- Carlos Morales Illingworth (’04) was elected
president of the Cal State L.A. Alumni Association, and is the youngest person
to hold the position of leadership in the organizations’ 56-year history.
- Michael Cross (’96 MBA) is the new vice president of
finance and administration at Johnston Community College in Smithfield, North
Carolina. He had previously served as the assistant dean for finance and
business for the College of Agriculture and Life Science at N.C. State, and as
the director of financial services at Cal State L.A.
- Sergio Diaz (’94), a former deputy chief of
operations in the Central Bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department, was named
chief of the Riverside Police Department.
- Christopher Greco (’93, ’95 MA), an assistant
professor of music at Benedictine College in Kansas, is directing the Kansas
Jazz Collective concert series initiated under his direction. He was also
recently honored as being a “Jazz Musician of the Day” by the worldwide online
source for jazz music, allaboutjazz.com.
- Steven Harris (’91 MS), the former director of the
Global AIDS Program for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Haiti,
was appointed as the medical director-health
authority for Dallas County Health and Human Services.
- John Matheus (’98 MA) left La Salle High School in Pasadena after 31 years working on campus as a
teacher, coach, athletic director and vice principal.
- Mohamad Saatara (’97) is the assistant coach for the University of Michigan’s men’s track and field team.
The former CSULA All-American will oversee all field events for Michigan.
- Jo Buczko (’80, ’98 MS), a Pasadena City College
student health services coordinator, was honored by state legislators with the
“Women in Business Legislative Award” at the 11th annual luncheon.
The award celebrates those who contribute to the greater good of the workforce
through the advancement of business and serve as role models to the community.
- Intissar Durham (’83), the chief airports
engineer/deputy program manager of Los Angeles World Airports’ Airport
Development Program, was honored with the Los Angeles Engineering Public Servant
Award by the Friends of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at Cal
- Norlin Evans (’81) retired from his position as
partner at Ernst & Young.
- Agustin Moreno (’89, ’96) is in charge of the
verification of METRO’s electronic system of buses throughout Los Angeles.
- Linda Wah (’85, ’89 MBA), a former president and board of director of Cal State L.A.’s Alumni
Association, was selected to serve on the Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees.
- Duane M. Carter (’79), a jazz trumpeter, composer
and arranger, has been recognized along with his band as being one of the top
jazz musicians in the Austin area.
- Rose Marie Joyce (’76 MA), a longtime college
administrator, has been named the interim president of West Los Angeles College.
- Michael Lucki (’78) was named the senior vice
president and CFO for CH2M Hill, a Colorado-based global engineering, consulting
and operations firm.
- Darline P. Robles (’72) retired as superintendent of
the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
- Jim Ramey (’69), the director of golf course
maintenance at Sunriver Resort in Lawrence, Kansas, is one of only 1,700 to
receive professional designation as a certified golf course superintendent.
- Frank G. Robitaille (’69), the president and
founding member of one of the top insurance brokerages in the nation, Armstrong/Robitaille/Riegle,
received an honorary alumni award during Cal State Fullerton’s Vision and
- Diane Watson (’67) was awarded three lifetime
achievement honors this summer from Special Needs Network, Educating Young
Minds, and the Stonewall Young Democrats.
- Mary Diehl Abrams (’62 MA) worked for decades as a
teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and had a lifelong
dedication to the promotion of literacy.
- Francis Azariah (’61) worked in semiconductor
companies where his career in international marketing expanded over 30 years.
Along with his eldest brother, Azariah helped establish an orphanage and school
in their ancestral village in South India.
- Richard Dee Beltran (’60) worked in the engineering
field for almost 30 years, and served on the board of LAPD “PALS,” dedicated to
“at-risk” youth and raising funds for a Northridge Youth Center.
- Harold C. Brown (’58, ’61 MA) was an emeritus
professor of education, who specialized in the department of elementary
education. He began his University career after a decade of teaching in the Los
Angeles Unified School District, and then returned to teaching at the secondary
school level after finishing his University career.
- Alan Kendal Brunelle (’72 MS) served five years in the
U.S. Navy and then went on to work for several engineering companies, retiring
from Raytheon Missile Systems.
- Ruth “Ann” Carver (’64) taught for 25 years in
elementary education in Barstow and Bakersfield, returning even in retirement to
teach preschool at the Ventura Missionary Church School.
- Samuel M. Caplin, an emeritus professor of botany,
taught a variety of science courses, including inorganic chemistry, biology,
fungi, morphology of vascular plants, cytology and micro technique, plant tissue
culture and radiation biology. He was active in his community and professional
organizations, and had a lifelong interest in nutrition and nutritional
- Ferdinand Michael Domingue (’74 MA) dedicated 26
years of his professional career to Raytheon, and following retirement became a
regular volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Direct Relief International.
- Alfred H. Fritz, an emeritus professor of mechanical
engineering, began his career working in industry, designing and developing
optical and hydraulic equipment and systems for 20 years. As an educator he
taught upper division and graduate courses in machine design, and even served as
the chair of the department for a brief time.
- Douglas Matthew Gould (’89 MA) taught in the
Pasadena Unified School District for 30 years. He also served as the chair
of the history department, was class advisor and served on many committees
dedicated to curriculum, school improvement and community service.
- Peter Edmund Hidas (’70) had a 40 year career at the
Pasadena accounting firm Martin Werberlow, LLP. He also coached a girls softball
team, and was well-liked for his wise instructions and counsel.
- Helen Shirley Holsome Lewis (’78) worked in the
aerospace, education and health care industries, before beginning her dream job
with law enforcement. Lewis worked as a deputy probation officer at the Los
Angeles County Probation Department for many years.
- Edward Skvarna (’66 MA) was a decorated military
veteran who served in Japan as a member of the Army Corps during World War II,
and a beloved educator with 35 years in the El Monte City School District.
Skvarna received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal for his
service during the war, which included flying over and taking aerial
shots just minutes after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima.
- Charles Williamson (’68) worked at California First
Bank in San Diego, and Union Bank in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He was
instrumental in establishing an educational fund for Cawthon Elementary School
- John Edward Winters (’70 MA) was a master educator
and a longtime employee of the Compton Unified School District, where he held
positions as a teacher, administrator, coach and mentor.
- Marie-Antoinette Zrimc, an emerita professor of
French, taught at Cal State L.A. for nearly 30 years. During her tenure, she
helped refine the master’s degree in foreign language program, proposed several
undergraduate courses in areas of linguistics and literature, and helped
initiate an interdisciplinary major in comparative literature.