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Class of 1999

    • 02/15/2017

      Peter Dodson BS ’81, MAT ’99 retired from the Lake Oswego High School math department and is now restoring turn-of-the-century houses in the Wausau area. He has also taken up the sport of curling to keep busy during the long Wisconsin winters.

    • 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. 

    • 09/01/2013

      Joined the staff of Portland’s mayor, Charlie Hales, as a policy director. Alpert most recently was the Northwest conservation strategies director with the Trust for Public Land, where he led successful ballot initiatives to protect lands
in several western states, including Oregon.

    • 10/14/2016

      Matt Anderson MA ’99, a pediatric dentist, has returned with his family to Oregon from San Diego to work at Bluefish Dental.

    • 09/17/2015

      Jose Cienfuegos JD ’99 joined the Lake Oswego, Oregon, law firm of Glazer, Maurer & Peterson as of counsel. Cienfuegos will also continue to represent clients through his own firm, 100 Fires. He has tried jury trials as a deputy district attorney for Multnomah County, as a public defender, and as an employee of a major insurance company.

    • 08/01/2018

      Raymond Crutchley JD ’99 was appointed to the Deschutes County circuit court by Governor Kate Brown JD ’85, filling a vacancy left by Judge Alta Brady’s retirement. Crutchley is the first African American to serve as an Oregon judge east of the Cascades, the governor’s office noted in its announcement. Born and raised in Jamaica, he immigrated to New York at age 11 with his mother. Crutchley served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1988 to 1992. Following his honorable discharge, he completed a bachelor’s degree at Queens College in 1995. After a judicial clerkship with Clackamas County Circuit Judge Raymond Bagley Jr., Crutchley practiced law in Northeast Portland and Hillsboro for more than a decade, representing underserved clients in criminal defense and civil matters. He has prosecuted criminal cases as a Deschutes County deputy district attorney since 2015.

    • 02/21/2018

      Katy Davidson BA ’99, singer and guitarist for the band Dear Nora, spoke to AdHoc magazine about their favorite songs from throughout their career. Although Dear Nora disbanded in 2008, the group played a reunion show after a well-received re-release of the band’s album, Mountain Rock. Davidson is also known for their work with the bands Key Losers and Lloyd & Michael.

    • 05/22/2018

      Gregory Michael Ellis JD ’99 died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on February 7, 2018 in Portland. He was 58 years old.

      Greg was born in Corvallis, Oregon, on October 31, 1959, to Lyle Ellis and Helen Sawin Ellis. He attended Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Oregon, and Oregon State University, from which he graduated in 1983 with a BA in sociology. During his years at OSU, Greg was involved with Community Outreach, working with crisis intervention teams and training volunteer staff for dealing with community information and referral services. He also served an internship with the Benton County Misdemeanant Parole and Probation Department worked on fire crews for the U.S. Forestry Service during his summers.

      Greg spent his senior year of college as an exchange student in the International Division at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. For the next several years, he taught English as a second language in Hiroshima, Osaka, and Kyoto before moving on to teaching and administrative positions at Tokai Gakuen Women’s College in Nagoya.

      Greg received an MAT from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, in 1994. In 1996, he decided to pursue his law degree.

      In 2013, Greg joined Folktime Riverstone Center and Clackamas County Behavior Health, where he worked in crisis intervention and counseling. He was very dedicated to his job and clients and he will be sorely missed by the many people whose lives he touched.

      Greg is survived by his wife and childhood sweetheart, Margaret (Risley) Ashmore; his beloved son, Kentaro “Kenny” Lee Ellis, and Kenny’s mother, Takae Fukishima; his parents, Lyle and Helen Ellis; his brother, Glen; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

    • 07/09/2019

      Nathan Fey BA ’99 has been named director of the Colorado Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry. Fey has been active in the outdoor arena for 20 years. For 12 years, he worked as the regional director of the Colorado River Stewardship Program at American Whitewater. Prior to that, he worked at the Uncompahgre River Stewardship Alliance; San Miguel Watershed Coalition; and Ridgway Independent Guide Service, where he was a fly-fishing guide and kayak instructor.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was promoted to vice president and corporate secretary at Northwest Natural Gas Company. Most recently, she was the company’s senior legal counsel and assistant corporate secretary. Filippi has been with Northwest Natural for nearly 10 years.

    • 02/22/2019

      Kristin Gasteazoro BA ’99 is a health care sales leader with two kids, three dogs, and a husband who has a seventh Tough Mudder endurance event scheduled. She is serving on the class of 1999’s reunion planning committee.

    • 07/08/2016

      Chance M. Gilford BA ’99, July 7, 2016, age 39. Survivors include his daughter, Mia; his sister, Judy; his brother, Steven; and many friends and family.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors for the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. Guthrie, who is with Dunn Carney, also serves as chair of the planned giving advisory council for United Way and has been working with the nonprofit for seven years.

    • 07/21/2016

      Was appointed to the board of directors for Friends of Baseball. The nonprofit organization offers programs to youths in underserved and rural communities to create opportunities for success on and off the baseball and softball field. Hagedorn is a partner at Tonkon Torp LLP and chairs the firm’s state government relations and public policy practice group. He is a long-time public affairs professional, offering comprehensive government affairs services for the firm’s clients at the state, local, and regulatory levels. He is also a lifelong baseball fan who is in the third generation of players in his family.

    • 12/21/2016

      Terry Margaret Horton JD ’99 was appointed project director for the Cleveland-based National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. Horton will be responsible for advancing NNCG’s mission to increase the quality, effectiveness, and capacity of grantmakers by mobilizing and strengthening the work of knowledgeable, ethical, and experienced consultants. Horton previously worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), where she served as a resident director in Eurasia. She also spent a decade as a consultant to philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, most recently as senior program advisor at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was named by the Portland Business Journal as one of its 40 Under Forty Executives for 2013. Husbands is a partner with Holland & Knight in Portland, where he is a member of the private wealth services section and represents clients in an array of business, tax, business succession, and estate planning matters, including business reorganizations, acquisitions, and divestitures

    • 09/01/2011

      Joshua Husbands JD ’99 was elected to the board of directors of the Estate Planning Council of Portland. The interdisciplinary organization of estate planning professionals is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the proper relationship among the attorney, insurance professional, trust officer, accountant, and other parties involved in estate planning and to encourage cooperation among those parties. Husbands is a member of Holland & Knight’s private wealth services practice group. He represents clients in an array of business, tax, business succession, and estate planning matters, including business reorganizations, acquisitions, and divestitures. He often writes and speaks on a number of business, tax, life insurance, and asset protection matters concerning business and high net-worth individuals. Husbands teaches estate planning as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School and has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine for the past two years.

    • 02/22/2019

      Heather Dittmore Kalowsky BA ’99 married the love of her life, Dan, in 2013. They then traveled the world together for two months before settling in Portland. The couple have two spunky children, Max (4) and Lena (2). When she’s not busy with the children, Kalowsky teaches ESOL and German at Portland Community College.

    • 10/13/2016

      Received a 2016 Women of Vision Award from the Daily Journal of Commerce. The awards recognized women who are shaping the built environment in Oregon and Southwest Washington through their leadership, mentoring efforts, community involvement, and promotion of industry diversity. Krawczuk is senior counsel at Perkins Coie.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was included by the Portland Business Journal in its 2014 “Forty Under 40.” Krawczuk is senior counsel in Perkins Coie’s real estate and land use practice.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was selected for the 2014 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization of the legal profession’s top general counsel and managing partners. The fellows program is a highly structured initiative designed to increase diversity at the leadership levels of U.S. law firms and corporate legal departments. Long, a shareholder at Lane Powell, focuses her practice on land use and real estate, obtaining land use entitlements for retailers, developers, and property owners.

    • 02/01/2015

      Laura Maffei JD ’99 was appointed by Governor Kitzhaber and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate to serve a four-year term on the governing board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. Maffei, a partner at Cable Huston, is a registered professional geologist with the State of Oregon.

    • 09/01/2014

      Laura Maffei JD ’99 joined Cable Huston as a partner. She brings experience as a geologist to her practice in environmental and natural resources law, focusing on water quality and remediation projects in Oregon and Washington. Maffei has represented municipal and industrial clients since 1999 in permitting, environmental compliance, and environmental litigation matters. She also provides environmental advice in business and real estate transactions. Prior to attending law school, Maffei practiced as an environmental consultant in Oregon and Washington.

    • 09/01/2013

      Laura Maffei JD ’99 was elected 2013 chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Section of the Oregon State Bar. Maffei, a shareholder with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, focuses her practice on environmental and natural resource law. She has extensive experience with Clean Water Act permitting and litigation, environmental cleanup projects, and environmental due diligence in Oregon and Washington. Maffei is also a member of the board of the Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies, as well as chair of its legal committee.

    • 03/08/2019

      Alanna Miel BA ’99, known as Miel, along with her husband, Adam Creighton, are independent development consultants for a number of clients, and co-founded ACE America, importing the ACE 1, the most efficient fuel-flexible biomass stove in the world, providing clean cooking with a range of fuels as well as offering solar electricity for mobile phone charging and LED lighting. Miel is a serial entrepreneur and a rental property maven. She founded Sweet Haven Rentals to help vacation rental owners and guests at unique homes throughout Oregon. Miel’s family are active Rotarians with the Portland Pearl Rotary Club.

    • 03/08/2019

      To Alanna Miel BA ’99, known as Miel, and husband Adam Creighton, son Ellis Roger Creighton on August 28, 2018, in NE Portland. Ellis joins son Clark Pierce Hendrickson, aged 5.

    • 02/22/2019

      Nicole Miranda BA ’99 is a property manager at the Port of Portland. She and Mike Skrzynski BA ’99 have a 3-year-old daughter who keeps them on their toes. They look forward to seeing everyone at the 20-year reunion for the class of 1999.

    • 02/01/2015

      Michelle L. Prosser JD ’99 was promoted from managing attorney to shareholder at Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, a family law and estate planning firm founded in 1986. Prosser has been with the practice since 2012 and manages their Vancouver office. She has over a decade of family law experience and is an active member of the Washington State Bar and its Family Law Section, in addition to being a member of the Clark County Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar. Prosser also volunteers with the Hough Elementary School and Discovery Middle School PTSAs.

    • 09/01/2014

      Allison Rhodes JD ’99 focuses her practice on legal ethics and risk management, including attorney disciplinary defense. Rhodes, a partner at Holland & Knight’s Portland office, advises both law firms and lawyers in matters involving lawyer mobility, partnership and corporate structuring, lawyer dissociation, and lateral hiring. She also litigates law firm dissolution, fiduciary duty, and lawyer separations.

    • 02/12/2019

      Jason Rosenblatt BA ’99 is a Portland-based filmmaker. His work appears regularly at the annual McMinnville (Oregon) Short Film Festival, where he debuted his short Gerard in 2015. Most recently, he showed Mork Chop, a creative time-travel story; Zero Night Stand, a darkly comic and awkward dating tale; and Busy, which depicts a cry for help from a young woman’s suicidal friend.

    • 11/01/2015

      Kenneth “KC” Schefski JD ’99 was presented with a 2015 Lewis & Clark Law School Distinguished Environmental Graduate Award. Schefski is the acting director of the Waste and Chemical Enforcement Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Civil Enforcement, in Washington, D.C.

    • 10/14/2016

      Justin Taylor BA ’99 is the founder and “kernel” of the Mid-South Corn Maze in Memphis, Tennessee. Taylor has been designing and organizing the maze for 16 years.

    • 12/14/2017

      Netta van Vliet BA ’99 has joined the faculty of the College of the Atlantic as a professor of anthropology.

    • 06/26/2019

      Lora Lyn Worden BA ’99 writes that after three years as librarian at the International School in Portland, she will be joining the Oregon Episcopal School as lower school teacher librarian. Check out her book recommendations in her article, “What Kind Are You?: Transgender Characters in Children’s Literature,” which appeared in Rethinking Schools Magazine.

    • 09/26/2019

      Carrie Wynkoop BA ’99 is the owner of Cellar 503, an Oregon wine club. Wine Enthusiast magazine recently included Cellar 503 in its top 10 list of clubs to join.