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Alumni Updates

Shannon Whaley (Bush), Psychology Women’s Studies minor, 2001

February 21, 2020

After graduating from HSU, Shannon Whaley, Psychology, 2001, moved to Seattle to pursue a career as a domestic violence counselor as well as a chemical dependency professional. After leaving the social services in 2005, she became a hairstylist for seven years, working at the top salon in Seattle. In 2013 she moved to the Cayman Islands to figure things out and became a credentialed coach through the International Coaching Federation. In 2015, Whaley opened her own business and began working as a business and marketing coach. She became a coach trainer and eventually the head of admissions for a coach training company. In 2017 she moved to Italy and met and married her husband, where they live with three cats.

Michael M O'Boyle, Forestry & Wildland Resources , June 1971

February 14, 2020

Michael O’Boyle, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1971, spent 16 years with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, and ended up as a district conservationist. He then served in New Mexico and California. Afterward, O’Boyle completed 20 years with the Madera County Animal Control Department in California, retiring in 2010.

Aneesh Kumar KV, Fisheries Biology , 2014

February 14, 2020

Aneesh Kumar, Fisheries Biology, 2014, is currently working as Project Scientist at Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology. Their area of research is Eco-morphology of deep sea fishes and Otoliths.

Aaron Louis Cobas, Politics Minor: Environmental Policy, 2016

January 29, 2020

Since graduating, Aaron Louis Cobas, Politics, 2016, has been trying to acquire his dream position that he has wanted since the age of nine years old. Last December, that dream came true. Cobas has accepted a full-time position as a Park Ranger for New Mexico State Parks. Ever since he was little his fondest memories have been going up into the Sierras, as well as Yosemite and Joshua Tree, looking at the majesty that is our public lands. Because of the education and training he received at HSU he has an exciting new chapter in life and the new adventures that come with it.

Julianne Fernandez, Oceanography , 2014

January 27, 2020

After earning her degree, Julianne Fernandez, Oceanography, 2014, interned with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District in Illinois. As a Physical Science Technician in Water Quality she assisted in monitoring the upper Mississippi River. Fernandez worked on her M.S. in Geology at the University of Cincinnati, where her research focused on methane emissions from Lake Erie. Fernandez completed her M.S in 2017 and soon decided to pursue a PhD. She’s currently a Marie Slodowska-Curie Postgraduate Research Assistant in the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway University of London, UK. She studies urban methane emissions from London and other European metropolitan areas.

Don Hoeler, Anthropology Masters in Hospital Administration and Management, 2005

January 19, 2020

Don Hoeler, Anthropology, 2005, is currently living in Portland, Oregon. He completed his Masters in Hospital Administration and Management and has international business experience working with emerging markets in Asia and Europe. Hoeler says his anthropology studies had a profound impact on his career and relationships and sends a “shoutout” to Dr. Todd Young who inspired him to chase after his dreams. “Economic Anthropology was by far my favorite course work. Thank you HSU.”

Barbara Muskat, Art , 1975

January 18, 2020

Barbara Muskat, Art, 1975, has been teaching in a public school setting for the last 26 years. She taught as a secondary art teacher and for the last 15 years taught kindergarten where she includes the arts in many ways. Muskat will be retiring at the end of the 2020 school year.

Michelle Gienger, History Economics, 2007

January 13, 2020

A few years ago Michelle Gienger, History, 2007, transitioned from a Federal Investigator at the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to a Management and Program Analyst with the US Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General.  In this position, she is on a team that conducts reviews of DOJ programs for the DOJ, Congress, and public.

Janelle Thompson, Forestry & Wildland Resources Forest Management, 1993

January 13, 2020

In 2019, after 28 years with the U.S. Forest Service in a position as a timber sale administrator, Janelle Thompson, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1993, was promoted to Tahoe National Forest, Sierraville Ranger District Timber Management Officer. Thompson began her career in 1987 as a temporary employee on the timber marking crew at Sierraville. She received a permanent career appointment in 1991 as a forester with an emphasis in timber sale administration. During the last 20 years she has also worked as a support dispatcher (EDSD) for major wildland fires and other incidents across the United States. September of 2022 Thompson will be eligible to retire with over 31 years with the U.S. Forest Service.

David Justice, Fisheries Biology , 1995

January 10, 2020

David Justice, Fisheries Biology, 1995, was promoted to CEO of Alta Vista Credit Union in Redlands, California in November of 2019. Justice married a College Professor who teaches Geography and they have two adult boys who are off to college next year.

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