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Hart District Names Two New Principals

Published: Thu June 16, 2022
Source: SCVNews.com

The William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board unanimously approved the appointment of Kullen Welch as the new principal of La Mesa Junior High School and Robert Fisher ’02, MEd ’08, as the new principal of West Ranch High School.

Laguna Beach pegs alumna Claire Sonne to take over girls’ water polo program

Published: Thu June 2, 2022
Source: Daily Pilot

When Claire Sonne was a senior captain for the Laguna Beach High girls’ water polo program, coach Ethan Damato said he wasn’t sure he’d ever coached a player who cared as much as she did. Five years later, Laguna Beach has hired Sonne as its new girls’ water polo coach, athletic director Denise Selbe confirmed Wednesday. Another program alumnus, Camron Hauer ’17, has been hired to coach the Breakers boys’ water polo team.

City hires two new fire safety liaisons

Published: Mon May 30, 2022
Source: The Malibu Times

As fire seasons become longer and more intense, the fire safety liaisons have become more and more critical to helping the city prepare for and respond to wildfires. To enhance Malibu’s wildfires preparedness and response, the city recently employed retired Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACOFD) Assistant Fire Chief Greg Hisel ’93 and retired LACOFD Firefighter Paramedic Brad Yocum to join Gabe Etcheverry as Malibu’s fire safety liaisons.

City of Malibu Adds Two New Fire Safety Liaisons to Enhance Malibu’s Wildfire Preparedness and Response

Published: Fri May 13, 2022
Source: MalibuCity.org

The city of Malibu has hired two additional Fire Safety Liaisons as part of the city’s efforts to enhance Malibu’s wildfire preparedness and response. Retired Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACOFD) Assistant Fire Chief Greg Hisel ’93 and retired LACOFD Fire Fighter Paramedic Brad Yocum will be joining the city’s Public Safety Team the week of May 23.

Trailblazer of a teacher gets fond farewell

Published: Fri May 13, 2022
Source: Acorn

For 30 years, Nancy Bowman ’75 taught about life through death. The Westlake High School anatomy teacher, who retired last year, created a pioneering high school curriculum that allowed her honors anatomy students to dissect cadavers as they learned about the human body. The teens would perform dissections, write pathology reports and present their findings to medical professionals. Bowman retired last year, but her retirement party was postponed due to the pandemic, so she was feted last month.

Tom King has been a prince among county coaches during his 4-decade career

Published: Thu May 12, 2022
Source: Ventura County Star

Ever the quipster, ever striving to spur a bit of fun, Tom King ’78 is famed among his athletes at Moorpark High for his puns. Corny or not. His athletes have been known as "Kingsmen." When Christian Dearborn was recently named the Musketeers' new track and field coach, King noted he was "passing the baton."

Collision Repair Industry Consultant Won’t Let Health Issues Stop Him

Published: Tue May 10, 2022
Source: AutoBodyNews.com

What happens when your body starts to fail you, but your mind is as sharp as ever? Do you quit or do you re-invent yourself? This is a question many people in every industry — including collision repair — have to answer at some point in their careers, but it usually when approaching retirement. Chis Maimone ’09 has had to face these life-changing issues at the young age of 38 due to some serious health issues requiring more than 30 surgeries. But he apparently doesn’t know the word “quit,” and instead of stepping aside, he is embracing his new role as an industry consultant focusing primarily on auto body shops.

Puopolo named new head coach for Royal High football program

Published: Wed May 4, 2022
Source: Ventura County Star

Mike Puopolo ’11 will emphasize one key word to his players as he takes over the Royal High football program. "Trust," he says. "My first goal is to establish trust with my players. I understand they will be hesitant. They're cautious. No coach has stayed around very long for them. I want them to know I plan to be here for a long time. This program becomes all about them."

UCSB Welcomes Assistant Coach Andrew Montenegro

Published: Wed May 4, 2022
Source: UC Santa Barbara

The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer team has announced an addition to its coaching staff. Andrew Montenegro ’00 will join the Gauchos as an assistant coach ahead of the 2022 season.