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1960s

ED BURKE (BA, Speech Arts, ’65; Credential, ’66) is retiring after 41 years of teaching and 21 seasons of coaching football for Torrey Pines High School in San Diego. Burke has coached at 10 California high schools. When asked about his retirement plans, Burke stated, “All I know is that I’m not getting up at five in the morning anymore.”

JANE SMITH (BA, Social Welfare, ’68) is a Realtor at Empire Realty Associates in Walnut Creek. She is also a Girl Scout leader and involved in many local organizations, including the Acalanes High School Boosters. Smith lives in Lafayette with her family.

REED MCLAUGHLIN (BA, Business Administration, ’69) retired from his position as superintendent of Pittsburg schools after serving 10 years in the school district. An educator for 36 years, he was a high school principal in Fairfield for 16 years prior to working in Pittsburg. He and wife Clara plan to retire in Vacaville, where they grow and harvest walnuts.

LEN SPESERT (BS, Agriculture, ’69; Master of Business Administration, ’75) recently retired as president and chief executive officer of Hazelnut Growers of Oregon. Spesert served as a combat medic in South Vietnam before entering the agricultural commodity world in the early 1970s. He has also built and managed several processing plants, been a business analyst, grown almonds, managed co-ops, co-owned a cattle ranch, and established a date export company in Tunisia. He lives in Beaverton, Oregon.

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1970s

RICHARD NEGRO (attended fall ’70–fall ’72) has been with the U.S. Postal Service for nearly 30 years. He began at the Weed Post Office in 1977 and became the postmaster at the Dorris Post Office in 2000. He and wife Carmela have a daughter, Keighley.

DOUG FORTE (BA, Psychology, and Credential, ’71; Credential, ’78) resigned from the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education after serving since 2003. He had been principal of Meyers Elementary School until 2002.

George LambrixGEORGE LAMBRIX (BA, Economics, ’71), a Napa-area financial advisor, was named Associate of the Year for the past three years and has been for the last 10 years one of the top 10 financial advisors nationally for MML Investors Services Inc. He (see photo at left) is married to SUE (ANDERSON) (BA, Psychology, ’71), and they have two daughters and two grandchildren.

BOB PATTERSON (BS, Business Administration, ’71) is manager of Petaluma’s municipal airport. He learned to fly at the airport in the mid-1960s and has owned a Cessna 172 since the mid-1970s. In addition to flying planes, hot air balloons, and gliders, Patterson loves sailing and building models. He and wife Suzanne have five children and one grandchild.

VANSTON SHAW (BA, Sociology, ’71; Credential, ’72) is Yreka Union School District superintendent. He has been involved in education since the 1970s, most recently as Modoc County superintendent of education. Shaw published Community Building in the Classroom, a book that teaches cooperative learning.

ANDY SILVA (BA, Physical Education, ’71; Credential, ’72) will retire at the end of the 2007 school year after 35 years of teaching. A ceramics teacher and soccer and softball coach, he was Marmonte League Coach of the Year nine times, two-time NSCAA California State Coach of the Year, and NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 for soccer. Silva has a pottery business called SilvaWare and will continue to teach part time at Grace Brethren High School and coach soccer and softball. He and wife Debbie will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in January 2008. They have two sons and two grandchildren.

ED ZUCKERMAN (BA, Physical Education, ’71; Credential, ’72) was inducted into the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2006. He was a standout running back at Chico State and has been a football coach at Willows High School since the mid-1970s. He also coaches wrestling.

NANCY POWELL (BA, English, ’72; Credential, ’73) is principal of Golden West High School in Visalia. She and husband James have two adult sons.

Becoming the Kind Father: A Son's Journey bookCALVIN SANDBORN (BA, English, ’72) is the author of a memoir/self-help book (see book at left) titled Becoming the Kind Father: A Son’s Journey (New Society Publishers, 2007).

JIM ZAUHER (BA, Mass Communications, ’72) is the new economic development director for Redding. He had been head of the Economic Development Corporation of Shasta County for 18 years.

DON LOFLIN (BA, Music, ’73) is the principal of Live Oak Elementary School, which is scheduled to open in fall 2007 in the Dougherty Valley. He had been principal at George Washington Elementary School in Daly City for eight years and in public education for 32 years, as both a teacher and an administrator. His wife, Carol, is the first principal of Quail Run Elementary School.

DELOS VAN EARL (BA, Art, ’74) was featured in SPACE: Orange County: Magazine for a Modern World in January with “Artspace,” a five-page spread of his paintings. After his time at CSU, Chico, Van Earl earned a Master of Fine Arts at Mills College.

RALPH CASSADY (attended fall ’75–spring ’78) was named 2007 Member of the Year by the Butte County Farm Bureau. A former bureau president and director, he is a partner in the family rice business in Gridley, where he lives.

EDWIN DIAZ (BA, Psychology, ’75) is superintendent of schools in Pasadena. He had previously been superintendent of Gilroy schools. He and wife Delia have two adult daughters.

PATRICK GRIFFIN (BS, Biological Sciences, ’75) is agriculture commissioner for Siskiyou County. He has worked for the Siskiyou County Agricultural Department since 1991 and was appointed commissioner in 2005. He and wife Donna have two sons.

CHRIS JOHANSEN (BS, Agriculture, ’76) is the owner of Johansen’s Meat Market in Orland, which was opened by his grandfather in 1914. The market recently received organic certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Gary D. JonesGARY D. JONES (BS, Biological Sciences, ’76) has been a science teacher for 26 years at New Plymouth High School in Idaho. He (see photo at left) recently published a book called Hiking Idaho’s Seven Devils: The Complete Guide to Every Trail, Lake, and Peak (CHJ Publishing, 2003).

ANDY ANDERSON (MA, Social Science, ’77) is head facilitator of the Virtues Project, intended to restore the practice of virtues in everyday life. He retired from his work as a medical insurance broker in 2000 and lives in Ogden, Utah.

STEVEN GOLD (BS, Agriculture, ’77) was recently promoted to the GS-14 level with the Department of Homeland Security as an IT project manager. He started his federal career in 1977 as a U.S. Department of Agriculture grain inspector and has worked in IT since 1987 in a variety of areas.

CHARLES R. NIXON II (BS, Mathematics, ’77) is a physician for the U.S. Navy. He spent the last five years in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and now enjoys what he calls the “waterless beaches of the Mojave Desert” surrounding his current duty station at Twentynine Palms.

BRIAN DOLGOVIN (BS, Business Administration, ’78) is a certified massage therapist in Sacramento. He is on staff with the Capital Athletic Club and also works with hospitalized patients in long-term vegetative states. He and wife Jeanette have one son, Luca.

DANNY MARQUIS (BS, Agriculture, ’78) is a resource conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in King City. He resides in King City with wife Tricia, son Matthew, and daughter Natasha.

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1980s

CAROL AUST (BA, Library Studies, ’80) had her figures and altered books featured at The Gallery in Burlingame in October 2006. Aust has shown her artwork throughout the United States.

SHELDON FELICH (BA, Music, ’80) is a musician who has been performing in the Tahoe-Truckee area since 1973. He spent time in Los Angeles doing studio work and other gigs after graduation from CSU, Chico. He returned to Tahoe in 1986 and now plays solo, in a duo or trio, or with his band, The Decoys.

ROBERTA McLAUGHLIN (BS, Civil Engineering, ’80) is a California Department of Transportation traffic engineer. She was the first woman to design a bridge in Shasta County. McLaughlin is also a Girl Scout troop leader and assistant Boy Scout scoutmaster. She and husband NORMAN BRAITHWAITE (BS, Civil Engineering, ’81) live in Redding with daughter Molly, 17, and son Alan, 15.

NINA RORKE (BS, Business Administration, ’80) is claims manager for State Fund’s Sacramento State Contract Services. She started with the organization as a financial analyst in 1988. She lives in Davis and has two children, Kevin and Brandon, with husband Richard.

Monsters in the Woods: Backpacking with Children bookTIM HAUSERMAN (BA, Geography and Political Science, ’81) recently had his second book, Monsters in the Woods: Backpacking with Children (see book at left), published by University of Nevada Press.

STEVE KOWALSKI (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’81) is president and co-founder (with brothers John and Dan) of Timeworks, Inc. The company makes handcrafted, historically accurate clocks. Kowalski, who lives in Point Richmond, also founded the graphic design firm Kowalski Design Works in Berkeley.

DAVE MYERS (BS, Civil Engineering, ’81) is the deputy director of public works for Oakdale. Previously, he was the transportation project coordinator for Stanislaus County.

COLLEEN NICHOLS (BA, Political Science, ’81) is a Placer County Superior Court judge. She also teaches at a judicial college and is chair of the Juvenile Law Education Committee. She has two children with husband Gilberto.

ABE ALIZADEH (BS, Agriculture, ’82) is general partner of Kobra Properties, a family-run development company in Roseville. Alizadeh is also a Jack in the Box franchisee with 55 restaurants. He is focused on building retail centers and restaurants in greater Sacramento.

DOUG BOYETT (BA, Physical Education, ’82) was named head football coach for the Foothill College Owls. He has been full-time assistant coach and physical education instructor at the college since 1990.

BRET M. KOEHLER (BS, Geology, ’82) is an engineering geologist for the California Geological Survey. He works with the Earthquake Engineering Program, which locates ground-response sites for the installation of strong-motion instruments. He has been with the Department of Conservation for eight years.

DIRK POESCHEL (Master of Public Administration, ’82) is president of Dirk Poeschel Land Development Services and was honored with a 2006 Central California Excellence in Business award. Poeschel launched his firm in 1988 with encouragement from wife Diana.

ANNE MARIE (MOLONY) SMITH (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’84) recently started her second business, 60 Minute Strategic Plan. She is co-author of the book 60 Minute Strategic Plan: 2 Stages, 12 Steps, 300 Words … Better Decisions Faster. Smith lives in South Lake Tahoe with husband Cliff.

JANET THOMPSON (BS, Nursing, ’84) works in nursing at the St. Helena Hospital, primarily in the intensive care unit. She is married to U.S. Representative MIKE THOMPSON (BA, Public Administration, ’82; Master of Public Administration, ’96), with whom she has two adult sons.

WAYNE BROWN (BA, Business Administration, ’86) was named superintendent of the Stanislaus Union Elementary School District. He has 30 years’ experience in California’s public school system. He lives in King City with wife Cathy and has four children.

TIM MCSORLEY (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’86) is executive director of the Calaveras Council of Governments after serving as deputy director of public works for Calaveras County. He lives in El Dorado County with his wife and four children.

CANDACE MILLER (BS, Agriculture, ’86) is directing the effort to update the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens’ Master Plan. She is a member of the Botanical Gardens Board.

FRANCISCO LUJANO (BS, Agriculture, ’87) has been the director of the Securities Management Division for the California state treasurer since 2002. He and wife Teresa have a son, Michael, and a German shepherd, Duchess.

GREGORY S. COX (BA, Economics, ’89) recently had his book Schizophrenic Rescue published by Dragonpublishing under the pseudonym K. I. Smet. He plans to walk from Northern California to Chicago, Illinois, beginning April 16, 2007, to promote his book.

Jason MilanoJASON MILANO (BA, International Relations and Latin American Studies, ’89) earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California and works for the Los Angeles Unified School District in deaf education (see photo at right). He also received a pilot’s license and flies helicopters. He is married with two daughters and lives in Van Nuys.

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1990s

LORAN WYMAN (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’90) is the inventor of the Snug Bug Bags, which are blankets that children in strollers, car seats, and bike trailers cannot kick off. She sells her products at running shoe stores, baby boutiques, and online. She lives in Davis with her husband and three children.

JARED FIEL (BA, Journalism, ’91) is the marketing and public information director at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado, where he lives. His book, Fumbling Thru Fatherhood, won first place in the humor category from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. His Web site is www.fumblingfather.com.

SUSAN PRICE (Master of Public Administration, ’91) is the project director for Trinity County’s general plan. She lives in Corning.

BEN CUNNINGHAM-SUMMERFIELD (BS, Agriculture, ’92; MA, Recreation, ’00) is a Native American interpretive artist and storyteller. He is also an accomplished California flute player. He works in resource management at Yosemite National Park and is married to Kimberly.

BRIAN NEWMAN (BS, Civil Engineering, ’92) is vice president of engineering with Jeff Codega Planning and Design, Inc., a professional services company that provides signature planning as well as surveying, civil engineering, landscape architecture, and construction administration, in Reno, Nevada.

CHRIS WILCOX (BS, Industrial Technology, ’92) is an agriculture teacher at Westwood High School in Lassen County and is completing his credential at CSU, Chico. In his spare time, he hunts and fishes with his Labrador retriever, Bailey, and restores classic cars and trucks.

SHELLEY MACDONALD (BA, Agriculture Business Management, ’93) is vice president of commercial lending and agricultural specialist for Cornerstone Community Bank in Red Bluff. She had previously been a senior loan officer with Northern California Farm Credit. Macdonald and husband Rob have two children, Jessica and Will.

KERMITH R. WALTERS (BA, Social Science, ’94) is superintendent of schools for Siskiyou County. He and wife Shawn have two children, Janessa and Jared, and live in the Montague area.

ALICIA CRONBACH (BA, Child Development, ’95) received her juris doctor degree from Empire College School of Law in Santa Rosa in June 2006. She and husband Eli live in Sonoma.

DAVID GATTIS (BS, Agriculture, ’95) is president and owner of Simplified Procurement in Salinas. He and wife Kathleen have a son, Zachary, a daughter, Chloe, and are expecting another child in May.

HEATHER MALEE (BA, Library Studies, ’96) taught Dunsmuir Elementary School’s state preschool program for the 2006–2007 school year. She previously spent eight years teaching elementary school grades in Hawaii.

BRIAN STOTT (BA, History, ’97) is assistant city manager and public information officer for the city of Morgan Hill. He previously worked in city government in Tiburon and Austin, Texas.

Christopher Leonard with a group of young anglers at Hot Creek RanchCHRISTOPHER LEONARD (BA, International Relations, ’98) is a teacher at Mammoth High School and director of the Mammoth Middle and High School Fly Fishing Associations. The education program he created in 2006 offers all aspects of fly fishing science, including raising trout in the classroom, fly tying, and catch-and-release trout fishing in the waters of the eastern Sierra Nevada. The students also give back to the waters and nature by participating in creek cleanups. There is no charge, but students must be academically eligible to join. The program receives assistance from local outfitters and guides and is supported by the Federation of Fly Fishers Southwest Council. The program Web site is at www.mhsboosters.org/news_mhs_mms_fly_fishing.html.

Photo: Christopher Leonard, second from right, with a group of young anglers at Hot Creek Ranch. Photo by Harry Blackburn.

JESSICA LUNDBERG (BS, Biological Sciences, ’98) is chair of the board for Lundberg Family Farms, which grows rice in Butte County. She recently oversaw the farm’s efforts to consume energy derived from renewable sources, including the installation of solar panels.

LAURA FLOREZ (BA, Journalism, ’99) is a media relations specialist with The Lockwood Agency, a full-service public relations and marketing firm in Visalia. She had been the assistant local news editor for the Visalia Times-Delta.

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2000s

JESSICA PRATT CHEZEM (BS, Instructional Technology, ’01) recently moved back to Chico after a five-year absence. She is an events director for the American Heart Association, active in the chamber of commerce, and recently began the Butte Pioneers’ Leadership Program. She has a 3-year-old son, Cody, and 18-month-old daughter, Tyler.

DAN CURRY (Credential, ’01) is principal of Los Molinos High School in Red Bluff. He served 11 years as a U.S. Air Force officer and has a master’s degree in education administration from National University.

ANDREA REDAMONTI (Master of Public Administration, ’01) is the community development director for Gridley, and her husband GERMAN CAMPOS (Certificate, Information Technology, ’99) worked since 2001 for CSU, Chico as a prospect research analyst in University Advancement until May, when he took over the family walnut and prune business. They have two sons, 3-year-old Diego and 1-year-old Luca.

RUSSELL FELCH (attended fall ’02–spring ’06) is an assistant product manager at Growers Express in Salinas. He has been with the company since 2004.

MELINDA PIERCE (BS, Anthropology, ’02) is a second-generation employee of the Tracy Police Department and a third-generation law enforcer. Her father and grandfather were both police officers. She is a civilian crime-scene investigator.

JENNIFER TAYLOR (BS, Agriculture, ’02) is working as a veterinarian in the large animal practice of Westside Veterinary Services in Los Banos. She received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from University of California, Davis in June 2006.

LILY GUO (BA, Communication Studies, ’03) is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, assigned to the 940th Air Refueling Wing at Beale Air Force Base. She represented her wing at the 2006 Air Force Reserve Command’s Human Resources Development Council workshop in October in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

SARAH ANDERSON (BA, Social Work, ’04) is attending graduate school in New Orleans. She worked at the Paradise Ridge Family Resource Center and the Center for Tolerance and Nonviolence in Paradise for two years before leaving for Louisiana.

MATTHEW BLANCHARD (BA, Criminal Justice, ’06) is a police officer in Woodland. He graduated from the Butte Law Enforcement Academy in December 2006.

STEFANIE LOOP (BA, Agricultural Business, ’06) is recruiting coordinator with Fobes Financial Group in Sacramento. She recruits financial representatives in Northern California and Reno, Nevada.

KAI TOKUGAWA (BS, Recreation Administration, ’06) is a planning and strategic sourcing specialist with The Performance Group, which offers meeting planning and travel incentive services, in Emeryville.

MARY WEBB (BS, Business Administration, ’06) manages financial matters for M&M Mobile Welding, an Anderson business owned by husband Marc. The couple has two sons, Steven, 14, and Chris, 11.

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Marriages/Anniversaries

Schaupp-Lee weddingCHARLIE SCHAUPP (BS, Agriculture, ’81) married Kwangja Lee of Kimje, Korea (see photo at left). They met while Schaupp was on military exercises with the Republic of Korea Marine Corps in 2003. Lee graduated from Kyunghee University in Seoul, Korea, in 1999. Schaupp is a mobilized member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and is serving as the deputy camp commander of camps Courtney and McTureous in Okinawa, Japan. They plan to move to his hometown of Esparto this fall.

BRENNA HENSLEY (BS, Health Science, ’95) married Anthony Caola July 29, 2006, at their home in Falmouth, Maine. She is employed by Bowdoin College, and he is employed by IDEXX Laboratories.

AMY MICKELSON (BS, Agricultural Business, ’96) married John Beadle Sept. 2, 2006. She works for Shasta Local Agency Formation Commission. He is a nurse at Enloe Medical Center. The couple lives in Chico.

JULIE COX (BS, Biological Sciences, ’98 ) and BRUCE ECKHOFF (BA, Physical Education, ’95; MA, Physical Education, ’98) were married Nov. 3, 2006. She helps run her family’s business, Backyard Pools of California, in Sacramento, and he is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer in the Bay Area. They live in Antelope.

JEREMY RICH (BA, English, ’01) and ALISON WENDROFF (BA, Theatre Arts, ’01) were married Aug. 5, 2006. They live in Firestone, Colorado, where he teaches eighth-grade English and she is assistant manager for Peet’s Coffee and Tea.

GINA LADLEY (BA, Social Work, ’02; Master of Social Work, ’06) married Woody Wilson Sept. 30, 2006. She is a social worker at Feather River Hospital in Paradise; he is a project manager with Housing and Urban Development. They will make their home in Sacramento.

EMILY RUTH MCCAMPBELL (BA, Theatre Arts, ’02) and WILLIAM JOHN RUTGERS JR. (BS, Business Administration, ’03) were married Oct. 21, 2006. She teaches high school English in Lodi, and he is a human resources manager for Rescare in Woodland. They live in Lodi.

BROCK RASMUSSEN (BS, Recreation Administration, ’02) married Jenilee Gerhardt Oct. 17, 2006. He is self-employed in a landscape and tree service, and she works in advertising and marketing. They live in Paradise.

STEPHANIE BUTORI (BS, Business Administration, ’03) married Matt Wersel Aug. 5, 2006. She is in her last year at the University of California, Hastings College of Law, and he is a commercial real estate broker for CB Richard Ellis. The couple lives in San Francisco.

CHARLOTTE MEJIA (BA, Liberal Studies, ’04) and JUSTIN DADDOW (attended spring ’04–fall ’05) were married Dec. 30, 2005. She is employed by Rio del Oro Elementary School in Plumas Lake and is working on a teaching credential at Chapman University. He works for the California Rice Exchange. The couple lives in Yuba City.

MOLLY HOGAN (BA, Sociology, ’05) married Benjamin Mormann Oct. 7, 2006. She works for Advance Kids, he for Miller Glass. The couple lives in Chico.

KURT SMART (BS, Microbiology, ’05) married Hsuanhua Lee July 29, 2006. They are both attending graduate school at the University of Mississippi and live in Oxford, Mississippi.

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