Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Zachary Haitkin, International Studies & Spanish Language, 2010

November 6, 2018

Zachary Haitkin, International Studies, 2010, is currently residing in the city of San Francisco working at the headquarters for the rideshare company, Lyft. He began his career here over 4.5 years ago by making the transition from a Lyft driver to customer support associate. Since then, he has worked on the Operations team and led the effort to build a Competitive Intelligence network in an effort to improve Lyft’s visibility into what competitors are doing at a market level. Most recently, he has moved over to Lyft’s Growth team as a Project Manager to help lead the charge in the localization of the Lyft platform into Spanish and other languages.

Thomas F. Wuenschell, Forestry & Wildland Resources , 1974

October 30, 2018

Thomas F. Wuenschell, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1974, studied Forestry 1972-1974 at Humboldt and got his BS in Idaho later. He retired in 2016 as a forester after more than 30 years with USFS. He has always been a supporter of Save The Redwoods League and is currently on board of directors of his Audubon chapter.

Vicki Bugbee-Reed, Psychology 5h year - education - Early Childhood Ed., 1974

October 29, 2018

Vicki Bugbee-Reed, Psychology, 1974, retired in 2009. She taught in Australia, right from HSU for three years and taught in Oregon most of the remaining years (almost 30 total) before retirement.  She sailed a sailboat for six years from Newport, Oregon to Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Steven Steward Esq., Politics , 2001

October 15, 2018

Steven Steward, Politics, 2001, currently works as a deputy district attorney for the Humboldt County Office of the District Attorney.

Janine Silvis, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies , 2012

October 10, 2018

Janine Silvis, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, 2012, is the Coordinator for Residential Education for College Ten at UC Santa Cruz. After graduating, Silvis served four years as a student affairs administrator at UCLA, UC Berkeley, and the University of Oregon and then obtained a Masters of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at the University of Vermont. Silvis applies their experiences and education to formulate interdisciplinary approaches to ending campus sexual assault, developing residential curriculum, and supporting minoritized students in higher education. Silvis has recieved several awards and recognition for national conference presentations and has published in scholary journals.

Michael William Raftery, Oceanography , 1996

October 10, 2018

Michael William Raftery, Oceanography, 1996, worked for Lockheed Martin Technical Operations as a Satellite Engineer (1996-2000), Loral Skynet as a Spacecraft Orbit Analyst (2000-2004), Stevens Institute of Technology as a Research Engineer (2004-2012), received a Masters Degree in Ocean Engineering (Stevens 2009), and is the sole inventor on US Patent 8093736B2 (Wave Energy Harnessing Device) own by Stevens Board of Trustees. He’s currently working for Martin & Ottaway in Tinton Falls, New Jersey working to commercialize the SurfWEHD based on US patent 8093736B2.

Gregory Gottlieb, Politics , 1976

September 15, 2018

Gregory Gottlieb, Politics, 1976, retired in 2017 from the U.S.Agency for International Development as Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance. He’s now a professor at Tufts University, and Director of the Feinstein International Center, which does research on international humanitarian assistance.  We welcome all Lumberjacks.

Fernando William Manzanera, International Studies European Studies, 2016

September 11, 2018

Fernando William Manzanera, International Studies, 2016, moved to the Czech Republic February 1, 2017, to be with his girlfriend. He’s been living here for 20 months now and works as a teacher and in IT Support for a Swiss insurance company. Life is pretty great. grin

Jessica Elaine Sepulveda, Biological Sciences Biology, 2017

September 9, 2018

Jessica Elaine Sepulveda, Biology, 2017, recently got this amazing opportunity to work in startup using stem cell technology to reduce humans impact on the environment. Unlike most stem cell technology that focuses on medicine, VitroLabs Inc goal is to reduce our ecological footprint by making ethical leather in a lab. Her job entails making induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), differentiating our stem cells into skin cell and generating leather. By producing leather in a lab from iPSCs we can eliminate the need for cow hides will still supplying the market with this particular textile. She finds her work satisfying and is able to fulfill her graduation pledge in several ways: our product is ethical & ecological.

Alan Daniel, History , 1970

September 6, 2018

Alan Daniel, History, 1970, is retiring after 28 years as an HR Block franchisee in Hawaii. At the height of his career, he owned 11 franchise offices on three islands, had 86 tax pros under contract, prepared taxes, annually, for 14,000+ taxpayers, and provided bookkeeping/payroll services for 100+ small businesses. Between 2003 and 2005 he consulted with the IRS in the development of electronic filing that most of you use today. He and Kathleen Kenan recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in Seattle. They live on the beautiful island of Kauai. a hui hou