Classnotes 1990s

Iain Barksdale, 1990. Iain received MPhil in Archaeology in 1991 from the University of Glasgow, JD in 1999 from the Louis D Brandeis School of Law, MLS in 2003 from the University of Arizona. He worked for four years at the James E Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona as an Electronic Services Librarian, and four years at the Chase College of Law as the Asst Director for Information Technology. He is currently working as Head of Reference Services for the Bounds Law Library at the University of Alabama School of Law and as an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology teaching online courses for Northern Kentucky University in Cultural Anthropology, Celtic Archaeology, and Legal Anthropology.

Bob Barretto, 1990. After a seven-year roller coaster ride as a "dot-commer," I enlisted in the U.S. Peace Corps and was assigned to a community-based natural resource management contract in Zambia. After Peace Corps, I moved to South Africa to study wildlife conservation and social development at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town. I moved back to the States in 2004, worked in programs for the conservation department at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and then worked with a remote Bri Bri community in Costa Rica trying to better understand the livelihood strategies of banana farmers. I returned again to the States to finish (emphasis on "finish") my graduate work at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.

Candice Gottlieb, 1990. Candice is a Professional Mediator and Trainer, specializing in the areas of business and workplace conflict. With her Bachelor's in Psychology and Master's in Counseling, Candice is very effective in handling the emotional side of conflict, helping parties to reach both an understanding and an agreement with one another. Candice is a Certified Mediator of the LA County Bar Association, a professional member and certified trainer of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and has membership and affiliations including the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the Professionals in Human Resources Association. Candice is the President and owner of Mediating Solutions, offering conflict resolution services in the Los Angeles area. She can be contacted at

Michelle Johnston, 1990, BA, Psychology. After UCSB, I earned my Master of Public Health degree in Health Promotion. Since 2011, I have served as the Regional Director for the Alzheimer’s Association. I live in Sacramento, with my husband, Scott. We enjoy spending time in our garden, along with rafting, hiking and scuba diving.

Juliette Mackin, 1990, BA, Psychology. I completed my Ph.D. in 1997, from Michigan State University, in Ecological/Community Psychology and Urban Studies. I have recently been promoted to Co-President of NPC Research, a small human services research and program evaluation company in Portland, Oregon.

Sunshine Sepulveda, 1990, BA, Psychology. Worked in post production, insurance, office, and group home. Then found my "RIGHT" place as Principal of an amazing Continuation High School in LAUSD.

Michael Wolfe, 1990, BA, Psychology. After getting a PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a postdoc at Vanderbilt, I have been a Psychology professor at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. I conduct research on text comprehension and teach undergraduate Psychology courses. In 2014 I was promoted to Professor. I have three boys (14, 12, and 8 years old) and am getting married in the summer of 2014.

Randal Doane, 1991. Randal is a father, a husband, and, as time allows, still an avid volleyball player. After a lengthy tour on the graduate school circuit, he earned his Ph.D. in sociology from the City University New York, Graduate Center. He works at Oberlin College as the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.

David W. Eby, 1991. After a post-doc UC, Irvine and teaching stint at CSU, San Bernardino, I accepted a research position at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) in 1993 focused on transportation safety and mobility. Currently I am an Associate Research Professor and Head of UMTRI's Social and Behavioral Analysis Division. Starting in Summer 2007, I will be the Founding Director of the Michigan Center for Accessibility and Safety Throughout the Lifespan (M-CASTL), a University Transportation Center sponsored by the US Department of Transportation. I feel fortunate that my education in psychology at UCSB and mentorship by Jack Loomis have allowed me to pursue my dreams.

Beth Laurie, 1991, BA, Psychology, 1997, M.Ed., Education with an emphasis in School Psychology. I am a Bilingual School Psychologist for the Santa Barbara County Education Office, where I've worked for the past 17 years. I serve on the Board of Directors of the California Association of School Psychologists. I also own a private practice as a Licensed Educational Psychologist where I specialize in conducting school neuropsychological and strengths- based psycho-educational assessments of youth who are experiencing learning challenges. I feel fortunate to continue to live in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara with my 14-year-old son and 3-legged dog, Mac. Dr. Tim Harrison, 1991, BA, Psychology, Minor in Coaching. I coached college basketball for 14 years and now work at Ventura College as a Dean for Athletics, Health, Kinesiology, and Off Campus Programs. Living with my wife and two kids in Ventura, CA. Go Gauchos!

Tasha R. (Hein) Howe, 1991. Tasha received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology at UC Riverside. Her research focused on abused children's social development. She then received an NIMH postdoctoral position in developmental psychopathology at Vanderbilt University. She is currently on sabbatical from her position as Associate Professor of Psychology at Humboldt State University, pursuing a Fulbright Fellowship on the island of Cyprus. Her Fulbright focuses on feminist and cross-cultural perspectives on family violence. She is married and has two sons.

Mark Michael Lewis, 1991. Mark has been a coach and consultant, working with hundreds of individuals and couples, consulting hundreds of businesses, and presenting before thousands of people. He has published two non-fiction books: "RelationDancing" and "The Key Is In The Darkness: Unlocking The Door To A Spiritual Life." He is currently the CEO of Smart Energy Enterprises, Inc., the maker of SmartPower and Nuclear Waste Antidote "smart" energy drinks, which have a breakthrough formula that enhances the positive effects of caffeine while virtually eliminating the negative side-effects of the jitters and the crash. Through provocative branding and socially conscious messaging, these drinks represent a new type of consumer activism, and fulfill the SEE-Inc. A Beautiful Future Now vision.

Jeff Shannon, 1991. Jeff is living in Connecticut with his wife and 3 sons. He was recently appointed Head of Science at Westhill High School in Stamford, CT. In addition to teaching at the high school level he has served as an Adjunct Chemistry Instructor at Sacred Heart University and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer of Education at Manhattenville College. In 2007, Jeff and his family founded Dig Deep, Inc. to inspire teens to volunteer and give back to their community. He hopes to find new ways to understand and inspire motivation in youth to contribute to their communities.

Lisa Thomas Vance, 1991, BA, Psychology. After graduating, I went on to grad school at UCLA where I received my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. I taught elementary school at a fabulous school in Los Angeles where hearing-impaired children are mainstreamed into the regular classroom. I'm married to fellow Gaucho Ronan Vance and we have three children. My family moved to Santa Barbara in 2002, where we currently reside. I am now a science teacher and resource specialist at my youngest children's school. I enjoy hiking, swimming and traveling. Recently, I took up surfing and I am hooked!

Edward Amey, 1992, BA, Psychology. After UCSB, I earned my Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology & Counseling from CSU, Northridge. I served as a Social Worker & Program Director in Foster Care/Adoptions for several years, and then later as the Executive Director of a small group of private schools in Southern California. I am now the Managing Director of the Institute for the Redesign of Learning in South Pasadena, CA.

Gideon Bernstein, 1992. While pursuing a Chartered Financial Analyst designation, Gideon chose a career in investment management. He is now the Director of Research and Partner at Leisure Capital Management in Costa Mesa, CA. Gideon now returns to UCSB every summer for the UCSB Family Vacation Center with his wife, children, and friends.

Dayna (Reader) Chalif, 1992. Dayna received my MA in counseling from Washington State University in 1995, and moved to the bay area. I married Ivan Chalif 1993 in 1995. Until 2000, I worked in a counseling capacity at a variety of non-profit organizations in the bay area. In 2000, I became licensed as an LMFT and had our first child. I worked one day a week in my private psychotherapy practice until we had our 2nd child in 2003, at which time i closed my practice to focus on my family full-time. In 2005 I re-opened my private practice one day a week, and am now enjoying that as well. I want to say hello to Dr. Robert Sherman and let him know that he was a great inspiration to me while I was at UCSB.

Judith Misale, 1992. Judith is now Professor of Psychology, Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Please contact Judi at

Matt Quinley, 1992, BA, Psychology. After graduation I returned home to the Sacramento area. I worked for one year in adolescent residential treatment before moving to the bay area for the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare's Masters in Social Work (MSW) program. I have been working for Sacramento County, Division of Behavioral Health for 20 years, starting as a clinician. I am now a Health Program Manager overseeing County operated Adult and Child mental health programs. I live in the Elk Grove area with my family.

Andrea (Scopp) Robbins, 1992. Andrea moved to Washington, D.C. where she taught nursery school for 2 years until she moved to NYC to earn her Masters in Education from Bank Street College of Education. She taught in NYC for 10 years during which time she got married. She has been on a parental hiatus from working since the birth of their daughter, Cayla, in 2003 and son, Jesse, in 2005.

Lisa (Hellwig) Wofford, 1992. I got a MS in Counseling in 1997 from San Diego State University. I have been a School Psychologist for the last 10 years and a Program Specialist for Deaf/Hard of Hearing in west Ventura County for the last 6 years. I held board positions with both the Ventura County Association of School Psychologists and Tri-County GLAD (a Deaf/Hard of Hearing organization). Lives in Ventura with her husband of 11 years Mike and 5-year-old twin boys. Enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and trying to keep up with her boys! We're headed to Disney World this summer!

Lauren Fox MacMillan, 1993. Lauren earned her Ph.D. in clinical-aging psychology from USC in 2001, and is now working as a geropsychologist for the Long Beach VA Healthcare System. She lives in Pasadena with her husband, and in January 2008 gave birth to their first child, a boy.

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.

Peter Rosen, 1993, BA, Psychology. On June 1, 2014 I will begin my new position as Head of the Accounting and Computer Information Systems Department in the Kelce College of Business at Pittsburg State University.

Daniel Thomas (Tom) Wellman III, 1993. Daniel is an international educator after obtaining credentials from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters from Azusa Pacific in Education. He's been head coach at Morro Bay High, taught at Ventura High, spent two years teaching in Salinas until going overseas. He lasted one term in Venezuela where he fell in love. They came back to California but only lasted a year teaching in Pismo Beach before moving to Taiwan, spending 4 years there and their summers in beautiful Bali. Tom is now proud single father of two boys ages 5 and 8 in Bali, surfing and doing property and teaching 2nd/3rd grade as well. Starting up business for kids after school activities here in Bali Called Thumbs Up! Motivating positive attitudes through activities. Hoping to use his psychology degree to train as a counselor. Update 2012: I have been teaching internationally for now 12 years. Just finished a contract with Newmont Mining co in Sumbawa Indonesia, great pay for a teacher of the IB school grades 2 and 3 in the jungle with lots monkeys and amazing white sand and perfect surf. I took that money and my two boys ages 6 and 9 back to Bali! Now I'm running a company called thumbs up! Motivating positive attitudes through activities! So we do surfing, skateboarding, parkour, wrestling, and a variety of cool stuff! I am now doing an adventure race and party on the outlying islands of Bali! So come join us- mountain biking and paddle boarding and cliff jumping, a fun event for family or to meet people! Wish me luck in my new adventures.

Reagan Curtis, 1994, BA, Psychology, 1997, MA, Education, 1999, PhD, Educational Psychology. After UCSB, I held tenure track positions at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and CSU Northridge. I am now professor of educational psychology at West Virginia University and founding director of the Program Evaluation and Research Center ( I am married with 5 children.

Jess Deegan, 1994. I left UCSB to begin as an Asst. Professor at CSU Bakersfield in 1993. I have continued to work with Jerry Jacobs, publishing many articles on animal color vision. If you remember me, you know I was also involved in governance and continue this trend today. Advancing rapidly to Assoc. Prof. (1998) and Prof. (2002), this year I completed my 9th year (final) as Department Chair and 9th year as a Academic Senator (currently beginning the 2nd year as Chair of the Senate). I am currently a nominee for Faculty Athletic Representative to the NEW Division I athletic program as I continue as a Professor of Psychology.

Jessica (Anes) Kartzinel, 1994. Jessica lives in Henderson, Nevada and is Vice President/Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley. She recently earned the designation of Certified Investment Management Analyst from the Wharton School of Business. Jessica is married and has two children, one girl (7) and one boy (3).

David Herz, 1995. Currently working as a Major Account Manager for a global Human Resources outsourcing firm. Prior to this I've worked in HR management, most recently as Assistant Vice President of HR for a national mortgage banking firm. While I am not specifically practicing in the field of Psychology, my studies in psychology at UCSB are applied on a daily basis when working with my clients, and structuring business development opportunities based on both spoken and unspoken needs and attitudes. I look back fondly, as I am sure we all do, on my years at UCSB.

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!!!

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.

Lisa Saylor Saul, 1995, BA, Psychology. Hello Gauchos! I have worked in the insurance industry for the past 20 years. In March of 2012, I became a 2nd Generation Allstate Agent. I live in Southern California with my husband and two children. I feel so blessed to be protecting families from financial disaster when they experience a personal tragedy or loss.

Jeremy Handy, M.D., 1996, BA, Psychology. I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in private practice in Boise, Idaho. I live with my wife and 4-year-old son. I enjoy hiking and playing guitar.

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!

Alanna Rusconi, 1998, BA, Psychology. 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!

Anne Bingham, 1999. Anne is currently a Campus Recruiting Manager at Intel Corporation. In this role she recruits at business schools to build a pipeline of candidates for the corporation. She transitioned to recruiting after three years at Intel Finance. Anne received her MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Sandra R. Garcia, 1999. It wasn't very long ago that I was in Dr. Ben Reese's lab counting retina cells and having a surprisingly good time doing it. Since then I attended optometry school at UCB and went to nursing school, each of which I enjoyed but didn't quite fit. All along I've been a writer and long story short I founded and publish a GLBTI magazine call Queer Ramblings that is doing very well. Counting cells through a microscope, believe it or not, prepared me for magazine publishing. I stare at the computer screen and make minute changes. So, this publishing queen has UCSB and Dr. Reese to thank.

Julie Heiser, 1999. I moved up to the Bay Area to attend grad school in Cognitive Psychology at Stanford University. While I was at Stanford, I did an internship at Apple and worked part-time at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) for 3 years. After completing my PhD in 2004, I stayed at Stanford for about a year as a postdoctoral fellow and then left academia for a position as a User Research Specialist in Digital Imaging at Adobe Systems Incorporated, where I still am today. Besides work, I recently got married in wine country and currently live in Menlo Park, CA with my husband Adam and our 2 cats, George and Leo.

Danny Mann, 1999, Minor in Coaching. I worked in the office of Residential Life at UCSB for two years. I attended CSU Long Beach to obtain my MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education from 2001-2003. I am currently the Director of Housing Services at Concordia University, Irvine. I got married June 10th, 2006 and am living in Del Mar, San Diego.

Alexandra McCollum, 1999. Alexandra is now a BC pediatrician finishing a one year clinical/ research fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology at UCSD-Rady Children's Hospital, and will soon be moving back east to practice in NY.

Sean Sowersby, 1999. After 5 years as a mortgage professional Sean has decided to pursue a career as a firefighter. In pursuit of this goal, he now works as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for Pacific Ambulance, attends a fire academy on the weekends for Sierra Madre Volunteer Fire Department and is taking classes towards an AS degree in Fire Technology. Sean is engaged to a fellow Gaucha, Holly Saxby 2005, whom he met on the UCSB Water Ski Team, and will be married Summer 2010!