Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

University Alums

Cathy A. Rodgers (BA, Physical Education, ’76; MA, Special Major, ’79) is vice president of the IBM Global Engagement Office. She also travels the world lecturing on global environmental issues and sustainability. She is on the executive board of directors for TechAmerica and serves as the International Policy Committee chair. She works with The Green Belt Movement and is collaborating on a reforestation project with Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recipient from Kenya, to plant trees around the world.

Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi (BA, Psychology, ’82) is director general of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, United Arab Emirates. She works to set up new services for the disabled and their families. She is currently establishing a center for psychiatric patients in Sharjah and one for early intervention for at-risk children in Cairo, Egypt.

Scott Hanson (BS, Business Administration, ’90) is a principal at Hanson McClain. He was identified as one of the 25 most influential people in the financial services industry by Investment Advisor magazine and is the author of Money Matters: Essential Tips & Tools for Building Financial Peace of Mind.

Gene A. Keluche (BS, Applied Engineering Science, ’54) is chairman of Native Communities Development Corporation and a director of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Foundation. A member of the Wintun Tribe of Northern Calif., he has long been active in helping Native Americans and First Nations communities develop sustainable enterprises and wellness programs.

Timothy A. McDonald (BA, Music, ’88) is a playwright, director, and educator. In 2006 he founded iTheatrics to help students in communities across the nation experience the transformative power of the arts. His production A Year With Frog & Toad was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Leon Warman (BS, Applied Math, ’80; MS, Computer Science, ’84) is principal systems architect at Amazon.com. Warman previously worked for Microsoft, Entomo, Philips/ATL Medical, Boeing, and Lockheed. He jointly holds a U.S. Patent for “Secure Remote Configuration of Targeted Devices Using a Standard Message Transport Protocol.”


From the halls of Congress to corporate boardrooms, from exploring outer space to taking on Hollywood, Chico alums have made outstanding contributions in their fields. We are proud of their accomplishments and grateful for the way many mentor the graduates who follow. Those listed on the left represent only a few of many accomplished alums.