Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sathvik Krishnamurthy on Fox News

Here he is on Fox "news" talking about information encryption. Looking good Sathvik! Also, here's a picture of him from 1981 that I just found!

Sathvik on Fox

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jill Jacobs

Did my undergraduate at UCLA and loved it earning a BA in history. I spent my junior year at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and fell in love with Israel. I went back for more after graduating and taught in a kindergarten, led youth tours in the summers, and began my studies for my master's degree. After two years (three years in Israel total) I relocated stateside and finished up my Master's Degree in 1995. I got kind of an estoteric degree in Jewish education and amazingly enough, I've found ample and interesting work ever since graduation.

After graduation, I moved to Boston for a decade and LOVED the east coast. I loved the richness of culture, the public transportation and the change of seasons. I started out teaching and then moved into the Jewish Community Center world working as a Jewish educator. I loved the work and wrote on the side, eventually landing a job at a multimedia company and winning a book contract (Hebrew for Dummies; 2003; Wiley & Sons.)

After the book came out, I took another big leap, back to the San Francisco Bay Area where I thought I was home for good. I landed a great job at a JCC and continued to write on the side. I immersed myself in Bay Area life and then ... I met my fiance on a blind date. He's from Los Angeles (though he was born in Montreal and graduated from Cal, so he has some cache) and works as a sports writer for the LA Times.

After a year of long distance dating Bill Shaikin (that's the guy) put a ring on my finger and down to SoCal I went. We currently live a cozy life in Irvine and I teach middle school at the local Jewish day school, Tarbut V'Torah. We've been blessed with a healthy pregnancy and are expecting a baby in February 2010. I've been loving teaching, pregnancy and coupledom and am as happy as a clam.

In terms of NGHS connections, I saw Lisa Hamanaka a bit when I was in Boston, and have reconnected with Michele (Bockstein) Van Gelderen since being back in LA.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Northgate on Facebook

Right around the time that I started this, Facebook exploded with exponential growth. Many in our class have Facebook accounts, and it is an easy way to keep up with everyone. Future reunion information will likely be through that venue.

There is a
general Northgate High School group

and a:

class of 1986 group

Check it out.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Mr. Gishe Retires?

Ken Mock went over to Northgate last week and noticed a "Goodbye Mr. Gishe" banner outside. We are assuming that means he retired at the end of the 08/09 school year. I think that Jeff Spoden would be the only teacher left who was teaching there in 1986.

Some updates from the Class Reunion Book

Few updates lately, I know, but here are some new ones from the reunion book, so they are current as of 2006:

Tiffany (Hogan) Preston: Living in Martinez, teaching Head Start preschool.

Kim (Torkington) Mitchell: After working at Nordstrom for 15 years, is training to become Radiologist, living in Seattle.

Louise (Bradford) Nguyen: BA in Poli Sci at Berkeley, living in Lafayette.

Cara (Mason) Wilfong: Graduated from Cal Poly, living in Palm City, Florida

Karen (McCarthy) MacDonald: BS from Chico State, working for a pharmaceutical company in Granite Bay, CA

Beth Schutz: Project manager for a construction company, living in Napa

Rodney Centeno: Ever elusive, he lists a spouse, Melanie, and no other information. Anyone know what he is up to these days?

Nici (Grace) Kammerer: Living in Fresno, working in marketing/sales

Laura (Potts) Page: A realtor in Discovery Bay

Rudy Oest: Sheriff's dept. detective in Walnut Creek

Susi (Haug) Farmer: CPA in Walnut Creek

Brigit Sanderson: Working on a wildlife biology PhD, was living in Washington state

Wendy (Wilk) Spence: Teaching 5th to 8th grade in Santa Clara

Charlotta (Johannesson) La Via: Plastic surgeon, Pacific Palisades

Michelle Stashyn: Sales rep. with McBee/Deluxe in Walnut Creek

Colleen (Sharapata) Huber: Living in Granite Bay, CA

Jodi (Matthews) Buie: Lawyer in Santa Barbara

Andreas Eckelmann: Doctor of general medicine in Dahn, Germany

Michelle (Hilverda) Rice: Sales Director, Pampered Chef, Bozeman, Montana

Spencer Williams: Insurance Underwriter, living in Concord

Kristin Hicks: Living in Brookline, Mass.

Blair Stientjes: Sales, Union Bank, living in S.F.

Lisa (Hamanaka) Ellsworth: Educational software design/development, Arlington, Mass.

Andrea (Lee) Carboni: Living in Coppell, TX

Christopher Gillis: PG&E/Schwab, Concord

Laurie (Lentz) Rades: Living near Milwaukee, WI

Laura (Moran) Wilber: Ad Sales for CBS Radio, El Dorado Hills, CA

Gretchen Schmidt: Applications developer for King County, WA, living in Seattle

Christy (Richardson) Mitchell: Dental Assistant, Lincoln, CA

James Doss: Finance/Accounting, RF Industries, San Diego

Neda (Mansourian) Whitney: Living in Concord

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Laura Wakefield Faulkner

Laura faulkner said... (in a comment on the "Everyone googles themselves eventually..." post)

Meg Smetzer just told me about this site but i see that I have a mystery last name :-)...I never married anyone named Howe so I am not sure where that came from. :-0 My real name is actually Laura Wakefield Faulkner. This will be a fun site to look at and find out what everyone has been up to all of these years. Thanks for doing this..especially for those of us who live too far away to come to the reunions..
Thanks for writing Laura, I'm not sure how the "Howe" got there either! Let us know where you are and what you have been doing these past decades. -Jeff

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Mr. Christensen’s 6th grade class at Castle Rock

Click on picture for larger version.
Note the increasing heights from top to bottom.
Many Northgate '86 folks including:

Rodney Centeno, Tina Cassano (NICE HAIR TINA!), Pete Rooney, Jody Matthews, Shannon Groh, Kevin Ballew, Karyn Dale, Future '49ers cheerleader Kristin White, Mike Radokovich, Lesley Chiu, Chrissy Winslow, Sharon Krejci, Kirk Mower, Beth Schutz, Nici Grace, Gary Voerge, Cindy Silldorff

Kristin (White) Slye

I’ve had a chance to reconnect with a lot of Northgate folks through Facebook, yet see a lot of new names on here. So, I thought I’d send the quick update for your blog and encourage everyone to create a profile on FB since it’s such a great tool to reacquaint with long lost folks.

Here’s my simple timeline update:
· Graduated NGHS
· DVC for 3 semesters
· 49er Cheerleader - we won two SuperBowls while I was a Goldrush girl!
· San Jose State University - was a Delta Gamma
· Interned at BBDO Advertising, Silicon Valley
· Moved to San Diego - Sales & Marketing Manager for Hospitality Company
· Moved back to San Francisco in ‘98 - Marketing Manager for various hospitality companies like Brendan Tours, Runaway Tours, and Kimpton Hotels
· Got married in 2003 to Jeff Slye - UCLA guy & eco-consultant
· Honeymooned for 6 months throughout South & Central America
· Started my own hospitality branding company called Slye Marketing (thank goodness I didn’t have to use my maiden name because White Marketing sounds like a Dave Chappelle skit)
· Have created brands for over 50 hotels, plus worked with various other hospitality companies - it’s likely some of you have stayed overnight in my creations
· Had a baby - Jake Fredrick Slye 11/5/06
· Bought circa 1893 house in the USF/Panhandle district of San Francisco - just finished a renovation

All throughout the 20 years, two constants: (1) lots of travel and (2) dancing - either performing, teaching, or learning (most recently fire-dancing)

That’s the snapshot. Bummed to have missed the reunion, but I was pregnant and had my attention on prepping for motherhood in 2006. Looking forward to the next one.

Lastly, thanks for starting this.

Kristin (Kristi) White Slye

PS - I saw that my old Castle Rock best friend, Jenny Randolph, with a truncated e-mail of cjlombard... commented on your blog. Jenny - if you're out there, drop me a line at kristinslye@yahoo.com - I have the best memories of listening to records (mainly Grease over and over and over) at your house after school - good times.