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Dianne Mehak Richmond (B.A., '65; M.A., '67)is the Realtor of the Year for the Alameda Association of Realtors.

Arlene Mulder(B.A., '66) is the mayor of Arlington Heights, Ill.

Michael Corrigan(B.A.,'67; M.A., '69) has published "These Precious Hours" through virtualbookworm.com. The collection of interconnected stories concerns loss and recovery.

Lawrence Baum (B.A., '69), a professor of political science at the Ohio State University, is the author of "Specializing the Courts" (University of Chicago Press, '11).



Professor of Art Barbara Foster (M.A., '71) exhibited her work "ADM Silo" in the 2011 North American Print Biennial at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Mass.

Irv Hamilton, Jr. (M.A., '72) has published "A 20-Minute War," a Cold War novel, through iUniverse.com. It is historical fiction based on experiences he had while serving with the 2d Armored Cavalry on the Czech border in the 1950s.

Richard Spilman (M.A., '72) is the author of "In the Night Speaking" (SPC Press, '09), winner of the Sacramento Poetry Center Book Prize, and "The Estate Sale" (Texas Review Press, '11), winner of the George Garrett Prize.

Loretta Doon (M.A., '73), CEO of the California Society of CPAs and California CPA Education Foundation, made the San Francisco Business Times list of "The Bay Area's Most Influential Women."

Richard Kusiolek (M.B.A., '74), professor of business at the University of Phoenix, moderated the expert panel on GPS Application and Consumer Products, at the 2010 Asia Pacific Satellite Conference in Tokyo.

Lawrie Brown (M.A., '75) is a fine arts photographer whose work was on exhibit most recently at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Donald T. Mon (B.A., '75), vice president at the American Health Information Management Association, was elected president of the Public Health Data Standards Consortium and chair-elect of Health Level Seven in 2010.

Carolyn Power (M.A., '75) starred in Essential Action Productions' spring staging of Donald Margulies' awardwinning drama "Collected Stories" at San Francisco's Stage Werx.

Greg Yasinitsky (B.A., '76; M.A.,'78), Regents professor in the School of Music and coordinator of jazz studies in Washington State University's College of Liberal Arts, received the 2011 Eminent Faculty Award.

Dan Young (B.A., '78), co-founder of the Surfrider Foundation and secretary of the Santa Cruz Surfing Club Preservation Society, was appointed to the State of California Department of Water Resources' Public Advisory Committee.

Gina Atkinson (B.A., '78; M.A., '08), managing editor of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, translated from Italian to English the book, "Secret Passages: The Theory and Technique of Interpsychic Relations" (The New Library of Psychoanalysis, '10).

Leona Bridges (B.A., '79), a former managing director for Barclays Global Investors, has been appointed to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors.



Peter Lane (B.A., '82) is president and CEO of the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Ariz.

Frederick J. Chiaventone (M.A., '85) won the 2011 Wrangler Award for his examination of the Pony Express in the April 2010 issue of Wild West Magazine.

Michael Riley (B.A., '85) is the editor and designer of Santa Cruz Magazine.

Jeff Johnson (B.S., '86) has become a full partner in the accounting firm Zeisler, Zeisler, Rawson & Johnson LLP.

Dolly Matteucci (B.S., '86) is the new director of Napa State Hospital.

Ingrid Summerfield (B.A., '86), president and chief operating officer of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Inc., made the San Francisco Business Times list of "The Bay Area's Most Influential Women."

Jonathan Yorba (B.A., '86; M.A., '89) is the new chief executive officer of the Mexican Museum in Riverside, Calif.

Mitch Perry (B.A., '87) is the News & Politics Editor at Creative Loafing, the weekly alternative newspaper in the Tampa Bay area.



Jennifer Kelly (cred., '90), an eighth grade science instructor at Middletown Middle School, was named Teacher of the Year by the California Department of Education.

Alina (Sivorinovsky) Adams (B.A., '91; M.A, '93) is the author of the Berkley Prime Crime Figure Skating Mystery series, including "Skate Crimes," available in a multimedia edition from Amazon's Kindle store.

Margaret (Peg) Cruikshank (M.A., '92) has retired from women's studies at the University of Maine and continues on as a faculty affiliate of the university's Center on Aging.

Patty Somlo (M.A., '92) is the author of "From Here to There and Other Stories," a ParaguasBooks collection that explores among other issues, illegal immigration and relations between Muslims and Christians.

Mark Jackson (B.A., '93) directed "The Companion Piece," a Z Space theatre production conceived by and starring Beth Wilmurt (B.A., '93).

Julie Shayne (B.A., '93; M.A., '95) is the author of "They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism" (Lexington Books, '10).

Walter Cambra (M.A., '93) passed the American Federation of Astrologers, Inc. Certification Examination.

Traci Lester (M.P.A., '95) is the executive director of Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, a pediatric-based early literacy program that partners with doctors to "prescribe" books and encourage families to read together.

Matthew W. Kent (B.A., '96) has published "Harbor Defenses of San Francisco: A Field Guide" through Blurb.com.

Charley Moore (M.S., '96) is the founder and chairman of Rocket Lawyer, Inc.

Julie Rems-Smario (M.S., '97) was inducted into the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame for her work at the Oakland-based nonprofit DeafHope.

Sean Ansett (M.S.B.A., '98) is the managing partner of At Stake Advisors, a sustainability consultancy based in Madrid, Spain.



Wai Yung Yuen (B.S., '00) has been certified as a Registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists.

Rory Cox (M.A., '01) received a TogetherGreen Fellowship from Audubon and Toyota. The award funds community- focused projects aimed at conserving land, water and energy.

Micah Messenheimer (M.F.A., '01) has been named Curatorial Assistant of Photography and Textile Art at the Denver Art Museum.

Bryant Waters (B.S., '02) is the co-founder and CEO of TripKick.com.

Melissa Jones (M.P.H., '03) is director, HIV/AIDS and Health Office, for the United States Agency for International Development in Namibia, Africa.

Masashi Niwano (B.A., '03) is the new director of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

Lee Cabuhat (B.S., '04) has been certified as a Registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists.

Anna "Vanessa" Marquez (B.A., '04), a clinical research nurse, helped conduct a study that found that a combination antiretroviral pill reduced the risk of HIV infection. The study was featured in Time magazine's Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2010.

Steven Hankle (B.A., '05; M.A., '09) is the choir director at San Francisco's Mission High School.

Sean Main (B.A., '07) graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Rik Lopes (B.A., '08) and Mikka Bonel (B.A., '09) are the co-directors of HurLy- BurLy Productions.

J.J. Panzer (M.B.A., '09 ), the head of Real Management Company, received the San Francisco Apartment Association's Property Management Firm of the Year Award for 1-500 units.

Elizabeth Macias Rojo (B.S., '09) lives in Oaxaca, Mexico, where she works for the nonprofit microfinance organization Fundacion En Via.



Carter B. Smith (B.A., '59), Jan. 24, 2011, Tiburon, Calif.

Elsie Feliz (B.A., '70), Jan. 8, 2011, Sacramento, Calif.

Michael N. Sugarman (B.S., '84), Feb. 6, 2011, San Francisco.

Stuart Everett Brotman (M.S.W., '02), Jan. 29, 2011, Corte Madera, Calif.

Todd Eugene Kendrick (attended '10), Dec. 2, 2010, San Francisco, Calif.


New Additions

Marc Sason (B.A., '99; E.M.B.A., '08) and his wife Sofia welcomed a baby girl (Chloe Gabriella Sason) in New York City on August 14, 2010.



Jenny Joseph-Hayle (B.A., '94) married Kamakey R. Hayle (attended '94-'95) on August 15, 2010 in Wrentham, Mass.
Matthew Manion (B.A., '01) married Maria Suarez on July 11, 2009, in San Francisco.


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