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Mackubin (Mac) Owens, ’67, professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., is the editor of Orbis, FPRI’s Journal of World Affairs, and a Senior Fellow at FPRI. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel in 1994. Owens earned his doctorate from the University of Dallas and his master’s degree in economics from Oklahoma University. His writings regularly appear in The Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Times, and National Review Online.


Richard H. DuBois, ’72, was appointed to a judgeship in the San Mateo County Superior Court. DuBois, of Woodside, Calif., has served as a family law commissioner for the San Mateo County Superior Court since 2002. He was a partner at DuBois and Kelly from 1983 to 2002 and a partner at Nudelman and DuBois from 1980 to 1983. DuBois was an associate attorney at the Law Offices of George P. Eshoo from 1975 to 1980. He earned a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Paul W. Smith, ’72, M.A. ’73, is a founder and director of engineering with INVENTtPM LLc. Prior to founding INVENTtPM, Smith spent 10 years with Seagate Technology in Longmont, Colo. Smith holds a doctorate in applied mechanics from the California Institute of Technology.

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, ’73, has been named chair of the assembly committee on education. Buchanan has been a member of the Assembly Education Committee since she was first elected in 2008. Before being elected to the State Assembly, Buchanan served for 18 years on the San Ramon Valley Board of Education. She's also a member of the State Allocation Board and the Assembly representative on the State Advisory Commission on Special Education.

Dan Berryman

Dan Berryman, ’75, has been named the new assistant vice chancellor for human resources for the Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee. Berryman comes from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where he was assistant vice president of human resources. He previously worked at the University of California-Los Alamos National Lab and in private industry. He has a master’s degree in human resource management from Pepperdine University; and will complete his doctorate in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University in December.

Dr. Lynn Silver Chalfin, ’77, is the new public health officer for Sonoma County. She comes from New York City, where she was an assistant health commissioner.


steen hudson

Steen Hudson, ’82, is the president of Hudson Consulting and was recently named to the Channel City Club board of directors in Santa Barbara. He previously served as resident director at Westmont College, special assistant to the president of World Relief in Baltimore, Md., president of Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, and executive director of Elings Park. Steen lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Trina, and three sons.

rich wychoff

Rich Wyckoff, ’82, M.A. ’84, has joined the board of directors of Evolv, a provider of SaaS-based workforce profitability solutions. Wyckoff is a 30-year technology veteran who, as CEO of Marimba, led the company’s sale to BMC Software for $239 million in 2004. Before joining Marimba, he served as vice president of corporate marketing for Cadence Design Systems and vice president of product marketing for the company’s Design Realization Group. Wyckoff has also held various management positions at nCube, Sun Microsystems and other high-tech organizations.

Barry Eberling, ’83, has been a reporter with the Daily Republic in Fairfield-Suisan, Calif., since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment.

Mary Charlesworth, ’87, was tapped as the new vice principal of Montera Middle School in Oakland, Calif. She has taught math for 20 years and served as the chair of the math department at the school. She received her teaching credential and a master's degree in education at Columbia University in New York.

Karen Ervin, ’87, is a senior research associate at Genentech in South San Francisco. She served on the Pacifica School District board of trustees from 2006-2010.

William M. Rodgers III, M.A. ’88, was appointed a board member for the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. Rodgers is professor of public policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, where he is also a member of the graduate faculty of Rutgers' School of Management and Labor Relations. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and serves on the academy's board of directors. Rodgers also serves on the board of the United Way of Northern New Jersey and as U.S. trustee for United Way Worldwide. Prior to coming to Rutgers, in 2000, Rodgers served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor and was a professor of economics at the College of William and Mary.


Clayton Frech, ’93, is division manager for the California division of Safelite AutoGlass. Frech and his wife, Bahar, have three sons — Ezra, Gabe, and Elijah. Frech participated in a 620-mile San Francisco-to-San Diego charity bicycle ride in 2011 and 2012.

Six-time Emmy Award-winning writer Jason Ross, ’93, has been a writer at "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" since 2002. As part of the writing team, he has received six Primetime Emmy Awards. He also helped to write that show's two best-selling books, “America: The Book” and “Earth: The Book.” He lives in Manhattan with his family.

Wendy Behan, ’94, a partner with Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP, has been elected first vice president of California Women Lawyers, the only statewide bar association for women.

diana perez

Diana Perez, ’94, is director of the Central Coast California Student Opportunity and Access Program Consortium, headquartered at Allan Hancock College.

Margarita Cortez, ’96, is executive director of the Loaves and Fishes food pantry and kitchen in Watsonville, Calif.

Michael Harman, ’96, is the owner of Acumen Design Services, established in 2005, in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

At Biola University, Craig J. Hazen, Ph.D. ’96, is the founder and director of the master’s program in Christian apologetics, director of the master’s program in Science and Religion and professor of Comparative Religion and Apologetics. Hazen is the editor of the philosophy journal Philosophia Christi. He is also the author of the monograph “The Village Enlightenment in America,” the apologetics novel “Five Sacred Crossings,” and dozens of articles and chapters in various books and journals.

Noam Meppen

Noam Meppen, ’96, has been appointed director of U.S. sales for Pure, an international maker of music streaming and radio systems. He will be based in San Diego.

Senior Deputy Sheriff Greg Sorenson, ’96, is a community resource deputy for the Goleta Division of the Sheriff’s Office, and is based at the Camino Real Marketplace Sheriff’s Substation. He and his wife are raising two children in the Goleta Valley.

Brandon Bruce, ’99, is chief operating officer of Cirruspath, which offers Cirrus Insight, an app that brings the customer relationship management software Salesforce into Gmail.

Andy J. Chambers, ’99, is a member in the Surety and Fidelity group at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC. He focuses his practice on fidelity law, commercial litigation, and surety and construction law. Chambers earned a J.D., cum laude, from the Washington College of Law at American University.


Melissa Winn, ’00, started as an interior designer for several San Francisco-based residential design firms before creating her own firm, Melissa Winn Interiors, in 2005. She has received a degree in interior architecture and design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Stephanie Semler, Ph.D. ’00, of Alexandria, Va., is assistant professor of philosophy at The Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College. She has a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Nevada. She gained teaching experience at George Mason, Virginia Tech and Radford University.

Heather Bracken-Grissom, ’01, is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University. She received a doctorate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and finished her postdoctoral research in evolution and environmental sciences at Brigham Young University.

Ryan Huff, ’01, is the chief executive officer of Cirruspath, which offers Cirrus Insight, an app that brings the customer relationship management software Salesforce into Gmail.

Carole Stanley

Carole Stanley, ’01, has joined Talonvest Capital Inc., a provider of self-storage finance services, as an associate. Stanley joins Talonvest after working with its principals for more than seven years at Buchanan Street Partners, where she underwrote and prepared financing packages. She is a licensed real estate broker.

Nadia Flores, ’03, was named executive director of THINK Together Orange County region, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit providing extended learning programs to local children since 1994. A Costa Mesa resident most of her life, Flores attended THINK Together's first facility — Shalimar Learning Center in Costa Mesa — as a child.


Matthew Avery Sutton, Ph.D. ’05, is associate professor of history at Washington State University. He lives in Pullman, Wash. He will be spending the 2012-13 academic year as the Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History at University College Dublin, Ireland, on a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant. He and his wife have two sons.

Shannon Clark, ’06, has been named the director of client services and fiduciary manager for the Santa Barbara location of Senior Alternatives, which offers care management, home care and fiduciary services. She has more than seven years of experience in banking and finance. She spends most of her free time providing in-kind support to a local nonprofit and is passionate about volunteerism and community involvement.

Lauren Inglish

Lauren Inglish, ’06, and Todd Kohli are engaged after Kohli proposed in Rome, Italy, while on an extended European vacation. They are both employed at AECOM in San Francisco. The couple plans a 2013 wedding.

Ilana Luna, M.A. ’06, Ph.D. ’11, is an assistant professor of Latin American Studies in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies at Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. .


Summer Bailey, ’07, and Brian Ford, ’07, both of San Francisco, were married June 16, 2012, at Ponderosa Ridge Ranch in Anderson, Calif. She works as a recruiting coordinator at Salesforce.com. He works as an account executive at Groupon. The couple plans to honeymoon in Belize later this year.

Kirk Goldsberry, Ph.D. ’07, is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Michigan State University. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis. He has also launched CourtVision Analytics, a project that evaluates basketball performance via spatial and visual modalities, at http://courtvisionanalytics.com/.

Smith Clyma

Kimberly Shannon Smith, ’07, of Truckee, Calif., married Garin Dane Clyma of Pleasanton, Calif. Smith works at Stantec Consulting. Clyma works at the Law Offices of Phillip E. Gibbons. The ceremony was held at Forest House Lodge in Foresthill, Calif. The couple honeymooned in Carnelian Bay, Lake Tahoe, Calif. The newlyweds are at home in Roseville, Calif.

Charlotte Scatliffe

Charlotte Scatliffe, ’08, was named the women's tennis coach for the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. She spent three years as an assistant coach with the Gauchos before taking over as interim head women's coach last season and went 5-3 in conference.

Chris Benson, ’09, joined Whalers Realty and is a graduate of its Fast Track to Success training program.

Lance Roenicke, ’09, plays in the Milwaukee Brewers organization and was selected in the 25th round of the 2012 MLB Draft.

C.M. Stassel, ’09, works for Greer's O.C. and lives in Costa Mesa.


Kimberly Gavin, ’10, serves as a teacher of U.S. history and geography at Los Banos High School in Los Banos, Calif. She had previously taught U.S. history at John C. Kimball High School in Tracy, Calif.

Alison Hatt, Ph.D. ’10, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Theory of Nanostructured Materials facility at Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry. In 2010, and 2012, she traveled to Africa as part of the African School on Electronic Structure Methods and Applications program. She shared her 2012 experience on a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory blog: http://www.lbl.gov/teaching_science_in_Kenya/.

Jessielee Coley, ’11, is volunteer coordinator for Common Ground of Santa Barbara County. Common Ground is an organization that helps house homeless individuals in need. Previously she was a project coordinator with Doctors Without Walls-Santa Barbara Street Medicine.

Erin Kaplan, Ph.D. ’11, is a visiting lecturer in economics at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a co-creator of the blog The Food Doctors, which is about the economics and chemistry of what we eat, at http://www.thefooddocs.com/.

Sergio Lagunas, ’11, is a youth instructor for the ACES after-school program at Blackstock Junior High School in the Hueneme Elementary School District. He also volunteers at El Concilio Family Services and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Lagunas also has created the website 805college.com, a free resource for students who want to attend college and pursue a career.

Brooke Hofhenke

Brooke Hofhenke, ’12, is the national campus organizer for the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Western States Campus Choices Leadership Program.

In Memoriam

The Rev. Howard R. Moody, ’48, died Sept. 12, 2012. He was 91. He pastored Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village for 35 years. Rev. Moody wielded influence on several major social-change movements of the 1960s-80s, particularly the struggles for abortion rights, free speech for artists, and more humane drug treatment policies. He was born on April 13, 1921, in Dallas, Texas. During World War II, the Rev. Moody enlisted in the Marine Air Corps. A graduate of North Dallas High School, the Rev. Moody held a degree from Yale Divinity School, and honorary doctorates from Kalamazoo College and Ottawa University. Survivors include wife Lorraine, daughter Deborah, son Daniel, and stepsons Angus and Duncan.

Bard John Salcido, Sr., ’56, M.A. ’61, died on Sept. 15, 2012. Salcido was a loyal Gaucho. He supported the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association all of his life. In the early 1960s, he sold pumpkins at Gary Gallup’s pumpkin patch to benefit the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and he later supported the Mosher Alumni House. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and served as the alumni advisor for many years. He is survived by his Gaucho wife, Mary Jane (Fuerst) ’62, Gaucho sons Bard, Jr., ’87 and Mark ’89, Gaucho daughter-in-law Susan (Chang) ’95, and Gaucho sister Berneice (Salcido) Copeland ’59.

Paul Baiotto, ’64, of Glendora, Calif., died Sept. 9, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. He was born in St. Joseph, Mo., on Sept. 4, 1942, and moved to Glendora in the early 1950s. Baiotto earned a master’s in education at CSU Los Angeles. He taught in the Glendora Unified School District for 35 years and also ran the Glendora Tennis Championships for 44 years. Survivors include wife Karen, sister Cathie Headley, and sons Brian, Brad, and Brent.

Tom Bennett, ’66, died May 12, 2012. He was born in Phoenix, Ariz., and raised in San Francisco. He attended Lowell High School, Taipei American School, and USC. He served as a biology teacher at Mission High School, where he was the ping-pong team coach that included a subsequent U.S. National player. Later, he served as an administrator at City College of San Francisco, and as planning commissioner, city councilman and mayor for Hercules, Calif. He served as vice chancellor at Yosemite Community College District until retirement. Survivors include wife Phyllis, sons Jason and Jeffrey, and brother Baldwin.

Steve Furniss, ’74, died June 27, 2012. He was 59. He graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1970. Furniss received a master’s degree from the University of Texas-Dallas. Following two years as a Vista volunteer in Texas, Furniss returned to Colorado and devoted the rest of his life to serving his community, participating in a number of local and statewide political campaigns. He was an active member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fort Collins. Survivors include brothers and sisters David Furniss, Miriam Kowarski, Bob Furniss, Adrianne Furniss, Judy Cefkin, Paul Boyd, Barbara and Perry Springer, Jon and Ed Cefkin, Melissa Cefkin and Mazyar Lotfalian.

Christopher Spaulding Peebles, Ph.D. ’74, died April 16, 2012. He taught at universities around the world, including Florida Atlantic University, University of Windsor, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Penn State University, University of Amsterdam, and Indiana University. His appointments at Indiana University included professor of anthropology and director of the Glenn A Black Laboratory of Archaeology, as well as positions in the Program for Cognitive Science and in the School of Informatics. He designed the National Archaeological Resources Database in 1984.

Merry Allyn Tuten, ’76, died July 22, 2012, in Houston, Texas, of leukemia. She was 58. She was born in Long Beach, Calif., on July 4, 1954. She worked for Garrett Hardin, Roderick Nash, J. Marc McGinnis, and Barry Schuyler. Tuten received her master’s degree in natural resources policy and management from the University of Michigan. Her career in international natural resource management and business spanned more than 30 years, including her own private consulting firm. She lived and worked in Chile, the Bahamas, and Argentina for 17 years. Survivors include husband Paul Schutt.

Alexander (Alex) P. Berks, ’87, died on Jan. 1, 2012. He received a master’s degree from Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He practiced many healing disciplines at his clinic in West Los Angeles. As a Chinese medicine practitioner, licensed acupuncturist and herbalist since 1997, Berks was a co-founder of the Association of Integrative Oncology and Chinese Medicine and a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Survivors include wife Denise, sons Ethan and Noah, parents Muriel and Bill, brother Andrew, and sister Susan.

Alexander (Alex) P. Berks, ’87, died on Jan. 1, 2012. He received a master’s degree from Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He practiced many healing disciplines at his clinic in West Los Angeles. As a Chinese medicine practitioner, licensed acupuncturist and herbalist since 1997, Berks was a co-founder of the Association of Integrative Oncology and Chinese Medicine and a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Survivors include wife Denise, sons Ethan and Noah, parents Muriel and Bill, brother Andrew, and sister Susan.

Lydia Elliott Hopkins, M.A. ’87, died Aug. 8, 2012. She was 63. Hopkins was an Episcopal deacon and longtime activist. She was ordained in 2005. Hopkins lived in New Orleans, La., and had taught at St. Anthony of Padua School and the University of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina hit, Hopkins organized food and housing programs to help the hardest hit. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Survivors include husband Patrick Rogan, daughters Jessica White-Sustaita and Amanda Rachael White, stepsons John Rogan and Davis Rogan, stepdaughters Alcena Rogan and Ama Rogan, and six grandchildren.

Stephen Anthony Martin, ’05, died June 8, 2012, in San Francisco, after a long coma. Martin was born in Fullerton, graduated from Tehachapi High School and earned a degree in economics from UC Santa Barbara. Martin was an Eagle Scout, businessman, CrossFitter and avid tennis player. Survivors include parents John and Gail, and brother Andrew.

Alexandra Tang, ’11, died Sept. 1, 2012. She was 24. Tang was raised in Santa Barbara. She was soon to start a job in Orange County working with autistic children. Survivors include parents Alexander and Elisabeth, and sister Candice Tang Nyholt.

William Calabrese, of Pacific Beach, Calif., died Sept. 2, 2012, after sustaining burns in a fireworks accident. He was 20. Calabrese was a La Jolla High School graduate and water polo player. He would have been a junior at UC Santa Barbara in Fall 2012. Survivors include parents Ron and Janet, and brother Ronnie.

Nate Morrow, ’04, created Isla Vista: The Game, based on the college town next to UC Santa Barbara. The object of the game is to get to class, the beach, and the party while visiting as many other Isla Vista locations as possible. Along the way, players will need to answer some questions, defend locations, and beat their friends in social minigames to earn extra credit. Don't forget to look out for the Foot Patrol! The player with the highest score wins. Find out more at http://islavistathegame.com/..

Grant Anderson, ’93, has been named the new executive director of the Sony 3D Technology Center, located at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. As an expert in 3D stereography, Anderson has taught the theory and application of creating high-quality 3D in movies, television, games and other platforms. Anderson is an established producer, visual effects supervisor, and digital artist in the film industry, working on films such as “The Amazing Spider-Man” “Battle of the Year: The Dream Team.” “Spider-Man,” “Spider-Man 2,” “The Matrix 2: Reloaded,” “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” “The Aviator,” and “Titanic,” among others.

Mary Blackwood Collier, ’66, M.A. ’75, who has taught French at Westmont College for 31 years, was knighted by David Martinon, consul general of France in Los Angeles, as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. She earned a doctorate with highest honors in French literature from the Université de Paris, Sorbonne. Since 1976, she has served on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West as French diction coach in the vocal department
David Martinon, left, consul general of France in Los Angeles, and Westmont College President Gayle Beebe join professor Mary Blackwood Collier at the ceremony knighting her as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.(Westmont College photo)

Kmart-Goleta donated $2,000 to the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, which provides financial aid to outstanding students facing financial hardships. Kmart also kicked off its UCSB Back-to-Campus Program at Mosher Alumni House. The program offered shuttles between campus and the Hollister Avenue Kmart, free gifts and a sweepstakes contest.