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Alumni Updates

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

Justice 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

Espinoza 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

Martinez 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!”

Sean Berry, Native American Studies , 2014

May 19, 2020

Berry is a Legal Administrative Specialist for the Northern California Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Daniel Zevin, Wildlife Fisheries Minor, 1988

May 17, 2020

After graduating, Zevin’s career took many twists & turns. He is currently getting back to his wildlife roots assisting UC Berkeley’s Fung Fellowship launch a new, biodiversity-focused Conservation + Tech undergraduate training program. Zevin also serves as an Advisory Group member for the Climate Readiness Institute, and previously spent three years as Program Director at NatureBridge, five years as Project Manager/Associate Zoologist with The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, and two years as a Research Assistant supporting captive breeding programs at the LA Zoo. There’s also an 11 year career at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory, plus two more gigs that just won’t fit smile. What a long strange trip it’s been!

Ed Gullekson, Oceanography , 1973

May 13, 2020

After graduation Gullekson joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a commissioned officer where over six years he served on three different ships and at a NOAA fisheries lab at Tiburon, California. He then earned a master’s degree in management science. From there he spent the next 30 years as a management consultant and executive coach. During that time he continued to scuba dive, enjoying the underwater world as a hobby. On retiring in 2014 he started volunteer scientific diving in Puget Sound for the University of Washington, helping on a variety of projects. One in particular, Sea Star Wasting Disease, he has contributed many hours of underwater observation. You can see his observations on his youtube channel.

Paul Valentich-Scott, Oceanography , 1970

May 11, 2020

Valentich-Scott began working at the School of Oceanography at Oregon State University designing and participating in benthic surveys in the eastern Pacific Ocean. In 1982, Valentich-Scott changed career paths and became a curator at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History where he retired at the end of 2019. While at the museum Paul published dozens of papers on marine bivalves, including three books on the bivalves of the eastern Pacific. Valentich-Scott and his wife Lynne fund an annual HSU Oceanography scholarship.

Jim Craig, Fisheries Biology , 1985

May 11, 2020

After graduation Craig worked as a Foreign Fishery Observer in the Bearing Sea. Next he took a job with the Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife. Craig then joined the US Fish & Wildlife Service where he worked at fishery offices in Red Bluff, Stockton, and from 1987 to 2000 at the Arcata Fish & Wildlife Office. Craig then took a job as Deputy Project Leader at the USFWS’s Mid-Columbia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (MCFWCO) in Leavenworth, Washington. In 2008 he became Project Leader, and in 2020 he became Manager of the Leavenworth Fisheries Complex which consists of the MCFWCO and Leavenworth, Entiat, and Winthrop National Fish Hatcheries. Craig lives with his wife Lisa in Cashmere, Washington.

Christie L. Fairchild, Natural Resources Env. Ed., 1976

May 10, 2020

Fairchild feels that HSU and, in particular, Dr. Rudy Becking, launched her career as a passionate, environ-mental activist. Job-wise, she enjoyed many years as a seasonal National Park Service ranger, working from Pt. Reyes to Redwood to Olympic to Denali to North Cascades. She settled and homesteaded in North Cascades National Park, in upper Skagit, in 1982. In addition, she worked for six years for the US Forest Service in fire, visitor services, and interp planning. She also spent 20+ years as an environmental educator for two different non-profits. Fairchild met and married her husband Art Olson here and they homestead and grow food as well as have 30 acres of hay for sale. They also raise and use their mules in the fields as well as on back country trails. Fairchild is now living with ALS.