Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Ashley Michelle Armas, Zoology, 2020

Submitted: August 1, 2021

Since graduating HSU in December of 2020, Ashley has received a job at the local wildlife rehabilitation center in her hometown of San Diego! She has been there for about 6 months and gets to use all the information and skills she learned while getting her degree. While Ashley didn't have any hands-on experience with wildlife before getting hired, her organization saw that she was an HSU alumni and picked her for the role! She later learned that two of her coworkers are also HSU alumni, so the organization must view HSU favorably. She is so thankful to HSU for helping her become the person she is today, and for giving her the skills needed to get a career in her field. Arcata will always be her home away from home! <3

Brian Woodland, Liberal Studies Elementary Education, 1986

Submitted: July 29, 2021

Brian has retired from public school teaching 8th grade history after 34 years. He taught for three years in Sacramento County, then taught at the same junior high in Placer County for 31 years. Brian also taught various subjects from English, journalism, video classes, and psychology. Although teaching 8th graders can be quite challenging, that age can also be the most rewarding to teach. His years at Humboldt State were very influential to his career and life, and he can't imagine attending any other college because of the small, family-like atmosphere. More cycling, travel, and genealogy research are planned for his retirement.

RICHARD MOORE, Environmental Resources Engineering, 1992

Submitted: July 21, 2021

Richard has been working steadily as a civil engineer since he left HSU in 1991. He worked a variety of positions in consulting and local and Federal government. He has also ran a small consulting business full- and part-time since 1998; worked a few years for the Indian Health Service; worked 3 years doing fish habitat improvement projects for WA Conservation Districts; and, for the last year, has been a staff Civil Engineer with the Economic Development Administration in Seattle. It's a great job: everyone loves you when you have loads of money to give away. Well, almost everone.

Raymond ("Jay") Joseph Bogiatto II, Wildlife, 1977

Submitted: July 14, 2021

Jay died of brain cancer July 4th. He was so proud of his HSU experience and education. Here are links to the obituary and a write-up by CSU, Chico.…

Kevin Morris, Biological Sciences, 1996

Submitted: July 8, 2021

Kevin was leader of a team that recently developed the first-ever virus specific targeted therapy for treating COVID-19.…
And the video.

And some of the press:………

The work is now being developed into a Phase 1 trial in Australia and works as a therapy for all beta coronaviruses.

Eugene "Charlie" Justus, Wildlife, 1989

Submitted: July 8, 2021

Charlie Justus has Retired from Idaho Fish and Game. After 30 years as a Conservation Officer, finishing his career as a Regional Conservation Officer (Lieutenant) Charlie has retired. He is working part time this summer as a Marine Deputy for the Canyon County Sheriff's Department while he figures out his next pursuit, or vacation or ... He is looking forward to spending time with his wife Sue (wildlife class of 89) exploring.

Rae Miller, Business, 2010

Submitted: June 28, 2021

Four years ago, Rae and her husband quit their jobs and hit the road to travel in an RV full-time. They started a blog ( and began sharing everything we've learned about RVing there. Along the way, they've made incredible friends that live the same lifestyle and they created a business with them called RV Masterclass. This is an online education platform for new RVers who wanted to learn how they too can live life full-time on the road.

She wants to share with HSU that they recently sold their first business, RV Masterclass! She gives credit to her Business degree for helping her live this exciting lifestyle.

Rosie Slentz, Anthropology, 2016

Submitted: June 23, 2021

2020 Ed.D from University of New England in Transformational Leadership

Aydee Zielke, Environmental Science & Management, 2008

Submitted: June 14, 2021

Aydee recently obtained her dream job, joining the San Dieguito River Park JPA, taking on the role as the the Park Environmental Planner. Her work includes habitat conservation, preservation, planning, permitting, and mitigation for trails and parkland. She is also using her cartography skills to create map exbibits, maintain, and update GIS data. She had worked for various private consulting firms and earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii (2015). She met her husband while studying at Humboldt and they have more recently taken on the role of parents, raising their two outgoing toddlers in Coastal North County San Diego.

Ryan Ward, History, 2017

Submitted: June 11, 2021

After graduating from Humboldt State, Ryan Ward obtained a teaching credential from San Jose State University and was hired as a Government and Economics teacher at Westmont High School. After teaching two classes for the 2020-21 academic year, He has been hired to a full time position for the 2021-22 school year.