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Class Notes


Diane Devine (attended ’51-’52) exhibited her watercolor paintings earlier this year at the University of California, San Francisco Women’s Health Center exhibit “Serenity: Contemplation Space.”



Daniel Sullivan (B.A., ’62) is directing “The Country House” starring Blythe Danner through July 13 at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse before it opens Oct. 2 on Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway stage.

Linda Shore (B.A., ’63; M.A.,’86) was named executive director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

Gerald Haslam (B.A., ’63; M.A., ’65) was named one of Bakersfield College’s 100 Stars, part of the college’s 2014 Centennial Celebration.

Margaret Avery (B.A., ’65), best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in “The Color Purple,” plays Helen Patterson on the BET series “Being Mary Jane.”

John Horgan (B.A.,’65) completed 50 years of writing and editing for San Francisco Peninsula newspapers in 2013. He continues to produce stories for several Bay Area media outlets.

Photo of Ernest Gaines shaking hands with President Obama. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Tambor.Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor (B.A., ’65) stars as a father who reveals to his adult children his secret transgender identity in “Transparent,” a new Amazon Original Series.

Jeanne Choy Tate (B.A., ’67; M.A., ’69) is the author of “Something Greater: Culture, Family, and Community as Living Story” (Pickwick Publications, ’13).

 Tom Pinkson (B.A., ’67) is the author of “Fruitful Aging: Feeling Good in the Golden Years” (Wakan, ’13).

Scott O’Brien’s (B.A., ’68) latest film biography, “Ruth Chatterton – Actress, Aviator, Author” (BearManor Media, ’13), was named one of the “Best Film Books of 2013” by The Huffington Post.



Richard D. Quartaroli (B.A., ’71) compiled and edited “A Rendezvous of Grand Canyon Historians: Ideas, Arguments, and First-Person Accounts, Proceedings of the Third Grand Canyon History Symposium,” and wrote one of its chapters.

Jim McDonald (M.S., ’71), owner of 2WorldsConsulting, has published “Behavioral Strengths and Employment Strategies” through AuthorHouse.

Photo of Wayne Wallace. Photo courtesy of David Belove.Wayne Wallace

Wayne Wallace (attended ’70 -’73), the master trombonist, composer, arranger and producer who heads the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album for “Latin Jazz Jazz Latin.”

Professor Libby Balter Blume (M.A., ’73) was named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Family Theory & Review published by Wiley-Blackwell for the National Council on Family Relations.

John McGlothlin (M.A., ’73) has been appointed vice president of the San Bruno Community Foundation, which is administering the $70 million settlement from PG&E to compensate San Bruno following the September 2010 pipeline explosion and fire.

John Chavez (B.A., ’73) produced “Thrown for a Loss: The Story of the 1963 Pittsburg Mallards,” a documentary on a Pop Warner football team that was scheduled to meet President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 26, 1963, but instead witnessed his funeral procession.

Photographer Dave Epperson (attended ’74-’79) was inducted into the 2013 Mountain Bike Hall of Fame for journalism.

Kate Linder (B.A., ’75) appeared in “ONE STARRY NIGHT: Hollywood Coming Together to Fight ALS” at The Pasadena Playhouse in January, a fundraising concert for the ALS Association – Golden West Chapter.

John G. Sharp (B.A., ’75; M.A., ’78) transcribed and edited “The Diary of Michael Shiner Relating to the History of the Washington Navy Yard, 1813-1869” (Naval History & Heritage Command, ’13).

Dr. Jack Bourla (B.A., ’77), owner of Providence Chiropractic Center in Redwood City, was named “Doctor of the Year” by the California Chiropractic Association.



Layla Fanucci (B.A., ’81) is featured in Marlo Thomas’ new book, “It Ain't Over ... Till It's Over” (Atria Books, ’14).

Ted Flaum (B.A.,’82) was named executive director of Jewish Family Service of St. Paul.

Sue Reynolds (B.S., ’81; M.B.A., ’82), a fine arts and documentary photographer, teamed with Salish poet Victor Charlo to publish “Still Here: Not Living in Tipis” through Blurb. The book benefits the American Indian College Fund.

Dede Heiman (B.A., ’83) provided photography and research assistance in Europe for SF State’s International Business Department during work-related travels with her husband, Professor Bruce Heiman.

Poster for "Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970,” Photo courtesy of Arthur Dong.

Arthur Dong (B.A., ’82), an Oscar-nominated filmmaker, curated “Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970,” an ongoing exhibit at the San Francisco Public Library’s Jewett Gallery, which coincides with the launch of his new book by the same name.

Karen O’Kasey (B.A., ’83) of Portland law firm Hart Wagner LLP has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.

María Elena González (M.A., ’83) won the Grand Prize at the 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana for “The Tree Talk Series.”

Kenneth Niemczyk (M.A., ’83) is the author of “Nature’s City” (MK Publishing, ’13).

Lana K. Wilson-Combs (B.A., ’84) is the movie critic for the Sacramento radio station KFBK 1530 A.M. and 93.1 F.M.

John Castaldi (M.B.A., ’85), a senior facilitator with Impact Learning Systems, customizes and delivers workshops on management and communication skills for clients worldwide.

Robert J. Westwood (M.S.,’85) was included in a list of 100 unsung heroes in the fight against AIDS in POZ magazine, and was named volunteer of 2013 by Democrats of the Desert.

Terry Shames (M.A., ’86) has written her second mystery novel, “The Last Death of Jack Harbin” (Seventh Street Books/ Prometheus, ’14).

Barry Mainz (B.A., ’87) is board president of Wind River, a provider of embedded software for intelligent connected systems and a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation.

Tamara Berg (B.A., ’87) appears regularly as a crafting and DIY expert on the Hallmark Channel’s Emmy-nominated daily lifestyle show “Home & Family.”

Bruce Borowsky (M.A., ’89) is the co-founder of the 10-year-old Boulder Digital Arts, which just expanded operations into Sarasota, Florida. He is also a partner in the award-winning Triple Threat Digital video production company.



Walter C. Cambra’s (M.A., ’93) article on Jane Austen’s natal chart was published in Today’s Astrologer in January and on the Kepler College astrological website.

Mieasha LaDell Jones-Harris (B.A., ’94) is the executive director for Girls Incorporated of West Contra Costa County.

James P. Reno III (B.A., ’94), CEO and owner of a national real estate appraisal management corporation, has published “Bahamian Rhapsody” through JEC Publishing.

Photo of Astrid Riecken. Photo courtesy of Astrid Riechen.Astrid Riecken’s image of the Berlin Wall
was part of her prize-winning portfolio in
the White House News Photographer
Association’s “Eyes of History” competition.

Nona Caspers (M.F.A., ’96), professor of creative writing, and Joell Hallowell (M.F.A., ’09) edited “Lawfully Wedded Wives” (Spuyten Duyvil Publishing, ’13), a collection of photos and stories of women’s same-sex weddings.

Astrid Riecken (B.A., ’97), a freelance photographer for The Washington Post, was named the 2014 Photographer of the Year in the White House News Photographer Association’s “Eyes of History” contest.

Martin J. Duran (B.A., ’99) is executive producer for NBC Sports Radio at WestwoodOne.

Sharon Chapple McCurn (B. A., ’99; M.A., ’02) was a contributor to the book “Collaboration and Peak Performance” (Robertson Publishing, ’13).




Markus Potter (B.A., ’00) was assistant director for Noël Coward’s “A Song at Twilight,” which played at The Pasadena Playhouse this past spring.

F. Douglas Brown (M.A., ’01) was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for his forthcoming collection, “Zero to Three” (University of Georgia Press, ’14).

Jason Dearen (B.A., ’01), a reporter for the Associated Press since 2006, is based in Gainesville, Florida, where he focuses on the northeast and environment beat.

Marcus Gardley (B.A., ’01), a playwright and professor at Brown University, received accolades nationwide for his latest work, “The House That Will Not Stand,” which premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in February.

Delroy Lindo (B.A., ’04), who plays Winter on NBC’s new drama “Believe,” recently completed work on the film “Cymbeline” with co-stars Ed Harris and Ethan Hawke. Elisabeth Lyman (M.A., ’01), a Paris-based French-to-English translator, has translated Armand Chauvel’s “The Green and the Red,” a novel that examines the impact of our food choices (Ashland Creek Press, ’14).

Jose Antonio Vargas (B.A., ’04) is releasing his film, “Documented,” in select New York and Los Angeles theaters prior to its television debut on CNN this summer.

Lena E. Torgerson (B.A., ’04), a sport psychology coach and owner of Sport Psy in San Mateo, has been designated a Certified Consultant of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Lisa Engelken (M.A., ’05), a professional jazz vocalist and bandleader, has just released a new jazz vocal album, “Little Warrior.”

Kenny Loui (B.A., ’05; M.A., ’08) received a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Embassy in Seoul for five years of volunteer service as a mentor and advisor for its Alumni-Youth Leadership Project.

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s (M.F.A., ’05) latest play, “The Totalitarians,” opens at Washington, D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre in June.

George Thelen (B.A., ’07) received the 2013 CreaTiVe Citizen Journalist Award from CreaTV of San Jose for “The San Agustin: California Shipwreck,” a historical documentary that began airing on PBS affiliate KQED-TV, San Francisco in January.

Nancy Shepherd (B.A., ’08; M.A., ’10) is the mayor of Palo Alto.

Lindsey Adams (M.A., ’09) is weekend morning anchor at KERO, the ABC television affiliate in Bakersfield.

Daniela Paez-Paredes (B.A., ’09) is an associate in Cleveland-based Ulmer & Berne’s Litigation Department with a focus on complex business litigation, employment litigation and securities.



Bob Gordon (M.P.H., ’11) received the 2013 Legacy Community Activist Award for his tobacco health policy work with the LGBT community.

Christina Parker (B.A., ’12) was awarded the SustainUS Lead Now Fellowship for her work on Sustainable Summer Break, a day camp she founded to connect children to the natural environment.

 Thao Nguyen (M.A., ’13) wrote and performed in “Fortunate Daughter,” named one of the top Bay Area plays in KQED’s Best of 2013: Year in the Arts.



Joel H. Springer III (B.A., ’71; M.A., ’79) married John Robbins Barnaby on Oct. 19, 2013, in San Andreas, California.


In Memoriam


Alfie Gonzalez (B.A., ’12), Oct. 4, 2013, San Francisco

Stephen G. Spinosa (attended ’86-’88), Oct. 3, 2013, Boonton, New Jersey

Lateef Mungin (B.A., ’00), Feb. 26, 2014, Lawrenceville, Georgia



Richard McLean, Professor Emeritus, Art Jan. 3, 2014, Castro Valley

Eugene Lionel Zwillinger, Professor Emeritus, Counseling Jan. 8, 2014,Tiburon

Jack Fraenkel, Professor Emeritus, Interdisciplinary Studies in Education Jan. 24, 2014, San Francisco


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