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Class of 1989

  • CAS class correspondent: Andrea Ball BA ’89
    Class of ’89 - We had a wonderful 30th reunion. Now who’s ready for the 35th?? In the meantime, send me a note about what’s happening in your world.

    —July 2019

    • 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.

    • 10/25/2019

      Christina Alfandary BA ’89 is managing director of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) and sustainable investments at Gabelli Asset Management Company.

    • 06/05/2019

      Dean N. Alterman JD ’89 reports that following the amicable split of the partners of Folawn Alterman & Richardson into a transactional firm and a litigation firm, he has formed Alterman Law Group PC ( in downtown Portland. Alterman continues his practice in real estate, land use, and private business law.

    • 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.

    • 11/14/2018

      Scott Anders JD ’89 was sworn in as the Clark County (Washington) Fire District 3 commissioner on August 13, 2018. He worked for the Clark County Prosecutor’s office for approximately 11 years and was appointed to the Clark County District Court as a judge in January 2001.

    • 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.

    • 07/14/2019

      Andrea Ball BA ’89 writes: “Happy 30th reunion! Several of our classmates attended Alumni Weekend this past June. Here’s what they had to say: ‘I felt renewed and recharged by Alumni Weekend. It was super fun to stay on campus. Pre-party in the dorms before our class dinner! I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much! We held a memorial gathering that included candles floating in the reflection pond. Our education … afforded us the ability to never stop questioning, never stop learning, and never stop empathizing. My classmates’ curiosity, courage, kindness, and sense of humor … never cease to amaze me.’” Contributors to this message include Corena Bahr BA ’89, Scott Pillar BS ’89, Carla Cavenago BA ’89, Serena Cruz BA ’89, Michelle Anderson BA ’89, and other members of the class of 1989.

    • 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.

    • 06/19/2019

      Steve Brown JD ’89 was selected to serve as the associate judge of the Montana Water Court, effective February 6, 2019. The Water Court has exclusive jurisdiction over the adjudication of all water rights claims in Montana. Brown, who replaces retiring Judge Douglas Ritter, is currently the managing partner of the Garlington, Lohn and Robinson firm in Missoula. He has practiced water and natural resources and energy law in Montana since 1994 and has received multiple professional awards, including recognition as a Rocky Mountain Super Lawyer. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Whitworth College and is active in a variety of recreational pursuits, especially ultramarathons.

    • 02/01/2015

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

    • 02/22/2019

      Stacey Caldwell BA ’89 lives in Ridgefield, Washington, with her spouse, Robert Roberts, and kids Nathan, 18, Jillian, 16, and Kell, 12. She is the corporate claims manager at Barrett Business Services in Vancouver, Washington. Caldwell has served on the Lewis & Clark Board of Alumni since 2016. When not driving her kids around, Caldwell enjoys wine, reading, music, and friends.

    • 02/22/2019

      Carla Cavenago-Salazar BA ’89 recently joined Portland-based Pink Martini as the band’s CFO.

    • 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
    • 02/22/2019

      Serena Cruz BA ’89 is finding purpose in these chaotic times as a nonprofit executive director–raising funds, doing public relations, and leading advocacy for a federally qualified health center serving Washington and Yamhill Counties. She is in awe of her 11-year-old daughter and enjoys being a team mom for her club softball team and skiing behind her speedy, graceful self. “See you at the reunion!”

    • 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!”

    • 01/30/2020

      Chris Eck JD ’89 has joined Kerauno as chief legal officer. Eck most recently served as senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Finish Line, where he led the legal and HR departments and oversaw integration.

    • 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.

    • 07/13/2017

      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.

    • 02/22/2019

      Scott Pillar BS ’89 works as finance director for the Cascade School District and splits his time between Turner, Oregon, and his happy place at Gleneden Beach. He had a great time at his last L&C reunion and encourages people to attend this year’s.

    • 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.

    • Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege: Essays on Hawai‘i

      Liz Prato BA ’89 combines lyricism, research, and humor to explore her role as a white tourist in a seemingly paradisiacal land that has been largely formed and destroyed by white outsiders. Hawai‘ian history, pop culture, and contemporary affairs are masterfully woven into her personal narrative of loss and survival in linked essays, offering unique insight into how the touristic ideal of Hawai‘i came to be and what it is at its core. International best-selling author Cheryl Strayed (married to Brian Lindstrom BS ’84, L&C’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus), calls it “Searching, wise, intimate, and illuminating.” She adds, “Liz Prato’s Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege is a complicated love letter to a place and powerful reckoning of a life. I was moved by this beautiful book and enlightened, riveted, and astonished.” Overcup Press, 2019. 224 pages.

      Posted 01/25/2019
    • 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.

    • 02/22/2019

      Jackson Shea BS ’89, who has worked at IBM almost 10 years, still appreciates his liberal arts education from L&C, which has given him a different perspective on tech and society. It also gives him cool advice to share with his son as he prepares to graduate from the University of Oregon this summer.

    • 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.