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  • 1940s

  • 1949

    Alice Asmar B.A. of Burbank, California, has completed a book of paintings and poetry called Dance to the Great Spirit: An Artist’s Sacred Journey Into American Indian Ceremony. Asmar won the top prize of the Artistic Committee of the Fondation des Etats-Unis Inaugural Art Competition in 2012, and her paintings will hang in the corridors of the Fondation in Paris for two years. Her most recent show was in October, when her work appeared in the Amitié-Expo 2013 art show in Beverly Hills.

  • 1950s

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    From Marine to Minister

    As the sun began to set on a balmy summer day in Southern California, an Electra cruise ship motored past luxury yachts, sailboats, and multimillion-dollar homes in Newport Harbor. On deck, a wedding ceremony was in progress. Philip Bradley B.S. ’59 pronounced the happy couple husband and wife, smiling as they sealed their union with a kiss.
  • 1952

    David Thayer B.S. is professor emeritus of theatre arts at the University of Iowa. Before his retirement in 1997, he headed the design and technical theatre programs and served at various times as production manager for dance, opera, and theatre, and as interim chair of the theatre arts department.

    Thayer’s avocation is the mining history of the western United States, particularly the mining districts and mines of southwest Colorado. For the past 29 years, he and his brother, Douglas Thayer B.A. ’56, have spent part of each summer hiking the mountains of San Juan County, Colorado. Together they have mapped the remains of 50 of the county’s tramways. “Our archival investigations have developed extensive data concerning construction, ownership, and operation of these trams. As a result of these studies we have developed and presented a number of papers for the Mining History Association.”


    Bill Bitar B.S. is going strong after 55 years in property management and development as president of William Frank Bitar & Associates. He worked briefly in the grocery business after graduation before joining his dad and uncle in a property development firm started in 1922 as Bitar Bros. That business developed a number of properties for McDonald’s, Plaid Pantry, Arby’s, Chuck E. Cheese’s, business centers, and warehouses in the Portland metro area. The Bitars’ Empire Construction Company has built roads, sewers, and water utilities in Ketchikan and Petersburg, Alaska. Bitar is past president of the Parkrose Business Association, his Rotary Club, and the Providence Child Care Center Advisory Board. He and his wife, Margaret, have been married 49 years and reside on Portland’s east side. They have four daughters and six grandchildren.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014


    Ann Kingsley Diestra CAS attended Lewis & Clark and later graduated from the University of Arizona in 1957.  She received a teaching certificate from the Portland School District. She has fond memories of working for Danville Services for Development and the Forest Grove School District.

    Kay Jansen B.S. and Jeannine Stanenko B.S. went on the cruise “Black Sea & Budapest to Bucharest on the Danube River” for several weeks in September 2013.

    Craig Singletary B.A. hung up his microphone at the end of last season after 35 years as the stadium voice of the Linfield College football team. Having his daughter, Diane, as his spotter for more than 180 games—including two NAIA national championship contests—is among his proudest memories. Singletary is a professor emeritus of communications at Linfield. He enjoys travel with his wife, Fae, and making travelogues of their trips throughout the world.


    Howard Eyerly B.S. is retired and lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Barbara. He continues to keep a hand in space exploration management and technology. Before his 1998 retirement, Eyerly was an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena for 37 years. He had a variety of project management responsibilities and worked on the 1971 Mariner exploration of Mars, the Galileo and Ulysses spacecrafts, and the 1990 space shuttle. He also served jointly on the staffs of the Jet Propulsion Lab and the California Institute of Technology. He holds an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

    David Sellers B.A. taught psychology at Lewis & Clark College and the University of Virginia as well as clinical psychology in Pacific University’s doctoral program. He was also chief operations psychologist and Inspector General staff of the CIA and had a private practice until 2003. He enjoys living on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound and traveling internationally with his wife, Dianne Shiner.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014

    Bob Backstrom B.S., a retired CPA, lives in Palm Desert, California, with his wife, Verla. His twin brother, Dick Backstrom B.S. ’60, passed away earlier this year.

    Donald Bowerman J.D. was named in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of commercial litigation, medical malpractice defense, and personal injury litigation.

    Warren Braucher J.D. was honored by the Colorado Bar Association for his 50 years of outstanding service to the legal community.

    Dorothy Bryant B.M. released her first CD, It Had to be You: Songs for a Romantic Evening. The CD features local musicians Katie Turner on keyboard, Earle Minor on saxophone, and Ken Ochsner B.S. ’66 on string bass. Bryant has sung with the Oregon and Seattle Symphonies, appeared in local musical theatre productions, and worked as a private voice teacher and vocal coach. She was also Miss Dorothy on KPTV’s Romper Room in the early 1960s.

  • 1960s

  • 1960

    Class Correspondent: Roger Adams

    Dale Rutherford B.S. recently returned from a wonderful trip to Cuba.


    Lee Altig Beach CAS and husband Byron Beach B.S. ’62 followed job paths to New Jersey and Chicago before returning to Oregon to run a lodging facility in Camp Sherman for 12 years. Lee then went to work as a reporter for the Klamath Falls Herald and News. She attempted to retire four years ago but still assists at the paper. Byron came out of retirement at age 60 to take a dream job at the Amtrak depot in Klamath Falls. A train enthusiast, he now has a garden railroad in the couple’s backyard. Both Lee and Byron are grateful to the college for opening so many doors of knowledge to the world.

    Karen Hicks B.S. was an Alpha Gamma sorority member who received her M.L.S. in 1967 from the University of Denver. She spent 36 years in various library positions from elementary school to college and also served as a public librarian. She retired in 2003 as public services librarian at Portland’s Concordia University. She spends her time volunteering and enjoying her two grandsons.

    Judy Smith Huddleston B.S. is retired and spends over a month each year in Florida collecting shells. She uses them to create mosaic art, trade, and give to the Oregon Shell Club. Her worldwide travels have taken her to Turkey, Israel, Jordan, the Scandinavian countries, Russia, the Philippines, Panama, and Mexico. Huddleston’s first husband, Bud Smith B.S., is still missing in action after his Air Force plane went down in Vietnam in 1968.

    Elizabeth Lowell Sims B.S. taught school for three years, took time off to raise her daughter, and then worked at Tektronix before helping her husband build a home in Beaverton, Oregon. Since her husband of 39 years passed away, she has lived next door to her daughter and has enjoyed watching her two grandsons grow up. She enjoys traveling, working with stained glass, sewing, and painting with watercolors.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014

    Class Correspondent: Margi Crain Brown

    Jan McNeil Boutin B.A. ’64 has completed her latest book, Oregon’s Own Gerry Frank: His Family, Friends and Fond Memories. The book is the first biography of the gregarious and much-loved fourth-generation Oregonian from the Meier & Frank department store family. Boutin, a fine arts and art history major at Lewis & Clark, researched, wrote, and illustrated the book. Frank served as U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield’s chief of staff for more than two decades and is a writer and author in his own right. Lewis & Clark alumni will find a special connection in reading about Frank’s uncle, M. Lloyd Frank, who built the Fir Acres estate that later became the college campus. Boutin and her husband, Jim Boutin B.S. (a first-team All-American basketball player for the Pioneers), split their time between homes in Salem and at the beach at Neskowin.


    Ronda Kotelchuck B.S. was honored as the founding CEO of Primary Care Development Corporation at the organization’s 25th anniversary.


    Marvina Andrus Shilling B.A. and her husband of 42 years, David Shilling B.A., are retired and split their time between Laguna Beach, California, and France. Marvina received her M.A. in French literature from Harvard University and an M.A. in international human resources from Marymount University. She was the founder of a consulting firm, Intercultural Management Training & Consulting, which focused on cultural differences in the workplace. Her ability to present in French or English was a marketing plus. Her most challenging training assignment was for Fort James Corporation, a paper manufacturing company that had purchased a European paper company with subsidiaries in five European countries. Other clients included the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State; the U.S. Information Agency; the World Bank; the Center for Foreign Journalists; and Saint-Gobain/Carr Lowrey Glass Company.

    Marvina notes, “Our time overseas has been precious for us (allowing us to form bilingual third-culture kids), so much so that it has been impossible to give up. And now we live between two continents. All this, thanks to Lewis & Clark’s overseas experiences.”


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014

    Class Correspondent: Michael Homan

  • 1970s

  • 1970

    Betty Wright M.A.T. ’70 began teaching in 1949 in the lower school of Portland’s Oregon Episcopal School. After receiving her graduate degree, she was given the position of principal of the lower school. She recalls, “All classes I took were directly related to my becoming principal of O.E.S. Lower School and inspiring 18 teachers and 208 students and their parents.” In 1989, she and her husband left Portland to live on their Hans Christian sailboat in Seattle. She worked until her retirement in 1999. A veteran of many cruises on Puget Sound, she recently completed a travel guide, Adventuring to Princess Louisa Inlet; for more information, visit her website,


    Class Correspondents: Beth Knudsen, Bob Oleson, and Ronald Gaither

    Jerry Lunsford B.S. is retiring from teaching biology and coaching football at Payette High School after 27 years. He was voted to be the school’s 2013 graduation speaker.

    Richard Metsger B.S., M.A.T. ’75 was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to join the three-person board of the National Credit Union Administration in August 2013.


    Class Correspondent: Becky Dimond


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014

    Kelly Hayes B.A. retired as a second vice president from Standard Insurance Company in 2008 at age 56 and now spends his time annoying Helen, his wife of 40 years. Other pursuits include fly fishing, duplicate bridge, golf, travel, and the not-so-occasional bottle of wine. Son Turner is general manager of Elite Entertainment in San Jose, California, and daughter Kristine works in management for J. Crew.

    John Powers J.D. was honored as a Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. Powers has been a criminal defense lawyer in Portland for more than 30 years.


    Cheryl Newton B.S. retired from Columbia Regional Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Portland Public Schools, in June 2011 after 32 years. She enjoys time with her family, travel, and golf. Cheryl and her husband, Tom, live in Lake Oswego.

    Stephen Sady J.D. was the chief defense attorney for the high-profile Portland trial of the Somali American accused of trying to ignite a weapon of mass destruction at the city’s 2010 holiday tree-lighting ceremony. Sady is the longest-serving employee in the Oregon Federal Public Defender’s Office.

    Linda Workman-Morelli B.A. ’77, M.A.T ’85, a clay artist, had her work displayed in the “Made in America” house for Portland’s Street of Dreams last summer. She also has a piece in a show in Japan. In September, she displayed new work at the North Bank Gallery in Vancouver, Washington; in October, she participated in the Yamhill County Art Harvest Studio Tour; and in December, she displayed her wall pieces at the Coffee Cottage in Newberg, Oregon.


    Class Correspondent: Maggie Englund

    Mark Cloutier B.A. has been named CEO of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. He was previously the program director for public policy, community health, and civic engagement at the San Francisco Foundation, where he served for two years. Prior to that, he was a principal at Sellers Dorsey, a health care consulting company, and former CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

    Greg Geiger B.S. was promoted to sales and channel development manager for Australia and New Zealand for John Deere Company. Greg and his wife, Patty Geiger B.A., have relocated to Brisbane, Australia.

  • 1980s

  • 1980

    Pamela Beery J.D. was named in The Best Lawyers in America for the fifth year in a row. She is an attorney with Beery Elsner & Hammond, where she specializes in land use and telecommunications law.

    Thomas Brown J.D. was honored by the Multnomah Bar Association with the 2013 MBA Professionalism Award. He was also elected secretary/ treasurer of the Multnomah Bar Foundation. Brown is a partner with Cosgrave Vergeer Kester, where his practice focuses on civil appeals in state and federal courts, insurance coverage opinions and litigation, and professional liability defense.

    Scott Downing J.D. was elected to the board of the Multnomah Bar Foundation. Downing practices in the areas of family law, wills, estates, probate, and real property.

    Paul Elsner J.D. was named in The Best Lawyers in America for the fifth year in a row. Elsner is an attorney with Beery Elsner & Hammond, and has 30 years of experience as a local government attorney, both as in-house counsel and as outside advisor.


    Class Correspondents: Cindy Thompson and Lisa Grill Dodson

    Tani Girton B.A. was hired as CFO of Bank of Marin Bancorp and its subsidiary bank. She has more than 25 years of financial services experience and a history of community engagement, including founding the Women’s Connection, an educational and networking program she developed during her tenure at Bank of the West.

    Nancy Hungerford J.D. is a board member of the national Council of School Attorneys, an organization affiliated with the National School Boards Association. Hungerford is the senior partner of the Hungerford Law Firm, which represents more than 100 Oregon school districts and community colleges in the area of education and labor law.


    Class Correspondent: Jamie Hackel Hyams

    Adair Law B.A. continues her work writing and editing a range of projects with connections to the Pacific Northwest. She recently edited Bridging a Great Divide: The Battle for the Columbia River Gorge (Oregon State University Press, 2013), written by the late Kathie Durbin.

    William “Bill” Powell CAS was named a Power Broker for the education field. Powell was recognized for his work in securing a comprehensive international insurance program for Kalamazoo College in Michigan.


    Class Correspondent: Mark Peterson

    Jeffrey Keeney J.D. was named in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Keeney is a shareholder with Tonkon Torp in Portland, and his real estate practice includes acquisitions and sales, financing, commercial leasing, and land use permitting.

    Max Miller Jr. J.D. was named in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Miller is a shareholder with Tonkon Torp in Portland and chairs the firm’s environmental and natural resources practice group.

    Turid Owren J.D. is in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Owren is a shareholder with Tonkon Torp in Portland and heads the firm’s immigration practice group.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014

    Class Correspondent: Susan Corlett

    Heather Hippsley J.D. was appointed chief of staff of the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was assistant director in the Federal Trade Commission Division of Enforcement.

    Brian Lindstrom B.A. secured a distribution deal with Breaking Glass Pictures for his 2013 documentary Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse. The film chronicles Chasse’s battle with schizophrenia and his 2006 death at the hands of Portland police. Alien Boy is expected to receive limited theatrical release in March 2014.

    Dave Tilton J.D. was elected president of the Coos County Bar Association for 2013–14. He continues to serve on the Coos-Curry Housing Authority and has once again assumed the position of chair.


    Mary Lou Haas J.D. is the 2013 recipient of the Multnomah Bar Association Pro Bono Award of Merit for her service to the Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section Legal Aid Bankruptcy Clinic. Haas started volunteering with the bankruptcy clinic in 1997.

    Alicia “Lisa” Lowe J.D. is a recipient of the 2013 Iris Award, honoring women of achievement in Southwest Washington. Lowe is a member of the board of directors and partner in charge in the Vancouver office of regional law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.


    Class Correspondents: Sally Dadmon Bixby and David LaFrance

    Ronald Wagner B.A. was appointed to the board of directors for LeadingResponse, a marketing services company that brings together innovative acquisition solutions across industries.

    Eric Warner B.A., in his capacity as brewmaster, helped launch Karbach Brewing Co.’s craft beers into San Antonio’s local bar scene. San Antonio’s small but growing interest in craft brews made it an ideal city for the company to expand to from its hometown of Houston.

    Gordon Welborn J.D. was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a partner with Hart Wagner in Redmond, Oregon.


    Barbara Craig J.D. was named the 2012 Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate by Lewis & Clark Law School. Craig is a partner with Stoel Rives in Portland.

    Lorna Lockwood Fast Buffalo Horse B.A. became principal of Portland’s Alliance High School in July 2013. She had been principal at Leadership and Entrepreneurship Public Charter High School since 2007.

    Scott Staff B.A., J.D. ’91 is a managing director focused on business development at Brentwood Associates, a consumer-focused private equity investment firm. Prior to joining Brentwood, Staff worked at Perkins Coie, where he served as the firm’s global director of business development for more than nine years. He served as vice president for college relations at Lewis & Clark College before joining Perkins Coie.


    The Hon. Michael McShane J.D. was appointed U.S. District Court judge.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014

    Class Correspondent: Andrea Ball

    Serena Cruz Walsh B.A. was appointed executive director for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation in July 2013. She oversees the foundation’s activities, including fundraising, community partnerships, and supporting the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center.

  • 1990s

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    A Life of Service: Paramedic, Lawyer, and Volunteer

    The wind howled and snow fell fast and hard, making it difficult to see the road. Paramedic Victor Hoffer J.D. ’92 plowed through the storm, intent on helping a pregnant woman in labor in a nearby hotel.
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    Seniors Blossom With Horticultural Therapy

    In November, Patty Cassidy M.S. ’94 led a group of senior citizens outside to put their raised gardens to bed for the winter. Standing or working from wheelchairs, they pulled up old perennials, raked and turned the dirt, and planted a crop of Austrian winter peas to infuse the soil with nitrogen.
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    Academia and Pop Culture Intersect at Comic Con

    Nestled in a rustic campground at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York state, Susan Kirtley B.A. ’95 fiddled with her tape recorder. The hot, still air seemed to magnify her nervousness as she sat down to interview noted comic artist Lynda Barry.
  • 1990

    Class Correspondent: Zena

    Juan Carlos Gonzalez CAS is the foreign investment vice president at Proexport, Colombia, a national agency for the promotion of foreign direct investment (FDI), nontraditional exports, and international tourism. Gonzalez has been in charge of designing and implementing Colombia’s foreign investment strategy as the country has become one of the top recipients of FDI in Latin America.

    Sean Hanley B.A. launched an ambitious Kickstarter campaign for a feature film called Scamdance!

    Derek Larson B.A. was recently promoted to professor of history and environmental studies at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, where he has taught since 1998. He holds a joint appointment in history and environmental studies and has served as chair of the environmental studies department since 2001. He and his spouse, Theresa Anderson B.S. ’91, live with their two daughters near campus in bucolic St. Joseph, blocks off the Lake Wobegon Trail in central Minnesota.

    Jerald Richards B.A. was named vice president and CFO for Potlatch Corporation, a real estate investment trust, in September 2013.


    Class Correspondent: Laura Mundt


    Ruthe Farmer B.A., director of strategic initiatives at the National Center for Women and IT, was named a White House Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion. In July 2013, she was honored at the White House for her work to increase girls’ participation in technology fields.


    Class Correspondents: Erik Thorin and Marcye Mokler


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014

    Marie Kelleher B.A. was awarded the American Historical Association’s 2012 Premio del Rey (best book in early Spanish history) for her book The Measure of Woman: Law and Female Identity in the Crown of Aragon (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010).

    Leila Wilson B.A. published a book of poetry, The Hundred Grasses (Milkweed Editions, 2013).


    Ying Chen J.D. was named the 2013 Distinguished Business Law Graduate by Lewis & Clark Law School. Chen is a patent attorney and cofounder of Chen Yoshimura in Los Angeles.

    Joe Mitchoff B.S. founded Viridian Reclaimed Wood in 2005. During a recent renovation of Lewis & Clark’s Griswold Stadium, Mitchoff intercepted the bleacher wood, which was then reused in the set of Portland Center Stage’s Fiddler on the Roof in fall 2013. “The peeling gray paint that made the bleachers in need of replacement ended up being the perfect rustic look the set designers wanted for their stage,” says Mitchoff.

    David Voluck J.D. published the third edition of Alaska Natives and American Laws (University of Alaska Press, 2012), a treatise coauthored with David Case. Voluck sits as chief judge to the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, magistrate/ judge to the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and judge pro tem for the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal Government. He is also an adjunct instructor in Lewis & Clark Law School’s summer Indian Law Program.


    Class Correspondent: Jo Becker

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

    Adina Flynn J.D. was named a 2012 Five-Star Wealth Manager in Portland Monthly. Flynn is a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services and president of Lewis & Clark Law School’s Alumni Board of Directors.

    Benjamin Lenhart J.D. was named in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is a shareholder with Lane Powell in Portland.


    Darren Drabek B.A. completed his sixth marathon (in a sixth unique state) with a personal best of 3:30 at the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington. Drabek has also finished his sixth year as an international student advisor at Skidmore College, where he enjoys working closely with the school’s Davis United World College Scholars.

    kollodi B.A., a collaborator on scenic design, was one of six Lewis & Clark alumni who were part of the Liminal Performance Group’s production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town last fall in Portland.

    Jason Mokrovich B.A. works for the Glasgow City Council in Glasgow, Scotland. He is part of the Service Modernization Unit’s leadership team.

    Naomi Pomeroy B.A. teamed up with her husband, acclaimed Portland bartender Kyle Webster, to open Expatriate. The new bar is across the street from Pomeroy’s award-winning restaurant, Beast. The menu is inspired by recent visits to Thailand and Myanmar.

    June Wiyrick Flores J.D. was voted secretary for the Portland Estate Planning Council Board.


    Christopher Neumann J.D. is the recipient of the International Erosion Control Association Environmental Connection 2013 Presenter of the Year Award for his course titled Stormwater Enforcement and Risk Mitigation Trends. Neumann is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in Denver and counsels clients in the retail, natural gas, petroleum, construction, home building, solid and hazardous waste, and mining industries. 1999

    Class Correspondents: Nicole Miranda and Mike Skrzynski

    Joshua Husbands J.D. was named by the Portland Business Journal as one of its 40 Under 40 Executives for 2013. Husbands is a partner with Holland & Knight in Portland, where he is a member of the private wealth services section and represents clients in an array of business, tax, business succession, and estate planning matters, including business reorganizations, acquisitions, and divestitures.

    Laura Maffei J.D. was elected 2013 chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Section of the Oregon State Bar. Maffei, a shareholder with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, focuses her practice on environmental and natural resource law.

    Ken Westin B.A. appeared on KGW’s Straight Talk, which aired on June 23, 2013, along with Tung Yin, professor of law at Lewis & Clark. Westin and Yin discussed the National Security Agency’s spying activities and other issues around digital privacy.

  • 2000s

  • 2000

    Class Correspondent: Sierra Hutchinson

    Starr Ahrens B.A. wrote and directed three tragicomedy playlets—The Free and the Brave, Fat Tiff, and Jesus and Superman—at Portland’s ComedySportz in fall 2013.

    Robert Childs B.A. ran the advocacy campaigns of two progressive health bills that were signed into law in North Carolina. House Bill 850 partially decriminalized syringes. Senate Bill 20 decriminalized possession of drugs and alcohol during overdoses (so that people are not afraid to call 911) and made the antidote to opioid overdoses (Naloxone) more available for community use.

    Román Hernández J.D. received the 2013 Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award from the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. He was also appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Portland branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Hernández is a shareholder with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. He specializes in the areas of employment law, labor law, and business litigation.

    Kevin Minoli J.D. joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel to serve as the acting principal deputy general counsel. Principal deputy is the most senior career attorney position at the EPA and is essentially the equivalent of managing partner at a law firm.

    Alex Reagan B.A. was one of six Lewis & Clark alumni who were part of the Liminal Performance Group’s production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town last fall in Portland. He played Mr. Webb.

    Trung Tu J.D. was inducted as the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Northwest Regional Governor at the association’s national convention in Washington, D.C. Tu received the Community Leadership Award from the Oregon Area Jewish Committee in June 2013. He is a partner with McEwen Gisvold, where he specializes in business litigation, legal malpractice defense, and employment law.


    Class Correspondent: Katie Clarkson

    Jeremy Aliason J.D. was selected president of the newly established Seminole Nation Bar Association. A member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Aliason grew up in Oklahoma City and is a member of the Nurcup Harjo band. He serves on the board of directors for College Horizons, a program dedicated to helping Native Americans pursue higher education.

    Anne Kunkel J.D. was elected president of CREW Idaho, a business networking organization that supports women in commercial real estate. A founding member, she also serves on the organization’s board of directors. Kunkel is a partner with the Boise law firm of Givens Pursley. Her practice focuses on complex real estate, business, and asset transactions.

    Caroline Lobdell J.D. is the recipient of the 2012 Service to Agriculture Award by Oregon Women for Agriculture. She was awarded the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Top Industry Promoter Award. Appointed to the Oregon State Bar Agricultural Law Section Executive Committee and the Oregon State Bar Administrative Law Section Executive Committee, Lobdell serves as the executive director of the Western Resources Legal Center, a nonprofit legal education program affiliated with Lewis & Clark. She joined Lewis & Clark Law School’s Board of Visitors in 2013.

    Justin Sawyer J.D. was named by the Portland Business Journal as one of its 40 Under 40 Executives for 2013. Sawyer is a partner in the litigation department of Miller Nash in Portland.


    David Coulter B.A. received an Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium internship plus a $7,000 scholarship at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. He is involved in a project titled “Mathematical Taxonomy for Ocean Phytoplankton,” a genetic programming effort in which he will be taking models of phytoplankton ecosystems and maniupulating them using genetic programming techniques to create new ecosystem models.

    Paige Davis J.D. was named a 2013 Washington Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. Davis is a shareholder with Lane Powell in Seattle. She concentrates her practice on cross-border tax and business planning for U.S. and foreign entities.

    Jered Gorman B.A. has been recognized for using Instagram to showcase his “Puddlegram” photography. He describes Instagram as “both an art form and a method of communication.” He adds, “For the first time in history, most people walking this Earth have a device in their pockets that can capture a moment in time, then transmit the image, the vision of one individual, to a global audience.”

    Jonas Lerman B.A. recently moved to Washington, D.C., where he works as an attorney in the State Department. See also Births.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion
    June 19−22, 2014

    Class Correspondent: Diana Wiener Rosengard

    Anna-Marie Josue B.A. and her sister, Michelle, successfully raised $38,166 (with a starting goal of $25,000) from 345 backers on Kickstarter to fund Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine. The film “explores the life and death of Matthew Shepard and examines the wreckage left behind after his murder.”

    Geoff Tichenor J.D. was named by the Portland Business Journal as one of its 40 Under 40 Executives for 2013. Tichenor, a partner at Stoel Rives in Portland, counsels clients facing environmental enforcement actions and complex permitting and compliance questions.

    Diana Wiener Rosengard B.A., J.D. ’09 left a position in insurance defense litigation with Liberty Mutual for a position at Acquia, an open-source tech firm in Portland. In her free time, Rosengard has also recently finished her first young adult novel and is currently seeking representation. Meanwhile, her husband, David Rosengard, has moved from the Lewis & Clark area coordinator’s apartment in Forest Hall to a library cubicle at Lewis & Clark Law School. He has completed his first year of study focusing on animal law. They live in Southwest Portland with their four cats.

    Whitney Yazzolino J.D. and Julie Lohuis of Yazzolino, Lohuis & Edgel are corecipients of the 2013 Senior Law Project (SLP) Volunteer of the Year Award. In addition to staffing Portland’s Hollywood neighborhood clinic on a monthly basis, each attorney takes direct referrals from homebound clients who are unable to make it to the SLP clinic. Yazzolino started volunteering with the SLP in 2009 and has helped more than 66 clients.


    Sharl Azar B.A. began her fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Oregon Health & Science University and the Portland VA Medical Center.

    Brendan Hieber CAS is working for La Casa de Panchita, a Peruvian NGO. He helps educate child domestic laborers and enhance quality of life conditions in the shantytowns of Lima. Hieber is raising funds to benefit a center for child domestic laborers, a project which he started; for more information, visit Hieber studied at Lewis & Clark for three years and feels it is the school where he learned how to think about the world.


    Boris Todorov B.A. received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Ohio University in December 2013.


    Class Correspondent Aron Phillips

    Teka Lamade J.D. received the Alaska Bar Association’s 2013 Solo Practitioner Pro Bono Award. She was recognized for her work through the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, which assists victims with matters such as protection orders, divorce, paternity, probate, and bankruptcy. Previously a staff attorney for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Lamade started her own practice in Sitka in 2012.


    Class Correspondent: Maura Walsh

    Hunter Franks B.A. works as a “creative placemaker” in San Francisco. Among other projects, he has a current participatory art project, Map Your Desk, which anyone can participate in by visiting

    Nathanael Massey B.A., a ClimateWire reporter, was featured as a guest expert on C-SPAN in June 2013 to talk about the federal government’s role in fighting wildfires and about the death of 19 members of a firefighting crew in Arizona.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion
    June 19−22, 2014

    Class Correspondent: Kelsey Harrity

    Julia Crager B.A. has embarked on her first musical tour under the name Julia Lucille. She will be touring 14 states, covering much of the West and South. You can follow her progress at She released her third album, Homing, in December 2012.

    Katie Jeremiah J.D. was named one of Engineering News-Record’s Top 20 Under 40 for her work in design and construction. Jeremiah has a degree in construction engineering management and worked in construction for five years before earning her J.D. Her practice at Jordan Ramis focuses on construction law, environmental law, mine safety and health administration, and sustainability law.

    Gail Shibley J.D. is the chief of staff for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.


    Kelsey Chapple B.A. was awarded the ninth Equal Justice Scholarship by the University of Texas School of Law, which covers tuition and fees for three years of legal study. After law school, Chapple has agreed to work for three years to provide direct legal services to low-income individuals or groups at a U.S. nonprofit organization.

    Andrew Ginis J.D. is corecipient of the 2013 Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of Multnomah Bar Association Award of Merit. Ginis is a member of and an active contributor to the YLS Pro Bono Committee.

    Haben Girma B.A., a sociology/anthropology major, is building a career at the intersection of law, education, and civil rights. A 2013 alumna of Harvard Law School, Girma was funded by a Skadden Fellowship and will be working at the Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, California. Being deaf-blind with very limited sight and hearing herself, Girma focuses on making digital instructional materials more accessible for college students with disabilities. She received recognition by the White House as a “champion of change” in the field of education.

    Matthew Hambro B.A. is in a joint doctoral program of the University of North Carolina and Duke University. He is on track to graduate in May 2017. He previously taught German in Berlin.

    Nico Jose B.A. displayed his newest collection of 3-D art at his studio in LRI Design Plaza in Bel-Air Makati, Philippines. He says his double major in environmental studies and studio art contributed to his pieces.

    Asher Katz B.A. is president and CEO of Jacquard Products, an artist materials manufacturing company in Northern California.

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    Leora Coleman-Fire J.D. joined the board of directors for Portland’s Q Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. Coleman-Fire is an associate with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and focuses her practice in the area of labor and employment law.

    Jonah Geil-Neufeld B.A. is the editor and community manager for, a resource for the Internet and domain name industry and community. He travels to three international conferences each year; his next stops are Buenos Aires, Singapore, and London.

    Amalia Nilsson B.A. was recruited to a research team focusing on international business at the Department of Business Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden in September 2013.

    Hong Loon Young B.A. is a recipient of the Japanese MEXT scholarship.


    Class Correspondent: Josh Cohn

    Jahnavi Caldwell-Green B.A. was one of six Lewis & Clark alumni who were part of the Liminal Performance Group’s production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town last fall in Portland. She played Emily Webb.

    Jillian Johnson B.A. moved to southwest Ohio after accepting the position of admission counselor and campus visit coordinator at Antioch College. Founded in 1850, Antioch College is a small private liberal arts college that reopened in 2011 after a three-year closure. Johnson is helping rebuild admission programs from the ground up and feels Lewis & Clark prepared her well for the entrepreneurial and organizational challenges of joining a 160-year-old start-up nonprofit. She encourages any fellow Pios in the Dayton area to contact her through the alumni directory.

    Ryan Mooney B.A. was one of six Lewis & Clark alumni who were part of the Liminal Performance Group’s production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town last fall in Portland. He served as assistant director.

    Rachel Wolf B.A. started her Peace Corps service in El Salvador for community organization and economic development in July 2013.


    Spencer Byrne-Seres B.A. and Samantha Crane B.A. were selected to participate in the 18th Annual Recent Graduates Exhibition at Portland’s Blackfish Gallery in July 2013. The exhibit picks two top graduates from Oregon’s 15 universities and colleges to display their work outside an academic setting, often for the first time. Byrne-Seres built an apparatus with three cameras mounted to it: “I basically created a homemade Google street-view apparatus that would take photos of me as I walked down this street for two hours through Portland. And then from that I was able to make a stop-motion video.” Crane submitted a set of five black-and-white silver gelatin prints, accompanied by a book featuring more of her images. Her artist statement noted that “there is a conception that traditional photography is a form of truth or evidence, that it cannot be falsified, yet by being selective about what goes in front of the lens, the photographer controls what is documented, just as a person controls how an event is recorded into their memory.”

    Nick Erickson B.A. and Corey O’Hara B.A. were two of six Lewis & Clark alumni who were part of the Liminal Performance Group’s production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town last fall in Portland. Erickson was the sound designer and O’Hara played George Gibbs.

    Matthew “Tayo” Rugamba B.A. won Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs Rwanda’s prize for youth innovation and entrepreneurship by popular vote. Rugamba’s business, House of Tayo, “aims to showcase African sophistication, style, and flavor through contemporary, locally made clothing and accessories.”

    Kelly Yelverton B.A. and friend Brooke Greene kayaked the inside passage from San Juan Island, Washington, to Skagway, Alaska, during summer 2013. Read about their adventures at

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