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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
 
Jennifer Hornback (1995)
Jennifer Hornback (1995) writes, "After graduation, I spent time coaching softball at Baylor University, University Alabama - Birmingham, and Stephen F. Austin State University. I also spent two seasons with the Akron Racers (women's professional softball league). I earned my Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Sul Ross State University (TX) and turned my attention to curriculum and instruction. After spending 5 years as a member of district and campus leadership teams in San Antonio and being selected the TEPSA District 20 Assistant Principal of the year, I moved to Kansas City to start a new chapter of my life - marriage. I have spent the past three years as an administrator at two of the top schools in the midwest; Lincoln College Preparatory Academy (MO) & Sumner Academy of Arts & Science (KS). I have also been teaching for Mid America Nazarene University in the Department of Health and Exercise Science. In addition, I continue to serve as a local, state, and national presenter and lecturer."  
Submitted on Apr 20 2015.

Garry Maisel (1980)
Garry Maisel ’80 (Business Administration) has been honored with the United Cerebral Palsy Humanitarian of the Year award for inspiring positive change and contributing his time to organizations and causes throughout the Sacramento region. He is the President and CEO of Western Health Advantage, which focuses on improving healthcare access and affordability and is known for developing innovative programs to expand coverage to the uninsured. His commitment to giving back to the community has earned him numerous awards including the 2014 Executive Leadership Award from Community Link Capital Region's People Helping People Awards. (Source: Press Release)  
Submitted on Feb 23 2015.

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.

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.

Devin Middlebrook (2013)
Devin Middlebrook, MBA ‘13 has been hired to work as Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Environmental Education Specialist.
(Source: South Tahoe Now)  
Submitted on Feb 2 2015.

Lakhwinder (Kaur) Deol (2013)
Lakhwinder Deol, MBA ‘13 is the new finance operations manager for the city of Atwater. After spending two years in Sacramento working as a finance performance evaluator for the State Department of Finance, she returns to Atwater to help the city maintain financial stability.
(Source: The Modesto Bee)  
Submitted on Feb 2 2015.

Max Alvarez (2013)
Max Álvarez ’13 (Communication Studies) is a forward for the Sacramento Republic Football Club, winners of the 2014 USL Pro League Championship. He played in 30 matches during his rookie season, scoring three goals and recording eight assists.
(Source: Napa Valley Register)  
Submitted on Feb 2 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.

Ryan Harrison (2011)
Ryan Harrison, MS ’11 (Criminal Justice) is a law clerk in the in the labor and employment law practice of Hanson Bridgett.
(Source: Press Release)  
Submitted on Feb 2 2015.

Allison Mandel (2010)
Allie Mandel ’10 (Public Relations) has been named assistant account executive at Forté PR. She manages national fitness and nutrition accounts and assists with media outreach.
(Source: PRLog)  
Submitted on Feb 2 2015.

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Career News
 
Jennifer Hornback (1995)
Jennifer Hornback (1995) writes, "After graduation, I spent time coaching softball at Baylor University, University Alabama - Birmingham, and Stephen F. Austin State University. I also spent two seasons with the Akron Racers (women's professional softball league). I earned my Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Sul Ross State University (TX) and turned my attention to curriculum and instruction. After spending 5 years as a member of district and campus leadership teams in San Antonio and being selected the TEPSA District 20 Assistant Principal of the year, I moved to Kansas City to start a new chapter of my life - marriage. I have spent the past three years as an administrator at two of the top schools in the midwest; Lincoln College Preparatory Academy (MO) & Sumner Academy of Arts & Science (KS). I have also been teaching for Mid America Nazarene University in the Department of Health and Exercise Science. In addition, I continue to serve as a local, state, and national presenter and lecturer."  
Submitted on Apr 20 2015.

Garry Maisel (1980)
Garry Maisel ’80 (Business Administration) has been honored with the United Cerebral Palsy Humanitarian of the Year award for inspiring positive change and contributing his time to organizations and causes throughout the Sacramento region. He is the President and CEO of Western Health Advantage, which focuses on improving healthcare access and affordability and is known for developing innovative programs to expand coverage to the uninsured. His commitment to giving back to the community has earned him numerous awards including the 2014 Executive Leadership Award from Community Link Capital Region's People Helping People Awards. (Source: Press Release)  
Submitted on Feb 23 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
 
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.

Kevin Geoghegan (1999)
Kevin Geoghegan (1999) received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, in December 2013.  
Submitted on Dec 27 2013.

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General
 
Shauna (Wagner) Poovey (2012)
Shauna Poovey ’13 (English) was hired as a mortgage loan originator assistant by Cherry Creek Mortgage Co. Inc. in Port Angeles, Wash. Poovey lives with her husband, Travis and son, Jonah  
Submitted on Jul 30 2013.

Kyle Cassano (2012)
Kyle Cassano, MBA ’12 (Business Administration) was recognized by the Sacramento Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” nominee. Cassano co-owns Sacramento Marketing Labs LLC.

Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/print-edition/2013/07/05/40-under-40-nominee-kyle-cassano.html
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Submitted on Jul 30 2013.

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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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