A Magazine from California State University, ChicoSpring 2012 Issue

Class Notes

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Willard Turner

(BA, Business, ’53) has been married to wife Jo Ann since 1955. They have two grown boys. Turner retired in 1986 in Portland, Oregon. He and Jo Ann then spent their winters in a motor home in Phoenix and Palm Springs and traveled with friends (some from Chico State) and made a lot of new ones, says Turner. At Chico State College, he was active in track and field, Block C, Lambda Pi, and Pioneer Day activities.

    Turner’s mother was Evelyn Callaway Turner, who graduated from Chico Normal School in 1918. Her parents, Frank and Agnes Calloway, were well acquainted with John and Annie Bidwell and bought their property on Kennedy Avenue in Chico from Mrs. Bidwell in 1901.

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Arthur Brown

(BA, Physical Education, ’66) is a retired high school teacher who coached football and wrestling for 36 years. He was a heavyweight wrestler for Chico State and went 21–0 in 1966. Brown also played football at Chico State. He now lives on a lake south of Chico. “My wife, three children, and three grandchildren all graduated from Chico State, the college that I love,” he says.

Darwin Murrell

(BA, Biology, ’62) has retired as professor and director of the Danish Centre for Experimental Parasitology at the University of Copenhagen and has moved with wife Joyce to Rockville, Maryland. He earned a PhD in zoology and parasitology from the University of North Carolina, and after time in the U.S. Navy, he worked more than 30 years as a federal scientist at the Naval Medical Research Institute and the USDA/Agricultural Research Service’s Agricultural Research Center, both in Maryland.

    Murrell received many national awards, including the Presidential Distinguished Federal Executive Rank Award in 1997, was inducted into the USDA-ARS Science Hall of Fame in 2002, and was elected as a Distinguished Member Emeritus by the American Society of Parasitologists. He is currently a frequent advisor to the World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and International Atomic Energy Agency and chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on foodborne parasitic zoonoses (which cause serious disease and death in animals and humans) for the World Organization for Animal Health. He is also actively involved in food safety research in Vietnam and China.

    Murrell and wife Joyce have a son and daughter, both now university professors, and four grandchildren. “I have had a wonderful and rewarding career that is the result of both the vital support and encouragement afforded me by my wonderful wife, Joyce, and my basic preparation by CSU, Chico and its excellent faculty,” he says.

Michael Oliver

Michael Oliver

(BA, Psychology, ’61) just published the novel Through the Headlights: An Auto-Biography, the story of a man named Leroy told from the perspective of the cars he owns. Chico is featured throughout the book, says Oliver, as well as Chico State’s role as a “learning and living institution.” Oliver lives on a Napa Valley vineyard with wife Barbara, but his Chico State connections run deep: his daughters are alums, he is a member of the Alumni Association and on the Board of Governors of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, and he participated in Golden Grad activities during Chico Experience Week 2011.

George Thatcher

(BA, Social Science, ’66) taught English and social studies for the Wild Rose School Div. #66 in Alberta, Canada, from 1974 to 2000, after teaching and coaching at high schools in Washington and California. He is now the manager of the Kings Court Apartments in Trochu, Alberta, and volunteers with the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS), the Trochu Food Bank, the Alberta Spay & Neuter Task Force, and the Three Hills Victim Services Association. While at Chico State, he participated in soccer and track and field and was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

Reed Applegate

(BA, Art, ’67) has donated his collection of 375 artworks by nearly 100 Northern California artists to the Museum of Northern California Art (monCA). Applegate, a graphic artist, began collecting in 1964. The museum does not yet have a permanent home and can be found at www.monca.org.

Ted Howard

(BS, Business Administration, ’68; Master of Business Administration, ’71) is acting general secretary of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), soccer’s governing body for the region. Howard, a 1998 Chico State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, was a member of the University’s original varsity soccer team in 1965. He was Chico State assistant soccer coach from 1968 to 1970 and assistant sports information director from 1968 to 1971, before becoming executive director of the North American Soccer League and director and group manager of NBA marketing.

John Rivers

(BA, Sociology, ’68) is spearheading the creation of the South Oroville African American Historical Museum. He served in the military before college, and after getting a PhD in psychology at Union Institute and University, embarked on a career as an administrator and teacher. Rivers served as founding director of the CSU, Chico Educational Opportunity Program and vice president of Student Affairs at CSU, Hayward. He currently teaches psychology and sociology at Yuba and Butte colleges.

Kenneth Wiley

(BS, Business, ’68) retired in December 2009 after 29 years as the internal auditor for Butte County. He continues to work for the Auditor-Controller’s Office on special projects and audits. Wiley devoted 20 years to the Single Adult Fellowship ministry. Wiley and wife Cheryl live in Oroville, in the house where he was raised, and own a small property management business. They often travel to visit their four children (Greg, Krysta, Scott, and Deyana) and 13 grandchildren. “Retirement has provided the opportunity to renew and enhance the many friendships that we have established over the years,” he says.

John Maas

(BA, Biology, ’69) received the Gordon K. Van Vleck Award, the California Cattlemen’s Association’s highest honor, in 2011. Maas is on the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis and works in the Veterinary Medicine Extension in beef cattle health and food safety.

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David Wyman

(BA, Social Science, ’70) conducts photography tours throughout California through Image Quest Photography. He is the author of three pictorial guidebooks, including Backroads of Northern California, which features a section on Chico and Chico State. “Chico for me is Paradise Lost,” says Wyman. “I still love visiting Chico, the town and the college, and each year I try to ride the Chico Wildflower Century 100-mile ride. I often wonder why I ever left Chico.” Wyman and wife Kathy Burke live in Los Angeles.

Nancy Ustaszewski

(BA, Social Science, ’72) has taught elementary school in North State schools since graduation. She retired in January from the No. 1 seniority seat in Rocklin Unified School District after 35 years with the district. During retirement she would like to work as a tutor helping children learn to read.

Lesley Di Mare

(BA, Speech, ’73) is president of Colorado State University, Pueblo, the first woman to serve permanently in that position. She was previously interim president and provost at Nevada State College in Henderson, Nevada.

Charles McKnight

(BA, Mass Communications, ’74) is an actor who recently completed a national commercial for Hyundai in which he plays a rabid Alabama fan (view on YouTube: 2012 Hyundai Genesis, “Wedding”). He encourages anyone who is interested in the acting profession to contact him or friend him on Facebook. 

Dan Musick

(BA, Spanish, ’75) is retiring after three decades of working at Nordhoff High School in Ojai. He most recently spent 11 years as the school’s principal. He looks forward to surfing during his retirement. 

Edla Freeman Reyna

(BA, History, ’77) is the newest member services representative of the California Association of School Psychologists. Her son is a psychology major at CSU, Chico and a local high school head football coach. Her daughter is a licensed aesthetician living in New Jersey with her two children. 

Lizett Barlow

(BA, Psychology, ’79) is a special education teacher at Washington Elementary in Norco. The school is working to promote college to its students, and she is focusing on introducing them to CSU, Chico. “My most wonderful memories are being a part of a wonderful university in a beautiful, unique, and exciting community,” says Barlow, who did her student teaching in Ireland through an exchange program.

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Kurt Adkins

(BA, Liberal Arts, ’80) is a teacher at El Monte Elementary in Concord. He became a teacher after 24 years in the business world. Adkins recently published a Western novel, Waterhole (Abbot Press)

Brian Maher

(BA, Geology, ’80) is special advisor to the board of directors of Midlands Minerals Corporation in Toronto, Canada. He is an economic geologist with more than 31 years of experience in international mining and exploration—currently as the president and CEO of Prodigy Gold. 

Stephen Gutierrez

(BA, English, ’81) was Cal State East Bay’s 2010–2011 George and Miriam Phillips Outstanding Professor. He is the head of the university’s creative writing program and coordinates the annual Distinguished Writers Series.

Brian Foley

(BS, Business Administration, ’83) is chief of the Union City Police Department. He has spent 26 years in law enforcement, serving in a wide range of positions including patrol officer, homicide detective, captain, and SWAT team commander. Foley has been married for 25 years and has a daughter and son.

Jane Hightower

(BS, Biological Sciences, ’83) is a physician who researches mercury in seafood and the author of Diagnosis Mercury. She and CSU, Chico faculty member David Brown, chair of Geological and Environmental Sciences, published the results of an investigation into the mercury levels of fish jerky in Environmental Health in 2011.

Susan Dow

(BS, Business Administration, ’84) is senior vice president of Riverstone Residential Group. She works in the company’s Rocklin office, monitoring its California property operations and performance. Dow previously worked as senior vice president for FPI Management and as an executive for Gap Inc.

David Wiener

(BS, Business Administration, ’84) is regional vice president, sales and marketing, for Loews Hotels and Resorts in San Diego.

David Zink

(BA, Music and Religious Studies, ’84) is a musician/songwriter on a seven-country tour as part of the band The edited Trio, promoting the launch of their CD Infinite Distance. For more about the band, go to www.reverbnation.com/edited.

John Concannon

John Concannon

(BS, Business Administration, ’85) is a fourth-generation vintner at Concannon Vineyard. He grew up in the house built by his great-grandfather in 1883 and worked in all aspects of the winery’s operation from an early age. After graduation from CSU, Chico, Concannon spent 22 years in sales management for medical device companies before returning to the family business. He oversaw the launch of Concannon Irish Whiskey in 2012.

Kurt Vineyard

(BA, Physical Education, ’85; Credential, ’86) was inducted into the Solano Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. He competed in track and cross country at the college and at CSU, Chico, where he made honor roll, competed in the NCAA’s 1,500 meters, and anchored the two-mile relay to a CSU, Chico record time.

    Vineyard met wife Pam Sauer, a third-generation Chico resident, while at CSU, Chico. “My wife and I will be celebrating our 27th anniversary this May!” he says. They moved to Paradise in 1990 and have raised their children there. Vineyard is the commercial sales manager at Wittmeier Chevrolet in Chico.

Gregg Jann

Gregg Jann

(BS, Business Administration, ’86) is a coach, consultant, and educator at Jann Demystifying Affects, providing general education and training in mental health issues. He was a Piner-Olivet Unified School District governing board member in Santa Rosa from 1999 to 2005. 

Sean Tracy

(BA, Public Administration, ’86) leads the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) new Enterprise Strategy and Performance Division. Tracy has spent 25 years in state government service, most recently as the California Department of Mental Health’s assistant deputy director of the Community Services Division.

Kathy Crusco

Kathy Crusco

(BS, Business Administration, ’87) is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Epicor Software Corporation. She is responsible for the legal, financial planning and analysis, IT, facilities, tax, treasury, accounting, collections, order management, procurement, and logistic functions of the software company. Crusco joined Epicor in 2007 and has more than 20 years of financial experience, including as vice president of worldwide finance for Polycom Inc.

Kurt Burke

(BA, Social Science, ’89) has written and illustrated the children’s book Johnny Action (Dog Ear Publishing). The book is about how to work hard, never give up, and do your best, in spite of being different. In it, Johnny Action deals with the ups and downs of being born with a shiny red helmet on his head. Burke has been drawing for children for years. He lives in South Korea and has taught English to young children in East Asia for six years. 

Kit Miyamoto

BS, Civil Engineering, ’89) was appointed seismic safely commissioner of California by Governor Brown in 2011. He also received the Jerry Allen Courage in Leadership Award by Zweig White. Miyamoto is CEO and president of Miyamoto International and creator of the nonprofit Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief, dedicated to saving lives through engineering. He was a CSU, Chico 2011 Distinguished Alumnus.

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Dan Falardeau

Dan Falardeau

(BA, International Relations, ’92) is the president of Entrust Hawaii Inc., a self-directed retirement account company based in Honolulu (www.entrusthawaii.com). He says, “Networking in today’s business world is essential, and the years at CSU, Chico prepared me for my future. Hawaii has a casual environment, like that of Chico. Business relationships often take on a personal component, and being an outgoing, friendly person will take you far!” 

Tony Linegar

(BS, Biology, ’93) is the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner. He worked for Mendocino County for more than 10 years, the last three of those years as the county’s agricultural commissioner. During his tenure with Mendocino County, he successfully eradicated the European grapevine moth, a pest that threatened the county’s organic vineyards.

Frank Narciso

(BA, Geography and Economics, ’93; BS, Construction Management, ’98) joined the project management team of Hallmark Construction after more than a decade in the industry. Hallmark Construction, a San Jose-based commercial contractor, praised him as a highly sought-after project manager. They also referred to the value of his college education by writing, “the solid foundation he built in the classroom has carried over into his career, with Narciso winning in excess of $100 million in construction projects.” 

Jennifer (Paige) Kennelly

(BA, Psychology, ’94) has a private practice, Lakeside Psychological Services, in Chico that serves children, families, and adults. After graduating from CSU, Chico, she moved to the Bay Area to work with emotionally disturbed children. She went on to obtain a PhD in 2002 from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology and moved back to Chico. She and husband Scott enjoy raising their two daughters, 8-year-old Lauren and 7-year-old Paige. 

Johannes Van Overbeek

(BS, Business Administration, ’95) and his co-driver earned third place in the 2011 American Le Mans Series sports car race at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey. He has been a sports car driver for the last 15 years and a top-10 finisher in more than 90 percent of his attempted races. In 2007, he was the world’s top independent Porsche driver, receiving the prestigious Porsche Cup. He lives in Oakland with wife Sarah and their two sons, 5-year-old Brody and 3-year-old Taylor.

Jeff Spence

(BS, Electrical Engineering and Physics, ’95) is president and COO of Innovolt, a technology company that solves power problems. He previously worked as an executive in the energy, finance, telecommunications, and technology sectors. He has counseled policy groups, including the United Nations and the European Union, on topics ranging from economic development to monetary policy.

Julie (Jester) Alonso

(BS, Business Administration, ’97) is the PeopleSoft lead human resource functional analyst for the California State University Chancellor’s Office. She lives in Costa Mesa.

Matt Capron

(BS, Business Administration, ’97) is the CEO and broker of Vertical Horizon Real Estate & Property Management in San Diego. He lives with his wife, Tara, in Chula Vista.

Joe Commendatore

(BS, Business Administration, ’97) is the CEO of Hula Networks, a technology company based in Mountain View. The business has provided more than 10,000 clients with telecommunications support and has teamed with action-sport athletes to increase the company’s visibility. Visit the company at www.hulanetworks.com

Ebelia Hernandez

(BA, English, ’97) is assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers. She teaches students pursuing master’s degrees in college student affairs. She fondly remembers her time at CSU, Chico and credits staff from Educational Opportunity Program, Upward Bound, and Associated Students for inspiring her career path. From a true Wildcat family, she has two brothers—ABEL HERNANDEZ (attended ’07–’09) and JACINTO HERNANDEZ (BA, Latin American Studies, ’03)—and a sister, PATRICIA REESON (BS, Business Administration, ’94), who also call CSU, Chico their alma mater.

Heather Kavanaugh

(BS, Interior Design, ’98) is mother to “an incredible daughter, Madison”; owner of a small jewelry business, Silver~Blue Silver Co.; and a nine-year employee of the City of Chico. Kavanaugh previously lived in the Sacramento area, worked for a land development company and the Town of Loomis, and remodeled homes. She moved back to Chico to start a family.

    “I still love design, especially the nuts and bolts of it, like space planning and building,” says Kavanaugh. “I volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Butte County. One of the greatest opportunities we have in this life is to give back. God blesses my life every day. It is my responsibility to make positive change in the world, and to teach my daughter to do the same.”

Jeffrey Lucas

(BA, Economics, ’99) is the business development manager for Avnet Inc. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Jennifer Nelson-Burgher

(BA, Social Science, ’99) has returned to the theatre to act in Dearly Beloved, a comedy being staged at the Stockton Civic Theatre. She has been a special education teacher for years but gave up theatre to dedicate her evenings to her three children, now 17, 15, and 8 years old. She was active in CSU, Chico theatre—and she says she is looking forward to sharing her love of the stage with her children.

Tanja Poley

Tanja Poley

(BS, Business Administration, ’94) is the human resources manager for the News & Review, headquartered in Sacramento. “The iconic Chico paper has grown (like me) and weathered the test of time (like me) and has Chico running through its veins (like me),” she says. She has a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and worked in human resources for an international technology company. She left the position to adopt two children and later reentered the job market through a nonprofit, where she helped older adults secure second careers.

    Poley lives in the Sacramento area and says she and her children visit Chico “about once a year for fun (and Jon & Bon’s).” She has remained best  friends with her freshman dorm roommate ANNA LUND JOHNSON (BS, Health Science, ’93).

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Daniel Ferrere Sr.

(Master of Business Administration, ’00) is the director of finance for Muza Metal Products in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He is responsible for the company’s financial reporting, internal controls, and information technology systems. He and wife Jeanne moved to the Oshkosh area in 2003 with sons Daniel Jr. and Taylor. 

Karin (Findley) Fullerton

Karen (Findley) Fullerton

(BA, Speech Pathology and Audiology, ’00; MA, Speech Pathology and Audiology, ’02) has worked for the Yuba City Unified School District as a speech language pathologist, primarily serving middle-school students, for six years. She also worked for the Sutter County Office of Education. Her son is enrolled in CSU, Chico’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program.

Roseann (Langlois) Keegan

Roseann (Langlois) Keegan

(BA, Journalism, ’00) received a first-place award from the California Newspaper Publisher’s Association for her feature article “Lost and Found: The Little Girl Who Didn’t Exist.” She also received first place from the Nevada Press Association for best investigative or in-depth story or series for “Children in Crisis.” She is associate editor of the alumni magazine for University of Nevada, Reno and a health journalism fellow for the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. 

Calla Bilinski

Calla Bilinski

(BA, English, ’01) and JASON BILINSKI (BS, Construction Management, ’01) welcomed daughter Neva June Sept. 4, 2010. “We consider ourselves very lucky to be raising our children in Chico!” says Calla.

Michael Kral

(BA, Psychology and History, ’01; MA, Psychology, ’01) is a history teacher and football coach at Fountain Valley High School. He lives in Fountain Valley.

Kristen Petersen

(BA, Journalism, ’01; MA, Political Science, ’04) is an elections specialist with El Paso County in Colorado. Her husband JASON HOLPUCH (BS, Computer Engineering, ’01; MS, Electrical Engineering, ’06) is senior engineering systems specialist for LSI. The couple relocated from Chico to Colorado in 2011. She worked at CSU, Chico for the College of Engineering and taught political science. He worked for Aero Union. 

Dominique (Gummelt) Wakefield

(BA, Physical Education, ’01; MA, Teaching International Languages, ’06) was named one of the top 11 “Personal Trainers to Watch” in the United States by Life Fitness and the American Council on Exercise in October 2011.

Lynn Harrington Jensen

(BA, Communication Design, ’02) has been the department specialist of Lewis & Clark College’s Financial Aid office for the last five years. She lives with husband Ryan Jensen, who also works at the college, in Portland, Oregon. 

John Pizzo

(BA, Sociology, ’02) is the assistant principal at Rodriguez High School in Fairfield. He was previously a special education teacher at Fairfield High School for nine years and soccer coach for seven years. He has a master’s degree in special education from Chapman University. 

Benny Suryadi

(Master of Business Administration, ’03) owns iSacafood, an Indonesia-based business that develops baking powder (www.isacafood.com). He currently distributes the company’s product to 33 Indonesian provinces and is preparing for distribution to Africa. He lives in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Sandra Calvert

(BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’04) is mayor of Loomis. She also sits on the Loomis Town Council’s Border and Downtown Business committees. Prior to becoming mayor, she served on the Loomis Town Council for one year and on the Park, Recreation, and Open Space Committee. 

Valerie Lum

(BA, Journalism, ’04) co-authored the book Ice Cream Happy Hour: 50 Boozy Treats You Spike, Freeze and Serve (Ulysses Press). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Michael McBryde

(BA, International Relations, ’04) started the nonprofit Earth Borne Artisans. The organization is currently seeking grant funding to build six environmentally sound workshops out of cob (dirt, straw, and water). The workshops will double as free studios and housing for artisans. More information about the organization and the project can be found at www.earthborneartisans.com. He lives in the Yosemite area.

Ryan Piscovich

(BA, Journalism, ’04) is co-owner of the San Antonio Talons of the Arena Football League. He is also vice president of Yogurt Park, a frozen yogurt and ice cream company with two locations in the Bay Area, and lives in San Ramon. 

Jerremiah Smith

(BA, Music, ’04; MA, Music, ’06) is a teacher at the Bermuda School of Music. In 2009, he received first prize for his original composition “Joy” in MakeAStar.com’s online international solo guitar competition. He currently resides on the island of Bermuda. 

David Wendland

(BS, Business Administration, ’04) is the iTunes operations production manager for Apple Inc. He lives in San Francisco. 

Erin Murphy

(BS, Business Administration, ’05) is co-owner and broker of the Redding-based real estate agency The Address Realty. Prior to opening the business with her father, she worked as a Shasta County realtor for Coldwell Banker C&C Properties.

Casson Scowcroft

(BA, Music and French, ’05; MA, Music, ’08; Credential, ’09) teaches music and French at South Lake Tahoe High School.

Dale Janee Steliga

(BA, Journalism, ’05) launched Savvy Spice, an image consulting and personal shopping business that helps individuals update their style and uplift their self-confidence. She also maintains a fashion blog, SavvySpice.net; writes and produces her own radio segment; and is a weekly fashion columnist for the Ukiah Daily Journal. She lives in San Francisco.

James White

(BA, Criminal Justice, ’05) has returned to the Corning Police Department to serve as an officer. During his hiatus, he worked as an officer in the San Francisco Bay Area—while his wife attended dental school—and Red Bluff. He is joined on the force by his identical twin brother, Jeremy, and lives with his wife in Red Bluff. 

Kristie (Jacobsen) Jerde

(BA, Anthropology, ’06) is assistant director of Residential Life at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. She has a master’s degree from the University of North Dakota.

Jamie McClenahan

(BA, Recreation Administration, ’06) was appointed to Park Hyatt Beaver Creek property sales manager. For the last six years, she worked in sales management at Hyatt Grand Champions Resort and Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort. She also participates in Hyatt Thrive, the company’s volunteer and community service efforts. Her promotion will take her to New York, where she will oversee property sales in the Northeast market. 

Steve Zuschin

(BS, Finance, ’06) works in industrial real estate in New York City as a broker for Hentze-Dor Realty. He was previously a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual in Sacramento.

Robert Hoffman

(BS, Biology, ’07; Credential, ’08) was awarded a national fellowship from the National Science Teacher Association. He and 38 other California science teachers were selected out of hundreds of applicants. He is a biology teacher at Pajaro Valley High School in Watsonville.

Robin Bacior

(BA, Journalism, ’09) is a singer/songwriter living in New York City. Her most recent CD, Rest Our Wings, received favorable reviews from such outlets as CBS. Her music and biography can be found online at www.robinbacior.bandcamp.com

Lindsay Nelson

Lindsay Nelson

(BA, Psychology, ’08) and TIM TOLLEFSON (BS, Exercise Physiology, ’08) qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon. He ran a qualifying time of 2:18:26 and she of 2:42:59. The talented distance runners met at Chico State and are now engaged. He is working toward a master’s degree in physical therapy from Sacramento State and is completing an internship in Florida.

Nicole Zongus

Nicole Zongus

(BS, Recreation Management and Journalism, ’09) is the Junior Giants coordinator for the San Francisco Giants. (See photo of her during her first season with the Giants—the season they won the World Series.) Zongus was the Government Affairs Committee’s alumni affairs coordinator while at CSU, Chico.

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Leif Dahl

(BS, Engineering, ’10) helped launch a new video game company, Techtonic Games, www.tech tonicgames.com. He is director of the Santa Barbara-based business, which released its first game in 2011. Many of Dahl’s coworkers are also Chico State alums. 

Sarah Odgers

(BA, Communication Design, ’10) is a freelance graphic designer who previously worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She is moving to Sydney, Australia, with her husband and is “looking forward to getting involved in their design world.” Her work can be found online atwww.odgersdesign.com.

Megan McCourt

(BA, Journalism, ’11) is the editorial assistant and social media manager at The Hill, a congressional newspaper published in Washington, D.C. The Hill has the largest circulation of any Capitol Hill publication, a free website, and multiple blogs. McCourt, a former congressional intern of Rep. Mike Honda, has been charged with expanding the publication through social media.

Megan Moore

(MA, Fine Arts, ’11) exhibited “Botanically Restructured,” a series of six collaged and hand-colored photolithographs that capture more than 40 different plants from her father’s garden, at the University Art Gallery. She teaches printmaking at CSU, Humboldt. Visit Moore and view “Botanically Restructured” at www.onemooremegan.com.

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Conrad Bridges

(BS, Civil Engineering, ’62) and wife Donna celebrated 50 years of marriage Dec. 17, 2011. They have two children, Michelle and Dave, and three grandchildren.

Mary Flynn

(BS, Home Economics, ’84; Credential, ’87) and Michael Goloff were married Oct. 11, 2011. She is former director of Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) and a Chico city councilor. He is a retired physician. They live in Chico. 

Grant Eddy

(BA, Physical Education, ’88; Credential, ’90) and Nicole Ferroggiaro were married Sept. 12, 2011. He is athletic director of Richfield Elementary School; she is retired from the California Department of Corrections. They live in Corning. 

Scott Simpson

(BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’95) and CRISTY (GIBSON) SIMPSON (BA, Communication Design, ’98) celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in October 2011. They live in Pleasanton, where they are raising their 3-year-old son, Colby, and 1-year-old daughter, Rylee. Scott is a technical writer at Ellie Mae Inc., and Cristy is in human resources at SalesForce.com. “We hope to make another visit to Chico soon!” says Cristy. 


(BA, Journalism, ’98) and LAURA VAN DER MEER (BA, Journalism, ’00) were married Oct. 17, 2009, in Nevada City in front of many Chico State friends and family. He is a reporter at the Marysville Appeal-Democrat; she is the Internet managing editor at the same paper.

Jared Hayes-Mazzocco

(BA, History, ’06) and SHELBY PORTER (BS, Business Administration, ’08) were married Oct. 8, 2011. He is getting a master’s degree in resource law studies; she is completing a paralegal certificate. They live in Denver, Colorado.

John Logan

(BS, Recreation Administration, ’06) and CORRIE THACKER (BS, Business Administration, ’08) were married July 16, 2011. He works for California Water Service; she works for Butte Home Health and Hospice. They live in Chico. 

Greg Ford

(Credential, ’07) and KRISTIN WILSON (BS, Kinesiology, ’10) were married June 11, 2011. He teaches math and coaches tennis at Pleasant Valley High School; she teaches preschool in Chico.

Autumn Neves

(BA, Liberal Studies, ’08; Credential, ’09) and Rob Guerin were married Sept. 2, 2011. She works for Bellingham School District; he is in the U.S. Coast Guard. They live in Bellingham, Washington. 

Natalie MacTavish

(BS, Nutrition and Food Science, ’08; MA, Nutrition Education, ’10) and DAVID MASON (BS, Exercise Physiology, ’09) were married Aug. 27, 2011. She works at Baylor University Medical Center; he is attending Parker University, Chiropractic College. They live in Dallas, Texas.

Katie O'Lynn Gordon

(BS, Business Administration, ’09) and Ryan Timothy were married Sept. 10, 2011. She works at Build.com as a sales representative; he owns a wealth planning firm, The O’Donnell Group. They live in Chico.

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John Concannon


CONCANNON (BS, Business Administration, ’85) is a fourth-generation vintner at Concannon Vineyard.

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Tanja Poley

Tanja Poley

(BS, Business Administration, ’94) is the human resources manager for the News & Review, headquartered in Sacramento.

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Kathy Crusco

Kathy Crusco

(BS, Business Administration, ’87) is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Epicor Software Corporation.

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