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California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0040
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BILL APPLEGATE (BA, Education and Credential, ’48) is a World War II veteran. He married BETTY LOU (BOWMAN) (BA, Education and Credential, ’48), who is now deceased. Together they established the monthly student teacher program at Bidwell Mansion. They both taught in various districts in the Sacramento area, ending up in the San Juan district for the majority of their career. Bill became a principal in 1954. They started the first Chico State Alumni Chapter in Sacramento. Bill is now retired and enjoys gardening, dancing, and his family of six children and many grand- and great-grandchildren.
ZILPHA HIEHLE (AB, Education and Credential, ’49) is a character actress and model who has appeared in movies, commercials, and print advertisements since 1986. Hiehle was an art teacher for eight years at Shasta Union High School before becoming involved in theatre. She lives in Carmichael.
DENNIS MAC DONNEIL (AB, Economics, ’64) is the vice president of finance and development for the Lok Group of Companies in Santa Rosa. He was recently elected vice chairman of the Board of Hamilton Federal Credit Union in Novato. He and wife Ronnie have lived in Novato for the past 36 years.
DANIEL THOMAS (BA, Education and Credential, ’64) recently published his third book, titled 100 Miles, which inspired The Ten, the name he and wife Marilyn have given to their 10-acre spread in Corning. The former teacher and principal has also written Essays from The Ten and Evening Country.
ROBERTA (CAMPBELL) GOODIN (BA, Spanish, ’67) is the executive director and founder of NapaLit, a Web site (www.napalit.org) designed to “empower readers of all levels of literacy throughout the Napa Valley.”
RICHARD FOSTER JR. (BA, Political Science, ’68; Credential, ’69) retired in May after 35 years as a political science professor at Idaho State University, including 22 years as chair of the department. Foster, who was honored as ISU Distinguished Teacher in 1987, was director of the ISU Interdisciplinary Program in International Affairs since 1988.
TOM DILLIAN (BS, Industrial Technology, ’69) established Dillian Wines at his family’s farmhouse in Shenandoah Valley in 2003. His son Thomas is the fifth generation of the family to work at the family farm.
RICHARD LIPARI (BS, Business, ’69) has opened Italian restaurant Grandma Rose’s Kitchen in Corning. He is a retired certified public accountant, former associate professor at Golden Gate University and Heald College in San Francisco, and a disabled U.S. Army veteran.
KEN BISHOP (BA, History, ’71) retired in June 2008 from McKinley School, where he was principal for 12 years. He and wife Tina, who teaches at Lassen Community College, plan to stay in the Lassen area for several more years at least.
DARLA MURHAMER MEEKER (BA, Spanish and Latin American Studies, ’72) has founded and co-directed Healdsburg’s Walk for the Arts, a comprehensive elementary school arts program serving 66 classrooms; booked festivals and live stage shows for Sonoma County’s performing arts venue; and worked with at-risk junior high and high school students. Meeker is now a wine, food, and history tour guide for Healdsburg Walking Tours, a job she says she intends to do “with enthusiasm until I reach the age of 80!”
COLLEEN BARRY (BA, Art, ’73), a mixed-media sculptor, teaches 2-D design at Shasta College in Redding. She received her Master of Fine Arts at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. She and husband Don Rath share a studio at their Redding home, and her work has been shown in more than 200 gallery and museum exhibitions and is in collections in seven countries.
HELGA RUGE (BA, German, ’73) published More Truth Than Fiction, a novel based on her own experiences about growing up in Europe between the World wars. Ruge taught German at CSU, Chico for nine years and currently lives in Chico.
SAM GOEPP (BA, Recreation Administration, ’74) is the general manager of the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District. Goepp (see photo at left) was recognized as Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce for 2008. In accepting the award at the 5th Annual Olympus Awards, he reinforced his philosophy that “no child shall be left inside—get active.”
LOURIE BARNA (BS, Nursing, ’75) is in the process of creating 100 watercolors featuring the Statue of Liberty. Seventeen of these were on display in the Los Gatos Town Council Chambers in summer 2008.
CALEEN SISK-FRANCO (BA, Physical Education, ’75) is the spiritual leader and chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. She and husband Mark live in Redding.
DEBBIE WHITTAKER (BA, Liberal Studies, ’75) is the prevention project facilitator for the Lodi Unified School District, running their anti-crime and anti-drug campaigns.
RICK BEDDALL (BA, Physical Education, ’77; Credential, ’79) has been teaching and coaching for the past 30 years, the last 12 in Clovis. He is currently the football coach at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
JOHN CARBAHAL (BS, Business Administration, ’77) was elected vice chairman of First Northern Community Bancorp in Dixon in May. A certified public accountant and cofounder of Carbahal & Company Inc. in Davis, Carbahal has served as president of the Yolo County Chamber of Commerce and was a community college accounting instructor.
MARY KAYE GERSKI (BA, Recreation Administration, ’77) is the executive director of Rebekah Children’s Services, which offers nationally accredited programs serving children who have been abused or neglected or suffer from mental illness. She was previously administrative director of Phoenix House California and manager of the Department of Psychiatry Services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
DEBORAH JOSEPHSON (BA, English and Humanities, ’77) has formed Josephson & Feil, a law firm practicing primarily in family law located in Federal Way, Washington. Josephson (see photo at left) resides with her daughter in Tacoma, Washington.
JAN REALE (BA, Liberal Studies, ’78; MA, Education, ’80; Credential, ’81), a second-grade teacher at Paradise Elementary, has helped with the installation of a holistic playground at Citrus Elementary in Chico. Reale published the idea of a holistic playground in her master’s thesis at CSU, Chico, the first of which was installed at Paradise Elementary; since then about 60 have been installed around the state.
FRANK TERRAZAS JR. (MA, History and Credential, ’78) is the oldest son of Frank and Lucille Terrazas. The Terrazas family has a number of Chico grads. Frank Sr. and Lucille’s daughters KATHY LANE (BS, Spanish, ’78), CHRISTINA BEDDALL (BA, Psychology, ’78), and PATRICIA GAST (BA, Liberal Studies, ’90) are alums, as are Kathy’s husband Geoff (BS, Civil Engineering, ’79) and daughter Shannon (current journalism student), and Christina’s husband RICK (BA, Physical Education, ’77; Credential, ’79) and daughter MARCI (BA, History, ’95).
BEVERLY BATTAGLIA (BA, History and Political Science, ’79; MA, History, ’81) has written A Pictorial History of the Northern Mariana Islands, Part 1, a cartoon rendition of the history of the islands. She was a history teacher on the island of Tinian until her move to Placerville in July 2008. Battaglia is at work on Part 2 of her history.
STEVE FRIEDMAN (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’79) is the former KCSC LiveWire station manager (1978) and did stints at KCHO, KNVR FM Paradise, and KORV AM Oroville. He left Chico in 1982 to help start the Los Gatos Weekly newspaper. He then founded Friedman Advertising and Wolf Marketing Group in Los Gatos, worked for Nuberry Advertising in San Jose, and started SF Marketeam in Portola Valley to focus on consulting automotive aftermarket clients. He is married with two grown children and loves to mountain bike, travel, and remember the “good old days in Chico.”
ALLISON NEWSOME (BA, Art, ’80) was artist in residence at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai in April and May 2008. Her works were featured at the gallery and in Art and Perception, June 2008.
TONY AEILTS (BS, Business Administration, ’81; MPA, ’83) recently retired as a California chief of police after 30 years of police service in Chico, at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and as the Arroyo Grande police chief. He is currently a senior business consultant for Internal Business Solutions in Chico.
PHIL DAVIS (BS, Health Science, ’81) is the senior environmental health and safety consultant for NES in Folsom. In 2005, Davis (see photo at left) retired as the deputy fire chief, in charge of operations, for the Elk Grove Fire Department. He has also worked with the UC Davis Fire Department and as adjunct faculty at the National Fire Academy; UC Davis; CSU, Chico; and eight community colleges. He is married to Christa Black Davis, and they live in Carmichael.
ROBERT WALTER (BS, Business Administration, ’82), a Folsom builder, is working with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District to build an energy-efficient home in a historic neighborhood near downtown Folsom. They are aiming to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification.
LEZLIE WINBERRY (BA, Liberal Studies, ’82; Credential, ’85) has written When I Cried Out, a memoir of her infant daughter’s death of a rare childhood disease and how her sadness strengthened her faith. Winberry (see photo at right) is a freelance writer, editor, speaker, and author and teaches fourth grade at Bethel Christian School in Redding.
GREG BRASEL (BA, Geology and Geography, ’83) is mine general supervisor at Asarco Mission copper mine near Tucson, Arizona. He previously worked in the gold mining industry for 25 years, starting off his career by doing exploration on over 30 properties from Arizona to Montana. He is married to Toqua, who has two grown children. They have recently moved to Tucson from Winnemucca, Nevada.
KAREN DIETRICH (BA, Political Science, ’83) is the Ordway, Colorado, town administrator. She was elected to the Colorado Municipal League Executive Board in June 2008 at the league’s 86th annual conference. Dietrich previously practiced law in Marin County.
SHELLY WILLIS (BS, Business Administration and Art, ’84) is Sacramento’s public art administrator and the head of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places program. She previously developed Sonoma’s public art policy.
JOHN WITCHEY (BS, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, ’84) was recently named vice president of engineering at Integrated Power Corporation, a designer of high-performance, renewable energy systems. He is published and holds two U.S. patents.
STEVE HARRIS (BA, Communications and Graphic Design, ’85) has been working as a television broadcaster since graduation. Harris (see photo at left) is currently creative service director at KGUN 9, the ABC affiliate in Tucson, Arizona, in charge of the station’s marketing, graphics, news production, and commercial production departments. Before that, he worked in Sacramento for 15 years. Harris has been married to wife Teresa for eight years.
BRIAN ROLAND (BS, Business Administration, ’85) is chief financial officer and partner at CenCal Insurance Services in Danville. Roland (see photo at right) and wife Joan have been married for 20 years and reside in Danville. Their son Chris is attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and daughter Shannon is in her first year at CSU, Chico.
EDGAR LAMPKIN (BA, Liberal Studies, ’86) is the director of EL Services/Student Services for the Yolo County Office of Education. He has a doctorate in international multicultural education. Lampkin has done extensive training on Education for Social Justice in Eastern European countries through Open Society Institute’s Roma Initiative as part of a study on the placement of Roma students in special education schools.
ANNA WEIDHOFER (BA, Physical Education, ’86; MA, Physical Education, ’92) is the director of Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment at the Monterey County Office of Education in Salinas.
TODD FREDRICKS (BS, Biology and Psychology, ’87) completed his second tour of Iraq in 2008. He was promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army and appointed as an assistant professor of family medicine at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
MANUEL SOTO (BS, Computer Science, ’87) is the technology services manager for the City of Woodland. He was previously employed by General Dynamics as a senior research engineer.
APRIL STEPHENSON (BS, Business Administration, ’87) was appointed as the director of Defense Contract Audit Agency in Washington, DC. She has been with the agency for more than 20 years.
STEVE JONES (BA, Physical Education, ’88) is in his 12th season as head baseball coach at New Mexico Highlands University.
SUSAN LOWRY (BA, English, ’88), an English professor at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, was named Scholar in Residence for 2008–2009. She has taught at the college since 1999, and previously taught at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
GREG MELTON (BS, Agriculture, ’88) is a landscape architect and principal of Land Image, a landscape design company in Chico that specializes in recreation planning. His designs include Chico’s new city plaza, the Oroville Waterfront, Wildwood Park in Chico, and North State skate parks.
SUNIL NAGDEV (BS, Computer Science, ’88) was recently appointed vice president of worldwide services for Imperva, a leader in application data security. He has 17 years’ experience in international professional services, most recently at Tablus.
JIM DEVINE (BA, Community Service, ’89) opened Beaver Creek Brewery, a small microbrewery and taproom in Wibaux, Montana, on Aug. 9, 2008. One of his best customers is BILL FRANKS (BA, Psychology, ’75). Contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RICK FANNING (BS, Business Administration, ’89) is a U.S. Air Force chief master sergeant currently deployed to Afghanistan. He is the first sergeant of the aircraft maintenance squadron supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
JEFF FENNEL (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’89) was a guest artist at OryCon 30, a science fiction-fantasy conference in Portland, Oregon, in fall 2008. Fennel, who previously designed video games, now teaches at the Chico Art Center and conducts workshops throughout the North State. He lives in Los Molinos with wife Ruth and their three children.
KIT MIYAMOTO (BS, Civil Engineering, ’89) is a structural engineer and CEO of Miyamoto International, a structural, earthquake, and risk engineering firm in West Sacramento. In May 2008, he visited the areas devastated by the 2008 earthquake in China’s Sichuan province.
HANK SISK (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’89) produced the 20-minute film The Note, about a family ravaged by cancer. He and his wife Stacie are both cancer survivors, and Sisk, who is an advertising producer in Cottage Grove, Oregon, produced the video with volunteer help from fellow cancer survivors and advertising and film industry colleagues.
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GREGORY BLAKE (BS, Business Administration, ’90; Credential, ’91) is the principal of Durham Intermediate School. He was previously the athletic director of Durham High School.
LAURA DEEM (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’90; MA, Interdisciplinary Studies, ’91), a longtime freelance artist, is serving her second term as a public art commissioner to the city of Palo Alto. For more than 25 years, Laura has explored different artistic techniques, including monotype printmaking, painting, encaustic, and mixed media. She teaches private art lessons in her studio focusing on monotype printmaking and encaustic painting. Her Web site is www.lauradeem.com.
ERIC REICHEL (BA, Physical Education, ’90; Credential, ’91; MA, Physical Education, ’02) is the chief of police at CSU, Chico. He worked as interim chief of police at the University for 15 months before his appointment.
MIKE BROGGIE (BS, Recreation Administration, ’92) is vice president of business development at Avanquest Software in Calabasas, a consumer software publisher. He has held several executive positions and consulted in the digital media industry in the past 10 years and is active in the Academy of Television Arts and Science Interactive Media peer group. Broggie lives in Hollywood with wife Sharon, 1-year-old daughter Holland, and their two dogs.
DAN CORBIN (MA, Art, ’92) had a show of 15 sculptures and 11 paintings at the I. Wol Gallery in St. Helena in May. He got his start in art while stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, and has been showing in galleries since 1978. He lives in Los Molinos.
JULI BEDNARZ (BA, Liberal Studies, ’94) is a first-grade teacher at John Muir Elementary School in Lodi Unified School District.
SHANNON COREY (BA, English, ’94) is the creative director of the Palo Alto Weekly at Embarcadero Publishing. She was previously the art director of the Pleasanton Weekly. She lives in Campbell.
JASON ROBARGE (BA, Liberal Studies, ’94) is a vice principal at Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. His wife MARGARET (LITTLE) (BA, Liberal Studies, ’94) is a part-time instructor for University of Phoenix and a part-time kindergarten teacher for Challenger in Meridian, Idaho. Jason received his Master’s in Educational Leadership in 2004 from CSU, Hayward; Margaret received her Master’s in Interdisciplinary Education in 1998 from Santa Clara University. The couple resides in Eagle, Idaho, with their two children, Riley, 6, and Maggie, 3 (see photo at left).
STEPHANIE VAN STEYN (BA, Psychology, ’97) of Lodi has been named human resources manager for ConSol. Previously she worked in human resources for Pac-West Telecomm Inc. in Stockton and Blue Diamond Growers in Sacramento.
MIKKI (TAYLOR) KOEPP (BA, Physical Education, ’98; Credential, ’00) teaches high school physical education and coaches volleyball at Calaveras High School. Her husband MICHAEL KOEPP (BA, Physical Education, ’98; Credential, ’00) teaches high school physical education, coaches volleyball and baseball, and is the athletic director at the school. They live in Angels Camp with daughters Keelie, 6, and Laney, 3.
DANNI OSTER (BA, Communications, ’98) lives in Arizona with husband CHAD OSTER (BS, Business, ’98) and children Kate, 4, and Matthew, 2. Chad is the manager of designated support for EMC.
CLAUDIA QUEZADA (BA, International Relations, ’98) is director of the Early Assessment Program at CSU, East Bay in Hayward. Quezada (see photo at left) was recently elected to serve as director at large for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Contra Costa County’s Board of Directors. In September 2008, she graduated from the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute.
JASON MARTIN (BS, Geography, ’99) and wife Alisha welcomed baby boy Elijah Roy Oct. 4, 2007 (see photo at right). They live in Red Bluff. Grandparent WAYNE MARTIN (BS, Business, ’69) is also a CSU, Chico alum.
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THOMAS DURNING (BS, Recreation & Parks Management, ’00) has been a recreation specialist for the U.S. Navy for the past five years. He and wife Courtney Pollock (see photo at left) currently live and work at Naval Station Rota in Andalucia, Spain. Courtney is also a Navy recreation specialist. Together, they enjoy traveling, outdoor adventures, cooking, and living la vida dolce.
JASON (JAKE) WILSON (BA, Communication Design, ’00) is in his 10th year of working in the printing industry, “thanks to [former teacher, now deceased] Rick Hannemann,” he says. Wilson has worked for various companies in Los Angeles. He has been married three years and hopes to have a family and return to Chico.
JASON (BS, Construction Management, ’01) and CALLIE (BRINGOLF) (BA, English, ’01) BILINSKI celebrated the birth of son Wyatt in February 2008 (see photo at right). In August, they made a long-anticipated move to Chico, where they will make their home. Jason works for a construction management company in Sacramento, and Callie is a stay-at-home mom.
BILLY FALLON (BS, Agricultural Business, ’01) is a drill site operator for BP at Flow Station 3, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. He is responsible for oil production from oil wells to the flow station. Fallon lives in Soldotna, Alaska, with wife Jenny and daughters Maddy and Hadley (see photo at left).
RAY FENNELL (BA, Business Administration, ’01) became Independent Living Services program coordinator at Arc of Butte County in April. He has also worked at ARC, which provides community-based services for people with developmental disabilities, as an ILS instructor and Adult Day Program supervisor. He and wife Valerie have lived in Chico since 1982.
CLINT SNYDER (BS, Geosciences, ’01) has been a senior geologist for VESTRA resources in Redding for six years. He works on permitting for active mines. He is also a volunteer firefighter/EMT for the Happy Valley Fire Department. He lives in Happy Valley.
GEOFF DULEBOHN (BA, Political Science, Spanish, and Legal Studies, ’02) has opened the San Marin Law Offices in Sausalito. He practices business consulting, civil litigation, criminal, family, and international business transactions law.
ABBY McCAMPBELL (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’02) is working as a design engineer in Birmingham, England, for Genie Industries and Terex Construction. Genie Industries manufactures scissor lifts and other construction equipment out of Seattle, Washington. McCampbell (see photo at right) has worked with the company for three years and will return to Seattle when her work visa expires in December 2008.
DAVID ANDERSON (BS, Business Administration, ’03) helps clients with investments and financial planning and small businesses with their retirement plans through Burroughs Financial Services. He lives in Santa Cruz with wife D’Anna.
AMANDA (SCARBROUGH) GILLIAM (BA, Liberal Studies and Credential, ’06) is a sixth-grade teacher at Citrus Elementary School. In 2008, she participated with her students in an Internet safety presentation with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force Unit.
JOHN HEIN (MS, Biological Sciences, ’06) is the women’s tennis coach at Whitman College. He shared in a national championship as a player at UC Santa Cruz in 1998 and taught biology at CSU, Chico and Butte Community College during 2006–2007.
PATRICK LEE (BS, Business Administration, ’06) is senior associate at Macias Gini & O’Connell, a statewide certified public accounting and management consulting firm. He has been with the firm since 2006.
MICAH SMITH (BS, Business Administration, ’07) is a hatchery supervisor for Foster Farms in Modesto.
SAM LLAMAS (Master of Public Administration, ’08) is a police officer with the Redding Police Department. In early summer he did a gang-awareness program on La Mega 101.1 FM, Redding’s Spanish-language radio station. He is involved with a domestic-violence project with La Mega, the Northern Hispanic Latino Coalition, and Shasta Women’s Refuge. Llamas worked previously at CSU, Chico as an advisor for Educational Talent Search.
DON SIMIC (Credential, Agriculture, ’56) and ALBERTA (LEVY) SIMIC (AB, English, ’59; Credential, ’60; Credential, ’65) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 26, 2008, with a trip to Central Europe (see photo at left). Alberta retired from the Chico Unified School District, where she worked for 37 years. Retiring from Pacific Bell with 32 years of service, Don now grows almonds in Chico. They are the parents of two sons and have three grandchildren.
MATTHEW DEAN (BS, Business Administration and Computer Science, ’82) was elected to the Campbell Union High School Board in November of 2006. He is the associate director of integration for Blackstone Technology Group. He and wife JAYNA (GADDIE) DEAN (BS, Nursing, ’84) recently celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary. They have four children: Jennifer, who is attending Washington State in Pullman on a combination academic and athletic scholarship; Christopher, a senior at Del Mar High School; Whitney, junior class president at Del Mar High; and Courtney, a freshman at Del Mar High. They live in Campbell.
BRENAN (BA, Liberal Studies, ’84) and JANE (BECHTOLD) STAPLES (BA, International Relations, ’86) are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary in Aruba. They met at a Pioneer Week kickoff party at the Phi Tau house. Brenan and Jane are elementary school teachers in the Poway and Escondido School Districts, respectively. They live in the San Pasqual Valley with their three sons, McCovey, Pax, and Leo.
KERI (PRAZAK) GOOD (BA, Psychology, ’03) married MICHAEL GOOD (BS, Social Science, ’02) in June 2005. They both work for Progressive Insurance in Arizona and in April 2008 welcomed a new son, Nolan, into their lives.
ELIZABETH KILE (BA, English, ’03) married Wesley Herchkorn June 18, 2008. He is a manager for Apple Inc.; she teaches English at a high school in Campbell. The couple lives in San Jose.
JEREMY DENZEL (BS, Manufacturing Technology, ’05) married DESTA MOREJOHN (BA, Communication Studies, ’06; MA, Communication Studies, ’08) June 6, 2008 (see photo at left). Jeremy is a manufacturing engineer. They live in Ventura.
MICHELLE FRANCIS (BA, Psychology & Sociology, ’05) married David Palmer June 10, 2007. She is a social worker for Alta California Regional Center in Sacramento; he is a professional basketball player with the North Dakota Wizards.
PAMELA DEAN (BA, Sociology, ’06) married ROY DUNLAP (BS, Business Administration, ’08) May 31, 2008 (see photo at right). Both are employed by CSU, Chico, Pamela in Academic Advising Programs and Roy in the College of Communication and Education. He is also pursuing an MBA.
MARK TOMEI (BS, Manufacturing Technology, ’06) married Ashley Heitsman Sept. 21, 2008, in Chico. He works for CaptiveAire Systems as a process engineer. They live in Redding.
JILL BREWSTER (BA, Child Development, ’07) married Matt Orlando May 31, 2008. She works at Child Development, Incorporated in Tracy; he works at Top Grade Construction in Stockton. They live in Stockton.
Anna Harris, Public Affairs and Publications