Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Jon Dohlin, Biological Sciences , 1992

October 11, 2021

After 25 years with the Wildlife Conservation Society-- including 12 as the Director of the New York Aquarium, Jon accepted a new position as CEO of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo in Fresno CA

Jeff Hernandez, Social Work , 2009

October 8, 2021

This past August Jeff celebrated his 12th year anniversary serving in the US Army. On Thursday, October 7th of this year he was promoted to Warrant Officer II (Chief) at the Fort Riley Criminal Investigation Command (CID). Jeff’s current job in the army is a team chief to investigate felony level crimes with military subjects. he is able to use the knowledge gained from obtaining a degree in Social Work to help assist victims in their time of need, direct them to appropriate services, and enable them to have a voice to speak out against any wrong doings.

Jason Storlie, Wildlife , 2007

October 5, 2021

In January of 2021, Jason began a new position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as Deputy Project Leader of Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  Previous positions with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service include Wildlife Biologist with the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex and Manager of Bitter Creek and Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuges.

Holly Lemyre, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies Anthropology, 2017

October 5, 2021

Holly has had the unique pleasure of applying the toolkit gained in her CRGS degree to a field she’d never heard of before graduation: pelvic health. She’s spent the last two and a half years working at Origin, a femtech startup committed to changing the future of health for individuals with a vaginal pelvic floor.

Neil L Aaland, Sociology Geography emphasis, 1979

October 4, 2021

Neil recently retired after 16 years as a sole proprietor environmental/natural resources planner and 25 years in local and state government service in Washington State. After obtaining his B.A. from HSU, he spent a year in Ohio at Bowling Green State University where he received a M.A. in Geography. He has fond memories of his time at HSU and intends to visit in retirement.

Rae Slason (They/Them), Environmental Studies , 2015

September 27, 2021

Since graduating in 2015, Rae met their Sweetie, moved to Portland and is experiencing the greatest authenticity yet!  The ENST program taught them how incredibly interconnected all of their interests are and how to take an interdisciplinary approach to problem analysis.  Rae became passionate about improving access to healing and joy in all types of environments that we exist in, including our homes, schools and communities, as well as our natural surroundings. They are currently earning a Master’s of Science in Recreational Therapy and is super excited to increase inclusion, accessibility and diversity acceptance in their community.

Leigh-Ann King, Biological Sciences , 2005

September 23, 2021

Leigh-Ann King transferred after 2003 to Fresno State and majored in Natural Science with a teaching credential obtained from Fresno State.  She is now teaching Biology, Honors Biology, and AP Biology at her old high school in the Central Valley of California.

Theodore "Ted" Smith, Geology , 1972

September 22, 2021

Following a 30-year career with the State of California, Ted Smith retired as Supervising Geologist with the California Geological Survey in 2001. Since then he earned a PhD in Education (Specialization: Teaching & Training Online) and for 18 years has taught courses online, mostly with Baker College (located in Michigan). In 2019, Ted moved to Whidbey Island, Washington and recently was appointed to the Board of Directors of Geology in the Public Interest, a nonprofit that focuses on use of geology for the public good in sustainable ways.

Kristina Elizabeth Ryan, Politics , 2003

September 18, 2021

After meeting at Humboldt State some 20 years ago, James Catlin (2002- Political Science and Economics) and Kristina have been married since 2010 and have two children. James is the Chief Macroeconomist at Value Investors Edge where he specializes in research and analysis of maritime trade. Kristina works for the State of California at the Department of Social Services. They currently reside in Southern California. They both share fond memories of their days as HSU students. James misses surfing alongside redwood lined cliffs and Smug’s Pizza. Kristina misses all the amazing natural scenery. They can’t wait to have their children visit HSU when they are older.

Meg Godlewski, Journalism , 1988

September 15, 2021

Meg Godlewski has accepted a new position as Senior Writer for Flying Magazine.