2015 Honored Alumni

College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences

Charles F. Walton

B.S., Ornamental Horticulture, '66


Charles F. Walton graduated in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, he joined Davey Tree Expert Company and later, Smithers-Oasis Company, an international producer and marketer of floral and horticultural products. During his career, Walton has held a variety of positions ranging from marketing and product development to president and chief executive officer. In 1986, he acquired the Smithers-Oasis Company from its family owners and in 2010 transferred ownership to his international management team. Today, he serves as a member of its board of directors. Walton has served on the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council for the last 16 years. He and his wife, April, reside in Ohio.


From left to right: President Jeffrey D. Armstrong,
Honored Alumnus Charles F. Walton

College of Architecture & Environmental Design

Scott F. Gaudineer

B.S., Architecture, '79


Scott F. Gaudineer graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s in architecture and in 1980 with a BAR in architecture. Gaudineer was a founding member of the Daedalus Chapter of Alpha Rho Chi at Cal Poly, participated in the student senate, and co-chaired the College of Architecture & Environmental Design Student Council. He was a member of the National Honor Society and a Julia Morgan-Phoebe Hearst scholarship recipient. As the President/CEO of Flewelling & Moody, he has overseen the implementation of numerous K-12 and higher education buildings throughout the state. Gaudineer is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Trustee Division of the State Architect Advisory Board. He received the Presidential Citation from the AIA California Council in 2013. Gaudineer served as chair of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design Dean’s Leadership Council from 2011-2015 and he and his wife, Leslie (Social Sciences, ‘80) are long-time supporters of the college.

From left to right: President Jeffrey D. Armstrong,
Honored Alumnus Scott F. Gaudineer

College of Engineering

Kim E. Vorrath

B.S., Computer Science, '88


Kimberly E. Vorrath graduated in 1988 with a degree in computer science. She is currently the Vice President of OS Programs at Apple. Vorrath leads the teams responsible for program and project management, power, performance, stability and quality for iOS, OS X and watch OS releases. Vorrath joined Apple 27 years ago as a college intern and was hired full time upon graduation in 1988. She has since held a number of different roles within Apple, including being one of the first members of the iPhone software team. One of Vorrath’s passions is supporting women in technology and at Cal Poly she has championed Women Involved in Software and Hardware (WISH) and student participation in the national Grace Hopper Conference which connects, inspires and guides women in computing. Vorrath is a current member of the Computer Science Department Advisory Board.

From left to right: President Jeffrey D. Armstrong
Honored Alumna Kim E. Vorrath

Orfalea College of Business

Russell P. Nash

B.S., Business Administration,  '82


Russell P. Nash graduated in 1982 with a bachelor’s in business administration and obtained his CPA license in 1985. Nash worked for several major accounting firms in Los Angeles before moving to Sacramento in 1986 to follow his dream of starting his own company. Nash has pursued several types of entrepreneurial endeavors during his career, including real estate, financial planning and business services. In 1992, Nash founded Professional Education Services (PES), offering continuing education to CPAs, with his brother Steve Nash (Business Administration, ’85). Nash enjoys working with young startup companies and is an active supporter of the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, of which he currently sits on the Board of Directors, in addition to being a Founders Circle Member. When he’s not working with PES, Nash enjoys working on his real estate ventures, in business development and investing. He and his wife Kim (Journalism, ’82) have three children, Kyle, Austin and Courtney.

From left to right: President Jeffrey D. Armstrong,
Honored Alumnus Russell P. Nash


College of Liberal Arts

David Kerley

B.S., Journalism, '79


David Kerley III graduated in 1979 with a degree in journalism. Kerley is a correspondent for ABC News based in Washington, D.C. and contributes regularly to all ABC News broadcasts, including "World News Tonight," "Good Morning America" and "Nightline." Kerley began his career on the Central Coast, and has since traveled to every continent except Antarctica on behalf of ABC News. He’s covered presidential campaigns, natural disasters and many major breaking news stories. His in-depth reporting has included stories on the technology boom, genetically engineered crops, African American Islam, American Neo-Nazis and the U.S. military. Kerley has been honored with National and Regional Emmy Awards, a Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards for coverage at ABC News. Kerley and his wife, Janet, have two children.

From left to right: President Jeffrey D. Armstrong,
Honored Alumnus David Kerley

College of Science and Mathematics

Jeffrey R. Jasper

B.S., Chemistry, '84


Jeffrey R. Jasper, Ph.D. graduated with a degree in chemistry in 1984. He earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology at UCSD’s School of Medicine and completed his postdoctoral training at Stanford. Jasper is Vice President of Preclinical Sciences at Revolution Medicines, Inc. and has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including Merck & Co., Roche, and Theravance. At Theravance - and in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline- he assisted in the development of the medicine Breo Ellipta, for the treatment of pulmonary diseases. Jasper is co-founder of Altos Therapeutics, devoted to developing pharmaceuticals for gastrointestinal disorders. Jasper has served for more than 18 years on the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology and has published 50 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. He served as past chair of the Biotechnology Industry Advisory Council at Cal Poly and frequently shares his expertise with students as a guest lecturer.  

From left to right: President Jeffrey D. Armstrong,
Honored Alumnus Jeffrey R. Jasper

Cal Poly Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award

Thomas F. Lebens

B.S., Electronic Engineering, '89


Thomas F. Lebens graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering in 1989 and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1993. He is a Past President of the Cal Poly Alumni Association and current member of the Board of Directors and the Chair of the Professional Development and Networking Committee. Lebens also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Engineering and is a member of the Student Affairs Advisory Council. He has served as a member of the Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors and enjoys volunteering for the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. While a student, Lebens served as ASI President, Student Senator, and as a member of the ASI Executive Staff. Lebens is active in the San Luis Obispo community and serves on numerous boards and committees at the city and state level.

From left to right: President Jeffrey D. Armstrong,
Honored Alumnus Thomas F. Lebens

Sandra Gardebring Ogren Leadership Award

Gilbert H. Stork

B.S., Mathematics, '64
M.S., Mathematics, '66


Gilbert H. Stork, Ph.D. graduated with a bachelor’s in mathematics in 1964 and masters in mathematics in 1966. He earned a doctorate in education from Brigham Young University in 1981. Stork has had a long and successful career at Cuesta College, beginning as a professor and football coach in 1967, and in many leadership positions in the classroom and student services since, culminating in his appointment as the Superintendent/President in 2011. Stork has been an active Rotarian for 30 years and serves on the board of directors for several community and state organizations. He was a member of the 1960 Cal Poly football team and was instrumental in the construction of the Mustang Memorial Plaza. Stork was inducted to the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006. He and his wife Janice (Elementary Education ’65) have been married for 51 years and have five children and ten grandchildren.

From left to right: President Jeffrey D. Armstrong,
Honored Alumnus Gilbert H. Stork


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