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The Seal Beach, Calif. City Council promoted Jill Ingram (2000, B.S., business administration–management; 2011, M.P.A.) to city manager from acting city manager. She joined the city in 2008.

Kendrick K. Kim (2001, B.A., sociology; 2008, M.S., criminal justice) is a real estate broker, Realtor and CEO of Evergreen Real Estate Group in Seal Beach, Calif. “I am still single and have very fond memories of my studies at Cal State Long Beach and often come to see the new buildings,” he said.

Fernando Vasquez (2002, B.S., occupational studies–transition services) is the new assistant director and Joint Admission Medical Program coordinator at University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. He also was appointed to the board of Artes de la Rosa, a Latino arts and culture organization.

The Beverly Hills Courier hired Dupé Aleru (2003, B.A., sociology) in 2010 as director of education, reporting on educational news. She recently published a children’s book, Animals in Action A-Z, and launched an in-home business, Tutors for Tots, for students ages 3 to 12.

Travelers at Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 1 were greeted from May through October by Susan Logorici’s (2003, M.F.A., art) digital mural titled “Los Angeles—The Dream Décor of Oblivion.” “Each drawing was photographed and digitally blown up many times larger than their original size and slightly replicated to create a panoramic view of Los Angeles that is at once wondrous and overwhelming, confusing and stunning,” she said.

Jazz pianist and composer Josh Nelson (2004, B.M., music performance) writes, “I’ve been touring and recording with legendary vocalist Natalie Cole for nearly three years. My fifth jazz instrumental album as a leader was released in September. I also scored a few short films in the past few years.”


The Wyndham Orange County Hotel in Costa Mesa, Calif., promoted Marcy Hail (2006, B.A., recreation and leisure studies) to senior social catering sales manager.

Christina Hodel (2006, B.A., film and electronic arts) graduated from New York University in 2008 with a master’s degree in both dance and film. She is teaching and pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas Department of Film and Media Studies.

Kristin Vils (2006, B.A., recreation) is with Keystone Pacific Property Management and serves as facilities manager and activities director for the One Ford Road Community Association in Newport Beach. She recently earned the Certified Community Association Management designation.

Brett H. Stewart (2006, M.M.) co-founded the Mormon Choral Organizations of America and composed a 90-minute oratorio, “Messiah in America.”

Madeline Cutietta (2008, B.A., geography) teaches dance in West Yellowstone, Mont. She previously was a dancer at Disneyland.

The Riverside, Calif., Fire Department promoted La Wayne R. Hearn (2008, B.S., occupational studies) from captain to battalion chief.



Erika Mariko Olsen (2010, B.M., performance) was crowned queen of the 71st annual Los Angeles Nisei Week in August. Olson represented the Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute at the coronation event, part of the annual Southern California Japanese community celebration.

Michael Kushman (2010, B.A., film and electronic arts) and Bryan Duran (2011, B.A., Japanese; B.A., studio art) were selected as Yokkaichi English Fellows by the Yokkaichi, Japan, Board of Education to serve as assistant English language teachers in elementary and junior high schools for two years beginning in August. Yokkaichi is a sister city of Long Beach.

Daisy Wiberg (2011, M.A., kinesiology–sport management) is manager of community outreach for the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau that focuses on attracting major events to the city.


Jacqueline A. Diaz (2005, B.S., occupational studies; 2009, M.A., special education) and Khadaffy N. K. Ripors (2007, B.S., occupational studies; 2011, M.A., educational technology) were married May 27 at CSULB’s Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. She is a special education teacher in Long Beach and he is completing a teaching credential.

Gregory A. Dohlen (1990, B.A., art) and Tori Rae Heald married March 5 in Maui, Hawaii. Greg is now a self-employed illustrator.

Kenneth L. Gershman (1994, B.S., business administration–marketing) married Jenny Gross on April 2 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ken owns Fingerprint Promotions Inc. and Jenny is a vice president and branch manager for Citibank. They live in Brentwood, Calif.

Ashley N. Hayne (2010, B.A., liberal studies–ITEP) and Christopher J. Lewis (2009, B.S., business administration–management; 2011, MBA) were married June 4 in Temecula, Calif. She teaches preschool in Long Beach and he is with Expeditor’s International in Hawthorne, Calif.


Sarah (Miesse) Lalau and Marco Lalau (both 2006, B.S., business administration–marketing) were married in 2008. Sarah wrote, “This year we welcomed our son, Caio Robert Lalau, who I’m sure will go to CSULB. He was born at Little Company of Mary in Torrance, Calif., on Jan. 25.”

Cathy S. Trent-Vilim (1999, M.A., political science) and her husband, Christopher, became parents on April 3 of Lucas Alan Vilim, joining brother Gabriel Christopher Vilim, now age 2.

In Memoriam

Frank P. Brennan (1967, B.S., mathematics), an Information Technology Services staff emeritus, died March 13. He began working at the campus in 1969 and was CSULB’s first systems administrator. He retired in 2001.

Barbara Buell (1997, M.A., elementary education) died in San Francisco on May 2 at age 66. She taught in Long Beach Unified School District before becoming a school principal in Fort Bragg, Calif.

Bruce E. Cummings (1968, B.S., business administration–marketing) died July 30, 2010, at age 63 in Moraga, Calif. Following a career in high tech marketing, he co-founded Portrait Displays Inc., then formed his own marketing consultancy. He and his wife, Billie (Allen) (1969, B.A., journalism) were married for 41 years.

Grace L. Davies (1966, M.A., educational administration) died May 6 at age 85 in Long Beach. She retired as a principal in the ABC Unified School District.

Ken Diehm (1980, B.A., psychology) died Feb. 19 at age 52 in Grapevine, Texas, where he was pastor of the First United Methodist Church.

Sam Domancich (1955, B.A., sociology) died at 82 on Jan. 30 in San Pedro, Calif. He was a retired Los Angeles Unified School District teacher and an author of local history.

Eldon J. Dvorak, professor emeritus, economics, died Sept. 22 in Fountain Valley, Calif., at age 80. He joined the campus in 1961 and became emeritus in 1991.

Raphael M. Hanson, professor emeritus and a founding member of the Psychology Department, died Feb. 11 in Long Beach. He was 82. He joined the campus in 1961 and became emeritus in 1986.

Maurice Harari, former dean of the CSULB Center for International Education, died June 20 at age 88 in Palo Alto, Calif. He focused on internationalizing higher education curricula and later served as secretary general of the International Association of University Presidents.

Daniel J. Harney (1966, B.S., business administration–accountancy) died at age 83 in Orange County. He was an executive with Ford Motor Co. and Rockwell International and co-founded the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

Wendi L. Lehman (1990, B.A., journalism; 2000, M.P.A.) died April 13 in Grass Valley, Calif., at age 42. She had worked with numerous California non-profit organizations.

Gilbert “Magu” Lujan (1969, B.A., sculpture) died at 70 on July 24 in Arcadia, Calif. He was a well-known Southern California artist whose work included an installation at the Hollywood and Vine Metro subway station.

Susan McLain, professor of dance, died Aug. 5. She joined CSULB in 1993 and was a former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, where she continued as its senior artistic associate.

Frank M. Messineo (1972, B.A, psychology; 1976, M.A., industrial psychology) died Sept. 18, 2010, in Sugarloaf (Big Bear), Calif. He was a contract analyst with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists for 34 years.

Dieter K. Muller-Stach, professor emeritus, art–metalsmithing, died Oct. 20 at age 76. He joined CSULB in 1968, became emeritus in 1998 and continued teaching at the university until 2003.

Lisa T. Nguyen (2009, B.A., studio art) died at age 27 Jan. 9 in Harbor City, Calif. She was an artist and graphic designer.

Robert W. Niles (1974, B.S., zoology) died June 28 at age 66 in Macon, N.C. He was a Vietnam veteran active in veteran’s affairs while at CSULB and had retired after a 30-year career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Carolyn Sandusky (1995, M.A., counseling) a CSULB Design Department staff emerita, died Feb. 18 at age 69. She was involved in numerous Long Beach area community organizations.

Kathleen (Desmond) Stang (1964, B.A.; 1966, M.A., home economics) died Aug. 9 at 69 in Seattle, Wash.. She had been a teacher and later food writer. She is survived by her husband, Robert G. Stang (1961, B.S., mechanical engineering).

Vivian M. Sucher, professor emerita of nursing and gerontology, died April 21. She joined the campus in 1962 and retired in 1986.

Robert H. Swansbrough (1960, B.A., history) died Feb. 1 in Chattanooga, Tenn., at 72. He was associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of political science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

William A. Thompson (1960, M.A., kinesiology and physical education) died March 17 in Long Beach at age 79. He founded the Long Beach City College Community Services Recreation Department and was an associate professor of physical education.

Roberta Wakefield (1984, B.A., speech communication), who earned her degree at age 68, died at 94 on Jan. 29 in Long Beach. She was a long-time CSULB supporter and active in a variety of community organizations.