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Class Notes



Luann Linquist (B.A., ’63; M.A., ’66), thefounder of DeleteStress.com, is a speaker, executive coach, author and therapist.

Linda Begen-Peltz (B.A., ’67; M.A., ’68) was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Alta Bates Summit Foundation in Berkeley. She is a lifetime trustee of its Foundation Board and has headed its annual Celebrity Golf and Tennis Classic fundraiser.

"Sensual Massage Made Simple" (Arcata Arts, '08) by Gordon Inkeles (M.A., '69), author of the million-seller "The Art of Sensual Massage," features an easy-to-learn full body massage with proven techniques on every page.



Robert J. Howell (M.A., ’71) is the author of "Understanding Response to Intervention: A Practical Guide to Systemic Implementation" (Solution Tree, ’08), a guide to establishing intervention systems for students at high risk for academic failure.

William Delaney (B.A., ’72) has published "Religion vs. God: The Plight of Unenlightened Africans in the Americas" through iUniverse.com.

William Patry (B.A., ’74; M.A., ’76) is senior copyright counsel for Google.

David R. Lindberg (B.A., ’77), a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and curator for the University of California Museum of Paleontology, is co-editor of the textbook "Phylogeny and Evolution of the Mollusca" (UC Press, ’08).

Greg Yasinitsky (B.M., ’76; M.A., ’78) is a Meyer distinguished professor of music and coordinator of jazz studies at Washington State University, where he has been teaching for more than 25 years.

Artist Susan Tibbon (Teaching Credential, ’77) is the co-owner of Atelier Posey et Susan, a shop and studio in San Francisco's Mission District.

Susan Hershman (M.A., ’78) is the author and photographer behind "House Colors: Exterior Color by Style of Architecture" (Gibbs-Smith, ’07), a comprehensive resource on choosing exterior house color, including paint, stucco, stone, roofing materials, lighting and door hardware.

Producer, writer and director John M. King (B.A., ’79) revived Mill Valley's Rhubarb Revue community cabaret theatre, which had folded in 1992 after a 38-year run, and is preparing to celebrate its 10th revival year.

Adrian Ravarour (attended ’79) has published "Lightforms: Energy Flow Photography" through Xlibris.



Col. John L.Orendorff (B.A., ’80) is serving his 28th year as a U.S. Army medical service corps officer. Currently in Afghanistan as chief medical operations officer of the combined security and transition team, he is helping to rebuild the country's the healthcare system.

Alan Venable (M.A., ’80) has published two books for children, "Take Me with You When You Go" and "Nutty To Meet You! Dr. Peanut Book #1," through OneMonkeyBooks.com.

Kenneth W. Fong, CPM (M.B.A., ’82), a managing partner of Fong and Associates, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Nevada Pacific Bank.

Lora Jo Foo (B.A., ’82), an attorney, advocate for worker rights and nature photographer, has self-published her memoir, "Earth Passages: Journeys Through Childhood."

Virginia McEnerney (B.A., ’82) is executive director of The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit that administers The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Susanne Mason (B.A., ’83) recently completed her first feature-length film. "Writ Writer" was aired on the national PBS series Independent Lens in June and was broadcast on San Francisco's PBS station, KQED, in September.  

Pamela Cranston (B.A., ’84) was ordained as an Episcopal priest in San Francisco in 1990 and now works as a hospice chaplain and the long-term interim vicar of the progressive Episcopal Church of St. Cuthbert's in Oakland.

Matthew Young (B.S., ’85), a CPA with more than 18 years of military service, was  promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Army Reserve, and works as a deputy inspector general for the California Office of the Inspector General.

Frederick Chiaventone (M.A., ’85), a novelist, screenwriter and commentator on international affairs, appeared in the film "Bloody Dawn: The Lawrence Massacre." His most recent articles on "Bloody Bill" Anderson and on Custer at Little Bighorn appeared in the January and June issues of Cowboys & Indians magazine.

Bonnie Rose Hough (M.P.A., ’85), managing attorney with the Administrative Office of the Courts’ Center for Families, Children and the Courts, received an award of merit from the Legal Aid Association of California for her commitment to increasing access and delivery of legal service for the poor and self-represented litigants.

Dennis J. Aquilina (B.M., ’86), a music instructor at Thomas Hart Middle School, received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Pleasanton Unified School District. During the past year his symphonic band, string orchestra and jazz band traveled to New York City and performed at Carnegie Hall and Lehman College.

Benjamin Weil (B.A., ’86) has published "Lillian Loewe," a book addressing issues such as first-generation American immigrants reconnecting with their roots, German-Jewish relations prior to World War I, and the role of women in society at that time (1913-1914).



Kathleen Rand Reed (B.A.,’95), a practicing applied bio-cultural anthropologist and ethnomarketer, is president of The Rand Reed Group, with offices in Menlo Park and Washington, D.C.

Eric Keitel (M.A., ’96) was awarded a Gold Medal in the 2008 Mom's Choice Awards for "I Just Want My Kids to Be Happy! Why You Shouldn't Say It, Why You Shouldn't Think It, What You Should Embrace Instead" (Late August Press, ’08), a book he co-wrote with Aaron Cooper.

David Barber (B.A., ’96; M.A., ’98), assistant professor of history at the University of Tennessee at Martin, is the author of "A Hard Rain Fell: SDS and Why It Failed" (University of Mississippi Press, ’08).



Heidi Crouch (B.S., ’03) has been promoted to manager of the Oakland Office of Mechanics Bank.

Nick Fairbain (B.A., ’05) is a media engagement strategist for GJP Advertising.


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