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Class Notes

1950s

LEWIS SBRANA, 1956 Music Education, is enjoying retirement after 33 years teaching high school music. He is now on the other end of the spectrum, making music with the New Horizons Band of Sonoma County, in Santa Rosa, Calif.

JOHN CHERRY, 1959 Wildlife Management, retired in 1993; he was associate regional director for the National Park Service in San Francisco and spent 32 years with the U.S. Department of the Interior.

1960s

MICHAEL E. WALKER, 1962 Biological Sciences, is approaching the end of his real estate career in Sacramento, Calif. Michael lives on a two-acre property in Auburn, Calif., with his wife and two collies. During his recent visit to HSU in May 2010, he participated with the Tau Kappa Epsilon alumni group.

ROBERT ADAMS, 1964 Forestry, has retired several times and is now 12 years into a new “career” at Flight Safety International.

HARRY BARTLEY, 1966 History, has worked in his minor field as an applications engineer for the company Tektronix since graduation. Harry jokes that he is currently the only History major working at Tektronix. Computer Aided Drafting and Engineering have provided him a career path in teaching drafting classes at Marysville High School and providing training and support in computing and high technology.

SANFORDSANDYWILBUR, 1966 Wildlife, is celebrating 15 years of retirement after a 35-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He is about to celebrate 50 years of marriage to fellow alum Sally Harris, whom he met in the dorms in 1959. He is currently in the process of completing the manuscript for his fifth book, a history of California as told by the California condor.

JAMES (JIM) BONOMINI, 1968 Physical Education, retired from teaching at Red Bluff Union High School in June of 2003. He has six children and a grand total of six grandchildren. He is currently coaching American Legion baseball.

STEVE ASKAY, 1969 Wildlife, retired after teaching biology for 38 years in Ventura, Calif. He spends his free time surfing, fishing, walking his dogs and playing with his grandchildren. His wife, Cheryl Linnett (‘70), is also retired and spends her free time with her horse and singing in her church choir.

1970s

CRAIG BASHORE, 1970 Psychology and Sociology, recently retired with his wife, Debbie, and bought a home in Astoria, Ore. They say it’s quite a change after 35 years in the Palm Springs area, and are glad to be back “in the rain.”

CHARLES P. MEACHAM, 1970 Fisheries Biology, spent 50 years in Alaska as a commercial fisherman, seafood inspector for the U.S. Army and seafood processor for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He is now living in Washington state with his wife, Charlene Heriot Meacham, (‘69, Art), and has three children and three grandchildren.

PETER PEDROZA, 1970 Physical Education, retired after 35 years as an adapted physical education specialist. Peter lives on a comfortable three-and-a-half acre property in Monterey County with his wife of 37 years, Beatrice, who is a retired elementary school teacher. They have two children, Aaron and Abrahm.

KATHY McPIKE, 1971 Business, spent 12 years in New Orleans before moving back to California nine years ago. She is the manager of strategic planning and training for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.

MICHAEL O’BOYLE, 1971 Natural Resources, retired in 2010 after 20 years in the natural resources field as an animal control officer. He is living in Madera County with his wife of 37 years, Kay, and has four children and six grandchildren.

DARLENE R. SCOTT, 1971 Home Economics, after earning her bachelor’s degree at Humboldt State at age 40, she taught high school home economics in San Lorenzo, Calif. She then earned her master’s degree in educational leadership at age 59. When her husband had a job opportunity in Valley Forge, Pa., she enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a doctorate in human sexuality education at age 65.

ROBERT WILLIAMS, 1971 Physical Education, retired in Texas in 2008 (and is loving it) after teaching for 36 years with Modesto City Schools. He is currently working in the life skills classroom (special education) at John Guyer High School in the Denton Independent School District as a classroom paraprofessional.

MARY ELLEN BOYNTON, 1974 and 1978 English, taught English and journalism at U.S. Department of Defense schools for 23 years in Germany, Bahrain and Japan. She retired in 2007 and returned to Humboldt County.

KATHY DUNN, 1974 Nursing, is currently working as the clinical nurse specialist at the Spinal Cord Injury Center with the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. Dunn also moderates a website for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI). She was inducted into SCI Hall of Fame in 2008 and awarded Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year award in 2003.

ROBERT KLAMT, 1974 Fisheries Biology, worked 32 years for the North Coast Water Quality Control Board, the last eight months of which were spent as executive officer. His work was mostly monitoring and assessing North Coast waters, and in the most recent years of his career, working with the timber industry on water quality issues. Robert retired in November of 2010.

JOHN S. WRIGHT, 1974 Journalism, is living in Kenmore, Wash., with his wife and two kids. He is the Latin America news editor for “Energy News Today,” and has recently published two books: “The Obama Haters” and “Life Without Oil.”

JEAN MCGURK, 1974 Psychology, has been a real estate agent since 1985 and lives in Stockton, Calif. Annually, she connects with a group of fellow HSU alums and their families for a summertime campout—they enjoy these so much that the ladies have developed splinter groups for spring and fall reunions.

JOSE BERRIOS, 1975 Physical Education, has taught for 32 years in Victorville, Calif., which includes coaching football and wrestling. He led his 1987 team to victory during the California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships along with head coach, and fellow HSU alum, Sam Gollmyer (‘71, Physical Education.)

MIKE LINKER, 1975 Geography, is blessed with a wonderful wife and two children. Linker has 34 years with the United States Forest Service growing millions of tree seedlings annually for reforestation.

CHRISTIE LEE FAIRCHILD, 1976 Natural Resources, left the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service after 18 years to teach environmental education full time. After 18 years in education, she is back to her previous profession as a park ranger. Fairchild and her husband also farm organically, with the help of their mules, and have homesteaded in the upper Skagit (near North Cascades National Park) for almost 30 years where she says, “Visitors are always welcome!”

SHELLEY GARDNER, 1976 Art, moved to Oakland, Calif., in 1976 to attend graduate school at the California College of Arts and Crafts. She makes and exhibits sculpture primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area, and looks back fondly at her memories of HSU.

PATRICIA CARLON KUSHNER, 1976 Teaching Credential and 1977 Environmental Education, retired in 2006 from 25 years of teaching elementary school. She now works seasonally for the United States Forest Service in El Dorado National Forest.

RICHARD OHNSMAN, 1976 Journalism, retired after 28 years as a public information officer for the Idaho State Police. Richard is now running True Light Photographics, a small photography and graphics business.

TIM HAMAKER, 1977 Fisheries Biology, has been on an assignment to Southern California since March 2010 as the environmental compliance manager for a $1 billion wind energy project near the Tehachapi-Mojave region of California.

LEE ANN LANNING, 1977 Psychology, has been working with the Eureka City Schools District for 24 years in various positions, including school psychologist, director of special education and elementary school principal. Now head of human resources and special education, she has recently been appointed interim superintendent by the Eureka City Schools Board of Education.

ROY W. LOWE, 1977 Wildlife Management, is currently project leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. In 2005, he received the Refuge Manager of the Year Award from the National Wildlife Refuge System, and the Federal Land Manager of the Year Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2006.

KEVIN TIGHE, 1977 Business Administration, is a certified payroll professional and assists about 100 payroll departments as a client service representative. He has a green thumb and enjoys growing orchids, palm and bauhinia trees, cactuses and more. He reminisces about his days at HSU when he would help his friends with dendrology class, although as a business major he was never able to take a class himself. Tighe is a cancer survivor.

DUNCAN McCLUSKEY, 1978 Fisheries Biology, was in the Ecology Outdoor Group at HSU and has since continued volunteering his time in the community. He generally volunteers between 300-400 hours each year. Among his many areas of service, Duncan has volunteered at the local, state and international level with Special Olympics and has volunteered with Paralympics sports for 17 years.

DANIEL MANDELL, 1979 History, published his sixth book, “King Philip’s War: Colonial Expansion, Native Resistance, and the End of Indian Sovereignty” with Johns Hopkins University Press in fall 2010. The American Library Association named the book the 2010 Outstanding Academic Title.

EUGENE TASHIMA, 1979 Sociology, graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1985 with a master’s degree in Asian American studies. He has since been teaching full-time at Victor Valley College, where he served as head football coach from 1987-99.

1980s

JOHN ALVES, 1980 Wildlife Management, moved to Colorado after graduation and has been employed by the Colorado Division of Wildlife for 22 years. John is currently senior aquatic biologist responsible for fisheries management in southwest Colorado. He has been married to his wife, Yvonne, for 27 years, and has a 12-year-old daughter, Shannon.

JAMES FREEMAN, 1980 English, has taught language and literature at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pa., for 29 years. A collection of his stories, “Irish Wake: In Loving Memory of Us All” will be published in 2012.

CATHRYN HALVORSON RUDOLPH, 1980 Psychology, notes that it has been 30 years since she and her husband attended HSU. This year it is a special treat to have both daughters attending Humboldt: Hollund, who will be graduating in May, and Lauryl, who just started last August. Both are on the science track and enjoying all that Humboldt has to offer.

DAVE MAUSER, 1980 Wildlife Management, is a supervisory wildlife biologist and was named the National Wildlife Refuge System Employee of the Year. Mauser was recognized for his work in developing the Walking Wetland Program where wetlands are part of the crop rotation with agricultural lands.

JOHN MOSSMAN, 1980 Physics, has been an electronics engineer for 30 years in industrial, consumer and medical product development.

SAM STERLING, 1980 Botany, has worked as an adjunct professor of botany at various University of California, California State University and California Community College campuses, and as an adjunct professor of trade skills. He has also worked for San Francisco Public Library and as a volunteer interpreter for Native American material culture, and studied ethnobotany and flint knapping at various California regional and state parks, Indian museums and the National Park Service.

ERIC WIEGERS, 1980 Journalism, is senior vice president of communications and local government affairs for the California Apartment Association in Sacramento, Calif. He has two kids who are both recent college graduates “finally.”

LAURALEE WOODRUFF, 1980 Psychology, entered HSU in 1976 with one infant, Kiersten, and graduated as LauraLee C. Webb in 1980 with another infant, Khalil. She is now practicing as a licensed mental health practitioner at the Community Mental Health Center of Lancaster County in Lincoln, Neb. With husband Nathan Woodruff, she is enjoying being grandparents of three, volunteering for disaster response with the American Red Cross and training a therapy dog.

PAULA PROCTOR, 1981 Nursing, has been employed as a registered nurse as St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka since she graduated. After working in Medical-Surgical units and Pediatrics for many years, she has been a Short Stay Unit nurse for the past dozen years. Paula and her husband, Michael, have three children: Mia, Gina and Jackson. Mia (HSU Communication graduate) was married last fall to Will Sheufelt (HSU Business graduate and Lumberjack basketball player).

JUDITH LANGLEY, 1982 English, stayed in the area, because, “It is so beautiful”. The climate is perfect: Neither too hot nor cold. She currently works with the U.S. Postal Service as postmaster of Fortuna, Calif.

PAUL SHEPPARD, 1982 Forestry, is an associate professor of dendrochronology at the University of Arizona and says he still relies on his Humboldt Forestry training quite a bit. He recently trekked around Argentina and Chile to collect tree samples near volcanic sites in the central Andes mountain range.

JIM HINDERLITER, 1983 Speech Communication, is a special needs science teacher at a middle school in Oceanside, Calif.

BILL MARTIN, 1983 Wildlife Management, is senior project manager at the URS Corporation, conducting environmental review, impact analysis and environmental permitting.

TOM DORST, 1984 Math, is currently the business manager for the propulsion and power generation business unit of the Northrop Grumman Corporation. Dorst continues to run when he can, participating in local races.

MICHAEL J. MORALES, 1984 Liberal Studies, joined the Peace Corps after graduation as an agro-forestry volunteer in the Philippines. He has been working for the National Park Service for the past 23 years and has spent the majority at Channel Islands National Park. He and his wife, Irma, have raised their two children in Ventura, Calif. Their daughter Maya starts school at HSU in the 2011 fall semester.

JEFF SCHORI, 1984 Forestry, has been appointed as the new unit chief for Tehama-Glenn Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Tehama County Fire Department.

PHILLIP W. KRAEMER, 1985 Business Administration, is currently living in Washington state and is a senior strategic account manager at WILD Flavors, Inc., and has over 25 years’ experience in the food science industry.

NANCY WEITZ, 1985 and 1988 Theatre Arts, went on to receive her doctorate in English from Ohio State University. She taught at various universities in the United States before moving to the United Kingdom in 1999. Weitz now runs her own company, Architela, which specializes in Internet strategy and online learning.

CHRIS BREY, 1987 Fisheries Biology, joined the Peace Corps after college as a fisheries volunteer in the Dominican Republic. He has worked as a fisheries biologist on the Bering Sea, and managed a salmon hatchery in Washington state. He has transitioned to environmental work in biotechnology industry and grew into a facilities management role, where he has been able to exercise his passion for sustainable business practices. He is married with two children and lives in Mountain View, Calif.

TERESA CHILDERS MATERA, 1988 Music, has been teaching elementary school music for the past five years in Alameda, Calif. She says she loves her job and is happy she finally gets to work in her field. Teresa lives in Martinez, Calif., with her wife, Fran, and two teenage boys, Zach, 17, and Ben, 14.

LYNN ENEMARK PRETZEL, 1988 Journalism, has remained local and is a college counselor and executive assistant at St. Bernard’s Catholic School in Eureka. She previously worked for the Times Standard and still does freelance writing and photography. Lynn enjoys spending time with her kids, Adam and Amanda, and working on her vintage tent trailer.

RENE GREG ESTRELLA, 1988 Wildlife Management, spent 20 years with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, then decided he would have more success in positively impacting the environment by educating inner-city youth in Los Angeles. He says that he is trying to be a role model for them, as well as create a few little environmentalists! He has been teaching since he graduated from HSU.

JAMES R. HAMILTON, 1988 NRPI, just recently went into retirement after 11 years as development services director for the city of Redding, Calif. Before he became top planner for Redding’s construction industry, he worked six years in the international armed forces. He spent part of his service at Mather Air Force Base outside of Sacramento as a flight controller, coordinating B-52s and Boeing KC-135 landings and departures on parallel runways. Hamilton plans to spend the early years of his retirement doing consulting and volunteer work, taking art and agriculture classes at Shasta College, and spending time with his 16-year-old daughter, Stephanie.

KATHLEEN (SALINAS) BAKER, 1989 Psychology, recently relocated to Seattle to begin work as director of housing and residence life at Seattle University. She lives with her husband, James, and three children: Adam, 6; Sarah, 5; and Ethan, 19 months.

KRISTI HANSON, 1989 Journalism, is teaching biology, marine biology, health and environmental studies in an inner-city high school in downtown Los Angeles.

1990s

MARIE BACHER, 1990 Liberal Studies, is a science coordinator for Santa Clara Unified School District and a mother of two, ages 4 and 13. She owns three bakeries with her pastry chef husband in the San Francisco Bay Area: Aki’s Bakery in San Jose, Calif.; Vienna Bakery in Fremont, Calif., and A Piece of Cake in Santa Clara, Calif.

LESLIE HENRY, 1990 Nursing, is a public health nurse with the California Tuberculosis Control Branch. She works as a nurse consultant in the multi-drug resistant tuberculosis service and the outbreak response team.

TOM SRAMEK JR., 1990 Psychology, has been priest-in-charge of St. Edward’s Episcopal Church in San Jose, Calif., since 2009.

JONATHAN TIMOTHY WRIGHT, 1990 Education, is married to Sue (Neal) Wright (‘88), and is assistant principal and athletic director for the ’10-‘11 academic year at Emmett High School in Emmett, Idaho.

CHRIS OLDSTONE, 1991 Marine Fisheries, is raising three girls and fishing California spiny lobsters for a living; or, as he calls it, “Living the dream.”

JON DOHLIN, 1992 Biology, is currently the director of the New York Aquarium in New York City, and was recently promoted to vice president of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

AMY DURNELL, 1992 Recreation Administration, is a fifth grade teacher for the Lodi Unified School District and living in Galt, Calif., with her husband and two children, Shane, 9, and Marie, 2. She says she is looking forward to seeing her HSU family soon.

SANTINA PITCHER, 1992 Political Science, has worked at several universities throughout the years and has finally settled at University of California, Berkeley, as a career counselor. She has worked at Berkeley since 2010 with the College of Engineering and has served as a liaison to the Disabled Services Program.

JOANNE STRALEY, 1992 Philosophy, went on to graduate with a master’s of fine art degree in poetry from Columbia University in 2003. She now works at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Joanne continues to publish her poems in various publications, including The Paris Review, Red China Magazine, and The Denver Quarterly. She lives in Berkeley, Calif., with her husband and two kids.

JAMES J. CONROY, 1993 Social Science, served 21 years in the Army National Guard, and has retired to work as a parole agent with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Eureka. He plans to retire in the coming year and move to Alaska.

PEGGY MOLLOY, 1993 Art, currently has two featured programs on Humboldt Access Television: “Peggy Molloy Dance Class,” and “Serious Music Humboldt.” “Serious Music” features the work of HSU emeritus Music Professor Leland Barlow.

DALE POOLEY, 1993 Environmental Science, married alum Jennifer Wilcox, (‘92 Environmental Education), after meeting while working at Redwood State Park. They have two sons, ages 8 and 6. Poole has been in environmental consulting for 12 years after working in the park and recreation industry and in museum science education. Wilcox is back with the California Department of Parks and Recreation after community relations work with utilities and water agencies. Wilcox is also program director of an outdoor science school.

PAUL RUNNELLS, 1993 English, is living and working in Las Vegas, Nev., as group reservations manager at the Venetian Hotel and Palazzo Resort, which entails coordination of all aspects of hotel room reservations for group events, trade-shows, and conferences.

ELLEN THERESA HALL, 1994 Physical Science, is currently living in Portland, Ore., with her family where she teaches chemistry, physics and earth science at the high school level. She is building on the excellent science education she received at HSU by taking prerequisites to return to school to study evolutionary psychology. Ellen loved going to school at Humboldt, and she visits the Arcata area with her family every chance she gets.

CONRAD HUYGEN, 1994 Geography, has been promoted to lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air Force. He is a judge advocate currently serving as an executive officer to the assistant vice chief of staff of the Air Force at the Pentagon.

ROSANE CENSOPLANO, 1995 Psychology, is living in her hometown of San Diego, Calif. She has been married seven years with four kids (the youngest are twin boys). She has been working at Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego in the outpatient psychiatry department for the past 10 years as a child and family psychotherapist.

HELEN YOLISA DULEY, 1995 Liberal Arts, received her master’s degree in education from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2003, and worked as a school counselor until 2010. Helen has since begun her doctorate studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, with a focus on indigenous knowledge practices concerning health and well-being. She is presently conducting research in the rural Eastern Cape and volunteering at the community pre-school.

KEVIN KILPATRICK, 1996 Sociology, has had five young adult fantasy novels published, and has been invited to the Humboldt County Authors’ Festival in October 2011.

KATHY MOLEY, 1996 Geology, has been working out of McKinleyville, Calif., at the geologic consulting firm Pacific Watershed Associates for the past 13 years.

JENNIFER MOLINE, 1996 Journalism and Mass Communications, settled into deadline-free blogging and marketing for a Bay Area-based printing company. She loves living in Oakland, Calif., with her sister and two cats.

Cameron Abel, 1997 Science Illustration, recently published his first illustrations for a children’s book: “Kiko the Hawaiian Wave,” by Beth Navarro. He says his background with scientific illustration has made this a very new field for him, but he is learning a lot and really enjoying the creative outlet. His ultimate goal is to be connecting kids with nature.

ROBERT WEIR, 1997 Industrial Technology, is currently employed as a designer and engineer for the Double Star Corporation, which manufactures firearms in Winchester, Ky.

ELIZABETH P. HUNT, 1998 Recreation Leadership, married fellow alum Dennis Flaherty (‘99 Environmental Science) in 2003, and is currently living in beautiful Bellingham, Wash., with her husband and two sons, Hayden and Kieran.

ADAM BEVERLY, 1999 Music, has been teaching music and English as a foreign language at a public school in Denmark for the past six years. On the side, he writes and records his own music, and currently has two singles on Danish National Radio.

GREGORY COLLINS, 1999 Anthropology and Geography, is currently the associate state archaeologist and cultural resources program manager for the North Coast Redwoods District of the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

CORY GADWOOD, 1999 Zoology, is working as a doctor of veterinary medicine at an all-feline hospital in Portland, Ore. Gadwood is working on his license for pet acupuncture.

MATT MALLE, 1999 Environmental Biology, has been working for the AECOM Technology Corporation as a biologist and project manager in California’s Inland Empire for more than 10 years.

LAUREN MAUCK, 1999 Liberal Studies Elementary Education, is currently living and teaching kindergarten in Soledad, Calif. For the past 10 years she has primarily taught the children of migrant farmers and enjoys it thoroughly. She has two children, Teagen, 12, and Kendrick, 9.

2000s

ALLEN ALDRIDGE, 2000 Industrial Technology, moved to Jamestown, Calif., where he manages Jamestown Harley-Davidson with his wife, Karen (‘99 Recreational Administration). They have two children, a dog and a hamster.

MANJA ARGUE, 2000 Interdisciplinary Studies, is a published poet in three anthologies, and recently was accepted to be published by the San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Poet Society.

KATHARINE GOODENOUGH, 2000 Biological Sciences, won a two-year graduate fellowship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Estuarine Research Reserve. She will be researching gull-billed tern foraging movements and diet at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve.

NATHAN GILBERT, 2001 Geography, is a father of two. He received a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 2006 and is currently working as an associate planner for the city of Reno, Nev.

NATE MANLEY, 2001 Geology, has had two big events in his life this year. The first was the birth of his first child, a wonderful little boy named TJ, who he hopes will become a little Lumberjack someday. The second is that he has fulfilled one of his lifelong aspirations of becoming a college professor. Nate just completed his first semester as an adjunct professor at Yuba Community College teaching geology and earth science and loved every second of it.

DAWN ARLEDGE, 2002 Sociology, is working to reduce the number of youth killed in car crashes. She was awarded the Award of Excellence from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

BEN BESHWATE, 2002 History, is currently an adjunct history instructor at Cerro Coso Community College after receiving his master’s degree from California State University, Fresno, in 2008.

ALEXIS GACH, 2002 International Studies, went on to receive a four-year professional diploma from Berkeley College of Music, studying voice and songwriting. She currently owns her own company, Miss Lexi Faye Presents!, where she teaches music and movement to pre-kindergarten to 4th grade children.

ZOE H. ARMSTRONG, 2003 Religious Studies, began serving in the Peace Corps in Armenia as a community and business development volunteer. Armstrong is currently a development specialist for a women’s resource center in Southern Armenia. She credits HSU’s Youth Educational Services program for giving her the opportunity with the Refugee Extension Program.

CHRISTIAN GANDY, 2003 Geology, is working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a senior geologist in Savannah, Ga.

MORGAN KING, 2003 Social Science, was recently hired as the sustainability and waste coordinator for Humboldt State, after five years as program manager for a sustainability nonprofit. King lives in Arcata with his wife and daughter.

MISTY MERSICH, 2004 Business Administration, graduated from San Jose State University with a master’s degree in urban and regional planning. She is pursuing a career in sustainable city planning and tackling climate change issues.

NICHOLAS J. OSBORNE, 2004 Sociology, completed his doctorate in 2010 at University of California, Davis, for educational administration and leadership. He was recently hired at the University of Illinois as the assistant dean of students and director of veterans programs.

SARAH REID, 2004 Social Science, is employed at KMUD-FM Redwood Community Radio as a general manager and station manager. She is married to Jessemyn Reid, with whom she plans to adopt a child.

SERENA ZELEZNY HALL, 2004 Journalism, is currently teaching marketing and copywriting at Southwest University of Visual Arts in Tucson, Ariz., and working as a communications consultant. She married Curtis Hall in June 2010.

WENDY MELLBERG HAECKER, 2005 Wildlife, received a master of arts degree in special education from San Francisco State University in 2008 and now works as a guide dog mobility instructor at Guide Dogs for the Blind in the San Francisco Bay Area.

BRIAN WELLS, 2005 International Studies, achieved his goal of working for the U.S. Department of State five years after graduating from HSU and after a three-year application process. He is a special agent with the Diplomatic Security Service, currently posted to the Washington Field Office in Washington, D.C.

SEAN CANTON, 2006 Journalism and Geography, is working as an interactive producer in Minneapolis. He just completed his work on VoteWithYourTaxes.com, a project he says is informed and inspired by his education and experience at HSU.

SEAN BROPHY, 2007 Wildlife Management, began his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, but decided to trade in the rain, fog and abalone for the sun, desert and elk of New Mexico. He is now the wildlife refuge specialist at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in San Antonio, N.M.

MICHELLE GIENGER, 2007 History and Economics, married James Corcoran on in 2007 (‘05 Business Administration, ’06 Credential). Gienger graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law with a juris doctorate in 2010. She works as a federal investigator with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Oakland, Calif.

LAUREN TAYLOR, 2007 Native American Studies, works for the Yurok Tribe as a tutor where she is dedicated to helping the students succeed at Del Norte High School.

LELA ANNOTTO-PEMBERTON, 2008 Dance Studies, is currently a first year candidate for a master of fine arts degree in dance at Mills College with an emphasis in choreography and performance.

CHRISTOPHER ROBERTSON, 2009 Anthropology, just accepted an offer of admission into the Asian Studies master’s degree program at the University of California, Berkeley. He will be focusing on China studies during the fall of 2011. During the two-year program, he is hoping to take an extra year to study Chinese abroad in both China and Taiwan.

DUSTIN DETWEILER, 2010 Rangeland Resource Science, worked as a range conservationist in the student career experience program for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Detweiler now works with the service as a range management specialist, working on ecological site descriptions for the Joshua Tree National Park Soil Survey and other surveys in the Mojave Desert.

JESSICA PETERS, 2010 Anthropology, has been accepted to the anthropology doctorate program at University of California, Los Angeles, with full funding for four years. Peters will be studying under anthropology Professor Sherry Ortner.

MARY PRELLE, 2010 Native American Studies and Psychology, is working on her master’s degree in addiction studies and family counseling online through Grand Canyon University in Arizona. She hopes to work with veterans and the Native American community.