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April 28, 2009


Elaine Lander B.A. and Debora Jorgensen Hall B.A. ‘91, former Akin roommates, recently got together for a visit after 18 years. After L&C, Lander was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal; she continues to volunteer with the American Red Cross in disaster services. She has two children, Ezra and Margarita. She lives with her husband in Philadelphia. After L&C, Maisha the dog retired to Arizona, where she died at age 15.


Debora Jorgensen Hall B.A., and Elaine Lander B.A. ‘90, former Akin roommates, recently got together for a visit after 18 years. Hall is well and has three children, Connor, Natalie, and Devin. Her husband is Travis Hall J.D. ‘98. She is back in Portland after living in Germany for 10 years.


Margaret Lawson B.A. earned her M.F.A. in printmaking from Arizona State University in 2001. Lawson is a K-8 art teacher at Gateway Elementary School in Phoenix. In her free time she works on various mosaic projects. (See also Marriages and Births)

Jesse Margolis J.D. was featured in the Curry County Reporter regarding his transition from private practice and the public defender’s office to serving on the Curry County Circuit Court bench. Margolis has been on the bench since January 2007.

Michelle McGuire B.A. is completing her graduate degree for school psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver. “I’ve got a great family and love living in Colorado!”

Miriam Ormae-Jamar B.A. is still using her L&C music degree–teaching private drum lessons full time (René’s Drum Studio), and with her band, Here Comes Everybody. Check out their newest release, the Veronica Project (2008), on their website.

Kirsten Bowden Udani B.A. last November celebrated 20 years with Nike, where she has been promoted to a manager position in the planning IT department. She and her husband celebrated 15 years of marriage in 2008. Their two daughters both enjoy playing soccer and keep them very busy.

Corey Welch B.A. finished his Ph.D. on the genetics of Australian birds and Pacific Northwest mammals at the University of Washington. He’s continuing his work on Pacific Northwest mammals during a three-year post-doc at the University of Kansas, and is also teaching biology at Haskell Indian Nations University. He is “sad to leave the Northwest, but I shall return!”


Geoffrey Hooker B.A. has settled back in Perth, Western Australia, with wife Nicky and daughter Zoe, and is “still playing baseball. I’m the M.D. of our national league team, Perth Heat.”

Margaret Weddell J.D. has been appointed to Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Board by Governor Ted Kulongoski. Previously, Weddell worked for the Portland firm Swanson Thomas & Coon and specialized in personal injury matters and workers compensation.


Riccardo Falchini B.A. has been running Casale-Falchini, the family winery in San Gimignano, Tuscany, since 1996 with his brother, Christopher. Their recent successes include silver medals at the 2008 Bruxelles Monde Selection Wine Challenge and a three-year standing as one of Robert Parker’s favorite red wine producers with a 90+ rating. Falchini and his wife, Eleonora Tsoumas from Portland, live in Florence with their son, Gabriele, and daughter, Elektra.

Susan Francois B.A. professed her first vows as a sister of St. Joseph of Peace on October 11, 2008. She is on the staff of the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center in Seattle.

Jolene Reed Laughlin B.A. is a finance director at First Data Corporation in Denver. She enjoys skiing, playing soccer, and scuba diving. (See also Births.)

Douglas Mulford B.S., who recently moved to Atlanta to teach chemistry at Emory University, says he is still getting used to the South but loves Emory. “I am in a teaching-only position, with no research requirements, and love being able to focus on my students and improve my teaching!”


Cable Green B.S. and Lesley Parker Green B.A. ‘96, after spending a decade in Ohio, have moved their family back to the Northwest. They now live in Olympia, Washington, where Cable loves his job as director of e-learning with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. (See also Births.)

Tamar Baptist-Trindade Hare B.A., after working for 18 months in Lewis & Clark’s annual giving office, is now development manager for the Portland Housing Center. She and Eric Hare B.S. ‘95 celebrated 12 years of marriage last summer. They live in Beaverton with their two children, Andrew, 5, and Amelia, 2.


Lesley Parker Green B.A. and Cable Green B.S. ‘95, after spending a decade in Ohio, have moved their family back to the Northwest. They now live in Olympia, Washington. Lesley enjoyed a spell as a full-time mother, then returned in the fall to her second love, working as a small-animal veterinarian. (See also Births.)

Michelle Kerin J.D. has been elected president of the board of trustees for Portland’s International School, which is dedicated to providing children with an education that includes fluency in more than one language. In addition to serving as president, she chairs the human resources committee. A Farleigh Wada Witt shareholder, Kerin focuses her practice on litigation, employment, and labor law.

Katherine “Kate” Nicholson B.A. is living down under this year, studying environmental management at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. “Fun, fun, fun!” she says. “Send me a line if you’re ever down this way.”


Dominic Auld J.D. has joined the New York law firm Labaton Sucharow. Auld is responsible primarily for working with the client and case development departments to identify meritorious securities fraud cases and present them to the institutional investors harmed by the conduct at issue. He focuses on the firm’s existing relationships with institutional investors from his home country of Canada and will also be part of the firm’s outreach to other institutions worldwide.

Phil Bender J.D. has transferred from K&L Gates’ Portland office to the firm’s Pittsburgh office. He continues to represent clients in the Pacific Northwest and beyond in a wide range of environmental, regulatory, permitting, and litigation matters.

Adina Cunningham J.D. has become deputy director of county administration for San Juan County, Washington.


Heidi Havrilla Green B.A. ‘98 has had a remarkable rise in Georgia politics over the past six years, reports her proud husband, Reuben Green B.A. ‘97. While working for Governor Sonny Perdue for about five years, she rose to become one of his senior advisors. In 2007 she was appointed deputy director for global commerce at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. In that role she is responsible for a staff of about one hundred and is in charge of recruiting businesses to Georgia from far-flung places including China, Korea, Japan, and Europe. She also traveled with the governor last year to the Republican National Convention to meet with businesses in Minnesota. Additional trade missions include one to Italy, Spain, and Portugal and another to the Far East. Last year she was on the cover of the July/August issue of Atlanta Woman magazine and was cited by Georgia Trend magazine as one of the 40 most influential people under 40 years of age for the year.

Justin Henderson B.A. is a prosecutor in the Navy Judge Advocate General Corps, stationed in Washington, D.C., where, he says, “We live right by the Navy Yard and wasted hundreds on Washington Nationals season tickets this year.” His wife, Heather Cassidy, is also a Navy JAG. (See Marriages.)

Jon Lukas B.A. lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, Connie, and their daughter. (See Births.) He is a psychotherapist in private practice treating anxiety disorders.

Tamar Salomon B.A. has been taking prerequisite classes at Portland Community College and applying for accelerated bachelor’s in nursing programs in recent months.

Michele Stone J.D. has joined the Portland firm of Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf.

Jaime Traeger B.A. and her husband live in Spokane, Washington, where she owns a small full-service commercial real estate firm. She graduated in May 2008 from Gonzaga University with a masters in business administration.


Laura Benson B.A. and Jeremy Brown B.A. have moved to Vancouver, B.C., where Jeremy is assistant professor of history at Simon Fraser University. Laura served as campaign director at the Environmental Health Coalition; Jeremy finished his Ph.D. in modern Chinese history at the University of California at San Diego. (See also Births.)

Scott Bogue J.D. has been selected as the successor to Seventh Circuit Magistrate Michael O’Connor. Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, Bogue has served as the staff attorney for the Seventh Circuit since 2001. He has also served as an assistant state attorney general in the appellate division, a legal editor for Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill, an independent legal contractor, and a Seventh Circuit Court law clerk.

Greg Corbin J.D. has been promoted to principal in the Portland office of Stoel Rives. He is a member of the firm’s resources, development, and environment practice group and of the forest industries and renewable energy team. He represents private and public interests on regulatory strategies, major project permitting, and natural resource-related transactions. Many of his clients have interests in Oregon’s Klamath River Basin on matters concerning water rights adjudication and regulatory matters. Corbin holds a master of forest science degree, and he writes and speaks frequently on issues affecting the forest products industry and forest landowners.

Alicia Gilbert-Dugas B.A., in her second year as assistant dean of students and first-year dean of the college at Kenyon College, finds her work challenging and rewarding. Kenyon reminds her of L&C, she says, with “smart and engaged students who are collaborative and driven.” Working at a 100 percent residential college that is short on housing calls for creative problem-solving skills, and she looks forward to next year’s opening of a new $20 million residence hall. She continues, “Lee and I are happily supporting our Louisiana State University Tigers in Buckeye Country by often flying down to LSU for alumni events and football. I have been to Oregon several times and it has been great seeing everyone. All are welcome to visit if you find yourself in Ohio!”

Rachel Kondor J.D. has been a senior legislative assistant for U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona since 2003. Kondor and her husband, Brian Segee, live in Brentwood, Maryland, with their two dogs, Kali and Rocky, and their cat, Oregon.

Laura Maffei J.D. has been promoted to shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in their Portland office. She joined the firm in 1999 and her practice focuses on environmental and natural resources law.

Joel Shapiro J.D. joined the Washington, D.C., staff of Sen. Ron Wyden as counsel for judiciary, foreign affairs, immigration, elections, labor, education, and nanotechnology issues. He previously served as a deputy district attorney for Multnomah County and as political outreach director for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.

Aaron Tresham B.A. recently graduated from The Master’s Seminary (M.Div. 2007, Th.M. 2008). He is currently working on a Th.D.

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