Class Notes

Cowell College

'69Blair COOPER has developed a web site in memory of George Skakel, one of two Cowell students killed in Vietnam; the statue in the Cowell courtyard is dedicated to them. City on a Hill Press published numerous letters from George vividly describing the war and a soldier's life in Vietnam. To read these letters and learn more about George, visit the web site.
Irene VAN DER ZANDE is the cofounder and executive director of Kidpower, a nonprofit organization teaching people of all ages and abilities to stay safe and act wisely. Her book, The KIDPOWER Book for Caring Adults: How to Teach Self-Protection and Confidence Skills to Young People, is available at

'71 Hatte RUBENSTEIN Blejer works in technology consulting and lives a stone's throw from Washington, D.C. For 30 years she was married to a wonderful Argentine, who died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in 2004. She has a son who does stand-up comedy, and her daughter will be a grad student in TV and film at USC in 2009.

'77 Bob LOMBARDI is a motorcycle safety instructor in Stockton and Modesto, Calif.; his latest motorcycle adventures took him to Death Valley and to Tombstone, Ariz. Bob continues to be active in groups supporting motorcycle and Second Amendment rights.

'84 After 12 years practicing in law firms, Kevin MICKEY opened his own practice in Spokane, Wash., in October 2007.

'93 Kara STARKEY welcomed baby daughter Anna Kay in spring 2007 and recently opened a private practice in Santa Clara, Calif., as a licensed marriage and family therapist.

'95 Mac MONTANDON is the author of Jetpack Dreams: One Man's Up and Down (but Mostly Down) Search for the Greatest Invention That Never Was (Da Capo Press, 2008), which chronicles the colorful pop history and science of the jetpack.

'98Marcella NEWHOUSE is a sales representative for Diamond Wine Merchants in the Santa Cruz/Monterey area; the Court of Master Sommeliers awarded her its certification in August 2007.

'01 Michele DAVID lives on the Westside of Santa Cruz with her boyfriend, Robert Mahrer, a general building contractor; she has a daughter (16) and a son (8). Michele works as program manager for the Santa Cruz Institute for International Economics at UCSC.

'02 Todd LARSON teaches urban kids about nature and the great outdoors through a nonprofit program called Elemental Awareness, supported by Elements Skateboards' founder Johnny Schillereff.

'05 Monica IGLECIA is working toward completing an M.S. in zoology at North Carolina State University; her research is focused on informing conservation planning of avian species' diversity by understanding landscape-scale population dynamics.

Stevenson College

'68 Rick CHATENEVER (M.A. literature, '69) is entertainment and features writer for The Maui News; he won first place at the Hawaii Society of Professional Journalists' annual Excellence in Journalism Awards for a story about New York street artist Swoon. After law school at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall, William DRUKKER spent 22 years as a Navy JAGC officer, retiring as a commander, followed by 15 years at Chapman University, retiring as chair of the Criminal Justice Department. William now teaches law and criminal justice at Cal State University, Long Beach, volunteers at the VA, and tries to give back for all the good fortune he has received.

'69 John GOEHRING and his wife celebrated 32 years as owners of The Toyworks, Sonoma County's award-winning specialty toy stores. Linda Kay TARPLEY Hale is semiretired in Sonoma, Calif., where she taught for 36 years; she now works as an educational consultant for Dataworks Educational Research and volunteers with the Sonoma Land Trust to preserve open space. She is also writing a bilingual children's book series.

'74 Walt BOYES has been elected a technical fellow of ISA, the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society, in recognition of substantial contributions to the measurement of flow.

'78 Sally SEDGWICK teaches philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago; her book, Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: An Introduction, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008.

'81 Jonah (James) PAFFHAUSEN was elected archbishop of the Orthodox Church in America and Canada in November and installed by the Holy Synod of Bishops at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington, D.C., in December; previously he was Bishop of Fort Worth.

'87 Lance BERNARD's first book, Architecture and Regional Identity in the San Francisco Bay Area 1870- 1970, was published in May 2007 by Edwin Mellen Press and currently appears in over 50 academic and public libraries; in July, after five years in the Midwest, he returned to Reno, which is closer to friends and family.

'90 Katie KRAEMER and David PITRE (College Eight '91) own and operate an organic farm and CSA outside Austin, Texas.

'97 Sarah RUSSELL provides health care to the underserved as a family doctor; she also travels internationally to provide medical services and teach medical students.

'04 Abigail REYNOLDS graduated from Alliant International University, Los Angeles, with a Psy.D. in clinical psychology.

Crown College

'80 Holly HADLOCK works for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco; her oldest daughter became a College Nine Slug in fall 2008.

'90Katie CHERRY Roarty writes that with her eight children she can hardly keep her head afloat.

'91 Kristin KAMMERER Maithonis and her husband, Chuck MAITHONIS (Crown), had their first child, Zoe, in June; Kristin manages the City of Norwalk Housing Authority, and Chuck is a professional musician.

'92 Joseph DeRISI, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and professor of biochemistry at UC San Francisco, was selected to receive the 14th annual Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment, among the largest individual achievement prizes in the world.

'95 Bridget GILLIN Smith (M.A. education, '97) has published her first book, The Unauthorized Guide to Legoland, California, available for purchase on " Friends can follow the family adventures of Bridget, her husband Ken SMITH (Crown '93), Justin (9), Destiny (4), and Jared (3) on Bridget's blog www.familyadventureguidebooks. com.

Merrill College

'71 Roz Spafford was named winner of the first annual Gell Poetry Prize for her first book of poetry, Requiem. As winner, she received a $1,000 honorarium, a two-week fellowship at the Gell Center, and publication of her book by Big Pencil Press.

'78 Tom FAGAN is the author of Extreme Attraction (iUniverse, 2005), a story about the transforming effect two women had on him.

'82 Narciso RODRIGUEZ received an A+ for Energy grant from the BP Energy Education Program to teach his third-grade students in South Gate about energy, energy conservation, and alternative energy choices; he is the proud parent of two current Banana Slugs: Vicente, College 10 (Class of 2009); and David, College Nine (Class of 2011).

'91 Ken GREENE is an assistant professor of government at the University of Texas-Austin ("the Santa Cruz of the South"). His first book, Why Dominant Parties Lose: Mexico's Democratization in Comparative Perspective, won a 2008 Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association. Jennifer WALL is president and winemaker of Three Alarm Cellars in Sonoma County, which collaborated in 2008 with the National Fire Protection Association to spread its annual safety message.

'02 Maya CRONE completed her M.A. degree in international policy studies with a specialization in gender and development at Monterey Institute of International Studies in May.

Porter College

'77 Sharon TURNOY accepted a position at HP in Cupertino, Calif., as senior manager of executive communications for the executive vice president of the Technology Solutions Group; she welcomes greetings from former classmates at Steven WOLOCK was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2009 as a top practitioner of malpractice law; he works at the law firm of Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller.

'86 Brian DUGGAN's book Saluki: the Desert Hound and the English Travelers who brought it to the West-a human/canine adventure set against the formation of the modern Middle East-was published in November by McFarland & Co.; Brian is director of learning services at California State University, Stanislaus. Julia SWEIG, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies and director of Latin American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, appeared on the Colbert Report July 15, discussing U.S. foreign policy and her recent book, Friendly Fire: Losing Friends and Making Enemies in the Anti-AmericanCentury (PublicAffairs, 2007).

'91 Sarah FARAGHER Aucoin is deputy director of the Urban Park Rangers; she lives in New York City with her husband, Brian, and their two sons, Arthur (3) and Oscar (1).

'94 Matthew BAUGHMAN is a producer on the Curious George animated series, which airs weekday mornings on PBS; he lives in Southern California.

'95 Jocelyn MARKLE lives in Marin with her son, Inigo, and her dog and cats; she's worked as an interactive producer for web sites and other online projects since 2000.

'01 Joe DePAGE is bass player in a "psycho-billy" act, Vlad and the Impalers; he celebrated the release of their second album, Live in Estonia, by marrying longtime partner Justin Ward in a civil ceremony.

'02 Charles HAYES is coauthor, with Brendan Brandt, of Waiting Tables, Dodging Bullets: An Actor's Guide to Surviving Los Angeles (Wheatmark, 2008), a hip, entertaining guide for the struggling young actor.

Kresge College

'73 Gary NOVACK, Ph.D., was appointed to the board of directors of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics; he is a board-certified clinical pharmacologist, specializing in developing new drugs to treat eye diseases.

'76 Debbie ARENSON Boye has been business manager for Boye Knives for the last 25 years. The company's new sailing knife received rave reviews in several national publications.

'79 Art HENRIQUES is director of planning and building inspection services for San Benito County; he's married and has three children, the oldest of whom is a pastry chef. After receiving her M.A. in educational administration from Santa Clara University in 1995, Susan TATSUI-D'Arcy has been working as a local college adviser and private school director; she is also the author of, among other titles, Beat the College Admissions Game: Do a Project! (2006), The 21st Century Mother's Guide to Managing Time and Taking Control of Your Life! (2006), and The Eco Xmas Tree (2006).

'82 Carmen GERMAIN was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome in February 2008; her poetry collection, These Things I Will Take With Me, was published by Cherry Grove.

'88 Dawn VALADEZ is producer/director, with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, of Going On 13, a documentary film about four years in the lives of four girls in the San Francisco Bay Area as they go through puberty. They are girls from the city, from immigrant and multiethnic families, who have grown up with stepparents and within extended families. Learn more at

'94 Thea HILLMAN's memoir, Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word), was published in 2008 by Manic D Press.

'99 Brindl MARKLE released her third album, Acoustic Heart, in April 2008; she also started her own label, Moxy Music, and launched to support independent musicians.

Oakes College

'75 Edward BRENNAN (Ph.D. biology, '79) was elected a member of Goucher College's Board of Trustees for 2008-11; he is an independent business consultant and the father of a 2007 Goucher graduate. Fred SPEAKS is retired after running his contact-lens company for 25 years, and he is single again.

'91 In October, Danielle OCHS-Tillotson joined the national employment law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., in its San Francisco office.

'94 Ilisa KESSLER has been named general manager of the new Women's Professional Soccer [San Francisco] Bay Area franchise.

'01 Jonathan WISHNEV has become an independent technical computer consultant. Between repairing computers and gardening, he is working on a fixer-upper he bought in 2006 in Oakland, Calif.

'02 Jenner BALAGOT works with one of the world's largest banks, developing a program to deter money laundering; he's married and has two sons.

College Eight

'74 Christopher BURGART lives in Orange County and has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as a private investigator for 34 years, with a nine-year sabbatical in Paris and Maui in the 1980s and 90s. Scott COLTRANE (M.A. sociology, '85; Ph.D. sociology, '88) is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon.

'78 Paul HANDLEMAN is a branch chief, managing other lawyers at the IRS. "What's next?," he asks.

'90 James SCHOLLARD has a lifelong career in the environmental field. "There are always plenty of work opportunities, challenges, and frustrations," he writes.

'95 Winnie POON and her husband, Tommy Thorn, welcomed the arrival of their first child, Viggo Thorn, in July.

College Ten

'07 Kristin TRAYLOR opened the POP Champagne and Dessert Bar in Pasadena, Calif., with fellow alum Matt EARHART (College Eight '00).

Graduate Studies

'75 Peter ERICKSON (Ph.D. literature), a visiting professor of humanities at Williams College, has published a new book, Citing Shakespeare: The Reinterpretation of Race in Contemporary Literature and Art (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). His courtship of and marriage in 2007 to Lisa Graziose Corrin, director of the Williams College Museum of Art, were chronicled in the "Vows" section of the New York Times. Marc HOFSTADTER (Ph.D. literature) has a new book of poetry, Luck, published by Scarlet Tanager Books of Oakland.

'79 Judith TOTMAN Parrish (Ph.D. Earth sciences), professor of geological sciences at the University of Idaho, was elected president of the Geological Society of America; she assumed the presidency on July 1.

'97 Jarita HOLBROOK (Ph.D. astronomy and astrophysics) was elected a vice president with the European Society for Astronomy in Culture at the society's symposium in Granada, Spain; she is a scientist at the University of Arizona Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, where she studies the many ways in which astronomy and culture intersect in Africa.

'98 David LUIS-BROWN (Ph.D. literature), an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Miami, has had his book, Waves of Decolonization: Discourses of Race and Hemispheric Citizenship in Cuba, Mexico and the United States, published by Duke University Press; he is on research leave in residence at Harvard University for the 2008-09 academic year.

'04 Kristen CHENEY (Ph.D. anthropology) is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Dayton. Her book, based on her UCSC dissertation research, Pillars of the Nation: Child Citizens and Ugandan National Development, was released by the University of Chicago Press in 2007. She has received a Fulbright grant to complete her current research on African AIDS orphans.

In Memoriam

'80 Chris RUBIN (Kresge), longtime food, wine, and travel writer for publications including Travel & Leisure, the L.A. Times, and Variety, died on August 15 from EHE [epithelioid hemangioendothelioma], a very rare and deadly form of vascular cancer; he was 49. Stephen VANCE (College Eight) was killed by gunmen November 12 during an ambush in the turbulent area of Peshawar in Pakistan, where he directed a U.S.-funded job creation and workforce development project; he was 52.

'91 Samantha SCALLORNS Szemeredi (Kresge), associate registrar for enrollment and academic records at UCSC, died of cancer June 30; she was 41. Her husband, Robert Szemeredi, works in the UCSC Undergraduate Admissions Office.

'04 Joey LUTZ (Cowell; M.A. education, '05), who taught English at Santa Monica High School for three years, drowned in July while vacationing in Panama; he was 25.

'07 Andrew HURWITZ (Cowell), who spent time teaching English in Vietnam and worked for National Wind in Minneapolis, died unexpectedly on August 1 at age 23. Jordan McKAY (Porter), who worked in the field of computer modeling and loved music, travel, and bicycling, was shot and killed near his home in San Francisco on September 17; he was 23. His friends and family have created a web site at