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1960s  1970s  1980s  1990s  2000s  Marriages

1960s

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.

JOSEPH 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.

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1970s

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 local entrepreneurs.

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.

VANITA 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 Continental Airlines.

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 Commission.

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.

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1980s

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 since 1992.

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 Spiced Rum.

1990s

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 sciences.

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, California.

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 in commentary.

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 Angelina.

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 to California.

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.

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2000s

DANIELLE CAPONI (B.A., Journalism, '00) lives in Northern Italy, where she teaches English part time and is a freelance writer.

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.

LAURIE 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.

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Marriages/Anniversaries

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 District.

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, California.

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.

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