• Hazar N. Bayindir (’10 M.A.) is the founder and
    chief designer at HNBeat Design.

    Daniel Paulson (’11 M.M.), the director of music
    ministry for the Dixon United Methodist Church, has been honored for his 10
    years of service.


  • Kathleen Atchison (’03 M.S.), a seasoned nurse
    educator and health care practitioner, recently became the director of
    simulation education at West Coast University. A registered nurse for 16 years,
    Atchison was instrumental in designing the first simulation center on the

  • Alejandro Briseno (’00) is an
    assistant professor of polymer science and engineering at the University of
    Massachusetts, Amherst. He recently spoke about nanotechnology and his personal
    path in education at California State University, Channel Islands and then
    Oxnard College, where he presented a keynote address during a diversity series.

  • Robyn Herrera (’03 M.A.), a doctoral student pursuing a Ph.D. in special education through the
    joint doctoral program between CSULA and UCLA, is the recipient of the National
    Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities Fellowship.

  • Kevin L. McClure (’09), a 30-year Los Angeles Police
    Department veteran, was unanimously selected as the police chief of the
    Montebello Police Department.

  • Juli McGowan (’04 M.S.) is doing her postgraduate
    work in palliative care at Oxford University. Previously, she spent six years as
    a full-time medical missionary in Africa.

  • Tina Nguyen (’02) recently completed a three-year
    Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

  • Nika Noumohammadi (’08) was named the new media
    specialist of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. Congress.

  • Alan Shaw (’00), an
    athlete, actor and teacher, is now working for Princeton’s Education testing
    service. He develops tests that specialize in English as a foreign second
    language assessment.

  • Adia Varn (’01, ’06 M.S.), the chief of staff in the county’s Department of Public Health,
    Information Systems, earned her juris doctorate from Glendale
    University College of Law in May. She returned to school, earning two degrees at
    Cal State L.A., after having worked for local government and the Los Angeles
    County for 20 years.

  • Maurice K. Williams (’08) was recently elected as
    the 2011-12 Second Circuit Governor of the American Bar Association, Law Student
    Division (ABA-LSD), making him the top law student executive in the State of New
    York. He also recently received a Silver Key from Brooklyn Law School in
    recognition of his work with ABA-LSD.


  • José Blanco (’91 M.A.), an assistant professor and
    historic costume collection manager at the University of Georgia, was recently
    featured in a piece about childhood passions and career interests in the
    university’s magazine.

  • John Terry (’99, ’05 M.A.), a former Golden Eagle
    basketball player and track athlete, has accepted a post as an assistant
    principal at Diamond Bar High School.

  • Rod Uyeda (’91, ’01 M.S.) retired from his post as
    the Manhattan Beach Police Chief after five years on the job to spend more time
    with family. Under his leadership there was a fall in crime rates and increased
    interaction between law enforcement and the community.


  • Ekundayo “Dayo” Adelaja (’88 M.A.), a renowned
    Nigerian artist who has decorated Las Vegas’ streets, sidewalks and empty walls
    with his murals, was the guest of honor at a Black History Month Artist
    reception in the city.

  • Michael Bethke (’80), after just a year on the job
    as the chief executive officer and manager of the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds,
    has helped the city transform the annual event and increase attendance when
    other fairs are shutting down.

  • Warren Fletcher (’82) was elected president of the
    United Teachers of Los Angeles union.

  • Gerald K. Freeny (’83) has been named as the first
    African-American president of the Tournament of Roses Association. Freeny, who
    works in law enforcement and is involved with several of Pasadena’s civic and
    community organizations, will take the post in 2019, leading the 130th Rose
    Parade and 105th Rose Bowl.

  • Michael Haussler (’81) an instructor of graduate
    students in the Charter College of Education, has published a novel, Results
    May Vary
    , about teaching high school in Los Angeles. Haussler drew
    inspiration for the novel from his 20-year career as a high school teacher.

  • Ara W. Nazarian (’80, ’82 M.S.) drew upon three
    decades of experience as an engineer and technology industry executive to write
    Technical Minds: Leading and getting the best work from your technical-mind


  • Anthony Fellow (’70), the chair of the Department of
    Communications at Cal State Fullerton and author of American Media History,
    was recently published in the Whittier Daily News with a guest view

    column on appreciating former President Ronald Reagan

  • Jeannie Flint (’70) had a 28-year career in the
    Glendale Unified Schools, serving as a principal for 17 years in elementary and
    middle schools. She is currently the president of Philanthropic Educational
    Organization, membership coordinator of Las Candelas, and a volunteer with many other community and educational organizations.

  • David Huwiler (’73 M.A.) is the president of the
    American University in Bulgaria, said to be one of the most diverse universities
    in the world and a top pick by Americans for overseas studies.

  • Tony McDonald (’71), a music director for one of the
    country’s largest Unitarian Universalist churches, is in the process of editing
    a soon-to-be-published catalog of music that was written in honor of the Rev.
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • George Nakano (’70, ’79 M.A.) was recently elected
    as the chairman of The Go for Broke National Education Center’s board of

  • Simon Rutberg (’71), the former owner and operator
    of Hatikvah Music, a world-famous Jewish music store, now runs the web site
    Hatikvahmusic.com and is about to release a compilation of Jewish classics.

  • Maurice Salter (’72 M.A.), president, CEO and
    founder of LoanAmerica, was appointed to the board of directors of ECMC
    Group, a nonprofit corporation that provides service to students, families and
    schools in support of higher education finance.

  • Richard Wemmer (’70), a retired Los Angeles Police
    Department captain, is the new security chief for the Los
    Angeles Dodgers.

  • Kenneth L. Zimmerman (’72 M.S.) has had more than
    1,850 opinion letters published in more than 80 publications. Zimmerman has been
    writing letters since he was 17.


  • Frank De Santis (’57, ’72 M.S.) was honored with a ”Professor for a Day“ plaque by the University after presenting to faculty, administrators and students in the College of Business and Economics.

  • Olga Loya (’64) is a highly-regarded author who has
    told thousands of stories in English and Spanish in Mexico and the United
    States, bringing people of all generations together and keeping cultural
    traditions alive. Her bilingual book, Momentos Magicos/Magic Moments,
    tells 10 stories from Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Colombia and Puerto

  • Alice Petrossian (’69, ’79 M.A.), the former chief
    academic officer for the Pasadena Unified School District, accepted a post as
    the president of the Association of California School Administrators for the
    2011-12 school year.

  • Yvonne Savio (’69), a master gardener coordinator,
    is a program manager of the Common Ground Garden Program for the University of
    California Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles, and manager of the Los Angeles
    Bounty Urban Garden Program.

  • Joseph Wambaugh (’60, ’68 M.A.), author of a
    collection of highly-regarded crime novels, has released a fourth book in a
    series about uniformed cops in Los Angeles. The book is titled Hollywood

In Memoriam

  • Madeline “Mandi” Antonovich (’69) was an English teacher and deputy probation officer who
    linked her two interests by working on the Operation Read Program as a
    community-based field organizer and supervisor.

  • Robert Charles Bradley (’68 M.A.) worked as test officer at Cal Poly Pomona as well as a pastor of
    Faith Community Inland Empire, through which he was involved with prison
    ministry at several state institutions.

  • Gerald W. “Jerry” Beard (’63) was a veteran of the U.S. Army, who went on to work in manufacturing
    and real estate, founding Gerald W. Beard Realty Inc. in Rialto in 1973.

  • Beverlee Bruce (’59) was a social anthropologist, development specialist and educator. She
    participated in many organizational delegations that assessed the needs of
    refugee and displaced women and children, served on the board of the Women’s
    Refugee Commission and was heavily involved with the International Rescue

  • Marlene Byrne (’86), a longtime resident of Arcadia,
    was active in numerous community and charitable organizations, including the
    Assistance League of Arcadia, the Arcadia Music Club, Girl Scouts and a number
    of the local Parent Teacher Student Associations.

  • Chao-Li Chi established a Taoist Sanctuary in Los Angeles in 1975, and is credited as being
    one of the first to introduce Taoism to America. A former instructor at Cal
    State L.A., he was also one of the first native Chinese actors to break into
    Hollywood, appearing in more than 51 movies and television programs, such as
    The Joy Luck Club, The Nutty Professor, and Wedding Crashers.

  • James H. Dodd (’67) served in the U.S. Army in Korea, and continued on with a career teaching
    English for 17 years in California and Maine’s secondary schools. He also taught
    English at the University of Maine at Machais, and developed a second career in
    real estate investment and property management.

  • Rex Maurice Dye (’63), an instructor at Cal State L.A. and UCLA, served as the president of the
    YMCA and the president of the Insurance Agent’s Association. He was also active
    in the Junior Chamber of Commerce and on the board of directors for the Red

  • Charles ”Chuck“ Gurth
    (’87 M.A.) dedicated his college studies and career to social services, working
    to improve the lives of young people throughout L.A. County. A talented pianist and
    composer, he helped other emerging artists find their way in the music industry.

  • Richard Lee Harris (’90 M.S.) had a 34-year career
    at George Washington Preparatory High School, teaching music and drama as well
    as serving as choral counselor and mentor to thousands of students.

  • Gloria Hazelwood (’70) was a self-employed freelance
    graphic designer, and a volunteer, member and office employee of the Beaver
    Creek Baptist Church.

  • Thomas Vernon Hill (’65) was a champion of youth,
    who became a L.A. County juvenile probation officer.

  • Martha Loise (Sherman) Hood (’70) taught at Edward
    Kemble and Jefferson elementary schools.

  • Selmer “Lynn” Iverson (’60) was a sales person for
    Honeywell, selling commercial fire evacuation systems for 25 years.

  • Nathaniel Jackson (’77), a civil rights activist who
    marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., played a meaningful role
    as a professor in boosting the presence of underserved populations of students
    at the University of Southern California. For almost three decades, he also
    served El Camino College as a psychology professor, a dean and a four-term board

  • Jo Jean (McCall) Johnson (’67) was retired from the
    L.A. County Bureau of Adoptions and Red Carpet Realty. She supported two
    children through World Vision.

  • Arthur LeBlanc (’65) led the Coronado Police
    Department for more than a decade, and then continued his career as the chief of
    the San Diego Unified Port District Harbor Police from 1980 to 1991.

  • Leadell Lee (’72) was a retired Federal Bureau of
    Investigation (FBI) special agent, who dedicated 25 years to the agency and was
    awarded the FBI’s Shield of Bravery. He also rose to the ranks of sergeant in
    the Riverside Police Department, becoming the city’s first African-American
    officer to be promoted to detective and sergeant.

  • Edmund McCullough Jr. (’59) joined the U.S. Marine
    Corps and served in the evacuation of Shanghai, China as the communists forces
    came to power, before rising to the rank of sergeant and eventually enrolling at
    Cal State L.A. Later in life, he worked in accounting and the financial services

  • Debra Moya-Escobedo (’74) was a first-grade teacher
    for nearly 30 years at the Pico Rivera School.

  • Thomas Clarence Price, Jr. (’85) served in the U.S.
    Marine Corps Reserve and U.S. Air Force during the Cold War and Korean War. He
    retired from Boeing after more than 38 years as an electrician and maintenance

  • Joanne Edith Saeta (’84 M.A.), a grants
    administrator and curriculum director, was the president of the South Pasadena
    Educational Foundation, on the board of Pacific Oaks College and chair of the
    board of Sequoyah School. She was responsible for starting a consortium of
    school district educational foundations.

  • John L. Shelton (’61), a regular contributor to the
    gospel music community, was also a real estate loan officer for many years in
    major California banks, a choral music teacher and college English instructor.
    He lived in Hollywood for several decades, before returning to Oklahoma in the

  • Lawrence Tolliver III (’00), a U.S. Navy serviceman
    and Houston police academy trainee, died after a 3.5-year battle with brain

  • Geoffrey Alan Turnbull (’69, ’73 M.A.) oversaw and
    cared for a one-acre grove of 90 California Coastal Oak trees in Goleta Valley
    for more than 20 years, teaching children in the area about the importance of
    tending to plants and seeing them grow. In 2009, the land was formally named
    Turnball Grove in his honor.

  • William Jih-Seheng Yang (’58) was the founder of
    Yang Management, Inc., an engineering, consulting and construction management

  • Charles Yoho (’83), under the stage name Buddy
    Chambers, found success as one of L.A.’s local rock pioneers. He also was a
    stuntman for Corriganville Movie Ranch, a tireless advocate for people with
    disabilities, and the coauthor of the book, The world who said nothing,
    which has become an important tool for teaching children about the tragedy of the