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Alumni Updates

Daniel Macomber, English, 1992 (BA),1997 (MA)

Submitted: August 9, 2020

Daniel Macomber, English, 1992, English, M.A.1997 is the manager of Cornerstone Sober Living at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission in Santa Barbara, California. Macomber says "COVID-19 has presented many challenges, but they shall continue to be overcome! I am also an independent contractor in the field of educational assessment/measurement. Great memories of my years at HSU!"

Tyler Smurr, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1995

Submitted: August 7, 2020

Tyler Smurr, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1995, was recently promoted to Vice Principal for an elementary school in San Antonio, Texas.

Jon Mann, Biological Sciences, 2014

Submitted: July 9, 2020

Since leaving HSU Jon Mann, Biological Sciences, 2014, has created and launched his own business, a laboratory calibration company.

Michael Mooradian, Business, 1983

Submitted: July 8, 2020

Michael Mooradian, Business Administration, 1983 retired in March, 2020 after more than 32 years with the Los Angeles County Assessor. Mooradian said "a lot of hard work and taxpayer contact wore me down and now, at last, the old gray mare ain't what she used to be". Mooradian is now volunteering his time with the Armenian Relief and Development Association (ARDA). This organization builds housing, sends food and clothing, and maintains a healthcare facility in Armenia for the benefit of impoverished Armenians. Many of these people have been living in cargo containers since the 1988 earthquake. Mooradian thanks the God of the Bible for his education at Humboldt State University and the benefits it provided him throughout his life.

Bob Freeman, Biological Sciences, 1976

Submitted: July 7, 2020

Bob Freeman, Biological Sciences, 1976, retired from his job as a public health microbiologist and lab director but is still writing software for the laboratory information management system. Freeman is now writing SciFi and his work can be found at and

Brittany Britton, Art, 2012

Submitted: July 7, 2020

Brittany Britton, Art, 2012 received her Master of Fine Arts in Craft from the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2015. Britton moved back home to Humboldt County and worked as an Art History lecturer at College of the Redwoods at the Klamath-Trinity Instructional Site in Hoopa. From 2018 to 2020 Britton was the Curator/Registrar of the Native American Collection at the Clarke Historical Museum. In June, 2020 Britton became the Gallery Director to the Reese Bullen and Goudi'ni Native American Arts Galleries at Humboldt State University.

Laura Aguada-Hallberg, World Languages and Cultures, 1993

Submitted: July 7, 2020

After 20 years as a public school teacher and school administrator, Laura Aguada-Hallberg, World Languages and Cultures, 1993, made the move to higher education. She was hired as an assistant professor at Benerd College, University of the Pacific in 2018. She launched a new doctoral program in the fall of 2019 and in July, 2020 was appointed assistant dean of Benerd's Learning, Leadership and Change graduate programs.

Nancy Ross-Flanigan Pokerwinski, Biological Sciences, 1976

Submitted: June 23, 2020

After a rewarding career as a science writer for the Detroit Free Press and the University of Michigan, Nancy Ross-Flanigan Pokerwinski, Biological Sciences, 1976, is now focused on writing memoir and fiction. Her memoir, MANGO RASH: COMING OF AGE IN THE LAND OF FRANGIPANI AND FANTA, was published by Behler Publications in 2019, after winning first place in the memoir/nonfiction category of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Awards. Like most authors, she had to cancel or reschedule all the in-person events she had scheduled for spring and summer of 2020, and is exploring options for virtual events. Meanwhile, she is working on a novel about creativity, outsider art, and madness.

Katrina S. Hagen-Radlick, Politics, 1994

Submitted: June 15, 2020

Katrina Hagen-Radlick, Politics, 1994, was recently appointed by the Governor as the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations, based in Oakland, California. The Department of Industrial Relation's core functions include: CalOSHA, Division of Workers Compensation, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Joseph E. Torr, Sociology, 1996

Submitted: June 11, 2020

Joseph Torralba, Sociology, 1996, recently retired from the Department of Justice-Bureau of Prisons after 22 years. Torralba served previously in Los Angeles and Lompoc, California. and Hazelton, West Virginia.