager and the profound impact Brophy immersion trips and Kairos retreats had on his life. Listen here

Read more about Brophy’s Summit on Human Dignity
Jesuit Refugee Service

Marc Ashton ’84 motivates Brophy students to serve others

Brophy students John Drake ’14, Jack Macias ’14 and future Brophy hopeful, Ben Drake, show off their volunteer project with Foundation for Blind Children students and staff. John, Jack and Ben worked over several days to create these steps to transform a slippery dirt path into a safe path for visually impaired students.

Marc Ashton is the CEO for Foundation for Blind Children is the only agency of it’s kind in Arizona. It serves as a resource to families and children with blindness or low vision. It provides a comprehensive system of services for development and opportunities to lead a meaningful and productive life. They serve children from infancy into adulthood. Find out more at