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Class of 1998

    • 09/01/2013

      Was elected partner of Labaton Sucharow in
 New York, New York. Auld, an accomplished litigator with 15 years of experience prosecuting large-scale securities and investment lawsuits, 
is a leader in the firm’s securities and client and case evaluation groups.
 He also directs the firm’s recently expanded international litigation practice group.

    • 06/24/2019

      Andrew Beckham BA ’98, MAT ’01, a high school ceramics teacher, makes wine with grapes he grows on his property. He also makes amphora, which are vessels made of terra cotta for aging wine. Beckham is perfecting his technique and hopes to soon craft a pot that can hold 250 gallons of wine. A pot that large would weigh 2,000 pounds.

    • 09/01/2011

      James Blair JD ’98 is opening a pub, Creek Monkey, in Martinez, California. His goal is to eventually open a full production brewery adopting the name Excelsior for his microbeer. He is using as a model Oregon’s McMenamin brothers, who are famous for turning disused historic buildings slated for the wrecking ball into hipster paradises. The name of Blair’s establishment stems from a local urban legend of simian sightings where the famous beavers now call home.

    • 02/22/2019

      Anne Margeson Carlson BA ’98 founded Harmony Music Studio in Renton, Washington, in 2011. She is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and is certified by the Board for Music Therapists. In October 2018, she was presented with the Reach for the Stars Award as Treatment Provider of the Year by Families for Effective Autism Treatment. FEAT cited Carlson’s outstanding work in using music therapy to help people with autism and developmental delays improve their speech, balance, motor control, comprehension, sensory regulation, social skills, and listening skills.

    • 07/12/2019

      Bonnie Crawford BA ’98 writes: “I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in March 2019 with a group of 20 plus-sized women called the Curvy Kili Crew. Our climb was featured in Glamour magazine and on the popular podcast She Explores. Since returning to Portland, I have started work establishing a nonprofit to support the families of the amazing teams that help climbers reach the Roof of Africa. When I’m not climbing mountains, I’m vice president of client services for moovel, a global tech company serving the transit industry.”

    • 02/05/2018

      Bonnie Tompkins Crawford BA ’98, after completing her expat assignment in Australia, accepted a new role as vice president of account management with moovel, a mobility technology company owned by Daimler. She and her husband, Preston Crawford BA ’97, live in Beaverton, Oregon, with their kitten, Sydney (named for their Australian home city).

    • 09/20/2017

      Matthew “Scott” Crisp MAT ’98, principal of Jackson High School in Jackson, Wyoming, was awarded a prestigious fellowship by the U.S. Department of Education. He is one of seven educators chosen from around the country to attend meetings in Washington, D.C., to help strengthen the connection between Department of Education staff and local education leaders.

    • 07/14/2019

      Jen Cyphers BA ’98 still lives in Denver and travels annually to Costa Rica and California with her husband of 18 years and two kids, ages 13 and 11. She has been working on expanding the product line of her company, Pynwheel, which develops sales and leasing touchscreen applications. Pynwheel recently introduced a self-guided tour app, which allows prospective residents to tour apartment and condo properties without a sales or leasing agent, taking shareable photos and notes along the way.

    • 10/14/2016

      Julie Dickover BA ’98, director of the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum in St. Augustine, Florida, was featured in Folio magazine as part of its fall arts preview. In the piece, Dickover talks about her education, her entry into the art world, and her reaction to the museum’s fall show.

    • 03/09/2018

      Eric Dobroth JD ’98, a 12-year veteran of the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office, will be its new second-in-command, helping manage the direction of the office and signing off on all its major cases. Dobroth, who joined the DA’s Office in 2005, will be its new assistant district attorney. District Attorney Dan Dow released a statement saying that Dobroth will help lead the office as it “deals with the challenges of increasing crime and a more complex criminal justice system.” In addition, Dobroth currently acts as chair of the San Luis Obispo County Environmental Enforcement Group and is a liaison to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.

    • 02/01/2018

      Ciel Downing BA ’98, MA ’00 has experienced a wide-ranging career that has taken her from traditional therapist, to sheriff (briefly), and to author of Uncommon Knowledge About Common Drugs (which deals with addiction and substance abuse). During a stint as an adjunct professor, Downing found her niche teaching neurobiology and substance abuse and is currently instructing at a remote facility near Tillamook Summit. She still loves taking photos of wildlife and enjoys spending time with her new bride, Joan Snyder.

    • 02/22/2019

      Tanya Dumas BA ’98 has accepted an exciting new job as a program officer with the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska. The Rasmuson Foundation is a grant-making organization that works to promote a better life for Alaskans statewide by working on issues of civic responsibility and individual philanthropy; economic possibilities; educational opportunity; healthy families and quality health care; supporting strong leaders; and encouraging Alaska’s vibrant arts and culture.

    • 12/08/2017

      Tanya Dumas BA ’98 shares that she is volunteering for the 2018 Lewis & Clark reunion committee and that she is excited to see her classmates in June.

    • 07/12/2019

      Stacy Erickson MAT ’98 is the new associate principal at Oregon City High School.

    • 02/22/2019

      Andrew Franklin BA ’98 passed the certified public accountant exam in September 2018 and now works as a seasonal tax associate for a local CPA. In December 2018, Franklin was named Outstanding Returning Member by the California State University at Sacramento Accounting Society. He was recognized for his dedication in helping others achieve their goals in accounting careers. Franklin is the prime pet sitter in his family and is working with a friend to start a nonprofit that will train people to be better humans for their animal friends. Now living in his hometown of Sacramento, Franklin looks forward to meeting other members of the L&C community at college events in the region.

    • 02/22/2019

      Neda Grant MA ’98 works at Liberty House’s Hope and Wellness Services as program manager. Liberty House is an organization that specializes in assessment and care for victims of child abuse.

    • 02/13/2019

      Ellen Grover JD ’98 became a managing partner at Karnopp Petersen LLP, a full-service business law firm based in Bend, Oregon, effective January 1, 2019.

    • 02/10/2016

      Was named the court commissioner for Yakima Municipal Court, where she will handle misdemeanor cases for 20 hours a week. Hanlon will also continue to work for the Yakima County prosecutor’s office, where she most recently managed felony appeals.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was assigned to the Appellate Division of the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

    • 09/01/2011

      Amrit Kulkarni JD ’98 was named one of the Top 20 Under 40 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. He was also recently named to the inaugural list of California’s Top 25 Land Use Lawyers by the Daily Journal. Kulkarni is the head of the land use litigation practice for Meyers Nave in Oakland, California. His practice focuses on all aspects of land use and environmental law. Kulkarni has represented public entities and private clients in numerous matters and cases involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the State Planning and Zoning Law, the Coastal Act, the Tidelands Trust, the Subdivision Map Act, the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act, the Mitigation Fee Act, the Clean Water Act, and civil rights claims in the land use context. Several of these cases have resulted in published appellate decisions.

    • 02/07/2019

      Steve Lowry JD ’98, a partner at Harris Lowry Manton LLP in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, has been named to Georgia Super Lawyers’ Top 100 list for the third consecutive year for his work in the Personal Injury General: Plaintiff category. Lowry also earned his eighth Georgia Super Lawyer designation.

    • 01/11/2019

      Steve Lowry JD ’98, a partner at Harris Lowry Manton LLP, is the host of the Great Trials Podcast, which launched on January 1, 2019. The podcast features in-depth interviews with top trial lawyers about their strategies in landmark cases and is designed to appeal to the legal community as well as the general public. New episodes are released every Tuesday. To learn more, visit greattrialspodcast.com.

    • 12/08/2017

      Jan Martin BA ’98 completed her master’s degree in communication and technology at the University of Alberta at Edmonton. She looks forward to seeing her classmates at Alumni Weekend in June.

    • 06/28/2018

      Molly McAllister BA ’98 and her husband relocated to Camas, Washington, and are enjoying the great birding opportunities afforded by the Columbia River Gorge. They have a 4-year-old son, Anders, and a 1 1/2-year-old daughter, Harper. McAllister was recently promoted to vice president of veterinary science at Banfield Pet Hospital, where she leads research in the advancement of medical quality. She enjoyed catching up with classmates at her reunion in June 2018.

    • 09/29/2017

      To Molly McAllister BA ’98 and husband Brandon Archibald, daughter Harper Mai, May 19, 2017. Harper joins brother Anders Thomas, 2.

    • 10/14/2016

      Carolyn Brown Miller MAT ’98 has returned to Cedaroak Park Primary as principal after leaving the same position in 2011 to serve as executive director of elementary schools for the Beaverton (Oregon) School District.

    • 10/02/2017

      Edwin Morrow JD ’98 was elected a fellow by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Morrow is a national wealth specialist at Key Private Bank, providing customized tax, trust, and estate planning solutions to high-net-worth clients. He has an extensive background in taxation, probate, and estate law, and business planning. A nonpublic arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Morrow is also a frequent speaker at CLE/CPE courses on asset protection, taxes, and financial and estate planning.

    • 08/01/2018

      Justin B. Munn JD ’98 has joined the Tulsa, Oklahoma, law firm of Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, LLP. Munn represents clients throughout Oklahoma in family law, civil litigation, guardianships, adoptions, estate planning, trust, and probate matters. He has significant experience litigating all aspects of marriage dissolutions, including child custody, visitation, child support, property and debt division, and alimony. He also represents clients in litigation involving paternity proceedings, guardianship matters, and the defense and prosecution of protective and restraining orders. Outside of the courtroom, Munn serves as a certified mediator in a wide variety of family law and domestic matters.

    • 09/01/2013

      Received the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Environmental Connection 2013 Presenter of the Year Award for his course Stormwater Enforcement and Risk Mitigation Trends. The winner is determined through the review of presenter evaluations. Neumann is shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in Denver, Colorado, and counsels clients in the retail, natural gas, petroleum, construction, home building, solid and hazardous waste, and mining industries on a wide variety of litigation, environmental, natural resources, American Indian law, administrative, land use, and insurance coverage matters.

    • 04/26/2017

      Thomas B. Powers JD ’98 has been appointed circuit judge for Oregon’s Tenth Judicial District, which encompasses Union and Wallowa Counties. His term began April 1, 2017. Powers most recently managed a solo practice in Enterprise, Oregon, where he handled indigent criminal defense cases and civil matters, and represented small businesses. Previously, Powers practiced for more than a decade at Williams Love O’Leary & Powers, PC, where he represented plaintiffs in medical device negligence cases. Powers also served as a senior assistant attorney general in the Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection Section of the Oregon Department of Justice.

    • 09/01/2013

      Is a managing partner at Samuels Yoelin Kantor in Portland. Resch’s practice emphasizes employment and business litigation.

    • 07/14/2019

      Nedra Rezinas BA ’98 celebrated her web design firm’s 14-year anniversary in June 2019. Shortly therafter, her boutique firm rebranded to Veritas Web Design (veritaswebdesign.com). According to Rezinas, Veritas offers “professional websites for professional services, working with lawyers and mediators. We have a tried-and-true process to build a trust-building website, on time and on budget.”

    • 04/25/2018

      Jason Rodgers BA ’98, MAT ’99 was just awarded the Eugene Kaza Music Educator of the Year Award by the Portland Youth Philharmonic. The award celebrates music teachers who “go above and beyond to inspire, educate, and instill excellence” in their students. Rodgers lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon, with his wife, Jessica Youngman BA ’98, and their 13-year-old daughter, Lily. When he’s not teaching, he builds custom electric guitars under the moniker Jayemar Guitars. He exhibited several guitars at the Vancouver International Guitar Festival in Vancouver, B.C., over the summer. 

    • 02/22/2019

      To Suzanne Liberman Saito BA ’98 and Tetsuya Saito, daughter Anne Saito, September 29, 2017. Suzanne and Tetsuya are both thoroughly enjoying parenthood.

    • 07/14/2019

      Rosanne Scott BA ’98 writes: “I have been working with children and families since 1998, shortly after graduating from L&C. In May 2019, Governor Brown appointed me to her newly created Child Welfare Oversight Board, which is tasked with improving and reforming Oregon’s child welfare system. I am honored to be included in this important initiative and hope the work of the board will assist Oregon in more effectively serving our most vulnerable kids and families. I am excited by this additional investment in the child welfare system and am hopeful it will lead to increased positive outcomes.”

    • 02/01/2018

      Emily Seru BA ’98, who received her MS in experiential education, was promoted to director of U.S. programs and community engagement for the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband, Davu, and son, August.

    • 04/08/2016

      Was appointed Alaska’s public defender for the next four years. Steiner has practiced law at the state’s public defender agency for seven years.

    • 09/01/2011

      Michele Stone JD ’98 was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. Stone, an associate with Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, is a trial lawyer focusing on commercial litigation.

    • 12/08/2017

      Marnie Troska BA ’98 wants to share that she is volunteering for the 2018 reunion committee and is excited to see her classmates in June.

    • 07/06/2019

      Michelle Watson MA ’98 is host of the podcast The Dad Whisperer and founder of the Abba Project, an initiative that focuses on strengthening healthy father-daughter relationships. She has also written a book on the subject and is currently writing a second. This past summer, she spoke at the 2019 Men of Steel Conference, which addressed how men can be more engaged and better fathers.

    • 09/01/2011

      Matthew Whitman JD ’98 announced the formation of the law firm of Cartwright Whitman Baer, formerly Cartwright & Associates. The new firm will continue to provide legal services for individuals and professionals in the areas of estate, trust, and elder financial abuse litigation; estate and trust administration; and protective proceedings and appeals.

    • 12/13/2017

      Stephen Wright BA ’98, a partner at VLP Law Group in San Francisco, spoke at an event held by the Sonoma County Bar Association. He discussed the intricacies of advising clients on the rebuilding of homes lost in the recent fires in Southern California.