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Alumni Updates

Glenn R Strachan, Sociology Master's Degree, 1983

August 8, 2019

Glenn Strachan, Sociology, 1983 has been fortunate enough to have traveled to 116 countries while working for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funding projects in maternal health and international broadband solutions. Over the past 35-years, Glenn has seen the world and taken photographs everywhere he went, which was inspired by his photography classes at HSU. Now that retirement has arrived, his work has been selected for 12 juried shows thus far in 2019. He is humbled by the selections and is up for a major award in London if he makes the final cut. Glenn says he misses his days at HSU as it was a perfect time to be there doing his graduate studies.

Craig S. Harrison, Biological Sciences , 1974 (Masters)

August 8, 2019

Craig Harrison, Biological Sciences, 1974, spent a year in Africa before attending HSU. Craig recently published his travelogue “Dreams of a Vanishing Africa: A 1970s Transcontinental Trek”, which recounts his travels within the fabric of African societies in 1971-1972. He avoided safe, well-trodden routes and instead, used decrepit trains, cargo trucks, rattletrap buses, jammed bush taxis, dugout canoes, and ferries. He lived out of a backpack and experienced the land and people of Africa up close. Craig’s website ( has photos, and the book can be ordered there from the publisher Lulu as well as Amazon.

Fernando r elizondo, Education , Ba ‘66 teaching credential 67

August 8, 2019

Fernando R Elizondo, Education, 1966, Teaching Credential, 1967, retired after 41 years in education. Throughout his career Fernando served as a teacher, middle school principal, assistant superintendent and the last 15 years as a superintendent of schools. Upon retirement Fernando opened a consulting business and has remained busy volunteering on the board of trustees for Natividad Medical Center and as a docent at Point Lobos State Reserve. Fernando says he would enjoy hosting and introducing the new HSU president to HSU alumni in the central coast.

Joyce Schlachter, Wildlife , 1994

August 7, 2019

Joyce Schlachter, Wildlife, 1994, has retired after 26 years with the Federal government, working as a Wildlife Biologist. Joyce is enjoying her freedom and continues to volunteer with Project Wildlife, rehabilitating bats. Joyce says “thanks HSU for the best years of my life!”

Lyla Godfryd, International Studies , 2019

August 7, 2019

Lyla Godfryd, International Studies, 2019, will be serving in the Peace Corps as an Environmental Education Volunteer in Panama beginning in February. Lyla says she feels very blessed to have been provided with such an encouraging and caring group of professors and fellow classmates and the International Studies program at HSU has provided her with the skills and confidence she needs to embark on this journey!

Stephanie Cowherd, English Literature, MA, 2014

July 26, 2019

Stephanie Cowherd, English, 2014, works for Ecotrust, an environmental non-profit based in Portland, Oregon. She leads community outreach and engagement, communications, and manages tribal forestry projects for her Forests & Ecosystem Services team at Ecotrust. Her current projects include a landscape assessment of opportunities and barriers in tribal forestry workforce development, working alongside native educators to design culturally-specific curriculum for forestry education tools, and community engagement with tribal forestry activities.

Jesse Mestemacher, Business Industrial Technology, 2008

July 23, 2019

Jesse Mestemacher, Industrial Technology & Business Administration, 2008, has joined Jacobs, a design, engineering, construction and technical services firm, in their Redding, California office. He brings six years of CAD experience in architectural design and manufacturing and is excited to join the building and infrastructure team. Jesse will primarily be assisting in water processing and conveyance design.

Ariana Hendren, International Studies , 2017

July 16, 2019

After completing her degree Ariana Hendren, International Studies, 2017, earned a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate. She caught the travel bug after studying abroad in Spain with the HSU World Languages and Cultures Department. She is now teaching elementary-middle school students at an English Academy in South Korea with her boyfriend whom she met while living in Arcata. They will soon move to a new country to continue their teaching adventure.

Anthony Erba, Forestry & Wildland Resources , 1987

July 9, 2019

After nearly 33 years of federal government service, Anthony Erba, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1987 has retired from the USDA Forest Service to northern Wisconsin. His last position was as a Regional Director (Eastern Region) overseeing environmental planning, litigation, and landscape-scale conservation (lasting 8.5 years). Anthony’s career spanned all four organizational levels of the Forest Service, located on six national forests, one national grassland, one region, and the Washington Office.

Never in his wildest dreams would he have been able to predict his career when he graduated in 1987. Anthony is grateful for his experience at HSU, providing him the awareness needed to recognize career opportunities whenever they popped up.

Jon Pede, Other- Social Studies, 1990

July 9, 2019

Jon Pede, Social Studies, 1990 is currently a middle school principal in Hillsboro, Oregon. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.