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Bert Kersh, 1950

Bert was immediately recalled to active duty in the Army serving as a Neuropsychiatric Specialist at Madigan Army Hospital -- a benefit of having learned psychometric testing during his senior year, including the Rorschach, a rare undergraduate offering in those days. That experience taught him that he most certainly did not want to work as a clinical psychologist, so he obtained a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1955. After working at System Development Corporation in Santa Monica he was invited to help start a unique research center at Western Oregon University. After 7 years in full-time research, he was appointed Dean of Faculty at Western and served in that position for over 10 years. Before retiring he taught undergraduate psychology for a decade, an experience that proved to be the most pleasant and personally rewarding phase of his career. Bert's wife of 59 years Barbara graduated from UCSB in Art and is a gifted fabric artist. They have 4 adult children, 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Their oldest son graduated from the USMA and has a MS in computer science from the Post Naval Graduate School in Monterey; their daughter and her husband raised three daughters and are proud grand parents; their second son received a degree in architecture from U Oregon and lives with his family in Eugene; their youngest son graduated from SFSU in Poly Sci and now works in the world of finance while living with his family in Laguna Niguel. Grandson Zackery Kersh entered UCSB in fall 2009.

James Fozard, 1954

James was the last class to graduate from the Riviera campus. The major influence in my early psychology career was Dr. Robert Gottsdanker. After finishing my doctorate at Lehigh University and post doc at MIT, I spent most of my career doing research on aging. Years later, Dr. Gottsdanker became interested in reaction time differences in young and old adults and contributed significantly to research in that area. I served on various scientific committees with him and at his invitation, and gave a lecture on age differences in memory and perceptual motor function at UCSB. My wife who accompanied me on that trip exclaimed, after viewing the Goleta campus, "How did you get any work done here?" a question that I answered evasively. I am partly retired, but serve as Associate Editor for Gerontechnology, and work part time at the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Most of my work is helping young faculty develop winning research proposals!

Jane Silver Carlisle and Harry Carlisle, 1957

Jane and Harry married 1957. Harry got a UCSB M.S. in 1959 and a University of Washington Ph.D. 1962, then a Post Doc at University of Penn 1964. Finally, back to UCSB in 1964 to join Psychology faculty. Meanwhile 3 children were born. Jane received M. ED (UCSB) 1969, took job as Counselor at UCSB Counseling and Career Services, and received a UCSB Ph.D. 1992. Meanwhile Jane and Harry both working at UCSB in respective departments; Harry tenured faculty and Jane Associate Director of Counseling. Harry retired in 2003; died in 2003. Our oldest son died 1988, had been builder/designer and at his death had passed 5 of the 9 exams for licensure as Architect. Youngest son is therapist in Colorado. Daughter is artist, formerly in New York City, now in Santa Barbara. Jane continues to work on campus at Counseling Services and also has a small private practice. Intends to retire in 2 years.

Bill Collins, 1959

I entered the military summer 1959, and spent two very enjoyable years in Washington, D.C. assigned to the U.S. Army’s Personnel Research Division out of the Pentagon [as a direct result of my work in the UCSB psychology department]. This experience had significant impact on my subsequent career. An M.A. degree in psychology [Honors – Phi Kappa Phi] was completed in 1972. I enjoyed a challenging career with three N.Y.S.E. corporations in Operations and Labor Relations management as a Vice President and Director of Operations. Rita Mattern and I were an item together at UCSB in 1959. We have both now retired and recently celebrated our 50th anniversary in early 2010 with a wonderful month's trip in Australia and New Zealand. We followed that up later in the year with two weeks in Prague and a river trip on the Danube to Vienna and Budapest. Bill continues to be active in the stock market and thinks of it as a part time job and hobby in retirement. They both are active, walk a lot, and play a bit of bridge and cribbage. The wonderful years on the then "new" UCSB Campus are still quite fresh in mind.

Michael Abraham, 1959

Retired, a trustee of the University of La Verne. Awarded an honorary Dr. Of Humane Letters. The Campus Center named after my wife (Sara) and me. For UCSB, I underwrote the TMP annual gift for a number of years. The Thunderdome has an entry named for my contribution. I always have been a proud graduate of the school.


Jim O'Hanlon, 1961

After an MS in Psychology from CSULA in 1963, I earned a UCSB Ph.D. in Biological Science in 1970 while working for Human Factors Research Inc. (HFR), a contract research organization, where I became Vice President for R&D. In 1977, I accepted a fellowship to the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology and remained in Europe for 21 years, getting better and better jobs in the fascinating field of Psychopharmacology. In 1986, I became the first Professor of Experimental Psychopharmacology at Dutch University of Maastricht and worked there with outstanding colleagues and students until I retired back to Santa Barbara in 1998. I taught at UCSB, and was also appointed Staff Psychopharmacologist at Tri-Counties Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled, where I still am. I monitor the effectiveness and safety of TCRC's clients' medication. Leacy and I will shortly celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary in our Solvang home with five children and nine grandchildren, all are doing fine.

Rick Kendall, 1967

He earned an MA at SF State and a Ph.D. in community psychology at NYU. While in San Francisco, he worked first as house manager for Huckleberry's for Runaways and then as research associate at the Haight Ashbury Research Project. From NYU, he went into survey research, first at Yankelovich in NYC, then at Abt Associates in Massachusetts. He returned to NYC first to run market research for HBO and then as VP of marketing for Cinemax. He left HBO in 2000 to start his own marketing consulting practice serving a range of internet-based companies primarily in health-related fields. Rick is currently president of the New York American Marketing Association and lives in Greenwich, CT.

Meredith Born (formerly Puterbaugh), 1966, BA, Psychology

After a 20-year marriage which started before graduation, I returned to graduate school at John F. Kennedy University in 1990, getting an MA in Counseling Psychology. I was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1999. I’m now seeing fewer clients, but I still adore doing therapy. I’m living happily in Santa Cruz, enjoying the abundant natural beauty of the area.

Gregory (Greg) Cermak, 1968

Gregory got a Ph.D. in psychology at Stanford in 1972. Spent his career in industrial research, first at the General Motors Research Labs, then at the GTE/Verizon/Verizon Wireless Labs. Retired in 2010. His specialty was applied psychophysics: human response to traffic noise, air quality, visible paint quality, IP telephony, and video quality. Research topics included human response to pollution caused by automobiles and trucks at GM, and perceived voice quality and video quality over telecommunication channels at GTE/Verizon. Also published regarding methods for collecting and analyzing consumer data from the lab and from surveys. He currently is retired, living in a village in England, and improving his change-ringing.

Jud Scott, 1968

Jud attended Navy OCS and spent 3 1/2 years in submarines in the Pacific. He married Ildiko in 1971. After active duty, he attended law school, externed for the California Supreme Court, and clerked for two law firms. Practiced civil litigation in San Francisco for 5 years, became a partner in an east bay law firm, then founded his own practice in 1988. Still practices civil litigation and trial work in Pleasanton. Chaired a California State Bar Section, was President of the Alameda County Bar Association, and served as Judge Pro Tem for the Alameda County Superior Court. Currently serves in the American Bar Association House of Delegates and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Jud remained in the Naval Reserve, completing his service as a Rear Admiral, Deputy Commander for the Atlantic Submarine Force, and Director, Submarine Reserve, before retiring in 2001. Two wonderful children: Nate is a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Navy jet flight training program and Lauren is a Communication major junior at UC Davis. Ildiko is a Personal Shopper for the Walnut Creek Nordstrom.


Don Burns, 1970

I worked from 1970-1997 at Camarillo State Hospital as a Program Director and Community Liaison. I transferred to Atascadero State Hospital and worked as a Staff Programmer Analyst (database software) until December, 2004. I am semi-retired now and still work a few days a month as a Staff Programmer Analyst. I moved to Ventura when I graduated in 1970 and still love living here by the beach.

Paul Kimoto, 1971

I went to work for DHL Worldwide Express (unable to find gainful employment in the field of psychology). In 1983 I opened my own business as a Customs Broker working for international importers. I married in 1979, divorced in 2000, raised two daughters. The older one (UCSD 1997) works for Organic Style magazine. The younger daughter is a UCSB sophomore, paying $1200 a month for an apartment in good old Isla Vista. My old apartments are still there looking exactly the same as they did 30 years ago. I'm currently a consultant for international importers and serve on the Board of Directors for the Hillblom Foundation which provides grants & fellowships in the fields of diabetes and aging research. The foundation recently provided funding for a new research building at UCLA.

Susan (Susie Lukes) West, 1971

After working for about two years at Goleta Elementary School as an instructional specialist, Susie took a job teaching third grade at Monica Ross, a private school in Ojai, Ca. While there she completed her elementary teaching credential and obtained a position as a sixth grade instructor at Woodland School in Mariposa California. In 1989, she moved with her husband Jim to Santa Maria, CA where she obtained a position teaching sixth grade for the Orcutt Union School District. She continues to teach at May Grisham Elementary School. Susie has two children: Rusty (29) and Joe (27).

George E. Murphy, 1975

I obtained my J.D. from Golden Gate University in 1979 and moved to Sacramento where I served as Research Attorney for the State Court of Appeal. In 1982 I was hired by a Sacramento firm to start their appellate department. In 1994 I founded Farmer & Murphy with another UCSB alumnus--Craig Farmer. We now have 11 attorneys, specializing in civil appeals. I have been involved in hundreds of appellate cases in California including the Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. I have over 40 published decisions. What I learned in Psychology at UCSB has made me a much better lawyer in many ways. I am married and have three children. Lauren, 17, wants to go to UCSB and major in Psychology. Mike, 16, is not sure where he wants to got to college. Shane is 13 and college is not even on the radar screen. I have taken them by the UCSB campus. It has changed significantly since I went there, but I think I could still find my way around. I am waiting for UCSB to launch a law school -- it would be great to be back on campus again. I have missed it all these years.

Charles DeCarli, 1978

Charles is happily married with two children finishing college and the third entering high-school. He spent 20 years on the East Coast getting his MD, completing medical training and doing research at the National Institutes of Health. He returned to California with the family in 2000. He is Professor of Neurology at UC Davis and directs the Alzheimer's Disease Center and the Imaging of Dementia and Aging Laboratory. His research interests focus on studying factors related to cognitive decline associated with aging, vascular and Alzheimer's disease. He is the recipient of numerous research grants, awards and was recently featured in the HBO Documentary, "The Alzheimer's Project, Momentum in Science".


Ken Kallio, 1981

I am currently Chair of the Psychology Department at SUNY Geneseo, where I have been since leaving UCSB. We have 16 faculty and over 400 majors. Strange as it may seem, I actually like the job of chair. My research interests have wandered over the years, but most recently I have been doing experiments on working memory using a multispan task. My wife (Colleen) and I have two sons, both of whom, we are happy to report, have recently graduated from college.

Fran Talarowski, 1982

I am a math teacher at Springfield High School in Springfield, PA, where I am known to the Algebra, Geometry, and AP Statistics students as Dr T. This year I will be introducing AP Psychology to the school. After years as a statistics manager in the pharmaceutical industry, I got fed up with the corporate world and what I perceived to be a warped sense of values and priorities, so I cashed in my chips, earned a teaching certificate and have never been happier in my life. I have an adjunct faculty position at Widener University, where I reach courses in Statistics and Research Design in the Psychology Department. I am still married to Susan Best (29 years this July) and have one son, Andy, a consistent Dean's List student at the University of Delaware, majoring in Physics, with a minor in Japanese. Life is good.

Paula Gregoire-Jones, 1984

Before I graduated I was accepted an entry level computer support position at ACC eventually becoming the IS Manager. After ACC closed I worked in Information Technology position at Mentor Corporation and have been working for the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution since 1989. My husband and I purchased a house in "Noleta" right after my graduation, where we still live with our 15-year-old daughter and two dogs. Grant Gustafson, 1984. I have lived and worked in the US, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. I presently divide my time between Malaysia, Africa and our Boston area home. While my first love in school was Psychology and in particular the great people in and around the Psych Department (e.g., Robert Gottsdanker), I ended up going the business route post graduation. Have been mostly in Management Consulting and presently work with a SE Asia based Private Equity firm.

John Gilleland, 1988

I have been doing applied psychology work as a trial consultant for the past 28 years, working with attorneys in preparation for upcoming jury and bench trials. I regularly conduct mock jury research of all types ahead of the actual trials, to test out trial themes and presentation strategies. I also assist with witness preparation, jury selection, trial monitoring, and post-trial interviews with the actual jurors once trials are completed, as well as strategic consulting on opening statements and closing arguments. I work in Chicago, for DecisionQuest, and live just west of there, in Naperville, Illinois, with my wife and four children.

Ewald Neumann, 1989

Edwald is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Cognitive Psychology area at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, specializing in visual selective attention research. He has held research positions at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland where he completed post-doctoral training and received a senior scientific staff fellowship. He has also taught at UCSB and held faculty positions at New College (the honors college of the University of South Florida) and Middlebury College in Vermont.


Jed Olson, 1993

Jed is a physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Denver. After graduating he did research in the Division of Infectious Disease at San Francisco General Hospital. He credits his time in the lab of Professor Loy Lytle at UCSB with preparing him for the challenges of basic science research. He entered the MD program at Stanford in 1996, where he continued to do research locally and in Africa on malaria and other tropical diseases. He completed internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and lives in Denver with his wife and son.

Monica Bianco-Graham, 1995

Monica moved back to Milan, Italy at the end of 1995 and had a daughter, Tiffany, in July 1996. She is a fashion designer and owns a company called MONICA BIANCO that sells in Italy and worldwide clothes and bags that she started to design when studying at UCSB. Often thinks about the times spent at UCSB and misses those great days, enjoyed every single moment, even the hardest ones, which actually made her stronger. "Through my studies and hard work I was able to achieve my goals and become what I am now. I cherish all the memories that will always be with me. I miss you class of 1995!!! Thank you UCSB!!!

Alanna Rusconi, 1998

After graduating from UCSB, I found myself volunteering (and working) with the Wilderness Youth Project, allowing me to informally explore an interest in Eco-Psychology. This experience led me toward inquiry-based learning concepts and a career in educating young minds. Shortly after, I perused a Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Education. For the past 19 years I have worked in education. As of today, I have been teaching multiple subjects to the lower elementary grades for 9 years, specializing in the Whole Child Education model and project-based/inquiry-based learning. I live in Ojai, California with my husband I met while attending UCSB, and 2 children, ages 9 and 15. I may not be using my degree as an official psychologist, however, everyday that I teach, I am utilizing the skills learned through my UCSB experience and continue to be fascinated by HOW we learn!

Suzie Maciel (Leighton), 1995

MS in Physical Therapy from University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (now Des Moines University) in 1999. In 2000, I married Brion Maciel, also a UCSB graduate of 1995. I am currently employed for Sutter Health in Sacramento as a Staff Physical Therapst and as Clinical Educator. Brion is currently employed by Intel Corp as a Systems Engineer. We continue to stay in contact with many of our gaucho friends including Jenna Cruz, Sean McGowan, and Chad Flynn. Brion and I think Santa Barbara is the best school ever and think about our fun memories there quite often.

Alex K. Nugent, 1998

After a time in Eli Peli's lab at Harvard Medical School, I acquired a keen interest in ocular disease and immunology, so I followed a colleague, Professor Santa Ono, to London to study medicine as well as do a PhD in his new lab at the Institute of Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital. I am now in my third year of medicine and first year of clinical study at University College London, and can honestly say I am having the time of my life! London is without doubt one of the greatest cities in the world and if only I could get a decent burrito here it would be perfect! After graduation I plan to specialize in ophthalmology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, or orthopedics – the age I'll be by the time I finish residency and fellowship I'll probably need a little work myself!


Diana Ginns, 2001

I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel the country and the world a lot these last three and a half years. When not traveling, I was working at Devereux in Goleta and after that, at a rape crisis and domestic violence center in Colorado. Recently, I just returned home from a year in Chile, South America, where I was living, volunteering, and learning Spanish. I also traveled through Argentina and Bolivia, two beautiful countries. Currently, I am living in Los Angeles, and applying to grad school for school psychology.

Eric Heng, 2002

After graduating from UCSB, I earned a Masters of Education in Counseling in Student Affairs from UCLA. Since 2007, I have worked in Student Affairs at the University of California, Office of the President, facilitating system wide student engagement with UC leadership and addressing policy and legislative issues impacting UC students. My wife Emmalee (also a UCSB alumnus) and I live in Pleasant Hill, CA with our three children: Jacoby, Logan, and Bailee.

Navid Papehn, 2004

Navid went on to receive his MA in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. He graduated in 2005, returning to Los Angeles. At the start of 2006 he began working at an inpatient eating disorder treatment facility, of which he was the Program Director for 3 1/2 years. During this time, Navid also began his studies at Fielding Graduate University in pursuit of his doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. He hopes to graduate in 2014. Navid is currently the Program Director at The Bella Vita, an outpatient clinic in Los Angeles that specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. He and his wife married last year and live in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Amanda Wilson, 2005

Amanda is currently closing out a 15-month tour to Afghanistan. As a Military Police Lieutenant and an Executive Officer she is responsible for tending the needs and issues of over 200 soldiers. Stationed out of Bamberg, Germany she hopes to continue the pursuit of a Masters in Counseling Psychology with a focus on combat stress, upon return from OEF 07-09.

Erika Schmidt, 2006

Psychology and Black Studies (double major) as well as a minor in Asian American Studies. In 1999-2000 I completed my MA in Education (School Counseling) and Pupil Personnel Services Credential at CSU Dominguez Hills. Shortly after I began working as a school counselor at Banning High School (LAUSD). I also completed an MS in Marital Family Therapy (also at CSUDH) in 2004. I decided to continue as a school counselor because of the variety of responsibilities I hold throughout the year and the opportunities that arise to work with a diverse population of students. I don't mind the vacation time either!


Diana Leonard, 2012

I am Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. My research examines intergroup relations in applied domains like protest and apology. My latest project on moral judgments of racial passing behavior recently received funding from SPSSI. This past year, my partner and I bought a house in SW Portland and adopted a puppy named Freyja. Upcoming this summer I will be leading a laddered research team with undergraduates and a local high school student via funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Leandro Calcagnotto, 2013

I worked with children with autism for a year in Los Angeles. I changed career fields and now work as an EMT in the Emergency Department of a hospital. I plan to become a Physician's Assistant.

Caroline Griffith-Chavez, 2013

I will soon obtain my California Real Estate license and I look forward to helping clients make their housing dreams a reality. I enjoy solving problems, coming up with creative solutions and working with people. I live with my family in Oakland and I am excited to read about what other Gauchos are up to!

Steven Guzowski, 2013

I have been working as a coach and a behavior therapist. I am currently working towards my MA in Educational Psychology and will soon after be earning my BCBA credential.

Alanna Peebles, 2013

After a short summer, I jumped right into a MA/Ph.D. program in Communications at the University of Madison, Wisconsin. My current focus is on the effects of prosocial and educational media on adults and children.