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Fall 2017



Class of 1968
Join us in celebrating your 50th reunion!

12th Annual All Gaucho Reunion, April 26-29, 2018

If you’re interested in serving on the 50th reunion planning committee, please email Samantha Putnam,


albrechts William Hollis Albrecht ‘66 and Julie (Thompson ’65) Albrecht, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary August 12, 2017, in Austin Texas. The couple met at UCSB through mutual friends but did not begin dating until after graduating. Bill Albrecht was a Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity member and Julie Albrecht was in the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. The couple lived in Ventura County, St. Paul, Minneosta, and currently in Austin, Texas where they remained for 32 years. They have two sons, one in Ventura, the other in Austin. Bill worked as an electrical engineer at 3M and Julie was a 5th grade teacher. The Albrechts married on August 12, 1967, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, in Newport Beach. Their secret to a long marriage: “Laugh and have fun together, overlook the foibles of the other, love and trust each other, and so important: commitment - honor your wedding vows and know that whatever hard things happen along the way, you are committed to those vows and will work out the problems to stay together.”


jean king Jean King ’70 has been appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the California Domestic Violence Advisory Council. King is a former associate director of the UCSB Alumni Association and former executive director of One Safe Place, a nonprofit that provides support to domestic violence victims.

Helena Cooney

Helena (Tanner ’71) Wooden Cooney has been elected the 2017-18 president of the Mokihana Club on Kauai, Hawaii. Comprised of 110 members, the women’s group has been in existence since 1905. The Club’s mission focuses on social and cultural stimulation, and local civic development and improvement.

Art Hernandez

Art Hernandez ’79, vice chairman of the Ventura County Community College District, was awarded the Latino Leadership Award by the Pacific Coast Business Times. Hernandez was recognized for his work in expanding the district’s reputation, STEM education, and minority enrollment. He has served Ventura County for the past 26 years as an elected board member from K-12 through college.


Daniel Hendrix

Daniel Hendrix ’80 has published his first book, “The King’s Daughter,” which explores the conflict between Irish immigrants and members of a splinter sect of the Mormon Church living together on a remote island in the only kingdom to ever exist in the United States. Prior to becoming an author, Hendrix worked in the commercial diving and in the oil and gas industries. He now resides in Traverse City, Michigan.

Jason Geller

Jason Geller ’89, has been named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2017 Edition. Jason is the managing partner of the San Francisco office of labor and employment firm Fisher Phillips. Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.


Susan Woodhouse

Susan Woodhouse ’92 has been selected as a “40 Up and Comers in the Field” designee by Human Resource Executive magazine and Lawdragon for the 2017 annual rankings guide. The selections are based on experience, accomplishments, leadership, client recommendations and impact in the legal profession.

Kevin Brodehl

Kevin Brodehl ’95 has been named to the 2017 edition of Northern California Super Lawyers. Brodehl is a real estate attorney with the firm Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, based in Northern California. The Super Lawyers list recognizes lawyers 40 years old or younger who have practiced law for no more than a decade.

David Garcia and his book, Listening for AFrica

David F. Garcia ’97 has published “Listening for Africa,” about how black music and dance and its origins in Africa became a defining factor during the 1930s to 1950s. Garcia is associate professor of ethnomusicology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and author of, “Arsenio Rodriguez and the Transnational Flows of Latin Popular Music.”

Stephanie Harris-Uyidi

Posh One Studios Producer Stephanie Harris-Uyidi ’97 is host of “The Posh Pescatarian: Appetite for Adventure!” which airs on the Z Living Network. Harris-Uyidi travels worldwide showcasing the benefits of a plant and fish-based diet, discovering new seafood preparation methods and promoting a healthy lifestyle. She is working on a related book, “The Posh Life Plan.”

Limerick Lane, a wine from fourth generation vintner, Jake Bilbro ’99 has been chosen as a “Top Pick, Wine-of-the-Week” by The Press Democrat in Sonoma County. This was the first vintage for the intense Rhone blend, 2015 Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Syrah Grenache.


Kenechukwi Mmeje

After a nationwide search, Kenechukwu Mmeje ’02 , was selected vice president for Student Affairs at Southern Methodist University effective July 17, 2017. Mmeje oversees the Office of the Dean of Student Life, Residence Life and student activities, among other areas.

Jenna Lee ’02, left her position as an anchor at Fox News in June. Lee made the surprise announcement on-air at the end of her 2 p.m. broadcast. Lee first joined Fox in 2007 to co-anchor its morning business show. She did not share her next step other than to say that she has “really big ideas on how to serve you…”

David Loy ’02 has been promoted to partner at Beach Cowdrey Jenkins, LLP law firm in Oxnard. Loy’s work involves personal injury, elder and dependent adult abuse, sexual abuse, and administrative appeals, with a particular focus in litigating wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases

Alyssa Hendrie and her sister Tessa Hendrie

Bitchin’ Digs, an interior design and real estate firm owned by Alyssa Hendrie ’03 and her sister, Tessa Hendrie, was featured on the front page of the Los Angeles Times Weekend section in September. The article highlighted a double wide trailer that the sisters redesigned into a luxury beach hideaway.

Jen Lemberger ’03 won this awesome bike by being a Gaucho Social Ambassador! Jen Lemberger “It’s an easy way to get involved and support UCSB,” Jen says. “And you get sneak peaks so you’re the first to know what’s happening.” Share your Gaucho pride and sign up to be a UCSB Digital Ambassador at It’s easy and when you like, share and recruit friends to become Ambassadors, too, you’re automatically entered to win prizes, just like Jen!

Thomas Tighe

Thomas Tighe ’03 has a new book, “The Catholic Hipster Handbook.” Tighe is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has worked in community mental health since 2006. He records “The Catholic Hipster Podcast” with cohost Sarah Vabulas. He lives in Livermore, California.

Emerald Archer M.A. ’06, Ph.D. ’09, has been named inaugural director of the new Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s University. The Center’s mission is to find solutions to and eradicate gender inequities. In her role, Archer will lead the Center’s efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of women and girls in California and throughout the nation. Prior to her new role, Archer served as associate dean in Woodbury University’s College of Liberal Arts.

Anthony Isola

Anthony Isola ’07 has joined Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm, as an associate attorney in San Francisco. Isola will specialize in employment litigation cases. Prior to Fisher Phillips, Isola handled real estate and financial services litigation for a Santa Rosa law firm. He currently is vice chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Barristers Labor and Employment Section and was elected to the Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list of 2017.

Dustin Weissman

Dustin Weissman ’07, earned his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Antioch University Santa Barbara in July 2017. Weissman works in private practice, specializing in Internet addiction treatment.

Gaucho Grown company TrackR, co-founded by Chris Herbert ’09 and Christian Johan Smith ’09 took home the Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 award in the Retail and Consumer category in the United States during a June 15, 2017 gala event in Beverly Hills. The awards program is run by Ernst & Young to recognize businesses for innovative products or ideas.

Luke Rioux ’10 has been selected to serve as the City of Goleta’s finance director. Rioux had served as interim finance director and prior to that as the city’s accounting manager. He also held the position of fiscal officer for the Isla Vista Parks and Recreation Department.

Oscar Gil

A documentary made by Oscar F. Gil Ph.D. ’10, has been selected for the Art & Oppression exhibit at the Marion Center for Photographic Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “Guatemalan Forced Migration,” made with professional photographer Manuel Gil, explores the struggle for legalization among stateless indigenous Mayans from Guatemala. Gil also had a grant proposal funded by Binghamton University in New York involving the health needs of unaccompanied immigrant minors, and a related article published in the 2017 Migration and Health Series Report.

Amanda Garcia

Amanda Garcia ’12 won a 2017 Golden Mike Award for Best Medical and Science Reporting for her work on KCET’s SoCal Connected. Garcia served as an associate producer at the Los Angeles television station where she also earned two Emmy awards. She is currently an assignment editor at Student Loan Hero. Garcia has also worked as an NBC Universal page for CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” and “Fast Money,” MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” “Saturday Night Live” and the “TODAY” show, then as a production assistant for MSNBC’s “UP with Steve Kornacki.”

Jak Amend

Jack Amend ’14 was chosen from 3,000 applicants as an Echoing Green Climate Fellow for 2017 for his work with the Web Neutral Project. Amend joins prestigious former winners such as Michelle Obama, Van Jones and the founders of Teach for America. Amend is the founder and CEO of the Web Neutral Project which has developed a carbon footprint calculation that estimates the carbon dioxide emissions that result from the operation of websites. Web Neutral Project is a digital sustainability initiative that offers a comprehensive certification that calculates, reduces, and neutralizes a website’s carbon footprint.

Kyle Crocco Kenzie Gerr

Kyle Crocco Ph.D. ’14 and Kenzie Gerr ’13 have joined BigSpeak, a speakers bureau based in Santa Barbara. Crocco is marketing coordinator and Gerr is a sales and administrative associate. BigSpeak represents top motivational/keynote speakers, consultants, experts, trainers, authors, entertainers and athletes, among other speakers.

Levi Miller M.S. ’14 has been chosen by the Knowles Teacher Initiative as a member of its 2017 Cohort of Teaching Fellows. Miller will begin his first year of teaching physics and engineering at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta this fall. Knowles Fellows have access to grants for expenses associated with purchasing classroom materials, engaging in professional development, and spearheading leadership activities that have an impact beyond their own classrooms.

Deborah Spivak Ph.D. ’15 has joined the Saint Louis Art Museum as the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Ancient American Art, a shared appointment with Washington University, in St. Louis. During her fellowship, Spivak will conduct collections research and advance scholarship about the museum’s ancient American collections. She will also teach courses at the university’s Department of Art History and Archaeology. Previously, Spivak served as visiting lecturer in art history at UCSB and was a research assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.


In Memorium


Robert Leon Casier ’49 died on August 13, 2017, in Santa Barbara. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Casier led the establishment of the first interracial fraternity in the United States at UCSB in 1947. He played on the Gaucho basketball and volleyball teams and met his wife, Shirlie Lerner ’50 at the Riviera campus bus stop. A professor, Casier taught at UCSB, Santa Barbara City College and at Santa Barbara High School. Active in Santa Barbara life, Casier served on the boards of several groups including the Santa Barbara Chapter of the United Nations, the Mental Wellness Center and IHOP Seminar Group.


James Ralph Sharer ‘50 died in Santa Maria on August 22, 2017. Prior to attending UCSB, Sharer served in the United States Navy. A lifelong resident and farmer in Santa Maria, Sharer owned Valley Dehydrating Company which closed in the 1970s, and Satellite Farms now run by two of Sharer’s sons.

Robert Katsumi Fujii ’51 died on June 17, 2017, in Santa Barbara. The son of Japanese immigrants, Fujii grew up in Santa Barbara but was sent with his family, to the Gila River Internment camp in Arizona for four years during World War II. After the war, the family returned to Santa Barbara. Fujii was drafted during the Korean War and served in the Marines. After the military, Fujii had a 35-year career with Southern California Gas Company.

Raymond Ward King ’52 died on July 1, 2017, on Camano Island, Washington. King served in the United States Army, then taught graphic arts and architectural drawing at Bellflower High School in Bellflower, CA for 35 years. An avid golfer and gardener, King was active in his local church.

William Lee Holsington ’54 died on May 25, 2017, in Walnut Creek. Married to MaryAnn (Shear ‘54) Holsington, his class was the last to graduate from the Riviera campus. A U.S. Army veteran, Holsington returned from service, attended law school and became a leading authority on gift, estate, trust and fiduciary income tax law. He served as president of the San Francisco Estate Planning Council and was included in every edition of Best Lawyers in America during his active years in practice.

Tony Romasanta ’54 died on June 30, 2017, in Santa Barbara. At UCSB, Romasanta met his wife, Birgit Nyman, and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Romasanta served in the United States Army, earned a law degree and worked as an attorney in Santa Barbara for many years before taking over the Harbor View Inn, Sandpiper Lodge and Eladio’s Restaurant. Well known in Santa Barbara for his political activism, Romasanta was a certified scuba diver, boater and active golfing member of the La Cumbre Country Club.

Kenyon Harold Trout ’55 died on July 5, 2017, in Modesto. At UCSB, Trout played football and baseball. After earning a master’s in psychology at San Jose State University, Trout worked as a teacher and football and basketball coach for many years at Sonora High School, retiring in 1988. He spent many summers working as a painter at Kennedy Meadows Resort in the Sierras.


Wendy (Hammond ’63) Haskell died on June 10, 2017, in Portola Valley. At UCSB, Haskell played tennis and earned a degree in education. She taught physical education to children for many years, developed indoor soccer and synchronized swimming programs and coached soccer and T-ball. She served on her local school board, friends of the library group and recreation committee.

Chris Casebeer ’69 died on September 3, 2017 in Santa Barbara. During his UCSB student years, Casebeer was a member of the volleyball team that won the 1969 national championship. A longtime Santa Barbara resident and owner of Chris Casebeer & Company Real Estate Brokerage, Casebeer was active in the community serving as president of the Santa Barbara Round Table and the Santa Barbara City College Adult Education Advisiory Committee. He co-founded Men Against Domestic Violence and was a boardmember on multiple local non-profits. He was a recipient of the R.F. MacFarland Memorial Trophy for his contributions to local youth athletics.


Richard Charles Finn ’74 died on August 2, 2017, in Santa Barbara. With an interest in flowers, Finn earned a degree in art at UCSB and competed in the Santa Barbara National Horse and Flower Show, and the International Orchid Show. He then became a professional florist and a judge in flower competitions. Born in Santa Barbara, Finn’s ancestors came from Mexico and included Antonio Romualdo Pacheco, the first native born Californian to be governor.

Peter Louis Pomeroy ’76 died on May 16, 2017, in Honolulu. Pomeroy worked for many years as a financial specialist and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. He earned a bachelor’s in economics from UCSB and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

In Remembrance: UC Santa Barbara Students, Faculty, Staff and Community Friends

Nikola Kapamadzin, ’20 died on July 5, 2017, in Goleta. A senior, Kapamadzin was a mathematics major in the College of Creative Studies. He was born in Serbia and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was a young child. At UCSB he was working on an electrical and computer engineering research project involving machine learning.

Linda Lindberg died on July 14, 2017, in Santa Barbara. Lindberg served as UCSB’s director of Special Events from 1982 to 1989, and as director of of Donor Relations and Stewardship from 1999 to her retirement in 2007.

Kelly Pearman ’17 died on July 29, 2017, in Santa Barbara. While at UCSB, Pearman earned her degree in political science, was a member of Associated Students, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and orientation staff.

Jose Luis Saleta M.A. ’95, died on August 3, 2017 in Santa Barbara. Saleta served as Student Programs Manager in the Department of Geography at UCSB, and as a district translator for the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Saleta was known for his work in promoting educational opportunities for Latino youth through articles he authored in the Latino press and his support of social justice causes.

Llad Phillips a longtime professor of economics at UCSB, died on August 20, 2017, in Santa Barbara. Phillips published widely on the economics of crime and justice, deterrence, and population demographics with Harold L. Votey Jr. and William S. Comanor, his long-time colleagues and close friends. Phillips also served as chair of the Economics Department and provost of the College of Letters of Arts and Science, and co-founded the UCSB Economic Forecast Project