Bakersfield Senator Jean Fuller, Ph.D. ’89, is the first woman to serve as California’s State Senate Republican leader. She took command of the senate minority on September 2, succeeding Bob Huff from San Dimas. Fuller, who earned her master’s degree in public affairs from California State University Los Angeles, received her doctorate from UC Santa Barbara in 1989. She joined the Legislature in 2006, and will serve through 2018. With over three decades working in public education, Fuller received numerous awards as both an educator and administrator. She was named the Association of School Administrators’ California Superintendent of the Year while at Keppel Union School District. Since her election to the California State Legislature, Fuller has received the Legislative Leadership Award from the California Water Agencies, TURN’s Syvila Siegel Consumer Championship Award, the California Business Properties Association’s Legislator of the Year, and “A” ratings from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the National Rifle Association.
Former Gaucho basketball star Alan Williams, ’15, signed a contract to play for the Qingdao Double Star Eagles based in Qingdao, China. Williams competed for the Houston Rockets at the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He came out as the league’s top rebounder at 11.5 per game and its third leading scorer at 20.5 points per game. Williams leaves for China this October.
Salty Girl Seafood, founded by Norah Eddy, ’14, and Laura Johnson, ’14, received the Spirit of Small Business award in the woman-owned business category from Santa Barbara’s Pacific Coast Business Times. The company was among nine firms recognized for excellence in business and positive contributions to the economy and community. The seafood company develops sustainable, traceable ready-to-cook products that incentivize responsible fishing practices.
David Vandervoet, '67, announced construction of one of the biggest produce warehouses in the Nogales, Arizona. Vandervoet & Associates owns the facility.
Steve Boggs, '69, is retired and in his fourth year of RVing. This year, Boggs and his wife Diane are on the Oregon Trail. They plan to follow the path of the Mississippi River in 2016.
After three decades in science education, Deborah Dunn, '70, looks forward to traveling the world and spending time with family during her retirement. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in zoology, Dunn earned her master’s degree in biological sciences from Cal Poly SLO and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of California.
Attorney Charles Newman, '70, became a director of the Montecito Water District on July 7. He also serves on the board’s finance committee. Newman is a partner at Dentons US LLP.
Roy Savoian, '71, Ph.D. '79, retired this summer as emeritus professor of economics at Central Washington University. He graduated with a B.A. and Ph.D. in economics from UC Santa Barbara. Savoian became the dean of the CWU's College of Business in 1998, and was the founding director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Pamela Vander Heide, '72, and Julie McGeevers recently joined the Friendship Center's board of directors. Vander Heide taught at Dos Pueblos High School and supervised student teachers at UC Santa Barbara. She also served on the Board of Domestic Violence and is currently on the Women's Board for CAMA and the Board of Center Stage Theater. McGeevers manages the Oak Cottage of Santa Barbara Memory Care Community, and is also on the board of the San Marcos High School Kids Helping Kids Foundation. She and her husband developed and operate the Heritage House Assisted Living Community.
Judi Zuckert, '74, retired after 35 years working with the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. After graduating with a degree in environmental studies, she worked in the Sierras, North Cascades, Owyhee Canyonlands, and in Washington, D.C.
Steven M. Hilton, '74, announced his retirement as president and CEO of the Conrad L. Hilton Foundation before the end of 2015. As head of one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the country, Hilton coordinated humanitarian efforts throughout the world and extended support for the work of the Catholic Sisters. He will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors, and will play an active role in the selection of the next chief executive.
Michael Hart, '74, is managing director of Camden Capital. Hart joins Camden Capital from Westmont Asset Management, where he also served as managing director. Paul S. Viviano, ‘75, is the new president and chief executive officer of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). He will also serve as a member of the hospital's Board of Trustees. Before joining CHLA, Viviano was the chief executive officer for the University of California, San Diego Health System and was the associate vice chancellor at UC San Diego Health Sciences.
Jarrell C. Jackman, '77, announced his retirement from the position of executive director of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP). Jackman held the position for 28 years, and has been with the Trust since 1981. He will remain on staff as a research historian until June 2016.
Mark Mattingly, '78, is a new board member of Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care. He currently manages brokerage operations at Pacifica Commercial Realty, and previously served as president of TOLD Real Estate Corporation and was associate vice president at Coldwell Banker. He is a founding member of The Dream Foundation Board.
The first Carpinteria Sea Glass Festival featured the recycled glassworks of Santa Barbara artist Alan Clark, ‘81. His embellished wire pieces incorporate sea glass gathered from local seaside favorites like Goleta’s Ellwood Beach. Clark is the owner of Whimsy Antiques in Carpinteria.
Wendy Kolls, ‘85, received a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. State Department for expanding the reach of American documentary films and filmmakers throughout the Russian Federation. Kolls is a foreign service officer currently serving as deputy cultural attaché at the U.S. embassy in Moscow.
US congressional representative Jared Huffman, ‘86, sponsored the amendment to ban Confederate flags from federal parklands like historic national cemeteries. The House voted in favor of the proposal on July 8, 2015.
Ilana Ormond, ‘88, is the director of development at Planned Giving at UC Santa Barbara. Ormond graduated with a degree in film studies and began her development career at the American Film Institute.
Jennifer Carey, ‘89, is the new general manager for TurnKey Vacation Rentals Orange County.
Brian Jewett, ‘90, will be entering the political science doctorate program at Claremont Graduate University this fall.
Deidre Shuman Lind, ‘93, is the new president of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. Since June, the fund has raised over $15 million in support of partnerships between the public and private sectors in Los Angeles.
Lynne West, MA ’01, received a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching for this school year. She graduated with a master’s degree in classics from UC Santa Barbara. West will doing research and attending classes in the Netherlands in 2016.
Aditi Risbud, ’05, accepted the position of science communication officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Before joining the foundation, Risbud was the director of the Communications, Leadership, Ethics and Research (CLEAR) program and assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Utah.Krystal
Gallagher Rosse, ’06, serves as an assistant United States attorney for the Las Vegas office of the district of Nevada.
Composer and new media artist Christopher Jette, ’06, is this year’s Grant Wood Fellow and visiting assistant professor of music at the University of Iowa.
Justin Aspegen, ’07, signed on as the new pitching coach at Appalachian State, an NCAA Division 1 school in North Carolina. For eight years, Aspegen was the pitching coach for the Santa Barbara City College baseball team, mentoring four WSC Pitchers of the Year, six All-Southern California WSC pitchers, and two All-American honors.
Miguel Zarate, ’09, was promoted to academic dean at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
Elisa Robyn, ’09, is the executive director of the Napa Valley Education Foundation. The organization fosters community engagement and supports the initiatives of the Napa Valley Unified School District.
Nicole Leong, ’10, married Yvette C. Valencia on August 21.
Danielle Denetra, ’10, married Jose Aranda, ’06, in South Lake Tahoe on March 14. The couple met in Isla Vista in 2006.
D.C. United midfielder Luis Silva, ’11, will be heading to Real Salt Lake in exchange for D.C. United’s Alvario Saborio. This is not his first time at the club – in 2013, Silva was traded to D.C. United midway through the 2013 season. He scored a total of 76 goals across all competitions that year.
Brewing entrepreneur Casey Harris, ’11, opened the doors of the new Topa Topa Brewing Co. on Thompson Boulevard in Ventura this summer. The brewery offers six beers on tap, including IPAs like the Chief Peak IPA and the hoppy Weekender Session.
Lance Lewis, ’12, graduated from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business with a master’s degree in business administration on May 15. In recognition of his academic excellence in a business school program, Lewis was recently admitted as a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma. He is the chief operating officer of the California Medical Association.
Michael McIntosh, ’13, is part of the new team from the Burrows and Tucker Wealth Management Group from Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, recently hired by UBS Financial in Santa Barbara.
UCSB Guardian Scholar TaiSonya Tidwell graduated with a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University this year. Tidwell interned at CNY Central and worked as a multimedia journalist for NCC News Online. She recently accepted a position as a reporter in North Carolina.
Chef, author and food activist Alice Waters, H ’13, received the International SPA Association’s 2015 Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award. Waters, the owner of Chez Panisse, attended UC Santa Barbara during her freshman year before transferring to UC Berkeley.
Jane (Goslin) Kiehlbauch, ’38, died July 9 in Santa Barbara. She attended Long Beach Polytechnic and the Santa Barbara Teachers College (now UC Santa Barbara). After graduation, she taught kindergarten in Ontario, California, and went on to join the Punahou School faculty in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Jeane Elizabeth (Ruoff) Ferrario, ’38, died on June 27 in Santa Barbara. She graduated with a degree in home economics, and went on to help run her husband Angelo Ferrario’s chiropractic business. She was a member of the Holy Cross Church, the Italian American Boot Club and the Manana Dance Club.
Adele (Tatum) Ball, ’48, died on August 30 in Santa Barbara. She graduated with a degree in psychology from UC Santa Barbara and was an alumna of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. After graduation, she moved to Hawaii to work in the travel industry. She married fellow UCSB alumnus Fred Ball, who died in 2005.
Garvan F. Kuksey, ’55, died September 25 in Santa Barbara. He received his undergraduate degree from UCSB, and went on to dental studies at the University of Southern California. He was president of his fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon and the Inter-Fraternity Council, and was a member of the Blue Key Honor Society. For 53 years, Kuksey saw patients at his private dental practice at 1515 State Street in Santa Barbara.
Ventura native May (Teagarden Barnes) Allison died on July 1 in Santa Barbara. She attended Santa Barbara State College (UC Santa Barbara) and was an avid tennis player and Santa Barbara Yacht Club crew member during the 1960s. Allison loved animals and worked many hours as a volunteer for the Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Gary Leigh Parks, ’60, died on July 21 in Kapolei, Hawaii. After he graduated with a degree in music from UCSB, he received his M.S. in school administration from USC in 1971. Parks served in the US Army, 4th Armored Division Band, and went on to work as a teacher and elementary school principal at the Los Angeles Unified School District until he retired in 1993.
Environmentalist Robert Bruce Whitney, ’64, died on July 15 in Willits, California. He was a founding member of the Santa Barbara Environmental Defense Center, and was behind the establishment of the Golden State Land Conservancy, a land trust based in Willits holding conservation easements over 35,000 acres in California. He also helped implement sustainable forest practices with the California Department of Forestry in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.
Businessman and photographer Tom Keyani, Ph.D. ’72, died on September 19 in Santa Barbara. Born in Iran, Keyani studied electrical engineering at UC Berkeley and went on to earn his doctorate at UC Santa Barbara. In the 1960s, he documented many dramatic moments during the UC Berkeley protests as head photographer of Cal’s Blue and Gold yearbook.
Lorelle Browning ’73, MA ’80, Ph.D.’86, died on April 26 in Oregon. Since 1989, Browning taught literature and peace studies at Pacific University. A tireless advocate for peace and justice in war-torn Vietnam, she received two U.S. Scholar Fulbright grants to the Southeast Asian country. “Lorelle was proud to be a UCSB alumni,” wrote her longtime partner Marvin Simmons. Browning adopted two foster families in Vietnam in hopes of providing their children higher education in the United States.
Army veteran and engineer Donald Richard Aubrey, ’74, MA ’76, died on July 9 in Santa Barbara. After he retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1970, Aubrey earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering at UC Santa Barbara. After graduation, he worked at ABLE Engineering, Raytheon and Delco, before founding Aubrey Consulting Inc., the precursor to the Woods Hole Group, an oceanographic research firm. A leading parishioner of the St. Raphael Catholic Church, Aubrey helped found the St. Vincent de Paul Council and served as Santa Barbara District president.
Michael W. Emmick, ’74, died on June 27 in Los Angeles. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in political science and philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. In 1978, he graduated from UCLA Law School and worked at the firm Tuttle & Taylor before he accepted the position of assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles in 1982. Emmick made headlines as a key member of Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s investigation into President Clinton’s relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Robert W. Killen, ’76, died on June 4 in Santa Barbara. After he graduated with a degree in environmental science, Killen became director of operations at the Mariposa Property Management Company. He founded Killogan & Company and also worked for the Santa Barbara Housing Authority, Sierra Property Management and Summit Funding.
David Thomas Johnson, ’78, died on July 5 in Issaquah, Washington. After graduating with a degree in chemical engineering, he worked at the Union Oil Refinery, Monsanto Chemical Co. and Ebasco/Enserch. In 1996, he started his own wastewater and air emissions consulting business.
Margaret Mary (Duque) Marble, ’82, died on July 5 in Santa Barbara. Before she graduated with a degree in psychology from UC Santa Barbara, Marble led a variety of community organizations in Pasadena as president of the Junior League, the Town Club, and served as a Dame of the Royal Institute. In 2013, she published Seeing the Elephant: The Adventures of the Ithaca and California Mining Company 1849-1852, based on her great-grandfather James Stringer Fleming. Marble was an active supporter of the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West, as well as the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital.
Patricia Elaine Harris, ’89, died on August 7 in Santa Barbara. Harris graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara. She founded Kindred Publishing, featuring educational workbooks and videos for prison inmates and recovering addicts. She also worked in marketing for Villa Alamar, an assisted-living home for Alzheimer’s patients.
Peter Smereka, Ph.D. ’89, died on September 15 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received his doctorate in chemical engineering from UC Santa Barbara. One of the leading applied and computational mathematicians at the University of Michigan, Smereka received the 1996 NSF Career Award and the 1997 Excellence in Education Award.
Robert Conwell Shapiro, ’97, died on September 22 in Los Angeles. After graduating from UCSB, Shapiro studied at the Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, California. He worked at Contemporary Catering, Mozza/Chi Spacca and Superba Food and Bread. His trademark “garlic knots” still remain on the Mozza menu today.
Scott Dinsmore, ’04, died on September 12 while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. A Bay Area native, Dinsmore graduated with a degree in business economics from UC Santa Barbara and was the founder of Live Your Legend, a company encouraging people to find jobs that fuelled their passion in life. In 2012, Dinsmore’s TedX Talk at Golden Gate Park received over 2.5 million views.
Robert S. Jacobs, professor of pharmacology emeritus, died on August 26 in Santa Barbara. He graduated from Northwestern University, and earned his doctorate in pharmacology from Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Jacobs founded the country’s first undergraduate pharmacology program at UC Santa Barbara in 1974. His research focused on the pharmacology of marine natural products. He retired in 2010.
UC Santa Barbara student and Isla Vista resident Reed Dolleschel Gorder died on August 20. He was 21 years old. His parents Robin and Dave Gorder have set up a GiveForward memorial fund in his honor.
Musician, composer and jazz bass player Gary Woods, died on August 24 in in Santa Barbara. Woods graduated from Cal Arts and later received a teaching credential from UC Santa Barbara. He worked with renowned recording artists Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Gladys Knight. After moving back to his hometown, Woods served on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS. He was a founding member, former board director, and officer of the Society of Composers and Lyricist. For 30 years, his column Music & Technology was a regular feature in the Society’s publication The Score. He also wrote a weekly tech column for CASA Magazine, was a regular on KZSB’s tech radio program, and was the an official announcer for the annual Fiesta Parade.
Author and noted linguist Andre Clovis Gaston Malecot died on September 3 in Santa Barbara. Before he joined the UCSB faculty in 1969, Malecot taught French and linguistics at Haverford College, Villanova University and University of Southern California at Riverside. He founded the Summer Institute of French Language and Culture at UC Santa Barbara, and has published over 70 scientific papers on linguistics throughout his career.