Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Aydee Zielke, Environmental Science & Management , 2008

June 14, 2021

Aydee recently obtained her dream job, joining the San Dieguito River Park JPA, taking on the role as the the Park Environmental Planner. Her work includes habitat conservation, preservation, planning, permitting, and mitigation for trails and parkland. She is also using her cartography skills to create map exbibits, maintain, and update GIS data. She had worked for various private consulting firms and earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii (2015). She met her husband while studying at Humboldt and they have more recently taken on the role of parents, raising their two outgoing toddlers in Coastal North County San Diego.

Ryan Ward, History , 2017

June 11, 2021

After graduating from Humboldt State, Ryan Ward obtained a teaching credential from San Jose State University and was hired as a Government and Economics teacher at Westmont High School. After teaching two classes for the 2020-21 academic year, He has been hired to a full time position for the 2021-22 school year.

James Caton, History , 2011

June 10, 2021

The flexibility of HSU’s B.A. in History afforded James the opportunity to chart a path for the future by exploring topics that interested him. Upon completing his degree, he began studying economic theory. He completed an M.A. in Economics from San Jose State University in 2013 where he studied monetary theory and history. He completed my Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2017 where he focused on non-equilibrium, agent-based models of systems of exchange. As of Fall 2017, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University where he teaches macroeconomics, entrepreneurship, economic computation, and economic development.

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, Kellison 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.

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