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Congratulations to the College of Professional Studies' 2021 Distinguished Alumni

Humboldt State University’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni

Since 1960, Humboldt State University has been recognizing the achievements of alumni when HSU launched its annual Who’s Who Award. This year, HSU celebrates its 2021 Distinguished Alumni who have been recognized as leaders in their fields and have been outstanding contributors to their community, nation, or HSU.

Heidi Moore-Guynup (‘98, Psychology, ‘00, M.A. Psychology) has served the students and families of Humboldt County in a variety of ways throughout the last two decades. In 2017, Moore-Guynup was named assistant superintendent of educational services with the Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE), before becoming superintendent of the McKinleyville Union School District.

She currently serves on the Humboldt State University Foundation Board, the President’s Community Advisory Committee, and the College of Professional Studies Advisory Board. She also teaches in HSU’s Educational Leadership credential program, where she donates her time to help ease college budget constraints.

Drew Petersen (‘91, Physical Education) is the strength and conditioning coach for the Humboldt State athletic department. He began the strength and conditioning program at HSU in 1991 and is responsible for the design and implementation of the year round strength and conditioning program for all HSU sports. Petersen has coached 55 strength and conditioning All-Americans and mentored and developed numerous strength and conditioning coaches throughout the years, many of whom have gone on to become Division I, II and III coaches as well as a head NFL strength and conditioning coach.

Lynnette Zelezny (‘79, Psychology, ‘81, M.A. Psychology). In 2018 Zelezny made history by becoming the first woman president of California State University Bakersfield. In 2020 Zelezny was recognized as the Robert C. Maxson President of the Year by the California State Student Association (CSSA). In addition to her Psychology degrees from Humboldt State, Zelezny has earned a Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Craig School of Business at Fresno State. She has also earned professional certificates in management from Harvard University and in executive leadership from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining CSU Bakersfield, Zelezny served for 30 years at Fresno State in roles that included provost, associate provost, dean and associate vice president in continuing and global education, associate dean for the campus’s Craig School of Business, and chair of the psychology department.