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Alumni Updates

Nancy Ross-Flanigan Pokerwinski, Biological Sciences , 1976

June 23, 2020

After a rewarding career as a science writer for the Detroit Free Press and the University of Michigan, Ross-Flanigan Pokerwinski is now focused on writing memoir and fiction. Her memoir, MANGO RASH: COMING OF AGE IN THE LAND OF FRANGIPANI AND FANTA, was published by Behler Publications in 2019, after winning first place in the memoir/nonfiction category of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Awards. Like most authors, she had to cancel or reschedule all the in-person events she had scheduled for spring and summer of 2020, and is exploring options for virtual events. Meanwhile, she is working on a novel about creativity, outsider art, and madness.

Katrina S. Hagen-Radlick, Politics , 1994

June 15, 2020

Hagen-Radlick was recently appointed by the Governor of California as the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations, based in Oakland, California.  The Department of Industrial Relation’s core functions include: CalOSHA, Division of Workers Compensation, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Joseph E. Torralba, Sociology , 1996

June 11, 2020

Torralba recently retired from the Department of Justice-Bureau of Prisons after 22 years. Torralba served previously in Los Angeles and Lompoc, California. and Hazelton, West Virginia.

Donald Moseley, Economics , 1964

June 8, 2020

Moseley was born in Scotia, California to Adeline (Safford) and John Moseley on March 10, 1942 and passed away on May 11, 2020 surrounded by his family. He graduated from Eureka High School, served in Vietnam, and worked as a Region Transportation Manager for Hershey Chocolate in Oakdale. He was a Stockton resident for 46 years. In retirement, he often taught Digital Photography for Stockton Institute for Continued Learning at San Joaquin Delta College.  Photography was his passion and he enjoyed world travels that gave him photo opportunities. He was an avid reader and loved movies and games. He is survived by his wife Carolyn, daughters: Jennifer Moseley; Michelle Espy, and grandchildren Amber, Joseph and Zachary Espy.

Michael Mooradian, Business , 1983

June 6, 2020

Michael Mooradian, Business Administration, 1983, worked for the Los Angeles County Assessor for over 32 years and retired in March 2020.  As a supervising appraiser, Mooradian was responsible for training and leading his appraisal staff in equalizing assessments on business equipment.  Mooradian diligently and tirelessly served the taxpayers of Los Angeles County. His education at HSU well prepared him for this long-term work opportunity.  He and his wife, Pam, are now retired in the Los Angeles area and he is planning to do volunteer work for organizations he supports.

David Justice, Fisheries Biology Criminal Justice, 1995

June 4, 2020

Justice moved back to southern California after graduating from Humboldt State and worked in retail as a regional ranager for aquatic systems at a large pet retailer.  He then went back to school to earn a MBA in Finance.  After graduating, he began a career in banking, starting as a teller and working his way up to the executive level.  Last November, he was promoted to President/CEO of Alta Vista Credit Union.  “Go Jacks!’

Kristian Espinoza, Psychology , 2017

June 4, 2020

Espinoza is happily married and has a six-month old baby. Espinoza works with marginalized communities through a program called Wrap Around and before that they worked at a group-home serving the 6-12 year old children that lived there.

Cristian Martinez, English 2020, 2020

May 20, 2020

Martinez says “the HSU English department prepared me for my next intellectual adventure, which is a Master’s in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, New York!”

Sean Berry, Native American Studies , 2014

May 19, 2020

Berry is a Legal Administrative Specialist for the Northern California Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Daniel Zevin, Wildlife Fisheries Minor, 1988

May 17, 2020

After graduating, Zevin’s career took many twists & turns. He is currently getting back to his wildlife roots assisting UC Berkeley’s Fung Fellowship launch a new, biodiversity-focused Conservation + Tech undergraduate training program. Zevin also serves as an Advisory Group member for the Climate Readiness Institute, and previously spent three years as Program Director at NatureBridge, five years as Project Manager/Associate Zoologist with The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, and two years as a Research Assistant supporting captive breeding programs at the LA Zoo. There’s also an 11 year career at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory, plus two more gigs that just won’t fit smile. What a long strange trip it’s been!