Michael T. Reynolds ’85, was named acting director of the National Parks Service. Reynolds was previously the deputy director for Operations.
As acting director of the National Parks Service, Reynolds is responsible for overseeing more than 22,000 employees, a $3 billion budget, and more than 400 national parks.
Reynolds’ three decades of experience with the Department of the Interior made him a perfect candidate for the position.
Previously, Reynolds worked as resource manager, planner, and division chief at Yosemite National Park, Mojave National Preserve, Cape Cod National Seashore, Curecanti National Recreation Area, and the NPS Denver Service Center. In 2011, Reynolds was appointed regional director of the Midwest Region. In April 2014, he was assigned to the National Park Service Headquarters in Washington, DC, as the associate director for Workforce, Relevancy, and Inclusion, overseeing the NPS’ human capital, training, relevancy, youth, and recruitment programs nationwide.
Alexander Lipay ’05, received a 2017 Grammy for his work on the sound mixing and production of a recording by the Seattle Symphony. Lipay has been principal flute for the Tucson Symphony for the past 10 years. He has been involved with the Seattle Symphony since 2010. Lipay is the only student in the history of UC Santa Barbara Department of Music to receive a dual bachelor’s degree for performing two different instruments, the flute and piano.
“Being a good and experienced musician is the most important quality for an audio engineer,” said Lipay. “The UCSB music department played a very important role in that regard.”
Photo: Dmitriy Lipay and Alexander Lipay (holding award) accepting the Grammy for “Best Surround Sound Album” (February 2017). Photo: UC Santa Barbara Department of Music.
Reed Spangler ’72, is the senior partner of Santa Barbara-based MacFarlane, Faletti & Co. He has more than 30 years of experience as a CPA.
Matthew Berger ’72, is the founder and principal attorney of the Matthew I. Berger Law Group. Berger is a member of the Executive Committee of the California State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section, a Member of the Advisory Committee for the Santa Barbara Community College Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and is a member and serving on the board of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria.
Doug Mershon ’71, M.A. ’73, was named Local Hero by the Santa Barbara Independent. For the past six years, Mershon had volunteered five days a week at Franklin Elementary School, in Santa Barbara. Mershon tutors students and provides extra one-on-one attention.
Jeff Porter ’73, has retired from teaching and coaching. He taught Honors and AP Biology at The Brentwood School, in Los Angeles, for 40 years. He coached CIF-SS volleyball for 55 seasons, winning 10 CIF-SS Championships and two California State Championships. Porter was also a member of the U.S. Volleyball Competition staff for the 1984 Olympics in L.A.
Rochelle Rose ’73, joined the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History as development officer for legacy giving. Rose was named Fundraising Professional of the Year by the Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Association of Fundraising Professionals. She serves on the boards of the Cecelia Fund, Coastal Housing Coalition and Center for Successful Aging.
Gary Sangenitto ’76, was named Local Hero by the Santa Barbara Independent. Sangenitto has played bass in multiple Santa Barbara-based bands over the past five decades. Sangenitto’s love of music influenced his philanthropic support of the community. Sangenitto lends musical equipment and gear for events and plays in the house band for the youth empowerment program AHA!
Kimberly Schizas ’77, has been a partner in Wynmark Company, a Santa Barbara development company, for the past 20 years. She has also served as a member of the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission for over four years and on the boards of the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women, the Santa Barbara County Housing Authority, the Foundation for Girsh Park, the UCSB Alumni Association, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics and the Goleta Valley Historical Society.
Richard Gilbert ’81, M.A.’90, was honored by Marquis Who’s Who for his efforts in science and research. Gilbert has been involved in the scientific field since the late 1970s. He is currently consulting for the World Bank and other national and international agencies.
Tom Olson ’86, was made a partner of the CPA firm Nasif, Hicks, Harris & Co. LLP.
Mark Barney ’86, is a partner at Ferguson Case Orr Paterson. Barney also volunteers at the Humane Society of Ojai and Emergency Animal Response.
Jed Douglas ’88, is now the Safety Officer for the County of Marin. Douglas is responsible for the health and safety of over 2,500 employees.
Steven Lee ’88, is a partner of Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, LLP. He is a member of the Ventura County Bar Association, Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, Employment Law Section and the Tri-Counties Local Government Attorneys’ Association.
Teresita Nixon ’88, received the Papal Honours Award - Benemerenti Medal from Pope Francis through Archbishop J. Michael Miller of the Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver.
Kirk Stovesand ’89, is a partner at Santa Barbara-based Walpole & Co. Stoves and worked as the controller for “Your Travel Center” for three years before joining Walpole. He also founded an information technology solutions division which provides business management services to small and mid-sized businesses.
Don Gilman ’91, was elected vice president of the Santa Barbara Symphony board of directors. Gilman is executive director of the Institute for the Advancement of Critical Thinking, is a senior faculty member of the American Management Association and heads Gilman Consulting Group.
John Britton ’91, is in charge of the audit and accounting department at Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf, LLP. Britton has been a member of BPW since 1991.
Andy Begun ’92, is partner at Cohen Begun & Deck, LLP. He is a member of the State Bar of California, Ventura County Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Bret Stone ’93, is a founding partner at Paladin Law, an environmental and sustainability firm. Stone has been working on environmental issues for over 20 years.
Rafael Gonzalez ’96, is a partner with Mullen & Henzell. Gonzalez has worked as an instructor at UC Santa Barbara, as chair of the Santa Barbara County Bar and is currently legal counsel for the Santa Barbara Human Resource Association.
Renee Fairbanks ’97, has been assigned to work on education, including self-study programs, for the State Bar of California’s Family Law Executive Committee.
Karen Regan ’99, was named Head of School at Bishop Garcia Diego High School in Santa Barbara. Regan began teaching at Notre Dame School in Santa Barbara, before continuing on to Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Regan was chosen for her commitment to Catholic education, leadership skills, experience and passion.
Jessica Tade ’00, is the new executive director for Casa del Herrero. As executive director, she will guide operations in the preservation of the historic house museum designed by renowned architect George Washington Smith. Tade is also a member of the Board of Directors for Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People, a member of the Board of Directors for the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation and a third district commissioner for the Human Services Commission of Santa Barbara County.
Kim Spiller ’02, is a partner at Caliber Accounting Group. She is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Travis Wilson ’02, has joined Santa Barbara-based accounting firm MacFarlane, Faletti & Co. LLP.
David Kim ’03, became the 2017 president of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors (SBAOR). He has worked at Village Properties for the past 10 years. Kim is also a mentor for the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Fighting Back program. He volunteers for Direct Relief International, Unity Shoppe, Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, Casa Esperanza, Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM) and Teddy Bear Breast Cancer Foundation. Kim also serves on the MLS and Technology Committee for SBAOR.
Darren Doi ’04, was named vice president and commercial team leader for American Riviera Bank’s lending operations. Doi is a member of California Coastal Rural Development Corp. and the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara.
Michelle Wisniewski ’05, was hired as the director of marketing for Mission Wealth, a Santa Barbara-based wealth management firm.
Annika Jensen ’10, was promoted to tax supervisor at Palius + O’Kelley, where she has worked since 2013.
Alberto Avalos ’12, was named Coors Light’s Lider of the Year for his leadership in the Hispanic community. This national recognition includes a $25,000 grant for Ávalos to implement a Latino leadership project for the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF). Ávalos is the Innovation and Technology Program Manager for the HHF.
Jonathan Abboud ’14, was elected vice president of the Board of Trustees for Santa Barbara Community College.
Adrian Macias ’14, became the wrestling team’s head coach of Santa Barbara High School (SBHS) after serving as a volunteer assistant. Macias teaches social studies and American history at SBHS.
Ryan Mandell ’15, was hired as a junior account executive at SurfMedia Communications, in Santa Barbara.
Nick DePuy ’16, was selected 19th overall in the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft. DePuy will play for the Montreal Impact. The former team captain is the sixth Gaucho to be selected in the first round of the MAL draft and the 30th Gaucho to play in the MLS. While at UC Santa Barbara, DePuy won four Big West North Division titles, reached the postseason four times and made two trips to the NCAA Tournament. DePuy left UC Santa Barbara with 83 games played, 31 goals, 16 game-winning goals and 11 assists. He is tied for fourth most goals scored at UCSB.
Assemblymember Monique Limon ’17, was appointed to the position of assistant majority whip, where she will help California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon with strategy, securing votes and facilitating floor sessions She has also been appointed chair of the newly formed Assembly Select Committee on Non-Profits.
Phil Womble, also known as Mr. Gaucho, passed away January 23, 2017. Womble was an ardent supporter of UCSB baseball. He was inducted into the UCSB Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005, and later in 2008, it was renamed the Phil Womble Hall of Champions in his honor. Womble was a fighter who lived life with cerebal palsy. Never giving up, he lived decades past his expected life span.
“This touches many people, but in particular, those of us associated with the UCSB baseball program,” said Bob Brontsema, former UCSB baseball coach. “He loved and gave so much to our program and to every player that was fortunate enough to wear the uniform. We are all better for knowing Phil Womble. I loved Phil.”
Watch a video of Womble here.
Richard C. Schwartz passed away October 28, 2016 in Santa Rosa, California. Although he was born in San Diego, Schwartz attended school in Santa Barbara and considered it his hometown. Schwartz fought in the Korean war and received the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Korean Service Medal, Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. After the war, he moved to San Francisco where he owned a company that produced cleaning and sweeping compounds for the federal government. Eventually he purchased 12-acres in Sonoma County wine country and became interested in viticulture.
James Devin passed away December 25, 2016 in Yountville, California. Devine studied English while at UCSB. After graduating, he lived in Santa Barbara for 40 years before moving to Yountville. He loved teaching, sailing, hiking, photography, good conversation and wine. Devine lived to embrace life, and at the age of 90 went skydiving with two of his granddaughters.
Margaret Florence Morreale passed away December 15, 2016 in Santa Barbara. Morreale started her adult life as a housewife, raising two sons. In her thirties, Morreale returned to college. She earned a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and a master’s in public administration.
W. Lowell Robertson passed away December 17, 2016. Robertson, aka the Tog, had careers in various places before establishing his own business in Nevada City, CA. Sonic Technology remains a thriving international firm. He was much respected and appreciated for his contributions to the Nevada City community, Robertson is much missed by his wife of 50 years, Diane (Sheerer) Robertson '65, his children and many friends.
John Beresford (Jim) Kilroy ’40 passed away September 29, 2016 in Los Angeles. Kilroy was a prominent California real estate developer and a champion yachtsman. His was a true ‘rags to riches’ story.
Marie A. Whaley ’44 passed away December 6, 2016 in Danville, California. She met her husband, Roger Whaley ’48, while she was teaching in Pacific Grove, California and he was stationed at Fort Ord. They were married at the Santa Barbara mission in 1945. Whaley taught in Santa Barbara while her husband finished at UCSB. After the war, they moved to the Bay Area, and eventually settled in Danville where they lived for 60 years.
Bob Sherman ’47 passed away December 23, 2016 in Santa Barbara. A track and basketball star, Sherman’s athletic accomplishments earned him a spot in the UCSB Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduation, Sherman played basketball professionally for a short time before discovering a passion for tennis and qualifying for Wimbledon in 1965. He earned multiple victories and “gold balls” in the sport throughout his life and was inducted into the Southern California Senior Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009. Sherman remained actively involved in tennis both as a player and later as an instructor at several tennis clubs in Southern California, including in Goleta and Santa Barbara.
Alexander Bates Callow Jr. ’50 passed away January 6, 2017. Callow fought in the Korean War and attended UCSB on the GI bill. He earned his Ph.D. in American History at UC Berkeley. Callow enjoyed a long teaching career. After retiring in 1991, Callow continued lecturing at UCSB. Callow was an amateur magician who loved music, bicycling and ice cream.
JoAnne Perrin Culbertson ’53 passed away on March 5, 2017 in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1953, she graduated from UCSB and became a home economics teacher. She taught full-time for two years and continued with some short-term substitute teaching and adult education programs. JoAnne devoted nearly 20 years to the La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, CA, where she led the establishment of a child-centered museum commentating mission life. In 2009, she earned the California State Parks “Superior Achievement Award” for volunteerism.
Paul Herwit ’61 passed away February 14, 2017 in Layton, Utah. Herwit taught Spanish for 14 years and later worked as a substitute teacher. Herwit was a deep sea fisherman, world traveler and talented musician.
Dr. Leonard King ’65 passed away January 23, 2017 in Ventura, California. King attended UC Santa Barbara for his undergraduate degree and then UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry. He loved to sail, ride horses and fish.
Lorinda Ann Bridge ’68 passed away December 7, 2016 in Santa Barbara, California. While earning a BA in art history at UCSB, Bridge met her husband, Phillip. Together, they moved around the country before settling in Santa Barbara.
redric Rosenberg ’71 passed away February 26, 2017.
Shirley Mona Craig Albright ’72 passed away December 18, 2016 in Stayton, Oregon. While at UCSB, she majored in speech pathology and audiology.
Jonathan Philip Klein ’78 passed away December 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Klein founded “I Said Sit” school for dogs and was a respected member of the dog training community of Los Angeles.
Craig Bonzo Bonner ’83 passed away December 31, 2016 in El Cerrito, California. While he spent many years working in technology, Bonner’s passions were music, his wife and his dogs. Bonner wrote most of his own songs and played in multiple bands.
Timothy J. King ’81 passed away December 8, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. King was known for his generosity and community spirit. He played a key role in the Grand Prix Foundation charity. King loved golfing and yachting.
Susan Diane Cornett passed away October 7, 2016 in Orange, California. Cornett taught for 27 years. She loved and was loved by her students. In retirement she enjoyed golfing and art.
Kristen Schwenkmeyer ’81 passed away July 20, 2016. Schwenkmeyer majored in political science at UCSB. She was a successful businesswoman and, with business partner Mike Gordon, launched Gordon and Schwenkmeyer, a Democratic consulting firm.
Jennifer Wire ’88 passed away February 17, 2017. Wire’s battle with cancer began in 1994, but she never let it define her. Wire lived a life full of friends and family.
Dr. Clinton John La Grange Jr. ’88 passed away November 14, 2016. Grange graduated summa cum laude with a BA in chemistry from UCSB. After graduation, he pursued a career in medicine. Grange loved the outdoors, music, travel and time spent with friends.
James Gordon Weber ’88 passed away February 17, 2017 in Santa Maria, California. After attending UC Santa Barbara and serving in the Korean War, Weber settled in Santa Barbara, where he taught at Carpinteria High School, La Colina Junior High School and Dos Pueblos High School. Weber also coached football and tennis at Dos Pueblos. After retirement, Weber moved to Solvang and worked as assistant tennis pro at the Alisal Guest Ranch.
Kevin Michael McGill ’91 passed away on February 21, 2017 in Boulder, Colorado. McGill was a sales, marketing and operations professional in the technology, automotive and public relations/marketing industries. His most recent position was as senior manager of sales operations for Inilex.
Christina Renee Lim passed away February 6, 2017 in Orange County, California. She was a computer engineering major with a minor in astronomy and planetary science.
Wei Wei “Linka” Liu passed away February 10, 2017 in Santa Barbara. She was a sophomore majoring in linguistics.
Anthony Jiaqian Tsang passed away February 15, 2017 in Santa Barbara. He was a fourth year student majoring in global studies.
UCSB student Ismael Hernandez passed away on March 7, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. He was in his third year at UCSB with senior standing majoring in pre-biology through the College of Letters and Science.
Dr. Bob Haller passed away August 17, 2017 in Goleta, California. While at UC Santa Barbara, Dr. Haller taught Botany 103, Plants of California, from 1957-1994. A couple of years into his teaching tenure, Dr. Haller began a tradition of showing a slideshow during the second day of class as a way of motivating the students. During his class, he took students on four day field trips to the desert, Central Coast and Sierra Nevada. Some of Haller’s accomplishments include helping establish the University of California Natural Reserve System and collaborating on the creation of the first vegetation classification system in California. After retiring from UCSB, Dr. Haller served as the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s education botanist. There, he taught classes and introduced new audiences to California’s native plants.
Kendra Jeffcoat passed away on February 28 in San Diego, California. Jeffcoat attended UCSB for two years as a history major, pledged Kappa Alpha Theta, and transferred to UCLA where she completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She was married to former UCSB student body president Jay Jeffcoat ’67. Kendra Jeffcoat served as a community college faculty member in speech, English and psychology for 25 years, and as a community college administrator for 13 years. She was most recently an assistant professor in San Diego State University’s doctoral program for Community College Leadership and coordinated the Community College Teaching Certificate. Past administrative roles included serving as dean of Social/Behavioral Sciences and Multicultural Studies at San Diego Mesa College, and as vice president, Academic Services at Imperial Valley College. Jeffcoat taught at Palomar College, Imperial Valley College, Middlesex Community College, and Chaffey College. Her research interests focused on program and curriculum development, effective teaching strategies, and the link between institutional policies, curriculum, teaching and student learning outcomes. Jeffcoat was an active community service leader whose roles included past president of Rotary International, chair of the Board of the Poway Chamber of Commerce, and a leader in her church.