Diana Campos at commencement

Alumni Notes

What do HSU political science alumni do? They work for – and start-up – non-profit groups that tackle social, environmental, and cultural challenges. They lead state and local governmental agencies. They join the Peace Corps. They succeed in outstanding graduate and law schools. They teach high school. They become college professors and administrators. They staff Congressional and the State Legislative offices. They become leaders in international organizations. They practice law. They establish businesses and consulting firms. They manage political campaigns. They get elected to public office. They remain active and engaged citizens who make their communities and our world a better place.

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Recent Alumni Updates

Carleigh Kude, 2005

Carleigh Kude, 2005, Politics, has been working in advocacy, accessibility and ADA compliance since leaving HSU. Kude earned an Masters of Public Administration from CSU Long Beach in 2014 and was honored to be named on the Dean’s List of Arts and Humanities Scholars. She is currently working at Holy Names University, a diverse, public-service and social justice-oriented private University in Oakland, Calif.

Brynn E. Demei, 2006

Brynn E. Demei, 2006 Politics, now lives in her home country, the beautiful island of the Republic of Palau, where she work as a Commercial Loan Analyst for National Development Bank of Palau (NDBP). Demei will pursue her master’s degree in Public Administration next year, through University of San Diego’s graduate cohort program, while she lives and works in Palau.

Jed Haley-Brooks D'Abravanel, 2007

Jed Haley-Brooks D’Abravanel, 2007, Politics, is currently attending law school at American University.

Anthony Medrano, 2000

Anthony Medrano, 2000 Politics, worked at Ohio University for a few years and moved back to Hawaii before finally settling down near Lake Mendota, Wis., where he is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently, Medrano is several miles away in Malaysian Borneo, conducting dissertation research as a Fulbright fellow. Medrano’s interest in the social history of oceans stems from his formative years at Humboldt and its intellectual ecology.

Heather Frambach, 2009

Heather is currently an urban agriculture planner at the City of Austin, Texas, the Community Outreach Manager for a small East Austin farmers market, and an organizing fellow with Real Food Challenge, a national campaign that organizers for more local and sustainable food on college campuses. She completed her master’s degree in Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012.

Rashad Thomas, 2006

Rashad Thomas c/o 2006 and Imelda Fernandez c/o 2005 had their first child together. A baby girl by the name of Amira Thomas-Fernandaz.

Beckie Menten, 2007

Beckie Menten works at the California Energy Commission as an Energy Efficiency Specialist.  She is currently working on programs to increase the energy performance of residential and commercial properties, including finding financing mechanisms for homeowners.

Rashad Korah Thomas, 2006

I am the project manager (country director) for Uganda Village Project. A non-profit orgainzation decited to improving the quality of life for citizens in the villages that make up the Iganga District. We have programs in well construction, nets, fistula repair, among others.

Elaine Hogan, 2007

After serving as a Health Volunteer for the Peace Corps in Honduras, I am back in Arcata. I work for Northcoast Children’s Services as a Bilingual Family Service Specialist serving high-needs families with children enrolled in Head Start.

Elizabeth Fehr, 2011

I just got a job working with The Fund for the Public Interest.

1980’s

Alison Anderson (1981) is Chief Counsel for the California State Senate Public Safety Committee.

Richard Baroway (1980) is an attorney with Farleigh Wada Witt in Portland, Oregon. He earned his J.D. from Willamette University.

Allan C. Bee (1982) is currently the Director of Admissions at CSU, Chico. He graduated with a double major in Spanish and political science; he also received an MPA in 1995 from CSU, Chico.

Michael J. Boyajian (1982) is an attorney at the Five Cities Law Center, Grover Beach, CA. He earned his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.

Tanya Cantrell (1983) is a Disability Program Manager for the US Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Gary Costello (1981) has been a consultant for the World Bank, headquartered in Washington, D.C. He earned an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard.

Karen Dziurzynski Cox (1983) is a history teacher and chair of the Department of History and Social Studies at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has published a chapter on the Atrisco land grant in an anthology of New Mexico history and she was recently one of 58 winners nationwide of a James Madison Fellowship to study for a dual history and law degree at St. John’s College in Santa Fe. Earlier, Karen served as a graduate intern at the United Nations.

Elaine Enos (1983) is Executive Director of Public Events at Stanford University.

John Furlong (1989) is a Senior Project Manager at South Coast Environmental Consulting. He provides regulatory guidance, compliance management, permitting, air dispersion modeling, and health risk assessment services to a variety of industries.

Leah Green (1983) is the founder and director of The Compassionate Listening Project which teach skills for peace building and reconciliation in families, communities, on the job, and in the world. The Project began in 1990 as Mid-East Citizen Diplomacy. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Washington.

Robert T. Johnson (1989) is Executive Vice President and Senior Claims Counsel for Balboa Insurance Group. He reports that “while my job does not directly involve political issues, my education does come in handy for explaining government processes including the development of statutory law, the operation of regulatory agencies, and the function of the courts.” He earned a J.D. from California Western School of Law in 1991.

Todd Keogh (1989) teaches world history at Chowchilla High School in the Central Valley.

Peter La Vallee (1982) was Mayor of Eureka from 2002-2006.

David Masover (1988) is a self-employed sales force development consultant, based in Hungary.

Mark Murray (1987) is Executive Director of Californians Against Waste. He has helped draft many of California’s solid waste and recycling laws.

Michael Sagehorn (1983) teaches social studies in an urban charter school in Oakland, California after service as a US Marine Corps officer and corporate management in two large transportation companies. He completed his teaching credential and recently earned his master’s degree in education at CSU East Bay.

Eddie Scher (1981) is the founder and owner of Soy Vay Enterprises, maker of Kosher Chinese sauces.

Sean Smith (1987) teaches seventh grade history and eighth grade Spanish at Crescent Elk Middle School in Crescent City, CA.

J. David Smock (1987) is Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco. He earned an M.A. in Political Science, New School for Social Research.

Eric Stahl (1984) reports that, “immediately following my graduation I completed an MBA while working with computer systems in the Space Shuttle Launch Control Center and in the Air Force Flight Test Center mission control for the first B2 Stealth bomber flight tests. I’m currently in a senior engineering position with Hewlett Packard. I’m proud that HSU is my alma mater!”

Shelley Sullivan Schroeter (1988) is a paralegal with Genworth Financial.

Allison Travis-Bee (1985) taught college composition for eight years and now works for the Associated Students at CSU, Chico. She earned a master’s in English from CSU, Chico in 1996.

Suzanne Van Velkinburgh Bost (1987) retired in 2008 from the California Department of Finance. She oversaw the development and administration of budgets on behalf of five governors. Sue began working with the department after participating in the Governor’s Executive Fellows Program upon her graduation from Humboldt. While living in Humboldt County, Sue was a deputy sheriff for 12 years.

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