These are the group photos of the De Anza College people who volunteered out on the water at the Escape from Alcatraz ‘Sharkfest’ swim and AlcaTri triathlon.
Below: (2000) De Anza-trained lifeguards and friend. (Kneeling) Bridgette Valenzuela – behind her, left to right, Leanna Hadel, Christian Sumabat, Charles Williams, Mike Rivers, Mary Donahue, (in front) Yanik Rodriquez, (behind her) Alan Ahlstrand, Renae Aguilar, Sharon Faseer and John Mayer.
Below:(2001) Lifeguards and other paddlers. (Front row left to right) Yanik Rodriquez, Jess Keegan, Renae Aguilar, (Renae’s cousin) behind her – Michelle Minor, Brad Lindemann, Donny Cheng. (Back row, left to right) Kevin Halseth, Alan Ahlstrand, John Mayer, Mary Donahue, David Ross, Michelle Hackett, Michael Gregg, Purisai Rangaragan.
Below (2002) Lifeguards and other volunteers on the water. (Front row, left to right), Jay Willard, Sam Thomas, Shahin Zonoobi, Natashua (Natalya) Levitan, Shutoku Shia.
(Middle row, left to right) Kernan Dibble, Eric Marxmiller, Selena Lum, Yanik Rodriquez
(Back row, left to right) Michael Gregg, Minh Nguyen, Duong Nguyen, John Garnett, Mary Donahue, Alan Ahlstrand, Purisai Rangaragan, Jess Keegan.
Group photo below by Arya Goudarzi.
Lifeguards for the 2003 race were (left to right):
Sean Downey, Tertia Cole, Alan Ahlstrand, Mary Donahue, Duong Nguyen, Shahin
Zonoobi, Wendy Sato, Kevin Halseth, Renae Aguilar, Michelle Minor Aceituno, Veronica
Moreno and John Garnett.
See also: Sharkfest 2003 lifeguarding
Photo below by Michele Lucien. De Anza people
(L = lifeguard, S = swimmer, V = volunteer)
at the 2004 Sharkfest race:
front row, left to right
(L) Ali Samievafa, (L) Gong Ye Chen, (L) Ernie Moreno (and Mugneca) (L) Michelle Minor Aceituno, (L) Brigette Valenzuela Keilig, (L) Colleen Muller-Robb, (V) Ying Cai
back row, left to right
(L) Mary Donahue, (L) Chris Throm, (L) Alan Ahlstrand, (L) George Cullison, (L) Marty Zhu, (S) Sylvia Lam, (L) Wendy Sato, (L) Shahin Zonoobi, (L) Brian Harness, (S) John Garnett, (L) Duong Nguyen
Present, but missing from the group photo, swimmer (De Anza Campus Center Director) Patrick Gannon.
See also: Sharkfest 2004 lifeguarding
2005 S = swimmer, L = lifeguard, K = volunteer kayaker
back row, left to right
(S) Patrick Gannon (De Anza Campus Center Director), (S)George Cullison, (L) Alan Ahlstrand, (L) Mary Donahue, (L) Joseph Lloyd, (L)Grace Lucuab, (K) Daniel Krohn, (L) Gong Ye Chen, (L) Duong Nguyen
front row, left to right
(S) Sylvia Lam, (K) Elizabeth Fochtman, (K) Lee Merschon (K)Abi Merschon
missing from group photo (L) Wendy Sato,
below, from the AlcaTri triathlon, 2005:
back row, left to right: Joe Lloyd, Mary Donahue, Alan Ahlstrand
next row Grace Lucuab, Brigette Valenzuela Keilig, Wendy Sato, Marissa Muniz, Rosie Bhudsaborg
in front Yanik Rodriquez.
2006 Sharkfest swim volunteers from De Anza College (and a couple of swimmers who also happen to be lifeguards)
L = Lifeguard, many of whom were in kayaks, S= swimmer, K = kayaker, V = volunteer
front row left to right: Lee Merschon (L), Gong Ye Chen (L), Grace Lucuab (L), Sylvia (Lam) Feury (S), Jennifer Cassell (L) , Shannon Mathey (L), Debbie Adams (L), Wendy Sato (L) , Ken Mignosa (L), Duong Nguyen (L), Imelda Terrazas (V)
Back row left to right: Leland Johnson (K), Joe Lloyd (L), George Cullison (S), Dana Johnson (L), Alan Ahlstrand (L), Mary Donahue (L), Elizabeth Fochtman (K)
missing from the photo, kayaker Abi Merschon
There is a larger copy of the 2006 photo at:
October 15, 2006 AlcaTri traithlon:
L= De Anza College trained lifeguard, F= friend, S= swimmer
(left to right) front row: Lee Merschon (L), Amit Avitan (F)
Middle row: Shannon Mathey (L), Debbie Adams (L),
Karen Fabrizius (L), Sylvia (Lam) Feury (L), Ken Mignosa (S), Mary Donahue (L)
back row Brian Harness (L), David Feury (F), Donny Mackin (F), Alan Ahlstrand (L), Ronnie Cziska (F)
photo by Selena Lum
There is a larger copy of the photo at:
Sharkfest, June 10, 2007 lifeguards and friends:
L= De Anza College trained lifeguard, P = volunteer paddler:
front row, left to right (P) Tammy Mc Crory (L) Eric Hall, (L) Glenn Wheatland, (P) ?
back row, left to right (P) Imelda Terrazas, (L) Gong Ye Chen, (L) Brian Pham, (L) Debbie Adams, (L) Alan Ahlstrand, (L)Shannon Mathey, (L) Mary Donahue, (L) Keith Hubbard, (L) Rosie Bhudsaborg, (P) Sonia Bui (L) Caitlin Hipskind
missing from picture: (L) Wendy Sato
Alcatri June 24, 2007 lifeguards:
front: Danoush Ahmadi
back, left to right: Ken Mignosa, Mary Donahue, Alan Ahlstrand, Debbie Adams, Shannon Mathey, Keith Hubbard, Glenn Wheatland, Sherry Fong (too late for the picture: Joe Lloyd).
left to right: Joyce Kuo, Herland Antezana, Javier Puente, Jeremiah Chua, Alanna Klausen, Mary Donahue, Emily May, Alan Ahlstrand, Ethan Wilkie, Natalie Groft, Susan Restani, Joelle Cope and Brittany Peters.
De Anza College trained Red Cross Water Safety Instructors Sherry Fong and Imelda Terrazas were among the padders.
a group photo on the beach at Aquatic Park, before we paddled to Alcatraz:
front row, left to right, Jovill Gruspe, Christina Nguyen, (behind her) Mary Donahue, Jessica Perine
back row, left to right, Alan Ahlstrand, Chris Throm, Nicholas Pusateri, Kelly Gomez and Iqra Shaikh
And another group photo, with slightly different people (two were too late for the first group photo, but did participate as race volunteers, one swimmer also did not make it to the first group photo) after a pot-luck lunch:
on bench, left to right: Christina Nguyen, Iqra Shaikh and Kelly Gomez
back row, left to right: Christine Luc, Kim Filipinas, Jovill Gruspe, Mary Donahue, Alan Ahlstrand, Nicholas Pusateri, Jessica Perine and swimmer Christine Leonard
Read about the 2017 race at: Alcatraz Sharkfest 2017 Volunteers
Golden Gate Sharkfest July 22, 2018 has pictures of kayaking under the of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay, another race Alan Ahlstrand, Tuchih Tsai, Joan Chiou, Ka Yun Cheng, Kelly Gomez, Krishnakanth Batta and Mary Donahue volunteered at.
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