<p><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Chris Spallino, class of 1984, is our St. Bernard’s Academy Spotlight focus for this month.<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --></p><p><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->After graduating from St. Bernard’s, Chris attended Humboldt State University and studied Business Administration. While putting himself through college, he began working part time at the Humboldt County Jail. According to Chris, that started a nearly 30 year career in law enforcement. In 1990 he moved down to Sonoma County and began working for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department.<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --></p><p><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Chris relates that he had many terrific and challenging assignments during his career including investigations, gang enforcement, and special operations. The highlight of his career was being the Chief of Police for the town of Windsor for the last six years of his career.<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --></p><p><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->He and his wife Nancy have three children. His daughters Miranda and Marissa graduated from Chico State. Miranda is pursuing a teaching career, and Marissa wants to become an Occupational Therapist. Their son Anthony is currently attending Colorado School of Mines, where he is studying Mechanical Engineering and is on the school’s Wrestling team.<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --></p><p><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Thinking on his years as a Crusader at St. Bernard’s, Chris reflected, “Looking back at my time at SB, I realize how fortunate I was to be surrounded by so many educators of such good character. I think of them now and then, and how they always seemed to care so much about us. I know it was more than just a job for them. It was their way of supporting us and the community. I was also fortunate to be surrounded by so many great classmates. They left me with many fond memories. I am humbled by how successful so many of them have been since graduation. I am sorry I have not kept in touch with many of my former classmates, but I am always glad when it is time for another reunion. Despite the mistakes I have made in my life, I feel like my time at SB prepared me for life’s challenges and opportunities. I think my experience at SB left me with a sense of community that has led me to coach youth sports and volunteer for community organizations.”<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --></p><p><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Chris concluded, “I retired last year and am catching up on all those projects I put on hold while raising children. I also pass the time kayaking and coaching high school football. I keep threatening my wife that I may finally join Facebook!”<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --></p><p><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Thank-you, Chris, for sharing your life story with us. Your SB family is proud of you.<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --></p><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->