Alumnae in the News

Hazel Wheeler '11, MBA '13, involves the Oakland community in creating a mural for women affected by violence
Wheeler is working with other Mills graduates to create a public art piece commemorating women killed in Oakland.

San Jose Mercury News, December 12, 2014

David Young Kim, MFA '14, helps China's renowned artist Ai Weiwei showcase his smuggled work at Alcatraz
Kim worked alongside artists and activists to mount the show for Weiwei, who is lauded as "one of the most controversial, prominent, and important artists of his generation."

SF Weekly, December 11, 2014

Sarah Aili (née Weinstein) '05 discusses her musical path and unexpected passion as a songwriter
Aili is working on her new album for 2015, as well as writing songs for rising young country stars like Abbey Cone and Lily Nelsen.

San Jose Mercury News, December 9, 2014

Pat Pineda '74 named one of the 25 Most Powerful Latinas of 2014
Selected by People en Español, Pineda discusses her close ties to her hometown and her 30-year career with Toyota North America, where she is the automaker's highest-ranking Hispanic executive.

Santa Paula Times, December 3, 2014

Career coach Jennifer Lin, MBA '11, shares how she assists women in achieving professional fulfillment
Lin, founder of 10 Things U Dream of Doing!, details the many benefits of having a career coach in your corner. Her client list includes Tamiko Blake, MBA '11.

Diversity Woman, Fall 2014

Pianist Lynn Schugren '69 performs in Grass Valley, California
The special concert benefits St. Joseph's Cultural Center, an organization that preserves a historical landmark building for community activities.

The Union, November 19, 2014

Lora Droste, MPP '11, wins Berkeley City Council election by 16 votes
Droste ran on a campaign focused on affordable housing, crime reduction, parks, and schools.

www.berkeleyside.com, November 13, 2014

Chile Lindo owner Paula Tejeda '08 combines Chilean artists and food in San Francisco
From selling empanadas door-to-door, to purchasing her restaurant, Tejeda is determined to "make Chile Lindo the Dean & Deluca of Chilean products."

www.missionlocal.org, November 13, 2014

Lindsey Grant, MFA '08, shares her tales of pet sitting in a new book
Sleeping with Dogs is filled with stories representing pet owner culture and human beings' complex relationship with animals.

Contra Costa Times, November 3, 2014

Barbara Higbie '79 kicks off monthly piano concert series with rarely seen Katrina Krimsky
Higbie curated the concerts to include various piano masters like Krimsky, a former instructor at Mills College.

www.berkeleyside.com, October 31, 2014

Entrepreneur Tigisti Weldeab, MBA '12, launches a new wellness business in Oakland
Weldeab's new venture, Bella Diva Lifestyles, offers personalized coaching and workshops to help women achieve nutritional balance and body wellness.

San Jose Mercury News, October 29, 2014

Samuel Jones, MFA '12, wins museum's $50,000 prize
The Studio Museum in Harlem awarded the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize to Jones, who will show his work at the site next year.

ARTNEWS, October 27, 2014

Marriage and family therapist Audrey Martin '80 debuts her jazz album
Living Room is the culmination of Martin's 17-year-long journey in learning the art of jazz. Her album is described as "a ravishing repertoire that flows seamlessly between American Songbook standards and gems by pop and jazz singers/songwriters."

www.berkeleyside.com, October 23, 2014

Janet Zamudio, MA '09, runs for a seat on the San Lorenzo Unified School Board
Zamudio believes current school board members do not engage sufficiently on district issues. If elected, she will ask questions, challenge assumptions, and look for ways to do things better.

San Jose Mercury News, October 20, 2014

New York's Vineyard Theatre will honor Margo Lion '66 at its annual gala
Hosted by filmmaker John Waters, the fundraiser pays tribute to Lion's 30-year career creating Tony Award-winning productions.

www.broadwayworld.com, October 16, 2014

Meeta Kaur, MFA '06, takes part in groundbreaking anthology of Sikh American women writers
Kaur is editor of and contributor to Her Name Is Kaur: Sikh American Women Write About Love, Courage, and Faith. The 24 narratives take readers through universal issues facing all women as experienced by members of the Sikh religion, a faith little known in the United States.

San Jose Mercury News, October 15, 2014

Lucia Savage '84 appointed as Chief Privacy Officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Savage brings her experience with patient data security and transparency between health information exchanges to her new role, which begins October 20.

HealthITSecurity, October 14, 2014

Ann Hould-Ward '73 describes the painstaking work of costume design for the musical Beauty and the Beast
A Tony Award-winning costume designer, Hould-Ward discusses her lengthy career, which includes stints in Beauty and the Beast, The Metropolitan Opera, as well as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.

Colorado Springs Gazette, October 10, 2014

Alexandrina "Maya" Esparza '94 runs for San Jose City Council
A member of the Franklin-McKinley School Board, Esparza cites her political know-how as the main difference between her and District 7 opponent, Tam Nguyen.

San Jose Mercury News, October 3, 2014

Molissa Fenley '75 continues to innovate in dance and choreography
This celebrated Mills dance professor recently held a world premier performance at New York's historic Judson Memorial Church.

The New Yorker, September 27, 2014

Podcaster Nia King '11 explores the lives of trans and queer artists
Co-edited by Terra Mikalson '12 and Jessica Glennon-Zukoff '13, King's new book Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives documents the interviews she has conducted on racism, homophobia, the value of art school, the role of art in activism, and the financial struggles of many artists.

East Bay Express, September 24, 201

Poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner '12 gets standing ovation at United Nations Climate Summit
The spoken word artist captured the impact of climate change on her home in the Marshall Islands.

The Huffington Post, September 23, 2014

Lori Droste, MPP '11, runs for Berkeley City Council
In her face-off against three other non-incumbent candidates, Droste's areas of concern include the housing shortage, sexual assaults and trafficking, and storefront vacancies.

San Jose Mercury News, September 23, 2014

Choreographer Janice Garrett, MA '78, and her new dance performance earn rave review
Presented by Garrett's San-Francisco based dance company, Garrett + Moulton Productions, The Luminous Edge was described as "breathtaking" in a review from the San Francisco Chronicle.

www.sfgate.com, September 19, 2014

Debut novelist Cassandra Dunn, MFA '02, portrays an ordinary family in crisis
The East Bay author recounted her inspiration for the characters in her new book, Art of Adapting.

San Jose Mercury News, September 15, 2014

Robb Putnam, MFA '08, to show work at San Francisco's Rena Bransten Gallery
An inventive Oakland artist who studied at Mills under art professors Ron Nagle and Hung Liu, Putnam is known for stitching together disturbing creatures from discarded materials.

SFGate.com, September 10, 2014

Jocelyn Meggait, MFA '12, creates a free store, art gallery, and studio in Oakland's Dimond district
Meggait's latest project is one in a series of interactive installations that challenge consumerism and the assumptions of the capitalist market.

East Bay Express, September 10, 2014

Self-taught interior designer Lisa Gabrielson '91 shares her ideas of beautiful homes
An eclectic European influence is apparent in Gabrielson's work, which has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Lady magazine.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 6, 2014

Musician Christopher Willits, MFA '02, celebrates the release of his album, Opening
Opening is a meditative "visual album" that presents ambient sound and images of the natural world.

www.sfgate.com, September 3, 2014

United Nations selects Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner '12 to present 2014 Climate Summit keynote address
Jetnil-Kijiner was chosen in a competition involving 544 candidates. Her home country, the Marshall Islands, is only a few meters above sea level and its existence is threatened by climate change.

www.wnd.com, September 2, 2014

Fractured Fauna by Misako Inaoka, MFA '06, on display at Johansson Projects in Oakland
Inaoka draws inspiration from taxidermy forms that reflect the artist's transition from Bay Area resident to wife and mother in the Los Angeles suburbs.

www.sfgate.com, August 20, 2014

Matthew Hettich, MFA '10, creates gear for electronic musicians seeking to push sonic and expressive limits
Hettich is among several Mills grads working at a company that creates cutting-edge software and devices to expand the sound, expression, and practicality of electronic music.

East Bay Express, July 22, 2014

Sara Norris, MA '04, nominated for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Norris, a first grade teacher at the Mills College Children's School, is one of just six California finalists recommended for the prestigious award—the highest recognition in the nation for a mathematics or science teacher.

Imperial Valley News, July 22, 2014

Scratch magazine editor Manjula Martin '09 sheds light on the financial lives of writers
The digital magazine has arisen among a spate of conversations around writing and money in the post-recession economy.

New York Times, July 21, 2014

The life of Alice Sumida '36 inspires a children's picture book
Caldecott Medal award–winning author Allen Say, who wrote and illustrated Music for Alice, became enchanted with Sumida's experiences as a farmer, World War II internee, and ballroom dancer.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune, July 19, 2014

Artist Jenny Sharaf, MFA '13, shares camaraderie and creativity at Oakland's Johansson Projects
Sharaf's works, in a joint exhibition with Mission School artist Alicia McCarthy, use accessible materials and vivid colors to deconstruct the mythology of the "California girl" and the role of the female artist.

The Huffington Post, July 15, 2014

Army officer Elizabeth Trobaugh '10 named Pickering Fellow to train for foreign service
As leader of the Army's Female Engagement Team in Afghanistan, Trobaugh connected local women to education opportunities and other resources. She will begin graduate studies at Columbia University this fall with the ultimate goal of working with women in the battlefield.

The Spokesman-Review, July 5, 2014

Children's book illustrations by Nancy Parker '52 on display at Rutgers University
Parker's drawings of insects and other creatures appear in a new exhibit at the Zimmerli Art Museum, located on the Rutgers University campus.

www.mycentraljersey.com, July 4, 2014

Renel Brooks-Moon '80 hailed as the only full-time, female announcer in Major League Baseball
A 14-year veteran with the San Francisco Giants, Brooks-Moon was the first woman to announce at a World Series championship.

O, The Oprah Magazine, July 2014

Esther Honig '12 gets 25 countries to Photoshop her face and reveal "ideal beauty" standards worldwide
Honig, a journalist in Kansas City, Missouri, sent her photo around the world with one simple request: make me beautiful.

Elle Magazine, June 25, 2014

Manhattan Beach resident Patricia Fruin '65 medals in four events at US Masters Swimming National Championships
Fruin, who began swimming competitively in her 40s, is an inspiration to her coaches, teammates, and those who struggle to sustain their fitness goals.

The Beach Reporter, June 22, 2014

Kyra '10, MBA '11, co-founder of Vermeulen & Co., represents the collaborative atmosphere of East Bay fashion
Vermeulen & Co. participated in the Make it Reign inaugural fashion and trunk show located in the newly reanimated Uptown District of Oakland.

www.sfgate.com, June 23, 2014

Kyra '10, MBA '11, co-founder of Vermeulen & Co., represents the collaborative atmosphere of East Bay fashion
Vermeulen & Co. participated in the Make it Reign inaugural fashion and trunk show located in the newly reanimated Uptown District of Oakland.

www.sfgate.com, June 23, 2014

Manhattan Beach resident Patricia Fruin '65 medals in four events at US Masters Swimming National Championships
Fruin, who began swimming competitively in her 40s, is an inspiration to her coaches, team mates, and those who have trouble sustaining their fitness goals.

The Beach Reporter, June 22, 2014

Eleanor Elbaum '56 discusses the importance of education and community involvement
An interview with Elbaum uncovers the significance of education in her life and career, as well as her numerous roles as a leader in the Jewish community.

The Jewish Voice, June 6, 2014

Tina Lee '01, MBA '02, creates MotherCoders, a coding boot-camp for moms
Six moms participated in Lee's pilot program to teach basic computer programming to moms and help them explore technical careers. Her goal is to roll out MotherCoders nationwide.

Business Insider, May 11, 2014

Noted photographer Pamela Mayers-Schoenberg, MFA '94, showcases her work at dnj Gallery in Santa Monica
Mayers-Schoenberg spent 18 months on The Vermont Project, snapping pictures of people along 23-mile Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, one of the longest streets in the city.

Jewish Journal, May 7, 2014

James Beard Award in Broadcast and New Media presented to Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk '90
The award for Brencsons-Van Dyk is in recognition of her work on Martha Stewart’s Cooking School. The James Beard Foundation, a non-profit group based in New York, awards chosen chefs, journalists, authors, and wine professionals for their excellence in the culinary arts community.

LA Weekly, May 5, 2014 2014

Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk '90 named as a James Beard Award finalist in Broadcast and New Media
Brencsons-Van Dyk received a nomination for her work on Martha Stewart's Cooking School. The James Beard Foundation, a non-profit group based in New York, awards chosen chefs, journalists, authors, and wine professionals for their excellence in the culinary arts community.

www.urbanspoon.com, March 2014

Actor and teacher Elizabeth Carter '92 discusses her love of Shakespeare and the city of Oakland
Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Carter fell in love with Oakland when she came to Mills. She shares her passion for Shakespeare with her students and in a four-part character smash-mash she performs in the Aurora Theatre Company's Wittenberg.

Inside Bay Area, March 26, 2014

Prints created by Elizabeth Murray, MFA '64, on display at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center
Her Story: Prints by Elizabeth Murray, 1986-2006 is a collection of her work that "…reveals Murray as an artist who pushed the technical and expressive limits of graphic art."

www.sfgate.com, March 15, 2014

Jane Whitfield '97 becomes first woman to head the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation
After a nationwide search, Whitfield began her new position as president and CEO of the charity group PenFed on March 3.

www.govconexecutive.com, February 27, 2014

Molly Maguire '04 praised for her second album
Bike, Maguire’s follow-up to her 2010 debut, Naked, "is the kind of sweetly smart album that would make perfect listening with a cup of tea and a warm fire on a gray day."

Marin Independent Journal, February 13, 2014

Percussionist Shayna Dunkelman '07 discusses her creative process and musical palette
From her experiences with William Winant as a Mills student, to her relocation to New York, Dunkelman recounts her evolution as a performer, multi-percussionist, and collaborator with independent artists.

Tom Tom Magazine, January 17, 2014

Op-ed by Lynsey Clark '04 calls for help for sexually exploited children
Clark presents the case for legislation that would expand child welfare services to young victims of child trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

www.sfgate.com, January 5, 2014

Screenwriter Tasha Huo '04 wins script deal from Warner Brothers
Huo, an assistant with Universal Studios, is the first screenwriter to be chosen through Warner's partnership with The Black List to discover new writing talent in underserved demographics.

Deadline Hollywood, December 18, 2013

Lisa Solomon, MFA '03, fabric artist, shares her thoughts on art classes, materials, and more
Solomon's show, Sen, on display through December 21 at Fouladi Projects, features 1,000 doilies in 100 different colors that she and 45 women around the world crocheted. In an interview, Solomon discusses a variety of art-related subjects, from picking a framer to preserving her daughter's artistic endeavors.

www.sfgate.com, December 12, 2013

Jennifer Johnson '73 appointed dean of Lewis and Clark Law School
Johnson, the Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law, is a widely respected teacher and scholar who has served on the law school faculty since 1980. She will become the new dean this summer.

www.thefacultylounge.org, December 9, 2013

St. Mary's Academy welcomes Samantha Sahnow '11 as swim coach
Sahnow will serve as co-head coach for the swim team at St. Mary's Academy, an all-girls high school in Portland. Sahnow was on the swim team at Mills College for four years, and her coaching experience includes working in the summer swim program at Portland Parks and the Oakland Barracudas, a USA Swim Team.

Catholic Sentinel, December 6, 2013

Rebecca Woodbury '09, MPP '10, helps create strictest city ordinance against smoking in the US
The city council for San Rafael, California, recently approved a smoking ordinance, which Woodbury helped write, that bans smoking in dwellings that share a wall with other units, such as apartments and condos.

The Washington Times, November 26, 2013

English teacher Annie Hatch, MA '10, implements Common Core requirements in Oakland
An article on Oakland's adoption of the Common Core, a new set of national education standards, shows how Hatch is implementing the standards by assigning her 10th grade class to analyze Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five.

www.oaklandlocal.com, November 20, 2013

Local artist Marin Camille Hood '05 designs her own line of vintage lingerie
The MAVEN Collection line of bloomers, bralets, camisoles, and panties are inspired by five icons of the 1920s and 1930s, women Marin and her business partner, Julia Zolinsky, believe embody a playful and authentic self-expression.

www.oaklandlocal.com, November 16, 2013

Dancer Molissa Fenley '75 praised for performance at New York Live Art
"It seems that [Fenley] could go on forever," says a New York Times reviewer impressed by Fenley's stamina on stage and her enduring significance as a choreographer. Fenley presented two of her acclaimed dances from the 1980s as well as the premiere of a new work.

New York Times, October 7, 2013

Tina Walls '77 discusses her life experiences and enduring passion for philanthropy
Walls is president of the Denver, Colorado, chapter of The Links Inc., a non-profit social and service group committed to enriching the lives of African Americans.

Denver Post, September 19, 2013

President Obama nominates Congresswoman Barbara Lee '73 as representative to the United Nations
If Lee's nomination is confirmed by the Senate, she will continue to represent her House district while assuming her new duties on September 17.

San Jose Mercury News, September 10, 2013

POWER honors Cora Manese Tellez '72, provost Kimberley L. Phillips, and Mills College
A group called Progressive Oakland Women for Empowerment and Reform, or POWER, will honor Tellez for her work as president and CEO of Sterling Health Services Administration, as well as her work as a community leader. Provost Phillips will accept a POWER award in recognition of Mills' 160-year-old history of providing "a learning environment where faculty…are dedicated to developing the strengths of every student."

Contra Costa Times, August 25, 2013

Berkeley city council member Lora Droste, MPP '11, writes op-ed column about sexual trafficking
As the chair of the Commission on the Status of Women in Berkeley and a member of the Subcommittee on Sexual Trafficking, Droste details the decision of the Berkeley City Council to address trafficking.

www.berkeleyside.com, August 21, 2013

Amanda Surhke, MA '12, makes surgery less scary for young patients
Surhke, a child life specialist at Asheville Surgery Center in North Carolina, helps children and their families overcome challenging events such as cancer treatments, surgery, and other medical procedures.

Asheville Citizen-Times, August 8, 2013

Saint Harridan owner Mary Going, MBA '12, featured in the New York Times and Oakland Magazine for creating classic men's suits tailored to women
Her company joins a fresh crop of untraditional fashion brands, like Tomboy Tailors (created by Zel Anders, MA '94), that cater to butch lesbians, transgender men, and any woman seeking well-fitted men's clothing.

New York Times, July 10, 2013
Oakland Magazine, July-August 2013

Julie Oda Grantham '87 discusses her stage acting career and decision to raise a family
Grantham talks about her career with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and her choice to take a hiatus from acting to raise a family.

Ashland Daily Tidings, July 17, 2013

Berkeley Art Museum artists-in-residence Edward Schocker, MA '00, and Dylan Bolles, MA '99, make instruments out of found objects
Thingamajigs, an arts organization founded by Schocker and Bolles, is devoted to throwing to the wind everything you thought you knew about music—starting with reimagining the tools used to make it in the first place.

East Bay Express, July 17, 2013

Kristin Williams, MFA '99, furthers empowerment through dance
Williams, a professional dancer and choreographer, offered young dancers empowerment through a dance workshop at Dreams in Motion Dance Company in her hometown of Porterville, California. She also talked about her career as founder of two troupes that combine dance and social activism.

Porterville Recorder, July 9, 2013

Jose Vadi, MFA '12, directs the Off/Page Project, which combines youth performance with news reporting
Vadi leads young people in pairing investigative reporting with their own experiences to create news-based, spoken-word performances. The project is a collaboration between the Center for Investigative Reporting and Youth Speaks.

www.poynter.org, July 2, 2013

Chinese brush paintings and calligraphy by Joy Harvey '60 on display at Tulare Historical Museum
The upcoming show, Bridging East & West: Paintings by Joy Harvey, will display 40 pieces of Harvey's art that displays "a mixture of Asian art teaching and learning and a Western perspective."

Visalia Times Delta, June 4, 2013

Kjersti Aagaard '90 noted for her work in maternal fetal medicine
As assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, Aagaard examines such issues as the molecular footprint left behind on placenta from tobacco, how a pregnant woman's diet can reprogram her unborn child's DNA, and the role that microbiomes can have on premature birth.

Houston Chronicle, May 12, 2013

Pamela Schock Mintzer '87 among Bay Area's Most Influential Women
A partner at a leading law firm, Mintzer was honored as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business, which recognizes women executives who have risen to the highest positions in corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

San Francisco Business Times, May 3, 2013

Author and director Thembisa Mshaka '92 details her experiences in the entertainment industry
Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) talks with Mshaka about her experience in the entertainment industry, acting as a mentor for young women, and her budding career as a film director.

www.weenonline.org, April 29, 2013

Greenwich Reads Together Program member Catherine Ladnier '70 shares letters from Mills' Japanese American students in WWII
At a talk in Greenwich, Connecticut, on April 30, Ladnier explores the experiences of Mills students who corresponded from internment camps with Mills College President Aurelia Henry Reinhardt during World War II.

shorelineplus.com, April 8, 2013

Laleh Khadivi, MFA '06, and her novel, The Walking, receive praise from the New York Times
Khadivi's second novel is part of a planned trilogy about several generations of an Iranian family. Her writing "engenders deep sympathy for the miseries experienced by forced migrants."

New York Times, March 29, 2013

Trisha Brown '58 leaving dance company bearing her name
Due to health problems, Brown is relinquishing the title of artistic director to the Trisha Brown Dance Theater. The company will immediately begin a three-year international farewell tour to present Brown's more traditional stage works, as well as plan to produce site-specific dances.

New York Times, January 31, 2013

Thoraya Obaid '66 appointed to the Shura Council of Saudi Arabia
Obaid, former executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, is one of 30 women appointed to King Abdullah's traditionally male Shura Council, an advisory body that recommends legislature on issues ranging from security, the economy, and family life.

passblue.com, January 22, 2013

Japanese women's rights heroine Beate Sirota Gordon '43 dies
At age 22, Gordon wrote a section of postwar Japan's constitution that guarantees equal rights to women. She delivered the Commencement address at Mills in 2011.

New York Times, January 1, 2013

Dave Brubeck remembered by NBC and San Francisco Chronicle
Dave Brubeck's seminal influence as a jazz composer is traced to his studies at Mills with Darius Milhaud in the 1940s. NBC's video features an interview with Mills professor and music historian David Bernstein.

www.nbcbayarea.com, December 6, 2012
www.sfgate.com, December 6, 2012

Choreographer Trisha Brown '58 receives United States Artists Fellowship
Brown was among 50 artists to receive a $50,000 USA Fellowship. These fellowships are awarded annually to artists who have made an impression in their respective disciplines.

The Hollywood Reporter, December 3, 2012

Holly Herndon, MFA '10, talks music inspiration on the eve of her debut album release 
The FADER magazine's Emilie Friedlander discusses Herndon's philosophy on electronic music as her debut album, Movement, is set to be released.

www.thefader.com, November 13, 2012

Kate Carroll '96 honored by American Chemical Society 
Carroll, a Scripps Research Institute scientist, received the Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry. The award is given to an individual under 40 who has accomplished outstanding work in enzyme chemistry.

www.scripps.edu/news, November 9, 2012

Martha Fuller Clark '61 wins New Hampshire State Senate Seat 
Clark defeated Republican candidate Peter MacDonald for the 21st District New Hampshire State Senate seat. This will be Clark's third term as a member of the Senate.

www.portsmouth-nh.patch.com, November 7, 2012

Ann Barrows, MFA '96, discusses her literary career and successful children's novels 
Barrows' latest book, Ivy + Bean Make the Rules, is the ninth in the critically acclaimed series about the friendship and antics of two very different seven-year-old girls.

www.sfgate.com, October 12, 2012

Martha Fuller Clark '64 campaigns for her third election to the New Hampshire Senate 
Clark, a candidate for the 21st District, is seeking a third term as a member of the New Hampshire Senate.

www.portsmouth-nh.patch.com, October 10, 2012

Aram Shelton, MFA '07, and his quartet perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival 
The alto saxophonist, who moved from Chicago to attend Mills, has gained major West Coast exposure with the Aram Shelton Quartet, which concluded its high-profile California tour with performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

www.sfgate.com, September 19, 2012

The Bay Bridged and SF Weekly rave about Charles Johnson, MFA '09
Performing at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival with Mills Associate Professor of Electronic Arts James Fei, Johnson gives an in-depth interview to the Bay Bridged and wins praise from an SF Weekly blog.

www.thebaybridged.com, September 8, 2012
blogs.sfweekly.com, September 9, 2012

Near centenarian Esther Landa '33, MA '37 still fights for equality and human rights 
Landa, who has advocated for women's equality, children's welfare, and human rights for more than 70 years, continues the crusade for equity and justice for all.

The Salt Lake Tribune, September 3, 2012

Amy M. Ho, MFA '11, exhibits 2 x 2 Solos at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland
2 x 2 Solos is a series of solo exhibitions featuring new work commissioned from four accomplished emerging artists based in the Oakland/Bay Area. Ho's two immersive installations explore imaginary space and the way we experience color in our everyday environment.

www.absolutearts.com, August 30, 2012

Art show by Misako Inaoka, MFA '06, meshes nature and design
By using random odds and ends, Inaoka's pieces focus on bridging the gap between what she calls "the natural and the artificial."

The Daily Californian, August 8, 2012

Sara Norris, MA '04, nominated for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Norris, the head primary teacher at the Mills College Children's School, was selected for her effective use of teaching methods and strategies, while showing leadership in education outside of the classroom.

CBS San Francisco, July 29, 2012

From army to archeology: Sheila Thomas '12 credits Mills for the start of a new career
Graduating with an archaeological fellowship, Thomas recently took part in a month long archaeological dig in Israel. Her next goal is to enter a PhD program to focus on cognitive archaeology.

San Jose Mercury News, July 18, 2012

Japanese woodworking techniques inspire the work of John van Arsdale, MFA '72
Van Arsdale practices traditional Japanese woodworking using hand tools and joinery to build custom shoji screens, cabinetry, and fences, and is the founder of Daiku Dojo, a Japanese-woodworking group.

www.sfgate.com, July 16, 2012

Christina Stanley, MFA '11, discusses influences in her musical compositions
Stanley, a classical violinist and composer, answers questions about various inspirations in her art and about finding a balance between performing and creating music.

www.sequenza21.com, July 16, 2012

Elizabeth Beans '04 awarded national teaching fellowship
Beans, a chemistry teacher, received the prestigious Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Teaching Fellowship. KSTF will invest $175,000 over five years in each fellow to ensure that high-caliber beginning math and science teachers remain in the profession.

San Jose Mercury News, July 5, 2012

Danny Nguyen, MFA '99, receives two awards for education excellence
The California Assembly and the Asian Week Foundation honored dance professor Nguyen, an instructor and head of the College of Alameda's Dance Department, for his leadership, dedication, and achievements in promoting crosscultural diversity in education.

The Oakland Tribune, June 21, 2012

Sharon Jones '76 pioneered fight against racism in Major League Baseball
Jones describes her experience working for the Oakland A's in the 1980s and her role in exposing the racism of Cincinnatti Reds owner Marge Schott.

The Oakland Tribune, June 18, 2012

Tina Lee '01, MBA '02, hired as Bay Area director of outreach and innovation by California Controller John Chiang
Lee, who previously worked at the City and County of San Francisco's Department of Technology and at the ZeroDivide Foundation, will advise Chiang on improving government transparency and efficiency.

San Francisco Business Times, May 29, 2012

Freelance journalist Janice De Jesus, MFA '08, shares her healing journey in new book
The nonfiction book Omstruck: Healing Heartbreak Through Yoga and Meditation is for anyone who has experienced loss and "could benefit from the healing tips, tools, and techniques that I share," says De Jesus.

San Jose Mercury News, May 18, 2012

Daphne Phung, MBA '06, works to toughen penalties for human trafficking
The United Nations estimates there could be 2.4 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. Phung is fighting trafficking by working to get an initiative named the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act on the state's November 2012 ballot.

The Sacramento Bee, May 13, 2012

Lisa Lemus, MA '88, named Oakland's Mother of the Year for 2012
Community service and volunteerism were instilled in Lemus at an early age by her parents, who are now in their 90s and will join their daughter on May 12, 2012 in celebrating her Oakland Mother of the Year award.

San Jose Mercury News, May 10, 2012

Congressional candidate Tiffany Renee '97 aims to address housing market crisis
As part of a series of articles on the candidates in California's 2nd District congressional race, Renee discusses the adversity she fought and overcame in earlier years, as well as her opinions on seven policy issues.

Marin Independent Journal, May 9, 2012

Founder and director Patricia Reedy '80, MA '00, observes the 20th anniversary of Luna Dance Institute
As part of the institute’s anniversary celebrations, the 20/20 Points of View program is a perfect metaphor for the way Reedy gathers a wide community of dancers, choreographers, teachers, kids, and anyone just interested in dance.

www.sfgate.com, April 27, 2012

Anne Elias '81 enjoys first collaboration with Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco
Writer/director Elias has been commissioned by Cutting Ball to create Tenderloin a documentary theater piece based on the actors’ interviews with area residents.

Marin Independent Journal, April 26, 2012

High school teacher Erin Headley '91 recognized for skill and dedication
Featured in the Modesto Bee’s weekly spotlight on teachers, Headley was described by a colleague as a “fantastic writing teacher who prepares her students for the rigors of college.”

Modesto Bee, April 22, 2012

Pilar Gerasimo '90 talks about building her magazine business
Gerasimo, founder and editor-in-chief of Experience Life, discusses her goal to have every person live a more healthy life.

www.womenetics.com, April 17, 2012

Ina Pockrass '76, co-founder of the Eco-Dentistry Association, discusses "green" dental practices
Pockrass is featured in the new installment of Leaders in Dentistry, a series of interviews with researchers, practitioners, and opinion leaders who are influencing the practice of dentistry.

www.drbicuspid.com, March 29, 2012

Clarinetist Benjamin Goldberg, MA '97, profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle
Having distinguished himself as a free-jazz improvisor, Goldberg later joined forces with Tin Hat, a quartet whose chamber music draws on tango, folk, and modern art music.

San Francisco Chronicle, March 29, 2012

Monica Woo '78 named executive vice president of mobile technology company
Texas-based Mozido, a cloud payment platform for mobile network operators, financial institutions, and retailers, announced that Woo has joined the company as global chief marketing and strategy officer.

Marketwatch, March 26, 2012

Dorothy Gaylord Argo '37 plans to slow down at age 100
Argo shares highlights of her eventful life as she celebrates her 97th birthday this month.

Monterey County Herald, March 18, 2012

Ellen Lake, MFA '02, creates new film from old
A visiting artist at Stanford's Experimental Media Art Lab, Lake sources 16mm films from the 1940s to use in new work that explores the evolution of technology.

Stanford University News, March 9, 2012

Leslie Kenneth Price, MFA '71, exhibits abstract paintings in Eureka, California
Using water-based oils and acrylics, Price paints flowers and plants from life, then improvises with these forms, "weaving color, patterns and light to create a dynamic and meditative painting."

The Times-Standard, March 9, 2012

Virginia Clotfelter Waring '37 accepts lifetime achievement award
The concert pianist and former music publisher was honored by her namesake organization, the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, at its 28th annual gala in Palm Springs.

The Desert Sun, March 3, 2012

Sharada Balachandran-Orihuela '05 receives teaching fellowship
Balachandran-Orihuela, a visiting instructor of English at Kenyon College, was awarded the Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship, a stipend available to PhD candidates who are completing their dissertations.

The Kenyon Collegian, February 29, 2012

Melissa Deadrich '91 carries on the family business
This fourth generation descendant of a San Leandro, California, real estate agency founder has launched the firm into the 21st century.

San Leandro Patch, February 28, 2012

Dance company founder Linda Goodrich, MFA '82, directs 20th anniversary show
Sacramento State University's dance and theater department chair Linda Goodrich leads the Sacramento/Black Art of Dance Company, which celebrates Cuban, West African, and modern jazz dance forms.

The State Hornet, February 22, 2012

Leap year baby Marcie Moorehead Fast '50 celebrates her 21st "birthday"
The California Central Coast resident will turn eighty-three on February 29, which is only the 21st time in her life the date has occurred.

LompocRecord.com, February 21, 2012

Video artist Kimberlee Koym-Murteira, MFA '07, presents work at San Joaquin Delta exhibition
Delta Waters is a contemporary, interactive art exhibition on view March 1–29 that explores environmental issues related to the Delta waterways.

News10.net, February 19, 2012

Faun Finley '98: belly dancer and Renaissance woman
From dancer to director, beauty consultant to blogger, Finley has played many roles, most recently helping to introduce belly dancing to Greensboro, North Carolina.

Jamestown News, February 15, 2012

Elizabeth Hickok, MFA '05, showcases her San Francisco in Jell-O series
Hickok, whose artistic mediums have included photography, video, sculpture, and installation, creates jellied scale models of urban sites, transforming ordinary physical surroundings into something unexpected and ephemeral.

www.inventorspot.com, February 7, 2012

Painter and muralist Julie Beaver Siegel '83 exhibits works in Norwood, Colorado, through February
Siegel works in multi-media collage, watercolor, and oils. She also runs her own business, True Faux, specializing in exotic finishes, woodgraining, stone, and plaster repair.

www.telluridenews.com, February 7, 2012

Michael Towne, MA '94, helps children cope with hospitalization
As a child life specialist, Towne works with ill children to minimize their trauma, confusion, and fear, and to prepare them for going back to school.

www.sfgate.com, January 31, 2012

Krista Gulbransen '94 joins the board of International Chiari Association
Gulbransen brings 18 years of experience in marketing, branding, and strategic business development to ICA, which raises awareness and research funds for Chiari malformation, a little-known neurological disorder.

www.noozhawk.com, January 31, 2012

Retired educator Linda Sundquist-Nassie '75 delves into research for second book
After teaching history, English, and government for 37 years, Sundquist-Nassie begins genealogy research for a second book. Her first, The Poetess of Song: The Life of Mary Schindler 1810–1883, was published in 2006.

www.chicoer.com, January 27, 2012

Azure Bowie-Hankins '07, MBA '08, discusses her job making The Sims games
Game producer Bowie-Hankins reflects on her video game habits, the perks of working at Entertainment Arts, and how her Mills education led her to a career in designing The Sims.

www.gurl.com, January 18, 2012

Judith Iglehart, EdD '07, brings her experience with start-ups to Berkeley City Hall
As the new chief of staff for Mayor Tom Bates, Igelhart will be responsible for key portions of the mayor's agenda: economic development, job creation, and education. Iglehart spent the last eight years working with start-ups through Keiretsu Forum, a global network of angel investors.

www.berkeleyside.com, January 11, 2012

Robert Boster, MFA '98, named president of Clear-Com
Boster, who has been with Clear-Com since 2006, was recently appointed president of the global communications corporation.

www.tvtechnology.com, January 3, 2012

Jennifer Garrido, MFA '01, makes her wedding her job
Garrido used her creativity for her nuptials and founded a wedding goods company named Jenny Pennywood, which was featured in an issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.

www.sfgate.com, December 25, 2011

Musician Rebecca Mauleon '89, MA '97, featured on KQED Radio's Forum with Michael Krasny
Mauleon joins host Dave Iverson for the First Person series, featuring leaders, innovators, and other compelling characters who make the Bay Area unique.

www.kqed.org, December 23, 2011

Danny Nguyen, MFA '99, takes on "What's Your Story" video challenge from the White House
Nguyen's video entry to the Asian American and Pacific Islander Committee on the Arts focuses on his escape from Vietnam in 1982. If selected, his video will earn him a trip to the White House to talk about his life.

Alameda Sun, December 9, 2011

Doris Moskowitz '90, owner of Moe's Books, discusses growing up and living in Berkeley
Moskowitz is featured in the "Snapshot" column, an occasional series by Pete Rosos in which he takes a moment to get to know some of Berkeley's most interesting people.

www.berkeleyside.com, December 8, 2011

Arts Visalia unveils new exhibit featuring Chinese brush paintings by Joy Harvey '60 and students
The exhibition at Arts Visalia, simply titled The Chinese Brush, showcases the work of Harvey and several of her students, many of whom have studied with her for years.

Visalia Times-Delta, December 1, 2011

Artwork of Esther Traugot, MFA '09, exhibits at CSMA's Mohr Gallery
Traugot's work To Great Lengths, Installations utilizes the "media of paint, sculpture, and installation to investigate a personal connection with the natural world." The exhibit is on display through January 22, 2012, at The Community School of Music and Arts.

Los Altos Town Crier, November 30, 2011

Jennifer Johnson '73 appointed to endowed chair at Lewis & Clark School of Law
A nationally recognized expert in corporate and securities law, Jennifer Johnson has been named the new Erskine Wood, Sr. Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School.

The Southwest Community Connection, November 1, 2011

Amanda Michael '92 talks about her restaurant, Jane, at Fillmore Street in San Francisco
Michael talks with novelist and filmmaker Terence Clarke about menu items at Jane and what it's like to be a restaurant owner.

The Huffington Post, November 1, 2011

Lacy Asbill '03 and Elana Metz '02 win Hitachi Foundation's 2011 Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs award
Asbill and Metz, co-founders of Moving Forward Education, "demonstrate business approaches that help create greater economic opportunity for low-wealth individuals in the United States."

Small Business Trends, November 1, 2011

Steve Reich, MFA '63, turns 75 with celebrations honoring his compositions
Concerts and festivals celebrating the composer's 75th birthday and his contributions to music continue throughout the year in North America, Europe, and Australia.

Voice of America, October 31, 2011

Margo Lion '66 honored with PlayhouseSquare Star Award
Lion's productions have garnered 20 Tony Awards, four Olivier Awards and one Pulitzer Prize. The PlayhouseSquare Star Award is given annually to one individual who exemplifies a lifetime dedication to the performing arts.

www.broadwayworld.com, October 27, 2011

Daniella Pineda '09 creates YouTube comedy videos worth watching
Pineda, an actress and comedian, sits down for an interview to discuss her YouTube videos and funny women.

www.jezebel.com, October 26, 2011

Kelly Cole '92 promoted by National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
Cole, who has worked for the NAB since 2006, has been promoted to executive vice president for government relations, where she will oversee all advocacy efforts of the department.

Radio Magazine, October 24, 2011

Freddy Chandra, MFA '04, debuts Synthetic Resonance exhibit at the Margaret Thatcher Projects
Constructed of luminously painted bars of cast acrylic, Chandra's art "invites the viewer into a seamlessly crafted sensational experience."

www.broadwayworld.com, October 24, 2011

Michael Paulker, MFA '89, displays his collages at Cafe Zoe
Paulker, an artist and Menlo Park resident, explains what inspires him artistically and what draws him to the medium of collages.

www.inmenlo.com, October 20, 2011

Peter Rugolo, MA '41, arranger and composer, passes away at age 95
Rugolo, who composed and arranged music for orchestras, television, and film, and recorded dozens of his own albums, died on October 18 in Sherman Oaks.

The New York Times, October 19, 2011

Shari Slate '94 receives Women Worth Watching 2011 award in technology
Slate, chief inclusion and collaboration strategist for Cisco, is featured in Women Worth Watching, a special issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal.

www.womenworthwatching.com, October 7, 2011

Rosemary Tisch '68 receives the 2011 Ackerman/Black Award from the National Association for Children of Alcoholics
Tisch has worked tirelessly for over 25 years in raising awareness and increasing support for children and families affected by alcohol and drug dependency.

San Jose Mercury News, October 5, 2011

Trisha Brown '58 receives “Bessie” Lifetime Achievement Award
Brown, a modern dance choreographer, was chosen for this award due to “the influence of both her distinctive movement style and inquisitive choreographic drive” throughout the world of dance.

The New York Times, October 4, 2011

Chris Daniel '86 to become interim city manager of Berkeley
Daniel, who is currently deputy city manager, will become Berkeley's first woman and first openly gay city manager.

The Berkeley Daily Planet, October 4, 2011

Katherine Zanto, teaching credential '01, wins a 2011 Outdoor Heroes Award from L.L. Bean
Zanto founded Adventure Risk Challenge, a program that integrates wilderness challenges with a literacy and leadership curriculum. The program has helped teens from immigrant families improve their reading and writing skills and experience the outdoors for the first time.

Sierra Sun, September 20, 2011

Marilyn Knowlden '47 recalls her child actress days in new autobiography
A prolific child actress, Knowlden performed in some 50 films between ages 4 and 14. She published her autobiography, Little Girl in Big Pictures, earlier this year.

North County Times, September 11, 2011

Kristine Vejar '01 brings Rabari textiles to Oakland
Vejar discusses her research among the nomadic Rabari of Gujarat, India, and her collection of intricately embroidered Rabari textiles, which are on exhibit at her yarn shop, A Verb for Keeping Warm.

Oakland North, September 9, 2011

Margo Manin McAuliffe '58 named Huffington Post's "Greatest Person of the Day" on September 9
McAuliffe raised more than $1 million to build a high school for girls in Kenya and just completed her seventh summer teaching math there.

The Huffington Post, September 9, 2011

Fowzia Karimi, MFA '09, receives 2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award
Karimi is currently working on a novel, Above Us the Milky Way, based on her childhood in America after fleeing from Afghanistan at the age of six.

SF Weekly, September 8, 2011

Barbara Higbie '79 becomes first resident artist for Yoshi's Oakland
Grammy-nominated Higbie will present and perform a series of shows with new and old musical colleagues at Yoshi's Oakland, the jazz club founded by Yoshie Akiba, MFA '77.

San Francisco Chronicle, September 8, 2011

Trisha Brown '58 wins Gish Prize
The award, given to artists for groundbreaking impact in their chosen fields, recognizes Brown for having transformed modern dance with new vocabularies of movement.

The New York Times, September 7, 2011

Lori Taylor '89 named community development director for the City of Alameda
Taylor, former economic developer for the City of Fremont, will be tasked with bringing in new businesses and jobs to Alameda as its community development director.

San Francisco Business Times, August 16, 2011

Lacy Asbill '03 and Elana Metz '02 lead mentorship program for young girls
Asbill and Metz discuss Girls Moving Forward, a program they co-founded to foster low-income students' intellectual, creative, and social abilities.

San Jose Mercury News, July 26, 2011

Tiffany Renée '97 considers California congressional race
Renée, a member of the City Council of Petaluma, is raising funds for a campaign to represent the 6th District of California.

The Press Democrat, July 11, 2011

Renowned painter Jennifer Losch Bartlett '63 discusses her life and work
Bartlett chats about art and her fellow artists, including the late Elizabeth Murray, MFA '64, in an extensive interview.

The Brooklyn Rail, July-August 2011

An interview with composer Kanoko Nishi '06
A few days before her performance at the 10th Annual Outsound New Music Summit in San Francisco, Nishi explains how her classical training in piano enriches her work in improvisation and composition.

Sequenza 21, July 15, 2011

An interview with composer Krys Bobrowski, MFA '92
Bobrowsky, who premiered new work at the 10th Annual Outsound New Music Summit in San Francisco, discusses creating her own musical instruments and her involvement with the Bay Area improvisation group Vorticella.

Sequenza 21, July 14, 2011

Food writer Romney Steele '02, MFA '04, discusses her new cookbook, Plum Gorgeous
Romney, whose Plum Gorgeous is a follow-up to her 2009 cookbook-memoir, My Nepenthe, sits down for an interview about her newest publication.

San Jose Mercury News, July 13, 2011

Laura Davis, MFA '06, helps sex workers reclaim their bodies through exercise
A feature article on Davis and the Filipina sex workers who are members of "Super Babaes," a group that utilizes exercise as a source of empowerment.

abs-cbnnews.com, July 1, 2011

Katy McCarthy '94 receives Presidential Award for Mathematics Teaching
McCarthy, who teaches at Washington Elementary in San Leandro, California, met with President Obama to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching.

San Leandro Times, June 3, 2011

Joyce Lee '85 explains New York City's Active Design Guidelines
Lee, director of the Active Design Program at the City of New York Department of Design and Construction, describes how her ground-breaking program addresses outdoor and indoor environments with an eye to increasing the overall fitness of New York City residents.

American Society of Landscape Architects, April 2011

 

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