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Class of 2000

  • CAS class correspondent: Annie Elasky BA ’00

    “Hello ’00 grads, I am your class correspondent! I would love to hear what you are up to and willing to share with our beloved LC community. Please contact me with notes or questions! Thanks!”

    • 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.

    • 06/18/2017

      Saif Mohammed Al Hajeri BA ’00 has been appointed chair of the Department of Economic Development for the United Arab Emirates.

    • 02/01/2019

      Jason Ayres JD ’00 has joined Garvey Schubert Barer as principal in the firm’s Portland office. Ayres advises commercial lenders, small businesses, equipment lease and finance companies, and farms in litigation, bankruptcy proceedings, and insolvencies, including matters involving agricultural lending and workouts. He has substantial experience representing receivers and lenders in receivership proceedings and contested Chapter 11 and 12 cases. Ayres appears in federal and state court proceedings in Oregon and Washington.

    • 10/13/2017

      Laresa Beck BA ’00 and her husband, Jacob Pegg, recently celebrated the first birthday of their daughter, Annika Jewell. Beck is the school climate coach at Beach Elementary School in Portland, where she supports teachers and students in restorative justice practices.

    • 10/14/2016

      Matt Biondi MAT ’00 appeared on the radio show Sports Byline USA to share where his life has taken him since his time as an Olympic swimmer and motivational speaker. He now teaches middle and high school students at a small private school in Hawai’i.

    • 02/08/2018

      Matthew Boyd BA ’00, chief operating officer for Numerai, a San Francisco hedge fund, was quoted in a story in The Economist. Boyd described the company’s unique machine-learning methods, which help to avoid bias affecting their security-selection models.

    • 11/07/2015

      Curtis D. Bronson MA ’00, November 6, 2015, age 44. Bronson earned a PhD in psychology from the University of New Mexico. After his residency in Bowling Green, Ohio, he practiced in Bloomington, Indiana. Survivors include spouse Adrian and parents William and Donna.

    • 08/31/2020

      Adrian Brown (Ingram) JD ’00 was the top vote getter in a six-way primary race for a rare open seat on the Multnomah County Circuit Court. She faces a run-off election on November 3, 2020. To read about her campaign, visit Contact Brown at

    • 11/22/2016

      Adrian L. Brown JD ’00 received the John Marshall Award for Participation in Litigation from U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her work to remedy employment discrimination experienced by Oregonians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Brown is the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

    • 09/11/2017

      Jennifer Cyphers BA ’00 is founder and CEO of Pynwheel, a Denver-based company that creates, markets, and supports on-site touchscreen software for multifamily real estate developments. The software allows potential renters and buyers to view pictures, floor plans, and other details in a fun, interactive way. It can also be configured to create personalized sales e-brochures and other “green” products.

    • Tech Request: A Guide to Coaching Educators in the Digital Age

      Emily L. Davis BA ’00, MAT ’02 and coauthor Brad Currie draw on their extensive experience in coaching and instructional technology to provide concrete, research-based strategies to help coaches in their day-to-day role. Whether you’re just beginning a coaching initiative or looking for practical insights on coaching in a variety of settings (including in groups and one-on-one), you’ll find the resources you need to overcome challenges and grow your coaching skills. The book also includes practical tools, templates, and illustrative vignettes from the field. Book discussion and coaching questions can be shared on Twitter with the hashtag #TechRequestEDU. Routledge, 2019. 166 pages.

      Posted 05/02/2019
    • 10/13/2017

      Craig Elgin BA ’00 is an orthodontist serving the southern Oregon coast. He lives in the Coos Bay area with his wife, Sara, and their three children.

    • 10/13/2017

      Fiona Garlich Horner BA ’00, after moving from Minneapolis to New York City to Calgary, Alberta, is now a practicing emergency physician and medical toxicologist in Los Angeles. Her academic title is assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Southern California. Garlich Horner recently celebrated her five-year anniversary with her husband, Brian. Together they are attempting to keep two small children alive.

    • 11/14/2018

      Josie Garton JD ’00 was appointed to the Alaska Superior Court.

    • 02/13/2019

      Shaen Germain BA ’00 and his wife, Bethany Dengler-Germain BA ’01 have been married more than 15 years; have two wonderful children ages 3 and 11; and enjoy living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Shaen is an experienced Waldorf teacher working at Credo High School teaching English. Bethany is a biologist focusing on protecting endangered species and threatened habitats. They love going to the beach, where Shaen still surfs any time he can, and Bethany still loves dancing. They treasure going to Oregon twice a year to visit friends and family and attend favorite events like the Oregon Country Fair. They say hi to all their L&C friends and professors.

    • 10/14/2016

      Don Grotting, who completed the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling’s Standard Superintendent Licensure Program in 2000, was named the new superintendent for the Beaverton (Oregon) School District. Grotting was previously superintendent of the David Douglas School District in eastern Portland.

    • 10/23/2017

      Karl Hausafus JD ’00 rejoined the Portland-based investment firm Arnerich Massena as general counsel and chief compliance officer. Hausafus has overall responsibility for the legal and compliance functions of the firm. (He previously served Arnerich Massena in this capacity from 2010 to 2016.) He has also been named a principal of the firm, joining the company’s shareholder group. Hausafus brings more than 15 years of experience in the financial industry, having most recently served as chief legal officer for Saturna Capital and as general counsel and chief compliance officer for the Oregon State Treasury. Prior to his original tenure with Arnerich Massena, he served as general counsel and chief compliance officer of Compass Holdings, LLC, and as senior associate attorney with Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP, where he advised both public and private companies on general securities and business issues.

    • 06/19/2019

      Román Hernández JD ’00 has been named to the Lawyers of Color Nation’s Best List in recognition of his career accomplishments and commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Hernández, an employment and commercial litigation partner at the national law firm Troutman Sanders LLP, is a noted civil rights advocate and is highly involved in several diverse organizations, including the Hispanic National Bar Association.

    • 10/26/2018

      Román D. Hernández JD ’00 received the 2018 Civil Rights Champion Award from the League of Minority Voters, a nonprofit focused on issues affecting communities of color and minorities in Oregon. Hernández, an employment and commercial litigation attorney, joined Troutman Sanders LLP in March 2018. He was the national president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, president of the Portland Hispanic Chamber, first Hispanic board member of the Oregon Community Foundation, and first Hispanic board member of the Oregon Health & Sciences University. Currently, Hernández is chair of the board of directors of the Portland Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

    • 06/30/2018

      Román D. Hernández JD ’00 was appointed chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Portland branch board of directors for 2018. Hernández has served on the board since January 1, 2013. He is a partner with K&L Gates LLP and a member of the firm’s labor, employment, and workplace safety practice group. Hernández also has an extensive commercial litigation practice representing clients in state and federal courts. He serves as chair of the Oregon Community Foundation’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Board Committee and was named the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2017 Latino Lawyer of the Year.

    • 05/27/2015

      Román Hernández JD ’00 joined K&L Gates as partner in Portland. With a focus on employment law, labor law, and business litigation, Hernández represents employers in the defense of discrimination, unfair labor practices, harassment, and wage abuse allegations and on international matters involving multinational contracts. He also acts as lead counsel in class action disputes at the state and federal level, in addition to arguing before the National Labor Relations Board.

    • 01/23/2018

      Andrew Holder BA ’00, coprincipal of the Los Angeles Design Group (and a Pamplin Fellow while at Lewis & Clark), spoke in January 2018 at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Holder discussed his work on display in Harvard’s Druker Design Gallery.

    • 10/14/2016

      Nathaniel “Nat” Keefe BA ’00 and his band Hot Buttered Rum (which he started with Erik Yates BA ’00) headlined the Wild Rivers Music Festival in Brookings, Oregon, as well as the Blues, Brews & BBQ festival at Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville, Utah, in summer 2016. The San Francisco quintet plays rock music, with aspects of jazz, country, and folk. They’ve recently released a series of three EPs under the umbrella title “The Kite and the Key.”

    • 04/14/2020

      Liz Kirkwood JD ’00, executive director of For Love of Water, was appointed by the International Joint Commission to a three-year term on the Great Lakes Water Quality Board. The 28-member board is the principal advisor to the IJC. Kirkwood has been the director of FLOW since 2012. She has worked as an environmental lawyer for 19 years, including with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Thailand and at Farella, Braun & Martel in San Francisco.

    • 02/01/2018

      Kirsten Kloppel Dukeshier BA ’00 has spent the past 15 years producing full-length musicals and teaching piano and choir to middle school students in Phoenix. She has received two prestigious honors for her classroom work: her district’s Lamp of Learning award in 2014 and Arizona’s Middle Level Educator of the Year award in 2010. Recently, two of her piano students won a statewide original composition contest. Seven years ago, she married the middle school musical audio engineer, Kyle, after her students played matchmaker. Kirsten and Kyle started a band and were local rock stars for a while. Now she enjoys the occasional jam session, teaches piano lessons, works in her organic urban garden, or just takes in the silence.

    • 03/13/2018

      Lisa Lenherr BA ’00, JD ’08 joined the Oakland, California, law firm Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP as an associate in the firm’s bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditors rights practice group. Lenherr has nearly a decade of experience representing debtors, landlords, lenders, and creditors in all aspects of Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies.

    • 06/06/2016

      Kate Cottrell Leonard JD ’00 was named the Title IX/ADA coordinator at the University of Washington April 2016 . “I want to recognize the wonderful training I received at Lewis & Clark for helping me get here,” says Leonard.

    • 02/22/2019

      Arusi Loprinzi BA ’00 graduated from the UCLA School of Law, then returned to Oregon, where he worked as a Multnomah County district attorney. He currently practices in the family law group at Perkins Law. Loprinzi spends his free time with his three sons and enjoys sailing, hiking, and playing soccer or tennis.

    • 11/27/2017

      Annie Lovejoy Elasky BA ’00, in addition to hounding ’00 L&C grads for class note updates,  enjoys embarking on adventures with her husband, two daughters, and similarly adventurous friends. During the past two years, Elasky, Twyla Gingrich BA ’99, and Carolyn Cornils Scherer BA ’99 scaled boulders while backpacking in Colorado and bushwhacked through dense brush atop cliffs overlooking the Canadian Quetico while backpacking in northern Minnesota. They look forward to next year’s harrowing journey.

    • 04/14/2020

      Jeff Miller JD ’00, an attorney with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, was elected to the board of directors of World of Speed, located in Wilsonville, Oregon. Miller, a car enthusiast, is excited to help support the growth and future of World of Speed, a nonprofit motorsports museum dedicated to educating and entertaining the community in all things related to motorsports. Visitors can explore historic racecars, boats, and motorcycles while learning about the history and culture of motorsports in the United States. World of Speed is dedicated to supporting Career & Technical Education (CTE), and has partnered with local school districts and Clackamas Community College to provide technical automotive training for students at nine high schools. Students who finish the curriculum earn Basic Engine Technology certification and community college credits along with their high school credits.

    • 12/30/2017

      Kevin S. Minoli JD ’00 served as the acting general counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from the presidential transition on January 20, 2017, until January 8, 2018, when a permanent general counsel was appointed. Minoli has since returned to his permanent position as the EPA’s principal deputy general counsel, which is the highest-ranking career attorney position at the agency.

    • 09/01/2014

      Michael Newhouse JD ’00 joined Buchalter Nemer’s litigation practice group in Los Angeles. A significant part of Newhouse’s work focuses on representing developers, landlords, tenants, property managers, and financial institutions in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate litigation and transactions. Among his clients are companies and individuals in the apparel, technology, financial, multimedia and post-production, interior design, and jewelry industries, as well as insurers, licensors, and accredited investors.

    • 02/22/2019

      Carrie Ridgway BA ’00 lives on a small island off the coast of Maine with her husband and two school-age children. She is development coordinator for a land trust that provides outdoor experiences for kids from low-income backgrounds and people with mobility challenges. The trust conserves land that is identified as highly resilient in the face of climate change due to its biodiversity. She spends free time sailing, running, swimming, and spending lots of time with her kids.

    • 04/26/2019

      Jeremy Skinner BA ’00, director of Curry Public Library in Gold Beach, Oregon, was recently honored as Oregon’s Librarian of the Year by the Oregon Library Association.

    • 05/10/2016

      Rob Roy Smith JD ’00 was included by Law360 in its “Top Attorneys Under 40 for Native American Law” list. Smith was one of only three lawyers selected nationwide for this honor.

    • 04/14/2020

      Geoff Strong JD ’00, senior partner at Apollo, has been promoted to colead Apollo’s natural resources business, where he will oversee the firm’s existing and future natural resources funds. Strong, who joined Apollo in 2012, has 16 years of experience investing in the energy, power, renewables, and infrastructure sectors.

    • 07/03/2019

      Jake Thomas BA ’00 is a freelance photographer and social media marketer in Santa Cruz, California.

    • 09/19/2017

      Ulanda Watkins JD ’96 was appointed to the Clackamas County Circuit Court by Governor Kate Brown JD ’85 and sworn into office on August 1, 2017, by Judge Adrienne Nelson of the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Watkins is the only judge of color in Clackamas County, as well as the first African American to serve as a judge in an Oregon county other than Multnomah. A former defense lawyer and managing attorney at GEICO, the Portland native is the third African American woman to rise to the Oregon state bench.

    • 02/28/2019

      Jeffrey Woodcox BA ’00, JD ’06 is chair of the mergers and acquisitions practice group at Tonkon Torp. Woodcox also focuses on corporate finance, securities regulation, and corporate governance. He is experienced in advising clients on the acquisition and disposition of businesses and assets, securities compliance, and raising capital through private placements of equity and debt.

    • 02/15/2017

      Larry Zurcher MAT ’00, who has taught in the Lake Oswego (Oregon) School District since 1990, was featured in a story in the Lake Oswego Review. Zurcher has been placed in charge of preparing the district’s teachers to use new technologies and approaches to educating students in STEM fields.