Alumni Notes

Cowell College

'67 Lawrence RAPHAEL was planning to move to San Francisco in Fall 2003 and become the rabbi at Congregation Sherith Israel; he's hoping to reconnect with other alumni.

'70 After five years in Manhattan, Michael GRAYDON moved to San Francisco, where he is director of client services for the investment firm McMorgan & Company; he's worked for the firm for 12 years. Don WALLACE received the 2002 co-contributor of the year award from the United States Naval Institute's Naval History magazine for his serialized novel The Log of Matthew Roving, a story about the children of a U.S. Navy officer who, while searching for their missing father, come across an ancient logbook that takes them back to the years leading up to the American Revolution; Wallace lives with his wife and son in New York City.

'71 Hatte RUBENSTEIN Blejer has been married to an Argentine for 30 years, and they live near Washington, D.C.; she works in technology consulting, and they have a son at Oberlin and a daughter who graduated from Stanford. James GRAHAM is pastor of St. Elias Melkite-Greek Catholic Church in San Jose, with responsibility for all Melkite Catholics in the greater San Francisco Bay Area; he recently began a second three-year term on the board of directors of the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries. Katherine HUBAY Peterson has been with the Foreign Service for 27 years and is currently serving as director of the Foreign Service Institute; prior to this assignment, she served as U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho. Queenie (Nancy) McCLAIN Taylor is running a small art center/gallery/studio in Mill Valley, Calif., called Sight & Insight; she has a 15-year-old son.

'72 Kate STAFFORD is a nature photographer and writer and a horticultural therapy consultant; currently she is working on creating exhibits to educate the public about issues of conservation and watershed enhancement.

'73 Jeffrey CARR has been named dean of academic affairs at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia; before taking this position, he was professor of art and chair of the Department of Art and Art History at St. Mary's College in Maryland.

'75 Thomas KILLION, a woodcut and letterpress artist, has illustrated the book The High Sierra of California (Heyday Books; 2002), with text by Gary Snyder and quotes by John Muir; the book was chosen as one of the top 100 books of 2002 by the San Francisco Chronicle. James VOTH earned an M.A. in history from Cal State University, Bakersfield, but has returned to his first love--gourmet cooking--and is now the resident chef at a successful restaurant in the Bakersfield area.

'78 Dana BEN-YEHUDA recently qualified as a board-certified teacher of Alexander Technique.

'84 Kate McKNIGHT Wippern has been living in Fresno for 16 years; she's married, the mother of a 13-year-old son, and getting a master's in educational administration after teaching high school drama.

'87 Rachel LUNDQUIST Diaz has been married for 14 years to Eduardo Diaz and they have two sons, ages six and nine; she has worked as a Spanish-English translator/interpreter for 13 years in a medical/legal setting and more recently as part of a research team in the Education Department at UCSC; she has passionately studied and performed African dance for 20 years.

'88 After receiving an M.S. in traditional Chinese medicine, Cindy RIGGS moved to Richmond, Va., and opened her own acupuncture and Chinese herbal clinic; friends may e-mail her at

'92 Jane PARKS-McKAY had two of her photos shown in the Filoli Center's third annual Images of Photography exhibit in April 2003.

'94 Deborah COUSINS has been working in the Santa Cruz area real estate market for four years and welcomes business from fellow alumni and friends; contact her at Jessica WHEELIS has been married for eight years to Ben GARDELLA (Graduate Studies '93), and they have a son, Emmett, born in January 2002; Jessica is an executive assistant in San Francisco, and Ben works in the software industry and is editing his first documentary. They have a home in Berkeley.

'95 Leland BURRILL lives in San Francisco and is a synthetic organic chemist at Celera in South San Francisco, where he's working on a cancer project; in addition, he volunteers as an adult literacy tutor for Project Read at the San Francisco Public Library. In 2002, Winnie POON traveled to Peru and saw Machu Picchu, joined Mini Cooper's "Mission Mini" to solve an art crime in Barcelona, and spent Christmas in Denmark with her boyfriend and his family; visit her web page at

'96 Cliff KJOSS is surfing as much as possible while still having enough time to sleep.

'98 Sonya PRITZKER has received a 2002-03 Fulbright Student Award to study in Beijing, where she is researching and writing about mood disorder and its treatment; she is interviewing patients and doctors at several hospitals, including the newly opened Beijing Huilong Guan Suicide Research and Prevention Center.

'01 Robert CHANG is working in development for a literacy education nonprofit in Baltimore.

Stevenson College

'69 Gregg HERKEN has moved back to California to join the University of California as a professor of history at the yet-to-open UC Merced. Joan FITTING Scott has been appointed to the UCSC Alumni Council; she is president of Scott & Associates Public Relations Services.

'70 Wendy HATFIELD returned to teaching after many years in tourism and owning an inn; she would welcome news from friends.

'72 After many years working in law and Internet business development, Christopher DWORIN has become a professional artist; his work was displayed in London and San Francisco galleries in 2002, and one of his pieces recently won an award at a juried show in Monterey.

'74 In March 2003, Janet ROSS Marder, senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, was installed as the first female president of the nation's largest group of Jewish clergy, the Central Conference of American Rabbis; CCAR represents 1,800 ordained leaders in the Jewish Reform movement.

'76 Mark STEINBERG has published a new book, Proletarian Imagination (Cornell Univ. Press, 2002), and he has completed a filmed series of lectures on Russian history for the Teaching Company.

'77 Kelvin FILER, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, was recently honored with the Bernard S. Jefferson Justice of the Year Award by the John M. Langston Bar Association; he has also been awarded a patent for his coffee-flavoring invention, Filer's Flavored Filters.

'78 Kathleen HARRIS Davis is teaching junior high science in Washington and helping to design a local environmental learning center; she earned her teaching certificate from Western Washington State University and was on track to finish her master's in creative arts and learning in May 2003.

'80 Janice ELPERS is a massage therapist, health consultant, and long-distance cyclist; she completed the 110-mile El Tour de Tucson ride in November 2002 and raised $2,700 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

'82 Brad HUBBARD lives in Mountain View, Calif., and has been unemployed due to the high-tech slowdown.

'86 Michael SHIPLEY has been working for several years as a writer/producer on TV shows such as Family Guy, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, and Oliver Beene; he is a board member of the Tasmam Koyom Indian Sanctuary Foundation, and he is working on "Mending the Sacred Hoop," a documentary about a Lakota Indian peace movement.

'87 Lance BERNARD earned an M.A. (1993) and a Ph.D. (2002) in history and married a terrific woman (2000); he is now searching for work on the academic job market and submitting his dissertation to publishers.

'92 Lori HURWITZ lives in Oakland and works for an educational nonprofit doing professional development with middle and high school teachers; she taught high school English for four years in San Francisco and cowrote a book titled Reading for Understanding: A Guide for Improving Reading in Middle and High School Classrooms (Jossey-Bass, 1999). Daria PENNINGTON is teaching English at San Mateo High School and living in San Francisco. Sabrina SOLIN Weill became editor-in-chief of Seventeen Magazine in November 2002, leaving her position as executive editor of Cosmogirl! magazine; she is the author of We're Not Monsters: Teens Speak Out about Teens in Trouble (HarperTempest, 2002).

'93 Caryn NARDELLO Suehowicz spent two years in Italy, studying, traveling, and teaching English; now she lives in Sacramento with her husband, Matt, and works as a senior training consultant with a consulting firm in Folsom.

'95 Lucretia MILLER is still working in television production, primarily on reality TV shows; she just finished working on The Bachelor and a show shot in France.

'96 After completing a graduate program in college counseling at UCLA and working as a college admissions counselor at Chapman University, Joanne EHRET went back to school and earned a Pupil Personnel Services Credential and has taken a counseling position at Foothill High School; former classmates can contact her at Jennifer HENDERSON-Mayer and her husband have settled in Phoenix, Ariz., where she is resuming her grad studies in education; old friends from Stevenson may e-mail her at

'98 Joshua CAULKINS has relocated to Vancouver, B.C., to study hydrogeology within the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Michelle FRANCO is working at MODVEC, a film/video company run by fellow alum Jay KENSINGER (Crown '93); Michelle is celebrating her first decade in remission from leukemia.

'02 Crystal ELCON has been chosen for a yearlong fellowship with the Great Valley Fellows Program; the program includes a series of apprenticeships with leaders in Central Valley agriculture, media, government, business, and the nonprofit sector.

Crown College

'71 After wandering in the desert for a few years, Rick SIEM is back on the West Coast putting his psychology degree to good use as an industrial psychologist for a prominent aerospace company.

'73 David ACUFF is a professor of environmental sciences and a consultant, and he's having a great time on trips to the nearby Anza Borrego Desert and occasionally to the Austrian Alps; he shares a house in San Diego with two cats and a variety of other flora and fauna.

'86 Bernard WAHL is a Fulbright Fellow in Asia attached to Multimedia University and living in Cyberjaya, Malaysia's "Intelligent City," which he describes as a mini Silicon Valley without traffic; he is teaching classes in cyberpreneurship, e-business, entrepreneurship, and management.

'89 Kathleen Kavarra CORR received the Rites of Shaman in the Inca tradition, and she is doing a Ph.D. in geoscience at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst; she writes that she is "recovering well from the blows of youth."

'92 Robert GROPP has joined the Public Policy Office of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) as a senior public policy representative.

'93 Ben SALTZMAN is a performance coach, public speaker, author of Rules for Visionary Leaders, and producer of several audio training programs; he is the founder of Create Your Vision, a business that helps train organizational leaders to be more effective.

'95 Jake AKIN and his wife, Kim, have launched a new clothing line, damfashion, which promotes the beauty in diversity, adheres to environmentally sound business practices, and sells shirts manufactured in a non-sweatshop environment; find out more online at

'02 Sarah PRATT is working as a biologist for the Department of Agriculture in San Mateo County, monitoring for exotic insects and inspecting nursery shipments.

Merrill College

'71 After 25 years as a blue-collar worker, John DURY is pursuing a master's in counseling at San Francisco State University; he's in a second-year internship as a therapist working with HIV-positive gay men.

'74 Robert GRIES is taking care of his mother in Washoe Valley, Nevada, south of Reno; he enjoys mountain biking at Lake Tahoe and is developing a computer consulting business.

'79 After working in information technology for Bank of America for 20 years, Chery THOMAS Armstrong retired and is now substitute teaching and raising a daughter and two granddaughters.

'86 Alfred KWOK suffered a severe head/brain injury as result of a rock-climbing accident in May 2002, and he is very grateful for all the prayers and get-well wishes he has received, including a visit by Chris CHANG (Merrill '87), who stopped by the hospital on his way from Germany to Taiwan.

'87 John TOROK is a J.S.D. candidate at Columbia Law School in legal history and an aspiring law teacher; his most recent article, which is on critical race theory, is in the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal (vol. 13, Dec. 2002). He also serves on the board of an Asian Pacific Islander AIDS services organization in N.Y.C.

'90 Pamela LERI recently moved to midtown Manhattan, where she is senior vice president of HR and manager of corporate organization effectiveness for Mellon Financial Corporation.

'91 Krista MAYNARD Robinson has moved to Anderson Valley to run the family winery, Husch Vineyards. Jennifer WALL has released a wealth of double gold and gold medal-winning wines in her post as winemaker, general manager, and director of exports for Grape Links in Sonoma County, Calif.; Grape Links produces Barefoot Cellars and Mistle Toe Cellars wines.

'92 Christopher GERTEIS is continuing his life between Japan and the U.S.; friends can drop a line at

'95 Toni AVILA Hunziker is the technology coordinator at her school in Los Angeles, and she is beginning a second master's degree so she can become an administrator; she is married, with three cats and three dogs. Michele MINSUK lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Rachid, and her daughter, Kenza, and she works as a Spanish interpreter.

'98 Jessica VODAK worked at UCSC for three years after graduation and recently relocated to Marin County; she is now working in the Resource Development Department for Chinatown Community Development Center in San Francisco; she would love to hear from the Merrill Class of '98 at

Porter College

'73 Larry CUMMINGS has been living in Eugene, Ore., since 1985 and working with computers, Intranets, and the Internet; he spends his spare time on photography, camping, hiking, backpacking, and kayaking rivers and lakes. William EVERSON, who received a B.S. in chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1929 and retired as a chemist from Shell Oil, is still getting around at age 94.

'74 Bess EIERMANN recently turned 50 and took her 14-year old daughter on a driving tour of England and Scotland; she's been running an AIDS organization for seven years and is still dancing, writing, scuba diving, and ocean kayaking. Eric HAMBURG's book JFK, Nixon, Oliver Stone and Me has been published by Public Affairs Books (2002).

'75 Jonathan TRENT is a molecular biologist at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View investigating life in extreme environments; he and his colleagues published their recent work on ordered nanoparticle arrays in the Dec. 2002 issue of the journal Nature Materials.

'77 In winter 2002-03, Tom POSTER was in New Mexico working on the movie Blind Horizon with Neve Campbell and Val Kilmer. John YEWELL is editor of the Salt Lake City Weekly (

'78 Jeffrey GLUCKSON Briar received a grant from an Oregon foundation to create and produce an eight-lecture series for school-age children on the ability of music to move us emotionally; two years ago he received an award from the same foundation to support his work as a composer. Martin GANTMAN is an artist working out of Los Angeles; his project, "See you when we get home," is featured in the winter 2002 issue of Art Journal magazine and another project: "DuSable Park: An Archeology" is in the winter 2002 issue of Midnight Mind Magazine.

'81 Beth KOPPES Riggs and her husband, Kevin RIGGS (Porter '81), were planning to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a trip to the Galapagos Islands in June 2003 with their son, Chris (11); Beth recently completed an M.A. in teaching.

'82 Michael HAND married Anne Marie DALTON (College Eight '88) in July 2002; they met and live in Santa Monica, where Michael is an attorney and senior director of business affairs at Activision; Anne Marie, who has a master's in public health, is a consultant for the California Family Health Council.

'83 Jean PETERSON tied for first place in a poetry contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the arts and received a $500 prize.

'85 Roxanne SOHNS Klein, called the "raw food movement's most celebrated chef" by the Chicago Sun-Times, has her own restaurant, Roxanne's, in Larkspur, Calif., and she is working on a raw foods cookbook. Rebecca ROBERTS married Alan Galloway in August 2002 at Cardiff House on the UCSC campus, and they held the reception at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center; the couple has purchased a new home in the Willow Glen neighborhood in San Jose.

'87 Deb ABBOTT was chosen "Woman of the Year" by Assemblymember John LAIRD (Stevenson '72); winners from all the districts were presented their awards at a Sacramento ceremony in March; Abbott is director of UCSC's Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans Resource Center.

'88 David OGILVY is producing and engineering music recordings, and he works part-time at KQED-FM, public radio in San Francisco. David (Berry) WEST became licensed as a chiropractor in 1995 and is now exploring American Sign Language at Ohlone College in Fremont.

'89 Robert NATTER has been granted tenure at Gettysburg College, where he has been an assistant professor of music and director of choral activities since 1998; before that he served as assistant director of choral activities and assistant professor at Clemson University. Dung NGUYEN graduated from Kennesaw State University in Georgia in December 2002 with a B.S. in art education; he and his wife, Kathy, live in the Atlanta area with their nine felines, and he is teaching art at Keheley Elementary School in Marietta.

'92 Sean AARON and his wife have been in Scotland for a year and have bought their first flat in Stirling. Susannah COPI and Jim DAVIS (Porter '91) met at UCSC in 1990 and are engaged to be married in Malibu next year. Vicki TRENT, who started judo at UCSC, is now a fourth-degree black belt and a national judge; she is also an attorney and has a women's trio that plays Afro-Cuban music.

'93 David CEASER and Matt GRIFFITHS (Porter '93) are working to create the first car-free city in the U.S.; visit their web site at

'94 Matthew BAUGHMAN attended USC film school and is presently working at Universal Studios; he celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary in July.

'95 Jocelyn MARKLE lives in Marin with her 15-year-old son, Inigo, her dog, Josie, and three cats; she works as a senior web producer for a software company and would love to hear from old friends, especially from the Porter dorms (1984-85) and family student housing (1992-95).

'97 After living for a year in South America and for two years in Chicago, Molly AREVALO joined Teach for America and is teaching a bilingual second-grade class in a small town in the Rio Grande Valley.

'01 Joe DePAGE writes that he "has recently been elected head of Lemurco, a grassroots political organization that seeks to establish a nation free for glam rock revolution."

'02 Senta COX recently moved to San Francisco and is working in an art gallery.

Kresge College

'72 Jim PALMER, a landscape ecologist and an associate professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, was one of 42 researchers and scholars honored with a SUNY Chancellor's Award in 2002 for the outstanding quality of their work; he is also the coeditor of Landscape Journal, the only research journal of landscape architecture in North America.

'79 Doug FRIEDMAN is represented by Marian Berzon Talent for acting and screenwriting; he lives in Orange County and sings and plays guitar; friends may contact him at Blanca PORTELLA lives in San Diego, where she owns the Zen Bakery and the Ultimate Cinnamon Roll; she invites everyone to stop by for goodies.

'89 Suzanne WALDMAN obtained a second master's degree in administration/supervision from Montclair State University in 2000; she is in private practice, counseling families, couples, and individuals.

'94 After earning an M.A. in history and a M.S.Ed. in educational technology, research, and assessment at the University of Illinois, Jes CISNEROS is loving his job as the assistant director of the Honors Program at Northern Illinois University; he is married, with no kids, and still bike racing.

'95 After selling her fiction thesis to a mainstream publisher, Shelley BATES sold two more books in the inspirational women's fiction market, the first of which is due to be released in March 2004 from Steeple Hill Books in trade paperback. Joan PODOLSKY Sinclair is living in San Francisco and looking for classmates and those connected to the legendary Blue House.

'00 Elizabeth CAROLLO Littrell graduated from N.Y.U.'s Tisch School of the Arts in 2002 with an M.F.A. in dance; she and her husband, Daniel LITTRELL (Stevenson '00), live in New York. Tori PORTER works for an international software company, Curious Labs, in Santa Cruz; the firm recently released Poser 5, and she received product manager credit on the application; friends can get in touch at

Oakes College

'82 Rebecca GARCIA was chosen by Assemblymember Simon Salinas of Salinas as "Woman of the Year" from the 28th Assembly District for her long history of public service to the community; she is currently assistant director of the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, and she has worked to improve migrant education and adult education as a teacher and an administrator.

'84 Gregory FRANK is director of marketing and business development in the Biopharmaceutical Division at SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif.; he and his wife, Eliana, eloped in Cuba, and they are buying a house.

'92 Erik ALM is a senior planner with the California Department of Transportation in the Bay Area; he and his wife, DeAnna BUECKERT Alm (Kresge '92), live in Fremont with their one-year-old daughter.

'94 Since 1997, Carolina RAMOS has been living in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she is working as a contractor at the U.S. Embassy; previously she spent two years in Oslo.

College Eight

'77 Cynthia SCONTRIANO Schildhauer received an M.A. in expressive therapy from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass., (1982) and an M.F.A. from CSU Chico (2002); she is a painter, whose work has been widely exhibited, and she is the founder of a center for art therapy.

'78 Hope BARR Smith is coaching middle school distance runners for cross-country in the fall and track in the spring.

'81 Mark BLUMENTHAL is medical director for four rural counties in Tennessee; he and his wife, Mindy, have two daughters, Nila (6) and Ilana (4). Roland WRIGHT retired from the U.S. Air Force as an F-16 pilot at Hill Air Force Base in Utah in December 2002, and he and his family have moved to North Las Vegas.

'82 Sara ISENBERG is the new volunteer chair of the Baskin School of Engineering Alumni Association; for more information write to

'84 Linda Rosewood HOOPER has been working as a network analyst for more than a year at UCSC Communications and Technology Services and loves it; in her spare time she's organizing a union for staff professionals within UPTE,

'88 Mysti RUBERT is back in San Francisco after a flirtation (ongoing affair) with screenwriting in L.A. and a year in Boulder visiting fellow sluggers Doug DIRKS (College Eight '89) and Rise KELLER (Porter '88); she is engaged to her first beau, Dale Berry, doing tech writing for "The Man," and would love to hear from any sluggers who remember her. Debra MORSTEIN Sloss is a licensed marriage and family therapist and cofounder of Santa Cruz Center, a center for collaborative therapies.

'89 Jeanne BANTA Murphy lives in Florida and teaches eighth-grade science; she's married with children.

'95 Inemesit WILLIAMS is still working at Chiron Corporation in Emeryville, Calif.; she's been working the graveyard shift for the past three years and is looking into making a career change.

'99 Patrick CHANDLER is working as a consultant for the California Legislative Black Caucus at the State Capitol Building.

'01 Patrick LAPID lived in the Washington, D.C., area for a year doing two internships, then working full-time for a policy think tank; now he has moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area, and his web site is

College Nine

'02 Josue CANO is self-employed as a personal trainer; his goal is to become the next famous fitness trainer and to serve the Spanish-speaking community.

Graduate Studies

'76 Glenn LINDSEY is vice president of R&D for International Dairy Queen in Minneapolis; in Jan. 2003, he won a Menu Strategist award from Restaurant Business, an industry publication, for his innovations to Dairy Queen's menu.

'88 The American Astronomy Association has awarded Robert IRION (cert., science communication) a prestigious journalism prize for an article on the mysteries of the inner lives of neutron stars, which was published in the September 27, 2002, issue of Science magazine; Irion is a freelance science journalist in Santa Cruz and a contributing correspondent for Science magazine.

'89 Louise BEATTIE (graduate cert., art) was employed by the U.S. Forestry Service for 33 years and worked oversees from 1968 to 1974; she retired in May 1974 and is now 91 years old.

'90 Harryette MULLEN (Ph.D. literature) has a new book, Sleeping with the Dictionary (UC Press, 2002), which was named a finalist for the 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry; in addition, Sleeping was one of five poetry books nominated for a 2002 National Book Award.

'92 Bruce AVERY (Ph.D. literature) is an associate professor of English at San Francisco State University; his son is a student at UCSC.

'00 Charles (Josh) DONLAN (M.A., biology), a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University, has been selected by the Environmental Leadership Program as a 2003-04 fellow, based on his work with the Island Conservation and Ecology Group, which has preserved the fragile ecosystems of some 23 islands of the Mexican archipelago. He helped found the group while at UCSC.

In Memoriam

Marcia HOWE (Crown '71), a visionary behind one of northern California's most ambitious museum projects, the 300-acre Turtle Bay Museum and Arboretum that opened in June 2002 on the banks of the Sacramento River, died of lung disease at her home in Davis, Calif.; she was 53.

Jeanie Cheroff REDDING (Oakes '78), a counselor and teacher at Aldea Children and Family Services in Napa, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting children and special needs adults, died in March 2003 after a 15-month battle with breast cancer; she is survived by her husband, Jeffrey REDDING (Cowell '73) and their five children, who range in age from 13 to 23.

John CARAVANTES (Crown '84), a woodworker, chef, and world traveler, died at his home in South San Francisco on January 5, 2003; he was 45.

Jeffrey MARTIN (Cowell '92), a lawyer with John Hancock Insurance, a passionate fan of heavy-metal bands, and an avid traveler, died in a nightclub fire in Warwick, R.I., on February 20, 2003; he was 33.


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