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In Touch 1980s-1990s


The Norris Center for the Performing Arts in Rolling Hills Estates selected Robin Franko (1980, B.A., mathematics) as managing director. She was executive director of Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach.

Gary K. Kajikawa (1982, B.A., radio/TV/film) is the new west coast director of engineering services for WorldStage Inc., which provides audio, video and lighting services to event, theatrical, broadcast and related markets.


Cheryl L. Mello (1987, B.A., human development; 1991, credential) teaches middle school and is an expert in genealogical research who speaks at Southern California genealogical organizations and is a moderator for the American Online Genealogical Forum.

Lawrence P. Welsh (1987, B.A., newspaper journalism) was a Writer’s League of Texas Book Award finalist in the poetry category for his book Begging for Vultures: New and Selected Poems 1994-2009. The award-winning author and journalist is an associate professor of English at El Paso Community College.

Robert N. (Bob) Read III (1988, B.A., radio/TV/film) is now supervising producer for the E! Network celebrity talk show “Chelsea Lately,” starring Chelsea Handler. He was a co-producer of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and a co-host of the TV program “Last Comic Standing.”


Raymund D. Dagarag (1990, B.S., business administration–accountancy) joined the Long Beach office of the national accounting firm Holthouse Carlin and Van Trigt LLP to lead its state and local tax practice. He is a certified public accountant with more than 21 years of tax expertise.

CableFAX magazine named Michael Hopkins (1990, B.S., business administration–marketing) as No. 10 in its top 100 most influential executives in the cable communications industry. He is president of distribution for Fox Networks Group.

Dr. David G. Porzio (1990, B.S., biochemistry) is now a practicing physician at Marque Urgent Care in Newport Beach and Rancho Santa Margarita. He earned his medical degree at UC Irvine and is certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Diana (Dendekker) Hill (1991, B.S., business administration–accountancy) is an author and speaker on real estate investing and is a member of the Los Alamitos Unified School District board of education.

Brian Jacobs (1991, B.A., creative writing) teaches at Cleveland Humanities Magnet High School in Reseda. He is a three-time Fulbright scholar and earned two National Endowment for the Humanities grants. “I’m one of the founding brothers of Delta Lambda Phi, CSULB’s first gay fraternity that still exists,” and was involved in a variety of campus social activist groups.

Jody E. Towers (1992, B.A., sociology) was promoted to sergeant for the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, where he has worked for 13 years in positions including correctional officer, patrol and court liaison.

The city of Manhattan Beach selected Antonio Olmos (1993, B.S., civil engineering) as director of its Public Works Department. He was assistant director of Orange County Engineering and was an engineer with several Southern California cities.

Times Community News (TCN) South editor John Canalis (1994, B.A., journalism) oversaw a newsroom reorganization in which Alisha Gomez (2003, B.A., journalism) now is managing editor for the Huntington Beach Independent, Daily Pilot and Coastline Pilot, and Daily Pilot city editor Jamie Rowe (2006, B.A., journalism) became metro editor for the three papers.

Kevin J. Lane (1994, M.S., criminal justice) was appointed as clerk/administrator for the California Court of Appeal Fourth Appellate District. He was serving as the district’s acting clerk and previously was its assistant clerk/administrator.

Ernst & Young LLP promoted Richard O. Berge (1995, B.S., business administration–accountancy) to executive director in its San Francisco office’s tax practice. He is a certified public accountant and earned his law degree from Southwestern University College of Law.

Bradley C. Kaiser (1995, B.S., business administration–finance) is managing director and chief compliance officer, and Karen Chung (1999, B.S., business administration–finance) is director of risk management for Western International Securities, an independent investment broker/dealer firm.

Bruce Sutherland (1998, BFA–drawing and painting) saw his article “Cameo Appearances on the Sistine Ceiling” published in the winter 2013 issue of the journal Source: Notes in the History of Art, regarding Michelangelo’s sources of inspiration for some of the figures he painted on the ceiling of the Vatican chapel.

Michael Miley (1999, B.A., music) is drummer for Rival Sons, a rock/blues/soul band that opened for KISS in Italy and Switzerland this summer as part of his group’s European tour, followed by a performance at Telluride, Colo.