Lyric Rillera

Profile Updated: August 12, 2019
Lyric Rillera
Residing In Beavercreek, OH USA
Spouse/Partner Ronald Folkerth
Occupation Retired
Children "Adopted" by my husband's three adult daughters (Laura, Angela, & Melissa) after our marriage 20+ years More…ago. Now considered one of the 'grandmothers' to their children (Alexandra, Alec, Noah, Haley, Victor, and Max).
Yes! Attending Reunion

After graduating from NHS, I continued my education and received Bachelors of Science and Masters of Social Work degrees. I've had three distinct careers: Psychiatric Social Worker; Principal Gift Officer (major gift fundraiser for university wide capital campaigns including UC Berkeley); and Professional writer (credited in a variety of genres including one film documentary). A more detailed bio on my career history is available on Linked In.

School Story

I was co-editor of the school newspaper during my senior year. Our Journalism teacher encouraged us to explore interesting stories about students involved in the Napa community. For example, I had the privilege to interview and write articles about fellow students involved in the local stage theater - "Pretenders Playhouse." We were also able to highlight the accomplishments of fellow students who were involved in established social service programs and/or initiatives to assist the underprivileged. These early experiences influenced my career choices to some degree later in life.

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Jul 12, 2021 at 6:57 PM

I hope that all of you are doing well and enjoying the summer. What a challenge 2020 was! Five members of my extended family contracted COVID-19, but only one had to be briefly hospitalized. Thankfully, all of them have fully recovered. My life was “on hold” for much of that year as many events (including a family wedding) had to be canceled and rescheduled. There have been some unforeseen blessings. For example, I joined a university chorus - made possible by Zoom. It is good to be involved in music again! I am also writing fiction - this time in the YA (young adult) genre. Just for fun and my younger grandchildren who still enjoy stories about fantastical creatures and other worlds. May your days ahead be filled with shared experiences, adventures, and new discoveries.

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Aug 12, 2019 at 1:42 PM

My husband and I receently downsized from our woodland home on 5 acres to a townhouse in 'civilization!' It is a relief to have access to services like city water (as opposed to wells) and landscaping. We're settling into our new 'normal' of full retirement. He's still active in Rotary and other similar civic organizations. I'm on the Board of the Noble Circle Project. This is a local group that provides supportive services for women cancer survivors. I am also still writing in various genres - now entirely as a form of creative personal expression.

I've heard from a variety of friends and family members concerned about the dual challenges of the May tornados that caused extensive damage in the greater Dayton region and the recent shootings in our downtown entertainment district. Fortunately, none of our friends and family members were directly involved and am extremely grateful this is the case. We are actively involved as donors and volunteers to assist members of our community who were.

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Posted on: Jul 29, 2017 at 10:10 PM

Betty, so sorry that I'm missing out on all of the fun this weekend! Looks like you, Jana, and others on the reunion committee have put together a wonderful variety of events for our classmates. Just a brief personal note . . . I remember you fondly from our various shared activities during our school years including Rainbow Girls and the newspaper staff. I'm so happy you were able to follow your "dream" to become a professional writer and have a successful journalism career. Best wishes for continued future success.

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Jul 30, 2017 at 9:39 PM

Posted on: Jul 29, 2017 at 9:39 PM

Martha, so glad that we had a chance to at least "chat" during one of my last trips to Napa. I haven't been back "home" after we sold our family house on Young Avenue in 2012. Many thanks again for sending me the information about the renovation of the Uptown Theatre. I have many happy childhood memories of Saturday afternoons watching B rated family films and cartoons while eating 'penny' candy and popcorn. I'm so glad that we were able to serve in Rainbow Girls together during our High School years. You were always so confident and poised during our various activities. I see by some of the brief notes here that you are on the verge of retirement. I've "officially" retired, but have a few clients that I am still assisting. My plan is to have everything completed by the end of the year. Sounds like there are other life changes in the future. Best wishes, and I hope you are having a great time this weekend!

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Jul 29, 2017 at 9:24 PM

Beth, it's hard to believe that years have gone by since we had dinner with Claudia during one of my donor visits to Los Angeles. It was fun catching up on the 40+ years that had passed since our time as friends during our school years in Napa. I enjoyed traveling and "sharing the good news" about higher education to interested and involved university alumni. However, I'm now glad to say "retired" when asked my occupation these days! I hope that all is still well and that you are having a great time this weekend.

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Jul 27, 2017 at 10:56 PM

Pat, I was surprised to learn that another 1967 NHS graduate was liiving in Ohio! I met my husband and his three adult daughters on a cruise with my mother. I was working at UC Berkeley at that time and he "commuted" from his home town of Dayton to visit me. Eighteen months later we were married in Napa and moved to Ohio after his daughters were married. That was 20+ years ago and I'm now a 'step' grandmother to six great kids. We are still living in the same house in the middle of an old growth forest in Sugarcreek Township. I too have learned to use various types of equipment and we co-own a very old tractor with a neighbor. I'm unable to go to the reunion this year, but hope that you have the opportunity.

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Jul 29, 2017 at 12:07 PM

Posted on: Jul 27, 2017 at 10:35 PM

Kathy, I'm so glad we were able to share time together over dinner during one of my trips to Napa a few years ago. It was great hearing about your 'journey' since our school years together. I enjoyed learning all about your experiences as an elected official for Napa County - especially since your name appears on our marriage license as Recorder! I hope all is well and that you have a great time at the reunion.

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Jul 27, 2017 at 10:26 PM

Claudia, so glad we were able to reconnect during one of my university donor relations trips to Los Angeles a few years ago. I recently came across an old box of mementos from our school days together at Redwood Jr. High. It contained some of the notes we wrote back and forth to each other during class along with one from our teacher Ronald Gustin asking us to stop talking so much! I'm surprised we ever made it to High School! I hope you have a wonderful time at the reunion this weekend.

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Aug 08, 2017 at 10:49 AM

Posted on: Jul 27, 2017 at 10:14 PM

Don, I'm so glad that you registered for the reunion. I'm hopeful that you remember our days as one of the few Asian American minority students enrolled in the Napa school system. I believe you lived in the same neighborhood as I did (close/near to Carol Drive) and attended Pueblo Elementary & Redwood Jr. High School as well as NHS. I remember you as one of my favorite school friends during those years - very intelligent and never without an interesting book nearby. I hope you are well and enjoy the reunion.

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Posted on: Jul 20, 2017 at 11:45 PM

Hi Lyric, do you remember choir at Pueblo Vista? I used stand next to you when you sang the solo when we sang at different holidays. It was so much fun. You always had such a beautiful voice. Do you still sing?