• Genevieve Andrews Shepherd ('58), principal of Tom Bradley Environmental Science and Humanities Magnet School of Los Angeles, was recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Professional Among Educators.


  • Portrait of Joanne Collins.
    Michael D. Antonovich (’63, ’67 M.A.), Los Angeles County Supervisor for the Fifth District, now serves as chairman of the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA).
  • Nannette Brodie (’67, ’68 M.A.) celebrated the 25-year anniversary of The Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre in January with a performance at the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater at Cal State Long Beach.
  • Rikk Morris (’69), an artist and musician, served as a judge for the art exhibition at Crash Music in Aztec, N.M.
  • Foraker Smith ('62, '69 M.A.) co-authored An Abundance of Miracles—The Autobiography of Charles A. Cofield with Cofield, the American Institute of Architects-California's first certified quadriplegic architect.
  • Robert A. Underwood (’69, ’71 M.A.) was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences. He is the president and professor emeritus at the University of Guam.
  • Herman Ray Velarde (’62) has self-published a book, Handbook for America: A 21st Century Guide to the Pursuit of Happiness.


  • Roberto Casas (’72, ’79 M.A.) co-authored a book, Reflective Practice of Multi-Unicultural School Leaders: Strategies and Considerations for Improving Achievement of Cross-Culturally Diverse Students, published by Xlibris Publishing. He retired after 38 years in public education, including serving as deputy superintendent for Lynwood Unified School District and as superintendent of Brawley Union High School District.
  • Janice Cipriani-Willis (’75) opened an exhibit of her watercolor art in November at the Gallery at The Merc in Temecula.
  • Jo Anne Disney ('76) joined the Mid Valley News as an assistant editor and feature writer.
  • Phillip I. Elkins
    Phillip I. Elkins (’71) published Running From the Fire, the story of a kid growing up in East L.A., drafted into the army, sent to Vietnam as a medic, surviving that and coming back to Cal State L.A.
  • James B. Griffin (’77) is account manager at JBGmg Marketing & More.
  • John Kelleher
    John Kelleher (’71) received the 2012 Outstanding Leadership Award from the Southern California Association for Healthcare Development.
  • Renee Martinez

    Renee D. Martinez ('72) is the president of Los Angeles City College.
  • Donna Seecof (’76 M.S.) and her husband, Robert, have published BOOKENDS: Objects of Art and Fashion, with Schiffer Publishing, Inc. She is retired from General Electric Healthcare Performance Solutions.
  • James Shannon
    James Shannon (’72, ’74 M.A.), professor of sociology and psychology at Citrus College in Glendora, is retiring after 39 years of teaching.
  • Mike Stosser
    Mike Stosser ('74) has joined Sutherland Asbill and Brennan's Energy Group in New York, specializing in traditional energy, renewable and alternative energy and clean tech.


  • Alice (Armendariz) Bag (’84), member of the 1970s L.A. punk band The Bags and currently a bilingual educator, was featured as an Iconic Hispanic Angeleno for Departures, an oral history project for KCET.org.
  • Garrett "Gary" Rutherford ('83 M.A.) is superintendent of Desert Sands Unified School District.


  • Pankit Doshi
    Pankit J. Doshi (’99) joined the San Francisco Office of the international law firm, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP, specializing in labor and employment defense.
  • Nicole J. Dunn (’96) is owner and president of Dunn Pellier Media, a marketing firm specializing in health and fitness brands.
  • Chris Greco
    Chris Greco (’95 M.Music), an associate professor of music at Benedictine College, had his new CD, "Trane Of Thought," reach No. 3 on the CMJ Top 40 National Jazz Charts in April 2013.
  • Hyongsoon Kim (’98) is an attorney with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and president of the Korean American Bar Association.
  • Paul Lee (’95) is a poet and works as plans examining engineer at the Department of Planning and Permitting of City and County of Honolulu in Hawaii.
  • Jeff McCarty (’92) taught a songwriting workshop in Diamond Bar.
  • Felipe PayanFelipe Payan (’90, ’95 M.A., ’02 M.A.) is distance education coordinator/instructional design specialist for Galveston Community College, where he assists faculty with designing online courses and guides faculty on effective online teaching.
  • Tri Ta (’97), editor of Viet Salon magazine, has been elected the first Vietnamese American mayor of Westminster.


  • Carrie Lynn Arcos
    Carrie Lynn Arcos (’07 M.A.) was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award in the young people’s literature category for her debut novel, Out of Reach.
  • Clifford Lyons
    Clifford Lyons ('00) is a broker associate at EXIT Realty Blaine Associates in Apple Valley and is the cantor for Spanish Mass at Our Lady of the Desert in Apple Valley.
  • Kerry Sparks
    Kerry (Evans) Sparks ('07) is co-author of Hello, My Name Is Pabst: Baby Names for Nonconformist, Indie, Geeky, DIY, Hipster, and Alterna-Parents of Every Kind, and is a literary agent at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency.
  • Sam C. Vong ('05 M.A.) joins the Gustavus Adolphus College faculty in fall 2013 as the college's first Bruce Gray Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • Kent Weishaus (’09 M.S.W.) is school counselor of Idyllwild Arts Academy.
  • Leana Wen
    Leana Wen (’01) has published a book, When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, about how patient empowerment can transform healthcare.


  • Christopher Eagar-Finney (’11) is in his second year of the Master of Social Work program at Columbia University School of Social Work.
  • Rosa JohnsonRosa Johnson (’10) launched Pearls Academy Inc., a community organization that provides mentorship, skills development and self-esteem training for young, at-risk African-American and Latina women in South Los Angeles.
  • Ken Mazur ('11 M.Music) composes the score for Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope on Public Television and wrote his first novel, The Zxap Jacket.

In Memoriam

  • Sidney P. Albert, emeritus professor of philosophy and scholar of George Bernard Shaw, was instrumental in the development of the Emeriti Faculty Association at Cal State L.A.
  • Jay A. Brown ('63) worked as a reporter and editor for The Sacramento Bee, and The Hartford Times; public affairs management for Shell Oil; and president and publisher of Cineman Syndicate, serving newspapers worldwide with movie reviews.
  • Michael Allan Cohen ('61) worked as a mechanical engineer and general contractor. He served as a reserve officer for the Los Angeles Police Department.
  • Mary Dawn Cuff (’67 M.A.) served in World War II as a control tower operator for the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. Later, she served the Latter Day Saints Church as ward and stake primary leader, organist and teacher.
  • Otto William (Bill) Fick was a professor of English specializing in American and European fiction and poetry.
  • Kris Gungon ('05) was an agent with United States Customs and Border Protection.
  • C.R.D. Halisi, a renowned international scholar, activist and educator, was professor and former chair of the Pan-African Studies department.
  • Natalie Hyatt (’62 M.A.) taught in Los Angeles elementary schools for 37 years.
  • Terry R. Kandal, emeritus professor of sociology, was an expert in classical sociological theory, social change and revolution, gender and sex roles, and sociology of knowledge. He received the Outstanding Professor Award in 1996-97.
  • Beverly Lynn Krilowicz, retired professor of biological sciences, had an active research program in neurophysiology of sleep and hibernation.
  • Vernon F. Leidig, emeritus professor of music, initiated the Instrumental Music Education program and directed the Brass Choir. He received the campus Outstanding Professor Award in 1964.
  • Leon Leyson
    Leon Leyson (’58) was one of the youngest of 1,100 Jews saved from the Nazis by German industrialist Oskar Schindler. He taught high school in Huntington Park for 39 years.
  • Dorothy McLaughlin ('76) co-founded Senior Helping Hands, Inc., an organization that assists senior citizens that remain in their homes, and was director of the Senior Community Service Employment Program in Montana.
  • Irene M. Molloy ('72 M.S.), emeritus professor of nursing, taught lower-division medical-surgical nursing courses.
  • Barbara Salinas-Norman ('69), a Chicana activist, teacher and author, ran a publishing company, Pinata Publications.
  • Tim SiuTim K. Siu had a private practice in anesthesia for over 30 years, working primarily out of San Gabriel Valley Hospital. Siu served on CSULA's President's, and, along with his wife Annie, sponsored multiple scholarships at CSULA and received the 2011 University Service Award.
  • James Tolbert ('55), one of the first African-American entertainment attorneys in Hollywood, represented clients including Redd Foxx, Lou Rawls, Harry "Sweets" Edison and Tuskegee Airmen. He was co-founder and president of the Beverly Hills-Hollywood chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
  • Essie Mae Washington-Williams (’69) was a teacher and administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 30 years. In 2003, she revealed herself as the daughter of Sen. Strom Thurmond, the legendary South Carolina politician who had built a career as a champion of segregation.
  • Takenori "Tak" Yamamoto (’69) was a pioneer Japanese American gay activist and a longtime leader of the Manzanar Committee.