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Wildcats on the Move Coordinator
Public Affairs and Publications
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0040
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ROBERT CHRISTOPHERSON (BA, Geography, ’69) has completed 30 years as a professor of geography at American River College. He is the author of physical geography textbooks used in the United States and Canada. His texts have been adopted in 38 countries and have received national book awards. He lives in Lincoln with his wife of 37 years, Bobbé. She is a professional nature photographer, and together they have completed 11 expeditions to the Arctic region and Antarctica, studying and photographing climate change impacts for texts and publications.
MAX ZURFLUEH (MA, Psychology, ’70) recently retired from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth after 35 years. He was an intern training director and a professor of psychology. He also served as president of Southeastern Massachusetts Psychological Association and adjunct faculty at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Antioch New England, and Suffolk University. He lives in Dartmouth with wife Carol. His e-mail address is email@example.com.
VICKIE GOOD (BA, Physical Education and Credential, ’71; MA, Physical Education, ’73) received the 2009 Adult Education Administrator of the Year award from the Association of California School Administrators. She is principal of the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School, where she has worked for 25 years.
MICHAEL MESSNER (BA, Social Science, ’74; MA, Sociology, ’76) is a professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California. His newest book, It’s All for the Kids: Gender, Families, and Youth Sports, focuses on the persistence and change in sex segregation among adult volunteer coaches in youth soccer and baseball/softball organizations.
VICKI INFERRERA (BA, Recreation Administration, ’75; Credential, ’94; Credential, ’95; MA, Education, ’96) has become a Realtor in South Lake Tahoe in her retirement.
ELIAS FERNANDEZ (BA, Social Welfare, ’78) has been the chief probation officer for Modoc County since 2000.
RUSS WOODY (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’78) published a fantasy book, The Wheel of Nuldoid. Woody is a veteran television writer and producer. He has won Emmy and Golden Globe awards.
JOY SASSOON (BA, Art, ’79) owns the Gioia Boutique, a women’s fashion and jewelry store in San Anselmo. When she has time off, she loves mountain biking in Marin County.
CRAIG HEDGES (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’80) is the creative director at Arizona State University Foundation and an adjunct Innovation Space professor at the university’s College of Design. He was previously a partner and creative director at Six Degrees, a sensory branding agency that he co-founded with three partners.
CAROLYN NEWCOMER (BS, Business Administration, ’86) is the author of children’s book Barf’s First Flight and other books in the Barf series (www.barfsbooks.com). She has earned various leadership awards through her Juice Plus business and volunteers for charitable bicycle rides. Newcomer lives in El Dorado Hills with husband of 21 years MATT NEWCOMER (BS, Business Administration, ’86) and their three children.
TIMOTHY DAVIS (BA, Physical Education, ’89; Credentials, ’91; MA, Physical Education, ’93) is the 2009 winner of SUNY Cortland’s Rozanne Brooks Dedicated Teacher Award. He is an assistant professor of physical education at the university. He has a PhD in adapted physical education and early childhood special education from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
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ALISA DOMMER (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’90) is the creator and owner of Mini Mosaic, an interactive jewelry line (www.minimosaic.com). She lives with husband ALLEN WETZEL (BS, Business Administration, ’88) and their two children in San Jose.
JESS GIAMBRONI (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’91) is design director at Deutsch Designworks. He has worked for the firm since 1995.
SUSAN PRICE (Master of Public Administration, ’91) was recently appointed finance director of the City of Colusa. She and husband David, a retired Army colonel and current police officer for the City of Anderson, have lived in Corning for 20 years. Their son Nathan is a senior at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
CHARLES SCIBETTA (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’91) is the senior director of corporate communications at Nintendo. He drives company communication strategies around industry events, legal issues, financial and sales reporting, and government relations.
JENNIFER McCALLUM (BS, Biological Sciences, ’92) is the owner of McCallum Law Firm, P.C., in Erie, Colorado. She was recently named a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine. McCallum has a PhD in physiology from Colorado State University and a law degree from University of Colorado, Boulder. She founded her firm in 2002 and specializes in biotechnological patent law.
PATTY OIEN (BA, Journalism, ’92) is the vice president of Breakaway Communications. She has 16 years of experience in public relations and marketing communications.
JERRY KING (BA, Sociology, ’93) and NORMA KING (BA, Social Science, ’93) retired in 2003. Both worked in Sacramento: he at an intellectual property law firm, she in sales and marketing. After spending their first four years of retirement volunteering at Mount Rushmore, Glacier National Park, Dexter National Fish Hatchery, and Bridger-Teton National Forest, they settled in Holdenville, Oklahoma.
ERIC ROGERS (BA, Music, ’95) is an electrical mapper for Pacific Gas & Electric and the public address announcer for the Chico Outlaws. He and wife Shelly live in Chico.
GWYN WEGER-MONTANO (MA, Information and Communication Studies, ’95) has been an editor for the Department of Defense for 13 years and writes an ongoing column for the California Writers Club. She is the author of the novel East Garrison and is currently working on her second, Unknown. Weger lives with her husband and two children in Salinas.
NICHOLAS WHITE (BA, English, ’96; MA, English, ’98) earned a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona in spring 2009. His dissertation was titled “Acceding to War: Nationalism, Popular Entertainment, and the Battle of Gettysburg.” White teaches rhetoric at Arizona State University and lives in Chandler, Arizona, with wife Janice, son Jackson, and dogs Ulysses and Hannah.
DANIELLE DuBOIS (BA, Communication Design, ’98) is the 2009 Disneyland Resort Ambassador. She serves as the official spokesperson and host for the media and community and for cast member (employee) events. Walt Disney himself was the first Disneyland Ambassador in 1965. DuBois, who has worked for Disney since 2005, lives in Irvine with her boyfriend and a dalmatian.
JULIE ALLRED ESTEP (MA, Psychology, ’98; MA, English, ’99) has been awarded a PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communications from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. Her dissertation was titled “A Sieve Order: Weblog Design, Democracy, and Deliberative Space.” Estep has returned to her home in Chico to pursue projects in technology, sustainability, and higher education.
JASON SPENCE (BA, Music, ’98) is an audio engineer and the owner of J Sound Services (www.JSS.net). He has worked on projects around the world, ranging from the Super Bowl and the Country Music Awards to country star Keith Urban’s live DVD Love, Pain, and the Whole Crazy Thing. Spence lives in Nashville with wife Arlene.
GORDON WILSON (BS, Civil Engineering, ’98) became a firefighter for the City of Los Angeles in 2009 after working as a civil engineer for 10 years. His wife, KARI HAWKINS (BA, Physical Education, ’96), is a chiropractor who owns Adjust for Life Chiropractic in Redondo Beach. They live in Rancho Palos Verdes.
GRACIOUS PALMER (BA, Sociology, ’99) is currently serving as the mayor of the City of Shasta Lake.
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DENNIS WILLIAM O’KEEFE (BA, Journalism, ’00) is the author of Gavacho: A Journalistic Investigation Into Illegal Immigration and Drug Smuggling, a fictional thriller. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.
CHENOA (ANDERSON) WOODS (BA, English, ’00) gave birth to her second child in 2008. She lives in Salem, Oregon, with husband Tyler, daughter Caitlin, and son Zachary.
JEFF (BS, Recreation Administration, ’03) and KATIE (BS, Nursing, ’05) BOIAN live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where Jeff is working to develop and coordinate a graduate program for Azusa Pacific University. Their son Samuel was born on Feb. 12, 2009.
ALLISON STELTZNER (BS, Business Administration, ’07) is the general manager and national sales director of Steltzner Vineyards in Napa Valley.
BOB (AB, Business, ’59) and MARY (attended fall ’57–spring ’59) EDWARDS celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 7, 2009. Bob is retired after 46 years as an insurance professional. The couple lives in Quincy and enjoys summers on the Truckee River and traveling. They are the parents of SHARON (BS, Business Administration, ’83), JOANNE (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’86), and BILL (BS, Business Administration, ’91).
BILL (BA, Industrial Arts and Credentials, ’68) and KATHY (BA, Psychology, ’69; Credentials, ’72) SQUYRES celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary April 5, 2009. They met at Chico State and have owned Squyres Fire Protection, General Contracting and Country Squyres Antiques since the early 1970s.
SHARON LEHMANN (BS, Nursing, ’75; MS, Nursing, ’76) married Andrew Patterson May 1, 2009, in Chico. She is retired from teaching at Butte College; he is retired from teaching in London, Ontario.
JODI RIVES (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’93; MA, Information and Communication Studies, ’96) and NICHOLAS MEIER (current student) were married June 27, 2009, in Chico. She works for Chico Unified School District and Butte College; he is a full-time father. They live in Chico.
JENNIFER KRESKY (BS, Business, ’01) married Andrew Norman on Oct. 17, 2008, in Santa Barbara. Jennifer works in sales at Forsythe Solutions Group, an IT sales and consulting firm. Andrew works in medical sales for Sorin Group. They live in Hermosa Beach.
JASON HALLEY (BA, Communication Design, ’05) and CASSANDRA DUTTON (BA, Liberal Studies, ’06; Credential, ’07) were married March 7, 2009, in Chico. She works for the Princeton Joint Unified School District; he works for the Chico Enterprise-Record. They live in Chico.
ERIN MILLER (BA, Liberal Studies and Credential, ’06) and GREG SCHROEDER (BA, Sociology, ’06) married Nov. 1, 2008, in Palos Verdes. He recently graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a master’s in education; she teaches special education at a junior high school in Santa Maria. They live in San Luis Obispo.
CARRIE PITSKER (BS, Mathematics, ’06) and PATRICK McGARR (attended spring ’03–fall ’06) were married June 27, 2009, in Chico. She teaches math at Gridley High School; he is a general contractor with his own construction business. They live in Chico.
AMANDA ZVOLANEK (BA, Communication Studies,’07) and NICHOLAS BRYANT (BS, Business Administration,’07) were married June 6, 2009, in Rocklin. She works at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; he is employed by Cal Fire.
WILLIAM ANDERSON (MA, Anthropology, ’08) married CARLY TAYLOR (BA, Psychology, ’99) April 4, 2009, in Chico. William is an archaeologist and project supervisor for Pacific Legacy, and Carly is a client service agent for InterWest Insurance Services, both located in Chico.
Anna Harris, Public Affairs and Publications