A Magazine from California State University, ChicoFall 2013 Issue

Class Notes

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Public Affairs and Publications
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0040
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(BA, Political Science, ’70) published the memoir Badges, Bears, and Eagles: The True Life Adventures of a California Fish and Game Warden, containing 23 stories from his 30-year career in enforcement with the California Department of Fish and Game. Callan now lives with his wife in Palo Cedro.


(BA, Industrial Arts, ’72) retired from the marine insurance business in 2011.  He worked for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. in various management positions for 30 years and then joined CNA Insurance Co. in 2006 as a regional director. He and his wife, Rosemary, also retired, live in Alamo and celebrated their 40th anniversary in October.

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(Credential, ’72; MA, History, ’81; Credential, ’84) wrote the novel Pointman, which is loosely based on his experiences in the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Combat Medical Badge, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. Before retiring, Owens served as the Lassen County superintendent of schools for nine years. His wife, KATHLEEN (JONES) OWENS (BA, English, ’72; Credential, ’74) retired after teaching elementary school for 24 years. They live in Northern California and have two adult children and two granddaughters.


(BA, Art, ’73) accomplished his lifetime goal of publishing a novel in January with his book Winter Melon, which combines history and fiction in a story about a girl who lives through the 1937 Japanese military invasion of Nanking, China. The novel was voted book of the month for July by Lyon Books in Chico. Foey’s family has lived in Red Bluff for about 160 years.


(attended ’73–’75) received the 2013 Weatherby Foundation International Award, which annually recognizes an individual for outstanding support of wildlife conservation, lifetime hunting achievement, and dedication to the principles of ethical sport hunting. Smith was a successful forward on the soccer team during his time at Chico State, known for scoring goals and making assists. After leaving Chico for a brief career in professional soccer, he became a successful businessperson and writer. He is a board member of the Safari Club International Foundation and the Hunter Legacy Fund.



(BA, Social Sciences, ’74; Credential, ’75) retired in June after 35 years of service with the Los Angeles Unified School District. During that time, he served as a social studies teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, and summer school principal. He was vice president of the Association of Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors in 1986, president of the Senior High Assistant Principals Organization in 2005, and an executive board member of the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles from 2005 to 2011. Simmons served two terms on the Board of Education for St. Cyril of Jerusalem School from 1994 to 2000. He and wife Joyce are parents to daughter Krista and son Daniel. He plans to continue his volunteer activities and recreational hobbies: cycling, softball, gardening, and stone masonry.


(MA, Psychology, ’77) has published her first work of biographical fiction, The Edgefielders: Poor House Tales of a Great-Grandmother, which chronicles the Depression-era secrets and misadventures of a colorful group of paupers. Favor worked as a United Church of Christ pastor in San Francisco and taught at the Claremont School of Theology. She now facilitates Spiritual Journey groups with Stillpoint in Southern California and at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. She lives with her husband at Pilgrim Place in Claremont.



(BA, English, ’72) this fall published Smelling Herself, a novel told through the voice of a precocious 11-year-old African American girl living in the projects of West Oakland in 1964. Grimes is an award-winning mystery author whose first book in her Theresa Galloway series, Somebody Else’s Child, won two unprecedented Anthony Awards for best first novel and best paperback original. She also received the Chester Himes Black Mystery Writers Award. Grimes, who grew up in West Oakland and now writes from her home studio in Sacramento, participated in Chico State’s first Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Grimes is an alumna of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Antioch University Los Angeles’s MFA program.


(BA, Psychology, ’78) was appointed director of admissions and records at CSU, Fresno. Beddall began her career as a clerk in 1977 at the CSU, Chico Office of Admissions and then moved to Fresno with husband Richard. They now live in Clovis with her mother and their two grown children.

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(MA, Ceramics, ’80) has owned and operated James Snidle Fine Arts and Appraisals since 1989, brokering regional and nationally known artwork, and appraising fine arts and collectibles. Snidle told the Chico Enterprise-Record in June that his degree equipped him with “a keen appreciation of ceramic techniques and history.”


(BA, Physical Education, ’81) is a guidance instructional advisor at Central High School in Fresno. He has worked at the high school for 26 years in roles including teacher, coach, and vice principal.


(BA, English, ’81; MA, English, ’87) recently published his second book and first novel, Hard Reset. His first book, Dog Lessons, won the IPPY eLit Award for Excellence. White lives in Altadena, where he writes the Martin Gardens novels, the next of which is due out soon. “I was fortunate enough during my enrollment at CSU, Chico to have studied under Clark Brown, Lennis Dunlap, and Christian Todenhagen,” says White. “Each of them, especially Clark Brown, had significant influence on my work.”

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(BS, Business Administration, ’90) left his posts of five years as principal of Durham Intermediate School and director of maintenance, operations, and transportation for Durham Unified School District to accept the positions of superintendent of Golden Feather Union Elementary School District and principal of Concow School.


(BA, Political Science, ’90) was named Los Angeles’ first chief sustainability officer by Mayor Eric Garcetti in August. Upon his appointment, Petersen resigned from his position as CEO of Santa Monica-based Global Green USA, the American affiliate of Green Cross International, but he remains a member of its board of directors. In 2008, Petersen was recognized by Time magazine for helping New Orleans rebuild a greener community after Hurricane Katrina.


(BA, Philosophy and Religious Studies, ’92) is the instructional technology librarian and Academic Senate president for Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. He earned his master’s degree at Syracuse University and doctorate in education in a joint program between UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.


(BA, Sociology, ’92) is program coordinator for Homeless and Foster Youth Services for the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education. She received her special education certification from San Francisco State University.



(BS, Business Administration, ’92) was promoted from senior manager to executive director in Ernst & Young LLP’s Financial Services Office in San Francisco. Winter provides advisory services to clients in the financial services sector with a focus on regulatory compliance, operational risk management, and business process improvements. He earned his JD degree from Golden Gate University, is a member of the California Bar, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.



(BS, Business Administration, ’99) was promoted from senior manager to partner in Ernst & Young LLP’s Financial Services Office, where he focuses on banking and capital markets clients on the West Coast. He worked in the firm’s Palo Alto office serving technology and consumer products companies before transferring to San Francisco in 2000. He is a certified information systems auditor, a certified public accountant, and a member of the American Institute of CPAs.


(BA, Social Work, ’93) accepted the position of associate vice chancellor of Student Life, Campus Community, and Retention Services beginning Aug. 15 at the University of California, Davis. Lang previously worked at Washington State University for 19 years in several positions, most recently as the senior associate vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment–Student Development and Retention. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from Washington State University.


(BS, Business Administration, ’99) owns and operates BBC Material Solutions Inc., a sales and marketing business, and Shock Tone Studios. He resides in Rocklin, plays bass, and says he misses Chico.

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(BA, English, ’00) is a writer and author at www.lifecorked.com. She writes about her recovery from alcoholism and living sober. She lives in Salem, Oregon, is married and has two children, Caitlin and Zachary.


(BS, Business Administration, ’03) is the government affairs manager for Target Corp., based in San Francisco. She joined the company in 2013 and manages its advocacy portfolio for the State of California. She also serves on the boards of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the California Retail Association. Before joining Target, Miller worked as the manager of government affairs and public policy for Gap Inc. and as chief operating officer of the California Business Properties Association. She lives in San Francisco with husband Travis and young son Redmond.


(attended fall ’01–fall ’04) tied with fellow U.S. National Team member Landon Donovan and Panamanian sensation Gabriel Torres for the most goals scored in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. With five goals each scored over the course of the tournament, the trio split the biennial Golden Boot award. Wondolowski’s goals all came in the first two group stage matches for the United States. He had a hat trick (scoring three times in succession) in the 6-1 win over Belize and added two more in the 4-1 win over Cuba.

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(BA, English, ’03) and husband Wesley Herchkorn had their first child, a girl named Anna Paige, on June 5. They reside in San Jose.



(BA, Journalism, ’06) works as the editor for MaxPreps.com, a CBS Interactive site that bills itself as America’s source for high school sports. He is also managing the MaxPreps Los Angeles site, working in a variety of mediums (photo, video, audio) and dabbles as a freelance writer. He lives with his fiancée in Long Beach and will be getting married in Chico in September.

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(MA, Communication Design, ’10) was hired as an assistant professor of electronic media at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism in August. Bor earned her BA in film and media studies from UC Santa Barbara in 2007 and her doctorate degree in communication from the University of Utah in 2013. Her research examines new media and political communication.


(BS, Recreation Administration, ’12) is a digital marketing assistant for the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors’ digital marketing team’s increased efforts to connect with fans through social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram has gotten press from the San Francisco Chronicle and Mashable, among other publications.


(BS, Health Science, ’12) broke three world swimming records in the women’s 50- to 54-year-old class at the U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals in Mission Viejo Aug. 7–11. She broke the records for the 200-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, and 400-meter individual medley. She had previously broken world records twice over the past eight years. A native Chicoan, Hernandez has two jobs and is a mother to five children, all of whom have made their college swim teams.


(attended ’11–’13) signed a contract with the Colorado Rockies to join their Class-A minor league affiliate, the Tri-City Dust Devils, in Pasco, Washington, in July. Neiman was a pitcher for the Chico State Wildcats.

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(BA, Education, ’58; MA, Elementary School Administration, ’65) and BOBBI JACKSON (BA, Social Work, ’78) renewed their wedding vows during a celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary. He taught school for 31 years, and she worked as a sheriff’s deputy and probation officer in Butte County. They have three children, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.


(BA, Education, ’62; Credential, ’62) and BOB KNOX (BS, Business Administration, ’65) celebrated 50 years of marriage June 1, 2013. The Knoxes, of Chico, were married May 31, 1963, in Las Vegas. He worked as Tenaco West’s personnel manager for more than 24 years and at Sierra Sunrise as a “night owl”; she taught at Mill Street School in Orland and for Chico Unified School District, and retired from John McManus School. They have two grandchildren.


(BA, Political Science, ’68) and his wife, Carol, celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary on June 13, 2013.


(BS, Business Administration, ’03) married Kendra Chrysler at Patrick Ranch in Chico on June 1, 2013. She attended UC Santa Barbara, and he works in medical sales. They took a trip to Croatia and Prague and live in San Francisco.


(BA, Communication Design, ’03) and Christal Sergovia were married Sept. 7, 2012. She graduated from University of San Francisco and works for the State of California. He works as a marketing director for Renaissance Food Group. They live in Sacramento.


(BA, Liberal Studies, ’07) and Ryan Gage were married Dec. 28, 2012. She works for the Glenn County Office of Education; he is self-employed in construction. They live in Princeton.



(BA, Child Development, ’09) married Brian Cody on April 13, 2013, in Orange. She is training to be a doula and lactation counselor; he is a graduate of Cornell and Western University and a veterinarian at a small animal hospital. They live in Yorba Linda and plan to move to Portland, Oregon.


(Master of Business Administration, ’10) and ANDREA NONAKA (BA, Liberal Studies, ’11) were married April 6, 2013, at Sanibel Harbour Resort. She is employed by Osceola School District as a teacher of special education; he is a financial analyst for Disney Co. They reside in Davenport, Florida.


(BS, Nursing, ’13) and WES MATTHEWS (BS, Exercise Physiology, ’13) were married May 25, 2013. She graduated summa cum laude and he cum laude. She is a nurse at Feather River Hospital in Paradise; he works at Pillsbury Physical Therapy. They live in Paradise.

Kacey Gardner, Public Affairs and Publications

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Alum Notes

Terris McMahan Grimes

Terris McMahan Grimes

(BA, English, ’72) publishes novel set in West Oakland in 1964.

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Matt Petersen

(BA, Political Science, ’90) is LA’s first chief sustainability officer.

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Leland Gordon

Leland Gordon

(BA, Journalism, ’06) is editor of MaxPreps.com, a CBS high school sports site.

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