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CHHS Alumni News Watch

Fall 2013 Updates

Ronald R. Arias (1971, B.A., kinesiology and physical education) retired in December after nearly 13 years as director of the city of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. A 2006 distinguished alumnus of CSULB’s College of Health and Human Services, Arias has been with the city since 1990 and is recognized for his accomplishments in community health education.

Sound Telecom appointed Cheryl L. (McKinney) LaBaw (1977, B.S., community health education) as director of customer relations for the nationwide provider of telephone answering, call center and communication services. She previously spent more than 32 years in customer service-related positions with United Airlines.

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Alma Salazar (1995, B.A., speech communication; 2003, MPA; 2012, Ed.D.) to the California Workforce Investment Board that advises the governor on jobs and workforce development. Salazar has been with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Unite-LA since 2002.

Iran Barrera (1997, B.A., psychology; 2003, MSW), assistant professor of social work at the University of Texas Pan American, returned to CSULB in March as a guest speaker at the Latino Health Equity Conference. He earned a joint Ph.D. in social work–international comparative social welfare policy from the University of Texas at Arlington and Universidad de Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico, and is an expert in mental health issues in Latino communities. As an undergrad, he was a pitcher on the Long Beach State baseball team.

The city of Atherton selected George Rodericks (1997, MPA) as its new city manager. He was city manager of Belvedere in Marin County.

Karin J. Storm (1999, B.S.; 2003, M.S., criminal justice) was elected national president of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officer’s Association, which provides professional growth for probation and pretrial services officials in the federal criminal justice system.

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Marisa Valdez Yeager (2001, MPA) to the 46th District Agricultural Association, Southern California Fair Board. She is manager of federal and state affairs at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Noah Holcomb (2008, B.A., recreation; 2011, M.S., recreation administration) is a professional mountain bike racer who recently opened the Stage21 Bikes showroom and boutique in Laguna Woods and took part in the 2012 Mountain Bike World Championships in France.

Michael P. Munoz (2010, MPA) recently was promoted to a motor vehicle field representative at the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ Santa Barbara office. “My goal one day is to become a manager with the department, to both serve the community and make use of my master’s degree, which trained me public sector management,” he said.

USA Water Polo named Stephanie London Krogius (2012, M.A., sports management) as director of advancement, where she is responsible for fundraising initiatives for the national sports body.


Fall 2012 Alumni News Watch