Alumni Updates

Maria Cecilila Avila, Biological Sciences , 1985
Submitted: January 2, 2019
Maria Cecilila Avila, 1985, is living in Chile.
Dylan Karl, Wildlife , 2016
Submitted: November 9, 2018
Dylan Karl, Wildlife, 2016, completed two years of service as a Peace Corps environment volunteer in Guyana, South America. Karl volunteered as a community conservation promotor. Now that his service is complete, he is looking into going to Bowling Green State University for its Leisure and Tourism program.
Christine Messer, Wildlife , 2013
Submitted: November 7, 2018
Christine Messer (Orlowski), Wildlife, 2013, worked for the California Department of Food and Agriculture before deciding to continue her education. She obtained a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from California State University Fullerton in 2017. While completing her graduate degree she simultaneously worked for the County of Santa Barbara in the Sustainability Division. She currently works for the City of Lompoc as the city’s recycling coordinator. She married Kirk Messer (’11, Biology, Zoology) in October 2017. They live in Santa Maria, California and recently returned to HSU for a visit after five years away.
Gene Blankenbaker, Forestry & Wildland Resources , 1977
Submitted: November 7, 2018
Gene Blankenbaker, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1977, is retiring in January 2019 after over 41 years of service with the federal government. He spent approximately 2 years with the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resource Division as a groundwater hydrologist, and over 39 years with the U.S. Forest Service in a variety of locations in California, Washington D.C., Arizona, Wisconsin and New Mexico, in positions that included hydrologist, forester, district ranger, forest supervisor, deputy regional forester, and deputy director of human resources for the agency.
Thomas F. Wuenschell, Forestry & Wildland Resources , 1974
Submitted: October 30, 2018
Thomas F. Wuenschell, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1974, studied Forestry 1972-1974 at Humboldt and got his BS in Idaho later. He retired in 2016 as a forester after more than 30 years with USFS. He has always been a supporter of Save The Redwoods League and is currently on board of directors of his Audubon chapter.
Michael William Raftery, Oceanography , 1996
Submitted: October 10, 2018
Michael William Raftery, Oceanography, 1996, worked for Lockheed Martin Technical Operations as a Satellite Engineer (1996-2000), Loral Skynet as a Spacecraft Orbit Analyst (2000-2004), Stevens Institute of Technology as a Research Engineer (2004-2012), received a Masters Degree in Ocean Engineering (Stevens 2009), and is the sole inventor on US Patent 8093736B2 (Wave Energy Harnessing Device) own by Stevens Board of Trustees. He’s currently working for Martin & Ottaway in Tinton Falls, New Jersey working to commercialize the SurfWEHD based on US patent 8093736B2.
Jessica Elaine Sepulveda, Biological Sciences Biology, 2017
Submitted: September 9, 2018
Jessica Elaine Sepulveda, Biology, 2017, recently got this amazing opportunity to work in startup using stem cell technology to reduce humans impact on the environment. Unlike most stem cell technology that focuses on medicine, VitroLabs Inc goal is to reduce our ecological footprint by making ethical leather in a lab. Her job entails making induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), differentiating our stem cells into skin cell and generating leather. By producing leather in a lab from iPSCs we can eliminate the need for cow hides will still supplying the market with this particular textile. She finds her work satisfying and is able to fulfill her graduation pledge in several ways: our product is ethical & ecological.
Ana Veronica Parra, Biological Sciences , 2013
Submitted: September 6, 2018
Ana Veronica Parra, Biology, 2013, fell in love with Astronomy after watching “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” narrated by Neil deGrass Tyson. She is currently taking math and physics courses at San Diego Mesa College and plans to apply to the University of Colorado’s Astrophysics and Planetary Science Ph.D. program in December 2019.  Here’s is more info as to what she’s been up to: http://www.sdmesa.edu/_resources/newsroom/posts/stem-scholars-ncas.php. 
Jonathan Baer, Environmental Science & Management , 2014
Submitted: August 29, 2018
Jonathan Baer, Environmental Science & Management, 2014, got married the year he graduated from HSU. Two weeks after graduating he and his wife moved to Shenyang China where they taught English for a year. This experience convinced him to become a teacher for good. He applied to several schools for graduate programs and eventually decided to go with Southern Oregon University in Ashland. He received his master’s degree in teaching with a K-12 teaching license with endorsements in elementary education and secondary social sciences. He subbed for a while and now is starting his second year teaching 6th grade in Baker City, Oregon. We also had a daughter Isabella in October of 2017 who just started walking this last weekend.
Aaron Pudlicki, Forestry & Wildland Resources , 2018
Submitted: August 15, 2018
Aaron Pudlicki, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 2018, obtained a full-time job as a forester living in Portland, Oregon and managing timberland throughout western Oregon within three months of graduation.
Ray Olson, Natural Resources MPA (CSU Northridge), 1986
Submitted: July 17, 2018
Ray Olson, Natural Resources, 1986, was appointed to a three-year term on the Arcata Wetlands and Creeks Committee by the Arcata City Council.
Sanford "Sandy" Wilbur, Wildlife , 1963
Submitted: July 11, 2018
Sanford “Sandy” Wilbur, Wildlife, 1963, has just published his latest book, “Semi-Rough: A North Country Journal,” about living off the grid in far northern New Hampshire. It has several wildlife, weather, environment, and people stories from the North Country. It’s available as a free pdf if you write to him at symbios@condortales.com.
David, Wildlife , 1983
Submitted: July 6, 2018
Dave Feliz, Wildlife, 1983, is the Reserve Manager for the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in Monterey County, California. This is one of 30 Reserves around the nation, set up to conduct research, habitat restoration and education on lands adjacent to and including estuarine habitats. These are all state/federal partnerships with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) partnering with state entities. The state partner at the Elkhorn Slough is the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Dave has been working for the Department since 1984, managing lands in various parts of California.
Gerald R Jones, Fisheries Biology Aquaculture, 1988
Submitted: June 5, 2018
Gerald R Jones, Fisheries Biology, 1988, has been working for ODFW for 14 years as a fish pathologist/fish health specialist.
Jeffrey Rich, Wildlife , 1983
Submitted: June 4, 2018
Jeffrey Rich, Wildlife, 1983, has a new book out, “Bald Eagles in The Wild”: http://www.jeffrichphoto.com
Colin Gallagher, Natural Resources , 1997
Submitted: June 1, 2018
Colin Gallagher, Natural Resources, 1997, went into the U.S. Peace Corps after Humboldt graduation of 1997. He came back to the U.S.A. in 2000. He worked various local government gigs, picked up a master’s degree along the way. He got into crypto and helped design cryptocurrencies and electronic wallets in a manner so as to foster efficient microdonations in the early years of decentralized cryptos (2009 - 2015). He did a software QA gig. He is currently working for a crypto-fiat exchange and enjoying life.
Jim Peña, Other- Forest Resource Management, 1980
Submitted: May 9, 2018
Jim Peña, Forest Resource Management, 1980, is currently serving as Regional Forester of the Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service. He will be retiring in July with forty years of service. He has had the privilege of serving at all levels of the agency.
Ron L. Anderson, Physics & Astronomy , 2002
Submitted: May 1, 2018
Ron L. Anderson, Physics & Astronomy, 2002, is working at the US Naval Observatory working with earth orientation and orbital scientists. This is a great location for students hoping for intern experience or a possible career move.
Matt Vallerga, Fisheries Biology , 1980
Submitted: March 6, 2018
Matt Vallerga, Fisheries Biology, 1980, will be retiring from teaching on June 2, 2018 after 20 years in the classroom.  He has taught third, fourth, and fifth graders with every combination in between!  Not bad for a third and last career. Prior to being an educator, he spent about 10 years working in environmental sciences (air quality control, trace metals analysis, water resources, etc.).  His first career out of HSU was about 10 years in seafood marketing and aquaculture.  He is looking forward to recreating outdoors and traveling with his wife, Barbara.
Bill (Sharky) London, Wildlife , 1985
Submitted: February 14, 2018
Bill (Sharky) London, Wildlife, 1985, recently retired from the Idaho Fish & Game after 32 years. The education, experiences, and guidance that he received at HSU made this fulfilling career possible.  As a Conservation Officer, he patrolled vast wildernesses on horseback, boated rivers, chased poachers, taught kids to camp, hunt & fish, trapped deer, surveyed big game and sage grouse, electroshocked fish, flew game counts, and dealt with lions and bears in town.  It was an adventure. In 2004 promoted to District CO and worked from the Owyhee canyonlands to the Sawtooth Wilderness with an amazing group of officers. He recruited at HSU for 13 years to bring the best to Idaho. He is married (Shannon), together we have 5 children.