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Alumni Updates

Vanessa Vrtiak, Sociology , 2017

October 30, 2019

Vanessa Vrtiak, Sociology, 2017, recently gave a Ted Talk about her life, and would like to share it with the 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.” Watch the Ted Talk here: 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

Pamela Hartvig Range is a practicing psychotherapist, expressive arts therapist, and artist.  After graduating from HSU she went on to get her MSW at California State University Sacramento, an MFA in paint from California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, and a PhD in Expressive Therapy.  She is practicing privately in Sacramento, California. Hartvig Range also worked as a medical social worker and performed many types of out patient mental health as well as a lot of clinical supervision. She has shown her oil paintings and prints all over.  She did abstract landscapes for 30 years and has switched to the human form.

Erin Guidarelli, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration , 2014

October 25, 2019

Erin Guidarelli, Kinesiology, 2014, graduated from Pacific University Master of Athletic Training program in May 2019 with honors and received the Outstanding Graduate Award from the Alumni Association.  She earned a M.S. in Athletic Training with a Concentration in Interprofessional Education.  Guidarelli also served as 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).  She 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

Lucas Allen-Custodio, Zoology, 2018, began a job as a laboratory technician at a local soil lab within two months of graduating. He is now the lead lab tech, and is using his zoology degree as the agricultural pest management advisor in the company. Through this, he specializes 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 laboratory results.

Stephanie Kretz (Nicponski), Child Development , 2006

October 18, 2019

Stephanie Kretz, Child Development, 2006, 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 Biology, 1956, passed 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, Wildlife Management, 56, passed away on February 7, 2019 at the age of 88 in Portland, Oregon. Upon graduating Lenhart started his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Umatilla, Oregon working with waterfowl. He later transferred to the Division of River Basin Studies, in Portland, Oregon. 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. He retired after 33 years of dedicated service.

Michael Stockstill, Journalism , 1971

October 14, 2019

Michael Stockstill, Journalism, 1971, 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.

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, Environmental Resources Engineering, 1985, 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.

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