CHSS Connection: Alumni Corner
July/August 2020 issue
Jim Carr has had a long career in public service. As director of city parks and recreation for the City of Petaluma, he and his team added six playgrounds and 14 new parks, installed artificial turf and a lighted soccer field at one one of the parks and added another park that has tennis and basketball courts, bocce ball, baseball fields and a playground area. Previously he was superintendent of Sonoma County Veterans Auditoriums.
As a teenager, Nico Storrow (pronouns they/them) experienced the isolation that can accompany coming out as queer and trans, and saw how important it was to meet others who encountered similar challenges. Today, they’re helping guide young students through similar challenges as a wellness counselor at Oceana High School in Pacifica. Storrow is one of four alumni profiled in the “Faces of Transformation” feature in the Spring 2020 issue of SF State Magazine.
Ruby N. Turalba is a rising second-year doctoral student of the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership at SF State. She reports that she “survived and thrived during this first year, while in the midst of a global pandemic!” Turalba also cares for two school-aged children, is an active parent leader at her kids’ school, and has been teaching in the Department of Health Education since 2010. She was awarded a University Scholarship and selected as a Graduate Equity Fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year. Her qualifying exam is titled, “Nagugutom sila/They’re hungry: Culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy for Filipinx students.”