- Linda Cota-Kumagai (’10), director of Hanai Outreach
Services, has been recognized by “Cambridge Who's Who” for demonstrating
dedication, leadership and excellence in foster care and adoption services.
- Michael Hoffner (’08) was one of four students awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Airports
Council International-North America. He is currently pursuing a master’s in public administration at CSULA.
- Tarren Lopez (’06) earned her juris doctor from Case Western School of Law.
- Janet Miller (’07), the resident director for the Phantom Projects Theatre Group at La Mirada Theatre,
was nominated for the 2009/2010 LA Stage Ovation award.
- Anna Osipova (’06 MA), a doctoral candidate in the CSULA-UCLA Joint
Doctoral Program in Special Education, has been awarded a prestigious and competitive graduate student research award from the
National Council for Exceptional Children.
- Richard Quinto (’06), an
electrical systems design engineer for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems
sector, was recently honored with the Luminary Award presented at the Hispanic
Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC).
- Daniel Patrick Callaghan III (’93) was appointed as the vice president and corporate controller for Coupons.com.
- Chan Minh Dinh (’99) was ordained as a priest in Rome in December.
- Rollin Johnson (’90) was appointed as controller of Pacific Capital Bancorp.
- Aydee Lopez Martinez (’99) painted the “Heart of CSUDH” as one of four commemorative art pieces
celebrating the 50th anniversary of Cal State Dominguez Hills. Martinez’s work has been shown throughout Southern California, New York and Mexico.
- Gary Powers, Jr. (’91) was named the museum director for the Military Aviation Museum.
- Gerald Shaw (’94 MA) was named the interim principal of Cobalt Middle School in Victorville.
- Joe Shaw (’94), an entrepreneur and small business owner, was elected to the Huntington Beach City Council.
- Blake Goetz (’80) retired from his post as chief of the Palm Springs Fire Department.
Thomas Honles (’87 Civil Engineering) is a structural engineer and is the project manager for
the recently awarded Adelanto Solar Power Project, a 10 megawatt, $48 million
solar photovoltaic project for the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Water and
- Russell M. Kimura (’81), a
longtime ranger who has 25 years of experience working with nature, was named
park superintendent for Placerita Canyon Nature Center.
- Thelma Reyna (’86), a
part-time professor at Cal State L.A., was named a finalist in the 2010 National
Best Book Awards (Short Stories Literature category) by USA Book News for The
Heavens Weep for us and Other Stories. A poetry book, Breath & Bone,
was a semifinalist in the 2010 New American Voices Chapbook Competition.
- Barry Rondinella (’87) was appointed as the new director of operations at Los Angeles
International Airport (LAX). He oversees the new airport response coordination
center, along with the daily activities of LAX’s airside and landside
- Leeanna Rossi (’89, ’92 MA) has been a criminal
justice instructor at Western New Mexico University for the last 9 years.
- Colleen Stone (’81) was named
as the new CEO for the American Red Cross’ Illinois Capital Area Chapter in
Springfield. She has been working with the chapter for the last eight years.
- George I. Zuluaga (’88) recently joined NUA
Advisors, LLC, an investment advisory firm specializing in non-traditional
investing within retirement accounts.
- Charles Calderon (’72), the California State
Legislature majority leader, was honored with the “2010 Legislator of the Year
Award” by the Armenian National Committee of the American-Western region.
- Yulanda N. Davis-Quarrie (’78 MS) was
named president of the Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation.
- Pamela Duffy (’70) has been named by the Daily
Journal as being one of “California’s Top 100 Attorneys of 2010.” Duffy is
a partner with Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP in San Francisco.
- Anthony Fellow (’70) was re-elected in November for his sixth term as a director to the Upper
San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District Board. He also serves as the Upper
District’s representative on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water
District of Southern California.
- John Kelleher (’71), a more than 30-year career
veteran in the field of fundraising, was honored as the outstanding professional
of the year by the Association of Fundraising Professional/Greater San Fernando
- Manuel Mollinedo (’70 ’73 ’77
MS), a 1998 CSULA Distinguished Alumnus, was named as the director of the
Honolulu Zoo. Before accepting his new post, Mollinedo served as the director of
the Los Angeles and San Francisco zoos.
- Steve Pickett (’75) was appointed as the executive vice president of external relations at
Southern California Edison, where he will lead regulatory affairs and
operations, public affairs, corporate communications and environmental policy.
He previously served as senior vice president and general counsel for the
- Raynele Schneider (’72) participated in an art
exhibit for the first time, showing her paper collage artwork at the Banfill-Locke
Center for the Arts.
- Kathleen Schrader (’79) was
appointed dean of academic affairs of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, an
institution offering degrees in prenatal and perinatal psychology and somatic
- Peter Schwab (’70 MS)
retired from his post as the chairman and chief executive officer for Wells
Fargo Capital Finance. He has more than 39 years of experience in the
asset-based lending industry.
- Gary Best (’61), a professor emeritus of education
for the Charter College of Education, has published a book, Belle of the
Brawl: Letters Home From a B-17 Bombardier, which captures the experiences
of a WWII bombardier and friend through an account of letters written home,
pictures and other memorabilia from the war.
- Rodney Englert (’67) has
published a book, Blood Secrets: Chronicles of Crime Scene Reconstructionist,
which presents case studies for understanding the principles and behavior of
- Peter Haslund (’62), a
professor emeritus of political science from Santa Barbara Community College (SBCC),
was elected president of the SBCC District Board of Trustees for the 2011
- Colleen Riley (’69 MA), the former women’s
basketball coach at Fullerton College who amassed 540 wins for her team over
three decades, has had the College’s court named in her honor. The Colleen Riley
dedication ceremony took place in November.
- Walter E. Williams (’65), a distinguished professor of economics at George Mason University and a
nationally syndicated columnist, recently published Up from the Projects: An
Autobiography. In the book, Williams recalls some of the highlights, turning
points and obstacles he encountered and overcame during his life.
- Geraldine Dimondstein, an emerita professor of art,
was a noted educator, social activist and longtime docent at the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art. During her 17 years on campus, she was primarily involved
in teaching art education classes for elementary teaching candidates.
- Flossie Jane Duncan (’60, ’72 MA) worked for more
than 30 years as a public school educator in the Los Angeles and Pasadena
Unified School Districts. She was a charter member of the Pasadena Alumnae
Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
- Glen Howard GoodKnight II (’68), an elementary
teacher in Los Angeles for nearly 40 years, founded the Mythopoeic Society while
still a student at Cal State L.A.. The society is devoted to the serious study
of Tolkien and other fantasy and mythological literature, and also led to the
development of an annual conference, known as Mythcon, that was held for the 41st
time last year.
- Judd Michael Hammack was a popular professor and
well-published scholar who assisted many students in his 30 years working in the
Department of Economics and Statistics. The emeritus professor of economics was
also an avid collector of contemporary art and amassed a significant collection
of paintings, sculptures and works on paper throughout his life.
- Louis A. Hansen, an emeritus professor of music and
former chairman of the department, who worked on campus for more than two
decades, died in November.
- Holman 'Ace' Hudson (’04), an Iraq War veteran who
worked with an advanced team that was tasked with tracking down Saddam Hussein, received many honors for his service, including the National Defense Service
Medal, the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.
He also established a successful career in acquisitions and procurements,
working for Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Northrop Grumman and his own firm, Source
- Viet H. Le (’00), the eldest of four siblings who
immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 1990, was a lab worker for
Gilead Sciences, a biomedical research firm.
- Sarah Winifred Utz, an emerita professor of nursing,
was a well-respected teacher and student advocate, who developed the nursing
education graduate option and helped to recruit students into it. In her 23
years on campus, she taught, served as the chair of graduate studies within the
Department of Nursing and co-authored and directed a federally funded nursing
- Lee Jesse Wexler, an emeritus professor of art with
nearly 30 years on campus, has paintings, sculptures and graphic designs in
private and public collections throughout the United States. He was an active
faculty member who was involved with the writing and review of coursework, and
served as a mentor to many young people in their personal and professional
- Don Lee White (’52) was a beloved music educator and
master musician. He was the founding director of the Southern California Choir
as well as many other musical groups.