Alumni Updates

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Marianne Lancaster, Biological Sciences, 1979

Submitted: September 14, 2023

After 30-plus years of serving as a high school biology teacher in Humboldt County and Riverside County, Marianne retired and took another job serving as the Nature Education Manager for The Nature Education Foundation at the Santa Rosa Plateau in Riverside County, which supports education programs on the 10,000-acre Reserve known as the Santa Rosa Plateau. Emphasis has been on helping high school students become citizen scientists by participating in data collection for the National Phenology Network, which collects data on the seasonal changes in plants and animals with the changing climate.

Kristin Coker, Communication, 1989

Submitted: September 12, 2023

Kristin is a proud alum of the Speech Communication Department! After graduation, she worked as an Admissions Counselor for Heald Business College. She traveled to San Francisco East Bay high schools and spoke of the importance of staying in school and striving for a higher education. Kristin also worked for a nonprofit organization called Contra Costa ARC, where she was an HR recruiter. The agency was developed to employ and educate adults with developmental disabilities.     Kristin says her degree was the best choice for me, as it opened many doors to many job market opportunities.   

Nathan Delgado, Recreation Administration, 1997

Submitted: August 30, 2023

Nathan returned to school at 40 and received a B.S. in geology and an M.S. in geology and geomorphology from the University of Nevada, Reno. He worked researching post-wildfire debris flows, flash floods, and landslides before joining a large international consulting firm. Nathan is now a geomorphologist conducting surveys and research documenting the impacts of hydroelectric projects on rivers and aquatic wildlife.

Terry M. Culton, Psychology, 1989

Submitted: August 29, 2023

Terry has been working as a winemaker in California for over 30 years. He recently moved to Oregon to take the position of Director of Winemaking and Vineyards at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Oregon. 

Adam Cashman, Environmental Science & Management, 2021

Submitted: August 21, 2023

Adam Cashman is among the first Peace Corps volunteers to return to overseas service since the agency’s unprecedented global evacuation in March 2020. Cashman wanted to travel to a different country and work in a different ecosystem and hoped to learn more about agriculture, restoration in subtropical ecosystems, and African culture. He is looking forward to making friends along the way and will serve as a volunteer in Zambia in the environment sector.

Kyle Chang, Natural Resources, 1997

Submitted: August 16, 2023

Kyle retired from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Lieutenant Supervisor for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties after almost 24 years with the Department.

Iris Luana Salamanca, Wildlife, 2018

Submitted: August 16, 2023

Iris had the opportunity to serve as a Biological Technician, Public Information Officer, Resource Advisor, Natural Resource and Education Specialist and obtained her red card, allowing her to assist on four wildfires and two prescribed burns this year alone for the Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction Field Office in Colorado. After 4 years, Iris is transferring over to the U.S. Forest Service White River, where she will continue to grow as a Natural Resource Specialist and continue assisting with wildfires in various roles.

Ken Russo, Fisheries Biology, 1993

Submitted: August 15, 2023

After graduation, Ken moved to the Sacramento area and worked in the aquaculture industry for 18 years, raising white sturgeon for meat and caviar production.  In 2011 he switched gears and went to work as a transportation biologist for Caltrans District 3. Ken is currently a Senior Resources Biologist working with staff on delivering projects, permitting, and addressing wildlife connectivity impacts and remediation. Ken has also been married for 25 years to Tani Russo (Rutherford, Humboldt ‘92) and has one awesome son who just graduated from Chico State!  

Garrett Edward Spears, Journalism, 2007

Submitted: August 15, 2023

Garrett Edward Spears has retired from independent professional wrestling after eight years of traveling throughout California, Oregon, and Mexico. He is now an Associate Producer for the television show Horror Hotel. It promotes classic and independent movies within the genres of horror and science fiction. It is shown on Retro TV, The Action Channel, and The Monster Channel. He has also started dabbling in acting and is thinking about getting back into traveling entertainment. 

Alexander Gant, Psychology, 2021

Submitted: August 14, 2023

Alexander is working for Hazel Health as an Associate MFT. Hazel Health partners with school districts across the country to provide medical and mental health services to students via telehealth.