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Alumni Updates

Garrett John Costello, Environmental Science & Management , 2014

November 17, 2019

Over the last two years Garrett Costello, Environmental Science & Management, 2014, and his wife (fellow alumni) got married and started an environmental consulting business. As the business has grown they have turned their attention to constructing low-tech beaver dam analogs to help restore critical stream and meadow ecosystems. This year Symbiotic Restoration installed over 100 beaver dams across north-eastern California. As the business expands they hope to be able to employ and incorporate Humboldt State students in to these programs. Their current plans include looking for land so that they can move back to Humboldt County and build their home back where their journey began.

Thomas Cappiello, Fisheries Biology , 1986

November 11, 2019

Thomas Cappiello, Fisheries Biology, 1986, has retired from Alaska Department of Fish and Game after 21 years of service. Cappiello has been working in fisheries in Alaska for over 30 years. He still lives in Alaska and says he probably won’t leave. Cappiello is a steering committee member of the Matanuska Susitna Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership, president of the MatSu Birders Club, and home baker of Artisan sourdough breads and pizza.

Jim Hervey, Other- Speech Communication, 1977

November 4, 2019

Jim Hervey, Speech Communication, 1977, passed in January 2019.  He often said “Every day is a gift”.  While at HSU, Jim met his wife, Linda Upson.  Over a decade later after earning his MBA at the University of San Diego he proposed on Valentine’s Day.  They lived in Sunnyvale and Menlo Park prior to his return to San Diego.  He then studied to become a tax accountant.  As an IRS registered tax preparer he used his skills at the Ward & Thorn Law Firm.  Jim was an avid body surfer, swimmer, and outdoors enthusiast.  Those skills served him well as a leader in Boy Scouts of America Troop 500.  He remained active in Troop 500 even after his only child, David, went off to college.

Sylvia Lynn van Royen, Environmental Science & Management Ecological Restoration Emphasis, minor in GIS, 2019

October 31, 2019

After graduating from HSU Sylvia Lynn van Royen, Environmental Science & Management, 2019, was hired by the Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources based out of Orleans, California. The Tribe’s DNR has ground breaking management goals that she feels honored and blessed to be learning from. Van Royen was originally hired to supervise the summer youth crew working on manual fuels reduction units, but is now working as a GIS Technician making maps and other spatially-oriented technology to support field crews.

Vanessa Vrtiak, Sociology , 2017

October 30, 2019

Vanessa Vrtiak, Sociology, 2017, recently gave a Ted Talk about her life, and would like to share it with the Humboldt State Family. “Thank you for being there for me and helping me shape the woman I am today. I’m so grateful I was able to go to a University with people that truly believe in their students and champion their success.” Watch the Ted Talk here:

Pamela Hartvig Range, Social Work , 1967

October 30, 2019

Pamela Hartvig Range is a practicing psychotherapist, expressive arts therapist, and artist.  After graduating from HSU she went on to get her MSW at California State University Sacramento, an MFA in paint from California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, and a PhD in Expressive Therapy.  She is practicing privately in Sacramento, California. Hartvig Range also worked as a medical social worker and performed many types of out patient mental health as well as a lot of clinical supervision. She has shown her oil paintings and prints all over.  She did abstract landscapes for 30 years and has switched to the human form.

Erin Guidarelli, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration , 2014

October 25, 2019

Erin Guidarelli, Kinesiology, 2014, graduated from Pacific University Master of Athletic Training program in May 2019 with honors and received the Outstanding Graduate Award from the Alumni Association.  She earned a M.S. in Athletic Training with a Concentration in Interprofessional Education.  Guidarelli also served as Secretary on the Northwest Athletic Trainer’s Association (NWATA) Student Executive Board and is currently working on the Public Relations Committee for the Washington Athletic Trainer’s Association (WSATA).  She worked with the Special Olympics Oregon Unified Basketball Games providing medical coverage for the 2019 season.

Lucas Allen-Custodio, Other- Zoology, 2018

October 22, 2019

Lucas Allen-Custodio, Zoology, 2018, began a job as a laboratory technician at a local soil lab within two months of graduating. He is now the lead lab tech, and is using his zoology degree as the agricultural pest management advisor in the company. Through this, he specializes in providing the agricultural industry with environmentally conscious biological control remedies, that reduce the use of pesticides, as well as provide technical information to farmers on how to take care of and love their soil, based on laboratory results.

Stephanie Kretz (Nicponski), Child Development , 2006

October 18, 2019

Stephanie Kretz, Child Development, 2006, became a member of The California State Bar in 2015 and is currently a practicing attorney for the County of Humboldt.

Ernest Casperson, Fisheries Biology , 1956

October 14, 2019

Ernest Casperson, a Fisheries Biology, 1956, passed away March 5, 2019, in Helena, Montana. He was a teacher in several small California communities. He later started his career with the Bureau of Reclamation on what was then the Auburn Dam and Reservoir project. When the project ran into some structural and political hurdles, it failed to get the needed funding, he retired to Montana where he could spend his leisure time fishing for trout.