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FALL 2005
Fall 2005

John G. Argeris (1951, B.A., business administration) is self-employed in Long Beach. He is married to Vasiliki (Stathi) Argeris (1992, B.A., social work).

Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill (1952, B.A.; 1957, M.A., elementary education) was named 2004 Municipal Leader of the Year by American City & County magazine and was honored at the 2004 National League of Cities' Congress of Cities. She became president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in June.


Richard Greene (1958, M.A., art–painting) won an award from the Salmagundi Club of New York in its 2004 non-members exhibition. The Pismo Beach painter has worked as an art educator and administrator.


Marilyn Brock (1963, B.A.; 1967, M.A., home economics) is interim senior vice president of academic affairs at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. She was president of Mendocino College in Ukiah, Calif., and vice president of academic affairs at Long Beach City College.

Ronald F. Deaton (1964, B.A., economics) was promoted to general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He previously was chief legislative analyst at LADWP.

Children’s author Bonnie Beecher Graves' (1964, B.A., English) recent book, Taking Care of Trouble, was nominated for the 2004-05 South Carolina Children’s Book Award. She lives in Bloomington, Minn.

Michael L. Noel (1964, B.S., business administration–finance) is president of Noel Consulting Co. and is chairman of the board of SCAN Health Plan. He held senior executive positions at Southern California Edison and Edison International before creating his firm in 1998.


San Diego Superior Court Judge J. Richard Haden (1966, B.A., history) retired in January after 21 years as a judge. He now is a private neutral (mediator) and teacher. He received the San Diego County Bar Association’s 2002 Award for Outstanding Service to Legal Education.

Harry G. Schmus (1968, B.S., chemistry) recently joined Waters Corp., a Massachussetts-based scientific testing company, to teach principles and software applications for liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry.

Philip A. Tondreault (1968, B.A., history; 1977, MPA) recently returned to the Port of Los Angeles as director of property management. He spent 17 years at the port before becoming deputy director of asset management for the Los Angeles Department of General Services.

John Chiara (1969, B.A.; 1971 M.A., philosophy) teaches at Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. Chiara is the founder and director of Exodus to Christ.

The Community College Business Officers Association named Tom Donner (1969, B.S., business administration–finance; 1975, MBA) as 2004 Outstanding Chief Business Officer of the Year. Donner is acting president of Santa Monica College.

Tom J. Prochaska (1969, B.A., sociology and education) is a special education resource specialist with Compton Unified School District. His wife, Roberta (Schreiner) Prochaska (1968, credential), is an English teacher at Pasadena High School.

Far East National Bank appointed Kathleen Ross (1969, B.A., speech communication) as executive vice president and head of retail banking. She formerly was executive vice president of retail and consumer banking for Countrywide Bank.


Jay Beeler (1970, B.A., radio/TV/ film) founded Beeler & Associates (B&A) in 1978. Currently president of B&A and publisher of the Beachcomber, he has taught public relations at CSULB.

Robert A. Bowman (1970, B.S., criminology) retired in 1998 from Alpine County as chief probation officer and director of the witness assistance program.

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy presented Gerald W. Burns (1970, B.S., business administration–accountancy), CPA, with its 2004 Distinguished Service Award. He serves on the American Institute of CPAs' Auditing Standards Board.

Karen L. Hilborn (1970, B.A., social science; 1976, M.A., education administration) was an elementary school teacher and private school owner before retiring to Colorado. She became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer in 1992.

Randy Bowden (1971, B.A., theatre arts; 1972, credential) directs the Theatre Arts Department at Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach. During his 34-year career, he received the Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year and Wilson High Teacher of the Year awards.

Claudia Nissley (1972, B.A., anthropology) became the Wyoming state historic preservation officer in August 2004.

Rita Cepeda (1973, B.A., communication disorders; 1975, M.S., psychology) is the new president of Mesa College in the San Diego Community College District. She was president of Santa Ana College and held administrative positions with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento.

The environmental engineering firm Brown and Calwell named James R. Miller (1972, B.S., geology) as president and chief operating officer in 2004. He was president and COO of Woodward Clyde and president of Earth Technology Corp.


Alan H. Locher (1975, B.S., business administration–human resources management) is a member of the 2005-06 Orange County Grand Jury. He retired in 2004 and completed his 59th marathon race this June. He provides the Locher Scholarship for selected CSULB human resources students.

Lisa Cullen Caretto (1976, B.A., criminal justice) is vice president and legislative chair for California Arts Advocates. She is also legislative liaison for the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. She is married and has two children.

George W. Irwin (1976, B.S., criminal justice) retired from the Los Angeles Police Department after 31 years of service and now works part-time as a private investigator and consultant.

Los Angeles World Airports appointed Jens O. Rivera (1976, B.A., anthropology; 1982, MPA) as manager of Los Angeles International Airport, where he oversees all aspects of LAX's daily operations. He had been the manager of Ontario International Airport.

R. Dianne Bartlow (1977, B.A., radio/TV/film; 1980, M.A., speech communication) earned a Ph.D. from UC San Diego and is an assistant professor of women’s studies at Cal State Northridge. She won an Emmy Award for her video short subject, "Pioneer Women."

Maya DeBus (1977, B.A., psychology) is a field representative for the Social Security Administration office in Chatsworth, Calif.

John M. Hollon (1977, B.A., journalism) joined Crain Communications in Irvine as editor-in-chief of Workforce Management magazine. He was previously editor-in-chief of the San Diego Business Journal.

Patricia Kishel (1977, MBA) is a faculty member in the Business and Computer Information Systems Division at Cypress College, where she was named the college's 2004 Teacher of the Year.

Vivian R. Parker (1977, B.S., business administration) is a service planner and project manager for Southern California Edison, where she designs electrical systems for commercial and residential customers.

Jose L. Perez (1977, B.S., civil engineering) has worked for Southern California Edison for 25 years including as a manager for Nuclear Rate Regulation.

Snyder Langston promoted John F. Rochford (1977, B.S., civil engineering) to president/chief operating officer from executive vice president/COO. Rochford has been with the property development firm for 20 years.

Richard J. Bernard (1978, B.A., political science) is director of marketing and underwriting– professional groups division for CalSurance Companies. He earned a juris doctor degree from Western State University in Fullerton.

Herbert A. Levi (1978, MPA) recently was elected president of the Long Beach Civil Service Commission.

Wayne Powell (1978, B.S., business administration– accountancy) was appointed to the Parking and Public Improvements Commission for the City of Manhattan Beach.  He previously served as chairperson of the Cultural Arts Commission.

California Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza promoted Sharon Weissman (1978, B.A., radio/TV/film) to chief of staff in March. Weissman has been part of Oropeza's staff since 1997. Oropeza is a former CSULB Associated Students' president.

Roberta DeLuca (1979, M.A., education–administration) became superintendent of the Huntington Beach City School District in April. She previously was an assistant superintendent for the Norwalk-La Mirada School District and taught at CSULB, UCLA and the University of La Verne.

Victor M. Perez (1979, M.A., art) was appointed by the mayor of San Diego to the Horton Plaza Theaters board of directors.

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