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Alumni Class Notes (continued) Equity and Student Retention and director of Academic Enrichment Programs. GLORIA HERNANDEZ '89 (EDUCATION), MA '96 (EDUCATION), EDD '11 (EDUCATION LEADERSHIP) was named the superintendent of East Palo Alto's Ravenswood City School District. Hernandez previously worked as the assistant superintendent for the Twin Rivers Unified School District. She is also a former faculty member in the Sacramento State bilingual/multicultural education department. 1990S DAN BESSEY '91 (ACCOUNTANCY) was hired as the chief financial officer of ThermoGensis Corp. Previously, he was the vice president and chief financial officer of SureWest Communications. ANN EDWARDS '91 (SOCIAL WORK) was named Solano County's Health and Social Services director. In her role, Edwards will manage more than 1,100 employees and oversee administration of public assistance programs, health clinics and child welfare. ERIC KARLSON '91 (SOCIAL SCIENCE), MA '95 (ECONOMICS) was hired as an associate director by dunnhumbyUSA. Previously, he served as senior demand-side specialist at SMUD. MARY MORRIS '91 (ACCOUNTANCY), MBA '97 was appointed as administrative services director for the City of South Lake Tahoe. She previously served more than 10 years as the finance and administrative services manager/chief financial officer for the San Juan Water District in Granite Bay, Calif. SCOTT SYPHAX '91 (BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION) delivered the keynote address at Drexel University's third commencement for its Sacramento campus. Syphax also received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree and serves on the Drexel board of advisors. LETICIA PARAS-TOPETE '92 (CRIMINAL JUSTICE) was named interim probation chief of the Sutter County Probation Department. She joined the department in 1992 and was promoted to deputy chief probation officer in 2006. JERRY REED '92 (ECONOMICS) was promoted to chief lending officer of the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Reed joined the company in 2008 as executive director of mortgage and real estate lending. DEENA SPANN '92 (BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION) was featured in the Sacramento Business Journal's 2013 CFO of the Year edition. Spann received a "Largest Private Company" award, recognizing her success as director of accounting for Koinonia Family Services Inc. RICHARD BATTERSBY '93 (CRIMINAL JUSTICE) delivered the keynote address at the 2013 Green Fleet Conference. Battersby is the director of fleet services at UC Davis and is the coordinator of the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition. DOUG PITKIN '93, MA '96 (ENGLISH) was named head coach of the girls' basketball team at Cupcake War-rior Online Extra: Get her awardwinning Lavender Honey Cupcake recipe at csus.edu/ sacstatemagazine. Karen Henderson '94 (Environmental Studies) M ix a competitive spirit with a passion for great food and you get Karen Henderson's recipe for winning—one that took her show. Her vivacious, competitive spirit carried her to the final. Henderson impressed the judges with her elegant cupcakes in the finale: a lavender and honey with vanilla from all-American volleyball star at tangerine mascarpone frosting and a black Sac State to champion on Food velvet with dark chocolate ganache filling, Network's "Cupcake Wars." anise, Italian-meringue filling and white "I've been a competitor my whole life," says Henderson. "After I opened my cupcake store (The Cupcake Shop) my daughter said, 'You should go on "Cupcake Wars."' Baking's my sport right now so why wouldn't I compete? It was fun and I was game for it." She submitted a video showing off her skills and was selected to compete on the chocolate. "I don't have the ability to hold back so I just went for it," she says. "As far as being on TV, I know who I am very well so I just tried to be authentic and laugh at myself. And I have teenagers, so I have thick skin." Henderson has taken the same go-for-it approach throughout her life. She earned induction into Sac State's Athletic Hall of