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1950s

JAMES W. POORE (BS, Applied Science, ’54) is a financial advisor at ML Stern in San Francisco. He was previously a partner in Valtec Consulting, Inc., which provides advisory services to the owners, operators, and lessors of commercial aircraft. He lives in Sonoma with his wife Maria.

DARIO CUNIAL (AB, Physical Education, ’57) retired in 1994. He spent 35 years with Fremont Unified School District. He still enjoys teaching driver training and interacting with teenagers. He has been married 43 years and has three children and five grandchildren.

FLORENE (FORRESTER) KUNDER (AB, Language Arts, ’57), who retired in May 2005, continues to pursue personal research. She worked for 15 years as librarian/public information coordinator for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, in hospitality management in Mendocino County, and for 20 years as admissions/career counselor at CSU, Sacramento (see photo at left).

WAYNE GADBERRY (AB, Physical Education, ’59; MA, Education, ’69) is superintendent and principal of the Wheatland Union High School District. He retired after 35 years as superintendent and principal of Sutter Union High School, then came out of retirement to work in the Live Oak and Meridian Elementary districts.

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1960s

ROGER A. LEVY (BS, Business Administration, ’66) has been practicing law since 1970 and is now counsel to the firm he helped found in 1985, Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi. He has also begun a career as a mediator and has mediated cases from Hawaii to Florida since 2005. He has coached youth baseball for 31 years, and says it was to “maintain a semblance of sanity while raising four daughters.” He would love to hear from old friends, rlevy@lflm.com (see photo at left).

NANCY GRANT PLANTZ (BA, Physical Education, ’66) was inducted into the Chico Sports Hall of Fame for her achievements in field hockey. She is a semi-retired middle school tennis instructor in Tennessee.

FREDERICK M. SMILEY (BA, English, ’66) is an associate professor of education at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. In the past year, he wrote two successful grants for service-learning. He was renamed in 2006 as a contributing editor to Action in Teacher Education and awarded a reviewership for Journal of Excellence in College Teaching.

RAY HUSTON (BA, Social Science, ’67; Credential, ’71) retired this year after 33 years at Mount Shasta High School. He was a teacher, football and basketball coach, and school counselor. He and his wife Jane live in Mount Shasta.

DEBORAH (STEWART) MARTINSON (BA, English, ’68; Credential, ’69) is an associate professor of English at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She has published two books: Lillian Hellman: A Life with Foxes and Scoundrels (Counterpoint Press, 2005) and In the Presence of the Audience: The Self in Diaries and Fiction (Ohio State UP, 2003).

BRUCE PRESTON (BA, Social Science, ’68; Credential, ’69) is retiring after 38 years of teaching sixth grade. He spent 31 of those years in the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District. Preston lives in Sacramento.

DARRYL YAGI (MA, Psychology, ’68; Credentials, ’67 and ’68) retired in June after 27 years as counselor at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma. In 2002, he was inducted into the Counseling Hall of Fame at Stanford University.

BERNARD FLYNN (MA, English, ’69) is one of 10 $10,000 winners of the 2006 Purpose Prize, a national award recognizing the work of Americans over age 60. He is a former almond and prune farmer who adapted agricultural planting techniques to river restoration. He co-founded River Partners in 1998.

JOSEPH GALINDO (BA, Psychology, ’69; MA, Speech, ’71; Credential, ’71) has been named chair of the Association of California School Administrators’ Equity, Achievement and Diversity for Success Committee. He is the Riverbank Unified School District superintendent and working toward his doctorate at University of the Pacific.

RICHARD J. LIPARI (BS, Accounting, ’69) owns the Crossroads Café Italiano Lipari & Lounge in Corning.

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1970s

TOM HUNTER (BS, Civil Engineering, ’72) retired this year as Plumas County public works director. He held the position for 14 years and worked for the county for 34 years. Hunter was named County Engineer of the Year by the County Engineers Association of California in 2001. He and his wife Barbara will spend his retirement in Chico.

MARY J. KIGHT (BA, Social Welfare, ’73), a brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force, is the assistant adjutant general for the California National Guard in Sacramento. She serves as a military assistant and advisor to the adjutant general for Army and Air National Guard matters in the state of California.

JOHN DiMICHELE (BS, Business Administration, ’75) is president and CEO of Community Business Bank in Yolo County. He was presented this year with the CSU, Chico College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award. DiMichele and his wife Bonnie have two sons and a daughter.

JOE DiVITTORIO (BA, Environmental Management, ’75; MS, Agriculture, ’82) is the program manager for the Bureau of Reclamation’s national invasive species program in Denver, Colorado. He wants to thank the professors he had at CSU, Chico for training him to think as a scientist. DiVittorio lives in Lakewood, Colorado.

ROBERT DAVIS (BA, Public Administration, ’76) was appointed permanent county administrator by the Washington County Board of Commissioners in Oregon. He is married and has two children.

DEBI (NICKELS) CURTIS (BS, Business Administration, ’77) is operations manager for Capitol Station 65, currently working with the developers for Northtown, a project north of downtown Sacramento. She lives in Sacramento with her husband Bill.

TERRY SHARP (BS, Business Administration, ’77) was named Tamalpais Bank vice president for business development in the lending department of the bank’s Sacramento and Central Valley regions. He is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law.

LIZ (BOZEK) KROHN (BA, Communication/Social Welfare, ’79) has formed her own marketing/event management company, Marketing Resources, after 16 years at Mering and Associates Advertising Agency. She has worked on LPGA Tour events and Olympic trials, and consulted with accounts including Clear Channel Radio and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. She lives in Roseville with her husband Gary.

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1980s

DIRK POESCHEL (Master of Public Administration, ’82) is president of Dirk Poeschel Land Development Services in Fresno. He won a 2006 Central California Excellence in Business award.

DAVE YORK (BA, Political Science/Sociology, ’82; Paralegal Certificate, ’81) is co-founder and vice president, CIO and Operations, of TransZap, Inc. He was also the 2004 USA League Tennis District Champions Men’s 3.5. York lives in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has a daughter, Jessica, and a stepson, Devon.

CHRIS CHIDLAW (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’83) is in outside membership sales with the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Monterey County Hospitality Association. He owns Chidlaw Marketing.

MICHAEL SMITH (BA, Economics, ’83) works for the family business, Sunshine Foods in Saint Helena. He is the store’s trend spotter and wine and spirits expert. He is married to Dina.

TARYN SIEVERS (BS, Business Administration/Communication Studies, ’84) is a senior vice president of Morgan Stanley in Oakland. She recently attended the “Top Women Advisors Summit” hosted by Barron’s Magazine and R.J. Shook, the author of books rating America’s top financial advisors. She was chosen as one of the top 100 women financial advisors by Shook in 2006. Sievers lives in Diablo with her husband, Vince Chow, and their two young children.

GAE GOLDEN (BS, Business, ’85) lives in Portland and works in financial planning. She spent 15 years in Chico after graduation and worked her way up to director of a home health agency. Her proudest accomplishments are seven published short stories and a novel in progress.

SANDRA (KEKRY) WERRA (BA, Psychology, ’85; Credential, ’88) received her master’s in special education from CSU, San Bernardino and completed a Pupil Personnel Services credential at CSU, Sacramento. Werra, who is married to David, lives in Chico and works for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District as a teacher.

CARRIE GORDON WATSON (BA, Spanish, ’86) has spent the last 20 years as a high school teacher while quietly pursing her other interests: music and writing. Her debut novel, QUAD, comes out in May 2007 (see photo at left). She is married to TOM WATSON (BA, Sociology, ’94), who has spent the last 10 years working a variety of positions at the Corning Police Department and is currently a certified child safety seat technician. They live in Northern California with their two children.

LEE-ANNE CALHOON (BA, Spanish, ’86; Credential, ’87) has been teaching Spanish for more than 20 years at Butte College, Bidwell Junior High, Pleasant Valley High School, and the Center for Alternative Learning. She has traveled to more than 28 countries and lives in Chico with her cocker spaniel Savannah.

SUSAN L. ELROD (BS, Biological Sciences, ’86) is serving as an American Council on Education Fellow at Colorado College during the 2006–2007 academic year. She is an associate professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and has a PhD in genetics from University of California, Davis.

MARK R. GARRISON (BS, Business Administration, ’86) started his own construction/engineering company, MG Constructors & Engineers, Inc., in 2003. He lives in Los Gatos with his wife Kristi and their two children, Gregory and Katie.

RUSSELL FOX (BS, Industrial Technology, ’87) has been promoted to senior vice president of Kitchell CEM, a construction management firm. He has been with the company since 1986 and has served as vice president of the Sacramento division since 2001.

CAROL CASADAY (MBA, Business Administration, ’88) was appointed program officer for the California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation. She has spent 25 years in the field of health and human services. Casaday is a resident of Quincy and Davis.

DAVID R. FANNING (BS, Business Administration, ’88) is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 980th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. He is only nine credit hours away from completing an MBA at Troy University in Montgomery.

BONNIE SIMONETTA (BA, Social Work, ’89) is a hospice social worker at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Red Bluff. She has a master’s in social work from CSU, Sacramento. She is married to Paul.

DAVE S. TARR (BA, Physical Education, ’89) is the principal of Burchfield Primary School in the Colusa Unified School District. He was honored this year at the Colusa/Sutter/Yuba Administrator of the Year awards for his significant contributions to the education profession. He and his wife Melvina have two children.

ROB VANONCINI (BA, Political Science, ’89) opened Let’s Roll Pedicabs, a downtown Walnut Creek pedicab service. He is a longtime Walnut Creek resident.

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1990s

CHRISTINA (RODGERS) COOK (BA, Spanish/Latin American Studies, ’90) is a first-grade teacher in Folsom and a trainer for the Sacramento County Office of Education. She lives in Citrus Heights with her husband Jeff and their son William, who was born in June 2006.

ANDREA (DALVE-ENDRES) LARSON (attended fall ’90 and spring ’91) graduated from Harvard Medical School in June. She now lives in San Francisco, where she was accepted into the residency program at the University of California, San Francisco in obstetrics and gynecology.

ROBERTA MOSHER (BA, Art, ’90) gave a color-pencil demonstration at the Siskiyou Artists Association’s May 21, 2006, meeting. She has taught drawing and watercolor painting for 10 years.

ERIC J. PROSSER (BS, Business Administration, ’90) became Tulare County’s first chief information officer (CIO) in March 2006. He lives in Visalia, California, with his wife Leah and their two girls, Brynn and Braelyn.

AVERY (ALBRIGHTSON) VILCHE (BA, Physical Education, ’92) is the creator of Psychocise exercise video. She has won titles in boxing and kickboxing and medals in the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. Vilche has taught fitness for 15 years.

RHONDA REMY COLETTI (BA, Journalism/Psychology, ’93) has left teaching and is in her fourth year as a Realtor. Coletti (see photo at left) lives in Cameron Park. She and her husband Al have two children, Hunter and Dustin.

NASSER DEAN (BA, Political Science, ’93) has been appointed director of environmental and regulatory affairs by the Western Plant Health Association. He recently served as a county executive director with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dean also has more than 15 years’ experience in the California rice industry as a general partner of his family’s rice operation.

MICHELLE S. PEARL-DAVIS (BA, Exercise Physiology, ’96; MA, Physical Education, ’98) graduated from medical school in 2006. She is currently an emergency medicine resident physician in Brooklyn, New York. She has been married to ZACHARY DAVIS (BA, Art, ’98) for five years.

MICHAEL SHIMIZU (BS, Business Administration, ’96) is the owner of an accounting practice. He lives in Roseville with his wife MELISSA (VIETS) (BS, Business Administration, ’96) and their two sons.

AARON C. ANDERER (BS, Instructional Technology, ’97) is a network engineer for BAE Systems in San Francisco. He completed an MS in information technology with a specialization in information security at Capella University and now lives in Pleasanton.

COREY CONNERS (BA, Communication Studies, ’97) is marketing manager for Fehr & Peers, a 150-person traffic engineering and transportation consulting firm in Walnut Creek. Conners (see photo at left) and wife Holley live in Antioch with their son Riley.

JENNIFER MALONE (BA, Social Science, ’97) is the director of College of the Siskiyous Upward Bound Program located in Yreka. She has a master in management degree from Southern Oregon University. Malone lives in Mount Shasta with her daughter Jessica.

JON MARLOWE (BS, Microbiology, ’97) is principal systems engineer at Roche Molecular Systems. He is in his second year of law school and plans to pursue a legal career in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. He and his wife live in San Ramon, California, with their two-year-old son Lucas.

SCOTT E. MARTIN (BA, English, ’97) received an MBA from Baker University in June 2006 and works for Computer Sciences Corporation as a project manager. He and his wife Leslie live in Overland Park, Kansas, with his stepdaughter Abigail, daughter Olivia, and son Noah.

KATIE (FISCUS) O’CONNELL (BA, Journalism, ’97) is a communications manager at RightNow Technologies. She and her husband KEVIN (BS, Business Administration, ’96) live in Concord with their two daughters, Delaey and Kiera.

JENNIFER (WAGLEY) EATHORNE (BA, Liberal Studies, ’98) works as a teacher for the North Sacramento School District. She and her husband Burke were married on May 28, 2005, and were expecting their first child in February 2007. They live in El Dorado Hills.

PAUL EVERETT (attended spring ‘98–spring ‘00) works for Oracle as a database administrator and plays bass for the Heather Combs Band. He lives in Pleasanton.

HEATHER M. ACHESON (BS, Business Administration, ’99) was recruited by Franklin Templeton, where she achieved her Certified Information Systems Auditor certification. She now works for Franklin Templeton as a senior technology auditor and is testing for her Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification.

CARRIE (DENNISTON) WILLIAMS (BA, Journalism, ’99) is marketing programs manager for Sunset Magazine in Menlo Park. She lives in Livermore.

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2000s

CHENOA (ANDERSON) WOODS (BA, English, ’00) gave birth to her first child, Caitlin Autumn, in September 2006. A stay-at-home mother, Woods lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband Tyler and their daughter.

RANDAL J. FORTNER (BS, Biological Sciences, ’02) was awarded the Doctor of Optometry degree by the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He is a resident of Orland.

STACY C. KUNNASSERY (BS, Construction Management, ’02) is a project engineer at Turner Construction Company in Irvine. Kunnassery recently worked on the renovation and addition at the Palm Springs Convention Center and lives in Laguna Hills.

STOY ROBINSON (BS, Business Administration, ’03) participates in the Wednesday night sailing races at Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor. He was previously a first mate for a yacht delivery company, Horizon Navigation. Robinson lives in Santa Cruz.

VAL VALERIO (BA, Theatre Arts, ’03) used his theatrical experience in the business world to become a salesman. He is now general manager for Fastenal, an industrial company. His branch received the Western Region Top Active Growth Award of 2005. Valerio also finished the Honolulu Marathon this year.

SHANNON M. RODELANDER (BA, Journalism, ’04) is working in San Francisco as a business development representative, selling encryption software to top organizations across the country.

DALLASE SCOTT (BA, Psychology, ’05) became a Peace Corps volunteer July 26. She is stationed in the Eastern Caribbean islands off the coast of Venezuela as a community development worker for 27 months.

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Marriages/Anniversaries

KENNETH (AB, Business Administration, ’56; Credential, ’60) and GRETCHEN (AB, Education/Credential, ’57) PIERCY celebrated 50 years of marriage Aug. 11, 2006. The Piercys are retired educators for the Chico Unified School District. They have two sons, Kenneth and Jim, and five grandchildren.

SHARON CHEZ SCHACHT (BS, Business Administration, ’64) married Manuel Lara Salcido Aug. 4, 2006. She is retired from CSU, Chico, where she worked as an administrative support coordinator. He is a consultant for Energy Experts International. The couple lives in Chico.

BARBARA (BA, Physical Education, ’75; Credential, ’76) and MATTHEW (BS, Business Administration, ’75) STRETCH celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary June 20, 2006. They have four daughters—Sarah, Heather, Gwen, and Abby.

MICHAEL PARISSI (BA, Public Administration, ’89) married Berta Gonzals Dec. 18, 2006. He is homeland security coordinator for San Joaquin County. The couple lives in Stockton.

RON ALLAN BRAJKOVICH (BS, Construction Management, ’96) married Rebecca Lewis Sept. 24, 2006. He is an equipment coordinator for Granite Construction Company. The couple (see photo at left) lives in Sacramento.

JOSH BULLOCK (BA, History, ’00; Credential, ’04) and COURTNEY BUTCHART (BA, Liberal Studies, ’03) were married June 24, 2006. They both work at Douglass Middle School in Woodland, California, where she is a special education teacher and he is a history teacher. They live in Sacramento.

DREW JOHNSON (BS, Biology, ’00) married Joanne Francesca Licausi Sept. 9, 2006. He is a seed technologist for Seminis Incorporated; she is assistant vice president and marketing consultant for Wells Fargo & Co. The couple (see photo at left) resides in Ventura.

RYAN BEATTIE (BA, Musical Theatre, ’01) married ANDY SCRIMGER (BA, Theatre Arts, ’99) June 11, 2006, in Palos Verdes. She works in film, stage, and television and radio voiceovers in the San Diego and Bay areas, and he is a project manager with Seal Furniture & Systems, Inc. They live in San Diego.

ERICA HADDOW (BS, Resort and Lodging Management, ’01) married Ryan Chasco Aug. 25, 2006. She is assistant general manager for Marriott International. The couple lives in Concord.

ERIK PETERSEN (BA, Religious Science, ’01) married Jill Marie Fairbanks Sept. 30, 2006. They reside in Seattle, Washington, where he is the vice president of land acquisition for Crescent Construction Inc.

AMBER BONDS (BS, Business Administration, ’02) and BRIAN BURKE (BS, Manufacturing Technology, ’02) were married June 3, 2006. She is a marketing communications specialist; he is a manufacturing engineer. They live in Martinez.

HOLLY MYERS (BS, Business Administration, ’02) and JEFF FULLER (BS, Construction Management, ’03) were married May 13, 2006. Myers is a senior auditor for Ernst & Young LLP; Fuller is a project manager for John F. Otto, Inc. The couple lives in Sacramento.

SHANNON KYLENE TAYLOR (BA, English, ’02) married Adam McOuat Sept. 23, 2006, in Morro Bay. She works for the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce. The couple lives in Los Osos.

DREW BECKER (BS, Agribusiness, ’03) and LEANNE HENDY (BS, Agribusiness, ’06) were married Nov. 12, 2006. She works for Dow AgroSciences as a sales representative; he works for Drumhellar Farms in Gridley. The couple lives in Gridley.

KASEY EDDY (BS, Business Administration, ’03) and DEVIN CROSBY (BS, Business Administration, ’02) were married March 26, 2006. Eddy is employed by Cinemark in Chico; Crosby is employed by Yuba College. They live in Chico.

CARI FRIEDLAND (BS, Business Administration, ’04) married JARED RICCI (BS, Business Administration, ’04) July 15, 2006. She is a business analyst at Intel, and he is a consultant at Accenture. They live in Sacramento.

AMBER NEVES (BA, Physical Education, ’04; Credential, ’06) married JASON ENOS (BS, Agribusiness, ’04) July 1, 2006. She teaches physical education at Oroville High School; he works for Carriere & Sons Family Farm. They live in Glenn.

MORGAN RAE WILLIAMSON (BA, Political Science, ’05) married THOMAS JAMES HARRIS (BS, Construction Management, ’05) May 3, 2006. The couple will make their home in Carson City, Nevada.

STEPHEN CHAN (BS, Business Administration, ’06) married Stephanie Marmer June 10, 2006. He is employed by Pepsi Bottling Group. The couples lives in Santa Rosa.

KRISTI RADOBENKO (BA, Liberal Studies, ’06) married Sean Haugan Feb. 18, 2006. He is serving in the U.S. Air Force. The couple moved to Aviano, Italy, after the wedding.

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