SUSAN WILLIAMSON, ’63, B.A., Education, has
retired after teaching for 30 years in the Lodi Unified School District
in California. She has also been listed twice in the Who’s
Who of America.
RICHARD WILLIAMSON, ’64, B.A., Recreation Administration,
has retired after 35 years with the City of Lodi in California. His
professional life culminated as the director of Lodi Parks and Recreation.GARY
E. MYER, ’69, B.A., German, is a librar-ian II for the Livermore
Public Library in Livermore, Calif.
WILL (JACK) MCNABB, ’70, B.A, ’71, M.A.,
Communication Studies, received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah
in 1983, and then worked as a psychotherapist in private practice.
He retired a few years ago, and he now teaches psychology and speech
at a college in Phoenix. He is also active in “living history”
as a cast member of the Arizona Renaissance Festival. He plays “Ian
DIANE MARKELL WAGNER, ’71, B.S., Business Administration,
is living and working in Mill Valley, Calif. Wagner operates a real
estate business called Wagner Realty.
ELIZABETH (ANN) PEREZ, ’78, B.A., Physical
Education, ’92, M.A., Special Educa-tion, is the executive director
for the new Grizzly Creek Ranch near Portola, Calif. The facility
is used in the summer for groups of special-needs children. In addition,
the camp is being readied as a year-round conference center.
TANYA ZACCONE, ’78, M.A., Spanish, has won
numerous teaching awards at the local and state levels, including
Teacher of the Year in 2003 by the California Language Teach-ers’
Association. Zaccone teaches Spanish at Center High School in Antelope
and recently achieved National Board Certification, according to the
National Board for Profes-sional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). She is
president-elect of the California Language Teachers’ Association.
ARTHUR BAUDENDISTEL, ’80, B.A., Physi-cal Therapy,
owns Baudendistel Physical Therapy in Carmichael, Calif. He received
his certification as an Orthopedic Manual Therapist through the Maitland
Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. He is one of 19 to receive this
certification in the United States this year. He also received his
certification as an Orthopedic Specialist by the American Board of
Physical Therapy Specialties. Bau-dendistel specializes in the treatment
of the spine and extremities.
TODD MURCH, ’81, B.S., Business Administra-tion,
is president/CEO of Eskaton. Eskaton provides senior residences and
services through innovative health, housing and social services.
PAUL NILSEN, ’81, B.A., Psychology, has received
certification as a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator. He lives
MARK CARRINGTON, ’82, B.S., Business Administration,
is senior vice president of global sales for Meridian Project Systems.
BONNIE TERRY, ’82, M.A., Education, is owner
and founder of Bonnie Terry Learn-ing in Auburn, Calif. Terry has
served Placer County students for the last 13 years in her learning
center. Recently, Old Schoolhouse Magazine recognized her firm as special
needs company of the year. She speaks nationally and internationally
on teaching reading, writ-ing, study skills and math.
JODI REVIS, ’85, B.A., Liberal Studies, ’86
Multiple Subjects Credential, works in the Elk Grove Unified School
District in Cali-fornia as a BTSA coordinator for curriculum and professional
JANET HOLLAND, ’86, B.S., Business Administration,
is a partner at the real estate appraisal firm of Giannelli Jarette
Waters & Holland LLC.
CHARMY THOR LEE, ’86, B.S., Accountancy, lives
in Sacramento and is the central figure in a new book titled Hmong
and American, Stories of Transition to a Strange Land, written
by Sue Murphy Mote.
MIKE A. SCHIELDS, ’86, B.S., Marketing, is
managing director of Avalon Waterways and director of group channel
sales for Globus and Cosmos.
DEE ALARCON, ’87, M.A., Education Admin-istration,
is the Solano County Superin-tendent of Schools. The Solano County
Schools and Solano Community College in California serve more than
84,000 K-14 students. This fall, Alarcon was a presenter at the Association
of Educational Services Agencies National Conference on how to help
schools improve learning and achievement for all students using the
School Assistance and Intervention Team process. She is also an adjunct
instructor for Chapman University, teaching classes in educational
administration and leadership.
JOHN SHELBY, ’88, B.S., Business Administra-tion
(Finance), has been named senior vice president of business development
for the Five Star Bank in Rocklin, Calif. He is also treasurer of
Delta Chi International.
CAROL A. FISH, ’88, B.S., Accountancy, is director
of finance for the City of Grass Valley.
THOMAS “ZEKE” TAFOYA, ’90, B.A.,
Media Communications/Broadcast News Produc-tion and Writing, established
a private investigation firm called The Trust in Auburn in 2002. As
a private investigator, Tafoya has worked on a wide range of cases
through-out Northern California with clients in the United Kingdom.
WILLIAM F. FREY, ’91, B.S., ’95, M.S.,
Electri-cal and Electronic Engineering, is a senior II engineer with
Powerwave Technologies in El Dorado Hills, Calif.
LAUREN WANTLAND, ’91, B.A., Psychology, ’94,
M.S.W., Social Work, passed her orals in 2001 and earned her LCSW
one day before her 65th birthday. She is a counselor with Mendocino
County Alcohol and Other Drug Programs and runs her own private practice.
She plans to retire from the county in March of 2005, but will continue
her practice while traveling to Europe.
NICOLE NADITZ, ’92, B.A., French, ’93
CRED Education (French), teaches French at Bella Vista High School
in Fair Oaks, Calif. and has been a teacher for 10 years. She is pursuing
a master’s degree in Bilin-gual/Multicultural Education from
Sac State. She achieved National Board Certification in 2003 from the
National Board for Profes-sional Teaching Standards.
CHRISTOPHER WHITAKER, ’92, B.S., Busi-ness
Administration (Accountancy), is director of litigation consulting
services for Ueltzen & Co. LLP.
JEFFREY VULETICH, ’93, B.S., Business Administration,
is vice president of commer-cial real estate at River City Bank.BOB
BURRIS, ’95, B.S., Business Administra-tion, is deputy director
of the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO).
CHRISTOPHER THOMAS, ’00, B.S., Account-ing,
works for Dennis Nelson, CPA, in Folsom, Calif.
TRAVIS M. COLBY, ’01, B.S., Criminal Justice
(psychology minor), who earned his Juris Doctor degree from McGeorge
School of Law, is deputy district attorney in Tehama County.
BRENDA GRANUCCI, ’02, B.S., Business Administration,
is an account executive for Merlot Marketing Inc.
RYAN ROCKAITIS, ’02, M.A., Spanish, was selected
as a Finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching
in the Chicago metropolitan area. A teacher at Marian Catholic High
School in Chicago Heights, Ill., he was recognized along with his
fellow finalists at a celebration at Chicago’s House of Blues.
SARAH K. TUTT, ’02, B.A., English, is in her
second year of teaching at the middle school level. She lives in Auburn,
TIFFANIE N. KOSAVANNA, ’03, B.A., Government,
has received her commission as a naval officer after completing Officer
Candidate School at Officer Training Command in Pensacola, Fla.
HELEN SCHAUBMAYER, ‘04, M.S., Business Administration,
is a senior research analyst at the Sacramento Regional Research Institute.
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The special effects that wowed audiences in the movie Spider-Man 2
came in part from the imagination of Sac State alum Aaron Campbell (’92
Using computer-generated imaging tech-niques, the Sony Pictures Imageworks’
senior technical animator produced the digital character “set-up”
for Doc Ock’s menacing tentacles.
The goal, Campbell says, was to “give the tentacles their own personality,
as well as allow them to act like deadly weapons, or arms and legs.”
He had to make the tentacles’ thousands of individual pieces move
in a way that would make them look mechanical as well as organic.
“The computer-generated tentacles were designed to be exactly like
the real tentacle puppets, so when the live action was cut with the computer-generated
version, it would be seamless,” he says.
Campbell, who lives in the Marina Del Reyarea in California, studied general
arts and graphic design at Sac State. While he didn’t study animation,
his graphic design classes taught him to solve complex visual problems
with simple solutions. Campbell especially credits courses taught by Gwen
As a kid, Campbell wanted to be a comic book artist. He turned to computer-generated
imaging soon after graduating. His first job was with Disney’s Buena
Vista Visual Effects.
“I worked on a lot of films, most of them bad. Who saw Cabin
Boy?” Campbell says. “But I did do the glow worms in
James and the Giant Peach, the reindeer in The Santa Claus
and animated the big monkey in Mighty Joe Young.”
Other films Campbell has worked on for the Culver City, Calif.- based
Sony Pictures Image-works include Stuart Little 1 and 2
and Hollow Man. He also digitally mastered the shadow in Peter
For Stuart Little 2, Campbell crafted the difficult images of
the movie’s bird characters, Margalo and the Falcon.
Campbell says all the major U.S. studios are now making animated films
using only computer-generated images. While he admires the polished look,
he says he misses the “expressive” and “lively”
animation in classics like Pinnochio.
However, he’s astonished with the industry’s growing capabilities,
including the technique utilized in The Polar Express in which
actors’ movements are digitally recorded. “Image-works is
already working on the next perfor-mance capture movie and from what I’ve
seen they’re making amazing improvements from Polar Express.”
Being an animator, Campbell says, has been the job of his dreams.
“Computer animation is always evolving,” he says. “How
I created a character two to three years ago is not how I do it today.
I’m never bored, and in the end, your hard work is on the big screen
for millions to see.”
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Orange County Register state editor Holly Heyser (Journalism
’88) knew she wanted to be a journalist after interviewing former
Sacramento mayor Ann Rudin for Sac State’s student newspaper, The
“I had thought I wanted to be an author,” Heyser recalls.
“Having access to that world of local politics was so exciting that
pretty soon I forgot all about writing books. I’ve never regretted
Since graduating from Sac State, Heyser has had plenty of such access—including
to the adminis-tration of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.
Covering politics is “ridiculously fun,” she says.
“Everybody’s life is touched by what the state does, from
the roads you drive on to health care to the papers you sign when you
buy a house…” Heyser says. “It’s a great feeling
to help the people of your state understand big, complicated things like
the state budget, and incredibly rewarding to tell them about issues they’ve
never heard of before that affect their communities.”
Heyser’s first newspaper position was with Neighbors section of
The Sacramento Bee. She left to work in the Bay Area, where she
was a metro editor for The Peninsula Times Tribune and then a
reporter at The San Jose Mercury-News. She then moved the East
Coast for a state government reporter position with The Virginian-Pilot
before taking a position with St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota.
Her current position with the Orange County Register has brought
her back to Sacramento, where she works near the Capitol.
In Minnesota, Heyser was the state government editor at the St. Paul Pioneer
Press during the last year of Jesse Ventura’s term as governor.
“Jesse’s an incredible character,” she says, “a
genuine outsider who has a delightful tendency to say what he thinks,
and often to do what he thinks is best without regard to political implications
In Virginia, Heyser covered Medicaid and also uncovered that the Virginia
State Police was investigating allegations that one of the governor’s
political action committeeswas eavesdropping on calls between constituents
and their state senators.
While at Sac State, Heyser says, professor Bill Dorman had the big-gest
impact on her critical thinking skills. And she’s thankful for fellow
journalism student Annette Laing, who helped her conquer her fear of going
after her first story assign-ment.
Heyser lives in Orangevale. Her significant other is Hank Shaw, who is
the capitol bureau chief for the Stockton Record.
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Big man in Pullman
In the small college town of Pull-man, Wash., it sometimes seems as if
Glenn Johnson (’66, Speech) is everywhere. He might be in the Washington
State University press box announcing a PAC-10 football game, speaking
at a Veteran’s Day parade, or teaching students at the scene of
a police standoff.
Johnson is WSU’s popular “Voice of the Cougars,” the
city of Pullman’s mayor, a WSU journal-ism professor, and a volunteer
spokesperson for the fire and police departments—among other things.
Sometimes he combines duties. Johnson once conducted a broadcast class
from the scene of a 12-hour standoff between police and an armed man at
a Pullman nursing home.
“Because of my position, I gave my students the access and the availability
to learn from a real world experience,” he says.
While he was a Sac State student, Johnson worked as a reporter for KFBK
1530. He later earned his master’s degree from UCLA and a doctorate
from the University of Iowa before return-ing to Sacramento to be station
manager for KGMS and KSFM. In 1975, he was the first reporter to get a
live television feed from the State Capitol when Lynette “Squeaky”
Fromme attempted to assassinate President Ford.
Johnson was drawn into the public arena soon after moving to Pullman in
1979. The city’s mayor asked him to co-chair an effort to pass a
bond for a new police station. When it passed with 70 percent of the vote,
Johnson was hooked.
He got involved with other civic projects and was eventually elected mayor
in 2003. “I know what to do and what not to do,” he says.
“In all of my years in journal-ism, I’ve seen plenty of politicians.
And obviously I saw what was good and what was bad.”
He says his most important influences at Sac State were pro-fessors John
Egan, Charles Hume and Robert Thompson.
Johnson met his wife Kathryn in Sacramento, and they have two children.
The music man
Steve Turre—who has played with the likes of Ray Charles, Dizzy
Gillespie and Herbie Hancock—was a student at Sac State when he
first heard his idol J. J. Johnson perform live.
“It was like a saxophone student hearing Charlie Parker play (for
the first time),” says Turre. “It was quite inspiring and humbling.”
Turre, now a 20-year member of The Saturday Night Live Band, has recorded
12 albums and appears on more than 200 recordings. Aside from playing
the trombone, he has created a musical following using the conch shell
as an instrument, forming the critically acclaimed group Sanctified Shells.
He has consistently won both the readers’ and the critics’
polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat and Jazziz for
Best Trombone and for Best Miscel-laneous Instrumentalist on the shells.
Turre attended Sac State from 1966 to 1968. While here, he played with
his salsa band, the Escovedo Brothers, and the University’s jazz
ensemble, symphonic band and orchestra. Although he grew up with strong
musical influences, he says his first college experience made him serious
about his education and play-ing music professionally.
“I studied my behind off for the first time,” Turre says. “I
realized I could do whatever I wanted if I applied myself.”
Turre got his big break in 1972 when Ray Charles hired him to go on tour.
A year later Turre’s mentor, Woody Shaw, brought him into Art Blakey’s
Jazz Mes-sengers. Turre went on to work with a diverse list of jazz, latin
and pop musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J. J. Johnson,
Herbie Hancock, Lester Bowie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Van Morrison,
Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, Max Roach and Rah-saan Roland Kirk. Kirk
introduced him to the distinct sound of the seashell.
Turre fondly remembers Sac State trombone instructor Norman J. Hunt, and
he says professor Herbert Harrison had a great impact on his career by
sug-gesting he go to a school where at the time they had a jazz degree.
“It takes a rare guy to encourage one of his better students to
go some-where else because they didn’t offer what I needed,”
he says. “A person can really make a difference.”
Turre earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst and a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
A father of two, he lives in New York with his wife, cellist Akua Dixon.
He is on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music and is a member of McCoy
Tyner’s Big Band, the Latin Jazz All Stars and the Carnegie Hall
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an arm of law enforcement, and retired U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Commander
Don D. Anderson (’67 criminal justice) has probably been in it.
But of all of his positions, few have had the urgency as the two roles
he played for the Coast Guard soon after Sept. 11, 2001. Immediately after
the terrorist attacks, Anderson was activated to help form the 11th District
Homeland Security Branch that now secures ports and waterways throughout
California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
A year later, Anderson was named chief of the security office, and found
himself responsible for field units protecting all seaports along California’s
“My job was to see that they had the best possible equipment, training
and staff that we could manage with the limited resources of the Coast
Guard,” Anderson says.
His field crews monitored and boarded as many as 200 commercial ships that
arrived each week at ports including Humboldt Bay, Oakland, Los Angeles/Long
Beach, Oakland, Port Huemene, Richmond, San Diego and San Francisco.
The crews escorted and provided on-board security to potential shipping
targets or ships that could be used as a weapon of mass destruction.
Since graduating from Sac State, Anderson has been with the U.S. Coast
Guard Reserve for 27 years, and has also been employed by the California
Highway Patrol, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, the State Department
of Boating and Waterways, the California State Fair Police and the State
Department of Insur-ance Fraud Division. He currently works as an investigator
for a private company, United Services Automobile Association.
Anderson says there is no doubt that the Sept. 11 attacks helped to identify
stateside law enforcement weaknesses.
“Everyday, new measures are devel-oped in response to new or potential
threats to this country,” he says. “I have seen many changes
for the better.”
Anderson has also worked as an educator. He has taught marine law enforcement
courses at the Regional Criminal Justice Training Center and was a part-time
Los Rios College District instructor. He also has taught insurance fraud
investigation for the State Depart-ment of Justice.
Anderson retired as an active duty commander from the U.S. Coast Guard
last October. Upon retiring, Anderson had received more than 12 awards,
most notably the Coast Guard Commenda-tion Medal from the Homeland Security
Branch and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal for search and rescue detachment.
Anderson, who lives in Citrus Heights, raised two children with his wife
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Nutt and Libby Fernandez
Answering the call
workers Carole Nutt (’77 government, ’92 social work) and
Sister Libby Fernandez (’85 humanities, ‘94 social work)
both say it took several years to answer their true calling.
Nutt spent 20 years working in government and Fernandez spent 10 years
in the military before each decided to make a change and earn a master’s
degree in social work. The two now find themselves together at Genesis,
a walk-in mental health care center at Sacramento’s Loaves and
Fishes program. The free program provides psychiatric assessments and
referrals to home-less adults without insurance. Since opening in 2001,
the center has served 4,200 people.
Fernandez, a nun with the Sisters of Mercy, is the program’s founder
and co-director. Nutt is co-director and a part-time counselor.
“We see up to 100 new faces each month,” Fer-nandez says.
“We try to restore a sense of dignity.”
Walk-in visitors are seen by counselors and referred to potential mental
health programs. If they do not qualify for government-funded services
they meet with one of three of the pro-gram’s volunteer psychiatrists
or two volunteer licensed clinical social workers. Medications, donated
by more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies, are also available.
The program also helps clients by referring them to potential housing
and other assistance including clean and sober programs, attorneys,
housing projects, shelters, and Disability and Carole Nutt and Libby
FernandezSupplemental Security Income contacts.
Nutt says she came out of retire-ment because she believes in the program.
“People come to Genesis because they know it’s a safe place.
We see people who aren’t served anywhere else.”
Nutt spent 17 years working for the Franchise Tax Board and three for
the Department of Motor Vehicles before deciding to pursue her high
school dream of becoming a social worker. After earning her degree,
she initially worked at Chartar Hospital.
Nutt says she has always had a strong social conscience and is happy
putting it to work professionally. She says she still follows advice
given by government professor Eugene Shoemaker, who told her it is not
only important to stand up for what you believe in, but to know why.
Fernandez says she’s proud to have been part of starting such
a much-needed program. After several years in the Air Force, she started
Don AndersonAnswering the calla new life when she joined the Sisters
of Mercy and worked for Mercy Housing, then St. Francis Terrace Housing,
and later the Bishop Francis A. Quinn Cottages. She then became part
of Maryhouse, a Loaves and Fishes program that assists homeless women
Both say it’s rewarding knowing they have helped people off the
street. They’re also encouraged by California’s recently
approved Proposition 63, which taxes personal income of more than $1
million to fund expanded mental health services. Fernandez says mental
illness is a big contributor to homelessness.
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