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Gerald Haslam’s (B.A., ’63; M.A., ’65) recently published articles include "Stranger in a Strange Land" (BOOM: A Journal of California) and "S.I. Hayakawa: A Remembrance of an Enigmatic Life" (The California State Library Foundation Bulletin).

Theodore Long  (B.A., ’64), former South Lake Tahoe City councilmember and president of the Sacramento Division of the League of California Cities, just completed a year as foreman of the El Dorado County Grand Jury.
Ron Fell (B.A., ’67) is the new president of the board of directors for the Golden Gate Regional Center, the state agency that manages $180 million annually to benefit the developmentally disabled in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties.

Doug Leighton (B.A., ’67) is a technical sales/partner sales manager for Panasonic Solutions Company and an associate member of The American Society of Cinematographers.

Karna Small Bodman (attended ’67–’70), a former White House deputy press secretary and senior director of the National Security Council, has written a new political thriller, “Castle Bravo” (Headline Books, ’12).



Gary Robbins (M.A., ’70), president and owner of Urban Alternatives in Marin County, was honored by a consortium of public agencies and clients in August for his contributions to participatory public sector planning during the past 35 years.
Arthur J. Sommers (B.A.,’72) has released three books through Arcadia Publishing during the past four years: “Auburn,” “Placer County” and “Donner Summit.”
Vance DeVost (B.A., ’73) retired as stage manager for the San Francisco Symphony.
Steve Zeltzer (B.A., ’73) produced “Halfway to Hell: The Workers and Unions that Built the Golden Gate Bridge,” a film narrated by Danny Glover (attended '67-'72; Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, ’97) and broadcast on KQED in May to commemorate the bridge’s 75th anniversary. 

Linda Kurtz (M.S., ’74) is the 2012 recipient of the Hannah G. Solomon Award for her outstanding service to the San Francisco section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

Bill McGinnis (M.A., ’75), founder and president of Whitewater Voyages in in El Sobrante, Calif., has published “Whitewater: A Thriller” through his rafting company.

Virginia Palmer (B.A., ’75), an estate planning attorney, has been named partner at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP.

Lorri Ungaretti (B.A. ’75; M.S., ’93), a tour leader for City Guides, captures the largely untold history of the city’s largest neighborhood in “Stories in the Sand: San Francisco’s Sunset District, 1847-1964” (Balangero Books, ’12).

Joan Canby (M.A., ’76) published a collection of poems, “Metaxe,” through E-BookTime, LLC.
Robert Fordan (M.A., ’78) was promoted from associate to full professor at Central Washington University, where he teaches broadcast journalism.
Simon Levy (B.A., ’84) is producing director for the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles. His stage adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” is forthcoming from Dramatists Play Service. 




Vinnie Hansen (M.A., ’80) in 2012 wrote "Thin Ice in Four Pieces," a short story to appear in the Lake Region Review, "Corn Maize," an essay, published in phren_Z on-line literary magazine, and Art, Wine & Bullets, the sixth book in her Carol Sabala mystery series.  

Silvester Carl Henderson (B.A., ’81; M.A., ’84), professor of choral activities and chair of the music department at Los Medanos College, was presented with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Award from Dow Chemical, in honor of his successful promotion of education and diversity through gospel music. 

Barbara Rose Brooker (B.A., ’82; M.A., ’91) is the author of “The Viagra Diaries,” a novel which was bought by HBO for a television series and is soon to republish from Simon & Schuster.

Mary Lou Castellanos (B.S., ’84) of Sotheby’s International Realty was named among the nation’s top real estate professionals in an annual ranking sponsored by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends.

Eugene Gloria (B.A., ’82), a creative writing and English literature instructor at DePauw University, has published his third book of poems, “My Favorite Warlord” (Penguin, 2012). He will serve as the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University next spring.

Rex Lau (B.S., ’85) is executive vice president of sales at SheerID, a technology company specializing in protecting online discounts for e-commerce merchants.

Michal Aviad (M.A., ’86) screened her film “Invisible,” a crime drama, at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

Peter McKenna (M.A., ’86) has published through Smashwords “Rebel Gray, Mountain Green,” a novel about the Confederate raid in St. Albans, Vermont.

Julia Park Tracey (B.A., ’86), an award-winning writer and editor, has published “I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do: Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (1925-1926) through iUniverse.

Gary Young (M.B.A., ’87) is the Defense Contract Management Agency Divisional administrative contracting officer for both Boeing Huntington Beach and Boeing Long Beach. He has worked for the Department of Defense for more than 25 years.

David Windley (M.B.A., ’88), former chief human resources officer at Yahoo!, was elected to the board of directors for the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR association.

Amy Alexander (B.A., ’89) writes and produces news, analysis and commentary. Her latest book is “Uncovering Race: A Black Journalist’s Story of Reporting and Reinvention” (Beacon Press, ’11).

Tom Bentley (M.A., ’89) has published a short story collection, “Flowering and Other Stories” (AuthorMike Ink, ’12).

Budiarto Halim (B.S., ’89) is chief executive officer of Erajaya, the leading distributor and retailer of mobile products & services in Indonesia.



Lisa Davis (B.A., ’90), an investigative journalist, recounts the civil court battle between a small group of lawyers and a well-funded Mormon legal team in “The Sins of Brother Curtis: A Story of Betrayal, Conviction and the Mormon Church” (Scribner, ’11).

Professor Alejandro Murguia (B.A., ’90; M.A., ’92) is San Francisco’s new poet laureate.

Cal Orey (M.A., ’90) explores the often surprising and wide-ranging health benefits of a cup of joe in “The Healing Powers of Coffee: A Complete Guide to Nature's Surprising Superfood” (Kensington, ’12), the latest book in her Healing Power Series.

Annabel Hertz (M.A., ’93) published the novel “Seeing Green” through Amazon Digital Services.

Marilee A. Sonneman (B.A.,’93), founder and chief executive officer of Spotlight Events Consulting, was named Meeting Professional of the Year by Meeting Professionals International Northern California Chapter.

Mark E. Stamelos (B.A., ’93) is a partner at the Nashville, Tenn. office of FordHarrison LLP, a national labor and employment law firm.

Stephanie Anne Johnson (M.A., ’94), a professor at California State University, Monterey Bay, published “Women, Shared Leadership, and Policy: The Mano River Peace Network Case Study,” an article in a 2011 edition of The Journal of Pan African Studies.

Rick Ramirez (M.S., ’95) earned his doctoral degree in educational leadership from University of California, Davis and is a professor of counseling and Transfer Center director at Sacramento’s American River College.

Lisa Arellano (M.A., ’97), assistant professor of American studies and assistant professor and director of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Colby College, has written “Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs: Narratives of Community and Nation (Temple University Press, ’12).

Bridget Hoida (M.A., ’99) is the author of “So L.A.” (Lettered Press,’12), a novel that follows one Magdalena de la Cruz  from the San Joaquin Valley into the glitz of Los Angeles, where she struggles both to accept the death of her younger brother and to hold on to her marriage.



John Calloway (M.A., ’03), an SF State music lecturer, has been named a 2012 Bay Area Jazz Hero by The Jazz Journalists Association. The award honors his decades of work bringing jazz and Latin music to young people.
K.M. Ruiz (B.A., ’03) has published a sequel to her first science fiction novel, “Mind Storm.” The new novel, “Terminal Point” (Thomas Dunne Books, ’12), chronicles a team of rogues’ fight for survival on a planet ruined by nuclear war.

Fred Setterberg’s (M.A., ’03) novel “Lunch Bucket Paradise” (Heyday, ’12) made the shortlist for the 2012 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, given by Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation.
Kenny Loui (B.A., ’05; M.A., ’08) has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Police Administration at the Catholic University of Daegu in South Korea.
Mark G. Tao (B.S., ’05; M.B.A., ’09), Fort Mason Center’s new director of finance, provides leadership in financial management, budgeting and forecasting, as well as human resources oversight for the nonprofit art and culture center. 

Bridget Whitlow (M.S., ’05), alicensed marriage and family therapist and president of the Marin and Sonoma-based Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc., opened a private psychotherapy practice in Marin and joined the Baywell Psychiatry Group in San Francisco.

Rocco Pendola (B. A., ’06) is a contributor for TheStreet.com, the financial website founded by CNBC's Jim Cramer. 

Lauren Shufran (M.A., ’07; M.F.A., ’08) received the Motherwell Prize in Poetry for her debut collection “Inter Arma.” The book will be published by Fence Books in spring 2013.
Jody Vandergriff (M.S., ’08) is the vice president of marketing and sales for San Mateo-based WebDAM Solutions.
Deborah Budd (Ed.D., ’10), the former vice chancellor of educational services for the Peralta Community College District, has been appointed president of Berkeley City College.
Eddie Madril (B.A., ’11 ) curated “Indigenous Couture,” a Friday Night at the de Young tribute to the influence of non-western cultures on the collections featured in the museum’s exhibit, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.



Mat Reitz (M.A., ’62), Oct. 28, 2011, Missoula, Mont.

Art Beeghly (B.A., ’71), Oct. 22, 2011, Fayetteville, Ark.                                      

Michael Louis Calvillo (B.A., ’01), April 30, 2012, Murrieta, Calif.



Shalimar Guerra (B.A., ’05) married Brian Perez on June 16, 2012 in Redwood City, Calif.

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