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Welcome to Hornet Notes. Find out what your fellow alumni are up to these days. Share your news and events by submitting a note.

Recent Hornet Notes
 
Brennan Leitao (2015)
Brennan Leitao ’15 (Communication Studies) was selected in the 26th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He begins his professional career playing for the Cardinals’ Short Season-A affiliate, the State College Spikes. Leitao’s college career totals of 31 wins and 398 innings pitched are both Sacramento State records. (Source: OC Register)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

Mary-Kathryn Peck (2013)
Mary Peck ’13 (Health Science), a former gymnast at Sacramento State, was selected by Team USA Weightlifting to represent the U.S. at the 2015 IWF Grand Prix in Fuzhou, China. Peck will compete in the 63kg weight class. (Source: Napa Valley Register)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

Jennifer Wiltz (2012)
Jenni Wiltz, MA ’12 (English) released her latest book entitled The Red Road. The novel tells the story of 16-year-old Emma West, an honor student who has to choose between the future her family envisions and the chance to avenge her father’s near murder. (Source: Press Release)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

Katie Chan (2012)
Katie Chan ’12 (Graphic Design) joined the Anchorage office of R&M Consultants Inc. as a graphic designer. Prior to joining R&M, she was a multimedia graphic designer for a nationally syndicated television show. (Source: Press Release)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

Patricia Maciel (2011)
Patricia Maciel ’11 (Accountancy) recently joined the accounting firm Carbahal & Company as a staff accountant. For the past four years, she was a staff accountant for Woodland CPA Michael Campos. (Source: Davis Enterprise)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

Elizabeth Norvell Williamson (2010)
Elizabeth Norvell Williamson ’10 (Economics) was appointed deputy director of external affairs in the Office of Governor Brown, where she has served as external affairs coordinator since 2013. She was an adjunct instructor of beginning microeconomics at Sacramento State from 2009 to 2010. (Source: Press Release)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

Shannon Clegg (2010)
Shannon Clegg ’10 (Recreation Administration) is now the recreation services manager for the city of Calistoga. She has been in the recreation services profession for more than 13 years, and previously worked as the recreation supervisor for the city of Larkspur. (Source: Napa Valley Register)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

Kurt Oneto (2009)
Kurt Oneto, MA ’09 (Government) is now partner at Nielsen Merksamer Law Firm. Prior to joining Nielsen Merksamer, he served as a legislative analyst with the California District Attorneys Association and as a legislative aide in the California State Senate. (Source: Press Release)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

Brittany Lewis (2009)
Brittany Lewis ’09 (Biological Sciences) graduated from UC Davis Medical School in May and will pursue a career in Radiology. Her next steps are a year focusing on internal medicine at Highland Hospital in Oakland, followed by a four-year residency at Wayne State University in Detroit. (Source: Sacramento Bee)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

Vanessa Guerra ()
Vanessa Guerra ’08 (Construction Management) was the project manager for the recently completed Mutual Housing at Spring Lake community in Woodland. This affordable housing community, planned specifically for agricultural workers, is the first certified zero-net energy rental housing in the nation. Guerra also supervised affordable housing projects for Mutual Housing California in North Highlands and Davis. (Source: Sacramento Bee)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

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Career News
 
Jennifer Wiltz (2012)
Jenni Wiltz, MA ’12 (English) released her latest book entitled The Red Road. The novel tells the story of 16-year-old Emma West, an honor student who has to choose between the future her family envisions and the chance to avenge her father’s near murder. (Source: Press Release)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

Katie Chan (2012)
Katie Chan ’12 (Graphic Design) joined the Anchorage office of R&M Consultants Inc. as a graphic designer. Prior to joining R&M, she was a multimedia graphic designer for a nationally syndicated television show. (Source: Press Release)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

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Births & Adoptions
 
Sandra Sims (1974)
Sandra Re Sims is a proud mother of Jessica Silver and recently received her teachers credential from Sacramento State.  
Submitted on Jun 14 2012.

Lauren Palmer-Zahedani (2000)
Lauren Palmer Zahedani (2000) and Ardie Zahedani are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Ryan Luc. He was born on April 5 in Folsom, CA, and weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce. Ryan is Ardie and Lauren’s second child, joining big brother Kian Matthieu.

  
Submitted on Jun 27 2011.

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Marriages & Commitments
 
Kristina Schuett (2009)
Kristina Schuett ’09 (Government/Journalism) and Stephen Ricci were married in March at the Croatian American Cultural Center. The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Source: http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_23176178/schuett-ricci
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Submitted on May 31 2013.

Chad Smith (2008)
Chad Smith ’08 (Business Administration-General Management) and Jaime Mendoza got engaged at the Rae House in Galt, Calif. The couple met while attending elementary school. The couple plans to wed in late August at the St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Galt, Calif.

Source: http://www.lodinews.com/features/milestones/article_8379e98a-88f1-5c17-a265-7c8e4ea9bbb5.html
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Submitted on May 31 2013.

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Catching Up
 
James Van Buren (2006)
James Van Buren CRED ’05, ’06 is a teacher at Grant Union High School in Sacramento, where he leads the Grant Drum Line. The Drum Line has been nominated to represent the state of California in the 2015 National Independence Day Parade held in Washington D.C. and showed off their talents on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in November.
  
Submitted on Feb 2 2015.

Erlinda Ibarbia (1983)
Matthew Winston ’83 (Geography) and Erlinda Ibarbia ’83 (Anthropology) are both State of California employees and have been married for more than 30 years. They are proud that one of their sons is following in their footsteps and enrolling at Sacramento State next fall.  
Submitted on Feb 2 2015.

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Educational News
 
Brittany Lewis (2009)
Brittany Lewis ’09 (Biological Sciences) graduated from UC Davis Medical School in May and will pursue a career in Radiology. Her next steps are a year focusing on internal medicine at Highland Hospital in Oakland, followed by a four-year residency at Wayne State University in Detroit. (Source: Sacramento Bee)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

Jessica Spohn (2011)
Jessica Spohn ’11 (Family and Consumer Sciences) received a master’s degree in public health from New Mexico State University in December 2014. The University’s Alumni Association recognized Spohn with an “Outstanding Graduating Master’s Student” award. She also received special recognition from Eta Sigma Gamma, the Golden Key Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi, and the NMSU GLBT community.  
Submitted on Feb 2 2015.

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General
 
Brennan Leitao (2015)
Brennan Leitao ’15 (Communication Studies) was selected in the 26th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He begins his professional career playing for the Cardinals’ Short Season-A affiliate, the State College Spikes. Leitao’s college career totals of 31 wins and 398 innings pitched are both Sacramento State records. (Source: OC Register)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

Mary-Kathryn Peck (2013)
Mary Peck ’13 (Health Science), a former gymnast at Sacramento State, was selected by Team USA Weightlifting to represent the U.S. at the 2015 IWF Grand Prix in Fuzhou, China. Peck will compete in the 63kg weight class. (Source: Napa Valley Register)  
Submitted on Jul 28 2015.

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In Memoriam
 
Kenneth Kerri (1956)
Dr. Kenneth Kerri, founder of Sacramento State’s Office of Water Programs, died in December. Kerri was a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering at Sacramento State for almost 40 years before retiring from teaching in 1997. In 1972, Professor Kerri was a pioneer in establishing the Office of Water Programs, which is now recognized as the leading national training program for operators and managers of drinking water and wastewater plants and facilities. He has been recognized for his academic and professional contributions with many honors, including the Distinguished Faculty Award by the Sacramento State Alumni Association. As part of his legacy to the Sacramento State community, he leaves the Ken Kerri Endowment Fund, which will continue to honor a lifetime of achievement and contribution to the field of civil engineering.  
Submitted on Feb 2 2015.

A. Lee (1980)
Bob Lee ’80 (Public Policy and Administration), district attorney of Santa Cruz, died in October after a battle with cancer. He began his career as a prosecutor in Monterey County in 1985 before returning home to Santa Cruz. After working as the Santa Cruz Assistant District Attorney for fourteen years, Lee was elected to the District Attorney position in 2002. He was known for his dedication to justice for victims and his support of victim’s rights.
(Source: Inside Bay Area)  
Submitted on Jan 30 2015.

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