Dakota Decker, B.S. Physics, ’08, is only 18 years old and already on his way to UCLA to pursue his master’s degree in mechanical engineering. A math prodigy, Decker moved quickly through Tech High School (located on SSU campus) and on to Sonoma State at the age of 15. His focus is research in the robotics field, specifically, brain interfacing; however he would not mind a job building space stations or other NASA objectives.
Angie Grainger, B.S. Accounting, ’02, is working as a certified personal financial specialist for individuals and companies in the construction and real estate industries. Grainger provides financial literacy education and helps to organize the annual Youth Business Week. She switched her career goals from truck driver to certified public accountant in junior high when she was told she was good at math.
Ryan Wycoff, B.S. Business Administration, ’07, has been using “Facebook” as an innovative way to promote wine businesses. After graduating, he was hired by Inertia, a winery consulting company. He used the online phenomenon to create Wine 2.0, a site where people interested in fusing the latest technologies with wineries can interact. He also helps manage the SSU WineBiz Alumni Group to keep in contact with others in the industry.
Jedediah D. Ayres, B.S. Business Management Information Systems, ’95, is the general partner of MacCallum House Inn and Properties in Mendocino, CA. Ayres is also the vice president for partner management and marketing of MTM Technologies, a national provider of innovative IT solutions and services to Global 2000 and mid-size companies. He earned an MBA from San Francisco State in 2002. With his wife Megan, he has been active in raising funds for local causes, including the music program at Mendocino High School.
Kevin Honea, B.A. Communications, ’90, is a public information and education officer for the southern command of the Nevada Department of Public Safety-Highway Patrol Division. He loves his job and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife, Janis, who also graduated from SSU with a bachelor’s degree in English in ’89.
Craig Nordby, B.A. Management, ’94, is president of Nordby Wine Caves and Nordby Signature Homes, and vice president of Nordby Construction in Santa Rosa. He started as a general laborer during his summer vacations, and now his company is the third largest general contractor in the North Bay with more than $50 million in annual revenue.
Jennifer Ramstad, B.S. Business Administration, ’98, has risen from marketing assistant to marketing manager in her seven years working for Weetabix North America, a natural foods company. In 2002, she married her husband Chris, and they were blessed with a daughter, Naomi Aliyah, in 2005.
Malia Rivera-Rodriguez, B.A. Business Economics, ’02, and her retired major league baseball player husband, Richard Rodriguez, have teamed up to develop and promote District 81-3, a firm that markets Japanese art-inspired men’s apparel. All apparel pieces are decorated with original and freehand drawings created by Japanese artists. Items such as T-shirts, thermals and jackets feature images from Japanese folklore, Kabuki theatre, nature and other unique subjects. A women’s line will be in stores this November. Rivera-Rodriguez also teaches marketing strategies at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, CA. During his 13 year MLB career, Rodriguez played for the San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Anaheim Angels and other teams.
J. David Siembieda, B.A. Management, ’92, is president and chief executive officer of CrossCheck, Inc. Since he took the reigns at age 29, the company has grown to become the third-largest check provider in the U.S. and a major Sonoma County employer.
Marla Tellez, B.A. Political Science, ’98, has joined the KOB-TV Eyewitness News team in Albuquerque, NM as a news anchor. She began her career as a writer and producer at KFTY-TV Channel 50 in Sonoma County. In 2000, her producing talents took her to KPIX CBS 5 in San Francisco, CA where she worked on the station’s Evening Magazine. In 2002, Tellez moved to station KION News 46 in Salinas, CA and moved back to CBS 5 in 2004 as a news reporter and a correspondent for “Eye on the Bay.” Naturally a morning person, Tellez begins her workday at 2:00 a.m.
Steven Wallis, M.A. Psychology, ’98 and B.A. Sociology, ’94 received his Ph.D. in human and organizational systems at Fielding Graduate University, and has just published his first academic work – a chapter in “Intelligent Complex Adaptive Systems,” in which he demonstrates new methods for analyzing bodies of theory.
Dawn Marie Carlson, B.A. Management, ’85, is in the process of obtaining her second bachelor’s degree from Sonoma State University in Environmental Planning. Carlson is a development officer at the Easter Seal Society of Northern California.
David Dierke, B.A. Management, ’77, is the president and CEO of Accountmate Software Corporation. His background in sales models and program development earned him recognition on numerous occasions by the SBT Business Partners for Outstanding Achievement within channel program development. Dierke previously worked as the director of dealer sales for the Americas at AutoDesk, Inc.
Molly Dwyer, M.A. English, ’88, has been involved in the education of students for 15 years, teaching English composition, creative writing, and literature classes in community colleges. In 2002, she received her Ph.D., and was co-author of “Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men.” She has focused much of her writing on the Romantics, and is currently working on a book titled “The Appassionata.” She resides in Mendocino, CA. For details visit: http://mollydwyer.com
Richard Satterlie, B.A. Biology, ’73, has been recognized as the Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor of Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He has also had success in the literary world. His most recent novel, “Phoenix” was published in July 2006 and took first place in the published fiction category in the Arizona Authors Association literary contest. He has two more novels scheduled for release in the coming years. For details visit: http://richardsatterlie.wcpauthor.com/
Roger Trott, B.A. Economics, ’81, has recently published his first novel, a work of musical fiction entitled “Getting in Tune.” After graduating from Sonoma State, Trott went on to earn a master’s degree from UC Davis, and played in several rock bands over the years. He lives in Lincoln, CA and is working on his second novel. For details visit: www.rogertrott.com
Holly Hayden, B.S. Nursing, ’84, passed away in May 2008. Her daughter shared Hayden’s pride of the nursing program at Sonoma State and that she particularly enjoyed guest lecturing and teaching classes.