Patricia Burton Helm represented CC at the inauguration of the new president of Vassar College in October.
John Dolson was elected vice president of the American Association of Geologists, the largest petroleum geological society in the world, with 30,000 members. He lives in Moscow, Russia, with his wife, Debbie Hingston Dolson ’73. • Joyce Grasso Jordan earned her M.L.A. in creation spirituality from Naropa University in 2003 and now works on the San Francisco peninsula as a freelance arts-curriculum writer and advocate for arts integration in schools and communities. • Marshall Griffith has been invited to read his fiction at the Sport Literature Association at Skidmore College in June. His short story, “Shortcuts to the Mind of a Diver,” will be published in Aethlon, the journal of sport literature, this month. • Pete Hershberger was elected to his fourth term in the Arizona House with about 38 percent of the vote. • The Aspen Times recently described Andy Taylor’s landscapes as having colors that are “exaggerated and heightened, dreamlike and mood-setting.” According to the article, Taylor manages a sod farm in the summer; in the winter, he paints feverishly, building up momentum from one painting to another. His paintings focus on cliffs, rivers, rocks, trees, stones, leaves; “elements jump toward the front of the canvas,” says the article.• Nancy Taylor Mason owns a women’s boutique, Baby Doe’s Clothing, in Golden, Colo., where she sells unique casual clothing and wearable art made by regional artists. Nancy also handles marketing for the Golden Fine Arts Festival, which was rated 50th nationally by Sunshine Artist. She’s enjoyed living at the foot of South Table Mountain since 1983.
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This summer Sally Jo Button celebrated the 25-year milestone of her financial planning career. She has two master’s degrees: counseling/psychology and retirement planning. An independent CFP, she recently moved into her new home in Lakewood, Colo. • Ed Smith and his son, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Alex Smith, organized a football camp on Ed’s home turf in the Bahamas last summer. At least six NFL players helped train students to play American-style football, according to a July Nassau Guardian article. • Carl Thompson works in the western Dominican Republic with Planting for the Harvest, a Christian ministry dedicated to church planting and community development. His wife Kathy and three of their children share his ministry in Elias Pina province on the Haitian border; they welcome visitors.
Paul Feil, who practices sleep medicine in Las Cruces, N.M., has recently received accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for his Sleep Lab of Las Cruces. He enjoys comparing notes about CC athletics with his daughter Maggie ’07, the scrum half of the CC women’s rugby club; Paul was the third half for the men’s club during his CC years. • John Fyfe received the Order of Constantine Award, the highest honor of the Sigma Chi fraternity, in June for his many years of service to the fraternity at local, regional, and national levels. He is dean of regional teaching sites at Golden State University in San Francisco.
Steve Sertich has been hired as the women’s ice hockey coach at Bemidji State University in Minnesota after leading the Roseville High School team to a pair of top-three finishes in the state tournament in 2002 and 2003. He was Minnesota 2A state coach of the year in 2003. Steve also directs summer hockey camps.
Kim Davies is an attorney in private practice in San Diego, where she recently enjoyed connecting with other North County CC alumni. “Still single,” she says. • Robert Rudman is senior investigative producer for CBS News in New York City.
Robert Harrington has been appointed director of Kodiak Exploration, a mineral exploration company in Canada, after 16 years of mining work in South America. He also co-founded, and remains a partner in, I-cubed, a remote sensing and GIS service company. • Julie Marine LeShay was re-elected treasurer of Kappa Kappa Gamma women’s fraternity. • Fay Matsukage received a Community Service award from the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado and its foundation for her selfless commitment to the local community and the Colorado Bar. • Carlos Ortega won a Milken Educator Award of $25,000 in November 2005, one of two in New Mexico that year. Carlos, the dual-language instructional coach at Washington Middle School in Albuquerque, was honored for teaching teachers, as well as for teaching students and helping them produce a bilingual newspaper.
Monica Harff Benson owns a music publishing company in Calabasas, Calif., where she is a self-employed record producer.
• Matthew King works for Los Arboles, a green builder in Albuquerque, N.M. • Dean Magee, a native of Banff, Alberta, Canada, was inducted into the Banff Sports Hall of Fame in June.• Jo Ann Schneider Farris writes about figure skating for About.com, covering topics from basics (how to fall and get up) to choreographing your own routine, as well as the sport’s history, stars, and current news. Jo Ann’s About.com Web site is http://figureskating.about.com.