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Alumni Updates

Brittany Britton, Art , 2012

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

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

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

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. Torralba, Sociology , 1996

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.

Donald Moseley, Economics , 1964

June 8, 2020

Donald Moseley, Economics, 1964, was born in Scotia, California to Adeline (Safford) and John Moseley on March 10, 1942 and passed away on May 11, 2020 surrounded by his family. He graduated from Eureka High School, served in Vietnam, and worked as a Region Transportation Manager for Hershey Chocolate in Oakdale. He was a Stockton resident for 46 years. In retirement, he often taught Digital Photography for Stockton Institute for Continued Learning at San Joaquin Delta College.  Photography was his passion and he enjoyed world travels that gave him photo opportunities. He was an avid reader and loved movies and games. He is survived by his wife Carolyn, daughters: Jennifer Moseley; Michelle Espy, and grandchildren Amber, Joseph and Zachary Espy.

Michael Mooradian, Business , 1983

June 6, 2020

Michael Mooradian, Business Administration, 1983, worked for the Los Angeles County Assessor for over 32 years and retired in March 2020.  As a supervising appraiser, Mooradian was responsible for training and leading his appraisal staff in equalizing assessments on business equipment.  Mooradian diligently and tirelessly served the taxpayers of Los Angeles County. His education at HSU well prepared him for this long-term work opportunity.  He and his wife, Pam, are now retired in the Los Angeles area and he is planning to do volunteer work for organizations he supports.

David Justice, Fisheries Biology Criminal Justice, 1995

June 4, 2020

David Justice, Fisheries Biology, 1995, moved back to southern California after graduating from Humboldt State and worked in retail as a regional ranager for aquatic systems at a large pet retailer.  He then went back to school to earn a MBA in Finance.  After graduating, he began a career in banking, starting as a teller and working his way up to the executive level.  Last November, he was promoted to President/CEO of Alta Vista Credit Union.  “Go Jacks!’

Kristian Espinoza, Psychology , 2017

June 4, 2020

Kristian Espinoza, Psychology, 2017, is happily married and has a six-month old baby. Espinoza works with marginalized communities through a program called Wrap Around and before that they worked at a group-home serving the 6-12 year old children that lived there.

Cristian Martinez, English 2020, 2020

May 20, 2020

Cristian Martinez, English, 2020, says “the HSU English department prepared me for my next intellectual adventure, which is a Master’s in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, New York!”