UC Davis Magazine


*Mike Mackaplow received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in chemical engineering in 1995 and is now a postdoctoral researcher at Merck and Co. Inc. in West Point, Penn. While at Stanford, he held a four-year Merck fellowship.

*Craig Norvell was promoted to marketing manager of international ectoparasiticide and veterinary pharmaceuticals at Fort Dodge Animal Health. He has been with Fort Dodge Animal Health since 1991. Fort Dodge, based in Overland Park, Kan., markets veterinary health care products throughout the world.

Teresa (Stewart) Simi is a registered nurse at Kaiser Hospital in San Rafael. Simi recently received her master's degree in nursing after serving a clinical residency at Hospice of Marin. She and her husband are expecting their first child in June.


Coast Guard Ensign Lesley F. Dion recently received her commission as a Coast Guard officer after completing Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Va. During the 17-week training program, Dion was instructed on such subjects as navigation, ship handling, engineering, shipboard communications and management.

David Katreeb is an operations coordinator for Hitachi America's CD-ROM drive sales division in charge of Compaq and IBM accounts. A resident of Fremont, Katreeb was married this June.

Natalie Probert has just finished her first year as an emergency services educator for Chevron in San Francisco. Probert married David Fanucchi last year.

*Navy Lt. Scott K. Toppel was promoted to his present rank while serving at the Naval Air Station in Lemoore.

Erroll Lynn Wilson, a graduate teaching associate at East Tennessee State University, received an M.F.A. in metalsmithing from that institution this May. Wilson, a member of the Society of American Silversmiths and the Society of North American Goldsmiths, was awarded a 1995 American Vision Award and two honorable mentions in the 1995­96 Modern Liturgy Visual Arts Awards for his artistic metals. In addition, Wilson had several pieces included in the 1995 Craft America national exhibition and in the 1993 National Student Sterling Design touring exhibition. Wilson lives in Johnson City, Tenn.


*David C. Beavans recently received a joint master's degree from George Washington University: an M.B.A. in international finance and an M.A. from the university's Elliott School of International Affairs. He plans to work in an internationally focused consulting firm or with an import/export firm. He lives in Arlington, Va.

*Navy Lt. Kevin D. Ellsworth completed a two-month deployment to the Persian Gulf aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, then was sent to the Western Pacific Ocean as part of a peacekeeping unit observing China's military exercises and missile firings around Taiwan. Ellsworth joined the Navy in 1992.

*Christopher Koehler, M.A. '93, passed his Ph.D. qualifying examinations in history at the University of Florida in November 1995, and is currently a doctoral candidate working on a dissertation comparing German and American approaches to genetics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Kevin Lane received a doctoral degree in pharmacy, graduating magna cum laude in 1995, then completed a one-year residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto. During his residency, he worked at the Stanford University School of Medicine, assisting with research in the area of multi-drug resistance in oncology.

Brian K. MacGillivray received an M.D. degree from the University of Kansas this May. He is currently serving a residency in family medicine in Kansas City, Kan.

Donald B. Nicholson was recently chosen as a senior trust specialist for Mellon Bank's Private Asset Management Group in Allison Park, Pa. Last year he married Sonya Roae, a bilingual assistant for an international engineering company. The couple lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.

*Randy Scott Wong graduated from the McGeorge School of Law in 1995 and opened a solo practice as a general civil practice attorney in Sherman Oaks. While attending McGeorge, Wong was both the vice president and president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Wong was also a member of the Dean's Task Force on Diversity Issues and an officer of the Phi Alpha Delta International Legal Fraternity. Wong will marry Monica Moy, a fellow attorney, this August.

Lisa Yi, former manager of student loans at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, was recently appointed associate director of service for the Student Financial Assistance Office at Kansas State University. Yi lives in Manhattan, Kan.


Kristen McRae was accepted to the Duke University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in Durham, N.C.

Jeffrey W. Nunes received a J.D. with honors from the Arizona State University College of Law this May and has accepted a position as an associate with the law firm of Gallagher and Kennedy in Phoenix.


*Eileen Duncan recently joined Chemical Services in San Jose, while her companion, Justin Hovey, took a position as summer associate with the San Jose law firm of Gassett, Perry, and Frank.

Navy Ensign Pedro R. Mercado recently received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla. During the 13-week program, Mercado received instruction on navigation, ship handling, engineering, naval warfare and management.

Marine 2nd Lt. Paul C. Merida recently graduated from the basic school of Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Va. The courses at the school prepare newly commissioned officers for assignment to the Fleet Marine Force and provide instruction on land navigation, marksmanship, tactics, military law and the techniques of military instruction.

Robert A. Olson, J.D., has joined the law firm of Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May and will focus on insurance and business litigation.


Susan Corkery was named an account assistant with the Lucy Roberts Public Relations firm in Sacramento in April. Before joining the firm, Corkery worked as an intern for the American Red Cross; she still serves on the public relations committee for the organization.

Kathy Higgins, M.F.A., recently exhibited her mixed media work at the Center for Contemporary Art in Sacramento.

Melvin Ochsner, J.D., is an associate attorney specializing in workers' compensation and civil litigation for the Sacramento firm of Ordas, Timmons, Owen & Owen.

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