Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Gloria Miranda, Art , 2008

May 21, 2021

Gloria’s most recent accomplishment is that she is now a recent graduate from Claremont Graduate University Masters of Science in Information Systems Technology in Data Science as well as a Masters of Business for the Arts through Sotheby’s Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University. 

Tim Kellison, Biological Sciences Botany, 2005

May 20, 2021

After a brief stint with the National Park Service, Tim began working for the US Forest Service. He had spent the last 15 years working as a Botanist on the Lassen and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests. The past five years he has lived in Carson City, NV working as the Sierra Zone Botanist for the Humboldt-Toiyabe managing Rare Plants, Native Plant Community and Pollinator Habitat, and Native Plant Materials Program Development on the Bridgeport and Carson Ranger Districts.

Jade Bristol, English , 1993

May 8, 2021

Jade Bristol, 1993, English, was named Chief Development Officer of Giving Docs, a revolutionary online platform that is democratizing the estate planning process and making it easier for individuals who want to make an impact by leaving a gift to charity in their Will. Jade is a 2001 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and has spent the last decade helping non-profits fund their missions through planned giving.

Louis A Richards, Theatre , 1990

May 8, 2021

Louis retired and is living the good life in Marina. After a career in the US Navy, service in the Peace Corps and years in other vocations, it’s now his time to enjoy a life of relaxation.

Vince Smith, Environment and Community , 1984

May 3, 2021

Smith recently retired after 36 years working for a private not for profit organization caring for and assisting individuals with intellectual disabilities. He and his wife, Deb, left Northern California in 1984 and settled in New Mexico. He credits HSU’s professors with steering him on a life journey of compassion and care for others.

Mohsin Aziz, Business , 1992

April 26, 2021

Mohsin has worked in IT since graduating from HSU. In 1997 he started his own IT services company, NYLEX.Net, which is now the most prominent IT services company in Humboldt County. The company has hired numerous HSU graduates as IT support technicians and engineers as it continues its growth.

Robert Lackey, Fisheries Biology , 1967

April 26, 2021

Lackey is a professor at Oregon State University. In 2008, he retired after 27 years with the Environmental Protection Agency’s 350-person national research laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon. He served as Deputy Director, Associate Director for Science, and in other senior science leadership positions. His current “gig” is part-time and involves teaching ecological policy and advising a few graduate students. He and his wife, Lana Apparius Lackey (also a Humboldt student), live in Corvallis, Oregon.

Liam Hazelton, Environmental Studies Geospatial Analysis minor, 2019

April 21, 2021

Following graduation, Hazelton searched for jobs in the Bay Area but did not have any luck for a year and a half. In December 2020 he received help from a local professional who sent him information about an internship that dealt with restoring and mitigating damage done in riparian areas by humans. He was selected to join the program in February of 2021 and also has a future job in the pipeline.

Monica Topping, Journalism , 2009

April 12, 2021

In April 2021 Topping was named the City of Eureka’s 2020 Artist of the Year.

Rich Torquemada, Fisheries Biology ’92 MS, Natural Resources, 1982

April 8, 2021

Torquemada recently stepped down after four years as a Board Director of the Montana Grape and Winery Association, serving as president for three years. Rich continues to own and operate Luna Llena Vineyards, producing cold-climate hybrid wine grapes for several local wineries and cideries in Western Montana. Prior to establishing Luna Llena, he enjoyed a 34-year career as a fisheries biologist and field supervisor with the Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management, working throughout the Western US.

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