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  • Hospitality
    way particularly about the wines from his family s Charles Krug Winery Napa born and raised Mondavi returned to the area to help run Krug the oldest winery in the Napa Valley after taking marketing classes at Sac State Krug has been in the Peter Mondavi family for three generations Read more Randy Paragary Government Wrong food Wrong location Wrong clientele Randy Paragary and Kurt Spataro have seen countless restaurants come and go in the Capital region And admittedly many have been wayward eateries of their own In a market that can statistically see up to seven out of 10 restaurants fail within the first year Paragary has a knack for recognizing and transforming flailing concepts Read more Trong Nguyen 72 Biological Sciences Training as a geneticist doesn t teach you how to whip up a cappuccino or bake a croissant So when Trong Nguyen decided to open his first La Bou café 25 years ago he bought himself an espresso machine and spent his evenings practicing Then he took a weekend job at a French bakery to pick up the boulanger s art Read more Joe D Alessandro 78 Italian Tempting travelers to leave their hearts in San Francisco wasn t always on Joe D Alessandro s job itinerary No disrespect to Tony Bennett D Alessandro s role as president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association is his latest stop as tour guide to some of the top travel towns in the world But it wasn t a planned trek Read more 1980s Karen Cucurullo 80 Recreation Park Administration Karen Cucurullo endured a week last summer that her classes at Sac State probably never prepared her for It involved an earthquake a hurricane the opening of new national monument and the unexpected closing of an old one

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  • Public Service
    was screened out because I had a boyfriend I think they thought I wasn t fully committed Read more Maureen Bauman MSW 81 Social Work MPA 87 Public Administration Maureen Bauman would likely champion her cause and make a major difference for Californians even without her prominent title She happens to be the director of the Placer County Adult System of Care overseeing mental health services and drug and alcohol services for one of the fastest growing areas in the state Read more Theresa Claiborne 81 Communication Studies Theresa M Claiborne has had a great career since graduating from Sacramento State nearly three decades ago No sooner did she receive her bachelor s degree than the newly commissioned Air Force second lieutenant headed for pilot training at Laughlin AFB Texas Upon earning her wings in 1982 Lt Claiborne became the first African American female pilot for the USAF Read more John Torres 82 MS 86 Criminal Justice John J T Torres was 12 years old and delivering newspapers in south Stockton when just feet in front of him two drug dealers shot it out The violent incident became what the Sac State alumnus calls his defining moment my inspiration toward a career in law enforcement Read more Sherilyn Adams 88 MSW 92 Social Work Sherilyn Adams uses words like stumbled and landed to describe her career path I was the first in my family to go to college so I didn t know the rules of how to go about things I stumbled into stuff all the time Read more Greg Hagwood 89 Criminal Justice One of the youngest sheriffs in the state Greg Hagwood has dedicated himself to service in the community As Plumas County sheriff coroner he instituted the D A R E program in local schools mentored students formed the Citizens Liaison Committee and enhanced the Neighborhood Watch program Read more 1990s Rhonda Staley Brooks 95 Child Development Rhonda Staley Brooks is the president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area Her tenure with Big Brothers Big Sisters began as a case worker while she was a student at Sac State and she now oversees nine employees for the non profit organization that served nearly 400 children last year The Sacramento Business Journal honored Staley Brooks with a Women who Mean Business award in 2012 and she was Sacramento Magazine s CEO of the Year in 2006 Read more 2000s Rosilynn Kline 06 Criminal Justice The capital city was more than just the perfect grooming ground for a young Brandon Kline At Sacramento State he was involved in countless activities and racked up a number of impressive accomplishments But they all take a backseat to Kline s most memorable encounter as a Hornet Rosilynn and I met at Sac State Brandon says of his wife whom he met in a math class in 2001 Read more Janay Swain 06 MSW 09 Social Work Janay Swain serves as state youth council coordinator for

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  • Index by Name
    Accountancy Hospitality Carlsen Dale 84 Business Administration Business Castro John 01 Liberal Studies MA 03 Education Technology Education Chan Eugene 06 Vocal Performance Arts Media Entertainment Claiborne Theresa 81 Communication Studies Public Service Colberg Debby 70 Education Education Conrad Ethan 89 Business Administration Strategic Management Business Coogler Ryan 07 Business Administration Arts Media Entertainment Cook Larry 65 Business Administration Business Cucurullo Karen 80 Recreation Park Administration Hospitality Curley Douglas 79 Journalism Arts Media Entertainment D D Alessandro Joe 78 Italian Hospitality Dell Cheryl 82 Communication Studies Arts Media Entertainment Dempsey Courtney 97 Communication Studies Arts Media Entertainment Dille Tom 69 Business Administration Business Dyer Cate 05 Sociology Health F Ferguson Dave 88 Computer Science Engineering Technology Fernandez Farrand Giselle 83 Journalism Arts Media Entertainment Fiddyment Diane 79 History Business Fiddyment Dolly 52 Education Business Fitch Snyder Helena 73 Social Science Health Fong Kushida Pat 85 Business Administration Marketing Business G Garcia Joey 90 Journalism Arts Media Entertainment Gesek John 90 Criminal Justice Athletics Glyer Gloria 52 English Arts Media Entertainment Grossman John 83 Business Administration Finance Real Estate Business H Hagwood Greg 89 Criminal Justice Public Service Hammond Lauren 77 Government Government Harper Les 55 Business Administration Business Henderson Karen 94 Environmental Studies Business Herout Shari 92 Liberal Studies Education Herzog John 68 Marketing Business Herzog Margi 68 Nursing Health Higdon Chris 85 Business Administration Business Higdon Jack 52 Business Administration Accountancy Business Hodo David 70 Speech Communication Arts Media Entertainment Hopkins Marilyn 70 Nursing Education J Jones Troy 02 Kinesiology MPT 04 Physical Therapy Athletics K Kline Brandon 05 Government Government Kline Rosilynn 06 Criminal Justice Public Service Kloss Jahn 81 Government Journalism Arts Media Entertainment Knapp Greg 85 Communication Studies Athletics Knighten Justin 08 Public Relations Public Service Kuhlmann Michael 69 Electrical Electronic Engineering Engineering Technology L Lau Paul 84 Electrical Power Engineering Engineering Technology Lee William H Business Administration Arts Media Entertainment Lee William MBA 99 Business Administration Engineering Technology Lewis Maria 91 Liberal Studies M Macias Ken 79 MS 90 Business Administration Accountancy Business Mack Mary Louise 73 Educational Administration Education Macuha Tina 85 Communication Studies Geography Arts Media Entertainment Maisel Garry 80 Business Administration Finance Health Mayer James P MPPA 92 Public Policy Administration Government Maxwell Scott 85 Construction Management Engineering Technology McQueen N T 10 English Arts Media Entertainment Mendonsa Cristina 96 Government Journalism Arts Media Entertainment Meza Robert 08 Computer Science Engineering Technology Miller Julie Anne 06 Music Arts Media Entertainment Miyamoto Kit MS 97 Civil Engineering Engineering Technology Mohamed Joe 55 Business Administration Business Mondavi Marc Business Administration Marketing Hospitality Moore Jamillah 92 Communication Studies MA 95 Intercultural Communications Public Policy Education N Nguyen Trong 72 Biological Sciences Hospitality Nolta Jan 84 Biology Health O O Neal Kitty 79 Communication Studies Arts Media Entertainment Otero Mark 99 Computer Science Engineering Technology P Paragary Randy Government Hospitality Paxton Lonie 00 Communication Studies Athletics Petrosyan Vladimir 11 Business Administration Finance Business Pleau Steve 69 Business Administration Business Poppelreiter Heidi Astronomy Engineering Technology Preston Christina

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  • Hornet Aluminaries
    elected district attorney in 1994 she was the first female to serve as the top prosecutor in any major county in California She was considered an outsider when the race for the DA position started but her integrity and professionalism carried her to victory I think it was part naiveté and part idealism that prompted me to run Scully says I was a deputy in the office and I had some ideas of things I d like to do We worked hard It was a grassroots campaign In a world of mostly male law enforcement officers legislators and attorneys she worked hard to reach the top Dealing with a personal tragedy took even more courage Scully s husband died of a heart attack just nine days after she was elected DA She took time off and when she began her new job she found that work helped ease the pain There were definitely some tough days but I had something to focus on and that helped Scully says Throughout her career Scully focused on seeking justice for victims and the community as a whole which is why she co founded the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center It s a collaborative effort to combine the resources of existing programs to provide assistance for victims of domestic violence and abuse If someone is in that situation of domestic violence there are so many things they need that if they try to do it all themselves they usually give up Scully says Instead of having all these entities competing against one another the Family Justice Center helps them all work together and brings them all under one roof Sac State faculty members are lending their expertise and students are volunteering for community service projects to help the Center take shape Scully is excited

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  • Hornet Aluminaries
    as Genentech and Pfizer The aha moment that inspired Dyer to help advance the cause of medical research occurred many years before she founded StemExpress But first She was born Catherine Anne Spears she changed her name to Dyer when she married in Long Beach Her father Richard Spears opened Mercedes Benz dealerships around the country for 30 years and moved his family frequently Dyer had attended 17 schools by age 16 Her mother Martha Wildforster James was an executive with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines And her older sister Charlotte Ivancic works as the legal counsel for House Speaker John Boehner R Ohio I had two busy parents growing up says Dyer They were both movers and shakers and my sister and I are wired just like them She graduated from El Puente High in Santa Barbara in 1997 and enrolled as a premed student at Santa Barbara City College where she received the EMT certification that allowed her to work as a trauma and operating room technician at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital I was working in the emergency room and assisting with surgeries in the operating room and still going to school she says I worked every day I was in college I would work nights in the ER and go to classes from 8 a m to 5 p m and be on call in the ER from 7 p m to 7 a m and hopefully get some sleep and then go back to school It was crazy She also was the teaching assistant for an instructor who taught a two semester anatomy course It was her responsibility to dissect cadavers for the class I got really comfortable with tissue and organs and I loved the human body loved all of it she says I saw organ transplant teams come into the ER when a donor had died The hospital needed someone to assist in organ collection and I was good at procurement so they tagged me to assist with the organ transplant teams That s when I got exposed to organ and tissue collection That was the first light bulb for me to start this company Dyer was shocked to learn that so few organs are suitable for transplantation excluded because of the donors age health sexual history or other factors I thought it was such a loss I realized that the system is about protecting the end user of the organ but if it can t be used for transplantation why isn t it being used for research At least do something beneficial with it Once she completed her studies at Santa Barbara City Dyer chose to attend Sac State I just loved it there she says The campus itself was great I liked the laid back atmosphere I lived a half mile away so I d ride my bike or motorcycle I skateboarded on campus at night I studied a lot at the Riverfront Center I almost ended up playing soccer for Sac State

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  • Hornet Aluminaries
    expectations That didn t work out and I thought I need to go to college At Sac State Fong Kushida tapped into her business acumen which was ingrained from an early age Walter Fong Pat s grandfather founded Farmers Markets and he operated 40 supermarkets across Northern California when the company was at its peak Fong Kushida helped out in the stores and took note of her grandpa s business management skills She didn t fully realize it at the time but as Fong Kushida took on leadership roles in Sac State s Center for Small Business she was getting perfect preparation for her career She cites marketing professor Dennis Tootelian as a major influence in her development He was instrumental in building that program and I ve always been very passionate about business and especially small business Fong Kushida says When I saw the struggles of business folks in the small business center I wanted to help As a small business owner you have to wear so many hats you don t have all the resources that a major company has but you still have to do all of the same things The passion that I had back then helping those businesses opened the door to what I m doing now Fong Kushida gained experience in the business world as a buyer for Weinstock s then for Macy s She remarried and stepped away to start a family Her second career as she puts it was a happy accident that turned into a perfect fit I saw a job listing for a desktop publisher at the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce and I didn t even know what that was but I went and interviewed for it Fong Kushida says They called me back and told me We know

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  • Hornet Aluminaries
    a lot throughout the country A recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Sac State Alumni Association he earned his degree at Sac State while working a part time job providing for his young family Gomez was a whiz with numbers and professors like Wilma Allerton helped him sharpen his accounting acumen He landed a fiscal student trainee position with the California Department of Transportation through Sac State s placement office and it set the stage for his remarkable career I went from running a pool hall and making 1 65 an hour to a fiscal student trainee at 3 37 an hour and I felt like I made more money than I would ever need Gomez recalls But that position really guided my career into state government For the past 12 years Gomez has led the California Association of Health Facilities where he advocates and educates on behalf of the long term health care community He s also started projects like Art for Life which gives residents and clients a forum for their artwork Gomez says the nursing home industry is making big strides in quality of care which is critical as the state s population ages I m really proud of what we ve been able to do to improve the quality of California nursing homes Gomez says I think it s difficult under government funding to provide the level of quality you would want but we ve done a really good job of getting that quality up substantially Gomez has worked for or with the California government for more than four decades He worked his way up in the Department of Social Services before joining the Department of Corrections After taking over as director in 1991 he oversaw a system that exploded from 8 000 employees

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    Association I thought I m going to work in aerospace and they have the best engineers but I was the only one who knew how to design transistors There are six or seven of them on the moon right now Ritchey may have never had the opportunity to work on the historic project were it not for his tenacity After serving in the Air Force he was discharged and made plans to attend Sac State but his enrollment paperwork was lost He sat outside the office of Donald Bailey the dean of students for three days waiting to plead his case On the fourth day Bailey said You re not going away are you Ritchey says I said I had nowhere to go He took my paperwork around and got me enrolled and then told me We need people like you in student government Ritchey followed the dean s advice serving as student body vice president while taking 22 units as a senior It was a hectic year but he learned to work with a wide range of constituents and developed management skills that he s relied on throughout his career He landed the prestigious job on NASA s Apollo project in Palo Alto but when it abruptly ended in 1971 moving on proved challenging It was a monstrous letdown Ritchey says His hard work and unyielding thirst for knowledge helped him succeed in ultracompetitive Silicon Valley He worked for many startup companies including Shared Resources which he founded in 1982 He started his latest venture Speeding Edge in 1994 It s a one man operation that sends Ritchey all over the world teaching the ins and outs of his specialty printed circuit board design or PCB Ritchey has published three books on the subject and is considered one of

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