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Norm Hankoff (B.A., ’57) is the founder of Sinkies, the International Association of People Who Dine Over the Kitchen Sink, which raises money for charitable organizations devoted to the elimination of world hunger.

David Madden (M.A., ’58), Louisiana State University’s Robert Penn Warren Professor of Creative Writing Emeritus, now resides in Black Mountain, NC.



Gerald Haslam (B.A., ’63; M.A., ‘65), an instructor at University of San Francisco’s Fromm Institute, was the 2010 commencement speaker at California State University, Bakersfield.

Richard L. Hughett (B.S., ’64) is the co-publisher of Wine & Travel magazine.

Rhett Regina (Haertig) Owings (B.A., ’66) retired from a 32-year career as a public school teacher and works as a fine artist and landscape painter.

Katheryn Fong (B.A.,’68; M.A.,’76) is the new executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County.

Jim Jordan (attended ’64–’68) is the co-author of Mother Goose Nursery ROMS, an interactive reading program designed for children two to five years of age and for English as a second language or limited English learners.

Lila R. Johnson (B.S., ’68) has been elected secretary of the American Cancer Society’s Board of Directors.

Harry Mathias (B.A., ’68; M.A., ’74) has been named a fellow of The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.



Allan D. Brown (M.A., ’72) has just published a memoir, "California Split" (lulu.com, ’10), which recounts his time as a student in SF State’s Film/TV Department from 1965 to 1968.

Brad Schreiber (attended ’72–’75) is the co-author of "Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, the Untold Story of a Musical Genius" (Da Capo Press, ‘10).

Barry Mendel (M.B.A., ’74) is president of Mendel Money Management, Inc., Northbrook, Ill. In June he and his wife Caryn Mann became grandparents to twins.

Claude Aguilera (M.A., ’74) has published "Mythical Voyage: The Tale of the White Ponca"
through Savant Books and Publications under the pen name Robin Ymer.

Susan (Uran) Evind (B.A., '74), the founder of mysfstories.com, has re-published the 1916-era "A California Cook Book" by Sarah Williamson, a collection of recipes from the kitchens of famous Bay Area residents past, including Luther Burbank, Jack London and Henry J. Crocker.

Barbara Budrovich (M.A., ’75) is a professor of English and the writing center and computer lab director at El Camino College in Torrance, Calif.

Barbara Ellett Bushée (B.A., ’75) is the author of "Gringa With Purple Toenails"
(Lulu.com, ’09).

Saeed Shafa (B.A., ’76) is the founder and executive director of the Tiburon International Film Festival, the Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco, and the Petaluma International Film Festival.

Sheryl Tappan (M.A., ’76) recently began showing her jewelry collection at Avenue Art in San Mateo.

Joan E Borrelli (M.A., ’78; M.A., ’93), translator and head of J. Paul Leonard Library’s collection acquisition management, collaborated with editor Natalia Costa-Zalessow, professor emerita of Italian, on the recently released "Francesca Turini Bufalini: Autobiographical Poems" (Bordighera Press, ’09).

Jeanne Lohmann (M.A., '79) has published her ninth book of poetry, "Shaking the Tree: New and Selected Poems" (danielpublishing.com, '10).

Kevin Anderson (B.A., ’79), the former athletic director at West Point, is now in charge of University of Maryland athletics.

Vince Rios (M.A.,’79) and Cheryl Rios (B.A., ’99) hosted a July 4th reunion for Vince’s A/1/5 U.S. Marine Corps pals from his two combat tours during the Vietnam War, at their new home in Haslet, Texas.



Vinnie Hansen’s (M.A., ’80) short story "Rooster and Buster Brown Shoes" was selected for publication in the 25th anniversary edition of The Porter Gulch Review.

Bill Johnson (B.A., ’80) served as executive producer on both the Disney feature film "Secretariat" and the DreamWorks Pictures comedy "I Love You, Man."

Vicki Kemmerer (B.A., ’80) retired from the Napa County Department of Agriculture in December 2009 after more than 20 years of service.

Therese Iknoian’s (B.A., ’81) book "Mind-Body Fitness for Dummies" (originally out in 2001) has just been released in German as "Meditative Entspannung for Dummies."

April Martin Chartrand (B.A., '82) received a certificate of honor from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for her 2009 self-published book, "Angel’s Destiny: A Novel Story of Poems & Illustrations."

Claire Nail (B.A., ’83) has been named 2010 Teacher of the Year of San Lorenzo Unified School District, where she has taught first grade since completing her credential at SF State in 2003.

Stacey Redman (B.A., ’83) is the founder and president of the Tim Griffith Foundation, which provides support and services to Bay Area residents affected by addiction, violence and loss.

Phillip S. Roberts (B.A., ’85) is the author of "Waikiki Tiki: Art, History and Photographs" (Bess Press, ’10).

Rebecca Hovey (M.A., ’86) is the newly appointed dean for international study at Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

Matt Carton (B.A., ’87) just completed his eighth year as an English teacher at Berkeley High School, where he shows students his college essays that were heavily marked up by "English Department greats Peter Weltner and Michael Zimmerman."

Mafaituuga F. R. Mafaitu- uga (B.A., ’87) graduated from Seattle University with a master’s degree in psychol- ogy, followed by a master’s in clinical psychology and a doctorate of psychology from Argosy University.



Michael P. Duffy (B.A., ’90), president and chief executive officer of Stockton-based Financial Center Credit Union, was named Executive of the Year by the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

May Leong-Lysaght (M.A., ’90) is the new director of development for the Seattle- based Technology Access Foundation, which prepares underserved children of color for higher education and professional success.

Dan Brook (M.A., '92) has two e-books published with Smashwords, "An Alef-Bet Kabalah" and "Che Forever" (bilingual).

Jennifer Bennett (B.A., '92), a doctor of clinical psychology with a focus on children and families, is the author of the book "Miracle Baby: How Babies are made the IVF Way" (CreateSpace, '10).

Aaron Lamont Horn (B.A., ’93; M.A., ’01) has written his first book, "The Role of Father-like Care in the Educa- tion of Young Black Males" (Edwin Mellen Press, ‘10).

Shannon Wentworth (attended ’93–’94), chief executive officer and founding partner of Sweet, the eco-friendly lesbian travel company, received the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association’s INNOVATOR honor in June.

LeAnn Kanowsky (M.B.A., ‘94) has been appointed treasurer of the Tim Griffith Foundation, which provides support and services to Bay Area residents affected by addiction, violence and loss.

Julaine Herreid Rosner (M.A., ’94), an English as a Second Language teacher at Mission College in Santa Clara, Calif., co-wrote "English for Child Care: Language Skills for Parents and Providers" (Sunburst Media, ’10) with Marianne Brems (M.A., ’76).

Fredericka (Ricka) L. White-Soso (B.A., ’96; M.S.W., ’99) is a found- ing member and the first national secretary for the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants.

Karen Pfau-Martinez (B.S., ‘97) has been elected presi- dent of the San Francisco Chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants for 2010–11.

Lisa Suchesk (M.A., ‘97) has started Timeline Organizing Consultants, a professional organizing business located in Long Beach, Calif.

Canyon Sam (M.F.A., ’98) received The PEN American Center/Open Book Award for "Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History" (University of Washington Press, ’09).

Chris Bocast (B.A., ’99), American ambient producer and guitarist, collaborated with Romanian electronic percussionist Catalin Pintea on "Stratagem" (Divergent Arts, ’09), a Public Radio International’s Echoes CD of the Month.



Andrea Abrams (M.A., ’02) volunteered under the auspices of Buffalo Field Campaign at Yellowstone National Park in May. Her responsibilities included discovering and counting newly born buffalo calves and recording footage to raise public awareness.

Angela Garcia-Lopez (B.S., ’02), an auditor in the technology practice at Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International, has been named to the Spring- board Enterprises Council of National Advisors.

Sandra Park (M.A., ’02) has published "If You Live in a Small House," a novella about 1950s Hawaii during the Korean War, through Master Publishing.

T. Michael Yuen (M.P.A., ’03), chief financial officer of San Francisco Superior Court, was named its executive officer and will manage 590 employees, oversee the $90 million budget and implement court policies and procedures.

Casey Mills (M.A., ’04) is executive editor of California Northern magazine.

Neelanjana Banerjee (M.F.A.,’07) co-edited "Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press, ‘10), a first-of-its kind collection featuring the work of Tanu Mehrotra Wakefield (M.F.A.,’06).

David Church (M.A., ’08) You have the right to control is the author of "Playing whether we share your name, with Memories: Essays on address, and electronic mail Guy Maddin" (University of Manitoba Press, ’10).

Giovanna Borgna (B.A., ’09) received third place in the Student Photographer of the Year competition sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographer Association.



Jacqueline Greig (B.A., ’87), Sept. 9, 2010, San Bruno, Calif.

Dave McElhatton (B.A.,’51), Aug. 23, 2010, Rancho Mirage, Calif.


New Additions

Regina A. Laman Cruz (B.A.& B.S, ‘00; M.P.H., ‘04) and her husband Geraldo Cruz welcomed a daughter, Marisa Anne, into their lives in May.

Matthew Curtis Schneider (B.A., ‘03; M.A., ‘06) and his wife Hawley Morrison Schneider welcomed a daughter, Eden Sophia, into their lives on July 26.



Tracy Phillips (M.A., ’95) and Randy Seifert were wed Aug.15, 2010 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Yasuyuki Nakashima (M.B.A., ‘03) and Tomoko Nakayama (M.A., ‘03) were wed May 8, 2010 in Tokyo.


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