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June 16, 2003

1990

Cindin Carroll M.A. ’90 works as a school psychologist near Tucson, Arizona. She enjoys desert life with her two sons, Evan, 11, and Dylan, 8.

Monica Cooper-McQueen ’90 received her master’s degree in library and information science at the University of Washington last August. She is a school library teacher at the French American School on Mercer Island, Washington.

Elizabeth Lower Lavenue ’90 is a voice teacher and workshop leader in Portland. She and her partner, Myra Lavenue, celebrated their first anniversary last October. 

John Pearce ’90 is a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey. He and his wife, Elizabeth, and son, Bennett, live in Anchorage, Alaska.

Christine Schooley-Stokes ’90 lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, Walter. She is an elementary school teacher.

Mary Williams J.D. ’90 has been appointed solicitor general of Oregon.

1991

Jennifer Huenink Abbassian ’91, J.D. ’94 works part time as an attorney at MacMillan, Scholz & Marks in Portland, where she lives with her husband, Jim, and daughters, Sophie and Emily.

Nancy Natasha Beck M.A.T. ’91 teaches women’s studies at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. In October 2001, she attended a women’s delegation to Cuba through Global Exchange. Beck sings with the Aurora Chorus, whose slogan is “women in harmony for peace,” and she is active in social justice issues. She and her husband, Richard Lochner, have an adopted daughter, Britany, 13.

Daniel Garner J.D. ’91 has been promoted to manager of extended coverage programs at Freightliner in Portland.

Abby Wool Landon J.D. ’91 has joined the Portland law firm of Samuels Yoelin Kantor Seymour & Spinrad.

Verna Leong ’91 and Matthew Healy ’92 have returned to Portland after living in Hong Kong and Shanghai, where Leong was an apparel demand planner and Healy was a microbrewer. She now works as a substitute teacher and librarian, and Healy is a brewer and safety director at Portland Brewing Company. They have two children, Jacob and Grace.

David S. Mann J.D. ’91 has opened the Law Offices of David S. Mann. He represents individuals, community and environmental groups, tribes, and small businesses in local, state, and federal environmental land use matters. 

Chris McAyeal ’91 works at Wieden+Kennedy in Portland as a client finance manager, overseeing advertising budgets and client billing. She and her husband, Scott Harris, live in southwest Portland.

1992

Raechelle Backus Cline ’92 is executive director of the Hemophilia Council of California. She is married to Michael, a computer graphics designer, and is the mother of Grayson, 4, and twins Reece and Abigail, 20 months.

Victoria “Tori” Dixon ’92 and her husband, Allen Momongan, live in Chicago. She is a speechwriter for BlueCross BlueShield Association.

Victor Hoffer J.D. ’92, of Mount Angel, was recently honored by the American Ambulance Association for his 20 years as a paramedic. This is the second time he received the Star of Life award for community service, outstanding medical care, and commitment to prehospital treatment.

Margaret Lawson ’92 is an art teacher at Gateway elementary School in Portland.

Walter L. Lukken J.D. ’92 has left his position with the Senate Agricultural Committee to serve on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Robert Niendorf ’92 has been with Weyerhaeuser’s real estate department since 2000. He is married and has two children, son Kyle, born in 2000, and daughter Taylor, born in 2001.

Kristin Richman Sherwood ’92 completed her master’s degree in public administration at Portland State University in June 2001. Sherwood now works in Vancouver’s community services department. She and her husband, Nye, live in Portland.

Scott William Smith ’92 is enrolled in a master’s degree program in teaching at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Smith previously taught English in South Korea for seven years, the last three at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul.

Jason Stanford ’92 is founder of Stanford Research, which made The Campaigns & Elections 100 list of political consulting firms with the best national clients for the 2002 election cycle.

Julie Venables ’92 lives in Denver with her husband, Adam Fendrich. She is traffic director for Infinity broadcasting’s KDJM-FM.

Alexandra “Shandy” Welch ’92 works at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland as an orthopedic nurse practitioner. She is engaged to Scott Emblen, and they plan a late summer wedding in the Columbia River Gorge.

1993

Andrea R. Curtis ’93 works for the city of Portland as a botanic supervisor. She is responsible for developing and implementing horticultural and/or botanical-based programs for the city.

Suzanne “Nani” Davis ’93 lives with her husband, Kurt, daughter, Mohala, and son, Koa, in Cary, North Carolina.

W. Richard Derrick ’93 works in London, Ontario, with the U.S. Department of Defense Contract management Agency International. He administers DOD contracts with General Motors of Canada and the Canadian government.

Amy E. Gutzwiller ’93 lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, Nicolas Green, who is a research scientist at the University of Glasgow. 

Steven F. Hill J.D. ’93 of Miller Nash has been named president of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra board. The 70-member professional orchestra presents guest artists and programs in a six-concert season from September through June.

Christine Ho ’93 works in Singapore as an account manager for Haworth, which designs and manufactures office furniture. She and Alan Silva recently celebrated daughter Tia’s first birthday.

Robert Beasley Jones J.D. ’93, the president ofPolitical1.com, was appointed to the board of directors of the Virginia Information Providers Network Authority by Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner.

Julie Huntemann Tempest ’93 is director of business development for a consulting and market research firm for the organic and natural products industry. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Andrew, director of marketing for an online brokerage firm.

1994

William Bollinger ’94 is in his final year of internal medicine residency at the University of Washington. He is an avid snowboarder and also spends time in search of wide-mouth bass.

Kristie K. Cruz Chang ’94 was elected president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Hawaii State Bar association for 2003. For the last five years, she has practiced law at Gerson & Hieneman, where she focuses on estate planning, probate, and guardianship. She is married to Derek Chang, vice president in Bank of Hawaii’s Commercial Banking Center. 

Catherine Ciarlo J.D. ’94, who works as executive director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, has been named Woman of the Year by the Portland chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar.

William F. Elsasser J.D. ’94 has joined Birdwell Janke & Durando as an associate. Elsasser holds a B.S. in ocean engineering and an M.S. in civil engineering.

Emi Endo ’94 covers the politics and government of suburban Long Island, New York, for Newsday. Before moving to New York City, Endo interned at newspapers from Portland to Salem to Spokane, Washington, and to Los Angeles. 

Joan S. Kelsey J.D. ’94, former assistant city attorney for Wilsonville, is now of counsel to Beery & Elsener. Kelsey will continue to practice municipal law, with an emphasis on land use, public infrastructure development and financing, and public contracts.

Elaine Lee Pietsch ’94 is a business manager at a family dental office. She has been married to Jon since August 1998.

Laura L. Schantz J.D. ’94 is president of the Washington County Bar Association. Her one-year term runs through July 1. Schantz is a family law practitioner in Hillsboro.

Steve Shropshire J.D. ’94 serves on the Oregon Water Resources Department’s Senate Bill 710 Work Group. The group addresses competing demands for groundwater between municipal and nonmunicipal users.

Lee Thomas ’94 earned an M.S. in scientific and technical communication from the Department of Rhetoric at the University of Minnesota in June 2002.

Jeffrey Thompson ’94 is an economist and policy analyst with the Oregon Center for Public Policy and lives in Portland with his wife, Rachel. He previously spent two years as a performance and labor-market analyst for the Private Industry Council, now known as Worksystems, a regional workforce development organization. Thompson has a master’s degree in economics from the New School for Social Research in New York City. While there, he worked as a research assistant with the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees.

1995

J. McKenzie Alexander ’95 is an assistant professor of philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Irvine.

Chuck Barlow J.D. ’95 was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the managing council of the America Bar Association’s section on environment, energy, and resources.

Oryx Cohen ’95 recently earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a consumer initiatives coordinator and provides support and technical assistance to consumer and survivor-led groups in the mental health field. Cohen also runs psychiatry Alternatives Support Group and volunteers for Support Coalition international. He directed the coalition’s oral history project, which involved interviewing more than 50 people about their experiences with mental health issues and well-being.

Jin Chen Cooper ’95 is the editor in chief of the Harvard China Review. Previously, she was an associate publisher ofWorld Times and a senior financial analyst at Investors Bank and Trust. Cooper holds an M.B.A. from Boston College and an M.A. in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University.

Melissa Froehle ’95 earned a J.D. from New York University and a master’s degree in public affairs from Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Katherine Grass ’95 lives in Madrid, Spain. She is getting married this summer, and Tanya Elia Bruce ’95 will be her matron of honor.

Lisa M. Henderson J.D. ’95 has joined the Dallas office of Strasburger & Price as an associate advising insurers and policyholders.

Molly Hoffstetter Huffman M.P.A. ’95 has been head of the Children’s School in La Jolla, California, since July 2001.

Romulus Johnson ’95 is legislative assistant for the National Community development Association in Washington, D.C. He has a master’s degree in English from Princeton University.

William Johnson ’95, drama teacher at Century High School in Hillsboro, has guided students to four state championship drama titles. In June 2002, Johnson led a one-act play to the international Thespian Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Bal Joshi ’95 is founder of Thamel.com, an Internet conduit for business vendors in Nepal. Expatriate Nepalese purchase gifts on the site and arrange for their delivery within Nepal. The site also offers a chat room, an integrated Nepalese language platform, news stories and features on Nepal, and a secure currency transfer service.

Nerissa Koehn ’95 is a resident at Tacoma Family Medicine. Her husband, John Miller, is also in the program. At Harvard Medical School, Koehn participated in a six-week preceptorship on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, a 10-week clinical rotation in the rural highlands of Guatemala, and a four-month research project studying intestinal parasites on the island of Pemba, Zanzibar. She received the College’s Distinguished Alumna Award in 2002.

Tom MacNair J.D. ’95 has joined the Washington county section of the Metropolitan Public Defender. Previously, MacNair worked in private practice. 

Aaron Meyer ’95, concert rock violinist, presented Iniziare, a major production of music and dance with a cast of 20, last September in Portland. He has performed for the Dalai Lama and opened for bands and performers including Everclear, Aaron Neville, and Pink Martini. He and his wife, Shalene Eve, have two dogs.

Sachiyo Okubo ’95 received an M.B.A. with an emphasis in marketing and human resources from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Kristina Pebworth Stafford ’95 is a technical writer at Quiktrak, which specializes in providing audit, inspection, and verification services to financial institutions and Web-based companies. She and her husband, Jason, live in Portland.

John Thompson J.D. ’95 has joined the Portland office of Stoel Rives, where he practices intellectual property law.

David Voluck J.D. ’95 published Alaska Natives and American Laws (University of Alaska Press, 2001). This second edition provides up-to-date analyses of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and four fields of Alaska native law and policy: land, human services, subsistence, and self-government. Voluck and coauthor Davis Case also trace the development of Alaska native organizations working to influence and change these policies.

1996

Julia Horn Banzi ’96 lives in Morocco. She earned her master’s degree in ethnomusicology at the University of California at Santa Barbara and is working on her doctoral dissertation in that field.

Adam Bradley ’96 is completing his Ph.D. in English at Harvard University. His dissertation concerns the representation of evil in 20th-century African-American fiction. Bradley has been a teaching fellow for Cornel West, Helen Vendler, and Werner Sollors. He continues to work with John Callahan, Morgan S. Odell Professor of Humanities at Lewis & Clark, on the Ralph Ellison papers, and is assisting on the scholarly edition of Ellison’s second novel. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Matthew M. Clarke J.D. ’96 has joined Cappello & McCann, a commercial litigation firm in Santa Barbara, California. Previously Clarke represented defendants in insurance coverage and bad-faith litigation.

Brian Costello ’96 is director of the finishing fund program and new media for Thousand Words, the film finance and production company behind Darren Aaronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream and Richard Linklater’s Waking Life. During his tenure as Aaronofsky’s assistant, he acted in Requiem and shot a documentary on the making of the film. Costello and his wife,Corrina Buchholz ’96, live in Portland.

Henry Darwin J.D. ’96, a compliance and enforcement coordinator for the Office of Special Counsel at the Arizona Department of environmental Quality, was honored as the department’s outstanding performer during 2002 for his long-term commitment to building and maintaining employee pride and morale.

Sonia Montalbano J.D. ’96 maintains a private practice and also works with Cobb & Bosse.

Tina Tominc Saxowsky ’96 is working toward a Ph.D. in biological chemistry at John Hopkins University with the support of a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship. She is married to Marc Saxowsky ’96.

Jason Wilson-Aguilar J.D. ’96 recently moved to the Seattle area, where he is an associate with Routh Crabtree Fennell.

1997

Leah Berman ’97 received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Washington in June 2002. She is an assistant professor of mathematics at Ursinus College, and lives in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Gordon. 

Anne Bunn ’97 has joined MIT Press as domestic sales manager.

Marc Casto ’97 works at his family’s company, Casto Travel, in San Jose, California. He previously worked as an accountant and recently traveled to London and Kenya.

Jonathan A. “Andy” Chinn ’97 is enrolled at the Monterey Institute for International Studies, working toward a master’s degree in international policy studies with an emphasis in international environmental policy. Before starting graduate school, Chinn was a member of the ski patrol at a small resort in Idaho and worked as a canoe guide on the Missouri River in Great Falls, Montana. He also backpacked in Ecuador and spent several months there teaching English.

Joseph M. Dawley J.D. ’97 has been appointed general counsel for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Dawley will act as counsel for the department secretary, provide programmatic policy advice to division directors, and shepherd rules through the legislative process.

James Drennan ’97 lives in South Lake Tahoe and is a full-time firefighter for the city.

Justin D. Gericke J.D. ’97 has joined Harrang Long Gary Rudnick in Portland as an associate. His practice emphasizes insurance defense, administrative and appellate law, and litigation. 

Charmaine V. Houseman ’97 has completed her final year of law school at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where she has lived for five years. Houseman will take the bar exam in California this summer.

Brett Briana Johnson ’97 is in her second year as a full-time lecturer in the English department of Kwangju University. She lives in Kwangju, South Korea, with her husband, Il-Ho, who works for an international trade firm as an auto imports liaison between Italy and South Korea.

Samuel Kuhn ’97 is in graduate school in the biomedical engineering department at Vanderbilt University. His master’s degree project involves studying a new surgical glue and its use in bile duct repair. He is engaged to Danielle Dion ’98,who is studying at Vanderbilt’s medical school. They plan to return to the Northwest after completing their degrees.

Richelle Luther J.D. ’97 is the corporate secretary for NW Natural, a Northwest-based energy provider.

Jason Mokrovich ’97 is pursuing his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Glasgow. He is the proud owner of two dalmatians, Tessa and Emma.

Christiana Nguyen ’97 practices intellectual property law, with a focus on trademark law, at Tonkon Torp in Portland. She joined the firm as a summer associate while studying at the University of Washington School of Law and became an associate in the business department in the fall of 2000.

Holly Pettit ’97, J.D. ’00 works at Bullivant Houser Bailey in Portland. previously, she clerked for Oregon Supreme Court Associate Justice Robert D. Durham. She and her husband, Dmitri Salcedo, live in Portland.

Jessica Roberts ’97 is membership coordinator for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, a nonprofit, state-wide bicycle advocacy group based in Portland. In addition, she studies Japanese at Portland State University.

Chelsea M. Scott M.A. ’97 is married to Matt Hoertsch and works as a family therapist at Tualatin Valley centers —a nonprofit, community-based mental health, addiction, and social services agency in the Portland area.

1998

Anas N. Al Otaiba ’98 is the group national recruitment department manager at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in the United Arab Emirates.

James A. Bassingthwaite Jr. J.D. ’98 is the community development director for the city of Newport. 

Bryan Cutler ’98 lives in the Los Angeles area and works at the Naval Air Warfare Center at China Lake as a programmer/engineer.

MacKenzie Howard ’98 is a graduate student at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

S. Renee Jacob J.D. ’98 has joined Holland & Knight as an associate and practices in the areas of low-income housing, federal taxation, and partnership law and formation. She is a member of the American Bar Association Taxation Section, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Sivylay Kham ’98 served as a Peace Corps English teacher in Bangladesh, where she met her husband, Reece Markham Jones. The couple later traveled in Southeast Asia and Central America. They returned to the United States last May and live in Madison, Wisconsin. Kham is a kindergarten teacher.

Tanya M. King ’98 graduated from New York University School of Law in May. She took the California bar exam and is working at the San Francisco firm of Bingham McCutchen. King is engaged to Kiley Dumas ’95.

Suzanne Liberman ’98 completed graduate studies in psychology in March at Showa Women’s University in Tokyo. A Japanese Government (Monbusho) Scholarship supported her studies. She worked part time in the International Student Office at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, corresponding with students all over the world about scholarships, college application procedures, and life in Japan. She plans to stay in Japan and work in a field where she can use her bilingual skills and psychology background. 

Laura Provinzino ’98 graduated from Yale Law School in May. While at Yale, she was an articles editor for the Yale Journal of International Law, education chair for Yale Law Women, a teaching assistant for first-year civil procedure, and a participant in Street Law. After graduation, she returned to Minnesota to study for the July bar exam. She begins a yearlong clerkship for Justice Diana murphy of the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in August.

MacDaniel E. Reynolds J.D. ’98 has joined Aitchison & Vick’s Portland office. Reynolds previously worked as a prosecutor with the Multnomah County district attorney’s office.

Elise Roth ’98 earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard University in June 2002. She is a reading specialist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Tamara Taylor J.D. ’98 has joined the felony division of the Benton County prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Kennewick, Washington.

April Wang ’98 will graduate from Harvard Medical School this year. She has participated in clinical clerkships at various hospitals in the Boston area, caring for patients and often serving as the primary care provider. Before starting her residency, she will take a year off to conduct clinical research on irritable bowel disease.

1999

Jeremy Brown ’99 is a Ph.D. student in the Chinese history program at the University of California at San Diego. Previously, he spent a year working at a nonprofit agency in Mexico City and a year studying Chinese in Beijing.

Molly Freeland ’99 graduated from the University of Virginia School of Nursing and then began working as an RN in neurosurgery at the University of Virginia Medical Center. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband and their daughter, Madeline.

Alison “Arfy” Friedman ’99 manages her own design business in Southern California.

Matthias Fripp ’99 is pursuing his Ph.D. in the University of California at Berkeley’s energy and resources group, studying energy markets, the role of energy in development, and the inner workings of photovoltaic semiconductors. Before attending Berkeley, Matthias worked in Portland at Trexler and Associates, a company that helps organizations assess potential reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and build strategies for participating in markets for greenhouse gas offsets.

Kristin Gasteazoro ’99 lives in Minnesota and works in international development at Land O’Lakes. Her project areas are in Latin America, West Africa, and the West Bank. She and her fiancé, Dan, have a newborn son named Tanner.

Kevin L. Jones J.D. ’99 has joined McDonald’s corporation as east division counsel in Philadelphia. Jones will concentrate in the areas of commercial transactions, franchise law, and real estate law.

Kate Lonborg J.D. ’99 is an assistant attorney general in special litigation at the Oregon Department of Justice’s trial division.

Daniel Meliza ’99 is at the University of California at Berkeley working toward a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Previously, he lived in Boston, where he worked as a photographer, a busker, and a programmer for a company that makes a local positioning system.

Kimito Mishina ’99 studies development economics and Central Asia at the Fletcher School of Law and diplomacy at Tufts University.

Andrew Parker ’99 is head gardener at Oregon Tilth’s Organic Education Center, where he is responsible for demonstration gardens, workshops, and volunteers. Parker’s agricultural background is in market farming and includes experience in rain-forest management. He is a certified permaculture designer.

Mary Resk ’99 teaches fifth and sixth grades in Boston and is completing a master’s degree program in elementary education. Her fiancé is conducting his anesthesiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. The pair plans to move back to the West Coast in the fall, after their wedding.

Kymberli “Zeenie” Scholz ’99 works at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon, helping to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Erica Somes Schwinghammer ’99 received her M.A. in teaching, specializing in early childhood and elementary education, from the University of Portland in May 2002. She lives in Portland with her husband, Chris, their son, Somes, and their dog and cat.

Adam Sommers ’99 directs Sommers Financial Management, offering counseling for individual retirement and educational accounts, mutual funds, and stocks and bonds. He and his wife, Teresa, both coach sports in the St. Helens school system. They live in Warren.

Murtaza Waliany ’99 has been a Web developer and project manager at Cybernet Communications in Markham, Ontario, for more than two years. He lives in Toronto.

Sunimal “Ruvan” Wijesooria ’99 lives in New York City working as a freelance photographer and writer for magazines and other publications.

Midori Wilson-Seppa ’99 is studying in a joint M.D.-Ph.D. program at washington University in St. Louis. She is a practitioner of capoeira, a Brazilian martial art. Before going to St. Louis, Wilson-Seppa was involved with Portland’s Hopewell House, an inpatient hospice.

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