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SHARI EDWARDSSHARI EDWARDS (AB, Education, ’61) published the memoir Sometimes, Memories Are All We Have, which contains essays about what she learned after the death of her husband. Edwards wrote for Tri-County Newspapers from 1998 to 2001. She lives in Willows.

PETE KRONER PETE KRONER (AB, Education and Credential, ’64; MA, Psychology, ’68) is enjoying his seventh year of retirement from the Chico Unified School District, where he served as a school counselor and administrator for 34 years. His travels since retirement have included India, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Europe, Patagonia, New Zealand, Mexico, and New England.

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JAMES “JIM” ANDERSEN (BS, Accounting, ’70) is the founding partner of Andersen & Company LLP and current partner in the consulting business valuation and litigation practice area of Burr Pilger Mayer in Santa Rosa. Over the past 20 years, he has been involved in more than 700 business valuation and litigation assignments. He lives in Santa Rosa and enjoys physical fitness, golf, and spending time with his four grandchildren during his time off.

Robert Criddle Jr. ROBERT “BOB” CRIDDLE JR. (BA, Social Science, ’71) and wife RUTH “RIKI” CRIDDLE (BA, Liberal Studies, ’80; Credential, ’82) are co-authors of Hammonton and Marigold, about gold dredging in towns located east of Marysville from 1904 to 1956.

DARYL DRUMMOND (BA, Social Welfare, ’71) founded Drummond Engines after years of working with Mazda and building rotary and commercial engines. Since 1971, he has been actively involved in Mazda racing with an emphasis in the Sports Car Club of America, where users of his products have netted nine national championships. Drummond has recently worked on projects in the Bahamas and Belgium. He and wife Becki live next to their shop in Rogue River, Oregon.

JAMES MALACHOWSKIJAMES MALACHOWSKI (BA, Biological Sciences, English, ’73; MA, Botany, ’75) founded Gourmet Mushroom Products in 1991. He produces and sells organic home mushroom growing kits and related products. He played, coached, and refereed soccer for 20 years, and his hobbies include snow skiing and traveling. He and wife Sharon (see photo left), a professional award-winning quilter, have two children and two grandchildren. They live in Sebastopol.

ROBERT AVERSANO (BA, Humanities, ’74) teaches wildland firefighting courses in the Natural Resources Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He previously spent 33 years forest firefighting in the Los Padres National Forest. “I enjoy teaching at Cal Poly, SLO,” he says, “but someone has to walk through with a Chico State alumni T-shirt.”

STEVE FLOWERS (BA, Social Science, Philosophy, ’74; MA, Social Science, ’77) recently published his book The Mindful Path Through Shyness: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Help Free You from Social Anxiety, Fear and Avoidance. He is founder and director of the mindfulness-based stress-reduction clinic at Enloe Medical Center and works in a private practice as a psychotherapist.

MARK TOTTEN (BA, Public Administration, ’74) was recently honored by the Lassen County Board of Supervisors for 59 years of continuous service. He had also been an elected member of the Lassen County Board of Education for two four-year terms. He is currently completing 10 years of service on the statewide Health Benefits Committee of the 36,000-member Retired Public Employees Association of California.

ADELE ARNOLD (BA, Speech Pathology and Audiology, ’75) took over as Tuolumne County’s chief probation officer last July. In 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed her a member of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Corrections Standards Authority Board. She and her husband moved to the area after her work at the Siskiyou County Probation Department.

Doug Cort DOUG CORT (MA, Psychology, ’75) co-authored the chapter “The Aging Heart” in the new book Awakening to Aging: Glimpsing the Gifts of Aging. He is a clinical psychologist and associate clinical professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UC Davis. Since 1992, Cort has directed the Psychology Section of the Preventive Cardiology Program at UC Davis Medical Center. He is also the director of psychology services at St. Helena Hospital’s Center for Behavioral Health, where he oversees a training program for doctoral students.

RICHARD MORTON RICHARD MORTON (BS, Business Administration, ’75) works with a business consulting company helping small- to medium-sized businesses in the Salinas-Gilroy-San Jose corridor. He says he is putting his terrific business education from CSU, Chico to use helping companies analyze and improve sales, cash flow, and profit margins; provide exit and succession strategies; reduce tax burdens; and much more.

JOYCE (KNOX) SCHIPPER (BA, German, Music, ’75; Credential, ’76) retired in June 2009 from Flowery Elementary School in Sonoma, where she was principal for six years. She spent 33 years as a school administrator and teacher. She received her master’s degree from Sonoma State and was honored as a Fulbright Exchange Administrator to Argentina in 2008. Schipper lives in Petaluma with husband JACK (BA, History and Music, ’75), who retired as a high school administrator in 2006.

RICK LOPEZ (BA, Physical Education, ’76) took over as Carmel High School’s principal last July after working in education for almost 20 years.

CANDACE BLACK CANDACE BLACK (BA, English, ’77) was the winner of the 2009 Thomas Wilhelmus Award from RopeWalk Press at Southern Indiana University for the poetry chapbook Casa Marina. She is an associate professor at Minnesota State University, where she teaches creative writing (poetry and nonfiction) and literature courses.

BRON TAYLOR (BA, Religious Studies, ’77) has published Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future (University of California Press, 2009). He has an MS in theology from the Fuller Theological Seminary and a PhD in religion from the University of Southern California.

WILLIAM (BILL) ORR (BS, Geology, ’78) is the executive director of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools based in San Francisco. He previously spent 30 years working for the state of California, including managing the Green Building and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing programs for the California Integrated Waste Management Board from 2000 to 2007.

VIKKI (DENNY) CONSTABLE (BA, Recreation Administration, ’79) is employed by Modesto City Schools as a substitute teacher and high school tennis coach. Constable plays competitive tennis and volunteers with American Red Cross, including a deployment in Alabama after Hurricane Katrina. She and husband Keith have two children.

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DAN GAYALDO (BA, Physical Education, ’80; Credential, ‘81) took over as Del Oro High School’s principal last July after working at the school for 19 years and serving as vice principal for the past three. He and his family live in Rocklin.

STEVE DAVIS (BS, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, ’81) started his own e-zine, The Master Facilitator Journal, which has about 5,000 subscribers worldwide. He has a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Santa Monica and a master’s in administration from CSU, Bakersfield.

RICHARD “KAM” JACOBY (BA, Art, ’81) is a photographer. He just published a book of his work, Layers: Composite Photographs from the Lompoc Valley. Jacoby holds an MFA in photography from the University of Illinois and a BFA in graphic design from Otis/Parsons School of Design.

SUSAN RIBARDIERE (BS, Business Administration, ’82) has taught fourth and fifth grade at Snow School in Napa for the past 18 years. She recently completed an intense seven-day immersion into early American history at the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute, which provides participants with interactive teaching techniques to become mentor teachers.

LINDA RUSSELL-SCHEET (BA, Liberal Studies, ’82; Credentials, ’83) was recently hired as the Chowchilla Elementary School District’s assistant superintendent. She has 19 years of classroom experience. She received a California Literature Project Certificate from Sonoma State in 1998, a Reading Recovery Certificate from Fresno State in 1999, and an Administrative Services Credential and master’s degree from Stanislaus State.

JOHN CONOVER (attended fall ’80–spring ’83) is a managing partner of Cade Winery in St. Helena. He calls it the “greenest” winery in California. He is also a partner in PlumpJack Winery and the Carneros Inn with Gordon Getty and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

MARY ANNE DAVIS (BS, Business Administration, ’83) was named vice president of marketing by TechniQuest Associates Inc., a full-service electronic product design firm in Grass Valley. She also serves on the boards of the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City and the Sierra Master Chorale.

HARLEY ROBERTSON (BS, Business Administration, ’83) recently joined the Soquel Union Elementary School District as its superintendent of business.

TARA PERRIN-PREUS (BS, Business Administration, ’86) is a financial planner with Woodbury Financial Services. She lives in Yuba City with her husband and two sons.

ALISON WONG (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’86) designs scrapbook pages, rubber stamps, and paper products. She licenses her artwork to manufacturers including Creative Imaginations, Hampton Arts, and Creative Converting. She owned Memories for the Making, a scrapbooking store in Lodi, for nine years. Wong lives with her husband and young daughter in Lodi.

Chris Hill CHRIS HILL (BA, Psychology, ’87) works out of her home as a Web site administrator for, an online resource for women. She lives in Mission Viejo with her husband and three children.

Karen Benke KAREN BENKE (BA, English, ’88) has published her second book, Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing, aimed at getting kids excited about writing. She lives with her husband and son in Marin County, where she recently embarked on her 17th year as a poet-teacher in the California Poets in the Schools program. Visit her at

TIMOTHY DAVIS (BA, Physical Education, ’89; Credentials, ’91; MA, Physical Education, ’93) has been named the 2010 Outstanding Professional Award recipient by the Adapted Physical Activity Council of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. He is an assistant professor of physical education at SUNY Cortland.

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LYNDA WILSON (BS, Mathematics, ’91) is in the Navy and serving in the Middle East. She has a master’s degree from CSU, Sacramento and a degree in analytical math from The Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey.

PATRICIA SAMPLEY KRUPNIKOFF (BA, English, ’92) became a certified English teacher in spring 1999 through the University of Hartford in Connecticut, and she has been teaching English and British literature courses at Bristol Eastern High School ever since. She lives with husband Henry and their three children.

CRAIG LINDSLEY (BS, Chemistry, ’92) is editor-in-chief of a new American Chemical Society Journal, ACS Chemical Neuroscience. He is associate professor of pharmacology and chemistry at Vanderbilt University.

DONNA ZIMMERMAN (BS, Nursing, ’92) is the owner of a BrightStar Healthcare franchise in Chico. The agency provides medical and nonmedical home care for private clients. Zimmerman is also a registered nurse.

GREGG MCKENZIE (BS, Geography, ’93) is an independent consultant with expertise in restoration, mitigation, environmental permitting, and land acquisition. His owns the McKenzie Land Company in Rocklin. He is also on the board of directors of the Placer Land Trust, a City of Rocklin planning commissioner, and member of the Placer County Conservation Plan Biologic Working Group. He lives in Rocklin with wife Tiffany and two sons.

Laura Taylor LAURA TAYLOR (BA, Political Science, ’95) is an intellectual property litigator at Bullivant Houser Bailey PC, a West Coast business and complex litigation law firm. This year she was appointed to the Online Trademark Use Subcommittee of the Internet Committee by the International Trademark Association.

BRUCE GROVE (BA, Geography, ’97) is vice president of planning at the Sacramento office of RBF Consulting. He has 14 years of professional experience in environmental planning at RBF.

JENNIFER HESLA (BA, Art, ’97) works in Maryland as a second-grade teacher. She recently returned from a year of teaching and traveling on a Fulbright Teacher exchange in the United Kingdom. During her travels, she met her fiancé in Cairo, Egypt, and will be getting married in June 2010.

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Shayna CarneySHAYNA (GRAHAM) CARNEY (BS, Recreation Administration, ’00; MA, Recreation Administration, ’04) and husband Luke welcomed their first child, Dylan, on June 22, 2009. They live in Kauai, Hawaii, where she works as a supervisory park ranger at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. They hope Dylan will become a fourth-generation Chico State graduate, says Carney.

Melissa Munoz MELISSA MUNOZ (BA, Psychology, ’05) is enrolled in the Educational Specialist Degree program at CSU, Sacramento. She lives in Sacramento and is employed as a school psychologist by the El Dorado County Office of Education.

ERICA FLORES (BS, Agricultural Business, ’07) had her first art show, “Faces of Change,” featured at the Health Gallery of Santa Barbara last summer. She is currently the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center program coordinator at Chico State.

BRIAN HOSTETTER (BA, Criminal Justice, ’07) graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey, in 2009.

THOMAS PATTY IV (BS, Construction Management, ’07) is currently the vice president/superintendent of TAP Development and is applying to graduate school in the Netherlands for the 2010–2011 term. He plans to study international business management or business administration in small business and entrepreneurship.

MAGHAN HUNT (BA, Communication Design Media Arts, ’09) is the sports and education reporter at the Anderson Valley Post. She previously worked as a communications liaison to secure entertainment and musical acts at NASCAR events.

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HARRY GREENWOOD (attended spring ’53–fall ’56) and wife Joann celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary during a family gathering hosted by their son and daughter-in-law. They were married Aug. 20, 1949, at First Baptist Church in Chico. They have three children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild and live in Chico.

CARL (BA, Industrial Arts, ’75; MA, Industrial Arts, ’83) and IRENE (FOX) (BA, Spanish, ’76) JONES celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary April 7, 2009, with a trip to the big island of Hawaii. Carl retired after 32 years with Kern Community College District as a professor of automotive technology. Irene was a reading tutor in Bakersfield. They will retire to Glide, Oregon, build Carl’s dream shop and house, and live the “pioneer lifestyle.”

ROXANNE ENGLISH (BA, English, ’91; Credentials, ’96; Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, ’06) married Mark Barish June 20, 2009. She works for the Orland Unified School District, and he works for Access Softek. They live in Chico.

DARCIE WILLIAMS (BS, Instructional Technology, ’94) married Jarrod Gerbaud Oct. 3, 2009, at Windfall Weddings Estate in Grass Valley. She is a general manager at Video Library, and he works at Westin Engineering. They live in Rocklin.

PATRICK CARRAS (BA, Physical Education, ’02; Credential, ’03; MA, Kinesiology, ’09) and TORI HELMS (BS, Mathematics, ’03; Credential, ’06) were married June 12, 2009, at Bella Montagna. He works at Mountain View High School. They live in San Jose.

KRISTINE ANN PERRY (BS, Business Administration, ’03; Master of Business Administration, ’08) and CASEY JOHN COLLINS (BS, Biological Sciences, ’09) were married June 6, 2009. She works for Evergreen Health Care. They live in Chico.

KATIE LEE HENDERSON (BA, Liberal Studies, ’04; Credential, ’08) and KYLE RUSTEN (BS, Business Administration, ’05) were married in Santa Cruz on July 10, 2009. They honeymooned in Rome, Florence, and Santorini. She is a physical education teacher at Manzanita Elementary School, and he is a certified public accountant for Matson & Isom. They live in Chico.

Charlene Heal and Kevin IwataCHARLENE HEAL (BS, Business Administration, ’05) and KEVIN IWATA (BA, Art, ’06) were married July 25, 2009, in Livermore. They live in Seaside.

DYLAN HEYM (BS, Exercise Physiology, ’05) married Amanda Reimer on Oct. 3, 2009, at Neighborhood Church in Chico. He works for San Francisco Legal, and she works in visual design and display at Macy’s. They live in Pleasanton.

JORDAN WILLIAMS (BS, Business Administration, ’05) married Julee White on May 16, 2009, at the White Ranch. He works for Ray Morgan Co. They live in Chico.

A.J. RAMSEY (BA, Spanish; BS, Exercise Physiology, ’06) married Katie Radcliff on Oct. 18, 2008, in the Capay Valley. He is a field representative of Vaccines for Children, the immunization branch, in Sacramento. She is a full-time nanny. They live in Sacramento.

Nick Coy and Megan Anderson NICK COY (BS, Agriculture, ’07) and MEGAN ANDERSON (BS, Agriculture, ’08) were married Aug. 1, 2009, in St. Helena. Both work in the wine and viticulture industry and live in the Napa Valley.

LINDSEY WATTS (BA, Liberal Studies, ’08) and BLAKE BURNHAM (current graduate student) were married Aug. 8, 2009. Lindsey is a retail manager, and Blake is working toward his master’s degree while employed by the Temecula Unified School District. They live in Temecula.

DARREN HOLMAN (BA, Criminal Justice, ’09) married Tannika Zebley on Oct. 7, 2009, and celebrated at a reception in Chico. He is a specialist in the U.S. Army. They live in Chico.

CRYSTAL MUIR PIERCE (BS, Nursing, ’09) married Sam Dibble Sept. 26, 2009, at Centerville Estate. She works at Oroville Hospital, and he is self-employed in Web design. They live in Paradise.

ASA JAMES ROBINSON (BA, English and Linguistics, ’09) and SAMANTHA MICHELLE WILSON (BS, Mathematics, ’09) were married Aug. 15, 2009, in Red Bluff. She has been accepted into the teaching credential program, and he completed his teaching credentials in spring 2010.

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Anna Harris & Samantha Gasper, Public Affairs and Publications