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Class of 1995

  • CAS class correspondent: Carly Henderson BA ’95, MA ’02

    “Greetings, Class of ’95. I am your class correspondent. Please feel free at any time to send me updates on your life so that I can include the news in our class notes.” —October 25, 2017

    • The Sky Between You and Me

      Catherine Alene BA ’95 writes a contemporary young adult novel in verse that chronicles the story of Raesha, a barrel racer determined to do whatever it takes to win. Determined to become leaner, lighter, and faster, Raesha decides she needs to lose weight, never guessing that her decision will open the door to a life-threatening eating disorder.

      Posted 10/30/2017
    • 02/01/2018

      Catherine Allday-Davis BS ’95 lives in Northern California with her husband, three kids (ages 14, 11, and 5), and two dogs. After completing her medical residency in California almost 8 years ago, she is now a pediatrician at a large group practice. Allday-Davis and her family love to travel as much as they can. They also try to take advantage of living close to wine country, the Bay Area, Tahoe, and the coast by taking day and weekend trips.

    • 09/01/2013

      Opened the Law Office of Peter J. Ayers in Austin, Texas. He is frequently called on as an independent legal expert in intellectual property matters, especially patent infringement suits in the electrical and computer areas.

    • 09/11/2017

      Chuck D. Barlow LLM ’95, vice president of environmental strategy and policy of Entergy Corporation, was named Lawyer of the Year by Mississippi College School of Law.

    • My Transition Portfolio: Keys to Self-Determination and Independent Living for Young Adults

      Barb Blakeslee MEd ’95, a special education teacher for more than 20 years, shares her expertise in this guide for young adults with disabilities and their supporters. From tools for finding work to basic mental health exercises, the book provides comprehensive steps to independent life for those transitioning out of more structured special education environments. Book Publishers Network, 2015. 262 pages.

      Posted 07/09/2019
    • 09/01/2013

      Was named the 2013 Distinguished Business Law Graduate by Lewis & Clark. Chen is a patent attorney and cofounder of Chen Yoshimura, L.L.P., in Los Angeles, California.

    • 03/30/2016

      Joined Lathrop & Gage’s energy practice team in Denver as of counsel. Experienced in oil and gas title examination and litigation, Clark previously was with Fox Rothschild. Prior to that, she was an oil and gas title examination and transactional attorney and litigator at a full-service law firm. Clark has also reviewed and drafted various transactional documents ranging from oil and gas leases, ratifications, and extensions to seismic agreements and mineral deeds.

    • 02/15/2017

      Jin Chen Cooper BA ’95 is an associate in research at the Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and a rapporteur for the Harvard Asia Center. She has completed three books in a series entitled Notes from Harvard on Economics. All three of her books have been translated from Chinese into Korean and published in Seoul. She expects her fourth book, an updated version of some of her column series, to come out in late 2017. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.

    • 08/03/2018

      Alice Cuprill-Comas JD ’95 was appointed president of the Port of Portland Commission by Governor Kate Brown JD ’85. Cuprill-Comas is senior vice president and general counsel for Oregon Health & Science University. Before joining OHSU in November 2012, she was a partner at Ater Wynne LLP. Cuprill-Comas has also served as general counsel to Prometheus Energy Company, and as an associate at both Vinson & Elkins LLP and Tonkon Torp LLP.

    • 02/15/2017

      Rob Dirksen BS ’95 is still practicing optometry. Recently, Dirksen, his husband, and their two kids (ages 2 and 5) moved from Los Angeles to Arroyo Grande, California, on the central coast. They love the new location. Dirksen enjoys gardening on their three acres, and he has a small apiary, which he calls a “sweet hobby.”

    • 10/13/2017

      Linda Estergard BS ’95, after graduating from Lewis & Clark, went on to earn her master’s degree in social work from Portland State University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Walden University. In 2003, she cofounded the Lake Oswego Counseling Center, where she now serves as clinical director. Estergard is married, is the mother of three children, and resides a few blocks from the Lewis & Clark campus.

    • 02/01/2018

      Diana Gil-Osorio Haven BA ’95 is founder of the integrated communications agency Ellipses Public Relations, which celebrated its 10th year of representing hospitality, food, beverage, and special event clients in December 2017. She has also embarked on a career as a professional voice actor. In 2012, she married Eric Haven, a TV producer and graphic novelist. They live in Oakland, California, with two cats.

    • 12/22/2017

      Shoshana Gordon BA ’95 ran in the Jerusalem Half Marathon in support of Shalva, an organization that supports special needs individuals in Israel.

    • 10/13/2017

      Tamar Hare BA ’95 and her husband, Eric Hare BS ’95, celebrated 21 years of marriage last year. A nurse herself, Tamar manages a team of advice nurses for Kaiser Permanente. Eric is an accountant for New Seasons Market. They live in Portland with their 15-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter.

    • Placebocracy and Other Ailments; A Classical Liberal Take on America Today

      Mark J. Hartwig JD ’95 has written a provocative critique of the U.S. through the lens of traditional classical liberalism, arguing that American democracy is imperiled as a result of institutionalized ignorance on the part of her constituents, and suggesting that an honest national debate is the first step toward resolving political, economic, and sociocultural problems.

      Yucca Ash Press, 2020. 320 pages.

      Posted 01/13/2020
    • 02/15/2017

      Carly Henderson BA ’95, MA ’02 has worked in the counseling psychology field since 2002, first overseas in Tanzania, the Czech Republic, and Italy, and then returning to Portland in 2008. She owns MindWise Therapy in Southeast Portland and enjoys working as a child and family therapist. She lives close to her extended family in Northeast Portland, with 6-year-old daughter Lily, husband Ben, and some critters.

    • 02/15/2017

      Sol Hill BA ’95 works as a contemporary mixed media and photographic artist in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, Cleo, and his son, Luca. He splits his time between operating the FNK ZN ART SPC, a venue for local contemporary art exhibitions; creating lyrical and mysterious mixed-media “metagraphs” from digital artifacts, Japanese paper, and acrylic; and creating large-scale art installation projects that deal with social justice issues. His website is

    • 10/13/2017

      Zachary Isenberg BS ’95 does editing and producing for TV. He’s worked on the reality  shows Making the Band and Expedition Unknown, as well as the docuseries Leah Rimini: Scientology and the Aftermath. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are busy raising their two sons, Oscar and Hugo. In March, 2018, before his 45th birthday, Isenberg plans to run the LA Marathon. He is currently working with fellow alum Jason Lesner BS ’95 on a new VH1 reality show.

    • 01/27/2020

      Tanja Kaneshiro BS ’95 moved back to Portland in 2012 after an adventure living in the Bay Area. She is executive assistant to the president at American College of Healthcare Sciences, an accredited online holistic health school. You’ll often find her in the garden; the craft room; or enjoying tasty local food and drinks. She is obsessed with cats and loves to explore Forest Park.

    • 10/04/2017

      Moss Kaplan BA ’95 is currently cochair of the creative writing department at Denver School of the Arts. Kaplan wrote, with Greg Ungar, a play entitled The Mess of Us, which debuted in summer 2017 at Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado as part of the Headwaters New Play Festival.

    • 02/01/2018

      Jason Lesner BS ’95 created and led Homeward LA, a 10-day citywide event in April, which consisted of multiple theatrical performances based on stories from people who have experienced homelessness. The monologue-based performances occurred all over Los Angeles, increasing awareness of the homeless crisis and raising funds for the Midnight Mission, an amazing nonprofit organization on Skid Row.

    • 02/15/2017

      Jenny Nugent Melgaard BA ’95 married Lasse Melgaard BA ’94. Together, they have two gorgeous, spirited boys. Jenny earned her MPH and has worked in community health and development in Thailand, Vietnam, Washington, D.C., Malawi, Namibia, and Uganda. Recently, the family of four lived in Sydney, Australia; however, in April, they moved to Suva, Fiji, where Lasse works with the World Bank. Jenny is home shepherding the rowdy boys.

    • 06/28/2018

      Arika Stephan Menzies BA ’95, co-CEO of Pembroke Tax and Business Advisors, is an energetic supporter of entrepreneurs, with a focus on arts and the environment. She recently opened an office in the Las Vegas area but also maintains her organic farm in Oregon. In addition to following her passion of angel investing, she continues to play music. Please feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn. She loves meeting with Lewis & Clark alums to discuss business ideas or to just catch up and make new connections.

    • 10/14/2016

      Alex Moggridge BA ’95 had his play Simon Dawes Becomes a Planet produced off Broadway in fall 2016. His other plays have also received attention: The Squirrel was included in New York’s Summer Play Festival, and Manatee was part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

    • 10/12/2015

      Was appointed acting insurance commissioner of Nevada. Parks has 11 years with the Nevada Division of Insurance, and this is her second term as acting commissioner. She has served as chief insurance counsel and hearing officer for the division since 2009, and insurance counsel and hearing officer since 2004.

    • 09/01/2011

      Nancy Perry JD ’95 was named senior vice president of government relations for the ASPCA in Washington, D.C. Perry will be responsible for the overall strategic and tactical direction of the ASPCA’s legislative efforts and public policy at the local, state, and federal government levels, and she will serve as spokesperson and as a member of the senior management team. Perry joins the ASPCA from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), where she served as vice president of government affairs and oversaw HSUS’ state and federal legislative efforts, including ballot measure campaigns and nationwide grassroots activities. During her 16-year tenure at HSUS, Perry led successful efforts to secure federal legislation preventing the distribution of notorious animal crush videos, prohibiting the practice of shark finning, requiring truthful labeling of fur garments, banning the import of puppies from foreign puppy mills, prohibiting the interstate commerce of birds for fighting, requiring disaster planning for pets, banning tigers and other big cats as pets, securing greater protections for pet food safety, and defunding government-supported horse slaughter. She cofounded Lewis & Clark’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, as well as cofounding the Animal Law Journal and organizing the country’s first animal law conference. Perry is an advisory board member of the Animal Law Review, teaches animal law at both George Washington University and Lewis & Clark Law Schools, and has published several articles on animal law.

    • 09/01/2013

      Performed at the Lincoln City Cultural Center in Lincoln City, Oregon, with the Pacific Trombone Quartet. Scholl plays principal trombone in the Portland Columbia Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, and the Newport Symphony Orchestras. He also plays in the Portland Brass Quintet and with the Michael Vlatkovich Trio. Scholl is the director of Metro Public Defender in Hillsboro, Oregon.

    • 10/14/2016

      David Slater MAT ’95, a teacher and prolific author of dozens of books for children, teens, and adults, was featured in the Reno News and Review. In the piece, he discusses the choices and events that led him to where he is, and the stories and writers who inspire him. Slater’s teen fantasy series, Forbidden Books, is up for a second printing, and he’s considering developing it for the big screen as well.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was named an Oregon Super Lawyer in 2014 and 2015. Somervell is a shareholder at Bullivant Houser Bailey.

    • 02/15/2017

      Josh Uithof BA ’95 is part owner of a kayak guide service, called Kayak Tillamook, on the Oregon Coast. He also guides Rites of Passage trips with several local organizations, substitute teaches at Jesuit High School, serves on the Manzanita Farmers Market Board of Directors, and lives in a yurt off the grid in the Nehalem Valley. His hobbies include firewood-related activities and ontological studies.

    • 02/15/2017

      Juanita Vero BA ’95 returned to working full time on her family’s Montana guest ranch in 1997. The ranch is located on the Blackfoot River in Greenough. Visitors are encouraged. Vero married ecologist Matthew Rinella of Miles City, Montana, in 2014. She says they enjoy no children and living eight hours apart.

    • 09/01/2014

      Received the Alaska Bar Association Board of Governor’s Judge Nora Guinn Award at the 2014 Bar Convention. The award recognizes extraordinary and sustained efforts to assist Alaska’s rural residents, especially its Native population, in overcoming language and cultural barriers to obtaining justice through the legal system. Voluck is the first tribal judge to receive the award. The Alaska Bar Association cited his 20 years serving the state’s Native people as tribal judge, Indian law professor, author, and special counsel. Voluck presently sits as trial judge for the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, and is an adjunct professor for the law school’s Indian Law Program.

    • 09/01/2013

      Released Alaska Natives and American Laws, Third Edition, 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 professor with Lewis & Clark’s summer Indian Law Program.

    • 10/14/2016

      Erica Walker BS ’95 is married to Jerry Walker BA ’92. They live in Portland and have three children.

    • 10/13/2017

      Vaunne Weathers BA ’95 and Cody Weathers BS ’95 live in Portland with their two daughters (ages 11 and 13) and a Kelpie mutt named Winston. Vaunne earned an MA in industrial psychology from Portland State University in 2005 and is an office manager for a local dental practice. Cody is active in the local music scene and has an unassuming day job as a business data analyst.

    • 10/13/2017

      Kit Wilding BA ’95, MAT ’97 and her family just returned to Oregon after living and teaching in China and Dubai for the last seven years. Her older son is a senior at Wilson High School and her younger son is a freshman there. Wilding teaches in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.