Spring 2011

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Class Notes


Ken Sadler, ’50 Wildlife, lives with Jane, his wife of 68 years, on eight acres outside Columbia, Mo. His work won him national recognition for heading up the state’s wild rabbit program, and he retired from the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1986. In retirement, he and Jane have been very active in the Columbia Garden Club.


Fernando Elizondo, ’66 Biology and Physical Education and ’67 Credential Program, retired in 2004 after 38 years in education, during which time he was superintendent at various schools for 15 years. In 1989, he started the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators and served as its president and executive director until his retirement in 2009. In 2004, he started Elizondo Educational Strategies, Inc. and serves as president/CEO. He received his master’s degree from Baylor University and Ed.D from University of Southern California. He currently lives in Salinas in Monterey County, Calif.

Douglas Moore, ’68 Biology, joined the staff of New Leaders In Fertility & Endocrinology in Pensacola, Fla, in August 2008. He has 20 years of experience in assisted reproductive technology. For six and a half years Douglas served as the embryology supervisor for Stanford University. He is renowned throughout the country for his expertise and understanding of both practical and theoretical laboratory science.


Suk Choo Kim, ’72 Art, is a photographer who has explored the use of Polaroid SX-70 film since the 1970s. This self-developing, instant film is no longer manufactured but this hasn’t stopped Kim from continuing to experiment with the medium. Kim was first attracted to what he calls “the emotional tonal quality” of the original SX-70 and its unique color rendering. He was at the forefront in experimenting with the color distortions and emulsion transfers that the film allows. Many of his original images are in private collections including with the Polaroid Corp.

Don Wise, ’72 Natural Resources, is the Education Administration Program coordinator at Fresno State University. He teaches classes in instructional supervision, site-based leadership and peer assistance and review techniques. After graduating from HSU, Wise joined the Peace Corps where he served in Colombia, South America, for four years. He then served as a teacher, principal and superintendent at schools in Mexico, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador. He returned to California recently with his wife and two children. His interests include jogging, tennis, camping and fishing with his family.

John Mattson, ’73 B.A. Art, ’75 M.A. Art, joined Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, as a lecturer in Art. He teaches Drawing I and Design I. Mattson is a painter and photographer and has shown his work throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has also self-published three books of his photography. Mr. Mattson is also employed as museum preparator at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.

Elizabeth Prange, ’73 Political Science, is currently a “nomad” traveling in her motor home. She works at fun, seasonal jobs, like driving a ’36 yellow tour bus in Yellowstone on photo safaris.

Robert Wood, ’76 English, is a widely published tax lawyer and founder of the law firm Wood & Porter in San Francisco. He is the author of the newly released “Legal Guide to Independent Contractor Status,” as well as numerous other books and articles. Wood hosts The Legal Broadcast Network’s Tax Law Channel, and is the tax columnist for Forbes.com. He has practiced full-time for 30 years and is often named among the short list of preeminent tax lawyers in the United States.  

Craig Chase, ’77 Fisheries, works at Lockheed Martin in software quality.

Delmonte Walters, ’77 Forestry, has retired after 39 years with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, in order to care for his ailing wife. Before becoming the state’s fire chief, Walters served as the agency’s executive officer, assistant region chief and staff chief of operations for the Northern Region and deputy chief of the Shasta-Trinity Unit.


Rick Baroway, ’80 Political Science, has joined the Portland, Ore., law firm of Farleigh Wada Witt. He will maintain a diverse practice assisting businesses, financial service providers, real estate parties and nonprofit organizations with their real estate, business, finance and debtor-creditor needs. Baroway has particular expertise in real estate law where his practice includes commercial purchases and sales, financing transactions, development and commercial leasing work for large and small properties.

Roy Bergstrom, ’82 Forest Management, is the district ranger in the Wild Rivers Ranger District of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Bergstrom, who started his Forest Service career in 1979 in the Klamath National Forest, has two adult sons with his wife, Donna. He looks forward to getting his drift boat out on local rivers.

Jon Asselanis, ’83 Geology, is a materials scientist and concrete photographer for Applied Materials & Engineering.

Barry P. Weaver, ’83 Sociology and Social Welfare, has a new book out: “Green Within Reach: A Practical Guide to Green Property Management.” Written for property managers, owners, builders and tenants with limited income, the book is a how-to guide on building green with limited cash. Weaver holds the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, an Accredited Professional designation from the U.S. Green Building Council and the National Association of Realtors’ Green Designation.

Marty Cavalluzzi, ’85 Fisheries, is the vice president for instruction and chief academic officer at Edmonds Community College, a position he has held for four years. Cavalluzzi earned both a doctorate and a master’s degree in marine science from the College of William and Mary.

Hernan E. Garcia, ’85 Oceanography, is a chemical oceanographer at NOAA. He completed a MS, PhD, and a post-doctorate position before joining NOAA. Hernan is married with one child.

Douglas Harding, ’85 Geography, enjoys helping children with cancer through Hope Flight Foundation. He is currently president and chief pilot.

Enrique Esparza, ’86 Physical Education, was named 2010 Humboldt Middle School Teacher of the Year. As such, he will represent the county as its nominee for 2011 California Teacher of the Year. A former athletic director and physical education teacher at St. Bernard’s Elementary School in Eureka, Esparza has been a teacher at McKinleyville Middle School since 1998.

Stephen Olsen, ’87 Physics, is a technical marketing engineer for Mentor Embedded in Wilsonville, Ore. He has over 20 years of embedded software experience.

Terry Escarda, ’88 Environmental Resource Engineering, is a hazardous substances engineer at Cal-EPA’s hazardous waste regulatory agency, the Dept. of Toxic Substances Control in Sacramento, Calif. He works on cleaning up military bases and coordinating DTSC’s climate change adaptation strategy. He has been married for 20 years to Christyl Sanzo, a fellow HSU ERE alum. They have a son, Matthew, who’s now starting college.

Scot Johnson, ’88 Communications, is sports director at TV5/WNEM in Saginaw, Mich. Through his more than 20 years in broadcasting, Scot has done sports play-by-play, on location radio and TV shows, news anchoring, ad sales—he has even sold popcorn during half-time. When Scot is not trying to sneak into a game, you can find him losing money at the poker table. If he’s not there, you’ll catch him at the beach with his two sons Andrew and Mathew. Scot’s only wish is a cure for autism.

Kathleen Baker, ’89 Psychology, recently began working at Seattle University as the director of Housing and Residence Life.

Erin Gotcher, ’89 Art, recently completed her special education credential and started her new career as a high school teacher at Golden Valley High School, in Bakersfield, Calif. She is teaching Government, World History, and Life Skills in a special ed environment.


Matthew Samia, ’90 Art, is senior director of cinematics for Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Samia joined the company in 1995 as a 3D artist, and has worked on every title from the game “Warcraft® II: Tides of Darkness™” onward. In his current role, he oversees the cinematics team as it develops each piece from concept and storyboards to a complete work. Before joining the company, Samia was a professional musician, playing guitar and singing in several bands.

Karen Young, ’90 Nutrition and Wellness, says, “I’m in Boston! I’m a full-time community artist/activist teaching and performing Japanese taiko drums. Our troupe is the first Asian women’s troupe in the country and I never would have known about the art form if I hadn’t seen Shasta Taiko play at HSU in 1987. Thank you HSU!”

Craig Tolmie, ’92 Forestry, was awarded the Medal of Honor from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The medal is California’s highest honor for public service. In February 2010, Tolmie was serving an interagency search warrant when the suspect opened fire, wounding and trapping a detective. At great risk to himself, he left his position of cover to deliver ammunition and a shotgun to the Deputy.

Kurt Mccray, ’93 Forestry, was awarded the Medal of Honor from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The medal is California’s highest honor for public service. As a CAL FIRE Forester, McCray and others arrived at the scene of a serious accident. They descended a steep slope and used their own bodies to protect the two injured victims from falling rocks for two hours before securing and moving the patients.

Ben Shuman, ’93 Environmental Resource Engineering, is a senior environmental engineer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. There, he has oversight, training, and policy development responsibilities and acts as team leader for about 65 engineers nationwide. He holds an M.S. in Environmental Engineering Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, which he attended on a full Air Force scholarship.

Jack Haase, ’94 Multiple Subjects, ’00 PBCRED Multiple Subjects, was chosen to be part of an officiating crew for a California State Championship game. Haase has worked prep football games for the past 31 years. He teaches third and fourth grades at South Bay Elementary School in Eureka.

Tara Roddy, ’94 Psychology, is a high school counselor. She earned her Masters in Education in 2010 and is enjoying her career change to helping high school students live up to their full potential. She is also a CASA volunteer working with older foster teens with the goal to getting their high school diploma and becoming successful adults.

Amanda Lloyd, ’98 English, is Deputy Attorney General in the State of California Office of the Attorney General.

Mark Rayner, ’99 Recreation & Natural Resources, joined the Peace Corps and married another volunteer. Now they have a 6-month-old future HSU grad. Rayner is a Park Ranger in San Jose, Calif.


Ben Bray,‘00 Environmental Resources Engineering, is an assistant water resource specialist in Oakland, Calif. He holds a Ph.D from UCLA.

Kendra Zien, ’00 Liberal Studies/Recreation Administration, works with seniors and youth as a volunteer coordinator at the family fun center Playland-Not-At-The-Beach in El Cerrito, Calif.

Hillary Arthur, ’01 Kinesiology, is the head women’s soccer coach at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. She was a Lumberjack for the women’s soccer team 1996-1999, during which time they advanced to the NCAA Tournament Playoffs. She received her Master’s in Sports Psychology from Chico State University, where she was the assistant coach for the women’s soccer program. She spent three year’s in Carson City, Nev., where she built a Division I NJCAA women’s soccer program from the ground up.

Jes Kettratad, ’01 Fisheries, is a lecturer for the Department of Marine Science at Chulalongkorn University.

Erick Leif, ’01 Environmental Science, works as a project manager for the international environmental consulting firm Bureau Veritas North America in San Ramon, Calif.

Anna Keay, ’02 Art, lives in Kula, Maui, and can be found most days of the week at her studio. A professional painter, she spent many years at her sister’s Hana flower farm, creating replicas of the beauty she found there. She exhibits her work in the Hana Coast Gallery in Hana and Images gallery in Lahaina.

Jessica Wang, ’02 Journalism, recently shared her journalism experiences in China with HSU journalism students via videoconference. Wang was the restaurant editor and writer for That’s Beijing, an entertainment weekly written in English. She told students about the differences between Chinese and U.S. media and discussed her experiences with censorship.

William Bond, ’03 MBA Business Administration, is the Northern California regional sales manager for Frederick Wildman & Sons, LLC, a New York-based importer of fine wines and spirits in operation since 1934.

Keith Hamilton, ‘03 Liberal Studies and Christine (Lewis) Hamilton ‘02, Studio Art, live in Portland, Ore., with their tiny labrador, Bailey. Since working on campus in the Department of Marketing & Communications, they’ve moved on to different fields, Keith practicing Mac/Unix administration at the ad firm Wieden+Kennedy and Christine working as a producer at a graphic design firm that focuses primarily on Nike point-of-sale graphics.

Jamie Lavigne, ’03 Psychology, recently got engaged and is beginning a masters program at Chico State University.

William Samuels, ’03 Fisheries, works for the California Department of Water Resources as an environmental scientist working on State Water Project issues.

Cuauhtemoc Carboni, ’04 Kinesiology, is an assistant professor in Kinesiology at CSU San Bernardino. He is excited to be in California once again after living in New Mexico and Utah.

Ramsey Hanafi, ’04 Studio Art, recently joined Kumin Sommers LLP in San Francisco as a new associate attorney. He primarily practices civil rights, land use, and employment law, with a current emphasis on medical cannabis litigation.

Christina Casaneda, ’05 Political Science, married fellow alum Steve Hull in June 2010. They have managed to keep in touch with many of their friends from HSU, including Maid of Honor Courtney Loder.

Anne Dudley, ’05 Psychology, graduated with her MSW from UC Berkeley in 2009 and now practices clinical social work with a supportive housing agency in San Francisco. She married fellow alum Ramsey Hanafi (Studio Art, ‘04) in 2008. They still love visiting Humboldt County where it all began!

Katie Mccluskey, ’05 English and German, is a global client services advisor for Bank of America.

Cherie Cornelison, ’07 Biology, works for Alliance Analytical Inc., as inventory associate.

Jason Terhune, ’07 Philosophy, is a personal banker at Chase Banking.

Andrew Quinn, ’07 Wildlife, was promoted to director of education at Zoo Med, a manufacturer of products for reptiles, amphibians, birds and aquatic pets. He will expand Zoo Med’s educational materials, including best practices and training videos for pet shop employees, as well as work with state fish and game departments on current and future reptile-related laws.

Joe Clerici, ’08 Journalism, designs copy and layout at the San Francisco Examiner.

Elise Haas, ’09 Psychology, won a 2010-2011 William R. Hearst/Razi CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. As part of her HSU master’s thesis, Haas works with teenage mothers and adolescents in the local juvenile justice system. Haas volunteers as a children’s advocate with Humboldt County’s CASA program, and through Humboldt State’s Y.E.S. (Youth Educational Services) program, she has served in the Homelessness Network.