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Class of 2002

    • 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.

    • 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
    • 08/13/2019

      Roberto Aguilar MEd ’02, a counselor at Milwaukie (Oregon) High School, was featured in a recent story on KATU-TV about the importance of school counseling. Aguilar discussed what he believes makes a good counselor: “Quality school counselors are always genuine … they’re always giving 100 percent.”

    • 06/27/2017

      Jeff Auxier BA ’02 was named district attorney for Columbia County, Oregon. Auxier was previously a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County.

    • Global: An Extraordinary Guide for Ordinary Heroes

      Lyla Bashan BA ’02 offers a guide to help the change makers of tomorrow translate their passion for social justice into global careers of conscience. Her book discusses the elements of international relief, development, and diplomacy; the key problems and players; and steps to “kick-start your do-gooder career.”

      Posted 11/07/2017
    • 09/17/2015

      Kristine Bingman JD ’02 joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s employee benefits and employment practice teams. Bingman brings more than 12 years of experience advising employers on health and welfare plans and employment law matters, including wage and hour, leaves of absence, state and federal disability laws, harassment and discrimination, and responding to complaints filed with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

    • 01/28/2019

      Lisa Blee BA ’02 and Jean M. O’Brien have coauthored Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit (University of North Carolina Press, 2019). The book examines the complex history of Cyrus Dallin’s statue Massasoit, originally conceived as a memorial to the landing of the pilgrims in Plymouth, and investigates the bizarre duplications and proliferations of the work that later occurred. The statue’s history is used to draw parallels to the ways in which the historical memory of Indigenous people is commodified and consumed.

    • Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit

      Lisa Blee BA ’02 coauthors a text that examines the complex history of Cyrus Dallin’s statue Massasoit, which was originally conceived as a memorial to the landing of the pilgrims in Plymouth, and investigates the bizarre duplications and proliferations of the work that later occurred. The statue’s history is used to draw parallels to the ways in which the historical memory of Indigenous people is commodified and consumed. University of North Carolina Press, 2019. 288 pages.

      Posted 01/28/2019
    • 10/21/2019

      To Andrew Cody BA ’02 and his wife, Erin Elizabeth Cody, son Owen Michael Cody, August 15, 2019.

    • 09/01/2014

      Shelly Damore JD ’02 joined Jordan Ramis’ litigation practice group. Damore focuses on employment and discrimination matters, personal injury, commercial general liability, and business disputes. She has tried numerous cases in both Washington and Oregon state courts, as well as in the U.S. District Court in Portland and the Western District of Washington federal courts. A six-time winner of the Oregon Super Lawyers Rising Star award, she was a fellow to the Oregon State Bar Leadership College in 2010. Damore also served as a planning commission member for the City of Camas, Washington, from 2007 to 2011.

    • 05/27/2015

      Lorne Dauenhauer JD ’02 joined Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart as a shareholder in the firm’s Portland office. He focuses a large portion of his practice on qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, such as employee stock ownership plans, multiemployer (Taft Hartley) pension plans, and executive and equity-based compensation arrangements.

    • 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.

    • 07/08/2019

      Valisa Higman BA ’02 is an artist in Seldovia, Alaska. She works with cut and layered paper and is inspired by the natural world and her community. Higman was the featured artist for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in May 2019. She was also chosen as the 2019 Voices of the Wilderness Artist in Residence by the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. As a resident artist, Higman will travel and work alongside a forest ranger, assisting with their duties, stewardship projects, and public education.

    • My Coyote Nose and Ptarmigan Toes: An Almost-True Alaskan Adventure

      Valisa Higman BA ’02 illustrated a children’s book about a young boy who overcomes obstacles by imagining himself as iconic Alaskan animals.

      Posted 01/23/2017
    • 01/07/2018

      Peter Irvine JD ’02 was awarded the Massachusetts Bar Association Community Service Award on September 28, 2017. The award recognizes Irvine’s ongoing effort to provide access to legal services for artists, elders, tenants, and other underserved individuals. After a career as a professional musician, most notably in the band Cordelia’s Dad, Irvine became an attorney specifically to assist those creative professionals who have difficulty understanding, dealing with, or negotiating their legal needs. He has been providing pro bono or reduced-fee services to individuals and communities in need through the free Hampshire Elder Law Program (H.E.L.P.) and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in Massachusetts. Irvine also volunteers as a housing court lawyer, represents transgender individuals in discrimination cases, and works for reduced fees for nonprofit organizations such as local arts and theatre groups, including the Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Community.

    • 09/01/2014

      Peter Irvine JD ’02 has a small-town general practice in Northampton, Massachusetts—but with a twist. In addition to handling real estate, criminal defense, small business advising, and other typical matters, Irvine also practices entertainment law, acts as a music manager, and tours with his own band. Playing percussion and singing with Tim Eriksen and the Trio de Pumpkintown has taken him to Singapore and various parts of the United States, including Portland’s Alberta Rose Theatre. The group is recording an album for release in 2015.

    • 06/28/2018

      Sunny Jonas MAT ’02 is the new assistant principal of Congress Park School and Ogden Avenue School in Illinois. Jonas has worked in Chicago Public Schools for three years now, and has been well-recognized in her field with awards and fellowships, such as the Socioeconomic Inequality Fellowship with the University of Chicago for 2018-19. She was also a recipient of the Yale RULER social-emotional learning grant and the Northern Illinois University’s Project DREAMS Fellowship.

    • The Ones Who Believed: True Inspirational Stories Honoring Everyday People Who Took a Chance, Shaped a Life, and Made a Difference

      Mary Lou Kayser MAT ’02 coauthors this collection of stories that showcases the significant role others believing in us plays in shaping the direction we take our lives and who we become. Included are discussion questions and templates designed to spark conversations, facilitate positive change, and strengthen communities.

      Posted 05/15/2017
    • 10/14/2016

      Jennie Knapp MAT ’02, who joined the Beaverton (Oregon) School District in 2002, has moved to the Lake Oswego (Oregon) School District to serve as assistant principal for Lakeridge Junior High.

    • 09/01/2014

      Sara Kobak JD ’02 was named shareholder at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt. Kobak specializes in appellate litigation and has significant experience before the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also has assisted with briefing before the U.S. Supreme Court at both the certiorari and merits stages. Kobak is a volunteer attorney with the Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Program and has served on the Associates Committee for the Campaign for Equal Justice. Most recently, she has been serving as pro bono counsel in a death-penalty post-conviction proceeding.

    • 10/14/2016

      Morgan Law BA ’02 and Noah Manos BA ’03 founded Paper Airplane, a sustainability-focused design/build firm in Denver. The pair recently completed their first major project, a 3,450-square-foot environmentally sustainable family home in Denver’s trendy Five Points neighborhood. Upon completion of the project, Law and Manos were featured in the Denver Post and 5280 magazine.

    • 02/13/2019

      Erin Keys MacDonald JD ’02 became a managing partner at Karnopp Petersen LLP, a full-service business law firm based in Bend, Oregon, effective January 1, 2019.

    • 07/30/2018

      Erin Keys MacDonald JD ’02, a partner in the trusts and estates department of Karnopp Petersen LLP, was recently elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel (ACTEC). Keys MacDonald is one of 36 new fellows elected to ACTEC from across the United States, England, and Canada. She regularly counsels clients in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, tax planning, and charitable giving.

    • 03/02/2018

      Erin Keys MacDonald JD ’02 was named a fellow by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), an organization of peer-elected lawyers and law professors who are skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, and probate procedure, as well as the administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors, and incompetents.

    • 11/01/2019

      Morgan Madison BA ’02, a glass artist, taught an eight-day master class in fall 2019 at Claudia Borella Glass Design in Whanganui, New Zealand. Madison says he made the “wonderful discovery” of the art form after holding a job in a glass factory following his graduation from Lewis & Clark.

    • 05/15/2015

      Andrew Moratzka JD ’02 was named one of the top 50 energy and environmental trailblazers in the United States by TheNational Law Journal. Moratzka is a partner at Stoel Rives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    • 06/12/2018

      Kimo Nelson BA ’02, a Portland-area artist and organizer, is a recipient of the 2018 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Award. Nelson paints landscapes from the American West. His work has been shown nationally, including in New York City, Washington D.C., and Boston. Nelson received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

    • 10/14/2016

      Matthew “Buzzy” Nielsen BA ’02 is the new director for the Crook County Library in Prineville, Oregon. In a piece in the Central Oregonian, he discussed his plans for the future of the library, including increasing outreach and offering more community programs.

    • 02/08/2019

      Sam Perkins BA ’02 spoke at the theatre department’s recent “Exits and Entrances” event, which featured L&C theatre alumni who are part of the Portland performance community. Perkins is technical director at Michael Curry Design, where he oversees the mechanical and technical aspects of all the firm’s projects.

    • 10/14/2016

      Ken Richardson MEd ’02, most recently deputy superintendent of the David Douglas School District, is now superintendent.

    • 06/19/2019

      Amy Robinson JD ’02 has joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP in their Vancouver, Washington, office. Robinson is a seasoned employment attorney with over 15 years of experience advising her clients on their ever-evolving employment law needs. She represents public and private employers throughout Washington and Oregon in a broad range of workplace-related issues. Robinson is also adept at guiding employers through policy and handbook creation, as well as crafting and negotiating a host of employment-related contracts, such as noncompete agreements, nonsolicitation agreements, and nondisclosure agreements. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and worked as a human resources professional for a variety of employers before she began her law career.

    • 05/13/2015

      Jeanette Schuster JD ’02 was named chair of the environmental and natural resources practice group at Tonkon Torp. Schuster’s practice focuses on advising clients on compliance with complex regulatory requirements under federal, state, and local environmental statutes and regulations; buying and selling contaminated property; regulatory agency enforcement defense; and contaminated site investigation and cleanup (including of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site). She also conducts environmental due diligence on complex corporate transactions and advises clients on issues related to the siting and permitting of renewable energy projects.

    • 02/01/2015

      Jeanette Schuster JD ’02 was elected partner at Tonkon Torp, where she is a member of the environment and natural resources practice groups. Schuster provides advice and practical solutions on environmental compliance and enforcement matters and on commercial and real estate transactions for clients in diverse industries large and small. She was also named to the board of directors of Women in Environment (WIE), a Pacific Northwest organization focused on furthering professional development and opportunities for environmental professionals in the region. The organization hosts events and education programs, and provides opportunities for networking and mentoring.

    • 04/26/2017

      Xiomora Torres Mattson JD ’02 has been appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court by Oregon Governor Kate Brown JD ’85. Previously, Torres Mattson was a senior assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice.

    • 09/28/2017

      Thu Truong BA ’02, MAT ’03 is the new principal at Ron Russell Middle School in Portland.

    • 02/28/2019

      Mark Urioste JD ’02, a former Sonoma County prosecutor and current court commissioner, was appointed to a superior court judgeship by Governor Jerry Brown. From 2003 to 2005, Urioste served as a research attorney and judicial assistant to King County (California) Superior Court Judge Julie Spector. He also worked briefly as an associate at Babin and Seeger before joining the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office in 2006.

    • 12/12/2019

      Neil Weare BA ’02 is founder and president of Equally American, a nonprofit dedicated to equality for all Americans. In December 2019, his organization obtained a significant victory when a federal judge ruled that denizens of the territory of American Samoa are U.S. citizens. Weare, attorney for the plaintiffs, expressed his satisfaction with the ruling but stated it was “the first step in what will likely be several more steps.” Unlike people born in the territories of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Marianas, those born in American Samoa, a territory of the U.S. since 1900, are not granted citizenship at birth. “It doesn’t feel very good when the federal government says you’re American but not quite the same as other Americans,” said Weare to CNN.