Diana Campos at commencement

Alumni Notes

What do HSU political science alumni do? They work for – and start-up – non-profit groups that tackle social, environmental, and cultural challenges. They lead state and local governmental agencies. They join the Peace Corps. They succeed in outstanding graduate and law schools. They teach high school. They become college professors and administrators. They staff Congressional and the State Legislative offices. They become leaders in international organizations. They practice law. They establish businesses and consulting firms. They manage political campaigns. They get elected to public office. They remain active and engaged citizens who make their communities and our world a better place.

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Recent Alumni Updates

Rocio Avila, 2016

Rocio Avila, 2016 Politics, started working with Humboldt County’s North Coast Rape Crisis Team as an advocate for survivors.

Manolo Platin Morales, 2005

Manolo Platin Morales, 2005 Politics, recently began a new job. Morales is the vice president for State Government & Industry Affairs with Chubb North America

Benjamin J. Wocken, 2007

Benjamin J. Wocken, 2007 Politics, is currently serving as a Broadcast Journalist with the American Forces Network Europe Headquarters at Sembach, Germany, with the U.S. Air Force. His duties include traveling throughout the European military theater, writing, filming, editing, and producing military news and Command Information media pieces for the American Forces Network television and internet audiences. Wocken was recently named to the Dean’s List during his studies in the Master of Public Affairs program, through the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Katrina "Katie" S. Hagen Radlick, 1994

Katrina “Katie” S. Hagen Radlick, 1994, Politics and French, was appointed by Gov. Brown as the Chief Deputy Director of Operations at the state Dept. of Human Resources in March. Prior to this appointment, Radlick served as the Chief of Human Resources at CalPERS, the California Public Employee Retirement System. She is also an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of San Francisco teaching Human Resource Administration

Carleigh Kude, 2005

Carleigh Kude, 2005, Politics, has been working in advocacy, accessibility and ADA compliance since leaving HSU. Kude earned an Masters of Public Administration from CSU Long Beach in 2014 and was honored to be named on the Dean’s List of Arts and Humanities Scholars. She is currently working at Holy Names University, a diverse, public-service and social justice-oriented private University in Oakland, Calif.

Brynn E. Demei, 2006

Brynn E. Demei, 2006 Politics, now lives in her home country, the beautiful island of the Republic of Palau, where she work as a Commercial Loan Analyst for National Development Bank of Palau (NDBP). Demei will pursue her master’s degree in Public Administration next year, through University of San Diego’s graduate cohort program, while she lives and works in Palau.

Jed Haley-Brooks D'Abravanel, 2007

Jed Haley-Brooks D’Abravanel, 2007, Politics, is currently attending law school at American University.

Anthony Medrano, 2000

Anthony Medrano, 2000 Politics, worked at Ohio University for a few years and moved back to Hawaii before finally settling down near Lake Mendota, Wis., where he is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently, Medrano is several miles away in Malaysian Borneo, conducting dissertation research as a Fulbright fellow. Medrano’s interest in the social history of oceans stems from his formative years at Humboldt and its intellectual ecology.

Heather Frambach, 2009

Heather is currently an urban agriculture planner at the City of Austin, Texas, the Community Outreach Manager for a small East Austin farmers market, and an organizing fellow with Real Food Challenge, a national campaign that organizers for more local and sustainable food on college campuses. She completed her master’s degree in Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012.

Rashad Thomas, 2006

Rashad Thomas c/o 2006 and Imelda Fernandez c/o 2005 had their first child together. A baby girl by the name of Amira Thomas-Fernandaz.


Ian Blair (1994) works for the US Secret Service. He lives in Alexandria, VA.

Laura Barrera (1997) is community affairs manager for La Opinión, the nation’s largest Spanish language daily newspaper.

James Byles (1993) is Founder and President of Byles and Associates in Washington D.C., which works on sales and advertising for consumer and non-profit publishers.

Michael Caudill (1998) is President and CEO of Driven Communications. He also serves as an auto industry expert and spokesperson and makes routine appearances on KTLA-Channel 5 as their automotive expert.

Ruthanne Cecil (1994) is Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Economic Development. She has a J.D. from University of California’s Hastings College of Law.

Jason R.R.Conger (1997) is an attorney in private practice in Bend, Oregon. He earned his J.D. from Harvard University.

Viktoria Crummey (1996) teaches economics at Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe. She earned her M.A. in International Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden and intends to pursue her Ph.D. in development studies, particularly the political and economic effects of marginalized ethnic groups.

Stephanie Di Alto (1998) received her Ph.D. in political science at UC Irvine. She is on the coordinating council of the Indigenous Studies Network.

Amber Eckert (1993) is Dean of Student Affairs, Art institute of California-San Diego. She received an M.Ed. in College Student Personnel, University of Southern California.

Gareth Elliott (1992) is legislative director for California State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata. Gareth lives in Sacramento , CA .

Samara (Smith) Foster (1999) is a resident academic advisor at UC-Santa Cruz and finishing her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado in Education Policy, with an emphasis in political theory. She also received an M.A. in Social Science from HSU.

Antonette Goroch (1990) is a Senior Analyst with Digital Tech Consulting. Goroch has been an analyst and executive in the media industry for over 10 years, covering areas including cable, digital satellite, consumer electronics, Internet, IPTV, digital video and music.

Katrina Hagen (1994) is a deputy director for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco.

Jon W. Hardesty (1993) is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Cleveland Clinic. He lives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Darcie Harvey (1997) started out with a local internship in Arcata, then an internship with Amnesty International in London, and after graduation, landed a coveted paid internship with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ed Higgins (1994) is an attorney with Montana Legal Services Association.

Jennifer Ise (1996) completed an M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is currently working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she started in 2001 as a Presidential Management Fellow.

Kellie Johnson (1993) is a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County. She received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School Of Law. She is an Instructor for the National College of District Attorneys and has served in leadership positions in the Oregon Women Lawyers Association, the Oregon Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program, the Oregon State Bar Leadership College, the Lane County Human Rights Commission, the Lane County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, the Lane County Domestic Violence Counsel and Womanspace.

Jason Kirkpatrick (1995) is a political activist based in Berlin, Germany. He previously worked for the Sustainable Northern Ireland Programme and before that was a Green Party member elected to the Arcata city council and served as vice-mayor.

Diana Lundin (1993) is a defense attorney with Fox Bowman Duarte in Washington State. She earned her J.D. from UCLA.

Eric Mitchell (1995) is a software engineer with Chariot Software in San Diego, where he develops web applications for educators.

Ted Muhlhauser (1996) is Chief of Staff to Assemblywoman Betty Karnet at the State Capital in Sacramento.

Jeff Patterson (1992) is pursuing a career as a firefighter. Jeff resides with his wife Diane in San Diego, CA.

Satina (Chiricosta) Pitcher (1992) is a Career Counselor at CSU-East Bay. She was previously a program and policy analyst at UC Berkeley. She earned a Masters in Education from the University of Maine.

Seth Rafkin (1994) is a partner in the law firm of Cooley Godward Kronish, San Diego office. He earned his J.D. from University of California-Davis.

Jessica Shadian (1997) is a Senior Researcher at the High North Center for Business and Governance, Bodø Graduate School for Business, Bodø, Norway. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from University of Delaware.

Mark Sheppard (1992) received his master’s of public administration from California State University, San Bernardino. Mark resides with his wife Penny in Redlands, CA.

Amy Skonieczny (1994) is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at San Francisco State University. Her interests include social construction of US trade politics, societal influence on US foreign policy, and social theory and narratives in global political economy. She received her Ph.D in Political Science from University of Minnesota in 2008.

Nicholas Tomb (1999) is a founding member of Global Majority. His primary employment is with the Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School where he works as a Program Coordinator. Nick also teaches American Government at the Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, CA since January 2005. He formerly served as President of the Arcata/Camoapa Sister City Project. He received an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Kanji Watanabe (1993) is an assistant professor and coordinator of the international affairs program at Cottey College in Missouri.

Joseph Edward Williams (1992) is a Major in the U.S. Army and an instructor in American Politics, Policy, and Strategy at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He earned an MPA from Cornell University, where he received the Professor Leonard P. and Evelyn H.
Adams Leadership Award from the Institute of Public Affairs.

Ryan Zinn (1997) is National Campaign Coordinator with the Organic Consumers Association.

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