Alice Chard Tarbush, ’48, completed 65 years as a Santa Barbara Unified School District employee on Feb. 5, 2013. She retired in 1994, but remained working and is now at La Cumbre Junior High as a test consultant, but holds several other duties.
Ann Glasgow, ’66, ’67, has been appointed to the Historical Landmarks Advisory Commission by the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors representing District 3.
Nancy Son Warren, ’66, was honored with a Delta Gamma Cable Award, a national award, for her dedicated service as a chapter advisor.
John Keever, ’67, added a Hall of Fame grand slam to his distinguished career as a coach and athletic administrator when the chair of the Gaucho Order collected his fourth plaque of honor when he was inducted recently into Moorpark College's hallowed hall. The former Gaucho football co-captain and member of the 1965 Camellia Bowl Hall of Fame team was a three-sport coach at Moorpark before serving as athletic director for 14 years. He credited his success "to my Hall of Fame wife, Debbie."
Randy Lewis, ’68, recently served as the assistant executive dean on the Fall ’12 Semester at Sea voyage. The 15-week itinerary sailed to four continents and called on 14 ports throughout the Atlantic Ocean. Seven UCSB undergraduates were among the 475 students on board. This was his eighth voyage with Semester at Sea, which is academically affiliated with the University of Virginia. In 2006, Lewis retired from UC Irvine, where he spent 35 years in university administration.
Jim Swan, ’68, ’72, has been in Japan since 1973 with the exception of two years’ graduate studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Jerry Windom, ’72, became vice president of Risk Management in Woodland Hills Office of Poms & Associates Insurance Brokers, Inc. Windom advises clients on personnel and commercial line property and casualty insurance program design and placement.
Pertti Hakkinen, ’74, has been the acting head of the newly established Office of Clinical Toxicology at the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Maryland). She has been an adjunct associate professor since August 2011 and co-director of the Public Health Informatics course at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland.
Carol Rozanksy, ’74, is chairperson and professor of the Education Department at Columbia College in Chicago.
Jason Martz, ’75, was featured on Michael Jackson’s new release “Bad 25,” the 25th anniversary reissue of one of Jackson’s best-selling albums, playing the harmonica. Martz is a featured soloist on “Streetwalker.” He has also played keyboards and synthesizers on Jackson’s multi-platinum hit song “Black or White” from the Dangerous Album. Martz is currently finishing production of his third symphony, titled “Corrosion.” The recording, by the Intercontinental Philharmonic Orchestra, was released Dec. 12, 2012.
Lawrence Doyle, ’77, was honored with a Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award in recognition of his efforts to mentor and inspire students in California’s underserved and disadvantaged communities. Doyle has used his expertise in developing student test-taking abilities and learning skills to improve opportunities for underrepresented minority students.
Dorian Kuper, ’78, moved to Montana where she and her husband have their own engineering geology firm. They are focused on mineral resources and mining reclamation. Kuper has just been elected to the board of the American Geosciences Institute as secretary. AGI strives to increase public awareness of the vital role geosciences plays in society by advocating the earth sciences.
Dr. Aeron Wickes, ’78, was elected to the board of directors of the Palomar Hospital District in the general election on Nov. 6, 2012, San Diego County.
Renee Welze Livingston, ’82, was recently elected to the board of directors for the Contra Costa County Bar Association and the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada.
Doug Morris, ’82, announced his retirement after his 25th season as San Lorenzo Valley High’s football coach. He was one of the most successful coaches in Central Coast Section history. Morris finishes with 13 league championships and 16 postseason appearances, including three Central Coast Section titles (’99, ’00, ’02).
Kathy Haverty Welsh, ’85, and Justin Welsh, ’85, celebrated their 25th anniversary in September 2012. They met on Goleta Beach their first week as freshmen.
John Gould, ’86, was named a managing director at Thornburg Investment Management.
Katie Upton, ’86, has been featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum. Featured in the exhibit are her large-scale paintings of horses. Upton’s paintings and drawings are held in private collection throughout the United States, and in Europe and Asia.
Kyle Hoffman, ’84, M.A. ’88, has been appointed vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations at UC Merced. He first worked as the director of Student Relations and director of the Alumni Vacation Center at UC Santa Barbara before joining UC Riverside as executive director of the UC Riverside Alumni Association. He was then named the assistant vice chancellor of Alumni and Constituent Relations.
Paula Lopez, ’88, was honored with a Women of Achievement Award by the Association for Women in Communication, Santa Barbara chapter. Lopez is co-anchor on KEY News in Santa Barbara County. She has also worked at KCAL in Los Angeles, covering the O.J. Simpson trial and the Los Angeles riots. She has won awards such as the Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for 9 News at Noon, Striving for Excellence Award from the Minorities in Broadcasting Training and Best News Reporting Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association of Northern California.
Liz McCarthy, ’88, was awarded the 2012 Realtor of the Year Award by the Marin Chapter of Women’s Council of Realtors.
Randy Fine, ’90, is serving as the president of the Roosters Foundation of Orange County, a philanthropic group that raises money and volunteers time to children in need and at risk.
Angela L. Minniefield, ’90, was honored with a Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award in recognition for advancing government policies and programs that increase the number of underrepresented students in health professions. She recently became the vice president of strategic advancement at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
Craig Kennedy, ’87, Ph.D. ’92, senior associate dean at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and professor of special education and pediatrics, was named dean of the College of Education at the University of Georgia. Kennedy has received the Research Excellence Award from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College, the Educator of the Year award from Nashville Mayor’s Advisory Council for People with Disabilities, the B.F. Skinner New Researcher Award from the American Psychological Association, and the Alice H. Hayden Award from the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps.
Ralf Remshardt, Ph.D. ’91, was promoted to professor of Theatre, School of Theatre and Dance, University of Florida.
Glenn D. Taxman, ’92, was named to Much Shelist law firm’s Management Committee. Taxman is head of the Chicago-based firm’s Irvine office and a principal in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He was named chair of the Management Committee, where he will oversee all firm operations.
Bill Harrison, ’93, was elected mayor of Fremont, Calif., on Nov. 6, 2012. Harrison is co-owner of Harrison Accounting Group, Inc., founded in 1948. The firm is the oldest accounting firm in Fremont and still has its headquarters there while servicing clients throughout the western United States.
Scott Collins, ’96, received a doctorate degree in management with a concentration in accounting from Claremont Graduate University in August 2012. He has accepted a position to join the faculty of Pennsylvania State University as a clinical assistant professor of accounting, beginning with the Fall 2012 semester. Both Collins and his wife, Kathy, are relocating to central Pennsylvania.
Daniel Wilson, MESM ’98, who owns and operates Wilson Environmental Contracting, Inc., has received the following awards: 2012 Santa Barbara Contractors Association Construction Awards in Landscape & Hardscape, Commercial, for the Fallen Firefighter Memorial at the Santa Barbara County Fire Department Headquarters; the 2012 Goleta Valley Beautiful Single Family Residential Award; and the Sustainability Award, the State Trophy Judges Choice Award, the State Trophy Achievement Award for Xeriscape, and the Bob Baeir Memorial-Sustainable Award from the California Landscape Contractors Association.
Chris Gibson, MESM ’01, has entered the MBA in Sustainable Management Program at San Francisco’s Presidio Graduate School. He is studying part-time while continuing to work full-time as regional environmental compliance programs manager for Recology, a solid-waste-recovery company based in San Francisco.
Patrick S. Salceda, ’01, joined Duange Morris LLP as part of the launch of its new Silicon Valley office. Salceda, an associate, joins the firm from K&L Gates LLP. He practices in the area of intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on representing high-tech clients in the persecution and defense of complex IP, unfair competition and business practices disputes.
Sara Aminzadeh, ’03, was appointed executive director of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, which represents 12 California Waterkeeper organizations throughout the state. Aminzadeh had previously served as acting director. She has also recently launched a two-year campaign to tackle California’s biggest water quality problem: polluted runoff.
Megan Moore, ’04, accepted a teaching position as the coordinator of printmaking and foundations areas in the Visual Arts Department at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala. She started teaching the Fall 2012 semester.
Kris (Herrington) Wall, MESM ’04, and her husband, Nate, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Linnea Dylan Wall, on June 23, 2012.
Christina Cairns, MESM ’05, has been hired as a USAID environment foreign service officer under the agency’s Development Leadership Initiative program. She will contribute to the development and management of environment-related foreign-assistance programs and ensure that environmental considerations are integrated into various programs. She and Jessica Spence, MESM ’08, met at the training. Cairns will head to Pretoria, South Africa, in 2013.
Brian Crumline, MESM ’05, is living in Portland, Ore., with his wife, Robin; 13-year-old stepson, Finn; and nearly year-old daughter, Elise. As a program delivery manager for Cascade Energy, Inc., Crumline works in the area of industrial energy efficiency program management for regional utilities.
Kelly McFarren, ’05, graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business with an MBA in May 2012. After graduation, she will work for ConAgra Foods in Omaha, Neb., in the marketing department where she will participate in the Brand Management Leadership Development Program.
Karen (Wolowicz) Weiss, ’05, and her husband, Jeremy Weiss, welcomed a baby girl, Hazel Mae, on Dec. 15, 2011. In April, Weiss accepted a position as senior environmental scientist at the California Department of Fish and Game. She is working in the Habitat Conservation Division at the Region 3 offices in Napa.
Kelly Croce, ’06, and Chris Gallo, ’04, reside in San Francisco, where Croce recently earned her master's of arts in International Relations and Gallo works as a CPA for a private equity firm. They married at the University Club of Santa Barbara in July 2012, where they celebrated with fellow Gauchos and family.
Jeffrey Farrington, ’06, launched Los Angeles' newest residential solar installation business last year. Working closely with infill developers, SunCraftsmen Solar (suncraftsmensolar.com) installs American-made solar panels and micro inverters on new and existing homes throughout Southern California.
Kim Matsoukas, MESM ’06, accepted the newly created position of sustainability manager at Vans Shoes after six years at carpet manufacturer Bentley Prince Street, starting as sustainability coordinator and rising to sustainability director.
Joaquin Neira, MESM ’06, his wife, Magdalena, and their daughter, Mia, returned to their home country of Argentina in September after eight years in the U.S. and six at Zurich North America. Neira accepted a new job as environmental insurance liability regional manager for the Latin American Region of AIG, which is also currently known as Chartis Insurance. The family will be based in Buenos Aires.
Robert Newton, MESM ’06, married Stacey Elder on Nov. 3, 2012, on Exuma Cay, Bahamas. The couple currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where Newton works for The Nature Conservancy.
Betty Seto, MESM ’06, and Scott Murtishaw welcomed their first child, Baxter Si- Yun Murtiseto, on Sept. 16, 2011. Seto is still working as a senior consultant specializing in energy efficiency and climate-action plans in the Oakland, Calif., office of DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability.
Gina Gerritzen, MESM ’07, left her position in Spring 2012, as an environmental compliance specialist and project engineer with ARCADIS/Malcolm Pirnie to take a new job as an environmental health and safety and sustainability consultant for ERM Information Solutions in Houston, Texas.
Julie Sarto, ’07, and Michael Ritchie, ’07, were married on Aug. 20, 2011, in Newport Beach, Calif., surrounded by family, friends and fellow Gauchos. Sarto and Ritchie live in Orange County where Ritchie is a CPA and auditor and Sarto is an attorney practicing business litigation.
Karen Setty, MESM ’07, and her husband, Fabio Bolognesi, are the proud parents of a son, Niccolò Remo Bolognesi, born April 20, 2012, at Saddleback Memorial Hospital in Laguna Hills, Calif. The family lives in Lake Forest, Calif., and Setty continues to work as a science writer for the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project in Costa Mesa.
Jamie Britto, MESM ’08, assumed a new position as client care manager for Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance in September 2012. In March 2012, Britto became engaged to Nick Facciola, ’04, an engineer with TerraPass. They currently live in Oakland, Calif., with their new dog, Lucy.
Peter Canepa, MESM ’08, and his wife, Laura, welcomed their first child, Lily Marie Canepa, on April 14, 2012. Canepa says that his daughter, “regularly astounds us as she develops and interacts with the world” and has also given him “new respect for any and all parents.”
Jessica Spence, MESM ’08, has been hired as a USAID environment foreign service officer under the agency’s Development Leadership Initiative program. She will contribute to the development and management of environment-related foreign-assistance programs and ensure that environmental considerations are integrated into various programs. She and Christina Cairns, MESM ’05, met at the training. Spence will head to Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2013.
Leslie Abramson, MESM ’09, and her husband, Nathan Eldridge, have a new home in San Francisco’s Sunset district. Abramson works on resource protection issues at the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and serves as the Sanctuary Advisory Council coordinator. The sanctuary is currently a client for a Bren Group Project.
Sarah (Bumby) Anderson, MESM ’09, accepted a position as an environmental planner at the Philadelphia offices of CH2M HILL in March, after three years of environmental planning work at Cardno ENTRIX in Santa Barbara. She and her husband, Doug Anderson, have relocated to the City of Brotherly Love.
Milli Chennell, MESM ’09, was Fiji bound with the U.S. Peace Corps. She made it, and is currently living by the beach as an integrated environmental resource volunteer. She is working to implement marine protected areas, constructing high-efficiency wood burning stoves, and weaving the occasional mat. She will be in Fiji through June 2013.
Shannon Morrison, ’09, is a 2012-2013 Robertson Fellow. She did an internship with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean as an undergraduate and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small, rural village in Suriname for two years after graduating. Morrison is fluent in Saramaccan, a Portuguese-based creole, and is currently learning Spanish.
Lara Polansky, ’09, accepted the EPA Federal Green Challenge 2012 Leadership and Innovation Award on behalf of the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service in May 2012. The award honored regional employees for their work hosting the 2012 National Sustainable Operations Summit, which Polansky co-chaired.
Courtney Walker, ‘09, is in pre-production on a documentary titled “What Is Hope? The Children of the Selamta Family Project” (www.whatishopedoc.org) about orphaned and abandoned children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who have had families built around them by the Selamta Family Project (www.selamta.org). She and fellow Gaucho and Blue Horizons participant Justin Faerman, ’10, plan to shoot the documentary in early 2013.
Nishit Doshi, Ph.D. ’10, won the Young Chemical Engineer of the Year award from the Institute of Chemical Engineers, a global institute with 35,000 members from more than 120 countries. He was awarded for the research he did at UC Santa Barbara with Samir Mitragortri, professor of chemical engineering, in which they developed synthetic platelets.
Sarah Green, MESM ’11, married to Jonathan Poon on July 21, 2012, at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens. Green is currently working on sustainable fisheries management solutions at the Environmental Defense Fund in San Francisco.
Christine Jaramillo, ’11, accepted a position at the Anheuser-Busch Fort Collins Brewery in May 2012 as an environmental, health and safety manager.
Aliana Lungo, MESM ’11, and her longtime boyfriend, Stephan Shapiro, were married in August 2012. The couple then honeymooned in Moorea and Bora Bora. They live in Irvine, Calif.
Danielle Quinones, ’11, is getting married Aug. 18, 2013, and is graduating with a master’s degree in postsecondary educational leadership with a specialization in student affairs in May 2013 from San Diego State University.
Ryland King, ’12, received the Brower Youth Award from the Earth Island Institute in San Francisco. King was recognized for his work for organizing hundreds of college students to teach thousands of first and second-graders about sustainability through his organization Environmental Education for the Next Generation.
Jason Levin, Ph.D. ’12, was hired as a tenure-track professor of education at California State at Monterey Bay. He is also in his ninth year as host of the horse racing-themed radio show "Inside Racing," airing 7 a.m. Saturdays on KTLK AM 1150 in Los Angeles.
Ernest Gilbert Saenz, ’43, died Sept. 29, 2011, at the age of 92. He is in the UC Santa Barbara Gaucho Hall of Fame for football and boxing. He played professional football for the Los Angeles Dons and the Hollywood Bears and later enlisted in the Navy in June 1942, where he spent three years as a destroyer line officer. He is survived by wife Helen; children Laura Dimmitt, Cynthia Saenz and Ernie; and brother Jack and sister Marcela.
Nephtali Solis, ’56, died Jan. 8, 2012. Solis was a doctor of homeopathy and doctor of oriental medicine. He was also an accomplished pianist and member of the Santa Barbara Music Club. He is survived by sisters Zarith Solis Uhrig and Loyda, and his brother, Arnaldo.
David C. Rhudy, ’68, died Feb. 20, 2012, of metastatic melanoma. He earned a degree in cultural anthropology from UC Santa Barbara and spent two years in the Fiji Islands with the Peace Corps from 1969-1970. He then settled in Goshen, Ind., where he owned and managed Goshen Hardware until 2004. He also served eight years on the Goshen Community Schools Board. Survivors include wife Carol, and children Meredith Palmison, and Mark.
Steve Furniss, ’74, died June 27, 2012. He was active as a community organizer and taught political science at several colleges in the Fort Collins, Colorado area. Survivors include brother Robert Furniss and nephews and nieces.
Carol (Bleise) Kenzer, ’75, died on Oct. 11, 2012, in Richmond, Va., of cancer. She taught social studies for 22 years in North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. She is survived by her husband, Robert Kenzer, '76, and son Benjamin. The family requests contributions be made to the Carol L. Kenzer Memorial Scholarship Fund managed by the Henrico County Education Foundation, 3820 Nine Mile Road, 9+Henrico, VA 23223.
Terry George Bliss, ’77, died Nov. 6, 2012. He was a native Carpinterian and was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity while attending UC Santa Barbara. Bliss was an avocado rancher and owner of Carpentaria Motor Transport and Ownby Trucking. Survivors include wife Patricia Dillon Bliss, daughter Chonnie Bliss Jacobson, siblings Wendy Bliss MacMurray, Timothy Kenyon Bliss, and granddaughters Lily Marjorie Jacobson and Emily Bliss Jacobson.
Cheryl Reed, ’77, died Dec. 21, 2012. She was a consultant to community colleges, worked for Microsoft and was employed as a manager at Amazon in Seattle. She and her husband, Tim Owen, were killed when a tree, heavy-laden with wet snow, crashed onto her vehicle. Survivors include children Jessie, Jeremy and Jaime.
Karen Bogen, ’83, died after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bogen worked at Strawberry Farms Golf Course in Irvine, Calif. She was a LPGA Western Section member.
Barry Berkus died Nov. 30, 2012. He was 77. Berkus, the architect of the Mosher Alumni House on the UC Santa Barbara campus, was an award-winning architect in the U.S. and internationally. After starting college at UCSB in 1954 as an economics, his lifelong interest in drawing drew him to architecture and he transferred to USC. He was the founder and president of B3 Architects and Berkus Design Studio. He was also an author, artist and avid art collector. Berkus received several awards and was named one of the top 10 residential architects of the 20th century by Residential Architect magazine in 1991. Survivors include wife Jo Cahow, sons Jeffrey and Steven, and daughter Carey.
Lawrence R. Baca, ’73, received the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award for 2012. Baca became the first Native America to receive the prestigious award. He is a retired U.S. Department of Justice civil rights litigator and a former Chairman of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, and the first and only Native American to hold that post.
Nicolasa Sandoval was chosen by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the State Board of Education. Sandoval received her Ph.D. in ’07 from the Department of Education. The state board is the governing and policy-making body of the state’s Department of Education and sets education policy for public schools. Sandoval currently works as Education Director for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and continues to teach at the Gevirtz School.
Lucius Davis, an important member of the UC Santa Barbara basketball teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s was introduced as the fifth men’s basketball Legend of the ‘Dome’ when the Gauchos hosted Pacific. The Legend of the ‘Dome’ program was implemented in 2009 to immortalize the Gaucho athletes that consistently turned in legendary performances inside of a legendary building.