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2000s

Gomes, Brandy, Credential, English, ’04, is an English teacher at Ronald E. McNair High School in Lodi, CA. School Principal Jim Davis was so impressed by Gomes’ work ethic in 2005-06 she was appointed chairwomen of the English department.

Kristin Donahue, B.A. American Ethnic Studies & B.A. Psychology, ’05, graduated in May from the University of San Diego with a Master’s in Marital and Family Therapy. Kristin is completing her practicum at San Diego Children’s Hospital in the outpatient psychiatry department. She plans to complete her clinical hours as a registered intern in a local nonprofit agency.

Malisa Herrault, B.S. Environmental Studies, ’03, works as a staff environmental chemist at a local consulting analytical chemistry company. Her husband is also a chemist and they live in Santa Rosa, CA.

Sherry Hinrichs, B.S. Business Administration, ’00 is the chief executive officer for Attain It, Inc. a financial and insurance service company for families and small business owners in Santa Rosa, CA.

Matthew Rochioli, B.S. Math, ’04, is working as a bookstore assistant at the Santa Rosa Junior College Bookstore.

Scott Songer, B.A. Psychology, ’05, has been working at a residential care facility for teens called the Family Life Center. Mr. Songer is interested in attending graduate school to obtain a higher degree and eventually a license to practice marriage and family therapy.

1990s

Johanna Blanding-Koskinen, B.A. English Literature, ’97, is the executive director of the Hepatitis C Multicultural Outreach, a non-profit Christian organization providing services for those infected with Hep C and HIV. An ordained minister, she heads the organization’s “Train the Trainer” program where Hep C counseling techniques are integrated into already established HIV/AIDS programs. As executive director, Johanna keeps issues of health disparities within multicultural communities a priority in discussions with organizations like the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Her work as an advocate has placed her in the forefront of the upcoming Global Hepatitis Conference taking place in 2008. Her book, It’s Not About Color. It’s About Care, will be published in the spring of 2009.

Caroline McDowell, B.A. Theatre Arts, ’95 recently received a master’s degree in counseling psychology from John F. Kennedy University. She is completing her internship at the Women’s Therapy Center in El Cerrito and at the Bay Area Psychotherapy Training Institute in Lafayette, CA.

Mark Peabody, B.S. Business Administration, ’96, B.A. Music, ’72, B.A. English/Art History, ’71 was recently honored as Marin County’s public teacher of the year. In addition to his role as band teacher for Novato High School, Peabody has been the driving force behind the Marin School of Arts, a school for the performing arts with over 250 students.

Tara (Hendrickson) Sharp

Tara (Hendrickson) Sharp, B.A. Communications, ’99, is the co-founder of a national organic food company, 18 Rabbits, based in San Francisco. 18 Rabbits is a socially-responsible, environmentally-friendly company that purchases ingredients from local farmers who are committed to sustainable growing practices. Their health bars and cereals are sold nationally at Peet’s Coffee & Tea Stores, Whole Foods markets, amazon.com and at other specialty food stores; Sonoma State sells 18 Rabbits granola bars.

Cindy Staka, B.A. Chemistry, ’99, received a Ph.D. from the School of Pharmacy at Cardiff University in Wales. Her thesis on mechanisms of resistance to estrogen deprivation in breast cancer led her to Menlo Park, CA where she is researching inflammation and epithelial metastatic cancer.

1980s

Randy Arnold, B.A. Management, ’86, is the national sales manager for Barefoot Winery and has been with the company for 17 years. Arnold grew up on family vineyards but knew at a young age that he was not meant to be a farmer and chose instead to work in a people-oriented position. This led him to a career in wine sales and distribution. Barefoot has been said to be the fastest growing winery in America, producing 2.5 million cases last year and 4 million this year.

Richard Alan Bunch, Credential, Single and Multiple Subjects, ’88, was recently included in the Who’s Who in American Education. Mr. Bunch teaches humanities, philosophy, and history at Solano and Napa Valley Colleges and has been nominated four times for Teacher of the Year at Solano College. He resides with his family in Davis, CA.

Kevin Givens, B.A. Environmental Studies, ’86, received a lifetime achievement award from the Freestyle Players Association for contributions to the sport of Freestyle Frisbee. He was a member and former president of the United Flyers of Sonoma (UFOS). He is currently the intramural and sports club supervisor at UC Santa Cruz and was the original intramural and sports club supervisor at Sonoma State from 1984-1988.

Deborah Klein, B.A. Management, ’89, has started an executive coaching and career counseling practice. Dr. Klein is a certified executive coach and educational consultant, and also works as an instructional systems designer for the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Two Rock, CA.

Margaret “Peggy” Shearer Raggio, M.A. English, ’89 & B.A. Communication Studies, ’87 went into the Peace Corp in 1991 and taught ESL and five other subjects to 48 college students in Suwalki, Poland. Raggio then taught English in California to Hispanic students and tutored until the late 90s. She has been published in numerous papers and poetry books, and one of her true stories has been placed in the Hindenburg Museum.

Tahmus Rounds

Tahmus Rounds, B.A. Theatre Arts, ’88 recently starred in “Love’s Unfolding Dream” on the Hallmark Channel and in the season premiere of “CSI Miami.” His successful career in the film industry began in 1995 when he co-starred with Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Dermot Mulroney and Harry Connick, Jr. in the thriller “Copycat.” He has worked on numerous television shows including “ER,” “Cold Case,” “Criminal Minds,” and “Saving Grace.” Rounds just completed his latest film “The Third Nail” in which he plays the role of an interviewer. Rounds was a Blue Man in the innovative “Blue Man Group” in Chicago, IL for four years, and also starred in “Salt Creek County” which he worked on with classmates from SSU. During his time at SSU, Rounds played the leading role in “Strider” and after graduate school returned to campus to play Salieri in “Amadeus.”

Cheryl Sigona, B.A. Art, ’85, completed a certification in Computer-Aided Drafting and has been showing her pastels and collages in National competitions in Sacramento, CA.

1970s

photo by Bill Tomlinson

“GLadden Fields” 30 year Reunion Concert—April 18, 2008
This reunion concert is an opportunity for alumni from the classes of 1977-78 to reconnect with old friends and to hear the band play one more time. In addition to Gladden Fields, performances include Aircastle (acoustic duo), Julie Ann Layne (folk rock), and Alan Watt (country rock).

Where’s Cunningham? The search is underway for long-lost members of the band. If you or someone you know can help make connections, please contact Steve Gabe at stevegabeesq@hotmail.com or visit www.betherenowfestival.com.

The free concert will be held on the Darwin Quad lawn at SSU, 5:30 -7:30 p.m., Friday, April 18. For more information, contact Steve Gabe, or call the Alumni Association at 707 664.2426 or e-mail alumni.office@sonoma.edu.

Mary Gill, B.A. Anthropology, ’74, and M.A. Political Science, ’84, works with the California State Legislature as a principal consultant to the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

Anna Klimaszewski, B.A. Psychology, ’77, and M.A. Counseling, ’86, has a psychotherapy and counseling practice and grows organic blueberries on 2.5 acres in Mt. Shasta, CA. She is also involved in a pilot program with TriCare Health Alliance serving men, women and their families in the National Guard who have been deployed or will soon go to Iraq.

Anthony Tusler

Anthony Tusler, B.A. Psychology, ’74, and founder/owner of AboutDisability was honored by KQED for his commitment, leadership and contributions to the local and Bay Area disability communities. The award was presented by KQED Public Broadcasting, AT&T and Kaiser Permanente. Anthony was among four Bay Area residents selected for the award which was presented at KQED in honor of Disability Awareness Month last October. A reception celebrating disability culture and a TV spot featuring the award recipients was aired during the station’s month-long disability programming.

1960s

Ronald Borden, B.A. History, ’67, received his J.D. from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law in 1970. In 1997 he retired from practicing law and now lives with his wife, Dr. Ruth Rymer, in Castro Valley, CA. The couple enjoys history, art, swimming, and traveling.

Sandra Michael, B.A. Biology, ’67, has worked at Binghamton University, NY for 33 years where she is currently a SUNY distinguished service professor and director of graduate studies. Michael also heads the National Episcopal Church Network for Science, Technology, and Faith. After attending SSU, in 1970 Michael received her Ph.D. in genetics from UC Davis, in CA.

Mary Elizabeth Patterson, B.A. Psychology, ’68 taught grades 4-6 for 11 years at the Wilson School in Petaluma. In 1962 she hosted an 18-year-old high school student from South Korea who had ambitions of becoming a diplomat; that young man was recently appointed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The secretary-general’s friendship with Patterson has lasted more than five decades and his first trip to the Bay Area in July 2007 included a visit to her home in Novato, CA.

Johnnie Walker, B.S. Business Administration and B.A. Kinesiology, ’67, retired in 2002 after 35 years of teaching science and physical education at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, CA.