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EARL M. SOUZA (B.A., Physical Education, '57;
Credential, '59; M.A., Physical Education, '65) is the author of
Step Nine, a schoolwide discipline/behavior intervention program,
and a consultant to districts installing the program. A retired
secondary schoolteacher and administrator, he and his wife, MARILYN
(CUMMINS) SOUZA (B.A., Education and Credential, '60),
operate Vagabond Rose in Chico. They have three sons and reside
in Gridley, California.
JOYCE ANDERSON (B.A., Education and Credential,
'63) retired in June from teaching after 40 years. She began in
1963 with the Milpitas School District; in 1968, she moved to Napa's
Pope Valley with her husband, Richard, where she taught fifth grade
and kindergarten with the Middletown School District.
GINO DISGRAZZI (B.A., Psychology, '64) retired
from teaching in July. In addition to teaching in California, he
taught for the Department of Defense in military dependent schools
in Korea, the Philippines, and Germany. He is retiring to Albuquerque,
New Mexico, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GARY HINES (B.S., Business Administration, '67)
published Thanksgiving in the White House (Henry Holt,
2003, 32 pages), a children's book about Tad Lincoln, son of President
Lincoln, and the Civil War years.
BETTY PHILLIPS PARSONS (B.A., Sociology, '67) was
named Teacher of the Year for Union School District in San Jose,
California. She teaches eighth-grade American history at Dartmouth
LINDA COLE (B.S., Home Economics, '68) took office
this summer as president of the League of Women Voters of Butte
County. A retired teacher and full-time farmer, she and her husband,
Gary, live near Chico and have two grown sons.
BRIAN STROM (B.S., Business Administration, '69)
will serve as chair of United States Telecom Association's board
until October 2004. He is president and CEO of SureWest Communications.
JANE (STARK) FLAHERTY (B.A., Social Science, '70)
and Peter B. Stark published The Only Negotiating Guide You'll
Ever Need (Broadway Books, 2003, 223 pages). She is a senior
consultant and trainer for Peter Barron Stark and Associates.
DEANNE VOCHATZER (B.A., Physical Education, '71;
M.A., Physical Education, '76) has been inducted into the United
States Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She has been the
women's track and field coach at the University of California, Davis
since 1991, and was the head women's track coach for the 1996 U.S.
JACK WROBEL (B.A., Art, '71) received the 2003
Paradise Masonic Lodge Teacher of the Year Award. He has taught
art at Paradise High School since 1975. Wrobel and his wife of 33
years, Karen, live in Paradise and have three children and 21 grandchildren.
BOB OWENS (Credential, '72; M.A., History, '81)
was re-elected to a second term as Lassen County superintendent
of schools in March 2002. His wife, KATHY JONES OWENS (B.A., English,
'72; Credential, '74), has taught elementary school for 20 years.
They have a grown daughter and a son in college.
JOANNE WOOD BASS (B.A., Social Science, '73) has
been a visiting educator with the California Department of Education
working with the Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Initiative
and as a team leader for the Program Improvement Scholastic Audit
Team for the past two years. Bass is currently the superintendent/principal
of the Marcum-Illinois Union School District in East Nicolaus, California.
She and her husband, Jerry, a local fishing guide, live in Yuba
LINDA M. TYLDESLEY (B.A., Physical Education, '73)
has been a consultant for the U.S. Navy with Booz Allen Hamilton
in San Diego, California, since 1999. She retired as a chief petty
officer with the Navy after 23 years.
RICHARD HILTON (M.S., Earth Science, '74) published
Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Reptiles of California (University
of California Press, 2003, 348 pages). He has been a geology professor
at Sierra College in Rocklin, California, since 1981.
JAMES R. MARTIN (B.S., Recreation Administration,
'75) has been named scout executive and chief executive officer
of the Golden Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Martin
and his wife, Laura, reside in Folsom, California, and have three
children and two grandchildren.
KIMBERLY WIBLE (B.A., Social Welfare and Sociology,
'79) has been appointed to the California Campus Sexual Assault
Task Force. Wible has been the police chief of San Francisco State
University since 1988 and is the police coordinator for the California
State University system.
CRAIG WATSON (B.S., Business Management, '80)
is treasurer for Woodfin Suite Hotels in San Diego, California.
He lives in San Diego with his wife, Trish, and their three children.
BRENDA DICKINSON (B.A., Recreation Administration,
'81) is the director of the Life Enhancing Activity Program, a business
she started for elderly residents in care homes. She and her husband
have two children.
ANDREW RICHTER (B.S., Civil Engineering, '81) is
the new assistant public works director for Fresno County. He had
been a civil engineer for Kern County for 23 years. Richter resides
in Bakersfield, California, with his wife, Tricia, and his 3-year-old
JOHN WARDELL (B.A., Psychology, '81) was named
Probation Officer of the Year by the Paradise Exchange Club for
his service to the community and Butte County.
LAURA BLACKWOOD (B.A., Information and Communication
Studies, '82) is the facilities planner at Embry Riddle Aeronautical
University in Prescott, Arizona. For the past 20 years, she has
worked in the architectural field, planning and designing commercial
JEFF SAINE (B.S., Recreation Administration, '82)
is the reserve workforce manager for the Coast Guard's Pacific Area,
headquartered in Alameda, California. Commander Saine and his wife,
Unha, have temporarily pulled up stakes from Magalia to live in
Suisun City for the duration of his assignment.
STEVEN J. SPENCE (B.S., Computer Science, '82)
is an information architect for Hewlett-Packard in Cupertino, California.
Following graduation, he taught mathematics in Ghana, West Africa,
with the Peace Corps. He and his wife, Suzanne, reside in Sunnyvale,
RAYMOND HEBERER (B.A., Music, '84) is the band
director at Taipei American School in Taiwan, where he's taught
bands and jazz for seven years. Heberer previously worked with concert
and jazz band students in Indonesia, Japan, and Hong Kong, and he
performed with the Taiwan National Symphony on trombone for two
years. He lives with his wife, Mei-Hwa Jan, in Taipei with his sons,
ages 14 and 8.
DEBRA MOON (B.A., Psychology, '84; M.A., Psychology,
'91) published Chico: Life and Times of a City of Fortune
(Arcadia, 2003, 128 pages), a chronicle of text and photographs
from the Native Mechoopda to the present. She is an instructor for
Camptonville Academy and for private training and workshops in the
RICHARD HIRSHEN (B.A., Psychology, '85) is the
executive chef at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico. He has
also been the director of Kinderkitchen since 1986, a cooking and
arts and crafts school for children ages 2 through 10. He and his
wife, Rebecca Wipf-Hirshen, reside in Chico. He can be reached through
DAVID JACOBS (B.A., Philosophy and Religious Studies,
'85) is a self-employed technical writing consultant in the Bay
Area after teaching philosophy at the university level for six years.
He and his wife, Kristin Switala, had their first child, Emily Rose,
in July. He can be reached at email@example.com.
DALE SHADDOX (M.A., Public Administration, '85)
is the new city manager for Hollister, California. He was previously
the city manager for Cotati, California.
JIM WALKER (B.A., Exercise Physiology, '85; M.A.,
Public Administration, '95) is retiring as the director of Community
Services in Ventura, California, after 32 years of service with
LEE-ANNE CALHOON (B.A., Spanish, '86; Credential,
'87) has been teaching 16 years and has traveled to 15 countries.
Currently, she teaches Spanish at Pleasant Valley High School in
Chico and occasionally at Butte Community College. Calhoon (in photo
with her father) lives in Chico with her rescued cocker spaniel,
Mandi, and cat, Zippo'rah.
LESLIE ANNE (TAYLOR) MAYER (B.A., Information and
Communication Studies, '86) is a supervising producer of television
programs at Pie Town Productions in North Hollywood, California.
She currently produces $40 a Day and Cooking School
Stories for The Food Network.
KELLEY (JONES) MELOTT (B.S., Exercise Physiology,
'87) is the assistant forest fire management officer for the Arapaho
Roosevelt National Forest and Pawny Grasslands in Colorado. She
was featured in the cover story of the July 2003 issue of Boulder
KEVIN JOLLY (Credential, '88) is the new superintendent
of the Center Unified School District in Antelope, California. He
and his wife, Becky, have six children.
JACK KIM (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, '88) operates
two businesses in Modesto, California: Fabritec Precision, Inc.,
and Pro Flight Boat Towers and Accessories.
DOUG PRODO (B.S., Parks and Natural Resources Management,
'88; M.S., Recreation Administration, '92) is a park ranger for
the U.S. Bureau of Land Management covering nine California counties.
He and seamstress Anne Crowder also construct giant puppets. Prodo
and his partner live in Willits, California.
MICHAEL J. PARISSI (B.A., Public Administration,
'89) was recently assigned to coordinate local fire, law, and emergency
medical service emergency response to weapons of mass destruction,
homeland security, and terrorist attacks in San Joaquin County in
JILLAINE BROWN-HEINRICH (B.S., Home Economics,
'90) is a business analyst with General Communications, Inc. She
resides in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband and daughter. She
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALDEBRA SCHROLL (B.S., Health Science, '90) joined
Argyll Medical Group in Chico as a family practice physician.
JASON CAULKINS (B.A., German, '91; B.S., Engineering,
'97) is chairman of the newly formed Shasta Technology Association.
He is the founder and chief executive officer of Cenatek, a Redding
firm that manufactures solid-state disc drives. Caulkins and his
wife, Jenee, have a 9-year-old son, Jenin.
DREW M. GULLY (B.A., Communications, '93) is an
attorney specializing in product liability, intellectual property,
construction defect, and medical malpractice defense with Jones,
Skelton, and Hochuli, P.L.C., in Phoenix, Arizona.
ANTONETTE VANASEK (B.A., Political Science, '93)
opened Vanasek Insurance Services in 2002. She and her husband,
WILLIAM VANASEK (B.A., Political Science, '88), a prosecutor
for Yuba City County Child Support Division, celebrated their seventh
wedding anniversary on Aug. 3, 2003.
SCOTT A. DYER (B.A., International Relations, '94),
a captain with the Marine Corps Reserve, recently returned from
Iraq. He was assigned to Company A, Eighth Tank Battalion, based
in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
KRISTI R. GORDON (B.A., Journalism, '94) is the
producer of News10 Midday at KXTV, the ABC affiliate for
the Sacramento, California, area. She was previously the executive
producer for KCOY News12/KKFX Fox 11.
JEFF DUDUM (B.S., Recreational Administration,
'95) opened McCovey's Restaurant in Walnut Creek, California, in
September 2003. Dudum, who owns three other restaurants, partnered
with baseball legend Willie McCovey to open the baseball-themed
JODI (BUNTIN) WATTS (B.S., Health Science, '95)
is in her sixth year of teaching at Whitney Elementary School, a
Title I school in Sacramento, California. She and her husband, Joshua,
had their first baby, Lucas, on Sept. 13, 2003.
DANIELLE LEMEHAUTE-ARAIZA (B.A., Journalism, '97)
is a human resources specialist/recruiter for Slakey Brothers, Inc.
She and her husband live in Sacramento.
MATTHEW WALLEN (B.S., Community and Commerce, '97)
is a full-time fire captain and owner of H2O Rescue. He and his
wife, Michelle, live in Chico.
TANDA (MURDICA) ALMONT (B.A., Psychology and Child
Development, '98) is a psychologist working with abused and neglected
children at the University of California, Davis Children's Hospital
in Sacramento, California.
CHRISTIN RICE (B.A., Religious Studies, '98) received
the Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in May
BRIAN SIMPSON (B.A., Administration, '99) received
a J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2003.
ROSEANN (LANGLOIS) KEEGAN (B.A., Journalism,
'00) is the health reporter for the Napa Valley Register,
where her husband, Steve, is photo editor. They also own Accent
of Light Photography, at www.accentoflight.com.
Their daughter, Bridget Rose, was born May 25, 2003.
ERIC A. SCHULTHEIS (B.S., Mechanical Engineering,
'00) is a mechanical design engineer with The CyVect Corporation
in Alameda, California, where he designs underwater propulsion units
for robotic and manned submarines.
CYNDI ABUNDABAR TING (B.S., Electrical Engineering,
'00) has been an independent consultant since 2000 with PartyLite
Gifts, Inc., a direct sales marketer of candles and accessories.
In May, she was one of nearly 2,000 consultants awarded a Caribbean
cruise by PartyLite in recognition of her personal business accomplishments.
STEVEN C. TROUT (B.S., Mechanical Engineering,
'00) is a product safety engineer for Earth Tech in San Jose, California.
In June, he relocated to Singapore to start a new division of the
STEPHANIE AZORES (B.S., Business Administration,
'02) is program manager for Western Fairs Association in Sacramento,
California. She is district director for the University of Pacific,
Stockton and University of California, Davis chapters of Delta Sigma
Pi and president of the fraternity's Sacramento Valley alumni chapter.
JEANINE GORE (B.A., Journalism and Spanish, '02)
is a staff reporter for the Half Moon Bay Review in Half
Moon Bay, California. In August 2002, she won a first-place writing
award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for her
story about a local skateboard park contest.
RICHARD M. KEEHN (B.S., Manufacturing Technology,
'02) is the manufacturing engineer for Chatsworth Products, Inc.,
in New Bern, North Carolina. He and his wife, KIM KEEHN (B.A., Psychology,
'98; M.A., Psychology, '00), had their first child in December 2003.
NANCY CHRISTIANSON (B.A., Journalism, '03) is a
staff reporter for The Gridley Herald in Gridley, California.
She and her husband, Roger, have two children, Kristen and Sonya.
ELMA RYON (B.A., Education and Credential in
Homemaking, '42) and Charles "Fred" Ryon celebrated their
60th wedding anniversary on July 7. He is retired from an apiary
business, and she is a homemaker. They have five children, 13 grandchildren,
and 21 great-grandchildren, and live in Nelson, California.
HASKEL"HACK" MCINTURF (B.A., Industrial
Arts and Credential, '51) and JUDY MCINTURF (B.A.,
Education and Credential, '59) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
on June 14. He taught 31 years for the Oroville High School District,
and she taught 29 years in the Oroville Elementary School District.
They have two children and one grandchild, and live in Oroville,
JANET VIGE (B.A., Physical Education, '54) and
Byron Vige celebrated 50 years of marriage on June 28. She worked
for the Oroville Union High School District as a teacher and behind-the-wheel
driving instructor for 22 years, and he worked in construction and
was a self-employed orchardist. They have one son, four grandchildren,
and eight great-grandchildren.
PEARL PERSON (B.A., English, '73; M.A., Education,
'82) and Joe Person celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on
June 7. She worked as a licensed vocational nurse at Enloe Medical
Center and retired from teaching with the Chico Unified School District;
he retired from ownership of Joe's House of Bar-B-Que. They have
three children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
LARRY TRIPP (B.A., English, '76; M.A., English,
'78) married ROBIN SMITH (B.A., English, '76; M.A.,
English, '84) in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 15, 2002. He teaches
American literature at The Meadows School in Las Vegas, and she
teaches literature and composition at Mt. San Antonio College in
Walnut, California. They live in Las Vegas and Mission Viejo, California.
TOMASA MURGIA (B.A., Liberal Studies, '80; Credential,
'81) and John Murgia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on
June 27. She is retired from teaching at Hamilton City Elementary
School, and he is a retired barber. They have three children and
five grandsons, and reside in Chico.
KARMA KAMMAN (B.S., Recreation Administration,
'88) married John Goodman on Aug. 23 in Chico. She works for the
Santa Monica Visitor and Convention Bureau, and he works for Housing
and Urban Development. They live in Venice, California.
MATT OLMSTEAD (B.A., Information and Communi- cation
Studies and English, '88) married Macki West on May 3 in Los Angeles,
California. He works for Steven Bochco Productions as executive
producer of NYPD Blue, and they live in Bel Air, California.
SHAUN HALEY (B.S., Biological Sciences, '94) and
AMY FISCHER (B.A., Liberal Studies, '00) married
on April 27, 2002. He is a high school mathematics and science teacher,
and she is a kindergarten teacher. They reside in Cameron Park,
STEVE HAYDU (B.A., Sociology, '94) married WENDY
ALLEN (B.A., Psychology, '94) on Oct. 3 at Wente Vineyards
in Livermore, California. He is a risk manager for Jamba Juice Company,
and she is a marketing budget coordinator for Levi Strauss, Inc.
They live in Mill Valley, California.
HEATHER CARTER (B.S., Business Administration,
'98) married Jim Green on Oct. 12, 2002. She is a systems analyst,
and he works for the county. They live in the Bay Area.
KELLY EGGERT (B.S., Business Administration, '99)
and RYAN SMITH (B.S., Construction Management,
'99) married on April 26 in San Anselmo, California. She works for
The Doctors Company in Napa, California, and he is employed by North
Bay Construction in Petaluma, California, where they live.
HEIDI PATRICIA TAFF (B.A., Journalism, '99) married
Matthew Colin Upton on Oct. 25 in Kelseyville, California. She is
senior manager of public relations at the International Association
of Business Communicators in San Francisco, California, and he is
an investment banker at Stone and Youngberg in San Francisco. They
reside in Oakland, California.
KELLY FINNEGAN (B.A., Public Administration, '01)
married Darin Hughes on Sept. 13. She works for the Sacramento County
Probation Department, and he works for the Solano County Probation
Department. They live in Elk Grove, California.
ANTHONY MCNEAL (B.A., Public Administration, '02)
and LEIGH FANCHER (B.S., Manufacturing Technology,
'00) married on May 18. She is a sales and operations manager at
Stack Plastics, Inc., in Menlo Park, California, and he is a corrections
officer in the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Department. They reside in Redwood
ANTONIO ARAGUZ (B.S., Business Administration,
'02) married Kathryn Gorbea on Aug. 31 in Paradise, California.
He is an administrative assistant with the University of Texas at
Austin, and she is a homemaker. They live in Austin and are expecting
their first child in June.
CLAIRE E. BAXTER (B.A., Psychology, '03) married
Tim Weatherson on Aug. 31 in Chico. He is a loan officer at Tri
Counties Bank in Chico, where they reside.