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JAMES LAI (BS, Civil Engineering, ’63) retired in 2003 after 40 years of structural engineering practice and general and building construction. He is a member of the Public Works & Traffic Commission in La Canada Flintridge, an appointed member of the Division of the State Architect Advisory Board, and a member of the Industry Advisory Board at CSU, Los Angeles. He and wife Yim Fong Lai have been married 42 years and have four children and four grandchildren.

CLYDE WOODWARD (BA, Physical Science, ’68) retired from a career in active ministry in Oregon in 2003 and moved to Shelby, Montana, to be closer to his son. Prior to ministry, he worked in corrections and as a sales clerk. He and wife Barbara are now partners in Shelby Crossroads Ministries.

JOHN COOK (BS, Business Administration, ’69) is the president of John Cook Associates, a custom cabinet supplier for homes and offices in the Sacramento area. He has been in the fine cabinetry business for 36 years. He and wife VICKI (BA, Business Education, ’68) live in Rocklin.

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RICHARD GLAZER DANAY (MA, Art, ’72) is a professor emeritus of CSU, Long Beach. He has exhibited artwork nationally and internationally for more than 30 years and taught at CSU, Chico and the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. Danay served as commissioner for the U.S. Department of Interior’s Indian Arts and Crafts Board for 10 years. He and wife GAYLE (attended ’78) live in Corona.

SUSAN HEYWARD (BA, History, ’73; Credential, ’74) has retired after 30 years of teaching. She was a three-time nominee for the Disney Teacher of the Year and was the Prudential Company of California Teacher of the Year in 2003. She and her husband of 28 years, Kim John, recently moved to Portland, Oregon, to be near their daughters and her parents.

RICK DERAGON (BA, Art, ’74; MA, Art (Painting), ’82; MA, Art (Art History), ’86) is the executive director of the Napa Valley Museum and a painter focusing on landscapes. He was previously a high school art and English teacher, an art history instructor, an art writer, and curator/registrar at the Monterey Museum of Art. He can be found online at

CATHY LARSON (BA, Physical Education, ’76; Credential, ’77) has been the executive director of Southern Trinity Health Services, a nonprofit health center serving Trinity and Humboldt Counties, for the past seven years. She lives with her partner Terri in Carlotta.

PATRICIA DAVIS (BS, Business Administration, ’77; Master of Public Administration, ’99) received her EdD in Educational Leadership from University of Southern California in August 2008. She lives in Paradise.

CHARLES NIXON II (BA, Biological Sciences and Chemistry, ’77) has been in the U.S. Navy since the winter following his graduation from CSU, Chico, with the exception of a four-year hiatus for medical school. He is currently assigned to the naval hospital on the 29 Palms Marine Corps base in California’s Mojave Desert.

book Nine College Nines GREG TULLY (BA, Actuarial Science, ’77) has written about college baseball programs, including Chico’s, in his new book Nine College Nines (McFarland & Company, 2009). He is also vice president and tax manager at Bank of the West in Walnut Creek. Tully lives in Alameda.

LYNDA HILLIARD (BA, Community Services, ’79) was appointed deputy compliance officer for the University of California in January 2008. She is married to Robert and lives in Mount Shasta.

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ZU VINCENT (attended fall ’77–spring ’81) is the author of The Lucky Place, an August 2008 ALAN Pick, a monthly recognition of new young adult literature. Her book was also nominated for the 2008 Cybils, the children’s and young adult bloggers’ literary awards.

LORENE (LORI) JOHNSTON (BA, Public Administration, ’81; MPA, ’84) has worked for the USDA Forest Service for 19 years, 15 of them in the Regional Office in Atlanta, Georgia, in the field of civil rights. She is the program delivery manager for the Southern Region. She also serves on a Type 1 Incident Command Team as a human resource specialist on wildland fires and is the regional Critical Incident Stress Management liaison. Lori and husband Ray live in Atlanta and have four granddaughters.

J. ROBIN DONALDSON (BS, Industrial Technology, ’82) has a real estate development company in Nicaragua that works on a variety of tourism-related projects. Donaldson, who has a master’s degree in international business from United States International University, previously spent 15 years in Shanghai, China, running a manufacturing company and another six years there employed by other companies.

TOM MILNER (BA, Community Services, ’83) is a police commander in the Newark Police Department and division commander of the Support Services Unit. He is also a faculty member of University of Phoenix. He has been married to wife Kris for the past 19 years. They have two sons and live in Walnut Creek.

NNE MARIE (MOLONY) SMITH ANNE MARIE (MOLONY) SMITH (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’84) had her second book, Second Bloom: 10 Steps to Reinvent, Rejuvenate, and Realize a New Life, published in 2009 by Kaabrah Publishing. She also conducts workshops to help women change their lives. Smith lives in South Lake Tahoe.

LIZANNE WISE (BA, Liberal Studies, ’84) is a third-grade teacher in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District who recently received recognition for 15 years at her school. She and husband Scott live in Aptos. Her daughter is a CSU, Chico interior design student.

JULIE BILLETT (BS, Nursing, ’85) is the owner of Integrative Educational Partners. She is a nurse practitioner and educational therapist and lives in Rockford, Michigan.

LANI McSWEENEY LANI McSWEENEY (BA, Liberal Studies, ’85; Credential, ’89) is the Maidu School Program coordinator at the Gold Nugget Museum in Paradise. She researched and wrote a teacher’s edition of the “Maidu School Program Resource Guide” and offers hands-on field trips at the museum.

D. FORREST MELTON (BS, Industrial Technology, ’85) is the founder and leader of YES! Youth Empowerment and ALIVE Adventures, an adventure education, wilderness therapy, and empowerment program in Southwest Idaho, ALIVE Adventures offers programs including father-son retreats, family camps, ropes courses, and vision quests.

CAROLYN DeLONG (BS, Business Administration, ’86) works for Merck as a senior adult immunization professional. She promotes adult vaccines, working with primary care offices to establish protocols for patient identification and to ensure all appropriate patients are vaccinated. She lives in Warwick, Rhode Island.

book The Myth of the Free Market MARK MARTINEZ (BA, Political Science, ’86) is department chair and professor in the CSU, Bakersfield Department of Political Science. He has taught and lived in Mexico, is a current research associate at the Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro, and writes about political and economic development. His book The Myth of the Free Market was published by Kumarian Press in 2009. Martinez hosts and produces his own radio program, The Mark Martinez Show: Talk Radio for Liberals and Real Conservatives.

ROBERT SCHANTZ (BA, Business Administration, ’86) is a real estate broker associate for Keller Williams San Diego Metro. He coaches new and established agents on how to reach higher levels of success. Schantz has been featured on as a guest mentor and specializes in the downtown San Diego high-rise condo market.

KRISTI BARNES (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’87) is the advertising publications manager at the Seattle Times. She is married to Ken Barnes, the music editor of USA Today, where she worked before moving to Seattle.

MARGARET DOHERTY MARGARET DOHERTY (BA, Social Work, ’87) joined Halloran & Sage LLP law firm as counsel in 2008. She concentrates her law practice in employment law and general civil litigation law. She received her JD from Southwestern University School of Law in 1997.

GAYLE SHERWOOD GAYLE SHERWOOD (BS, Business, ’89) is the co-owner of Sunset Net with her husband, BARRY (attended ’85–’89). They have owned the Chico-based Internet service provider since 1995. The couple lives in Durham with their two sons, ages 16 and 12.

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BRUCE KATZ (Credential, ’91; Resource Specialist Certificate of Competence, ’92) has been a superintendent and principal within Oak Run School District for the past three years. He and wife Dianne have been married 22 years and have two children in college. Katz is planning to pursue a PhD in special education.

JENNIFER BUCKLEY-NAHM (BS, Home Economics, ’94) is in management at Gap Inc. She lives in Tracy.

JODIE BECK (BA, Psychology, ’95) owns Madison Grace Photography in Chico. She was awarded Portrait Photographer of the Year 2008 and Wedding Photographer of the Year 2008 by the Professional Photographers of the North Valley.

DANIEL DORSEY (BS, Business Administration, ’97) is a general manager at ACACIA Augusta Auto Auction. He lives in Martinez, Georgia.

HEIDI CUMMINGS (BS, Geosciences, ’99) is the senior geologist for URS Corporation. She and husband SHANE (BS, Geosciences, ’99), also a geologist, live in Chico.

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JOAN KAISER BELL (BS, Business Administration, ’00) has served as a Tehama County Democratic Central Committee member and vice chairwoman, a California State Democratic Central Committee member, a California State Democratic Executive Board member, and a California State Democratic Platform Committee member. She lives in Red Bluff.

TIM TAYLOR (BS, Recreation Administration, ’00) is a diver in the U.S. Navy currently working at an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, where he maintains closed-circuit underwater breathing apparatus and scuba gear. Taylor enlisted in the Navy Reserves in 2002 and was recalled to active duty in November 2003, after graduating from the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center. His current tour will be up in 2011.

KORY BURTON (BS, Agricultural Business, ’02) is co-founder of Eco Landscape and Tree Management Systems, serving the greater Sacramento area. He is married to CHANDAH (HICKS) (BS, Agricultural Business, ’04), a product analyst for Nationwide Insurance. They have a 2-year-old son and live in Rancho Cordova.

KIMBERLY RUBIN (BS, Recreation Administration, ’02) is a guide for Pink Jeep Tours. She lives in Las Vegas.

JENNIFER TARNAY (BA, Speech Pathology/Audiology, ’02) is a speech and language pathologist at the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and the Blind. She lives in Honolulu.

RICHARD YUMANG (BA, Sociology, ’04) is a program developer for Turner Broadcasting. He has been working in the documentary films department at HBO since 2006 and has worked on 21 films for HBO.

JUSTIN TATLOW (BA, Journalism, ’06) lives in Los Angeles. He recently proposed to girlfriend JOVI STUENKEL (BA, Journalism, ’05), who is director of special events at Carl Terzian Associates PR. They were neighbors in Chico and started dating in 2002.

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JIM (BA, Social Science, ’72; BA, Industrial Arts, ’81; Credential, ’82) and MO (BA, Psychology, ’75) DEITZ celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary July 22, 2008, with a tour of the Central Coast. Jim works as a CNC operator at Lares Research, and Mo works as a special education teacher with Chico Unified School District. They are the parents of two children.

KARIN (LYON) (BA, Physical Education, ’86; Credential, ’88; MA, Physical Education, ’99) and KELE (BA, Physical Education, ’88) FITZHUGH celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in July. Karin teaches physical education and coaches volleyball at Shasta High, and Kele teaches physical education and coaches men’s basketball at Shasta College. They currently live in Redding with their two children.

Don and Alberta SimicMAX REMELE (BS, Business Administration, ’94) married ERIC TROLAN (attended fall ’90–spring ’94) on Sept. 19, 2008. Max works as an accountant for the Episcopal Diocese of California, and Eric works as a computer network engineer for Amgen, Inc. The couple has been together for 18 years.

PATRICK DOBBS (BA, Geography, ’98) married Megan Corbett on Sept. 27, 2008, at Valhalla Lodge of Lake Tahoe. Patrick works as an environmental planner for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and Megan works as the office manager for California Chris-Craft. The couple lives in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, with their golden retriever.

KIMBERLEY ASTON (BS, Nursing, ’00) married Anthony Machado on May 24, 2008, at Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club. Kimberley works at Valley Care Health System, and Anthony works at Lockheed Martin. The couple lives in Mountain House.

HILARY CURTIS (BS, Agriculture, ’02) married Nicholas Applegate on May 16, 2008. Both work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Sacramento, she as an environmental resources biologist and he as an economist. They live in Citrus Heights.

MELISSA GRIMSHAW (BA, Liberal Studies, ’02) married Ryan Kavanagh on July 20, 2008, in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Ryan works for the Cranston School Department. The couple honeymooned in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. They currently live in Warwick, Rhode Island.

STACEY GRIMM (attended fall ’01–spring ’03) married Ely Lopez on Oct. 14, 2008, in Cancun, Mexico. She works as an insurance agent for Napa Valley Insurance, and he works for Collotype Labels. The couple currently lives in Napa.

MEGAN TIPTON (BS, Agriculture, ’03) married John Osbourn on May 31, 2008. Megan works for the UC Cooperative Extension as the Sutter/Yuba 4-H program representative, and John works for the city of Marysville. The couple lives in Yuba City.

DANA URBAN (BA, Communication Design, ’03) married KENNY COLE (BS, Business Administration Management, ’05) on June 1, 2008. The couple honeymooned in the Dominican Republic. Dana currently works as a dance instructor with Encore Dance Studio, and the groom works in the sales department of Insul-Therm. The couple lives in Sacramento.

JACOB FRALEY (BA, Sociology, ’04) and MEGAN HUNT (BA, Communication Sciences and Disorders, ’05; MA, Communication Sciences and Disorders, ’07) were married Oct. 31, 2008. She is a speech and language pathologist in Roseville; he is a peace officer in Folsom. They live in Chico.

NOEL JUNEY (BA, Psychology, ’04) married JACY KROGH (BA, Public Administration, ’05) Oct. 25, 2008. She is a social worker for a nonprofit agency in Livermore; he is an investigator for Safeway’s corporate offices in Pleasanton.

BRET FARLEY (BS, Applied Computer Graphics, ’05) married Emy Amborn on June 27, 2008. The couple honeymooned in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. He works as an assistant animator at Reelworks Animation, and she works as a scheduling coordinator. The couple lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

CEDRIC KING (BA, Psychology, ’05) married TASHA TEETER (BA, Psychology, ’05) on July 11, 2008. He works as a school psychologist for the Santa Rosa School District. The couple currently lives in Santa Rosa.

SHALEA BODE (BA, Psychology, ’07) married Eric Lewis on Aug. 2, 2008, in Chico. The couple honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico. She is pursuing a master’s degree in applied psychology, and he is working as a lineman for Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

MALLORY GRECO (BS, Agriculture, ’07) and Trenton Clark were married Oct. 18, 2008. She works at the Chico Animal Hospital; he works at Smyth Tire Service. The couple lives in Chico.

THOMAS STAIANO (BS, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, ’07) married Tara Cuslidge on May 31, 2008. He works as an electrical engineer for ConneXsys Engineering, and she works as a multimedia reporter for The Record. They honeymooned in Carmel and live in Tracy.

BECCA FALKNER (BA, Psychology, ’07) married SHAWN DROBNY (BA, Civil Engineering, ’08) on June 21, 2008. He works at Taylor Brothers, Inc., and she works as program coordinator at Girls Inc., in Orange County. The couple lives in Newport Beach.

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Anna Harris, Public Affairs and Publications