Fall 2016

Class Notes


Kenneth L. Liscom, 1949
Wildlife, was born and raised in Arcata. Liscom has retired after 40 years of working with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. He studied salmon and steelhead in the Sacramento, Alaska, Columbia, and Snake rivers by radio tracking. Liscom also studied fish scale analysis and the effect of electrical guiding on salmon.


Beverly Dahlen, 1956
Language Arts, retired from City College of San Francisco. Dahlen is also a practicing poet and received an award for her writing in 2013 from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York.


Rick M. Gardner, 1965
Psychology, received his M.A. (1967) and Ph.D. (1969) from University of Nevada, Reno in Experimental Psychology. He served as professor and department chair at the University of Southern Colorado from 1969 to 1991, and later as professor and department chair at the University of Colorado, Denver, from 1991 to 2000. Gardner has published extensively in several areas of psychology with particular emphasis on the topic of body image. He retired in 2003 and has traveled extensively in 90 countries.

Harry Bartley, 1966
Social Science, earned his Secondary Teaching Credential in 1967. Bartley taught Industrial Arts Drafting classes at Marysville High School in California until he was drafted and joined the Army in 1968. The majority of his two years in the infantry were spent at Ford Ord, Calif., as a drill sergeant in a basic combat training company. After active duty, Bartley went back to teaching in 1970. He earned a Secondary Administrative Credential, served as president of the High School Teachers Association, and served on the contract negotiating team. He finished teaching in 1977. Bartley moved with his wife and three daughters to Denver, Colo., where he worked as a computer aided instructor. Over the next 40 years, Bartley worked in a variety of computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering positions. Bartley worked with Auto Trol, Bausch + Lomb, and Tektronix. During his last 28 years, Bartley worked with Tektronix as a CAE trainer and supporter for international training. Bartley retired in 2014.

Timothy E. Blewett, 1966
Fisheries Biology, recently published nine novels on Amazon.com in a series titled A California Saga. The first five novels take place in Northern and Central California and two of the main characters are professors at Humboldt State.

Fred Koegler, 1966
Physical Education, celebrated 50 seasons as a park ranger in Yosemite National Park in 2015. He is currently head of the horse patrol in Tuolumne Meadows, a high alpine section of the park. Koegler lives in the Glendale-La Crescenta area with his wife, who is an HSU alumna. In addition to his work with the Forest Service, Koegler is a retired teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Verdugo Hills High School, and is an active L.A. County Reserve Sheriff Deputy, with more than 40 years of service in the Volunteer Montrose Mountain Search and Rescue team based out of the Glendale area.

James Ronald Good, 1966
Wildlife, spent the summer of 1964 as range aide and range tech with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on the Sheldon Refuge and Range in Nevada. He spent the summer of 1965 conducting project inventories in Nevada. Good was hired by BLM in 1966 as a range conservationist in Montana. He transferred to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 1967 as assistant refuge manager at the Kern-Pixley National Wildlife Refuges in California. Good transferred to the Stillwater Wildlife Management Area in Nevada, and the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in Oregon before leaving to attend Oregon State University, where he earned a master’s degree in Wildland Sciences with a minor in Rangeland Restoration. Afterward, he worked at the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge in Washington, then in the Pierre Area Office in South Dakota as the staff refuge manager and biologist. In 1982, Good was selected as refuge manager for the Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge in Utah. In 1984, he became the project leader for the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge in California before transferring to Galena, Alaska. After 33 years as a law enforcement officer, Good retired in 2000.

William Roberts, 1967
Theatre Arts, followed his undergraduate education earning degrees from UC Riverside and the University of Manchester, where he took his diploma in Drama in 1969. Roberts spent five years as an actor and director with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has been a resident of Britain and a member of the British Actor’s Equity since the late 1960s. An experienced actor and voice artist, he is a frequent reader of American works on BBC Radio and for various audio publishers. He is often heard voicing “heavy” characters in major video games. His film and television appearances include “Behind Closed Doors,” “Infinite Justice,” “Cold Mountain,” and “Mission Impossible—Rogue Nation.” Roberts recently published two novellas set on the North Coast, where he was raised: The Humanist, a mystery novel, is set in Shelter Cove in Mendocino County. His second book, An Ill Wind, takes place in Del Norte County, with scenes set in San Francisco, L.A., and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He is also a private pilot based in London.


Steve Flannes, 1972 & 1974
Psychology, is a licensed psychologist and organizational consultant practicing in Oakland, Calif. He specializes in working with organization leaders on the acquisition of interpersonal leadership skills. Flannes published his third book on leadership, Skills 3.0: Next-Generation Leadership Skills for Project Success. He has presented seminars throughout the United States, Canada, U.K., Poland, and Ukraine. While at Humboldt, he was very active on the tennis team and with fishing—activities he’s trying to pursue more and more.

Richard Morris, 1972
History, after working 38 years with the Monterey County Assessor, has been a caddy at the Pebble Beach Golf Links since 2011.

Mary Wicksten, 1972
Biological Sciences, is a Biology professor at Texas A&M University, College Station, and just published her book Vertical Reefs: Life on Oil and Gas Platforms in the Gulf of Mexico (Texas A&M University Press), which is the only non-technical book on the subject. The illustrated book discusses the biota of these structures, its origins, and what happens to these organisms over the lifespan of a platform. A copy is on its way to the HSU Library.

Gene Blankenbaker, 1977
Forestry & Wildland Resources, became deputy director of human resources for the U.S. Forest Service last spring.

Raymond J. Bogiatto, 1977
Wildlife, received his M.S. in Biology from Chico State in 1986. Raymond then worked at Eagle Lake Station as a station manager from 1989 to 2009. He has been serving as a faculty member teaching Biology at Chico State since 1987.


Lawson Snyder, 1980
Fisheries Biology, was the recipient of the Louise Ireland Humphrey Achievement Award for outstanding career achievement by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Snyder spent 34 years with the FWC, recently retiring as deputy division director of Habitat and Species Conservation.

Jay T. Watson, 1980
Wildlife Management, spent several years as lead wilderness ranger in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. He then served for three years as the executive director of the Camp Unalayee Association, a Calif.-based nonprofit that owns and operates a backpacking summer camp in the Trinity Alps Wilderness for youth. Watson then spent almost 20 years with the Wilderness Society, both in Washington, D.C., where he lobbied Congress on wilderness legislation and the annual Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, and in Calif. where he was regional director for over a decade. For the last 11 years, Watson has worked for the Student Conservation Association, an organization dedicated to youth development, building character, and promoting careers in conservation. Watson is vice president of the Western United States region and works out of Oakland. Watson and his wife, Kathleen, have been married for 30 years and have two sons. Thomas is a First Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps and leads a 36-man infantry platoon. Charles works in government affairs in Sacramento.

Jeff C. Stevenson, 1981
Journalism, was recently accepted into the Horror Writers Association. Stevenson has several articles, flash fiction, short stories and novelettes being published this year. Film rights for Stevenson’s first book, Fortney Road: Life, Death, and Deception in a Christian Cult, are now being represented by Steve Fisher of APA. Dean Koontz calls Stevenson’s book, “A unique and compelling true story.”

Wade Eakle, 1982
Wildlife, spent 1982 and 1983 working at the Institute for Wildlife Studies in Arcata, before serving at the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station at Arizona State University, in Tempe. He then completed a master’s in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at the University of Arizona at Tuscon. In 1987, he worked for the engineering firm Dames & Moore in Phoenix, and then the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Since 1990, Eakle has been with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the San Francisco District of the South Pacific Division.

Jared Haynes, 1982
M.A. Biology and 1986 M.A. English, married alumna Gail Newton in 1986 under the redwoods in Eureka. Haynes and Newton have one child, Blythe Newton-Haynes, who is currently attending Hampshire College in Massachusetts. Haynes started his career at College of the Redwoods, teaching Math and English. After the couple moved to Sacramento, Haynes spent 25 years teaching writing in the University Writing Program at UC Davis, including an advanced writing course for biology students and an advanced writing course for pre-law students. Haynes also taught the university’s English grammar course and a Science in the Renaissance course. Haynes retired in 2014.

Roger J. Haro, 1984
Fisheries Biology, was recently awarded the Wisconsin Professor of the Year award by Council Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation.

Darryl Womack, 1987
English, has written his first book, Tales of Westerford: Dragons, Knights and Kings, to be released in June.

Bruce M. Baker, 1988
Fisheries Biology, has been working as a Fisheries Biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife since 1991.

Gail Newton, 1989
M.A. Biology, married alumnus, Jared Haynes, in 1986 under the redwoods in Eureka. Newton began her career in Humboldt County as a self-employed botanist. During her 10 years as a professional botanist, she provided 1,400 specimens to the HSU herbarium (many of which are rare species from remote areas of the North Coast) and restored coastal dune, riparian, and wetland systems. After the couple moved to Sacramento, she spent 27 years employed by the state of California as a restoration ecologist and manager in the departments of Conservation, Fish and Game, Water Resources, and the State Lands Commission. Newton retired in 2015. She and Haynes plan to split their retirement time between Connecticut, California, and traveling.


Steven Olsen-Smith, 1990
English, recently published Melville in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates. The book is available from the University of Iowa Press.

Lou Richards, 1990
Theatre, moved to Arizona after graduating HSU, where he lived for 10 years. Richards pursued his long-held goal of joining the Peace Corps. He volunteered in Ukraine from 2005 to 2008 and Kazakhstan from 2009 to 2010. Richards calls his time in the Peace Corps the “experience of a lifetime” and recommends anyone join, regardless of age.

Mary Brown, 1993
Journalism, moved to San Francisco after graduating. Brown started working for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition in 1997, where she became the membership director. Brown is best known for leading the Valencia Street bike lanes campaign. Brown left the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition in 2005 and then earned a master’s degree in Geography from San Francisco State University. Afterward, she worked for the San Francisco Planning Department. Brown passed away in December of lung cancer.

Andrew Michler, 1993
Art, just released the book, [ours] Hyperlocalization of Architecture, on eVolo Press, which explores sustainable building design. Michler explored and documented the work first hand, and investigates how these buildings function in the context of their culture, environment, and utility.

Peggy Molloy, 1993
Art, has performed with the Joffrey Ballet, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Opera Company of Boston, and the Dell’Arte Christmas Players. She is the current chair of the Humboldt County Advisory Board for the Salvation Army.

Carol Taylor, 1993
Business and Teaching Credential, is currently vice president of the Sonoma Valley Democrats, vice chair of the Senior Caucus of the California Democratic Party, a member of the Sonoma County Public Authority Advisory Board, and a former ethics officer for the Homecare Division of the Service Employees International Union for United Health Care Workers. Taylor was able to use her experience in accounting to help bargaining teams in Sonoma and Marin counties raise the wages of thousands of in-home support service providers.

William Bernt, 1995
Physics and Astronomy, found work immediately doing chemical analysis at Pacific Coast Laboratory. Bernt then moved to New York and found his new profession at Brookhaven Instruments Corp., where he ran the research and development lab for five years, sold equipment for 10 years, and moved to technical sales for other instrumentation companies. He then started his own contract research lab, PCL, Inc. Bernt writes, “HSU Physics gave me such good education and training. Thank you, Bill Alexander, Professor Thompson, Professor Chin, Professor Tam, and all the other great people at HSU Physics. I owe you and the department everything!”

Stephanie Foster, 1995
Wildlife, is currently working at the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, which provides care and rehabilitation for injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife.

Maren Bradley Anderson, 1998
English, recently published Fuzzy Logic, a romance novel set on an alpaca farm. Anderson lives in Monmouth, Ore., and teaches at Western Oregon University. Anderson’s other recent work includes poetry in The Timberline Review and a production of her adaptation for kids of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in July 2015.

Jeremy Bisson, 1999
Wildlife, spent six years working as a biologist in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office Observer Program after graduating from HSU. In 2006, Bisson moved to Idaho, where he has been working as a wildlife biologist in the Bureau of Land Management’s Burley field office for the last nine years. His focus in Idaho has been sage-grouse habitat restoration where he’s had success in developing a landscape-scale habitat restoration plan and collaboration.

Kieron J. Slaughter, 1999
Geography, was a member of the Jacks basketball team from 1997 to 1999 and has returned to coach at the Lumberjacks Boys Basketball Camp six times over the years. Slaughter has been selected as one of 10 Urban Fellows with the National Park Service implementing the Urban Agenda, which seeks to make all national parks accessible, relevant, and meaningful to urban audiences.


Erin Carlson-Jones, 2001
Communication, is a licensed clinical social worker and trainer. Carlson-Jones has worked in children’s mental health for many years and is now the director of a 65-bed residential treatment program in San Jose, Calif. Carlson-Jones has been married for 10 years and owns a home in Boulder Creek, Calif.

Ali R. Chaudhary, 2002
Sociology and 2009 Sociology, earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Davis in 2015. He is currently a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford and enjoying life in the U.K. with his wife, Rebecca Kellawan, and their newborn son, Miles Ali Chaudhary. In January 2017, they will move to New York City, where Ali will take up his position as an assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N. J.

H.A. Nethery IV, 2003
Philosophy, received an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Memphis, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Duquesne University. Nethery is currently an assistant professor of Philosophy in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Florida Southern College.

Rhiannon Klingonsmith, 2004
Wildlife, has worked as a wildlife biologist in both state and private sectors since graduating from HSU. Klingonsmith has remained active in the Wildlife Society and is currently the Sacramento-Shasta chapter president.

Crystal Schalmo, 2004
Biological Sciences, participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Costa Rica during summer 2015. In Costa Rica, Schalmo studied biotic, physical, and cultural forces that affect tropical biodiversity at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and La Selva Biological Station. Schalmo, a senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo Global in San Diego, Calif., took the graduate course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program.

Trevor Keiber, 2006
Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry, Math, is graduating in December 2015 with a Ph.D. in physics from UC Santa Cruz, studying the structure of complex materials using X-ray spectroscopy. Keiber is currently seeking post-doctoral or assistant professor positions.

Robert Deane, 2007
Journalism and History, is currently the library technician paraprofessional aide for the Butte Valley Unified School District. Deane also completed his second year of coaching the school’s junior varsity boy’s basketball team, winning the Evergreen League title with a 6-0 league record. Deane will begin his teaching credential program at Simpson University this summer.

Joel Heng Hartse, 2007
English, taught at universities in China for two years after finishing his M.A. in English at HSU. Hartse completed his Ph.D. in TESL in the Department of Language and Literacy at the University of British Columbia, and as of September 2015, has a teaching-focused, continuing-faculty appointment as a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Hartse lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and their two sons.

Benjamin J. Wocken, 2007
Politics, is currently serving with the U.S. Air Force as a broadcast journalist with the American Forces Network (AFN) Europe in Sembach, Germany. His duties include traveling throughout the European military theater, writing, filming, editing, and producing military news and command information media pieces for the AFN television and internet audiences. Wocken was recently named to the Dean’s List during his studies in the Master of Public Affairs program, through the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Nathan Schofield, 2008
Journalism, served two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at two nonprofit organizations providing education and family services in the Philadelphia area. There he provided marketing and development support, helping these organizations achieve better visibility and funding of their service operations. After leaving AmeriCorps, he went on to work in property and casualty insurance claims, where he has remained to the present. While working in claims, he has acquired the CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter) and AIC (Associate in Claims) designations. Currently, he is working as a claims support associate at State Farms’ Charlottesville, Va., claims office.

Tyson Wilofsky, 2008
Geology, has been doing environmental remediation work as a government contractor.

Gema Ortiz Lombardo, 2009
Spanish, earned her M.A in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Bilingual Education from New Mexico State University in 2011. While pursuing her M.A., Lombardo worked with NMSU as a school garden curriculum coordinator. Lombardo also served as a managing editor for the resource book, Implementing a School and Community Garden. In 2013, she provided college and career guidance to special-needs students at the high school level. She is happily married and is currently an admissions counselor for Humboldt State and a recruiter for HSU’s College of Natural Resources & Sciences, focusing on promoting opportunities for Hispanic students.


Kathryn Hedges, 2010
Biological Sciences, started a handcrafting business in Silicon Valley at TechShop in 2011. She creates jewelry, holiday decor, and souvenirs and sells locally and online.

Dylan Chalfant, 2010
Kinesiology & Recreation Administration, finished his degree by moving to Austin, Texas, for an internship with the City of Austin Aquatics Department. Afterward, Chalfant became a seasonal district supervisor for the city, where he supervised a staff of 40 lifeguards. In 2012, he took a full-time year-round position as the aquatics director for a private company called Lifeguard4Hire. Chalfant currently directs a staff of 250 lifeguards, swim instructors, and district supervisors.

Robert P. Parker, 2011
Fisheries Biology, began working for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality as a Clean Water Act Section 401 coordinator in March.

Kaci Poor, 2012
Journalism, was selected last spring to be part of the 2015-16 class of Capital Fellows. The Capital Fellows Programs are administered by the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State. Fellows work 10-11 months as full-time staff members in the California State Assembly, California State Senate, California executive branch, or the California judiciary. They participate in policymaking, program development, and program implementation.

Justin Tretten, 2012
English, moved back to Colorado to earn his teaching credential after graduating from HSU. Tretten now teaches sixth-grade language arts at a middle school.

Annathea Cook, 2013
International Studies, is pursuing her master’s degree in International Policy Studies, with a focus on U.S.-Chinese Trade Policy, at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey, Calif. After an internship this summer with the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, Cook is looking forward to her last year at MIIS, her upcoming internship in China next summer, and jumping into the job market next August.

Dani Burkhart, 2013
Environmental Science & Management, led California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Rep. Jared Huffman, Board of Equalization members Fiona Ma and George Runner, Assemblyman Jim Wood, and a blue ribbon commission on a fact-finding tour of Humboldt County’s medical cannabis farms and industry. Following that, Burkhart helped launch Emerald Heritage Farms as a consulting firm to help the area’s heritage cannabis farmers come into compliance with changing laws and regulations. Recently, Burkhart helped launch the first Humboldt County Cannabis Chamber of Commerce to build bridges between cannabis and non-cannabis based businesses in Humboldt County.

Cherrish Robinson, 2014
Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, is graduating this May from Michigan State University with an M.A. in Student Affairs Administration. Robinson wishes to pursue a career in education, specifically in an administrative or policy-related capacity.

Hadasa Villalobos, 2014
Chemistry, worked for E.&J. Gallo Winery for a harvest season after graduating HSU. Villalobos went on to work for an agricultural chemical company doing plant, water, and soil analysis. At the same time, Villalobos was helping out a local brewery set up a quality control program. She was then recruited by The Dudes’ Brewing Company to run their quality control program, where Villalobos is currently working. Villalobos is content with her choice of attending HSU and is very appreciative of the knowledge she gained from the Department of Chemistry.

Ashley Wormington, 2014
Child Development, started working full-time with JLF Construction, Inc., and part-time with McKinleyville Parks & Recreation. Wormington is happily married to her husband, Todd.

Tamara Iraheta, 2015
Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, currently works as an AmeriCorps member in the Louisiana Delta Service Corps based in New Orleans. Iraheta is also a community engagement coordinator at Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR), a nonprofit organization. Ihareta’s position focuses on social change on issues that surround sexualized violence.