Carolyn Taormina Boyce

B.A., Psychology. After graduating from UCSB, I earned my M.A. in School Psychology from SFSU in 1993 and I've been enjoying a career as a School Psychologist in Northern California for the
past 24 years. I live in San Rafael with my husband and our two daughters.

Kristi Clark

Graduated with a B.S. in Biopsychology in 1990. Post-graduation I did some bench work for Dr. Harry
Carlisle (UCSB). After a brief stint in pharmaceutical sales, I went back to research. In 2009, I moved to Europe for two
years to start an office for my employer. In 2012, I started a company, Agility Clinical, with four colleagues and we
focused on Rare Disorders (mostly pediatrics). In 2017, Precision for Medicine Group acquired Agility Clinical and we
focus on biomarker/genomic driven clinical trials to bring treatments to patients that need it most. My daughter
currently attends UCSB.

Alanna Rusconi

BA Psychology. After graduating from UCSB, I volunteered with the Wilderness Youth Project, allowing me to informally explore an interest in Eco-Psychology. This experience led me toward inquiry-based learning concepts and a career in educating young minds. Shortly after, I pursued a Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Education. For the past 19 years I have worked in education. As of today, I have been teaching multiple subjects to the lower elementary grades for 9 years, specializing in the Whole Child Education model and project-based/inquiry-based learning. I live in Ojai, California with my husband I met while attending UCSB, and 2 children, ages 9 and 15. I may not be using my degree as an official psychologist, however, everyday that I teach, I am utilizing the skills learned through my UCSB experience and continue to be fascinated by HOW we learn.

Michael Wolfe

I received a PhD in Cognitive Psychology in 1998 from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and am now a Psychology professor at Grand 
Valley State University in Michigan. In 1996 I married Rebecca Walsh, and we live in Grand Rapids with our two kids, Alex (5), and Sam (3). wolfem@gvsu.edu.

Bob Barretto

After a seven year roller coaster ride as a "dot-commer," I enlisted in the U.S. Peace Corps and was assigned to a community-based natural resource management contract in Zambia.  After Peace Corps, I moved to South Africa to study wildlife conservation and social development at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town.  I moved back to the States in 2004, worked in programs for the conservation department at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and then worked with a remote Bri Bri community in Costa Rica trying to better understand the livelihood strategies of banana farmers.  I returned again to the States to finish (emphasis on "finish") my graduate work at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.

Juliette Mackin

BA, Psychology. I completed my Ph.D. in 1997, from Michigan State University, in Ecological/Community Psychology and Urban Studies. I have recently been promoted to Co-President of NPC Research, a small human services research and program evaluation company in Portland, Oregon.

Sunshine Sepulveda

BA, Psychology. Worked in post production, insurance, office, and group home. Then found my "RIGHT" place as Principal of an amazing Continuation High School in LAUSD.

Candice Gottlieb

is a Professional Mediator and Trainer, specializing in the areas of business and workplace conflict. With her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Counseling, Candice is very effective in handling the emotional side of conflict, helping parties to reach both an understanding and an agreement with one another. Candice is a Certified Mediator of the LA County Bar Association, a professional member and certified trainer of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and has membership and affiliations including the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the Professionals in Human Resources Association. Candice is the President and owner of Mediating Solutions, offering conflict resolution services in the Los Angeles area. She can be contacted at Candice@MediatingSolutions.com

Iain Barksdale

received MPhil in Archaeology in 1991 from the University of Glasgow, JD in 1999 from the Louis D Brandeis School of Law, MLS in 2003 from the University of Arizona. He worked for four years at the James E Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona as an Electronic Services Librarian, and four years at the Chase College of Law as the Asst Director for Information Technology. He is currently working as Head of Reference Services for the Bounds Law Library at the University of Alabama School of Law and as an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology teaching online courses for Northern Kentucky University in Cultural Anthropology, Celtic Archaeology, and Legal Anthropology.

Michelle Johnston

is the Regional Director for the Alzheimer’s Association in the Greater Sacramento Area.


Lysandra Cook

B.A., Psychology. After graduation I received my multiple subject and learning handicap
credential as well as my MEd in Special Education at UCSB . I married my Gaucho sweetheart (Bryan Cook, 1990) and
we are now both professors in the Curriculum Instruction and Special Education Department at the University of

Dr. Tim Harrison

BA in Psychology and a Minor in Coaching. I coached college basketball for 14 years and now work at Ventura College as a Dean for Athletics, Health, Kinesiology, and Off Campus Programs. Living with my wife and two kids in Ventura, CA. Go Gauchos!

Beth Laurie

BA, Psychology, 1997, M.Ed., Education with an emphasis in School Psychology. I am a Bilingual School Psychologist for the Santa Barbara County Education Office, where I've worked for the past 17 years. I serve on the Board of Directors of the California Association of School Psychologists. I also own a private practice as a Licensed Educational Psychologist where I specialize in conducting school neuropsychological and strengthsbased psycho-educational assessments of youth who are experiencing learning challenges. I feel fortunate to continue to live in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara with my 14 year old son and 3-legged dog, Mac.

Lisa Thomas Vance

BA. is living in Santa Barbara with her husband, Ronan Vance (UCSB Class of '88). They have three children who all attend elementary school in Goleta, where she teaches Science and English Language Development.

Mark Michael Lewis

has been a coach and consultant, working with hundreds of individuals and couples, consulting hundreds of businesses, and presenting before thousands of people. He has published two non-fiction books: “RelationDancing” and “The Key Is In The Darkness: Unlocking The Door To A Spiritual Life.” He is currently the CEO of Smart Energy Enterprises, Inc., the maker of SmartPower and Nuclear Waste Antidote “smart” energy drinks, which have a breakthrough formula that enhances the positive effects of caffeine while virtually eliminating the negative side-effects of the jitters and the crash. Through provocative branding and socially conscious messaging, these drinks represent a new type of consumer activism, and fulfill the SEE-Inc. A Beautiful Future Now vision. Mark@RationalSpirituality.com

Elizabeth Laurie Garcia

currently lives in Santa Barbara with her 7 year old son and husband. She obtained a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from UCSB in 1992 and after teaching elementary school for a few years, returned to UCSB to get a Master's degree and Pupil Personnel Services Credential with the Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology Program in the Gevirtz GSE. She has been working as a Bilingual School Psychologist for the SB County Education Office for the past 10 years and also teaches the School Psychology First Year Practicum course series for the CCS Psychology program as an adjunct faculty member. bethlaurie@cox.net

Jeff Shannon

is living in Connecticut with his wife and 3 sons. He was recently appointed Head of Science at Westhill High School in Stamford, CT. In addition to teaching at the high school level he has served as an Adjunct Chemistry Instructor at Sacred Heart University and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer of Education at Manhattenville College. In 2007, Jeff and his family founded Dig Deep, Inc. to inspire teens to volunteer and give back to their community. He hopes to find new ways to understand and inspire motivation in youth to contribute to their communities. jfshannon@optonline.net.

Tasha R. (Hein) Howe

received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology at UC Riverside. Her research focused on abused children's social development. She then received an NIMH postdoctoral position in developmental psychopathology at Vanderbilt University. She is currently on sabbatical from her position as Associate Professor of Psychology at Humboldt State University, pursuing a Fulbright Fellowship on the island of Cyprus. Her Fulbright focuses on feminist and cross-cultural perspectives on family violence. She is married and has two sons. th28@humboldt.edu.

Randal Doane

is a father, a husband, and, as time allows, still an avid volleyball player. After a lengthy tour on the graduate school circuit, he earned his Ph.D. in sociology from the City University New York, Graduate Center. He works at Oberlin College as the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.


Edward Amey

BA, Psychology. After UCSB, I earned my Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology & Counseling from CSU, Northridge. I served as a Social Worker & Program Director in Foster Care/Adoptions for several years, and then later as the Executive Director of a small group of private schools in Southern California. I am now the Managing Director of the Institute for the Redesign of Learning in South Pasadena, CA.

Matt Quinley

BA, Psychology. After graduation I returned home to the Sacramento area. I worked for one year in adolescent residential treatment before moving to the bay area for the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare's Masters in Social Work (MSW) program. I have been working for Sacramento County, Division of Behavioral Health for 20 years, starting as a clinician. I am now a Health Program Manager overseeing County operated Adult and Child mental health programs. I live in the Elk Grove area with my family.

Lisa (Hellwig) Wofford

Lives in Ventura with her husband and twin boys. Works as a school psychologist and program specialist with Deaf/Hard of Hearing students. Enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and trying to keep up with her boys!

Dayna (Reader) Chalif

I received my MA in counseling from Washington State University in 1995 and moved to the Bay Area. I married Ivan Chalif (UCSB Psych ‘1993) in 1995. From 1995-2000, I worked in a counseling capacity at a variety of non-profit organizations in the bay area. In 2000, I became a LMFT (licensed marriage and family therapist) and had our first child. I worked one day a week in my private psychotherapy practice until we had our 2nd child in 2003, at which time I closed my practice to focus on my family full-time. In April this year, I re-opened my private practice one day a week, and am now enjoying that as well. I want to say hello to Dr. Robert Sherman and let him know that he was a great inspiration to me (in regard to establishing a career in psychotherapy as opposed to research) while I was at UCSB.

Gideon Bernstein

While pursuing a Chartered Financial Analyst designation, Gideon chose a career in investment management. He is now the Director of Research and Partner at Leisure Capital Management in Costa Mesa, CA. Gideon now returns to UCSB every summer for the UCSB Family Vacation Center with his wife, children, and friends.

Andrea (Scopp) Robbins

moved to Washington, D.C. where she taught nursery school for 2 years until she moved to NYC to earn her Masters in Education from Bank Street College of Education. She taught in NYC for 10 years during which time she got married. She has been on a parental hiatus from working since the birth of their daughter, Cayla, in 2003 and son, Jesse, in 2005.

Judith Misale

is now Professor of Psychology, Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Please contact Judi at jmisale@truman.edu


Jed Olson

Jed is a physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Denver. After graduating he did research in the Division of Infectious Disease at San Francisco General Hospital. He credits his time in the lab of Professor Loy Lytle at UCSB with preparing him for the challenges of basic science research. He entered the MD program at Stanford in 1996, where he continued to do research locally and in Africa on malaria and other tropical diseases. He completed internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and lives in Denver with his wife and son.

Tom Wellman

BA. I am now in Bali with my company Thumbs Up! Bali and I now have a job at Vimsia in St. Thomas US Virgin Islands Montessori school international academics.

Lauren Fox MacMillan

BA. Went on to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical-Aging Psychology from USC in 2001. I’m now a Clinical Geropsychologist at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System. I live in Pasadena with my husband, 2 young sons (ages 5 and 1) and one old dog (age 14). I’m quite happy to speak with Psychology undergrads who are interested in pursuing an aging-related career in psychology, as there is a huge and growing need for gero-competent psychologists! Feel free to email me at lauren.macmillan@va.gov.

Daniel Thomas Wellman III

Now in Bali, been teaching internationally for quite some time and now starting up business for kids after school activities here in Bali Called Thumbs Up! Motivating positive attitudes through activities. Proud single father of two boys ages 5 and 8. twellman3@yahoo.com

Peter Rosen

received his doctorate in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University and is currently employed as an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems in the Schroeder Family School of Business at the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN. He and his wife had their third child, a girl, in July.


Jess Deegan

I left UCSB to begin as an Asst. Professor at CSU Bakersfield in 1993. I have continued to work with Jerry Jacobs, publishing many articles on animal color vision. If you remember me, you know I was also involved in governance and continue this trend today. Advancing rapidly to Assoc. Prof. (1998) and Prof. (2002), this year I completed my 9th year (final) as Department Chair and 9th year as a Academic Senator (currently beginning the 2nd year as Chair of the Senate). I am currently a nominee for Faculty Athletic Representative to the NEW Division I athletic program as I continue as a Professor of Psychology.

Jessica (Anes) Kartzinel

lives in Henderson, Nevada and is Vice President/Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley. She recently earned the designation of Certified Investment Management Analyst from the Wharton School of Business. Jessica is married and has two children, one girl (7) and one boy (3).

Reagan Curtis

BA, Psychology, 1997, MA, Education, 1999, PhD, Educational Psychology. After UCSB, I held tenure track positions at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and CSU Northridge. I am now professor of educational psychology at West Virginia University and founding director of the Program Evaluation and Research Center (http://perc.cehs.wvu.edu/). I am married with 5 children.

Amy Meyer

After graduating from UCSB, I stayed in Santa Barbara and began my career in Human Resources.  I have definitely applied concepts I learned at UCSB around the brain and behavior in a corporate setting.  Currently, I lead the People and Facilities Real Estate functions as the Chief People Officer at AppFolio, a SaaS company.


Monica Bianco-Graham

Monica moved back to Milan, Italy at the end of 1995 and had a daughter, Tiffany, in July 1996. She is a fashion designer and owns a company called MONICA BIANCO that sells in Italy and worldwide clothes and bags that she started to design when studying at UCSB. Often thinks about the times spent at UCSB and misses those great days, enjoyed every single moment, even the hardest ones, which actually made her stronger. "Through my studies and hard work I was able to achieve my goals and become what I am now. I cherish all the memories that will always be with me. I miss you class of 1995!!! Thank you UCSB!!! monica@monicabianco.com

Suzie Maciel (Leighton)

MS in Physical Therapy from University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (now Des Moines University) in 1999. In 2000, I married Brion Maciel, also a UCSB graduate of 1995. I am currently employed for Sutter Health in Sacramento as a Staff Physical Therapist and as Clinical Educator. Brion is currently employed by Intel Corp as a Systems Engineer. We continue to stay in contact with many of our gaucho friends including Jenna Cruz, Sean McGowan, and Chad Flynn. Brion and I think Santa Barbara is the best school ever and think about our fun memories there quite often.

Lisa Saylor Saul

BA, Psychology. Hello Gauchos! I have worked in the insurance industry for the past 20 years. In March of 2012, I became a 2nd Generation Allstate Agent. I live in Southern California with my husband and two children. I feel so blessed to be protecting families from financial disaster when they experience a personal tragedy or loss.

David Herz

Currently working as a Major Account Manager for a global Human Resources outsourcing firm. Prior to this I’ve worked in HR management, most recently as Assistant Vice President of HR for a national mortgage banking firm. While I am not specifically practicing in the field of Psychology, my studies in psychology at UCSB are applied on a daily basis when working with my clients, and structuring business development opportunities based on both spoken and unspoken needs and attitudes. I look back fondly, as I am sure we all do, on my years at UCSB. david@dherz.com


Jeremy Handy

Is a Physician and Psychiatrist for Altru Health System in Grand Forks, North Dakota after completing an MD at New York Medical College (Fifth Pathway Program) in 2004, residency in general psychiatry at University of Kansas-Wichita School of Medicine and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine. Interested in returning to Southern California and looking for a position possibly as part of a private practice somewhere along the coast, anywhere from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Jhando@yahoo.com


Alanna Rusconi

After graduating from UCSB, I found myself volunteering (and working) with the Wilderness Youth Project, allowing me to informally explore an interest in Eco-Psychology. This experience led me toward inquiry-based learning concepts and a career in educating young minds. Shortly after, I perused a Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Education. For the past 19 years I have worked in education. As of today, I have been teaching multiple subjects to the lower elementary grades for 9 years, specializing in the Whole Child Education model and project-based/inquiry-based learning. I live in Ojai, California with my husband I met while attending UCSB, and 2 children, ages 9 and 15. I may not be using my degree as an official psychologist, however, everyday that I teach, I am utilizing the skills learned through my UCSB experience and continue to be fascinated by HOW we learn!

Alex K. Nugent

After a time in Eli Peli's lab at Harvard Medical School, I acquired a keen interest in ocular disease and immunology, so I followed a colleague, Professor Santa Ono, to London to study medicine as well as do a PhD in his new lab at the Institute of Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital. I am now in my third year of medicine and first year of clinical study at University College London, and can honestly say I am having the time of my life! London is without doubt one of the greatest cities in the world and if only I could get a decent burrito here it would be perfect! After graduation I plan to specialize in ophthalmology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, or orthopedics – the age I'll be by the time I finish residency and fellowship I'll probably need a little work myself!

Heather Wong

B.A., Psychology. After graduating from UCSB I pursued a Psy.D. in clinical psychology. My career has focused around providing mental health services to the university population. I had the opportunity to train at the UMass Amherst and Harvard University college counseling centers and am currently a staff psychologist at Brown University. I live in Rhode Island with my husband (also a psychologist) and three year old daughter Ling.

Danny Mann

Minor in Coaching 1999. I worked in the office of Residential Life at UCSB for two years. I attended CSU Long Beach to obtain my MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education from 2001-2003. I am currently the Director of Housing Services at Concordia University, Irvine. I got married June 10th, 2006 and am living in Del Mar, San Diego.


Sean Sowersby

BA. My wife Holly (also UCSB Alumni 2005) and I live in Long Beach and are expecting our first baby in August! After obtaining my MBA from CSUF, I have decided to change careers to become a Firefighter. I begin paramedic school in May at UCLA and am scheduled
to take my final exam on DUE D A TE.... Y A Y! I have been working as a Volunteer Firefighter for the Sierra Madre Fire Department and as an EM T for Doctor’s Ambulance for the last few years. I am looking forward to expanding my skills and knowledge as a pre-hospital care provider. My wife and I continue to be very involved with water skiing as we were with the UCSB Water Ski & Wakeboard Team. seansowersby@hotmail.com

Julie Heiser

I moved up to the Bay Area to attend grad school in Cognitive Psychology at Stanford University. While I was at Stanford, I did an internship at Apple and worked part-time at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) for 3 years. After completing my PhD in 2004, I stayed at Stanford for about a year as a postdoctoral fellow and then left academia for a position as a User Research Specialist in Digital Imaging at Adobe Systems Incorporated, where I still am today. Besides work, I recently got married in wine country and currently live in Menlo Park, CA with my husband Adam and our 2 cats, George and Leo. jheiser@gmail.com

Anne Bingham

is currently a Campus Recruiting Manager at Intel Corporation. In this role she recruits at business schools to build a pipeline of candidates for the corporation. She transitioned to recruiting after three years at Intel Finance. Anne received her MBA from the University of Notre Dame.