CSUMB Magazine Spring/Summer 2013
ELLEN WADDELL (B.A., Human Communication) earned her Master of Arts in Speech Communication in December 1999 from San Jose State University. In 2001, Ellen began teaching part time for Gavilan Col- lege, and shortly thereafter at Hartnell College. She then became a high school English and speech instructor. Today, she is focused on teaching at Gavilan College, and operating her tutoring business in the tri-county area.
ADRIAN ANDRADE (B.A., Human Communication) received his Master of Education at CSUMB in May of 2000. Since completing his master’s, Adrian has become a faculty member at CSU Monterey Bay, working in various departments including ITCD and HCOM.
JULIE URETSKY (B.A., Collaborative Health & Human Services) works for the City of Pacific Grove. She currently manages its affordable housing pro- grams and assists with the coordination of volunteer programs. She has helped the city obtain over $3 million in grant funding for affordable housing programs over the past 10 years.
NATHANIEL RAYMOND ATHERSTONE (B.S., Earth Systems Science & Policy) is currently working in Stockton for the San Joaquin Regional Transit District as the planning manager, where he coordinates transportation services and development with local community development agencies and metropolitan planning agencies. He and his wife, Jakki, have a 3-year-old daughter named Natalie.
BRENDA LEWIS (B.A., Liberal Studies) received her Master in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University in 2002. She is now the Division 1 director for the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. When asked what she loved most about her career, Brenda said “Seaside residents make a point of thanking me for my service when they see me out and about. It warms my heart to serve them, and to feel so very much appreciated.” She is an active volunteer in the Seaside community, lending her service to organizations such as the NAACP, Sustainable Seaside, and the League of Women Voters, where she serves on the board of directors.
ROMEO MANZANO (B.A., Social & Behavioral Sciences) is currently working with the Department of Social Services-Community Care Licensing Division for Senior and Adult Programs as an inspector. In his spare time, Romeo enjoys taking classes for personal interests at a local community college in Santa Clara County where he currently resides along with his dog, Meme, a Shih Tzu.
JASON BERGMAN (B.A., Teledramatic Arts & Technology) is a media engineer with Disney Animation. He has been with the studio since 2001.
ERICA MEIKLE (B.A., Liberal Studies) and her husband, Brian, both graduated from CSUMB in 2001. After obtaining her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Erica started her family of four children, Will, age 9; Jonathan, 7; Briana, 5; and Quinn, 3.
JUDITH FLORES (B.A., Human Communication) completed a two-year Mellon post-doctorate at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She is now an assistant professor at New Mexico State University. She recently co-edited a special issue on Chican@/ Latin@ Testimonios for Equity and Excellence in Education, and is currently co-editor of a forthcoming volume titled Crafting Critical Stories: Toward Pedagogies and Methodologies of Collaboration, Inclusion & Voice.
ROSE ROBERTSON (B.A., Liberal Studies) co-owns Robertson-Guerra Insurance with her husband, Scott Robertson, and her sister, Sarah Guerra. Rose serves on the executive board of the Selma Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization currently being established to support cultural endeavors in the city. She and her husband’s numerous efforts in education were recognized in 2012 when they were honored with a Fresno Compact Business-School Partnership Award.
BRENDA VALLES (B.A., Human Communication) earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy in September 2011. She currently works for the Office for Equity & Diversity at the University of Utah as the director for Research & Assessment, where she conducts research on diversity in higher education, grant writing, and teaching and working with graduate students.
LISA MISPLEY (B.A., Hu- man Communication) is the assistant basketball coach at Gonzaga University. She currently lives in Grass Val- ley with her husband, Craig Fortier (‘04, HCOM).
VALENTINA TOMOV (B.A., Global Studies) earned a master’s degree in social sciences at the University of Chicago. She was recently hired as a director of economic development at the Greater Oak Brook Economic Development Partnership. She lives in Westmont, Illinois.
KARLY EDWARDS (B.A., Global Studies) has spent the last several years organizing service workers at the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union, UNITE HERE! Today, she is working as the executive director at Portland Jobs with Justice, an organization dedicated to protecting workers rights to organize both at home and abroad. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
ANDREW BAILEY (B.A., Music) recorded a solo album composed entirely of music derived from glass bottles and a toy harp. He plans to do much more work like this, and eventually write sound design and music for film. He lives in San Jose.
JENNIFER BAHLMAN (B.S., Earth Systems Science & Policy) works for a residential outdoor school in Bainbridge Island, Washington. She teaches environmental education to at-risk youth from Seattle as part of a four-day, three-night experience.
KRISTEN LA FOLLETTE (B.A., Human Communication) attended the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University. Kristen currently works at the Columbia Center for Oral History and recently began a new theater project interviewing residents of Manhattanville, a neighborhood in West Harlem affected by Columbia University’s campus expansion. She now lives in Brentwood.
MATTHEW MOREY (B.A., Teledramatic Arts & Tech- nology) works for Vision-DAW building high-end pro audio systems for composers in film and television. On weekends, he works as an Entertainment Tech at Morongo Casino Resort and Spa along with being an independent contractor doing video services and graphic design for his company, Pyro Teknik Productions.
ZULEIMA LEE AREVALO (B.A., Collaborative Health & Human Services) works as an assistant for the University Corporation, and is entering her final year of the San Jose State Master in Social Work program. She is interning at Natividad Medical Center as a psychiatric social worker in the crisis team.
JESSICA MASSEY (B.S., Business Administration) works for an overseas oil- field engineering company, Ramsgate Engineering, in Bakersfield. She is an engineering assistant for a steam injection project in Bahrain.
STEPHANY RILEY (B.A., Global Studies) became TESOL certified after graduating and has taught English as a foreign language in colleges in Istanbul, Turkey, and LopBuri, Thailand, and with people from all over the globe here in the U.S. She now lives in San Diego.
MARIA REYES (B.A., Human Communications) earned a master’s degree in Mexican American Studies at San Jose State University. Currently, Maria works in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs at CSU Long Beach, and is applying for Ph.D. programs in education.
LAUREN CLARK (B.A., Visual & Public Art) works at a hedge fund in New York City, and lives in Brooklyn. She enjoys painting in her free time.
HENRY WYATT MEIGGS (B.S., Business Administration) has been focusing on his career in agribusiness with FoodSource Inc. He is also involved in CSUMB’s Alumni Board. He enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting and traveling in his free time.
AILEEN BRUNSVIG CICEKDAG (B.A., Social & Behavioral Sciences) will receive her Master of Business Administration next year. Aileen works as a teller operations specialist/teller supervisor at Bank of America and is being trained for a management position. She now lives in Orange.
BETHANY TESTA AVILA (B.A., Visual & Public Art) lives in Indianapolis and works as a guest service representative at the Indianapolis Art Center. Bethany does volunteer work in her community with orgaizations such as The Whole 9 Gallery and The Peace Project. On any weekend in her town, she enjoys spending time exploring state parks, supporting local art exhibits, and attending symphony concerts.
MARTIN VARGAS-GARCIA (B.A., Visual & Public Art) currently has his photography on display at the San Juan Bautista Mission until April 2013 as part of the exhibition, San Juan Bautista Mission: ReVisions. Martin lives and works as an artist in Salinas.
JONATHAN WHITE (B.A., Global Studies) is working with an international nonprofit called Search for Common Ground, where he works on measuring the effectiveness of the program’s work. After applying to grad school, Jonathan intends to continue his career in designing, monitoring and evaluating programs that mix development and peace-building in conflict environments. Jonathan lives in Kingsburg.
BEVERLY WHEELER (B.A., Global Studies) is a defense contractor at Sentek Global for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command based in San Diego. Beverly received a master’s of Pacific International Affairs in 2012 from the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
CODY BARNES (B.S., Biology) began seasonal employment as a wildlife technician with Santa Fe National Forest following his graduation and has since been conducting research with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
MIRIAM MENDOZA-HER- NANDEZ (B.S., Business Administration) is a finance manager at the Monterey County Health Department in Salinas.
SAMUEL MESSINA (B.S., Business Administration) accepted a fulltime position at C.H. Robinson Worldwide in produce transportation sales shortly after graduation. Samuel lives in Marina.
AUSTIN LONG (B.A., Visual & Public Art) spent seven months living in Tübin- gen, Germany, and then
in Strasbourg, France, for three months. In his spare time, Austin works on small freelance projects while expanding his web/graphic design skill set. He returned to California to further his career in February.
CHRISTOPHER OLSON (B.S., Business Administra- tion) works with an internet technology firm in San Diego. Christopher manages the business development for Cause Layouts, one of the many apps available on the Yontoo Technology platform. He offers marketing and fundraising tools for nonprofits and hosts educational seminars.
NICOLE POTTER (B.A., Col- laborative Health & Human Services) lives near Dublin, California, and works for the Dublin School District as a special education instructional assistant for Moderate-Severe Grades 3, 4 and 5. Nicole hopes to pursue her master’s degree in speech pathology.
CHRIS RANKIN (B.A., Human Communication) pursued a master’s degree in public policy/public affairs from the University of San Francisco after graduating. He is currently a political consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in grassroots organizing for electoral campaigns.
MATTHEW MAHAN (Master of Business Administration) is the vice president of global best practices with Liberty Mutual. He now lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
BRIAN STETTENBENZ (B.A., Human Communication) is the social media coordinator for Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa. His job is to ensure that Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa stays on the cutting edge of social spaces, social media monitoring tools, trends, and best practices and make recommendations for improvement. And, in addition, he designs, creates and executes digital marketing strategies.