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

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.

Kyle C. Knopp, 2005

Kyle Knopp (2005) works as a Senior Analyst for budget policy and intergovernmental relations in the Executive Office of the County of Mendocino. Received his Masters in Public Administration in 2009 at SSU.

Rebecca (Beckie) Menten, 2007

Working with the High Performance Building Standards group at the California Energy Commission on reducing energy in existing buildings.

1960’s

Phyllis (Brant) Helligas (1967) retired as Personnel Officer for the City of Sunnyvale, CA, and has since worked as Interim Director of Human Resources for a number of California cities. She received a master’s degree in Public Administration from UC Berkeley.

Mark R. Keller (1968) Project Manager Group with Hill International. He previously served as Western Regional Design-Build Manager for CH2M Hill.

Larry Miller (1969) recently began a new job as the chief academic officer for Snead State Community College. Miller moved to Snead State from his position as lead organizational development specialist at Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, Tenn. He worked at Chattanooga State Technical Community College for eight years as vice president for institutional advancement. His career in education also includes serving as a director of continuing education at the University of Tennessee’s College of Medicine in Chattanooga and campus president for American InterContinental University in Washington, D.C.

Dwight Nelsen (1969) is an administrative law judge and lives in Walnut Creek , CA. He earned a law degree from Hastings College of the Law.

Jeffrey Spencer Wright (1969) teaches philosophy, psychology, and health at Carmel High School in Carmel, California. He received an MALA from St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico in their “Great Books” curriculum in 1994.

Ross Stromberg (1962) is a partner in Jones Day Law Firm, San Francisco, where he was head of national health care practice for 12 years. He and his wife Gillian own and operate Stromberg Vineyards in Healdsburg. He also chairs Sutter Medical Center in Santa Rosa, and the Pediatric Dental Initiative in Windsor, which provides dental surgery services to indigent children and the developmentally disabled. He earned his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, UC-Berkeley.

Michael J. Viera (1968) recently retired as president of Citrus College in Glendora, CA. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from UC-Riverside.

John Woolley (1967) is Humboldt County Supervisor for the Third District, including Arcata.

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