A Magazine from California State University, ChicoFall 2014 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, Business Education, ’61) completed his 44th year and 900th career win as the varsity baseball coach at Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova.



(BA, Psychology, ’65) ran for justice of the Montana Supreme Court in 2014. He is an attorney specializing in mediation and arbitration and a licensed podiatrist with a practice in Billings, Montana. He received a doctorate in podiatric medicine from Kent University in 1976 and a law degree from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1986. He was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force but retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army medical department, putting in 28 years in active duty and reserves.


(BA, Psychology, ’68; MA, Psychology, ’70) has been self-employed for the past 44 years as an insurance agent and financial advisor at DBA Hurley & Associates and M&L Hurley Insurance & Financial Inc. Now semi-retired but still serving his clients, he recently agreed to become North State coordinator for Run Ben Run, a PAC purposed to urge Dr. Ben Carson, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and author, to run for president of the United States.


(BS, Business Administration, ’68) has worked with the Department of the Navy for 41 years as a civilian employee managing and overseeing quality-of-life programs for sailors, marines, and their families. He was hired in 1973 and was a field representative in his early years, traveling 90 percent of the year to Navy bases worldwide. 

In 1983, he was the deputy officer in charge of a military cross-country team competing in Khartoum, Sudan. In the 1980s, he worked at Navy headquarters in Washington, D.C., as a deputy in the recreation policy branch, and in the 1990s, he served as the deputy and then the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) director at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, the largest naval base in the world. 

Among other achievements as the director, he laid the groundwork for a multifaceted recreational and fitness complex. He also developed the first Enlisted Recreation Center on a Navy base on the East Coast. The Navy installations in the Norfolk area were regionalized in 2000, and Carlsen served as the first regional MWR director. In that capacity, he was tasked by the regional commander to reorganize MWR on the bases. He took a 10 Navy-base organization, with more than 200 facilities, 2,000 employees, and a $100 million budget, and tipped it upside down to construct a new organization. He is currently the deputy fleet readiness director, helping oversee a regional MWR operation with 20 Navy bases from Maine to North Carolina, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. 

Carlsen is a recipient of the Fellow Award and Executive Fellow Award from the Armed Forces Recreation Society of the National Recreation and Park Association, the inaugural Ben Lewis Achievement Award from Navy MWR headquarters, the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award from the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, the second-highest award recognizing Navy civilian employees. He and his wife live in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


(BA, Art, ’69; Credential, ’71) joined the U.S. Navy reserve out of high school, and after a first attempt at college, decided to leave the reserve to join the active-duty Navy. He served as a gunner on a five-inch gun mount on the destroyer USS Hopewell, (DD-681). After leaving the Navy in 1971, he returned to Chico State and studied art under Janet Turner. In May 2014, Halldorson, a Chicoan, had prints displayed in a veterans art exhibit at the Museum of Northern California Art in Chico.

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(BS, Nursing, ’72) retired in 2009 after 47 years in various nursing positions. In her career, she designed a gastrostomy tube, edited and was a contributing author for People Controllers: Interdisciplinary Group Communication, and was a contributing author for Preceptorships in Nursing Education and various journals. She helped found the greater Oroville Homeless Coalition, shares her property for community gardens, and has two grown daughters, Margie (BA, Music, ’86) and Katie. Maes spends her time gardening, traveling, and volunteering.


(BA, Physical Education, ’74) retired after 29 years of teaching in June 2014. His career began in 1975 at Poway High School, where he taught driver education, driver training, and physical education and coached football, softball, track, and golf. He and his wife and their two young sons moved in 1980 to Fresno, where he became the head football coach and taught physical education at Kerman High School. After his third son was born, Lyons moved to Hoover High School, where he taught and coached for 29 years. In 2011, he began coaching football at Fresno City College. He currently coaches tight ends and punters there. He and his wife, Ginny, live in Fresno and enjoy their growing family.


(BA, Special Major, ’75; MS, Agriculture, ’82) retired after more than 35 years of federal service. His professional career included natural resource, environmental, and biology positions with the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Navy as a civilian specialist, and the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation. He sat on several national science-related advisory panels and has authored, co-authored, contributed to, and presented many works. He is a 2010 winner of the Department of the Interior Green Challenge Award, a 2003 graduate of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Leadership Development Initiative, and a co-recipient of the 2001 Albert Gore Vice President’s Hammer Award for Reinventing Government.

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(BA, Psychology, ’78; BA, Chemistry, ’78) recently earned a master’s degree in education from North Carolina State University. He works as a learning and development specialist in the Office of Human Resources at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and teaches mindfulness-based stress reduction for the university’s School of Medicine. He is the author of a monthly blog titled Stress Tips, which has surpassed 140 issues. He lives with his wife, Patty (in photo above), in rural North Carolina.

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(BA, Social Work, ’81) retired as a medical social worker in May 2014. She worked as the director of social services at her local hospital and nursing home for 29 years. She is looking forward to traveling, motorcycling, and spending time with her husband of 33 years.


(BS, Chemistry, ’82) was recognized by the American Chemical Society with the 2015 James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching. Ball is the second teacher in California to receive this award since its inception in 1973. She has taught at Chico High School since 1987. She also received the Lloyd Ryland Award for Outstanding High School Teaching from the ACS California Local Section in 2010 and was named the Chico Rotary Club Educator of the Year for 2009–2010.


(BA, Geography, ’82) has been named professor and chair of the Department of Geography and the Environment and fellow of the C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in United States-Mexico Relations No. 2 at the University of Texas at Austin. Beach (in photo below, with husband Timothy) previously worked at George Mason University, where she was professor and acting chair of geography and geoinformation science, and also served as associate chair and director of Academic Programs for the department since 2008.



(BA, Geography, ’82) was elected 2014 Faculty of the Year for excellence in teaching by Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, commonly known as the nation’s highest-rated School of International Affairs. A professor of geography and geoscience at Georgetown University from 1993 to 2014, Beach (in photo with wife Sheryl—see above update) was Georgetown’s Cinco Hermanos chair in the environment and international affairs and served as director of the Science, Technology, and International Affairs Program and the Center for the Environment for 10 years. He also received the university’s only Distinguished Research Award bestowed by Georgetown University in 2011. His extramural honors include election as fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Guggenheim and Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships, and the Association of American Geographers’ 2010 G.K. Gilbert Award in Geomorphology. In 2014, he became a professor in the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Geography and the Environment, where he was named C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in United States-Mexico Relations No. 2.

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(BA, Industrial Arts, ’84) has owned and managed The Grapple Hook Group, marketers and representatives of industrial products and services, since 2006. He was a college professor for 10 years at the University of Tampa, Webster University, and St. Leo University. He is also the owner of The Iron Ox, a specialty chemical products line for heavy industry. He has worked with the largest oil companies in the United States, including Shell, BP, and Chevron, on crane safety. He has an MBA from the University of Southern Florida and currently resides in Florida.

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(BA, Social Work, ’91) was named the California State Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Work in 2014. She was honored with the award Oct. 25 during the organization’s annual conference in Burbank. This year, she also received a PhD from Fielding Graduate University and left her position as a distributed learning coordinator at Chico State’s School of Social Work to become a faculty member teaching gerontology at Sacramento State. She lives with her husband, Alan, in Magalia.


(BA, Public Administration, ’92) was selected by the city of South San Francisco as its new chief of police. Azzopardi will lead all police department operations and partner with the community to facilitate neighborhood-oriented policing. He is a 22-year veteran of the South San Francisco Police Department, starting in 1993 as a patrol officer and working his way up the ranks to police captain, overseeing the police department’s patrol division and criminal investigation bureau. Azzopardi was two-time recipient of the SSFPD Captain’s Supernumerary Award. He has a master’s in public administration from Notre Dame de Namur University and is a graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department Leadership Academy.


(BA, Child Development, ’93) is an elementary school teacher in the Gilroy Unified School District and a mother of two. Her oldest son is planning to attend Chico State in fall 2016 as an agricultural business major. She is married and resides in San Martin.


(MA, Music, ’93) left his position as music director of the North State Symphony in 2014 after more than 14 years. He was selected as music director for symphonies in Topeka, Kansas, and Springfield, Missouri. He and his wife, Alice, and their two children now live in Springfield.


(BA, Liberal Studies, ’95) is the executive director of Reading Partners, a national education nonprofit dedicated to improving students’ reading skills, based in Sacramento. She resides in Elk Grove.


(BA, Communication Design, ’97) is now the chief information officer of Upsher-Smith Laboratories in Maple Grove, Minnesota. He resides in Plymouth, Minnesota.


(BA, Political Science, ’98; BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’98) is a legislative aide to Senate Republican leader Bob Huff and is in part responsible for a school EpiPen bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014. She pitched the idea for what became Senate Bill 1266, which requires K–12 public schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors and train at least one staff member at each campus to use them in case a student goes into anaphylactic shock—a life-threatening allergic reaction. Hannaman, who has two elementary school-aged children with food allergies, participated in writing the legislation and orchestrated it throughout the bill process.

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(BA, Multicultural and Gender Studies, ’03) is in her 10th term as the coordinator for Southern Oregon University’s Queer Resource Center. Her position is centered on ensuring that LGBTQ+ students are supported and that the campus is well educated about queer identities. For a second consecutive year, the national organization Campus Pride has awarded her campus a five-star rating for its LGBT-friendly climate. She was also chosen to be an honorary grand marshal for the Southern Oregon Pride Parade in October. Her partner, Robin, is also a Chico State graduate. “I am so grateful to Chico State for providing the space where I first was able to discuss identity in the classroom,” says Wilson.


(BS, Recreation Administration, ’08) and CARRIE WHITE (BS, Exercise Physiology, ’08) were selected for the USA Women’s National Rugby Team, the Eagles, in 2014. They traveled with the team to France as reserves for the 2014 World Cup. White currently lives in Seattle, Washington, and plays for Seattle Rugby Club. Reddick plays for San Francisco Golden Gate and works at Play Rugby USA as a youth development manager.


(BA, Public Administration, ’05) was named to the Chico City Council in 2014. A conservative, she worked as a human resources manager for Target, for Sacramento Superior Court, and as Tehama County’s human resources director before starting her own business as a human resources consultant in 2012. She hopes she can help the city address some of its fiscal and safety challenges.


(BS, Applied Computer Graphics, ’05) is a senior software engineer with Lifelock in San Francisco.


(BS, Mathematics, ’06) is an energy engineer in Sacramento. She volunteers her time monthly to female engineering students at Chico State. Her father, Patrick (BA, Physical Education, ’75; MA, Physical Education, ’81) is also an alum.


(BS, Agriculture, ’07) is the new agriculture teacher at her alma mater, Half Moon Bay High School. She previously taught agriculture in Fresno and Sonoma. She grew up in El Granada, where much of her family remains.


(BS, Geosciences, ’08) graduated with honors from McGeorge School of Law in May 2012 and in December 2013 moved to her current law firm, Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & Johnson LLP, where she is an attorney specializing in mining, environmental, and land-use law. “I have my dream job, and it merges my undergraduate background in geosciences on a daily basis,” she says.


(BA, Special Major, ’09) is the sustainability and recycling coordinator at Southern Oregon University, where she earned her master’s degree.

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(BA, Liberal Studies, ’09) and CHRISTOPHER (BS, Mechatronic Engineering, ’09) CORDER had their first son, Ryan Edward Corder, on Nov. 22, 2013. They look forward to trips to Chico with Ryan and hope for a future CSU, Chico alum.


(BS, Business Administration, ’09) recently became the vice president for business development of FirstJob, a startup that offers a marketplace that helps millennials find internships and jobs. He has lived in San Francisco for five years.

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(BS, Exercise Physiology, ’10) has opened a new business in San Diego called Car’s Jars. She has developed a line of layered craft salads in Mason jars that are delivered weekly to homes and offices. She says her education at Chico State “helped her to focus, prioritize, and strive for self-confidence in order to venture out as a young female entrepreneur.


(BA, Political Science, ’10; MA, Political Science, ’13) is a recruiting coordinator at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View. He has worked there since March 2014 and says a “major contributing factor to my hiring was my experience at CAVE, where I served as a volunteer program coordinator in the national parks.” He also worked as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Political Science from fall 2013 to spring 2014. He resides in Walnut Creek.


(BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’11) moved to Las Vegas to be closer to family in October 2013 and worked as a mechanical engineer designing slot machine cabinets. She has since left that position to work for Goodfellow Crushers designing rock-crushing equipment. In her spare time, she acts as a consultant engineer. She plans to start her own consulting firm in the future.


(BS, Business Administration, ’11) founded the Junior Leadership Development Program, a nonprofit mentoring program for North State youth, which he runs at high schools and other institutions in the region.


(BA, Liberal Studies, ’12) is a teacher in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. She resides in Vallejo.


(BS, Civil Engineering, ’12) and KATIE FITZGERALD (BS, Civil Engineering, ’13) went to Napa following a large earthquake there this year to examine building damage. They are taking part in two related research projects with several universities. The schools received a $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to research and test how reinforced concrete buildings would fare in extreme quakes.


(BS, Civil Engineering, ’12) is a project engineer with Cupertino Electric Inc. in San Jose.

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(MA, Communication Studies, ’12) and WILLIAM MUSSELMAN (BA, Business Administration, ’12) were married June 21, 2014. He works for Keyawa Orchards Inc. They reside in Chico.

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(BA, Political Science, ’68) and wife Carol celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on June 13, 2014.


(BA, Child Development, ’80) and MARTY BUCKLEY (BA, Physical Education, ’80) celebrated their 31st anniversary in March 2014. They recently returned to Chico. He retired after 29 years coaching men’s and women’s soccer, teaching PE, and serving as an administrator in the athletic department of the U.S. Air Force Academy. She retired as vice president of instruction at Pikes Peak Community College, having served as dean of the Business, Social, and Behavioral Sciences Division of the Child Development Program. They met in Chico in 1979. “We are happy to be home, closer to family and dear friends, and look forward to becoming involved in the Chico community,” says Cyndy.


(BA, Psychology, ’01) and LOWREN McAMIS  (BA, Geosciences, ’05) were married May 31, 2014. She works for J.E. McAmis Inc., and together they began a home renovations and property management business. They reside in the Chico area.


(BS, Computer Science, ’02) and ANDREA HAMEL (BA, Psychology, ’07) were married in September 2014 in Fortuna. She is a transfer and graduation counselor at Humboldt State University, and he is the director of Client Technology, also at Humboldt State University. The couple resides in McKinleyville.


(BS, Business Administration, ’04) and Beth Arnold were married May 17, 2014, in Walnut Creek. He works for Apple as an iTunes Store engineering project manager; she is pursuing her own custom paper products and invitations business, BethLovesPaper. They reside in San Mateo and are expecting their first child.

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(BS, Nursing, ’04) and NICK ROSE (BS, Computer Science, ’06) celebrated their fifth anniversary Aug. 8, 2014. They welcomed a daughter, Piper Ella, into their family on Feb. 6, 2014. He works as the regional software architect for Cloud Custom Development Americas at SAP America; she is an assistant nurse manager in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UC San Francisco Medical Center. They reside in Redwood City.



(BS, Business Administration, ’04) and Dennis Schnug were married Oct. 18, 2014, in Carmel. The wedding was attended by friends and family from all over, including many Chico State Wildcats. She works for Visa in San Francisco, and he works in the hospitality industry. They live in San Francisco with their dog Hank.


(Credential, ’06) and Mark Dibert were married May 24, 2014. She is a third-grade teacher at Kyrene School District in Tempe, Arizona; he works for Honeywell Aerospace. They reside in Phoenix, Arizona.


(BA, Liberal Studies, ’07) and Ryan Stone were married Dec. 14, 2013. She is a toddler teacher at Kindercare in Vacaville and an online stylist for Stitch Fix; he is a flight engineer in the U.S. Air Force. They reside in Fairfield.

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(BA, Communication Design, ’08) and ROBIN (BROWN) BELZ (BA, Communication Design, ’08) were married in August 2013. He is an account manager for Marketo; she works in technology sales for Cisco Systems. They met at Chico State in a communication design class by sharing snacks. They now reside in Burlingame with their two cats, Tux and Boots.

photo of Danielle Wheeler and Black Morillas


(BS, Heath Services Administration, ’09) and Danielle Wheeler were married July 24, 2014. He has worked at Build.com for the past six years; she has worked at UnitedHealthcare for three years. They reside in Magalia.