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Winter 2016

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Raimundo J. Montes De Oca, ’70

Montes

Santa Barbara’s Chief Public Defender Raimundo J. Montes De Oca, ’70, was appointed to the Santa Barbara Superior Court. Montes De Oca replaces Judge Frank Ochoa, ’72, who retired in January.

After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in history, Montes De Oca went on to earn his law degree from the University of Arizona. He then went on to work as a deputy public defender in Pima County. For 32 years, Montes De Oca has served at the Santa Barbara Public Defender’s Office.

Marc Grossman '73

Marc Grossman

Former ambassador Marc Grossman, ’73, was a member of a delegation of investors, baseball enthusiasts and diplomats who recently visited Cuba in hopes of establishing a U.S.-affiliated minor league team in the country.

The delegation was led by Lou Schwechheimer, a veteran minor league baseball executive, who won the rights to place a minor league team in Havana. The group is called the Caribbean Baseball Initiative, approved by both Major League Baseball and the U.S. Treasury Department, which oversees trade with Cuba.

Grossman’s involvement, detailed in a November 29 New York Times article, is as a member of the Cohen Group, a high powered Washington, D.C. lobbying group founded by former U.S. senator William Cohen. Grossman serves as vice-chair of the company. The New York Times article described Grossman as a “legendary American statesman” and recalled his diplomacy efforts around the world, including Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A number of Cuban defectors have ended up in the major leagues, including Los Angeles Dodger star Yasiel Puig.Former ambassador Marc Grossman, ’73, was a member of a delegation of investors, baseball enthusiasts and diplomats who recently visited Cuba in hopes of establishing a U.S.-affiliated minor league team in the country.
The delegation was led by Lou Schwechheimer, a veteran minor league baseball executive, who won the rights to place a minor league team in Havana. The group is called the Caribbean Baseball Initiative, approved by both Major League Baseball and the U.S. Treasury Department, which oversees trade with Cuba.
Grossman’s involvement, detailed in a November 29 New York Times article, is as a member of the Cohen Group, a high powered Washington, D.C. lobbying group founded by former U.S. senator William Cohen. Grossman serves as vice-chair of the company. The New York Times article described Grossman as a “legendary American statesman” and recalled his diplomacy efforts around the world, including Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A number of Cuban defectors have ended up in the major leagues, including Los Angeles Dodger star Yasiel Puig.

1960s

Malcolm Gladwell quoted Dr. Ralph Larkin, `61, and his research on school shootings in his New Yorker article “How School Shootings Catch On,” published on October 19, 2015.

After 45 years working at Wells Fargo, Richard Olson, ’68, announced his retirement.

Robert Gunnarson, ’68, retired from his position as Merrill Lynch’s senior vice president. During his 42-year career, he managed the company’s largest offices in Salt Lake City, Cleveland and Dallas. He is moving to Flagstaff, Arizona to hike in the mountains.

1970s

After 37 years, Sally Willson Weimer, ’71, retired from her position as sociology, global and international studies librarian at the UC Santa Barbara library.

Edward Bishop, ’71, celebrates 10 years of retirement from education. For 25 years, Bishop taught third grade before working in education technology for the same school district until his retirement in 2005.

Mariana “Mary Anne” Marin, ’71, retired from her post as an attorney of the Office of the Legislative Counsel.

Phyllis Ortega Arias, `71, celebrated the arrival of her new grandchild Diego Mitchell Miller, born to her daughter Mia. M. Arias and her husband David S. Miller, on February 25, 2015 in Southern California.

Helena Tanner Cooney, `71, is the president of the Kiwanis Club of Kaua`i.

Joan Lindsay Kerr, `71, retired last year from a 30-year career in education. She is president of the California Association for the Gifted. She is also co-author of the CAG publication The Leadership Challenge: A Guidebook for Administrators.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Curator Emeritus Dr. Frederick G. Hochberg, `71, is the featured artist at the Prints from Land and Sea: A Blend of Art and Science exhibit at Solvang’s Wildling Art Museum. Hochberg’s nature prints are on exhibit at the museum until March 21, 2016.

Hilary Kaye

HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications, founded by former journalist Hilary Kaye, ‘72, won the 2015 National Philanthropy Day Orange County award in the small business category. For 31 years, HKA has taken on reduced and pro bono projects for nonprofits like Susan G. Komen Orange County, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County.

Jeffrey Linzer, ’75, is a professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. He continues to work with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on the 10th edition of International Classification of Diseases.

Robert Pearson, ’76, was honored with the M. Justin Herman Award from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). As CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, he led the organization to create over 3,600 units of low rent housing assistance for low-income families, seniors and the disabled.

Gayle Peron, `76, was appointed to the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court. Since 2006, Peron served as a commissioner at the SLO Superior Court.

Cheri Gurse, `77, earned her Ph.D. in human development from Fielding Graduate University this year.

Jeffrey Bridgeman, `78, is the permanent pastor of El Montecito Presbyterian Church in Montecito, California. Bridgeman is currently finishing his term as the moderator of the Santa Barbara Presbytery of the United States Presbyterian Church.

1980s

Elisa Robyn, `80, is the academic dean of University College at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

Guy Maisnik, ’80, Vice Chairman of the Global Hospitality Group at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP, was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.

Patricia Orena, ’82, retired after teaching for 32 years.

Steven Lane, `82, is associate vice president of academic planning and aboriginal initiatives at Vancouver Island University. Before taking on his new post, Lane served for over six years as as dean of arts and humanities.

Santa Barbara software company Ecorithm, co-founded by Stephanie Marasciullo, `84, and UC Santa Barbara professor Igor Mezic, won the 2015 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Visionary Innovation Leadership in Advanced Analytics. Ecorithm also recently entered an agreement with GenNext Ventures to bring cutting-edge software technology into India.

Electrical engineering alumnus Ken Rose, ’85, received his sixth US Patent.

Avago Technology acquired PLX Technology, a company headed by CEO David Raun, `85. Raun looks forward to his next high-tech challenge as an executive officer in the Bay Area.

Keith Boone, `86, is full clinical professor at the department of surgery at the UC Santa Francisco School of Medicine. He is also the fellowship director for the Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery Fellowship.

Jack Meyers, `86, is the director of enterprise architecture at Capital One Financial. Before taking on his new position at Capital One, Meyers had retired as senior vice president of Bank of America after a 28-year career.

Jennifer Carey, ’89, is a General Manager for Tunkey Vacation Rentals in Orange County.

 

1990s

William Elton Leitch, `90, registered his RIA (Registered Investment Advisory) with the SEC this year. RIA firms required to register with the SEC manage over $100 million. Leitch’s RIA accomplished this milestone after only 4 years in operation.

Los Angeles advertising agency Battery, co-founded by Chris Hepburn, ’91, won the Ad Age’s Silver Award for Small Agency of the Year.

Scott Neel, `91, is director and curator of the Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Michelle Mierzwa, `91, is a partner in the compliance division of the western regional firm of Wright, Finlay & Zak, LLP. The firm specializes in state and federal regulatory compliance and litigation for the mortgage banking, servicing and collection industries.
Audra Lowe, `93, was nominated for an Emmy for her work as host of the Better Show aired in New York. Lowe operates her own production company OMB in Los Angeles, where she also does on-camera work and media training.

Martin Boer, `94, is the director of the regulatory affairs at the Institute of International Finance (IIF) in Washington, D.C. Before he joined IIF, Boer served as secretary general of the European Financial Services Round Table (EFR) and also worked for the ING Group in Brussels and Amsterdam.

Kristi Newton, `94, is the vice president of advancement at the United Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara County. Newton worked as a development professional at the American Heart Association and Santa Barbara County’s United Way.

James Patrick Rudolph, `97, is now a Franklin Fellow at the United States State Department.

Stephanie Harris-Uyidi, ’97, has a television series “The Posh Pescatarian: Appetite for Adventure!” airing on Canadian network The Brand New ONE.

Kerry Kops McCarthy, `98, married Orange County attorney and Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner Colin McCarthy, `98. They have son, Brennan Rhys McCarthy, born on July 2010.

Jennifer Tobkin, `99, joined the Los Angeles City Attorneys as the deputy city attorney at the Land Use Division.

 

2000s

Virginia Benson Wigle, `00, is a member of the Domestic Violence Solutions Board of Directors. Wigle worked for over 25 years in the Santa Barbara non-profit sector, and also served on the boards of the Carpinteria Lou Grant Parent/Child Workshop and the Carpinteria Education Foundation.

Jolene Mallory, `01, participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions Global Field Course in Guyana this summer. Mallory works as a middle school science teacher at San Pasqual Union School in Vista, California.

Brent R. Avery, `03, is the in-house trial attorney for AIG. Avery represents professional sports teams and national corporations in worker’s compensation and labor cases.

Scott Anderson, ’03, is a partner at Sensiba San Filippo LLP, a leading CPA and business-consulting firm in northern California.

Patricia Nguyen, `04, is senior director of diversity programs at UCLA’s Alumni Affairs.

Das Williams,`05, welcomed his first child Ya’ash Renee Williams with his wife Jonnie Reinhold-Williams on September, 11, 2015 in Santa Barbara.

William London, ’05, co-founded the law firm Kimura London LLP with Joshua Kimura in Irvine, CA. Their firm specializes in business litigation, trusts and estates, and personal injury.

Pedro Paz, `08, is a member of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation Board of Directors. Paz is the program and evaluation manager for First 5 Santa Barbara County, and serves on the boards of the Santa Barbara Unified School District and the CAUSE Action Fund.

Christopher Flynn, `08, is manager of group and new ticket sales at The Aspire Group’s Georgia Tech Fan Relationship Center. Flynn oversees new ticket sales for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football and basketball programs.

Stephanie Timm, `08, has been awarded the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant in Urban Development and Planning to Singapore. Timm is a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Chapman.

Miguel Zarate, `09, married Yvette C. Valencia on August 21, 2015.

Tess Nunn

Tess Nunn, `09, married Timothy Eves, ’11, at a small private ceremony in Redlands, California on April 11, 2015.

David Wiener, ’09, received his J.D. from UC Davis School of Law. He also received the Law School Medal for the highest academic achievement in his graduating class.

Amy Neustedter Schiller, `10, is an associate at the law firm of Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, LLP in Chicago, Illinois.

Jocelyn Guttierez

Jocelyn Gutierrez, `10, married Julio Fortis in Washington, D.C. on October 17, 2015. Gutierrez completed a 3-month internship at the State Department and worked as a full-time staffer at Congress before meeting Fortis.

Barlon Melendez, `10, has been accepted into CSUN’s speech language pathology graduate program,

Briget Arndell, `11, graduated with a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from New York University on May 18, 2015.

Stephanie Couch, `12, won the 2015 Biotechnology Educator Award from the California Life Sciences Association. She is the Bayer executive director of Cal State East Bay’s Institute for STEM Education, where she works on new approaches to STEM teaching and learning, and creating support systems for students to engage and prepare for STEM college and career pathways.

Corinne Westerhoff Hayhurst, `12, moved from Santa Barbara to the Bay Area this summer. She is now working at Saint Joseph Norte Dame High School in Alameda, California.

Elliott Lanam, `12, opened Hidden City Studios in Santa Barbara. Hidden City Studios offers musicians affordable professional recording and sound engineering services.

Sam Buck, ’13, is assistant director of alumni relations and development at Laguna Blanca School, a K-12 college-preparatory school in Santa Barbara. Buck worked as a development assistant at UC Santa Barbara.

Sean Nederlof, `13, and Elizabeth Cowperthwaite, `15, performed at the J Chen Project’s The Shadow and The Like at the Ailey Studios in New York this November 21, 2015. The J Chen Project is a New York-based dance company founded by Jessica Chen, `06.

Michelle Mak

Michelle Mak, `14, is the digital marketing coordinator at the UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering. Before accepting her current post at the College of Engineering, Mak worked at the UCSB Office of Academic Programs, UCEAP, the Dream Foundation and Redspin.

In Memorium

Reynold Costa died on November 9 in Santa Barbara. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, he served as an E6 staff sergeant in the US Army during World War II.

Russell Lowell Erikson, ’41, died October 9 in Bakersfield, CA. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Erikson worked a graduate manager before joining the United States Navy. After serving for 32 years, Erikson became the commanding officer of the Navy Reserve in Santa Barbara.

Dorothy Muriel (Ayers) Gooden died on October 9 in Ojai, California. After graduating with a degree in art from UC Santa Barbara, she married Robert Gooden in 1949.

Arthur James Montgomery, `50, died in Santa Barbara. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, he went on to earn his graduate degree from UCLA. He lived and worked in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City Utah before moving back to Santa Barbara in 2004.

Chan Wilcox, ’53, died October 5 in Three Rivers, CA. After graduating with a degree in sociology from UC Santa Barbara, Wilcox joined the Army, where he served as a civilian agent for the Counter Intelligence Corps. He then went on to run his own ranch in Visalia, California, where he raised crops and cattle for over 40 years.

Harvey E. Robins, `54, died on August 26 in Stockton, California. Robins went on to earn a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of the Pacific in 1966. He taught at the Stockton Unified School District, where he became president of the Stockton Teachers Association. He also served on the Lodi Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Lodi Unified School District.

Geraldine Olivari Comport, `55, died March 27 in Los Angeles. She worked as a speech therapist at the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Sandra Ferne Lidstone died on August 28 in Sacramento, California. After she graduated from Colorado Women’s College, Lidstone taught elementary school students in Big Sandy before enrolling at UC Santa Barbara in 1957.

La Fern Ruth Sally Lee Harris-Cunningham, ’58, died on September 23 in Riverside, California. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, she earned her graduate degrees from Pepperdine University and California State University-Dominguez Hills. She taught at Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Africa, Germany and Japan.

Martha (Lomer) Houtz died August 26 in Draper, Utah. Houtz attended UCSB where she met her husband Roy in 1960. She went on to graduate with a degree in education from San Diego State. Houtz taught at San Diego area elementary schools before moving to Utah where she volunteered for many years at the Intermountain Medical Center.

Ralph A. Pollock, `65, died on November 1 in Portland, Oregon. As a music major at UCSB, Pollock played French horn at the Santa Barbara Symphony. After graduation, he went on to play in the Quebec Symphony, the Traveling Company of the New York Metropolitan Opera and the American Opera. In the late 1960s, Pollock played in Las Vegas bands for Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand and Elvis Presley.

Gail Grigsby Harrison, ’65, died on September 5 in Los Angeles. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Gail went on to pursue graduate studies at Cornell University, and earned a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Arizona. She worked as a professor at University of Arizona and University of California-Los Angeles, and served as an elected member of the Institute of Medicine.

Roberta Stickler, ’67, died on September 18 in Orange County, California. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Stickler went on to earn a master’s degree in education from UCLA. A devoted elementary school teacher, she taught at the Newport-Mesa Schools District for over thirty years.

Spencer Allen Conway, ’70, died on September 17 in Isla Vista, California. After graduating with a degree in geography from UC Santa Barbara, he earned a master’s degree from Antioch University and went on to work for Domestic Violence Solutions and Project Recovery. Conway was the drummer for Alexander’s Timeless Bloozband and opened for bands like The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane.

Charles Creek, `71, died on November 5 in Salem Heights, Oregon. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, he served as chairman of the Easter Seals in Ventura County. After working at his family’s boat-building business, Creek received his law degree from Willamette Law School and went on to work as an attorney for the Self Corporation. Since 2000, Creek served as legislative counsel for the Oregon State Capitol.

Sam P. Ryan III, `72, died on November 7 in Santa Barbara. Ryan worked as an electrical engineer at Raytheon before moving on to the Santa Barbara Research Center.

Roberta Schmidt died July 28 in Escondido, CA. She attended UC Santa Barbara up to her sophomore year, majoring in English composition and literature. She went on to work for GTE for 26 years before working as a Union Steward for a decade.

Tom Ralph Moradian died August 27 in Fresno, CA. After UC Santa Barbara, he went on to become a professor at Reedley College.

Michael Morgan Candy, died on September 30 in Solvang, California. He moved to Santa Barbara in 1973 to attend UC Santa Barbara. He went on to earn a degree in marine technology from Santa Barbara City College, and worked as a fisherman diving for abalone and sea urchins off of California’s coast.

Winifred Dorothy (Harris) Hennigan, ’76, died on August 8 in Santa Barbara. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, she went on to become a teacher at Monroe Elementary School. Hennigan was also an amateur radio operator and an avid horseback rider.

Jesse R. Gonzales, `76, died on October 29 in Larkspur, Colorado. After he graduated with a degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara, he went on to receive a fellowship from Columbia University in New York City.

George Triest, `76, died on November 24 in Santa Rosa, California. For 35 years, Triest worked directing human services grants and contracts in special education at the California Institute of Human Services at Sonoma State University and at the Napa County Office of Education.

Paul Calderwood, ’81, died on October 1 in Ventura, California. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in environmental studies and geology, he went on to work as an environmental planner for UCSB and California State University-Channel Islands. Calderwood also worked with the Center for Environmental Education in Washington, D.C. where he helped to create legislation to protect endangered Hawksbill sea turtles.

Erik Kargard, `88, died on May 25, 2014 in Grass Belly, California. After he graduated from UC Santa Barbara, Kargard worked as a software engineer.

Anne Glenister Crowe died on October 2 in Sunnyvale, California. After earning her bachelor’s degree at UC Santa Barbara, she went on to receive a MBA from the University of San Francisco. She was assistant director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University. In 2013, her university colleagues honored Crowe with the Anne Glenister Crowe Spirit Award.

Michael Waugh Jochim died on November 12 in Santa Barbara. He attended UC Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College, where he studied history and political science. An avid traveler, Jochim enjoyed canoeing and camping at the family cabin in Minnesota, as well as spending summers at sites with his archaeologist father in Germany.

Stewart Harrison Mills, ’09, died on October 25 in Santa Barbara, California. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, he worked as a sales representative for The Santa Barbara Independent. Aside from working at the Independent, Stewart also worked as a mixologist at high-end restaurants in the Santa Barbara and San Diego areas.

STAFF AND STUDENTS
Former UC Santa Barbara employee Arnulfo Montoya died September 23. He moved to Santa Barbara in 1970, working at the University and Thelicke Transmissions.

UC Santa Barbara staff member Vera Arlene Bridge died on October 5 in Santa Barbara. She worked at UCSB as an administrative assistant for 25 years. A dedicated Gaucho fan, Bridge loved UCSB basketball and often traveled to watch the games.

UC Santa Barbara Andres Esteban Sanchez died on October 11 in Santa Barbara. Sanchez was a sophomore majoring in pre-biology at the College of Letters and Science.

Dolores Ann Kreyche died on October 26 in Santa Cruz, California. She worked as librarian at UC Santa Barbara until 1971.

Dan Abbot Schwab died in Santa Maria, California on October 18. Schwab worked for UC Santa Barbara for two years before moving on to work at Santa Barbara County’s data processing department.

Former UC Santa Barbara OLLI instructor William L. Hamel died on October 21 in Bluffton, South Carolina. After retiring from the Eaton Corp., Hamel volunteered at the LowCountry Institute, the Savannah Wildlife Refuge, SCAN and Deep Well. He also served as president of the Low Country Master Naturalist Association.

Sylvia Goren died on October 29 in San Diego. A registered nurse, Goren worked at UCSB’s Student Health Center and at the Samarkand Retirement Community.

Barbara Ruth Hagen died this November in Santa Barbara. For 25 years, Hagen worked as an administrative assistant for UCSB’s economics department.