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(February 2004)

‘70 Mary Rakow participated in UCR’s 2004 Writers Week. Mary is a recipient of the 2003 Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship. Her debut novel, “The Memory Room,” was short-listed for the Stanford University/William Saroyan Foundation International Prize in Writing, a PEN/USA finalist in fiction, and named one of the ten Best Books in the West by Jonathan Kirsch of The Los Angeles Times newspaper.

‘71 Javier Rosales, the first Hispanic professional hired in the City of Riverside’s personnel department, retired at the end of December with over 33 years with the City. He was the city’s first and only affirmative action officer for 23 years. In March 1997, he was named the city’s human resources administrator, a title that was changed last year to executive director of the Human Relations Commission ... Wes Maughan (‘74 M.Admin.) has been married to Kristine (Johnson) Maughan (‘72) for 30 years. Their son Brandon, a 2001 Stanford graduate, is now at Johns Hopkins University. Their daughter, Lindsay is a University of Washington senior and sorority president. Wes has been a distance runner for 20 years. He started a company ten years ago manufacturing variable imaged information and identification products ... Susan Mitchell has been a golf professional at various golf courses for the last 13 years ... Bob Whitehair (‘73 M.Admin.) is the marketing and education director for Allana-Lippert Architects+Engineers. Allana-Lippert Inc. is one of the most recognized architectural engineering firms specializing in waterproofing, roofing and building envelope technology in California.

‘72 Carol Gadd is the associate director of admissions at Bucknell University ... Ron Packard was elected council member for the City of Los Altos. He received his law degree from Hastings Law School and is a local attorney married with five children. He has lived with his family in Los Altos for over 18 years. His term ends November 2007.

‘73 Frank Heyming is on the board for the Riverside Land Conservancy ... Richard Krolak is manager of California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) long-term care program. The nonprofit, self-funded long-term care program covers 175,000 California public employees and relatives of California public employees. Richard was previously chief operating officer and chief financial officer of the California Dental Association, Sacramento. He has also been assistant director for health access at the California Department of Health Services, and he has been a government studies professor at California State University, Sacramento ... Don Lebow is a graphic designer for HOLT Architects. Don is charged with the design of marketing and communications materials. He was previously the proprietor of his own graphic design business.

‘75 James Fahrnkopf is involved in network provisioning for fast data transmit known as Frame Relay ... David Kennedy (‘79 M.Admin.) is the city treasurer for the City of San Bernardino. The city treasurer’s responsibility include handling receipts and expenditures and making a monthly report to the mayor and the city council regarding receipts and expenditures ... Yolanda Moses (M.A., ‘76 Ph.D.) is Special Assistant for Excellence and Diversity to the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor at UCR. She will assist UCR in developing a strategic plan to build excellence in curriculum, programs, research and service by building on diversity of ideas, backgrounds, and culture. Yolanda completed a three-year term as president of the American Association of Higher Education (AAHE), the oldest national organization dedicated to the advancement of higher education, based in Washington, D.C. and composed of faculty, administrators and graduate students ... Christopher Pyron is the deputy chief for business operations at the USDA Forest Service’s national headquarters. Since 2002, he has served as chief of staff for the Forest Service and oversees the day-to-day operations of the national headquarters. He also is the key liaison to USDA’s Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment, which oversees the Forest Service. Before joining the national headquarters, Chris was deputy regional forester for operations in the agency’s Intermountain Regional Office, Ogden, Utah, for several years. Chris began his career as an administrative assistant on a ranger district and has held a variety of business management positions as well as an assignment with the Washington office legislative affairs staff ... Joel Reynolds is an attorney and director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Marine Mammal Protection Project. He recently won a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy on the use of sonar systems in the ocean to prevent harm to whales and other sensitive marine species.

‘77 Craig Riemer was appointed to the Riverside County Superior Court bench in August of 2003. He is now hearing criminal trials in the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. Before his appointment by Gov. Davis, he had served as a research attorney for the California Court of Appeal for 13 years.

‘78 Sharen Knudsen Jeffries has been a surgeon at Beaver Medical Clinic in Redlands specializing in otolaryngology since 1992. She is now chief of staff at Redlands Community Hospital and a world traveler.

‘79 Ariel Calonne has been named 2003 Public Lawyer of the Year by the State Bar of California’s Public Law Section. Ariel received the award from Chief Justice of California Ronald M. George at the State Bar Convention in Anaheim on Sept. 5, 2003. After 13 years as the City Attorney of Palo Alto, including a year as president of the League of California Cities City Attorneys Department, Ariel has been appointed city attorney of Boulder, Colorado ... Michael Haro was presented with an EPA Region 9 Environmental Award by U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Wayne Nastri during the agency’s fifth annual Environmental Awards Ceremony in San Francisco on Earth Day 2003. Michael received the award for his work on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Design for Environment (DfE) process. Lockheed Martin initiated DfE to identify, eliminate and minimize the use of hazardous materials in the F-35 design, production and subsequent operations throughout the aircraft’s life cycle. Michael is environmental resources manager at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Palmdale, home of the famed “Skunk Works.” Michael and his wife of 22 years, Elaine, have three children; their daughter, Jessica, attends San Diego State University, son, Jamin, attends College of the Canyons and son, Jordan, goes to Rio Norte Junior High in Valencia ... Emmanuel “Manno” SimŽus is a member of the Surface Mount Technology Association’s board of directors. Manno is an engineering section manager of a group of 12 people at Raytheon. He has more than 22 years of experience in the areas of surface mount technology, circuit card assembly/manufacturing, electronic packaging, semiconductor, microelectronics (thick film, hybrids, thin film, resistors network), and project management. Fifteen years of that experience is in management.

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