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Class of 1992

  • CAS class correspondent: Edgard Antonio Garcia BA ’92

    “Hola, class of ’92! Our 25th reunion is in June so don’t forget to register! I’d love to see everyone back on the Hill. Also, as your new class correspondent, please send me your stories and updates so we can all catch up on what we’ve been up to since our days on Palatine Hill.” —May 15, 2017

  • SB
    • 09/01/2011

      Announced the formation of Cartwright Whitman Baer, formerly Cartwright & Associates. The new firm will continue to provide legal services for individuals and professionals in the areas of estate, trust, and elder financial abuse litigation; estate and trust administration; and protective proceedings and appeals.

  • MC
    • 10/14/2016

      Mara Carnahan BA ’92 lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband, Patrick, and sons Finn and Adler. They enjoy adventuring in the wilderness that surrounds their city.

  • SC
    • 10/13/2017

      Sarah Carter BS ’92 moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, in 2014 to pursue a postdoc in landscape ecology. Now an ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Fort Collins Science Center, she works closely with the Bureau of Land Management to balance conservation and energy development across multiple-use lands in the western United States. She loves waking up next to the foothills and is super happy to be close to her L&C roommate, Michelle McGuire BA ’92.

  • LC
    • 02/15/2017

      Lisa Cianciulli BA ’92 lives in Rome with her husband and their 11-year-old son, Luca. She teaches English privately, as well as in a junior high school, and she offers translation services to multinational companies. She and her family have spent most of their time in and about Italy, traveling on vacation to Tuscany, Marche, Umbria, Campania, and Puglia. A few years back, they visited Strasbourg, France, where Cianciulli had studied abroad as a Lewis & Clark student. She enjoyed showing her family around the beautiful city.

  • Dorothy Cofield JD ’92
    • 09/01/2013

      Moved the Cofield Law Office to 8705 S.W. Nimbus Avenue, Suite 380, in Portland. She will continue to focuses her practice on all aspects of land use law, including rural and urban development permits.

  • SC
    • 02/15/2017

      Gustav BA ’92, who got his start at Lewis & Clark’s KLC radio station, became a well-known Portland radio personality due to the 1990s program Gustav and Daria. Now he is rejoining Reed graduate Daria Eliuk on a new program called Alternative Afternoons With Daria and Gustav. The show airs on 94.7 KNRK from 2 to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

  • Gilion C. Dumas JD ’92
    • 02/01/2015

      Opened her own law practice, the Dumas Law Group, with associate attorney Ashley L. Vaughn. They will continue to represent victims of child sexual abuse, both adults and children, in cases against perpetrators and institutions. The new firm will also continue to represent small businesses and individuals with civil lawsuits, employment claims, real estate matters, and other business disputes, and has the flexibility to handle certain personal injury and professional malpractice claims.

    • 09/01/2011

      Was elected to the board of the Cascade Policy Institute. Dumas is a partner with O’Donnell Clark & Crew and has substantial experience in commercial, real estate, and tort litigation.

  • CD
    • 10/14/2016

      Chuck Dunn BA ’92, a professor and chair of math at Linfield College, was a one-day champion on the game show Jeopardy last November. On a different note, he traveled to Beijing, China, with the Rose City Trombones, representing the United States at the 18th annual Beijing Tourism Festival.

  • LE
    • 01/07/2016

      Was named president and chief operating officer of Black Hills Corporation. Evans served as president and chief operating officer of utilities for the company since 2003. In that position, he led the company’s electric and natural gas utilities, power generation, and coal mining businesses. Evans’ new role encompasses all of the company’s business segments, including the early 2016 addition of the oil and gas exploration and production subsidiary and the utility properties of SourceGas.

  • RF
    • 10/13/2017

      Ruthe Farmer BA ’92, who previously led tech inclusion initiatives in the Obama White House, is now chief evangelist at, a nonprofit that serves as a national hub to help all students in grades K-12 achieve computer science literacy as part of their educational experience. She travels extensively for work and fun, and met with fellow Munich program alumna Lori Larsen BA ’92 in Brussels in December.

    • 02/15/2017

      Ruthe Farmer BA ’92 gave a talk titled Computer Science for All at a TEDx conference in winter 2017. Farmer has been working for diversity and inclusion in the tech and engineering world for many years. She is responsible for the creation and subsequent scaling up of multiple national programs such as LEGO Robotics for Girl Scouts, NCWIT Aspirations in Computing, and the AspireIT computing outreach program, among others.

  • EG
    • 10/14/2017

      Edgard García BA ’92 is celebrating 31+ years of overseas living—in the United States (he is originally from Nicaragua). As a Spanish translator at SAIF, he teaches and creates strategic communication for employers and workers in Oregon. García is also a member of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Latino Leadership Class X. He reports that he enjoys raising a future Pioneer for the class of 2029.

    • 10/13/2017

      Edgard Antonio García BA ’92 lives in Lake Oswego and is an active volunteer at LC. He participates in organizing reunions, volunteering in the career center, and welcoming prospective student to campus, and is a loyal fan of all Pioneer sports. He is raising a future Pioneer (Class of 2029), Evan Antonio, who plays soccer and basketball. As the corporate translator at SAIF, García provides clear communication to the Spanish-preferred workforce in Oregon. García travels to Nicaragua, his native country, every two years and enjoys visiting his family.

  • SG
    • 09/01/2011

      Was the keynote speaker for the 2011 Davis County Democratic Party Convention. Gill is the district attorney for Salt Lake County, Utah.

  • Alan Graf JD ’92
    • 11/01/2014

      Released a book, I Inhaled: Rantings, Ramblings, and Ravings of a Hippie Lawyer, in late October 2014. It covers his own career as well as stories about civil rights litigation through the eyes of a self-proclaimed hippie lawyer.

  • PH
    • 11/10/2018

      Paula Hayes BS ’92 is the CEO of Hue Noir, a makeup company geared toward people of color. The company was the recipient of Portland Business Journal’s Small Business Innovation Award for 2017.

    • 10/14/2016

      Paula Hayes BS ’92, founder and CEO of cosmetics manufacturer Hue Noir and a Lewis & Clark trustee, has been appointed to the Oregon Business Development Commission.

  • VH
    • 03/12/2018

      Victor Hoffer JD ’92 received both the 2017 Paramedic of the Year Award and the 2017 Excellence in Training Award from Marion County Fire District 1 (Salem, Oregon). A career paramedic as well as a practicing attorney, Hoffer also received the 2017 Paramedic of the Year Award from Mount Angel Fire District 15, where he volunteers. Hoffer’s father was a Mount Angel firefighter and EMT for 41 years and the fire chief for 15 years, and his mother was the city’s mayor. Hoffer’s legal practice, also located in Mount Angel, focuses on elder law, business law, and serving the disenfranchised and underserved in his community. He also serves on the Oregon Transportation Safety Committee, of which he was appointed chair in 2016 by Governor Kate Brown JD ’85.

  • John Kaempf JD ’92
    • 09/01/2013

      With Dan Lindahl ’84, formed Lindahl Kaempf in Portland. The firm focuses on defending civil litigation in Oregon and Washington state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels.

  • LL
    • 10/13/2017

      Lori Larsen BA ’92 has been a translator living in Brussels for the past 10 years. She says she’s “been so lucky to see L&C friends, including Ruthe Farmer BA ’92 here and in Portland and Robert Earhart BA ’94 in Paris so often over the years.” She also feels fortunate to have “reconnected with my father after 38 years, who’s name I have taken along with my own and who lived just up the road from L&C the entire time I was there.”

  • SL
    • 02/10/2016

      Was named port manager of the Port of Siuslaw. Leskin had spent 23 years as an attorney and municipal judge in Oregon before accepting this position.

  • DM
    • 03/02/2016

      Filed to run for Clatsop County circuit court judge in the May election to replace Judge Philip Nelson, who will retire this year. McIntosh, who works for McIntosh and Long in Gearhart, Oregon, primarily handles domestic relations, juvenile, and criminal cases in Clatsop and Tillamook Counties.

  • SM
    • 11/16/2017

      Scott McPherson BS ’92, previously senior vice president of business operations at Core-Mark Holding Company in South San Francisco, assumed the position of president and chief operating officer in October 2017.

    • 10/14/2016

      Scott McPherson BS ’92 is senior vice president of business operations and development at Core-Mark, a supplier of merchandise to the convenience retail industry. McPherson has worked for Core-Mark since soon after graduation, starting his climb up the ladder as a salesman.

  • JM
    • 06/07/2017

      Jilma Meneses JD ’92 was named chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, effective July 1, 2017. Meneses had been serving as the chief operating officer and chief general counsel for Concordia University in Portland. Previously, she was dean of Concordia’s law school.

    • 02/01/2015

      Jilma Meneses JD ’92 joined Concordia University Portland as its chief operating officer. Meneses had served as Portland State University’s chief diversity officer since 2010.

  • BN
    • 09/01/2013

      Is admitted to practice in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire; the U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire; and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Needleman is an attorney with McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton.

  • CO
    • 12/08/2017

      Colleen O’Dell BA ’92 is a landscape architect and planner with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she teaches graduate students in the urban and regional planning department.

  • RO
    • 02/15/2017

      Rene Ormae-Jarmer BA ’92 is the founder and instructor of the Rex Putnam High School Kingsmen Thunder Drumline in Milwaukie, Oregon. Drumline is a competitive sport involving coordinated acting, drumming, storytelling, and marching. To help finance the competitive season, Ormae-Jarmer has launched a GoFundMe online giving campaign.

    • 04/09/2015

      Joined the San Francisco office of Hanson Bridgett as a partner. Pujari has practiced environmental and criminal law for more than 20 years, handling complex matters in federal and state court. She is also an expert in regulatory and administrative forums, having worked as an enforcement attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., and represented companies in administrative enforcement and penalty actions. Prior to joining the private sector, Pujari was a senior assistant district attorney in the Special Prosecutions Division of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of California. In both offices, she investigated and prosecuted environmental crimes and as well as white-collar crimes such as fraud, bribery, false statements, and obstruction of justice.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was named a 2014 Northern California Super Lawyer for her work in white-collar criminal defense. Pujari is a partner at Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp.

  • BS
    • 09/01/2013

      Opened her own law practice, Barbara Smythe, L.L.C., in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She focuses on helping Oregonians plan for their futures and protect their loved ones, including spouses or partners, children, aging parents, friends, and valued charities.

  • JS
    • 06/29/2017

      Jason Stanford BA ’92, who works as communications director in the office of the mayor of Austin, Texas, got his first byline in Texas Monthly magazine. The article, “Bad Girls Get Old,” is about the life and career of Texan writer and singer Jo Carol Pierce.

  • SS

    Selena A. Steinmetz BA ’92, June 23, 2017, age 46. Steinmetz was always interested in travel and foreign culture. After graduation, she joined the Peace Corps, serving as a health care worker in the Dominican Republic. Later, Steinmetz studied American sign language and earned a master’s degree in special education from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She worked with deaf and hard-of-hearing children as a teacher and counselor. Survivors include her mother, Janet; her stepfather, Jim; and many other loving family members and friends.

  • PS
    • 10/13/2017

      Pamela Strong BA ’92 is currently living in Islamabad, where she works with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help further the development of Pakistan. Her husband and 12-year old son live and work in Zagreb, Croatia, where she joins them periodically. The family will be in Oregon in summer 2018 before taking off together for their next post.

  • LT
    • 10/13/2017

      Laura VanZee Taylor BA ’92 has created a documentary film, picked up by RoCo Films, which will be distributed domestically and internationally in early 2018. I Am Maris is the story of 17-year-old Maris Degener, a yoga teacher, writer, and mental illness survivor. VanZee Taylor began making films five years ago when her youngest child started school. She is a director, cinematographer, and editor. Her short films have been screened at festivals around the country. This is her first feature film.

  • JW
    • 10/14/2016

      Jerry Walker BA ’92, a U.S. Army vet who holds an MBA and a CPhT, is married to Erica Walker BS ’95. They live in Portland and have three children.