Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Christie Lee Fairchild, Other, 1976

January 19, 2011

After 18 years as a public servant (National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service), I left the agencies to teach environmnetal education full time. After another 18 years of doing just that, the bottom has now fallen out of my funding, so I'm back to rangering again! My husband and I also farm organically, with the help of our mules, and have homesteaded in the upper Skagit (near North Cascades National Park)for almost 30 years. Vistors are always welcome!

Patty Carlon Kushner, Education, Teaching Credential 1976

January 19, 2011

Retired in '06 from 25 years teaching elementary school. Now work seasonally for the US Forest Service in El Dorado National Forest (for the last 5 years.)

Wendy Mellberg Haecker, Wildlife, 2005

January 19, 2011

I received a Master of Arts in Special Education from SF State University in 2008 and now work as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor at Guide Dogs for the Blind in the SF Bay Area.

Daniel Hale, Speech Pathology, 1978 (BA), 1982 (MA)

January 19, 2011

So thankful that HSU is still going strong, providing excellent educational and training programs for her students. My years at HSU set me up for success in my chosen field of special ed-speech path, and changed my life forever. Keep the dreams alive!

Eric Friedlander, Geology, 2004

January 19, 2011

After graduation I spent three summers working as a hiking/backcountry guide in Skagway, Alaska. I now live in Lake Tahoe and enjoy any and all outdoor activities on a daily basis (especially rock climbing in the summer, and skiing in the winter). I currently work for the City of South Lake Tahoe as the Environmental Programs Analyst. I have also recently become engaged and will be married next August. I'm looking forward to a road trip to Humboldt so I can show my fiance the amazing campus at HSU, the redwoods and the incredible coastline!

Douglas Rischbieter, Fisheries Biology, 1985

January 19, 2011

Just comlpeted a career-crowning project: restoration of a degraded wetland site in the middle of the Mount San Jacinto State Wilderness. Coordinating State Park, CCC, Army National Guard, and several vendors' resources, we overcame controversy and successfully implemented a project to repair a rare and fragile montane meadow. To do so required legislation to allow use of heavy equipment for a restoration project in State Wilderness, and we did so with an absolute minimum of public or environmental impact.

Kathleen (Salinas) Baker, Psychology, 1989

January 19, 2011

Kathi recently relocated to Seattle, WA to begin work as Director of Housing & Residence Life at Seattle University. She is joined in Seattle by her husband, James, and three children (Adam-6, Sarah-5, and Ethan-19 months).

Wendy Hor, Psychology, 2002

January 19, 2011

I'm applying for grad schools and need to take the GRE. I'm not in the area anymore. Can you send me a GRE fee waiver form to my address above? I called the GRE hotline and they said to contact my undergraduate school for a GRE fee waiver form.

Susan Conell, Geography, 1995

January 19, 2011

I have been the Cascade County Planning Director since Aug. 2010.

Dale Pooley, Natural Resources Planning & Interpretation, 1993

January 19, 2011

Married alumnus Jennifer Wilcox (MA Env.Ed., 1992), though we didn't know each other at HSU. Met working at redwood State Parks. We have two sons ages 8 and 6. I have been in environmental consulting for almost 12 years after stints with parks & recreation and museum science education. Jennifer is back at State Parks after community relations work in utilities, water agencies, and Program Director of an outdoor science school.

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