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1980

Daniel R. Brooks (1980, B.A., liberal studies; 1985, credential; 1986, M.S., education) began his career as a teacher in Long Beach public schools, then became a school principal in the Inland Empire, and now is assistant superintendent of personnel for Beaumont (Calif.) Unified School District. Brooks earned his educational doctorate at La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif., where he was the 2003 outstanding graduate student.

David A. Crouse (1980, B.S., kinesiology and physical education) is serving a second term as senior pastor of Christian Church of the Hills in Agoura Hills, Calif. He was senior pastor there from 1990-2001 and continues as executive director of Angeles Crest Christian Camp.

Attorney Randall Hicks (1980, M.S., criminal justice) won Mystery Ink’s 2006 Gumshoe Award for best first novel for his fictional mystery, The Baby Game. Hicks is nationally recognized as an expert in adoption law.

Daniel K. Matsui (1980, M.A., economics) joined Allen & Caron Inc., an international investor relations agency, as an account manager. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial and securities fields.

Patricia J. Young (1981, M.A., communicative disorders), a speech-language pathologist and author, recently published her first children’s book, Bird Boy, through Xlibris. With artwork by Michele Klee Greulich, the picture book emphasizes the concepts of learning to like yourself and accepting others’ differences.

Rick Lewis (1981, B.A., radio/TV/film) has been co-host for 16 years of the No. 1 rated morning radio show, “Lewis and Floorwax” on 103.5 The Fox in Denver, Colo. Lewis is a 25-year radio veteran who began at CSULB’s KSUL and KLON and later appeared on Los Angeles stations KMET and Power 106. “I also play drums in one of the top blues bands in the region (the Groove Hawgs) and have shared the stage with performers like B.B. King, ZZ Top, James Brown, the Who, the Allman Brothers and more,” he said.

The California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom named Dianne Swanson (1981, B.A., home economics) as the 2007 Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She teaches second grade at Los Cerritos Elementary School in Long Beach, where she started its Urban Farmyard. She will attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in June in New Orleans, where she will compete in the USDA’s Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Awards Program.

Mellon Financial Corp. appointed David Emmes (1982, B.S., business administration– finance; 1987, MBA) as managing director of its Southern California Private Wealth Management group. Emmes has more than 25 years of financial management experience.

Laura Carle Yorba (1982, BFA, art) started her own interior design firm in 1983. LCY Designs, located in Tustin, Calif., focuses primarily on high end residential kitchen and bath remodeling.

First Republic Bank appointed Brett Berry (1984, B.S., business administration–finance) as managing director of its Trainer Wortham & Co. investment management firm. Berry has more than 20 years of financial services experience and was senior vice president of U.S. Trust.

Bridget A. (Stewart) Ludwig (1984, B.A., sociology) has been a Realtor for more than 21 years and is ranked in the top five percent of Realtors in Santa Clara County, Calif. Over the past several years, she has received a number of sales awards and was recognized for her outstanding service as a relocation specialist.

Laura Olguín (1984, B.A., psychology) is CEO of CRT Partners Inc., a Tucson, Ariz. franchise firm that operates 24 Jack in the Box restaurants in Southern Arizona. She began working for the fast food chain while as a CSULB student and later became a corporate manager for the firm before purchasing an interest in the Arizona operation.

Catherine “Kitty” Pavlish (1984, B.A.; 1989, M.A., English literature) is among the 2007 Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who of American Teachers. She is a full-time English instructor at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport, Ore. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota.

1985

Jeff Hiserman (1985, B.S., physical therapy) wrote: “Attached is a photo of Jared Hughes and myself before a Williamsport Crosscutters game this past June. This was taken just a couple of weeks before he moved up to long season A from our short season A affiliate. My sons and I go to many of the Crosscutters games. They are a short season affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team next year will be the Philadelphia Phillies’ short season affiliate and the Pirates move the affiliate to State College [Pa.] I look forward to maybe seeing Andrew Carpenter pitch next summer. I enjoyed the article on the Dirtbaggers in the Fall 2006 edition. I look forward to seeing more former 49ers as we watch future NYPenn League games from our beloved Bowman Field. It is 80 years old and the second oldest Minor League field in the U.S. We also enjoy going to the Little League World Series just across the river from Bowman Field. Thanks for the fine coverage of the baseball program.”

Jaiwon Shin (1985, M.S., mechanical engineering) is the deputy associate administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Office of Aeronautics. He previously was chief of the Aeronautics Projects Office at NASA’s Glenn Research Center and has held several management positions at various NASA divisions. He has a doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Marty Fiolka (1986, B.A., film and electronic arts) is editorial director at Advanstar Communications and its Off Road Business and DIRTsports magazines. In December, he and members of CSULB’s Mini Baja racing team were among participants in an educational seminar on how engineers can enter the motorsports racing marketplace. The event, sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of SAE International, took place at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona.

Tim McGuire (1986, B.A., art) is an art educator and artist specializing in sight-size drawing that results in realistic three-dimensional artwork. He recently was featured in American Artist magazine.

TRX Inc., an Atlanta, Ga., provider of transaction processing and data integration solutions to the global travel industry, named Brian Beard (1989, business administration–management information systems) as vice president of information technology. He was vice president and chief information officer for Recall Corp. and an IT executive at General Electric and Toyota Motor Sales.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors promoted Patricia S. Ploehn (1989, MSW) from deputy director to director of the Department of Children and Family Services in September. She has been with the department, which oversees family and foster care services, since 1979.


1990

Medical Device Consultants Inc. appointed Ronald S. Warren (1990, MBA) as principal regulatory consultant in its San Diego, Calif. office. MDCI is a contract research organization and regulatory consulting firm specializing in medical devices and diagnostics. Warren has more than 22 years of experience in the medical technology field.

Tony J. Gill (1991, B.S., criminal justice) is the director of golf at Diablo Country Club in Diablo, Calif. He moved in June from the Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon, Calif., where he served as head golf professional. Gill was previously the head golf professional at The Quarry at La Quinta, Calif., where he spent much of his career as a PGA member after completing his degree and playing for the 49ers from 1986 to 1991. Gill and his wife, Sandra, have a daughter, Ciana, and a new son born in February.

Yvonne (Goetz) Mecialis (1991, BFA, illustration) has been a freelance artist since 1992, specializing in sci-fi/fantasy art. “My work has been seen in various publications including Heavy Metal, Easyriders, Big Twin, Penthouse (Holland), Savage and Auto Art. I am also a successful custom painter. I do airbrush work on everything from motorcycles and cars to boats, helicopters and guitars. I now work out of my own shop in Harbor City. I have been featured on TV on TLC’s custom car show, ‘Rides.’ It was one of the most unforgettable moments of my life.” She also does modeling as a hobby.

MyPublisher Inc., a custom photo book publisher, named Eric Pederson (1993, B.A., computer science) as chief technology officer in January. He was director of technology at Condé Nast and director of Internet development for Martha Stewart OmniMedia.

The city of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., named José A. Gomez (1994, MBA) as the director of finance and administrative services. He previously was finance director for the city of Paramount.

Laurie (Bush) Jones (1991, B.A., theatre arts–acting/directing) and Matt D. Jones (1994, B.A., theatre arts–acting/directing) married in 1999 and have two children. Laurie, a teacher at Tulare County (Calif.) High School, writes, “We adore our alma mater CSULB for not only a solid education, but, more importantly, for introducing us to each other. Thank you for such a joyous life.”

Lawrence L. Risley (1992, MPA) became the social studies teacher at Mount Olive Alternate High School in the Duarte [Calif.] Unified School District. The school serves approximately 100 students in grades six through 12 and is a California model continuation high school.

Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corp. named Peter W. Lee (1994, B.S., business administration–accountancy) to partnership in its Audit and Assurance Services. Lee joined the firm upon graduation and later joined PricewaterhouseCoopers, but returned to Windes & McClaughry in 2004. He provides audit and assurance services to a variety of clients and also leads the firm’s Sarbanes-Oxley compliance practice.

Joseph Linkogle (1994, B.S., business administration–finance) was promoted to senior investment associate with Marcus & Millichap Investment Brokerage Co., where he has been since 1997.

Tony Mendoza (1994, B.A., public administration and political science) was elected to his first term as a California State Assembly member last November. He represents the 56th Assembly District that includes several cities in eastern Los Angeles and western Orange counties. He was a fourth grade teacher in East Los Angeles and the first in his family of nine children to graduate from college.

1995

Sandra P. Condé (1995, B.A., English literature) completed a master’s in transpersonal and somatic counseling from John F. Kennedy University. The Bay Area resident is an adolescent and family therapist and is one of the few bilingual therapists serving underprivileged populations in the area. Additionally, she and her husband, Dennis Bestafka, perform with a dream-pop band, Sentinel.

Glenn Chung (1996, B.S., civil engineering) recently was promoted to a principal and vice president for Hall & Foreman Inc., a Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., civil engineering firm. He has been with the company since 1997 and most recently was project director for its Inland Empire division.

Minerva Hidrogo (1996, B.A., psychology) is a supervisor in the Orange County Community Service Program’s Victim/Witness Assistance Program that provides support and advice to crime victims and witnesses and serve as court liaisons.

Carlos Solórzano (1996, B.A.; 2004, M.A., religious studies) teaches theology and music theory at St. Augustine High School in Tucson, Ariz. “Aside from my teaching career, I am also a recording artist as well as novelist. In 2002, I released my solo CD titled Standing Alone, which featured several original drumming compositions,” and plans to release a new CD this year. He has performed in Arizona and Long Beach and his work has been featured on several radio stations. His debut novel, Time and Eternity, will be released this spring. He is married to Minh (Randolph) Solórzano (1996, B.M., music performance).

Carl Kemp (1997, B.A., Black Studies; 1997, MPA) resigned as director of community affairs and government relations at the Port of Long Beach to lead the new Long Beach office of the public relations firm Englander and Associates. Kemp served two terms as CSULB’s Associated Students president.

John T. Casey (1998, B.A., social work) received his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University in 2006. He investigates child abuse cases for the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services, where he has been employed since 1998.

AC Martin Partners, a Los Angeles architecture, engineering and planning firm, appointed Tammy Lundgren (1999, B.A., English literature) as marketing director and associate. She has more than 15 years in sales and marketing and holds the Certified Professional Services Marketer designation. She is active in a number of professional organizations and was a business development manager with Swinerton Management and Consulting.

Va’ Nechia Rayford (1999, B.A., liberal arts–special major) was ordained an itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in October. She is completing a first year residency as a chaplain at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.