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Class of 1989

  • CAS class correspondent: Andrea Ball BA ’89

    “Hello 89ers! Hope you had a fabulous summer and are enjoying the cooler days in Autumn. This is a space for us to catch up with each other and see what folks have been up to. Have college-bound kiddos? Anyone headed to LC? Or maybe you’ve just become a grandparent! (I know, it really is possible.) Whatever is happening in your world, I and the rest of ’89 want to hear from you! Email me at and we’ll get your info into the next issue. - Andrea Ball”

    —November 2018

    • 12/08/2017

      Sydney Freitas Dickerson BA ’88, MEd ’89 has lived in Honolulu since graduation. At Kapi’olani Community College, she works on a federally funded grant project that supports native Hawai‘ian students in career and technical fields.

    • 06/15/2015

      Had his book How to Build a Real Estate Law Practice published by the Real Property, Trusts, and Estates Section of the American Bar Association in April. Alterman, a partner with the Portland firm Folawn Alterman & Richardson, has been practicing in real estate law for more than 25 years.

    • 02/15/2017

      Michelle Anderson BA ’89 created the “culture change agency” WeekdayRx with Stephanie Krimmel. The agency’s motto is “Better Human, Better Leader.” (Covert Leadership is their sub-brand.) Anderson recently wrapped up a pilot culture-change program for a large Fortune 500 company that focused on empathy, active listening, curiosity, and promoting humanity in the workplace. She has also published a short book, A Brief Guide to Being Human in a Messy World (CreateSpace, 2017), which serves as a guide to kickstarting positive change. Anderson uses humor and a lot of superhero analogies. She is interested in creating a movement to motivate people to be kind and pay it forward. She and Krimmel believe, “First be human. Then be Batman.” They are also creating a podcast called Being Human.

    • 10/13/2017

      Corena Bahr BA ’89 left Los Angeles in 2005. After graduation, Bahr put her German degree to good use developing video tutorials for GoToMeeting. In 2016, she became a LinkedIn Learning author. She is celebrating the seventh year of her business, Your Webinar Guru, where she offers coaching and virtual training on interactive webinars. Bahr lives in Santa Barbara, California, and likes sharing photos of food, travel, and nature on Instagram.

    • 06/28/2018

      Andrea Ball BA ’89, after earning two master’s degrees, nabbing a fellowship, and holding several jobs across the globe, says she is “still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.” Currently, Ball is the clinical librarian at the University of Washington at Seattle, where she contributes to patient care by supporting doctors and nurses. “It’s a challenging and feel-good job.”

    • 02/15/2017

      Andrea Ball BA ’89 is care management and population health librarian at the University of Washington. She works mainly with doctors and nurses, helping them find the best evidence to support patient care. She’s very interested in quality improvement projects and is taking an online graduate certificate program from Villanova University in business process management. There may be another career change in her future. Ball, who lives in Tacoma, Washington, has no children, but she does have a “very handsome” 15-year-old basset hound named Louie.

    • 02/15/2017

      Christina Bialas BA ’89 was promoted to director of behavioral health at Bridgeway Recovery Services in Salem, Oregon, after working there for four years. She is also clinical supervisor for the corrections treatment team.

    • 02/01/2013

      Was appointed secretary of the board of directors for the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. She also received the Spirit of Clark County Award for her contributions to improving county operations by streamlining the permitting process. Bremer is the partner in charge of Miller Nash’s Vancouver, Washington, office, where her practice focuses on land use law, real estate, and government affairs.

    • 02/01/2018

      Patti Brooke BA ’89 has lived in Seattle since 1993. For the past three years, she’s served as vice president of marketing and business development for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s Proton Therapy Center. Last year, she reconnected with a number of Seattle-area alumni through her venture opening a cannabis store called Vela. Her sons, Biko and Tony, are now 16 and 15. She finds it hard to believe that the college application process is now under way for her oldest. In August, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, an experience she highly recommends.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was recognized as an Oregon Super Lawyer for the ninth consecutive year.

    • 10/14/2016

      Carla Cavenago-Salazar BA ’89 and her husband, Carlos, have completed their dream beach house, located in the sunny northern beaches of Peru, their native country. They plan to rent it out and will be offering special rates to the Lewis & Clark family. For more information, see

    • Journey to Divine Feminine: A Memoir

      Carla Cavenago-Salazar BA ’89, a member of the undergraduate college’s Board of Alumni, narrates her journey from personal struggle to spiritual awakening and the unfolding of the creative force within.

      Posted 05/15/2017
    • 06/28/2018

      Timothy Daley BS ’89 writes, “after five fantastic years at L&C studying life, I felt the need to live life for a bit. I ended up getting a job with FedEx Express. I found the most wonderful wife, and we ended up having three amazing kids and two grandchildren. Twenty-five years later, we’re still living in Southern Oregon, loving life!”

    • 02/01/2018

      Katy Fink-Johnson BA ’89 is currently living in the Denver area. She and her two boys, ages 17 and 20, live with her mother. Fink-Johnson sings in two choirs, serves on a few committees, and has recently been visiting a lot of college campuses. She enjoys trying all the craft beers popping up and keeps up with family and friends via Facebook. This past summer, she met her 86-year-old aunt and uncle and some college-aged cousins for the first time. “So many people to spend time with, places to see, so little time,” she says.

    • 03/05/2018

      Lisa Harper BA ’89 fulfilled a lifelong dream when she and her Spanish Water Dog, Kai, won Best of Breed at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. An American Kennel Club Breeder of Merit, Harper was instrumental in the breed’s 16-year progression to full recognition by the American Kennel Club.

    • 02/15/2017

      Cristina Lindquist Heffernan BS ’89 has two sons, Charlie, 13, and Tom, 16. She is very glad to have found meaningful work in education. She and her husband, Neil, have created ASSISTments, an online tutoring program that gives immediate feedback to teachers, students, school administrators, and parents. In fall 2016, an independent research organization reported ASSISTments increased math performance and helped close persistent achievement gaps. Due to this validation, Heffernan and her husband were invited to present about the study results at the White House in December 2016.

    • 05/25/2018

      Richard LeFaivre BA ’89 is now an ordained priest of the Archdiocese of Portland. He is currently pursuing a sacred theology license in spiritual theology at the Angelicum in Rome, where he also serves at the University of Mary.

    • 10/12/2017

      Richard LeFaivre BA ’89 graduated from Pontificia Universita S. Tommaso D’Aquino in Rome in June 2016. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology, which is roughly equivalent to a master’s degree in divinity back in the United States. In September 2017, he was ordained a transitional deacon for the Archdiocese of Portland. The ceremony took place at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

  • Suzanne R. Lepeintre BA ’89, July 12, 2017, age 50. Lepeintre discovered a love for travel after studying abroad during her time at Lewis & Clark. While in France, she met and fell in love with François, and they were married in 1992. She worked at Bellevue College and became a tenured faculty member in 2008. She is survived by her husband; her children, Delphine and Paul; and her sister, Kaylea.

    • 02/15/2017

      Richard Lewis BA ’89 was appointed in September 2016 to the planning commission for the City of Long Beach, California. Lewis is the principal of Urbana Development, a commercial real estate development company. He lives with his husband and two children in Long Beach.

    • 10/13/2016

      Was named president and CEO of a newly formed health care philanthropy, Legacy Health Endowment (LHE). LHE provides funding and technical support for nonprofit health care facilities in California’s Stanislaus and Merced Counties. Immediately before joining LHE, Lewis served as president of the Institute for Healthcare Innovation while concurrently serving as the chair and CEO of the St. Paul’s Foundation Health Care Project in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Lewis also spent 20 years at the Heinz Family Philanthropies as its president and COO.

    • 10/14/2016

      Liz Prato BA ’89, a Portland-based author, editor, and teacher, presented a workshop and reading from her short story collection Baby’s on Fire (Press 53, 2015) at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, Oregon, last fall. Prato is the editor at large for Forest Avenue Press.

    • 03/03/2015

      Celebrated 25 years of practicing law and moved Robert Russell Law Office to a new location: 516 NE Chkalov Drive, #49, Vancouver, Washington. Russell can be reached at 360-882-8990.

    • 02/15/2017

      Jackson Shea BS ’89 and his wife, Toni, have two kids: a 20-year-old son attending the University of Oregon and a 21-year-old daughter living in Seaside, Oregon. Shea works in enterprise storage for IBM and recently went to Mexico City for a month to perform pro bono work through IBM’s Corporate Service Corps. Shea credits his philosophy and communications work at Lewis & Clark for helping with his career, since, he says, “I took no computer science classes and failed calculus when I took it at Lewis & Clark (aced it after L&C but never bothered getting a computer science degree).” Locally, he has helped out at the Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp for the developmentally disabled.

    • 02/15/2017

      John Stephenson BA ’89 is still enjoying more than 20 years of marriage to Hu Mei Lien. Their son, Samuel, received a full-ride scholarship to attend Wabash College in Indiana. Their adopted daughter, Halona, is a freshman at Morrison Academy in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where the family lives on a four-acre farm running youth camps, Bible studies, and small organic farms. They moved from Shanghai in 2011.

    • 02/15/2017

      Carl Thong BA ’89 recently graduated with an MA in theological studies from the University of Northwestern at St. Paul in December 2016. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in strategic leadership at Corban University in Salem, Oregon, as well as serving on several nonprofit boards, including Church World Service and Family First Global. On the weekends, he practices tae kwon do with his wife, Jessie, and two kids, Natalie and Ethan.

    • 02/15/2017

      Jen Welsh BA ’89 was named the community libraries director at Stark County (Ohio) District Library. She is in charge of public services at the main library, nine additional branches, and the mobile services department.