Alumni Updates

Merle Hagbo, 1957
Submitted: April 11, 2023
Merle Hagbo ('57, Education) made his biggest mark as a prep football player and went on to quarterback the Humboldt State team during the mid-50's. He graduated from HSU in 1957, where he met his wife Georgia. They were married for 63 years before he passed away in 2020. Clover Park School District has assembled a committee that is considering a request to name the Clover Park High School baseball field after former this long-time educator and coach. During his career, he received the Outstanding Official Award for District 8 in 1998 from the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association.  

Lisa Chase (Moran), 1977
Submitted: March 31, 2023
Lisa Ruth Chase (Moran) ('77, Education) passed away on October 11, 2021. Lisa and her husband, Craig Chase ('77, Fisheries), joined the Peace Corps after graduation and spent time serving in Chile. Lisa moved to Colorado in 1985 with her family where she had a 25-year career with Jefferson County Public Schools as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher. Loved by her students and fellow educators, her greatest passion was teaching children. After retiring in 2015, she continued to follow her dream as a volunteer with The Audubon Society of Denver.

Caroline S. Conzelman, 1993
Submitted: June 23, 2022
Caroline S. Conzelman, ('93, Secondary Teaching Credential, '07, Ph.D. Anthropology, CU Boulder) an Associate Teaching Professor in the Global Studies Academic Program at the University of Colorado Boulder, received the 2022 Excellence Award in Teaching and Pedagogy from the Boulder Faculty Assembly. She was nominated by colleagues and students after over 20 years of teaching Anthropology and International Affairs courses and directing a Study Abroad program in Bolivia. Dr. Conzelman did her student teaching at Arcata High School from 1992-93; the HSU Teaching Credential Program inspired her to follow the path of experiential education and critical pedagogies!

Fernando r Elizondo, Ba ‘66 teaching credential 67
Submitted: August 8, 2019
Fernando R Elizondo, Education, 1966, Teaching Credential, 1967, retired after 41 years in education. Throughout his career Fernando served as a teacher, middle school principal, assistant superintendent and the last 15 years as a superintendent of schools. Upon retirement Fernando opened a consulting business and has remained busy volunteering on the board of trustees for Natividad Medical Center and as a docent at Point Lobos State Reserve. Fernando says he would enjoy hosting and introducing the new HSU president to HSU alumni in the central coast.

Mary Locher, 2014
Submitted: April 2, 2015
Mary Locher, 2012 English, 2014 Education, earned her SB2042 teaching credential and worked as a substitute teacher. In April, Locher joined HSU's Sponsored Programs Foundation as an academic advisor in the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP).

Andrew, 2014
Submitted: September 17, 2014
Andrew Kreamer, 2014 Education, is now a behavior interventionist at a K-8 school. Kreamer enjoys the opportunity to engage in 1-to-1 teaching.

Cory White, 2004
Submitted: July 3, 2012
I was recently hired at the University of San Diego as an assistant football coach, my wife and i (Erin Jackson-White HSU '05) celebrated our 3 year anniversary.

Michael Elwin Briggs, 1984 - Geology BA 1986 - Education MA
Submitted: May 1, 2012
Recuperating from shoulder surgery in January. My daughter, London, will be 6 in May.

Robert M. Danno, 1986
Submitted: April 6, 2012
Robert M. Danno, 1986, Education, is currently a National Park Service Ranger and federal whistle blower who has written a new book, “Worth Fighting For: A Park Ranger’s Unexpected Battle Against Federal Bureaucrats & Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder.”

Fernando Elizondo, 1967
Submitted: January 28, 2012
Dr Elizondo HSU'67 retired California superintendent of schools recently completed a year long term as foreperson of the 2011 Monterey Civil Grand Jury.

John Triska, Master's in Education 2007
Submitted: November 29, 2011
Since 2008-9, I have been Principal at Brittan Acres School, a K-4 public school of 477 students in San Carlos, California, here on the San Francisco Peninsula. My wife Christine and I live inside my school's attendance area, allowing me to ride my bike to work each day, and making it easy for us participate in all the events of our community. It's a especially satisfying to be leading the school that my oldest daughter attended for Kindergarten, just before we moved to Humboldt County for my teaching job at Pacific Union in 1988. I'm proud of my HSU connection, and whenever it comes up, speak enthusiastically about the quality education I gained there earning my master's degree.

Jonathan Timothy Wright, 1990
Submitted: January 21, 2011
Married to Sue(Neal)Wright('88), Jonathan is in a new postion at Emmett High School in Emmett Idaho. He has moved up to Assistant Principal and Athletic Director for the 2010-2011 school year.

Patty Carlon Kushner, Teaching Credential 1976
Submitted: January 19, 2011
Retired in '06 from 25 years teaching elementary school. Now work seasonally for the US Forest Service in El Dorado National Forest (for the last 5 years.)