Class Notes


Tim Bloom ’66 (Business Administration) recently joined RCM Realty Group as a commercial real estate agent. For more than 25 years, Bloom was associated with Grubb and Ellis Commercial and Re/Max Gold Commercial.


Pradeep Kumar Agarwal, MS ’70 (Mechanical Engineering) has been appointed regional dean and CEO of Northeastern University-Silicon Valley. Previously, he served as the CEO of TiE Global, a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit focused on fostering entrepreneurship.

William B. Scott ’72 (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) recently published a new fictional novel, The Permit. Based on the shooting death of Scott’s eldest son, the novel chronicles the events that transpire after Las Vegas cops unwittingly gun down a covert federal agent and become targets for a black ops team of assassins.

Brian Bonner ’73 (Government) has been named to the California State PTA Board of Directors as vice president of membership. He is also the California State PTA federal advocate and vice chair of the National PTA Legislative Committee.

Steven Miesen ’74 (Government) was appointed to the Chula Vista City Council in January. Miesen is also division manager for Republic Services, a national waste management company.

David Zepponi ’75 (Marketing) has been named president and chief executive officer for the California Association of Community Managers. Zepponi joins the association with more than 20 years of experience in executive management. He most recently served as president of the Northwest Food Processors Association.

Carole Limata ’77 (Nursing) recently published her second historical fiction novel, Ellis Angels on the Move: Making a Difference in Brooklyn. It is the sequel to her first book, Ellis Angels: The Nurses of Ellis Island Hospital. Limata used her 40-year nursing career as inspiration for writing her two novels which tell the story of nurses working at Ellis Island Hospital in the 1920s.

William H. Parish ’77 (Economics) partner at Parish Guy Castillo in Stockton, was recognized as a 2015 Northern California Super Lawyer. It was his sixth consecutive year appearing on the list.

Joseph M. Stevenson ’78, MA ’82 (Government) was named as the first provost of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Stevenson joined The Chicago School’s executive leadership team as chief academic officer and vice president for academic affairs last June.

Michael Black ’79 (Finance), MS ’89 (Accountancy) has been hired as Hancock College’s new associate superintendent and vice president of finance and administration. Black started working at Hancock in 2007 as the managing director of the Pacific Conservatory Theatre.


David P. Frizell Jr. ’80 (Criminal Justice) is a special consultant to Mires, Ran, Clark, & Associates, a firm that specializes in fraud investigation, analysis and prevention. He is also president and CEO of his own private investigation and security consulting firm, Frizell Group International.

John M. Goralka ’81 (Accountancy) estate planning attorney and founder of Goralka Law Firm, has been recognized as a professional and specialist in taxation law by the State Bar of California.

Larry Chillemi ’83 (Accountancy) was recognized as a 2015 CFO of the Year by Sacramento Business Journal. Chillemi is CFO of the Tremont/Lyman Group, a leader in the agribusiness sector.

Michael Lawton ’83 (Criminal Justice) was named the city of Republic, Mont.’s new chief of police. Lawton is a 24-year veteran of the Coronado, Calif. Police Department.

Tim K. Garrison ’84 (Civil Engineering) recently published his fifth book PEARL: How Titans Succeed. Garrison spent 15 years studying more than 50 titans, from Rockefeller to Aerosmith, and discovered that their secret to success can be defined by PEARL: Passion, Effort, Ability, Risk and Luck.

Edmund Gee ’84 (Business Administration) was appointed as executive vice president and chief credit officer of Golden Pacific Bancorp. Gee has 30 years of experience in credit and commercial lending, most recently as chief credit officer with Bank of Sacramento for the past 10 years.

Amy Stephenson, MBA ’84 is now CFO of the Canadian company Bedrocan. Prior to joining Bedrocan, she spent 10 years in the CFO position for various public companies.

Mary Lou Bedford ’85 (Communication Studies) is CEO of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as its executive vice president.

Robert Wood ’85 (Government) was elected to the Aledo, Texas City Council in May. In addition to serving on the council, he is on the boards of directors for the Fort Worth Air Power Council, Snowball Express and the USS Fort Worth Support Committee. Wood retired from the U.S. Navy in 2009 after completing more than 36 years of military service.


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Greg Henry ’86 (Marketing) was appointed chief executive officer of DecisionPoint Systems. Henry joined DecisionPoint in early 2001 as vice president of solutions architecture and is the company’s longest-serving executive.

Bill Meyer ’86 (Accountancy) joined Accretive Solutions, a leading professional services firm, as vice president of accounting and finance. Prior to joining Accretive, Meyer spent more than two years providing CFO-consulting services to a broad range of clients in his own practice.

Sandy Sharon ’87 (Finance) MBA ’96 has been named senior vice president and manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Sacramento-area operations. Sharon has held multiple leadership roles in Kaiser’s Northern California region for nearly 20 years.

Chris Cruz ’88 (Business Administration) has been appointed chief deputy director of operations at the California Department of Technology. He previously worked at the California Department of Health Care Services as CIO and deputy director.

Gustavo Vina ’88 (Business Administration) is the new city manager of Brentwood, Calif. He had been the city manager of Encinitas, Calif. for three years and has 34 years of public sector experience.

Cynthia Florez-DeLyon ’89 (Psychology), MSW ’92 has been appointed deputy director of community reentry services and program support at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She has served in several positions in the department since 1992, including chief of the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services.

David Kwong ’89 (Business Administration) has been appointed director of the City of Stockton’s Community Development Department. He previously served as the planning director for the City of Sacramento.

Shannon McKinnon ’89 (Geography) has been promoted to manager of Hemming Morse’s Forensic and Financial Consulting Services Group. Her practice focuses on litigation consulting, with an emphasis on construction and real estate matters.


David Coleal ’90 (Mechanical Engineering Technology) was appointed president of Bombardier Business Aircraft. Previously, he was executive vice president and general manager of Spirit Aerosystems.

Lan Cong-Tang ’90 (Accountancy) MBA ’97 is the new director of finance/controller of the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Previously, she worked as the associate director of accounting and financial services for the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg.

Oddmund Myhre, MA ’90 (Education) has been appointed dean of the College of Education, Kinesiology and Social Work at CSU Stanislaus after serving as the interim dean for the past three years. He came to the university from Western Washington University where he served as co-director of the Applied Research and Development Center.

Kristine Vail ’90 (Finance) is a partner at Roschke & Wall, Business Advisors and CPAs Inc., an accounting firm in Agoura, Calif. In recent years, Vail has been involved in public accounting, creating and managing accounting departments for small businesses, auditing and tax preparation.

Dan Bessey ’91 (Accountancy) is chief financial officer of Hawaii Telecom. Previously, he served as chief financial officer for Cesca Therapeutics, a biotechnology company in Rancho Cordova.

Aida Molina ’91 (Education), CRED ’92, ’97, ’02 has been reappointed to the California State Board of Education where she has served since 2011. She has been assistant superintendent of academic improvement and accountability for the Bakersfield City School District since 2013.

Mary Morris ’91 (Accountancy), MBA ’97 was named the new finance manager for the Nevada Irrigation District. Morris comes to the agency following 11 years with the San Juan Water District where she served as financial and administrative services manager.

Elizabeth Gibboney, MA ’92 (Communication Studies) is chief executive officer of Partnership HealthPlan of California, a nonprofit community-based health care organization. She has more than 20 years of health care experience as deputy chief executive officer and chief operating officer at Partnership HealthPlan of California.

Jason Maynard ’92 (Business Administration) was appointed executive vice president of strategy and corporate development for NetSuite, an industry-leading provider of cloud-based financials. Prior to joining NetSuite, Maynard was a senior analyst at Wells Fargo.

Nicole Naditz ’92 (French), CRED ’93, ’03 received the 2015 National Language Teacher of the Year award from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Naditz is a French language teacher at Bella Vista High School in Sacramento and also travels the country advocating for world language and cultural education.

David Stone, MBA ’92, president of Stone Consulting Group, was named chairman of The Resource Group’s 2015 board of directors. The Resource Group is a nationwide network of the top 200 planners within the Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp.

John Cordeiro ’93 (Finance) has been named to Waddell & Reed’s President’s Council. He joined Waddell & Reed in 1993 and is currently a financial advisor in the company’s Napa office.

Sid Ewing ’93 (Business Administration) is senior vice president of Colliers International’s Oakland office. Ewing began his commercial real estate career with CBRE in 1991.

Russell Nichols ’93 (Computer Science) was appointed director of enterprise information services at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Doug Ranno ’93 (Communication Studies) is the president of Harvest Sensations, one of the nation’s top specialty produce, retail and food service distributors. Most recently, he was the CEO of his own consulting firm, Doug Ranno Produce, which he founded in 2013.

Donald Bott, MA ’94 (English) was recognized with Northwestern University’s Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award, an honor given to high school teachers who had transformative effects on the lives of Northwestern students. Bott was nominated by one of his former journalism students, Lissette Rodriguez, from Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Stockton.

Sash Sunkara ’94 (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) was named one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence for 2015. Sunkara founded RackWare Inc., a cloud-based solutions company, in 2008. In 2014, RackWare saw growth of 350 percent and raised $2.3 million in funding.

Eric Tiche ’94 (Business Administration) was honored by the Sacramento Business Journal as a 2015 CFO of the Year. Tiche was recognized for his strong financial and leadership skills as assistant deputy secretary of bond finance and investments for the California Department of Veteran Affairs.

Kevin D’Onofrio ’96 (Journalism) released a new suspense fiction novel, The Murderer’s Smile. The story tells the thrilling tale of a popular television news anchor surrounded by scandal, conspiracy and murder.

Rodney Riddle ’96 (Construction Management) is vice president for the Northern California Parking Structures Division of McCarthy Building Companies. He brings 21 years of commercial construction industry experience to his new role and has been with McCarthy for 17 years.

Torie L. England ’97 (Psychology), CRED ’00, ’01, ’04 has been appointed district superintendent of the Penn Valley School District. She spent the past four years as principal of Isador Cohen Elementary School in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Tiffani Sharp ‘97 (Marketing) recently released a children’s book entitled The Yoga of You: A Child’s Journey to Self through Yoga. The book follows the journey of a little girl who, through yoga and the elements of nature, learns that she possesses the power for happiness, majesty, confidence, strength and gratitude. Sharp is a Sacramento lawyer and founder of Willow Tree Roots, a nonprofit that provides business operations, management and income-generating skills to women in developing nations.

Jeff Dern ’98 (Accountancy) has been promoted to vice president of finance and accounting for PRIDE Industries, a Roseville-based nonprofit that provides jobs for people with disabilities. He joined PRIDE in 2008 as its controller.

Stephanie Gularte ’98 (Government and Drama) is the producing artistic director for American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, Fla. She spent the past 10 years as the founding artistic director of Capital Stage Company in Sacramento.

Dan Nelson ’98 (Communication Studies) has been named vice president of worldwide media relations for Lockheed Martin. Nelson joins the company from General Electric’s digital energy business where he led communications strategies.

Kate Renwick-Espinosa, MBA ’98 was named president of VSP Vision Care. She has worked for VSP for more than 23 years, and has served as VSP Global’s first chief marketing officer since 2010.

Kay Vang ’98 (Liberal Studies) was named principal of Canyon Oaks Elementary School in American Canyon, Calif. Previously, Vang was principal of Heaton Elementary School in the Fresno Unified School District for four years.


Todd Benson ’00 (Accountancy) joined Gallina LLP as chief financial officer. He previously served as chief financial officer for Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation in San Francisco.

Amanda Meeker, MA ’00 (Public History) is the new executive director of the California Museum in Sacramento. Meeker has spent her entire career at the California Museum, beginning as one of the original Sac State graduate-school interns charged with examining material for proposed exhibits in the 1990s.

Arecia Yee ’00 (Kinesiology) joined the City of Stockton Community Services Department management team as deputy director of recreation. Yee previously worked as a community service manager with the City of Richmond.

Kristie Ogilvie ’01 (Marketing) is the new dean of the School of Business at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. She had served as dean of the School of Business at Emporia State University since 2013.

Michael Tavares ’02 (Criminal Justice), ’03 (Journalism), MA ’06 (Counseling) helped lead the grassroots movement to save the Sacramento Kings and was interviewed in the film “Playing to Win.” The film, which debuted in April, tells the story of the successful fight by fans, new owners and the City of Sacramento to keep the Kings in the Capital City.

Larry Ferlazzo, CRED ’04, ’06 was named one of’s “67 Influential Educators Who Are Changing the Way We Learn.” Ferlazzo teaches at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento. He is also an avid blogger and regular contributor to Edublogs, Education Week, The New York Times, Huffington Post and The Washington Post. His writings focus on strategies for teaching, motivating and challenging ESL/ELL students.

Brian Crall ’05 (Theatre) is owner and managing director of the Sacramento Comedy Spot, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. He teaches improv classes at the Spot, which boasts the title of “Northern California’s largest comedy school.” Crall is also the founder of the Sacramento Comedy Festival.

J. Luke Wood ’05 (Black History and Politics), MA ’07 (Higher Education Leadership) co-director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative, helped launch a national consortium for community colleges representatives who are interested in sharing efforts and learning about new strategies for enhancing the success of men of color.

Chad Crowe ’06 (Computer Science) has been promoted to chief information officer of the California Department of Human Resources. He oversees the overhaul of the state’s job application portal and all of the IT efforts aimed at streamlining the state’s personnel system.

Dawn Koepke, MPPA ’06 will serve as the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance’s project manager for its Water, Waste and Chemistry Project. Koepke is also a partner at McHugh, Koepke & Associates, where she works with clients in the policy areas of resources, water, waste, environmental safety and chemical management.

Katie McConnell ’06 (Accountancy) received the Emerging Leader award at the Women to Watch Awards for the California Society of CPAs this April. She is the director of recruitment and development for Gallina, LLP.

Stacey Peterson ’07, MA ’11 (Psychology) is the human resources director for Yolo County. Prior to joining the county, Peterson served as the City of Rancho Cordova’s chief people officer and as a human resources manager for the County of Sacramento.

Joshua Staab ’07 (Journalism) is a news reporter for The Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. He joins the newspapers after working as a digital content supervisor for KTUU, the NBC affiliate in Alaska.

Rachel Winslow, MA ’07 (History) is the director of Westmont College’s new Center for Social Entrepreneurship. She also coordinates Westmont Downtown, a semester-long academic program focusing on capital and social entrepreneurship.

Vanessa Guerra ’08 (Construction Management) was the project manager for the recently completed Mutual Housing at Spring Lake community in Woodland, Calif. The affordable housing community, planned specifically for agricultural workers, is the first certified net zero energy rental housing in the nation. Guerra also supervised affordable housing projects for Mutual Housing California in North Highlands and Davis.

Brittany Lewis ’09 (Biological Sciences) graduated from UC Davis Medical School in May and will pursue a career in radiology. Her next steps are a year focusing on internal medicine at Highland Hospital in Oakland, followed by a four-year residency at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Kurt Oneto, MA ’09 (Government) is now a partner at Nielsen Merksamer Law Firm. Prior to joining Nielsen Merksamer, he served as a legislative analyst with the California District Attorneys Association and as a legislative aide in the California State Senate.


Shannon Clegg ’10 (Recreation Administration) is the recreation services manager for the city of Calistoga, Calif. She has been in the recreation services profession for more than 13 years and previously worked as the recreation supervisor for the city of Larkspur, Calif. Elizabeth Norvell Williamson ’10 (Economics) was appointed deputy director of external affairs in the Office of Governor Brown, where she has served as external affairs coordinator since 2013. She was an adjunct instructor of beginning microeconomics at Sac State in 2009-10.

Patricia Maciel ’11 (Accountancy) recently joined the accounting firm Carbahal & Company as a staff accountant. For the past four years, she was a staff accountant for Woodland CPA Michael Campos.

Katie Chan ’12 (Graphic Design) joined the Anchorage office of R&M Consultants Inc. as a graphic designer. Prior to joining R&M, she was a multimedia graphic designer for a nationally syndicated television show.

Jenni Wiltz, MA ’12 (English) released her latest book entitled The Red Road. The novel tells the story of 16-year-old Emma West, an honor student who has to choose between the future her family envisions and the chance to avenge her father’s near-murder.

Mary Peck ’13 (Health Science) a former gymnast at Sac State, was selected by Team USA Weightlifting to represent the U.S. at the 2015 IWF Grand Prix in Fuzhou, China. Peck will compete in the 63kg weight class.

Brennan Leitao ’15 (Communication Studies) was selected in the 26th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He began his professional career playing for the Cardinals’ Short Season-A affiliate, the State College Spikes. Leitao’s college career totals of 31 wins and 398 innings pitched are both Sac State records.

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