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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.
(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.
A. LEVY (BS, Business Administration, ’66) has
been practicing law since 1970 and is now counsel to the firm
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, firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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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
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
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
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
Granite Construction Company. The couple (see photo at left) lives
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.
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
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
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.