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Don Vachini, BA, kinesiology, ’66, and his wife Patricia, BA, psychology, ‘67, recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary with an Alaskan cruise through the Inland Passage. During a brief shore excursion in Juneau, the director of tourism directed Don to a local fishing hotspot where, during a two-hour span, he landed and released numerous Dolly Varden trout — four of which established line-class world records with the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

Ralph Jaeck, BA, economics, ’67, accepted the position of city manager for Millbrae, Calif. Previously he served as the assistant city manager of Reno, Nevada, for 13 years.


Anthony Tusler, psychology, ‘74, has written a guide that discusses today’s technology companies and the potentially large, untapped global market of people with disabilities. Published by the World Institute on Disability, How to Create Disability Access to Technology: Best Practices in Electronic and Information Technology Companies aims to help corporations profit from the increasing demands of a powerful and growing disability market, according to Tusler. Formerly the director of disability access at Sonoma State University and technology policy division coordinator at WID, Tusler is currently a corporate disability access consultant.

Lisa Beckett, BA, kinesiology, ’79, the 1979 SSU Female Athlete of the Year, was promoted to professor of physical education at Pomona College. The senior female administrator at Pomona College, Beckett has been a member of the faculty since 1987. She coached the combined Pomona-Pitzer women’s tennis team until 1998. Today she teaches tennis, table tennis and racquets, and is in the faculty and staff fitness program. In addition, Beckett serves on the NCAA West Regional Advisory Committee, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Awards Committee and the ITA Ranking Committee. She holds an MS degree from Washington State University and teaching certificates from the U.S. Professional Tennis Association.


Christopher E. Gerhart, BA, economics, BA, management, ’85, joined the Internal Revenue Service upon graduation. For the past 11 years, he has served as a special agent in the criminal investigation division. Gerhart recently moved to Pennsylvania after spending three years at IRS headquarters in Washington, D.C. He is currently the supervisory special agent for the Wilmington, Delaware office, and has a squad of 10 special agents who enforce the federal criminal statutes for tax and money laundering violations in the state of Delaware. His wife, Janet, and their daughter, Grace, miss living in Northern California but look forward to their new life in the Brandywine region of Pennsylvania.


Greg Bailey, BA, art studio, ’91, has been appointed assistant professor of art at Connecticut College, New London, Conn. Bailey has experience in woodworking, mold making, metal fabrication and metal casting. He received a master’s degree in sculpture from the Hartford Art School, Conn. His work has been showcased in several solo and group exhibitions around the state. Prior to this appointment, he was a visiting assistant professor at the college and also at Trinity College, Conn. He has also taught at the adjunct professor level at Hartford Art School and served as an instructor and visiting artist at the Farmington Valley Art Center and Columbia College, Conn.

John B. Palley, BA, management and international business,’91, was named partner and shareholder in the law firm Johnson, Fort, Meissner and Joseph. Palley will continue to focus on probate and estate planning issues. The firm, now called Johnson, Fort, Meissner, Joseph and Palley, is located in Sacramento, Calif., where Palley graduated from the McGeorge School of Law in 1994.

Maria Cisneros, BA, Spanish,’92, MA, counseling, ’94, joined Napa High School, Calif., in 1994 as a basketball coach and the only Latina counselor. In 1999 she was promoted to assistant principal, and last September, Cisneros was appointed principal of Valley Oak High School, a small alternative high school in Napa. An immigrant from Jalisco, Mexico, and the ninth child of a family of 10, Cisneros is married and has a five-year-old daughter.

Gary Gannon, BA, communications,’93, joined Arabian Horse World Magazine as the production manager. The monthly publication for Arabian horse enthusiasts is distributed worldwide. It is based in Cambria, a small town on the Central Coast of California. Gannon lives in Paso Robles with his wife, Kim, and their five-year-old daughter, Mackenzie.

Andrei Ferrera, BA, music,’94, is beginning his fourth year as director of publications at Head-Royce School, an independent K-12 school in Oakland, Calif. Ferrera and his wife, Jennifer Herman, BA, liberal studies, ’93, live in San Francisco. Herman is employed as an accountant in San Rafael, Calif.


Theresa Healer, BA, communications, ’00, received a master’s degree in sport administration and a master’s in criminal justice from Grambling State University.

Rhoda Halliday, BS, nursing, ’01, MS, nursing, ’03, is employed by Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital as a trauma nurse practitioner.

Jennifer Minnich, BS, business administration, ’03, is an honors society graduate after completing her master’s degree in public administration. She has accepted a position with Toffler Associates, a strategic planning and consulting firm in the Washington, D.C., area.

Kristin Donahue, BA, psychology, ’05, is working on her master’s in marriage and family therapy at the University of San Diego, Calif. She has also been appointed the graduate assistant for student orientation programs at the same university. Donahue is planning the main fall orientation and will be solely in charge of the spring orientation for transfer and new students.