Fall 2014

Class Notes


CARL S. CHAVEZ, 1966 Wildlife, published his second book, A Year in Bodie, 1966-1967, coauthored with his wife Margaret (Elmore) Chavez (also class of 1966). The book is about the start of Chavez’s 33-year career as a California state park ranger and administrator.


ANNE M. EGGLESTON, 1974 Speech Pathology and Audiology, worked in public education for more than 37 years: eight years as a speech therapist, 12 years as a resource specialist and 17 years as an elementary administrator. Eggleston misses the interactions with students, but not the paperwork and politics. In her retirement she is quilting, knitting, raising two golden retrievers, swimming, playing Bunco, and generally doing what the heart wants to do at the moment.

KATIE (MALLETT) KRIER, 1974 Nursing, retired from a career in woman’s health nursing. Krier worked in labor and delivery, in Santa Barbara County obstetrics and family planning clinics, and in the public health sector doing disease control. Since retiring, Krier has enjoyed traveling, sailing, and gardening. She would love to hear from Humboldt friends.

BARBARA (REINHARDT) DEWITT, 1976 Nursing, was recently named manager for the post-anesthesia care unit (recovery rooms) at the Pacific Northwest Regional Trauma Center in the University of Washington’s Harborview Medical Center, in Seattle. She lives on nearby Bainbridge Island with her husband, Ken (’78, Business Administration), a local mortgage banker.

TOM LANGKAU, 1978 Social Work, retired from the Veterans Administration in March. He spent his entire career working in the vocational rehabilitation field in Northern California, from 1978 to 1995. He lives in Winter Park, Fla., and is married to Professor Lani M. Harris (’77) of the University of Central Florida. They fondly remember meeting at HSU. Their family includes two children and three grandchildren. Professor Harris grew up in Eureka and remains in touch with her family in Humboldt County.

MICHAEL SANDECKI, 1979 Geology, is currently a water quality analyst employed with the California Coastal Commission.


MARIE (FERGUSON) SMITH, 1980 Wildlife, has been teaching high school science for the last 25 years after working for the U.S. Forest Service as a research technician. Smith is married with three sons, two engineers (SDSU and CSU) and one zoologist (HSU). She’s currently living on a mountain outside of Glide, Ore., and still teaching science (Umpqua Valley Christian School), but dreaming of retirement.

BRIAN ALAN REED, 1984 Theatre Arts, is a Professor of Theatre and Resident Designer at Whittier College, where he received the Nerhood Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013. Reed has also designed scenery for the Gascon Theatre, Zephyr Theatre, Pacific Resident Theatre, Odyssey Theatre, California Theatre Center, Pomona College Theatre, and 10 productions at the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival. Reed serves on the Western Region Board of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local USA-829. He also has served on the Board of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and chairs USITT’s California Section. He and his wife, Suzanne, will celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2015.

ROMI HITCHCOCK TINSETH, 1988 Communication, after 26 years gaining teaching, outreach, presentation, and community relations experience, is thrilled to be living out the dream of many HSU alumni: returning as full-time faculty to the academic department that built her academic foundation. Tinseth says she owes much of her success to HSU and is thankful for the opportunity to give the same to future students.


WILLIAM FORBES, 1990 Geography, is an associate professor of Geography at another Lumberjack school, Stephen F. Austin State University, located in the Pineywoods of East Texas. At the University of North Texas, he did his dissertation on revisiting Mexico’s Rio Gavilan, where Aldo Leopold noted perfect land health in the 1930s. Forbes currently directs SFA’s Center for a Livable World, which studies the sustainability and livability of small cities.

TONJA (OLSON) TALLENT, 1998 Biological Sciences, worked at a winery as a microbiologist, then for a bio-tech company doing the same. She recently left Corporate America and started a business with her husband and now happily runs a tea bar in Fair Oaks, Calif.


JENNA HIGGINS, 2000 Journalism & Mass Communication, is the Director of Development for Bread of Life Mission in Seattle. The mother of two children, Higgins is happily married and living in Issaquah, Wash. She loves to write in her spare time and has published two event planning books.

RION ALLBAUGH, 2001 Forestry, met his wife, Anne Marie Nielsen (‘01, Child Development), in the Siemens Hall computer lab in 1999 and they have been together ever since. Allbaugh is a fire captain for Cal Fire, and Anne Marie is a second grade teacher. They live in the Sierra Nevada Foothills with their son and dog. They look back upon their Humboldt State experience with great nostalgia and, if given the opportunity, would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

KENNETH DAVIS, 2001 Film Production, founded a postproduction firm in the Baltimore/Washington area in 2002 that provides services to videographers, corporate/government clients, independent filmmakers and media enthusiasts. Davis remains active with SCUBA and adores his new niece, Krista.

ROBERT DAVID SHORT, 2002 Geography, spent time traveling the U.S. and had the opportunity to take a boat from Humboldt Bay to Wrangell, Alaska, after graduation. It was a 38-day trip and the last 500 miles were traveled solo. He worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service before finally landing a job with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service as a physical scientist helping update and acquire charts used for ocean navigation.

REBECCA KELLAWAN, 2005 Anthropology, went on to graduate studies in the U.K., earning a Master of Arts with Distinction in Historical Archaeology from the University of Bristol. Kellawan is currently employed as a senior archaeologist with Far Western Anthropological Research Group located in Davis, Calif. Kellawan specializes in the historical archaeology of Northern California. She has also previously conducted research on African American troops stationed in Britain during World War II and the Indian diaspora in the West Indies.

LAUREN M. CONNOLLY, Ph.D., 2006 and 2010, English, completed her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at El Paso in rhetoric and composition after earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Humboldt State University. She is an assistant professor at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.

BRYNN E. DEMEI, 2006 Politics, now lives in her home country, the beautiful island of the Republic of Palau, where she works as a Commercial Loan Analyst for National Development Bank of Palau (NDBP). Demei will pursue her master’s degree in Public Administration next year, through the University of San Diego’s graduate cohort program, while she lives and works in Palau.

JULIANNA MARIE BOGGS, 2009 Journalism, has picked up a successful career as a freelancer writing about arts and culture for the Sacramento News & Review, food and agro-politics for Edible Sacramento magazine and Sacramento Foodways, and is now researching material for a pop-science book about the history and impact of nuclear power in the world today.

TYLER CLINE, 2009 History, pursued his Master of Arts in Public History from Sacramento State University, graduating in 2011. While pursuing his M.A., Cline worked as a processing archivist at the California State Archives. He then worked as an archivist in Anchorage, Alaska, with the U.S. National Parks Service. In 2013, Cline accepted a tenure-track position with the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center as the digital programs archivist, where he is responsible for preservation born-digital collections, and oversees a department of six engaged in mass-digitization of collection material for access on the web.

NICK ENTSMINGER, 2009 History, graduated with a Master of Medical Science from Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa., and a Certificate in Clinical Proficiency from Stanford University. Entsminger returned to Humboldt to begin a career in rural primary care and emergency medicine. Despite these accomplishments, he still misses his days at Humboldt State. Entsminger writes, “The education and experiences that I gained were paramount in influencing my educational pursuits. Additionally, my love of history has never ceased, and I hope that Humboldt someday offers a master’s degree in History, so that I may enroll once again. I would like to thank Drs. Marschke, Pasztor, and Mays.”


JESSICA ANN SELLERS, 2013 Wildlife, spent two summers working on a Wyoming toad recovery project doing captive breeding, research, surveys, and releases. Sellers also spent some time in Key Largo, Fla., interning for REEF doing fish surveys and lionfish research and removals.

KRISTIN PEAVEY, 2014 Psychology, recently began a career as a Behavioral Therapist at California Psychcare.