Alumni Updates

Aydee Zielke, Environmental Science & Management , 2008
Submitted: June 14, 2021
Aydee recently obtained her dream job, joining the San Dieguito River Park JPA, taking on the role as the the Park Environmental Planner. Her work includes habitat conservation, preservation, planning, permitting, and mitigation for trails and parkland. She is also using her cartography skills to create map exbibits, maintain, and update GIS data. She had worked for various private consulting firms and earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii (2015). She met her husband while studying at Humboldt and they have more recently taken on the role of parents, raising their two outgoing toddlers in Coastal North County San Diego.
Robert Lackey, Fisheries Biology , 1967
Submitted: April 26, 2021
Lackey is a professor at Oregon State University. In 2008, he retired after 27 years with the Environmental Protection Agency’s 350-person national research laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon. He served as Deputy Director, Associate Director for Science, and in other senior science leadership positions. His current “gig” is part-time and involves teaching ecological policy and advising a few graduate students. He and his wife, Lana Apparius Lackey (also a Humboldt student), live in Corvallis, Oregon.
Liam Hazelton, Environmental Studies Geospatial Analysis minor, 2019
Submitted: April 21, 2021
Following graduation, Hazelton searched for jobs in the Bay Area but did not have any luck for a year and a half. In December 2020 he received help from a local professional who sent him information about an internship that dealt with restoring and mitigating damage done in riparian areas by humans. He was selected to join the program in February of 2021 and also has a future job in the pipeline.
Sara Dykman, Wildlife , 2008
Submitted: February 12, 2021
Dykman’s first book ‘Bicycling with Butterflies’ has been published. She describes it as part science, part adventure, part love letter to nature. It tells the story of her 10,201 mile bicycle adventure following the monarchs from Mexico to Canada and back in 2017. Those interested can learn more about her book at https://www.workman.com/products/bicycling-with-butterflies. They can also learn more about her organization and tour at http://www.beyondabook.org. If anyone is interested in reading and reviewing, some Advanced Reader Copies will be available soon.
Dan Severson, Wildlife , 1985, 1987
Submitted: February 12, 2021
Severson spent 39 years working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on eight national wildlife refuges in California, Oregon, South Dakota, Kansas, and North Dakota as Wildlife Biologist, Asst. Refuge Manager and the last 12 years as a project leader over a complex of refuges and wetland management districts in North Dakota. He retired January 1, 2021 and will spend retirement golfing, hunting, fishing, and woodworking.  He lives in Jamestown, North Dakota and has three daughters and three grandchildren.
Dennis Halligan, Fisheries Biology , 1980
Submitted: February 7, 2021
Prior to and following graduation, Halligan fished in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea for 12 years. During that time he also owned and operated an oyster mariculture company in Humboldt Bay. Halligan has been a fish and wildlife biologist for the past 30 years and has worked on hundreds of projects including the decommissioning of the Humboldt Bay nuclear power plant, permitting the Klamath Dam removal, and a wide variety of construction, watershed restoration, fish and wildlife survey. Halligan hopes to retire in a couple of years, but loves his job and will probably work part-time until he drops. Cheers!
Carrie Leonard, Oceanography , 1992
Submitted: February 6, 2021
After 20 plus years of research and managing research operations, Leonard has moved to implementing policy to address Climate Change and Racial Justice at the Oregon State Legislature. She’s excited to move to implementing ideas instead of answering questions.
Gary Coyne, Oceanography , 1973
Submitted: December 11, 2020
Gary Coyne worked for 40 years as a scientific glassblower, with over 30 years at Cal State University, Los Angeles. While working at CSULA He wrote the book “The Laboratory Companion” and had a wonderful career helping to make both glass apparatus used in general labs and many one-of-a-kind apparatus used by chemists, geologist, biologist, and physicist. He retired in 2015 and since then has gone deeper in his hobby of woodworking and has spent more time on his bike. He also helps Adobe in their forums answering questions on things like Lightroom, Photoshop, Acrobat and other related programs. In addition he still provides support to the national organization ASGS (American Scientific Glassblowers Society).
Don Treasure, Wildlife , 1974
Submitted: December 11, 2020
Don Treasure spent 37 years working for and with the federal government as a Biological Technician, Environmental Protection Specialist, and Environmental Specialist. He is now fully retired.
Deanna Claire Dick, Other- Zoology, 1964
Submitted: December 11, 2020
Deanna Dick had a 30 year career in Clinical Laboratory Science working in hospital and outpatient laboratories in California and Washington.  She retired from Humboldt Central Laboratory in 2000, but then went back in 2016. She worked for United Indian Health Services traveling from Arcata to Wichepec, Klamath and Fortuna. She retired again in 2018.
Charles Lamb, Biological Sciences , 1983
Submitted: December 11, 2020
After graduation from HSU, Charles Lamb completed a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology at Louisiana State University in 1991. During his doctoral studies he spent one year conducting research at Kagoshima University School of Dentistry in Kagoshima, Japan. He then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center from 1991-1995. Since 1995, he has been a faculty member at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota.  His positions there have included Professor of Biology, Chair of the School of Natural Sciences, and Chief Research Officer for the university.
Robert Miller, Oceanography Fisheries post grad, 1984
Submitted: December 11, 2020
Robert Miller is the Co-owner and CFO of Sea Dwelling Creatures, Inc. (http://www.seadwelling.com) and founder of The Coral Ark (http://www.thecoralark.org).
Kent K Willis, Biological Sciences , 1969
Submitted: September 9, 2020
Kent Willis, Biological Sciences, 1969, earned his teaching credential the next year at Humboldt State. He taught middle school in Fortuna, California for 42 years, as an 8th grade teacher, basketball and track coach, and vice principal. He earned two master’s degrees and a doctorate over these years.  His wife Marsha (Gallon), who is also a teacher, graduated from Humboldt State as well. They have two children, one who also graduated from Humboldt State. He retired from teaching in 2013, but has continued to coach 8th grade boys’ basketball. A memoir, Teaching 42+, of his years of teaching has been published by Amazon, as has his most recent book, An Auto Biography, that has stories of him driving the bus for biology class field trips at Humboldt State.
Jon Mann, Biological Sciences , 2014
Submitted: July 9, 2020
Since leaving HSU Jon Mann, Biological Sciences, 2014, has created and launched his own business, a laboratory calibration company. 
Bob Freeman, Biological Sciences , 1976 more or less
Submitted: July 7, 2020
Bob Freeman, Biological Sciences, 1976, retired from his job as a public health microbiologist and lab director but is still writing software for the laboratory information management system. Freeman is now writing SciFi and his work can be found at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1023599 and http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1029727.
Bob Freeman, Biological Sciences , 1976
Submitted: July 7, 2020
Bob Freeman, Biological Sciences, 1976, retired from his job as a public health microbiologist and lab director but is still writing software for the laboratory information management system. Freeman is now writing SciFi and his work can be found at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1023599 and http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1029727.
Nancy Ross-Flanigan Pokerwinski, Biological Sciences , 1976
Submitted: June 23, 2020
After a rewarding career as a science writer for the Detroit Free Press and the University of Michigan, Nancy Ross-Flanigan Pokerwinski, Biological Sciences, 1976, is now focused on writing memoir and fiction. Her memoir, MANGO RASH: COMING OF AGE IN THE LAND OF FRANGIPANI AND FANTA, was published by Behler Publications in 2019, after winning first place in the memoir/nonfiction category of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Awards. Like most authors, she had to cancel or reschedule all the in-person events she had scheduled for spring and summer of 2020, and is exploring options for virtual events. Meanwhile, she is working on a novel about creativity, outsider art, and madness.
David Justice, Fisheries Biology Criminal Justice, 1995
Submitted: June 4, 2020
David Justice, Fisheries Biology, 1995, moved back to southern California after graduating from Humboldt State and worked in retail as a regional ranager for aquatic systems at a large pet retailer.  He then went back to school to earn a MBA in Finance.  After graduating, he began a career in banking, starting as a teller and working his way up to the executive level.  Last November, he was promoted to President/CEO of Alta Vista Credit Union.  “Go Jacks!’
Daniel Zevin, Wildlife Fisheries Minor, 1988
Submitted: May 17, 2020
After graduating, Daniel Zevin’s, Wildlife, 1988, career took many twists & turns. He is currently getting back to his wildlife roots assisting UC Berkeley’s Fung Fellowship launch a new, biodiversity-focused Conservation + Tech undergraduate training program. Zevin also serves as an Advisory Group member for the Climate Readiness Institute, and previously spent three years as Program Director at NatureBridge, five years as Project Manager/Associate Zoologist with The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, and two years as a Research Assistant supporting captive breeding programs at the LA Zoo. There’s also an 11 year career at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory, plus two more gigs that just won’t fit . What a long strange trip it’s been!
Ed Gullekson, Oceanography , 1973
Submitted: May 13, 2020
After graduation Ed Gullekson, Oceanography, 1973, joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a commissioned officer where over six years he served on three different ships and at a NOAA fisheries lab at Tiburon, California. He then earned a master’s degree in management science. From there he spent the next 30 years as a management consultant and executive coach. During that time he continued to scuba dive, enjoying the underwater world as a hobby. On retiring in 2014 he started volunteer scientific diving in Puget Sound for the University of Washington, helping on a variety of projects. One in particular, Sea Star Wasting Disease, he has contributed many hours of underwater observation. You can see his observations on his youtube channel.