Alumni Updates

Lamar Miles, Liberal Studies Elementary Education, 1999

Submitted: September 20, 2023

Billy Lamar Miles recently celebrated 10 years as a Quizmaster for King Trivia Inc. Not everyone can say they love their job, but he does.

Shiloh (Green) Soto, Environmental Studies, 2016

Submitted: September 18, 2023

After graduating from Humboldt, Shiloh earned her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities at UC Merced, where she will also graduate with her Ph.D. in Spring 2024. Shiloh's graduate work is housed in the Department of History & Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and analyzes a public history project she directed about the San Joaquin Valley's City of Livingston. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Shiloh and her spouse decided to move back to Humboldt with their child, and she found exciting work on campus in Cal Poly Humboldt's College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences as the College Graduate Programs & Recruitment Coordinator!

John Alves, Wildlife, 1980

Submitted: September 15, 2023

John has retired after a 35-year career as a Colorado Parks and Wildlife fisheries biologist. He managed sport fisheries and native fish, including Rio Grande cutthroat trout. He served as an officer with the Colorado/Wyoming chapter of the American Fisheries Society. He plans to spend more time with his daughter and grandsons, go fishing, and travel to Alaska.

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.