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Cowell College

‘67 Barbara BULLOCK-Wilson is the managing member of the Bullock Family Photography estate, which recently released a book and DVD about photographer Wynn Bullock that has been well received worldwide. Her company released the first volume of a new book series in early 2012, and is providing materials for a major exhibit at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in Florida this year.

‘69 Wallace FARRELLY retired from California State University, Fullerton, after 35 years and is now CSUF’s director of cultural events emeritus. He is currently enjoying web design and exploring electronic publishing with wife Lorrie (Stevenson ‘69). He has three children—Jennifer, Alison, and Chris—and two grandsons, Christian and Connor.

‘71 Don WEISS is still living in Tokushima, Japan, where he is still teaching English. He still watches the stars at night (this year with better optics), and he is still trying to get his daughter to clean her room! Peter MYERS is a film writer and producer for whom 2012 is shaping up to be a banner year. He is finishing a biographical feature film script about Leonardo da Vinci, and was recently hired to write a feature film about a critical historical incident in ancient Greece, which will be aided by his understanding of the ancient Greeks from his Cowell College core course. A film company in London may also be financing the production of a theatrical feature crime/thriller he wrote.

‘74 Ann NACHREINER Willyard is an assistant professor of biology at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. She divides her time between teaching botany courses and mentoring undergraduate research. Her current projects use molecular techniques to uncover cryptic diversity in the ponderosa pine species complex.

‘77 Vivienne ORGEL, MSW, is currently working as the outreach and admissions coordinator for CSU Monterey Bay’s Master of Social Work Program. The three-year program includes field internships in the Santa Cruz and Monterey areas. Since graduating in anthropology, she obtained an MSW at SJSU and worked with more than a dozen nonprofits and medical programs locally as a social worker.

Stevenson College

‘66 Dorm Three alumni Jock REYNOLDS, Allen DeYOUNG, Art TORRES, Bill GORGAS, Larry WAGNER, Milt WHALEY, and Jeff GRANT are now heading into their seventh year of gathering for a weekend in the Sierras for storytelling and remembering good times. Besides reliving different activities from their days in the dorm, they enjoy discussing the very beneficial time of their lives spent there. In 2011, they collected, through various contests, wagers, and card games, over $3,000, which was donated to the Dan Porter Memorial Rugby Fund. They hope to carry this tradition on for many more years.

‘69 Lorrie McCLAIN Farrelly retired from teaching high school math and just published her fifth novel, a Western historical romance entitled Terms of Engagement. She has been married for 40 wonderful years to fellow Banana Slug Wally FARRELLY (Cowell ‘69). Children: Jennifer, Alison, and Chris, and grandsons Christian and Connor.

‘71 Paul MIXON and his wife Marvelle drove from Chicago to La Cruz de Huanacaxtel, Mexico, on January 2. They are there to stay. Last August their business, Black Boaters Summit, hosted 24 yachts and 174 people in the British Virgin Islands. They look forward to hosting 40 yachts in July. Look for their new business, Your PV Vacation Villa, which launched in February.

‘74 Walt BOYES was this year named a Life Fellow of the International Society of Automation and a Fellow of the Institute of Measurement and Control. His short story, “And the Devil Will Drag You Under” appeared in Ring of Fire III, an anthology of science fiction relating to the 1632 alternate history universe. He just received a contract to co-author a book entitled Realtime Control of the Industrial Enterprise. He continues to serve on the board of directors of Cypress Envirosystems, a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor in San Jose. All in all, it’s been a pretty good year. Dr. Michael BURKE is an associate professor at the University of Western States College of Chiropractic in Portland, Ore. He is board certified in chiropractic orthopedics and is a member of the International Society of Clinical Rehabilitation Specialists. He also teaches a course on forensic chiropractics through the university’s Department of Continuing Education and provides medicolegal consultations in the form of independent medical examinations, medical record reviews, and expert witness testimony. He is married to Andrea Burke, a library media specialist, has three grown children, and is an advocate for electric vehicles. Please write to him at

‘77 David R. FIELD is a full-time musician in the Santa Cruz area, mostly soloing at senior facilities, convalescent hospitals, and skilled nursing and assisted living places in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties. He also plays in some duos and is playing bass in a rock-and-roll band that features banjo and fiddle (The JEDD Bros.).

‘84 Anne HEDGES has now officially run the gamut of student ages in her teaching career. She has taken a break from being a traveling college English professor to work in a K-8 school as a co-teacher of a small group of 10- and 11-year-olds at a school for gifted kids, Synapse, in Menlo Park, Calif. The curriculum is very innovative, relying on projects, portfolios, and regular interviews, and, of course, no grades (“Where have I seen that before?!” she says).

‘85 David SCHLOSBERG is professor of environmental politics at the University of Sydney. He is the co-editor of the recent Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society, and is enjoying life back in a beach town.

‘95 Bram CAPLAN was recently named director of students at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, a novel graduate research university being launched in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, just outside of Moscow, Russia. Bram has been in Moscow since 2006, and in Russia since 2003. He lives in central Moscow with his wife, Elena, an artist.

Crown College

‘74 Barry WEINGAST, a professor of political science at Stanford University, was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

‘78 Laurie EDWARD is a professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California, living in Berkeley and currently working on a book on gesture, multimodality, and mathematics. She is also a proud godmother of Mark ZEMELMAN’s (Crown ‘78) children, and will be visiting the Galapagos Islands in January.

‘82 James BATEK is an artist living and working in Chicago, his hometown metropolitan area. He has a website devoted to his art at

‘88 Dave STIER has had his fiction published twice, in F Magazine No. 8: “Embracing the Suck” and in Spectra Magazine No. 3: “Rogue Entanglement.”

Merrill College

‘74 Cathy BARKER Simonton worked for Fresno County Library for almost 10 years, married and moved to El Centro and had a daughter (now teaching high school English in Central California). They enjoy being on the border, able to visit friends on both sides. She taught adult ESL for seven years and now has a website,

‘76 Jill FIELDS is a professor of history at California State University, Fresno. She just edited a new book, Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, the Fresno Feminist Art Program and the Collective Visions of Women Artists.

‘78 Karen JANSZEN continues to live in Los Angeles with her daughter and write for film and television. Her latest film, Dolphin Tale, opened last September. She is also on the faculty of the American Film Institute.

‘01 Martha MONTGOMERY is a second-year medical student in the UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program, along with three other UCSC alums—super Slug power! They will graduate together with MS/MDs in 2015.

Porter College

‘71 Denzil VERARDO, Ph.D., recently retired after 40 years of state service. He served as the chief deputy director for California State Parks; chief deputy director of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs; and special assistant to the director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control. His awards include the Financial Manager of the Year Award for the Sacramento Region; the National Excellence in Leadership Award; the National Cultural Resource Management Award; and the American Society for Public Administration Innovation Award, among others. He now serves as a commissioner on the California Senate Commission on Cost Control in State Government. He and his wife Jennie Verardo (née DENNIS; Merrill ‘71) have written nine books.

‘74 Debora GILLMAN recently published an illustrated book for people of all ages, Drawing from the Masters: Stories of an Aspiring Artist. It describes the experiences of a young artist copying from the master artists in a museum setting. Debora’s creative arts theme started in October 2010 when she published her first illustrated children’s book on art, The Painter’s Dream, which is being utilized in Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, in a program for children with cerebral dysfunction.

‘75 Lori HIGA, MBA, recently joined affordable housing architecture, community planning, and green workforce training nonprofit Asian Neighborhood Design as a resource development consultant. She also performs sustainability consulting as a green home environmental and disaster preparedness specialist for environmental nonprofit San Francisco Community Power.

‘77 Laura MARELLO’s novel Tenants of the Hotel Biron is forthcoming from Guernica Editions in April. It is about artists living in Paris in 1908–1917. Marello was a UC Regents Scholar and awarded Phi Beta Kappa alumni status in 2006. She graduated with honors in two majors, college honors, and a college service award. Her first novel, Claiming Kin, was set partly in Santa Cruz. It was one of five finalists for the Paterson prize in fiction.

‘99 Britt HANSEN-Betenson earned a B.A. in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology from UCSC. She has been working as an archaeologist for the Kaibab National Forest in Northern Arizona since 2002. She received an M.A. in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology from UNLV in 2005. She and her husband Matthew have 5-year-old fraternal twin daughters, and are expecting another baby.

‘08 Brendon PHILIPPS graduated from UCSC with a B.A. in economics and is now in his second year at the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business earning his MBA. He will work as an associate investment banker for Rothschild in New York once he graduates in May. He credits much of his success to UCSC and is happy to share with his fellow alumni. Lastly, he really misses Porter’s Hungry Slug Café.

Kresge College

‘74 Ken BLOCK received his masters in social work from UC Berkeley in ‘79 and, shortly thereafter, his marriage and family counseling license. After practicing clinical social work for several years, he migrated to organizational development and is currently the director of business ethics and compliance for Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems in Southern California. Married to Melinda, they have one son, Caley, a graduate of UC Santa Barbara. Ken and Melinda live in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

‘76 Marcy ALANCRAIG is an English professor at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz. In 2010, she won the Hayward Award for Excellence in Education, a statewide recognition of her long-standing commitment to students and innovative teaching. Her first novel, A Woman of Heart, was published in 2011.

‘94 Kimberly Kight (née MELLEN) has written a new book called A Field Guide to Fabric Design. She now lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two sons. Cristen BEAM’s new memoir, Mother, Stranger, tells the story of the mentally ill mother she ran away from at 14 and never saw again. It is an e-book available through publisher The Atavist.

‘95 Shelley BATES’s 19th published novel, women’s fiction set in the Amish world and entitled The Wounded Heart, was released in September 2011 under the pseudonym Adina Senft. The sequel, The Hidden Life, will be a June 2012 release. Her article, “It’s Not About the Bonnet: The Appeal of Amish Fiction,” appeared in the October 2011 issue of the Romance Writer’s Report. Lastly, writing as Shelley Adina, she self-published three young adult novels for digital e-readers, two of which hit the Historical Fantasy bestseller list within
a week of release.

‘96 Jami ROSE recently opened a community acupuncture clinic in Santa Cruz, Flux Acupuncture Lounge, dedicated to providing affordable and accessible acupuncture to the local community.

‘99 Lorelei Sterling (née BOWEN) earned a second master’s degree from Washington State University in history. She moved back to Santa Cruz and worked at McHenry Library from September 2010 to October 2011, when she became the evening access services/reference librarian at the University of San Diego. She got married 10 years ago in the backyard of a friend’s house on Van Ness Avenue in Santa Cruz and has one daughter.

College Eight

‘77 Deborah DeBernard (née MOHR) received her master’s in architecture from the University of Utah and is a registered architect in Virginia and Arizona and a member of the American Institute of Architects, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the National Council for Architectural Registration Board. She was recently named as senior vice president and director of acquisitions at Dewberry, a private professional services firm.

‘84 Donna MEKIS is co-author of Blossoms Into Gold: The Croatians in the Pajaro Valley, and was invited to present her research in the region of Dubrovnik, Croatia, in September 2011. Blossoms Into Gold documents the emigration of Croatians from the region of the former Dubrovnik Republic to Watsonville. Donna recently retired from Cabrillo College, where she worked for 20 years developing and directing programs that assisted community college transfer students with their preparation and transfer to four-year universities.

‘87 Paula JEANNET Mangiafico is the senior processing archivist for the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript library at Duke University. After attending graduate school at Duke, she joined the library staff in 1992 and was promoted to librarian rank in 2010. Nina HANSEN Machotka lives in Italy with her husband Pavel Machotka, UCSC professor emeritus of psychology, former provost of College Five, painter, and writer. Nina received her M.S. in clinical psychology from SF State University, and then returned to her former profession of technical writing. Following their dream, Nina and Pavel bought a ruined farmhouse in Umbria, Italy, reconstructed it, and moved to Italy in 2000. Nina has written a book about their experiences called The Field Stones of Umbria. She published a second book in 2010, a humorous “guide” for partners and families of menopausal women called, How Not to Kill the Woman You Love: Your Guide to Surviving Her Menopause.

‘97 Elizabeth REILLY received her master of arts in photographic preservation and collections management from Ryerson University in Toronto, then worked for three years as the collection manager of prints and photographs at the Chicago History Museum. She now holds a faculty position at the University of Louisville as the Curator of Photographic Archives, where she oversees a collection of over 2 million images, including the Roy Stryker Papers and the Stryker-directed Standard Oil (NJ) photo documentary project.

College Ten

‘07 Florence DEKOVEN and ‘08 Chris GUEVARRA live in Oakland with their cat, Santa Cruz. Chris is the assistant editor and associate producer for an independent documentary film in San Francisco. He interns for the Golden State Warriors and freelances as well. Florence is the activities director and an English teacher (MA ‘09, education) at South San Francisco High School. Chris and Florence are recently engaged, and they are anxiously anticipating teaching abroad together in the near future.

Graduate Studies

‘89 Madeline ADAMCZECKI won the 2011 Teacher-Scholar award from the American Chemical Society-Santa Clara Valley section in recognition of her excellent teaching and commitment to her students. She is entering her second decade teaching chemistry and oceanography at San Jose City College. Since leaving her faculty position at American University in 1999, she has lived with her husband and daughter just a short bike ride from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. She enjoys rowing and watching pelicans dive and humpbacks, sea lions, otters, dolphins, and sailboats cruise along the Monterey Bay, between games of doubles beach volleyball. Life is good. William “Monty” GRAHAM has been named chairman of the University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science. Before coming to Southern Miss, he was a senior marine scientist at Dauphin Island Sea Lab for 16 years. Graham has participated in research projects around the world including Croatia, Palau, Argentina, Chile, and Korea. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout in 2010, he was one of the earliest recipients of a National Science Foundation Rapid Response grant.

‘10 Monica LYNN, Ph.D., has had her music performed throughout the United States with additional premieres in China, France, Italy, Serbia, and South Korea. Her recent honors include 2011 Award Winner for the Dallas Festival of Modern Music; board member at-large for National Association of Composers USA; and Honorary Associate of the National Academy of Music with the Municipal Conservatories of Neapolis and Sykies, Greece. Her recent works have been premiered in 2011 by the Walden School San Francisco Alumni Composers Forum and a number of festivals.

In Memoriam

‘71 Scott KENNEDY (Cowell) died on November 19, 2011. At UCSC he majored in history. He co-founded the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz in 1976, and over his lifetime established himself as a pre-eminent voice on peaceful conflict resolution. He served on the Santa Cruz City Council from 1991-1998 and 2001-2003, serving as mayor in both 1994 and 2004. He was 62.

‘78 Jonathan GREENBERG (Crown) died on January 27, 2011. At UCSC he majored in geology and geophysics and then went on to receive a masters in public health from Yale University. He worked for many years in environmental policy for the government and the private sector in Washington, D.C. He was 54.

‘78 Mary CUMMINGS Horton (Cowell) died on January 3, 2012. At UCSC she majored in American studies. She was married to Gerald B. Horton and had two children, Hallie Windt and Robin Horton Loringer. She lived in Goodlettsville, Tenn., most of her life. She was 92.

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