Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

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)!

Shannon Barger, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration , 2014

October 13, 2021

After 6 years working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I’ve gone back to get my Master’s in Education from the University of Washington in addition to a graduate certificate in Education for the Environment and Community at Islandwood on Bainbridge Island, WA.

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.