UC Davis Magazine


Brian Hitchcock has written Sybase Database Administrators Handbook, published this year by Prentice-Hall. He lives in Union City.


Bart Mehlhop, an associate attorney and a certified specialist in workers' compensation, is currently working for the Sacramento law firm of Ordas, Timmons, Owen & Owen.


Chiara Briganti, M.A., an assistant professor of English, has been granted tenure at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. Briganti, who has been a member of the Carleton faculty since 1990, focuses on Victorian and 20th-century British literature, women's literature, feminist and critical theory, modernism and post-colonial literature.

Major *Cynthia A. Gorczyca, a registered dietitian with a master's degree in health care administration, was recently awarded the Army Achievement Medal for meritorious service during her assignment as chief of the clinical dietetics branch at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has also been elected to the board of directors of the Leeward Chapter of the American Cancer Society in Hawaii. Gorczyca has been chief of clinical dietetics at the Tripler Army Medical Center since 1994.

John Kemble is the general manager/winemaker for the Kemblefield Estate Winery in Hastings in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Kemble spent 15 years in the California wine business before heading Down Under.

*John T. Kennedy joined the law firm of Nossaman, Guthner, Knox & Elliott, LLP, as an associate in its Sacramento office, working as a litigation attorney primarily in the area of employment law. Previously, Kennedy worked at the Sacramento law firm of Hackard & Holt.


*Paul Drumm, a community developer with the Mennonite Central Committee, returned from Tete Province, Mozambique, to begin a three-year MCC assignment in Peru. Drumm received a master's degree in relief and development from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena and is going to Peru to assist with community education, food production and administration. MCC is the relief and development agency of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches of North America.

*Karen Griffith, a Petaluma optometrist and past president of the Redwood Empire Optometric Society, received the Young Optometrist of the Year award in March from the California Optometric Association. The award recognizes Griffith's contributions to the association, her community and profession. Participating in the World Vision program, Griffith has twice traveled to Guatemala to provide eye care and served at a Red Cross Hospital in Jalisco, Mexico. Griffith also works with the youth in her own community, providing lessons in eye anatomy for elementary and high school students and sponsoring the "Expanding Your Horizons" program for eighth-grade girls.

Sarah L. Pogue will receive a doctoral degree in immunology from Stanford University in June. Her husband, Paul Sauer '87, was recently promoted to associate scientist at Protein Design Labs Inc.


Les T. Csorba was recently named vice president of A.T. Kearney Executive Search, working in the firm's Houston office. He specializes in executive searches in energy and oil field services, information technology/systems consulting and nonprofit industries. Before joining A.T. Kearney, Csorba served as director of Meridian Consulting in 1993­96 and as a special assistant to the president of the United States for presidential personnel during the Bush administration in 1989­93. Additionally, Csorba has written three books. He lives with his wife, Anne Lyle (Pressler) Csorba, and their three children in Houston.

*Melinda Guzman-Moore, a partner in the law firm of Diepenbrock, Wulff, Plant & Hannegan, was the first Latina to become a partner in a major law firm in Northern California. She is also president-elect of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The chamber's primary functions are education, advocacy and business development, which includes awarding scholarships to area students.

Lilia Lamé recently finished a master of business degree in marketing and is currently working as a marketing professional in the entertainment industry.

David Raymer is due to complete his chiropractic doctoral degree in December 1996, at which time he plans to do research and publish papers regarding the health care profession. Raymer has worked as a technical writer for IBM and as a legal assistant for NBC Business Affairs in Burbank. He writes that he wooed his wife of four years, Annett, through correspondence with her in East Germany and firmly believes in the effectiveness of good writing skills.

Melissa (Ewen) Virtue is currently a media manager for the Russ Reid Co., a direct response advertising agency that specializes in fund-raising for charitable, nonprofit organizations.


Jacob Aniku, Ph.D., former professor at Makerere University in Uganda, has left that post to become a member of the Parliament of Uganda.

Robert Chapkin, Ph.D., is currently an associate professor of nutrition at Texas A&M University. His wife, Laurie (Davidson) Chapkin, Ph.D. '87, is a senior researcher at the same institution. The couple has three children and lives in College Station, Texas.

*Robert Davidson is general manager for Davidson Enterprises Inc., a company started by his father that manufactures and services liquid bulk tanks for trucks hauling petroleum, chemical and food products.

*David Forsyth, M.S., of Hogue Cellars in Prosser, Wash., was named winemaker of the year by Los Angeles Times syndicated columnist Dan Berger. He joined Hogue Cellars in 1984 and was named wine-maker in 1987. Forsyth oversees all aspects of wine planning and production, including vineyard selection, grape harvest scheduling and the design of the winery's production facility. A skier and parachutist, Forsyth is also a member of the U.S. Para-Ski Team. He lives in Prosser with his wife, Suzie Simpson '91, and their two children.

Susan E. Slager recently became a member of the law firm Girard and Vinson in its Pleasant Hill office. The firm specializes in education law.

Katherine McLaughlin and John Wiesenfarth married in August 1988. Wiesenfarth graduated from Chicago Medical School in 1994 and is currently an emergency room resident in Royal Oak, Mich., due to finish in June 1997. McLaughlin has taken time off from her career in banking to care for the couple's two sons, ages 1 and 2.


Jennifer Belinn Yunk, an engineering specialist for the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp. in Burlington, Kan., focuses on regulatory compliance concerns and communication of company issues to federal government agencies. Yunk established the company's speakers bureau and is currently the co-chair of Health and Wellness for Wolf Creek. Yunk married in 1992 and has two children.

Lori (Heinrichs) Cahill recently accepted a position as the trade show/events manager for Intermec Corp. in Everett, Wash. She lives in Monroe, Wash., with her husband and two dogs.

Michael K. Edmonson moved to Atlanta, Ga., where he works as director of geoscience and remediation services for Blymyer Engineers, an environmental consulting firm.

*Stan Nowakowski, M.S., has just completed three years in Albania, working on USAID development projects. Nowakowski is now moving to Poland to continue his work.


Laura (Bradley) Cuthbertson received her doctorate in clinical psychology in 1994 and works in inpatient hospital settings, doing group and individual psychotherapy. Cuthbertson and her husband are expecting their first child in July; they live in Rockville, Md.

Peggy Stephens and Joe DiLeo celebrated the first birthday of their daughter, Rose, in May this year.

Jeff Weiss is currently enjoying his newly acquired home on the San Francisco peninsula after having traveled around the country. He works as an advertising
sales manager and free-lance sportscaster.


Navy Lt. Mark A. Johnson recently received a letter of commendation while assigned with Strike Fighter Squadron 81, Naval Air Station, Cecil Field, Fla. Johnson was recognized for displaying remarkable dedication and initiative, and for consistently performing his duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner.

Mike Jungling is currently a design engineer with the Titan Linkabit Corp. of San Diego. Jungling recently completed a master's degree in electrical engineering at San Diego State University. Last year, he married longtime Davis resident Leona Bielefeld.

Sharon Lafferty Doty received her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Washington in 1995 and is currently doing postdoctoral work in biochemistry at that institution.

Ronald Liebert, J.D., has joined the California Farm Bureau Federation as an associate counsel in the public utility department. He had previously practiced environmental law with Downey, Brand, Seymour & Rohwer. Liebert currently lives in El Dorado Hills.

*Alicia I. Rodriquez-Estrada, M.A. '92, a doctoral candidate in American history/American studies at Claremont Graduate School, received the Western History Association's 1995 Sara Jackson Award for graduate research in western history. This fall, Rodriquez-Estrada will have an article, "Dolores Del Rio and Lupe Velez: Images On and Off the Screen, 1925­1944," published in Writing the Range: Race, Class and Culture in the Women's West (Oklahoma University Press). Rodriquez-Estrada, who recently married David T. Estrada, lives in Monterey Park.

Navy Lt. Jeffrey T. Vanlobensels recently received an Air Medal for combat service in Iraq. He was awarded the medal for meritorious achievements as an A-6E Intruder pilot that contributed to his squadron's success in the U.N. mission to restore peace to the country. Vanlobensels joined the Navy in 1989.

Steve Veatch is a housing programs technician with the Shasta County Department of Housing and Community Action Programs. His wife, Nancy (Wimmer) Veatch '89, M.A. '91, teaches fifth grade at Evergreen Elementary School. The couple lives in Cottonwood with their two children, ages 1 and 3.

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