Fall 2013 /Startups/

Alumni Board Welcomes New Members

BarnettPicBrenda Peirce Barnett ’92
Lives in: Carlsbad, Calif.
Education: Barnett majored in psychology at Pomona and has since taken classes in nutrition and wellness.
Career: Barnett is currently focused on raising her two girls. She spends her free time playing tennis and occasionally finds time to teach tennis to elementary aged children.
Alumni involvement: Barnett has been involved in the planning of her class reunions, as both a fundraiser and event organizer. On the tennis team during her Pomona days, she has worked closely with athletics staff to organize events for Sagehen tennis alumni. She also has served as an Alumni Council representative. Community involvement: Barnett serves as a volunteer in her local elementary school’s parent teacher organization. She recently stepped down from the executive board, and has served as art docent coordinator, treasurer and president.

paulfarmerPaul Farmer ’92
Lives in: Salinas, Calif.
Education: Farmer majored in economics and spent a semester studying abroad in Ecuador. He served as an ASPC senator during his senior year and worked for the Harvey Mudd College Upward Bound program during all four years at Pomona. After graduation, Paul spent a year traveling in South America with Mel Ramos ’95. Career: Farmer has lived and worked in Puerto Rico and Mexico City. He also has worked in Silicon Valley (for Intel and a dotcom), and founded a local computer training company in 2002 which is still in operation. Since 2012, he has been the CEO of the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Community involvement: Farmer has volunteered for many local organizations, and served as the state president for the California Jaycees, a nonprofit leadership training and civic organization for young professionals.

peggyolsonPeggy Schuler Olson ’61
Lives in: San Marino, Calif.
Education: Olson majored in psychology at Pomona. She was in the Mortar Board honor society, and was a four year member of the Women’s Glee Club. She also served terms as director and moderator for the Associated College church choir. She is married to Marty Olson ’60.
Career: Olson has worked as a vocal soloist in Presbyterian and Christian Scientist churches.
Alumni involvement: Olson has served a term on the Alumni Council, and has been a committee and fundraising chair for several of her alumni class reunions.
Community involvement: She has volunteered as a member of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Committee for the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra. Olson has served a term as the president of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Los Angeles (PFLAG-LA) and her local PTA, where she was a long-time member and volunteer. She has also been involved in musical theatre, playing the lead in a number of musical productions in the South Bay area of Southern California.

PrestwichPicBruce Prestwich ’55
Lives in: Prestwich was born in Idaho and raised in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif. He lived in the greater Los Angeles area, the Bay Area and Carlsbad, Calif., before recently moving to Mt. San Antonio Gardens in Pomona.
Education: B.A., economics, Pomona College. Prestwich sang in Men’s Glee Club for four years, serving as the club’s business manager. Along with playing on the football team, he also served as President of Ghosts. Prestwich was named to the Sagehen Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975. He met his wife, Carolyn Tranquada Prestwich ’54, at Pomona.
Career: Worked in sales and marketing management for IBM in aerospace and public sectors.
Alumni involvement: He served on the Alumni Council and as an alumni area representative, and has been involved in fundraising for the College over the years. He has also interviewed prospective students for admissions as an alumni representative.

ReinkePicRoger Reinke ’51
Lives in: Tustin, Calif.
Education: A physical education major at Pomona, Reinke went on to earn an M.A. in education from Claremont Graduate University. At Pomona he served as vice president of the Associated Male Students and was a member of Ghosts, the service honor society, and Kappa Delta fraternity. He also played football and ran track. He is married to Joyce Reinke ’51.
Career: Reinke served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1956. He spent 34 years in elementary education as a teacher and administrator in Anaheim, Calif.
Alumni involvement: In 1956, Reinke was selected for the Pomona Athletic Hall of Fame in football and track and was a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee for several years. He served as an alumni rep in fundraising efforts for the Robert Strehle ’19 and Earl “Fuzz” Merritt ’25 Fund. His eldest son, Don, graduated from Pomona in 1980, and his grandson, Jim, is in the Class of 2014.
Community involvement: Reinke has volunteered as a naturalist with the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, where he taught new volunteers about the botany of the bay. His hobbies include nature photography.