A Magazine from California State University, ChicoSpring 2013 Issue

Class Notes

Class Notes

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Wildcats on the Move Coordinator
Public Affairs and Publications
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0040
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(BA, History, ’59) published a book in April titled Missionary Bishop: Jean Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans, which examines the life and work of Odin, a French missionary priest who devoted his life to mission work on behalf of the Catholic Church. Foley is a professor emeritus of history at Tarrant County College and editor emeritus of the award-winning Catholic Southwest: A Journal of History and Culture, which he founded.

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(BA, English, ’69) has published a book called Memoirs of Mariposa Avenue, which is about a young man who graduates from college and passes up a full-ride scholarship to work on his doctorate to instead “wander in the dreamtime.” Awakening from the dream, he recovers from past traumas and discovers a joyful sense of self that had been missing for a decade. The author, after an early run at teaching elementary school and a decade of restless adventures, settled into a successful 20-year teaching career in Salinas, retiring in 2004. Today he lives with his life partner, Wendy, in Pebble Beach.

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 (BA, Recreation Administration, ’70) retired in January 2012 after 39 years working for AAA Insurance. Ostertag lives in Redding but still spends time in Chico, a city he says “you can’t get out of your blood.”


(BA, Chemistry, ’71) says that while the physics and math he learned as a chemistry major have served him well, his career has not been in chemistry but in audio engineering. That career started at a music store in Chico and continues to this day at Walt Disney Imagineering. Along the way he has been a part of live entertainment events from Broadway shows to Grateful Dead concerts, been a sound engineer for three presidents and the pope, and created the sounds for Space Mountain at Disneyland. He is currently helping design Disney’s newest theme park in Shanghai, China.


(BA, American Studies, ’72) retired in May 2011 after 32 years of service with San Diego Gas & Electric. Eubanks celebrated her retirement with a trip to Ireland and Scotland in September. She plans to travel more and enjoy some of the volunteer opportunities San Diego has to offer.


(attended ’73–’76) is a registered nurse and works at the Sacramento County Department of Health Services. She specializes as a psychiatric nurse, Public Health CAADC (California Association of Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Her daughter, Elana, is a freshman at Chico State. 


(BA, Recreation Administration, ’75) retired in December after 34 years of service with various recreation and parks departments in the Reno/Tahoe area. During that time he served as president of the Nevada Recreation and Parks Society and as chair of the CPRS Pacific-Southwest Regional Council. Father to two daughters, Mullens is currently working in Thailand on converting a handcrafted wooden ship into a pirate-themed tourist attraction. 


(BA, Creative Writing and Journalism, ’75) has published a new novel titled The Spy Who Loathed Me, which is a Cold War-era comedy and prequel to his novel Echo Valley. After graduating from CSU, Chico, Westphal worked as a reporter for the Contra Costa Times and later at a small production company in San Francisco where he wrote comedy sketches.  He also wrote an episode for the TV show Murphy Brown and was a story editor for Baby Talk. He and his family live in Ojai.

Bob Linscheid


(BA, Public Administration, ’76; MA, Public Administration, ’78) was named president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce in January. He is also chair of the California State University Board of Trustees. Linscheid, who was previously a business consultant and managing director of external relations of Innovate North State in Chico, has also worked in various roles and economic development efforts, including serving as CEO of the Chico Chamber of Commerce, executive director of the Butte County Economic Development Corp., and a member of the CSU, Chico Alumni Association.

San Francisco chamber board chair Greg Cosko had this to say about Linscheid: “With his entrepreneurial experience, track record in economic development, and statewide relationships, we are confident that Linscheid will help us harness this engine and continue in the chamber’s growth and success.”



(BS, Accounting, ’76) is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in San Francisco and was recently named to REP magazine’s list of “Top 50 Wirehouse Women in 2013” as well as Barron’s “America’s Top 1,000 Advisors: State-by-State” list, which both were published in February. Foust joined Merrill Lynch in 2002 with more than 15 years of experience serving private clients, corporate executives, and corporate equity plans.

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(BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’80) is an artist and illustrator who lives with his wife, Leslie, in San Francisco. He illustrated the New Yorker’s 2012 election issue cover, titled “Rhapsody in Blue,” which features the Empire State Building glowing in blue against a starry night sky. Ulriksen has been doing editorial illustration since the mid-’90s, and his paintings have appeared in many leading magazines and newspapers. “Rhapsody in Blue” was his 41st New Yorker cover.

JACCI TURNER and book cover


(BA, Social Work, ’81) has worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since graduation. After connecting with InterVarsity at Chico State, she and her husband moved to Reno, Nevada, and have been there 28 years. Along the way, she attained a master’s degree and license as a marriage and family therapist, and now works in private practice and as a school counselor. Turner recently published three books for young adults in a series called The Birthright Series: The Cage, The Bar, and The Lamb. “My training at Chico prepared me for my careers and my passion,” she says.


(BA, Biological Sciences, ’81; MS, Biological Sciences, ’90) was featured in the September 2012 issue of Popular Science and on the Discovery Channel for building a 180-pound, 8.5-foot-long electric-assist bicycle that can go 60 mph. Woodmansee, a Silicon Valley software engineer, built the Frankencycle, called Blackbird, because he didn’t want to commute to work by car or train but worked too far from home to use his Electra Cruiser 7D bike without a motor.


(BA, Criminal Justice, ’83) retired in October 2012 as commander with the Newark Police Department. Milner is currently an inspector for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. He teaches at the University of Phoenix in the College of Criminal Justice. In 2012, he received his master’s degree from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. Milner’s oldest son, Brayton, will be attending CSU, Chico in the fall, while his younger son moves into fourth grade. He and his spouse, Kris, live in Walnut Creek.


(MA, Physical Education, ’83) published a fitness book in February titled Fit Quickies: 5-Minute Targeted Body-Shaping Workouts. She is the fitness advisor for the Dr. John McDougall Health and Medical Center Discussion Boards as well as a presenter and celebrity coach for the 21-Day PCRM Vegan Kickstart and VegRun Programs and the Complete Health Improvement Project. She has taught courses at San Francisco State University and Butte College. Recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Instruction, she created her own CBS TV show, Lani’s All-Heart Aerobics.


(BA, Physical Science, ’84) is the director of community relations at Skywalker Ranch, the workplace of film director and producer George Lucas in Marin County. Forster previously was the ranch’s director of operations and facilities, and before that he was an assistant fire chief at the Eureka Fire Department.


(BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’85) recently moved from Tucson, Arizona, where he was the creative services director of KGUN 9 (ABC), to Austin, Texas, where he is now creative services director of KEYE-TV (CBS). His 28 years in broadcasting began with his first television job at KCPM 24 in Chico.


(BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’85) has worked for the Chico Police Department since 1993. He was promoted to the rank of captain in October.


(BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’86) runs the family-owned food production company Mooney Farms, located in a 100,000-square-foot building near the Chico airport and specializing in sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil. What initially began as an attempt to maintain the family’s kiwi farm turned into a business that has sales of nearly $35 million a year. Today the company markets nine core products under the Bella Sun Luci brand, sold in nearly every Costco in the world and major supermarkets like Safeway and Raley’s.


(BA, Psychology, ’87; MA, Communication Studies, ’91) is an associate professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State York in Pennsylvania. In October, she was awarded the Pennsylvania Communication Association 2012 Donald H. Ecroyd Research and Scholarship Award, which honors a commitment to and sustained record of research or publication in the field of communication. Eicher-Catt is co-editor of the book Communicology: The New Science of Embodied Discourse and has published numerous articles and book chapters on the semiotics and phenomenology of discursive practices. She also holds a doctorate in the philosophy of communication from Southern Illinois University.


(BA, Music Industry and Technology, ’89) worked as a computer professional in Colorado for 12 years after graduating and then went back to school to get his master’s degree in computer science, followed by a PhD in computational bioscience. After completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Colorado, he returned to California and was hired as a tenure-track faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at Chico State.

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(BA, Journalism, ’90) relocated to Massachusetts from the Bay Area in 2001. She works in the planning department of a convenience store, is married, and has a daughter, Zoe. “Life is good, and I am so grateful for my time at CSU, Chico,” she says.



(BA, Journalism, ’91) released his debut novel, Cash Out, in 2012 through Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The book will also be released in Germany this summer by the publisher Rowohlt, an imprint of the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group. Bardsley is the director of executive communications for the Printing and Personal Systems division at Hewlett-Packard.


(BS, Business Administration, ’91) is the CEO of Studio Movie Grill, a movie theater that offers in-theater dining. Schultz founded the company in Dallas in 1993, and it has grown to include 12 locations in five states. Schultz and Studio Movie Grill were featured in Smart Business magazine in 2012 for creating a new market niche.


(BA, Physical Education, ’91; MA, Physical Education, ’95) was named to the Chico Sports Hall of Fame this year. He completed his 17th season as Chico State’s men and women’s cross country head coach in 2012, while also serving as the distance coach for the Wildcats’ track and field teams. The men’s cross country team placed fifth at the NCAA Division II championships in 2012, their third-straight top-five finish, and the women also took fifth, their 10th-straight top-10 finish. He has coached 71 All-American distance runners over the past 16 years.


(BS, Geology, ’91) was one of 13 individuals honored in 2012 by the White House for innovation in local government as a “Champion of Change.” White is the director of economic development for the city of Livermore, the interim CEO/co-founder of the i-GATE Innovation Hub, and a member of two advisory boards at CSU, Chico. He also recently received an award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer-Far West Region for Outstanding Partnership with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.



(BA, Communication Design, ’92) is a Boulder, Colorado-based food and travel writer and culinary educator. She began a home-based cooking school/farm tour program in 1999 called The Sustainable Kitchen, which was inspired by her experiences growing up on a small California ranch raising dairy goats and other animals. The Sustainable Kitchen has also recently launched a cheese consulting business that offers staff trainings on cheese styles, tastings, and pairings and proper serving and storage. Miller is also a contributing editor at Culture: The Word on Cheese and co-author of Cheese for Dummies. In addition, she regularly contributes to Gadling, Westphoria, The Huffington Post, American Cowboy, and other websites and magazines.



(BS, Business Administration, ’93) is vice president of professional services at Birst, a pioneer of Agile Business Analytics software based in San Francisco. In his final semester at CSU, Chico, he was recruited by Apple to work in the company’s Customer Assistance Center in Campbell. After a few years there and at other hardware manufacturers, Marks began his 15-year career in enterprise software. He lives with his wife and two children in San Carlos.



(BS, Business Administration, ’94) is a senior account manager at TelePacific in Sacramento, where he lives with his wife, Sarah, and children, Ryan and Abby. He grew up in Chico and says he was very fortunate to stay for his full college experience. During his time at Chico State, he played on the university golf team.


(BA, Theatre Arts, ’95), who has had more than 15 years of national success as an actress, came back to Chico in January to perform in the role of Veronica in the Blue Room Theatre’s production of God of Carnage. Detmer’s career has encompassed roles in movies, on television, and on the stage in New York and Los Angeles. She lives in the San Fernando Valley with her husband and 4-year-old son.



(BA, Journalism, ’96; MA, Education, ’09) is a program specialist with Butte College Associated Students. She is also a tutor with Professional Tutors of America and is a regular contributor to North State Parent magazine. She lives with her husband and two children in Chico.


(BA, Religious Studies, ’96) has lived in Chico for 34 years, but she spent most of 2011 and 2012 traveling the state as the head of a large grassroots effort to pass Proposition 37, which would have required food companies to label products made with genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs. Before Prop. 37, she worked as a midwife, organic farmer, and business owner. Most recently she’s worked as a consultant to couples therapists. She has three children and two grandchildren.



(BA, Journalism, ’97) is director of marketing and public relations at a nonprofit housing finance agency. She resides in Sacramento.


(BA, Agricultural Politics, ’99) is special projects manager for the Western Canal Water District in Richvale. She resides in Willows.

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(attended fall ’01–fall ’04) scored a Major League Soccer single-season, record-tying 27 goals and won the MLS Most Valuable Player award in 2012 with the San Jose Earthquakes. The former Chico State soccer team standout also made the 2012 MLS All-Stars team and the U.S. national team.



(BA, Psychology, ’03) is a forensic psychologist for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She assesses risk for future violence and makes parole recommendations for inmates serving life sentences with the possibility of parole. She lives in Corona.


(BA, Music, ’03) was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for his work on the album Love Is a Four Letter Word by Jason Mraz for Atlantic Records. He worked out of the legendary Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles for the project.


(BS, Health Science, ’03) is a community education specialist at Four Winds of Indian Education in Chico, where she also resides.


(BA, Music Industry and Technology, ’05) is the owner of Blueberry Creek Photography in Alberta, Canada, where she lives with her husband and two children. They live on a 22-acre farm in Spirit River, and Weich is in her third year of operating her photography studio. Weich says: “We come back to Chico at least once a year, so email me at blueberryphotography@yahoo.com if we went to class together and you want to meet for coffee.”


(MA, Geography, ’06) is a planner II for the City of Oakland, a certified planner (AICP), and a part-time professor of cultural geography at Laney College in Oakland.


(BA, History, ’06) is the coordinator for Greek Life at the University of California, Davis. He resides in Sacramento.


(BS, Business Administration, ’07) is a human resources generalist for Coventry Health Care in West Sacramento. She lives in Folsom.


(MA, Social Work, ’08) recently published an art book titled A Possible Reality: Carlos Loarca—Artist & Muralist. The book highlights a sample of 50 recent paintings from maestro painter and muralist Carlos Loarca, Tomas’ father. Carlos Loarca’s career spans more than 50 years, with shows in the United States, London, and Italy and murals in San Francisco, Guatemala, and St. Petersburg, Russia.


(BA, Journalism, ’08) performed in the 2013 Super Bowl as a member of Gold Rush, the San Francisco 49ers cheerleading squad. Nunez is an account executive for the Fox affiliate KRXI Channel 11 in Reno, Nevada. She was also the one cheerleader from the team selected to represent the 49ers at this year’s Pro Bowl in Hawaii.


(BS, Business Administration, ’08) is a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley in Walnut Creek.


(BS, Biological Sciences, ’08) works at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage as a registered nurse. He works on the cardiac floor with patients recovering from heart bypasses, congestive heart failure, and myocardial infarctions. He also has a public health nursing license and plans to begin working for the Department of Public Health in the next year. Thompson earned a BS in nursing from CSU, San Bernardino. While there he wrote “The C.O.R.E. to Sociocultural Care in Nursing,” published in Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. He resides in Palm Desert.



(BA, Psychology, ’09) works in human resources/training and Development at Electronics for Imaging in the Silicon Valley. After graduating from CSU, Chico, she worked as a career counselor before enrolling in graduate school at the University of the Pacific, where she earned a master’s in educational administration and leadership in 2012. Her hobbies are dancing and running half marathons.

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(BA, Criminal Justice, ’10) returned home to West Marin after graduation to start his business, the Double M Dairy. He is the fourth generation of Mendozas to work on the land in Point Reyes. He has more than 200 cows that produce about 1,400 gallons of organic milk daily that is sold to stores such as Trader Joe’s.


(BS, Agriculture, ’10) works on her family’s farm in West Marin, helping her father raise beef and sheep on land that has been ranched for 150 years. She also has free-range chickens and sells their eggs under the name Marshall Home Ranch at a bakery in Petaluma.


(BA, Journalism, ’12) is sports editor of the Red Bluff Daily News. He covers high school sports and other athletic events throughout Tehama County. In his last semester at CSU, Chico, he was news editor of The Orion. He visits his friends in Chico often.


(BA, History, ’12) is a staff assistant in the office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi in Washington, D.C. She previously worked as an intern for Sen. Barbara Boxer. While at CSU, Chico, MacDougall served as the director of University Affairs, on the Academic Senate, and as a paralegal intern at the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC).

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(BA, Home Economics, ’63) and her husband, Harold, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 29, 2012. The two have lived in Artois for 50 years. Harold attended Chico State and played on the basketball team for a couple years before returning to his home, where he is a fourth-generation farmer. Kathleen taught for a few years before they began their family. The von Bargens have two children and five grandchildren.


(MA, Industrial Arts, ’77) and his wife, Cim, celebrated 50 years of marriage Aug. 11, 2012. The Kellys married at Holy Angels Church in Aurora, Illinois. They have lived in Paradise for 44 years and have two children, John and Beth, and three granddaughters.


(BS, Business Administration, ’05) and ALYSSA DAILY (BS, Business Administration, ’06) were married July 7, 2012, at Pioneer Church in Sacramento. He is a certified financial planner at RedRock Financial; she is a business development manager at Lionakis. They live in Chico.


(BA, Communication Sciences and Disorders, ’07) and Nick Burger were married Aug. 11, 2012. She works for Soliant Health; he is a self-employed business owner. They live in Paso Robles.


(BA, Communication Design, ’09) and JAIME MARQUEZ (BS, Manufacturing Technology, ’10) were married Aug. 4, 2012, at Butte Creek Country Club. She is a research associate for Pharmacist’s Letter; he is a production engineer for Aisun Electronics. They live in Stockton.


(BA, Art, ’12) and Shane Lash were married March 8 in Chico. She is manager of social media and promotional coordination at Build.com, and he works at Lash’s Glass. They live in Chico.

Kacey Gardner, Public Affairs and Publications

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Mark Ulriksen

Mark Ulriksen

(BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’80) illustrated the New Yorker’s 2012 election cover.

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Istvan Kadar

(BA, Chemistry, ’71) is helping design Disney’s newest theme park in Shanghai.

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Laurel Miller

Laurel Miller

(BA, Communication Design, ’92) runs The Sustainable Kitchen, a cooking school/farm tour program.

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