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Class of 1997

  • CAS class correspondentsSam Thompson BA ’97: Anne Bunn BA ’97 and Sam Thompson BA ’97

    “Hi, class of 1997. It was great seeing so many of you in Portland last June. Please stay in touch and let us know of any news, big or small, to be shared with our class. —October 25, 2017

    • 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.

    • 02/15/2017

      Matthew Artz BA ’97 is now a senior HR director at Microsoft. He lives in Richmond, Washington, with his wife, Julie, and kids Gabriel, 12, and Lilian, 10. He’s been in Washington for two years. Previously, he lived in Finland for four years, working for Nokia.

    • 07/10/2015

      Was named in Oregon Super Lawyers 2015 in the employment litigation category. Baker, regional managing partner of the Portland office of Fisher & Phillips, has defended a variety of employers in labor and employment law matters. He also provides training, advice, and counsel to employers on labor and employment issues. He has extensive experience in enforcing noncompetition agreements and prosecuting Trade Secrets Act violations, as well as defending employers accused of retaliating against employees for exercising protected employment rights.

    • 02/15/2017

      Greg Baxter BA ’97 lives in Los Angeles, where he is a feature film producer. He recently finished the movie Passengers, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. He and his wife, Natalie, have two daughters, ages 4 and 1.

    • 04/15/2016

      Was appointed by his partners as the new managing partner of Ring Bender LLLP, a national environmental law firm with offices in Portland, Orange County, Miami, and Pittsburgh. Bender says he is honored by their trust and looks forward to maintaining the firm’s deep and abiding commitment to heartfelt advocacy on behalf of its municipal, nonprofit, and corporate clients around the country.

    • 06/07/2016

      Was appointed to the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter Leadership Board. Blachly is a partner with Samuels Yoelin Kantor in Portland. 

    • 07/06/2015

      Received Portland Business Journal’s 2015 Woman of Influence award. Blachly is a partner with Samuels Yoelin Kantor in Portland.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was appointed to Legacy Health’s allied professionals council. The group provides support, advice, and counsel to Legacy’s planned giving program. The first female equity partner at Samuels Yoelin Kantor, Blachly remains active in the local community.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was appointed to the board of advisors for VoteERA.org, a bipartisan organization advocating for an Oregon Equal Rights Amendment. Blachly is with Samuels Yoelin Kantor.

    • 03/01/2014

      Was appointed to Oregon Governor Kitzhaber’s Commission on Senior Services, which is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for all older Oregonians. Blachly is with Samuels Yoelin Kantor.

    • 02/17/2015

      Became editor of the Real Estate and Land Use Digest, the flagship publication of the Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use Section. In addition to her legal practice, Jennie Bricker Land & Water Law, she has a writing and editing business, Brick Work Writing & Editing. Bricker can be contacted at 503-928-0976.

    • 06/01/2014

      Opened Jennie Bricker Law and Mediation. Previously, Bricker was a partner at Stoel Rives, where she practiced natural resources and real estate law for 15 years. Her new practice will focus on mediation of property- and resources-related disputes, real property and general business transactions, and natural resources permitting and regulation. She can be reached at 503-928-0976 or jennie@jbrickerlaw.com.

    • 02/15/2017

      Anne Bunn BA ’97 and Sam Thompson BA ’97 live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with their two kids, Clare, 10, and Hayes, 7. Anne worked in book publishing for nearly 20 years before recently deciding to stay home with the kids. Sam runs a small investment bank and is very happy. They enjoy time together with family and friends, especially swimming in the ocean and sharing meals.

    • 04/17/2015

      Was elected shareholder with Landerholm, PS. An experienced litigator, Calderbank represents clients in a variety of matters, including business construction and real estate.

    • 09/19/2017

      Kelli Clark MAT ’97 has moved from St. Mary’s Academy to St. Ignatius in Portland, where she will serve as principal.

    • 01/15/2018

      Robert “Matt” Conoley JD ’97 joined the U.S. Department of State’s Global Engagement Center last summer, after graduating with an MA in strategic security studies from the National Defense University. An interagency organization that uses data analytics, private sector talent, and social media technologies, the center is charged with leading the U.S. government’s efforts to counter propaganda and disinformation from international terrorist organizations and foreign countries. Conoley serves as deputy chief of partnerships and public affairs advisor.

    • 08/21/2016

      Robert “Matt” Conoley JD ’97 began study in the South and Central Asia Security Studies Program at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University. One of a handful of State Department officers accepted to CISA each year, Conoley is pursuing an MA in strategic security studies. CISA is the Department of Defense flagship for education and the building of partnership capacity in combating terrorism and irregular warfare at the strategic level.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was featured with his musical group Bizarre Love Triangle in the third episode of AMC’s new competition series, Showville, which aired June 6. Following auditions at the Power House Theater in Walla Walla, Washington, the act was selected to compete to be named town favorite.

    • 10/13/2017

      Darren Drabek BA ’97 has, after 20 years at Skidmore College, moved to Illinois to serve as director of international admissions for Lake Forest College near Chicago. In the fall, he visited 10 countries in Asia, meeting prospective students. Drabek looks forward to exploring Chicagoland and participating in a larger L&C community there. His first weekend of work included a dinner invitation from the father of Anne Bunn BA ’97!

    • 02/15/2017

      Jim Drennan BA ’97 is still living in South Lake Tahoe, California, with his wife, Jennifer, and two kids, 4-year-old Cameron and 6-year-old Caitlyn. He works for South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue and was promoted to battalion chief in summer 2016. He still keeps in touch with some of his classmates.

    • 12/21/2016

      Was appointed undersecretary of the California Natural Resources Agency by Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. Gibson has served as deputy secretary and general counsel at the California Natural Resources Agency since 2014. He served as general counsel at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife from 2010 to 2014, where he was assistant chief counsel the prior two years.

    • 11/01/2015

      Was presented with a 2015 Lewis & Clark Law School Distinguished Environmental Graduate Award. Gonzalez is founder and managing partner of Coast Law Group.

    • 02/15/2017

      Juniper Hunter BA ’97 has two sons in college: Shale attends Tufts University, and Taran goes to the University of California at Santa Cruz. His daughter is in boarding school north of Santa Barbara, California. Hunter and his wife, Jodi, live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but lately he’s been spending a lot of time planning a condo remodel in Mammoth Lakes, California.

    • 02/15/2017

      Tamara Jazbec BA ’97 just moved to Denver after living in Brooklyn, New York, since 1998. Jazbec has been a fierce advocate in the youth leadership development and international education sector for the past 20 years. For the last 11 years, Jazbec has devoted herself to the Kennedy-Lugar YES Program. The YES Program started after 9-11 as a youth public diplomacy initiative of the Department of State to increase understanding between the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations. Jazbec is passionate about food sourcing; she has been a member of the Park Slope Food Co-op since 1998 and is volunteering for a new co-op in Denver opening in 2018. Jazbec spends her free time with family and friends cooking, gardening, yoga-ing, hiking, skiing, reading, protesting, and volunteering. She also enjoys lounging at home with her furry beast, Syd.

    • 10/13/2017

      Koeby Johnson BA ’97 still teaches seventh-grade social studies and has been leading summer education tours to Italy and Greece the past few years. His wife, Jenny Johnson BA ’97, teaches preschool in their home, with their youngest in attendance. They also have two kids in grade school, one in middle school, one in high school, and one who just joined the Marines. Life is very full. Koeby plays in Rutendo, a marimba band, and Jenny dances hula. The couple travels when they can and celebrated their 21st anniversary in Mexico last summer. Over the summer, they enjoyed a visit from Laura Tharsen BA ’97 and Jeff Tharsen BA ’96 and their kids, and Jenny visited Shanna Christie BA ’97 and her new baby in Seattle.

    • 02/15/2017

      Koeby Johnson BA ’97 and Jenny Simpson Johnson BA ’97 celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last summer. They live in Ashland, Oregon, where Jenny teaches preschool. Koeby teaches seventh-grade social studies in nearby Medford. They are raising five sons and a daughter; the oldest graduates from high school this year, and the youngest is 3 years old. Jenny and Koeby have a busy, musical life together and love exploring the world, a passion that was fueled by their overseas study program to India while students at Lewis & Clark.

    • 02/15/2017

      Jenny Simpson Johnson BA ’97 and Koeby Johnson BA ’97 celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last summer. They live in Ashland, Oregon, where Jenny teaches preschool. Koeby teaches seventh-grade social studies in nearby Medford. They are raising five sons and a daughter; the oldest graduates from high school this year, and the youngest is 3 years old. Jenny and Koeby have a busy, musical life together and love exploring the world, a passion that was fueled by their overseas study program to India while students at Lewis & Clark.

    • 02/15/2017

      Hanako Kato BA ’97 has been working in Tokyo, specializing in project management and business process management. The overseas experiences she had as a student at L&C have helped her to manage global projects and excel in international business. She’s a mother of a 10-year-old boy who loves to play football, and she enjoys baking on weekends.

    • 02/15/2017

      Alisha Beamer Killian BA ’97 lives in Beaverton, Oregon, with her husband, Kevin, and their two children, ages 14 and 12. A veteran of the footwear industry, she took on a new challenge as director of global apparel supply planning for Nike last year. She also volunteers for several local charities and serves on the board of directors for the Tualatin Hills Water Polo Club.

    • 02/15/2017

      Emily Kline BA ’97 works as a health and wellness coach and yoga teacher in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a single parent who adopted a little girl at birth (who will be 3 in June).

    • 10/13/2017

      Chris Kroblin BA ’97 and his family split their time between Oklahoma and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, so he spent most of early fall 2017 watching hurricanes on TV.

    • 09/02/2015

      Was elected to the board of directors for the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center. A proponent of crime victim rights, Lamborn represents clients pro bono through the National Crime Victim Law Institute and sponsors the NCVLI’s annual convention. He opened The Law Office of Josh Lamborn, P.C., in 2009 after serving as a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County for 12 years. Lamborn’s practice focuses on the representation of victims of sexual assault and other crimes, as well as personal injury clients.

    • 03/10/2015

      Is a shareholder with Maloney Lauersdorf Reiner (MLR), a Portland law firm that specializes in insurance coverage litigation. MLR has purchased the landmark Burnside Rocket building. Constructed in 2007, it was one of the first commercial buildings in the world to be awarded LEED Platinum status.

    • 02/15/2017

      Jake Lebowitz BA ’97 lives in Washington D.C., spending most of his time playing with his two daughters, ages 4 and 2. During the day, he escapes to his law firm, Posey Lebowitz, located near Georgetown University.

    • 02/15/2017

      Dan Mains BS ’97 lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with wife Alise Osis and kids Iris and Gus. Dan teaches courses on cultural anthropology and African studies in the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma. His first book is Hope Is Cut: Youth, Unemployment, and the Future in Urban Ethiopia (Temple University Press, 2012). He is currently finishing up his second book, Technologies of Development: Infrastructure and Governance in Urban Ethiopia. Mains received a Humboldt Research Fellowship to support a residency at ZMO in Berlin during the 2017–18 academic year, and he hopes to cross paths with other Lewis & Clark alumni while there.

    • 02/15/2017

      Steve Marx BA ’97 lives in Southeast Portland with his two daughters, Stella, 9, and Ava, 6. He does marine conservation work for Pew Charitable Trusts.

    • 02/15/2017

      Rachel McCarthey BA ’97 is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah. After completing a residency in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry and pediatrics, she now practices outpatient child psychiatry. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, public defender Brock Van de Kamp, and their two children, Thomas, 9, and Catherine, 6. She loves hiking, camping, traveling, and spending time with her family.

    • 02/15/2017

      Tim Orr BA ’97 earned his PhD in history at the University of California at Davis in 2010. He now teaches U.S. and environmental history at California State University at Sacramento. Orr lives in bucolic Davis, California, with his wife, Lori Krueger, who’s a biology professor, and their energetic 1 1/2-year-old son. Although not riding the rails much anymore in this country, Tim has ridden rickety trains and speeding buses in India, Nepal, Indonesia, South America, and Mexico within the last few years. Recently, he and his wife hiked the 220-mile John Muir Trail along California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.

    • 09/01/2011

      Joseph O’Leary JD ’97 joined the executive team at the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS), where he will lead the policy planning and legislative analysis division. O’Leary served as general counsel to Governor Kulongoski for the past two years. He also served the governor as a senior policy adviser in public safety and telecommunications issues and oversaw seven statewide public safety agencies within the executive branch of state government. He can be reached at 11410 S.W. 68th Parkway, Tigard, Oregon 97223.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was appointed New Hampshire Bank Commissioner. Prior to joining the Banking Department, Perlow served for five years as a senior assistant attorney general at the New Hampshire Department of Justice.

    • Taste & Technique: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking

      Naomi Pomeroy BA ’97, an award-winning chef and restaurateur, penned her first cookbook, which features nearly 140 lesson-driven recipes designed to improve the home cook’s understanding of professional techniques to produce showstopping meals.

      Posted 01/23/2017
    • 02/15/2017

      Molly Pugh BA ’97 lives in Tacoma, Washington, and works for the University of Puget Sound’s School of Education as an instructor and field supervisor for graduate students in teaching. She taught high school English for the 10 years prior to moving to the university. She has been with her wife for almost 15 years and married for eight. She loves her life, her wife, and her two pets, Grady Otis (a 12-year-old lab) and Indigo Martin (a 6-year-old cat). She sends good wishes and love to the class of 1997!

    • 02/15/2017

      Rachel Pusey BA ’97 is nearing her 18th year of living in San Francisco. She arrived in 1999 to attend law school at the University of San Francisco. Her first-year roommate from Lewis & Clark, Anne Bunn BA ’97, helped her find her studio apartment. Pusey has been an attorney for 13 years and focuses on employment law. She is currently a partner at the woman-owned firm of Villarreal Hutner. Pusey is married to Aaron Dornstreich and has a spirited 4-year-old son who cannot wait to get down with the children of Pusey’s classmates at the reunion.

    • 11/01/2015

      Was presented with a 2015 Lewis & Clark Law School Distinguished Environmental Graduate Award. Raettig is the executive director of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.

    • 02/15/2017

      Jeff Rose MAT ’97, EdD ’08 was named superintendent of the Fulton School District in East Point, Georgia.

    • 10/13/2017

      Jorge Sega BA ’97 sends greetings from Venezuela. For the last few years, he has been running a software business there. He says his math and computer science training at Lewis & Clark has served as a solid foundation for his current work with artificial intelligence. He fondly remembers the good times on campus–living, studying, playing pool, having Oreo milkshakes in the dorms, and eating pepperoni pizzas on Saturday nights.

    • 05/12/2018

      Susan Smith JD ’97 recently joined Beveridge & Diamond, PC as a shareholder in the firm’s San Francisco office. Her practice will continue to focus on toxic tort and environmental litigation, including related appellate work and insurance coverage matters.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was elected partner at Segal McBridge Singer & Mahoney. Smith represents hospitality, commercial real estate, retail, and housing industry clients facing claims involving Legionnaires’ disease, chemical burns and chemical inhalation, carbon monoxide poisoning, lead paint poisoning, and exposure to mold, formaldehyde, and other substances. She also defends individuals and corporate entities in lawsuits arising from automobile accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, defective product claims, and other general liability matters.

    • 09/01/2011

      Erika Soublet JD ’97 was appointed as chief deputy district attorney for Coos County, Oregon. Previously, she was a senior deputy prosecuting attorney in Clallam County, Washington. Soublet got her start as a prosecutor in the Multnomah County district attorney’s office and, after moving to Washington, worked for the Skagit and Yakima County prosecuting attorney offices. She can be reached at Coos County District Attorney’s Office, 250 North Baxter, Coquille, Oregon 97423, 541-396-3121.

    • 10/13/2017

      Chris Stack BA ’97 and his wife, Erin, are living in Brooklyn, New York. He spent August 2017 in Scotland doing a play in the Edinburgh Fringe Fest. Afterward, he cruised around the Highlands, which he says reminded him a lot of Oregon. If people find themselves in Brooklyn near MacDonough/Throop with a frisbee, ring his doorbell!

    • 06/28/2018

      Nathan Steele BA ’97 and Evgenia Novgorodtseva, October 2017.

    • 02/15/2017

      Peter Szenasy BA ’97 has been enjoying living in Prague the last 17 years. He remembers Portland as the setting of his playing and learning period, but life in Prague is full of exciting personal and professional milestones. Frequent international travel makes the world a smaller place. His Czech-based energy and utilities consulting company is focused largely on Europe and the Middle East. With his wife, Laure, he has two kids, 7-year-old Artur and 4-year-old Ester.

    • 02/15/2017

      Sam Thompson BA ’97 and Anne Bunn BA ’97 live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with their two kids, Clare, 10, and Hayes, 7. Anne worked in book publishing for nearly 20 years before recently deciding to stay home with the kids. Sam runs a small investment bank and is very happy. They enjoy time together with family and friends, especially swimming in the ocean and sharing meals.

    • 02/15/2017

      Eric Wasserman BA ’97’s short story, “Reunion,” was published in January 2017 by Aldus Boek Compagnie in The Netherlands as a limited-edition bilingual Dutch/English chapbook. A Dutch translation of his complete collection of short fiction, The Temporary Life (University of Akron Press, 2010), will be published in late 2017, and a Dutch translation of his novel, Celluloid Strangers (Second Wind Publishing, 2011), is forthcoming in 2018. Wasserman is an associate professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative writing, literature, and film studies. He lives in Akron, with his wife, Thea.

    • 09/01/2011

      David Western JD ’97 Published Arabic Vocabulary Made Easy, Volume 2. In this book, Western introduces 300 new words with a focus on business, military, and media.

    • 02/15/2017

      Leah Berman Williams BA ’97 lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with her husband and two daughters, ages 8 and 11. She works as a professor of mathematics at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, where she just finished her first semester as department chair. Last year, she was on sabbatical doing mathematics research (discrete geometry and graph theory) in Slovenia and Mexico.

    • 01/30/2018

      Zaw Win BA ’97, a captive insurance attorney, was elected as a director of Downs Rachlin Martin in Burlington, Vermont.

    • 02/01/2015

      Joined Miller Nash’s trusts and estates practice. Wiyrick Flores works with individuals, families, and closely held and family businesses to develop and implement succession strategies. She provides sophisticated and highly personalized estate plans and is also experienced in estate, probate, and trust administration and assists both fiduciaries and beneficiaries. She helps her business clients with business formations, developing governance structures, reorganizations and dissolutions, and mergers and acquisitions to achieve beneficial tax results. Wiyrick Flores, who is listed in Best Lawyers in America, is also a frequent speaker on family business and estate- and tax-planning topics.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was unanimously voted secretary for the Portland Estate Planning Council Board.

    • 10/13/2016

      Was elected president of the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation board of directors. Wray, a trial lawyer and managing partner with the Portland civil litigation firm Bodyfelt Mount LLP, focuses on the defense of product and general liability civil litigation matters. She has defended a range of products, including medical equipment, hand tools, printing presses, Murphy beds, bicycles, forklifts, automatic doors, and toilets. In recent years, she has been involved in mass tort litigation of latex gloves, vaccines, fen-phen, pain pumps, and metoclopramide. Wray acts as local counsel to Chrysler on all automotive product defect claims in Oregon. In addition, she has represented general contractors and electricians in Employer Liability Act cases. Some of her most notable successes have been in crafting pretrial resolutions for clients in catastrophic injury cases.

    • 08/03/2016

      Was named in the 2016 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers magazine for her work defending civil litigation matters. Wray is managing partner at Bodyfelt Mount LLP.

    • 02/01/2015

      Became a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, a national organization comprised of insurance companies, corporations, corporate counsel, litigation and risk managers, and claims professionals. Wray’s practice concentrates on defense of product and general liability and civil litigation matters. She is a managing partner at Bodyfelt Mount.