Class News - 1990s
June 14, 2004
Monica Cooper-McQueen ’90 and her husband have moved to Luxembourg, a country of 999 square miles and fewer than 500,000 people. There she is the elementary school librarian at the International School of Luxembourg.
Elizabeth “Liz” duToit ’90 has completed her M.B.A. in international management at Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.
David French J.D. ’90 took a position with Los Alamos National Laboratory in environmental law and regulations following the FBI raid on the Department of Energy’s Rocky Flats site in Boulder, Colorado. In 1995, he became of counsel to the law firm of Patton Boggs in public policy. Late in 1997, he became vice president and corporate counsel for Aspen Resources, which specializes in radioactive hazardous waste processing, treatment, and transportation. French has two daughters and would enjoy hearing from his classmates.
Gordon Hills ’90 is finishing three years as security attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura, Burundi, and is preparing to leave for his next post in Luanda, Angola.
Diane Rulien J.D. ’90 has been named director of Northwest Portland’s 3D Center of Art and photography, the only museum or gallery in the United States dedicated solely to antique and contemporary 3-D art.
Scott Snyder J.D. ’90 recently released his debut CD, Water, Rock, and Sand. He wrote, performed, and produced the 12-song album while maintaining his full-time personal injury and business litigation practice. Snyder will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Child Development Resource Center at Oregon Health & Science University.
Siri Wood ’90 is production manager for Seattle’s Gansango Dance Company, which performs traditional and contemporary dance and music from West Africa.
Dell Worrix J.D. ’90 has been named to the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission. Worrix has served on multiple community organizations over the past several decades, including the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County; the McMinnville Downtown Association; the Yamhill County Planning commission, Task Force on Land Use Ordinances; and the Yamhill County Foundation.
Jennifer Anzur Balda ’91 lives with her husband, Jay, and their two children on Cape Cod in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
John Ford ’91 lives with his wife, Audrey Geiger, in Los Angeles, where they each work for a film studio.
Laura A. Mundt ’91 has been elected to a second term as secretary of the board of the Northwest Area Childbirth Educators Forum, an independent volunteer nonprofit organization. The group’s members promote current issues in maternal-child health care. Mundt continues to teach classes in childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care at providence hospitals in Portland.
Heather Murray Newman ’91 is an environmental chemist for the state of Alaska.
Judge Leonard Ray Saenz J.D. ’91 is working in Austin, Texas, with teenagers from troubled backgrounds. In makeshift courtrooms at three schools, Saenz, together with teachers, social workers, administrators, and probation officers, meets with the teens. The program seeks to show the children that they have support from compassionate and committed adults, as well as the power to change their own lives.
Bryan Scott J.D. ’91 was recently named president-elect of the Clark County Bar Association in Las Vegas. Since 1996, Scott has been employed as a deputy city attorney for Las Vegas’ civil division, practicing in the areas of land use, zoning, and planning. He advises the Las Vegas City Council, Planning Commission, Traffic and Parking Commission, and Traffic Impact Fee Com-mission on various land use, ethics, and traffic-related issues.
Max Williams J.D. ’91, Republican state representative, was appointed by governor Ted Kulongoski as director of the Oregon Department of Corrections. Williams was chair of the House Judiciary Committee during the past two legislative sessions.
Lisa Cianciulli ’92 is married and works in Rome for EDS, an American company that specializes in outsourcing services.
Ruthe Farmer ’92 manages STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs for the Girl Scouts. She says she is still having fun and traveling as much as possible.
Edgard Garcia ’92 is a Spanish interpreter and translator for several Portland agencies in the medical, legal, business, social services, and human resources fields. He is also a Spanish-speaking presenter at SAIF Corporation’s annual agricultural safety seminars.
Shannon Convillon George ’92 is with a new software company, continues to consult, and works at Rodney Strong winery part time. She recently bought a house in Petaluma, California.
A. Lynn Jesus ’92, M.A.T. ’96 works in escrow after a five-year stint as a realtor. She recently joined transnational Title to open a new office in northwest Portland. Jesus continues to act and had her debut at Lakewood Theatre in Lake Oswego. She lives in downtown Vancouver, Washington.
Iphigenia “Jenny” Johnson ’92, M.A.T. ’95 is completing two years of teaching fourth grade at the Taipei American School in Taiwan. After a summer of climbing and biking with Portland friends, Johnson moved to Monterrey, Mexico, to teach fourth grade at the American School Foundation of Monterrey.
Steven Leskin J.D. ’92 was appointed as North Plains’ municipal court judge by the North Plains City Council. Leskin’s duties include arraignments, trials, and assisting with court administration for North Plains and Banks.
Beth Pratt ’92 received her Ph.D. in social anthropology in January 2003. In November, after eight wonderful years in East Africa, Pratt moved to Cairo with her husband and daughter, Juliane, 2.
Edward “Ted” Sawyer ’92 exhibited kiln-formed glass works at Portland’s Bullseye Connection Gallery during February and March 2004. This was his first major show in almost 10 years. Sawyer is the director of research and education at Bullseye Glass Company.
David Stevens J.D. ’92 is now assistant attorney general for New Mexico. Stevens serves in the state’s litigation division and works primarily on education law matters.
Kirsten Bowden Udani ’92 was promoted to unit leader at Creative Memories in January 2004 and is enjoying owning her own business. She and her husband recently celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary by taking a 10-day trip to Europe.
Jeffrey Witt J.D. ’92, formerly a trial attorney at Portland’s Cavanagh & Zipse, has started his own firm in Boston. He practices in civil litigation, insurance, and real estate.
Ingrid Brydolf J.D. ’93 has joined the Portland law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine. Brydolf returns after five years as assistant general counsel at Legacy Health System, where she provided in-house legal expertise to four hospitals in the areas of physician relationships, medical staff, and employment.
Hafez Daraee J.D. ’93 has joined the Portland law firm of Rycewicz & Chenoweth as an associate. Daraee will represent clients in real estate, construction, and commercial transactions and litigation in Oregon and Washington.
Andrew Davis J.D. ’93 was named a principal in the Portland law office of Stoel Rives. Davis focuses on real estate transactions and finance in his practice. His clients include institutional and private real estate companies, developers, and owners of commercial real estate.
Lori DeDobbelaere J.D. ’93 has joined the Seidl Law Office in Portland.
Jodi Eichelberger ’93 has gone from one of the largest cities in the world, New York City, to one of the smallest. Now in Reykjavik, Iceland, she is working on a new television program for Nickelodeon and living in 101 Reykjavik (although she has yet to see the movie of the same name).
Tamasone “Sone” Filipo ’93 has moved back to Oregon.
Kevin Kelly J.D. ’93 has joined the Portland law firm of Brisbee & Stockton as an associate.
Cynthia Mohiuddin J.D. ’93 founded Westside family Law in Tigard to focus on family law mediation.
Greg Carlson ’94 is advertising campaign coordinator for Internet Movie Database.
Stephen Kimball ’94 has left the world of book publishing to have the greatest possible job: stay-at-home dad.
Dan Larsen J.D. ’94 has been named a partner in the Portland law firm of Ater Wynne. Larsen practices general litigation and dispute resolution, emphasizing commercial litigation and trademark disputes. He has particular expertise in federal court matters.
Steven Shropshire J.D. ’94 has been named a shareholder in the firm of Jordan schrader. He specializes in natural resources, environmental, and land-use matters. His water law practice includes the evaluation and conveyance of water rights; the permitting and adjudication of new water rights; water right transfers; and the creation of mitigation plans for agricultural, municipal, and industrial uses. Shropshire represents clients before state agencies as well as state and federal courts.
Jack Sterne J.D. ’94 has teamed with David Wilmot, Ph.D., to create Ocean Champions, the first political action committee focused solely on oceans and ocean wildlife. The initiative arose out of a report the two authored, titled “Turning the Tide: Charting a Course to Improve the Effectiveness of Public Advocacy for the Oceans.”
Peter Ayers J.D. ’95 has been named a principal in the Austin, Texas, law firm of McKool Smith. The firm’s clients include Ericsson, National Instruments, CenturyTel, KPMG consulting, Hicks Muse Tate & Furst, and Electronic Data Systems. Tamar Baptist-Trindade Hare ’95 recently became foundation relations manager for the Home Builders Foundation of Metropolitan Portland.
Johanna Matanich J.D. ’95 has been appointed an assistant attorney general in the business activities section of the general counsel division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Matanich worked with DNA-People’s Legal Services in Arizona and the New Mexico environmental Law Center before joining the government services section of the general counsel division.
Laurie Miller ’95 was promoted to instructional designer at the Regence Group, her company’s parent corporation. She and her husband, Kunga, live in Everett, Washington, with their two Lhasa Apsos, Sindhu and Tasha.
Michelle Humberstone Slater J.D. ’95 was named a partner at Miller Nash. Slater, who works in the Portland office, practices in the areas of business law and corporate taxation.
Dennis Steinman J.D. ’95 has been named a partner at Kell, Alterman & Runstein in Portland. His practice focuses on commercial, franchise, and corporate law, with specialties in civil rights and litigation regarding the federal Americans With Disabilities Act. Steinman is an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School.
Matthew Anderson J.D. ’96 recently joined New York’s Mendes & Mount as an associate in its pollution coverage litigation practice.
Jessica Bliss ’96 is in her third year at Santa Clara University School of Law. After graduation, she will work at Wilson Sonsini, a Palo Alto law firm specializing in technology.
Daniel Cheyette J.D. ’96 and Rachel Gernat J.D. ’97decided to give Alaska a try after graduation. “We promised to stay only so long as we were employed and happy,” says Cheyette. “It’s now nearly eight years later, and we’re still here.” The couple married in 1999, and their first child, Anja Kathleen, just turned 1. They are both assistant district attorneys—Gernat with the Palmer office and Cheyette with the Anchorage office. “Some may remember Mesa from his days at the law school,” says Cheyette. “He is going on 10 and doing well. His younger sister, Matanuska, keeps him active. We have a log home in Palmer with plenty of room for visitors.”
Tanya Durkee J.D. ’96 has been named a partner in the Portland law firm of Lane Powell Spears Lubersky. Durkee focuses her practice on commercial litigation, including the areas of banking, antitrust and trade regulation, tort, and consumer defense. She is proficient in Chinese and has lived and worked in China.
Steven Hull J.D. ’96 has been promoted to principal in the Portland law firm of Stoel Rives. Hull has a general corporate practice with an emphasis on securities, financing, and acquisition transactions. He has experience in both public and private financing, including venture capital financing and handling mergers and acquisitions.
John Kieselhorst ’96 lives in Los Angeles and is a founding partner at Stephen Kinder Design Partnership. Before starting the company in 2003, he worked in advertising. Kieselhorst earned his M.F.A. in graphic design at the California Institute of the Arts.
Jennifer Brooks Muller ’96 has directed bands at David Douglas High School since 1998, maintains a private studio, and regularly judges band and solo/ensemble contests in Oregon and Washington. Muller is also pursuing her M.A.T. at Portland State University. In 2000, Teaching Music Magazinefeatured Muller for her selection as Oregon’s up-and-coming music educator by the Oregon Music Educators Association. She received the Sallie Mae First Class Teacher Award for 1996-97, which recognizes the nation’s most outstanding elementary and secondary educators during their first year of teaching. Muller was the only music teacher to receive the award that year.
Andrew Reilly J.D. ’96 has joined Black Helterline as an associate focusing on litigation.
Tera Schreiber J.D. ’96 is the new executive director for the Childbirth Education Association of Seattle.
Barton Wachsteter J.D. ’96 has joined Portland’s Mitchell Lang & Smith as an associate.
Andrea Williams ’96 recently bought a house in Crescent City, California, and works as a botanist for the Redwood National and State Parks.
Carolyn Alexander J.D. ’97 has been appointed an assistant attorney general in the appellate division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Alexander was a staff attorney and regional director of Legal Aid services of Oregon before joining the corrections litigation section of the trial division with the DOJ in 1999.
Sheri Browning J.D. ’97 has been named a partner at Portland’s Keating Jones Bildstein & Hughes. Browning will continue to focus on medical malpractice and hospital liability defense in both Oregon and Washington.
Rachel Gernat J.D. ’97 and Daniel Cheyette J.D. ’96decided to give Alaska a try after graduation. “We promised to stay only so long as we were employed and happy,” says Cheyette. “It’s now nearly eight years later, and we’re still here.” The couple married in 1999, and their first child, Anja Kathleen, just turned 1. They are both assistant district attorneys—Gernat with the Palmer office and Cheyette with the anchorage office. “Some may remember Mesa from his days at the law school,” says Cheyette. “He is going on 10 and doing well. His younger sister, Matanuska, keeps him active. We have a log home in Palmer with plenty of room for visitors.”
Thomas Gibson J.D. ’97 became the city attorney of Galt, California, in November 2003. Gibson is deputy general counsel to the Florin Resource Conservation district and East Palo Alto Sanitary District and assistant city attorney for Woodland and Escalon.
Marco Gonzalez J.D. ’97 is the managing partner in the Coast Law Group, a new San Diego firm specializing in environmental litigation and lobbying.
Wade McLeod J.D. ’97 was named Prosecutor of the Year for Oregon by the Oregon Narcotics enforcement Association for his dedicated service in the area of narcotics prosecutions in 2003. McLeod is a deputy district attorney for Umatilla County.
Steve Newman J.D. ’97 is now legal counsel to the governor of the Northern Mariana Islands. Newman was the first law clerk of the Honorable Juan Lizama J.D. ’81.
Glenn Perlow J.D. ’97 has formed Greene Perlow in Bedford, New Hampshire, with partner Arthur Greene. The principals continue their statewide practice focusing on land use law, including eminent domain, zoning and planning, environmental law, property tax abatement, and real estate litigation.
Ian Richardson J.D. ’97 has been named a partner in the Eugene law firm of Gleaves, Swearingen, Potter & Scott, where he has worked since 1997. He practices in the areas of business, taxation, estate planning, and probate.
Jorge Sega ’97 lives in Maracaibo, Venezuela, where he is finishing his master’s degree. He and his wife, Jhojana, plan to move to Europe.
David Stewart J.D. ’97 has joined Portland’s Jeffrey Long & Associates. Stewart represents clients in matters of plaintiff personal injury, business litigation, and environmental law in both Oregon and Washington. One of Stewart’s clients, Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center of Ashland, was recently awarded a preliminary injunction that stopped illegal logging and was later declared the prevailing party under the terms of a court-approved settlement with the Bureau of Land management. As a result of the suit, several hundred acres of old-growth forest were removed from two timber sales.
Danielle Dion ’98 graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in May 2003. She is currently in residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt.
Laura Elly Hudson ’98 is back in Sitka, Alaska, after a year working on the U.S.-Mexican border as a young adult volunteer with the Presbyterian Church.
Razvan Mihailescu ’98 is completing his M.B.A. at George Fox University. He previously owned a Web design services company for three years and is in his sixth year as a full-time reporting analyst at Gartner, a research and advisory firm. He and his wife, Catherine Schley Mihailescu ’99, have two sons: Sammy, 2, and Robby, 6 months. Their dog, Lucy, is still alive and kickin’. Razvan’s Web site is www.myrazvan.com.
Casey Richmond J.D. ’98 has been promoted to manager of KPMG in Portland.
Lindsay Hyde Tiles ’98 works in corporate communications at Bank of America. She previously taught in Venezuela and worked at a public relations agency in San Francisco. She and her husband, Simon Tiles ’97, got married in 2000 and are living happily in Berkeley.
Joseph Azar ’99 is serving his residency in radiology at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital.
Kelly Lange ’99 graduated summa cum laude from the doctor of chiropractic program at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Her practice is in Ashland.
Eli Madrone ’99 manages Portland’s Interstate firehouse Cultural Center, booking theatre and music performances, lectures, and other things artistic for the community. He spends his free time hiking in the wilderness and traveling the world.
Megan Retherford Murillo ’99 works for Denver Public Schools teaching first grade to Spanish-speaking children.
David Severson ’99 is a software consultant and business owner of Desert Valley Solutions.
Sarah Kujak Walter ’99 is working on an Alzheimer’s disease collective study at the University of California at San Diego. She recently moved back to the States after spending three years in London, and loves California’s sunshine and beaches.