October 21, 2015

Class Notes–1990s

Class Notes–1990s


Class Correspondent: Sean Hanley notes@lclark.edu

Becky Lukens MAT., Ed.S. ’10 is the new principal at Kraxberger Middle School in Gladstone, Oregon. In 1993, she founded the Portland-based Pacific Crest Community School, where she served as codirector and teacher. Previously, she taught history at West Linn High School and Nestucca Union High School in Oregon. Lukens says, “The brilliance that is potentially in every student who walks through the door should be supported. Our job as teachers is to pull students out of their comfort zone in a safe way so they’re willing to take risks and find where they want to go.”


Arts & Sciences Reunion June 23−26, 2016

Class Correspondent: Laura Mundt notes@lclark.edu

Mark Porter JD was recognized by the law school’s Small Business Legal Clinic for significant pro bono contributions provided throughout 2014. Zena BA is finishing her first year with the Peace Corps in Mongolia, where she works at the University of Humanities as a teacher trainer and student teacher educator. She also works with the Darkhan-Uul Ministry of Education to provide advanced teacher education opportunities for local teachers. In addition, she works as a curriculum writing trainer for the Ulan Bator Ministry of Education’s curriculum development department for their new national curriculum. This past winter she was honored by the Darkhan-Uul Aimag’s Ministry of Education at the province-wide World Language Day Celebration for her contributions to “supporting improvement of language acquisition” in the community.


Ruthe Farmer BA, chief strategy and growth officer of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and director of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance, received the inaugural British Council’s Education UK Alumni Award in March 2015 for Social Impact, United States. That same month, she was interviewed as part of Forbes’ Self-Made Women series, “From Outsider to the C-Suite: A Story on How to ‘Get to the Yes.’”


Class Correspondents: Erik Thorin and Marcye Mokier notes@lclark.edu

Joshi Clare BA was recently named senior vice president of investments at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Tony Ross BA was named assistant director of public services for the District of Columbia Public Library system, which is charged with overseeing 12 libraries across Washington, D.C. When he’s not wrangling librarians, he’s wrangling his two kids.


Stacey Kim BA, after over five years working for that other Portland college (ahem, Reed), has taken her career up the hill to Lewis & Clark to be the director of marketing and communications. She enjoys discovering the things about campus that have changed as well as those that have stayed the same. When not on campus, Kim loves to spend time with her third-grade twins (Maddie and Riley), go out for a run, read a great book, or cook a good meal for friends and family.

Benjamin Wolff JD became the chair of Sarcos LC, a leading global robotics and sensor company (formerly known as Raytheon Sarcos, the robotics division of the Raytheon Company). He is responsible for overseeing the direction of the company and engaging with strategic partners, customers, and investors. He was CEO, president, and chair of Pendrell Corporation from 2009 to 2014. During his tenure at Pendrell, Wolff navigated a turnaround of the company by facilitating a resolution to a complex subsidiary bankruptcy and creating more than $500 million in value for equity holders by eliminating more than $1.5 billion of consolidated debt.


Class Correspondent: Carly Henderson notes@lclark.edu


Arts & Sciences Reunion June 23−26, 2016

Class Correspondent: Jo Becker notes@lclark.edu

David Aman JD was named in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. A shareholder with Tonkon Torp in Portland, Aman maintains a business litigation and intellectual property practice.


Lori Balbi BA will be retiring from the Foreign Service with the diplomatic rank of first secretary on October 1, 2015. She has returned to the Pacific Northwest.

Jennie Bricker JD became editor of the Real Estate and Land Use Digest, the flagship publication of the Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use Section. In addition to her legal practice, Jennie Bricker Land & Water Law, she has a writing and editing business, Brick Work Writing & Editing.

Darren Drabek BA ran his seventh, eighth, and ninth marathons (in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey) this past fall and winter. In the future, he plans to run the Portland Marathon. Staying fit helps him keep up with his three kids in Saratoga Springs, New York. He is also the international student advisor at Skidmore College. In 2014–15, he organized Skidmore’s special recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Davis United World College (UWC) Scholars Program partnership. Drabek’s work at Skidmore also includes advising students who take part in the Davis Projects for Peace. Many Davis UWC Scholars have dear friends who attend Lewis & Clark.

Jesse Moon Longhurst BA earned a PhD in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University in December 2014. She teaches in the School of Education at Southern Oregon University.


Class Correspondents: Nicole Miranda and Mike Skrzynski notes@lclark.edu

Carrie Wynkoop BA has launched an Oregon wine club called Cellar 503, which has been featured on Great Northwest Wine and in other media outlets. Most Cellar 503 members sign up for two bottles every month—either two reds, two whites, or one of each. (Other options are also available.) Each shipment is themed around a region, a season, a different style of wine, or a part of Oregon wine culture. Learn more at www.cellar503.com.