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Alumni supply us." He believes these relationships can increased eight-fold since he started in the business. Food costs have also increased position the restaurant as more desirable dramatically, but his restaurants have thrived in customers' eyes. "The bonds you form thanks to their lively atmospheres and origi- by promoting local farmers can create a nal, delicious dishes. stronger sense of trust in their product and Wong is almost always on the go. In 2011, you can get more specialized products not he was featured in a print ad for Lenovo's normally found in supermarkets," he says. ThinkPad X1, using the computer while Wong's restaurants have had no trouble sitting atop his parked motorcycle along a attracting customers. His unique menu was picturesque roadway. The photo was a true- immediately popular with tourists and expa- to-life portrait of the young entrepreneur. triates living abroad, but since he opened Hatsune in 2002, his clientele has shifted. "It used to be the foreigners [American, atmosphere. Though his favorite restaurant in town is The Kitchen, he confesses that Taco Bell is a must-have when he visits the U.S. "I eat at award-winning restaurants all over the world, but I gotta say every time I come home to Sac my first stop is always Taco Bell!" he confesses. "I could eat 12 Taco Supremes in one sitting, no problem." "When I'm not in the restaurant you'll find me on the track," Wong says. "I'm a race bike fanatic. I European, Japanese] living in China were have nine bikes, from the ones frequenting my places," Wong custom café racers to says. "Now it's mostly Chinese because it's Ducati superbikes." become almost unaffordable for the average Wong can also be person. And the Chinese are the ones with found in Sacramento the most money here." several times a year. He Wong employs more than 500 people at owns a home in town his 10 restaurants and he said wages have and enjoys the area's signifying an important advance for the solar industry. was named the Rwandan ambassador to the U.S. The Consumnes River College history professor presented her credentials to President Obama at the White House in July. Mukantabana, who came to the U.S. 33 years ago to pursue an education, is a long-time activist for Rwandan independence, recognized for raising awareness about the 1994 genocide, creating the nonprofit Friends of Rwanda Association and establishing a school for Rwandan social workers. KENNETH JONG '83 (CIVIL ENGINEERING) was promoted to San Francisco-area manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff. In his new position, Jong is responsible for managing the firm's operations in the Bay Area, including client relations, project performance, staffing, business development and marketing. KENNETH MEIBERT '84 (PSYCHOLOGY) will be the chief executive officer for the forthcoming Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif. The psychiatric hospital, scheduled to open in 2013, will offer inpatient and outpatient programs for adults and adolescents. LAVERA FORBES '85 (COMMUNICATION STUDIES), MS '85 (COUNSELING) recently received a doctorate in mind-body medicine from Saybrook University. JEFFRY MANN '85 (CHEMISTRY) made a gift to create the Russell-Forkey Research Award, named in honor of Sacramento State chemistry professors Jack Russell and Dave Forkey, which supports faculty-mentored student research. Mann directs a San Francisco-based intellectual property practice, focusing on patent and licensing strategies for chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology research. MATHILDE MUKANTABANA, MA '86 (HISTORY) DANIEL MILLER '86 (JOURNALISM) announced his candidacy for District 3 supervisor in Nevada County. Miller is currently serving his second term as the mayor of Grass Valley. He is an independent insurance agent and co-owner of Future Generations in downtown Grass Valley. JEFFREY GRUBBS '87 (ACCOUNTANCY) was featured in the Sacramento Business Journal's 2013 CFO of the Year edition. Grubbs received a "Medium Private Company" award, recognizing his success as CFO and COO of Bickmore. MACHELLE MARTIN '87 (COMMUNICATION STUDIES) was named vice president of human resources, training and development for Golden 1 Credit Union. Previously, she served as a human resources executive for Comcast. LISSA SEVERE '87 (MARKETING) was hired as an account manager for Gauger + Associates in San Francisco, where she leads accounts including Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services, the Peninsula Regent and the Heritage. MARK SIEWERT '87 (LIBERAL STUDIES), MA '90 (EDUCATION), CRED '88 (MULTIPLE SUBJECT CREDENTIAL), CRED '88 (LEARNING HANDICAPPED), CRED '94 (RESOURCE SPECIALIST) was appointed principal of Andrew Carnegie Middle School in the San Juan Unified School District. Before accepting the position at Andrew Carnegie, he was principal for LeGette Elementary School and interim principal at Oakview Elementary School. SCOTT HAGGARD '89 (PSYCHOLOGY) was appointed to serve as the police chief of Orinda. He previously worked at the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department and the Sacramento County Probation Department. CHEVELLE NEWSOME '88 , MA '90 (COMMUNICATION STUDIES) was named Sacramento State's dean of Graduate Studies. She had served as interim dean since the post was established five years ago. 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