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Pictured from left to right: Gwen Brown, ’71, California Cherry Blossom Princess Shelley Flores, ’12, Congressman Tony Cardenas, ’86, Linda Ulrich, ’83, gather together for UC Day in Sacramento.

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Aileen Chang, ‘05, spent two months in Ethiopia as Millennium Cities Initiative’s microgrant manager, implementing the $3,000 microgrant that supplied the people of Nebar Ketema with a clean water supply. She is now a resident in internal medicine at the University of Miami and continues to work on global health initiatives and microgranting. Read more about Chang’s project here: http://www.socialmedicine.info/index.php/socialmedicine/article/view/438


Bob Kovitz, ’64, has been appointed General Manager of the Civic Orchestra of Tucson, Ariz.

Kenneth Kahn, ’65, has received his 50-year plaque from Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Kahn has been active in fraternity alumni affairs and is currently the Vice President of the Henderson, Nev., SAE alumni association. In addition, he is the owner of Kenneth M. Kahn Financial Services, an investment firm which focuses on retirement income.


Jeffrey Linzer, ’75, was appointed as Lead Physician for the conversion for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to the U.S. version of the 10th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM). CHOA is the largest pediatric health care system in the US and Dr. Linzer will be responsible for working with more than 2000 physicians and associated clinicians. ICD is used for tracking health care morbidity and mortality data. Linzer has been working with a number of national medical societies on ICD and chairs the Pediatric Topic Advisory Group for the World Health Organization's ICD-11 Revision process.

steve lytle

Steve Lytle, ’76, , is celebrating his 35th year in mapping, GIS, and geospatial business intelligence. Lytle has been a major contributor in bringing mapping and location analytics to the Oracle ecosystem deployed by Fortune 500 companies. Lytle credits his success to the academic and intellectual foundation provided by UCSB.

Carol Folt, ’76, M.A. ‘78, was named Chancellor of the University of North Carolina by the Board of Governors. She is currently the interim president of Dartmouth College. Folt began at Dartmouth in 1983 as a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences. She was Dean of Arts & Sciences, Associate Dean for interdisciplinary programs and Dean of graduate students.

Greg Patton, ‘78, was honored as the 2013 United States Professional Tennis Association Intermountain Coach of the Year when the City of Boise and the Idaho Tennis Association welcomed the Davis Cup Tennis Tournament to Boise, Idaho.

William G. Jasen, ’78, returns to California to work the Waste Management and Environmental Restoration on the demolition of Humboldt Bay Power Plant Unit 3 in Eureka, Calif. He had been working for 34 years in the nuclear industry in Washington, Idaho, and New Mexico.


David B. G. Levine, ‘80, was recently elected to Chairman of the Board for the Indian Wells Chamber of Commerce. He is also owner of Eagle Financial and Insurance Solutions in Indian Wells, Calif.

Wendy Tucker, ’81, was recognized as a finalist for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Women Making a Difference Awards.” She is currently a partner in the Los Angeles office of Sedgwick LLP. She is co-chair of the UCLA Neurosurgery Patient and Family Advisory Council, serves on the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center Advisory Council and the Board of Advisors for the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery. She was recognized by Public Counsel for her Pro Bono work with the Center for Veterans Advancement.

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Mark Heinze, ’82, was named Teacher of the Month by UpForEducation. He was formerly a San Diego City and County Teacher of the Year and Top 10 Finalist for California State Teacher of the Year. For more information, visit www.upfored.org.

Julia Pierce, ‘82, was selected by the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association to receive its David H. Fenig Distinguished Service in Advocacy Award. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the association’s advocacy efforts to promote sound public policies for the equipment finance industry.

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Andrew Hutchins, ’82, and Catharine Bramkamp, ’82, celebrated their 30th anniversary. The two volunteered as campus tour guides for four years and met during their senior year in 1982 at the Pub in the UCen. Hutchins was president of the Tour Guides when Bramkamp came for the free pizza. They now divide their time between Sonoma County and Nevada County.

Jackie Whitehouse, ’83, is now the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of Ohlone College’s Foundation. She previously worked for 14 years as a graphic artist and music librarian in the Ohlone College Music Department.

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John D. Skjervem, ’84, was appointed Chief Investment Officer for the Oregon State Treasury where he will be overseeing an investment team that manages a financial aid real asset portfolio valued at $79 billion as of December 31, 2012, including the state’s $61 billion Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund.

melissa gough

Melissa (Hein) Gough, ’86, has joined Union Bank, the Private Bank, as Vice President, Regional Director of Private Banking for the Central Coast. A Santa Barbara resident for omore than 40 years, Gough has been in the Financial Management industry for more than 25 years and currently serves on the Board of the United Boys & Girls Club, is a member of the Community Council for the Westside Boys and Girls Club, the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara, the UC Santa Barbara Planned Giving Advisors Council and the finance committee of La Cumbre Country Club.

Angela Laprete, ’86, has been working in Hawaii’s TV/Film industry for more than 25 years. She is the Associate Producer for “Hawaii Five-0.” She sits on the Board for the Hawaii International Film Festival, Film and Video Association of Hawaii and the Film Advisory Committee for the Doris Duke Theatre.


Seth Streeter, ’92, was named the chair of the global Financial Services Network for the Young Presidents’ Organization.

michelle morales

Michelle Morales, ‘94, was named one of the Top 50 Wirehouse Women in 2013 by financial industry publication REP Magazine in its annual ranking of the nation’s top female financial advisors. She is a Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor.

Martin Boer, ’94, , has been named Secretary General of the European Financial Services Round Table (EFR) in Brussels, Belgium. The EFR is a network and advocacy organization comprised of the CEO's and Chairmen of the largest banks and insurance companies in Europe. Previously, Boer worked for ING Group, UNDP and The Financial Times.

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Kimberlee Shults, ’95, started a personal project called Face in Water. The mission of the project is to assist 40 individuals in fostering a healthy, respectful relationship with the water by bringing each participant to the next level of his and her aquatic experience.


Melcher Fabi, ’02, , wrapped up casting NBC's reality competition show "The Voice" and background casting on the new FX network television series "The Americans" and the new CBS cop drama "Golden Boy". He also cast background on the upcoming Paramount feature film "Jack Ryan" starring Chris Pine and Kevin Costner and two independent feature films, "Disconnect" starring Jason Bateman, and "Dead Man Down" starring Colin Farrell. Last year, Fabi was tapped as the 2012 Keynote Speaker for the UC Santa Barbara Pilipino Graduation (P-Grad)Ceremony.

Ross Hale, ‘04, , has been appointed Director of Pivotal Labs’ New Los Angeles office. Hale rejoined Pivotal Labs in July 2012. Prior to that he was a guest lecturer at UC Santa Barbara and is a capstone project sponsor at the university.

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Heather Shea, ’06, (right), was awarded Best Wedding Cinematographer in Santa Barbara and Best Wedding Cinematographer in California by Wedding Industry Experts. Shea and business partner Jennie Reinish founded a premier wedding and event video production company in Santa Barbara in 2006.

John “Jim” Towers, ’07, , received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 2011. He is currently employed by Revolution Capital Group, LLC, as a Senior Associate. He and his wife, Laura, live in Los Angeles.

Stephanie Rothstein, ‘07, was the third American woman across the line in the Boston Marathon.

Laura Benton, ’09, was promoted to account executive at Blattel Communications


Jodi Walter, ’10, is now a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia teaching English to more than 200 students a week. She left for Cambodia in July 2012 and will spend two years living in Cambodia teaching English, living with a Cambodian host family and integrating within the community while offering assistance in numerous projects throughout the country.

In Memoriam

James Eugene SooHoo, ’59, also known as Jim , died Nov. 9, 2012. He was a dedicated teacher with Montebello Unified School District after serving 35 years; he retired and taught adult education for 51 years in MUSD. His daughter Kristin and son-in-law are both graduates from UCSB. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Navy, where he was stationed in San Diego. SooHoo is survived by his wife, Sylvia Wong and three children, Kristin, Kurt and Eric.

Franklin Thomas Lloyd, II, ’62, died on Feb. 21, 2013. While at UC Santa Barbara, Lloyd met his first wife, Patricia Downey, who predeceased him. He attended Harvard Law in 1962, where he met and married Sally Vescatel. He successfully practiced law at various law practices in California, including Dale & Lloyd, LP, and Higgs. Survivors include wife Sally; his children Franklin Thomas Lloyd, III, and Anne Margaret Lloyd; and stepdaughters Sara Regan (Tom), Claire Giangreco (Paul).

Judith Ellen Solomon-Marks, ’73, died May 8, 2013, from complications of liver disease. She was a native of Los Angeles and was employed throughout the greater Los Angeles area teaching Mommy and Me courses, pre-school, early childhood development courses to new mothers, and vocational classes for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She also co-authored and edited several professional texts and journals in the early childhood education academic field. She is survived by her brother, Michael, and sister-in-law, Lori.

Merrill Cutler McCarthy, ’82, died March 8, 2013 in Portland, Ore. While in college, she joined Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority where she would form many enduring friendships. She met Stephen P. McCarthy while attending McGeorge School of Law. They were admitted to the California Bar together in 1985. She practiced bankruptcy law in Mountain View, Calif., until retirement in 2000. McCarthy is survived by her husband, Steve, and her daughters, Kain and Brynn.