Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Jeff Oliveira, Natural Resources Minor, Native American Studies, 2001

September 26, 2019

After graduation, Jeff Oliveira, Natural Resources, 2001, began working as a California Environmental Quality Act specialist for a consulting firm. He then became an environmental resource specialist with the County of San Luis Obispo managing projects with complex environmental concerns.  Eight years ago he started his own consulting firm, Oliveira Environmental Consulting LLC, providing environmental review and permitting support for private and local government clients.  Today he is working on a wide range of projects, including mine permitting, CEQA/NEPA review, permitting for local infrastructure improvement projects, permitting for affordable housing projects, construction monitoring, wildlife/botanical surveys, pest species (feral pig) removal, etc.

Robert vanCreveld, Other- Forestry, 1978

September 25, 2019

Robert vanCreveld, Forestry, 1978, spent a short time as a forester before becoming a photogrammetrist and aerial mapping photographer. He attended post grad studies in forest survey at the International Institute for Geo Information Science and Earth Observation in the Netherlands. Following a short stint in the Marine Corps, he was recruited as a special operations officer at the CIA. Thereafter, he moved to Oregon, working as a soils consultant.

Benjamin Woodruff, Biological Sciences , 2017

September 24, 2019

After graduating from HSU, Benjamin Woodruff, Biological Sciences, 2017, became a California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Bridges 2.0 scholar through Humboldt State and began his career as a researcher at Stanford University. There, he studied regenerative medicine as it relates to inner ear biology. Fueled by an enthusiasm for science and academia, he applied for graduate school and is currently a first year PhD student at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon.

John Swancara, Wildlife , 1982

September 24, 2019

John Swancara, Wildlife, 1982, has spent over 30 years pioneering reverse osmosis water treatment systems for homes and commercial applications. He pioneered small bottled water plants for small businesses. Currently he is the lead sales engineer for American Beer Equipment in Lincoln, Nebraska designing micro-breweries. John has authored several articles on water treatment.

Jason Sikorski, Environmental Science & Management , 2017

September 23, 2019

After graduating from Humboldt State University, Jason Sikorski, Environmental Science & Management, 2017, stayed local and worked at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park as a senior maintenance aid building ADA hiking trails in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park for one season. Afterward he moved back to his hometown in Orange County and was hired by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as an Environmental Health Technician in Laguna Niguel, California.

Eileen Cashman, Environmental Resources Engineering , 1984

September 13, 2019

Eileen Cashman, Environmental Resources Engineering, 1984, is starting her 21st year teaching at Humboldt State University in the ERE program. This year she started her second term as Department Chair. She continues to love her job and is grateful to engage with current and future alumni every day!

Melissa Neufer, Biological Sciences , 2001

September 5, 2019

In summer 2019, Melissa Neufer, Biology, 2001, studied desert and marine landscapes through ecological and social field methods in Baja, Mexico. Melissa, a biology teacher at Roseland University Prep High School, lives in Santa Rosa, California, and is a graduate student in Miami University’s Global Field Program.

Valerie Tepetlanco, International Studies , 2018

September 3, 2019

Valerie Tepetlanco, International Studies, 2018, has been accepted to the M.A. in Cultural Studies program at Claremont Graduate University.

Jennifer Elliott, Liberal Studies Elementary Education , 1999

August 30, 2019

Jennifer Elliott, Liberal Studies Elementary Education, 1999, has had a teaching career working in public schools across the United States (California, Indiana, North Carolina) and in Japan’s public school system with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. She also spent time as coordinator of a federal grant program funding Indian Education in Ventura County. Currently Jennifer is working as a first grade teacher at Montalvo Arts Academy in Ventura, California.

Kristen Kendrick, Other- Zoology, 2007

August 26, 2019

In summer 2019, Kristen Kendrick, Zoology, 2007, studied coral reefs, manatees, howler monkeys, jaguars, and other wildlife while learning the methods communities are using to sustain them in Belize. Kristen, an animal care coordinator of ambassador programs at Zoo Miami, lives in Miami, Florida, and is a graduate student in Miami University’s Global Field Program.