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Class of 1990

    • The Secrets of Master Brewers

      Jeff Alworth BA ’90 has published his fourth book, The Secrets of Master Brewers (Storey Publishing, 2017), which focuses on the history, national traditions, and techniques of brewing classic styles of beer. It follows on the heels of The Beer Bible (Workman Publishing, 2015), which was an International Association of Culinary Professionals award-winning book in 2016. Alworth is a columnist for All About Beer and has written for a number of magazines and newspapers. He also blogs about beer on his popular website,

      Posted 10/30/2017
    • 10/13/2017

      Elizabeth Bacher BA ’90 was a participant in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course. She spent the summer of 2017 in the Galapagos, studying the forces of change in the area of the archipelago in order to devise better solutions for sustainability.

    • 02/04/2019

      Gary L. Blacklidge JD ’90 has joined the real estate practice group at Jordan Ramis PC. Blacklidge focuses on real estate law, assisting clients in transactional work as well as foreclosures of all types of liens and judgment executions on real estate. He is also experienced in debtor/creditor matters emphasizing creditor representation in bankruptcy cases. Prior to practicing law, Blacklidge worked as a title officer in an Oregon office of a national title insurance company. Over the years he has represented title companies and their insureds in resolving title claims. He is a member of the Multnomah Bar Association and American Bar Association and has been named in Best Lawyers in America for his work in bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law.

    • 03/30/2016

      Was named to the Multnomah County Circuit Court to fill a vacancy created by the transition of Judge Youlee You to the U.S. District Court. A partner at Ater Wynne, Bottomly focused her practice on employment and health care law, and she has worked as an arbitrator and mediator for business disputes.

    • 10/13/2017

      Susie Brown BA ’90, recently public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and now executive director for the Hennepin County Bar Association, was interviewed in St. Paul, Minnesota’s Legal Ledger in a segment called “Breaking the Ice.” In the interview, Brown discusses her hobbies, career highlights, and start in the nonprofit world.

    • 09/01/2011

      Rong-Wei “Ron” Cai JD ’90 was appointed to serve as arbitrator for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC). Cai is partner-in-charge and chief representative of Davis Wright Tremaine’s Shanghai, China, office, where he has been working for the past 10 years. He concentrates his practice on foreign investment in China, handling general business and corporate matters for multinational companies doing business there, and brings more than 20 years of experience assisting clients in U.S.-China business projects. Cai also serves as a mediator for the U.S.-China Business Mediation Center. Beyond his law practice, Cai served as chair of the legal committee for the American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai, between 2008 and 2010, and as a board member for the China Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

    • The Outstanding Youth Coach: A Total System to Help Young Athletes Reach Their Personal Best and Win More Often

      Cody Cain BA ’90 offers a comprehensive guide to training high-performing youth athletes, showing what it takes to achieve success both on and off the field.

      Posted 05/15/2017
    • 01/23/2017

      Was selected by Gratiot County commissioners to be the county’s new administrator. Cordes has been a county counselor in Oregon, a trial court administrator, and a deputy county administrator. From 2009 until 2015, she was Clerk of Court/Court Unit Executive, U. S. District Court, for the Western District of Michigan.

    • 10/14/2016

      Zena BA ’90 spent almost three years in Mongolia as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching teacher education at the university level as well as working with Mongolia’s Ministry of Education and the Mongolian National Theatre. Zena has now moved to Calais, France, where she is volunteering in “the Jungle,” an extremely crowded and underserved refugee camp.

    • 10/14/2016

      Kristen Johnson BA ’90 has been promoted to dean of the health and sciences division at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    • 10/13/2016

      Became the CEO at Healthwise in Boise, Idaho, on July 1, 2016, after the retirement of founder and CEO Donald W. Kemper. This is Kyte’s second stint at Healthwise, having served as its general and outside counsel for 15 years beginning in 1990. Prior to rejoining Healthwise, he served as the president and CEO of the nonprofit Adventist Risk Management. Previously, he was general counsel at the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washington, D.C., and CEO and general counsel for Pacific Press Publishing Association in Nampa, Idaho.

    • 04/08/2016

      Was named to succeed founder Donald W. Kemper upon his retirement as the CEO of Healthwise, effective July 1, 2016. Kyte returns to Healthwise after spending the last six years as president of the nonprofit Adventist Risk Management, a risk-management insurance broker and administrator. He was also president and CEO of affiliate Gencon Insurance Company. While with Adventist Risk Management, he led the organization to improved performance and reduced costs, while significantly increasing revenue growth. Prior to that, Kyte served Healthwise as general counsel and in other key roles from 1990 to 2009.

    • Keeping Oregon Green: Livability, Stewardship, and the Challenges of Growth, 1960–1980

      Derek Larson BA ’90 provides a new history of the signature accomplishments of Oregon’s environmental era, including the revitalization of the polluted Willamette River, the Beach Bill preserving public access to the state’s coastline, the Bottle Bill that set the national standard for reducing roadside litter, and the nation’s first comprehensive land-use zoning law.

      Posted 05/15/2017
    • 04/17/2017

      Wendy Manley JD ’90, a partner at California firm Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, joined the Environmental Law Section Executive Committee of the Alameda County Bar Association.

    • 03/02/2018

      Jake Metcalfe JD ’90, a Juneau native, was appointed executive director of ASEA/AFSCME Local 52, Alaska’s largest labor union, on January 1, 2018. Previously, Metcalfe was a district attorney in Bethel and served a term on the city council there before moving to Anchorage, where he worked as associate general counsel to the IBEW Local 1547. He became that union’s top lawyer in 2004. Metcalfe was elected to the Anchorage School Board in 2001 and served two terms. In 2009, he became director of the Public Safety Employees’ Association Local 803, the union that represents police and corrections officers. He had a brief run for U.S. House in 2008 as a Democrat but dropped out before the primary.

    • 07/12/2017

      Steven M. Pratt BA ’90, July 11, 2017, age 53. Pratt worked as a teacher for 26 years, three of which were spent in China. He also spent four years in Mexico doing mission work. Active in politics, Pratt worked for the Oregon State Senate and on the gubernatorial campaign staff of Barbara Roberts. He loved movies, comedy, and classic rock. Survivors include his two children, Addy and Zeph, as well as many other loving family members and friends.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was promoted to senior vice president and general counsel at Northwest Natural Gas Company. Previously, Saathoff was vice president of legal, risk, and compliance, and also served as chief governance officer and corporate secretary.

    • 10/13/2017

      Kris Schuberg BA ’90 and Eric Hartmann BA ’90, MAT ’94 traveled to Ireland in 2016 to visit their son Eamonn, who was studying at the University of Limerick. Schuberg hadn’t been to Ireland since 1988, when she participated in a Lewis & Clark overseas study program during her sophomore year. She says “it was indeed quite something to visit my son, studying abroad in the same country where I was an international student 29 years ago. I can’t say that Ireland was just as I remembered it–in some ways it was better! I think if someone had told me 29 years ago that I would be coming back to Ireland to visit my son, who would be turning 20 there just as I had, I would have laughed. I also might have said that this was just the crazy talk of a cleasai (Irish word for trickster).”

    • 09/01/2014

      Launched Scott Snyder Arbitration & Mediation, which focuses on effective alternative dispute resolution services. Snyder has extensive experience in business and injury litigation having arbitrated and mediated hundreds of cases. He is a former in-house counsel for Safeco Insurance, KinderCare, and Rentrak Corporation. Snyder has also served as municipal judge for the City of North Plains. He can be contacted at 503-452-7747 and