Alumni Updates

Eileen Cashman, Environmental Resources Engineering , 1984
Submitted: September 13, 2019
Eileen Cashman, Environmental Resources Engineering, 1984, is starting her 21st year teaching at Humboldt State University in the ERE program. This year she started her second term as Department Chair. She continues to love her job and is grateful to engage with current and future alumni every day!
Melissa Neufer, Biological Sciences , 2001
Submitted: September 5, 2019
In summer 2019, Melissa Neufer, Biology, 2001, studied desert and marine landscapes through ecological and social field methods in Baja, Mexico. Melissa, a biology teacher at Roseland University Prep High School, lives in Santa Rosa, California, and is a graduate student in Miami University’s Global Field Program.
Kristen Kendrick, Other- Zoology, 2007
Submitted: August 26, 2019
In summer 2019, Kristen Kendrick, Zoology, 2007, studied coral reefs, manatees, howler monkeys, jaguars, and other wildlife while learning the methods communities are using to sustain them in Belize. Kristen, an animal care coordinator of ambassador programs at Zoo Miami, lives in Miami, Florida, and is a graduate student in Miami University’s Global Field Program. https://earthexpeditions.miamioh.edu/?utm_source=merge&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alumni
Craig S. Harrison, Biological Sciences , 1974 (Masters)
Submitted: August 8, 2019
Craig Harrison, Biological Sciences, 1974, spent a year in Africa before attending HSU. Craig recently published his travelogue “Dreams of a Vanishing Africa: A 1970s Transcontinental Trek”, which recounts his travels within the fabric of African societies in 1971-1972. He avoided safe, well-trodden routes and instead used decrepit trains, cargo trucks, rattletrap buses, jammed bush taxis, dugout canoes, and ferries. He lived out of a backpack and experienced the land and people of Africa up close. Craig’s website (http://www.craigsharrison.net) has photos, and the book can be ordered there from the publisher Lulu as well as Amazon.
Joyce Schlachter, Wildlife , 1994
Submitted: August 7, 2019
Joyce Schlachter, Wildlife, 1994, has retired after 26 years with the Federal government, working as a wildlife biologist. Joyce is enjoying her freedom and continues to volunteer with Project Wildlife, rehabilitating bats. Joyce says “thanks HSU for the best years of my life!”
Anthony Erba, Forestry & Wildland Resources , 1987
Submitted: July 9, 2019
After nearly 33 years of federal government service, Anthony Erba, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1987, has retired from the USDA Forest Service to Northern Wisconsin. His last position was as Regional Director (Eastern Region) overseeing environmental planning, litigation, and landscape-scale conservation (lasting 8.5 years). Anthony’s career spanned all four organizational levels of the Forest Service, located on six national forests, one national grassland, one region, and the Washington Office. Never in his wildest dreams would he have been able to predict his career when he graduated in 1987. Anthony is grateful for his experience at HSU, providing him the awareness needed to recognize career opportunities whenever they popped up.
Karen J. Haner, Natural Resources , 1986
Submitted: July 8, 2019
April 1, 2018 Karen Haner, Natural Resources Planning & Interpretation, 1986, retired from a 36 1/2 year career with the National Park Service. Karen spent the last 20 years serving as the Chief of Interpretation, Education and Cultural Resources at Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northeastern California. She also worked in other national parks in California, Texas, Pennsylvania and Indiana. Karen feels she has had a wonderful career made possible with her HSU degree and participation in the Cooperative Education Program through the National Park Service and Humboldt State University. Now she plans to go to national parks as a visitor and sometimes to volunteer.
Ron Miller, Forestry & Wildland Resources , 1983
Submitted: June 22, 2019
Ron Miller, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1983, recently retired after 35 years of government service as a forester. Last year, in celebration of retirement, he walked the French route of the 500-mile Camino de Santiago across northern Spain starting in St. Jean Pied de Port, France and walking to Santiago, Spain. He completed the pilgrimage on June 3, 2018.
Jason Storlie, Wildlife , 2007
Submitted: June 20, 2019
Jason Storlie, Wildlife, 2007, transitioned from wildlife biologist to manager of Bitter Creek and Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuges.
Alissa Sobo, Chemistry , 2010
Submitted: June 4, 2019
After graduating from Humboldt State University, Alissa Sobo, Chemistry, 2010, stayed in the community and opened a restaurant called Naan of the Above. Alissa sold this business and moved to the bay area to teach science in after school programs. Alissa then had two children, and while staying at home with them, taught herself to code. She built a web application called Ample that was recently mentioned in the New York Times. She now works as a software engineer for Mozilla.
Michael Fritschi, Environmental Resources Engineering , 2005
Submitted: May 24, 2019
Michael Fritschi, Environmental Resources Engineering, 2005, is currently enjoying working as the District Manager for the South Suburban Sanitary District in Southern Oregon. Life is exceptionally good, and in complete balance with his wife and jack Russell.
Christopher Swarth, Biological Sciences , 1978
Submitted: May 16, 2019
After graduating, Christopher Swarth Biological Sciences, 1978, moved back home to Oakland where in 1983 he received his MS in Zoology from Cal State East Bay. After working for Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Lawrence Hall of Science (UC Berkeley) and Diablo Valley College, he married in 1987 and moved to Maryland. There he spent 23 years as director of the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, one of the components of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. In 2013, he moved back to northern California to work and teach at UC Merced, where he was the director of the 6,500 acre Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve adjacent to campus until he retired in 2016. He lives in Mariposa.
Heidi Gehlhaar Oriol, Environmental Resources Engineering , 2001
Submitted: May 8, 2019
Heidi Gehlhaar Oriol, Environmental Resources Engineering, 2001, is a licensed Civil Engineer and has worked for water and wastewater utilities in the Bay Area and Sacramento since her graduation from HSU in 2001. She currently works as a Senior Civil Engineer in the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs office for the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San) and the Sacramento Area Sewer District (SASD). She enjoys her role as a regulatory advocate and is also very excited to be supporting a project to bring recycled water to agriculture in southern Sacramento County. Heidi believes use of recycled water will reduce groundwater pumping, raise groundwater levels, increase flows in nearby streams, and improve wetland and vernal pool habitats.
Thomas Eley, Wildlife , 1969 and 1975
Submitted: April 12, 2019
Thomas Eley, Wildlife, 1969, worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Refuge Manager and Refuge Officer.  He is now retired and lives in Alaska.
Jolene Saldivar, Biological Sciences , 2017
Submitted: April 8, 2019
Jolene Saldivar, Biological Sciences, 2017, has committed to the University of California, Riverside’s Plant Biology PhD program and will begin this summer. She is also the recipient of the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, which is the most prestigious diversity fellowship offered at UC Riverside.
Brian Galvez, Fisheries Biology , 2014
Submitted: April 4, 2019
Brian Galvez, Fisheries Biology, 2014, graduated from Delaware State University with a M.S. in Natural Resources with a focus on Fisheries Biology. His thesis was titled “Trophic ecology of juvenile Weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) from the Delaware Bay using stomach content and stable isotope analyses”. He is currently writing a manuscript for publication in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society with the work presented in his thesis. He represented Humboldt State Fisheries Biology Department by having the best thesis defense in the Delaware State University Natural Resources Graduate Program according to multiple people, including a Delaware State fish biologist and the department chair of his program.
Marshall Jett, Natural Resources , 1989
Submitted: March 27, 2019
Marshall Jett, Natural Resources, 1989, has been living in Washington since leaving Humboldt’s grad program in Biology in 1993. He worked as a park ranger for Olympic National Park and many other parks for years and was a science instructor at Catalina Island Marine Institute. In 2001, Marshall began teaching (K-8 elementary school) in Seattle after graduating with a teaching certificate from Western Washington University. His passion for cooking finally won over - and Marshall founded Veraci Pizza, Inc. in 2004. Marshall now has three busy Italian restaurants and a mobile catering department. He lives with his teenage daughter Olivia in Tacoma, Washington and is an avid sailor, gardener, and musician.
Dr. Jessica K. Rendon, Environmental Science & Management , 2008
Submitted: March 10, 2019
Dr. Jessica Rendon Environmental Science, 2008, recently received her PhD. in Entomology from the University of Idaho.  She currently works for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, working to protect Oregon’s agriculture and natural resources from invasive species. She was recently promoted to Japanese Beetle Eradication Specialist.  She says: “Experiencing HSU education, student life, and its inspirations greatly shaped my desire for further education, and future career, which I so enjoy.  It also made me fall in love with the Pacific Northwest.” Starting volunteering experiences at HSU, she continues to volunteer on habitat and riparian restoration.
Richard Mattson, Fisheries Biology , 1971
Submitted: February 4, 2019
Richard Mattson, Fisheries Biology, 1971, retired after 30+ years with Douglas Island Pink & Chum, Inc. (DIPAC) in Juneau Alaska.  DIPAC is a major producer of hatchery chum, king, and coho salmon in southeast Alaska. He began in fish culture there and then spend most my career as an aquarist maintaining the visitor center marine aquariums and conducting our education programs.  He still works part-time maintaining aquariums on contract to the NOAA Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute in Juneau. He also volunteers for various organizations and will be continuing to do more with his extra time.  Travel with his wife Peggy is definitely on tap, and he also just enjoys reading, learning Finnish, and outdoor activities.
Carl S. Chavez, Wildlife , 1966
Submitted: February 1, 2019
Carl S. Chavez, Wildlife, 1966, retired in 1998 after a 33-year with California State Parks.  Among his many assignments, he was Superintendent of Humboldt Redwoods State Park from 1979-87 as well as all the other redwood parks south of Eureka.  In 1985 he was named the department’s first Superintendent of the Year.  Leaving the redwoods he was appoint Northern Regional Director and later Northern Division Chief.  He authored “A Pathway Through Parks” and co-authored with his wife Margaret (Class of 1966), “A Year in Bodie 1966-1967.” He retired to Graeagle near Plumas-Eureka State Park, a unit he once managed.  Presently he is President of the Board of the Feather River Land Trust.