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Alumni Chef's secrets: Sushi, cycles and Taco Supremes Alan Wong '00 (Philosophy) A in Beijing, including the renowned Hatsune, and four more in Shanghai. He remains involved in day-to-day operations at his eateries, but also thinks long-term about the businesses. "My job is making sure the quality is maintained, meeting with staff to discuss issues and future planning, and coming up with new ways of impressing customers, whether it's new dishes or new concepts," Wong explains. Known for bringing California-style sushi lan Wong says doing business in China is a roller coaster ride. But the Sacramento native has taken a to China, Wong is hoping another trend will catch on soon. He is part of a small group of restaurant owners investing in sustainable, local food-sourcing. steady climb to become one of the "We're banding together to create an most influential restaura- organic farm, ensuring that at least our teurs in the burgeon- produce is under our control," says Wong, ing Chinese market. who worked at Tokyo Sushi in Folsom before Wong owns six Class Notes 1960S LORNA ANDERSON '60 (EDUCATION), MA '77 (SPECIAL EDUCATION) lives in Pinehurst, N.C., and works as a real estate broker. She is also a professional accordionist, performing under the stage name "Lorna Andersson." While attending Sacramento State, Anderson was crowned Miss California '56 and '57. She also recently wrote a book about her experiences with domestic abuse. A publication date is pending. CATHERINE CULVER '67 (ART) displayed her watercolor and acrylic paintings at an August show at the Hovey Winery in Murphys, Calif. RONALD COOPER '69 (SOCIOLOGY) retired in July after serving as executive director of Access Sacramento for more than 20 years. He was a founding employee of the nonprofit which operates two 24-hour cable public-access television stations, an Internet radio station and two websites. 18 SAC STATE M AGA Z I N E | Fall 2013 moving to China in 2002. "But this project successful restaurants is still a year or so away from being able to affairs, government and regulatory affairs, labor relations and real estate. 1970S MAHMOUD VAEZI '75 (ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING) is an Iranian diplomat and engineer who is currently serving as the deputy of foreign policy and international relations for the Center for Strategic Research. He was an adviser to Hassan Rouhani during his 2013 presidential campaign. RONALD RIDLEY '77 (ECONOMICS) and his wife Sandy showcased their watercolor paintings during July at an art reception at Bogle Winery in Clarksburg, Calif. PEARL GARRIDO '78 (SPANISH) completed her second year as president of The Renaissance Society, a 1,600-member learning-in-retirement organization that is affiliated with Sacramento State. Under her, the organization expanded its scholarship program to award five $2,500 scholarships to Sacramento State students this year. STEPHEN JOHNSON '78 (ECONOMICS) was named executive vice president for corporate affairs by AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines Inc. and US Airways Group Inc. His position oversees corporate and legal GEORGE LENZI '78 (ACCOUNTANCY) was featured in the Sacramento Business Journal's 2013 CFO of the Year edition. Lenzi received a "Large Private Company" award, recognizing his success as CFO of Radiological Associates of Sacramento. 1980S JAMES CANTELE was named vice president of worldwide sales for OneSpin Solutions. Previously he served as vice president of global sales and field operations for Polyteda Software Corporation. UTTAM DHILLON '82 (PSYCHOLOGY) was named chief oversight counsel for the U.S. House Financial Services Committee. Led by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas), the committee maintains jurisdiction over issues pertaining to the economy, banking systems, housing and international financing. LAWRENCE BAWDEN '83 (MECHANICAL ENGINEERING-TECHNOLOGY) is the CEO and chairman of the board for Bloo Solar, based in El Dorado Hills, Calif. The company's trademarked three-dimensional "solar brush" technology is advancing to the pre-production phase,