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October 01, 2007


Robert Bovett J.D., assistant county counsel for Lincoln County, was honored in December for his tireless work combating methamphetamine problems at all levels, ranging from locally to internationally. At a gala banquet at the Portland Conference Center, former governor Barbara Roberts–standing in for Governor Ted Kulongoski, who was away–presented Bovett with the Governor’s Gold Award, which honors businesses and individuals “who make our state great.” Bovett received a bronze statue of the Oregon Pioneer and solid gold medals in recognition of his work.

Amy Lerich-Masterson B.A. lives in Seattle, where she works for Starbucks. Her husband, Don, works for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Their daughter, Madeleine, is 10 years old. Amy reports that she’s enjoyed Seattle’s extra sun this year.

Diane Rulien J.D. has joined ReMax Equity Group as a real estate broker. She focuses on residential real estate throughout the greater Portland metropolitan area.

Shaun Yu CAS is the program director at Classical 88.1 WDPR in Dayton, Ohio, the country’s 59th largest radio market. Previously, he had worked nine years at Classical 89.9 KBPS, which serves metro Portland and Hood River.


Sharon Chinn M.A., director of educational career and licensing services at the graduate school, published her poem “To a Sleepless Night” in the June 2007 issue of United Methodist Nexus.

Bob Miller J.D., associate professor of law, recently authored Native America, Discovered and Conquered, which was featured as the book of the month on the Native America Calling radio show in December. To learn how you can listen to the show on your local radio station or on the Internet, visit Native America Calling.


Victoria Blackwell J.D. has been named general counsel of Papa Murphy’s International. She has been with Papa Murphy’s as corporate attorney since 2000. Blackwell recently led the company’s expansion into British Columbia, where Papa Murphy’s currently operates five stores and plans to open 11 more by year-end. She also oversees all legal aspects of franchisor/franchisee agreements for more than 400 franchisees nationwide.

Elaine Brown J.D. has joined the Portland office of Gordon & Polscer as an associate. Her practice focuses on insurance coverage matters.

Raechelle Cline B.A. relocated to Wisconsin with her family in 2006. She is working to establish her own business as a residential interior decorator.

Iphigenia Johnson B.A. ‘92, M.A. ‘95 lives in Monterrey, Mexico, where she teaches and climbs at El Potrero Chico outside the city. She and her partner plan to live there one more year and then it’s a toss-up between moving elsewhere in the world or taking a year off to bike tour and rock climb.

Barbara Smythe J.D. has joined Klarquist Sparkman. Smythe’s practice focuses on intellectual property law litigation.


Renne Brock-Richmond B.S. is a weaver and a teacher in Sequim, Washington. She runs the monthly Sequim Art Walk, a tour of 20 galleries and shops.

Christine Ho B.A. recently returned from Singapore, where she chased after her daughters, Tia, 3, and Natasja, 3. At the time, her husband, Alan Silva, was at the top of Antarctica, completing his bid to climb the highest summit in each of the seven continents. Ho is business development manager for Design Worldwide Partnership, a multidisciplinary architecture and interior design consultancy.

John Riutta B.A. is the training and organizational development specialist in the human resources department at Leupold. Previously, he had worked 10 years in marketing and new product development at the company. He is also enrolled in the Oregon Executive M.B.A. program and expects to graduate in June 2008. In his spare time, he enjoys bird-watching.

Arjan Schütte B.A. is associate director of the Center for Financial Services Innovation. He manages the center’s investment and grant programs and works with portfolio companies and nonprofits to further their project goals. He is also active in the center’s strategic and business development work.


John Ogan J.D. has been named partner at Karnopp Petersen. His practice continues to focus on serving the varied legal needs of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indians.

Susan Trump-Felstiner J.D., of Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd, has been elected treasurer of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association.


Kristin Eaton J.D. is now a shareholder with Yates, Matthews & Eaton.

Kathy Fritz J.D. has joined Miller Nash as of counsel. She is in the business department, specializing in all aspects of health care law. Previously, she was general counsel and compliance officer for the physician and dental groups of Kaiser Permanente Northwest. Fritz has served on a number of local community nonprofit boards, including Project Quest Integrative Health Center, Linnton Community Center, and Oregon Nurses Association.

Aaron Meyer B.S. received a grant from the Goldsmith-Greenfield Foundation to help launch his Classroom Music Project. As leader of the program, he interacts with thousands of music students around the Pacific Northwest.

Alex Moggridge B.A. is an actor and playwright living in New York. His play The Squirrel was in New York’s Summer Play Festival. He recently appeared in the play The Retreat from Moscow, performed in Portland.

Nicholas Pepper B.A. is director of current drama programming at ABC, where he oversees all aspects of Desperate Housewives, Lost, Ugly Betty, and Brothers & Sisters. After completing his M.F.A. at Yale’s School of Drama in 2001, he has been enjoying life in Los Angeles. He regularly dines and drinks with Liz Dean B.A. ‘94, Ever Carradine B.A. ‘96, David Brinkman B.A. ‘94, and Rachel Roth B.A. ‘93. When not working, he flips old houses and buys and manages apartment buildings.


Sandra Bacharach B.A. lives in Portland and works at a nonprofit that provides mediation and conflict resolution services to Latino communities. Her “lesbiancee,” Diana (chama) Sanchez, is completing her bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University. The two will civilly unite sometime in 2008.

Justin Delaney J.D. was promoted to vice president, assistant general counsel, and assistant corporate secretary at Standard Insurance Company in Portland. Delaney continues to oversee The Standard’s corporate legal and public affairs departments, which include government and public relations and charitable giving. Since joining The Standard in 1997, he has held various positions, including assistant vice president, assistant general counsel, and assistant corporate secretary. He serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Business Alliance, Associated Oregon Industries, and The Standard Charitable Foundation. He is also a member of the Oregon State Insurance Division Advisory Committee.

Jason Wilson-Aguilar J.D. has been elected to the board of directors of Consumer Education and Training Services (CENTS), a nonprofit community organization in Seattle formed to empower consumers to take control of their financial situations. Through education and training, CENTS helps consumers prevent, or overcome, serious money problems. Wilson-Aguilar practices bankruptcy law in Oregon and Washington with the Routh Crabtree Olsen firm.


Jennie Bricker J.D. has been promoted by Stoel Rives to principal in the Portland office. Bricker practices natural resources law, with a focus on water law and waterways. She assists clients with real estate transactions; gas, oil, and mining transactions; and the administration and interpretation of utility mortgage indentures. Recognized as one of the state’s experts on navigability for title, Bricker advises riparian property owners about their rights to submerged and submersible lands on Oregon waterways. She continues to guide several clients through the administrative process of establishing their water rights in the complex Klamath Basin adjudication. In 2001, Bricker received the Burton Award for legal achievement.

Marc Casto B.A. is president and chief operating officer of Casto, a privately owned global travel management agency, in Santa Clara, California. He serves on the board of the Commonwealth Business Travel Group and Santa Clara County Educational Foundation. In 2003, he was named a “Top Forty Under Forty” by Travel Weekly.

Jefna McCuistion Cohen B.A. lives in Portland with her husband, Louis Cohen, and their dog. She is a teacher.

Robin DesCamp J.D. has joined the family law firm of Gevurtz Menashe as associate attorney. DesCamp’s practice focuses on dissolution, child custody, modification of child support orders, and name changes. She is a member of the Multnomah Bar Association and the Oregon Corporate Counsel Association.

Daniel Duyck J.D. has started a new Portland-based firm, Whipple & Duyck, with his friend Scott Whipple.

Joseph Grossman B.A. has worked as a staff writer for the Late Show with David Letterman since 2004, and has lived in New York City since 1998. He misses all his old friends at the Pioneer Log, KLC, and Platt-Howard.

Charmaine Houseman B.A. is living in the Ruhr area of Germany, just outside of Dusseldorf, after moving from Washington, D.C., in October 2005. In April 2005, she married Stefan Kemeny in Pasedena, California. She is using her law degree to teach legal English while taking intensive German to prepare for a master’s degree. They do not have any kids, dogs, or cats, but now have a total of 21 fish.

Elisa McClurkan B.A. is the high school ministry support director for Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin. She organizes volunteer youth groups to visit and help Hurricane Katrina survivors.

Jonathan Norling J.D., a Lane Powell shareholder, completed the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program and is an accredited LEED professional, one of the few such attorneys in the United States. The nationally accepted LEED Green Building Rating System promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Carsten Schlichting B.A. recently moved to Vienna. She is working as a software architect for Bwin.

Katherine Rees Scott B.S. earned a doctorate degree in environmental health engineering from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2006. She works for Unilever in Baltimore.

Linda Weimar J.D. announces the opening of Weimar Law Offices. For the past 10 years, she was a senior associate with D’Amore & Associates, handling personal injury and wrongful death cases. Her practice continues to emphasize this work, as well as diminished value cases. In addition, Weimar has expanded her practice to include family law.

Jacob Zaw Win B.A. won three academic excellence awards at Vermont Law School for the highest grade in legal writing, criminal law, and property courses. He will graduate in 2008.


Katerine Bach B.A.  is a mortgage broker for Professional Mortgage.

Travis Hall J.D. was a featured speaker at Amnesty International’s Midwest and Northeast regional conferences in October and November. The former U.S. Army interrogator and Judge Advocate General officer spoke against the use of abuse and torture during interrogation of those detained in U.S. custody.

Guy Hallam Jr. J.D. and partners have announced the opening of the law offices of Kormanik, Hallam & Sneed, in Meridian, Idaho. The firm offers legal services in the areas of general civil litigation, employment, personal injuries, wrongful death, divorce/custody, condemnations, elder law (including nursing home litigation), water law, land use, and real estate.

Laura Kalty J.D. has joined Liebert Cassidy Whitmore in the Los Angeles office, doing employment law for public entities.

Alyssa Koliha B.A. is a senior manager and certified public accountant at a firm in Nevada and hopes to become partner in the next couple of years. She is working on her master’s degree in taxation from Golden Gate University. A few years ago, she married her husband in Lake Tahoe, close to where she now lives.

Jamie Miller B.A. married in 2006 and lives in Spokane, Washington. She owns a small full-service commercial real estate firm.

Ryan Vanderhoof J.D., of Hornecker, Cowling, Hassen & Heysell, has been elected secretary for 2007 by the Jackson County Bar Association.


Ray Crutchley J.D. has opened a new law firm, The Legal Crutch, in Hillsboro.

Pamela Evers J.D. coauthored Contingent Environmental Liabilities: Disclosures and Accounting, a tax management portfolio for the publisher Bureau of National Affairs. Evers, an associate professor of business law at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, also recently received a certificate in public international law from The Hague Academy of International Law. Her research is in the areas of environmental law and management, and corporate law and governance.

Heather Guthrie J.D., an attorney with Dunn Carney in Portland, focuses her practice on estate planning and business transactions. Her estate planning practice includes development of comprehensive plans for estates of all sizes, and probate and trust administration. Guthrie’s business practice includes representation of nonprofit and for-profit entities, including a niche focus serving the design professional community and significant work in complex real estate development financings.

Corinne Sam J.D. has joined Perkins Coie as an associate in the Portland office in their real estate and land use practice. Sam completed a summer law program at the University of Madrid and an intensive language study course at Nanjing University in China. Previously, she was an associate at Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler in Portland.

Zeenie Scholtz B.A. recently began working at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The museum overlooks the National Elk Refuge and is on the route from Jackson Hole to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Bradley Sneed J.D. and partners have announced the opening of the law offices of Kormanik, Hallam & Sneed, located in Meridian, Idaho. The firm offers legal services in the areas of general civil litigation, employment, personal injuries, wrongful death, divorce/custody, condemnations, elder law (including nursing home litigation), water law, land use, and real estate.

Kim Tran J.D. has been elected to shareholder at Stafford Frey Cooper. Tran advises businesses and individuals on employment law–related matters and conducts employment law trainings on topics including sexual harassment. As 2006 president of the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW), Tran cochaired Washington’s first statewide diversity conference, “Getting Ahead and Giving Back: Diversity in Washington’s Legal Community,” with other minority bar associations. She received the ABAW’s 2004 Community Service Award for her work as coordinator for the international district legal clinic, where she has volunteered since 2000. Tran was a 2005 fellow with the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Leadership Institute and has served on the WSBA Pro Bono Legal Aid Committee and as special disciplinary counsel for the WSBA. She is a board member with the ABAW and the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington, a fellow with the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court. In 2007, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels appointed Tran to serve on the Seattle Women’s Commission. Since 2000, she has volunteered as a naturalization teacher for Asian Counseling Referral Service (ACRS), the largest social service agency serving the Asian American population in the state of Washington. She was on the ACRS board of directors in 2006 and serves as its president in 2007. Washington Law & Politics magazine selected Tran as one of Washington’s “Rising Stars” in 2006-07.

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