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Class of 1981

  • CAS class correspondent: Lisa Dodson BA ’81

    “Please send me your news and updates!” —May 15, 2017

    • 09/17/2018

      April Nelson BA ’78, JD ’81 retired from legal practice in 2004 after working with several legal education organizations before transferring to private practice and becoming a partner at a firm in Delaware, Ohio. Nelson then went on to develop several special projects, including the Delaware Municipal Court’s mental health docket. Currently, she serves as a staff mediator for the Delaware County Juvenile and Probate Courts and works with families to develop plans to improve school attendance for students. Nelson is the recipient of numerous community awards, including the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award, United Way Nancy Frankenberg Award for Community Volunteerism, and the United Way of Delaware County Lifetime Achievement Award, which was renamed in her honor.

    • 02/22/2018

      Diane Bailey BA ’81, who has 30 years’ experience in the banking and finance industry, appears in the biographical resource Marquis Who’s Who.

    • 02/15/2017

      Chuck Blanchard BS ’81 left his position as general counsel of the U.S. Air Force and is now a partner in the Washington, D.C., firm Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, where he focuses on national security and government contracts matters. He is also on the board of trustees of the Aerospace Corporation, a federally funded research and development corporation that focuses on space issues.

    • 02/08/2019

      Elizabeth Brown-Pickren BS ’81 earned a PhD in coastal resources management from East Carolina University in December 2018.

    • 12/21/2016

      Won election in November 2016 to the City Council of King City, Oregon. Buehner served on the King City Planning Commission and served two terms (eight years) on the Tigard City Council. She has practiced law for over 30 years, specializing in land use and estate planning.

    • 09/01/2011

      Gretchen Buehner JD ’81 was reelected to the Tigard City (Oregon) Council, which in turn elected her council president in January 2011.

    • 04/27/2017

      Deanne Darling JD ’81, who retires on June 30, 2017, was the first woman appointed to the Clackamas County Circuit Court. Prior to that 1995 appointment, she was in private practice for 16 years, during which she was a pro tem judge and presided over traffic and misdemeanor cases.

    • 09/01/2013

      Wrote and published a white paper on debt collection law in Oregon. His practice includes local, state, and national clients, and he appears in all courts throughout the state. Davis’ professional involvement includes serving as president of the Washington County Bar Association, pro tem circuit and municipal judge, court-appointed arbitrator, and hearing officer for the State of Oregon. He has worked in the debt collection industry for over 30 years. Davis’ white paper is available at

    • 02/15/2017

      Lisa Grill Dodson BA ’81 became the first campus dean for the Medical College of Wisconsin—Central Wisconsin (located in Wausau) in 2014. The college emphasizes physician careers in primary care and psychiatry for rural areas.

    • 02/15/2017

      Peter Dodson BS ’81, MAT ’99 retired from the Lake Oswego High School math department and is now restoring turn-of-the-century houses in the Wausau area. He has also taken up the sport of curling to keep busy during the long Wisconsin winters.

    • 10/09/2017

      Jamie Forman BA ’81 is now a member of the St. Paul Academy and Summit School Alumni/ae Council. He graduated from the school in 1977.

    • 01/23/2017

      See “New to the Board” in the winter 2017 issue of the Chronicle.

    • 02/15/2017

      Ted Gaines BS ’81, state senator for California District 1, successfully defended his seat from challenger Rob Rowen in the 2016 election. Gaines is the owner of Gaines Insurance in Roseville, California.

    • 01/03/2020

      Craig C. Gibson BM ’81, January 3, 2020, age 60.

    • 07/31/2019

      Tani Girton BA ’81, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Bank of Marin in Novato, California, was the recipient of North Bay Business Journal’s 2019 CFO Recognition Award.

    • 10/14/2016

      Tani Roberts Girton BA ’81, executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Bank of Marin in Novato, California, was chosen as one of the recipients of the North Bay Business Journal’s 2016 Women in Business award.

    • 09/01/2011

      Nancy Hungerford JD ’81 was elected to a two-year term as a board member of the national Council of School Attorneys (COSA), an organization affiliated with the National School Boards Association. COSA focuses on education for its members and advocacy on legal issues for school districts on the national level. Hungerford practices as the senior partner of the Hungerford Law Firm, which represents more than 100 Oregon school districts and community colleges in the areas of education and labor law.

    • 09/01/2011

      Juan Lizama JD ’81 was appointed to the Northern Marianas College Board of Regents. Lizama will represent Saipan on the board through November 13, 2013. Now retired, he served as the associate judge of the CNMI Superior Court from 1998 through 2008, and was a special judge at the Superior and Supreme Courts from 1996 through 1998. He also served as assistant legal counsel of Marianas Public Land Corporation, consultant for the NMI First Commonwealth Legislature, director of Territorial Economic Opportunity Office, and administrator of the Office of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Island.

    • 09/01/2011

      Chrys Martin JD ’81 joined Davis Wright Tremaine as a partner in their Portland office. Her practice focuses on counseling and litigation in employment, labor, and benefits issues for employers. Martin spent the last 29 years at Bullivant Houser Bailey advising and defending employers of all sizes.

    • 09/01/2011

      Kathleen McCann JD ’81 presented a CLE—The Seventh Nuts and Bolts Lecture: Starting and Sustaining a Law Practice—in Clark County. McCann has been a sole practitioner in Vancouver, Washington, since 1989, focusing on family law, adoption, and guardianship. She has been practicing law in Clark County since 1981 and is a member of the Washington State Bar Family Law Executive Council. Previously, McCann worked as an associate for a sole practitioner for five years, and was with a small firm for three years.

    • 02/15/2017

      Victoria McOmie BS ’81 exhibited her acrylic paintings in a show titled Three Rocks, Birding, Fishing, and Art Making at the Chessman Gallery in Lincoln City, Oregon. Her paintings are generally inspired by her experiences on and around the Oregon Coast (particularly Cascade Head) and on the Salmon River.

    • 03/01/2014

      Was sworn in March 26, 2014 to the Washington State Court of Appeals Division 2. Melnick had been a superior court judge in Vancouver, Washington, since February 2010. He began his career at the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. While a prosecutor, he headed the county’s first appellate bureau. In 2004, he became a district court judge and continued in that role until he joined the superior court bench. He also served on the municipal court bench in Camas and Washougal and has taught at Clark College.

    • 05/02/2015

      Is now a full-time arbitrator and mediator. Previously, Meyer was a trial lawyer, practicing civil litigation in Portland for 33 years. He was also an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark, where he taught Evidence, from 1991 through 1994. He can be reached at

    • 04/26/2017

      Eve Miller JD ’81 retires on July 1, 2017, 20 years after her appointment to the Clackamas County Circuit Court in June 1997. She was in private practice from 1981 until she became a judge.

    • 07/01/2019

      Roger Ralston BS ’81, an artist and teacher in Spokane, Washington, creates public art installations, sculpture, and illustration. An exhibition of his recent work, Field Research, was shown at the Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art in spring 2019.

    • 10/09/2019

      Forrest Reid BS ’81 was selected by the Albany (Oregon) City Council as the new judge of the Albany Municipal Court.

    • 08/17/2016

      Garrett A. Richardson passed away on November 13, 2015, at the age of 61.

      Garrett attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before earning his law degree. In 1981, he began working for Multnomah Defenders, Inc., a private nonprofit that contracted with the state to provide defenses for indigent defendants. Garrett went on to have a long career as a Portland public defender.

      Garrett is survived by his wife, Kaylynne; his mother, Michaeline Richardson; and his brother.

    • 02/15/2017

      Laura Green Rossetter BA ’81, a teacher, writer, and athlete, lives with her husband, Steve, in Breckenridge, Colorado. She is active in the Summit Fat Tire Society, a group that works to maintain trails in the area. Rossetter enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities, including mountain biking.

    • 11/26/2019

      Sheila Shusterich BM ’81 retired in June 2019 after 37 years as a music educator. Her last position was as grade 6-8 choir director at Ordean East Middle School in Duluth, Minnesota. She is currently a substitute teacher for the district and enjoys spending time volunteering. Shusterich serves as a board member of the Lake Superior Youth Chorus and as resource and repertoire chair of Middle School Choir for the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota.

    • 08/17/2016

      William “Sam” S. Simpson JD ’81 of Otsego, Michigan, passed away June 9, 2015. He was 68 years old.

      Sam was born February 7, 1947, to Florence and Ray Simpson. He graduated from Otsego High School with honors and attended Michigan State University, where he met his wife of 43 years, Elaine K. Sheehan.

      After returning to his hometown of Otsego, Sam was employed by Old Kent Bank as a commercial loan documentation officer. He later specialized in wills, trusts, and banking regulations. Sam also served on the Otsego City Commission and helped establish the Otsego Area Historical Society.

      Sam had a lifelong interest in amateur radio; his call sign was KC8OZG. His passions were cooking, the Upper Peninsula, and animal welfare.

    • 05/02/2016

      Was named executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Stadum, who lost both his parents to cancer, had been the COO of the Knight Cancer Institute since 2010. In his new role, he will be responsible for all operational activities of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, which employs more than 2,700 faculty and support staff.

    • 10/12/2015

      Joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as the result of a merger between that firm and Stolowitz Ford Cowger in September 2015.

    • 02/06/2020

      Sarah Supahan BS ’81 was elected superintendent of schools for a four-year term in June 2018. She works at the Trinity County Office of Education in Weaverville, California.

    • 02/22/2019

      Sarah Supahan-Harding BS ’81 was elected superintendent of Trinity County (California) Schools in June 2018 and was sworn into office in January.