Alumni in the News

Ditler named principal at Summerville High School

MyMotherLode – July 2
Kellene Ditler, who earned her master’s degree in education at Stan State, is the new principal at Summerville High in Tuolumne. Read more. In Sonora Union Democrat.

Leo Dottavio: 5 Things to Know About

Hollywood Life – July 2
More coverage of the former Stan State baseball player competing on “The Bachelorette.” Read more.

‘Kindness has no nationality.’ Fresno resident gives Russian man his wheelchair at World Cup

Fresno Bee – June 30
Stan State grad and former Warrior soccer player Abel Vera, who has been paralyzed from the waist down since a 2000 vehicle accident, traveled to the World Cup in Russia with two wheelchairs, intending to give one away. Read more. On CBS News. In Daily Mail (London).

Wells Fargo promotes longtime vet to Central Coast middle-market banking leader

ABL Advisor – June 27
Stan State graduate Marci Davis has been promoted to Central Coast Middle Market Banking regional manager by Wells Fargo. Read more.

Eileen Pastenieks named president of CalCPA Education Foundation

PRNewswire – June 22
Stan State graduate Eileen Pastenieks is the new president of the state association of CPAs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration at Stan State and is a partner in a Modesto accounting firm. Read more.

What has Leo been a stuntman in? The Bachelorette contestant may be one to watch out for

Romper – June 4
Continuing coverage of Leandro Dottavio, a former Stan State baseball player who is a contestant on The Bachelorette. Read more.

Tom Petithomme takes over as Napa High School’s new athletic director

Napa Valley Register – June 4
After a five-year career in the Arena Football League, Petithomme — a Modesto native — returned to college and earned both his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and his teaching credential at Stan State. Read more.

Andrew Janz looks to land a blow against Devin Nunes is nationally hyped primary race

Fresno Bee – June 4
Andrew Janz, running for Congress in California’s 22nd District, is a Stan State graduate and former University student leader. Read more.

Sports roundup

Manchester (Vt.) Journal – June 1
Stan State graduate (psychology ’10), former athlete and Warriors assistant coach Christin Gowan was named Interim Director of Athletics at Southern Vermont College. Read more.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to speak Thursday in Stockton

Stockton Record – May 26
Stan State grad and former newspaper reporter Derek Moore, who free-lanced coverage on last year’s Sonoma fire for the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, was part of the newspaper’s team that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Read more.

Denair Unified hires new superintendent

Turlock Journal – May 11
Terry Metzger has two degrees from Stanislaus State — a master’s in education administration and a doctorate in educational leadership — and also has been an adjunct faculty member at the University. Read more.

People in Business

Southwest Times Record (Ft. Smith, Ark.) – Apr. 29
Ann-Gee Lee, a professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith received the Excellence to the University, to the Profession, and to the Community Service Award. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Stan State. Read more.

Longtime teacher at Orland High earns induction into Chico Sports Hall of Fame

Chico Enterprise-Record – May 28
Eileen Mason began her college career at Stan State. Read more.

Inaugural Parent University begins this month

San Benito Freelance – Apr. 23
Stan State graduate Lorena Villagomez has organized an ongoing program supporting college preparedness in San Benito County. Read more.

CA Dreamers return as special guests at Progressive Mariposa general meeting

Gold Rush Cam (Mariposa) – Apr. 17
Stan State grad Tomas Evangelista, co-founder of California Dreamers, is scheduled to speak to Mariposa County progressives. Read more.

Globe-Miami Community Concert Series season wraps up April 17

Copper Country News (Globe, AZ) – Apr. 11
Jared Pierce, a Stan State graduate who is the director of group piano studies and a member of the piano performance faculty at Brigham Young University, headlines the performance in this town 90 miles east of Phoenix. Read more.

Virginia Madueno gathering steam in effort to unseat Jeff Denham

Modesto Bee – Apr. 10
This letter to the editor claims Stan State graduate Virginia Madueno is a top choice to win the Democratic nomination in California’s 10th Congressional District. Read more.

Doubles partners good fit for Patrick Henry tennis team

San Diego Union-Tribune – Apr. 9
A feature on the Patrick Henry High School tennis team, which is coached by Stan State graduate and former Warriors tennis player J’Ana Diamond. Read more.

Where does Janz stand in his full-on prosecution of Nunes?

GV Wire – Apr. 3
A profile of Andrew Janz, a Stan State graduate, Fresno County prosecutor and a democrat hoping to challenge Devin Nunes for the Congressional seat from California’s 22nd District. Read more.

What to expect from Dewz now that the Modesto fine dining spot has a new owner

Modesto Bee – Mar. 31
Stan State graduate John Jacinto took over ownership of the popular downtown Modesto restaurant in March. Read more.

Tuolumne County supervisors to consider appointing new behavioral health director

Union Democrat (Sonora) – Mar. 30
Michael Wilson, who earned his master’s in psychology from Stan State, is being considered for the new head of Tuolumne County’s Behavioral Health Department. Read more.

Roman Duchateau named new Ottawa women’s soccer coach

Victory Sports Network – Mar. 29
Roman Duchateau, who played soccer at Stan State while earning his degree in physical education, is the new women’s soccer coach at Ottawa University in Kansas. Read more.

GHS grad Gomes plays key ag advisory role

Gustine Press-Standard – Mar. 26
Stan State graduate John Gomes is a pest control advisor and certified crop advisor for Stanislaus Farm Supply. Read more.

Nuno focuses on housing safety and jobs

Manteca Bulletin – Mar. 23
First-generation Stan State graduate Jose Nuno is running for Manteca City Council. Read more.

The world’s first coffee-infused wine comes out of Modesto, and we tried it

Modesto Bee – Mar. 21
The E. & J. Gallo wine, called Apothic, was blended by winemaker Deb Juergenson, a Stan State graduate. Read more.

High Schools: Like Warriors, Alameda boys have turned it around

SF Gate – Mar. 15
Stan State graduate and former basketball player Cameron Quick has coached the Alameda High boys’ basketball team into the spotlight. Read more.

Patterson’s own Ayala is woman of the year

Patterson Irrigator – Mar. 15
Senator Anthony Cannella names Stan State graduate Erica Ayala as the 12th Senate District Woman of the Year. Read more.

California high school takes on commercial truck driver shortage

American Journal of Transportation – Mar. 5
Stan State graduate Dave Dein, a teacher in Patterson, has designed a truck driving school program at Patterson High to prepare students for jobs in logistics. Read more.

Section title-winning baseball programs get new skippers

Modesto Bee – Mar. 5
Former Stan State pitcher Andy Walker is the new head baseball coach at Pitman High. Read more.

Amanda Casarez: Emerging designers at Nashville Fashion Week

Out and About Nashville – Mar. 1
A brief Q&A with a Stan State biology graduate who now is a fashion designer. Read more.

BART office also invests in the livelihood of others

East Bay Times – Feb. 26
Stan State graduate David Greene (psychology) is a BART Police officer who buys run-down houses, repairs them and then rents them, often to low-income families. Read more.

Ripa one of men’s elites for the Napa Valley Marathon

Napa Valley Register – Feb. 25
Vojta Ripa, who earned his degree in computer science from Stan State in 2012, is an elite marathoner who will challenge for the title at the March 4 Napa Valley Marathon. Read more.

Successful California coach takes over OU soccer program

Ottawa (Kan.) Herald – Feb. 21
Roman DuChateau, who played soccer at Stan State while earning his degree in physical education, is the new women’s soccer head coach at NAIA-member Ottawa University. Read more.

‘Balinese Buicks’ are on the road to Putney library

Commons News (Windham County, VT) – Feb. 21
Art Costa, a 1976 Stan State graduate, has created a series of wall hangings based on Balinese dance masks that will be on display through March at the Putney Library, Vermont. Read more.

Crossings Winery hosts art show opening

Times-News (Twin Falls, ID) – Feb. 21
The art of Stan State graduate Debra Bonsack is featured in an exhibit at a winery in Glenns Ferry, Idaho. Read more.

Arts guild welcomes a smooth talker

Oregon Coast Today – Feb. 20
Stan State graduate Mike Guerrero, a silkscreen artist, will be speaking to a group in Newport, Oregon. Read more.

Nuts About Ripon

Manteca Bulletin – Feb. 16
Tamra Spade, a Stan State graduate and the CEO of the Ripon Chamber of Commerce, talks about marketing the San Joaquin County city. Read more.

Meeting the new MVHS dean

Moapa Valley Progress (Overton, Nev.) – Feb. 7
James Lake, who earned his master’s in history from Stan State, is the new dean at Moapa Valley High School. Read more.

This Merced County superintendent is moving to a new district

Merced Sun-Star – Feb. 5
Bryan Ballenger, who earned his master’s at Stan State, is the new superintendent of the Gustine Unified School District. Read more.

UTSA Football Welcomes Gary Hyman

GoUTSA – Feb. 3
Gary Hyman, who earned a master’s degree at Stan State, is the new special teams coordinator for the football team at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Read more.

Andrew Janz: 5 fast facts you need to know

Heavy.com – Feb. 1
Andrew Janz, who is running against Rep. Devin Nunes in California’s 22nd Congressional District, received a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s in public administration from Stan State. Read more.

Stockton gets its very own vortex

Stockton Record – Jan. 27
Raksmey Roeum Castleman, who earned her doctorate at Stan State, works for the San Joaquin County mental health department, is an adjunct at San Joaquin Delta College and hosts mass outdoor yoga and meditation sessions. Read more.

Know your neighbor: Jerry Powell

Turlock Journal – Jan. 23
Stan State graduate Jerry Powell, businessman and co-owner of downtown Turlock spots The Udder Place and The Grand Cru, is profiled in this regular Journal feature. Read more.

UC Merced Bird Researcher Expands Knowledge About Reserve’s Kestrels

Sierra Sun-Times (Mariposa) – Jan. 26
Stan State grad Joy McDermot, now doing master’s degree work at UC Merced, is studying the falcon population in Merced County’s vernal pools. Read more.

Stormtroopers, sculptures and paintings kick off first Art Hop of the year

Merced Sun-Star – Jan. 22
The work of Stan State graduate Mary Lou Brinich is featured in Merced Art Hop. Read more.

Three cast members drawn to ‘Unnecessary Farce’

Stockton Record – Jan. 11
Jason Best, who attended Stan State, is the lead in this Stockton Civic Theatre production. Read more.

Movers & Shakers for Jan. 15

Alaska Journal of Commerce – Jan. 11
Stan State graduate Mallory Walser is the new press secretary for the Alaska House Republicans caucus. Read more.

Garces’ Chris Coleman commits to Fresno State

Fresno Bee – Jan.10
This article mentions that Stan State grad Andy Ward, a former coach at Stanford, is the new strength and conditioning coach for Fresno State football. Read more.

City names new parks director

Tracy Press – Dec. 11
Brian McDonald, who earned his master’s in public administration from Stan State, is Tracy’s new director of parks and recreation. Read more.

Nellie Zavala leads Lathrop parade Saturday

Manteca Bulletin – Dec. 8
Nellie Zavala, a retired social worker who earned her master’s degree in social work from Stan State, was the grand marshal of Lathrop’s Christmas parade. Read more.

Grimaldo earns Marine Corps distinction

West Side Index (Newman) – Dec. 1
Paul Grimaldo studied concurrently at Stan State and Modesto Junior College to earn a degree in criminal justice in 2 ½ years. Now 20, he is the youngest officer in the Marine Corps, earning his commission as a second lieutenant. Read more.

Opera Saratoga announces retirement of Patty Finnerty and appointment of two new members to senior staff

Broadway World – Dec. 1
Stan State graduate Charla Jeanne Lawson is the new Company Manager. Read more.