Amber Arlington ’85

Amber Arlington ’85 MD, MPH, is currently a Radiation Oncologist doing locum tenens assignments.  She is living in Oregon and is licensed to practice medicine in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Texas, and Guam.  She is married to Jon Lutz (BA ’79 UCLA, MD) and has two children, ages 23 (Chris) and 13 (Ashley).

Steven D. Feinberg ’67

Steven FeinbergSteven D. Feinberg ’67 (Zoology), 68 MPH, received his MD from UC Irvine. He is a physiatrist and pain specialist in Palo Alto, CA, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Stanford School of Medicine Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management Center. Dr. Feinberg is a past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Chronic Pain Association. He is the Chief Medical Officer of American Pain Solutions. Dr. Feinberg has been married (happily) to Erica for 44 years and has four happy and healthy married adult children and four grandchildren (soon to be seven).

Robert Bleier ’51

Robert BleierRobert Bleier ’51 writes, “I graduated UCLA in 1951 with a BA in Zoology. I continued on with the intent of getting a Masters degree in Zoology under the guidance of my mentor Dr. A. Mandel Schechtman. It became clear in short order that working alone in the Vivarium, a group of labs, near what was a bridge connecting the Quad with the Administration Building, was not my desire. The large New Zealand Rabbits, my companions there, were bright, but non communicative. I decided on a Health service profession and considered Dentistry. I applied and was accepted to the UCSF School of Dentistry (a fine recommendation from Dr. Schechtman helped). I graduated from UCSF in 1956 with a DDS. I was associated for six months, after getting my license, with Dr. H. Mintzer in North Hollywood. After six months I then opened my own office in Chatsworth and practiced there for thirty- two years. While that was going on I got married to Merium Rosenthal and had three children, Alicia, Joshua and Gena Beth. I retired in 1988. One of my patients was a Professor of Ceramics at CSUN. He asked me what I had in mind to keep active after a Dental career. I hadn’t thought about that, he invited me to come to his studio at CSUN. I was immediately hooked on working with clay. I was at CSUN ceramics and sculpture for 22 years until they thought that I should have graduated by then! By the way, I taught Dental Materials at the UCLA School of Dentistry for many years, it was a great experience!” Pictured: one of Dr. Bleier’s sculptures, “Tall Two-Headed Horse.”

Joanna Camba-Colon ’93

JoannaCambaColon-smallJoanna Camba-Colon ’93 writes: “I worked as a lab helper as an undergrad. I received a stipend from CARE (Center for Academic and Research Excellence) at UCLA and worked on an independent project with Dr. O’Lague and his postdoc, Dr. Kalman. This experience got me hooked on science. My first real job right out of college was as a staff research associate (SRA) in Dr. Bryson’s lab at UCLA. Our work focused on understanding the vertical transmission of HIV from mother to baby. With the encouragement of my husband, Nicholas, and the many scientists and researchers I worked with, I went back to graduate school. In 2009, I completed my Ph.D. in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology (CMDB) at the University of California Riverside. I then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at City of Hope. I am currently a staff research scientist at Calimmune Inc. I am happy to say that my husband and I will be celebrating 22 years of marriage this year (2010). We are also the proud parents of Alexandria, Cameron, and Katrina, who keep us on our toes as we guide them through college, middle school, and elementary school. It’s been a busy and fulfilling 17 years since graduating from UCLA, and I look forward to exciting years ahead.”

Lisa Masson MA ’81

Lisa Masson MA ’81 writes: “My daughter, Gina Provenzano, is now a freshman majoring in Molecular and Cell Development, at UCLA. Rah! Since I received my Masters from UCLA in 1981, I have attended med school (USC), had three precious daughters, practiced family medicine for twenty years, and become a electronic health record lead for Sutter Health in Northern California. ”

Shannon Cunniff ’80

Shannon Cunniff for s10 newsletterShannon Cunniff ’80 writes that she “is an executive managing some of Department of Defense’s sustainability programs including chemical risk management and green procurement. Her emerging contaminants program was a finalist for Harvard University’s 2009 Innovations in American Government award. She also worked at the Department of the Interior on the South Florida Ecosystems Restoration and as the Director of Research and Natural Resources for the Bureau of Reclamation. Prior to that she worked for the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency overseeing federal water resource and energy agencies’ compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. She was the Deputy Director of the Interagency Floodplain Management Review Committee that investigated the causes of the 1993 Midwest floods and recommended changes to the nations approach to floodplain management. She’s testified before Congress and was featured in the full-length documentary, Running Dry. Her professional career started with the Los Angeles District US Army Corps of Engineers as an ecologist conducting environmental impact assessments on wetlands, ocean disposal, and coastal development. She credits her UCLA marine biology field quarter experience with
helping her get her first job which involved teaching island ecology, marine biology and skin
diving at the Catalina Island Marine Institute. She graduated from UCLA with her Bachelor’s
in Biology (1980) and completed her Master’s degree in Geography (1984) after filing her
thesis on barrier beach vegetation patterning. Shannon currently chairs the Arlington County Environment and Energy Conservation Commission and has been a Commissioner for five years. She is also a member of the National Water Research Institute’s Research Advisory Board. She enjoys photography, kayaking, geocaching, birdwatching, travel, good food shared with good friends, and the occasional opportunity to go sledding. She’s married to the ever tolerant Cliff Rader, a Bruin (BA, Geography (1978), and (MA, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, 1980). ”