Spring 2010

Class Notes


EARL M. LAUPPE, ’52 Wildlife Management, had a 40-year career with the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG). He started as a DFG seasonal aid based at Humboldt in 1950 and was hired on a permanent basis in 1952. Earl started raising pheasants in DFG’s Yountville, Calif., game farm in 1952, and ended his career as the Senior Supervising Biologist for the southern part of California. Since 1992, Earl has worked as a retired annuitant for DFG’s Coastal and Inland Deserts Regions.

JACQUELINE (SINTIC) MULTANEN, ’57 Social Science, is a retired high school administrator. She is currently an educational consultant and university lecturer. She cherishes her time spent and friendships made at Humboldt State. She enjoys traveling to special places in the world.

KAY ESCARDA, ’58 Social Science, recently had a street in Arcata named after her, in recognition of her many years of dedicated work as a local housing advocate.

BOB ARCHIBALD, ’59 Forestry, did not make the commencement ceremonies in the June of 1959; he was at Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. While stationed on Guam, he married his hometown sweetheart in Honolulu. He worked as a forester with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in his hometown of Ukiah, Calif., for 10 years before transferring to Phoenix. He retired from the BLM with nearly 37 years of service. Concurrently, he was affiliated with the Navy Reserve and retired with 24 years of service and the rank of commander. Archibald and his wife, Margaret, retired in Glendale, Ariz., and have traveled extensively. They spend the summer at their home south of Flagstaff. He and Margaret celebrate their 50th anniversary this summer and are planning a Hawaiian cruise with their children.

WARREN BAKER, ’59 Physical Education, was born and raised in Pittsburg, Calif. He lived in Eureka before moving to Hesperia, in southern California, where he has lived for the last 41 years. He has been a teacher, coach and administrator. Baker worked and managed real estate before becoming the Legislative Advocate for the Construction Industries and the Board of Realtors for nine years. While at Humboldt State, he participated in four sports, served two years on student council and served one year on the board of finance. He was inducted into the athletics Hall of Fame. He considers the great number of friends he made at HSU to be his greatest achievement while at Humboldt State.

JUDITH (JUDY) FERGUSON BONNIKSEN, ’59 Education, believes her degree from Humboldt State has served her well over the past 50 years. She taught grades K-8 in California and with the Department of Defense in Morocco, North Africa. More than 20 years ago she received a master’s degree in Counseling from Point Loma Nazarene College in San Diego, and spent nine years at Southern Utah University as a Counselor and Director of Student Development. Bonniksen and her husband, Harman (‘58) have traveled to North Africa, Europe, the Baltic states, Asia, New Zealand, the islands of the Pacific and as many of the U.S. states as possible. Bonniksen dabbles in photography and has ventured into the field of publishing her personal history and writing fiction. She stays fit by hiking in Zion National Park.

VIRGINIA GILHOUSEN BRODERICK, ’59 Education, taught third and fourth grades for two years at an elementary school near Lodi, Calif. She and her husband raised their children on a small walnut ranch east of Stockton, Calif.

JACQUIE MCLEOD CALLIHAN, ’59 Education, married Dale Callihan (‘58) during her senior year at Humboldt State and spent the next 10 years at home with their children. For the next 31 years she taught kindergarten and spent three years as a school principal. She and her husband are both retired but remain active in their professions; he with a local wholesale grocery firm and she with substitute teaching. She has learned to make pine needle baskets and gathers the Jeffrey pine needles from her yard in Tahoe. She also enjoys pottery and photography. Her family is very close in distance and relationship, allowing her to greatly enjoy being part of their sports, music, school and home activities.

MARILEE AMMER DUNN, ’59 Home Economics (Nutrition & Wellness), retired in 1998 after 37 years of teaching home economics, physical education and business. She taught for 32 years at Hoover Middle School in San Jose. She has been a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Philanthropic Sorority for 49 years. For the past 25 years she has been a member of Soroptimist International of Santa Clara, an international volunteer organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls throughout the world. She was a delegate to the Fourth World Women’s Conference in Beijing representing education. She loves to travel and especially loves cruises. She has been to five of the seven continents, and New Zealand and Australia are her favorite places. She has two children and four grandchildren and feels Humboldt was a wonderful place to get an education with the beautiful surroundings and the great staff.

DONALD (DON) JOHNSON, ’59 Business Administration, returned to college on the GI Bill after serving in the Marines, and participated in Comus Club and the Business Club. He and his wife Carole Sue Nichols (‘58) have lived in the greater SF Bay Area for 50 years. Since retiring from the lumber industry in 1993, he has participated in United Methodist Volunteers in Mission doing construction projects around the world for the needy.

BARBARA ELINE HELLBERG MAXON, ’59 Education, was the Vice Principal of the South Bay Union District in Eureka for 15 years. She has been the retail owner of Globe Imports for 38 years. She has done property development management for Globe Properties since 1967. She is proud to be part of Old Town Eureka’s redevelopment. Her interests include family and world travel.

TONY VASQUEZ, ’59 English Journalism, married Sylvia Lee Linzy of Arcata and they had two children. Sylvia passed away in 2003. He moved to the Sacramento area in 1961. He directed various anti-poverty programs at the county, state and regional levels. He has spent the past 20 years working in Human Resources. He retired as Chief of Recruitment for California State Personnel Board. Since retiring in 1990 he has published a diversity jobs journal.


JUSTIN (BUCK) CROSBY, ’60 and ’68 Physical Education, believes his time at Humboldt State was the best of his life. There he met his wife of 48 years (Pat Hodges ‘59). He partied, drove his beat up old Jaguar around town, ran track, was on Humboldt State’s first cross country team, and was a cheerleader. He spent his career as a teacher, coach, ranch manager and the owner of a construction firm. While teaching, he and his wife adopted three children. When his wife retired they moved to their ranch in Tenmile, Oregon. An ardent backpacker, he has hiked the John Muir Trail a dozen times. He has lectured at the Audubon Society, Sierra Club and Hubei University in China in 2000 on sprinting in track and field. Currently he coaches, works with youth in his church and works on his property. His wife, Pat, passed away two years ago. He has four granddaughters and one grandson.

MEL ODEMAR, ’61 Fisheries, retired after 35 years with the California Department of Fish and Game as a marine biologist and environmental program manager. He worked in Argentina as a demersal fisheries expert with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He has been married 47 years to Jo Ann and is in retirement. They love to travel, and have traveled to every continent. He considers his years at Humboldt State among his most memorable.

PARKER POLLOCK, ’66 Economics, has fond memories playing football and loading cars at Arcata Redwood. In 1966 he coached football with Fred Whitmire and Sal Siino at a high school in Pittsburg. He was a teacher and head of department at Shasta College in Redding, Calif., from 1967-2007. Currently he enjoys fishing, kayaking, bicycling and riding his motorcycle. He is also an Animal Welfare League volunteer.

LARRY MILLER, ’69 Political Science, recently began a new job as the chief academic officer for Snead State Community College. Miller moved to Snead State from his position as lead organizational development specialist at Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, Tenn. He worked at Chattanooga State Technical Community College for eight years as vice president for institutional advancement. His career in education also includes serving as a director of continuing education at the University of Tennessee’s College of Medicine in Chattanooga and campus president for American InterContinental University in Washington, D.C.


RON MELIN, ’71 Geography, is a restorationist at the Madrona March Preserve. He is a retired teacher (physical geography and social sciences in Los Angeles Unified School District). He recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby for wilderness status for the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

Darvin DeShazer, ’72 Biology, is chairman of the Science Department at St. Vincent High School in Petaluma, Calif., and for over 20 years has taught Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Honors Chemistry. His scientific training was guided by Professor David Largent at HSU. He was one the cofounders of the Sonoma County Mycological Association (SOMAmushrooms.org) and serves as its Science Advisor. His expertise in mushrooms stems from more than 30 years in the field and has published over 5,000 color photos of fungi at MushroomObserver.org. Darvin has coauthored several publications about fungi, including ˜100 Edible Mushrooms.” He teaches workshops in mushroom identification, truffle ecology and fungal microscopy.

FRANK WATTS, ‘72 Geography, is a retired fire captain (North Tahoe fire protection district). His recent travels include 10 days in Kauai hiking and snorkeling.

FREDERICK ROVNER, ‘73 Geography, is a family nurse practitioner and teaches at a medical school in Georgia.

JIM SOARES, ’74 Geography, has retired from the logging business and is selling real estate in Wallowa and Enterprise, Ore.

MICHAEL GERRY, ‘75 Geography, lives in Danville, Calif., and has a real estate business.

TOM LESHER ‘75 AND ANNETTE (ANDREW) LESHER, ‘76 Geography, run a charter fishing boat business together out of Trinidad Bay.

LINDA KING, ’76 Art, has been a professor of drawing and painting at Long Beach City College (LBCC) since 1991. King received her MA from Humboldt State and her MFA at the University of Iowa. She is LBCC’s coordinator for the Art Department’s printmaking and painting sections. She was a visiting artist at the Art Institute, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois and an instructor at Columbia College, Chicago.

BRIG. GEN.L (RET.) JAMES P. COMBS, ’77 Art and Business, retired after serving more than 42 years. Combs was appointed as base commander Nov. 1, 2005. He served in Vietnam, Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Combs was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in August 1999 and earned many awards along the way. Combs and his wife, Janet, have a son, Vincent, who is serving in the California Army National Guard.

DANIEL STRICKER, ’77 Geography, is a Development Project Manager for the City of San Diego. He is also a tournament bowler. Recent travels include Memphis, Las Vegas, Florida, Arizona and Australia/New Zealand.

JOYCE JONTE, ‘79 Art, recently had an exhibition of her watercolors. Jonte finds inspiration from the exquisite world we live in.

JIM VEOMETT, ‘79 Geography, and MARY PARADISE, ‘79 Geography, live in Tucson, Ariz. Mary got her nursing degree in 1986 and has worked at University Hospital ever since in labor and delivery. Jim finished a master’s in Geography in 1991 and is a senior planner and GIS analyst with Pima County Planning. They have one teenaged son, Nick.


LYNN JONES, ‘80 Geography, is a middle school social studies teacher in Arcata. She is now an empty nester as her two sons are in college (one at HSU). Recent travels include front row seats to the Obama Inauguration and a St. Patrick’s Day trip to Boston.

KEN ROCKWELL, ‘80 Geography, is the map librarian at the University of Utah.

ERIC SHIELDS, ‘83 Geography, is a development manager for T-Mobile USA. He lives in Puyallup, Wash.

NANCY BROWN DANZIG, ‘84 Geography, oversees planning and environmental work for the U.S. Dept. of Transportation in New York City.

AL WANGER, ‘84 Geography, is the deputy director for information technology and water quality for the California Coastal Commission in San Francisco.

MARK WHEETLEY, ‘84 Geography, works for the California Department of Fish and Game and is the mayor of Arcata.  

DAVE BENGSTON, ’85 Physics, started as a guide with the Yosemite Mountaineering School after earning his degree. Ten years ago, he was hired as the school’s fourth director.  During the winter, Bengston is in charge of the Badger Pass Nordic Ski Center. He still climbs once or twice a week. When not in the park, he enjoys climbing at Table Mountain near Jamestown.

JIM MCDONALD, ‘85 Geography, is a senior urban planner for the city of Sacramento. He married Catherine Lombardi in 2003 and they have a son, Stuart James, who is 20 months old. Recent travels include Germany, France and Spain. “Geographers should travel early and often.”

ANNE BLUMENSTEIN, ’86 Economics, was recently appointed vice president of marketing for ERA Franchise Systems LLC. Blumenstein brings more than 20 years of integrated marketing experience to her new role, as well as a successful track record of developing franchise support and growth models.

NICHOLAS KARAVATOS, ’86 English, currently teaches literature and creative writing at American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. He has also taught in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Karavatos recently published a book of his poetry, “No Asylum”.

SCOTT MEREDITH, ’87 Liberal Studies, was named the head coach of the women’s basketball program for Oregon Tech. Meredith has coached basketball for 29 seasons, 19 of those with women’s teams. He has been a head coach for 23 seasons and spent six seasons as an assistant at the California Junior College level, NCAA Division I and Division II levels which included stints at Humboldt State and Santa Clara University. He married his wife, Priscilla, in Tokyo, Japan, where he taught English and played fastpitch softball. They have two children Hayley, 19, and Treyce, 15.

JOHN BISSELL, ‘88 Geography, is a principal at Higa Burkholder Associates, a land-use planning and engineering firm with offices in Everett, Wash., and Springfield, Ore. He works on projects from municipal project review and planning and to private commercial and residential developments. John spoke at the April ‘06 Geography Career Day at Humboldt State.

DAVID CROUT, ‘88 Geography, is a transit operations analyst for TriMet in Portland, Ore. He married Sandra in 1993 and recently toured England and Wales by rail.


GEORGE ALBERT, ‘91 Geography, is a cartographer with the Six Rivers National Forest headquartered in Eureka.

JACK DURHAM, ‘91 Journalism, founded the McKinleyville Press in 1996, where he serves as the editor, publisher and paperboy.

DAVE GALLAGHER, ’91 Journalism, is the business editor at the Bellingham Herald. He has been reporting on the Whatcom County business community for nearly 10 years. Before moving to Washington state in 1997, Dave worked at the Times-Standard in Eureka, Calif.

BRET GOBLE, ‘91 Geography, is a strategy consultant for Design Forum. He lives in Cincinnati.

IRA GOLDSTEIN, ‘91 Geography, is a watch repair specialist with his own business, The Timekeeper, in Boise, Idaho. He met his wife, Barbara, at HSU and they married in 1992.

CYNTHIA TARWATER, ‘91 Geography, is a Project Coordinator at the Trinity County Resource Conservation District. Her work is concentrated in the South Fork of the Trinity River working on U.S.F.S. road upgrades and decommissioning projects. Cynthia presented at the Geography Career Day at Humboldt in April ‘06.

KEN FARNSWORTH III, ‘92 Geography, a geography major with a master’s degree in social science, works as manager of Sun God Farms in Willits, Calif.

JONATHAN CASTRO, ’93 Geology, is a Research Geologist at CNRS-Institut for Sciences de la Terre, in Orleans, France. He will soon be moving on to Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

GUY THEBAULT, ‘92 Geography, is an operations analyst for Stimson Lumber Company. He lives in Hillsboro, Ore.

SKYLER BALDOCK, ‘94 Geography, is a mounted police officer in Sacramento. He is married to Virginia (Lee) Baldock (‘94) and has a 10-year-old daughter. He spent a week mountain biking in Moab, Utah, and will travel to Norway this year.

NOLAN C. COLEGROVE, ’94 Forestry, has been named the District Ranger of the Orleans Ranger District of the Six Rivers National Forest. Colegrove has worked for the Hoopa Natural Resources Department Forestry Division and served as the Tribe’s Forest Manager. He also helped develop and implement the first Hoopa Tribal Forest Management Plan. During his tenure, he obtained one of the first Sustainable Forestry Certifications for a tribe under the Forest Stewardship Council guidelines. Colegrove and his wife, Tory, have four children, Nikki, Nolan Jr., Jordee and Hallee.

JOSEPH CROWLEY, ‘94 Geography, is currently working for the United Nations in Kabul, Afghanistan. For the past three years he has been the National Coordinator for a project dealing in humanitarian mapping, and national capacity building in IM and GIS.

JEFF LANGDON, ’94 Art, was an Arcata Artisans’ featured artist in July. Langdon, a conceptual artist with interests in many mediums, now makes his living as a painting and decorating contractor. He plays drums for a local group called The Fire Demons. His current mediums include lost object sculptures, cast militant garden gnomes, recycled wood sculpture and hand-built guitars.

ROBERT WALL, ‘94 Geography, is the head of the planning and permitting department for SHN Consulting Engineers and Geologists in Eureka, Calif. He is a certified land-use planner and earned a master’s degree in rural and town planning from Chico State.

TIM CITRO, ‘95 Geography, lives in McKinleyville and works as a firefighter and paramedic for the Humboldt Fire District.

RANDALL LAW, ‘97 Geography, finished his Ph.D. in Archaeology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. He works at various late Bronze Age (Indus Civilization) sites in Pakistan, India and Oman.

LOWELL COTTLE, ‘98 Geography, works for the Oceanic Society as a Field Station Operations Manager/Field Researcher and Naturalist in Belize.

RICH HAPTONSTALL, ’98 Theatre Arts, after earning his master’s degree in directing, worked in professional theater in regional and national productions. For five years he taught at Valdosta State and worked on school productions as a set designer and lighting expert. He recently accepted a faculty position with the Flathead Valley Community College theater department in Kalispell, Mont.

TINA PISCIOTTA, ‘98 Geography, worked for Thomas Bros. Maps in Irvine and after moving to San Diego she worked as a research analyst for Burnham Real Estate Services. She plans to pursue an MBA at San Diego State.

Gregory Sounhein, ’98 Industrial Technology, earned a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry through an outside program through Davis/OHM. Greg now is the CEO of SounPacific Environmental Services in Eureka, Calif.

KELLY EAGAN, ‘99 Geography, is a transportation planner for the California Department of Transportation. She lives in Yuba City, Calif.

KIERON SLAUGHTER, ‘99 Geography, earned his master’s degree in Geography, emphasizing urban planning, from Cal State East Bay in 2007 and is working as an Assistant Planner for the City of Richmond.


RICHARD ROYBAL, ‘00 Geography, works as a care provider and teaches independent living skills to young adults with disabilities in Arcata.

SARINA BENAVIDES-GARB, ’01 PBCRED, was recently honored as the Humboldt County Teacher of the Year by the Humboldt County Board of Education. Benavides-Garb has dedicated her 13-year teaching career to instilling a passion for the Spanish language and culture. She has been a teacher at McKinleyville High School since 2007. Prior to 2007, she taught Spanish at Arcata High School.

DOUG MORTON, ‘01 Geography, is a transportation planner for the Northeastern Vermont Development Association. He also worked as a GIS tech at MicroDataGIS. He lives in St. Johnsbury, with his wife and three children.

AVRAM HALPERIN, ‘02 Geography, is a professional photographer based in Burlington, Vt.

VERENA KELLNER, ‘02 Geography, works for David Evans & Associates in Portland, Ore., with a small hydrographic team. She worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association as a Hydrographic Survey Assistant Technician on a ship named the Fairweather off the coast of Southeast Alaska for several years.

STEPHANIE POOL, ‘02 Geography, is a fourth grade teacher in East Oakland. Her recent travels include trips to South America, Mexico and Cuba. This summer she plans to visit Croatia, Bosnia, Albania and Greece.

SEBASTIAN ARAYA, ‘03 Geography, graduated with his master’s degree from the University of Colorado in May 2005. He works for Stillwater Sciences in Berkeley as a GIS analyst in San Francisco. He and his wife have a son, Lucas, born in February ‘08. He recently traveled to Aysen, Chile, for a tsunami survey.

JOSHUA UNTERMAN, ‘04 Studio Arts: Ceramics, has been working with clay for 14 years. He recently had a showing of his work called “Coffee by Candlelight.” The show contained 100 pieces: 50 candleholders and 50 coffee cups. Unterman enjoys creating usable pieces like these, saying, “It’s a way to get pottery and ceramics into daily life.”

LAURA DELMAN, ‘04 Geography, is working for the San Joaquin Valley Pollution Control District in Fresno as an Air Quality Specialist. She also worked for the National Park Service in Sequoia-Kings Canyon Parks.

NOAH BURRELL, ’05 Environmental Science, now a graduate student at HSU in Wildlife Biology with a focus on birds, recently had a showing of his photographs of local birds. He’s an avid birdwatcher and has been involved in various wildlife conservation projects: working on Humboldt County beaches and the Eel River for three years; helping with the ongoing monitoring of snowy plovers, and contributing to local wildlife studies focusing on subjects such as tree frogs and wetlands restoration.

AQUILA FLOWER, ‘05 Geography, is completing her master’s degree in Geography at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Her research has focused on using tree rings to reconstruct past climatic variability in the northern Canadian Rocky Mountains. She works at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium as a Forest Impacts Researcher.

PETE NEUGEBAUER, ‘05 Geography**, is working for the Bureau of Reclamation in Carson City, Nev., following a year with the BLM in Lakewood, Colo. His work includes negotiating water and grazing rights, land transfers, rights of way and easements.

Ellie Cachette, ’06 Political Science, works as a Software Project Manager in San Francisco. She serves on racing committees for Sausalito and St. Francis Yacht Clubs while consulting socially-minded start-ups through early stage development.

JEN CORDARO, ‘06 Geography, earned a master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in International Human Rights Advocacy and Non-profit Management. She is the Community Organizer of Burmese Refugees in San Diego, funded through the California Endowment but staffed through the Alliance for African Assistance. She also volunteers for the Rescue Foundation in Mumbai, India, and the DEPDC in Mae Sai, Thailand. Both of these organizations work with the trafficking of persons for sexual purposes and focus on children and young women.

MORGAN CRANE, ‘06 Geography, was a safari guide driver on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska during the summer after graduation. She is now the marketing director at Marimba One in Arcata. Her recent travels include rafting adventures in the Grand Canyon and Salmon River.

JO ERIKSON, ‘06 Geography, works as a researcher for geography competitions at the National Geographic Society.

MELISSA HESSNEY, ‘06 Geography, is the assistant manager at Six Mile Creek Vineyard in Ithaca, NY. She volunteers with Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty (local/sustainable foods and agriculture). She recently went backpacking in wilderness areas in the southwestern U.S.

KATHY DICKER, ‘07 Geography, traveled throughout Southeast Asia after graduating in 2007. She is working on a master’s degree at San Francisco State University.

Jarad Petroske, ’06 German, is married to fellow alum Angie Petroske (née Renzo, ’08). The couple lives together in Eureka and will welcome a new baby in April.

ALDER SEAMAN, ‘07 Geography, is a trails coordinator for the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District in Alaska. She works on projects across the Kenai Peninsula to protect water and soil quality and increase community awareness.

MIKE BORUTA, ‘08 Geography, is working toward his masters’ degree at Ohio University.

MIKE EDWARDS, ’09 Art, was an Arcata Artisans’ featured artist in July, showing his fine jewelry. He has shown his work at local and national craft fairs, and has worked as a bench jeweler at various jewelry stores on the North Coast.