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burch

Ray Burch, ’64, was honored in March at the UCSB/UCSD Men’s Volleyball match and served the ceremonial ball. Burch was the student co-founder of men’s volleyball at UCSB 50 years ago. He still competes and is a current U.S. Open Champion and World Masters Champion, and has won 13 U.S. Open gold medals and three World Masters gold medals. His volleyball career started at my SAE fraternity in intramural volleyball in 1961. Burch consults internationally on leadership and management, having had assignments in 25 countries.







hochberg

Frederick Hochberg (Eric), ‘65, Ph.D. ’71, retired at the end of April after nearly 40 years as a Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. In 2009, he was presented with a Life Time Achievement Award by the Cephalopod International Advisory Council at their tri-annual meeting in Vigo, Spain, for his research on squids and octopuses and their parasites throughout his career. He has described numerous new animals over the course of his work at the museum. Among the animals described one stands out — his published description in 2006 of a new genus and species of octopus, Wunderpus photogenicus, was chosen to be included as one of the Top 100 New Species Discoveries in the first 10 years of the 21st Century by the International Institute for Species Exploration. In addition, over the years a number of new marine and terrestrial animals have been named in his honor.

Jim Swan, ’68, ’75, retired in March from the tenured faculty of Nara University as emeritus professor of English. He earned a master’s degree in 1981 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


1970s

James Matsuoka, ’76, retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office in March after 32 years of service. After graduating from UCSB, Matsuoka worked as a travel agent for 3 1/2 years before joining the Sheriff's Dept. Matsuoka spent five years working in the Custody Division and then 27 years serving at the Altadena and Crescenta Valley sheriff stations.

Steve Valenzuela, ’78, was recently named the director of the new Office of Evangelization and Adult Faith Formation in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, in San Bernardino, Calif. After graduating from UCSB, Valenzuela attended St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, Calif., later finishing a master’s degree in theology at Loyola Marymount University.


1980s

Timothy Johns, ’80, was appointed by President Barack Obama as the U.S. Commissioner of the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific. Johns also serves as senior vice president of the Hawaii Medical Services Association.

James W. Barratt, ’84, has been appointed as partner and head of Risk Alliance’s (FRA) Washington, D.C., office.

Ralph Carmona, Ph.D. ’84, moved to Portland, Maine, in 2010, and ran for mayor of Portland in 2011. He is now organizing a Maine Global Institute to address mobility of retirees, students, internal rural-to-urban migration, undocumented, refugee and asylum forms of immigration.

carter

Michelle Carter, ’84, has joined Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt accounting firm, specializing in international tax consulting and compliance services. Prior to joining HCVT, Carter worked in KPMG’s international tax group for more than 10 year.




cummings

John Cummings, ’89, and Gayle (Buford) 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 and 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.




1990s

Wealth Manager Sandi Bragar, ’93, has been named Director of Planning at Aspiriant, a leading independent wealth management firm in the US. In her new role, Bragar is responsible for establishing and maintaining the firm’s wealth planning philosophy, service offerings to clients, and communications and training resources for the professional staff.

Daniel Wilson, MESM ’98, owner and founder of Wilson Environmental Contracting, Inc., and the recipient of 13 professional awards, married in 2009 and became a father to a son in October 2011

Alston & Bird LLP has added Matthew Wrysinski, ’99, as a partner to the firm’s Global Finance Group. Wrysinski earned his J.D. from UCLA. He has been named a Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”


2000s

Chris Coburn, MESM ’00, and his wife, Nicole, welcomed twin boys, Andrew and Bennett, into the world on Jan. 29, 2012.

cathcart

Robin Cathcart, MESM ’01, gave birth to a daughter, Skye Catalina, last June. Cathcart has been working at the University of Edinburgh, managing the UK Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Community network for nearly two years. She lives in Scotland with her husband, Simon, their 5-year-old son, Marius, and now little Skye.

Last November, Mark Kram, Ph.D. ’02, founder and CTO of Santa Barbara-based Groundswell Technologies, Inc., won the
2011 Technology Award from
the National Ground Water Association. He, Groundswell, and Bren Corporate Partner Trifecta GS were also covered in a Jan. 31 article on the Forbes website titled “Environmental Security: Sensing the World in 4-D.” (http://onforb.es/A65mzd)

Bryan Henson, MESM ’03, was promoted to president of Allen Associates, the Santa Barbara area’s leading green building company. Henson reports, “I will be at the helm of this 35-year-old company as we transition ownership from Dennis Allen (chair of the Bren School Dean’s Council) to the employees through an employee stock ownership program.”

Erin (Darling) Bibeau, MESM ’04, relocated to Ft. Collins, Colo., in 2010 with her husband and is working as an environmental scientist for Golder Associates, a global company providing consulting, design, and construction services in earth, environment, and related areas of energy. Bibeau also has a photography business based around portrait, event, and landscape photography (www.erinbibeau.com).

Robert Harkins, ’05, has been selected as a Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, which includes a 12-month award of $25,000. Harkins is a doctoral candidate in modern world history at UC Berkeley.

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Rachel (Gore) Schohn, MESM ’05, presented the results of a sustainability brand audit conducted at Pureology’s (a L’Oreal brand) annual press conference in New York City. Schohn, who works in a product-marketing role at PE International, discussed the positive results of a life cycle assessment comparing new shampoo and conditioner bottles to old ones. Schohn lives in Boston with her husband and two children, Nathaniel, 6, and Juliet, 3.



taylor

Christopher Taylor, MESM ’05, runs his own Sacramento-based company, Sovereign Harmony, providing small-business owners with what he
refers to as “conscious business advising.” He has managed more than two
dozen LEED
projects and
has provided extensive LEED instruction and training to building professionals.

Kristina (Estudillo) Tierney, MESM ’05, and her husband welcomed their second child, Austin James Tierney, on June 4, 2011. In December, Tierney left the Marin County Planning Department to join Environmental Science Associates as a Senior Associate. Her new co-workers include Claire Myers, MESM ’08, and Justin Gragg, MESM ’00.

In his first term serving in the California State Assembly, Das Williams, MESM ’05, had 10 bills navigate the legislative process and go before Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. All 10 are now law, including one that makes it easier to complete energy-efficient
state buildings. Williams was
also named chair of the Select Committee on Regional Strategies for the Green Economy.

Stacey Kilarski, MESM ’06, in collaboration with several others, recently published “Emerging marine protected area networks in the coral triangle: lessons and a way forward” in the journal Conservation & Society. The paper is available at: www. conservationandsociety.org.

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Carissa Klein, MESM ’06, and her husband, Travis, welcomed their first child, a girl named Stevie Joy Klein, who arrived on Sept. 25, 2011.

Gabriel Brown, MESM ’07, and his wife, Kristin, are living in San Mateo, Calif., where Brown is a manager at SolarCity and works with fellow Bren alum Mike Casterline, MESM ’03. “My role straddles the lines of science, finance, and policy,” he says. “I find that I refer to my holistic Bren education on a daily basis!”

kordesch

Nick Kordesch, MESM ’07, reports that the company he works for, Scientific Systems, located in Emeryville, Calif., “continues to hire Bren students like crazy.” Five other Bren alumni currently work for the sustainability-consulting firm. They are Keith Killpack, MESM ’07; Alicia Godlove, MESM ’09; and Rori Cowan, Julie Holst, and Matt Valdin, all MESM ’10.

Anne Middleton, MESM ’08, is based in the African nation of Cameroon as Environment and Community Relations Manager for Taylor Guitars, based in El Cajon, Calif. She helps the company define and implement environmental and social standards, and comply with timber trade laws, such as the Lacey Act, for their ebony-wood-harvesting operation in Cameroon.

polansky

Lara Polansky, MESM ’09, co-chaired the U.S. Forest Service National Sustainable Operations Summit, held Feb. 14-16, 2012, in Sacramento. The nearly 60 speakers (presenting in-person and virtually) included Bren associate professor Roland Geyer as well as Bren alumni Amanda Cundiff, MESM ’08, and Joshua Simmons, MESM ’06. See more at: http://1.usa. gov/oz4xpV.





2010s

In January, Allison Fish, MESM ’10, began a new job as an environmental scientist for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation in Sacramento. She is working in the School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, which promotes and facilitates the adoption of IPM programs in school districts throughout California.

Last October, Allison King, MESM ’10, began a new job as Regional Energy/Climate Planner for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). She works on energy-efficiency programs, electric-vehicle planning, and coordinating with local jurisdictions and San Diego Gas & Electric on energy and climate programs in the region.

In January, Heather Lahr, MESM ’11, became the new Community Connection Program Coordinator at Citrix Online, where she works to link Citrix employees to volunteer efforts in the community and support Citrix community sponsorship efforts.

After completing her Ph.D. work
at Bren last summer, Theresa Nogeire, Ph.D. ’11, married Brad McRae
at a July wedding in Portland, Oregon. The guests included Bren alumni Heather Allen, Allison Chan, Anthony Fournier, Jesse Fujikawa, Kavita Heyn, Amelia Nuding, and Ph.D. candidates Tal Ben-Horin and Oliver Soong

After graduating in June 2011, Carrie Sanneman, MESM ’11, moved to Portland, Ore., where she is now employed by Willamette Partnership, a small nonprofit that convenes and facilitates a diverse coalition of leaders in Oregon’s environmental field to develop and implement policy innovations, specifically around ecosystem services and other marker-based approaches to conservation.

Ryan Smith, MESM ’11, currently works as a project manager
for Beartooth Capital, LLC, overseeing the restoration and conservation easement of the Clover Valley Ranch in the northern Sierra Nevada.



In Memoriam

Arthur Franklin “Frank” Duncan, Jr., ’57, died Feb. 7, 2011. He was 88. Duncan graduated from Santa Paula High School in 1940, and then attended classes at Santa Barbara State College (UC Santa Barbara’s predecessor) before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. He landed on Omaha Beach on June 12, 1944 with the 30th Infantry Division. In 1946, he resumed his studies at Santa Barbara State working toward a teaching credential. In 1947, he began teaching summer school at Juvenile Hall, and stayed until his retirement in 1979. Duncan was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Marie. Survivors include daughter Nancy, son Arthur, and brother Donald.

Lillian B. Lang, M.A. ’68, died on May 10, 2012. She was 82. After working in the retail and advertising industry, she earned a bachelor’s degree at Portland State University in Oregon. She taught and served as librarian in high schools before teaching at the college level. In 1973, she joined the faculty of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. She retired in 1995. Survivors include sister Helen Jeanne Butler Morando. She was preceded in death by daughter Stephanie Karin Lang Huffman in 2006.

Ronald Buck, ’75, died Jan. 23, 2011. He was 57. Born Dec. 10, 1953, Buck led his life with strength and determination. He was a lifelong, avid athlete and enjoyed lacrosse, wrestling, running, tennis and refereeing college volleyball and youth soccer. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara in Economics and was, at the time of his passing, the budget officer for the city of Concord. Survivors include wife Kim, daughters Stephanie and Amy, father Ron, brother Steve, and sister Pam.

Sharon Blevins Petzold, ’78, died April 8, 2012. She was 56. Petzold grew up in Merced, Calif., and graduated from Merced High School. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, she received her teaching credential from San Francisco State University in 1979. She was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. She taught in Merced and Stockton schools until her retirement in 2011. Survivors include husband Guy, and sons David and Daniel.

Cindy Fowler, ’80, died Feb. 29, 2012. She was 53. She was born in Denver, and attended Cherry Creek High School. In January 2011 Fowler received the Hope Award for the Cowgirls & Cocktails fundraiser to fight breast cancer. Fowler had worked in business development for Office Scapes. She was a 14-year member of the Junior League of Colorado Springs and a member of the board of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. She was on the advisory board of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Survivors include husband Hugh Charles “Chuck” Fowler and daughter Emily.

Anton “Ton” Vonk, M.A. ’05, died Dec. 30, 2011. Vonk was born in The Netherlands during World War II. After graduating from high school, Vonk served in the Dutch Army for five years and received a college degree. He joined Vitol, an energy trading company, rising through the ranks until becoming company president and chairman before retiring in 1997. Living in London, Vonk fulfilled his cherished dream of becoming a pilot. While traveling, he and wife Diane discovered Santa Barbara. Vonk enrolled in UC Santa Barbara’s political science master’s program. He later endowed the Vonk Chair in Environmental Politics in the Political Science Department. Survivors include his wife, and daughters Marjolein and Brigitte.





Arthur Franklin “Frank” Duncan, Jr., ‘57, died Feb. 7, 2011. He was 88. Duncan graduated from Santa Paula High School in 1940, and then attended classes at Santa Barbara State College (UC Santa Barbara’s predecessor) before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. He landed on Omaha Beach on June 12, 1944 with the 30th Infantry Division. In 1946, he resumed his studies at Santa Barbara State working toward a teaching credential. In 1947, he began teaching summer school at Juvenile Hall, and stayed until his retirement in 1979. Duncan was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Marie. Survivors include daughter Nancy, son Arthur, and brother Donald.


Lillian B. Lang, M.A. ’68, died on May 10, 2012. She was 82. After working in the retail and advertising industry, she earned a bachelor’s degree at Portland State University in Oregon. She taught and served as librarian in high schools before teaching at the college level. In 1973, she joined the faculty of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. She retired in 1995. Survivors include sister Helen Jeanne Butler Morando. She was preceded in death by daughter Stephanie Karin Lang Huffman in 2006.


Ronald Buck, ‘75, died Jan. 23, 2011. He was 57. Born Dec. 10, 1953, Buck led his life with strength and determination. He was a lifelong, avid athlete and enjoyed lacrosse, wrestling, running, tennis and refereeing college volleyball and youth soccer. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara in Economics and was, at the time of his passing, the budget officer for the city of Concord. Survivors include wife Kim, daughters Stephanie and Amy, father Ron, brother Steve, and sister Pam.


Sharon Blevins Petzold, ’78, died April 8, 2012. She was 56. Petzold grew up in Merced, Calif., and graduated from Merced High School. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, she received her teaching credential from San Francisco State University in 1979. She was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. She taught in Merced and Stockton schools until her retirement in 2011. Survivors include husband Guy, and sons David and Daniel.


Cindy Fowler, ’80, died Feb. 29, 2012. She was 53. She was born in Denver, and attended Cherry Creek High School. In January 2011 Fowler received the Hope Award for the Cowgirls & Cocktails fundraiser to fight breast cancer. Fowler had worked in business development for Office Scapes. She was a 14-year member of the Junior League of Colorado Springs and a member of the board of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. She was on the advisory board of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Survivors include husband Hugh Charles “Chuck” Fowler and daughter Emily.


Anton “Ton” Vonk, M.A. ’05, died Dec. 30, 2011. Vonk was born in The Netherlands during World War II. After graduating from high school, Vonk served in the Dutch Army for five years and received a college degree. He joined Vitol, an energy trading company, rising through the ranks until becoming company president and chairman before retiring in 1997. Living in London, Vonk fulfilled his cherished dream of becoming a pilot. While traveling, he and wife Diane discovered Santa Barbara. Vonk enrolled in UC Santa Barbara’s political science master’s program. He later endowed the Vonk Chair in Environmental Politics in the Political Science Department. Survivors include his wife, and daughters Marjolein and Brigitte.


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