Class News - 1990s
December 12, 2005
Arts & Sciences 15th Reunion
Oct. 14-16, 2005
Maureen Claypool-Finn ’90 moved from Portland to Los Angeles in 1995 to work in film production. She got married in August 2001 and is now a stay-at-home mom with son Colin.
Kayla Mohs Fioravanti ’90 lives in Portland with her husband and their three children, Keegan, Selah, and Caiden. They own Essential Wholesale, an international Web-based natural cosmetics company. In early 2004, they moved that business into a 20,000-square-foot facility in Clackamas and opened a 6,000-square-foot bath and body store with a mini day spa in Portland called von Natur. Fioravanti says their three kids and two businesses keep her and her husband on the run.
Michael “Mike” Holeman M.A.T. ’90 teaches math at The Dalles High School.
Laura Kaelke Schroeder ’90 returned to work at People-Soft in April 2004 after an extended maternity leave. She and her husband, Raif, have a daughter named Klara.
Zena ’90 (formerly Zena Hymes) has taught at West Valley High School in Fairbanks, Alaska, for 10 years. Currently, she teaches advanced placement English literature and theatre classes, and she runs the school’s thespian society and after-school production program. Recently, Zena traveled to New York City with 20 students to explore the arts. She will soon take a student group on a similar trip to London.
Trissa Chamberlin Davis ’91 is currently staying at home with her twins, Jack and Ainsley, and loving every minute of it. She is married to Carl Davis.
Wendy Levy Rush ’91 lives just south of Boston with her husband, Eliot, and their two children.
Lewis Barlow ’92 has recently gotten into bike racing and enjoys taking long weekend road trips to Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and Phoenix six months out of the year for various races. He still lives in Las Vegas and works for a management training company. Barlow says that the 2003 reunion of the 1982 China trip in San Francisco went very well and that nearly every person from that trip attended.
Nathaniel Clark ’92 lives in El Paso, Texas, where he is completing a residency in emergency medicine at Texas Tech University. He has a son named Cooper with his wife, Tara, whom Clark met while serving in the Peace Corps in southeastern Africa. He looks forward to moving back to the Northwest after his residency. You can see pictures of the family if you visit www.tara clarkphotography.com and click on the main-page link to CNC.
Jennifer DeWald ’92, J.D. ’98 has practiced Indian law as an associate with Craig J. Dorsay in Portland since graduating from the law school. She is president of Oregon Women Lawyers and immediate past chair of the Indian Law Section of the Oregon State Bar. At the law school, DeWald is an adjunct professor of law and instructs the Native American Student Moot Court competition. In early 2004, DeWald competed in Ironman New Zealand, her fourth Ironman race. She is married to J. Alex Case J.D. ’98.
Tori Dixon ’92 lives in Chicago with her husband, Allen Momongan, and their daughter, Madeline. Dixon is an executive communications manager for Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Jessica Lewis Ferguson ’92 completed her associate’s degree in interior design and is now a project manager with a commercial furnishings dealer in Denver.
Thomas Hagerman ’92, M.A.T. ’94 became superintendent of Portland’s Riverdale School District this past fall after a national search. Previously, Hagerman was principal at Beaverton’s Cedar Park Middle School.
Heather Hess-Lindquist ’92 was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society for her superior academic record in the master of business administration program at Weber State University. She serves on the executive board of the university’s Master of Business administration Alumni Association as chair of finance and development.
Laurie Matthews ’92, historical landscape architect with the Olmstead Center for Landscape Preservation, spoke at a cultural landscapes workshop at Yellowstone National Park and at the California Preservation Conference in San Francisco. She has provided research assistance to Stephen Dow Beckham, Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Professor of History, and Michael Sestric, campus planner, on the Cooley House and the Corbett House. The Olmstead brothers designed landscaping for these two College properties in the early 20th century.
Dawn McIntosh J.D. ’92 has opened a private practice in Cannon Beach. She focuses on family law, domestic relations, and businesses.
Steve Morasch J.D. ’92 has relocated his office to Vancouver, Washington. Morasch is a shareholder in the office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. His practice area is real estate and land use, representing property owners and developers.
Robert “Bob” Niendorf ’92 is finally back in Southern California with his wife, Julie; son, Kyle, 4; and daughter, Taylor, 2 1/2. Previously, they lived in the Seattle area for three years and then briefly in Los Angeles, which they quickly realized is no substitute for San Diego County. They built a home in Oceanside, California, and moved in this past summer. Niendorf rides the commuter train each day to Fremont investment and Loan, a commercial and real estate lender, where he is a vice president of commercial asset management. He says his family is happy to be close to friends and family in California, although he misses his old friends who are still in the Portland area.
Adrienne Benson Scherger ’92 continues to love living in Albania, the jewel of the Adriatic, with her husband and their sons Miles, 2 1/2, and Finn, 7 months. She works at the U.S. Embassy as an advocate for U.S. mission personnel and their families. She also continues to do freelance writing and editing.
Pamela Strong ’92 returned to Portland in the fall of 2003 with her husband, Abedin Bajagilovic, after two years in Yerevan, Armenia, where Strong was deputy director of the Armenia School connectivity Program with Project Harmony. Staff of the $9-million program are developing 350 Internet computer centers in Armenian secondary schools and facilitating online projects and communities, holding training sessions, and offering community computer access.
Vera Allain ’93 lives in Stamford, Connecticut, where she has been a credit risk analyst at UBS investment Bank for two years. She commutes to Atlanta every other week or so to see her beau, and she says this means they are single-handedly supporting a couple of airlines.
Stephen Feldman J.D. ’93 was voted of counsel for the Portland law firm Perkins Coie. He handles a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, specializing in insurance coverage disputes and intellectual property.
Janet Larsen J.D. ’93 has been named a partner at Foster Pepper Tooze in Portland. She focuses on commercial and complex litigation.
Matthew Lay J.D. ’93 has been named special counsel to the associate chief counsel for the Internal Revenue Service. He will continue to specialize in the taxation of partnerships and S-corporations.
Amy Beacom ’94 is working on her doctorate in organizational psychology at Columbia University’s Teachers College. She and her husband, Mike DiMezza, live in New York City and are renovating their Brooklyn brownstone.
Charles DeLacey J.D. ’94 has joined the San Francisco law firm of Weisberg & Miller. He continues to emphasize family law matters, focusing on dissolutions involving complex business and equity ownership issues.
Rachel Eppinga ’94 is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist at Portland’s An Hao Natural Health Care Clinic. She graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in June 2003 with a doctor of naturopathy degree and a master’s of science in Oriental medicine.
Matthew Hall ’94, J.D. ’04 graduated from the law school in May 2004.
Brian Humphreys ’94 is an infantry officer commanding a platoon of U.S. Marines in western Iraq. He says the experience is challenging at times but is providing him with a chance to deepen his understanding of the world and do something out of the ordinary.
Steffany Hergert Jastak J.D. ’94 has rejoined the firm of Hergert & Associates in Oregon City. For the last four years, she has worked as a CPA—first in the tax division at Moss Adams in Portland, and then as the trust tax manager of Pioneer Trust Bank in Salem. Jastak specializes in family law, as well as trust, estate, and individual taxation.
Douglas Mulford ’94 completed his fifth year of teaching at Pepperdine University in July 2004. He will head overseas this year to teach in the university’s Florence, Italy, program.
Stacey Nichols ’94 works in educational publishing and does freelance translation and editorial work on the side. She says she can’t believe she’s been in Boston for five years or that she’s become a baseball fanatic and a runner. She visits Portland frequently and misses it more as time goes on.
Arts & Sciences 10th Reunion
Oct. 14-16, 2005
Robert Blunt ’95 is pursuing a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at the university of Chicago. Recently, he received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship and a Social Science Research Council international Dissertation Research Fellowship to conduct doctoral research in Kenya on neotraditional religious movements, criminality, and the state. He and his wife, Danielle Walters ’95, left for Kenya in December 2004 and will be there for a year.
Jin Chen Cooper ’95 lives with her husband, Richard; their daughter, Jennifer “Jennie”; and son William “Willie” in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Donovan “Kiley” Dumas ’95 is director of sales at Marin Capital in San Rafael, California. He is married to Tanya King ’98.
Carly Henderson ’95 lives in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where she is in her second year serving as the early childhood and elementary school counselor at the International School of Tanganyika.
Nerissa Koehn ’95 and her husband, John Miller, work for the Indian Health service in Zuni, New Mexico, a pueblo community of approximately 10,000. They practice full-spectrum family medicine, including emergency services and obstetrics.
Jennifer Nugent ’95 is the country representative to Vietnam for the Population and Community organization, a Thai nongovernmental organization. Though based in Bangkok, Nugent also works out of Hanoi to develop economically sustainable health programs for poor, mostly rural communities. She also works with people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Kim Sullivan J.D. ’95 is in her second year at ProBAR, the Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project in Harlingen, Texas, 12 miles from the Mexican border. She gives daily rights presentations and pro se workshops to noncitizens detained at the 800-bed immigration facility. ProBAR sponsors attorneys nationwide willing to volunteer for immigrant asylum cases.
Barbara Ceniga, who earned her basic administrative certification at the graduate school in 1996, her basic superintendent certification in 1997, and her standard superintendent’s certification in 2003, has served as superintendent of Helix School in Helix for the past six years. In 2004, she competed in her 12th Hood to Coast Relay. She and her husband, Dan Ceniga, have four grown children and one 9-year-old grandson.
Neil Cole J.D. ’96 has been promoted to shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in the firm’s Portland office. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and corporate governance, focusing on the forest products industry. Cole, a longtime volunteer for the American Red Cross, serves on that organization’s Pacific Northwest regional blood services board.
Joel Pietsch ’96 and his wife, Tia White Pietsch ’97,moved to Eugene in 1999 to pursue graduate degrees in music. In 2003, the couple moved to Homer, Alaska, where they now run the Harbor School of Music, a private music school. The Pietsches married in 1998.
Tina Tominc Saxowsky ’96 graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2003 with a Ph.D. in biochemistry. She is now doing postdoctoral research at Emory University. Her husband,Marc Saxowsky ’96, is a networking guru at Digital Insight. The couple lives in Atlanta.
Brent Bryson J.D. ’97 has accepted a position as an associate with the firm of Roberts Rowley Chapman in Mesa, Arizona. He practices in the area of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on employment and real estate disputes.
Thomas Doyle J.D. ’97 has been named a partner in the firm of Bennett, Hartman, Morris & Kaplan in Portland. He will continue to practice labor, employment, and education law in Oregon and Washington.
Jenny Simpson Johnson ’97 lives in Ashland with her husband, Koeby Johnson ’97, and children Karan, 5; Fiona, 3; and Bodhi, 1. Koeby worked in landscaping for a couple of years before earning a master’s degree in teaching. He now teaches seventh-grade English and social studies in Medford and loves his work. Jenny has studied midwifery and been a Waldorf preschool teacher but devotes most of her time to the children. The Johnsons live in an old Ashland home and spend lots of time in their gardens and with friends, including College alumni Jesse Longhurst ’97, Ashleigh Adams Burns ’97,and Carey Craddock ’97.
Kenneth Larish J.D. ’97 has joined the Nashville law firm of Bone McAllester Norton. He specializes in real estate, corporate, environmental, administrative, and regulatory law.
Dallas Osborne ’97 joined the U.S. Army in 1998. Since graduating from the U.S. Army Ranger School, he has been deployed continuously around the world. He returned to Iraq for his second tour of duty in September 2004.
Tia White Pietsch ’97 moved to Homer, Alaska, with her husband, Joel Pietsch ’96 in 2003. They bought and remodeled a space there and turned it into the Harbor School of Music. Tia says they love teaching and being in Alaska. The Pietsches married in 1998.
Eric Wasserman ’97 earned his M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College in 2002. His first book-length collection of short fiction, The Temporary Life: Stories, will be published in March. Wasserman lives in Los Angeles.
Kris Woodburn J.D. ’97 has opened a law office in Grants Pass. A Grants Pass city councilor, he was recently a deputy with the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office, where he was involved in more than 75 jury trials. Woodburn expects to apply his litigation skills to the practice of general civil law, including cases that deal with contract, property line, and landlord-tenant disputes.
J. Alex Case J.D. ’98 is a mediator for Community Mediation Services for the City of Vancouver, Washington. He is married to Jennifer DeWald ’92, J.D. ’98.
Jeremy Davit ’98 has been in Miami for three years and loves it. He works as an environmental educator at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden while pursuing his graduate degree in hospitality management with an ecotourism focus. Davit’s goal is to one day run an eco-lodge offering fine wining and dining in the great outdoors. Davit says you can’t say much for the rock climbing in the Everglades, but the orchids are amazing.
Dhruv Dayal ’98 completed his master’s degree in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University in December 2003. He began working in business development at a biotech company in Bangalore, India, in July 2004.
Nathan Dexter ’98 graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2003 and then passed both the Oregon and Colorado bar exams. He practices Indian law as an associate at Fredericks, Pelcyger & Hester in Louisville, Colorado.
Captain Brett Egusa J.D. ’98 and Captain Erin McMahon J.D. ’98, who have been married for over five years and are based out of Hawaii, are now stationed in Afghanistan. Egusa is command judge advocate in Kandahar. He runs all U.S. legal operations in the southern part of the country. McMahon is an operational law attorney in Bagram. She is charged with ensuring that U.S. forces follow the law of war.
Matthew Ehrmann ’98 lives in Santa Monica, California, where he works in graphic design. Previously, he went to art school in Seattle. He paints a lot and participates in art shows on a semiregular basis. His Web site is www.mpeart.com.
Linsel Greene ’98 walks Portland’s streets as a Downtown Sidewalk Ambassador, or walking concierge, and meets many crazy and interesting people in the process. When he’s not working to promote the city, he’s seeing and reviewing music. His live journal is at www.livejournal.com/~lemurmaster.
Laura Elly Hudson ’98 practices massage therapy.
Tanya King ’98 is an attorney at Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco. She lives with her husband, Donovan “Kiley” Dumas ’95, in San Rafael, California.
Senior Airman Travis Pierce J.D. ’98 is a survival, evasion, resistance, and escape specialist in the U.S. Air Force. Based out of Spokane, he is now stationed in Doha, Qatar.
Josh Arnold J.D. ’99 is financial specialist for the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development.
Ezekiel Carder J.D. ’99 practices law at Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld in Oakland, California. He specializes in multiemployer ERISA trust funds and labor law.
Melanie Guptill-Ainsworth ’99 is a commercial account manager for All-American Insurance Agency. She lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with her husband, Jeremy Ainsworth.
Captain Irene Hanks J.D. ’99 is a detainee operations attorney for Operation Enduring Freedom. Stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan, she is charged with ensuring U.S. compliance with the Geneva Conventions and serving as liaison with the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Kevin Jones J.D. ’99 is the general counsel for Hollywood Tanning Systems in New Jersey.
Scott Lee J.D. ’99 has joined Mount Tabor Legal Services as senior associate in the litigation department.
Chris Panoff J.D. ’99 is the founder and managing member of the Northwest IP Law Group. He is a patent attorney.
Andrew “Andy” E. Parker ’99 is concluding his fourth year managing Oregon Tilth’s Organic Education Center in West Linn, where he teaches people of all ages about organic agriculture, nutrition, community food systems, and ecology through hands-on applications. In his spare time, Parker plays country rock and improvisational jazz in bars up and down the West Coast. This fall he says he “fell for a starr in Hollywood.”
Jessica Roberts ’99 is membership director and metro-area advocate at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, which serves Oregon and southwest Washington.
Jon “Chris” Stringer ’99 lives and works in Bend, where he recently purchased his second home. He develops software and Web sites and also runs his own online board and ski shop,www.rdcshop.com.