Encina High School Class of 1986 homepage


30 Year Reunion

Date: October 1, 2016

Kathy Bender Miller '86 (kathymiller@surewest.net)

20 year reunion

Date: September 20, 2006
Time: TBD
Place: Dante Club in Sacramento

The class of 1986 reunion is planned for the evening of September 30th at the Dante Club in Sacramento. It’s our big 20th! I hope we have a wonderful turnout. Questions can be directed to me at kathym@allenlbender.com. Invitations will be sent in the mail.

Contact: Kathy Bender Miller

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Reunion contact:  Kathy Bender Miller

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1986 Headlines
Headline News:
Space shuttle Challenger explodes after launch, killing all 7 aboard.
US planes attack Libyan terrorist centers.
Secret initiative to send arms to Iran revealed; President Reagan denies exchanging arms for hostages & halts arms sales; diversion of funds from arms sales to Nicaraguan Contras revealed.
The Statue of Liberty celebrates its 100th birthday.
Over 5 million participants, including the president, take part in "Hands Across America."

Entertainment News:
Academy Awards, Best Picture - "Platoon"
Grammy Record of the Year - "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood
Top song - "That's What Frinds Are For" by Dionne Warwick, Elton John,
Stevie Wonder, & Glady Knight
Top movie - "Top Gun"
Fox, the fourth TV network, is created.
The "Oprah Winfrey Show" goes national.

Sports News:
Super Bowl - Chicago Bears d. New England Patriots (46-10)
World Series - NY Mets d. Boston Red Sox (4-3)
NBA Championship - Boston Celtics d. Houston Rockets (4-2)

Trivia News:
Nintendo video games introduced to the US.



Kirk T. Kawamura

Kirk T. Kawamura, 51, of Idleyde Park, OR, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 after a battle with cancer. Kirk was born in Carmichael, CA on June 4, 1968 to Harriet V. Aubin and Tsunemasa T. Kawamura. He attended Encina High School in Sacramento. Kirk worked most recently as a driver for Dial-A-Ride and enjoyed fishing, cooking, spending time with his family, rooting for the Raiders, and watching WWE. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Jolee (Evans); son, Ferron Kawamura (Crystal); daughter, Samantha Kawamura (Matt Scott); granddaughters, Liliana Kawamura and Amelia Scott; brother, Mark Kawamura; sisters, Lisa Austin (Ron), and Lori Simms; along with eight nieces and nephews and 18 great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Tsunemasa T. Kawamura (Tom) and Harriet V. Aubin. There will be a private celebration of life held on Sunday, January 19, 2020. If you wish to make a donation, the Kirk Kawamura Memorial Fund has been set up at Umpqua Bank. Published in The News-Review [Oregon]

Maria Roxanne Stathos

Maria was born in Sacramento, CA on October 5, 1968 and passed away peacefully at the age of 47 at Mercy General Hospital on September 12, 2016, surrounded by her devoted family. She fought a long and valiant battle with her illness, never complaining. She is survived by her beloved parents, Nick and Helene Stathos, her loving siblings, Nicolette and Pano (Connie), her nieces and grand-nephew, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Maria graduated from Encina High School and worked in retail for several years. Gardening was one of her favorite hobbies, especially cultivating her roses. Maria was loving, kind, caring, and always had a big smile for everyone. Family gatherings were always so much fun and spending time with her many friends brought her much joy. The family would like to thank the Mercy General Neuro ICU physicians and nursing staff for their wonderful care and support. Family and friends are welcome to attend the Trisagion Service on Monday, September 19th, at 7:00 PM. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11:00 AM. Both services will be conducted at The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 600 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento. Burial will follow at East Lawn Cemetery, 4300 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation Building Fund, 3022 F St, Sacramento, CA 95816. Published in The Sacramento Bee on Sept. 17, 2016
Angelique "Angie" Michelle Keating
Daniele Barr (Clark) has given us the opportunity to let you know that Angie Keating passed on Sept. 24, 2014. She died of a massive heart attack in her sleep at the age of 47. She is survived by her son, Colby Keating (22), her brother Michael Keating and mother Loretta and step-father Jerry Dierker. She was dearly loved and is missed.
Denetra Easley wrote:
Occupation: Teacher
Children/grandchildren: Danielle Brown
SinceGraduation: I moved back to Sacramento with my daughter after being gone for 7 years. Not sure why I came back. But I am currently a teacher and have always enjoyed working with children. Can't believe I became a mother. The elevator never really made it to the top floor. But thankfully my daughter is normal. Lol...
BestFriends: Didn't really have that many friends.
Scared everyone away with my insanity....
Hobbies: Love to sit and look lost.
Kids: Daughter Danielle is 23 and lives in Reno.
She is a college graduate. Very proud parent.
GradeSchool: Greer
MiddleSchool: Jonas Salk
MemorableTeachers: Mr Fig. I drove that poor man nuts and every other teacher at Encina.
FavoriteMemory: Watching Lloyd Lee be Micheal Jackson everyday.
Stories: I know all the white boys had a crush on me. Don't be ashamed to admit it. LOL....
AGUILAR, Jr., Vincent G.
Vincent was born January 1, 1968, and he passed away on October 20, 2012, at the age of 44. Vincent was born and raised in Sacramento. He graduated from Encina High School in 1986. He was on the varsity baseball team. He was on two Sierra Little League all-start District Championship teams. Vincent worked in construction for a few years but was disabled in a work-related accident. Vincent is survived by his mother/stepfather Sharon and Jerry Hallstrom, his father/stepmother Vincent and Gail Aguilar, his son Nicholas, his stepbrothers Eric and Matt Hallstrom, his stepsister Vicky Aguilar, and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and friends. Services will be held on Wednesday, November 14 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1333 58th Street, with internment immediately following at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at 6700 21st Avenue. Published in Sacramento Bee on November 1, 2012.
Melissa Corbin wrote:
Occupation: Asst. Trustee Sale Officer
Spouse: Michael
Children/grandchildren: Tyler Kashow(14, Stepdaughters Samantha (21), Jessica (17) and Kayla(13)
SinceGraduation: Worked for several years in the mortgage industry. Now working in Foreclosure industry since 2007
GradeSchool: Cottage Elem
MiddleSchool: Howe AVenue
MemorableTeachers: Mrs McGuire.
Siblings: Allison Cagley. Graduated in 1976
Suzanne Houston wrote:
Occupation: Registered Senior Client Associate
MaritalStatus: Single
SinceGraduation: I live in Dallas and work for Merrill Lynch
Emily Lorraine Hibner born June 3, 1968, passed away on June 30, 2010, after an 11-year battle with sarcoma. She is survived by her parents Bill and Diana Zollner, sister and family Amy, David, Sabrina and Charlotte Scott, all of Dallas Texas. Her Uncles and Aunts Frederick and Virginia Tillmannshofer of Palm Desert, CA, David and JoAnn Hamilton of Windsor, CA, and her grandmother Lee Hamilton of Windsor, CA. She is also survived by many cousins across the US. She was predeceased by her grandparents Frederick and Lorraine Tillmannshofer and Clinton T. Hamilton, all of Santa Rosa, CA.
Emily was supported by her many friends who made time to visit her during the last year of her life. Her wonderful Australian Shepherd, Cali, always at her side, was of much comfort to her. She spent many hours volunteering at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where she had been treated. Emily was a charter member of the Amschwand Sarcoma Foundation and served on the Board.
The family would like to thank the Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Irving, TX, for its care and consideration of Emily during the last months of her life. All representatives of Faith Presbyterian Hospice conducted themselves in a professional and caring manner, and we are very grateful.
In lieu of flowers, Emily requested that donations be made to Sarcoma Research, MDACC, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030. The family will host a Celebration of Emily's Life on July 11, 2010, at their home 8714 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas 75209, phone 214-366-2808 from 1pm to 4 pm.
Melissa Corbin wrote:
Occupation: Trustee Sale Officer
Spouse: Michael
Children/grandchildren: Tyler, Jessica, Kayla and Samantha
SinceGraduation: Worked in Mortgage for a about 8 years. I've been doing foreclosure for 3 1/2 years now.
Kids: My kids all love soccer. My son also is starting an acting career. He performs for the California Music Circus in Downtown Sacramento
GradeSchool: Cottage School
MiddleSchool: Howe Avenue
Siblings: Allison Corbin-Cagley Class of 1976
Jennifer Edsberg wrote:
Occupation: Insurance Examiner and Paralegal
Bio: Working, working, working. Raising a family, going to college to stud Fine Arts.
Trivia: Started my own handmade jewelry business 3 years ago. Currently working on updating our website and moving towards selling only online. WWW.ANGELJEWELS.BIZ
Friends: Tanya Donaldson, Barbie Law, Debbie Schueller, and Karla Kizziar
Hobbies: my children, cross-country skiing, camping, traveling, drawing and painting, making jewelry, graphic design.
Kids: Nicholas (18 yro), Kirsten, (17yro), Halie (14 yro), Cole, (11 yro), the baby, Kenny (4yro)
My oldest is Nick (18ryo) and currently attending A.R.C.. He plans to transfer to San Diego State in 1 year and continue his education to become a Marine Biologist. The second one, Kirste (17yro)has graduated high school early and is attending an Art School in L.A., the third one, Halie, well... she is Halie and figuring out life and high school, the 4th one, Cole, is almost 12 yro and wild and loves to play with his little broth, the baby, Kenny (4yro) who is the joy of my life right now!
Junior_high: Jonas Salk
Junior_high_friends: Barbie Law, Tanya Donaldson
Memorable_teachers: Mr. Tracy (great sense of humor and kind).
Favorite_memory: The last day! I just wasn't really into high school and couldn't wait to be out on my own. I skipped so many classes my Senior year I graduate late in August. I regret it now, but my son Nick had the whole ceremony, graduation party, etc... .
Story: Now, I think back and realize high school wasn't that bad, definitely better than it is today. I wish I would have been more involve in the activities, but I would never want to do it over again.
James Johnson, a year behind me, ran into my by handling a claim file for me as a substitute attorney and recognized my name, it was my maiden name then. He updated me on alot of classmates and how they were doing and encouraged me to put my bio on the site. That was over 4 years ago, well James, I finally did.
Recently saw Vine Aguilar and had a nice chat with him. It was good to see someone from my past.
Young Chung writes:
Occupation: Plastic Surgeon
Hobbies: Traveling, Sports Cars
Kids: Kyra and Aspen
Sacramento Bee, March 9, 2005
In Loving Memory of BENOIT, Richard V.
Feb. 13, 1968 - Feb. 16, 2005
To our dearest Richard, we all love and miss you more than words can express. But we all agree when we say anyone who had the priviledge of your presence, if only for a minute, can honestly say the room will never sparkle the same without you in it...
Your memories will last forever. May you rest in peace.
Brandy Biehl writes:
Occupation: kindergarten teacher
Bio: Moved to San Francisco in 1993 and liked the Bay Area so much that I decided to stay! Moved to Berkeley in 1997 with my husband, got a dog, bought a house. Moved to Seattle for two years, had our daughter and then moved back into our house in Berkeley. We love Berkeley and can't imagine living anywhere else! The best place to live if you are a "foodie".
Trivia: Traveled a lot. Glad I got it out of my system before having kids! Now a trip to the City is a big adventure!!
Friends: Emily Hamilton, Michelle Azevedo, Wendi Smith, Samantha Jones, Colleen Combs., Tina Kelley, Molly Mouchka, Mike Fuller, Kevin Black,
Micah Reich, Trudie Barnett, James Jones. I talk to Emily all of the time. She comes to visit from Texas once a year. I still talk to Wendi, Samantha, Colleen, James and Trudie. I really enjoyed seeing Amy Braio, Kelly Pulis, Dina Shrum, and Andie Mahr at the 10 year reunion.
Hobbies: I love hanging out with my family. We take rode trips to Santa Monica to see the In-laws. I love to run and have ran a couple of marathons and half-maths. My first marathon was the CA International, in Sac. It was great running down Fair Oaks Blvd over the bridge and into downtown.
I also love to garden, when I can find the time. I do love to read, but am finding so little time now that child #2 has arrived.
Kids: Finley, age 6 years, McKinley, age 6 months
Finley is in 1st grade and is such a good girl! VERY funny sense of humor; funnier than most adults I know! She's a great soccer player and a great writer. Says she wants to write children's book when she grows up. McKinley is 6 months old and is the cutest little guy. He is super friendly and smiley! He is loving his big sister and watches her every move. No one can make him laugh like she does!
Junior_high: Howe Avenue
Junior_high_friends: Dina Shrum, Andie Mahr, Maria Stathos (whatever happened to her?), Samantha Jones, Brian Thorstadt, Todd McDole, Lloyd
Wallace, Joel Dupzyk
Memorable_teachers: Mrs. Kojima. I thought she was an amazing teacher who really wanted to see all of her students excel.
Favorite_memory: Getting hot chocolate and a baguette from Le Bou at lunch with Michelle and Emily. Songleading with all of those fun girls!
Riding in Dusty Garver's car (hot rocker guy) with Colleen, cruisin' J street.  Air band with Amy B., Lynsey P, Colleen, and Wendi. I think we were as
cute or cuter than the real Go-Go's!
Story: I've been married to Blake Davis for 9 years now. I used to go see his band (Papa's Culture)play every Sunday at the Press Club. Lucky
for me he lived in Berkeley and I was headed to college at SFSU. He is the greatest husband and a wonderful dad. I am truly so blessed!
Sibling_info: Chad Biehl
Alice Legan writes:
Occupation: Billing and FCM Report Specialist
Bio: I left Encina after Junior year because I was hardly ever there anymore (too many bongloads at 9 AM, I think!), took the Proficiency Test (couldn't take the GED at 16 - you have to be 18) and moved to the San Fernando Valley (or, as I like to call it now, "the pimple on the butt of L.A.") to live with my sister.  I knocked around the Valley working in retail pharmacies as a Pharmacy Tech before realizing I'd better grow up, get back to college and go to Pharmacy School.  I then got married in 1993 and moved to Denver, CO in 1994; got divorced in 1996; got into Pharmacy School in 1997; realized after 1 year of Pharmacy School and 13+ years in the business, I was thoroughly burned out on the profession and left Pharmacy School (no amount of money was worth one more day in a pharmacy).  I went to Germany with a friend for 2 weeks to decompress (it was either that or go postal, I figured) and had the time of my life.  I then moved with a boyfriend to Lafayette, Louisiana in 1998; quit the boyfriend and came back to Denver in 2000; then moved (for the LAST TIME, I swear!) to Sacramento in 2001.  Yes, I am done-done-done traipsing about the country, for a while at least!  I was a Medical Transcriptionist for a few years.  I am currently finishing my B.S. in Health Administration (gonna finally get that stinkin' degree, dang it!), but have no idea what I'll do with it.  I currently work as a Billing and Report Specialist for a Nursing Case Management company in Rancho Cordova, and happily live in Antelope with my dogs and cat. 
Trivia: Ummm... I have a hard time finishing things, I suppose. :-)
Friends: Derrinda Hardin (Gumpy) from the class of '85; Majda Taher and I were joined at the hip Freshman year; Eric Jarvis might be the only one who actually remembers me!  I doubt many others would, I was pretty much a "nobody" in high school - not "high profile" like Lynsey Paulo and Amy Braio.
Hobbies: www.minpinrescue.org!  I have volunteered for Miniature Pinscher Rescue for several years, and all of my dogs came from rescue - very fulfilling work.  Other than dogs, work, volunteering and school - there's not much time left over!
Kids: No kids, thankyouverymuch.
Grade_school: Murphy (Milpitas) & Bidwell (Red Bluff)
Junior_high: Vista (Red Bluff)
Memorable_teachers: Figenshu was by far my favorite - He was the reason I actually showed up to school some days!  Mackenzie (English) was fun,
Favorite_memory: Wrestlette Freshman year.  Flirting with Jarvis in PE. Posing for Jon Hanna on the roof of the cafeteria (don't remember why -
vaguely remember some art thing).  Not much else - I was not very good at "fitting in" with groups in high school.
Story: Mine were the lips that made the mark on Eric Jarvis' cheek in the yearbook (picture was taken on Halloween) - the caption was something like "Secret Agent Man Eric Jarvis sports a kiss from his undercover lover" or something else cheesy like that!
Alumni_in_contact: Derrinda Hardin '85 (now Gumpy) lives in Woodland.
comments: I can't wait for the reunion!
Teresa Goodearle writes:
Occupation: Senior Tax Compliance Representative
Bio: Traveled to Europe for three weeks after graduation. Stayed in Sacramento where I worked in the title/escrow business for many years until I got my first job with Franchise Tax Board in 1997. Currently I work for the Employment Development Department.  Reunited with my high school sweetheart David Swander in 1992 and we were married September 4, 1993.  
Trivia: My spouse David works for the Dept of Corrections as a System Analyst and is a Seagant in the National Guard.  He is currently in La Crosse, WI for training and will be deploying for 18 months to Kwait. It will be hard to be separted for so long.
Friends: Laney Moon (Andrade), Melissa Page, and Tony Cisceneros
Hobbies: Traveling, walking my dogs, movies, and spending time with friends and family.
Kids: None.
Grade_school: Dyer Kelly
Junior_high: Howe Avenue
Favorite_memory: I enjoyed football and basketball games the best.
Sibling_info: Andrea Piland (Goodearle) Class 1982
James Wilson writes:
Occupation: Facilities Manager/Theater Arts Director at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
Bio: Went to school at UC Davis where I discovered my latent desire to smoke pot, follow the Grateful Dead around, and continue my life as a ner-do-well, but with a more positive attitude than what I exhibited in my youth. I then worked on organic farms around the area for the better part of the next ten years. Did a couple years in Portland, Oregon before returning to California. . .I began taking classes in clowning in the late '90's and that has been my vehicle back into the world of performance. I recently performed the part of Don Quixote with a company in San Francisco and am working on a commission to perform new clown material. . .I also have worked as an astrologer, reading charts and teaching classes, though the position that I have held for the last five years required that I pull back from pursuing chart reading full time. . .My present position? I live and work at a place called the
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (www.oaec.org). We are a land based non-profit and intentional community over near the coast. Twenty-four
people share 80 acres, eat dinners together, drink martinis together, and otherwise try to not grow up. There are two acres of gardens that have been cultivated for the past thirty years. We run programs in permaculture land design, school garden teacher trainings, ecological/agricultural political activism, and an arts program, of which the theater aspect is my creation. The bulk of my work at the OAEC is as facilites manager, where I do mostly carpentry (which I love) and otherwise fix the faucets and make sure the heat works in the various decaying hippie built structures. . .I got married last year to a wonderful gal, Jules Davis, and she moved up from Berkeley to live with me here. . .I still like going to see live music, everything from the Indigo Girls (my wife LOVES the Indigo Girls) to X and Sonic Youth. . .I haven't quite figured out how to save money for retirement, but at least I go to the dentist regularly. . .I wear my hair long with a full beard. . .I'm writing a
Trivia: I was onstage as a clown at Wavy Gravy's 70 birthday party in front of 3,000 folks. That was a thrill. . .I go to meditation retreats and love participating in devotional singing from India. . .Went to Burning Man in '04
Friends: I lost touch with everyone. I guess Jon was my number one, and we exchanged emails recently. Sharon O. and I also see each other every couple years, but were connected through early childhood and parental friendships. Interestingly, a friend that grew up in the neighborhood, but went to Rio, just moved in up the road from me.
Hobbies: Juggling, dancing, a nice cocktail party, gardening, putzing around the shop.
Kids: No kids. . .thanks to my brother (Everett, class of '85) for having a couple so that my parents don't keep at me about breeding.
Memorable_teachers: McElroy and Grigori. Because they were bad ass and let their freaky side out. I liked a lot of the teachers.. . .sorry to here about Irene's passing
Favorite_memory: Acting.
Story: Aaron Myer was a great guy and I'm sad to hear about his passing. Blessings to all of our peers who have passed on.
Melissa Corbin writes:
Occupation: Loan Processor
Bio: Working for different homebuilders. I now work for D.R. Horton Home Builders
Friends: I wasn't best friends, but good friends with Mary Campo
Hobbies: When I have time, I like to read, go to movies & spend time with my boyfriend Bret & my kids.
Kids: Madalynne Kashow-12, Tyler Kashow-9, Sierrah & Morghan Kashow-7
My 3 stepdaughters are all into competitive cheerleading & travel a lot around California. My Son Tyler has been into soccer for the past 3 years
Grade_school: Cottage Elementary
Grade_school_friends: James Banta, Dawna Allen
Junior_high: Howe Avenue School
Junior_high_friends: Laney Andrade is the only one I can remember at the moment.
Memorable_teachers: Mrs. Maguire, Mr. Broadnansky, & Ms. Lord
Favorite_memory: I can't remember right now
Sibling_info: Allsion Corbin-Cagley class of 1976
Alexandra Stathos writes:
Occupation: Domestic Engineer
Bio: I have been a mom since I graduated. I got pregnant at 19 with my first son. By the time I was 21 I had my 3 oldest boys, Anthony, Andrew, and Christopher. My daughter, Corrisa was a wonderful surprise 6 years after Christopher. Married to a wonderful man, Chris, a few years later. He has a little girl, Violet. We had a little boy together, Logan. So, I have pretty much been a house mom.
Trivia: I have always been into the medieval era, D&D, Roleplaying and stuff. Got into online roleplaying games and met my husband. He lived in MS and brought me out to live with him. We do a lot together. I collect swords and he collects axes. Every year we go to our tattooist and get a tattoo or two. I have some very wonderful pieces and am always looking for the "next" masterpiece. I will be taking my two whippets to the show ring this year. My goal is to have a nice pair of Champion Whippets and to take them to Westminster.
Friends: I didn't get too close to many people at school. Robert Hunter and David Kagan were who I normally hung around.
Hobbies: I love to read and kick it on the internet. I spend time with my son, Christopher, at his baseball games. I think he'll make it to the pros.
I also surf the net looking for great tattoo ideas.
Kids: Anthony 18, Andrew 17, Christopher 16, Corrisa 10, Violet 9, Logan 4. Anthony just joined the military. It's something he has been wanting to do. Andrew will join the military also when he turns 18 and go through college then. Christopher is thinking about joining the military, but he also has his baseball to think about. Corrisa loves animals and wants to become a professional dog handler. But she's 10 right now and will probably change her mind. Violet is a cute little girl. She needs a lot of growing up to do. Logan is a snot, but what little 4 yr old isn't? He looks up to his brothers and acts just like them. Problem there... He's only 4 and they're older teens.
Junior_high_friends: Robert Hunter and David Kagan.
Memorable_teachers: Mac was a great teacher. We loved sitting in his Drama class all the time. Mac was just so cool and let us be who we were.
Favorite_memory: Robert and I use to write sci-fi stories together, which got me to write a story and submit it in a local contest with other schools. It's been so long ago and I don't remember how I placed, but it was fun.
Amy Braio writes:
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom
Bio: We moved to Colorado Springs in June 2004.  My parents and 2 sisters (Angie & Becca) live here and we wanted to live near them and
also we thought that Colorado was better for our family needs.  My husband, Steve, is a firefighter with the city of Colorado Springs.  We love living in this gorgeous state!
Kids: We have 4 boys:  Dakota is 10 years old, Trevor is 8 1/2, Logan is 6, and Mason is almost 3.  So far, they love living in the snow and building snowmen.  We have taken them (except Mason) snow skiing and they loved it.
Chad Gelisse writes:
Occupation: HVAC contractor/new homes appraiser
Bio: working alot
Friends: sean mallory ,rich and gene benoit,jenny kimmel
Hobbies: mechanics,shooting range
Grade_school: thomas edison
Junior_high: jonas salk
Story: god bless richard benoit
BENOIT, Richard V.
Feb 13, 1968-Feb 16, 2005
To our dearest Richard, we all love and miss you more than words can express. But we all agree when we say anyone who had the priviledge of your
presence, if only for a minute, can honestly say the room will never sparkle the same without you in it... Your memories will last forever. May you rest
in peace. Published in the Sacramento Bee on 3/9/2005.
Amanda Gatewood wrote:
Occupation: I am enrolled in a teacher credentialing program through the state of California. I want to teach English to 8-12 graders.
Bio: After graduation, I moved to San Jose for a time. I got my two year degree in three years (had waaaay to much fun), and decided that I wanted to
see the world. After trying my best, I realized that the only way I’d by able to leave the US was through the military. The thought occurred to me Monday, and I swore in by Friday. No lollygagging for me. I started off as enlisted, active duty Army. I am now an Army Reserve captain. As of this writing, I am one of the many reservists who have been sent to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Trivia: No kids, no pets, no inlaws or ex-husbands. I have been to nearly 20 countries and only have another 200 or so to go before I die.
Friends: The people I hung out the most were Eric Gribble and Mike Giffen (e-mail them regularly), Jennifer Babado (then Griez) who I heard from once 10 years ago, and Heather Cochrane who I never heard from agin. I hung out with many others back stage or at the French Club, or the Chess Club, but those were the main core.
Hobbies: I have become particularly fond of participating in Renaissance Faires. You are allowed to be as outrageous and lewd as you care to be,
provided that you maintain the proper accent.
Favorite_memory: My favorite memory was staging the walk-out, in protest of Principal Tripplet's "draconian" enforcement of the tardy policy. A whole
group of us ended up sitting in his office, talking about how unfair it was. Now, I look back, and it was such a to do about nothing. Somehow, I don't
think being tardy made it to our permanent records.
Rhonda Church writes:
occupation...qa validation engineer
bio...married to korban shane since 1997 that same year i graduated with a degree in molecular biology from the university of san francisco. in 1996 i converted to catholicism so i could marry my sweetie. we live in san bruno now with our three cats. we have two goddaughters and tons of neices and nephews. my brother, who also went to encina, is divorced with two great kids. ashleigh (4) and ryan (6). my passions now include, riding my hubbies harley, bodybuilding, giants baseball and hanging out at home with hubbie and the cats.
junior high friends...i don't remember many of them, but... becky, leslie, suzie, lisa heinz
high school friends...fabi, shawn, merrill, lisa heinz, jane, vicky, joy, veronica, mark shumway, amy
most memorable moment...in 7th grade, stealing mrs. sullivan's teachers edition math book. yikes! oh and having amy braio and dina yell mean things, "lesbo!" from across the quad at me.
i hated high school for the most part.
Suzanna Elich writes:
Occupation: stay at home mom
Bio: I worked in the restaurant work until I had my son at 21 yrs. I had my daughter 2 1/2 years later and have been a homemaker the last 12 years.
Trivia: I struggled with alcohol and drugs from 1986 until 2002 in and out of programs but finally have been clean and sober due to a 12 step program
for 2 years this August.
Friends: My best friends were Shalene Reid,Lezlie Sampsel,Mary Dorman.Carmen Avilla and Jeanette Strassburg.We did everything together and had some fun times. Unfortunately I have lost contact with them all.
Hobbies: I love to read,always have and always will, I love music ,am learning more about computers and the internet, I love to spend time with my
kids and am very close to my family.
Kids: Nicolas just turned 15 and will be a freshman at Elcamino,he lives with his dad's mom but I see him lots. Samantha is going into 8th grade and
loves the internet,cats and music in that order. They both love animals and get along great. I'm very lucky!
Grade_school: Thomas Edison was my grade school,my son also went there.
Grade_school_friends: Lezlie Sampsel and (Marie)Shalene Reid were my best friends from 5th grade to graduating from Encinc
Junior_high: Mary Dorman became the 4th in our "best friend" group.
Junior_high_friends: The four of us did almost everything together and shared a lot of good and bad times.
Memorable_teachers: Mr. Derderian was my favorite teacher of all, his class was fun and interesting, Mrs. McGuire was my favorite female teacher, she was so sweet and nice.
Favorite_memory: Can't pick just one there were so many, I guess the friendships I had and all the crazy stuff that we did on the weekends.
Story: We had lots of fun cruising J street and hanging out at Paradise Beach,lots of slumber parties at my house because my mom worked nights.
Wrye O'Toole writes:
Occupation: Director of the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics www.cognitiveliberty.org : who would have thought???
Bio: Jesus Christ--oops, I guess that was part of my high school experience...I won't bore with the details, but I'm certainly glad to see a number of posted-life synopses that validate my rejection of all things past... though according to Proust, we never really forget--and certainly can't abandon; bizarre what a self-aggrandizing slosh of adolescent insecurities resurface. I'm still mourning the death of Aaron. Can't help but think, had he grown up in a different town, had he lived a different high school bizouitage, would have made it without self annihilation. We are fragile beings; let none forget, and all forgive.
Trivia: blah.
Friends: Trina Pace; was the rebel, with cause. She remains most admirable, and most memorable. Also, Tim, if you're still out there, hook up; love to hear the mock history of your trajectory; also Jon Sher; Kathy B., Bill G.; and Jennifer J.; Mine can be found at: www.cognitiveliberty.org (gasp: I've outed myself!)
Hobbies: gasp; wheeze; gasp; wheeze;
Kids: and then he... and then he...and then hee hee...
Grade_school: Winterstein Elementary School. N.K.A. (now known as) Winterstein Adult Education Center: What does that say about the
effectiveness of the elementary education we received???
Grade_school_friends: Well, Lynne LaManna, until we lost contact; Kathy Bender, but that's been sacrificed to time; I wish Megan Johnson would chime in over life trajectory as Mill Valley rings like a mantra of past trails long foregone.
Junior_high: I understand Jonas Salk is a nightmare hanging on the shoulders of the dead; a crack-addicted place of despair and triumph: oh to be born again: is it better or worse that we remember?
Junior_high_friends: I eschew the "OH SO YESTERDAY,elementary school" "Slam Book" tendencies of this question. Those, whose year books I signed with zeal at mid-June, will remember...
Mrs. McKenzie; because she bent the rules and gave me an A anyways when I skipped school to live with punk rockers and didn't finish the "assignment" but adapted *My Antonia* to life circumstances: Meg was pissed, but I knew I really did deserve an "A".
Ms. Gregori; for her unorthodox endorsement of being young; and concerted efforts to facilitate life-learning: "I say, his name was N.B., N.B. sniffs
a-lot; and he likes to eat chili when he goes' to da' pot..." ah; yes; high school had its moments; nostalgia waxes eloquent as did poetry of ruffians...
Favorite_memory: Belated: Living up to the promise: meeting Trina Pace on the steps of the California State Capitol after having promised each other to do so in the year 2000 if we had lost contact: she was there. I was there. Life affirming. You go girl, go!
Story: this question: "Any interesting stories you would like to share about your classmates or teachers" sounds like some serious locker-huddle
gossip to me: don't we have anything more elevating to transmit? Gladdness to all who have resolved adolescence into creative power; lament
to those who haven't; there's still time to challenge your own frailties, your own pre-pubescent obsessions; a life challenge & quest'kudos to all who
conquer. PS. Happy too hear from teachers & friends. You'll know how to find me.
Emily Hamilton writes:
Bio: I lived in Sacto for a few years, then moved to San Diego with friends when I was 20.  College, on and off, with jobs in restaurants and retail,
then a law firm.  Left San Diego at age 26 for greater life fulfillment in Dallas, TX, where my sister lived.  Secured a job at EDS (yes, Ross Perot's
old company, purchased by GM years ago.)  Met Scott, my husband, on a blind date, engaged 14 months after we met, married 7 months later in Napa.  After we were engaged, I moved to Charlotte, NC because he had transferred there with his job.  I transferred with EDS, where I was a communications analyst for Continental Airlines network.  Bought a house before we were married in July 1996.  Went to work in 1998 for Wachovia Corporation as a network analyst for the bank network.  In 1999 I was diagnosed with Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.  Moved to Houston, TX for intensive chemotherapy treatments that were performed in-patient.  Spent most of 8 months in hospital. Thought I was clear, but the cancer metastasized twice.
Trivia: The odds were stacked against my survival, but I am in remission since my last surgery in August, 2000.
Friends: Still in contact with Brandy Biehl Davis, who I still consider my dear friend.  Email contact with Dan Reid 87, Larry Veteto & Becca Braio
Veteto 87.  I had a few different groups of people that I was close to...James Jones, Daniele Barr, Danny Reid, Larry Veteto, Chris Krell, Jamie
Powell, all class of 87, and Kevin Black, Kelly Pulis, Brandy Biehl, Micah Reich, Michelle Azevedo Uzelac, class of 86, and Laura Albright, Ann Duane, Tina Kelly, Kathryn Stanton, class of 85.  Have lost contact with nearly all people listed above.
Hobbies: Travel, needlepoint, exercise, my Australian Shepherd Cali, spending lots of time with my family who all relocated to Houston when I was
in treatment.
Kids: Plan to have a child next year with some help from science...adore my twin nieces who just turned 6 and live a quarter mile from us.
Grade_school: Sierra Oaks
Junior_high: Jonas Salk
Memorable_teachers: Mr. Figenshu (Fig) whose sarcastic sense of humor was refreshing while dissecting a cat in Physiology.
Favorite_memory: Rallies and basketball games, especially Junior and Senior year.  No one was ever sitting down in the Apache section of the crowd. Anyone remember Section 8 and the Schmidtty Crew?
David Pannell writes:
Occupation: I currently own and operate a car detailing business
Bio: After I got out of the Navy, as a Hospital Corpsman, I have worked as an LVN, and after a while just got sick of it, and started this gig.
Trivia: If a chicken and a half, laid an egg and a half, in a day and a half, then how long would it take for a grasshopper with a wooden leg to kick out the seeds of a dill pickle?
Friends: Can't remember. I guess after a few beers, everyone was.
Hobbies: Softball and work
Kids: yeah, right.
Grade_school: Sierra Oaks
Grade_school_friends: Craig Johnson, Jason Fuller and a few others
Junior_high: Jonas Salk
Junior_high_friends: Same
Memorable_teachers: "Fig", and "Mac"
Just the coolest two at the school.
Favorite_memory: Getting expelled junior year for that 420 thang.
Story: None that I can think of, I just heard about this from Mike Shull, and I thought I would see what you all were up to. I wish I could of made the 10 year, but heard nothing about it.
Rick Bailey writes:
Occupation: Bus Driver for Regional Transit
Bio: Working and raising my son.
Friends: Chester Holmes, Brock Lugar, Robert Smith, Chuck Harper.
Hobbies: Sports, sports and more sports
Kids: My son is 7 years old and is a sports fanatic just like his dad.
Grade_school: Greer and Jonas Salk
Grade_school_friends: Chester Holmes, Brock Lugar, and Robert Smith.
Junior_high: Same
Junior_high_friends: Chester Holmes, Brock Lugar, and Robert Smith.
Memorable_teachers: Eric Dahlin-he was a very cool ceramics teacher.
Favorite_memory: The girls.
Sibling_info: Heather Bailey
Alumni_in_contact: Chester Holmes
The Sacramento Bee, December 6, 1989
  A former Encina High School wrestler was identified Tuesday as the man fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff's deputy as the two fought in a bowling alley parking lot. Todd Jansma, 21, of Sacramento was shot four times in the chest and once in the head with a .357-caliber Magnum pistol late Monday night after he pummeled Deputy John Pashenee outside the Mardi Gras Lanes
bowling alley on Madison Avenue, said Ed Close, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
  The confrontation occurred after Pashenee reportedly spotted Jansma driving a truck hazardously in the bowling alley parking lot. Unknown to Pashenee as he approached the driver, the truck had just been reported stolen from the parking lot of the Embers Bar, about a mile from the bowling alley.
  Authorities have tentatively listed the shooting as justifiable, but Jansma's family questioned whether the deputy used excessive force on the young construction worker, who they contend was out having a good time. "We have a young man who never had any trouble and he was shot five times by the officer," said Neal Jansma, Todd's uncle. "It was overkill."  Neal Jansma said family members met briefly with homicide detectives Tuesday and called for an investigation to determine whether the deputy used excessive force.
  Close said the department is conducting the investigation, as it does in all officer-involved shootings, but he said Pashenee, 51,
shot Jansma because it was his last resort. "He was basically helpless,"   Close said. "If the officer did not shoot him at the time he did, he probably would have lost his life."
  Authorities said Pashenee, who was in uniform but working as a security guard at the bowling alley, went to the pickup and asked Jansma for his driver's license and he told the deputy that he didn't have one. Pashenee, a 26-year veteran with the department who is stationed at the Sacramento Metropolitan Airport, then asked for the keys to the pickup truck. Close said Jansma then attacked Pashenee, beat him to the ground, stomped on his leg and bashed the officer's head on the ground. Jansma was yelling he was going to kill him, Close said, and there was no reason to believe he wasn't going to follow through. Pashenee then fired his weapon, striking Jansma in the chest and head.
  Pashenee is in stable condition at the University Medical Center, where he is being treated for facial injuries and a double compound fracture to his left leg that was surgically repaired Tuesday, Close said.  Jansma's family said they were perplexed by the incident. Nelson Jansma, Todd's grandfather, said the victim worked in construction and had his own truck, and that he doesn't understand why he would be driving a stolen pickup.
  Investigators said they think Todd Jansma was high at the time of the shooting. Nelson Jansma said his grandson was out drinking beer with a friend Monday evening. He speculated that Todd Jansma either thought the deputy was a security guard or was provoked by the officer.
  Close said it could take from four to six weeks to get the toxicological reports which would determine whether Jansma was under the influence of any substance. He said there was nothing major in Jansma's record, but he had had some prior run-ins with police.

The Sacramento Bee, December 23, 1989
  Todd Jansma, the 21-year-old man shot to death by a deputy sheriff whom he had severely beaten, had more than twice the legal level of alcohol in his system at the time of the assault, Sacramento County coroner's officials said Friday. A toxicology report revealed that Jansma, a former Encina High School wrestler, had a blood alcohol level of .23, according the report. A
person is considered legally drunk when he registers a blood alcohol level of .10. Starting Jan. 1, that limit will drop to .08. No drugs were found in Jansma's system, the report said.
Brandy Biehl writes:
Occupation:  4th grade teacher
Bio: Shortly after graduation I moved to Hollywood.  Not to become a young starlett but because I was so over Sacramento.  I lived there for about two years and then moved back to Sacramento.  I left again, but this time headed for college.
I graduated from SFSU with a BS in Kinesiology.  I worked with kids with special needs for about 4 years and then later got my  k-8 credential at Saint Mary's College.  I was a groupie for the band Papa's Culture and ended up marrying the singer "Papa Blake".  We lived in Berkeley for 4 years and have just recently moved to Seattle.  My husband's startup got bought by the evil empire MICROSOFT.  So, when I was 8 1/2 months pregnant we moved to Seattle and had our baby girl Finley Biehl Davis.  She was born on November 23, 2000 and oh what a joy she is!!!  I am not currently teaching because I have decided to stay home with Finley for an indefinite amount of time. Teaching will be there when I'm ready.
Trivia: I went to Europe by myself for 2 months in 1994 and I had the most AMAZING experiences.  I have had the travel bug ever since.  Next stop is India...with the whole family.
Friends: My best friends were Samantha Jones, Colleen Combs, Emily Hamilton, Wendi Smith, (Molly Mouchka and Tina Kelley after high school), Mike Fuller, James Jones, Trudie Barnett.  I re-connected with Colleen because she lives in Seattle. That has been really great!
Hobbies: I love to run and do yoga.  I love hiking with my daughter and my dog, Guinness in the wonderful parks in Washington.  I'm an avid reader; my favorite genre being historical fiction.  Who knew that I would also enjoy "mommy and me" swimmimg classes???
Kids: Oh boy... Finley is the greatest. She looks just like her dad and nothing like me!   She can do "taco tongue" like me, however!  She is now 7 months old and is waving "bye bye" which is breaking our hearts.  She is a very serious girl; not very much like her mum!
Grade_school: end of 6th grade at the elementary school by Encina ( I forgot the name... how lame is that?)
Grade_school_friends: Didn't really know anybody. I do remember having a crush on Chuck Harper!
Junior_high: Dina Shrum, Maria Stathos, Samantha Jones, Joel Dupzyk, Todd Jansma, Kelly Dimmitt, Cheryle Libby,
Junior_high_friends: same
Memorable_teachers: Mrs. Kojima.  I really respected her. I also used to see her jogging in the morning before school and thought that was cool!
Favorite_memory: My favorite memory is when I punched Micah in the face at school! Boy did he deserve it! It was also so empowering and liberating!!! I can say this because Micah and I are still friends. Another favorite memory is songleading with Michele Azevedo.   That girl could really crack me up! I also really loved being the "Go-Go's" in an airband concert with Lynsey Paulo, Amy Braio, Wendi Smith and Colleen Combs my freshman year!
Sibling_info: Chad.A.Biehl@Nordstrom.com
Heard_about_website_from: can't remember
Carolyne Dockins writes:
Occupation: Preschool Teacher
Bio: Since graduation I went to Barclay Business College and decided that wasn't the career path I was looking for..I then got married and had 3 kids, 2 girls and 1 boy.I was a stay at home mom until my youngest was about 2 years old. We then moved to Idaho and that is where I started my teaching career. I went to school while being a teachers assistant and got my associate. I have been teaching 8 years and I love it. I teach for Headstart..and let me say that pre-schoolers are awesome:)
Trivia: I have three children, a 15 year old son, a 12 year old daughter, and a 10 year old daughter..and 3 stepsons, the oldest 22, and a grandson WOW! I guess I am not the party girl anymore...
Friends: My best friend was Kris McLuckie and we are still to this day...she comes to Idaho for vacation or I go to Sacramento...I have lost touch with everybody over the years...
Hobbies: I love watching my son play High School sports..this fall will be even be more exciting...he will be a sophmore and also play on Varsity football..I enjoy spending time with family and friends just hanging out...my husband has recently taken up skydiving and has halfway got me talked into joining him..I am also a sports fanatic and I guess you have to be when you have boys....
Kids: Jeff(who is not named after you Jeff Kasberry..ha..ha.) is 15 and going into his sophmore year..Jenine is 12 going into 7th grade, and Katie is 10 going into 5th grade..they are the light of my life and I couldn't be more prouder of all of them...
Grade_school: I went to Dyer Kelly and I still remember Mr. Fuqua..he was so awesome..
Grade_school_friends: Kris Mcluckie, Jeff Kasberry, Monica Hays, Mellisa Page, Julie Jennings thats all the names I can remember off the top of my head
Junior_high: Howe Ave
Junior_high_friends: Same friends I had in Elementary, Desiree Loveall
Memorable_teachers: You know I can't remember names but my math teacher and history teacher were pretty cool and taught me alot...and what was with the gay PE teacher...what was her name??
Favorite_memory: Hanging out with my friends at lunchtime in the McDonald's parking lot, going to homecoming in a limo, Cruising J Street on Friday and Saturday, going out with Berry Parker and Dan Messberger, and the music
Alumni_in_contact: Kris Mcluckie
Heard_about_website_from: classmates.com
Robert Smith writes:
Occupation: Construction Engineer  San Joaquin Co. Housing Authority
Bio: I have been raising my three wonderful children  by myself and it isn't easy but im sure everyone has their own testamony to tell anyway i live in Tracy Ca. and work for the Housing Authority of San Joaquin Co. Construction engineer in the city of Tracy, other that that ive been trying to just live my life with the help of our lord God
Friends: Brock Lugar   Rick Bailey   Chester Holmes  David McGinn     Jay Bell   Mike Murray
Hobbies: Going to Church and spending time with my children  Mototcyce riding   and going Horseback riding with them
Kids: I have a daughter 14 yrs her name is Asley Ann Smith  and another daughter 10 yrs her name is Michelle Latrice Smith and a son  6 yrs  his name is Ryan O'neill Smith all in school and doing well i can say 
Grade_school: Jonas Salk
Favorite_memory: They were all good just wished we didn't nave to grow up so fast and move on!!
Sacramento Bee, February 11, 1999
   Cherished and loving son of Roy and Elaine Myer. Survived by his grandmothers Marguerite Myer and Emma Pellegrini, other relatives and friends. His joys were his family, his cats, his computer and his car. He delighted in traveling to foreign lands, listening to his CD's and reading. Death was by suicide at his home on Feb. 8, 1999. Graveside services will be
held at East Lawn Memorial Park, 43rd St. & Folsom Blvd. Thursday 1:00 PM. Remembrances may be sent to the Silkworth Memorial Fund at 2600 - Capitol Ave. or to the SPCA.
Sacramento Bee, June 30, 1994
Mitchell Thomas Nevin
   In Sacramento, July 27, 1994. Aged 26. Native of Sacramento. Loving father of (the late) Brittany Anne Nevin; son of Ted Nevin of Sacramento, brother of Therese Nevin, Kathleen Leana, Barbara Nevin, Diane Dillon, Laurie MacNeill, and Maria Nevin, Tim Nevin, Dan Nevin, Ted Nevin, Pat Nevin, and Mike Nevin (twin brother). Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial
will be held on Saturday, at 9:30 AM at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 4524 Garfield Ave., Carmichael, CA. Burial, Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Sierra View Funeral Chapel.

Sacramento Bee, June 30, 1994
Fatal Fire Was Arson, Authorities Say
Victim had complained of being followed, his brother says
   A fire that killed a 26-year-old man and his 4-year-old daughter early Wednesday has been ruled arson. A "significant quantity" of accelerant was found "throughout the house" in the 1000 block of Morse Avenue, said sheriff's spokesman John McGinness.
   Mitchell Nevin and his daughter, Brittany, died in the blaze, which authorities said went undetected for some time.
   "There is no question whatsoever that (the fire) was intentionally set," McGinness said.
   While deputies will investigate the possibility that Nevin set the fire in a suicide attempt, McGinness said there is "not a great likelihood" that happened. The case is being considered a double homicide, and there are no suspects and no leads, he said.
   But Mitchell's brother, Tim Nevin of Roseville, believes the fire was "definitely related" to the fact that his brother claimed he was being followed earlier this year. Mitchell Nevin had said several people in different cars had followed him for months, his brother said. Family members never took the claims seriously until now, he added.
   "I think somebody around Mitch knew something bad that happened and maybe Mitch was supposed to have some knowledge of it," said Nevin. But "Mitch sure didn't know what it was," he said. Nevin said he was unsure whether
Mitchell believed he was still being followed after he moved to the Morse Avenue house in March or April. Nevin said he had yet to discuss his theory with police, who had not contacted family members about the arson finding.

Sacramento Bee, August 4, 1994
Old Pals Reunite, Then Both Die Mysteriously Separate incidents occurred within a week
   Mitchell Nevin and Brian Thorstad were childhood buddies whose friendship lasted into adulthood. But within a week's time the two died separate, mysterious deaths.
   Nevin, 26, died July 27 in a house fire in the Arden area that authorities have determined was deliberately set. Nevin's 4-year-old daughter, Brittany, died with him in the fire.
   Five days later, Thorstad, 26, died when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver after his car ran out of gas about 1 AM Monday on Watt Avenue near La Riviera Drive.
   Thorstad had delivered the eulogy for Nevin on Saturday.
   "It's a strange tragic twist," said Ted Nevin, Mitchell Nevin's brother. "I don't think the incidents are related. There's a small circle of   friends that have had a tough time dealing with Mitchell's death ... and how they have to carry another casket."
   Brian Thorstad's brother David said his family needs to find some sort of conclusion. "My brother's gone." David Thorstad said. "We have to put him to rest. We're not looking for revenge, but we need some answers. There has to be someone out there who might have seen something."
   Thorstad and Nevin met in the fourth grade, played youth baseball together and remained best friends into high school. They played football and baseball at Encina High School before graduating in 1986. They tried to get together at least once a year after each went their separate ways and started families.
   Thorstad also had a 4-year-old child, a son.
   After not seeing each other for two years, Thorstad and Nevin ran into each other at a park two weeks ago. They spent the evening with another childhood friend reminiscing and talking about their future.
   John McGinness, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, said homicide detectives were continuing their investigation in the Nevin case. Detectives were aware that Thorstad and Mitchell were friends and planned to investigate whether there was a connection between the deaths, though it seems unlikely, McGinness said.
Jennifer Kimmel writes:
Occupation: Correctional Therapist
Bio: Went into the legal field, went to junior college.  Moved to San Diego and have now lived here for 6 years.  I will be getting married July 6, 2001 here in SD.   Life has been treating me extremely well, I love my work and family.  I often think of my old friends from school, just wanted to touch base.
Friends: Laura Hinz, Melissa Page, Becky Saxton, Chad Gelisse, Rich Benoit, Mark Pedupey, Chuck Delaney
Hobbies: Yoga, meditation, massage therapy is a huge part of my work and lifestyle.   I work in holistic medicine.  I run, hike, hang out a lot with my friends, fiance, and of course my Jack Russell Terrior "Monte"
Kids: Um, not as of yet, BUT we definitely want children in a couple years.
Grade_school: Sierra Oaks, David Reese
Junior_high: Jonas Salk
Junior_high_friends: Laura Hinz
Memorable_teachers: Ms. Gregorio, English teacher.  She was able to reach my level of understanding as a young adult.  I never felt she looked down on us as some teachers seemed to do.  Wonderful teacher!
Favorite_memory: Junior year Volley Ball games!
Heard_about_website_from: classmates.com
Mary Jensen writes:
Occupation: self-employed/Caterer
Bio: Right after graduation I attended AR college with the intension of becoming a nurse.   Well, I met a really great guy who, at the ripe, old age of 19, I became engaged to.  My parents were shocked and horrified but I married him anyway.  That was 13 years ago.  After living in San Deigo for two years, Brad and I decided to move back to Sac.  I managed my father's photography studio (Jensen Photography) for three years.  I became pregnant with the first of our two boys.  I thouroughly enjoyed pregancy eating Tiny Burgers and banana shakes two or three times a week.  This was odd because I had been a vegetarian for 9 years. I stayed home with both of my boys. I really dig being a mom.  Last year my hobby turned into a business.  I did catering work here and there for friend and next thing I know, I had a business. I keep quite busy with that but still bake cookies for the kids' bake sales, go on their field trips and such.  Life is good.
Trivia: I coach a creative thinking group for kids called DestiNationImagination.
Friends: Still great friends with Patti Hanlon, Cathy Sanderson Mermelstein, & Dawna Allen.  I would love to hook up with Julie Crebbin, Craig Johnson, Kristen Keil, Sean Colli, and those crazy Walsh twins.
Hobbies: I am into organic gardening, decorating, & refinishing furniture. I started running again.
Kids: Tucker is my oldest son.  He turned 8 in August.  He is a carbon copy or my husband.  He loves the computer, soccer and has taken piano for two years. He is a very sweet child.  Bryce is my youngest and will be 6 in January.  He is me in male form, genes are so strange.  He is full of energy, loves goofing around, & will have nothing to do with anything serious...and wants to be a cheerleader, just joking. 
Grade_school: Greer
Grade_school_friends: Patti Hanlon, Julie Crebbin, Cathy Mermelstein, Janet Arneson, Tanya Donaldson
Junior_high: Jonas Salk
Junior_high_friends: Dawna Allen, Kristen Keil, Eric Gautreaux, Craig Johnson
Memorable_teachers: I loved Mr. Fig.  He always made me laugh and really enjoy biology.
Favorite_memory: I think the football and basketball games were my favorite part of High School.  Every time I see a Kings game, it brings me back to Encina.
Jodi Pannell writes:
Occupation: Marketing and Alumni Relations for Idyllwild Arts Academy
Bio: I am living in Idyllwild, California with my fiance, Tim and my daughter, Bailey.   Tim and I are to be married in June 2001.  Tim's from Australia and we both are very into rock climbing.  Rock climbing is actually what Tim does for a living.   Bailey is four and is my pride and joy.  Doing my best to be a great Mom, stay fit, creative and enjoy life.
Friends: Kelly Pulis and James Jones.  No, I still talk with Kelly on a regular basis and James every once in a while.
Hobbies: I rock climb weekly and mountain bike daily.  I also hike alot with my daughter, Bailey
Kids: Bailey is four years old and very beautiful.  She is incredibly theatrical and already a better hiker than most adults I know.  She is definitely the best thing I've done.
Favorite_memory: Pool parties at my house.
James Simms writes:
Occupation: Dad
Bio: I have been Married for 7 years this October to a wonderful woman, who has give me 2 great kids. I have lived in central california the whole time, mostly around Placerville and Sacramento, I also lived for 5 years in South lake Tahoe before moving back to Sacramento 2 years ago. I've been mostly working in the restaurant industry until lately. I have went back to school and am now working for a temporary agency at Pacific Bell.
Friends: Chuck Delaney, Bill Black, Mike Black, Richard Benoit, Gene Benoit, Mark Pedeupe, Brad Croft, Darren Holland. I have kept in contact with almost everybody. We don't see each other all that much anymore due to everybodys busy lives. I have lost contact with Bill and Mike Black.
Hobbies: Snow Skiing, Camping, Hiking, Computers, Cooking,
Kids: I have 2 wonderful boys. Clayton 6 and Darin 4. Clayton is in 1st grade at my old elementary school (Cottage)and is doing great. They are both in Taekwondo. Clayton is a Yellow-Green belt and Darin just started and is a white belt.
Grade_school: Cottage Elementary
Grade_school_friends: Richard Benoit
Junior_high: Jonas salk junoir high
Junior_high_friends: Richard Benoit, Vince Aguilar, Mickey Smith
Alumni_in_contact: Brad Croft,Richard Benoit, gene Benoit
Dina Shrum writes:
Occupation: counselor
Bio: I graduated from Sac State with a BA in psychology and went on to get my masters in counseling in 93. I have been a social worker in a psychiatric hospital and in a group home.  For the past year I have been working at Cordova High School as a counselor and plan to stay here for a while - I love the school. I live in Elk Grove with my husband and our two daughters. Mikayla is 5 and in kindergarten and Haley will be 3 in August and is my payback for being so obnoxious all those years in high school(so please don't email me and tell me how horrible I was). But they are my sunshine.
Trivia: I was a competetive bodybuilder for 6 years until I got pregnant with my first daughter. I have not been competing since then but I have recently begun training again.
Friends: My best friends were Sara Waldo and Amy Braio. I am still very close to Sarah who lives in Yuba City with her husband of 10 years (if you want to get in contact with her let me know) and her two sons. I also correspond with Amy Braio and Amy McClelland. Sarah and I just recently visited with Jon Hannah. Everyone else I have lost contact with.
Hobbies: I lift weights, I do decorative painting and crafts and I read. I also love to antique.
Kids: My kids are the best things in the whole world and of course are the smartest.
Grade_school: Howe Avenue
Grade_school_friends: Layne Andrade, Tom Hovie, Joel Dupzyk, Andie Mahr
Junior_high: Howe Avenue
Junior_high_friends: The same plus Brandy Biehl, and others I can't think of.
Favorite_teachers: Ms. Takeuchi, Mrs. Kojima
Alumni_in_contact: Sarah Waldo Riley
Heard_about_website_from: Amy Braio Wilch
Barbie Law writes:
Occupation: Firefighter-Paramedic
Bio: In addition to becoming a firefighting machine and life saver, I learned to scuba dive and have traveled around the world.
Some interesting places I have visited were Honduras, Belize, Sweden, and the Cayman Islands. I am planning another trip to Europe. I have been landscaping the yard in my new house.
Trivia: In 1999 I medaled in 4 swimming events and indoor rowing at the World Police and Fire Olympics in Stockholm.
Friends: My best friends were Noelle Kruger (Ellis), Debbie Schueller (Royer), and Andrea Taugher and have remained close to all.
Hobbies: Traveling, Scuba Diving, Bicycling, and Rowing.
Grade_school: Country Day School and Sierra Oaks
Grade_school_friends: Andrea Taugher
Junior_high: Jonas Salk
Junior_high_friends: Debbie and Andrea
Memorable_teachers: Ms. Tak and Mr. Fig because they took a personal interest in me.
Noelle Kruger writes:
Occupation: Freelance writer and stay-at-home mom
Bio: Did a little traveling. Moved to New York for a while. Got married, got divorced, then found Mr. Right. Had a couple of gorgeous children. Climbed the executive ladder for a while then decided I'd rather write the great American novel and enjoy staying home with my kids. Just enjoying my wonderful husband and fabulous kids, writing whenver the spirit moves me and time permits with an 11 year old and a brand new baby.
Trivia: I did actually finish my first novel in 1997 and won a couple of poetry contests.
Friends: Barbie Law was and is my best friend. We were practically joined at the hip in high school, and are still close today.
Tim Clark was also a close friend  and we kept in touch until just a few years ago.
Trina Pace and I also go way back and every few years we run into each other and catch up over coffee.
Mary Jensen, Patti Hanolin, Katie Riddel, and Julie Crebbin were my pals, especially to go to school dances and dance clubs with. Don't do much dancing anymore and have lost touch with all those gals. Saw Patti and Mary at the 10 year reunion. Both look great. Joan Standley was a good friend, but sadly have not heard from or seen her in years.
Hobbies: I write as often as I can. I also love to travel. Anywhere and everywhere.
Kids: Nygel, my almost 12 year old boy is amazing. Gonna be a lady killer. All the little girls since kindergarten chase him
around like an Elvis sighting in Alabama. He's too smart for my own good, and oddly enough has a fine singing voice.
Scarlett, my baby is perfect. Perfectly round and pink. Being only 5 months old she is just now mastering sitting up on her own and eating solids. Not a lot to report just yet, but we expect great things from her.
Grade_school: Dyer Kelly
Junior_high: Howe Ave
Junior_high_friends: Trina Pace, Kelly Dimmit
Memorable_teachers: Lana Gregori and Eric Dahlin because each one allowed thier students to express themselves and get graded on creativity. Frankly my only hope to bring up my grade point average from the hopelessly low marks in physics and algebra-which incidentally I didn't ever need in real life.
Favorite_memory: All the dances. Loved the dances, especially when attended with a group of friends instead of a silly old date.
Steven Mikesell writes:
Occupation: Teacher and other things
Bio: Graduation brought many changes for me and finally an opportunity to find myself.   As a result of many new experiences, includingsome wins and some losses, I have come full circle and am currently teaching 10th grade world history at guess where, ENCINA!!!  The school has changed a lot and for many reasons. Its mission has changed a lot since many of us were there. It now deals with lower income and culturally diverse kids. The academic performance is low in general and the school has stopped drawing the middle to middle-upper class students from the American River area.  It has lost its economic diversity but there is still much progress that can be made!!! I've heard a few other 86ers have entered the teaching field!! These people have come to realize that it is much different to teach a class than learn in one!!!! My best to all the '86 educators out there!!!
Trivia: I suppose everyone's heard about Tim Benzo in his bio; an interesting career choice!
Friends: My best friends at Encina were Young Chung, Tim Benzo, and Gerald Bennett.   Anyone heard form Young?
I know he's become a doctor, but I haven't talked with him in years. I've talked with Gerry  a bit and have had only
intermittent contact with Tim.  I wish them all well.
Hobbies: I developed a few hobbies over the years, but my favorite would have to be ballroom dancing.  I danced competitively with the Sac State Club team for a couple semesters.  The best parts of ballroom are the swing and Latin-style dances.
Memorable_teachers: Big surprise, my favorite teacher from Encina is Mrs. Kojima.   She was a great teacher and a disciplinarian and my  memories of her have contributed my teaching philosophy.  Thanks Senora Kojima!!
Story: By the way, I would like to thank Harlan for all that he has done in bringing the alumni of Encina together.
He no doubt spends many hours a week maintaing this site and deserves to be thanked repeatedly for his efforts!!
Lynsey Paulo writes:
Occupation: Television Reporter
Bio: I graduated from USC in 1990 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Worked for a year at the GALT (the police chief says it stands for God Awful Little Town) Herald newspaper, then got my first break in tv news. I was an anchor/reporter at the NBC station in Yuma, Az for two years; then on to Reno, Nv, also at NBC, as a reporter/anchor for three years. I finally settled into my current job as a reporter at the ABC station in Minneapolis-St. Paul in the fall of 1996. It's been a great gig (except for the long, cold winters).
Trivia: My current job has taken me to some interesting places, to cover a wide range of stories. Everything from natural disasters; the war in Kosovo (I covered the refugees in Albania); the search for Gianni Versaci's killer in Miami; and one of my personal favorites - the battle between our governor (ventura) and a brothel owner in Nevada (yes, I was in the brothel!)
Best of the best - married basketball coach and teacher Darrin Slojkowski at Lake Tahoe, August '99 (we met in Reno -blind dates do work!) Eric Jarvis shot our wedding reception!
Friends: Best friends were Kathy Bender, Janet Arneson, Amy Braio, Eric Jarvis, Noelle Tenity Always wondered what happened to Colleen Combs - anyone know???
Hobbies: Love to ski, read, go to movies and shop (Mall of America is phenomenal!)
Kids: just our pound puppy - "Ike the Dog"
Grade_school: Bancroft Elementary
Grade_school_friends: Amy Braio
Junior_high: Kit Carson Middle School
Junior_high_friends: Amy Braio
Favorite_teachers: Ms. Tak, Mrs. K
Heard_about_website_from: Eric Jarvis
Tim Benzo writes:
Occupation: Adult Film Talent
Bio: After travelling the U.S. from 1989 to 1994 (operating my own direct sales companies and doing motivational speaking/sales training in Denver, Seattle and Toronto), I returned to Sacramento to wait tables, tend bar and manage restaurants (both casual and fine dining).  The travel bug hit again, and I moved to Las Vegas in 1997.  There I spent two years learning all about PC's, operating systems and ultimately website administration and design.  I met, fell in love with and married an exotic dancer working for the same company.  After six months of marriage, we entered the adult film industry together, commuting to the San Fernando Valley for filming.  After 12 films together, we separated (for unrelated reasons!) in February of 1999 (ultimately divorcing in July of 1999), when I moved to Los Angeles permanently to pursue a career in adult films.
To date, I have appeared in over 70 XXX films for Sin City, VCA, Playboy, Hustler and many others.  I have appeared on the "Jerry Springer Show" twice, and have also made appearances on Playboy TV's "Sex Court" and "Sexcetera" series.

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