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Alumni Updates

Drew Coe, Forestry & Wildland Resources , 1996

December 20, 2019

Drew Coe, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1996, began working in the forest industry following graduation.  After several years he returned to school, graduating with a MS in Watershed Science from Colorado State University.  Coe currently works as the Forest Practice Monitoring Coordinator/Hydrologist in CALFIRE’s Watershed Protection Program.  He lives with his wife and two children in Redding, California.

Cristine Gilliland, Natural Resources Minor: Recreation Administration, 1989

December 20, 2019

Cristine Gilliland, Natural Resources, 1989, moved to New York City and worked as the Adult Development & Training Administrator for the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York. She left to become a Senior Administrator for a private independent camp in the Adirondacks. During that time, she worked on her Master of Arts in teaching and biology 7-12 credential.  Gilliland spent the last 20 years in New York teaching science and ecology, in middle schools . She has now retired to Western Washington, where she has been working with the local college in their fish lab. Gilliland says she has mostly been enjoying retirement and exploring her new environment with her adventure cat and kayak.

Kaelie Pena, Forestry & Wildland Resources Rangeland Resource Science, 2017

December 20, 2019

Kaelie Pena, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 2017, converted to a full-time permanent position with the Forest Service upon graduating and is coming up on her two year anniversary as a Rangeland Management Specialist with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in the Bridgeport Ranger District.

Michael Murdock, Theatre , 1989

December 18, 2019

Michael Murdock, Theatre Arts, 1989, moved back to Los Angeles from the Seattle area to teach high school Drama at a private school for Twice Exceptional (2e) students.

Shannon Dybvig, Journalism History, 2002

December 17, 2019

hannon Dybvig, Journalism, History, 2002, co-produced the documentary Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy, which played at the Miniplex in Arcata January 10, 2020. In 2008 Dybvig earned an MFA in Photography at Brooks Institute of Photography. Dybvig has been working in the documentary film industry in Southern California since 2005

Christopher Andriessen, Politics , 2007

December 12, 2019

Utilizing a decade’s worth of private sector experience, Christopher Andriessen, Politics, 2007, recently joined Caltrans in its District 9 office as its new Maintenance Public Information Officer. The move follows two years of working for the California Department of Insurance in San Francisco.

Mike Santuccio, Other- Forest Resource Management, 1983

December 8, 2019

Mike Santuccio, Forestry, 1983, retired from CAL FIRE after about 30 years of public service. Santuccio began his career as a Seasonal Firefighter while a student at HSU and rose through the ranks to Deputy Chief at retirement. He is a Registered Professional Forester and currently works part time as a consulting forester. He met his wife, Lora while at HSU and they return to Humboldt County as often as they can where it all began. Two of their three children are also HSU grads.

Cynthia (Cindy) D. Scheinert, Other- B.A. Spanish in '79; B.A. English in '80, 1979, 1980

December 7, 2019

Cynthia Scheinert, Spanish, 1979, English, 1980, recently retired from teaching in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 1980, her first year teaching, she taught 7th and 10th grade English but quickly transitioned to a split of English and Spanish. In the late 80s, she began working on an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College and spent three summers on the VT campus. Scheinert says she was fortunate to be awarded a semester sabbatical to finish her M.A. in Madrid. After teaching Spanish for another decade, she felt the itch to do something new, so she moved to 5th grade language arts, where she remained until retirement. Reflecting on her 39-year career, she said “I am so very grateful to my English and Spanish profs at HSU, especially, Tom Gage, professor and mentor. Mahalo nui loa to you all!”

Arthur Grusensky, Music , 1978

November 22, 2019

Arthur Grusensky, Music, 1978, headed immediately after graduation to the University of Bologna in Italy where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and studied at Conservatorio di Musica G.B. Martini in flute. He subsequently became licensed in Ohio, Massachusetts, Utah, Colorado and California. A dedicated athlete he started and ran a small animal hospital in Moab for nine years - mountain biking, hiking, skiing, and kayaking during his time there. Ultimately returning to Hermosa Beach, California he specialized in high speed spay & neuter, studied Filipino martial arts(escrima) and became a world traveller going to exotic locations to trek such as Nepal, the Tibetan plateau(zanskar and Ladakh), bike tour the Karakoram Highway in northeast Pakistan and cross the Himalayas at 13,400 feet outside Manali.

Devin Theobald, Politics , 2004

November 20, 2019

Devin Theobald, Politics, 2004 is employed by the County of Humboldt Public Works Department, Environmental Services Division.