Alumni Updates

Max Brunsfeld, Physics & Astronomy Music minor, 2011
Submitted: May 23, 2015
Max Brunsfeld, 2011, Physics and Astronomy, moved to Oakland after graduating from HSU and worked as a software engineer in San Francisco for three years. Brunsfeld recently started working for GitHub, a company that makes tools for collaborative software development, and whose employees are distributed all over the world. Brunsfeld has since moved back to Arcata to raise a family.
Michael Lippincott, Wildlife , 2015
Submitted: May 22, 2015
Michael Lippincott, 2015, Wildlife, accepted a permanent position with the Department of Agriculture after graduating.
John Voris, Wildlife , 1955
Submitted: April 22, 2015
John Voris, 1955 Wildlife, died on March 19, 2015. He received a master’s degree in Wildlife Management from Iowa State University in 1957. Voris’s first job was with Nicholas Turkey Breeding Farms in Sonoma, Calif., where he was employed for 25 years. In 1982, he joined the staff of the Animal Science Department at UC Davis as a Turkey Specialist. He provided research-based consultation to San Joaquin Valley turkey growers, and published papers in academic journals on land-use disputes, agricultural nuisance complaints, and turkey care practices. The poultry facility guidelines Voris developed with the industry were the basis for an ordinance in Fresno County and are used as guidelines in four other counties in the area.
Bruce Edwin Deuel, Wildlife , 1967
Submitted: April 21, 2015
Bruce Edwin Deuel, 1967, Wildlife, retired from the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife in October 2007 after more than 34 years. Since then Deuel and his wife, Kathy, have traveled to every continent chasing new birds, and spent a lot of time enjoying their nine grandchildren.
Jessica Taatjes, Oceanography , 2014
Submitted: April 6, 2015
Jessica Taatjes, 2014 Oceanography, joined AmeriCorps VISTA with the California State University after graduation. Taatjes currently works with COAST (Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology) conducting student engagement across the CSU.
William Goldenberg, Wildlife , 2013
Submitted: April 3, 2015
William Goldenberg, 2013 Wildlife, completed a master of arts degree in wildlife filmmaking with the BBC Natural History Unit / University of the West of England. Since then, Goldenberg has worked as a freelance cinematographer for television shows including “David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities” and now operates a media production and consulting firm based in Arcata.
Deb Parker, Wildlife , 1976
Submitted: April 3, 2015
Deb (Lewis) Parker, 1976, Wildlife Management, retired from the federal government in 2014 after a 36-year career. She still works full time as a senior staff assistant with the nonprofit National Conference of State Legislatures, in Denver. Parker started her career as a rodent-control biologist with the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. She then spent 24 years with the U.S. Forest Service as a wildlife biologist and public affairs specialist working in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Colorado. Parker’s next 10 years were with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Colorado, where she was the writer, editor and web manager for national wildlife refuge conservation plans in the service’s Mountain-Prairie Region. Parker and her husband, Andy (a retired wildland firefighter), adopted their daughter, Tai, from China in 1994. Tai is currently a junior at HSU with double majors in psychology and CRGS (Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies). Parker’s weekends often involve competing in dog agility trials with her feisty terrier, Jagger.
Mark S Fesler, Chemistry , 1984
Submitted: March 19, 2015
Mark S. Fesler, 1984 Chemistry, worked for more than 25 years as an analytical chemist. For the last eight years, Fesler has worked as an environmental scientist and consultant with the engineering company CH2M Hill.
Marshall R Ligare, Chemistry , 2009
Submitted: February 5, 2015
Marshall R. Ligare, 2009 Chemistry, finished his PhD at University of California Santa Barbara and is starting a postdoctoral research position at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Evan Lautzenheiser, Wildlife , 2003
Submitted: January 26, 2015
Evan Lautzenheiser, 2003 Wildlife, worked for Green Diamond as a wildlife technician conducting spotted owl surveys after graduating. Lautzenheiser also completed a short stay in Palm Springs, Calif., working with desert bighorn sheep. In 2007 he was hired by Arizona Game and Fish as a district wildlife manager/game ranger.
Kate McLaughlin, Natural Resrouces Emphasis in Fisheries, 2009
Submitted: January 24, 2015
Kate McLaughlin, 2009 Natural Resources, recently became an environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in Santa Barbara.  McLaughlin is working with steelhead trout—the species she studied for her HSU master’s degree.  McLaughlin enjoys connecting with HSU alumni who work for and collaborate with the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Kelly Jean Muth, Geography , 2012
Submitted: January 10, 2015
Kelly Jean Muth, 2012 Geography, has been pursuing her goals of becoming a professional disc golfer. After graduating from HSU, where she participated in the Humboldt State Disc Golf Club, Muth has participated in several national competitions and has been ranked No. 26 in the world by the Professional Disc Golf Association. 
Peter Schmidt, Wildlife , 1997
Submitted: December 11, 2014
Peter Schmidt, 1997 Wildlife, recently accepted the Refuge Manager position at Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Ruby Valley, Nevada after spending 14 years at Tualatin River NWR in western Oregon.  Schmidt is moving from an urban refuge with 2,200 acres to the most remote refuge in the lower 48 states with almost 40,000 acres to manage. The nearest services are 60 miles when the pass is open.
Timothy Hamaker, Fisheries Biology , 1977
Submitted: December 9, 2014
Timothy Hamaker, 1977, Fisheries Biology, retired after 37 years as Fisheries/Aquatic Biologist in August. Hamaker began his career in 1977 and worked for four years as a Biologist for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf Breeze, Fl., environmental research lab. Hamaker then moved to Environmental Research and Technology Inc., in Ft. Collins, Colo., working as a Fisheries Biologist. From 1986 to 1988 Hamaker acted as President and Principal Scientist at Aquatic BioSystems Inc., also in Ft. Collins. He then spent more than 25 years with CH2MHILL Inc. as a consulting Fishery Biologist, spending the last 23 years in Redding, Calif. Hamaker is married to Hoagy (Gilliam) Hamaker. The couple has six children including two HSU grads Nicholas (’02, ‘03) and Robin (Ray) Hamaker (’11) and five grandchildren. The couple resides in Redding, Calif.
Douglas Turner, Biological Sciences , 1980
Submitted: November 29, 2014
Douglas Turner, 1980, Biological Sciences, has two sons on the college path. Turner’s oldest is a Chemical Engineering major at Cal Poly Pomona and his youngest, currently a high school senior, is applying to HSU.
Tim Kustic, Geology , 1981
Submitted: October 22, 2014
Tim Kustic, 1981 Geology, California’s 13th State Oil and Gas Supervisor, recently retired after a 32-year career with California’s Department of Conservation. Kustic began his state career as a field engineer with the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), in the Bakersfield office. After assignments in the Bakersfield and Santa Maria DOGGR offices, Kustic joined the newly created State Office of Mine Reclamation in 1991. In 2001 Kustic rejoined DOGGR and was appointed by Governor Brown to lead DOGGR as the Oil and Gas Supervisor in 2011. Kustic, his wife Debra, and their three children reside in Sacramento.
Timothy E. Blewett, Fisheries Biology MS Environmental Management, 1966
Submitted: October 5, 2014
Timothy E. Blewett, 1966, Fisheries Biology, Environmental Management, After 21.5 years in the U.S. Air Force trying to learn a marketable skill, became a loss control consultant with Hartford Insurance. Blewett later went to work for the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission. He retired from the AWCC about 14 years ago, and has since worked as a private contractor doing loss-control work.  Sally, Blewett’s wife, is a travel consultant, and the couple has been to approximately 35 countries over the last 26 years. About 10 years ago Blewett had an idea for a story, which turned into a 184,000-word, unpublished novel, followed by eight additional novels, also unpublished. Blewett reports it’s been fun writing the stories and he might someday just try to put them out in the real world. 
Terri Bidle, Biological Sciences Zoology, 2011
Submitted: August 26, 2014
Terri Bidle, 2011 Zoology, is beginning a new chapter of her life as a marine education program manager in Southern California. After seven years with the USC QuikSCience program, she will be working with ExplorOcean in Newport Beach, Calif., to bring quality ocean exploration to young people.
Ty Robin Collins, Environmental Resources Engineering , 2001
Submitted: August 20, 2014
Ty Robin Collins, Environmental Resources Engineering, was hired as a project manager for Manhard Consulting’s Eureka office, a civil engineering firm headquartered in Vernon Hills, Ill.
Tonja (Olson)Tallent, Biological Sciences , 1998
Submitted: July 17, 2014
Tonja (Olson)Tallent, 1998, Biological Sciences, worked at a winery as a microbiologist, then for a bio-tech company doing the same. She recently left corporate America and started a business with her husband and now happily runs a tea-bar in Fair Oaks, Calif.