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Class of 1978 40-Year Reunion

Reunion update! Just one week left at the $30 price - time's a wastin' folks. We know, we know -- everyone is busy, and some of us (I plead guilty!) just procrastinate. But five bucks is five bucks, so if you can, get your payments in by Aug. 31. After that date the cost is $35.

Please send checks to:
Sharon (Bordisso) Patten
5618 Sickle Ct. 
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Please include a note on the names of those coming (including a maiden name!)

If you want, you can also get your payment to me via the Venmo app - easy to download from your android Play Store or Apple App store. Find me at @Mark_Oldfield, and I'll get the simoleons to Sharon.

Here's a list of who's coming so far!

Tami Plane
Steve Heberle
Patty Wohl
Paula Chan
Kristi Lash (Sommer)
Lissa Souther (Miller)
Carol Markell
Peter Plessas and Genise Hood-Plessas
Audrey Langstroth (Beck) and Kit Langstroth
Tom Dugally and Deborah Dugally (Wichodel)
Jack Ingram and Colleen Ingram 
Sharon Patten (Bordisso) and Ken Patten 
Kim Tierney
Janet Darkenwald ('77)
Renée Price
Mark Oldfield and Teresa Gunn Davis

Five years ago, we had quite a few show up at the door, which is great, just makes it a tad chancy on the food/beverage planning front. So if you're coming for sure, let us know ASAP!

Here are the details again:

Saturday, October 13, 2018
6:30-10:30 p.m. 
University Park Clubhouse 
2182 University Park Drive
(Park in the large lot on Howe and University, follow the path to the clubhouse)

Questions? Call or email Sharon Bordisso Patten at 916.684.4958/kpat5@aol.com, or Mark Oldfield at 916.396.6267/mark2spare@yahoo.com


Event: Five Year Multi-Class Reunion (1978-1982)

Date: October 15, 2016
Time: 6pm - 10pm
Location: Scotts Seafood on the River
Cost: $100

There is a FB Reunion Group Page (with hyperlinks to purchase tickets for the venue at Scotts Seafood on the River along with discounted rooms at The Westin Sacramento for EHS 78' - 82' October 15, 2016 Five Year Multi Class Reunion held from 6p - 10p. Tickets are $100 and based on availability as venue limited to 250 people.


Contact Lisa directly with questions:
Lisa Lobsitz Ravel: 916-835-1929


It's Finally Here!

Encina High School Class of 1978 35-Year Reunion

Saturday, September 28, 2013
6:30-10:30 p.m.
Blue Moon Art Gallery, Sacramento
2353 Albatross Way  Sacramento, CA 95815

Does this sound like the class of '78? Of course it does!


Enjoy a casual evening with good friends, sharing memories and making new ones.

The Blue Moon Art Gallery is a friendly, comfortable venue showcasing local artists in a unique indoor/outdoor setting. There will be plenty of casual appetizers, beverages including wine and beer, and live music. 

All-inclusive cost: $30 per person if paid by September 1. $35 per person after September 1.             

Please send checks to:

Sharon (Bordisso) Patten
5618 Sickle Ct.
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Please include a note on the names of those coming (including a maiden name!)

For more information, call or email Sharon Bordisso Patten at 916.684.4958/kpat5@aol.com, or Mark Oldfield at 916.396.6267/mark2spare@yahoo.com

See you there!


30 Year Reunion

reunion flyer

Still not sure about coming? Well, here's a little inspiration, thanks to the archives of John Rappold: http://encinapics.com .

We sure hope you plan to join us for a night of great fun and memories.

Got questions? Contact us at Encina1978@aol.com , or call Sharon Bordisso Patten at 916.684.4958 or Mark Oldfield at 916.396.6267.

So send in your payment and reservation form ASAP. Find the flyer here: http://encinahighschool.com/class78/index.html

Best Regards,
The Reunion Committee


Hello everyone!

I have updated the list (below) of people who are scheduled to attend the reunion. Each day we are receiving more reservation forms from those
who are joining in the fun. Please help us by passing along this email to peers from Encina. We want to make sure that the classes of 77 and 79 know
we'd love to have them join in the fun too. Also, if you plan to play golf on Friday, let us know ASAP because we have to confirm the number of tee times we need a week in advance or risk not having enough space for everyone. Don't delay any longer, it looks to be a weekend of sharing memories and making some more.We have heard from many of you that you will be attending, please get your checks in the mail so we can give an accurate count to the Sutter Club...October 4 will be here in less than three weeks!

Details below! Have a great day!



Dear Friends from the Encina High Class of 1978,
As the old saying goes, "Time waits for no one," and that's certainly
true where our upcoming 30-year reunion is concerned! Can you believe
it is less than three weeks away? October 4 seemed like an eternity
when the first reunion announcement went out back in April. Since then, we've
gotten all the details ironed out (please see the attached reservation
form) and managed to track down some old friends we hadn't heard from
in awhile. Of course, we hope to see each of you at some or all of the
reunion events October 3, 4, and 5!

Here are just some of the folks who are scheduled to be there:

Peter Plessas
Dara Morrill Favero
Aaron Valencia
Tammy Johnson Baker
Darrell Bedard
Sharon Bordisso Patten
Paula Chan
Cindy Dimitras Feist
Tom Dugally
Teresa Gunn Davis
Lissa Miller Souther
Tami Plain
Chris Moser Taylor
Kathleen Sullivan Hibben
Sue McElroy Lauver
Jackie Ferguson Gunby
Jody Lukehart
Kim Tierney
Russell Johnston
Suzanne Stranford Ambiel
Jack Ingram
Mark Oldfield
Deanna Braddish Takahashi
Diana Terry Sanger
Matt Morsey
Charlie Moulton
Mike Peterson
Marcy Shaw Belmont
James Shearer
Eric Brown
Brian Parkinson
Chris Burke
Maria Luna
Tracy Harper Nuffer
Carol Markell
Byron Taylor

Don't wait -- time to get on the list!

Here's a quick rundown of what's happening:

Saturday, October 4 -- Please join in the celebration of Our 30th
Class Reunion at the beautiful Sutter Club located at 9th and L Street
from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. The event will feature a no host bar, an array
of appetizers, main courses, a carving station and wonderful desserts.
Our own Aaron Valencia is scheduled to be our D.J. for the evening. We
have a number of wonderful raffle prizes and the Senior Class Film will
be available for viewing. Parking in the Sutter Club garage
is pre-paid as part of your reunion package.

Friday, October 3 -- Golfers (and anyone who just wants to hang out!),
join us for Second Annual Class of '78 Golf Party at Campus Commons GC,
2 p.m. There will be food, drinks, tee prizes, shenanigans, tomfoolery
and hijinks!

Sunday, October 5 -- There will be a Picnic at William Pond Recreation
Area (where Arden Way dead ends at the American River), starting at
11:00 a.m. BYO your family, food and memories. The grill will be hot!
We have reserved the picnic area at the far end of the long, narrow
park, so go all the way to the end of the parking area and you can't
miss our group.

These are events you wonʼt want to miss. Since we don't have contact
information for everyone, feel free to spread the word to those who may
not be on this e-mail list. But most important, get your reservation
form in ASAP so we can let the Sutter Club know how many of us are
coming, and whether they'll need to hire security!

If you can't open the attachment, the reservation form can also be
found at http://www.encinahighschool.com/class78/index.html

For more information,
contact Mark Oldfield (916-396-6267), or Sharon
Bordisso Patten ( 916-684-4958) or by e-mail at encina1978@aol.com

To donate items for the raffle please call: Teresa Gunn Davis
(916-359-8106), Chris Moser Taylor (916-489-3207), or Tom Dugally

We are looking forward to a really great time, and to seeing all of you!

Below is a list of former classmates for whom we have no contact information, and may thus be unable to give them the opportunity to participate in the upcoming 30-year-reunion festivities. Rather than put their senior portraits on milk cartons, we figured some of you might know of their whereabouts and could invite them to join the Yahoo! group e-mail list, or if they'd prefer, they could send their contact information to the reunion committee e-mail at Encina1978@aol.com.

Lili Adams
Saudahea Ahmadzadeh
Shamiar Alimardiani
Karie Amorena
Steve Andreotti
Stacy Avellar

Doug Baughman
Doug Bean
Kevin Beecher
John Benjamin
Debbie Bingham
Ihab Bissada
Cristi Blackwell
Bruce Bracher
Pat Brehnan
Carrie Burke

Mark Carino
Dave Carlson
Craig Chalburg
Chris Clark
Stephen Cluckey
Sue Cody
Terri Cole
Linda Collamore
David Cowley

Denise Davison
John Dehart
Barbara Derum
David Dusza

David Eden

Ernie Faisst
Babette Falk
Mark Ferrari
Lisa Fox

Teresa Garcia
Gaylene Gordan
Tom Green
Roger Gross

Marie Hagland
Cindy Hall
Dana Barker Hall
Tracy Harrison
Richard Hefner
Rick Hernandez
Tom Henderson
Tina Howell
Glenn Hutchinson

Jack Johnson
Tim Jones

Sohela Kabirinasab
Ross Kaiser
Lynn Kempton Towne
Colleen King Mullen
Kelly Klein Silva

Lisa Lagow
Mark Landers
Mike Leal
Mike Ling
John Lozano
Jodi Lukehart

Romer Maiel
Frances Marshall
Melissa Marshall
Jan Martell Hansen
Rick MArtin
Joe Martinez
Paul Martinez
Todd McCullough
Chip McHenry
Jim Meredith
Majid Meschi
Marco Micheletti
Fariha Misaqi
Steve Mitchell
Melody Moore
Peter Morrison
Ann Muller

Hugh Nigh

James OʼHalloran
Martin OʼNeill
Jim Obeckramer
Monica Ortega
Gary Orth

Wendy Padilla
Steve Pierce
Will Piland
Stephanie Plachek

Karen Rasmussen
John Ramos
Ray Renardson
Tracy Reynold
Harold Riera
Ted Roberts
Bill Rogers
Denise Rogers
Peggy Russell

Vicky Scott
Sandy Schierner
Reba Scripture
Becky Shirley
Tim Signoretti
Doug Smethurst (deceased)
Cindy Smith
Janice Smith
James Spratkies
Tom Stewart
Kevin Stone
Terri Storey
Joanna Stubbs Asay

Kerena Todorov
Katie Trulock

Lena Van Etten
Eugene VanHorn
Nancy Vipond
Craig Viteri

Craig Watson
Kevin Walsh
Cynthia Ward
Maria Wilson
Sharon Wu
Robert Wylie

Suk Yo
Dana Young
Mike Zivkovich

Reunion contact: Mark Oldfield

25-Year Reunion

Fri., 9/19/03, 2p.m.: Food, drinks, tee prizes & 9 holes at Campus
Commons Golf Course. No need to be a pro -- come for the golf or just the party!

Sat., 9/20/03, 6 p.m.: Sutter Club, 9th& L. Hors d' oeuvres,
dinner, no-host bar. The finest reunion setting we've ever had!

Sun., 9/21/03, 11 a.m., Ancil Hoffman Park. BYO family, food & drinks.
The grill will be hot! Look for the Encina sign.

GOT RAFFLE PRIZES? We've got Kings stuff, gift baskets, restaurant coupons,
sunglasses, DVD player, etc. To donate raffle items, call Chris Moser-Taylor
(489-3207), Teresa Gunn-Davis (359-8106), Tom Dugally (599-1511) or Mark
Oldfield (396-6267).

Golf Party ($20/person by 7/15, $25 after 7/15)

Reunion Dinner/Dance ($65/person, $120/couple by 7/15. $75/$140 after 7/15)

Raffle Tickets ($1 each, $20 for 25, please include payment). No. of  tickets?___________

Now take the math test: Check enclosed in the amount of__________

This isn't a homework assignment, so don't procrastinate!
Fill in the form and mail with your check to:
Sharon Bordisso-Patten
5618 Sickle Court, Elk Grove, CA, 95758.

Contact: Sharon Bordisso Patten 78 - KPAT5@aol.com
or Tom Dugally - TomDugally@aol.com

Voluntary sponsorships will make the event more affordable for all who want
to attend. Except as noted above, sponsorship does not include admission.
Members of the reunion committee have already donated more than $500 in sponsorships and services. To join in reunion sponsorship, send your check to: Sharon Bordisso-Patten, 5618 Sickle Court, Elk Grove, CA 95758. For more info, contact Sharon at (916) 684-4958 or Jack Ingram at (916) 308-6331.

Thanks for your support!

Our Apache mascot may not be politically correct, but he's correct about one thing: You won't want to miss this reunion. More details on the way in May!

20th reunion group picture web.jpg (98240 bytes)

Group picture from 20th reunion

(click on image to see fullsize picture)

The 1978 Class Directory lists contact information for your classmates. Please submit your contact information.

If you would like to submit your bio or say anything to your classmates the Encina webmaster will publish it for you on this interim homepage. For a sample see the Class of 1973 bios.

Submit bio for class homepage

Submit contact information for class directory

1978 Encinian yearbook
John Rappold's photo gallery (photos, newspapers)
I have posted pictures from the Encina high school days (I plan to add more as I find them, and the time).

I have also posted scans of some the Encina Asylums, as well as some other documents that I apparently squirreled away long ago.

They can be viewed on my personal web site photogallery found at http://photogallery.rappold.us.

I have many hundreds of pictures from the Encina years, and hope to scan/post them all as time permits.

The photogallery site requires basic registration to view full-size images. But it is worth it. Some of the scans are very large (file size also) so best to have a more then dial-up web access speed.

If anyone has any questions or requests I can be reached at john@rappold.us

John Rappold


1978 Headlines
Headline News:
Panama Canal is turned over to Panama.
California voters approve Prop 13, slashing property tax.
"Framework of Peace" in Middle East signed by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat
& Israeli Premier Menacheim Begin after conference at Camp David led by
President Carter
First Polish pope, Pope John Paul II, appointed.
Jim Jones' followers commit mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana.

Entertainment News:
Academy Awards, Best Picture - "The Deer Hunter"
Grammy Record of the Year - "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
Top song - "Night Fever" by Bee Gees
Top movie - "Grease"
Top TV show - "Laverne & Shirley"

Sports News:
Super Bowl - Dallas Cowboys d. Denver Broncos (27-10)
World Series - NY Yankees d. LA Dodgers (4-2)
NBA Championship - Washington Bullets d. Seattle Sonics (4-3)

Trivia News:
New on the health front - angioplasy & test-tube babies
Sony introduces the Walkman.


Hi everyone! It was just brought to my attention we lost another Alumni, far too soon. Mary Anne Moulton (78’) passed away last year from lung cancer. She was the oldest sibling and Sister to Charlie (78’), Richard (79’) and Tricia Moulton (84). So sad ... Sigh 😔Lisa Lobsitz Ravel
Barry Thomas Wisdom (1960-2016) 
Barry Thomas Wisdom, born on June 8, 1960 in Sacramento to John and Maria Wisdom. Died Sept. 3, 2016 from a gastric hemorrhage. Survived by sister Candace Donovan, Calgary, Canada. He captured life through photography. A world traveler and writer, he most recently photographed performing arts in the Sacramento region, including ballet, B Street Theater, community theaters and companies, colleges and high schools. A memorial will be held at 6 PM, October 2, at The Sacramento Theater Co., 1419 H Street, Sacramento. As Barry often referred to his dog Bonny as "the dog who rescued me," donations in his memory can be made to the Sacramento County Animal Shelter. http://www.acr.saccounty.net . Published in The Sacramento Bee on Sept. 28, 2016.
RUTLEDGE, Rick Wayne
2/18/60 - 5/9/12
Unexpectedly and peacefully passed in his sleep leaving behind sons Danny and Dylon Rutledge. Loving and caring friends he left behind will be invited to Aunt Mollie and Uncle Amo's home to share stories, (date to be decided). If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 9, 2012

Kelton Lee Larsen (1960 - 2013)

Our loving husband and father, Kelton Lee Larsen, passed away Thursday April 18, 2013, at his home after suffering with a severe illness. Kelton was born Aug. 11, 1960, in Sacramento, Calif., to Donald and Geniel Larsen. He was blessed with two brothers, Kyle (Joni) and Brad (Irene); as well as three sisters, Camille (Brian), Dawnelle (Jeff) and Kelsey.
He met Lisa Gallacher at a church dance in Sacramento, Calif., while flipping his hair back and chewing his gum (his signature move), and they were later married in the LDS Oakland Temple on Oct. 8, 1983. After a brief stay in California, Kelton, Lisa and the boys moved to Lehi, Utah, where they spent 10 wonderful years. There they were blessed with two beautiful daughters. Following their stay in Lehi, they moved to Preston in 2002 and have called it home ever since. This October they would be celebrating their 30th anniversary. He was blessed to have four wonderful children, Brandt (Chantel), Kurt, Jessica, and Karlee who will miss him dearly.
Kelton had a strong testimony of the Savior which helped him throughout his life. He earned his Eagle Scout and served a mission in London, England/South Carolina where he was able to touch many lives. Kelton's love for this great country helped him to influence others of what true freedom meant and he strived to make it a better place. His passion to serve the Savior and love others will live on through his kids, who he taught the ways of righteousness. 
Everyone who knew Kelton, knew of his passion for the outdoors. Some favorite memories of him from family and friends were hunting and fishing trips and stories around the campfire. He was always the first to pull the trigger on a big muley.
Kelton was a very successful business man. He started a heating and air conditioning business from a very young age. Through his business, he was able to change the lives of a number of people along the way.
Kelton influenced the lives of many, and his influence will continue to be felt. He will be remembered for his energetic personality and his ability to make friends, as well as influence others' lives for good. His sense of humor and charisma was something to behold, as he made friends wherever he went. 
We invite all who have felt the wonderful influence of this great man to come celebrate his life with us April 27, 2013, at the Franklin Idaho Stake Center, 106 E. Main St. A viewing in remembrance of Kelton will be at 9:30 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Kelton will be laid to rest in the Mapleton Cemetery.
We wish to thank everyone who was so kind to our father and to our family. We appreciate all of your support and we love you.
Donations can be sent to the LDS Church Missionary Fund. 
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com.
Published in Logan Herald Journal on Apr. 23, 2013

Russell Johnston
1/29/1960 - 05/30/2013
Russell was survived by his wife Shannon. Also survived by parents Nick and Lee Johnston, sister Candie (Tony) Redding and nephews Dan and Leo Roberts, and Joe Anderson. Russ loved life and lived it to the fullest. His personality was brilliant and everyone he met was his friend. Always the entertainer, Russ was involved in local theater. Any party thrown by he and Shanni, was sure to be infused with music, humor, and fun. He is greatly missed by his family.

Shannon Johnston
12/27/61 - 5/31/13
Preceded in death by her husband, Russell. Survived by her parents Shirley and Arlee Sievertson, Nick and Lee Johnston, Candie (Tony) Redding, nephews Dan and Leo Roberts and Joey Anderson. Above all, Shanni loved her husband Russ and her family. She loved to cook and entertain. She was warm and loving with a dazzling personality.

A Remembrance Celebration for Russ and Shanni will be held on Sunday July 7 at 10am at William B. Pond Recreation Area, 5700 Arden Way, Carmichael, CA. Email russandshanni@ yahoo.com for details, remembrances or further directions. Cards and Flowers may be sent to the Johnston Family c/o Candie Redding, 7588 Community Dr., Citrus Heights, CA. 95610.
Bye for now dear one's. Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 29, 2013
O'NEILL, Dr. William Patrick
Patrick, born in Palo Alto, at the age of 54 crossed over peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer in his Carmichael home on March 22, 2013 surrounded by his family. Patrick is survived by his loving wife Nancy, his faithful dog Charlie and loyal cat Shasta, his devoted parents J. Patrick and Elizabeth O'Neill, sisters Kathleen O'Neill Cabe and Kathryn (Katie) Gavira-O'Neill (Humberto), mother-in-law Arlene McElligott, sisters-in-law Terri Martinez (Sal) and Patti Sanchez (Steve), brother-in-law Joe McElligott (Lorie), numerous nieces and nephews, and large extended family. Patrick attended Encina High School and graduated from the University of Pacific School of Pharmacy 1984 (B.S) 1985 (Pharm.D.). He was a member of the Phi Delta Chi Fraternity. He met Nancy McElligott in 1982 and they were married on March 22, 1986. In the early years of his career, Patrick and Nancy owned and operated pharmacies in Stockton, CA. Upon returning back to the Sacramento area, Patrick took a position at Pucci's Leader Pharmacy in Sacramento where he thrived as a pharmacist for over 18 years. Patrick had a beautiful smile, and an easygoing disposition that put everyone at ease. He was a pharmacist who truly enjoyed helping people. His professional skills as a volunteer were greatly appreciated by the many people he helped at the Hart Senior Center. Patrick was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hiking, photographing and fly fishing in the Sierras and the American River Parkway. He enjoyed bicycling, often reminiscing about his bike trip from Canada to San Francisco. He loved gardening and hanging out with his wife and friends in his own park-like backyard. Where there was nature, there was Patrick. Patrick will be greatly missed but never forgotten. We will always remember his big, beautiful smile, twinkle in his eye, his laugh, his kindness, and the joy he brought to us all. A memorial celebration of Patrick's life will be held on Saturday April 27, 2013 from 2 to 4p.m. at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. The public is invited to attend. For directions please visit www.sacnaturecenter.net/home.btml. The family prefers any remembrances be made to American River Parkway Foundation or at www.dviccares.org in Patrick's name. Published in The Sacramento Bee on April 7, 2013.

Sam Somers Jr., Sacramento's new police chief, focuses on community building

By Kim Minugh
Published: Thursday, Apr. 4, 2013 - 12:00 am Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 4, 2013 - 8:59 am

The way Joany Titherington tells it, her Oak Park Neighborhood Association is a tough crowd: Members are diverse and outspoken, demanding honest answers to hard questions. It can be a tricky audience for police.

But Sam Somers Jr., then a captain overseeing Sacramento's southern command, handled the task with grace, Titherington said.

"We don't ... let folks off easily here, but he did a fantastic job," said Titherington, who worked with Somers from 2004 to 2006. "It wasn't just placating the community. We created some real solutions."

Now that Somers is Sacramento's chief of police, Titherington said she expects him to show the same sensitivity and deftness in addressing the varied needs of a growing city and its people.

Those skills are likely to be key as theSacramento Police Department enters a new phase of growth after years of sharp cuts. In 2008, the agency reached a peak staffing level of about 800 officers; it has since shed more than 150 officers and $40 million.

An infusion of cash from the voter-approved Measure U sales-tax increase will help reverse that trend. The department will reap enough money to hire as many as 120 to 150 new recruits - though they won't all be on the streets until the end of 2014.

In rebuilding the department, Somers will be expected to address the latest crime trends and the demands of residents eager for results: Violent and property crimes rose last year for the first time in six years.

"It is a tough position because people want it turned around real quick, and it takes time to hire," Somers said. "It's about patience. In the meantime, we need to just make sure we're vigilant with what we're doing."

A legacy of police work

At 50, Somers is a 29-year veteran of the department and a Sacramento native. Raised in the Northgate neighborhood, he graduated from Encina High and Sacramento State before graduate studies at CSU Long Beach.

Like his predecessor, Rick Braziel, Somers is part of a family legacy: His father, Sam Somers Sr., retired in 1992 as a captain after 30 years with the department.

Somers spent his childhood wandering in and out of police stations, riding with his father or listening to the police radio when the elder Somers came home for dinner.

There is a pattern of public service in the family. One uncle served in the military, another as a Stockton firefighter. His sister works for the Sacramento Fire Department.

"Maybe it's just in the DNA," he said.

But Somers said he didn't seriously consider a career in law enforcement until he was a college student and went on his first ride-along with an officer who wasn't his father. His interest was cemented after he took a job as a community service officer in 1984. "You kind of catch the bug," he said.

In his career, Somers has served in every major division of the department. When Braziel retired in December, Somers was the longest-serving deputy chief, overseeing patrol and dispatch operations. Three other colleagues also applied for the top post: Deputy Chiefs Brian Louie and Dana Matthes and Capt. Jim Maccoun.

Several community members involved in the selection process said all the candidates were regarded as capable of doing the job.

But in announcing Somers' appointment in February, City Manager John Shirey said Somers had qualities beyond his résumé. "Not only does Sam have the breadth and depth of experience, he's got the mettle for the job," Shirey said.

Those who know Somers describe him as direct, a straight shooter.

"I would say he's decisive," said Dustin Smith, president of the Sacramento Police Officers Association.

Smith said Somers has been regarded as fair and thoughtful with disciplinary issues, and that he encourages innovation. As a whole, union members are pleased with the choice, he said.

"I believe he's very approachable," Smith said. "Most of the officers feel they can bring any ideas or concerns or projects to him."

Also like Braziel, Somers remains a dues-paying member of the POA, though the union doesn't represent command staff.

He described the choice as symbolic. "I put on the same uniform that my officers do," he said. "I may not get any benefits out of it, but ... I'm letting them know I'm still an officer at heart."

'Geographic' policing

Observers agree that Somers is not expected to be a huge departure from Braziel. After all, Somers was closely involved in much of the decision-making during his predecessor's term.

"I would be surprised if he were looking for major changes," Smith said.

Unlike Braziel, Somers is starting his tenure with the promise of expansion, though he has emphasized that the department must continue to be lean and efficient.

That conservative tone struck a chord with Luis Sumpter, president of the Alkali & Mansion Flats Historic Neighborhood Association board. Sumpter served on a community panel during the candidate review process.

"He has a strong desire to restore services, but it's not back to business as usual," Sumpter said. "They want to be creative with how they restore services ... so there's still an understanding of how to control spending."

The first Police Academy class paid for by Measure U revenue won't start until summer, so Somers hasn't yet begun restoring services previously cut. But he has indicated a few plans, including beefing up patrol ranks and bringing back motorcycle units, which provide traffic enforcement as well as added visibility on the streets.

Above all else, Somers said, his goal as chief is to make Sacramento a safer place.

"How do I make it a better place to live?" he asked. "What difference can I make?"

Somers said years of budget cuts have hamstrung his agency's ability to respond to the uptick in crime. Nevertheless, he said, that can't be an excuse for not acting.

One of Somers' most notable visions expressed to date involves incorporating the "problem-oriented policing" philosophy into patrol.

"POP" officers, though popular, are expensive and often among the first on the chopping block for cash-strapped law enforcement agencies. Sacramento cut its POP program years ago, and Somers has no immediate plans to restore it.

But he said he hopes to reintegrate that idea into patrol by adding resources to free up officers for community-building efforts, such as attending neighborhood association meetings. And every watch commander is now being assigned two patrol beats on which they are expected to be experts.

Somers calls the model "geographic" policing, and envisions it as a way to better connect individual officers with their communities.

"They're like a little mini chief in a particular area, where they're going to have some accountability and responsibility," he said.

Somers also is working on a new program called "Cops and Clergy," a combined enforcement and intervention effort that partners police with the city's faith-based leaders. Somers said an overarching goal is building community relationships, including those with minority populations.

"The bottom line is trust," Somers said, "and getting that opportunity to demonstrate that ... our officers are here to protect and serve, not just to arrest and incarcerate."

He also hopes the program will help the department diversify its force.

Lack of minority representation on the force is not a new issue. But the city manager has made it clear that increasing diversity is one of his main expectations of Somers.

Almost three-fourths of the police force is white, according to recent statistics. By contrast, whites make up just 32 percent of the city's population, census data show.

Somers said it ultimately comes down to bringing in more minority applicants. That means building relationships, a challenge that will require time, he said.

"Some of my initiatives are long term; this is one of them," Somers said.

Titherington, the Oak Park activist, said Somers' desire to engage the community came through in his time dealing with her neighborhood and, more recently, in the interview process.

"We can't be silos any more," she said. "Without the community and other organizations around us working in concert with one another, it's really difficult to problem-solve."

And, for old times' sake, Titherington invited Somers back to an Oak Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038.

Bill Dunn wrote:
Occupation: bicycle rider, ask~
MaritalStatus: single forever
Spouse: her name history
Children/grandchildren: Michael Dunn 1989, Christina Dunn Elespuru 1986
Siblings: Debbie-passed, Jimmy-passed, Steve-kickin, Susie-kickin, bil- kicking.
AlumniInContact: zero
Comments: I sure do miss everyone. I took all of the relationships for granted. I had seen all of you everyday for so long I thought a day you wouldn't be there would never come. Like all relationships, I'm never sure of the last time we meet will be the last. I see some of you around, but refrain from walking up, it's always so awkward and you know. If I see you and give you the nod of acknowledgement, a nod back would be nice. bill
Norris William "J.R." Jenkins, August 13th, 1960 - Sept 23rd, 2010. Beloved son of Norris and Octavia Jenkins. A Sacramento native, his first venture into the world was as a submariner in the U.S. Navy. He had many jobs but his true talent and passion was training and racing thoroughbred horses like his father. He was most fond of his daughter Sharee, who is a kindred spirit and his closest friend. He is survived by his four brothers: Bill, John Henry, Rick & Robert; two sisters: Sharon & Candace; and the rest of his loving family that will remember him as a kindhearted, funny, and generous man. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. God bless. Services will be held at Valley Springs church, 2401 olympus drive, Rocklin, CA 95678. Services October 1 2010 1:00 p.m.
Published in Sacramento Bee on September 29, 2010
David Dusza
Passed away on August 5, 1999 at the age of 40 from Leukemia. Born in Carson City Nevada. Raised in south Lake Tahoe and Florida before moving to Sacramento. He never married. He leaves behind his mother, two brothers and one sister. David had a wide assortment of hobbies. He loved music, drawing, fishing, gardening, and watching western and war movies. One of his most treasured traits was his decency. He moved in with his mother to care for her when her blindess overwhlemed her. Sadly she buried him before she passed away herself four years later. His father passed away in 1987. Chris Dusza 79.
Sacramento Bee, 11-26-74
HUMPHREYS. In Carmichael, November 25, 1974. Sam Humphreys. Beloved son of Robert and Melvina Humphreys of Sacramento. Brother of Sharon Daugherty of San Jose, Les Humphreys of Cuppertino, and Bobbie Humphreys of San Juan Batista. Grandson of Grace Wooten of San Jose. Uncle of Mark Daugherty of San Jose. A native of San Jose. Aged 14 years. Friends are invited to attend the funeral Wednesday at 10:00 AM in The East Lawn Sierra Hills Chapel, 6700 Verner Avenue. Interment East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park.
Diana Terry wrote:
Occupation: Homebuilding Industry consultant-sales & marketing management
Bio: Went to CSUS, raised 3 kids, working in the homebuilding industry, travel, spending time with friends.
Trivia: Lots of trivia. Don't know if it's terriby interesting.
Friends: Suzy Waldo, Jackie Ferguson, lost contact with Annamarie Puccinelli.
Hobbies: Travel, cooking, hiking, reading
Kids: Kim-25, Mandy-22, Nick-19
Oldest is an attorney, middle child in PR in SF, youngest a student.
Grade_school: Caleb Greenwood in River Park.
Grade_school_friends: Suzy Waldo, Annamarie Puccinelli
Junior_high: Kit Carson
Junior_high_friends: Suzy Waldo, Annamarie Puccinelli
Memorable_teachers: I actually liked most of the teachers I had, believe it or not.
Favorite_memory: Swimming on the team--even though we didn't win much.
Alumni_in_contact: Jackie Ferguson Gunby, Suzy Waldo Evans, Jack Ingram
Scott died accidentally on Thursday, March 27, 2008, at age 47. He is survived by his daughter Jennie Cooley and her husband Josh, his grandson Dyllan, his parents Robert and Jacqueline Milbrandt, his sister and brother-in-law Ardean and Stephen Baggs and nieces Alaina and Siara. Scott is also survived by many extended family members and loved ones and will be dearly missed. Scott was a resident of the Sacramento area most of his life, and he attended Encina High School. The family invites his friends to join them for a memorial service on Thursday, April 3, at 12:00 Noon at the LDS Building at 5242 Garfield Avenue, Carmichael (corner of Garfield & Locust). Interment will be private.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 4/1/2008.
Donna Miller wrote:
Occupation: Homemaker
Bio: Being a mother and a wife
Trivia: Elizabeth (22); Josh (18)
Memorable_teachers: Mr.carey, Mrs.Chambers
MARQUETTE, Valerie Denise
Valerie Denise Marquette, 47, passed away unexpectedly in Whitinsville, MA on April 25, 2007, after a recent illness. Ms. Marquette was born
August 10, 1959 in Sacramento, CA beloved daughter of William L. and Cynthia L. (Miller) Marquette of Whitinsville. She was a graduate of Encina High School in Sacramento, CA, Class of 1977 and attended the American River College in Carmicheal, CA. Ms. Marquette was a longtime resident of Sacramento, CA and had recently moved to Massachusetts. Ms. Marquette was a devout Christian who loved to attend church with her mother, read
scriptures and live her life according to her religious values. She loved her family and enjoyed every opportunity to spend time with them. Ms. Marquette loved to sing, write poems and write her autobiography. In addition to her parents, Ms. Marquette is survived by two sisters, Kimberly M. Turgeon of Douglas, MA, Kelly J. Marquette of Sacramento, CA, one brother William M. Marquette Sr.  of Northbridge, MA; 3 nieces, Kristi and Kattie Turgeon of Douglas, MA, Serina J. Marquette of Northbridge, MA, one nephew William M. Marquette Jr. of Northbridge, MA; her best friend Donna Sirmons of Elk Grove, CA, and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends. She was predeceased by one brother Ashley L. Marquette. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 7:30 PM in the BUMA FUNERAL HOME, 480 Church St., Whitinsville, MA 01588. Interment will be private in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Whitinsville, MA. www.bumafuneral home.com
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 4/29/2007.
Lehmkuhl, Bradley Edward
Passed away unexpectedly Aug 22, 2003 at age 43. Son of Lee and Sue Ann Lehmkuhl, he was born in Honolulu, HI and lived in Novato before moving to Sacramento where he graduated from Encina High School in 1978. In 1986 he married Elizabeth Grassi and they later divorced. His last place of work was at Entex Technical Services. He is survived by his mother, Sue Ann Lehmkuhl of Sacramento, his sister Dana, brother-in-law Scott and niece Courtney Pomeroy all of Truckee, and his long- time significant other, Leslie Roach. A Memorial Service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2003 at 1:00PM in the chapel of Fremont Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Lind Brothers Mortuary, 916-482-8080.
Steve Picanco writes:
Occupation: Library Assistant
Bio: I've been working since graduation from high school. First I went to American River J.C. for a year. Then I spent some time in the Navy. I followed that up with a couple of works at Yolo County Department of Social Services. Then, 19 years at the University of California, Davis. I "semi-retired", moved to Stanislaus County, and found a job that pays more and requires less work!
Hobbies: Running, mountain bike riding, and, my kids.
Kids: Chris is 22. He just graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA with a degree in Criminal Justice. He's now living in Sacramento with a
friend while he tries to get hired on by a local law enforcement agency. T.J. is 19. He'll start his sophomore year at Holy Cross in Massachusetts this September. He's there on an academic scholarship. He also runs indoor and outdoor track for the school. Amy is 16 and a junior at Ponderosa High
School. My stepkids are Devin, he's 22 and just graduated from Chico State with a degree in psychology. And, Samantha, she's 18 and attends college in Modesto.
Memorable_teachers: Will Stephens. He was an awesome track coach!
Favorite_memory: The marching band!
Born August 21, 1960. Entered into the light on February 13, 2002, after a long illness and at the age of 41. A lifelong resident of Sacramento, Vince was an employee of Standard Office Systems for a number of years before his illness. He is survived by his cherished son, Shea Hall, his mother, Camille Hall, father, Ron Hall, sister, Connie Hall Martin, brother-in-law, Bill Martin, his much loved nieces and nephews, Cayla Martin, Christian Martin and Beau Bixler. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family, including his aunt, Darlene Hunter, cousin Gayle Dye and his best friend, Melanie Asadoor. Vince will be remembered fondly by all those who knew him for his quick wit, contagious smile and incredible sense of humor. His playful attitude and jovial nature will keep him young in our hearts forever. At his request, funeral services were private.
Published in the Sacramento Bee from 3/1/2002 - 3/3/2002.
Donna Gillott 77 writes:
My brother Douglas Gillott, M.D. is one of the featured obstetricians in the Discovery Health Channel's "Babies: Special Delivery" Series, the "Fragile Lives" episode.  This episode was filmed at the Palm Springs Desert Regional Hospital.  The stories of two of Doug's patients and their babies were followed and during the show we got to see him in action performing two high-risk caesarean sections.  I have to admit that I was pretty impressed with my little brother.
Audrey Beck writes:
Occupation: What don't I do?  Business Manager for my husbands practice, Homeschool my youngest son, Soloist and raise funds for the Sacramento Life Center.
Hobbies: I keep saying I need to slow down and then, oops!, I add another activity.  I love to do everything.  Except basketball.  I can't seem to get the stupid ball into the hoop.   But I do enjoy....golf - I play up here in Rancho Murieta - great course, fast greens and fun people.  volleyball - I played on an womens team with USVBA for about six years.  Coach, crazy addicted, got over it.  Now my daughter plays on her college team.  Starting setter.  Yay!!!   Swimming - only because it's great for your body.  Dance/Ballet - only because it's great for your legs.  Gardening - Always great for your soul.  Note:  Golf is not great for your soul, no matter who tells you so.  Singing - This part of my life has really changed over the years.  What started out as a hobby, has turned into, over the years, a very important part of my life.  I've sung with small groups and huge choirs.  But about 5 years ago I began singing opera.  I had no idea this voice was inside me until I started working with a vocal coach in Rancho M
Kids: Since I had my children so young I'm almost an empty nester.  My daughter Elisha  will be 20 soon and is going to UC Irvine.  She's majoring in journalism and plays volleyball.  Setter.  She graduated from Loretto, third generation.  She's absolutely gorgeous and I cannot tell you how much I miss her.  It breaks my heart.  All you late bloomers out there will have to wait and see what it's like.  Andrew is 18, graduated from Sheldon and goes to Sierra Junior College.  He has set his sights on becoming a graphic artist, or creating software like his Grandpa.  He's a very talented artist and writer and has one foot out the door.  Another looker, I would not be suprised to hear him say he wanted to move to Japan.  Last, but not least is Justin - 13.  Need I say more?  He's my only blonde, he plays the violin, is a very talented artist as well and has a skateboard attatched to his feet, I swear.  Justin is at home this year being homeschooled because we're skipping a year and doing some college prep fun stuff..  H
Grade_school: St. Philomenes
Favorite_memory: My favorite times were in Choir.  I loved to sing.  I can remember standing there while we were singing and being transported by the sound.  I still feel that way about performing.  There were many wonderful moments, but for the most part,  high school was painful for me.  I loved the people I let into my life, but I was thankful when it was over.  I'd probably have a much better time now.  Although I still wouldn't be able to play basketball.
Story: I liked Mr.  Summers.  Biology and food.  I won't go any further.  It was disgusting.  Mrs. Taikuchi ??? English X Great teacher, loved poetry.
Patti Duffy writes:
Occupation: EAC Media Center Manager - I have run a 66 computer lab on a community college campus for the last 6 years and hopefully into the future.  The Media Center also distributes support materials, videos, and is a testing center
Bio: Since "Graduation" of the rest of the class I've been going to school...I never stopped... I was a 17 year high-school student I have lived in 5 different states looking to learn...doing manual labor jobs...waitressing...hotel maid...Nurses Assistant(liscensed 1981 California)...furniture stripping ...recycling...until a teacher at Adult Ed. in little Safford Arizona (Laura Lea Bott - God Bless Her!!!) noticed that I was Dyslexic...I achieved my GED in 3 months, was in college the next fall and obtained an AA in Psychology with an emphysis in "Learning".  During my student time at EAC 3 family members pasted on...I had 4 surgeries on my left arm...and I was working 40+ hours/week in the Counselor's Office, as a Peer Advocate, and in the Media Center as a Work Study computer tutor.  After Graduating EAC I helped establish our local DV Safe House and the local teen crisis pregnancy center.  EAC's Director of Library Services called me at the Safe House to come back to the Media Center as Staff...That was Hard
Trivia: I have learned to ride motorcycles, I have gone to Mexico twice, have run 4 home base businesses for the last 7 years, raised 3 sober young men, I have learned a lot about death-life- and living in the last 8 years with 7 very important people in life passing on, and have been studying for Ministry for the last year.  I am presently the Drama Productions Director for my church.
Friends: Gravy!!!!  The Crew...The Band-Aids as Sue Said!!! love it...we were the Tree Climbers, the Frizbee Freaks in the hall ways, Sue, Teri, Kelley, Gloria, Sally, Dave, Joe, Frank, Bill, Paul, John, Brian, Brainski, Cappy, Denise S. and Denise W., the Mikes, Yo Summers! where are you?...Friendly to all and Scary to most...Dougie!! You know who you are!!! David M. .. the names were shortened to protect ME and the guilty...
Hobbies: Gymnastics was is and always will be my passion...backpacking...Motorcycle riding and repair...house plants...DOGS...I played my cello in the 1998 Messiah..ok I was 5th chair...but there was only 5 of us...I Did Play Though!
Kids: Patrick has been playing lead, rhythm and bass guitar in bands since he was 14...his bands have won 4 local battle of the bands...Craig went to school at his father's house last year and was on a team that built the winning solar/electric car in the all Hawaii State High School Race...Alan is in College classes and is working on scholarships to Medical or Law school...all 3 have been academic wizards...both Patrick and Alan have achieved the Presidential Academic Achievement Awards....Alan has graduated TV/Modeling School and has been invited to audition for TV shorts.
Grade_school: Weinterstein
Junior_high: Jonas Salk
Memorable_teachers: Mr. Rollins had no idea what to do with me...but loved me through it anyway...Dr. Fig...Yeah Baby...Psych...Eric was very Merciful after I dumped his 'Bike!!! into the brick kiln ....Stallings...Why?...I raced him to the Dean's Office and Won..I was then transferred into Mr.Scott's class...Mr. Carey...I got locked in the practice room hallway and he wouldn't let me out...my action of calling the Fire Marshall and language earned me 3 days suspension... Mr. Halfman...of course
Favorite_memory: Playing Frezbee on Senior Lawn in the Trees when we were Sophmores!!! and Mr. Greenwood chasing us out...
Story: Most of us worked at being good to one another...most of us loved life...most of us took care to be careful...some of us had to EXTRA careful...We were family that loved the inside leaking out...be cool... be gentle...be who and what you are...If I have...You Have...If you Have ...I have...Thank you all so much for being there for me!   and I'm still trying to learn guitar
Maurine Duffy-Doyle    1976
T. Patrick Duffy     1974
comments: So close yet so very far away...I took summer school every summer and every type of adult ed. available...It really does seem that life made me get to Safford...Never settle for less...Never go softly into the night...fight the good fight...fill your shoes and stand for what you believe in...God Is Good All The Time and All The Time God Is Good
heard_about_website_from:        I work for Eastern Arizona College in the library computer lab and the students told me
Tracey Harper writes:
Occupation: Recycling Coordinator
Bio: After graduating from Encina, I attended UCDavis where, in 1982, I received a degree in Political Science-Public Service with an emphasis in Environmental Issues.  I worked for the California Air Resources Board while attending Davis, but chose to head for Tahoe for a season after graduation. I worked at Northstar-at-Tahoe for a season, had a great time, then headed for San Francisco where I worked for Merrill Lynch.  I then wondered what I was doing working in the finance industry with a degree in political science/environmental issues.  So, I then returned to UCDavis for graduate school and again worked for the Air Resources Board.  I worked for ARB until 10 years ago when I moved to the California Integrated Waste Management Board.  All the while I have been working in the ski industry off and on.  I just started a job as the recycling coordinator for Nevada County in Nevada City, which for those of you who don't know, isn't in Nevada.  My husband and I married 5 years ago whereupon I became a step mom to 2 wonderful kids.  Russell (18) is a natural athlete and I've enjoyed introducing him to skiing.  Rebecca (13) is tall and beautiful (I can say that without sounding boastful because I am a step mom, right?) and so bright. Two years ago I gave birth to our son Jonathan Pierce Nuffer.  I stepped out of the career track awhile ago and then left CalEPA in Sacramento to be closer to home as we've lived in Nevada City for years. I think the events of September 11th have only served to reinforce my decision. 
Friends: Diane Dougarian Graf, Suzanne Stranford Ambiel, Robyn Whiting Forsman, Karen & Abby Rasmussen, Jack Ingram, Barry Wisdom, Don Nelson, Janie Schott, Vicki Miller, Lissa Miller, Jim Ford, Morri Graf.  Diane and I catch up from time to time. Lissa and I had babies at the same time.  I've lost touch with everyone else except Robyn and Lissa.  I hope to hear from friends I've lost touch with!! 
Hobbies: I love skiing and live 40 minutes from Sugarbowl. Horseback riding, cooking, entertaining, reading.  And I still swim sometimes. There is a masters program here.   I've done some coaching as well.
Kids: See above.
Grade_school: Pony Express Elementary
Grade_school_friends: Nobody from Pony Express went to Encina that I know of.
Junior_high: Sam Brannan. 
Junior_high_friends: I don't think anyone from Brannan went to Encina.
Memorable_teachers: Dr. Figenshu (sp?) mostly due to Gene Van Horn's "I am here to learn" retort when he didn't know the answer in Physiology, but also because he didn't expect perfection, only that you opened yourself up to learn. Mr. Lawrence for teaching me how to write.   
Favorite_memory: Going to football games with Diane, Robyn and Suzanne in Diane's family's beast of a car. New Years Eve with same friends plus Rocky. That and a lot of good (as well as grueling) memories of swim team. 
Story: I swear that almost everytime I ski at Alpine I run into Matt Michaels.  How many days a year do you ski Matt??? 
Alumni_in_contact: Diane Dougarian Graf, Lissa Miller Souther, Robyn Whiting Forsman
Heard_about_website_from: Lorna Gragg
La Vonne Foster writes:
Occupation: Stay - at - home - Mom
Bio: seems like all i've been up to is having babys...LOL...stayed employed till age 26 at which time my first daughter (Alyshia) was born December 24, 1986.  2nd daughter (Marissa) born January 16, 1989. 1st son (Joseph) born Feburary 20, 1992.  2nd son (Aaron) born July 19, 1993.  3rd son (Jared) born January 24, 1996.  This Fall school year 2001 i have began my 9th year with Greer Elementary School. 
Trivia: Nine years ago I moved back into my stomping grounds hehind Encina just a couple blocks over from where my folks still live currently.  Boy do i miss one thing tho...the pool
Hobbies: I love using the internet and learning all i can about computers. I also enjoy playing and hosting online tournament Backgammon and Yachtzee games against other ladder members.  With my last kid in school now i hope to get a bit more involved in Encina High School to support my oldest daughter who as just started this year as a 9th grader.
Kids: My oldest girl (Alyshia) age 14, grade 9, Encina High Schhol.  (Marissa) my younger daughter and # 2 of 5 kids is age 12, 7th grade, Arden Middle School.  My oldest boy Joseph, age 9 is in the 4th grade, Aaron my middle boy, age 8 began 3rd grade this year and finally last but not least my baby of 5 (Jared) is 5 and just started his first year in Kintergarten.  The 3 boys are attending Greer Just as their sisters did before them.  P.S. they are all the most handsome kids...lol...if i do say so myself..he he
Favorite_memory: welp its been a long time ago and back in those days we had an open campus, smoking area and we could get McDonald's cheeseburger, fries, small coke with change back from a dollar..wow penney...and never had to know what in the world cafeteria food even ever looked like.  also sitting out on stoney lawn under the trees seeing who could go with out being detected with that lit cigarette and keeping a watchfull eye out for that guy that u had a crush on that week. and all those hot summer days hanging around at the pool even when it was closed
Sibling_info: Ken Foster class of 1983
Heard_about_website_from: Heddy - Encina Booster Club
Steve Anderson writes:
Occupation: Commercial real Estate Broker
Bio: After graduation I went to college at UC Davis where I earned a BS in Managerial Economics. After college I moved to San Francisco, did a short stint with Macy's as a retail buyer (women's swimwear), until I got into the commercial real estate business in 1984.  Married my wife, Nadine, in 1989.  We live in Marin County and have 2 little girls.
Trivia: I've done a lot of traveling including the Himalayas (Nepal), Bali, Austria, Germany, England, France, Mexico, Costa Rica, Italy and various Caribbean islands.  I love exploring the more developing countries and photographing the people and places I visit. Those trips really tend to put everything in perspective.  The Nepal trip was really something - highly recommended!!
Friends: I still at least know how to find most of my old Encina pals.  Greg Albright, Tracey Harper, Jack Ingram, Matt Michael, Lisa Miller, Ernst Posehn, Paul Kneprath were all good friends since Junior High or earlier.  Lots of others too.
Hobbies: I love to ski whenever I get a chance and enjoy torturing myself playing golf, too.  Music is a huge love of mine so I play the guitar and have hundreds of records and CD's.  Photography, the outdoors, reading and travel are all passions.
Kids: I have two wonderful little girls; Emily age 5 and Elizabeth age 2.  They keep me amazed on a daily basis.
Grade_school: Sierra Oaks School
Grade_school_friends: Greg Albright, Jack Ingram, Matt Michael.
Junior_high: Jonas Salk
Junior_high_friends: Same
Memorable_teachers: I really think I had some great teachers at Encina.  Some of my favorites were LaVern "Poncho" Gonzales (Spanish, Film, EBS, Tennis, Mountaineering etc. etc.), Christine Kojima (Spanish), Jack Dutton (Geometry), John Figensu (Physiology), Ray Botello (Photography) Joe Lawrence (English).  There were many others.  I guess I liked school!
Favorite_memory: I remember staying up all night with Kirt Shearer and Greg Albright editing the Senior Film we shot for the class.  The Mexico Trip with the spanish class will never be forgotten. A few late nights a Winchels Donut House come to mind. There were many unmentionable outings and the names have been forgotten to protect the guilty!!
Story: I spent lots of time with LaVerne Gonzales at school in various classes.  We also did a lot of stuff outside of school hours - making movies, tennis, backpacking, etc.   Mr. Gonzales is one of those unique people that has been able to mold his interests into his work and life - not the easiest thing to do.  He was a real inspiration to me taught me a lot more than the basic school work.
Tim Haeling writes:
Occupation: state worker (dmv) full time  / arco arena securty officer  (part time)
Bio: managing and coaching little league baseball. working part time at arco arena.
Friends: mike clemans/paul martinez/robert wharton/will piland/kelly jordan/steve heberle/michael aufranc/greg fox/tom cook/don nelson
Heard_about_website_from: kim tierney
Brad Lehmkuhl writes:
Occupation: SCE
Trivia: Skated Roller Derby for the San Francisco bay bombers for 6 Years 80-86
Favorite_memory: Homecoming 2000 Last night
Cynthia Edington writes:
Occupation: Medical Office Manager
Bio: Married 18 years as of this writing. Have 2 children Michael - 15 and Katie - 10.
Sue Whitney writes:
Occupation: self employed/legal courier service
Bio: I graduated a year early and went to to ARC,Sac City,Sac.State and The National Center for Montessori Education.I received my teaching cred.and then decided that teaching wasn't for me.I was a nanny for 11 years and then went on to bake professionally for 4 years.During my baking faze I met my husband,who owned and operated a messenger co.We decided to expand the business and I started to work with him.Now I drive all over No.and Central Ca.,doing legal filings and deliveries.
Friends: Patty Duffy,Gina Bua,Kelly & Gloria Delaney,Sally Wilkerson,Brian Treen and the rest of the "band-aides."
Hobbies: Gardening,cooking,and helping my husband restore vintage road racing bicycles.
Kids: I have three wonderful step kids from my husbands first marriage.Cody is 21 and majoring in resort managment at Sierra Nevada College.Nikki is 16 and a junior.Jesse is 14   and a freshman.
Grade_school: Wyda Way and Cottage.
Grade_school_friends: Kelly Delany and Sally Wilkerson.
Junior_high: the same
Junior_high_friends: Kelly and Sally.I didn't meet my closest  friends from high school until reaching Encina.If anyone knows what happened to Patty Duffy,I would love to hear about it.
Memorable_teachers: Mr.Lawrence.He taught me how to write a term paper and always challanged me to do my best work.Eric was the best band teacher ever.You rocked,Eric!Eric Dahlin was great.I had no artistic talents but he let me in ceramics anyway.Mr.Figenshu was always interesting in biology class.
Favorite_memory: Marching band was always fun.We were so small compaired to other schools.We had to go out on the field and try to look "BIG" Considering our pre-game activities,which I won't go into detail about,it was always an adventure.I was kicked out of band in my junior year by the new band teacher for wearing a suit to the christmas concert.He said to wear suits or dresses.He didn't say what gender had to wear what outfit.
Sibling_info: Paul Whitney'74,Julie Whitney Kuhn'76
Heard_about_website_from: Kim Culver Taylor
Aaron Valencia writes:
homepage: www.brzn.com
Occupation: Dentist/Musician
Bio: After graduation I left for San Diego and never looked back! Did the Normal: Traveled, Went to school, graduated and then made a good living. I was married once. Got married in 1984 and my divorce will be final in April of 2000! So the year 2000 will be different( I'm single again!).  I bought a home in Eastlake. I love the community and the schools.  Was PTA president for 6 years. Always very active in my childrens education. I have two beautiful children a son named Aaron Christopher who just turned 14 in Feburary and a daughter that will be 12 in June. What else? I still work dental. I work in a beautiful 6000 square foot state of the art dental practice. I'm very proud of this practice because there's nothing like it. I'm the Southern California Regional Education Coordinator for ExperDent. We put on Continuing education for the general practioners all across Southern California. Everything from technology(air abrasion units & digital radiographs) to implants. So It's a great chance to travel and meet Den-tist all across the state. I'm also a musician for the band "Breezin". We have a web address of: www.brzn.com  Check it out sometime. Other than that I'm down in San Diego working and having a great time! Anybody that remembers me please contact me. I was in the band at Encina. I found that music last longer than playing sports and the older you get the better you get. You can't say that with many things! :)  Talk to you soon!
Trivia: Just the some people that I have meet or played with  in the Music world have been pretty interesting. Dave Matthews, David Sanborn, Rick Braun, Carlos Santana, Mana, ect...
Friends: I have basically lost all contact. But friends in elementary and high school were( in random order) Dan Edwards, Eric Sadihire, Dave Roberts, Jack Johnson, Ed Sunderman, Bill Baumgart, Dave Jahnson. To name a few.
Hobbies: Music!!!!!  Traveling.
Kids: My son is 14 and very atheletic as well as a good musician. My son plays Pop Warner football,Hockey, Little League and plays a mean saxophone and clairnet. My daughter is also talented. She has been in ballet for about 7 years and does several recitals. My daughter also in in Junior Theater and loves drama. She has done some work at The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. Of course they are both very beautiful and I am very proud of them both.
Grade_school: Howe Ave.
Grade_school_friends: Dan Edwards, Ed Sunderman, Dave Roberts. Jack Johnson, Eric Sadihire, and sorry for who I forgot to mention. It's getting late!
Junior_high: Howe Ave.
Junior_high_friends: Same as above
Favorite_teachers: Mr Little!!!  Taught me the Saxophone and when he died left me a antique music stand in his will.
Favorite_memory: All my memories from Encina were good! I'm lucky to have gone to such a good school!
Gregory Albright writes:
Occupation: Waldorf Teacher
Bio: After a few years at CSUS and HSU I graduated from the San Francisco Art Instute and went on to a variety of jobs, including working with computer software at P.G.E., where I met June who worked at computer hardware.  The corperate scene wasn't for me and so I apprenticed with a woodworker in Marin Co.  I married June, had a girl, and we moved to Napa where I worked as a carpenter and tilesetter.  I enjoy gardening and raised an apairy of bees and we had our second, Jasper.  He was born after the possoms came to live in our house.  We later moved to Sebastopol. (But the opossums had to stay.) In Sonoma, I discovered the natural building movement and sold natural paint and remodeled houses for "environmentally sensitive" clients.    Somehow we began reading Rudolph Steiner, (his lectures about bees, or karma and vocation, I think).   June completed her training as a Waldorf Teacher and took a job in Vermont.   We moved and I soon completed graduate work and got my Waldorf certificate and took on a small group of first graders whom I have been teaching now for six years or so.   We have another little girl too, her name is Micaela.
Trivia: I spent a season Crabfishing in the North Pacific.
Friends: I hung with several crowds.  Jack Ingram is my oldest friend. Steve Anderson and I experienced a lot of material for stories we thought we'd save for our children or grandchildren.  Richard Mondzak and Carlos White were instrumental friends in exploring the farside of things that started me seeking.
Hobbies: Teaching is all consuming.  Right now I teachin Physics and being in a classroom with 18 kids in the pitch black with a laser pointer is about the most fun, I think.  I am in an acting class.
Kids: My children are so different!  The genetic theory seems totally wrong.   They are individuals moving toward an exciting destiny.
Grade_school: Caleb Greenwood, Sierra Oaks.
Grade_school_friends: Jack Ingram, Karie Amorena.
Junior_high: Jonas Salk
Junior_high_friends: Steve Anderson
Favorite_teachers: "Senor" Gonzales was an important role model...I guess I admired the way he followed his interests.  We had some exceptional experiences climbing mountains, and traveling in Mexico.  I learned we can all do what we want, and I hope my students get the same message.
Heard_about_website_from: Dad
Lynne Gile writes:
Occupation: Vice Principal at El Camino High School
Bio: I finished college, taught for ten year, earned a Master's Degree in Educational Administration and have worked as a high school VP for four years.  I am married with two daughters.
Friends: Best friends were Tina Fisher, Doug Gillott, and Mike Ling.  I still have current addresses for all three.
Hobbies: I still enjoy music and theater, both performance and attending.
Kids: My girls are great students at Mariemont Elementary school.  Both are involved in ballet, piano, scouts, and swim team. 
Grade_school: Dyer Kelly
Grade_school_friends: Shivaun Essert, Sharon Bordisso, Roger Gross, Tammy Johnson, Greg Fox, Mike Aufranc, Bryan Evans.....
Junior_high: Howe Avenue
Junior_high_friends: Kelly Banks, Kathy Sullivan
Favorite_teachers: Mr. Carey,  Ms. Kam, Mr. Coke
Sibling_info: Laurie Gile-Roper class of 73, Steve Gile class of 71
Heard_about_website_from: Encina newsletter through district mail.
Darcy Frields writes:
Occupation: operations agent for Airborne Express
Bio: Spent 14 years as a bartender in numerous places in Sacto. (aquiring an honorary degree in psychology) Attended some college, mostly art classes. I moved to San Francisco in 1993 with my partner of 8 years. We are currently working on finally starting a family. Which I must say is no easy task when you are 39. I spend a lot of time surfing the internet. What a great way to find people and things. I was able to find a long lost friend from grade school on the net. I think what Harlan Lau is doing is great! It's nice to know we can somehow contact people we used to know.
Trivia: I participated in the California AIDS Ride 3 years in a row. Two of them riding my bicycle 525 miles to Los Angeles. The last year I decided to help out with the crew. That was harder than riding. I try to volunteer for the Aids foundation whenever possible. I have lost friends and co-workers to the epidemic and encourage everyone to do what they can to help stop this disease so that more families and friends will not have to suffer the loss of a loved one.
Friends: my friends were Lyn Haley, Sue Cody, Lisa Green, Sue Trentacosta.. The only one I still have contact with is Lyn...and if anyone knows how to find the others please let me know.
Hobbies: Reading, arts & crafts, doll collecting, sewing, bike riding, dancing
Kids: hopefully I can do that next year
Grade_school: Howe Avenue
Junior_high: Howe Avenue
Favorite_teachers: Mr. LaMontagne! He was the best teacher ever! His quote to us was " I am going to teach you a little about alot". And he did. I always wanted to go my own way in crafts class and he never said no, he just helped me when I needed it. I use what he taught me all the time to this day when working on some project.
Sibling_info: Laura (meyer) Frields (stepsister) Class of 82
Heard_about_website_from: surfing the net and Harlan Lau
Kim Tierney writes:
Occupation: Cost Manager - Campbell Soup Company
Bio: Went to American River JC then Sac State. Majored in Finance with a minor in Economics. Moved to LA to job search after college. Moved back to Sac shortly thereafter. Started with Campbells and the Kings about the same time, summer of 1986. Married my wife Rosanna in 1990.
Trivia: I am the official scorekeeper and crew chief for the Sacramento Kings(NBA), Monarchs(WNBA), and Knights(indoor soccer). I also am a statistician for the Oakland Raiders.
Friends: One regret I have is that I didn't have a close friendship with anybody. Sure, I played sports and was friends with just about everyone, but I didn't have the type of friendships that carried on to college or later in life where you stay in frequent contact. I still run into a few people at Kings games from time to time. So, if your ever at a game, come down and say hello! I sit at the scorer's table, center court.
Hobbies: I now play basketball and softball on a regular basis. I use to be a big time golfer, played in college and local tournaments. Won the 1986 Ancil Hoffman club championship. That's my only claim to fame! Love music. Enjoy old rock, but have been really into alternative the past 7-8 years. I've also played the guitar for about 15 years.
Kids: Patrick, born March 11, 1992
Kylie, born June 5, 1995
Grade_school: Cottage School
Grade_school_friends: Mike Peterson, Darrel Beddard, Lisa Stream, Matt Morsey, Dan Mayes, Mark Churches, Terry Driscoll, Ken Worthen, Byron Taylor, Jim Betzler, Randy Wolff
Junior_high: Jonas Salk
Junior_high_friends: Same. Plus a bunch who ended up at Rio Americano.
Favorite_teachers: Wilcox, Kojima, Henderson, Halfman, McKenzie, Coke
Heard_about_website_from: Tony Jenovino
Ian Murdock writes:
homepage: www.expressnews.com
Occupation: Internet Director
Bio: Went to UC Santa Cruz...graduated and then worked for Pacific Bell in technology. Married Toni, moved to Texas and became President of a company...got bored with what I was doing and decided to pursue my real love, emerging technology. Got a job running an internet site. That's fun for me.
Friends: Mark Oldfield and Greg Fox were my best friends at Encina. I haven't seen either of them for about fifteen years.
Hobbies: Love learning new things, particularly on the computer. Also enjoy watching my kids play sports and grow.
Kids: Jake, my son, is a blackbelt and fought the world champion. Valen, my daughter is happy and well adjusted and gets along great with little kids.
Grade_school: Sierra Elementary, Downtown Sac.
Favorite_teachers: Ms. Kojima
Heard_about_website_from: surfing
Andrea Heston writes:
Bio: After graduation, I briefly attended ARC. I spent a summer in Europe. I worked at Grodins for 10 years. I got married and moved to Pleasanton. I lived in Pleasanton for 7 years. My husband's job transfer brought us to Delaware and we have lived in here for almost 7 years.
Friends: Some of the friends that I had at Encina were, Barbra Derum, Kim Lawson, Leslie Woodard, Suzanna Mohr (We met up with each other in Greece!) Mary and Martha Mimms, Deanna Bradish, Karie Amorena. I only lived in Sacramento for part of my sophmore and junior and senior years, so I didn't have any 'childhood' friends at Encina. I moved to Sacramento from Turkey and was slow to make friends. I enjoyed my time there.
Hobbies: Gardening , birdwatching and parenting. Not necessarily in that order.
Kids: I have two sons. Matt is 16 and plays in the marching band, and Ian is almost 12 and plays in concert band. They are both great kids. They haven't given me that same headaches that I gave my parents!
Grade_school: I attended Chofu Elementary School, Tokyo , Japan
Grade_school_friends: none.
Junior_high: I attended Chofu Middle School, Tokyo, Japan and Yucca Junior High, Clovis, New Mexico
Junior_high_friends: none.
Favorite_teachers: At Encina I had a few favorite teachers. I really enjoyed Mrs Leafe, Mr Derderian, and Mrs Beale.
Sibling_info: Jim Heston Class of 77
Heard_about_website_from: Web surfing
Colleen King writes:
I am married now with two kids: Meghan is 14 and Kyle is 11. We live about 10 miles from Mount Rushmore in the middle of the Black Hills in Hill City, South Dakota. I think what you are doing is great! There are a lot of kids I wish I would have kept in touch with. My home address is 11719 Deerfield Rd, Hill City, S.D. 57745. e-mail address is munchkinland5@juno.com . Would love to talk to any of my old friends or any one that remembers me. This is too cool!
Steve Picanco writes:
Bio: Graduted in 1978. Spent one year at American River J.C. where I was put on "academic probation"!! After that I entered the U.S. Navy.  During this time I married Nikki Nicholas who I met at A.R. She graduated from Davis High School in '78. Got out of the Navy, went to work for the University of California, Davis, where I continue to work. Oh yeah, I STILL can be found on the warm summer days laying along the American River drinking bottles of ICE COLD BEER!! Somethings just don't change!!
Trivia: Well, I'm pretty ordinary. But, I do happen to have some pretty cool kids. My oldest son Chris, is a senior at Jesuit High School. He's planning on attending Gonzaga University in Spokane next year. T.J. is my youngest son. He's 14. He's got a 4.0 gpa and is a pretty good athlete. My daughter Amy is a very good distance runner.  When she was 9 she ran one of the fastest 5K times in the country for her age. As for me, I'm BORING!!! ;-)
Friends: I liked the entire class of '78!!! I do remember Ernie, Mike, Max (who I STILL can't figure out HOW he became a football our senior year!!!!) See, ANYTHING can happen to ANYONE at ANY time!!! ;-)
Hobbies: My kids, my running, my music!!!
Kids: Oh sure, HOW you tell me this!!! I already did!!!! See, I never did learn from my teachers who said READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST!!!!!
Heard_about_website_from: Took a chance with an Encina High School search
Craig Peterson writes:
Bio: Served four years in the Air Force (1978-1982). Lived in Italy for 1 1/2 years. Presently work at FedEx as a tractor-trailer driver.
Friends: Mark McCoy
Kids: I have two boys (Derrick 14) and (Brandon 11). Derrick is a big kid, almost 6' and loves football and basketball, thankfully he's better at them than I ever was. Brandon is just the opposite, very little for his age and is cognitively disabled. I'll tell you what tho, you can learn more from children like that than you could ever imagine! They have more love for people, and more kindness in their hearts than anyone I have ever seen!

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