A Magazine from California State University, ChicoSpring 2017 Issue

Class Notes

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(BA, History, ’67) received his PhD from the University of Arizona in 1973 and later taught history at CSU, Bakersfield, where he retired from after 25 years. Stanley is the author of eight nonfiction books for young readers and has received two awards from the National Council of Teachers of English, two California Library Association Awards, a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, and his book Hurry Freedom: African Americans in Gold Rush California was a 2001 National Book Award finalist. His book Children of the Dust Bowl is in its 36th printing and set to go into production as a feature film.


(BA, Art, ’68) continued on to CSU, Long Beach after graduating from Chico State and obtaining his MA in art (drawing and painting) in 1970. He taught at the community college level for three years until accepting a full-time teaching position at Saddleback College in 1973, where he taught until his retirement in 2004. He continued teaching part-time after that at both at Saddleback and CSU, Long Beach until hanging up his teaching gloves in May 2016. Aside from teaching, his professional career involved creating and exhibiting art nationwide, which he continues to this day. His other passions include fitness, hiking in the Eastern Sierras, and flamenco dance, which he studied and performed for over seven years.

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(BA, Political Science, ’70) has been practicing law in San Antonio, Texas, since 1979, and his youngest son out of six children is completing his freshman year at University of Texas, Austin. He sends a big Texas “hello” to his former Chico State classmates and recently retired professor Michele Shover.


(BA, Art, ’73) copublished his fourth novel, A Chinaman in Deadwood, a western, in February 2017. Foey usually writes about the Chinese experience on the “Gold Mountain” (a Chinese term for California and America as a whole). Foey has also written three other novels, including The Loves of Billy Wong, and also illustrates his book covers.


(BS, Business Administration, ’74) has retired from Bank of America after 30 years. His wife, JEANNE (Phillips) GARAYOA (BA, Child Development ’73; Credential, ’74) retired from teaching preschool after more than 30 years. They have two children, Eric and Kelly, and four grandchildren.


(BS, Agricultural Business, ’77) retired after 36 years at American AgCredit, the seventh-largest Farm Credit Association in the United States. Most recently, he held the title of vice president of sales for insurance for California and Nevada. After his retirement, he started a crop insurance agency in Central California.


(BA, Liberal Studies, ’78; Credential, ’79) works as the administrator of educational services projects for the Encinitas Union School District. He resides in Encinitas, California, with his wife, PAIGE (Davis) REEVE (BA, Art, ’79).


(BA, Psychology, ’79) earned a doctorate in ministry in 2010. He works as the interim associate pastor for West Side Presbyterian Church and was recently elected the 2017 vice moderator for the Seattle Presbytery in Seattle.


(BS, Biological Sciences; BA, Psychology; BS, Chemistry, ’79) received the CSU’s Wang Family Excellence Award 2017 for Outstanding Faculty in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Services. He has been a professor in the Department of Psychology at CSU, San Marcos for more than 22 years and has served as director of the Office for Training, Research, and Education in the Sciences for the past seven. The Wang Family Excellence Award is the highest honor within the CSU system.


(BA, Recreation Administration, ’79) is the managing partner at Betourne Group LLC in Newport Beach.

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(BA, SOCIAL WORK, ’81) authored the novel The Retreat: A Tale of Spiritual Awakening, published by Harper Legend, an imprint of HarperCollins. She is also the author of nine young adult and middle-grade fiction books, but this is her first book for adults. In 1991, Turner graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1994 with a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling, as well from as its school counseling program. Currently, she’s the director of bereavement and spiritual care for A Plus Hospice Care. She resides in Reno, Nevada with her husband, David Turner.


(Attended, Physical Education, ’82–’84) works as a football coach for Modesto Community College where in the 2016 season, his team won the CVC championship for the first time in 36 years. The team was undefeated in league play.


(BA, Liberal Studies, ’84; Credential, ’85) works as an elementary school teacher in San Diego. He remembers the best advice he received while attending Chico State was from Professor Lloyd “Doc” Jones: “Never enter a room quietly.” He has instilled this motto in his students since day one of his 32 years as a teacher. In addition, he spends his summers in Chico to participate in Coach Dave Taylor's baseball camp and relive his Chico days.


(BS, Nursing, ’86) completed an MS in nursing with a family nurse practitioner option from the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in December 2016. She plans to go into private practice serving the primary health care needs of families in the Portland area.


(BA, Communication Studies, ’88) was hired by the American Cancer Society to open and manage its new Hope Lodge Hawai'i in Honolulu, which began accepting patients in November. Their facility provides free lodging for neighboring island cancer patients while they undergo treatment on Oahu. He is two-time cancer survivor and has been a caregiver to both his mother and brother before they died from cancer.


(BA, Communication Design, ’88) received the Silver Beaver Award in a special ceremony on February 4 by the Golden Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Silver Beaver Award is the council level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. It is the highest honor a local council can bestow upon a registered adult leader. The award acknowledges noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing leaders within the territory under the jurisdiction of the local Council.


(BA, Physical Education, ’89) has been in the resort hospitality industry for over 25 years. Since 2006, he has owned CahootZBend and RT3 Golf, marketing companies specializing in branding and positioning of high-end golf resorts. In 2016, he opened the first Beach Hut Deli franchise in the state of Oregon.

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(BA, Liberal Studies, 91), a human resources technician for the CSU, Chico Research Foundation, took a vacation with her college roommates, JANET SUTTON ( BA, Psychology, ’88), LAURA (SUTTON) GROVE (BA, Liberal Studies, ’91; Credential, ’94), and KARY LOGSDON (BA, History, ’91) in celebration of their 30-year friendship that began in the Chico State dorms. They travelled to Jacksonville and Ashland, Oregon, where they enjoyed lots of shopping and winery outings.


(BA, Journalism, ’94) authored the travel guide Moon Rocky Mountain National Park. She works as a freelance writer, specializing in topics related to travel and the outdoors. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines, including Powder, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Dirt Rag, Mountain Flyer, and Denver Life.


(BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’94) and SHANNON FARREN (BA, Communication Design, ’02) are hosts of the top-rated Gary and Shannon Show on KFI AM 640 Talk, owned by iHeartMedia, in Los Angeles. Both worked in Chico and Sacramento before going to LA. After being news anchors of highly rated morning and afternoon shows, they were selected to host their own show.


(BA, English, ’97) codeveloped Cafeteria Learning Style for Adults, a model for social experiential learning focused on choice. She and her codevelopers address the instant gratification learning needs of today’s adults and hope to facilitate the future of design criteria for instructional designers, trainers, and change strategists.

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(BA, Psychology, ’00) was selected as the fifth president for Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC). He has served as LTCC’s vice president of administrative services for the past four and a half years. Before joining LTCC in 2012, Jeff worked for Springfield Public Schools, a K–12 district in Oregon, for nine years as a senior-level district administrator. A lifelong educator committed to supporting quality instructional programs and student success, he has worked in multiple educational settings including K12, community college, and four-year institutions. Jeff has been an active member of the South Lake Tahoe Community since 2012, where he lives with his wife, Kasey and their two sons. He enjoys spending time with his family, coaching youth sports, skiing, and playing soccer.


(BA, Recording Arts, ’04) has been self-employed as a music producer and recording engineer since graduation in 2004. He was nominated twice for Producer of the Year for the Sacramento Area Music Awards.


(BA, Liberal Studies, ’05) had a children’s book was released in April. How to Stage a Catastrophe was published by Capstone Children’s Books and has already been chosen as an Indies Introduce title pick.


(BA, Journalism, ’06) was recently hired as the senior editor for Insight Editions, a publisher of high-end art and entertainment books. She previously worked for six years as a senior acquisitions editor for Ulysses Press in Berkeley, where she did editing and author acquisitions. She and her husband, Justin Smith, married in 2015 and reside in Marin County, California.


(BS, Computer Science, ’06) and EMILY (Haskell) ROSE (BS, Nursing, ’04) welcomed son Owen William Rose on June 5, 2016, joining big sister Piper. The family resides in Redwood City, where Nick works as the director of solutions architecture at Sugar CRM and Emily works as the assistant nurse manager in the Intensive Care Nursery at UC San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital.


(BA, Liberal Studies, ’07) works as a grant coordinator for Lassen Community College in Susanville, California.


(BA, Music, ’07) won the Theatre Bay Area Outstanding Principal Actress in a Musical Award for her role in Sail Away at 42nd Street Moon.


(BA, Journalism, ’07) works as the public relations manager for Time Inc. Books in New York City. She also coauthored her fifth book, The College Bucket List, which was published in December 2016. In the book, she made sure to mention her alma mater as often as she could. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with her husband, Cenk.


(BA, Journalism, ’08; MA, Social Science, ’16) graduated with distinction in her master’s last year and relocated to the Bay Area to work for Mills College as the alumnae engagement manager. She recently returned from a wonderful vacation in Cuba.


(BS, Kinesiology, ’08) was promoted to assistant superintendent of Calcrete Construction in Glendale, California. With her love of foreign travel, she recently enjoyed 10 days in Thailand. Her other hobbies include writing short-story prose, long-distance running, and learning Portuguese.


(BA, Journalism, ’09) joined Chico State’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, where she oversees marketing, public events and external communication. After working in marketing and public relations management roles in the Bay Area, she and her husband Ron, a CHP officer, jumped at opportunity to return to Chico. They are settling into a new home near Bidwell Park and enjoying Chico life with their two young daughters, Brynn and Sydney.

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(BS, Business Administration, ’10) is the senior technical recruiter at ZeekTek located in Granite Bay, California.


(MBA, ’11) has worked in the blood banking industry for 21 years and was named vice president of donor marketing and communications at Blood Systems Inc. Her career began at BloodSource in Chico in 1995. In May 2016, her oldest son, TREVOR EDGECOMB (BA, Communication Studies, ’16), graduated from Chico State, becoming a third-generation Wildcat. She’s a proud mom.


(BA, Anthropology, ’11) recently attained dual master’s degrees: MA in museum studies and MBA in business administration. He resides in Antelope, California, with his wife, KIMBERLY ORNELLAS (BA, Anthropology, ’11).


(BA, Geography, ’12) began his own furniture business in December 2013. His sustainability-focused work refurbishes salvaged lumber for commissions of tables, chairs, and more. He uses oak, walnut, cypress, madrone, and redwood in an effort to preserve their personality and beauty that he says only comes with age, providing them with a second life after they’ve succumbed to disease and are cut down.


(BS, Recreation Administration,’15), a zookeeper at Honolulu Zoo in Hawaii, traveled to Belize during the summer of 2016 to study coral reefs, manatees, howler monkeys, jaguars, and other wildlife while also learning methods that the local communities are using to sustain them. He is earning his master’s degree through Miami University, and the exploration was part of its Global Field Program.


(BA, English, ’15), a former assistant editor for Chico Statements, left his beloved town of Chico in the summer of 2016 to attend the Denver Publishing Institute. After earning his publishing certificate, he moved to New York City in hopes of starting a career as a book editor. He served as an editorial intern at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for six months, which he loved very much, and is currently serving as a full-time editorial assistant at Crown books, where he has the privilege to work with such authors as Erik Larson, Pulitzer Prize-winning Matthew Desmond, Rebecca Skloot, and President Barack Obama.


(BA, Journalism, ’16) works at channel ABC7 in Los Angeles as a news assistant, working hand-in-hand with the anchors, reporters, producers, and directors to ensure each newscast is clear, concise, and filled with accurate information. When he’s not in the newsroom, you can hear Sully on his new sports podcast with two other recent college graduates. The group goes by the name Cautiously Optimistic and blends the world of sports with just about anything else that crosses their minds—food, pop culture, the Dodgers’ non-fully-functional bullpen, etc. Sully loves working in a field he studied and encourages current students to pursue their passion after graduation, whatever that may take. He’d also like to thank all the professors and administrators at Chico, especially in the journalism and kinesiology departments. There aren’t too many references to Chico State when you watch SportsCenter, but if he has it his way, that won’t last long.


(BA, Journalism, ’16) was hired after graduation as an account executive at iHeartMedia in Tucson, Arizona, selling broadcast and digital advertising for a variety of locations. He credits his internships with The Orion, Soul id, and KNBR 680 and his mentors at Chico State for helping him get where he is today.

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(BS, Business Administration, ’11) and LUKE BARNUM (BS, Construction Management, ’11) married September 24, 2016 in a beautiful rose farm in Durham. Natalie is the daughter of Michael and Steffi Gross of Pleasanton. Luke is the son of David and Molly Barnum of Chico. The newlyweds reside in the Marina District of San Francisco.


(BS, Nursing, ’86) just retired from State of Mississippi as Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner and starting new journey as Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner. She and her husband ALEX CARRILLO (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’86) are celebrating their 28th anniversary in June.  All of their four children have graduated from college, and they are expecting a third grandchild in May.


(BS, Nursing, ’86) just retired from State of Mississippi as Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner and starting new journey as Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner. She and her husband ALEX CARRILLO (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’86) are celebrating their 28th anniversary in June.  All of their four children have graduated from college, and they are expecting a third grandchild in May.


(BA, Home Economics, ’76) married on May 21, 2016. She, her husband, two stepdaughters, three dogs, and three cats live in Phoenix, Arizona, where she has lived for the past 20 years.

NICOLE (Alexander) RIDGE

(BS, Nutrition and Food Sciences, ’10) and STEPHEN RIDGE (BS, Business Administration, ’10) were married in September 2016 after dating for 10 years.


(BA, Communication Studies; BA, Spanish, ’00) recently became engaged to Tessa Zaytoun. The pair met in New York City and are parents to sons Luca and Jett. The family resides in Long Beach.

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Alum Notes



('08) was promoted to assistant superintendent of Calcrete Construction.

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(’12) runs his own sustainable furniture business.

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('88) received a distinguished service award from the Boy Scouts.

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