Milestones Spring 2012


justice8Barrie Walkley, ’67, has been named special representative to the Great Lakes Region of Africa, which includes the Democratic Republic of Congo. Walkley is a retired American foreign service officer with substantial experience in Africa. He served as the American ambassador to Guinea and to Sao Tome and Principe. Walkley was called back to service and appointed Chargé d’Affaires for South Sudan at its independence in July 2011. Walkley holds degrees from the UC Santa Barbara, UCLA and USC. He and his wife Annabelle were Peace Corps volunteers in Somalia from 1967 to 1969.

justice8 Fowzia Karimi, ’96, received a 2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, given to six female writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers. The award was presented with a $25,000 prize on Sept. 22, 2011, in New York City. Karimi is currently working on a novel, Above Us the Milky Way, based on her early childhood in America. Originally from Kabul, she fled Afghanistan in 1980 at the age of 6. Karimi plans to use her Writer’s Award to devote more time to her writing and to visit her larger family, who now mostly live in Germany and Canada. She hopes to capture through interviews and photographs her family stories before they are lost. “I see my current novel as part of a series of books about my family, my ancestors, about their migrations, about the influence of war on their lives.” She lives in Oakland, Calif.


johnclayJohn Clay Sr.,’63, has joined Crowell, Weedon & Co. Ventura as vice president of Investments. Clay Sr. joins two of his sons, John Clay Jr. and Jason Clay, at Crowell Weedon, representing multiple generations of financial advisors in their family, all within the new Ventura branch.

An active member of the nonprofit ommunity, Clay Sr. has served as president of both the Ventura and Oxnard Rotary Clubs, and was a member of the Advisory Board for the Turning Point Foundation.

Tim Carl, ’69 , was elected to the Board of Directors for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County. He is also chairperson for the SHFB Nutrition Education Committee, which works with schools, nonprofits, and businesses to help children learn and practice healthy nutrition habits.


Thomas Hoberman, ’70 , has been elected chair of Southwestern Law School’s Board of Trustees. Hoberman first joined the board in 2002, and prior to his appointment at the Dec. 7, 2011, Board meeting, he served as vice-chair. A partner in the firm of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, L.L.P., in Beverly Hills, Hoberman practices transactional entertainment law. He also serves as co-chair of the law school’s Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute Executive Board.

In Summer 2011, Christy Huddle, ’71 , completed an 8,140-mile solo motorcycle trip in four weeks of riding time around the U.S. taking mostly back roads and camping most nights. Midway, she took a week off riding to attend the Sacramento traditional jazz camp in Pollock Pines, Calif., with her Buescher curved soprano sax (the only sax she had that would fit on the motorcycle).

Dr. Diana F. Tomback, Ph.D ’77 , has been named to American Forests’ new Science Advisory Board. Tomback is a professor acting chair) of integrative biology at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her expertise includes evolutionary ecology with application to forest ecology and conservation biology. She was the lead organizer and editor of the book Whitebark Pine Communities: Ecology and Restoration, published by Island Press in 2001. In 2001, Tomback and several colleagues started the nonprofit Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, which is dedicated to the restoration of whitebark pine ecosystems and educating the public and resource management agencies about the importance of this pine.


Timothy Johns, ’80 , was appointed U.S Commissioner, Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific. He is senior vice president of the Hawaii Medical Services Association.

justice8 Gary Georgeson, ’81, M.S. ’82, Ph.D. ’85 , one of Boeing’s leading scientists and a specialist in non-destructive evaluation, was honored with the company’s Special Invention Award. Georgeson, 52, was part of a team that invented a device that images scattered X-rays to see through aircraft walls to provide engineers with a view of hidden structure, much like Superman’s X-ray vision. Georgeson joined Boeing in 1988.

Peter D. Weir, ’81 , has been named Partner in Charge of Hutchinson and Bloodgood, LLP’s Glendale Office. Weir joined H&B, a leading certified public accounting and consulting firm, in 2005. He has more than 30 years of experience providing clients with high-level expertise in tax planning and compliance, multi-state taxation issues, as well as representation before federal, state and local taxing authorities.

Meri Glade, ’82 , was named chief compliance officer and general counsel of FordDirect. Glade joins FordDirect to oversee all legal affairs of the organization and provide counsel to the executive management team and the Board of Directors. Glade joins FordDirect with more than 22 years of experience, where her practice has focused primarily on corporate, securities, intellectual property, privacy, and data-use law.

Still drawing on the principles he learned in the EE program at UCSB, Ken Rose, ’85 , recently had his sixth U.S. patent issued, US 2010/0074391.

Dr. Lansing McLoskey, ’86 , was awarded the 2011 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. He also won the 2011 International Joint Wind Quintet Project Commission Competition, the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011, and the 2011 Chatham Baroque Composition Prize. He served as the 2011 MacDowell Colony Fellow as well as the composer-in-residence for the 2011 soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy.

John Cummings, ’89 , and Gayle Cummings, ’88 , married in 1992 and have two children, Camille and Satchel. The Cummings family resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. John Cummings completed a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 2010 and currently has a private practice as a Marriage & Family Therapist. Gayle Cummings completed a master’s in Public Health in 1994 and currently serves as faculty and the assistant director of the Public Health Program at Touro University-California.

jillJill Muchow Rode, ’89 , has been appointed chief development officer for the American Red Cross, Central Coast Region. She will lead the organization’s fundraising and emergency preparedness awareness efforts across the Central Coast region, including Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Rode brings 22 years of professional experience to the American Red Cross, having worked with many nonprofit organizations on the Central Coast. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), having earned her certification in 2000.


michaelMichael Murphy, ’90 , has been appointed executive director for the California Coastkeeper Alliance.

The alliance advocates for clean water and healthy aquatic habitats in California through the work of 12 local waterkeepers, which are local grassroots organizations that serve as public advocates for healthy waterways.

Jeff Rudich, ’93 , has become partner of Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corp. Rudich has more than 17 years of experience in the accounting profession. He joined Windes & McClaughry in 1999. Rudich focuses on tax planning and compliance for both individuals and businesses. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA).

Elliot Binder, ’96 , has been admitted to the tax partnership BDO USA, LLP. BDO is a leading national professional services firm providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to private and publicly traded businesses. Binder has more than 14 years of public accounting experience, providing tax consultation and compliance services to the technology industry. Binder is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Nick Duggan, ’00 , has joined Citrix Online as senior internal communications manager, responsible for global communications, engagement, and feedback programs for 1,400+ employees worldwide. Citrix Online is a Santa Barbara-based division of Citrix Systems, Inc.

Melcher Fabi, ’02 , wrapped up casting the next installment in the Batman franchise from Warner Bros. Pictures, “The Dark Knight Rises.” He also helped cast the new upcoming seasons for NBC’s “The Voice,” Oxygen’s “Bad Girls Club,” and MTV’s “The Real World.” He is currently associate producing and casting a horror feature film in New York City.

Megan Moore, ’04 , received a master’s in fine art in printmaking from CSU Chico in December 2011. She has accepted a sabbatical replacement position to teach printmaking at Humboldt State for the Spring 2012 semester.

Chuck Haines, ’05 , has been appointed UCSB director of Capital Development. In 1989 he began his career at UCSB in Housing & Residential Services, where he has held a number of positions over the years, including resource planning coordinator and, most recently, director of business and financial planning. In August of 2010, Haines began serving as the interim director of Capital Development.

Jessie Stone, ’05 , has been named director of development for UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures. Formerly, she was the development director and event coordinator at Casa Serena.

jubbAdrienne Jubb, ’06 , and Jonathan Wardman, ’06 , married May 14, 2011, in La Jolla, Calif., surrounded by family, friends, and fellow Gauchos.

Jon and Adrienne currently live in New York City where Jon is a Ph.D. candidate at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Adrienne works in hotel real estate acquisitions.

Amy Nabel, ’07 , is in the Executive Fellowship Program of the 2011-12 Capital Fellows internship program, which is a yearlong fellowship offering college graduates unique experiences in policy- making and development in California state government.

raleighEvan Raleigh, ’08 , has joined the UC Police Department as an officer at UCSB. He is a former UCPD administrative assistant. He helped the department with community outreach, access control and live scan.

Officer Raleigh recently completed the Allan Hancock Police Academy and graduated top of his class in physical fitness and second in academics.


karlKarl Obermeyer, Ph.D. ’10 , recently joined Northern Colorado-based Numerica Corp. as a research scientist providing track-processing support for the United States Missile Defense Agency’s National Team B. Before joining Numerica, Obermeyer developed and implemented algorithms for unmanned aerial vehicle control at the United States Air Force Research Lab in Dayton, Ohio.

Obermeyer is published, and is a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Mukhtar Ali, ’11 , is in the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program of the 2011-12 Capital Fellows internship program, which is a yearlong fellowship offering college graduates unique experiences in policy-making and development in California state government.

Hanna Cousins, ’11 , exhibited her artwork in the September 2011 show COLORS at Artspace Warehouse in Los Angeles. Her artwork mixes fabric, ribbons and paint as a fusion of her Swedish-American upbringing. Upon graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in art, Cousins was nominated and received two Dole Awards from the faculty.

Benjamin Parish, ’11 , is in the California Senate Fellows Program of the 2011-12 Capital Fellows internship program, which is a yearlong fellowship offering college graduates unique experiences in policy- making and development in California state government.


Robert Scalapino, ’40 , died on Nov. 1, 2011. He was 92. He was born in Leavenworth, Kan., and his family moved to Santa Barbara in 1929. He earned his master’s and doctoral degree in government from Harvard University in 1943 and 1948. Scalapino joined UC Berkeley’s political science department in 1949 and served as department chair from 1962 to 1969. He was a leading expert in Japan studies, and advised three American presidents and numerous governmental groups on foreign policy relating to Asia. Scalapino also edited Asian Survey, the seminal journal of contemporary East Asian politics, from 1962 to 1996. He founded in 1978 the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), one of UC Berkeley’s largest and best endowed research units, and served as its director until retiring in 1990. He received numerous awards for his work on Asian studies and U.S.-Asia relations. He was married to Dee Jessen until her death in 2005. Survivors include daughters Diane Jablon and Lynn Scalapino.

William Rutter, ’48 , died Feb. 2, 2012. He was 83. In addition to graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Rutter received a M.P.A. degree from UCLA and a law degree from USC, where he was associate editor of the Law Review. He also served in the Korean War. After being admitted to the Bar in 1955, Rutter spent 15 years in private practice before turning his focus to legal education. In 1979, he founded The Rutter Group, providing legal education publications and programs. In 1996, he received the Bernard E. Witkin Medal for his contributions to the California legal community. Survivors include wife Sally, and children Paul, Joanna, Barry, and Charlie.

John Lee Mehrens, ’57 , died on Sept. 8, 2011, in Port Orchard, Wash. Mehrens spent his childhood in Milwaukee. he earned a master’s degree from CSU Los Angeles. He taught science at junior high and high schools in the Los Angeles area for several years. In 1963, he moved on to Merced College, where he taught botany and general science. About 1971, he was appointed dean of instruction at Napa Valley College, where he served until his retirement in the early 1990s. He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, on active duty and in the reserves. Survivors include Judy, his wife of 15 years; his children, Cynthia Millard (Thomas), Stewart Mehrens (Sandra), David Mehrens (Ellen), Shawn Mehrens, and Jason Mehrens; and stepdaughters, Deana Wendell (Roy), Kate Denny (Kevin), Roni Peterson (Dale), Kara Perry (Don Gonzales), and Alana Witten.

Tim Hodson, M.A. ’73, Ph.D. ’76 , died Oct. 25, 2011. He was 61. He was born and raised in Santa Ana, Calif. He graduated from CSU Fullerton, and earned master’s and doctoral degrees at UC Santa Barbara. Hodson was a professor of government and public policy, and taught at USC, Claremont McKenna College and Sacramento State University. He was a longtime California Senate staffer. He was the former executive director of the Center for California Studies, and oversaw the expansion of the Capital Fellows Program. Survivors include wife Ruth Holton- Hodson, and son Matt Hodson.

Kelly Ryann Dorrell, ’07 , of Long Beach, died Dec. 5, 2011, after falling from the Queen Mary. She was 26. Dorrell graduated from Millikan High. She was working toward her teaching credential at UC Irvine in hopes of becoming a Long Beach elementary teacher.

Eric Kiser, ’11 , died Jan. 2, 2012. He was 25. He was raised in Chico, and attended UC Santa Barbara. After graduation, he moved to Truckee, Calif. He was involved in school sports and outdoor adventure activities, including rock climbing. Survivors include mother Marilyn Uhland Kiser, father Terry Kiser, and brothers Adrian and Kevin.


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