Robert LOMBARDI is retired and living the good life in Quartzsite, Ariz. He has shaken the California dust off of his feet. It is good to be back in the United States of America.
Bonnie HOUGH, principal managing attorney at the Judicial Council’s Center for Families, Children and the Courts, was honored with the California Lawyers Association Lifetime Achievement Award during the Family Law Reception in Monterey in October. The award honors the most distinguished long-term achievements and sustained substantial contributions to the substance or practice of family law in California.
Hammon ACUNA was appointed by the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc., to senior vice president & chief membership officer overseeing sales, service, affinity programs, practice management, peer review, and underwriting for existing business. Hammon lives in Silverlake, Calif., with his husband, Jeff Muehl, and their 9-year-old daughter, Lola.
Carol THOMAS-SCHMID, a professor of sociology at Guilford Technical Community Colleges in North Carolina, recently published a book, Transnationalism and the Politics of Sending States: The Cases of Italy, Mexico, Turkey, and Ecuador. Her expertise is in immigration and higher education.
Michael ZAPPAS has been married for 37 years and has four grown children (one a Banana Slug). He is living in Atascadero and doing urban renewal on mixed-use transit-oriented housing.
Paul BERGE’s fourth novel, Muzzy, was released by Ahquabi House Publishing. Berge’s other novels include Bootleg Skies; That’s Life, I Guess; and Inside the Circle, historical stories all, set in the 1920s and ’30s. Muzzy is a Cold War story based on a true event in 1960.
Lance BERNARD, after a long nomadic phase, has lived in northern Sonoma County for eight years and has taught at Santa Rosa JC for four. He’s also had three other longtime online adjunct gigs.
Ezat Luba YOMTOVIAN moved to D.C. to work as an intern at the NIH. She went to veterinary school at the Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and hated every minute of it. But alas, she fell in love with London and got a master’s in psychosocial studies while working as a vet for a couple of years. Now she is in Brooklyn, six years strong, working and yoga’ing, and trying to keep her earthy, progressive, Banana Slug roots. She says, “Tell Angela Davis I moved to Santa Cruz for her and I regret not having audited her class.”
Rachel UNGAR joined the Douglass Fellowship, an eight-month program that focuses on developing future leaders in the anti-human-trafficking movement. Rachel is currently a third-year law student at Georgetown.
R. Zachary WASSERMAN, Wendel Rosen LLP real estate and land use partner, was honored by the Jobs and Housing Coalition with the 2019 Legacy Event Award, presented in September at the organization’s annual Legacy Event. The Jobs and Housing Coalition is a nonprofit corporation consisting of senior executives of major, Oakland-based companies working to create better jobs, quality housing, and new commerce to advance the city’s continued development. The Legacy Event honors trailblazing regional businesses and civic leaders.
Hanna KASIK got engaged to Adam CHORAZYCZEWSKI (Porter ’14). He proposed on the Stevenson Knoll, near where they had their first date as undergrads.
Russell REGNERY received his Ph.D. from Australian National University and MD (honorary) from University of Upsalla.
Dr. Ramon RESA was chosen by Canal Alliance as the subject of a new mural after organization members watched a teaser of the documentary about his life being produced by Jesse Gift, producer and director of Ramon Rising. The mural was installed in the stairway of the Canal Alliance Education Building where Dr. Resa’s story will forever inspire/remind students, teachers, and parents that if Dr. Resa could overcome his struggles to get a college degree, they can too. Canal Alliance is a nonprofit with the mission to provide ESL courses, legal assistance, social services, and career help for refugees and immigrants in Marin County.
Madhavi COLTON was promoted to executive director of the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), an environmental nonprofit that’s on a mission to save the world’s coral reefs, beginning February 1, 2020. Her appointment is especially relevant as a recent report shows that only 10% of environmental groups with an annual budget of more than $1 million are led by women.
Paul BABB retired after 30 years of service to the UCSC Fire Dept. He is now living in Bonny Doon and having fun spending time doing nature photography (mainly birds). Other activities include scuba diving, travel, working on the house, and spending time with grandkids.
Karen BREWSTER recently published her third life history book with the University of Alaska Press about a prominent Alaskan: The Making of an Ecologist: My Career in Alaska Wildlife Management and Conservation, by David R. Klein, edited by Karen Brewster. Brewster’s previous books are: The Whales, They Give Themselves: Conversations with Harry Brower, Sr. (2004); and Boots, Bikes and Bombers: Adventures of Alaska Conservationist, Ginny Hill Wood (2012).
Elizabeth KADETSKY’s fourth book, The Memory Eaters, winner of the Juniper Prize in Creative Nonfiction, will be published by University of Massachusetts Press on March 31, 2020.
Michael PALUMBO was the lighting designer of 42nd Street Moon’s beloved holiday musical Scrooge in Love!, which ran Dec. 4–22 at San Francisco’s Gateway Theatre.
Kyla SANKEY-LUPO and her partner have settled in the Midwest after bouncing back to the East Coast for a, M. Ed. from GWU. Kyla is the head coach of Go Big!, a triathlon team for all women. She recently represented Team USA at the World Championships for Long Course Aquabike in Pontevedra, Spain. When she’s not in the pool, on the bike, or logging countless hours in her sneakers, she is playing board games and traveling everywhere.
Ariela MORGENSTERN starred as the legendary “Rose” in Bay Area Musicals’s production of the timeless, six-time Tony Award–winning masterpiece Gypsy, which ran November 9–December 8, 2019, at San Francisco’s Alcazar Theatre.
Luis R. QUINTERO, a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, was recently interviewed on Telemundo regarding his latest short film Mirage. It was broadcasted nationally in the U.S., Mexico, and all of Latin America. Mirage is a magic realism tale about a girl who spends her time daydreaming and fantasizing of mystical locations in hopes of being reunited with her parents as she is held captive by U.S. border agents. Follow him on IG for more updates: @theFlanSlayer
Adam CHORAZYCZEWSKI got engaged to Hanna KASIK (Merrill ’16). He proposed on the Stevenson Knoll, near where they had their first date as undergrads.
Amelie MELTZER’s work, “Anatomy Practical,” was published in the winter 2019–20 issue of Ploughshares, an award-winning journal of new writing. Meltzer is a medical student and activist working to address racial bias in healthcare and promote the needs of queer and gender-nonconforming patients. She writes poetry and nonfiction.
Phoebe ROTHFELD will be among 12 winning writers and 12 illustrators from around the globe who will be honored during the 36th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards at the Taglyan Complex on Friday, April 3, 2020. Rothfeld is a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Rebecca GREY joined the roster of neutrals at Judicate West, one of California’s leading providers of private dispute resolution services. Based in the San Francisco office and available statewide, Grey mediates all types of insurance coverage and bad faith matters, as well as employment, ERISA, landlord/tenant and personal injury disputes. She currently serves as a settlement judge pro tem and discovery panelist for the San Francisco Superior Court, settlement panelist for the Marin County Superior Court, day-of court mediator for the Alameda Superior Court, and mediation mentor for the Contra Costa Superior Court.
Eli ANTHONY received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office in November for a roof edge flashing that he engineered for flat roof patios and green roofs.
Chiara ANGELICOLA has worked in the early childhood education field for the past 15 years, both as an educator and supervisor, training educators and facilitating workshops for parent education. In fall 2017, Angelicola founded the Silver Lake Center for Creativity (SLCC) preschool in Los Angeles. SLCC is a Reggio-inspired and research-driven preschool committed to providing hands-on, collaborative learning experiences that help develop a child’s creativity, imagination, and problem-solving skills.
Caroline WOODS-MEJIA received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Spain for a teaching assistant grant, as announced by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Woods-Mejia will support the teaching of English at CIFP Carlos Oroza. She is one of more than 2,100 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2019–2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as their record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.
Sina FARSIU was named an IEEE Fellow, recognized for contributions to multi-frame super resolution and ophthalmic image processing. The IEEE is the world’s leading professional organization for advancing technology for humanity.
Constance CALDWELL (Kresge ’79) passed away on November 19, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was an immensely generous and tenacious person who touched many lives in her long career as an activist, pediatrician, and health officer. Central to her work was a commitment to the community and to increasing the accessibility of healthcare services for those most in need. She dedicated her life to service, and her family was her greatest joy.
Randall NOTT (Rachel Carson ’91) was widely recognized in East Bay community theater circles as an actor, director, photographer, videographer, writer, lighting engineer, sound designer, and all-around stage-tech guru—the guy in the booth the actors salute after they take their bows—“an ego-less theater zealot,” as a fellow actor put it.
Damon BROWN (Oakes ’80) died in a tragic airplane crash with his wife Sarah and son Duncan on July 24, 2019, near Chadron, Nebraska. At the time of his death, Damon was partner and president of EBA Engineering. He received certifications as engineering geologist, hydrogeologist, and professional geologist in three western states. Family and friends will remember Damon’s love of the outdoors; of sailing; of the Olympic sport of target shooting, for which he won a Distinguished Rifleman Badge; and of course, of flying, as well as his generous and gregarious nature and intellectual acuity. Above all, his family provided the happiest times in Damon’s bold and adventuresome life. A memorial site may be found at Damonsarahduncanbrownmemorial.com.