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, ’49, B.A. Physical Education; ’53, M.A., Education, has authored a book on teaching titled, Triad Education. Morse was a counselor and is the retired owner of Triad Education Consulting. He was a founding member of the Sac State Alumni Association and was its first president in 1950.


ELIZABETH WARREN JOHNSON, ’59, B.A., Music (Piano), has retired from the Sacramento
Unified School District after a long career as a teacher.


DONALD GARY TRENT, ’60, B.S., Business Administration; ’70, M.B.A., retired from a 30-year teaching career to open his first bookstore 17 years ago. He is the owner of Trent’s Bookworm, which has six locations in the Sacramento area.

GLENN A. JOHNSON, ’66. B.A., Speech; ’67, M.S., Journalism, was elected mayor of Pullman, Wash., the home of Washington State University. He also teaches courses in broadcast journalism and communications management and is the “Voice of the Cougars”
at football and basketball games. After serving as manager of KGMS-KSFM in Sacramento, he joined the WSU faculty in 1979.

JOSEPH A. RICH, ’66, B.S., Business Administration; ’68, M.A., Speech Pathology, is a professor of communication at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. He received his Ph.D. in education at Oregon State University.

DON DEAN ANDERSON, ’67, B.S., Business Administration, has been promoted to commander with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve while serving as chief, Homeland Security Branch, with the 11th Coast Guard District in Alameda, Calif. His responsibility is maritime
security of all California coastline ports.

VIRGINIA ANN CURTIS, ’68, B.A., English; ’78 M.A., English, has retired after 33 years teaching English at Casa Robles High School in the San Juan Unified School District.

JAMES R. POPHAM, ’69, B.A., Government; ’70, M.B.A., Strategic Management, has joined the Port of San Diego as the senior director of the Maritime Division. During his career, Popham has lived in Texas, Washington
and California.

ANN T. WELDY, ’69, M.A., English, attended the first read-through of a play based on her novels The Beebo Brinker Chronicles in New York. She has been participating in writer’s conferences and has lectured on women’s literature and the pulp paperback industry. While traveling to promote a new edition of her novels, the Chicago Free Press awarded her the “Pressie” as the best author of 2003. A new Italian edition of her novel, I Am a Woman, has been published, and she was the featured speaker at the “Saints & Sinners” literary conference in New Orleans.


W. MICHAEL KEEHN, ’70, B.S., Business Administration (Finance), was promoted to fire inspector II with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.

PAUL ALLEN KRONENBERG, ’71, B.A., Journalism; ’87, M.A., Government, is president of Family Winemakers of California, a trade association of 430 California wineries.

RUTHANN BIEL, ’72 B.A., Sociology; ’89, M.S., Computer Science, has been a part-time instructor in Sac State’s computer science department since 1989.

STEVE MCKINNEY, ’72, B.S., Criminal Justice, was called from his job as the Sacramento District Attorney’s assistant chief of the Bureau of Investigation to become an active duty soldier. His Army Reserve unit was activated for one year. He is a military bagpiper
in the division band and was stationed at Camp Parks in the East Bay. The band performed for the troops leaving to and returning from the war, as well as doing other military ceremonies and recruiting missions.

LETA MICHELE EDDE, ’75, B.A., Liberal Studies, is a beginning-teacher trainer and has been a schoolteacher for 27 years.

JEFF HARADA, ’75, B.S., Criminal Justice; ’77, Social Work, was assigned the executive superintendent for the Northern California Youth Correctional Center in Stockton, Calif.

NANCY L. REED, ’76, B.A., Recreation Administration, has retired from the North Sacramento School District. During her 24-year career, she was a master teacher, mentor teacher and teacher of the year for her district.

CAROLE F. NUTT, ’77, B.S., Government; ’92, M.S.W., Social Work, is co-director with Sister

LIBBY FERNANDEZ, ’90, M.S.W., Social Work, of Genesis, a mental health program of Sacramento’s Loaves and Fishes which provides free mental health services for homeless adults.

, ’78, B.S., Recreation Administration, is retired from the State of California Youth Correctional Education District as a career vocational educational teacher.

MARY LYNNE MOORE MURRAY, ’79, B.S., Business Administration (Marketing), founded It’s About Time Organizing Services. As an authorized consultant and trainer for The Paper Tiger Software, she helps individuals tame the paper in their homes and offices. Based in Walnut Creek, Calif., she also writes the “Get Organized” column in the Contra Costa Times.


TIMOTHY A. APPEL, ’80, B.S., Biological Sciences, is a forensic toxicologist for California. Appel performs drug analysis on various body fluids and organs for the Department of Justice and also provides testimony on the findings.M. KEVIN RAPPLEYE, ’81, B.A., Business Administration (Marketing), is vice president of SBA loans at Bank of the West on Response Road in Sacramento.

CURTIS RICHARDS, ’81, B.A., Government/Journalism, is a nationally recognized leader in the disability community. He served the last three years of the Clinton administration as deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education. He has joined the Institute for Educational Leadership
as a senior policy fellow dedicated to the National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth. He also has formed his own public policy consulting and lobbying business, The Advocrat Group.

KAREN B. BROWN, ’83, B.S., Geology; ’87, M.A., Geology, has a position in Salem, Ore. as tutoring coordinator for Willamette Academy, an outreach program at Willamette University for high schools students from socio-economic groups under-represented in higher education. She also trains and oversees student tutors and is the academy’s liaison to the Salem-Keiser School District.

STEVEN M. SMART, ’83, B.A., Sociology/Social Sciences, works with the Elk Grove School District in recreation and is a tutor at Charles Mack Elementary School.

WILLIAM CLAYPOOL, ’85, B.S., Computer Science, a senior software engineer with Unify Corp., now works for Compassoft in Sacramento.

JEFFREY L. MCCLEMONS, ’85, B.A., Biological Sciences, is an anesthetic technician at UC San Diego Medical Center/Hillcrest.

JOE MCELLIGOTT, ’87, B.A., Communication Studies, is a detective with the Vacaville police and has solved a 21-year-old homicide. With newer technology now available, McElligott
sent evidence to a DNA testing lab, and with a match, the suspect was tracked down and arrested within five weeks.

DIXIE L. SCHNEIDER, ’87, B.S., Nursing, hosts a weekly television show on RCCTV (Cable 19) at 8 p.m. on Saturdays called “Lutherans Alive.” As the founder of Dixie Schneider Presents, she has traveled the United States with her humorous presentations on health issues and other special interest topics. She has been honored by Sac State’s nursing program
as an outstanding alumna and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Sac State Alumni Association.

VANESSA CALLIS BURKE, ’88, B.S., Accountancy, has rejoined Gilbert Associates, Inc. as a senior manager. She previously worked for the company in the early 1990s. Her experience
includes audit and advisory services to governmental entities, not-for-profit organizations,
public pension plans, and education institutions including K-12 schools and higher education.

GARY BLACK, ’89, B.A., Psychology, an investment representative at Edward Jones in Grants Pass, Ore., has been named a principal with the firm’s holding company, the Jones Financial Co. He is one of only 51 people chosen from more than 29,000 associates to join the firm’s 296 principals. In the past two years, Black has been invited to attend the Managing Partner’s Conference, an honor reserved for the top 300 of the firm’s more than 9,000 investment representatives.

JEFFREY J. BURGARD, ’89, B.A., Liberal Studies and ’91 and ’96, multi-subject credentials, has formed an educational consulting firm called J.J. Burgard and Associates. The firm helps educators improve student learning and enthusiasm with workshops based on Burgard’s 1999 book, Continuous Improvement in the Science Classroom. For more, visit

ROBBYE L. MOHN, ’89, B.S., Accountancy, is director at the San Francisco office of RGL Forensic Accountants and Consultants. RGL is an international firm with 23 offices. Mohn is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs.


ANN AMIOKA, ’91, M.A., History, is vice president of communications for the California
Chamber of Commerce. She has been a communications specialist at the chamber since 1980 and is the editor of its legislative newsletter, Alert. Her department is responsible for producing all of the chamber’s legislative communications and its corporate website.

NAFEESAH MUSTAFA-RASHEED, ’91, B.A., Child Development; ’00 M.A., Bilingual/Multicultural Education, has received her administration credential in education from the University of LaVerne.

AARON CAMPBELL, ’92, B.A., Art, was the lead technical animator on “Spider-man II” for Sony’s visual effects company, Imageworks. He worked primarily on the computer generated tentacles for Doctor Octopus and is working on “Open Season” Sony Picture Animation’s first computer-generated film. Campbell started with Disney’s Buena Vista Visual Effects.

THOMAS L. KUROWSKI, ’92, B.A., Psychology; ’95 M.S.W., Social Work, is program manager for the Placer County Adult System of Care.

JOY ANDREA BERTINUSON, ’93, B.A., Art, graduated from Claremont Graduate University
with a master’s degree in fine art. She is an adjunct professor at American River College
and on the board of the Sac State Alumni Art Chapter.

STEVE MCKAY, ’93, B.A., Journalism, is the arts and events publicist in the Sac State public affairs office. He previously worked as a photographer with the Vacaville Reporter and as a writer at the Capitol Morning Report. He has also spent many years as a freelance journalist.

MONICA POPE, ’93, B.A., Psychology, is the director of the non-profit Eskaton Foundation
in Greater Sacramento. The foundation supports Eskaton, a non-profit healthcare company which offers health, housing and social services to seniors. She has served on numerous community boards and committees as a volunteer.

BOBBIE HALES, ’94, B.S., Accountancy, started her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers
and has been hired by Gilbert Associates as a senior manager. Her responsibilities include overall engagement management and firm business development. She also serves on the boards of Fairytale Town and the Sacramento Youth Symphony Foundation.H.

TESS KEEHN, ’94, M.S., Counseling, has opened her private practice in Fair Oaks as a licensed marriage family therapist.

KATHLEEN SAKAI, ’95, B.S., Accountancy, was recently promoted at DZS/Baker LLC from finance/accounting manager to business manager. The company is the primary contractor in Oahu, Hawaii for the Navy and Coast Guard family maintenance housing contract.

SCOTT A. MOSEMAN, ’96, B.S., Accountancy, is the western region controller at United Natural Foods, the leading national distributor of natural and organic foods and related products in the United States.

TONJA FONTES, ’98, B.S., Accountancy, has been with Gilbert Associates since she was studying at Sac State, starting out as an accounting assistant in 1996. Now a CPA, she has been promoted to manager, and is responsible for training staff on audit procedures
and supervising financial and compliance audits for public agencies.

KALA TAYLOR, ’98, B.S., Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies, is president/CEO of a temporary staffing agency with more than 24 contracts with large hospitals. She also teaches for St. Hope Corporation at Sacramento High School and part-time for Folsom Lake College.

TRISHA MINTZER PENA, ’99, B.S., Accountancy, is with Gilbert Associates and has been promoted to manager. In that role, she oversees the planning, supervision and execution of audits for a variety of clients including public agencies and not-for-profit organizations. She also plays a key role in the firm’s recruiting.2000s

CHRISTOPHER THOMAS, ’00, B.S., Accounting, works for Dennis Nelson, CPA, in Folsom, Calif.

JODY BACKMAN, ’01, B.A., Communication Studies, is a channel sales specialist at Websense.

LANCE FONG, ’01, B.S., Computer Engineering, is a document assembly specialist at Maximus. He is also part of the Healthy Families project of California, which provides low-cost health insurance to children.

LISA PERRY, ’01, B.A., Social Science, is education director for the California Forest Products Commission.

MARK D. STUDER, ’01, B.A., Humanities, received a master of divinity, a three-year graduate degree that is the basic professional degree for ministry, from Princeton Theological

CRYSTAL M. CLARK, ’02, B.A., Communication Studies, is the senior executive assistant for Johnson & Johnson’s state government affairs office. Clark previously worked for five years in the governor’s office.

GINA SWANKIE, ’02, B.A., Communication Studies, works for the Sacramento County Airport System as a communication and media officer.

JAMES JOHNSON, ’03, B.A., English, completed Sac State’s teaching preparation program while coaching varsity football for the Cordova High School Lancers, the 2003 Sierra Valley Conference champions.

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