Fall 2015

Class Notes


John Voris, 1955 Wildlife, died on March 19, 2015. He received a master’s degree in Wildlife Management from Iowa State University in 1957. Voris’s first job was with Nicholas Turkey Breeding Farms in Sonoma, Calif., where he was employed for 25 years. In 1982, he joined the staff of the Animal Science Department at UC Davis as a Turkey Specialist. He provided research-based consultation to San Joaquin Valley turkey growers, and published papers in academic journals on land-use disputes, agricultural nuisance complaints, and turkey care practices. The poultry facility guidelines Voris developed with the industry were the basis for an ordinance in Fresno County and are used as guidelines in four other counties in the area.

Larry Flammer, 1956 Zoology, taught high school biology in San Jose for 38 years, and retired in 1997. In retirement, he created ENSIweb, a website for teachers, with interactive lessons that teach critical aspects of the nature of science and evolution. He has also published a unique student e-text: Science Surprises: Exploring the Nature of Science, which integrates several of the “Nature of Science” lessons on the ENSI site.

Joyce (née Van Alen) Lombard, 1957 Art & Education, just completed a 30-year career as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. She continues as a provider of continuing education units for Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. The focus of her career was on the fields of illness, grief, and loss. Also an artist and writer, Lombard exhibits and is published, most recently in the anthology Home by Holy Cow! Press, and an essay in The Disenfranchised; Stories of Life and Grief When as Ex-Spouse Dies. She and her husband, Ted, live in Southern California where they volunteer for arts organizations and enjoying biking, last year in Holland and Belgium; this year in France. Lombard says her education in art at Humboldt is the bedrock of her life. She would love to hear from those with whom she shared her Humboldt years. Lombard can be contacted through the HSU Alumni & Engagement Office, at .


Bruce Edwin Deuel, 1967 Wildlife, retired from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in October 2007 after more than 34 years. Since then, Deuel and his wife, Kathy, have traveled to every continent chasing new birds, and spent a lot of time enjoying their nine grandchildren.

Bob Nisbet, 1965 Forest Management, earned a M.S. in Biology from San Diego State University in 1969 followed by a Ph.D. in Ecology from Arizona State University in 1972. Following his education, Nisbet taught Botany and Ecology at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. Nisbet moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1979 to manage the Vegetation Studies and the Landsat Vegetation Analysis program on the MX-Missile environmental impact statement for the U.S. Air Force. Nisbet moved back into academia at the UC Santa Barbara in 1987 to model forest growth under projected global warming conditions over the next 90 years. In 1994, he moved back into business to build a predictive analytics team for data mining at AT&T. Nisbet built data mining models in various industries by adapting biological analysis methodologies to model customer behavior in business ecosystems. He retired in 2009, but keeps active with writing. He has published three books with Academic Press and is working on a fourth on the subject of effective data preparation, to be published by Cambridge University Press. Two of Nisbet’s books have won the Prose Award from the Association of American Publishers. He teaches online courses at UC Irvine in the Predictive Analytics Certification Program.

Janice Wieman Parker, 1967 English, became active in her local land trust after retiring from her third career. Parker was interested in setting aside what little open space was still available in her town. Parker writes that, “the skills I received at Humboldt in writing and public speaking, have become my greatest assets as the president of Common Ground Land Trust. The environment was not my major in college, but it is now.”


Michael O. Garcia, 1971 Geology, was recently elected as a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Garcia earned his Ph.D. in Geology from UCLA in 1976. He is currently Professor of Geology in the University of Hawaii’s Dept. of Geology and Geophysics.

Ann Simas, 1971 Special Major, recently released her latest book, Holy Smoke, the first book in her Andi Comstock Supernatural Mystery series. Simas served for two years on the Romance Writers of America’s Board of Directors, chairing the Outreach Chapter, and co-founded a local RWA chapter. Her other published titles include Chloe’s Spirit Afterstories, Second Chance, and Foolish Heart. She is currently working on Heaven Sent, a book about a near-death experience.

Paul Andre DeGeorges, 1973 Natural Resource Management, has lived a life of adventure, as a Peace Corps Volunteer studying the ecology of El Salvadorian lakes, living among the Cajuns in the Louisiana swamps, serving as an advisor to the U.S. in both Africa and the Caribbean, as well as to African governments, and teaching at and running a scholarship program for students from all over Africa to study nature conservation (wildlife management) at Tshwane University in South Africa. DeGeorges has co-authored two books for Academic Press, A critical evaluation of conservation and development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Last Chance Africa, and The Development of Taliban Factions in Afghanistan and Pakistan: A Geographical Account.

Deb (Lewis) Parker, 1976 Wildlife Management, retired from the federal government in 2014 after a 36-year career. She still works full time as a senior staff assistant with the nonprofit National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver. Parker started her career as a rodent-control biologist with the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. She then spent 24 years with the U.S. Forest Service as a Wildlife Biologist and Public Affairs Specialist working in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Colorado. For the next 10 years, Parker worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Colorado, where she was the writer, editor, and web manager for National Wildlife Refuge conservation plans in the service’s Mountain-Prairie Region. Parker and her husband, Andy (a retired wildland firefighter), adopted their daughter, Tai, from China in 1994. Tai is currently a junior at HSU, with double majors in psychology and CRGS (Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies). Parker’s weekends often involve competing in dog agility trials with her feisty terrier, Jagger.


Virginia Howard Mullan, 1980 Anthropology, retired with a fabulous retirement party at the Arcata Theater Lounge after 30 years of teaching all subjects in a multigrade classroom at Bridgeville Elementary. Mullan is currently working at College of the Redwoods training foster and kindercare guardians, while also volunteering and substitute teaching at Cuddeback School in Carlotta, Calif. She is still writing and is currently working on publishing a vignette about Julia Park Howard. This year, Mullan had the chance to see many of her friends who are HSU alumni, including: Suzanne Stone Gorter, Jim Gorter, Sherry Sweeney, Jody Stevens Vandenburg, Marty Casillas, John Bennett, Bob Fiock, Dave Ward, and Ralph Martinez.

Jeff C. Stevenson, 1981 Journalism, recently published his first book. Fortney Road: Life, Death and Deception in a Christian Cult is the true story of the religious group, the All Saved Freak Band.

Mark S. Fesler, 1984 Chemistry, worked for more than 25 years as an analytical chemist. For the last eight years, Fesler has worked as an environmental scientist and consultant with the engineering company CH2M Hill.

Sheri Forbes, 1985 Natural Resources Planning & Interpretation and 1990 Environmental Education, has worked at several beautiful and inspiring places, most recently Glacier National Park in Montana and Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. As Chief of Interpretation and Education for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service (NPS), Forbes currently provides leadership for interpretation, education, and volunteer programs at NPS sites in six western states.

Meg Godlewski, 1987 Journalism, has combined journalism talent with a passion for aviation. She is celebrating 16 years as the staff reporter for General Aviation News, a national magazine. Godlewski also supplies the “Ask the CFI” column for Aviation for Women magazine, an international organization. Godlewski is a frequent contributor to aviation textbooks, combining humor with science, and technique. Godlewski is anticipating the publication of her first fiction novel, if she can work the edits and rewrite around a busy flying schedule.


Gillian Wegener, 1990 English, is the founding president of the Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center. Wegener is currently the Poet Laureate of the city of Modesto. Her work in bringing poetry to the wider community led the Stanislaus County Commission for Women to honor her as one of 10 Outstanding Women of Stanislaus County for 2015. Her second book of poetry, This Sweet Haphazard, will be published by Sixteen Rivers Press in spring 2017. Wegener lives with her husband and daughter in Modesto, Calif.

Katrina “Kati” S. Hagen Radlick, 1994 Politics and French, was appointed by Gov. Brown as the Chief Deputy Director of Operations at the state Dept. of Human Resources in March. Prior to this appointment, Radlick served as the Chief of Human Resources at CalPERS, the California Public Employee Retirement System. She is also an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of San Francisco teaching Human Resource Administration.

Joshua Martin (formerly known as Joshua Roberts), 1998 English and History, worked at the Hotel Arcata for about a year after graduating. Martin then entered law school at the University of Utah, accompanied by his then-girlfriend, Bonnie Jo McLauchlan (also an HSU graduate). Martin made law review, graduated, and practiced criminal defense in Salt Lake City. He later moved on to civil litigation. In 2007 Martin moved to San Luis Obispo County and opened the Law Offices of Joshua W. Martin in 2013. Martin married Bonnie Jo and the couple lives in Grover Beach, Calif., with their two boys, Max, 10, and Charlie, 5, and their dog, Scooby.


Justin Byrne, 2000 Social Sciences, has been based in San Diego, working in medical publishing since 2003. From 2007 to 2013, he served as the managing editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology’s two specialty journals, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging and JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. Since 2013, he has been the managing editor of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Byrne married Alicia Jack (’00 Journalism) in 2004. They live in San Marcos, Calif., and have two children, Declan and Clara, born in 2006 and 2008, respectively.

Kenneth Davis, 2001 Film Production, founded ProCuts Editing Services, a postproduction firm in the Baltimore/Washington area in 2002 after earning a master’s degree in film production. The firm provides services to videographers, corporate and government clients, independent filmmakers, and media enthusiasts. Davis remains active with SCUBA and adores his new niece, Krista.

Evan Lautzenheiser, 2003 Wildlife, worked for Green Diamond as a wildlife technician conducting spotted owl surveys after graduating. Lautzenheiser also completed a short stay in Palm Springs, Calif., working with desert bighorn sheep. In 2007, he was hired by Arizona Game and Fish as a district wildlife manager/game ranger.

Kate McLaughlin, 2009 Natural Resources, recently became an Environmental Scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in Santa Barbara. McLaughlin is working with steelhead trout—the species she studied for her HSU master’s degree. McLaughlin enjoys connecting with HSU alumni who work for and collaborate with the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Marshall R. Ligare, 2009 Chemistry, finished his Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara and is starting a postdoctoral research position at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.


Jessica Peters, 2010 Anthropology, interned at the American Embassy in Paris. While there, Peters was accepted into UCLA’s Anthropology Ph.D. program, and received her M.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2012 and her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2015. During this time, Peters also presented research at the AAAs and at the Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities (organized by the University of West Georgia).

Max Brunsfeld, 2011 Physics and Astronomy, moved to Oakland after graduating from HSU and worked as a software engineer in San Francisco for three years. Brunsfeld recently started working for GitHub, a company that makes tools for collaborative software development, and whose employees are distributed all over the world. Brunsfeld has since moved back to Arcata to raise a family.

Kelly Jean Muth, 2012 Geography, has been pursuing her goal of becoming a professional disc golfer. After graduating from HSU, where she participated in the Humboldt State Disc Golf Club, Muth has participated in several national competitions, and has been ranked No. 26 in the world by the Professional Disc Golf Association.

Jared Birnbaum, 2014 International Studies, is enrolled in a master’s program at Fresno State University. Birnbaum plans to finish with a master’s degree in Communication and Linguistics, and also be certified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TEFL/TESOL).

Mary Locher, 2012 English and 2014 Education, earned her SB2042 teaching credential and worked as a substitute teacher. In April, Locher joined HSU’s Sponsored Programs Foundation as an academic advisor in the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP).

Holly Bennett, 2013 Biology, was accepted to Midwestern University’s College of Dental Medicine in Chicago, with an expected graduation date of 2018. After graduating from Humboldt, Bennett, along with her sister and mother, celebrated with a trip to Ireland, Wales, England, and Scotland.

Antonio Luevano, 2013 Religious Studies, is working on his Master of Divinity at the Franciscan School of Theology.

William Goldenberg, 2013 Wildlife, completed a Master of Arts degree in Wildlife Filmmaking with the BBC Natural History Unit at the University of the West of England. Since then, Goldenberg has worked as a freelance cinematographer for television shows, including “David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities,” and now operates a media production and consulting firm based in Arcata.

Anna Neumann, 2013 Oceanography, was appointed to the position of Northern California Regional Manager for Reef Check in 2014. Neumann combined her love for the ocean and education by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography, with an emphasis in Scientific Diving. While attending Humboldt State, she founded the HSU Marine Debris Program and received her National Association of Underwater Instructors Dive Master certification. She spent her summers interning for Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation and the University of Victoria’s Whale Research Lab, identifying humpback, finback, and grey whales. After graduating she moved to Cozumel, Mexico, and became a Professional Association of Diving Instructors-certified dive instructor. She currently resides in Fort Bragg, Calif.

Jessica Taatjes, 2014 Oceanography, joined AmeriCorps VISTA with the California State University after graduation. Taatjes currently works with COAST (Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology), conducting student engagement across the CSU.

Everardo Cuevas, 2014 English, has been accepted into the master’s program in Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy at Michigan State University. Additionally, he was awarded an Academic Achievement Graduate Assistantship (AAGA) from the College of Arts & Letters at MSU. This assistantship, which recognizes leadership potential and is offered to only two percent of graduate assistants, will provide two years of full funding toward the master’s degree.

Chloe Elliott, 2015 English, was accepted to the CSU Monterey Bay Single Subject Credential program for the 2015-2016 school year.