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Richard Cutting, ’52, B.S., Business Administration, has retired from the state of California as chief internal auditor.

Sia Nemat-Nasser, ’60, B.S., Civil Engineering, was honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International for outstanding theoretical and experimental research. He received the society’s Nadai Medal, which recognizes distinctive contributions to the field of engineering materials. Nemat-Nasser is a professor of mechanics and materials in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, at UC San Diego. Since 1987, he as served as the director of UC San Diego’s Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials.

Larry Augusta, ’62, Social Science, retired last spring after 35 years with the California State Board of Equalization.
John Fitzgerald, ‘64, B.S., Business Administration, recently established his own business, John C. Fitzgerald & Associates in Los Angeles, specializing in tax-exempt bond financing for California cities, redevelopment agencies and school districts. Prior to setting up his own firm he was senior partner in Seidler-Fitzgerald Public Finance for 16 years. He was a major contributor to the Steven Lee Yamshon Alumni Center at Sac State, with one of two offices named after him, and he established the annual John C. Fitzgerald Scholarship for students in the Sac State College of Business Administration. He received his MBA degree in 1966 from Cornell University.

Joseph Rich, ’68, M.S., Linguistics, is now teaching full-time in the department of communication at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

Thomas A. Boland, Sr.
, ‘70 B.A., Government, ’74 M.A., Government, has retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a colonel. He served in Vietnam with the U.S. Marines and he served on active duty in Grenada, Panama, Desert Storm, Haiti and Bosnia with the Army Reserves. He served as the senior American representative with the British Army in Bosnia. He is state attorney for the South Carolina Department of Social Services—Child Support Enforcement, Region IV. Boland served in the Special Operation Command and received numerous decorations for his military service, including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and 26 other medals and decorations.

Photo of Howard MiyashiroHoward Miyashiro, ’71, B.S., Finance, a former senior vice president and manager of commercial banking for U.S. Bank, was recently named executive vice president of CV Logistics. Miyashiro oversees the day-to-day operations of the company. Prior to his time at U.S. Bank, Miyashiro spent 23 years with Sumitomo Bank, leaving as vice president deputy manager. Miyashiro is also a director of Kevin Johnson’s St. Hope Academy and serves as treasurer of the board, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Sacramento.

Charles Comstock, ’74, B.S., Accountancy, is currently the city manager of Scotts Valley.

Robert J. McGarvey, ‘74, B.A., Government, recently helped Rancho Cordova gain cityhood. He spent 17 years chairing the Rancho Cordova Incorporation Committee, and the citizens of Rancho Cordova approved incorporation on Nov. 5, 2002. McGarvey was introduced as the Father of Rancho Cordova Incorporation during the incorporation campaign, and was elected to the first Rancho Cordova City Council.

Photo of Susan Patterson Susan Patterson
, ’75, B.A., Journalism, was unanimously elected president of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Board. Patterson was elected to the SMUD Board in 2000 after being appointed in 1999 to fill a vacancy. Patterson serves Ward 2, which includes the communities of Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Galt and Wilton. Patterson is a 22-year employee of the California Energy Commission.

Anita Wonder, ’77, M.S., Criminal Justice, is author of a textbook from Academic Press titled Blood Dynamics.
Stephen McClure, ’78, M.B.A., has been promoted to executive vice president and chief credit officer for California business banking at Wells Fargo Bank. McClure has been with Wells Fargo since 1978.

Larry Pryor, ’80, B.A., Government, has been named director of MRO Operations for Theodor Wille Intertrade, the Defense Logistics Agency’s prime vendor in Europe. He manages operations in Germany, Italy, Spain, the Balkans and the Middle East. Pryor is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. He lives in Ginsheim, Germany.

Bob Lee, ’80, B.S., Public Policy and Administration, is the district attorney of Santa Cruz County.

Patrice Mengell, ’80, Biological Sciences, passed the orthopedic exam for National Association of Orthopedic Nurses, and is now an OCN, orthopedic certified nurse.

Cynthia Nunes Colbert, ’80, B.A., Social Welfare, was selected president/CEO of the Catholic Health Association of Texas. Colbert is based in Austin and leads the association’s efforts in education, advocacy and public policy support for Catholic health ministry in Texas. Prior to assuming her duties, Colbert served as the vice president of community services at United Way Capital Area, where she was responsible for strategic planning, grant writing, volunteer management, program development and United Way’s community investment process.

Michael Kime, ’83, B.S., Criminal Justice, is chief of the Madera Police Department. Kime, a Sacramento Police Department veteran of 34 years, has had duties ranging from patrol officer to police dog handler. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1997. He ended his career in Sacramento as a watch commander in the patrol division.

Michael Oster, ’86, B.S., Criminal Justice, is a deputy sheriff with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office. Oster, who has 12 years experience as a police dog handler and trainer, was appointed to help start a K9 program with the department.

Christina Nagy McKenna, 88, B.S., Marketing, B.A. German, teaches energy industry courses around the country for Enerdynamics, LLC, a west coast energy consulting and education company. She holds an MBA from Golden Gate University. McKenna and her family live in the Bay Area.

Steve Argonza, ’89, Business Administration (Marketing), is a senior loan officer and underwriter for World Savings in Sacramento and has recently been inducted into the company’s President’s Club for being a top producer. He previously worked at Wells Fargo as a financial consultant and at Franklin Resources as a 401(k) administrator.

Wallace Gowin, ’89, M.S., Criminal Justice, has been appointed general manager of security for Tyco Co., based in Bangkok, Thailand. Gowin, a long-time resident of Thailand, recently left his position as director of integrated security solutions with Securicor. He is responsible for the ADT-Sensormatic company, which sells, installs, and maintains electronic security equipment such as access control, CCTV, alarm systems and electronic article surveillance devices.

Marcus Page, ‘90, B.A., Communication Studies, produces radio programs for Catholic Worker Kommunity Radio and co-hosts the weekly “Cultivating Peace” show on KGLP in Gallup, N.M. As a board member of, Page helps organize annual pilgrimages to the U.S. Nuclear Test Site in Nevada. Page also has produced documentaries on protecting the environment and abolishing nuclear weapons. He’s currently working on a documentary of the life of Ammon Hennacy, the pacifist Christian anarchist.

Joseph Montes, ’90, B.A., Communication Studies, attended law school at UCLA School of Law. After graduating and passing the Washington State bar exam in 1993, he served as a deputy prosecuting attorney with the King County Prosecutor’s Office in Seattle. He then spent time in private practice in Seattle and joined the management team of Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS), a national mediation and arbitration firm headquartered in Southern California. He was appointed an administrative law judge in November 2001.

John Barrow, ’90, M.S., Criminal Justice, retired as chief of police with the Roseville Police Department. Barrow spent 29 years with the department.

Virginia Meyer, ’91, M.S., Biological Sciences, is teaching at Sacramento City College as a tenured professor. She is involved in the development of the SCC field ecology certificate program and teaching several of the courses in the program.

Diana Archibald, ’92, M.A., English, has recently published a book with the University of Missouri Press titled Domesticity, Imperialism, and Emigration in the Victorian Novel. Archibald is an assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Michele Buhlert, ‘92, B.S., Nursing, is a nurse administrator at Marshall Hospital in Placerville. She is ANCC board-certified in gerontology, and serves as a commissioner with the El Dorado County Commission on Aging.

Gottfried Mittermayr, Jr., ’93, B.A., Communication Studies, recently started his own media production company, GriMedia, in Sacramento.
Robin Ubl-Baehr, ‘94, M.A., Spanish, is teaching Spanish and is the department chair of the foreign language department at Casa Roble High School. She is also a part-time Spanish instructor at American River College.

Llorye Flores, ’95, B.S., Recreation Administration, is the first program coordinator for the Monterey County Parks Department. Flores is a member in California Parks and Recreation Society, and serves as the society’s district VI vice-president.

Keith Gmeinder, ’95, M.A., History, is a principal budget analyst for the California Department of Finance.
Jacqueline Lee, ’95, B.A., Liberal Studies, is teaching science at St. Matthew School.

Holly Pietrok, ’95, B.A., Graphic Design, is employed as a marketing projects manager at Phonic Ear Inc., in Petaluma.

Photo of Anna FongAnna Fong, ‘98, M.B.A., Management Computer Applications, is the webmaster for the California Data Exchange Center. The center provides decision support for flood forecasting and emergency response through a web portal and database-driven applications. She served as technical lead for California’s Department of Water Resources when the department converted its website to be a part of the California portal.

Guy Fuson, ‘00, MPPA, is the business license manager for Sacramento County’s department of finance, as well as a member of the Town Council of Loomis.

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