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Third Culture Kids / Global Nomads


History and Goals:

The TCK board was first created in the Fall of 2001. The board meets once a week, and the members serve as advisors who generate ideas and plans that the TCK intern will then set in motion. The board’s main goal is to promote events and advise the TCK intern on projects that they feel will be most effective and support the cause of the TCK group.

Get Involved:

If you are interested in being a member, please e-mail the TCK Intern, Neil Rutherford at or come to the International Students and Scholars office located on the 3rd floor of Templeton, above the student government offices!

TCK Board Members 2015-2016

Audrey Martin (’18) is a sophomore music major, planning to minor in Japanese. Her dad works for the US Navy, so they have been stationed all over. Born in Sasebo, Japan, Audrey has lived all over the United States, and spent the last five years in Naples, Italy. She has been able to travel a lot and visit lots of different countries, particularly in Europe. She has always loved traveling and has always loved music. Her goal is to become a music teacher and eventually get to teach at schools overseas so she can teach other kids growing up like her. Singing is her biggest hobby, along with reading and writing.

Rosemary Arends (’19) is a first year student from Saint Paul, Minnesota. She spent her first couple months of life living in Ukraine, then Minnesota for about 7 years before a business venture for her father swept her family all the way to Moscow, Russia for around 3 years. Having been state-side for a couple of years now, Rosemary is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to travel abroad again. She speaks English, Spanish, and Russian. She is planning on double-majoring in Mathematics and International Affairs with a Russian minor. Rosemary spends most of her time reading world news stories, baking with her roommate, watching crime dramas, forcing her brother to send her pictures of their dog, and drinking tea.

Anna Lyubinina (’19) is a first year student planning on majoring in Psychology and Theatre. She was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, and moved to Walnut Creek, California at the age of four. Anna is fluent in Russian and English, and speaks some Spanish and French as well. Additionally, she has a dual citizenship with Ukraine, and hopes to travel the world one day. Some of Anna’s hobbies include singing, dancing, playing the piano, and baking.




Gabriella Tost (’18) was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, but also lived in Italy. Her mother was born in the USA and her dad in Venezuela. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Economics. After graduating from Lewis and Clark, Gabriella hopes to continue her studies in Germany. She loves traveling, reading, and outdoors activities.


Sarah King (’17) is a Foreign Language and Literatures Major with a Minor in East Asian Studies. She was born in the United States but then moved to Belgium where she lived for 14 years. She is fluent in French and English and speaks Spanish and Japanese. She enjoys traveling to new places and making connections everywhere she goes. 








Maddy Pedersen (’19) is from Seattle, Washington. She lived in Denmark for three years and England for three years as well, and is a dual citizen with Denmark. She’s a first year student at Lewis & Clark College, and she plans to major in either History or English. She hopes to study abroad while a student and is looking at the Greece program. She loves to read, travel, watch movies and TV, and to pet dogs.





Clarissa Tanner (’18) spent the first few weeks of her life in Washington D.C. before being whisked off by her journalist father to Moscow, Russia. Her family has since lived in Berlin, Berkeley, Belgrade, and Boston (but the B name capitals are only a coincidence!) Clarissa is hoping to major in International Affairs and German, and return to Eastern Europe, a place whose culture and history have resonated with her and continue to captivate her interest.





Neil Rutherford (’16) is an International Affairs major and a Chinese minor.  He was born in Denver, CO, and lived there up until he finished first grade.  When he finished first grade, his mom decided to uproot his small family and move to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to teach English and to take them on an adventure.  They spent two years in Kyrgyzstan, then moved onto Mexico, then to China.  In China, he began learning Mandarin Chinese and began to identify with the culture.  Neil now considers China to be a second home.  After spending four years in China, Neil and his family moved on to Bangkok, Thailand, and then on to
Mongolia.  He graduated from the International School of Ulaanbaatar with an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. 


Natalie Kuo (’16) was born in the United States and moved to Saudi Arabia when she was 7. She moved back to the US for boarding school in Austin, TX and one year of college in Santa Cruz, CA, before transferring to her current home here in Portland. She plans to major in Economics and minor in English. She is half Chinese, half American and enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. One day, she plans to visit all seven continents (with only two remaining!). But in the meantime, she can be found reading a book, listening to music, drinking tea, watching Netflix, and petting cats.



Simon Anderson (’17) is son of an American father and Japanese mother. He has lived in Sudan, Ethiopia, Italy and the Philippines however he considers home to be where the family is. Having grown up in many countries, he has friends from all over the world including countries such as India, Philippines, South Korea, Colombia, Canada and the Netherlands to name a few.  Simon is a big fan of football (soccer) and is a die-hard Liverpool fan and will wake up very early on weekends (sometimes even at 4:30am) to watch them play. This year at Lewis & Clark, Simon hopes to explore a wide range of subjects in the hopes of finding a passion in a subject area that he can major in.


Anri Nick Ryan (’17) was born and raised in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan. She has a Japanese mother, an American father, and an older sister. She went to a Japanese school in Tokyo up until high school, except her junior abroad in Loveland, Colorado. Her year in Colorado motivated her to attend college in the US. She is interested in majoring in the sciences, but excited to explore various fields. She draws and paints as a hobby, and enjoys going to art museums.

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