Seton Alumni

1960s

Mary (Martinez) Palomino

Class of ’66 | Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education 

Mary Palomino is currently a middle school substitute teacher. She retired from Salt River Project (SRP) after twenty-five years of service where she worked as a Strategic Energy Manager. There, she worked with high-energy usage customers in the telecom and warehouse/distribution segments. She is a Certified Energy Manager. Palomino, a longtime community volunteer, is a graduate of the Tempe Leadership Class XXIV, volunteered for many SRP community projects, and served as a loan executive for the United Way. Palomino was on the 2012-13 Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is married to Ernie Palomino. They have five children and four grandchildren.

Q: During your years at Seton, what academic or extracurricular opportunities made a lasting impression on you? Why?
A: Seton gave me the opportunity to participate in multiple activities, such as volleyball, basketball, softball, cheerleading, journalism, science club, honor society, and community service. I had excellent faculty and student relationships and support.

Q: What is your best memory from your time at Seton?
A: All of the friendships I made along with the exceptional education and spirituality that I received are the favorite memories that I have while at Seton.

Q: Of our founding charisms of Faith, Love, Courage and Determination, which resonated most with you and why?
A: All of them. Without these I would not have been able to pursue a bright future.

Q: Describe a defining moment at Seton for you where you experienced an important life-long insight.
A: My dad, Joe Martinez, was a carpenter who maintained the operations of Seton. Watching him inspired me. He worked so hard and no matter what the job would be, he would do it as best as possible. My dad took great pride in his work. The Blessed Mother grotto at the original Seton was important to him since he was very devoted to the Blessed Mother.

Q: Which faculty member or coach left the biggest impression on you and why?
A: Mr. McMullin, a math teacher, was always accessible and encouraging.

Q: Other comments or stories you would like to share with us about your experience at Seton.
A: Father Patterson asked my father, Joe Martinez, to build a high school. I would watch my dad work late every day building the original classrooms on Williams Field Road, which is now Chandler Boulevard. My dad did masonry, plumbing, electrical and framing. Later, my dad was instrumental in adding additional classrooms and the gym, which is ironic since we had to use the gym for his funeral since the church could not hold the hundreds who attended. I have thirteen siblings, and all fourteen of us graduated from Seton.

1980s

Dr. Ernest Lee

Class of ’86 | BS, MPH, Doctorate M.D.

Dr. Ernest Lee currently serves as a Civil Service Senior Medical Officer at the Occupational Medicine Clinic at Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow. On the weekends, he still serves in the Air Force Reserve as a Flight Surgeon for the 729th Airlift Squadron at March Air Reserve Base, California. Dr. Lee’s squadron flies the C-17 Globemaster. At the peak of the war, his squadron transported approximately 80,000 Marines annually to Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. On September 1, 2014, Dr. Lee pinned on the rank of Colonel. He is married to Delailah Lee. They have three children: Andre, Christine and Lysette.

Q: During your years at Seton, what academic or extracurricular opportunities made a lasting impression on you? Why? 
A: The solid math and science foundation served me well in college, medical school, and during my post-graduate medical training at Harvard. I was an aerospace engineer at ASU before I switched over to Biology. The English and writing classes prepared more than I realized at the time. I was able to get an A in Honors English at ASU. The foundation in creative writing and English has enabled me to write effectively in my professional military education thesis papers, as well as in numerous manuscripts that I have authored. These have been published in medical academic journals and books.

Q: Which faculty member or coach left the biggest impression on you and why?
A: Sr. Marie Theresa – She was a math genius, but also led by example when she helped the poorest of the poor in Mexico.
Sr. Joan Marie – She was always proper, eloquent, and holy.
Coach Kevin McCarthy – He was very tough both in the classroom and on the football field. His toughness helped prepare me for duty as an officer in the US Navy and Air Force.

Q: What is your best memory from your time at Seton?
A: Prom night.

Q: Of our founding charisms of Faith, Love, Courage and Determination, which resonated most with you and why?
A: Faith. Before all else, God should come first. That is why Faith is the most important charism. During the most challenging times of my life, it has been Faith that has brought me through.

Q: What advice would you offer to a Seton student today?
A: Have your priorities straight. God, family, career. Never ever be ashamed of values you have learned at Seton. The solid religious foundation you have will carry you well in whatever career field you choose. I rely on these values to guide me in my duties as a senior military officer, as a medical physician, and as a father and husband.

Q: Other comments or stories you would like to share with us about your experience at Seton?    
A: High school was a magical time. The memories of those years remain with me like they were yesterday. I grew up in the 1980s. So I still long for that time when new wave and punk rock were the style. That was when the U-2, the Go Go’s, Kim Wilde, and the Human League were popular. There will never be another time like high school. If I had a time machine and could go back to my Seton days, I would make sure I took time to truly cherish my family and friends. I would not take those days for granted. I always looked forward to Graduation; yet when it came, I had a sense of sadness because I knew I would no longer see many of my good friends. So cherish each and every moment of your Seton days, for those are the times that you will look upon in later years and reminisce fondly about.

2000s

Gillean (Osterday) Barkyoumb

Class of ‘06 | Masters in Nutritional Sciences

Gillean Barkyoumb is a Nutrition Communications Specialist at Isagenix, a leading health and wellness company. There, she communicates the latest scientific evidence in health and nutrition through written and oral communications. She enjoys educating people and helping them improve their health through diet and exercise. She is married to her Seton Catholic high school sweetheart, Eric Barkyoumb ‘04.

Q: What values do you attribute to your experience at Seton? 
A: Faith, acceptance, honesty, integrity.

Q: Which faculty member or coach left the biggest impression on you and why?
A: I think of Mrs. Hoffman often because I was not an English fan, but now I write every day for a health and science blog. Even though I dreaded that class, I learned skills that helped me reach my career goals. Not to mention, English in college was a breeze.

Q: Of our founding charisms of Faith, Love, Courage and Determination, which resonated most with you and why?
A: I have a strong foundation of faith because of the morals and values instilled in me at Seton and by my parents.

Q: Describe a defining moment at Seton for you where you experienced an important life-long insight.
A: Hours of homework, studying, and involvement in other activities was overwhelming at times, but I grew from the experiences. I learned that hard work pays off.

Q: What is your best memory from your time at Seton?
A: Meeting my now husband and winning State in soccer!

Q: What advice would you offer to a Seton student today?
A: Get involved! Play sports. Try out for the play. Run for Student Council. Join the band.

 

Nathan DeLaTorre

Class of ’10 | Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication 

Nathan DeLaTorre is a touring actor with Childsplay, a nationally and internationally esteemed and award-winning professional theatre company. Childsplay has three annual touring productions that perform at hundreds of schools across Arizona as well as productions at the Tempe Center for the Arts. DeLaTorre makes his debut with Childsplay in A Thousand Cranes. He also writes for TheCelebrityCafe.com. DeLaTorre graduated from ASU where he was a reporter for the Cronkite News.

Q: During your years at Seton, what academic or extracurricular opportunities made a lasting impression on you? Why?
A: Participating in Seton Drama Club changed my life. When I first entered high school, like many others, I was insecure and scared that I would not fit in with new people. Once I was introduced to Seton’s theatre community, I began auditioning for productions and found my passion in life. Seton theatre helped me build confidence not only in the auditioning and performing aspects of the art form, but more so in real life aspects, such as communicating with other people and truly taking the time to listen to what they have to say. I would not be the person I am today without Seton theatre.

Q: What advice would you offer to a Seton student today?
A: Try and not take your Seton experience for granted. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the higher expectations that Seton requests, but once you graduate and start attending college classes, you will find that you are extremely ahead of the curve compared to other students that did not have the opportunity to have an education like the one provided to you at Seton. Wearing a uniform and following all of the strict rules can be exhausting, but if you hang in there, your time at Seton will provide a solid foundation for a successful future.

Q: Of our founding charisms of Faith, Love, Courage and Determination, which resonated most with you and why?
A: Courage is the founding charism that resonated with me the most. Having the privilege of attending Seton taught me that we must be courageous through the good times we face, but even more so in the difficult times. There are times in our lives that seem dark, hopeless and impossible to get through, but if we have the courage to fight on and look for the light, we will come out of the darkness stronger than ever.

Q: Which faculty member or coach left the biggest impression on you and why?
A: Matthew Frable – During my time at Seton, Mr. Frable was head of the theatre department and was responsible for directing and putting on each Seton drama production. Thanks to his coaching and encouragement, I was able to explore and engage talents for performing that I did not even know I had. Mr. Frable’s drama productions challenged me to grow as a performer. I am proud to say I am working as a paid actor under one year contract with a touring company called Childsplay in Phoenix. I would not be the performer I am today if it wasn’t for Matthew Frable helping me build a solid foundation of the craft and the opportunities he provided to me during my time at Seton.