Class Notes


Arpie (Torigian) Dick (1954), a longtime Red Waver and educator, has been recognized over the years for her service to the community.

Betty Ann (Noorigian) Hagopian (1955), a longtime educator in Fresno Unified School District, has served the community for 20 years.    

Jesse Perry (1952) was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley. He is the first layperson to be so honored. (A)

Phyllis Sadoian (1953), of Kingsburg, has been recognized over the years for her service to the community.


Gary Serrato (1978) will retire next year after 33 years with the Fresno Irrigation District.


Christopher L. Chaimes (1981) was appointed vice president and chief communications officer at Carnival Cruise Line.

Dot-Marie Jones (1988), an actress known for her roles in “Glee,” “Modern Family” and many other shows and movies, will be inducted into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 1 after a record-setting track and field career at Fresno State in which she was a three-time All-American in the shot put. (B)

Sean M. Lane (1989) was appointed as the new dean for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

Alyssa Lynch (1986) was named the Association of California School Administrators Region 8 Superintendent of the Year for Santa Clara County.

Gilbert Nye (1970, ’85) retired in 2016 as president of Lawrence Nye Carlson Associates, Mechanical Engineers after 25 years.

Craig Pedro (1980) will retire at the end of the year as Tuolumne County administrator.

James H. Schaad (1987), a past faculty member, was appointed as the new assistant city manager for the City of Fresno.

Tony Souza retired after 27 years with the Manteca Police Department, most recently as captain.


Lisa Maria Boyles (1995) is now the public information officer in University Communications at Fresno State.

Devonne G. Edwards (1992), a former Fresno State linebacker, was inducted into the 13th class of the Bakersfield High School Driller Football Hall of Fame.

Charlie Jones (1996), former Fresno State and San Diego Chargers wide receiver, shared his testimony at a men’s group breakfast at New Covenant Community Church in Fresno.

Mark A. Lawrence (1995), who got his first taste of advertising as a student while working for the Insight campus newspaper at Fresno State, is now production manager for JP Marketing in Fresno.

Matt J. Machado (1994) is now director of public works in Santa Cruz. He was previously director of the Stanislaus County Public Works team.

Robert A. Nevarez (1990), former deputy chief of the Fresno Police Department, is now Delano chief of police.

Timothy Peck (1990) celebrated 26 years as a teacher in Lodi Unified School District.

George Smith-Takata (1997), the director of marketing and communications at Reedley College, is now hosting “The Zone” on 940 ESPN radio from 4 to 6 p.m. on Fridays with Nick Anderson.

Shelly Stokes (1991), a former Fresno State softball standout and Olympic gold medalist, will be inducted into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 1.

Bruce Whitworth (1993), former director of publications, retired after 18 years at Fresno State.


Ethan C. Chatagnier (2005), a Smittcamp Family Honors College alumnus, released his book, “Warnings from the Future,” in September. The book is a collection of short stories that includes the Pushcart Prize-winning “Miracle Fruit.” (C)

Justin Kase Conder (2004), a photographer who has traveled to dozens of countries, had his work featured in the exhibit “Shared Humanity” at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

Nicole Duncan (2004), after nine years at Community Medical Centers, is now a speech-language pathologist for the Kings County Office of Education.

Courtney Foley, is now head of winemaking for Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery in Sonoma.

Thomas Gaffery (2004, ’09) is now Parking Division manager for the City of Fresno. He was previously director of parking and transportation for CSU San Bernardino.

Liliana Garcia (2006) is now a strategic human resources business partner at Community Medical Centers in Fresno.

Gerry Gastelo (2008) is now senior logistics coordinator at Imperfect Produce in San Francisco.

Paul George, a five-time NBA all-star and Olympic gold medalist, had a Fresno State colorway of his PG 2.5 signature Nike shoe released in September. The shoe pays tribute to his alma mater, featuring the Bulldogs logo on the right tongue. (D)

Kaitlin Harada (2009) is now director of student engagement and career connections for the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.

Jamal Jones (2001), a licensed marriage and family therapist and former Fresno State football player, is now a group facilitator at Correctional Medical Group Companies, Inc.

Logan Mankins, a former Fresno State offensive lineman and seven-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, will be inducted into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 1.

Christy Nance (2002, ’10) is now a pediatric nurse practitioner at Visalia Medical Clinic.

Kurt Piland (2005, ’07), who earned his doctoral degree in leadership in higher education from Northcentral University in December, is now director of college relations and outreach for Reedley College.

Angela (Hagobian) Steitz (2002), who has more than seven years of experience in media buying and planning, is now assistant media buyer for JP Marketing in Fresno. (E)

Zach Sutton (2000) is now an industry specialist for Chevron Finished Lubricants, focused on sales engagement.

Brett Visintainer (2004), a former kicker on the Fresno State football team, started a real estate brokerage company, Visintainer Group.

Lynnette Zelezny (2005), who served as provost at Fresno State, became president of Cal State Bakersfield in August. (F)


Jared Bertoni (2016) was elected in May to serve as the 2018-19 Student Bar Association president at San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis.

Daniel Chanthaphouvong (2016) is now a data entry technician for Advancement Services at Fresno State.

Kali Conlon (2017), a former Fresno State swimmer who recently broke a Pacific Masters record in the 50-meter backstroke, is now a video production assistant for the Golden State Warriors and is working for the University of California football team.

Malik Forrester (2018), a former defensive lineman for the Fresno State football team, is now defensive line coach for West Hills Community College in Coalinga.

Kevin Goessling (2011), a former kicker for the Fresno State football team, is now a commercial real estate consultant specializing in multifamily investments for the Visintainer Group, started by another former Bulldogs kicker, Brett Visintainer.

Isaiah Green (2011), a former Fresno State and Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback, hosted a charity basketball game in June with pro athletes at Clark Intermediate School in Clovis to raise money for scholarship recipients.

Austin Guibor (2017), a former Fresno State baseball standout, is now an associate with World Financial Group in San Diego.

Patrick J. Heckroth (2013) is now head coach for the Northern State University cross country and track and field programs in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Audra Iness (2013) is now pursuing her M.D./Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She was named president of the American Physician Scientists Association.

Patrick Kelly (2014) is co-author of the book “Millennial Boom,” released in June. Kelly, who is in his early 30s, and his co-author, who is in his mid-60s, explore why there is tension between the two generations and how they can respect each other.

Kevin Kerston (2017) is now a videographer for Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Mindy Lor (2010), who has more than eight years of experience in design, promotion and content creation, is now account manager for JP Marketing in Fresno.

Madchen Ly (2015), a former Fresno State and professional golfer, is now assistant golf coach for the men’s and women’s teams at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

Johnny Martin (2016) is now a fourth-grade teacher at Fremont Elementary in Fresno.

Nicole Maul (2013) earned her Accreditation in Public Relations from the Universal Accreditation Board.

Jackson Moore (2015), the owner and publisher of, oversees website operations and serves as a reporter and multimedia journalist covering Fresno State sports and recruiting on the network.

Kelsey Ridley (2017) is now pursuing her master’s degree in child life from the University of Iowa.

Leonard Serrato (2014, ’18), who was named a University Graduate Medalist in May, is now the lead campus adviser for fraternity and sorority life at Sonoma State.

Hector Vargas graduated from the Police Academy and joined the San Jose Police Department, along with his brother, Luis.

Luis Vargas (2017) graduated from the Police Academy and joined the San Jose Police Department, along with his brother, Hector.

Taylor Ward, a former all-Mountain West catcher at Fresno State and first-round Major League Baseball draft pick, made his debut for the Los Angeles Angels in August, starting at third base.



Jack Fertig, former director of basketball operations at Fresno State under Jerry Tarkanian, released his second book, “Life is Still a Joke,” with a foreword written by former Bulldogs and NBA standout Chris Herren. (G)

Pat Hill, the 15-year Fresno State football head coach and current color analyst for 940 ESPN radio, will be inducted into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 1. (H)

Dr. Umit Kurt is the 15th Henry S. Khanzadian Kazan Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies. (I)

Blaine Roberts and Ethan J. Kytle authored the book “Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy.” (J)

Bulldog Born

(A) Joel Beery (2008) and Aubriane Beery welcomed their second child, Adeline, on Sept. 8.

(B) Anthony DeLuca (2006) and Shelby DeLuca welcomed their second child, Colette, on Aug. 21.

(C) Ashley (Del Testa) DeLuca (2008) and Peter DeLuca (2009) welcomed their second child, Demi, on Feb. 17. She’s pictured with her brother, Dean.

(D) Matthew Helon (2005, ’09) and Elizabeth Helon welcomed their second child, Eleanor, on June 8. She’s pictured with her brother, Samuel.

(E) Sean Lieder (2010) and Jordan Lieder welcomed their third child, Claire, on April 19.

(F) Pierce Masse (2008) and Raven Masse welcomed their third child, Mila, on Oct. 5, 2017.

(G) Vincent Ricchiuti (2005) and Ashley Ricchiuti welcomed their third child, Rocco, on April 6.

(H) Millie (Tang) Thao (2007) and Victor Thao (2008, ’14) welcomed their second child, Anderson, on June 21.

(I) Chris Turner (2017) and Bridget Turner welcomed their third child, Ronan, on July 21.




Bulldog Wed

(A) Lyndsey Besser (2008) married Jeff Roach on Sept. 2 in San Francisco.

(B) Jayne Dangerfield (2003) married Kenneth Scott Salyer on Sept. 9 in Livermore.

(C) Jennifer Gagnon (2007) married David Herrera on May 5 in Oakland.

(D) Anna Gonzalez (2012) married Peter David Carreon(2001) on March 2 in Costa Rica.

(E) Kayla Meza (2015) married Brian Stephens on Oct. 9 in Jamaica.

(F) Lindsey Newcomb (2008) married Zachary Distefano on May 18 in Madera.

(G) Kimberlina Rocha (2005) married Jose L. Munoz on Oct. 6 in Oxnard.

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