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MIKE TAYLOE (B.S., Business, '65) has been
a certified public accountant for 37 years. He has worked as a staff
CPA in large accounting firms, a finance officer in private industry,
and now has a solo practice. Tayloe and his wife, Betty, live in
Junction City, Oregon.
VISCUSO, SR. (B.A., Industrial Arts, '66) retired
after 35 years of teaching for Live Oak High School. Although he
plans to spend his time traveling and enjoying the outdoors, he
continues to support vocational programs as being essential to quality
education. He lives with his wife, Denise, in Gridley, California.
They have four grown children, Roslyn, Deanna, Christina, and Joseph.
RAY MERZ (B.A., Sociology, '68) retired from
his position as director of Placer County’s Health and Human
Services Department, a position he held since 1995. He recently
purchased a home in Auburn, California.
KARL PALLASTRINI (B.A., English and History, '69;
Credential, '70; M.A. Education, '72; Secondary Elementary
Credential, Administrative Services Credential, '78) worked
as a teacher and vice principal before his current position as principal
of his high school alma mater in Carmel, California.
LINDA (NYWONGER) COMMON (B.A., Fine Arts, '70;
Credential, '71) is the principal at Woodside High School
in the Sequoia Union High School District. In addition to her master’s
degrees in special education and educational administration, she
has an Administrative Credential, a Learning Handicapped Credential,
and a Resource Specialist Certificate of Competence. She is currently
working on a Doctorate in Educational Administration. She lives
in Millbrae, California, with her husband. They have five children
and four grandsons.
ANDREW SILVA (B.A., Physical Education, '71;
Credential, '72) has been a varsity soccer coach in Ventura
County for 25 years and is in his 32nd year of teaching. He was
inducted in the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Silva
lives in Simi Valley, California, with his wife, Debbie. They have
two sons and one granddaughter.
R. SCOTT CHALMERS (B.S., Business Administration,
'72; M.B.A., '74), a Chico businessperson, and JERRY
ROSTER (B.A., Business Administration, '73), a Chico
CPA, created Wildcat Angel Fund No. 1 to help fund the development
of a local Internet provider, Digital Path Networks. The fund was
created to allow Chico professionals the opportunity to invest in
BOB OWENS (Credential, '72; M.A., History,
'81; Administrative Credential, '84) is the Lassen County
superintendent of schools. His wife, KATHY JONES OWENS (B.A., English,
'72), has been an elementary school teacher for 20 years.
They have two children.
PAUL FINNEGAN (B.A., Anthropology, '73) is
the director of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History in Pacific
Grove, California. He has a master’s degree in museum science
from Texas Tech University and a diploma in archival administration
from the University of Denver. He lives on the Monterey Peninsula
and has a daughter who is studying music in Manhattan.
STEPHEN JOHNSON (B.S., Business Management, '73)
obtained his real estate and broker’s licenses shortly after
graduating. Johnson founded Action Property Management in Chico
25 years ago.
STEVE HART (B.S., Business Management, '74)
has worked for Pacific Bell/SBC for 25 years and is currently managing
the LAN/WAN network for the IT Department. He lives in San Diego
with his wife, Teresa.
KATHY HOGAN (B.A., Liberal Studies, '74)
is a bilingual junior high teacher of science and math in Fontana,
California. She serves on both the Math and Science Advisory Committees
for her school district, is a facilitator for Math Camp for Teachers,
and directs the dance club for Almeria Middle School. She is a member
of the California Mathematics Association and the Association of
California School Administrators, as well as California Leadership
Academy Alumni. Hogan lives in Redlands, California.
DENNIS RODONI (B.A., Economics and Credential,
'74) has been a general contractor and owner of Rodoni Construction
Company since 1981. After graduating, he taught business classes
for three years in Australia and Sonoma County, California. He resides
in Olema, California.
ULCH (B.A., Art, '75; M.A., Art, '77; Credential,
'97) was honored as Wells Fargo Redding School District’s
Teacher of the Year for 2004. She was selected for her extraordinary
dedication to her students, her school, and the surrounding community.
A first-grade teacher in Redding, California, Ulch has been a proponent
of the arts, humanities, and leadership programs.
ADELE ARNOLD (B.A., Speech Pathology and Audiology,
'75) is the first woman to serve as chief probation officer for
Siskiyou County in California. She has worked for the county since
1981. Arnold lives in Yreka with her husband, Gene. They have two
children, Dena and Jason, and one grandchild.
WILLIAM ERICKSON (B.A., Physical Education, '75;
Credential, '76) was awarded a Bronze Star for his contributions
to combat operations and for ensuring the safety of his squadron
crewmembers while in Iraq and Afghanistan. Erickson lives in Edmond,
Oklahoma, with his wife and four children. He works as a pilot for
MICHAEL FINNEGAN (B.A., Psychology, '75)
is the area manager for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Central
California office. He was the regional business manager from 1996
to 2004 and spent more than 20 years serving in the U.S. military
before that. Finnegan resides in Gold River, California, with his
wife, Patty, and their two children.
LINDA GRANELL (B.A., Mass Communication, '75)
is the director of marketing for the American Contract Bridge League
in Memphis, Tennessee. She was previously the director of public
relations at the University of Redlands in California.
DEBRA STOVER (B.A., Physical Education, '76)
has owned Del Norte Office Supply in Crescent City, California,
for the past 11 years. She was named business leader of the year
by the Crescent City–Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce.
Stover is married and has two daughters.
CANDACE BLACK (B.A., English, '77) published
The Volunteer, a poetry collection about loss and love,
innocence and change, which won the 2000 Minnesota Voice Poetry
Prize. She is an instructor in the Department of English at Minnesota
State University, Mankato, and a visiting assistant professor at
Gustavus Adolphus College. One of her new projects is a memoir about
growing up in the U.S. Marine Corps.
TOM O’CONNOR (Credential, '77) worked
in the travel and high-tech industries before taking his current
position as an advertising representative with the Free Lance
in Hollister, California, where he lives.
ROBERT CALLAWAY (B.A., Physical Science, '78)
has worked for NASA since the early 1990s and was the first recipient
(summer 2004) of the Lewis & Clark Fellowship from Potomac Institute
for Policy Studies in Arlington, Virginia.
BILL DODD (B.S., Business Administration, '78)
is serving his second term as the 4th District Supervisor in Napa
County. He also represents the county on the Metropolitan Transportation
JOHN NELSON (B.S., Agricultural Business, '78)
has worked for Citibank in San Francisco since the 1980s. Nelson
is a real property administrator, vice president of Corporate Realty
Service, and senior asset manager. He is also the president of the
board of directors for Bethany Center, a housing facility for low-income
senior citizens in San Francisco.
STEVE BICKLEY (B.S., Agriculture, '80)
is a fourth-generation farmer and the manager of the 3,500-acre
Gorrill Ranch in Durham, California. The ranch produces rice, almonds,
walnuts, and dried plums. He and his wife, Lynn, have two children,
Brent and Cassie.
TERRY KREIDLER (B.A., Recreation Administration,
'80) is the director of the Volunteers in Parks program for
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which was selected as the
regional winner of the George B. Hartzog Jr. Award for Outstanding
Volunteer Service. Kreidler has worked as the volunteer manager
JULIE LUCERO (B.A., Psychology, '80) has
been a school psychologist for 20 years, working with special needs
children and their families. Lucero and her husband, Glenn, live
in the San Francisco Bay Area with their daughter, Haley.
DAVID LUFF (B.S., Business Administration, '81)
recently launched Aalxett, Inc., a business development practice.
He earned an M.B.A. from Babson College in finance in 1990 after
working in Europe and Japan. He and his wife, Deborah, live in West
Newton, Massachusetts, with their two children, Jackson and Julia.
COLLEEN NICHOLS (B.A., Political Science, '81)
is a Placer Superior Court commissioner. Nichols has been involved
with programs for juveniles in the court system for nearly 10 years
and was honored by the Roseville Chamber of Commerce in 2001 with
the Athena Award for professional excellence. She resides in Roseville,
California, with her husband and their two children.
K.J. FORBES (B.A., Social Science, Psychology,
'84) was named State Educator of the Year by the California
League of Middle Schools. Forbes was nominated by the principal
of Canyon Middle School, where he has taught for the past 12 years.
He lives in Danville, California, with his wife and two daughters.
ANALEE KREDEL (B.A., Adapted Physical Education,
'84) is an autism program specialist for the Orange County
Department of Education. She lives in San Juan Capistrano, California,
with her husband, Edwin, and their daughter, Hannah.
EILEEN MOSLEY (B.A., Information and Communication
Studies, '85) has worked for The Reporter in Vacaville,
California, for 18 years. She was recently promoted to the position
of design editor.
VINCENT PAUL (B.S., Chemistry, '86; B.A.,
German, '86) is an environmental health manager for the State
of California, Department of General Services. Paul has worked in
various government agencies over the past 13 years. He lives in
Fair Oaks, California.
TAMARA SNOOK (B.S., Dietetics and Food Administration,
'86) is a registered dietitian at the Curry County Home Health/Hospice
in Gold Beach, Oregon. She and her husband, Wendell, have three
children, Leland, Sydney, and Justis.
DEBBIE CRAIG (B.A., Physical Education, '87)
is an assistant clinical professor of exercise science at Northern
Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. She received her doctorate
in educational leadership from Colorado State University, Fort Collins,
Colorado, in 2002.
MERRILL GRANT (B.A., English, '87; Credentials,
'89, '95) is the superintendent for Williams Unified
School District in Williams, California. He recently moved from
Ready Springs School District in Penn Valley, California.
JOY LACKEY (B.S., Business Administration, '87)
began the Nurse-Midwifery program at Yale University in August.
TINA LEE-VOGT (B.A., Public Administration, '87)
is the legislative affairs analyst for the city of Sacramento. She
has worked for the city of Sacramento for the past 14 years and
lives in Elk Grove, California.
LINDA STEPUTAT (B.A., German, '87; Recreation Administration,
'87) left the Salinas Fire Department in Salinas, California, to
become fire marshal of Lewiston, Idaho’s fire prevention bureau.
She has worked in firefighting for 25 years.
CLAYTON STANGER (B.S., Business Administration,
'88) is a tenured member of the Foreign Service of the U.S.
Department of State and currently serves as consul at the U.S. Consulate
in Brazil. Stanger also served a tour in Nassau, Bahamas.
DAN DADALT (attended fall '85–spring
'89) founded Three-D Spirits Inc. in 1996, which develops
and markets innovative liquor brands, including RedRum and VooDoo
MATTHEW BUDMAN (B.A., Information and Communication
Studies, '90) recently published Instant Expert: Collecting
Books. Budman is the managing editor for Across the Board
and copyedits book manuscripts for Random House. He will be living
in Manhattan for the next year, while his wife, Christina, is on
sabbatical from Haverford College.
BRYAN MARSHALL (B.A., Social Science, '90) is administrative
sergeant of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. He has been
with the department since 1991. Marshall and his wife, Rana, live
in Chico with their two children, Cody and Natalie.
TOM NARAMORE (B.A., Recreation Administration,
'90) was the manager of acquisitions for Earthline before moving
into his current position as executive vice president for sales
and marketing for John Meyer and Associates, Inc. He lives in Grass
Valley, California, with his wife and two daughters.
DERRICK BOOTH (B.S., Physics, '91) is the director
of the Math, Engineering, Science Achievement Program at Butte Community
College in Oroville, California. He was awarded a $2 million National
Science Foundation grant to organize a statewide program to help
women and minority students realize their full potential in the
JARED FIEL (B.A., Journalism, '91) is the communications
director for Colorado Corn Growers Association and recently published
a compilation of his humor column in Fumbling Thru Fatherhood.
He resides in Greely, Colorado, with his wife, Tracy, and their
two sons, Alex and Andy.
TIMOTHY CAMPEN (B.A., Information and Communication
Studies, '92) is the head deputy city attorney for the Child Abuse
and Domestic Violence Unit in San Diego. In addition to prosecuting
offenders, Campen also provides training around the country in evidence-based
prosecution of domestic violence cases. He lives in San Diego with
his wife and daughter.
CRAIG DELUZ (B.S., Business Administration, '92)
is director of the Make a Difference Project in Sacramento, publisher
of the North Sacramento Union, and a substitute teacher.
He and his wife, Sobna, live in Sacramento with their two children.
DANIELLE (SAPPER) KEIL (B.S., Business Management,
'92) is a real estate agent in the East Bay. She lives in Castro
Valley, California, with her husband, Kevin, and their three children,
Sarah, Gabriella, and James.
TODD LAMB (B.A., Political Science, '92) left the
U.S. Department of Education, where he was a senior adviser to the
undersecretary and acting deputy secretary, to become vice president
of Chesapeake Government Relations in Annapolis, Maryland. Lamb
resides in Annapolis with his wife, Sydney, and son, Hayden.
RICK LEONHARDT (B.S., Business Administration,
'92) is vice president and manager of investment services for Plumas
Bank in Quincy, California. He and his wife, Tiffany, have two children,
Rebecca and David.
JENNIFER (FRENCH) MURRAY (B.S., Business Administration,
'92) is the director of human resources for Bernardus Lodge and
Valley Resort Management in Carmel Valley, California. She and her
husband, Chris, have two children, Alison and Ty.
RHONDA (REMY) COLETTI (B.A., Psychology, '93; Journalism,
'93) teaches at Indian Creek Elementary School and lives in Cameron
Park, California, with her husband, Al. She is exploring a career
in real estate to have more time for her daughter, Hunter.
CLARK MARSHALL (B.A., Political Science, '93) is
an HIV consultant for the California Department of Health Services,
Office of AIDS, Education and Prevention Branch. He resides in Sacramento,
KNOX MARSHALL (B.A., Economics, '93) is the land
and timber manager for Rosboro, which owns timberland throughout
Oregon and Washington and is based in Springfield, Oregon.
AMY (WILSON) CARSTENSEN (B.A., Social Science and
Spanish, '94; Credential, '95) earned a master’s degree in
international affairs at UC San Diego and now works for the International
Community Foundation. She also coordinates a binational youth leadership
program in San Diego, where she lives with her husband, Erik.
JOHN CANZANO (B.A., English, '95) is the lead sports
columnist for The Oregonian. He has been the recipient
of many awards for writing, including first place in the sports
writing category at the 2004 National Headliner Awards and in the
2002 Associated Press News Executives Council for an investigative
piece. Canzano was also nominated in 2003 for the Pulitzer Prize
LAURA (CALDERA) TAYLOR (B.A., Political Science,
'95) acquired a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University,
College of Law, and is an associate attorney for Garvey Schubert
Barer in Portland, Oregon. Taylor is the president of the Oregon
Women Lawyers Foundation for 2004. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon,
with her husband, Dean, and three daughters, Tiffany, Torina, and
SUSAN CARTER SCHAFSKY (B.A., Spanish, '96; Credential,
'97) is a flight attendant for Skywest Airlines as well as a substitute
teacher and a respiratory care specialist. She has two daughters,
Hannah and Leah, and one granddaughter.
MICHELLE (LILES) PHILLIPS (B.A., Journalism, '97)
is a health care administration instructor for Western Career College
and works full time for Registry Medical Group in Walnut Creek,
California. Michelle and her husband, Gaberiel, had their first
child, Gabriella, Aug. 22.
BHAJAN AUJLA (M.A., Computer Science, '99) is the
owner of Knowledge Source Learning Center, a tutoring service for
children and adults, in Yuba City, California. Aujla was a junior
college instructor of math and physics in India before immigrating
KELLEY DOWELL (B.A., Latin American Studies, '99;
International Relations, '99) passed the summer 2002 bar examination
after graduating from McGeorge School of Law. She is practicing
Real Estate Law in Sacramento, California.
BRIAN STOGSDILL (M.B.A., '99) is the human resources
generalist for the Northern California Institute for Research and
Education, Inc. in San Francisco. He lives in Pacifica, California.
DANIELLE CAPONI (B.A., Journalism, '00) lives
in Northern Italy, where she teaches English part time and is a
DANIEL FERRERE (M.B.A., '00) works for Ralcorp
Holdings as a plant controller in Ripon, Wisconsin. He and his wife,
Jeanne, recently moved to the Oshkosh area with their two children.
ERYNN FISH (B.A., Communication Design, '00) is
the special events coordinator/recruitment supervisor for Shasta
Blood Center in Redding, California.
JEREMY VOTAVA (B.A., English, '00) is a disc jockey
for Z Rock, 106.7 FM, Sunny 101.6 FM, and Thunder 100.7 FM, and
is also the technical director at The Blue Room Theater in Chico.
JENNIFER (JOHNSON) WIN’E (B.A., Liberal Studies,
'00) is a kindergarten teacher in Orange, California. She and her
husband recently bought a new house and their first child, Lilly
Kate, was born in June.
METEER (M.S., Nursing, '02) is a director at the Oregon
Health and Science University Center for Women’s Health. She
recently moved from Kennewick, Washington, where she was the director
of maternal/child services at the local hospital.
JENNIFER SIMON (B.S., Agricultural Business, '02)
is the county executive director for Klamath County Farm Service
Agency in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
AMY FLYNN (B.A., Journalism, '03) is the assistant
account executive for Fleishman-Hillard, a marketing communications
firm in Sacramento, California.
JILLIAN HARKRADER (B.A., Journalism, '03) is an
account coordinator who supports senior agents at MSR Communications,
a public relations firm in San Francisco, California.
KERI L. PRAZAK (B.A., Psychology, '03) was hired
by Progressive Insurance in Phoenix, Arizona, and passed the Arizona
state property and casualty lines insurance exam. She is engaged
to MICHAEL GOOD (B.A., Social Science, '93), who
works at SunRidge Golf Course in Fountain Hills. They live in Mesa
and plan to be married next June.
LESA LANDRY BOECK (B.S., Nursing, '92)
and TRAVIS BOECK (B.S., Business Administration,
'92) celebrated their 10-year anniversary in July. He works
at Intel in Folsom, and she works at Mercy Folsom Hospital. They
have three children and live in El Dorado Hills, California.
HEATHER BRITE (B.A., History, '94; Credential,
'95) was married on June 26 to Aaron Banks in Saint Peter,
Minnesota. She works for Mankato West High School.
MICHAEL BASSOW (attended spring '94–spring
'95) married Patricia Wampler on May 1 in Nashville, Tennessee.
SCOTT JOHNSTON (B.A., Journalism, '97) married
JAMIE TRUMP (B.A., Journalism, '00) in June 2003. He is
the assistant editor/sports editor for the Press-Tribune
in Roseville, California, and she is the editor of the Granite
Bay Press-Tribune. They live in Sacramento.
ANYA MEYSKENS (B.A., International Relations, '97;
B.A., Religious Studies, '00) married Preston Paull Jr. in
fall 2003. She works in human resources for Kendall Jackson Wine
Estates, and they enjoy living in the wine country.
LAURA ADAMS (B.A., English, '98) married
Matthew Ray in Chico on January 17. They live in Fairview, Oregon,
and she teaches special education for the Gresham-Barlow School
MICHAEL MONTZ (B.S., Agricultural Business, '99)
and JESSE SLABODNIK (B.S., Agricultural Business,
'99) married on Nov. 23, 2003, in Chico. He farms rice with
his family, and she works for an attorney. They reside in Willows,
KIMBERLY JASON (B.A., Social Science, '00)
married Robert Goosmann on July 17. She is a paralegal for Allstate
Insurance, and he is a marketing director for the Sacramento International
Airport. They live in Sacramento, California.
MELANIE HUGHES (B.A., Communication Design, '01)
married Jamie Engel last fall in Lake Almanor. She is the owner
of SunRay Media & Video in Chico, and he is a painting contractor.
NICK NELSON (B.S., Agriculture, '01) married
Christina Wall on July 2 in Hermiston, Oregon. He teaches agriculture
science and technology at Hermiston High School, and she is a credit
analyst for Columbia River Bank.