Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Vanessa Vrtiak, Sociology , 2017

October 30, 2019

I recently gave a Ted Talk about my life, and thought I would share it with Humboldt State Family. Thank you for being there for me and helping me shape the woman I am today. I’m so grateful I was able to go to a University with people that truly believe in their students and champion their success.

https://www.ted.com/talks/vanessa_vrtiak_how_to_save_a_life?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare&fbclid=IwAR154LL1hsMJPaH4_68QAGF1gUqQveVUG8UBAD5QMamSoeuIn_TpNxws_vM

Pamela Hartvig Range, Social Work , 1967

October 30, 2019

Practicing psychotherapist, expressive arts therapist and artist.  I went on to get my MSW at CSUS, an MFA in paint from California College of Arts and Crafts—Oakland, CA and PhD in Expressive Therapy.  I am practicing privately in Sacramento, CA.  Worked as a medical SW and all types of out patient mental health, did a lot of clinical supervision.  I have shown my art—oil paintings and prints all over.  Did abstract landscapes for 30 years and have switched to the human form.

Erin Guidarelli, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration , 2014

October 25, 2019

Graduated from Pacific University Master of Athletic Training Program in May 2019 with honors and received the Outstanding Graduate Award from the Alumni Association.  Earned a M.S. in Athletic Training with a Concentration in Interprofessional Education.  Served as the Secretary on the Northwest Athletic Trainer’s Association (NWATA) Student Executive Board and is currently working on the Public Relations Committee for the Washington Athletic Trainer’s Association (WSATA).  Worked with the Special Olympics Oregon Unified Basketball Games providing medical coverage for the 2019 season.

Lucas Allen-Custodio, Other- Zoology, 2018

October 22, 2019

I acquired a job as a laboratory technician at a local soil lab within two months of graduating. I am now the lead lab tech, and am using my zoology degree as the agricultural pest management advisor in the company. Through this, I specializing in providing the agricultural industry with environmentally conscious biological control remedies, that reduce the use of pesticides, as well as provide technical information to farmers on how to take care of and love their soil, based on our laboratory results.

Stephanie Kretz (Nicponski), Child Development , 2006

October 18, 2019

Stephanie became a member of The California State Bar in 2015 and is currently a practicing attorney for the County of Humboldt.

Ernest Casperson, Fisheries Biology , 1956

October 14, 2019

Ernest Casperson, a Fisheries Major, Class of 56, past away March 5, 2019, in Helena Montana. He was a teacher in several small California communities. He later started his career with the Bureau of Reclamation on what was then the Auburn Dam and Reservoir project. When the project ran into some structural and political hurdles, it failed to get the needed funding, he retired to Montana where he could spend his leisure time fishing for trout.

David J. Lenhart, Wildlife , 1956

October 14, 2019

David J. Lenhart, a Wildlife Management Major, Class of 56 passed away on February 7, 2019 at the age of 88 in Portland, OR. Upon graduating Dave started his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Umatilla OR working with waterfowl. He later transferred to the Division of River Basin Studies, in Portland. OR. During his career he worked on projects in Washington, Oregon and California. He later served as Branch Chief of Environmental Contaminants in the USFWS’ Regional Office in Portland, OR. He retired after 33 years of dedicated service.

Michael Stockstill, Journalism , 1970

October 14, 2019

Michael Stockstill, 1970 Journalism, has been appointed to the board of the Irvine Land Trust, a non-profit building and operating low cost housing in Irvine, California. The Land Trust has and will construct rental and for sale units that will remain in Land Trust ownership forever, guaranteeing the units remain affordable.

Carla Fisher, Environmental Resources Engineering , 1985

October 8, 2019

Carla Fisher, 1985 Environmental Resources Engineering, retired in 2014 after 29 years at the Environmental Protection Agency and became a part-time technical writer/editor for Akana, an environmental consulting firm in Bellevue, Washington.

Julie Marie Stewart, Other- Environmental Management and Protection, 2013

October 7, 2019

Julie Marie Stewart, 2013 Environmental Management & Protection, worked for several years as an outdoor educator in various amazing outdoor-school settings across California. She returned to HSU in 2018 to complete her teaching credential and was hired at Zane Middle School in Eureka as a science teacher in fall of 2019.

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