September/October 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 1

Welcome New and Renewing Members – April and May 2016

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016

Thank you and welcome to the following 212 new and renewing CSTA members who joined or renewed in April or May 2016:

Michelle Abernathy
Sarah Aguinaga
Kristen Akl
Lana Albertson
Dolores Alexander
David Alkass
Christina Allen
Irene Allert
Vanessa Andre
Dianne Anderson
Joelle Andrews
Lisa Anglim
Miguel Appleman
Michelle Arias
Valerie Arkle
Sarah Atallah

Moksha Badarayan
Jesse Balderas
Teresa Barnett
Paul Beardsley
Alison Becchina
Ana Benitez
Matt Bidwell
Gypsy Biller
Bill Bishop
Samantha Bores
Linda Braatz-Brown
Erin Bradley
Victoria Brady
Russell Brown
Nancy Bruce
Elizabeth Buchnoff
Drew Bueno-Potts
Betty Burkhard
Kathy Burkholder
Joy Burton

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Kim Calderon
Elizabeth Callaghan
Leslie Canin
Daniel Cantelmi
Elizabeth Cantu
Ashley Carter
Carol Castro
Linda Chilton
Judith Chong
Anil Chopra
Lisa Christensen
Donna Cima
Judith Coats
Gloria Contreras
Tammy Cook-Endres
Corrie Cruise

Shannon Dadlez
Shauna Dauenhauer
Diode de Dios
Jennifer De La Cerda
John DeMartini
Dara DeVicariis
Sandra Derby
Bethany Dixon
Pamela Dominguez
Steve Doucette
Veronica Dyer

Chris Einspahr
Erica Evans

Maria Fajardo Mendez
Michelle Ferrara Peterson
Nancy Floerke
Natasha Fraley
Jeff Frates

Alexandria Garcia
Carmela Golden-Reyna
Jana Grant
Greg Greenberg
Jeannette “Nikki” Griffin
Jeffrey Griffith
Philip Gruber
Maria Guevara
Ronald Guilliams
Cynthia Guillen
Angelica Gunderson

Debra Hammill
Rich Hedman
Lauriana Hemenway
Angela Her
Jackie Herst
Rita Hill
Helen Hixon
Maria Holcomb
Jennifer Horton
Kevin Horton
Ashley Holzhauer
Carol Howell
Cohri Huffman
Julie Humphrey

Khadija Iyer

Wendy Jackson
Christina Jacobs
Jessica Jacobsen
Jennifer Janzen
Kyra Jenkins-Neyland
Beth Johnson
Marsha Johnson
Samantha Johnson
Khaleisheia Jones
Brooke Judge

Jane Kelson
Krisha Kerr-Poole
Carmen Knopke
Carl Kohns
Annie Kohut Frankel
David Kulka

Jean Lecuyer
Marc Lee
Leni Liakos
Rachel Limeburner
Xiangyi (Sean) Lin
Diane Loflin
Leslie Longabach
Ana Lopez
Erin Luna

Muriel Machin
Madaleine Macholtz
Bill Madden
Paula Magdaleno
Kathy Magnani
Stephanie Mann
Phyllis Marchese
Jared Marr
Barbara Marrs
Karen McDonough
Melody McGill
Molina Meas
Lynnea Mitchell
Erika Monterrubio
Mark Morrill
Sudipta Mukherjee
Jennifer Mutch
Jerry Myers

Frederick Nelson
Wai Ian (Cecilia) Ngou
Sheila Nguyen
Claire Norris
Linda Nutile

Mark O’Shea
Daniel O’Brien
Alison O’Neal

Brian Paavo
Mary Ann Palencia
Steve Pauls
Christie Pearce
Griselda Perez
Carol Peterson
Marcella Place

Tiffani Quan
Heather Quigley

James Rader
Loyda Ramos
Annie Ransom
Jennifer Rasic
Joy Rasic
Stacie Rego
Jennifer Regrut
Teresa Richard
Katrina Richards
Sandra Rodriguez
Michelle Rossi
Jacqueline Ruiz
Hector Ruiz

Ronald Saltinski
Anna Schechter
Susan Scott
Alison Shoup
Kathleen Shreve
Linda Shumate
Nancy Sirski
Scott Sleeper
Heather Sloan
Elizabeth Smit
Aaron Sottile
Matthew Srolestar
Shawneen Staley
Jennifer Stewart

Karen Tavares
Bong Bai Thao
Ronald Thompson
Katrina Tonkogolosuk
Jo Topps
Huy Tran

Ronald Ulrich

Brittani Vaillancourt
Donald Van Ness
Daisy Vang
Christine Veliz
Lonny Villalobos
Blia Vue

Timothy Wagner
Camie Walker
Deborah Walker
Rebecca Ward
Susan Weatherby
Nicole Weaver
Anne Webster
Jimia White
Gina Woodard
Zachary Woodward
Jeanine Wulfenstein

Natalie Yakushiji
Pei-Hsuan (Peggy) Yang
Caprice Young

Rachel Zimmerman Brachman
CarlaAnn Zimmermann-Madrid

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California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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