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Ralph Jaeck, ‘67, ‘74, and ‘75 since his retirement has been traveling extensively all over the world with his wife and currently serves as the Osher Lifelong Learning Board at the University of Nevada, Reno.


Robert Earle, ‘72 is a professor at Central Oregon Community College.

Robert Nielsen, ‘76 has been retired from the Food Manufacturing and Sales Industry since 2017 and is currently involved in local government and volunteering. 

Chris Redner, ‘72 works in sales at PromoShop Branded Products.

Richard Sandvick, ‘71 is a sales manager at State Compensation Insurance Fund.

Elaine Scheer, ‘79 has retired from the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin as a Emeritus Professor after 34 years. 

Lynn Underwood, ‘76 is an art therapist and Coach at Artful Interventions. 


Charles Kerns, ‘80 has written five books, developed computer-based learning tools, worked on the Sakai Course Management system and worked for Apple for five years in the Advanced Tech Group on multimedia in Education. 

Michael York, ‘87 is the assistant men’s soccer coach at Sonoma State University.


Laura Chalmers, ‘96 is an associate professor at OU Health.

Robert Marc Fero, ‘96 is a massage therapist at Golden Haven Spa.

Michael Henry, ‘90 works at Bellarmine College Prep and is a licensed marriage and family therapist.

Deana Hernandez, ‘98 is an executive assistant as VMware.

Barbara Ibarra, ‘99 is a Department of Justice Accredited Representative at VIDAS.


Gregg Jann, ‘94 is the owner of Jann Demystifying Affects, a Consultant for NAMI Sonoma County, and a blogger. He has written five  business & social science books, with Jann’s 5th titled in early 2023 on Business source rights of economic money value of Intellectual Property making history, including design of the internet in Non-Fiction format claiming. Mr. Jann was a former F.W. Woolworth Co. Manager of a store as a Sr. Assistant and Trainee in San Francisco, and after Sonoma State spent 10 years as a MH Counselor performing duty of care in Group Homes, not housework but counseling tasks for independence and some emotional after many years in a locked environment due to senior aging, homelessness, and Serious Mental Illness. Gregg Jann was elected to Piner-Olivet Union School District from 98-2005, and developed a Teach Peace ballot suggestion from a Character Ed school board goal. During this election time, he worked on source perspective design of the Mental Health Services Act CA Fall ‘04 in suggesting the tax funding mechanism and his own explaining the legality of categorical income taxes right in his meetings with the lobbyist in Sacramento planning committees. He also extended union inclusion of worker rights to a disenfranchised workforce of MH consumers and all line staff at CSN through SEIU as Lead Negotiator. Gregg Jann is a Founder of “Reconciling” Christianity, at least voting for it in his Methodist Church a few years after graduating.

Angela Lam, ‘94 is a creative writing instructor at Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

Sokpha Lim, ‘98 is an Administrative Assistant at JSCO.

Matt Lillig, ‘98 is the senior manager of Data and Analytics at Blue Shield of California.

Laura Lorrain, ‘98 is a medical receptionist at Advance Physical Therapy.

Michael Vermeys, ‘96 is the assistant field manager at the DOI - Bureau of Land Management.

Ryan Young, ‘93 is the lead care manager at Molina Healthcare. 


Nina Alejos, ‘06 and her husband Charley met in high school, graduated from SSU together in 2006, got engaged, bought a house in 2008 in Petaluma, and have two kids and a dog. She became a CPA and most recently a tax manager at Pisenti & Brinker, LLP

Paul Baker, ‘06 is a video manager at Google. 

Ryan Bruinsslot, ‘01 is the CEO for R Bruins, Inc. a construction company and has traveled to Italy and Greece, lived in Hawaii and continues to embrace life’s adventure.

Whitney Hahn, ‘05 is a payments certification specialist at Stripe.

Loren Lucelle, ‘04 is a foster parent and business owner who travels the world. 

Elizabeth Pope, ‘05 is the director of advocacy and services for Placer Independent Resource Services. They are one of 28 Independent Living Centers across the state of California who provide services for people with disabilities. They promote individuals to live independently and on their own in their community. She enjoys ultra trail running and races and trains with a trail running program through Fleet Feet Sports based in the Sacramento region. She also does yoga, plays guitar and writes music. 


Brett Rhodes, ‘00 and ‘04 is an attorney and founder of Rhodes Law. After graduating, Brett pursued advanced studies at Empire College School of Law, obtaining a master’s degree in legal studies and a Juris Doctorate. In 2020, he founded Rhodes Law, an estate planning law practice in Sonoma County, CA. Brett’s admission to practice law in California, followed by admissions to the U.S. Northern District of California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court, underscore his legal expertise within our community. Brett was featured in Super Lawyers magazine and recognized in the 2024 Northern California Rising Stars list, placing him among the top 2.5% of attorneys in Northern California demonstrating excellence in his field.  In addition to his legal career, Brett has over two decades of progressive experience in public service. He currently serves as the Chief Deputy Public Administrator for the County of Marin and has been appointed to the Executive Board representing the State Association for his discipline. Previously, he held various law enforcement roles, including Chief of Police for a federally commissioned agency. Brett graduated from the FBI LEED’s 46th Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives, Dominican University’s Leadership Program, and the National Association of Counties (NACo) High Performance Leadership Academy. Brett also serves as associate faculty at the Santa Rosa Junior College, Public Safety Training Center, where he helps develop the next generation of law enforcement officers. He also speaks at SSU’s Prelaw Society, Empire College School of Law, and other professional platforms, discussing public administration, leadership, and the legal field. Brett’s dedication to community service is evident through his impactful charitable work, positively impacting many in our community. He remains committed to inspiring and supporting others to pursue their dreams with passion and perseverance while making meaningful advancements in his field in the years ahead.

Katherine Sandoval, ‘04 is the AVP of Leasing Services at Macerich.

Niki Scioli, ‘07 and ‘09 is a Partner and Producer for Zan Media.


Amelia-Marie Altstadt, ‘17 is an honors coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Kellie Douglas, ‘17 is a campus confidential advocate at Sonoma State University.

Corey Handa, ‘18 is a tasting room lead at Gallo. 

William Hekman, ‘19 is now a federal advocacy associate at Vectis DC. 

Jiana Jaber, ‘17 is the director of talent management at MGM Resorts International.

Kia Kolderup-Lane, ‘12 is the senior manager, State and Local Government Affairs at Salesforce.

Patrick Maloney, ‘14 is the lead generation operations manager at BILL and recently purchased a home in Sacramento.

Hayley Marx, ‘12 is a marketing manager at Hilton Los Angeles, Culver City.

Andrew Munson, ‘13 is a teacher at Nava College Prep Academy. 

Heather Radovich, ‘13 is now the alumni engagement coordinator/production manager at Moreau Catholic High School.

Nicole Stevens, ‘12 is the senior manager of Inside Sales and Support at Tempest Telecom Solutions. 

Katherine Tempel, ‘12 is a recruiting manager at CyberCoders. 


Caroline Adams, ‘22 previously served as the Communications and Content Manager at Hanna Center. She recently relocated to Seattle, WA to pursue new opportunities.

Jenna Barber, ‘23 is a substitute teacher for the Oakley Union Elementary School District.   

Zachary Bibeault, ‘23 is a Medical Assistant at Healthy Living Primary Care. There, he is gaining experience to apply to physician assistant (PA) school. 

Olivia Blades, ‘23 is a Before and After Care Assistant at Cleveland Elementary School. She is applying for graduate programs at Wake Forest University for a Masters in Clinical Counseling.

Hayden Byers, ‘23 is a bartender at Cinnabar Hills.

Serina Cabrera, ‘23 drove across the country and started her Masters of Science in Cardiovascular Epidemiology Program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

Daphnee Cardoza, ‘23 is the Event Coordinator and Tasting Room Associate at Williamson Wines. She recently studied abroad in Denmark and traveled to Prague and New York. 

Yun-Huai Chen, ‘23 is a peer recovery coach at Telecare Corp.

Abigail Cody, ‘22 is a Classroom Coordinator at the Anova Center of Education. She has also been snorkeling on vacation in Mexico.

Jennifer Copeland, ‘23 is the Director of Preschool Programs at Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County.

Haley Costa, ‘20 Is a People Experience Coordinator at Arctic Wolf.

Kevin Norton, ‘20 is a Graduate Assistant at the University of Nevada, Reno, pursuing his PhD in Economics.

Louis Davis Jr., ‘22 is completing his MBA with a specialization in human resources and getting married in 2024. He has released multiple Hip Hop and RnB albums. He has also been recognized at the Top Mobile Expert Sales Representative in California and has achieved the Winners Circle Award. Louis also coaches his son’s football and lacrosse teams.

Natalya DeArman, ‘23 is an account manager at Milliken & Company.

Andre’ Dews, ‘22 is a Media Services Technician at Santa Rosa Junior College. He works for the San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors and Petaluma Community Access.

Yasmin Esquivel, ‘23 is a Youth Impact Assistant at the Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma-Marin. 

Azucena Ferrusca Lopez, ‘23 is a social/personal assistant at Valentine Brothers, spreading positivity and advocacy on Down Syndrome. 

Alyssa Ford, ‘23 is the senior instructional assistant at the Charter Academy of the Redwoods. She is also entering theTeach Lake County credential program to work towards a mild to moderate special education credential. 

Paola Garcia, ‘23 is an enologist at Plata Wine Partners.

Aldena Garrett, ‘23 is a registered nurse for Providence.

Allan Gomez Blancas, ‘23 obtained a full time tax position with his accounting degree.

Sonia Gonzalez, ‘20 is a Management Aide for the County of Santa Clara. 

Daisy Gutierrez, ‘22, ‘23 is a teacher for the Soledad Unified School District. 

Abigail Harr, ‘23 is an elder law caseworker for the Legal Aid of Sonoma County. 

Jared Height, ‘23 is an assistant archivist at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center.

Natalie Heissenbuttel, ‘23 is a production assistant for the Golden State Warriors, after being promoted from the Oakland Athletics organization as a production assistant to technical director. She is also a dealership photographer.   

Adilene Hernandez Perez, ‘22 works as an ABA therapist and behavioral technician where she gets to work with clients who are on the autism spectrum and who have intellectual abilities. She also interns for the Latino Service Providers and the Sonoma County Office of Education.

Kevin Janas, ‘23 is an Operating Room Nurse. He also has his BLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications. Kevin also serves as the PTA Vice President for Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy.

Nicolas Johnson, ‘22 is a Community Service Officer at Santa Rosa Junior College.


Jill Kawakami, ‘22 is a Judicial Fellow at the Superior Court of California, Nevada County. Jill works in the field of court administration and data analysis. Jill was recently engaged to her partner of 11 years and moved to Grass Valley, CA. 

Laura Lacalle, ‘22 has continued her education at the University of Denver for her Masters in Social Work. 

Sophia Larsen, ‘22 is currently a graduate candidate at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Zoe Martinez, ‘22 is a Social Media Coordinator for CASA of San Benito County. She also has a digital website design company.

Emily Miller, ‘21 is an Account Executive at Swing Strategies and serves as the Vice President of the Republican Staffers Association. She recently completed the prestigious California Senate Fellowship, Class of 2022 and is a Capital Women’s Fellow Scholarship recipient.  

Stacie Nakapaahu Harper, ‘23 is an ERSS for the Solano County H&SS.

Molly Oates, ‘22 is the General Manager of Frontier Airlines.

Amy Paterson, ‘20 is the Alumni Engagement Analyst at Sonoma State University.

Davi Peterson, ‘22 is a chemist.

Lindsay Pfeiffer, ‘22 is the owner of Bay Laurel Solutions - a small branding agency.

Yessenia Resendiz Torres, ‘23 is a domestic violence case worker for the Legal Aid of Sonoma County.

Cassandra Rojas Barrios, ‘22 is a Social Emotional Support Specialist at Wu Yee Children’s Services. She was recently promoted and is pursuing graduate school.

Dorothy Rose-Miller, ‘23 is the Lead Registered Behavioral Technician at Shalamo Home.

Sarah Scrivano-Ceja, ‘23 is a teacher for Santa Rosa City Schools.   

Audrey Shiomoto, ‘22, ‘23 is a teacher at San Jose Unified School District.       

Emille Smith, ‘13, ‘23 is the Grants Coordinator for the Sonoma County Indian Health Project, Inc. 

Robert Tah-Cauich, ‘23 is the Co-Owner of his family-owned business: Esquivel Roofing Co. 

Emma Thomas, ‘23 is a specialist at Apple. She is working on the application process for graduate school programs to further her educational career.

Cesar Torres, ‘23 is a chemistry technician at LGC Biosearch Technologies.

Alex Vargas, ‘22 is an apprentice technician for Americas Tire. 

Calista Vazquez, ‘22 is an educator within the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Madeline Warner, ‘23 is a cashier for Walt Disney Company.

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Scott Hardie, ‘06 married Brittney Kleiman on April 23, 2023.

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Patrick Maloney, ‘14 married Courtney Atchley, ‘14 were married in 2021.

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