Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Robert Miller, Oceanography Fisheries post grad, 1984

December 11, 2020

Miller is the Co-owner and CFO of Sea Dwelling Creatures, Inc. ( and founder of The Coral Ark (

Ryan Bieker, Politics , 2012

December 8, 2020

Bieker utilizes data to examine and interpret changes in California retirement law and how it will affect CalPERS’ actuarial responsibility to the State of California. Bieker is married to Rita Dunn ('13, Politics) who is in her final year of Law School and is currently clerking with U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison Claire.

Robert Deane, History Journalism, 2007

December 4, 2020

Deane currently works in the Public Services Department of the Oregon Tech Library, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He graduated with his MA Ed. in Social Studies from Western Governors University in 2019 and is nearing completion of his Masters in Library Science: Children & Youth Services from St. John’s University.

Karleigh Shepard, English , 2019

November 18, 2020

Shepard is a Master of Public Policy candidate at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. She has been appointed to the Executive Board of the Association of Master of Public Policy Students as Engagement Chair.

Paul J. von Hartmann, Other- Special Major in art, wildlife behavior, journalism, 1978

November 4, 2020

Von Hartmann has been an International Cannabis Scholar and filmmaker for the past thirty years, he wrote a book & made a film entitled “Cannabis vs. Climate Change: How hot does Earth have to get before all solutions are considered?”

Julie Tyler, Liberal Studies Elementary Education , 2016

November 1, 2020

Tyler recently got their multiple subject credential and moved back to Humboldt County over the summer. They are now working at a local elementary school in Arcata in a place they love with all their heart.

Trever McSwain, Politics , 2012

October 27, 2020

McSwain has been practicing law in Indiana since 2016, he is a captain in the Indiana National Guard JAG Corps and a legal aid attorney for Indiana Legal Services Military Assistance Project where he assists low income Veterans.

Daniel Mandell, History , 1979

October 11, 2020

Prof. Mandell’s book, The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America, 1600-1880, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in April 2020. He used that work to write commentaries on current issues for the Washington Post, Time, and The Conversation, which was then republished in various newspapers.

Matthew Woodman, English , 1998

October 6, 2020

Woodman was named the 2019-2020 Kern County Poet Laureate.

Mariko-(Jade) Takimoto, International Studies , 2016

September 15, 2020

After graduation Takimoto was fortunate enough to teach a year abroad in Seville, Spain. Once she returned to the states, she worked as an advisor for entertainment-art students at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Now she is a Recruiter/Sourcer for Sony PlayStation - Santa Monica Studio, God of War team. Takimoto says, “none of this would have been possible if not for the support of the HSU staff & faculty, especially those in the World Languages & Cultures Dept., International Studies Dept., and Center for International Programs. Thank you all for the support you have shown me and your willingness to continue to inspire students to be the very best version of themselves. Thank you HSU! <3”