Milestones  Fall 2010


Larry Miller, ’61, Ph.D. ’67, is a trustee of the Ventura County Community College District. In 2009, he retired from teaching at Moorpark College, where he started teaching biology in 1971. In 2000, he was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Chair award at Moorpark College.

Ross Adams, ’66, has joined the investment firm Crowell, Weedon & Co. in Santa Barbara. Adams began his career in the financial services industry in 1970 with Thomson McKinnon Auchincloss in Santa Barbara. Adams spent 20 years as a broker at Smith Barney in Santa Barbara until joining Crowell Weedon. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Adams served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1966-69. He retired as a commander from the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1986. He serves on the board of directors of Hillside House and the LaVista Foundation, and his hobbies include cycling and triathlon competitions.


Santa Barbara County Assistant Public Defender Montes de Oca, ’70, was appointed to the position of Interim Public Defender by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. Montes de Oca started with the county in 1979. He earned his law degree from the University of Arizona.

John Schumacher, ’71, and his sister Mary King, ’73, both returned to Bakersfield after graduating from UC Santa Barbara, and they both teach at Lakeside School there now.

Harley Pinson, ’73, and wife Cynthia, ’73, have been married for more than 36 years. Pinson is now a partner with the law firm of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper and Kimball in Bakersfield after spending 30 years as a legal counsel for Occidental Petroleum. Pinson helped start the UC Santa Barbara chapter in Kern County about a decade ago and served on the board of the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association for seven years. The Pinsons held a New Student Welcome Reception at their home for incoming freshmen in September.


Guy Maisnik, ’80, vice chairman of the Global Hospitality Group at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP, has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, a national organization of attorneys experienced in the preparation of real estate mortgages, restructuring, lending transactions secured by real estate, and related practice. Maisnik is recognized for his experience in buying, selling, financing, recapitalizing and strategizing hotel transactions for owners, investors and lenders in the United States and across the globe. His clients include both individuals and large companies, such as Disney, HSBC, Berkadia and Canyon Capital.

Mark Delgadillo, ’82, has joined Crowell, Weedon & Co. of Santa Barbara as a financial advisor. Previously, he spent 19 years at Dean Witter as a financial advisor, until 2005 when he moved to Smith Barney. He’s a lifelong competitive golfer and has completed several marathons and triathlons, including the New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles marathons. Delgadillo and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Jessica and Jocelyn.

David Gomez, SST ’78, Ph.D.’87, was elected vice president of the Association of California School Administrators.

Profile—Tim McDonough, ’89

St. Paul graphic designer and visual artist Tim McDonough has earned three Gold EMPixx Awards in the Book Trailer category. McDonough has a long history in design for broadcast television news and expanded his artistic reach with book and web video, logos, website design, and more. His book videos get to the core of the book and use video to compel viewers to explore books further. Because his award-winning book videos are designed for books that focus on social-emotional health, parents and educators also use them as teaching tools for kids and teens. McDonough’s winning book videos include "Good-Bye Bully Machine," "The Middle School Confidential Series," and "Teen Cyberbullying Investigated."

Profile—Hyonjeong Kim Han, M.A. ’99, ABD

Hyonjeong Kim Han has been named curator of Korean art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. A specialist in Korean and Chinese paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries, Kim will serve as head of the museum’s Korean art department. She served as Associate Curator of Chinese and Korean Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art since 2006. At LACMA, she spearheaded the 2009 reinstallation of the museum’s much heralded Korean art galleries -- the largest such galleries outside of Korea. Before her arrival at LACMA, she taught East Asian art history courses at Seoul National University while also serving as a senior researcher at the Research Institute of Korean Painting. She has earned two master’s degrees -- one from Seoul National University, and a second from UC Santa Barbara -- both focusing on 19th century Korean and Chinese art, and she is currently a Ph.D. candidate at UC Santa Barbara.


The works of Northern State University art professor Pete Kilian, MFA ’90, have been on display at the Ward Plaza Art Gallery in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Eight large oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel pieces are hanging at the Ward, as well as other pieces from his collection. Kilian, who is assistant dean of fine arts at Northern, has been creating artworks for about 30 years. Originally from Sioux Falls, Kilian earned a bachelor’s degree in Art from Augustana College and a master’s of fi ne art from the UC Santa Barbara, where he was awarded a Regents University academic fellowship - the most prestigious fine arts award offered by UC Santa Barbara.

Eric Swanson, ’91, has joined Community West Bank as a marketing coordinator. Swanson will be responsible for all marketing functions associated with the bank’s relationship banking, SBA and mortgage divisions. He brings more than 10 years of marketing communications and advertising experience to Community West Bank. Before joining Community West Bank, Swanson worked as a communications specialist for Clipper Windpower in Carpentaria, as a global marketing manager for World Minerals in Goleta and as a marketing product manager for Behr Paint in Southern California.

Jeff Madrigal, ’92, is leaving Dorothea Lange Elementary to lead Canalino Elementary, a school of about 500 students, in Carpentaria, Calif. Madrigal came to the Central Coast four years ago, taking his first job as a principal at Mary Buren Elementary School in the Guadalupe Union School District.

Mario Juarez, ’96, will serve as president of the Hancock College Foundation board of directors for 2010. Juarez, a partner with the Santa Maria law firm Brenneman, Juarez and Adam, has served as vice president of the board the past two years. Juarez also has served as president of the board with the Northern Santa Barbara County Habitat for Humanity, as a Santa Maria affiliate member of the Santa Barbara Foundation and a board member of the Latino Business and Community Council. Shawn Carey, M.A. ’98, has been named principal of Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta. Since 2008, Carey served as an assistant principal at Dos Pueblos, where she oversaw curriculum, instruction and assessment, athletics, student discipline and safety, and coordination of staff development, teaching and learning. She has a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in education from UC Santa Barbara. Her instructional experience includes 10 years as a Dos Pueblos teacher of advanced placement world history, modern world history, international baccalaureate theory of knowledge, EXCEL and Spanish.

Kerry (Kops) McCarthy, ’98, had a baby boy, named Brennan Rhys McCarthy, in July 2010. They were married in May 2005. Colin McCarthy received his law degree in 2001 from Loyola Law, and is an attorney in Orange County and on the Costa Mesa Planning Commission. Kerry McCarthy received her MBA from UC Irvine in 2009 and works in food manufacturing.

Lysandra Cook, M.Ed. ’99, has been awarded tenure at the University of Hawaii. Cook has published on evidence-based practices in special education and contributes to the University of Hawaii’s teacher preparation program.

Hyonjeong Kim Han, M.A. ’99, ABD, Hyonjeong Kim Han has been named curator of Korean art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. A specialist in Korean and Chinese paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries, Kim will serve as head of the museum’s Korean art department. She served as Associate Curator of Chinese and Korean Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art since 2006. At LACMA, she spearheaded the 2009 reinstallation of the museum’s much heralded Korean art galleries -- the largest such galleries outside of Korea. Before her arrival at LACMA, she taught East Asian art history courses at Seoul National University while also serving as a senior researcher at the Research Institute of Korean Painting. She has earned two master’s degrees -- one from Seoul National University, and a second from UC Santa Barbara -- both focusing on 19th century Korean and Chinese art, and she is currently a Ph.D. candidate at UC Santa Barbara.


Lia Dunne, ’01, was promoted to audit manager at Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf LLP, a Santa Barbara based accounting and consulting fi rm. Dunne joined Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf in 2004. Before working at BPW, she worked at a big-four accounting firm for two years. Dunne is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, where she serves as a member of the Santa Barbara Chapter’s Audit Training Committee.

Jill Leafstedt, Ph.D. ’02has been awarded tenure at CSU Channel Islands.

Tiina Itkonen, Ph.D. ’04, has been awarded tenure at CSU Channel Islands

Holly Edds, Ph.D. ’06, principal at Joe Nightingale School, has been promoted to assistant superintendent for educational services for the Orcutt Union School District. She has been principal a Nightingale for the past six years. Edds came to Orcutt, Calif., from the San Miguel School District in northern San Luis Obispo County. David Wiksell, ’07, of Ventura has graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, with great distinction, was awarded the Order of the Coif and was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior. Wiksell was also named Student Trial Advocate of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been elected to National Order of Barristers and the Roger Traynor Honor Society, has published two articles for the Law Review, and participated on the nationally ranked Mock Trial team that competed for the national title in Dallas.


LeeAnne French, MESM ’10, has been named the new executive director of the Citizens Planning Association, a longtime stalwart in promoting sensible planning and environmental protection in Santa Barbara. French, who prior to becoming a master’s candidate worked in strategic marketing, event management, and public relations, replaces Naomi Kovacs, who spent the last nine years at the helm of CPA

In Memoriam

Clement Smith "Mac" McSwanson, ’49, died March 20, 2010. He was 86. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, McSwanson graduated from Santa Barbara State College, where he met his wife Phoebe. After several years working at Southern Pacific Railroad as a writer in the Public Affairs department, McSwanson bought the Bamboo Washrite, a dry cleaning and laundry shop in San Mateo, where he worked for more than 55 years. Survivors include his wife Phoebe; children James, David, Cynthia Croop, Melanie, and Daniel; and two grandsons. Frank B. Pinkerton, ’51, died Feb. 16, 2010. He was 84. He graduated from Oxnard High School in 1943. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps from 1943-1946. Returning home, he went back to school and married his wife, Ellie, in 1950. They returned to Los Angeles where their three children were born. Pinkerton received his MBA degree from USC. In 1966, Pinkerton relocated to Ventura and served as a social worker for Ventura County for 20 years. Survivors include son Jim; daughter Diane; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Bill Alston; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Robert Dean Lemmerman died April 20, 2010. He was 77. After growing up in Nebraska and graduating from Kramer High School he moved to California, graduated from Long Beach City College and attended UC Santa Barbara. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. He met Carol in Santa Barbara where they married in 1956 at the Presidio Chapel. Bob and Carol resided in Campbell, Calif., where they raised their daughters. He retired from the San Jose Mercury News in 1993 and moved to Carpinteria. Survivors include wife Carol, daughters Karin Pettit and Robin Lopez, two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.

Sally Lynn Johnson McMillan died April 8, 2010. She was 74. McMillan was married to William McMillan in 1952, and they had four children together, all raised in Ventura. In the late 1960s she returned to school, earning an associate’s degree from Ventura College and a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology from UC Santa Barbara. Following her divorce from William McMillan in 1970, McMillan began a career in personnel work for public agencies. She returned to California in 1987 and began a master’s program in teaching English as a second language at UCLA, graduating in 1989. She then taught ESL courses in Guadalajara, Tokyo, and Santa Barbara over the next 10 years. Survivors include children David, Stephen, Rebecca and Heather; and six grandchildren.

Jean Slezak Valine, M.A. ’60, died Feb. 28, 2010. She was 89. She attended Westchester College in Pennsylvania and graduated in 1940. She was a teacher in Maryland on Tangier Island and Marion in 1941 to 1942. From 1942 to 1947 she served as an officer in the United States Navy WAVES, serving as a radio operator. She was married to Robert W. Slezak for seven years, until Robert’s death in a plane crash in 1955 off Point Mugu, Calif. She resumed her teaching career in Maryland and Oxnard, Calif. She served as a social worker for Ventura County from 1966 to 1985, when she retired. She remarried to Leslie L. Valine in 1961 and remained married until 1975, when the couple divorced. Survivors include sons John and Richard, and three grandchildren. George C. Woolsey, ’63, M.A. ’64, died Aug. 7, 2010. He was 94. Col. Woolsey retired from the U.S. Army on June 30, 1961, after 22 years of active service. Commissioned in 1939, he served as commander of Army units from platoon to regimental size. He served in the Philippines during World War II and in Korea. Between those two assignments, he served as an adviser to the Greek Army under President Harry S. Truman’s plan. In 1956, he was assigned as professor of military science at UC Santa Barbara. After his retirement, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics at UC Santa Barbara and then taught at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara for 15 years. The Santa Barbara chapter of the Military Order of World Wars was renamed after him in his honor. Survivors include wife Mildred; sons, G. Thomas, J. Raymond and Gregory A.; daughter Raymie Tindle; stepdaughters Barbara Sorem-Hughlett and Kris Lynn; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Marty Arnold, ’68, died Aug. 22, 2010. She was 63. Arnold had an MSW from the University of Chicago. She met Terry, her husband of 34 years, at a MENSA meeting. They were married in 1976 and moved to San Diego where Arnold worked as a social worker at YWCA. Arnold worked as an assistant to SDUSD board member Dorothy Smith and later worked as an assistant in the Legislative office with director Dave Fish. She was active in the Golden Hill Action Committee and a founding member of the Golden Hill Mediation Center. Survivors include husband Terry, brothers Jim and Chuck, sisters Liz and Fran, and five nieces and nephews.

Robert Wennberg, Ph.D. ’73, died July 18, 2010. He was 75. Wennberg had been a champion sprinter at Santa Barbara High School. He earned master’s degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Wennberg taught philosophy at Westmont College in Santa Barbara for 37 years and authored several books. He was named Teacher of the Year at Westmont a record five times. Survivors include wife Eleanore, daughter Siri Pratt, and two grandchildren.

Janice Rae Burns Kelly, M.A. ’74, died Feb. 27, 2010. She was 80. Kelly had been a Ventura County resident for 57 years. Kelly attended William Woods College in Fulton, Mo., and Ball State Teachers College in Muncie, Ind. She had been a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, and had a successful career as a schoolteacher for more than 40 years. In 1974, Kelly earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education from UC Santa Barbara. Survivors include husband Noel C. Kelly; children Michael Patrick Kelly, Christie Ann Kelly Fortney, and Cynthia Ellen Kelly Young; and four grandchildren.

Kimberly Ann Brent, ’79, died Sept. 1, 2010, in Edmonds, Wash. She was 54. She graduated from Woodway High School in 1974. She graduated UC Santa Barbara with a double major in History and Communications in 1979. Following graduation, Brent moved to Washington, D.C., to become a legislative aide for a California congressman. After two years, Brent returned to Edmonds, where she taught journalism and edited the newspaper at Edmonds Community College. She then went on to work at KIRO TV as a copy editor. In 1986, she was working on a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Washington when she met her future husband, Barry Tookey. While at the university, she interned with Seattle City Light as a technical writer and was hired to develop programs for the city of Seattle and the Bellevue Police Department. Brent and Too key married in 1989 and lived in Edmonds, where their daughter Marissa was born in 1991. Survivors include husband Barry and daughter Marissa.

Charmette Bonpua, ’86, chief of staff to Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson, died in Las Vegas on Feb. 14, 2010, a week after suffering an aneurysm on a family trip. She was 44. Bonpua worked behind the scenes as a senior aide for some of the most powerful figures in California government. She was Wesson’s chief of staff when he was speaker of the California Assembly. Before that, she served in the same capacity with Speaker Fabian Nunez. She was chairwoman of the board of the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, which stages an annual leadership skills conference. Born in 1965 in the Philippines, Bonpua immigrated with her family to California in 1981. She held a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s in public administration from Columbia University in New York City.

Ethan Daniel Schermer, ’92, died Dec. 21, 2009, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was 39. After graduating from Sacramento High School, Schermer enrolled at UC Riverside. He later transferred to UC Santa Barbara, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science. In 1998, Ethan married his college sweetheart Sabrina Nguyen. Schermer started several successful businesses. He created and marketed his own brand of nutritional supplement. He was also a pioneer in the burgeoning business of Internet domain name monetization. Schermer was a true adventurer who grew up skiing the slopes of Lake Tahoe and, later in life, took to the ocean to become an accomplished surfer. Schermer also loved golfing and playing the guitar. Survivors include his sons Maximilian Hoang and Holden Michael, and wife Sabrina Nguyen-Schermer of Honolulu.

Larry Badash, UC Santa Barbara Professor Emeritus and one of the nation’s most respected historians of science, has passed after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. The author of seven books and numerous articles, Badash taught generations of students during his 36-year career at UC Santa Barbara. Badash specialized in history of physics and specifically nuclear weapons. As a dedicated teacher, Badash encouraged his students to focus on the impact of science on society. He believed in the social responsibility of scientists whose research can have an astonishing impact on the world. His last book, "A Nuclear Winter’s Tale" (2009) examines what will happen to the Earth in the event of a thermonuclear exchange. In addition to his teaching and research, Badash served the Santa Barbara community as president and longtime member of the local chapter of the ACLU. An intrepid trekker and hiker, Badash spent more than a decade helping rescue children and lost hikers as a member of the Los Padres Search and Rescue Team.