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In Touch 2000s


The sport fishing equipment firm G.Loomis named Michael “Scott” Kinney (2001, MBA) as senior global brand manager. He previously spent 12 years with Primesource Sports.

Terrence B. Beaman (2002, B.S., business administration–accountancy) is the new director of finance and administration for the city of Desert Hot Springs. He was deputy director of finance for San Bernardino.

The city of Menlo Park selected Robert Jonsen (2003, B.S., occupational studies) as its new chief of police. He had spent 26 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, most recently as captain of its Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

Candice Kumai (Gwiazdowski) (2004, B.A., interpersonal organizational communication) attended Le Cordon Bleu California School of Culinary Arts and is a chef, cooking author and nutrition expert. She is a judge on “Iron Chef America” and is a co-host of the Lifetime Channel show “Cook Yourself Thin.”

Richard T. Par (2004, B.A., film and electronic arts) became the first Filipino-American and 121st civilian overall to conduct a 30,000-foot tandem skydive. The high-altitude, low-opening (H.A.L.O.) jump, usually performed by military special forces, was conducted at West Tennessee Skydiving Center on April 29. His jump from 29,190 feet included a two-minute free fall reaching more than 200 mph.


Willis A. Smith Construction picked Zachary Beller (2005, B.S, engineering–construction engineering management) as co-project manager for construction operations for the Sarasota, Fla., National Cemetery’s Patriot Plaza project. Beller has been with the firm since 2011.

The civil engineering firm Delcan Corp. promoted Michael J. Florendo (2005, M.S., civil engineering) to senior principal. He manages Delcan’s Water Division in Calgary, Canada.

Liberty Hill Foundation’s board of directors named Shane Murphy Goldsmith (2005, MPA) as the foundation’s next president and CEO effective Dec. 1. The Los Angeles organization focuses on preparing community leaders to advance equality and opportunity.

Tammy A. Johnson (2005, B.A., liberal studies; 2008, credential), founder/CEO of the California Step Association (CSA), a dance and movement organization, received the inaugural Myrtle Faye Rumph Community Service Award from the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, a Los Angeles youth and family service organization. She was acknow­ledged for her volunteer work through the CSA and the Emerging Young Leaders Program of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Lee & Associates Ontario promoted John Seoane (2005, B.S., business administration–finance, real estate, law) to shareholder and principal. He has been with the commercial real estate firm since 2004 and specializes in industrial property sales and leasing.

Elizabeth A. Giles (2006, B.A., clothing and textiles; fashion merchandising), founder of the online fashion retailer, now also sells vintage and new clothing, accessories and home décor items at her new Salvage Life store in the Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach.

Ignacio Hernandez (2006, B.S., mathematics education; 2009, M.S., counseling–student development in higher education) and Susana (Marin) Hernandez (2009, M.S., counseling–student development in higher education) said that after earning their masters’, they were married at CSULB’s Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden in July 2009. They completed their Ph.D.s in educational leadership at Iowa State University in May and started as assistant professors in the Department of Educational Research and Administration at Fresno State University this fall.

Orange County Head Start Inc. promoted Amy Quezada (2006, B.A., child development and family studies) to center director. She has been with the organization for five years.

The city of Walnut Creek selected Citrus Heights Police Department Cmdr. Thomas Chaplin (2007, B.S., occupational studies; 2011, M.S., emergency services management) as its new police chief.

Travon D. Free (2007, B.S., criminal justice) and film and electronic arts alumna Jessica R. Williams work on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Free is a writer and Williams is a reporter.

After seeing the spring Beach Review article on President F. King Alexander, Autumn (Siqueido) Baldassano (2007, B.A., physical education-athletic training; B.A., secondary school physical education; 2010, M.S., exercise science) wrote, “This was my second commencement with Long Beach State during President Alexander’s lead of the university and I was prepared with a camera to capture every moment.”

Leslie Ramos Salazar (2007, B.A., interpersonal and organizational communication; 2009, M.A., speech communication) is an assistant professor of interpersonal communication at Fresno State University. She earned her Ph.D. from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University in May.

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Charles C. Cullen (2008, M.S., emergency services administration) to the State 9-1-1 Advisory Board. He has been with the Palo Alto Police Department since 1997, including as technical services manager.

Alyssa M. Para (2008, M.A., educational administration; credential) was selected as Teacher of the Year at El Rodeo School, a K-8 school in Beverly Hills where she is a physical education teacher. The Beverly Hills Education Foundation recognized her and other district honorees at its 2013 Apple Ball.

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation selected Constance M. Williams (2009, B.S., biology) as one of 35 teaching fellows for 2013. She teaches biology and environmental science at Rodriguez High in Fairfield. The foundation provides five-year professional development fellowships to help create master teachers and leaders in science and technology education.


Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. named Katarina Eleby (2011, B.A., international studies) to the California Physical Therapy Board. She is manager of operations at the African American Board Leadership Institute.

The folk, bluegrass and jazz ensemble Honey Whiskey Trio, consisting of Christina N. Wilson (2011, B.M., music performance), Ann Louise Thaiss (2012, B.M., music performance) and Courtney Gasque (2013, M.M.) took the national championship and were judged the audience favorite at the 29th annual Harmony Sweepstakes A Capella Festival, a singing competition at the Marin Center in San Rafael that includes performers from eight regional semifinals.