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Alumni Updates

Carly Velez Huston (Carly Velez-Balay), Sociology Social Science, 1996

February 2, 2017

Carly Velez Huston (née Velez-Balay), 1996 Sociology, moved back to her hometown, Sacramento, after graduation and began working for various community non-profit organizations. From 2000 to 2015, Velez Huston worked for the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency as a Redevelopment Planner and as a Site Manager for the Public Housing Authority. In November 2015, she started working for the State of California as an Asset Manager for the California Housing Finance Agency. She married an awesome Nebraska boy, Doug Huston, in 2002 and they have one child. She writes, “Our handsome son was born in 2005. I am truly grateful for my HSU education and wonderful friends that I met and continue to be connected with.” Velez Huston lives in College Greens in Sacramento.

Lewis E Sbrana, Music Education, 1956

February 2, 2017

Lewis E Sbrana, 1956 Music, says life after 33 years of teaching music in public schools continues to be sweet and productive. Sbrana founded a concert band for seniors in 1999 with 12 stalwarts and it’s now grown to over 80 members. Making music is the catalyst for bringing people together both artistically and socially.

Kathleen L. Dunn, Nursing , 1974

February 1, 2017

Kathleen L. Dunn, 1974 Nursing, just retired after 28 years as the Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Spinal Cord Injury Center at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, and after nearly 43 years as a registered nurse.

Kelly Curtin, Art Art Education, 2012

January 31, 2017

Kelly Curtin, 2012 Art, joined Teach for America right after graduation and taught high school Special Education and English in San Jose, Calif., for the past four years. This past year, Curtin made the switch to Montessori education, and currently teaches middle school humanities at a Montessori middle school in Campbell, Calif.

Douglas Harding, Geography , 1985

January 30, 2017

Douglas Harding, 1985 Geography, has completed 11 years at Hope Flight Foundation as Founder, President, and Chief Pilot. Hope Flight Foundation provides free flights for children with cancer from the small remote towns of California to the specialized cancer hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles area.

Mike Margolies, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration , 1976

January 30, 2017

Mike Margolies, 1976 Kinesiology & Recreation Administration, moved to Dallas Texas in 2015 to work with Mental Training, Inc., and in 2016 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the company. The company trains athletes, performing artists, and executives around the world to be mentally tough. Margolies writes, “I owe my entire career start to the education I received at HSU.”

Taylor Kilgore, Communication , 2011

January 28, 2017

I moved to Colorado accepting a sports anchor position at CBS KKTV. I now get to cover teams like the Broncos, Rockies, Nuggets, and the Air Force Academy.

Melody Stone, Journalism , 2007

January 26, 2017

Melody Stone, 2007 Journalism, after three years in public media at Capital Public Radio, just started as the marketing and communication specialist at the University of Nevada, Reno journalism school. Stone is also teaching a design lab.

Billy Wright, Communication , 2014

January 12, 2017

Billy Wright, 2014 Communication, is currently teaching and coaching in Kerman, Calif., at Kerman High School. Wright was recently invited to coach a high school All-American game played at the Oakland Raiders’ stadium where he will coach alongside guys who played or coached in the NFL. 

Bob Lackey, Fisheries Biology , 1967

January 11, 2017

Bob Lackey, 1967, Fisheries Biology, continues to teach part-time at Oregon State University in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. These days, he spends a good portion of his spare time training his young shetland sheepdog, Chandler. Lackey reports that “training progress has been painfully slow, but I think I see glimmers of progress. This little 23-pound dog definitely has a mind of his own and is rarely convinced that my training priorities are fully compatible with his priorities.”

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