Doug Harris (M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies) has produced numerous critically acclaimed documentary films, including "Out: The Glenn Burke Story," about the first openly gay major league baseball player. He is producing a documentary for PBS: "Fair Legislation: The Byron Rumford Story," about Northern California’s first African-American assemblyman.
Shawn De Haven (B.A., World Languages and Cultures) earned a master’s degree in comparative culture and now is pursuing a doctorate, both at International Christian University in Tokyo. Shawn recently married.
Anthony Puente (B.A., Teledramatic Arts and Technology) graduated from the directing program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. After working professionally on production and post-production projects, Anthony and his wife, Stefanie Laney-Puente (TAT ’01), founded Digital Revolution in Long Beach. The digital technology training center offers classes and workshops, and specializes in providing video and post-production services for non-profit agencies, commercial firms and large events. He and Stefanie have a young son, Joaquin. "I am honored to be a pioneer student and alum of CSUMB," he said. "The astounding effect that CSUMB had on my life for the greater is beyond measure."
Judith Flores Carmona (B.A., Human Communication, M.A., Education 2003) is assistant professor in the New Mexico State University Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Honors College. She returned to CSUMB in May to serve as keynote speaker for the Service Learning Institute’s Spotlight on Service event.
Stefanie Pechan (B.A., Liberal Studies) is one of six California finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. The awards are the nation’s highest honors for math and science teachers. Stefanie teaches fifth-grade science in the Pacific Grove Unifed School District. She also is part of the education staff at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Evan A. Baker (B.A., Teledramatic Arts and Technology), Glendale, earned the title Run of Show Editor after two-and-a-half years as a contract assistant editor at Discovery Studios, making him a permanent staff member with full benefits. He now edits "sizzle reels" – short video overviews – for the development department. Evan was married in 2013.
Chris Horangic (B.A., Teledramatic Arts and Technology), Santa Monica, spent six years as lead production manager for ABC TV shows including "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette." In 2012, Chris accepted a position with the Discovery Channel as a coordinating producer for survival and adventure shows such as "Naked and Afraid." He oversees all logistics and budgets and works with the show’s executive team. His work has taken him to more than 50 countries in the last decade. "When I’m not traveling for work or on a plane scouting," he wrote, "I’m enjoying the beach, in Tahoe with the family, or on an adventure or personal trip with friends."
Kumi Maemura (B.A., Teledramatic Arts and Technology) and Jeffrey Olney (B.A., Teledramatic Arts and Technology ’04) live in Los Angeles. Kumi is a production manager at BBC Worldwide Productions, working on shows such as "Dancing with the Stars," "Top Gear" and "Life Below Zero." Jeffrey is a visual effects supervisor for Digital Film Tree on shows including "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Cougar Town," "Perception" and "Agent X."
Jimmy Jet Black (B.A., Visual and Public Art), Loomis, is senior graphic designer at Consensus Orthopedics, where he manages the marketing department. Jimmy also runs a freelance graphic design business, J3B. Last year, he went on a family vacation to China, getting him closer to achieving his goal of visiting every continent; he’s at five of seven now, with Africa and Antarctica to go. A trip to Iceland also is in the works. He writes that the "GC" still has its yearly Thanksgiving bash, most recently in Los Gatos.
Jacob Cooney (B.A., Teledramatic Arts and Technology) moved to New York in 2013, marrying Dana Bennett in April 2014 in Stony Brook. Many CSUMB alumni were in attendance. He currently works as a producer and director for Simba Productions, based in Manhattan, and also writes and develops scripts for companies including Armory Films, Syfy, Nine/8 Entertainment, and the Hollywood Gang.
Justin Bloch (B.A., Teledramatic Arts and Technology), Los Angeles, spent five years as lead assistant editor on several shows produced by Discovery Channel before moving to a staff position at Discovery Studios. As a media manager, Justin creates standard operating procedures for shows and helps manage the facility’s hardware and software needs.
Thomas A. Burton (B.A., Teledramatic Arts and Technology), White Plains, N.Y., is a computer animator at Blue Sky Studios, where his film projects have included the "Ice Age" series, "Rio" and "Rio 2," "Epic" and "Peanuts."
Kristen La Follette (B.A., Human Communication) lectures for the Division of Humanities and Communication at CSUMB and is the program coordinator for the Imagining Salinas Chinatown project. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the program used oral histories to create a virtual walking tour of the historic Chinatown district of Salinas.
Michael Ludwig (B.A., Teledramatic Arts and Technology), Los Angeles, worked for Lexus for six years until accepting a position as social media customer support lead at Hulu in July. While at Lexus, Michael was named among the "The Top 100 Most Social Customer Service Pros On Twitter" by Huffington Post and was recognized in "The 15 Best Facebook Posts Ever Written" by Business2Community. He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, watching Angels baseball, hiking, photography, travel and technology. "There are many activities I love," he wrote. "I am a man who will try everything at least once, and I am extremely happy with where I am in life."
Nick Noble (B.A., Human Communication) was appointed guest relations manager at the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel.
Miles Daniels (B.S., Earth Systems Science and Policy; M.S., Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy, ’14) is pursuing a doctorate in epidemiology at the University of California, Davis. "I am combining my background in environmental science with health sciences to work on research questions in public, wildlife and environmental health," Miles wrote.
Mary Catherine Langford (B.A., Human Communication) is a marketing and media specialist with Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville.
Kenneth Lowe (B.A., Teledramatic Arts and Technology), Portland, Oregon, is technical director at Laika Entertainment, an animation studio whose films include "Coraline," "ParaNorman" and "The Boxtrolls." Kenny married former CSUMB student Jessica Salesky in 2011; they have a 3-year-old son, Avery.
Paul Tabag (B.A., World Languages and Cultures) participated in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) program for two years after graduation, living in Gifu and Mie, Japan. Paul took an advanced, submersion Japanese course at Suzuka International University for six months. Now living in San Jose, he works as a TV coordinator for Google Play in Japan and Australia.
Andrea Aguilar (B.A., Teledramatic Arts and Technology), Venice, is a producer for Ovation, a cable TV network that showcases arts and culture. She also has worked with Surfers Healing, a nonprofit organization that takes children with autism surfing, and on MTV’s "It Gets Better" program in collaboration with The Trevor Project. "The opportunities I’ve had through producing have given me a great perspective on American culture," Andrea said, "because I’ve had the chance to learn so much about different people and what makes them tick." She lives with "the love of my life, Ryan," and dog, Yoshi. "Since leaving CSUMB, I can proudly say I’ve accomplished a number of my goals," she said. "I hope to continue to make a difference and inspire others through my medium – the camera lens."
Steven Becker (B.A., Human Communication) is interim head coach of the men’s basketball team at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Previously an assistant coach at CSUDH, he was elevated to the top spot when the head coach left.
Johanna Johnston (B.S., Business Administration) was appointed assistant campus director of the Azure College branch in Sebring, Florida. Johanna oversees all administrative departments at the private college campus. She is president of the Heartland Young Professionals, a member of the Highlands Little Theatre and a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Marcus Lawrence (B.S., Kinesiology) earned a master’s degree in exercise science from Appalachian State University in 2012 and is completing a doctorate in interdisciplinary biology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has authored or co-authored several articles, including one recently published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports.
Jessica Riggin (B.S., Environmental Science, Technology and Policy), Townsville, Australia, has been working and volunteering Down Under since graduating from CSUMB, where the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center gave her a taste of life south of the equator. She returned to New Zealand in 2011 to volunteer on two whale and dolphin-research projects, and then moved to Australia in 2013. "This move was instigated by my UROC-sponsored dolphin-research internship in New Zealand in 2010," Jessica wrote. She now is working as a marine mammal observer for Gardline Marine Sciences Australia. She previously worked as a freelance environmental consultant on a number of marine mammal and marine megafauna projects through James Cook University, RPS Energy and the Commonwealth Science Innovation & Research Organization. Jessica recently traveled to the United Kingdom, earning certifications in maritime safety and marine mammal monitoring on seismic surveys.
Theresa A. (Madsen) Smith (B.S., Environmental Science, Technology and Policy) is a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps. In her current position, located in Seattle, she is a benthic mapping specialist with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service. She previously was a junior officer aboard the NOAA ship Fairweather, based in Ketchikan, Alaska. She recently wrote her former professor, Rikk Kvitek, who directs the Seafoor Mapping Lab in CSUMB’s Division of Science and Environmental Policy: "I am now reviewing and using the backscatter skills you taught me in class for fish habitat mapping," she said. "I am frequently reminded of how outstanding a program CSUMB offers to an undergraduate with your class and the innovation you have in the industry. Thank you for everything you have taught me."
Chris Carpenter (B.A., Teledramatic Arts and Technology) Salinas, teaches production classes in CSUMB’s Cinematic Arts and Technology Department. Chris also serves on the board of directors for the CSUMB Corporation. He and his wife, Mindy, have two sons.
Dominick Guglielmo (B.A., Teledramatic Arts and Technology) is a production coordinator at Imaginary Forces, a creative design studio and production company. He recently bought a condo in Long Beach.
Lewis Hall (B.A., Psychology) is pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration at the University of Texas at Austin. Lewis works as a graduate assistant for special projects under the dean of students at UT. He also is an executive officer in the campus Higher Education Administration Student Professional Association. He volunteers with Austin Partners in Education as a second-grade reading coach. "One day I hope to return to CSUMB and contribute to making it one of the top CSU campuses," he wrote. "Currently saying ‘Hook ’em Horns,’ but there is still ‘Nothing hotter than an Otter!’"
Bethany Mayer (Master of Business Administration) was named president and CEO of Ixia, a networking technology company headquartered in Calabasas. Bethany previously was a senior vice president at HP.
Renee Infelise (B.A., Teledramatic Arts and Technology) earned a master’s degree in Applied Theater Arts from the University of Southern California last spring. She also completed a month-long internship in India, studying with a social justice theater group, Jana Sanskriti. Following a move to the Bay Area, she plans to apply her theater and film training to the nonprofit world.
Lydia Jennings (B.S., Environmental Science, Technology and Policy), Tucson, Arizona, is pursuing a doctorate at the University of Arizona Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science. Lydia is working on phytoremediation of copper mining sites. She was awarded a Sloan Fellowship for Native Americans in STEM fields and an Environmental Protection Agency fellowship for students working on Superfund sites. Lydia also has started running marathons.
Sara Kelly (B.S., Environmental Science, Technology and Policy) received a prestigious fellowship from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. She is pursuing a doctorate in watershed science at Utah State University.
D.J. Milligan (B.S., Business Administration) and Darcy (Lake) Milligan (B.A. Human Communication ’11) were married in summer 2013. Both work at the Bayonet & Black Horse golf courses in Seaside.
Imelda Muñoz (B.A., Human Communication) completed a master’s program in ethnic studies at San Francisco State University. She conducted summer research as a pre-doctoral scholar at the University of California, Irvine. Receiving an E.D. Farmer International Fellowship for incoming students, she began a doctoral program in Latin American studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Michael Neel (B.A., Teledramatic Arts and Technology) works for Apple Inc. and is pursuing a master’s degree in film production at San Diego State University.
Ariel Barry (B.A., Human Communication) earned a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., completing an internship at NPR affliate WAMU-FM. Ariel now is a reporter for CBS affliate WBOC-TV in Salisbury, Maryland.
Maritza Bautista (B.A., Liberal Studies) was awarded the first $2,000 John and Dorothy Perry Scholarship to support her pursuit of a teaching credential. She is taking online classes through CalState TEACH while teaching STEM subjects at Tiburcio Vasquez Elementary School in Salinas.
Melissa Powell (B.A., Psychology) returned to her alma mater in May to be the featured alumna speaker at the year-end celebration of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center. The former UROC and McNair scholar is pursuing a doctorate in STEM education at the University of California, Irvine. Earlier this year, Melissa received a $96,000 fellowship from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Her doctoral research examines how teaching tactics influence student learning, academic motivation and interest in higher education among underrepresented populations.
Ed Carapezza (B.A., Cinematic Arts and Technology) created the National Music Sanctuary, which produces high-quality video recordings of musicians for promotional purposes. More than a dozen musicians, including Greg Brown, have responded to invitations to perform on camera. Ed and his production company, Dangerbag, often partner with CSUMB faculty, staff and students on the recordings, while the acoustically perfect Music Hall has been a frequent venue. He hopes the project eventually will turn a profit; until then, he continues working as a carpenter. To watch videos and learn more, visit sharedvisionfilms.com.
DJ Escobar (B.A., Visual and Public Art) proposed to his girlfriend, Abby Williams (B.A., Human Communication ’05, M.A., Education ’13), during commencement 2014 ceremonies. (She said yes!) He then drove across the country to New York State, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in higher education at Syracuse University. He also is working as a residence hall director at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. He and Abby plan to get married after he finishes graduate school in summer 2016.
Sean LaTour (B.A., Liberal Studies) is following up on his senior capstone project with efforts to create a scholastic skate league in Northern California middle and high schools. He has been working to build support among skaters, schools, sponsors and the National Scholastic Skate League, based in Southern California. The Sacramento Sheriff’s Community Impact Program gave him $3,000 to conduct a summer program that takes inner-city kids to skate parks around Northern California.
Aubrey Madrigal (B.A., Human Communication) works for the Monterey County Business Council and the Monterey County Film Commission. "Two organizations that have their hearts in Monterey County, helping people and businesses to live and fourish," she wrote. "I love it!"