USF celebrates Albuquerque commencement

The University of St. Francis (USF) graduated students from its Master of Physician Assistant Studies program offered at its Albuquerque, N.M. campus. Commencement ceremonies were April 25.

Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Physician assistants provide patients with serves ranging from primary care to specialized surgical care. The University of St. Francis program in Physician Assistant Studies is fully accredited Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.

Commencement speaker was USF President Arvid C. Johnson who was installed as the ninth president of the University of St. Francis in June 2013. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in physics from Lewis University (Romeoville, Ill.) and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.), he holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and a Ph.D. in management science from the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, Ill.).

Prior to joining USF, Johnson served as the dean of the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University and as a professor of management. He serves on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Illinois Council on Economic Education; as an elected member and president of the Lincoln-Way Community High School District Board of Education; and as an appointed member of the Village of Frankfort’s Financial Affairs Committee.

Prior to entering academia, Johnson had over 15 years of engineering, manufacturing, and senior management experience in a variety of business environments – including Northrop Grumman Corporation, Microwave Laboratories and Varian Associates.

He has published and presented extensively in the areas of quantitative analysis, microwave materials processing, advanced manufacturing practices and strategic management. Johnson holds nine United States and dozens of foreign patents.

The following students were awarded Master of Physician Assistant Studies degrees:

Scottsdale – Margaret Dolohanty (inducted into Pi Alpha National Honor Society)
San Tan Valley – Lisa Payant

Chino Hills– Erin Prieto
Huntington Beach – Celina Moretta
La Puente – Adriana Blakely
Modesto – Joseph Mashinchi

Durango – Emily Havener and Molly Hummel

Fort Lauderdale – David Bowman
Tampa – Ahresh Edjlali

Orland Park – Maria Wemple (inducted into Pi Alpha National Honor Society)

New Prague – Kathleen Haberle

Albuquerque – Lauren Ames; Jessica Craig; Cristina Ferraro; Fernando Galindo; Wesley Gilmore; Jared Johnson; Jessica Johnston; Mina Mostafavifar; Darian Oldham; Erin Pearcy; Sean Richland (inducted into Pi Alpha National Honor Society); and Allison Suiter

Richardson – Nhunga Vo
San Antonio – Allison Hutcherson
Southlake – Cristina Regalado

Draper – Aaron Grossberg (inducted into Pi Alpha National Honor Society)
Santa Clara – Ashley Hansen

Winchester – Daniel Lowder

Otis Orchards – Ashley Wilkinson

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., has 46,000 alumni throughout the country. USF serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and sciences, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit

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