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Correction: In the spring 2006 issue of Chico Statements, we erroneously reported that Shannon Hunt (BA, Physical Education, ’94; MA, Physical Education, ’02) is the head basketball coach at El Paso Community College. Hunt is head baseball coach at the college. We apologize for our error.

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1960s

RAY CRAIG (BA, Music and Credential, ’60) was awarded the Aubrey Penman California Retired Music Educator of the Year for 2006 by the California Music Educators Association. He performs with the Susanville Symphony Society and the Reno Pops and teaches music part time at Richmond Elementary School. Craig and wife Ann have three children and four grandchildren.

GAYLORD ENNS (attended fall ’64–fall ’67) is the founder of the Servant Leadership Network, which ministers to pastors and next-generation leaders. He joined the staff of Pleasant Valley Assembly of God in Chico in 1970, serving first as youth pastor, then associate pastor, and finally as senior pastor until 2003.

MICHELE GARSIDE (AB, Education and Credentials, ’64) retired after 39 years in education. She was school superintendent in two districts in San Mateo County: Portola Valley and Pacifica. In 2006, she was inducted into the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame. Garside lives in San Francisco and travels extensively. She is a member of the Diablo Vista Chorus with Sweet Adelines International.

JIM CONLIN (attended spring and fall ’65), known as Dr. Jimmy on Oldies 102.1, left the Chico radio station in April to work at a retreat in Lake County. A drummer and keyboard player with the Rolling Blackouts Revue and the Bill Zongker Blues Band and former manager of Cloud 9 Studios, Conlin plans to do local voiceover work and occasional gigs with the Rolling Blackouts.

RICK WENTWORTH (BA, Biological Sciences, ’66; Credential, ’67; MA, Biological Sciences, ’67) has been the San Joaquin County superintendent of schools since 1991. He and his son Kevin, a professional golfer, were inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame in May 2007.

BILL MONCOVICH (BS, Business Administration, ’67) is the president and CEO of California Giant, a produce company. He was recently inducted into the Watsonville High School Hall of Fame.

RICHARD CARLSEN (BS, Business Administration, ’68) has worked for the Navy for more than 34 years and is currently the director of Common Support Division and the deputy director of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Department. His novel, Happy Valley College, was published this year. Carlsen lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His e-mail address is richard_carlsen@fedweeknet.com.

JEFFREY “JEFF” D. PATCH (BA, Art, ’68; Credentials, ’71 and ’84) retired after 12 years as principal of C. K. Price Middle School in Orland. He joined the staff of the Orland Unified School District in 1973 as an art teacher and wresting coach. In 1982, he was named Northern California CIF Coach of the Year. Patch was inducted into the Chico State Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the Glenn County Educators Hall of Fame in 2007. Patch and wife Trish have three grown children.

CLYDE H. WOODWARD (BA, Physical Science, ’68) has retired as associate pastor of senior ministries at Dayspring Baptist Church in Grants Pass, Oregon, where he was also a voluntary chaplain at Three Rivers Community Hospital and Royale Gardens Convalescent Hospital. He and wife Barbara operate Shelby Crossroads Ministries in Shelby, Montana, where they live. Their Web site is www.shelbycrossroadsministries.org.

KAY COCKRELL (BA, Art, ’69) retired from Covillaud Elementary School in Marysville after teaching for 37 years. Cockrell plans to travel, go scuba diving, and enjoy reading, cooking, and gardening.

MARYANN MARVEL (BA, Social Science, ’69; Credential, ’70) retired after 12 years of teaching. She began her career as a sixth-grade Spanish, spelling, and physical education teacher, and most recently taught reading and Title 1 Language at Egling Middle School in Colusa. She and her husband plan to spend time with their two grown sons.

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1970s

FRANK BARTALDO JR. (BS, Business Administration, ’71) has joined United American Bank as executive vice president, chief administrative officer. He spent 21 years with Bay Area Bank, serving as president and CEO from 1998 until June 2007. He lives in Foster City with Kathy, his wife of 34 years.

BARRY MCARDLE (BA, Mass Communications, ’71) has published I Sold the Moon: A True Story. From 1971 to 1983, he donned a space suit and visited college campuses selling real estate on the moon at $1 an acre; more than 170,000 people purchased plots. Since then, McArdle has worked in sales and as a television producer in the Silicon Valley.

DAN QUINN (attended ’75–’80; see photo at left) has just received his doctorate in clinical psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley after interning at the C.G. Jung Institute in San Francisco. He previously taught high school theater and worked as the CEO of a technology company. He is now in private practice as a psychologist in Berkeley.

MARK LAYNE (attended fall ’77–fall ’82) and wife Michelle own Tom’s Place Resort, a lodge, café, and general store between Bishop and Mammoth on Highway 395, originally built in 1917. Until they bought the resort in 2000, Mark was an executive with JC Penney in Southern California. The couple and 18-year-old son Charlie live on the property, which they have restored to “old Sierra-style atmosphere.”

MARK OUIMETTE (BA, Geography, ’77; see photo at right) was recently promoted to professor of geological sciences at Hardin-Simmons University. He has been the head of the Geology and Environmental Sciences Department since 2002. He bases his lecture style on that of the late David Lantis, professor emeritus, geography.

DON PARIS (Credential, ’77) retired after 34 years of teaching. Known as “Rocket Man,” he taught generations of Valley Springs Elementary School students rocket building. Paris was one of 25 participants in NASA’s program to introduce classroom teachers to the rigors of flight training. Most recently, he taught seventh-grade language arts and social science at Toyon Middle School in the Calaveras Unified School District.

BILL DODD (BS, Business Administration, ’78) is chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the agency responsible for planning, coordinating, and financing transportation in the nine Bay Area counties. He is a Napa County supervisor and has been an MTC commissioner since 2001. Dodd and wife Mary live in Napa and have five grown children.

SALLY GASAWAY (BA, Liberal Studies, ’79) is the new principal at Mount Shasta Elementary School in Mount Shasta. She has been an educator for 27 years, most recently superintendent/principal of Castle Rock Elementary School in Castella. She was named Educator of the Year by the Anderson Chamber of Commerce in 2006.

ROBERT PAYNE (BS, Business Administration, ’79) is a lieutenant in the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office, where he has worked since 1982. Payne also coaches varsity boy’s basketball at San Lorenzo Valley High School. He and his wife have five children.

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1980s

DANA DILLON (BA, Liberal Studies, ’81; Credential, ’82) has been a teacher at Weed Elementary School since 1983. She was elected board chairwoman of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System in April 2007. She has also been an active member of the California Teachers Association for 24 years and has served as director of the National Education Association.

JEFFERSON GOOLSBY (BA, English and Information and Communication Studies, ’82; MA, Interdisciplinary Studies, ’02) received a MFA in digital arts from the University of Oregon and is an assistant professor of art at the University of Maine. His wife, MEI-LING LEE (MA, Music, ’01), recently received her doctorate in composition and electronic music (secondary area) from the University of Oregon. They return to Chico each summer to teach at the Ethos Music Collective camp, working with young musicians. They now live in Orono, Maine.

ROBERT GRINDY (BA, English, ’82) is an English professor at Richland Community College, where he was named 2007 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year. His essay “Desperately Seeking Blue Mound” was published in the anthology In the Middle of the Middle West (Indiana University Press, 2003). Grindy and wife Rosemarie live in Decatur, Illinois, with children Anna, 17, and Will, 14.

JOHNNA ORNBAUN (attended fall ’82 and spring ’83) is a real estate broker-associate with Pride Real Estate in Williams. She has worked in real estate for more than 13 years. Ornbaun also farms rice with husband Kelly and developed a Lavender Bath & Body Products line from her own lavender fields. She has a daughter, Lindsay, 17, and a son, Logan, 15.

RAY STRZELECKI (BS, Business Administration, ’82) has recently joined the Heritage Bank of Commerce lending team in Walnut Creek. He has more than 24 years of banking experience, most recently as senior relationship manager with The Mechanics Bank, also in Walnut Creek.

BOB O’NEILL (BS, Business Administration, ’83) has been a teacher in Princeton for more than 25 years. Prior to that, he was a naturalist at Tilden Park in Berkeley for four years and operated his own nonprofit corporation, Interpretive Eco-Logics. O’Neill also creates various forms of art, specializing in marble, alabaster, or soapstone sculptures of wildlife and figurative subjects. He lives in Durham and has two grown sons.

COLLEEN BATHE (BA, Recreation Administration, ’84) is the chief of interpretation for Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. She previously worked at Bryce Canyon National Park and at Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park.

KRISTI CULVER KAPETAN (Certificate, ’84; BS, Political Science, ’85) was appointed to a judgeship in the Fresno County Superior Court by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this summer. She has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fresno since 2003.

DEBRA (STRASSMAN) COWAN (BA, Liberal Studies, ’85; Credential, ’86) is a folk singer. Sing Out! magazine published her version of “Walloping Window Blind” from her album Dan’s Dinner Pail in its spring 2006 issue, and she is included in the Free-Reed Records box set RT—The Life and Times of Richard Thompson.

LORI PATERNOSTER (BA, Art, ’85) is the owner of STATEMENTS, an American fine art and craft gallery that was awarded Best Participating Gallery in the Healdsburg ARTwalk this summer. Paternoster (at left in photo) also managed and owned the gallery from 1986–2003, when it was known as Wolfard & Co. and located in Santa Rosa.

JOHN HANDLEY TITTLE (attended fall ’85–spring ’87) is president of Y.A. Tittle Insurance & Financial Services in Mountain View. He was recognized by the CSU, Chico College of Business as Executive of the Year for 2005.

ANNA WEIDHOFER (BA, Physical Education, ’86; MA, Physical Education, ’92; Credential, ’98) received a doctoral degree in leadership and administration in education from the University of Southern California. She is an assistant professor of teacher education at Springfield College in Massachusetts.

JACQUELINE CORDOVA (Credential, ’87) has a BA and MA in fine arts and lives in Westwood, where she has created murals of local history and folklore. She has taught at Lassen Community College, Westwood High School, Fletcher Walker Elementary School, and the California Correctional Center.

POLLY EDGERTON (BS, Business Administration, ’87) has been a music teacher at Silverado Middle School in Roseville since 1999, after working 10 years as a public accountant. A clarinet and saxophone player, she organized her traditional jazz band, Polly’s Hot Paupers, in 2000 with members from throughout Northern California.

MERRILL GRANT (BA, English, ’88; Credential, ’89) has assumed the superintendent position of the Brentwood Union School District. He had previously been superintendent at Williams Unified. He and his wife KATIE (FOLEY) (BA, English, ’88; Credential, ’89) have three daughters attending Brentwood schools.

TIM PATTERSON (BA, Physical Education, ’88; MA, Kinesiology and Credential, ’00) received a health fitness instructor certification from the American College of Sports Medicine and is the physical education advisor and strength coach for the West Valley High School Eagles football team in Cottonwood. He has coached high school athletics for 12 years and taught biology at Linden High School in Stockton for five years.

ANGELA GONZALEZ (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’89) has been named the 2008 incoming president of the Northern California chapter of the Professional Coaches and Mentors Association. She is president and cofounder of Meridian Consulting, Inc., specializing in helping clients build constructive business relationships.

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1990s

MARY KAY HANCHARICK (BS, Biological Sciences, ’90) is a doctor of chiropractic practicing at Back in Balance Chiropractic in Alamo.

TOM RILEY (attended fall ’90–spring ’93) is a director of residential services for Imagine!, a nonprofit organization that helps match people who have developmental disabilities with local, state, or federally funded assistance programs in Boulder, Colorado.

DAN SCHLUETER (BS, Business Administration, ’91) completed a yearlong tour in Kabul, Afghanistan, as a U.S. Navy reservist in March and returned to his position as senior chief appraiser with the Lassen County Assessor’s Office. He has worked for the county for 11 years and lives in Chester with wife Christine and sons Justin, 13, and Jason, 8.

JAMES McCONNELL (MA, Art, ’92) has been a painting teacher at Yuba College since 1989 and has been a freelance illustrator for 40 years. He has directed a crafts program in the U.S. Army, taught illustration at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, and taught illustration design at CSU, Chico. McConnell has produced illustrations for San Francisco magazine, Ramparts Magazine, Addison-Wesley Publishing, Wadsworth Publishing, Sunset Books, and Harcourt/Brace/Jovanovich, Inc. His work can be viewed at www.jamesmcconnell.com.

JULIE L. BROWN (BS, Biological Sciences, ’93) is a senior fisheries biologist for the California Department of Fish and Game in Sacramento. She has two grown sons, Steve and Josh, and recently bought a house at Lake Oroville.

KEITH FROST (attended fall ’94–spring ’97) is the founder of Southern Oregon Sauce & Spice Company LLC. While operating the business with help from wife Hope and 9-year-old son Jordan, he is pursuing a master’s degree in agriculture education at Oregon State University. Frost’s Web site is www.southernoregonsauce.com.

KIMBERLY (GAY) GREENY (BA, Journalism, ’95) passed the California Real Estate Examination and works for Keller-Williams Real Estate. ERIK GREENY (BA, Social Science, ’96) is director of development for the College of Business at San Jose State University. They were married in 1998 and live in Mountain View with Hannah, 7, and Nathan, 2.

BRETT MCNAMAR (BS, Recreation, ’95) has been a wrestling coach at Pittsburg and Antioch high schools and at Diablo Valley College. He was inducted into the Chico State Hall of Fame in October.

JASON Z. SCHROEDER (BS, Physical Science, ’95; MS, Geosciences, ’98) established Jason Z. Schroeder Custom Guitars in Redding in 2005. He also works part time at SHN Consulting Engineers and Geologists, Inc., in Eureka and plays guitar with two North State bands: Clear Cut and Turning Point. Schroeder’s Web site is www.schroederguitars.com.

APRILLE COCHRANE-JENKINS (BA, Psychology, ’96; MS, Psychology, ’02) is a physical education teacher at a Sacramento-area middle school. She has coached high school girl’s varsity basketball for the past four years, and helped coach the No. 1 recruit in the nation. As head varsity basketball coach at Valley High School, she was the only female black head coach in the Elk Grove Unified School District. Cochrane-Jenkins has also published a book of poetry called Poems From the Girl Next Door: Imaginations, Illusions, and Images.

ROB THOMPSON (BS, Parks and Natural Resource Management, ’97) is principal of Thompson Wildland Management in Monterey, an environmental consulting firm. He previously worked for the state Department of Parks & Recreation and on the conservation end of the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel Valley.

MIKEY COHEN (BA, Communication Design, ’98) established his own company for film, Flashy Media & Design, and has won awards for his photography. He also established the nonprofit HYPI (Homosexual Youth Positive Influence) for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning youth. He lives in San Diego. Cohen’s Web site is www.myspace.com/hypi501c3nonprofit.

JAMES D. “JIMMY” HAMPTON (attended fall ’98–spring ’02) recently graduated from the California Highway Patrol Academy. He is stationed in Contra Costa County and lives in Fairfield.

CHRIS HARRIS (BS, Recreation Administration, ’98) has been the program director of the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula for the past nine years. He is responsible for the youth sports program, which includes soccer and basketball leagues and summer sports camp programs.

KENNETH MORRIS (BA, Communication Studies, ’99) works in commercial real estate with CB Richard Ellis. He and wife LINDSAY MORRIS (BS, Health Science, ’99) have a son, Thomas Drake, who turned 1 in August (see photo at left).

TONI POULSEN (BA, Social Science, ’99; MA, Physical Education, ’04) began teaching part time at Lassen Community College in 1988, working with seniors and teaching water aerobics. In 1999, she began teaching full time and now incorporates chair aerobics into her program for seniors.

CARLY TAYLOR (BA, Psychology, ’99) is currently living in Chico and working at InterWest Insurance Services, Inc.

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2000s

LAURIE SIMBRO GUTIERREZ (BA, Art, ’00) has taught high school art in the Bay Area for four years. She enjoys being an urban teacher and reports that several of her seniors will attend Chico State.

MARC OLSEN (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’00) has a master’s degree in mathematics from UC Davis and joined the faculty of Folsom Lake College in spring 2007 as assistant professor of mathematics. He has been an adjunct faculty member of American River College and an air quality engineer for the Sacramento Air Quality District.

BRANDON WARE (BA, History, ’00) was ordained as a Catholic priest in May. He completed four years of seminary training and a year of parish work and has been assigned to a post in the Stockton Diocese.

DAVID DIVECCHIO (BS, Business Administration, ’01) is a mortgage consultant with Pacific Property Financing.

NICK NELSON (BS, Agriculture, ’01) has completed his fourth year teaching agriculture at Hermiston High School in Hermiston, Oregon. Previously, he was an animal science teacher at North Clackamas High School. He and wife Chrissy also raise red Angus cattle at their home in north central Oregon.

JEFF FOREHAN (MA, Recording Arts, ’02) is the director of the new commercial music program at West Valley College in Saratoga. The program offers a commercial music certificate using Apple Computer’s Digital Media Pro Level technology. Previously, Forehan was a keyboard technician and lead sound designer for Prince, traveling with the artist on his world tour.

ROSS LUNCEFORD (BA, Communication Studies, ’02) is a newly recruited police officer with the Ukiah Police Department.

COLEEN PARKER (Credential, ’02) has been the assistant principal of Hamilton High School since 2002. She also teaches the Regional Occupational Program Careers with Children class and developed an agreement with Butte College that allows students who successfully complete the class at the high school to receive college credit. Parker was inducted into the Glenn County Educators Hall of Fame in 2007. She and husband Rob have three grown children.

LAURA LEE (BS, Business Administration, ’03) returned to Singapore after graduation and embarked on her career in her home country.

BRAY (BA, Physical Education, ’03) and MELINDA ROMAN (BA, Exercise Physiology, ’03) have been busy since graduation continuing their education and starting a family. Their daughter Arabella is 2 years old. Melinda is a chiropractor, and Bray is a physical education teacher at St. Michael’s School in Livermore. The Romans live in Dublin.

NATE HORTON (BA, History, ’05) is a volunteer in the Peace Corps, working as an English teacher in the Kyrgyz Republic. He expects to return to the United States in late summer 2008.

TROY A. MILES (BS, Biology, ’06) received the Ralph Ger Award for Outstanding Student of the Year in Clinical Anatomy for 2007 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. The prestigious award is given to just two medical students each year in recognition of exceptional work based on exam scores, class ranking, and nominations from classmates.

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Marriages/Anniversaries

JACK (AB, Industrial Arts and Credential, ’58; MA, Industrial Arts, ’64) and COLLEEN MOORE (AB, Education and Credential, ’57) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 9. Jack is retired from teaching industrial arts at Sierra College in Rocklin.

WILBUR WRIGHT (BS, Civil Engineering, ’59) and his wife, Sandra, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 5. He is a retired civil engineer with the California Department of Transportation. Their family includes sons Stephen and Jeffrey and five grandchildren, and they live in West Linda.

ROBERT BECHARD (BA, Biology, ’60) and wife Kathie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 27. He began an orthopedics practice in Chico in 1970, and she is a painter. They live in Chico and have three children, Keri, Scott, and Rebecca; and five grandchildren.

DAVE (BS, Agriculture, ’81) and DEANNA KEYAWA (BA, Liberal Studies, ’82) celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary June 12. He is a co-owner of Tri-Counties Walnut Hauling, and she is a substitute teacher for Chico Unified School District. Their children are Lindsay and Kimberly.

JILL ELAINE HAMPTON (BA, Physical Education, ’93; MA, Physical Education, ’97) married Scott Lawrence Henderson July 28, 2006. She is employed by Sports Medicine Institute, and he works for Cisco Systems. They live in Palo Alto.

SARA LYNN CORNELIUS (attended fall ’94–fall ’97) married Brian Vincent Murphy Feb. 23. Both are pilots with U.S. Airways, and she is also a dispatcher. They live in Avondale, Arizona.

BRIAN MORMANN (BA, Communication Design, ’98) married Melissa Tuttle April 21. He works for United Health Care, and she works for Courtesy Motors. They live in Chico.

JESSAMY VANCURLER (BA, Liberal Studies, ’98; Credential, ’00) married Duke Tran Nov. 11, 2006. She is a second- and third-grade teacher in San Clemente and is working on an administrative credential; he is an aerospace engineer for the Boeing Huntington Beach facility. They live in Irvine.

MATTHEW BALL (BS, Recreation Administration, ’99) married Christine Gillum May 5. He is a medical entomologist for Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control and a volunteer fire fighter for Cal Fire-Butte County. She is a hair stylist and salon owner in Chico, and they live in Magalia.

CHARLES GERARD KRYSKI (BS, Agriculture Business, ’99) married Jennifer Anna Micheals Oct. 14, 2006. He is a mortgage broker with Horizon Financial in Sacramento, and she teaches kindergarten at D. W. Babcock School in Sacramento. They live in Davis.

LEIGH LANGERWERF (BS, Exercise Physiology, ’01) married CASSANDRA HARRIS (BS, Agricultural Business, ’06) May 12. He is a physical therapist with Red Bluff Physical Therapy, and she is a bookkeeper for ProPacific Fresh (see photo at left). They live in Durham.

LISA BRUNENGO (Credential, ’02) married David Morgan April 6. She works for the Glenn County Office of Education, and he is employed at Sierra Pacific Industries. They live in Corning.

JULIE STEFFEN (BA, Theatre Arts, ’04) married Scott Miller June 2. She is self-employed, and he is co-owner of a tile contracting business in Fort Bragg, where they live.

VICTORIA LYNN WALKER (BS, Nursing, ’04) married Patrick John Durham Sept. 23, 2006. She is an intensive care nurse at Roundrock Medical Center in Roundrock, Texas, and he is vice president of global operations for Oracle in Redwood Shores, Texas. They live in Austin.

KELLIE HILL (BA, Liberal Studies, ’05) and TIM ROTTMAN (BS, Business Administration, ’06) were married June 10, 2006. She is a branch support specialist at Schools Financial Credit Union in Sacramento, and he is an account technician at Yuba County Office of Education. They live in Yuba City.

LUCAS BROWNING (BS, Agriculture, ’06) married REBECCA ROLAND (attended spring ’05–’07) Aug. 5, 2006. He is an agriculture teacher at West Valley High School, and they live in Chico.

KYLE TAYLOR (BA, Geography, ’06) married Kelly Gilmore Jan. 13. He is an associate planner for the City of Kingman, Arizona, where they live.

COREY JOSEPH WARD (attended spring ’00–fall ’05) married LAURIE ANN WHITE (BS, Nutrition and Food Science, ’06) July 29. She is a nutritionist and personal trainer at Los Gatos Athletic Club, and he is employed with Specialized Bicycle Components in Morgan Hill. They live in Los Gatos.

JOSH FUNK (BA, Art, ’07) married Jennifer Enns June 2. He works for AT&T, and they live in Chico.

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