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SCAN Health Plan appointed Christopher P. Wing (1980, B.S., business administration–finance) as president and chief executive officer. He was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Healthcare Partners.

The University of South Florida College of Nursing named Meredeth A. Rowe (1981, M.S., nursing) as professor and Lewis and Leona Hughes Endowed Chair in Nursing Science. She is an expert in geriatrics and Alzheimer’s research.

Carlyn Bargemann (1983, B.S., business administration–management) is the new west region sales manager for Dorner Manufacturing Corp, a Hartland, Wis., firm that produces industrial conveyor systems.

George K. “Red” Clark (1983, B.A., kinesiology and physical education; 1984, credential), a Sigma Alpha Epsilon member, has run in every Los Angeles Marathon since 1986. He is a legacy runner, in which there are no new members.

Thomas Utrup (1983, B.S., business administration–marketing) is the new vice president of sales and marketing for Solar Power Industries of Belle Vernon, Pa. He previously was western regional sales manager in Daimler’s North American heavy-duty government vehicle sector. Tom married Natalie 16 years ago and they still make their home in Southern California with their two children.

United Way of Denton County, Texas, selected Gary Henderson (1984, B.S., business administration–management information systems) as its new CEO. He was chief executive of Communities in Schools of North Texas and held executive positions with Price Waterhouse and Bank of America.


Thomas S. Holmes (1985, B.S., criminal justice) has joined the La Quinta, Calif., office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. He has more than 30 years of real estate experience and is a retired Los Angeles police detective.

Norma (Templin) Heim (1986, M.A., special major) is the new vice president of communications and marketing for the West Point Association of Graduates, where her responsibilities include its alumni magazine and working with the military academy’s Corps of Cadets. She formerly was with University of Massachusetts Amherst, the National Association of Credit Management and the Washington Post.

Caryn (Morse) Desai (1986, B.A., acting and directing) was named artistic director and producer of International City Theatre in Long Beach after serving as general manager for more than 20 years. She has an MFA in directing from UC Irvine and was among 50 arts administrators to receive a full fellowship for an executive program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Jeffrey T. Wood (1987, B.A., speech communication) was elected to the Lakewood, Calif., City Council. Jeff was active in the CSULB Associated Students, serving two terms as chair of the University Student Union Board of Directors. He and his wife, Mary Jane (Sorci) (1987, B.A.; 1989, M.A., communicative disorders), are active in the Lakewood community.

William E. Davis (1988, M.S., mechanical engineering) is chief technology officer of Stablcor Technology Inc., which develops materials for the electronics industry. He originated the concept for the Stablcor technology and invented three of the firm’s patents.

Barbara A. Dunsheath (1988, M.A., history; 2010, Ed.D.), a member of the board of trustees of the North Orange County Community College District and a professor of history at East Los Angeles College, was recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for her higher education leadership.


Princeton University honored Robert Downes (1991, M.A., applied mathematics) as one of four exceptional New Jersey secondary school teachers during its 2011 commencement. He teaches math at Mountain Lakes High School.

Tony J. Gill (1991, B.S., criminal justice–security administration) is now department manager for boys wear at Nordstrom in White Plains, N.Y. He joined Nordstrom in 2009 and helped drive 2010 sales year increases in the men’s shoes division. He also continues to maintain his Class “A” certification with the Professional Golfers Association of America.

David R. Johnson (1991, B.A., English education; 1992, credential) completed a master’s degree in history at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, where he received the 2011 outstanding history graduate student of the year award. He teaches at a local school and is considering pursuing a doctoral degree and teaching at the collegiate level.

Thomas W. Siderewicz (1991, B.A., economics) is portfolio manager of Century Management’s CM Advisors Fixed Income Fund. He joined the Austin, Texas, firm in 2000 and is a chartered financial analyst.

Ernest Daniel “Dan” Cordova (1992, B.S., engineering technology–manufacturing) was promoted to technical team leader at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, where he was a systems engineer and a process engineer. He was also a journeyman machinist and worked full time while attending CSULB.

The investment firm ProFunds Group appointed Troy Y. Goldstein (1992, B.S., business administration–finance) to the new position of director of national accounts. He was executive director of Portfolio Distribution Europe for UBS AG.

Brian J. Schumacher (1992, B.A., economics) joined Plaza Bank’s Las Vegas, Nev., branch as vice president and business development officer. He has more than 17 years of business lending and banking experience in the Las Vegas area.

CNM LLP named Steven T. Asamoto (1994, B.S., business administration–accountancy) to lead the Woodland Hills, Calif., accounting and advising firm’s information technology practice.

Robert D. Nosek (1994, B.A., history) was named counsel to the law firm of SilvermanAcampora LLP in Jericho, N.Y. He and his wife, Shira, became parents of twin girls, Reagan Mae and Sawyer Jane, born Sept. 18, 2010 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He earned his J.D. degree at St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, N.Y.

Najat Aoun Saliba (1994, M.S., chemistry) is a chemistry professor at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and directs the university’s Ibsar Nature Conservation Center for Sustainable Futures.


Dave Gerhart (1995, B.M., instrumental music; 1998, M.M.), a percussion studies faculty member in CSULB’s Music Department, published four new pieces with Bachovich Music Publications. He and fellow faculty member Axel Clarke (1998 B.A., music; 2006, M.M.) recently released the first CD by their IronWorks Percussion Duo.

U.S. Navy veteran Danny Wilson (1995, B.A., sociology) was quoted in the June 7 issue of VETS NET, an online training and information newsletter for military veterans. As a Disabled Veteran Outreach Program specialist with the California Employment Development Department, “I hope it is an example of how anyone can achieve progressive experiences that can lead to making a difference in life,” he said.

The first name of Lora Kermode (1996, B.S., business administration–marketing; 2002, credential) was misspelled in the Spring 2011 Beach Review. She is founder of GEMDAS Algebra Success Training, which provides math coaching for teachers and students.

The city of Folsom, Calif. hired Cynthia Renaud (1996, B.A.; 2000, M.A., English literature) as its new chief of police. She was a Long Beach Police Department commander.

Richard A. Kaley (1997, B.A., psychology; 2002, M.S., school counseling) is vice president of Matrix American Insurance & Financial Solutions in Irvine, Calif.

Shin-Hee Chin (1998, M.A., art) is an assistant professor of art and design at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan.

Englander Knabe & Allen named Juan F. Garza (1998, B.A., geography; 2003, M.P.A.) as vice president of the Los Angeles strategic communications firm. He was an executive with Republic Services and the Port of Long Beach.

Murgitroyd and Co. selected Dylan Gittleman (1998, MBA) as West Coast business development manager for the international intellectual property law firm’s San Francisco office.

Thomas Rodd Kelsey (1998, M.S., biology) is director of the Migratory Bird Conservation Program for Audubon California in its Sacramento office.

Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey (1999, B.A., liberal studies–creative writing) appeared in the comedy film, “Bridesmaids,” in the TV series “Reno 911!” and has performed with the L.A. improv group The Groundlings. On the serious side, she is assistant editor of the CSULB School of Social Work’s peer-reviewed journal, Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping.

Christopher J. Freeland (1999, M.P.A.) is deputy city manager of West Covina, Calif., and a past president of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California.

Artist Christine Nguyen (1999, B.F.A., photography) had her latest work exhibited in Hong Kong. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally and includes drawings as well as melding photo techniques with found materials.

Hostmark Hospitality Group named Ed Skapinok (1999, B.S., business administration–marketing) as vice president of sales for the firm, which operates hotels and other hospitality enterprises worldwide. He has worked for Larkspur Hotels and Restaurants and InterContinental Hotels.