Alumni Updates

Garrett John Costello, 2014
Submitted: November 17, 2019
During the last two years my wife and I (fellow alumni) got married and started an Environmental Consulting business. As our business has grown we have turned our attention to constructing low-tech beaver dam analogs to help restore critical stream and meadow ecosystems. This year Symbiotic Restoration installed over 100 beaver dams across north-eastern California. As our business expands we hope to be able to employ and incorporate Humboldt students in to these programs in the future. Our current plans include looking for land so that we can move back to Humboldt County and build our home back where our journey began.
Sylvia Lynn van Royen, 2019
Submitted: October 31, 2019
After graduating I was hired by the Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources based out of Orleans, CA. The Tribe’s DNR has ground breaking management goals that I feel honored and blessed to be learning from. I was originally hired to supervise the summer youth crew working on manual fuels reduction units, but now I work as a GIS Technician making maps and other spatially-oriented technology to support our field crews.
Jason Sikorski, 2017
Submitted: September 23, 2019
After graduating from Humboldt State University, Jason Sikorski, 2017, stayed local and worked at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park as a Senior Maintenance Aid building ADA hiking trails in Jed Smith State Park for one season. Afterword he moved back to his hometown in Orange County and was hired by the Federal Government-USCIS as an Environmental Health Technician in Laguna Niguel, California.
Dr. Jessica K. Rendon, 2008
Submitted: March 10, 2019
Dr. Jessica Rendon Environmental Science, 2008, recently received her PhD. in Entomology from the University of Idaho.  She currently works for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, working to protect Oregon’s agriculture and natural resources from invasive species. She was recently promoted to Japanese Beetle Eradication Specialist.  She says: “Experiencing HSU education, student life, and its inspirations greatly shaped my desire for further education, and future career, which I so enjoy.  It also made me fall in love with the Pacific Northwest.” Starting volunteering experiences at HSU, she continues to volunteer on habitat and riparian restoration.
Jonathan Baer, 2014
Submitted: August 29, 2018
Jonathan Baer, Environmental Science & Management, 2014, got married the year he graduated from HSU. Two weeks after graduating he and his wife moved to Shenyang China where they taught English for a year. This experience convinced him to become a teacher for good. He applied to several schools for graduate programs and eventually decided to go with Southern Oregon University in Ashland. He received his master’s degree in teaching with a K-12 teaching license with endorsements in elementary education and secondary social sciences. He subbed for a while and now is starting his second year teaching 6th grade in Baker City, Oregon. We also had a daughter Isabella in October of 2017 who just started walking this last weekend.
Julia Clark, 2015
Submitted: October 4, 2016
Julia Clark, 2015 Environmental Science & Management, was elected to the board of directors of the Society for Conservation GIS, a non-profit organization that assists conservationists worldwide in using geographic information systems through communication, networking, scholarships, and training.
Dani Burkhart, 2013
Submitted: May 16, 2016
Dani Burkhart, 2013 Environmental Science & Management, led Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Congressman Jared Huffman, Board of Equalization Members Fiona Ma and George Runner, Asm. Jim Wood and the Blue Ribbon Commission on a fact-finding tour of Humboldt County’s Medical Cannabis farms and industry. Following that work, Emerald Heritage Farms was launched as a consulting firm to help the area’s heritage cannabis farmers come into compliance with changing laws and regulations. Recently, Burkhart helped launch of the first Humboldt County Cannabis Chamber of Commerce building bridges between cannabis and non-cannabis based businesses in Humboldt County.
ADAM GABRIEL PERETZ, 2008
Submitted: September 24, 2012
I went to Ibadan, Nigeria in January 2011 where I was initiated to Ifa, traditional West African Religion. Through Ifa initiation, I have shed my old self and have even been given a new name, Fagbemijo Amosun Fakayode. I since have returned twice to research and study Ifa as well as to bring other people to do their own initiations and other rituals. My wife, Oyaseye Fakayode, a priestess of Oya, and I have formed Oyeku Ofun Temple, a traditional Ifa and Orisha temple based in Northern California. The temple serves many devotees. I have written two books on Ifa religion thus far, “All Days Are Sacred” (2011) and “Ori Mi Gbe Mi: Ori, Support Me” (2012), both published by Oyeku Ofun Temple.