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June 14, 2004

2000

David Celletti J.D. ’00 is now an associate with Dykema Gossett in Chicago following a merger of Dykema Gossett and Rooks Pitt law firms.

Jennifer Curkendall ’00 finished her master’s degree in community and regional planning at the University of Oregon in June 2003. She now works for the Chesapeake Bay Program in Annapolis, Maryland, through the federal government’s Presidential Management Fellows Program.

David Gekiere ’00 earned a graduate degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He works for Epic Systems, a company that sells patient-centered software to large hospitals and HMOs.

Shaen Germain ’00 teaches and tutors students of various ages at a Waldorf School on Hawaii’s big island, where he lives with his wife, Bethany Dengler-Germain ’01. Shaen surfs as much as possible.

Eric Goranson ’00 is a medical student at Oregon Health & Science University.

Sarah Griffith ’00 completed her master’s degree in history on a fellowship at Portland State University in 2003. She is now working in Boston.

Andrea Hopkins ’00 is on active duty in the U.S. Army Reserves. She recently returned to Portland from Fort Polk, Louisiana, and will be training in Indiana and Germany before going to Bosnia, where she will be stationed for nine months.

Owen Iida J.D. ’00, a Hilo native and former business attorney, has launched Hawaii Next, a bimonthly magazine geared toward inspiring Hawaii’s young workforce. Featuring profiles of local entrepreneurs and legislators as well as articles on leisure, finances, health, and style, it will highlight the professional and social scene.

Mark Jesperson J.D. ’00, the second law clerk to the Honorable Juan T. Lizama J.D. ’81, continues to live and work in the Northern Mariana Islands.

Robert “Rob” Mueller ’00 completed his M.B.A. at the University of Denver in November 2003. He is now a consultant for a health care and information technology company. 

Nicholas Perera ’00 is in his second year of medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio—and loving it.

Chad Stokes J.D. ’00 has joined the Portland firm of Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd.

Jill Teasley ’00 spent the fall of 2003 in Paris conducting research on the archives of composers of electro-acoustic music for the InterPARES 2 project, an international effort to develop strategies for the preservation of electronic records. At the beginning of the year, she returned to her Vancouver home and the University of British Columbia for her second year in a master of archival studies program. This summer, Teasley is interning in the archives department at Simon Fraser University.

2001

Amy Arnstein ’01 has been living in Paris since graduation and recently began working at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Dale Booth ’01 is pursuing his master’s degree in marine ecology at the University of Southern Alabama in Mobile. He lives on Dauphin Island, a barrier island where Sea Lab is located, and really enjoys the warm waters of the Gulf Coast.

Brian Cable J.D. ’01 has joined the business group at the Portland law firm of Grenley, Rotenberg, Evans, Bragg & Bodie.

Michael Chiacos ’01 has moved to Kona, Hawaii, where he is manages a Kona Coffee Farm. He previously worked at the Climate Trust, an environmental nonprofit in Portland. Chiacos says he has been busy learning to surf, exploring, hiking, eating lots of tropical fruit, and, of course, drinking plenty of Kona coffee.

Kathleen “Katie” Clarkson ’01 is pursuing a graduate degree in engineering at Columbia University. 

Barry Friedman ’01 is a pit crew member for a professional race team in the NASCAR Busch Series. He lives in the Charlottesville, North Carolina, area.

Georgianna Hale ’01 is assistant project manager at the Sonoma Land Trust. She conducts computer mapping of the county and helps trust lands become part of the California State Parks system. Previously, Hale was the trust’s administrative assistant.

Robert Hamilton J.D. ’01 has joined the Portland law firm of Goldberg, Mechanic, Stuart & Gibson as an associate.

Wendy Hansen ’01, a recipient of both a National Defense Science and engineering Graduate Fellowship and a National Science Foundation grant, is working toward her Ph.D. in biophysics at the University of California at Berkeley.

Andrew Hanson J.D. ’01 has been selected from more than 200 applicants to receive a two-year fellowship from the environmental Leadership Program. He was recognized for his groundbreaking environmental work in Madison, Wisconsin.

Keith Hirokawa LL.M. ’01 practices land use, natural resources, and environmental law in Vancouver, Washington, for Erickson & Hirokawa. In the fall, he taught land use law as an adjunct at the University of Oregon School of Law. Hirokawa published a piece in the Virginia Environmental Law Journaltitled “Dealing With Uncommon Ground: The Place of Legal Constructivism in the Social Construction of Nature.”

Clark Horner J.D. ’01 has joined the Portland law firm of Hoffman, Hart & Wagner as an associate.

Sarah Hill Loveland ’01 is director of business development at Advanced Legal Systems and spends one week of every month in the company’s Las Vegas office. She and her husband reside in Portland.

Christine Miyasaki ’01 is studying veterinary medicine at Cornell University’s New York State College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dainen Penta J.D. ’01 recently opened his own law firm in Longview, Washington, with an emphasis on bankruptcy, taxation, trust, estate, and general business law.

Christine Reynolds J.D. ’01 has become a public finance associate with the Portland law firm of Orrick, herrington & Sutcliffe.

Daniel Ruprecht ’01 earned his master’s degree in computational finance from Carnegie Mellon University. He works for a hedge fund in New York City.

Marie Spong ’01, winner of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute predoctoral fellowship in Biological Sciences, is pursuing her Ph.D. in chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University. Her research focuses on DNA and cellular protein studies.

Michael “Mike” Steffen ’01 is a software developer for Space Computer corporation, which specializes in hyperspectral imaging and target detection. Its clients include the U.S. department of Defense and NASA.

Julia Swanson-Birchill ’01 is in her third year of medical school at Oregon Health & Science University and is having a fantastic time.

Adam Wiedmann ’01, sculptor, was selected by Ford Motor Corporation to design and fabricate original artwork for the company’s Partners in Quality Award, presented annually to Ford’s top 100 North American dealerships.

2002

William “Bill” Allen ’02 has worked at American General Financial Services since 2002. In April, he and his fiancée, Katie Burke, moved into their first home.

Meghan Barrager ’02 has been accepted into the master’s program in social welfare at Smith College.

Hollie Davis J.D. ’02 is a support staff supervisor at Davis Wright Tremaine and a member of the Oregon State Bar.

Kent Graham J.D. ’02 is the chief operating officer of Affide’e, a global technology company.

Simon Sponberg ’02, a Fannie and John Hertz foundation fellow, is pursuing his Ph.D. in biophysics at the University of California at Berkeley.

Michael Tarrant ’02 has lived in Kyoto, Japan, since 2002. He enjoys the ups and downs of teaching English and living in a foreign country. Tarrant plans to return to the United States in 2005.

Camilla Thurmond J.D. ’02 is a judicial clerk for the Circuit Court for Multnomah County in Portland.

2003

Sarah Bay J.D. ’03 has joined the Omaha, Nebraska, law firm of Fraser Stryker Meusey Olson Boyer & Bloch as an associate. Bay specializes in intellectual property law, corporate law, and general practice.

Heather Cook ’03 is teaching mathematics in South Africa through the Peace Corps.

Maya Crawford J.D. ’03 has joined Legal Aid services of Oregon for the Multnomah County office. Crawford is with the pro bono unit and coordinates the senior law and domestic violence projects.

Francie Cushman J.D. ’03 has joined the Portland law firm of Hoffman, Hart & Wagner as an associate.

Lisa Knight Davies J.D. ’03 has joined the Hood River law firm of Wyers & Haskell. She plans to focus her practice in the areas of environmental, real estate, and land use law, with an emphasis on land use permitting and development in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Kathleen Doll J.D. ’03 has joined the Portland law firm of Rycewicz & Chenoweth as an associate. Doll’s practice includes environmental and land use law, as well as general civil litigation.

Stephane Ebright J.D. ’03 joined the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s Attorney General Section as a deputy attorney general.

Jamee Eriksen ’03 moved to Guatemala in February 2004 for a two-year term with Brethren Volunteer Service and is working on a variety of peace, justice, and environmental projects. Before moving to Guatemala, Eriksen traveled to Colombia as part of a 14-member witness for Peace delegation that spoke out against injustice in that country. Previously, she was a full-time volunteer at the San Antonio Catholic Worker House. 

Bronson James J.D. ’03 has accepted a position as general counsel and managing consultant with information Protection specialties, a Portland-based company offering information security planning to the financial, health care, and legal services industries.

Daniel “Dan” Knox ’03 works at the University of California at San Francisco Core Immunology laboratory as a research associate in charge of lab automation.

Mike Mayerle J.D. ’03 is an associate with Stewart Sokol & Gray in Portland.

Jennifer Morrissey J.D. ’03 has joined the Portland law firm of Black Helterline as an associate. Morrissey’s practice focuses on immigration and litigation.

Kim Mosier J.D. ’03 has been named county counsel and deputy district attorney for Baker County. Her responsibilities in the DA’s office focus on juvenile law, and she provides legal advice to the county commissioners and the department heads for Baker County. As the county counsel, she also interacts with the public.

Todd Schebor LL.M. ’03 has joined the firm of Dykema Gossett as an associate in the Detroit office, where he will focus on environmental law issues.

Tyson Smith J.D. ’03 works for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Office of General Counsel. He has helped develop the commission’s policy statement on environmental justice and revised the NRC’s regulations governing commission adjudications in advance of the proceedings on the licensing of Yucca Mountain. Smith is involved with the hearing on the first early site permit applications for the area. If granted, the permits would authorize construction of the first new nuclear power reactors in over a decade.

Taline Snell J.D. ’03 has joined the San Diego law firm of Ferris & Britton as an associate.

Brad Tompkins J.D. ’03 has joined the Portland law firm of Hoffman, Hart & Wagner.

Erin Truax J.D. ’03 has joined the litigation department of Miller Nash in Portland.

Bryan Welch J.D. ’03 has joined the law firm of Jon S. Hendricksen in Gladstone as an associate.

Kristin Wilkins ’03 teaches English in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme.

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