graduation day

Sociology Alumni

Steven Alcala - 2013: I graduated from the Los Angeles Police Academy in Spring 2014 and have been working in the field since then. A majority of the calls I have responded to have dealt with domestic violence. I am always looking to better myself and be the best police officer I can be.

Christina Robertson Matanick - 2008: My husband and I have been considering becoming foster parents, so much so that we took foster parent training classes last spring. In those classes we were inspired by the emotional journey of kids in care, and, being filmmakers, we proceeded to make a short film hoping to convey that same understanding to others.

Marta Johnson - 2007: I graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2011 with my MSW, and have spent the last two years working for a child welfare organization as an Adoption Specialist. My work has been primarily as a foster care case manager with kids whose cases will likely result in termination of parental rights and adoption by their foster families. I received my LCSW in the late fall of 2013 and very recently accepted a new position. I'll be continuing my work in child welfare but through a very specific program in DCFS in Illinois completing social history reports for the court and making treatment recommendations for children and families newly involved in the system.

Jennifer Eskridge - 2005: Jennifer was in Uganda with Samaritan’s Purse and living in Lira and visiting rural sites and Kampala. It was an internship which allowed her to complete her required field work for her MPH at UCLA.

Kristin Moll Flynn - 2002: Kristin is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. I am afforded the opportunity to work with a wide range of people and consider myself fortunate to have this career. My sociology background was so instrumental in bringing me to where I am today.

Christen Krogh - 2001: Christen currently teaches and runs the Center for Therapeutic Education at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara. She worked at Devereux for four years while completing her Masters and Credential from UCSB.

Janay Ramos Marshall - 2001: I earned a Masters in Education for Counseling and Guidance at Cal Poly and during those 2 years I worked at a level 12 group home through Transitions Mental Health as a counselor. After I graduated I took a job with the San Luis Obispo County working with teenagers that were in Long Term Foster Care preparing them for their emancipation and independent Living. When I moved to Visalia, CA. I became a social worker with a foster care agency. I loved this job and transitioned into Social Work Supervisor which I loved even more. It was such a joy to encourage and train up other social workers. I've also worked as an Elementary School Guidance Counselor in Anaheim and as a Social Worker with a foster care agency in Orange County.

Jeff Swanson - 1985: Jeff’s position is associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences with tenure at Duke University Medical School.

Carolyn Skinner Moreau - 1983: . I loved my sociology major and then the Urban Program. I also earned a Masters in Social Work (Administration and Planning). I worked in community level planning and at the state level in Early Childhood Intervention. After taking a break from paid work for awhile while my boys were young, I turned to more grass roots direct service work; supporting Hispanic immigrant parents through classes and home visits which I continue to do now.

Janie Purcell Anderson - 1980: I enjoyed the Urban program and being an RA in Page during my years at Westmont.  I worked at a home for unwed mothers (Florence Crittenton) until I had my own family.  Later I went back and got my teaching credential and taught 7 years in private school and now have worked 11 years in public school (mostly 4th and 5th grades.)

Kathy Bowden Derringer - 1977: I worked for several years following graduation for the Rape Crisis Center and then as a victim advocate at the Santa Barbara District Attorneys office. I married and moved to Florida and have spent the last 29 years managing parenting programs for families with young children. I have loved my career in social work.

Frieda DeBoer Brands - I attended Westmont from 1977-1979. I was part of the Urban program in Fall of ’79. I had a great experience at Westmont and earned a BA from CSULB in Social Welfare in 1982. I am currently Director of Children and Family Services with the Lake Elsinore Unified School District. This means that I oversee all the 0-5 programs for our district. I earned my Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership in June of 2014.

Maureen McConaghy - 1967: After graduating from Westmont, I worked briefly as a Kern County social worker, and then earned my Ph.D. in sociology from UCLA in 1977. I taught sociology in Maryland in the early '80s and then went back to school for a Master's degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from California State University Dominguez Hills in 1989. My husband and I raised two wonderful daughters, and then in 2000 I became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I started my private practice in 2001, and continue seeing clients in my office in the City of Orange, California. I specialize in parenting issues, couples' counseling, and mood and anxiety disorders. I have no plans to retire, because I love the work I do.