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LAVERNE GRELL (AB, Music, ’36) has spent her life traveling, teaching, and playing music. Grell taught music at Yuba College for 17 years and was the organist at First Presbyterian Church of Marysville for 20 years, until 2000.

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JAMES LARKIN (AB, Education, ’47) recently celebrated his 85th birthday. Larkin served General MacArthur as an aide during World War II. After the war, he was principal of Manzanita Elementary School in Redding for almost 30 years. Larkin and his wife Polly enjoy traveling.

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GERSH ROSEN (Credential, ’65) retired from his position as counselor at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton in 1991 to pursue a passion for repairing antique farm tractors with the Monday Mechanics, a group affiliated with the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. He has served on the board of directors for several community groups. For his civic dedication, Rosen was inducted into the Lodi Community Hall of Fame in 2005.

LAWRENCE CRABTREE (BS, Agriculture, ‘66) dedicated his professional life to the agriculture department at Sutter Union High School. During his 36 years as an ag teacher, Crabtree worked to bring educational and financial benefits to the ag department. In 2005, he was inducted into the Agricultural Education Hall of Fame by the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association.

JAMES MESHWERT (BA, Social Science, ’68) retired in June 2005 after a career as teacher and principal, and 30 years as superintendent of Pleasant Ridge Union School District in Grass Valley. Meshwert’s colleagues named the district’s administration building after him.

DON WARKENTIN (BA, Biological Sciences, ’68; Credential ’73) is president of West Hills College Lemoore. He has been with WHCL since 1986, most recently as dean of students. Warkentin also serves on the board of trustees of Lemoore Union Elementary School District. He is a past president of that board and the Lemoore Kiwanis Club.

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GIACHINO “GINO” AIELLO (BA, Social Science, ’70) has coached boys’ sports at Las Plumas High School in Oroville for 31 years. Last year, he was joined by a new assistant coach, his son Ryan. The younger Aiello attends CSU, Chico.

JOY (GOODWIN) KIMMEL (BA, Biological Sciences, ’71; MA, Botany, ’73) retired from the U.S. Forest Service in November 2005 to return part time to her business, Kimmel Consulting Services, which provides business, management, and environmental consulting.

NANCY HARTWIG (BA, Physical Education and Credential, ’72) retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel after 26 years combined active and reserve service. She has also worked as a Department of Army civilian for 21 years. Hartwig’s military duties involved worldwide travel, and she is a Gulf War veteran.

JANE STAUS (BA, Physical Education, ’72) is food services manager at Hamilton City High School. She lives in Biggs.

STUART BOOTH (BA, Economics, ’73) is a member of the board of directors of Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc., a convenience retail industry distributor. Booth is executive vice president and CFO of Central Garden & Pet Company.

NANCY (NOVAK) CLINE (BS, Home Economics, ’75) was reelected to her second four-year term as president of the Modesto City Schools Board of Education. She is also involved with the Civic Missions of Schools, a statewide effort to return civics to the classroom. She and her husband Rex teach premarital classes and have three grown children, Chad, Paige, and Tim.

MARY FRANKIE (MCFARLAND) FORTE (MS, Computer Science, ’75) is the owner and president of It’s A Grind Coffee House in the Oakland City Center. She had been a project manager in information technology with ChevronTexaco, where she had worked for 30 years.

KENNETH STOPPENBRINK (BA, Business Administration, ’76) was appointed vice-chancellor for business services at West Hills College Lemoore.

STEVEN GOLD (BS, Agriculture, ’77) received a master’s degree in information and telecommunications systems from Johns Hopkins University in May 2005. He is founder, manager, and director of a consulting firm that provides no-cost services to nonprofit organizations and no-cost career training and career development/mentoring to inner-city youth (see Gold and his wife Diane have two children, Lindsey and Jared, and celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in July 2005. They live in Vienna, Virginia.

FRANCISCO ZARATE (BA, Political Science, ’77) was recognized by the Oroville Optimist Club for his commitment to public service. Zarate came to Oroville in 1984 as a public defender. He was promoted to chief deputy district attorney in 1995.

SANDRA KRIEZEL (BA, Physical Education, ’78) is in her eighth year coaching Cal Poly Pomona’s men’s and women’s tennis teams. She is the senior women’s administrator at Cal Poly Pomona.

JOE SCHMIDT (BA, Physical Education, ’78) has been the headmaster at Seabury Hall on Maui for the past five years. Previously, he was athletic director at Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and upper school head at Hammond School in Columbia, South Carolina. At Seabury, he completed a $14.2 million capital campaign to rebuild the academic structures. Schmidt was recently married to Cynthia.

LORINDA “LORI” STRIEBY (BA, Spanish, ’78) is principal of Oakdale Heights School in Oroville. Previously, she served as both vice principal and teacher at Shasta Elementary School in Chico.

CARYL MALLORY (BA, Recreation Administration, ’79) is an employee of JAARS (Jungle Aviation and Radio Service), an international Bible translation company. She manages information technology personnel who provide support for Wycliffe Bible translators around the world. Mallory lives in Waxhaw, North Carolina.

CHARLES “TUCK” YOUNIS (BA, Community Service, ’79) is the new assistant chief of the San Jose Police Department.

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MARK DALE (BS, Nursing, ’80) owns Cedar Creek Publishing in Paradise. In 2004, he managed a successful campaign to pass a measure to keep the property on which a new shopping center will be built under the Town of Paradise’s control.

DAVE KILBOURNE (MA, Community Development, ’80) is president of Downtown Revitalization Consultants for economic development, planning, and commercial marketing. He has been a downtown Chico retailer for the past 30 years and enjoys being a home brewer. Kilbourne has an 8-year-old daughter, Savannah.

DAVID SMALLHOUSE (BA, History ’80) and HANNAH (FOSTER) SMALLHOUSE (BA, Art ’84) own and operate Smallhouse Art Glass in Chico. Their glass is on display in galleries and museums across the United States. They also operate the Tae Kwon Do program at North Valley Athletic Club. They married in 1982 and have four children.

CHRIS GRAHAM (BA, Political Science, ’81) is leading an independent investigation of San Jose’s mayor. Graham is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Dechert, an international law firm that specializes in corporate litigation. He has two daughters and coaches girls’ basketball.

ROBERT ALEJO (BA, Physical Education, ’82) is head strength and conditioning coach at University of California, Santa Barbara. Alejo’s career has included positions with the UCLA athletic department, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, and the Oakland Athletics baseball team. He was a Wildcat baseball team member and is a member of the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame.

JULIA ORRI (BA, Physical Education and Credential, ’82) teaches clinical exercise physiology at the University of San Francisco. For the past four years, she taught at Coastal Carolina University. Orri continues running.

MARK CANEPA (BA, Art, ’83) is an artist and sculptor with a studio in El Cerrito. Canepa volunteers at his alma mater, El Cerrito High School, helping students create realistic “movie set” themes for graduation night parties and parade floats. Canepa worked for several years as a set and prop designer in Hollywood and as a float designer in Pasadena.

DERIC ROTHE (BS, Information and Communication Studies, ’83) is senior editor of Gold Country Media, which comprises nine community newspapers in the gold country foothills. He is also editor of Auburn Journal. Rothe and his wife Carmen have three daughters, Achsa, Paige, and Lanae.

MIKE WELLINS (attended fall ’83 to fall ’89) published Storytelling Through Animation, a textbook designed to guide readers through the entire process of creating an animated or live-action production. He is an indie filmmaker and commercial director of animation.

BARBARA GRIGG (MA, Nursing, ’84) retired from the Adult Protective Services Department of Yolo County after 20 years dedicated to creating assistance programs for the elderly. Grigg lives in Davis and has two children.

BIMLA RHINEHART (BS, Business Administration, ’84) was appointed chief of the Division of Right of Way and Land Surveys with the California Department of Transportation. Rhinehart has worked for the state for 22 years, beginning as a Caltrans employee. She lives in Jackson.

KAREN CALHOUN (Special Major, Printing Management, ’85) is executive director of the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce. For the last 16 years, Calhoun has worked at the Napa Chamber of Commerce, most recently as marketing director.

BRIAN ROLAND (BS, Business Administration, ’85) is the chief financial officer of the California Self Insurers’ Security Fund in Walnut Creek. Previously, he was the controller of IBA West for five years, after a 15-year career with Chevron Corporation. He and his wife JOAN (GASKINS) (attended fall ’81 to spring ’85) have been married for 17 years and live in Danville with their two children.

MENDY MOSS DROKE (BA, Information and Communication Studies; Psychology, ’87) works in the public affairs department of Planned Parenthood of Western Washington. She and her husband Mike live outside Seattle and have two children.

SUSAN (SCHREIBMAN) FORD (BS, Mathematics, ’87) is one of two California finalists for a Presidential Award for Excellence in mathematics teaching. The award is the highest recognition in the nation for math and science teachers of kindergarten through 12th grade. Ford has taught at Delhi High School since 1999.

SCOTT RUBRIGHT (BA, Art, ’87) has been a career firefighter since 2004. Prior to that, he managed multiple retail establishments throughout the West Coast and volunteered for the local fire department. Rubright is married with two children and lives near Seattle.

LESLIE STEVENS (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’87) is director of Portland, Oregon’s Independent Police Review Division. The group addresses complaints made by citizens against police officers of Portland. For the past eight years, she was an assistant city attorney in Salem, Oregon. Stevens is married and has two children.

JOHN PUGH (BA, Art, ’88) and his trompe l’oeil murals (like the one on Taylor Hall at CSU, Chico) are the subject of a book by Kevin Bruce, The Monumental Murals of John Pugh (Ten Speed Press, 2006). Pugh lives in Los Gatos.

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ANDREW TAGG (BA, Social Science, ’90; Political Science, ’96) is sales manager at Bank of the West, Menlo Park branch. Tagg and his wife Deidre have a 2-year-old daughter, Laura.

GREG SOUTH (BA, Sociology, ’91; MA, Physical Education, ’92) is the director of Athletics, Physical Education, and Academic Services at the New Mexico Military Institute, a college preparatory high school and junior college in Roswell, New Mexico. South is a former tennis professional, coach, and teacher. He is an expert on the psychological and social implications of sport on society and athletes.

TUESDAY MAHLBERG (BA, Child Development, ‘92), principal of Gridley Alternative Education for the last two years, received the Butte County Administrators Association Alternative Education Administrator of the Year award. Mahlberg is also vice principal at Sycamore Middle School in Gridley.

SHARYL MARSHALL (BA, History, ’92) received a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. The three-year degree is the professional foundation for ministry.

JENNIFER MCCALLUM (BS, Biological Sciences, ’92) is a biotechnology patent attorney in Erie, Colorado. She has a doctorate in reproductive physiology from Colorado State University. McCallum helped successfully argue a case in Superior Court of Orange County, California, that makes private storage of stem cells available to all expectant parents.

JOE COBERY (BS, Recreation Administration, ’93) is executive director of PASSAGES Adult Resources Center, which administers social service programs for seniors, caregivers, and adults with disabilities under the sponsorship of the CSU, Chico Research Foundation. He has been married for 10 years and has two children.

TAMI KNAPPMAN (BA, Journalism, ’93) is a sales representative for Billabong Surf Apparel. She recently moved to Honolulu from San Clemente.

MELISSA (D’ANTONIO) HARDY (BS, Recreation Administration, ’94) is a certified intellectual property paralegal with Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. She and her husband ED (BA, Art, ’93), who is an art instructor and professional artist, have two children, Courtney and Cal, and live in Raleigh, North Carolina.

SHANNON HUNT (BA, Physical Education, ’94; MA, Physical Education, ’02) is the head basketball coach at El Paso Community College in El Paso, Texas.

MEREDITH CRAMER (BA, Child Development, ’95) is coordinator of the Indian Education Program in Oroville. The program, available to both Native American and native Alaskan students, emphasizes learning skills, improving academic standing, tutoring, and passing state proficiency tests. Cramer lives in Oroville with her two children, 9-year-old Weston and 7-year-old Haley.

SKIP GLEASON (BA, Liberal Studies, ’95) is the men’s basketball coach at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka.

CRAIG HOFFMAN (BA, History, ’95; MA, Geography, ’98) is project manager for Dunmore Communities, a residential development firm based in Roseville.

AARON OFORLEA (BA, English, ’95) recently completed his doctorate in English at The Ohio State University. He is associate director of the California Legacy Project at Santa Clara University.

DAVID PASLAY (attended fall ’95 to spring ’98) is a freelance graphic designer ( He married Daniela in January 2003.

JASON SPANGLER (BA, English, ’95) received a PhD in English from UC Riverside in 2005 and is an assistant professor of English at Riverside Community College. He and his wife STEPHANIE (LAUB) (BA, Journalism, ’95) have been married seven years. They live in Capistrano Beach and have one son.

MELINDA (DESCHRYVER) FATTIG (Credential ’96, ’97, ’98, ’01), a resource specialist teacher at McKinleyville Middle School, was recognized as the Humboldt County Teacher of the Year for 2005. Fattig introduced a team-teaching approach for integrating special education students in regular classrooms. Her strategy earned Model School Site recognition from the California Department of Education.

JASON LARRABEE (BA, Geography, ’97) was promoted to legislative director for Republican Representative John T. Doolittle. Larrabee lives in Washington, D.C.

JOY MARRIOT (Credential, ’97) teaches first grade at Roosevelt Elementary School in Redwood City. She has been a teacher for seven years.

SHANE GODDARD (BS, Recreation, ’99) is a recreation supervisor for Woodland Parks Recreation and Community Services Department. He lives in Woodland.

MELISSA HERINGER (BS, Agriculture, ’99) purchased Christian and Johnson, the historic Chico gift and flower shop, in June 2005. The company was founded in 1906 by Annie Bidwell’s gardener.

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YVETTE DUVERNAY (BA, Psychology, ‘00) underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor in August 2005. She returned to the clinical psychology master’s program at Vanguard Christian University in Costa Mesa in the fall.

ROBYN GALLOWAY (BA, Liberal Studies, ’00) has raised $4,000 for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation by running in marathons and organizing fund-raising events. Donations to the foundation can be made at using her participant number, 1020. Galloway teaches first grade in Palo Alto.

ROBIN HUFFMAN (MA, Social Science, ’00) is a member of the Paradise Town Council and teaches at CSU, Chico and Butte Community College. Huffman lives in Paradise with her husband Maurice, a blues musician known as Big Mo’, and their son Miles.

DREW JOHNSON (BS, Biology, ’00) is a seed technologist for Seminis Inc. in Oxnard. He is engaged to Joanne Licausi (see photo at left); they live in Ventura.

RUPINDERJIT PAMMA (attended ’01) is a graduate student at UC Santa Barbara in the Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology Department. She was part of a team that recently discovered a new phenomenon in which one bacterial cell can stop the growth of another on contact. The findings have possible implications for management of chronic diseases.

MONICA TOBIA (BA, Psychology, ’01) lives in San Francisco and teaches second grade.

SONYA FOGEL (BA, Journalism, ’02) is regional sales director for Meritage Hotel in Napa. Fogel previously worked for San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel as executive meeting planner.

SARAH HALLAS (BA, Agricultural Business, ’02) earned the women’s crown at the 28th San Francisco Marathon last July with a time of 2:56:55. Hallas lives in Petaluma.

ERIC SIMMONS (BS, Nursing, ’02) is stationed at the naval hospital in Lemoore. He has a daughter, Caroline Rose.

JEFFREY BOIAN (BS, Recreation Administration, ’03) is an assistant residence community coordinator for University Housing and Food Service at CSU, Chico. He is married to KATHLEEN (BS, Nursing, '05).

ALLISON RHODES (BA, Journalism, ’03) is an account executive for a high-tech public relations firm in San Mateo. She recently won an Alaska State Press Club award for an article about a Kodiak, Alaska-based Vietnamese refugee titled “Tran Grateful for His Life in Kodiak” that was syndicated nationwide by the Associated Press. Rhodes lives in San Francisco.

MIKKI WESTBIE (BS, Biology, ’03) is finishing a credential in biology and life sciences and pursuing a master’s degree in science teaching at CSU, Chico.

PATRICK BURNS (BA, Communication Studies, ’04) works at the headquarters of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans in Alexandria, Virginia. He supervises the dispersal of college scholarships to financially disadvantaged veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.

TIM MISNER (BS, Agricultural Business, ’04) is the special projects coordinator at Ag Seeds Unlimited. He and his wife Rebecca live in Woodland and have a 6-month-old daughter.

BRENNAN PURTZER (BA, Journalism, ’04) founded the Moloka’i Island Times in December 2004. The newspaper is located in Kaunkakai, Hawaii.

MASON WHITE (BS, Business Administration, ’04) is an academic and financial aid counselor at Simpson University in Redding.

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WAYNE MARTIN (BS, Accounting, ’69) and his wife Marlene celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in May 2004. Wayne is a certified public accountant and owner of a business in Red Bluff for the past 30 years. The Martins live in Red Bluff and have three sons, Shannon, Jason (see ’99 update below), and Cory.

FRANK OWENS (BA, Psychology, ’74) and his wife Patricia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July. They have a cattle ranch in Browns Valley.

SUSAN SEARLE (BS, Nursing, ’92) married Brian Salvato on Sept. 9. She works at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

MICHAEL RUCKER (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’95) married Anna Lisa Manalastas on Aug. 13. They live in Manhattan Beach.

STEVE HERNANDEZ (BA, Social Science, ’96) married Valerie Amesquita on Aug. 22. He is a high school teacher in Oxnard; the couple lives in Ventura.

SOMMER AMATOR (BS, Agriculture Science, ’98) married Eric Horn on Aug. 13. She owns Amator Horn Insurance Agency; they live in Durham.

SUZANNE HINKLE (BA, Liberal Studies, ’98) married Kenny Price on Aug. 6. She teaches kindergarten for the Yuba City Unified School District. They live in Chico.

ANNE ABRAMSON (BA, Sociology, ’99) married Samuel Madden on July 16. She is a doctoral student at UC Berkeley. They live in Boston, Massachusetts.

JASON MARTIN (BA, Geography, ’99) married Alisha Clements on Oct. 1 in Redding (see photo at left). They live in Red Bluff.

ALLISON JASPER (BA, Liberal Studies, ’01) married Reece Borges on July 16. She teaches fourth grade in Orland. They live in Chico.

LISA SERRA (BA, Liberal Studies, ’01) married Stan Willis on June 25. She is a first-grade teacher in Pleasanton.

MELISSA PICKFORD (BS, Agriculture, ’02) married CASEY LADNER ( BS, Agricultural Business, ’01) on July 9. She is a high school teacher, and he is a manager at Jeld-Wen. They live in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

KARA CANNON (BA, Psychology, ’03) married MICHAEL HART (attended fall ’81 to spring ’88) on Aug. 20. She is a pharmaceutical sales representative, and he is a real estate developer. They live in Chico.

FELICIA BUSHARD (BS, Business Administration, ’04) married Craig Roberts on July 3. She works at Enterprise Rental Car Agency in Chico.

JAMES CONERY (BS, Microbiology, ’05) married Jeanette Heath on Sept. 17. He is studying for his master’s degree in brewing and distilling, and she is a social worker in the Midlothian Council Criminal Justice department. They live in Edinburgh, Scotland.

NATE HORTON (BA, History, ’05) married Tacie Vaughn on July 16. He is a teacher at Champion Christian School in Chico.

JESSALYN RAMIREZ (BA, Liberal Studies, ’05) married Joel Magana on Aug. 13. She is a teacher in Red Bluff.

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