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On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the CAL-ABOTA Board of Directors selected Warren R. Paboojian (1980) as the 2017 Trial Lawyer Of The Year. Recognized as the highest honor a California trial lawyer can receive, the CAL-ABOTA Trial Lawyer Of The Year is awarded annually to a recipient exhibiting the best traits of a trial lawyer - excellence in advocacy, a distinguished career and a reputation for civility, ethics and fair play.
 
Dante Simi (1963) was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Antelope Valley Board of Trade at its annual Business Outlook Conference being held at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, located in Lancaster, California, on February 24, 2017. He is only the second recipient of this prestigious award that has been presented in the organization's 45-year history; and was selected for his outstanding service to the Antelope Valley community. Simi is the co-founder of Learn 4 Life Charter Schools, and has established the Dante Simi Scholarship Fund with the Fresno State Alumni Association. Last fall, he was presented a Top Dog Alumnus Award from the Fresno State Alumni Association, on behalf of the College of Social Sciences. He is also an active member in Sigma Chi.
 
Monique Bienvenue (2015) is the newly elected president of The California Women for Agriculture Chapter. She is also the communications director for Bee Sweet Citrus.
 
Jaime Sandoval (2003) has been named the communications coordinator for the City of Fresno. Formerly, he was a public information officer for the County of Fresno and a photojournalist with Univision Communications for 12 years.
 
Ezra David Romero (2012), a reporter and producer with Valley Public Radio, has won two prestigious 2017 Golden Mike Awards from the Radio Television News Association of Southern California for his outstanding reporting. Romero won the Best Entertainment Award for "Making Mental Health Cool: A Look Inside Demi Lovato's Wellness Workshops;" and the Best Business and Consumer Reporting Award for "Cotton Sheet Conspiracy Brought Down by DNA Testing." The 14-county wide region includes Los Angeles and San Diego.
 
Claudia Ruiz-Alvarez (2007, ’15) has been named the director of donor services for the Central California Community Foundation. She formerly was the economic development coordinator for the City of Fresno.
 
S. Scott Barnes (1986, ‘93) has been named the vice president and director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Oregon State University. He has served as the athletics director of the University of Pittsburgh, and done other athletic-related stints at Utah State, University of Washington, Eastern Washington University, and Humboldt State. As a student, Barnes was a Fresno State Bulldogs’ basketball standout.
 
Sheri Humphreys (1995) has had her novel A Hero to Hold named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016.
 
Douglas DeFlitch (2010) has been selected the first chief operating officer for the Friant Water Authority. For the past decade, he has been a hydrologist and manager for the Federal Bureau of Reclamation. DeFlitch holds a Master of Science in geology from Fresno State.
 
Lee Ann Jansen (1994) has been named the vice president and chief development officer for the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, based in Tacoma, Washington. She formerly worked in the development arenas for Community Medical Centers, Valley Children’s Hospital, and Fresno State.
 
Lee Ann Jansen (1994) has been named the vice president and chief development officer for the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, based in Tacoma, Washington. She formerly worked in the development arenas for Community Medical Centers, Valley Children’s Hospital, and Fresno State.
 
Kelsey (Smith) Anderson (2015) is the owner and operator of Kelsey Anderson Photography based in Clovis. As a student, she was on the Bulldogs’ cross country team for two years.
 
 
 
 
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