Alumni

Some of you may have finished your degree as early as 1997 and others are more recent graduates. We want to hear from you! Share your stories and successes with us at liberal_studies@csumb.edu and join us on Facebook and Twitter. We will also post your most recent successes here by graduation year.

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Liberal Studies Grads - What are they doing Now!

Graduation Year 2014

Sean LaTour is following up on his senior capstone project with efforts to create a scholastic skate league in Northern California middle and high schools. He has been working to build support among skaters, schools, sponsors and the National Scholastic Skate League, based in Southern California. The Sacramento Sheriff’s Community Impact Program gave him $3,000 to conduct a summer program that takes inner-city kids to skate parks around Northern California.

Priscilla Vidal works for a company called Paly-Well TEKnologies, which teaches Kids engineering skills with Legos. Vidal started off as an instructor and is now the after school and outreach coordinator. She works with all of Santa Clara, Monterey, and Santa Cruz areas. The program“brings creativity, critical thinking, and imagination to a classroom! Best Job Ever!”

Graduation Year 2013

Maritza Bautista was awarded the first $2,000 John and Dorothy Perry Scholarship to support her pursuit of a teaching credential. She is taking online classes through CalState TEACH while teaching STEM subjects at Tiburcio Vasquez Elementary School in Salinas.

Emma Ramirez is the coordinator of the Guardian Scholars Program at Hartnell College, Guardian Scholars work with former foster youth, helping them transition out of the foster care system and provide them the support they need to succeed in college

Graduation Year 2007

Katelyn Bryant was a member of the first Master of Social Work graduating class. She now is director of an emergency women’s shelter in Salinas’ Chinatown, Women Alive! The shelter is run by Dorothy’s Place, which converts facilities that serve homeless people by day into a women-only shelter at night.

Graduation Year 2004

Jessica Jenks-Bunn teaches sailing and works for The Farm,her husband’s family’s farm stand, in Salinas. She and her husband have two sons.

Graduation Year 2003

Emily McDaniel teaches second and third grades at a public charter school in the Sacramento area, after receiving her Master of Arts and teaching credential from UC Santa Cruz. She and her husband, Mark McDaniel, live in the Sacramento area with their children.

Summer Russell earned a master’s degree in elementary and secondary education from the University of California, Irvine, in 2005. Now an elementary teacher in Seal Beach, she loves teaching and encouraging students to go to college.

Graduation Year 2002

Rose Robertson co-owns Robertson-Guerra Insurance, it is family owned. Rose serves on the executive board of the Selma Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization currently being established to support cultural endeavors in the city. She and her husband’s numerous efforts in education were recognized in 2012 when they were honored with a Fresno Compact Business-School Partnership Award.

Graduation Year 2001

Erica Meikle and her husband, Brian, both graduated from CSUMB in 2001. After obtaining her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Erica started her family of four children.

Stefanie Pechan is one of six California finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. The awards are the nation’s highest honors for math and science teachers. Stefanie teaches fifth-grade science in the Pacific Grove Unified School District. She also is part of the education staff at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Stephanie Huber is a substitute teacher in Rocklin Unified, and directs a dance studio in Roseville. After living in Australia for five years, she moved back to California.

Brenda Lewis received her Master in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University in 2002. She is now the Division 1 director for the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. When asked what she loved most about her career, Brenda said “Seaside residents make a point of thanking me for my service when they see me out and about. It warms my heart to serve them, and to feel so very much appreciated.” She is an active volunteer in the Seaside community, lending her service to organizations such as the NAACP, Sustainable Seaside, and the League of Women Voters, where she serves on the board of directors.

Graduation Year 1997

Lisa Thomas is a partner at Thomas Brand Consulting, LLC and is a partner at Sprout Boutique. Lisa is a volunteer with the Pacific Grove Unified School District, where she provides support to numerous local nonprofit organizations.

Mary Olea Lesher is a retired public school teacher and author of a new book, “Return to the Soul of Your Child” (available on Amazon). Also a musician, Mary has recorded and produced eight original music CDs (available on her website, gracefulroadmusic.com). She is a member of the Monterey County Composers’ Forum.

Christine Nieto has been an assessment solutions consultant for CTB/McGraw-Hill since 1998. She is a former member of the U.S. Air Force.

Tammy (Losik) Springer started teaching in 1998, and has taught at the Monterey County Home Charter School since November 2000. She is a board member of the Central Coast branch of the Arthritis Foundation.