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1960s

Richard Wilson, BA, business management, ‘68 has spent the last twenty-six and a half years as a transportation planner and Trail Transportation Associate in the state’s rail program of the California Department of Transportation. Wilson is also active in Masonic organizations and the Episcopal Church.

1970s

Mary Margaret Guinn, BA, geography, ‘71 has spent the last seven years as a volunteer tutor for Native American children in Arizona. Guinn has also served as a docent at the Arizona Historical Museum in Phoenix for four years.

Robert Frangione, BA, theater, ‘75 graduated in May with a MS in education from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Zee Betty Hakimoglu, BS, physics, ‘75 is president and CEO of ClearOne Communications. Formerly vice president for product line management of Oplink Communications in San Jose, she earned a MS in physics at Drexel University in 1979.

Kay Kerriden, BA, history, ‘77 is currently serving a second publicly-elected term on the Petaluma Health Care District Board. Kerriden’s term expires in 2008. She is also the 2006/07 president of the Petaluma Branch of the American Association of University Women.

Ross Goodwin, BS, physics and mathematics, ‘78 is an account executive with Socratic Technologies, a market research firm in San Francisco. For many years he was a business customer research consultant for Hewlett-Packard’s Business Innovation and Technology Services. A former chair of the Bennett Valley School Board, he earned a MBA at the University of California, Berkeley in 1980.

Judy Meyers, BA, biology, ‘74 attended the University of Maryland, School of Nursing and then continued on to earn a master’s degree in nursing administration at the Eastern Shore Hospital Center in Cambridge, Maryland.

1980s

Mary Silber, BS, physics, ‘81 has been promoted to professor in Northwestern University’s Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics. She earned her PhD in physics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Keith Brister, BS, physics, ‘82 is a manager and senior research associate in the Life Sciences Collaborative Access Team at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. He earned his PhD in applied physics at Cornell University in 1989. He was formerly a staff scientist at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source.

Mike HardinAlumnus Mike Hardin is presented a cruise certificate by Alumni Association Director Kate McClintock.

Mike Hardin, BA, criminal justice, ’82 won the Alumni Association’s prestige membership prize of a three-day cruise for two to Mexico, the Caribbean or the Bahamas. Mike is a retired Santa Rosa police detective currently working as a background investigator for the City of Petaluma Police Department. He also operates his own business, Michael T. Hardin Investigations, where he conducts investigations and polygraph exams.

David Munton, BA, physics, ‘82 conducts research in the Space and Geophysics Laboratory of the Applied Research Laboratories of the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his PhD in theoretical physics in 1991. Currently, he is project manager of a precursor to a new, long wavelength radio telescope array.

Jon M. Jurgovan, BS, physics, ‘85 is a senior patent attorney and partner in the Intellectual Property - Electronics and Computer Technology Group of Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta. He earned an MS in electronic engineering at California State University, Fullerton and a JD at Washington & Lee University in Virginia.

Sadie Amin, BA, sociology, ‘86 is currently an attorney-at-law residing in Guyana, South America.

Valarie L. Skinner-Martin, BA, management, ‘89, and MA, psychology, ‘93 received a doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco in May. Skinner-Martin’s expertise is with diverse populations in both academic and vocational settings. A full-time senior vocational rehabilitation counselor for the State Department of Rehabilitation, she has also taught part-time for 12 years at Yuba College, Clear Lake Campus. Skinner-Martin continues to affect people’s lives through higher education and training. She lives in Hidden Valley Lake, California with her husband of 21 years, Kevin Martin.

Dan Wilcox, BS, physics, ‘89 is a research support specialist at Cornell University’s Space Sciences Lab. He was for many years an electronics technician at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in Hawaii.

1990s

Fausto Morales, BS, physics, ‘90 leads the data mining unit at the Global Payment Systems Division at Grupo Santander banking group in Madrid, Spain. He earned a MS in physics at the University of Michigan in 1991 and a MS in mathematics at Bowling Green State University in 1993.

Stephen K. Mosier, BA, physics, ‘90 is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his MD at the State University of New York at Brooklyn in 1998 and completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002.

Keith Waxman, BA, physics, ‘90 is a newly-appointed instructor of astronomy at Santa Rosa Jr. College. He earned a MS in earth and space science at San Francisco State University in 1994.

Raymond Ubelhart, BS, physics, ‘91, and MS, computer and engineering science, ‘04 is a lead electro-optical systems engineer for QuickSet International, Inc. in Illinois.

Michael Fink, BA, physics, ‘93 teaches mathematics and science at Cooley Middle School in Roseville. He earned his teaching credential at SSU in 1994.

Holly Jessop, BS, physics, ‘93 is a graduate student in tropical conservation biology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, specializing in marine invertebrates and coral reef ecology. She was recently awarded a prestigious Environmental Protection Agency Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship for Graduate Environmental Study. She formerly worked in the Education and Public Outreach program of the Chandra X-ray Observatory at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

Sandra Jackson-Dumont, BA, art history, ‘94 has been appointed as the Kayla Skinner deputy director for education and public programs for the Seattle Art Museum. Prior to her appointment, Jackson-Dumont served as the director of education and public programs at the Studio Museum in Harlem, one of the East Coast’s premier museums. Jackson-Dumont has extensive experience building bridges between museums and non-traditional art-going communities.

Jeff Kavanaugh, BS, physics, ‘94 is an assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at the University of Alberta. Formerly a postdoctoral researcher in the department of geography at the University of California, Berkeley, he earned his PhD in earth and ocean sciences at the University of British Columbia in 2000.

Paul Chambers, MA, English, ‘97 recently returned to California to take a job with the California Teachers Association. Chambers is an executive director with the Merced / Mariposa Teachers Uniserv Council in Merced, California. Prior to this position, Chambers worked as an executive director for the Michigan Education Association for five years. Chambers is the proud parent of four-year-old Brendan.

Willie Rodriquez, BS, physics, ‘97 is a wastewater treatment plant operator for the Graton Community Services District in Graton, California. He was formerly a product safety engineer at Agilent Technologies in Santa Rosa.

Susan Milligan DeFelice, BA, physics, ‘98 is an estate and trust manager with Lifetime Advocacy Plus in Seattle.

2000s

Tom Bittancourt, BS, physics, ‘03 is a metrology engineer at Research Electro-Optics in Boulder, Colorado.

Jeannie Calverley, MA, organization development, ’05, BA, Humanistic Transpersonal Psychology, ’03 is an independent organization development practitioner in Sonoma County. She is a certified Myers-Briggs (MBTI)®  administrator and actively uses it for coaching clients in leadership and personal development in her management consulting business (www.Jcalverley.com). She recently co-presented an MBTI workshop for the Chico Leadership Conference October 14, 2006, in Nevada City, CA, with a colleague from the Sonoma State University Class of 2005 Organization Development program.

Mark Loguillo, BS, physics, ‘03 is an Instrument Systems Scientific Associate at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratories. He was formerly a systems engineer with United Space Alliance working with hazardous gas detection systems in and around the space shuttle at the Kennedy Space Center.

Jerilynn Schisser, BS, physics, ‘03 is teaching physics and chemistry at Bethel High School in Vallejo while studying for a teaching credential at SSU. She was formerly an optical engineer developing three-dimensional graphics systems with Real D in Beverly Hills.

Tiffany Borders, BS, physics, ‘04 is a graduate student and teaching assistant in astronomy at San Diego State University. Formerly a telescope operator at the Very Large Array of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Socorro, New Mexico, she worked at NRAO and also at the Hubble Space Telescope during summers while a student at SSU.

Dustin G. Buck, BS, business administration, ‘04 opened an office for Edward Jones in Fair Oaks, California, a year ago when he relocated back to Sacramento. Buck helps individuals and small business owners with financial and college education planning.

Corey McCarthy, BA, physics, ‘04 is a pilot flying international cargo on Boeing 747s for Focus Air. He graduated from the Commercial Airline Pilot Training program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 2005.

Tedman Torres, BS, physics, ‘04 is a graduate student and teaching assistant in physics at Arizona State University, where he is working on single molecule fluorescence of bio-molecules at the new Biodesign Institute.

Andrew Clawson, BS, physics, ‘05 is an optical engineer with OptoSigma in Santa Ana, California.

Marta Fuentes-Filp, BS, physics, ‘05 is a graduate student and teaching assistant in physics at the University of Iowa.

Jesus Granados, BA, psychology, ‘05 has internships in neurophysiology and early childhood development. He is currently preparing for a career in medicine.

Jeanie Mar, BA, physics, ‘05 is a graduate student and teaching assistant in mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.

Carrie Peterson, BA, sociology, ‘05 spent a year traveling in New Zealand. She is now working at a bakery while freelance writing for magazines.

Kris Tyson, BS, physics, ‘05 is an optical physicist at 3M’s Optical Systems Division in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Daniel Nicholas, BS, physics, ‘06 is a technical services engineer at EandM in Healdsburg.

Christian Pillsbury, BS, wine business strategies, ‘06 is now working for a French wine importer based in the Bay Area. He recently moved to France with his wife who is attending school there.