Class Notes


James D. Abrams (B.A., '67) was included in "Ohio Super Lawyers 2012," a compilation of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Ben Fong-Torres (B.A., '66) provides an insider's view of a legendary rock act in "EAGLES: Taking it to the Limit" (Running Press, '12).

Jerry Nims (B.A. '67) is co-chairman of Jade Universe China Ltd. (Hong Kong), which is developing his global patents and new optical material for 3-D images without glasses, for use in satellites, anti-counterfeiting, packaging and smart phones.

Jacob Lampart (M.A., '68) acknowledged the influence of Professors Arthur Foff and Wallace Markfield in his book, "The Muse of Ocean Parkway and Other Stories" (New Rivers Press, '11).

Mark Freeman (attended ''67-''69), a retired founder of the country''s first primary care clinic for transgendered people, directed the mini-feature length documentary "Transgender Tuesdays: A Clinic in the Tenderloin."



Jerome Gainer (B.S., ''70) has published "Last Journey of the Ark" through

George Quentin Baker (M.A., ''73) has published his first novel, "The Brother," as an e-book through

David Butler's (B.A., '73) essay, "Long Time Gone: The Year They Shot Dirty Harry," was published in War, Literature & the Arts, the humanities journal of the United States Air Force Academy.

Jerry Fleming (B.A., '70; M.A., '75) wrote "Night of Pure Breathing" (Hanging Loose, '11), a collection of prose poems.

Carole Hayashino (B.A., '74) was appointed president and executive director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.

Donald T. Mon (B.A., '75) joined RTI International as a senior director in the Center for Advancement of Health Information Technology.

Barbara Lampert (M.A., '75) tells the story of her beloved Golden Retriever in "Charlie: A Love Story" (Langdon Press, '12).

Misha Berson (B.A., '76; M.S., '78) wrote "Something's Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination" (Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, '11).

Jim Cohee (attended '74-'76), author of "The Swan" (Break Away Books, '11), set his novel in 1957-era Indianapolis and focuses on a 10-year-old boy who copes with the death of his little sister by disappearing into his own imagination.

Victoria Lindsey Levine (B.M., '76; B.A., '77; M.A., '80) has been named the Christine S. Johnson Professor of Music at Colorado College.

Michael Piellusch (M.A., '76; B.A., '85), a writer/researcher for the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Va., earned his Doctor of Business Administration degree from Argosy University.

Max Fallon (M.A., '78) spent four years photographing couples in 15 countries to produce "Couples: An Eclectic View" (AtlasBooks, '10).

Vince Rios (M.A., '78), decorated Retired Marine Veteran of the Vietnam War, was appointed to the International Site and the Scholarship Selection Committees of the First Marine Division Association.

Steve Schaefer (B.A., '78) has written an automotive column in the San Leandro Times for the past two decades and has reviewed an estimated 1,000 vehicles.

Sandra Dutton (M.A., '79) published the article "The Poetry of Talk: Musings on Dialect" in the November/December 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Timothy Houghton (M.A., '79), a professor of writing and English at Loyola University Maryland, has published his fifth collection of poems, "The Height in Between" (Orchises Press, '11).



Jeffree Wyn Itrich (B.A., '80) oversees communications and the recruitment of patient volunteers for clinical trials at the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study at the University of California, San Diego.

Charles W. Haynes (B.S., '81; M.S., '81) has been promoted to the rank of professor by MGH Institute of Health Professions, a graduate school founded by the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Bob Dougherty (B.S., '83) co-wrote "Images of America: Woodside" (Arcadia Publishing, '11), a book that details the history of the San Francisco Peninsula city.

John Anderson (M.S., '82) is a professor at College of the Atlantic and a Linnaean Society of London Fellow.

Kimberly Brandon (B.A., '84) is president of the San Francisco Port Commission.

Vanessa Lovelace (B.A., '85) earned her doctoral degree in Bible (Hebrew), Culture and Hermeneutics from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Rebecca Radner (M.A., '86) wrote "What You Least Expect: Selected Poems 1980-2011" (Class Action Ink, '11).

Leonel Sanchez (B.A., '86), a staff writer at the San Diego Union-Tribune for more than 20 years, is the new media relations manager for Palomar Pomerado Health. He lives in San Diego with his wife Carmen Rosario (B.A., '86; M.A., '94) and their four children.

Lourdes Maria Alvarez (M.A., '88) has been appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Haven.

Stan Webb (B.A., '88) served as film editor of the forthcoming Pixar animated release, "Dorothy of Oz."

Marietta Crane (B.S., '89) is chief financial officer of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, a corporate immigration law firm in San Francisco.

Cynthia Negri (B.S., '89) is Redwood Credit Union's new senior vice president of retail lending.



Kim Larson (B.S., '90) was appointed senior vice president, wealth management, at Citizens Financial Advisors.

Alina Adams (B.A., '91; M.A., '93) is a New York Times best-selling author, romance and mystery writer. Her latest electronic book project is "Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments."

Matthew Goff (B.A., '93), an associate professor of religion at Florida State University, teaches courses on the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Albert Vetere Lannon (B.A., '91; B.A., '93; M.A., '97) was awarded first prize in poetry for 2011 by the Society of Southwestern Authors.

Stephen Meadows (M.A., '91), a 25-year veteran of public radio in Santa Cruz and Monterey, has published his first collection of poetry, "Releasing the Days" (Heyday, '11).

Daniel Orozco (M.A., '92) won a 2011 Whiting Writer's Award for Fiction. His first collection, "Orientation" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, '11), includes stories that appeared in "Best American Short Stories," Harper's, Zoetrope: All Story, McSweeney's, Ecotone and the Pushcart Prize anthology.

Walter C. Cambra (M.A., '93) constructed a cryptogram for the March/April 2012 issue of The Journal of the American Cryptogram Society.

Sirena Irwin (B.A., '93) starred as Lucy Ricardo and Bill Mendieta (B.A., '95) as Ricky in the world premiere of "I Love Lucy® Live on Stage" at Los Angeles' Greenway Court Theatre.
John Jota Leaños (B.A., '93; M.F.A., '00), an interdisciplinary artist working in animation, installation and performance, was named a USA Friends Fellow.

Kristi M. Wilson (M.A., '94) and Tomás F. Crowder-Taraborrelli (M.A., '94), professors at Soka University of America, co-authored "Film and Genocide" (University of Wisconsin Press, '12).

Kirby Wright (M.F.A., '94) was the 2011 artist-in-residence at Milkwood International in the Czech Republic.

Donna Levy (B.A., '95), a freelance makeup artist and wig/hairstylist, worked behind the scenes of the Cirque du Soleil show "Iris" at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

Brennan Doyle (B.A., '97) supervised a team of digital artists animating the film "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

Jim Provenzano (M.A., ''97) has published "Every Time I Think of You" through CreateSpace/Myrmidude Press.

Martin Salazar (B.A., '98) is the Walt Disney Family Museum's in-house art conservator.

Cathy L. Hwang, CPA (B.S., '99) was named partneratLindquist,vonHusen&JoyceLLP.

Charles Patton (M.A., '99) is the founder of La Jolla-based Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, named Micro Roaster of 2012 by the coffee trade magazine Roast.



Mike Freeman (M.A., '00) shares his thoughts on both the landscape and recession-era America in "Drifting: Two Weeks on the Hudson" (State University of New York Press, '11), a candid account of a canoe trip.

Terry Englehart (M.A., '02) founded Seniors Without Walls, a nonprofit that helps curb isolation and loneliness.

Tony R. Rodriguez (B.A., '02), an executive board member of PEN Oakland, published his fourth book, "When I Followed the Elephant" (Cauliay Publishing, '11).

K.M. Ruiz (B.A., '03) wrote "Mind Storm" (St. Martin's Press, '11), a sci-fi novel that takes place 250 years after the world is nearly wiped out by nuclear war.

Mattias Johansson (M.S., '04) is a postdoctoral research associate at the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies in Newport, Ore.

Vernita Naylor (B.S., '04) is founder and CEO of Jabez Enterprise Group.

John Sakkis (BA, '04) won the 2011 Northern California Book Award for poetry in translation for his and Angelos Sakkis' translation of Demosthenes Agrafiotis' book "Maribor."

Alessa Adamo (B.A., ''06) has published a novel, "Night Flight," through CreateSpace.

Stephen Gillett (M.B.A., '06), InformationWeek's IT Chief of 2011, has been named executive vice president and president, Best Buy Digital and Global Business Services.

Andrew Washburn (M.A., '06) has been promoted to historical projects manager at the Center for Wooden Boats museum in Seattle.

Andrea Alban (B.A.,'08) leads "Mastering Children's Writing," a monthly salon and workshop at Book Passage in Corte Madera, Calif.

Susi Collins (B.S., '09) is a project administrator at Cultures of Resistance Network in San Francisco.

Gordon W. Dale's (M.A., '10) novel "Fool's Republic" (North Atlantic Books,'11) was shortlisted for the British Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award, received Honorable Mention in the 2011 San Francisco Book Festival and was a finalist in the Fiction: Thriller/Adventure category of The USA Best Books 2011 Awards.

Rae Goodman (M.S., '10) co-authored a study published in the journal Global Change Biology, which found that birds are getting bigger in central California, a trend that could be linked to climate change.

Jeff Palmer (B.A., '11) made it to a 10th question on a November episode of "Who Wants To be A Millionaire" and proposed to his girlfriend on national television.



Tom Martinez (B.A., '66), Feb. 21, 2012, Menlo Park, Calif.

Ethan Remmel (M.A., '98), June 13, 2011, Bellingham, Wash.

Garret Davis (B.A., '05), Jan. 21, 2012, Honolulu.


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