Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Jane Bardolf, Wildlife , 2001

November 27, 2021

After 35 years of public service including U.S. Peace Corps, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and Finally 20 years with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Jane retired in April after working 6 years at Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Kimiko Nishitsuji, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies , 2016

November 23, 2021

After graduating with a degree in CRGS I’m 2016, Kimiko Nishitsuji spent the last three years as a county eligibility worker at the County of Humboldt. Prior to that, she served as the Patient Benefits Coordinator at Mad River Community Hospital. She recently relocated back to LA County and is the Medi-Cal Enrollment Specialist for WelbeHealth PACE, providing case management for medically complex at risk elders. She lives with her partner Patrick Notthoff (2012) and her cat Mr. Mochi.

Nikki Jardin, Environmental Studies , 1999

November 19, 2021

Nikki Jardin recently launched an online and print publication created for people experiencing dementia-related illness, brain trauma or other cognitive impairment. Mirador Magazine is the first leisure-oriented magazine created specifically for this community. Nikki was inspired to create Mirador when she couldn’t find accessible, magazine-type reading materials for her aunt who had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The first two issues were published this past Summer & Fall, and a third will come off the press in late December. You can learn more at

David J Fisher, Biological Sciences , 1983

November 5, 2021

After graduating with a biology degree from Humboldt State in 1983, Dr. Dave Fisher received his DVM from Washington State University and practiced at a small-animal clinic prior to his residency in clinical pathology at the University of California, Davis. Following board certification, he was a clinical pathology instructor at the University of Wisconsin. In 1995, he started working for IDEXX at the company’s reference laboratory in West Sacramento. Dave was recently awarded the American Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology’s (ASVCP) Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the profession.

Frank Scherf, Wildlife Minor fisheries & botany, 1985

November 2, 2021

Frank Scherf has retired at long last!!! 35years at Snohomish County, WA as a Biologist, Senior planner, and shoreline planner.  He worked for the USFS in Challis Idaho before that & after Humboldt. Scherf is now in the Rogue River Valley Oregon and loving it! Word of advise Scherf says, “Get a pension and an investment for retirement! Live good and respect the environment. Don’t forget the bud that got us here.”

Christopher Rush, Natural Resources , 1974

November 2, 2021

Christopher Rush completed hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Mexico to Canada in 2016 after hiking it in sections post retirement. After working the first half of his career with USDA & USDI (USFS-Willamette NF & BLM-Calif. Desert), he spent the last half with the Environmental Office at Edwards AFB, CA. Where Rush retired as Chief of the Conservation Branch in 2005.  Married to Carol (Kohlenberger) Rush is also a 1974 HSU Grad.

Clayton Kelley, Other- Recreation administration, 2017

October 14, 2021

Clayton has worked for Alpine county as the building and grounds supervisor. He over sees all buildings, parks, and open spaces in alpine county. He is also a captain on alpine county fire & spent this summer on the tamarack and candors.

Kacie Hallahan, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration , 2020

October 14, 2021

Kacie has recently accepted a full-time permanent position with the Air Force in San Pedro, CA. As a Recreation Specialist, she will be planning and leading outdoor recreation programs for military members and their families, including backpacking, rafting, skydiving, deep sea fishing, and more! Thanks, REC fam!

Nicholas Fassl, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration , 2019

October 14, 2021

Nicholas is currently an Afloat Recreation Specialist aka Fun Boss on an aircraft carrier for the US Navy. He organizes daily activities, large events and schedules trips/tours for 5,500 navy sailors and personnel in San Diego & foreign ports.

Alexis Puerto-Holmes, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration , 2017

October 13, 2021

After attending the CPRS conference with the Rec Club at HSU Alexis met with several folks who work at Sonoma County Regional Parks. She had to do her internship in order to graduate and called the people she had met to see about applying, and it was a success! Alexis felt thrilled to start as an intern, was promoted to a Park Aide, and then Park Programs Assistant (PPA), and now a full time Recreation PPA. She has lead a variety of programs for Sonoma County Parks. Alexis really thinks she has the best job- she gets paid to take people kayaking, surfing, hiking, present about inequity in the outdoors, lead outreach, and so much more. She is forever grateful to those at HSU who supported her (shout out to Gen Marchand whoot)!