Last year, Brooks Meek was inducted into Lewis & Clark’s Sports Hall of Fame, in part for leading his Pioneer teams to four national tournament appearances and two NCIC championships.
Basketball fans cheered on 7-foot-2-inch Iranian center Hamed Haddadi during the 2008 Summer Olympics, where he led all players in rebounding and blocking. Soon after, the Memphis Grizzlies jumped at the chance to sign this talented young free agent.
Brooks Meek, senior director, basketball operations–international for the National Basketball Association, was busy behind the scenes making sure that Haddadi’s transition to his new home went smoothly.
“The thing I like most about my job is working with young players, watching them grow into outstanding athletes in the NBA and on other teams,” he says.
Meek worked closely with Haddadi and his wife, making sure they had the appropriate paperwork from the U.S. government and helping them prepare for interactions with government and team officials, teammates, and the media.
“I’ve gone through the pains of living in a foreign country, feeling like an outsider,” says Meek, who played basketball in domestic professional leagues in Hong Kong, Japan, and Germany. “So I tend to understand how people can feel confused and off-balance when they’re thrust into a new culture.”
Other aspects of his job include handling day-to-day government affairs and international relations issues, and planning and implementing Basketball Without Borders, the NBA’s global basketball development and community relations initiative.
Basketball Without Borders aims to grow the sport while encouraging social change. Each summer, NBA players and coaches serve as mentors and coaches at elite basketball camps around the world. Since its inception in 2001, the program has reached more than 100 countries and territories.
“We give 14- to 19-year-olds the opportunity to develop and then go back home and help in their communities,” says Meek.
While basketball is rapidly growing in popularity in Asia, especially China, Meek says the best international players currently hail from Europe. However, he believes Africa holds the greatest potential for player development.
Prior to joining the NBA, Meeks worked as a consultant on the president’s council on the Y2K conversion, conducting town hall meetings to allay fears about potential problems associated with digital technology in the year 2000. Later, while working for the Walker Marchant Group, Meek consulted with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs during his 2004 Vote or Die campaign.
But basketball is in his blood.
Last year, Meek was inducted into Lewis & Clark’s Sports Hall of Fame, in part for leading his Pioneer teams to four national tournament appearances and two NCIC championships. In 1998 alone, he was NAIA Second Team All-American, All-Little Northwest Player of the Year, and First Team All-Conference. He also graduated as the second-leading scorer in Lewis & Clark history and all-time leader in steals.
“I’ve been playing ever since I could walk,” says Meek.
Every day, he wakes up feeling grateful for the opportunity to combine his love of the game with his passion for international affairs.
“Often people think of the NBA as primarily professional sports entertainment,” says Meek. “Few people realize how globally and socially responsible it is.”
–by Pattie Pace
Over the last three decades, alumna Christine Bourdette has become one of the most accomplished sculptors in the Northwest.
It was an unusual mime who sparked Christine Bourdette’s fascination with the human form.
“Unlike Marcel Marceau, Franz Reynders taught an insistent style of mime–very abstract and conceptual,” says Bourdette.
Reynders, who taught in Lewis & Clark’s theatre department, was a charismatic force on campus, remembers Bourdette. Although she never studied mime with him, she was captivated by a drawing class he offered. It focused on costume design, using a highly theatrical approach with the gesturing body as a medium.
Bourdette began her career as a painter, but quickly turned to sculpting after noticing that most of her paintings involved spatial concepts. Influences in the early days came from such widely divergent sources as minimalism and folk art.
Over the last three decades, she has become one of the most accomplished sculptors in the Northwest. Her pieces have been included in many private and public collections, including the Portland and Tacoma art museums, as well as public art installations in Portland, Seattle, and Phoenix. An enthusiastic collaborator, she has also worked with a number of choreographers, filmmakers, and other artists.
Bourdette’s consummate dedication to craft and skillful use of found and salvaged materials–including wood, leather, rawhide, rubber, plastic, fabric, and metals–have garnered respect from her clients and the art community. Wit, humor, and intelligence inform her work.
“The compelling issue that has driven my work for over 20 years has been the paradox of the human condition: its ornery, goofy illogic and the fact that we are all in this together,” she says. “My recurring themes include mortality, transformation, mobility, and deception. I love literature and have often been inspired by myths and fairy tales and the ways in which archetypal stories have come to bear as we solve our problems and find our way through life.”
Riddles, Bunnyheads, and Asides, Bourdette’s 2008 exhibition at the Art Gym at Marylhurst University, featured more than 50 sculptures and 6 drawings, created from 1987 to 2008. The exhibition included human figures–such as the Squatting Melissas, influenced by her travels in Asia–as well as anthropomorphized bunnies, birds, and elephants. All provided rich commentary on the human condition, in a myriad of quizzical, humorous, provocative ways.
Over the years, the financial rewards associated with public art projects have allowed Bourdette to support herself as an artist. For example, Time Flies,a “sequence of hurrying, swarming, flying, and time-related images” (porcelain enamel on steel panels), is on display at the Portland Airport Station, which is part of the Tri-Met MAX Light Rail system.
“I love the collaborative nature of public art–dovetailing on the work of architects, engineers, and government agencies,” she says.
Most recently, she has turned her attention back to drawing–specifically to the subject of maps. She’s enamored with the historical representation of places that are at once literal and abstract, shapes of countries and towns, and how people live and behave in community.
“I love that once a work is complete, I throw it out there and see how people react,” says Bourdette. “I believe in ambiguity and welcome an array of reactions.”
–by Pattie Pace
Class Notes: 1950s
Judge Robert Jones J.D. was named an honorary knight of the Royal Rosarians during the Portland Rose Festival in June 2008.
Class Notes: 1960s
Raymond Morris B.S. was a pilot biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska from 1962 to 1967 and then an oil and hazardous materials officer with the Environmental Protection Agency. He retired from the EPA in 1982 to become an independent environmental consultant in Alaska. He is divorced from his wife, Anita, and has two sons and two daughters, all living in Alaska. Morris says he suffered a stroke in February 2008, “but luck was with me and I’m making good progress in rehab.”
Duane Rhoadarmer B.A. retired at the end of December 2006 after 38 years of full-time ministry in small parishes in the upper Midwest. Since then he has done some part-time interim ministry, but also enjoyed traveling around the United States.
Judge Betty Roberts J.D. was named an honorary dame of the Royal Rosarians during the Portland Rose Festival in June 2008.
David Shilling B.A. and Marvi Andrus Shilling B.A. are retired in France. They can best be reached by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Conaway B.A. had a one-man show of his photography, titled A Photographer’s Journal, at the Community Fine Arts Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming, in summer 2008. Previously, Conaway has had work selected for the Governor’s Capital Art Exhibit in Cheyenne and has freelanced for several Wyoming newspapers. He has been an adjunct instructor in photography for Montana State University at Billings and for Western Wyoming Community College at Evanston. A firm believer in having a day job, he is a school principal at an alternative school working with emotionally disturbed youth.
Jo Ann Staebler B.A. earned her M.A. in medieval and early modern history at the University of Michigan. While in Ann Arbor she learned how to do publications working for the Presbyterian church there. She and her husband, Peter, married in 1978; they moved to Virginia and had two children. “I founded and produced a children’s musical theater for five years,” she says, but “everything changed in 1999 when I entered seminary. In 2003 our daughter Joanna graduated from L&C, our son Joel graduated from high school, and I received the master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary/Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. We celebrated with a fabulous adventure in the United Kingdom and Iceland.” She has now finished all requirements and is looking for a pastoral call. With her children settled in Washington state, she would prefer a Presbyterian church in the Pacific Northwest. “Is your church looking for a pastor?”
Class Notes: 1970s
Judith Armatta J.D. is completing a book on the trial of Slobodan Milosevic. The work will be published by Duke University Press. Armatta has spent the last three years in The Hague and plans to return to Oregon in the near future.
Jim Mountain J.D. was elected a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers at the academy’s recent meeting. The academy recognizes outstanding appellate lawyers and promotes the improvement of appellate advocacy and the administration of the appellate courts. Mountain is a shareholder in the Portland office of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick.
Richard Acott J.D. and Constance Acott celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 28, 2008.
Scott Kauffman J.D. had one of his short stories published in the spring edition of the r.kv.r.y quarterly literary journal. The story, titled “Rocking,” can be found online here.
Class Notes: 1980s
Elisabeth Groening B.A. has been named dean of students at the Waverly School, a small, progressive independent school in Pasadena, California. She continues to teach seventh- and eighth-grade English, too.
Deborah Vick B.A. is living in Williamsburg, Virginia, with her son, Adam, age 10, and two dogs, Nicky and Abby. She is a licensed clinical psychologist working with older adults. Vick spends her free time hiking, biking, and volunteering with Nicky, her therapy dog.
Peter Dehlinger J.D. has been hired as a partner at King & Spalding in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Dehlinger has a Ph.D. in biophysics from Stanford University and more than 27 years of patent experience. His biotech-pharmaceutical expertise includes molecular biology, pharmaceutical chemistry, drug delivery systems, diagnostics, instrumentation, thin-film media, robotics, solid-state devices, microfluidics, and microfabrication.
Timothy Lim B.A. was promoted in September 2008 to full professor at California State University at Los Angeles, where he teaches international relations and comparative politics in the political science department.
Aysegul Acar-Dreyer B.A. works from home as a freelance translator and volunteers time at her daughter Alizé’s elementary school. She and her husband, Doug, live outside of Washington, D.C., in Lake Barcroft, Falls Church, Virginia. She notes, “What a wonderful coincidence that the great-grandson of English Professor Ted Braun was in my daughter’s preschool class.” She found last year’s L&C class reunion “a blast–it was so nice to reconnect with old friends. Thank you L&C!”
Mark Gould J.D. was recently appointed by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell and confirmed by the state’s General Assembly as a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court. Gould is sitting in the Meriden Superior Court, where he is a resident judge hearing criminal, civil, family, and housing cases.
Judith Johansen J.D. was inaugurated in October 2008 as president of Marylhurst University. Previously, Johansen was president and CEO of PacifiCorp. She also served on the Lewis & Clark Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2008, including a term as board chair in 2007-08.
Matthew Murphy B.A. has fond memories of Lewis & Clark. He also has “a wonderful wife and family. I have worked for the same company now in Hawaii for 21 years and feel quite lucky for a lot of reasons. I would love to hear from any and all alumni of our class.”
Robert Lance Potter B.A. is the principal at Chiang Mai International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He returned there with his wife and four daughters after spending four years at Pennsylvania State University earning a Ph.D. in educational leadership.
Daniel McInerny J.D. was listed in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America and Indiana Super Lawyers in Environmental Law for 2008. He is a partner in the environmental group for the firm Bosey, McKinney & Evans in their Indianapolis office.
James Broude B.A., after spending 18 years in the restaurant business and receiving a master’s degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, gave it all up to develop software for the hospitality industry. An added benefit is the ability to spend time with his wife, Ellen, and kids, Noah (7) and Emily (11).
Craig Johnston J.D. has been elected to the council of the American Law Institute. Members are elected through a process that recognizes individuals for their significant professional achievements and demonstrated interest in the improvement of the law. Johnston is a professor of law at Lewis & Clark.
Corey Loehr B.A. has been living in Sydney since graduation. “I have a beautiful daughter and have found Australia just works for me. The IT industry has been my space–basically management and sales … pretty much what a B.A. does for you.”
James Zehren J.D. is president of the City Club of Portland. Zehren is a real estate attorney with Stoel Rives in their Portland office, specializing in construction and design law.
Christopher Shotola-Hardt B.A., who teaches fine art at Wilsonville High School, was named Oregon’s 2008 Art Educator of the Year. His own artwork is shown at Blackfish Gallery in the Pearl District; he exhibited new paintings there in December 2008.
Mark Schuster B.A. and his wife have owned and operated a wholesale plant supplier in the Puget Sound area, Vibrant Plants, since 1991. He says they are “Happily married with son Lucas (10) and daughter Katie (7). We are trying to show them the world before they leave us.”
Sharon Kloss J.D. has joined the University of Portland as director of gift planning.
Erin Waterman B.A. reports: “For the past 13 years, I have used my combination of interest in science and English degree to transcribe medical records. As with nurses, there is a severe nationwide shortage of good medical transcriptionists, and I would be happy to mentor anyone interested in the field. Though my brief marriage did not work, I am blessed by a beautiful daughter, age who is a cancer survivor. My unpaid career is as advocate families affected by childhood cancer. I was recently asked be on the parent advisory board to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at Children’s Hospital. I am also (with the assistance of my landlords) working on turning my backyard into a community garden for horticultural therapy for 21 families of children with serious or chronic illness.”
Todd Battenfield Wynward B.A. designs public charter schools from scratch in Taos, New Mexico. He and his wife, Margaret Bartlett, are involved in public education reform through Expeditionary Learning, a model that combines outdoor adventure with integrated curriculum and authentic assessment. This year they plan to take a break and travel the world with their nine-year-old, Nico.
Class Notes: 1990s
Elaine Lander B.A. and Debora Jorgensen Hall B.A. ‘91, former Akin roommates, recently got together for a visit after 18 years. After L&C, Lander was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal; she continues to volunteer with the American Red Cross in disaster services. She has two children, Ezra and Margarita. She lives with her husband in Philadelphia. After L&C, Maisha the dog retired to Arizona, where she died at age 15.
Debora Jorgensen Hall B.A., and Elaine Lander B.A. ‘90, former Akin roommates, recently got together for a visit after 18 years. Hall is well and has three children, Connor, Natalie, and Devin. Her husband is Travis Hall J.D. ‘98. She is back in Portland after living in Germany for 10 years.
Margaret Lawson B.A. earned her M.F.A. in printmaking from Arizona State University in 2001. Lawson is a K-8 art teacher at Gateway Elementary School in Phoenix. In her free time she works on various mosaic projects. (See also Marriages and Births)
Jesse Margolis J.D. was featured in the Curry County Reporter regarding his transition from private practice and the public defender’s office to serving on the Curry County Circuit Court bench. Margolis has been on the bench since January 2007.
Michelle McGuire B.A. is completing her graduate degree for school psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver. “I’ve got a great family and love living in Colorado!”
Miriam Ormae-Jamar B.A. is still using her L&C music degree–teaching private drum lessons full time (René’s Drum Studio), and with her band, Here Comes Everybody. Check out their newest release, the Veronica Project (2008), on their website.
Kirsten Bowden Udani B.A. last November celebrated 20 years with Nike, where she has been promoted to a manager position in the planning IT department. She and her husband celebrated 15 years of marriage in 2008. Their two daughters both enjoy playing soccer and keep them very busy.
Corey Welch B.A. finished his Ph.D. on the genetics of Australian birds and Pacific Northwest mammals at the University of Washington. He’s continuing his work on Pacific Northwest mammals during a three-year post-doc at the University of Kansas, and is also teaching biology at Haskell Indian Nations University. He is “sad to leave the Northwest, but I shall return!”
Geoffrey Hooker B.A. has settled back in Perth, Western Australia, with wife Nicky and daughter Zoe, and is “still playing baseball. I’m the M.D. of our national league team, Perth Heat.”
Margaret Weddell J.D. has been appointed to Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Board by Governor Ted Kulongoski. Previously, Weddell worked for the Portland firm Swanson Thomas & Coon and specialized in personal injury matters and workers compensation.
Riccardo Falchini B.A. has been running Casale-Falchini, the family winery in San Gimignano, Tuscany, since 1996 with his brother, Christopher. Their recent successes include silver medals at the 2008 Bruxelles Monde Selection Wine Challenge and a three-year standing as one of Robert Parker’s favorite red wine producers with a 90+ rating. Falchini and his wife, Eleonora Tsoumas from Portland, live in Florence with their son, Gabriele, and daughter, Elektra.
Susan Francois B.A. professed her first vows as a sister of St. Joseph of Peace on October 11, 2008. She is on the staff of the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center in Seattle.
Jolene Reed Laughlin B.A. is a finance director at First Data Corporation in Denver. She enjoys skiing, playing soccer, and scuba diving. (See also Births.)
Douglas Mulford B.S., who recently moved to Atlanta to teach chemistry at Emory University, says he is still getting used to the South but loves Emory. “I am in a teaching-only position, with no research requirements, and love being able to focus on my students and improve my teaching!”
Cable Green B.S. and Lesley Parker Green B.A. ‘96, after spending a decade in Ohio, have moved their family back to the Northwest. They now live in Olympia, Washington, where Cable loves his job as director of e-learning with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. (See also Births.)
Tamar Baptist-Trindade Hare B.A., after working for 18 months in Lewis & Clark’s annual giving office, is now development manager for the Portland Housing Center. She and Eric Hare B.S. ‘95 celebrated 12 years of marriage last summer. They live in Beaverton with their two children, Andrew, 5, and Amelia, 2.
Lesley Parker Green B.A. and Cable Green B.S. ‘95, after spending a decade in Ohio, have moved their family back to the Northwest. They now live in Olympia, Washington. Lesley enjoyed a spell as a full-time mother, then returned in the fall to her second love, working as a small-animal veterinarian. (See also Births.)
Michelle Kerin J.D. has been elected president of the board of trustees for Portland’s International School, which is dedicated to providing children with an education that includes fluency in more than one language. In addition to serving as president, she chairs the human resources committee. A Farleigh Wada Witt shareholder, Kerin focuses her practice on litigation, employment, and labor law.
Katherine “Kate” Nicholson B.A. is living down under this year, studying environmental management at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. “Fun, fun, fun!” she says. “Send me a line if you’re ever down this way.”
Dominic Auld J.D. has joined the New York law firm Labaton Sucharow. Auld is responsible primarily for working with the client and case development departments to identify meritorious securities fraud cases and present them to the institutional investors harmed by the conduct at issue. He focuses on the firm’s existing relationships with institutional investors from his home country of Canada and will also be part of the firm’s outreach to other institutions worldwide.
Phil Bender J.D. has transferred from K&L Gates’ Portland office to the firm’s Pittsburgh office. He continues to represent clients in the Pacific Northwest and beyond in a wide range of environmental, regulatory, permitting, and litigation matters.
Adina Cunningham J.D. has become deputy director of county administration for San Juan County, Washington.
Heidi Havrilla Green B.A. ‘98 has had a remarkable rise in Georgia politics over the past six years, reports her proud husband, Reuben Green B.A. ‘97. While working for Governor Sonny Perdue for about five years, she rose to become one of his senior advisors. In 2007 she was appointed deputy director for global commerce at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. In that role she is responsible for a staff of about one hundred and is in charge of recruiting businesses to Georgia from far-flung places including China, Korea, Japan, and Europe. She also traveled with the governor last year to the Republican National Convention to meet with businesses in Minnesota. Additional trade missions include one to Italy, Spain, and Portugal and another to the Far East. Last year she was on the cover of the July/August issue of Atlanta Woman magazine and was cited by Georgia Trend magazine as one of the 40 most influential people under 40 years of age for the year.
Justin Henderson B.A. is a prosecutor in the Navy Judge Advocate General Corps, stationed in Washington, D.C., where, he says, “We live right by the Navy Yard and wasted hundreds on Washington Nationals season tickets this year.” His wife, Heather Cassidy, is also a Navy JAG. (See Marriages.)
Jon Lukas B.A. lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, Connie, and their daughter. (See Births.) He is a psychotherapist in private practice treating anxiety disorders.
Tamar Salomon B.A. has been taking prerequisite classes at Portland Community College and applying for accelerated bachelor’s in nursing programs in recent months.
Michele Stone J.D. has joined the Portland firm of Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf.
Jaime Traeger B.A. and her husband live in Spokane, Washington, where she owns a small full-service commercial real estate firm. She graduated in May 2008 from Gonzaga University with a masters in business administration.
Laura Benson B.A. and Jeremy Brown B.A. have moved to Vancouver, B.C., where Jeremy is assistant professor of history at Simon Fraser University. Laura served as campaign director at the Environmental Health Coalition; Jeremy finished his Ph.D. in modern Chinese history at the University of California at San Diego. (See also Births.)
Scott Bogue J.D. has been selected as the successor to Seventh Circuit Magistrate Michael O’Connor. Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, Bogue has served as the staff attorney for the Seventh Circuit since 2001. He has also served as an assistant state attorney general in the appellate division, a legal editor for Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill, an independent legal contractor, and a Seventh Circuit Court law clerk.
Greg Corbin J.D. has been promoted to principal in the Portland office of Stoel Rives. He is a member of the firm’s resources, development, and environment practice group and of the forest industries and renewable energy team. He represents private and public interests on regulatory strategies, major project permitting, and natural resource-related transactions. Many of his clients have interests in Oregon’s Klamath River Basin on matters concerning water rights adjudication and regulatory matters. Corbin holds a master of forest science degree, and he writes and speaks frequently on issues affecting the forest products industry and forest landowners.
Alicia Gilbert-Dugas B.A., in her second year as assistant dean of students and first-year dean of the college at Kenyon College, finds her work challenging and rewarding. Kenyon reminds her of L&C, she says, with “smart and engaged students who are collaborative and driven.” Working at a 100 percent residential college that is short on housing calls for creative problem-solving skills, and she looks forward to next year’s opening of a new $20 million residence hall. She continues, “Lee and I are happily supporting our Louisiana State University Tigers in Buckeye Country by often flying down to LSU for alumni events and football. I have been to Oregon several times and it has been great seeing everyone. All are welcome to visit if you find yourself in Ohio!”
Rachel Kondor J.D. has been a senior legislative assistant for U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona since 2003. Kondor and her husband, Brian Segee, live in Brentwood, Maryland, with their two dogs, Kali and Rocky, and their cat, Oregon.
Laura Maffei J.D. has been promoted to shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in their Portland office. She joined the firm in 1999 and her practice focuses on environmental and natural resources law.
Joel Shapiro J.D. joined the Washington, D.C., staff of Sen. Ron Wyden as counsel for judiciary, foreign affairs, immigration, elections, labor, education, and nanotechnology issues. He previously served as a deputy district attorney for Multnomah County and as political outreach director for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.
Aaron Tresham B.A. recently graduated from The Master’s Seminary (M.Div. 2007, Th.M. 2008). He is currently working on a Th.D.
Class Notes: 2000s
Becca Bernstein B.A. was selected last year as one of Southwest Art magazine’s 21 emerging artists to watch for 2008. You can learn which of her “quirky traits” attracted the attention of David Letterman at Southwest Art. Additional examples of her art are available on her own website.
Emily Davis B.A. lives with her husband, Jason Davis, near Charlottesville, Virginia. She is completing her Ph.D. in curriculum, instruction, and school administration at the University of Virginia, and she also runs the mentoring program for beginning teachers in a local school district.
Darius Hartwell J.D. was awarded the 2007 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award from the Lewis & Clark Small Business Legal Clinic. Hartwell has represented a wide array of clients in the transactional setting, as well as providing general corporate counsel on an ongoing basis. Hartwell was recently named shareholder with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in their Portland office.
Román Hernández J.D. has joined the board of directors of the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association and has made a presentation to business leaders and government officials in Guadalajara to discuss laws that affect businesses in Oregon. The presentation was part of a larger celebration recognizing the 25th anniversary of Portland and Guadalajara’s sister city relationship. Hernández is a shareholder with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.
Gordon Phillips J.D. has been elected to shareholder with Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook in the Bend office. Phillips specializes in family law, divorce, custody, and support matters.
Aleava Sayre B.A., an attorney with Leonard, Street and Dinard in Minneapolis, received an award from the law firm for her commitment to pro bono legal service in the public interest. She had represented a man who was qualified for citizenship but whose papers had been delayed for many years, helping him attain citizenship and remain united with his family. Sayre received her law degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. She focuses her practice on administrative and environmental law.
Masha Tivyan B.A. has been doing stand-up comedy around Los Angeles and writing a half-hour pilot.
Mary-Beth Baptista J.D. is director of Portland’s Independent Police Review. Baptista, who has been a deputy district attorney for Multnomah County for seven years, has also worked as an outreach coordinator for the Sierra Club.
David Bean J.D. has been named a partner with the Portland firm Meyer & Wyse. He currently serves as president of the board of directors of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.
Elizabeth Howard J.D. has been named a partner with Dunn Carney in their Portland office. She practices environmental, natural resources, and agricultural law. Howard regularly represents her clients in federal and state courts, in negotiations with administrative agencies, and in administrative proceedings at the state and federal levels. She also is the leader of the firm’s agriculture/natural resources team and environmental team.
Jacqueline Jacobson J.D. has opened her own law practice in Portland. She focuses primarily on representing injured workers.
Christopher Larson B.A. is a captain in the U.S. Army and attending the Interservice Physician Assistant Program at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
Laura Ireland Moore J.D. ‘01 and Holly Gibbons J.D. ‘04 opened Gibbons & Ireland in August 2008 in Waldport. Moore was executive director of the National Center for Animal Law and director and clinical professor of the Animal Law Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School for the past seven years.
Melissa Powers J.D., after five years with the law school’s Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, joined the full-time faculty last fall as an assistant professor of law. She teaches energy law, climate change law, ocean and coastal law, other environmental courses, and administrative law. She also continues to assist the environmental law and animal law moot court teams. Powers is married to Mark Riskedahl J.D. ‘00, executive director of the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, located at the law school.
Cameron Parker Sutton B.A. is a consulting teacher in science for the Auburn, Maine, School Department for K-12 students. Last year she coached the high school Maine State Champion Envirothon team, which competed at the international competition in Arizona in July 2008. She recently visited the Galapagos Islands with her husband, Raymond, where the flora and fauna awed them both. Sutton is pursuing a master of science in education and is enjoying all that Maine has to offer.
John Villavicencio B.A. reports that his summer 2008 travels featured a double century ride along the Pacific Coast Highway and a Habitat for Humanity build in Argentina. After helping to finish three homes in a flood-prone area of the Pampas, he decided to apply to be trip leader for the Argentina build this year. He is in his fifth year at Berkeley, is an avid Crossfit.com follower, and has added adventure races to his calendar. “My life has never been so rich.”
Lynn Archer J.D. has been selected as a partner in the Minneapolis firm of Parsinen Kaplan Rosberg & Gotlieb. She is an attorney with the firm’s corporate law team and its employee stock ownership plans and employee and executive benefits team. Archer’s practice focuses on the design, implementation, qualification, administration, funding, communication, and termination of employee stock ownership plans and other employee benefit plans. She also provides corporate law clients with strategic counsel on tax-related issues.
Megan Cahn B.A. is working toward a master’s degree in public health at Oregon State University with a focus in international health and is serving as a teaching assistant.
D. Joe Collver B.A. is living in Japan for the time being. His travel photography can be found on Flickr.
Jeffrey Crowl B.A. is back in the Pacific Northwest, working on his M.B.A. in sustainable business at Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Jeanette Schuster J.D. joined Tonkon Torp as an associate in the real estate and environmental law practice group, focusing on environmental and renewable energy matters. Her experience includes helping clients to resolve problems related to environmental cleanup, environmental insurance claims, wind power siting, water rights, land use and zoning, and utility rate cases.
Patrick Ward J.D. is an assistant attorney general in the human services section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice.
Gretchen Barnes J.D. has been named a partner with the Portland firm Cable Huston. Barnes is a member of the firm’s business and real estate groups. Her scope of practice includes negotiating and preparing acquisition, leasing, and financing documents for complex real estate transactions.
Sarah Budd B.A. defended her dissertation in August 2008 and received her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois in October. She is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Redlands for the 2008-09 school year.
Theodore Heus J.D. has joined Scheminske & Lyons as an associate. His practice emphasizes appellate litigation before Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Board and appellate courts in defense of Oregon employers.
Lindsey R. Chmielewski B.A. is now home with her husband in Minnesota, where she is attending medical school. (See also Marriages.)
Casia Freitas B.A. has been working as a researcher at the New Teacher Center, University of California at Santa Cruz, since February 2008. She is happy to be back in her home state and living so near the ocean. Her research centers on improving school working conditions as well as diversifying the teaching workforce to improve teaching quality and increase learning opportunities for teachers and students. A book on which she consulted, Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy, by Paul Brest and Hal Harvey, was published by Bloomberg Press in November 2008.
Hani Gharbawi J.D. has been named general counsel and company secretary for Emaar, a Dubai-based real estate company. Previously, Gharbawi was the interim chief legal counsel at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
Holly Gibbons J.D. ‘04 and Laura Ireland Moore J.D. ‘01 opened Gibbons & Ireland in August 2008 in Waldport.
Amanda Johnson B.A. completed her M.S.Ed. in museum education and has been working as a third-grade assistant teacher in New York. She hopes to reenter the museum world in the near future. She also enjoys traveling whenever possible. Johnson now lives in Brooklyn, where her cat, roommate, and boyfriend all enjoy each other’s company on the deck. She would like to reconnect with other alumni and welcomes e-mails at email@example.com.
Kelsey Lewis B.A. is working on her master’s in public administration and plans to work in local government. Oregon is still her home.
Jessica Stern B.A. left her position at Lewis & Clark last October to take a position with Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts, working to connect business leaders with nonprofit arts organizations.
Zoe Wild J.D. has joined the Portland office of Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook, where she practices family law.
Bear Wilner-Nugent J.D. opened an office in Portland specializing in criminal defense, appeals, and related areas of practice.
David Woessner B.A. moved to Salt Lake City for graduate school. He is in the pharmacology/toxicology Ph.D. program at the University of Utah. This comes after working for four years at OHSU in the Oregon Hearing Research Center. The work he participated in at OHSU, titled “Functional auditory hair cells produced in the mammalian cochlea by in utero gene transfer,” was published in September 2008 in the journal Nature.
J. Ashlee Albies J.D. has joined Steenson, Schumann, Tewksbury, Creighton & Rose in Portland as an associate.
Sharl Azar B.A. is a third-year medical student at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine.
Shannon Chaney B.A. received the J.D. degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2008. Chaney participated in the Honors Lawyering Program, in which students complete full-time legal apprenticeships while attending law school. She was a member of Golden Gate’s law review and graduated with honors.
Anthony de Jong J.D. has joined the Austin, Texas, firm Larson Newman Abel & Polansky as an associate attorney. His practice specializes in patent fields as diverse as oilfield technology, chemistry, aeronautics, and data security.
Brian Federico B.S., after three years as a counselor in Lewis & Clark’s admissions office, is now a development officer in Institutional Advancement. He says, “I’m still living in downtown Portland with Megan Bulger B.A. ‘05 and enjoying life in PDX!”
Travis Harper B.A. has finished up three years on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme in Aomori Prefecture, just south of Hokkaido. He has moved back to the Pacific Northwest–this time to Seattle, where he is “in the immediate job hunt while my long-term plan is to become a high school foreign language teacher once I get my teaching credential. Yoroshiku!”
Sabrina Hirsch B.A. owns a women’s clothing boutique in Seattle. She also designs her own in-house clothing label. Check it out at SMF Sporty Chic.
Christine Jacobson B.A. during 2008 was sailing the high seas on tall ships working as deckhand, bosun, or whatever came along. By December she expected to have her captain’s license, and to “proceed as normal. I still knit with a vengeance and have switched over to entirely hand-knit socks.”
Jill Brittle J.D. has joined the Portland office of Stahancyk, Kent, Johnson & Hook, where she practices family law.
Nicole Dalton J.D. has started a practice, the Law Office of Nicole Dalton, in Vancouver, Washington.
Elisa Dozono J.D. has been appointed to the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission board of commissioners. She is an associate with Miller Nash and specializes in business litigation and government relations.
Heather Ebert J.D. joined Wallace, Klor & Mann as an associate in their Lake Oswego office.
Phillip Haberthur J.D. was chosen from a pool of nine candidates to fill a vacant position on the Battle Ground (Washington) City Council. He is an associate in the Vancouver office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and specializes in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation.
Jinnifer Jeresek J.D. was the 2008 commencement speaker at Montana State College of Agriculture, from which she earned a degree in 2003. She says she encouraged the graduates to acknowledge and embrace their roots, figurative and otherwise. Jeresek works as a lawyer for Karnopp Petersen in Bend, specializing in land use litigation and tribal law.
Donna Lee J.D. joined Hoffman, Hart & Wagner in their Portland office as an associate.
Kristin Winges J.D. is an assistant attorney general in the torts section of the trial division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Previously, Winges was a judicial clerk for the Clackamas County Circuit Court.
Scott Leonard J.D. has opened his law office in Portland. His practice focuses on representing small businesses and individuals in the areas of business transactions and litigation, family and estate law, tax and bankruptcy law, and criminal defense.
Dan Mensher J.D. has joined Lewis & Clark’s Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center as a clinical professor and staff attorney. His work focuses on water quality and hazardous waste remediation.
Paul Muzi B.A., still living in Portland, has moved across the river to 15th and Morrison.
Yonna Park J.D. has joined Stoll Berne as an associate. Park’s practice emphasizes complex business and intellectual property litigation.
Melissa Saulog B.A. has left the PR world to pursue her interest in helping students at an independent high school in San Francisco find colleges.
Frederick Schroeder J.D. is clerking for Judge Robert Herndon in Clackamas County. (See also Births)
Kate Stebbins J.D. is a deputy district attorney in the Hood River County District Attorney’s Office.
Thor Tingey J.D. has joined Ball Janik as an associate in their Portland office. His principal practice is land use.
Yarrow Ulehman B.A. has been living in Munich, Germany, since August 2007. Working as an intern at the Munich International School has inspired her to begin working toward a master’s degree in education part time through the University of Bath. She loves her life abroad, including the opportunity to travel to Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Morocco last year.
A native Oregonian, Pam Knowles is passionate about greater Portland. She loves the way diverse neighboring communities integrate with the Portland and Vancouver metropolitan areas to create a robust region.
A native Oregonian, Pam Knowles is passionate about greater Portland. She loves the way diverse neighboring communities–in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties in Oregon, and Clark County in Washington–integrate with the Portland and Vancouver metropolitan areas to create a robust region.
“Most people think a chamber of commerce focuses solely on the bottom line,” says Knowles, chief operating officer of the Portland Business Alliance. “But our members are also committed to sustainable living, innovation, and strong community involvement–especially education initiatives.”
Knowles signed on as membership director for the business alliance in 2004. The following year, she was promoted to COO, and she is now responsible for a combined $12 million budget as well as day-to-day operations of the membership, finance, technology, human resources, legal, administration, and communications departments.
Over 1,400 members strong, the alliance represents more than 325,000 business people in the region. Its members collaborate with state and local governments on broad issues like taxation, transportation, trade, and the federal economic stimulus package. This spring, Portland-area business leaders are traveling to China to explore importing and exporting opportunities.
The alliance also works with downtown Portland businesses on initiatives aimed at making the area safe, clean, and inviting–such as a homeless-to-work project that creates jobs and helps rid the city of trash and graffiti.
With 14,000 people attending their events last year, the alliance is also one of the region’s best resources for networking. “Our Green Hour, an event showcasing members’ sustainability practices, and our speed-networking sessions regularly attract more than 100 members,” says Knowles.
Her career path began at Oregon State University and led her to Lewis & Clark Law School, where she attended evening classes while working full time.
An internship during her last year in law school with the district attorney’s office quickly convinced her not to pursue trial law. “Trial lawyers need a win-at-all-costs mentality. I’m more of a collaborative person,” she says.
That mindset drew Knowles to the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine, where she became that office’s first woman partner and chaired its employment law department–even though she was working part time to be home more with her young family. During the 1990s, she was executive director for Oregon’s Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability.
When the new millennium arrived, Knowles switched gears and embraced her passion for the arts. She served as program director for development of an arts education plan with the Portland Schools Foundation, then as director of development and marketing for Portland Center Stage.
Knowles’ eclectic expertise and unbridled energy and enthusiasm–along with her warm, infectious laugh–make her an ideal advocate for the greater Portland business community.
“The best thing about my job is that it’s always changing,” she says. “Every day something comes up that I didn’t anticipate. I thrive on those challenges.”
–by Pattie Pace
For the past the five years, Shahzeb Jillani has been the editor of BBC Urdu Radio, broadcasting news and current affairs to South Asia. He manages a team of reporters and producers who bring news to more than 13 million people worldwide.
Pandemonium broke out in the London newsroom as reporters scrambled to cover the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States–just three short months after Shahzeb Jillani joined the BBC World Service as a radio and online producer.
“I remember staring at the TV screen in shock with this nagging sense that the attacks in America were bound to unleash huge misery to thousands of people halfway round the globe,” says Jillani. Soon thereafter, the BBC began its coverage of the war in Afghanistan. “It’s been exhausting, nonstop reporting ever since,” he says.
For the past the five years, Jillani has been the editor of BBC Urdu Radio, broadcasting news and current affairs to South Asia. He manages a team of reporters and producers who bring news to more than 13 million people worldwide. Pakistani diaspora in the United States and Canada listen to BBC Urdu broadcasts on the Web at www.bbcurdu.com.
“When I feel weary, I remind myself that we provide a lifeline to millions of people, especially those in remote rural areas facing insurgencies where there are no TVs, no newspapers.
“We’re covering the war in tribal regions–areas the CIA calls a safe haven for Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants–better than anyone around the world. We have local contacts and reporters on the ground, many of whom face death threats and intimidation for doing their jobs.”
Jillani returned to his homeland of Pakistan shortly after graduating from Lewis & Clark in 1994. He first worked for the party of Benazir Bhutto, the Pakistani opposition leader and two-time prime minister who was assassinated in December 2007. But even though Jillani’s family has been in politics for four decades, he decided to pursue a career in journalism.
A few years after joining the BBC World Service in London, he served as its South Asia correspondent and also traveled to Brazil, Venezuela, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on reporting assignments. One of his most thought-provoking assignments was based in the United States: in 2003, he interviewed Muslim Americans about their post-9/11 experiences.
“I traveled from Boston to Texas, Arizona to New York,” he says. “I talked with Muslim business professionals, physicians, and taxi drivers. Virtually everyone had been approached by the FBI. They were questioned at their workplaces or had agents barge in to their homes on the pretext that their names sounded Muslim. Many lives were shattered by this widespread abuse.”
Despite, or perhaps because of, his success at the BBC, Jillani is ready for a change.
“After eight years in one place, I’ve pretty much decided to move on to something bigger and more challenging,” he says.
Jillani, who is currently based in London, is considering moving back to his country of origin. “Pakistan has been a big story during the last few years, and is likely to remain so for some time. I’d rather be in the thick of things now than a distant onlooker,” he says. He’s considering working as a correspondent to report on and explain Pakistan to the wider world. He’s also interested in documentary filmmaking and in politics.
No matter what challenges lie ahead, Jillani feels prepared to meet them. “Studying at Lewis & Clark gave me enormous confidence, the ability to face extreme difficulty, and the courage to facilitate meaningful change.”
–by Pattie Pace
Last September, the U.S. Department of Education honored Tess Miller as a 2008 American Star of Teaching for her success in helping children learn to read.
A 5-year-old girl stood in front of Tess Miller’s kindergarten class, hands on hips and face scrunched into an angry glare. But she was not throwing a tantrum–she was acting out a story scene.
Kindergartners love to ham it up, and Miller channels that energy to boost their reading and comprehension skills.
“Students whose first language is Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Bosnian, or Spanish might not understand the story in English, but they can grasp its meaning through dramatization,” says Miller, a teacher at Lincoln Park Elementary in Portland.
Last September, the U.S. Department of Education honored her as a 2008 American Star of Teaching for her success in helping children learn to read. Every year, the department recognizes one teacher from each state and the District of Columbia.
“It’s wonderful to be acknowledged by my peers,” says Miller, “but I really do it for the children. I work for them.”
Teaching is Miller’s second career. Previously she was a social worker in the Philippines, and later in Arizona after she married an American and moved to the States. She found working with developmentally disabled children and geriatric long-term-care patients rewarding–but also sad.
During that time, Miller also taught Sunday school to joyful, inquisitive 3- and 4-year-olds.
At 40, she realized it was time for a career change and began taking teacher education classes part time while working full time–eventually earning her master’s degree in teaching at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling.
“My brain is hardwired in Tagalog, my first language,” says Miller, who still takes time each day to improve her mastery of English. “Lewis & Clark taught me the real essence of reading. I learned to visualize and make connections with my life experiences.”
Many of Miller’s students–English speaking and English language learners–are poor and didn’t attend preschool or learn to read at home. She sets the bar high to ensure their success.
“My classroom is very structured,” she says. “This year I have 19 boys and 8 girls, and the boys are much rowdier. Last year I had 33 students. Structure and high expectations are my survival skills.”
A stickler for organization, Miller employs a color-coding system, hand signals, and pictures to bring order and clarity to her classroom. Two fingers raised in a V-sign, like bunny ears, mean students should listen. A picture of a girl with one finger in front of her mouth indicates quiet time.
Despite the challenges of reining in and molding an exuberant bunch of kindergartners, Miller wouldn’t trade her job for any other.
“In March, we all wore our pajamas to school to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. I put rubber bands in my short hair, making it stick out all over,” she says. “Where else could I find a job that’s this much fun?”
–by Pattie Pace