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Don Sharp (B.A., '60; M.A., '73) is a retired teacher and volunteer with the Community Action Partnership mentoring program in Santa Rosa.

Don Carmichael (attended '65) has written "A Trumpet for Freedom" (Trafford Publishing, '06), a book about each of three wars he served in as a combat soldier.



Judge Diana Becton Smith (B.A., '74), Superior Court, Contra Costa County, was elected assistant presiding judge 2009-10 and presiding judge-elect 2011-12.

Dennis 'Kip' Herren (B.A., '74; M.A., '76) is the Auburn (Washington) School District superintendent.

Criminal Supervising Judge Peter Espinoza (B.A., '77) is responsible for the operation of all criminal cases in Los Angeles County.

Elwin R. Tilson (M.S., '78) is the newly appointed department head of radiologic sciences at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga.

Peggy Landsman (M.A., '79) has published a romance novel, "Passion's Professor," through Midnight Showcase under the pen name Samantha Rhodes.



Dennis Foster (B.A., '80) is president and founder of Major Legal Services, a company that provides professional temporary and permanent legal recruiting services to law firms and corporate legal departments.

Jerry Gerber (B.M., '82) has scored music for film, television, computer games and other projects. His work has been featured in music magazines such as Keyboard, Electronic Musician and Virtual Instruments.

"And Darkness Was Under His Feet: Stories of a Family," the third volume of fiction from Annie Dawid (B.A., '82; M.A., '86), was released by Litchfield Review Press after winning its 2007 award for short fiction.

Gary Rose (B.A., '83) is partner and executive producer at GO FILM, one of the top five award-winning commercial production companies in the world.

Chris McCurry (M.A., '85) has published "Parenting Your Anxious Child With Mindfulness and Acceptance" through New Harbinger Publications.



Alex Neill (B.A., '90) is senior managing editor for news for all Army Times Publishing Co. publications.

Celia Esposito-Noy (B.A., '92) has been appointed interim President for Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.

Wes Kenney (M.M., '92) was granted tenure as a full professor at Colorado State University, where he is director of orchestras. Also the music director of the Fort Collins Symphony, he won the 2007 Varna (Bulgaria) International Conducting Competition.

Cynthia Wang (M.A., '92), a senior quality engineer for Tyco Electronics, has published "This is America" through Chongqing Publishing Group in China. The collection of essays focuses on her life in the United States.

Patricia Chadwick (M.A., '93) is communications and Web development specialist at Internews Network, an international media development organization.

Mourad Lahlou (B.A., '93; M.A., '95 ), owner of Aziza, a Moroccan restaurant in San Francisco, won the Food Network's "Iron Chef America" competition in March. He defeated Iron Chef Cat Cora in taste, plating and originality.

Walter Cambra (M.A., '93) successfully completed the superstar course in basic astrology at the American Federation of Astrologers, Inc. and received his diploma. He has had several articles published in Today's Astrologer.

The sketch comedy troupe Killing My Lobster produced "Pure Shock Value," a black comedy by playwright Matt Pelfrey (B.A., '94). The play debuted at San Francisco's Exit Theatre in February.

Tim Kiley (B.A., '95), assistant news director at ABC affiliate KESQ, co-produced and served as director of photography for "TV Virus," a film that screened at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival in February.

Melissa Ng (B.A., '95), a television actress in Hong Kong, began her career with a leading role in the episodic series "La Femme Desperado" on Hong Kong television channel TVB.

Robert Derbin (M.B.A., '96) is director of administration for the Berkeley Natural History Museums at the University of California, Berkeley.

Arturo PĂ©rez Torres (B.A., '97), a filmmaker based in Toronto, received a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for film.

Rein Gabrielsen (B.A., '97) is an associate at Liquid Realty Partners, a private equity real estate firm in San Francisco.



Miquel Almaguer (B.A., '00), a newly named NBC News correspondent, is based in Burbank and contributes to all NBC News properties, including "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Today" and MSNBC.

Diana Rumjahn (B.A., '03) has published "Charlie and Mama Kyna," a children's book based on her film "Going Home," through Book Surge.

Misty Gamble (M.F.A., '07), an instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute, was named Emerging Artist of 2008 by Ceramics Monthly. Her next show, "Five Fired," takes place at the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri, in June.



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