Mary Olea Lesher (B.A., Liberal Studies) is a retired public school teacher and author of a new book, “Return to the Soul of Your Child” (available on Amazon). Also a musician, Mary has recorded and produced eight original music CDs (available on her website, gracefulroadmusic.com). She is a member of the Monterey County Composers’ Forum. She and her husband of 47 years, Richard, live in Salinas. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, playing guitar and creating new music.

Christine Nieto (B.A., Liberal Studies) has been an assessment solutions consultant for CTB/McGraw-Hill since 1998. She is a former member of the U.S. Air Force.


Sarah Lerma (B.A., Human Communication) is a career/transfer center coordinator at Monterey Peninsula College.


Nicole Mendoza Loeser (B.A., Teledramatic Arts & Technology) is a curriculum and catalog specialist at San Jose State University.


Tracy Burke (B.A., Human Communication) is an account executive for the Monterey County Weekly, serving clients in the Ryan Ranch business park of Monterey. She volunteers with several organizations and has served on the boards of the Professional Women’s Network of Monterey and the Salinas Valley Business Women’s Network. She also has been director of the Kid’s Zone at the Oldtown Holiday Parade of Lights for five years. Tracy and her fiancé recently launched a business, locationsscouting.com.

Vincent Suich (B.S., Management & International Entrepreneurship) started The Sox Box with his wife, Athena, in 2009. The company donates 20 percent of its profits to the Independence Fund, a nonprofit organization that directly supports wounded, ill and injured service members.


Carrie Drouin (B.A., Human Communication) has joined the Washington office of the Navajo Nation, where she serves as a government and legislative affairs associate. After earning a law degree at Golden Gate University, she was employed by DNA-People’s Legal Services, a nonprofit that provides free legal help in civil matters to low-income people in three Southwestern states and seven Native American nations.

Christopher Eichermueller (B.S., Telecommunications, Multimedia and Applied Computing) recently moved to Germany to begin his new career as a sales engineer for the information technology services company Autotask. Previously, Christopher was a brewer for Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company in San Carlos. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Ashford University in 2012.

Iris Peppard (B.A., Integrated Studies) founded Everyone���s Harvest 12 years ago through her senior capstone project. Since then, she has started the Marina Certified Farmers’ Market, CSUMB Farm Stand and others. The Monterey County Weekly recently named her to its “25 for the Next 25” list of upcoming movers and shakers.

Summer Russell (B.A., Liberal Studies) earned a master’s degree in elementary and secondary education from the University of California, Irvine, in 2005. Now an elementary teacher in Seal Beach, she loves teaching and encouraging students to go to college. She and Nathan Russell (B.S., Business Administration ’03) were married in August 2005 and have two children: Kai, 4, and Jake, 2.


Julie Marie (Brown) Buck (B.A., Social and Behavioral Sciences) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Rockhurst University and a Master of Science degree, also in nursing, from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She now is a nurse practitioner with the Pediatric Group of Monterey.

Jacob Cooney (B.A., Teledramatic Arts & Technology), New York, is working as a clearance coordinator for the 20th Century Fox TV show, “Babylon Fields.” He also recently co-wrote the films “Apocalypse Pompeii” and “World’s End” for the Syfy channel with fellow TAT alumnus Bill Hanstock (TAT ’03). Jacob co-wrote and directed the feature film “Alpha House.”


Doriana (Westerman) Hammond (B.A., Integrated Studies) and her husband, Jeff, established Sun + Life Photography in 2010 in Santa Cruz. In 2013, the business was named one of Rangefinder Magazine’s “30 Rising Stars in Wedding Photography.”

Malinda DeRouen Mueller (B.A., Teledramatic Arts & Technology) was a singer with Royal Caribbean cruise line for two years after graduation. Returning to Monterey, she continued to do theater and started a band. She opened for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Sunset Center and starred in “Chicago” at the Western Stage in Salinas and “Spamalot” at the Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel. She married her college sweetheart, Douglas Mueller (B.A., TAT ’03). They met while doing plays (“Grease” and “Santos and Santos”) at the World Theater in 1999. They have a 3-year-old son, Leonard. Malinda and her family moved to Oakland last October after she was hired as a performer with “Beach Blanket Babylon” in San Francisco.

Kali Faye Viker (B.A., Social and Behavioral Sciences) attended graduate school at Chapman University’s Monterey campus, earning a master’s degree in human resources. She then joined Monterey Peninsula College as a human resources specialist and was promoted to HR analyst. Recently married, she and her husband share their new home in Seaside with two puppies.

Meghan Lewis (B.A., Human Communication) and Aaron Nousaine (B.A., Social and Behavioral Sciences ’06) recently announced their engagement.


Katelyn Bryant (B.A., Liberal Studies) was a member of the first Master of Social Work graduating class. She now is director of an emergency women’s shelter in Salinas’ Chinatown, Women Alive! The shelter is run by Dorothy’s Place, which converts facilities that serve homeless people by day into a women-only shelter at night.

Ren Herring (B.S., Business Administration) is an academic affairs administrator and adviser at New York University. During his tenure at NYU, Ren has founded and created several co-curricular programs to help new students adjust to the university. He has a master’s degree in administration, leadership and technology from NYU.


Dana Arvig (B.A., Human Communication) works as director of client services for Moxxy Marketing in Salinas.

Maria S. Ceja (B.A., Human Communication), Marina, is assistant director of recruitment in the CSUMB Office of Admissions. Maria also serves on the CSUMB Alumni Board of Directors. She is engaged to Efrem Valentin (B.S., Telecommunications, Multimedia and Applied Computing ’06).

Ashley Chavez (B.S., Business Administration) is senior marketing manager at Revinate in New York City. She is a regular guest speaker on the topics of digital marketing, social media and reputation management.

Jennifer Dority (B.A., Human Communication) is a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker, where she enjoys helping people achieve their goals. Jennifer volunteers with the Professional Women’s Network, the CSUMB Alumni Board of Directors and the Surf Rider Foundation. She lives in Monterey and enjoys snowboarding, running and going for walks on Carmel Beach with her boyfriend, Charles, and dog, Sitka.

Michael Leslie (B.A., Teledramatic Arts & Technology) landed internships, then a staff position with the Golden State Warriors. Since the 2010-11 season, Michael has worked for the basketball team as a production assistant — a self-described “jack of all trades.” He helps the team’s radio producer compile sound bites from players and others around the league. He also works on video production, using skills he learned at CSUMB.

Janie Parra-Salaz (B.A., Collaborative Health and Human Services) is a crisis services manager at the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center.

Samira Perry (B.S., Business Administration) is marketing and membership director at the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce.


Nicole Charles (B.A., Global Studies) is a district representative for state Sen. Bill Monning. She serves as president of CSUMB’s Alumni Board of Directors and is active with other community organizations. She lives in Monterey.

Ashlie (Weisbly) McCallon (B.A., Integrated Studies) earned a Master of Counseling degree from State Jose State University in 2013. First employed as a student assistant in the CSUMB Financial Aid Office, Ashlie now is a staff counselor there. She and her husband, Nick, live in Marina with their two dogs. They enjoy boating, skiing and weekend barbecues with friends.

Elisabeth Fagan (B.A., Global Studies) is a client services specialist at Community Health Plan.

Karen Hagman (B.S., Business Administration), Seaside, is a philanthropy officer at the Hartnell College Foundation, where she works with community leaders to positively impact the lives of students. She and Brian Stettenbenz (B.A., Human Communication, ’12) have summer wedding plans. She enjoys hiking with her dogs, wine tasting and gardening.

Courtney Hermann (B.S., Kinesiology), Redondo Beach, is owner and holistic nutrition coach at Healthy Makeovers (www.healthymakeovers.com). She is enrolled in yoga teacher training and is involved in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaign. She enjoys spending time with her longtime boyfriend, Kyle Satow (B.S., Kinesiology ’09), and her “little yorkie-poo,” Mikey, as well as going to the beach, going on bike rides and practicing yoga on her stand-up paddle board.

Brian Stettenbenz (B.A., Human Communication) is digital media coordinator for the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa. He is engaged to Karen Hagman (B.S., Business Administration ’09).


Lauren Axworthy (B.A., Human Communication) recently was hired as an account executive at Yelp.

Sven Brendel (B.A., Social and Behavioral Sciences, Master of Public Policy ’12) is a project specialist at the Central California Alliance for Health.

Alimata Coulibaly (B.S., Business Administration) is a grants officer at Save the Children in the U.S.-Sahel office.

Steven Goings (B.A., Social and Behavioral Sciences) was honored Feb. 22 at the Crystal Ball, an annual event that benefits the education and prevention programs of Central Coast HIV/AIDS Services. Steven was honored for his work promoting AIDS awareness and prevention at CSUMB during 2010-12, when he served as the university’s purposeful service coordinator.

Chanel Hason (B.S., Environmental Science, Technology and Policy) represented the United States as Miss Scuba USA in the Miss Scuba International 2013 pageant in December in Malaysia. “My purpose in life is to educate as many people as possible about ways to protect our planet, and this opportunity with the pageant seemed like a step in the right direction,” she said. Chanel was second runner-up in the contest and was named Miss Best Diver and Miss Marine Conservation.

Adriana Melgoza (B.A., Human Communication) received an award of merit in the staff support category at the Legal Aid Association of California’s 30th anniversary celebration Jan. 31 in San Francisco. Adriana works for the Watsonville Law Center, where she manages the center’s legal clinics and recruits, trains and supervises volunteers. Those volunteers include CSUMB service learners, which is how Adriana got her start at the WLC in 2009. She excelled in the position, earning the Human Communication Service Learning award the next year. After graduation, the WLC hired her. Her duties also include community education around legal issues and staff training for community organizations.

Josh Williams (B.A., Business Administration) is food service sales coordinator and analytical support at Driscoll’s. His duties include managing million-dollar accounts, processing and maintaining accounts receivable files, and providing customer support.


Marie Beard (B.S., Business Administration) is a certified public accountant at Hayashi & Wayland. Previously a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve, she enjoys marathon running.

Christie Waterford (B.S., Communication Design) is a junior graphic designer at Power Brands in Southern California.


Haley Hernandez (B.A., Human Communication) is a project coordinator at idX Los Angeles.

Tacia Williams (B.A., Global Studies) moved in 2012 to New York City, where she is enrolled in the Sociology of Education program at New York University. Also a dancer and Zumba instructor, Tacia traveled to Uganda with NYU in January, studying traditional dance and working with children through local organizations. “When I lived in Puerto Rico for a short time in 2010 through CSUMB,” she writes, “I learned the power of community through dance. Studying there was one of the biggest leaps I took, and my life has been influenced by that decision since then.” Tacia serves as the director of multicultural education on the Sigma Theta Psi national board.


Andrew S. Lopez (B.A., Social and Behavioral Sciences) completed five months of training to become a police officer. He has been employed with the Gilroy Police Department since October.

Ryan T. Scott (B.S., Kinesiology) received a graduate assistantship in San Jose State University’s kinesiology master’s program. He now is a strength coach for the Monterey Sports Center and the Monterey Police Department.

Linda Werre (B.S., Environmental Studies) is a trained marine archaeologist and scientific diver, after attending Maritime Archaeology School in St. Augustine, Fla. She recently married.

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