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Class of 2003

  • CAS class correspondent: Traci Sanders BA ’03

    “We want to know what you have been up to, so drop me a line.”

    -June 2018

    • 09/28/2017

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

    • 01/23/2020

      Marjorie Bell BA ’03 is now a graduate program administrator in the mathematics department at Harvard University.

    • 01/23/2020

      Marjorie Bell BA ’03 and Rich Perry, July 21, 2018, in Harvard, Massachusetts. Jamee Indigo Eriksen BA ’03 officiated. In attendance were Traci Harris Sanders BA ’03, Gaea Haymaker BA ’03, Maya Leib-Perry Class of ’20, Laura Czarniecki BA ’03, Mary Rieck BA ’02, Lynelle Tarter BA ’03, and Andrew Cody BA ’02.

    • 02/01/2018

      Emilia Carley-Roe Brasier BA ’03 works part time as the executive director of online outreach for Brasier Law, a family law practice in Portland. She also serves on the Parent Advisory Committee for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Emmanuel Hospital and volunteers with NICU Families NW.

    • 02/01/2018

      To Emilia Carley-Roe Brasier BA ’03 and Tommy Brasier BA ’04, daughter Aurora. She joins siblings Aiden, 11, and Audrey, 8.

    • 08/30/2019

      Jennifer Carver MEd ’03 is the new principal at Tucker Maxon School, a Portland-based private school that specializes in education for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    • 09/01/2014

      Kevin Clonts JD ’03 became a shareholder in Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth. Clonts’ practice focuses on complex litigation matters, including construction defect and insurance coverage disputes. He also represents business entities in litigation involving business dissolutions, contract disputes, intellectual property disputes, and target defendants in complex products liability and construction defect matters.

    • 04/01/2015

      Zachary J. Cohen JD ’03 was elected president of the Bar Association of Lehigh County. Cohen, a partner and litigator at Lesavoy Butz & Seitz, focuses primarily on business, real estate, and banking disputes. He also handles tax appeals, zoning matters, emergency injunctions, employment cases, and bankruptcy and estate litigation. Cohen has appeared at all levels of the state’s trial and appellate courts, as well as federal courts, and before various local, state, and federal agencies. He was named in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. In 2011, he was included in the Top 20 Under 40 by Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal.

    • 11/21/2017

      David Coulter BA ’03 is studying astrophysics at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Last fall, Coulter and his team discovered the “first optical photons from a gravitational wave source.” Their research was published in the peer-reviewed journal Science in October 2017.

    • 07/20/2016

      Maya Crawford JD ’03 was appointed to lead the Campaign for Equal Justice. Crawford has an extensive background in poverty law, having worked for Legal Aid Services of Oregon for many years. Previously, she served as the associate director of the Campaign for Equal Justice.

    • 06/19/2019

      Christy Doornink JD ’03 was included by the Portland Business Journal in its “Forty Under 40.” She is the president and managing attorney of Reinisch Wilson Weier PC.

    • 06/03/2015

      Christy Doornink JD ’03 was elected president and managing attorney of the Pacific Northwest law firm Reinisch Wilson Weier. Doornink, who is the second woman to be the firm’s president, focuses her practice on Washington workers’ compensation defense. She volunteers her time with the St. Andrew Legal Clinic Race for Justice, Wilsonville Leadership Academy, Girls on the Run, Ronald McDonald House, and Oregon Food Bank, and mentors first-year law students.

    • 10/14/2016

      Cathy Harris Fall MAT ’03, after working in the Crook County School District since 1992, made the decision to strike out on her own by opening Smaller Scholars, a licensed preschool and daycare, in Prineville, Oregon, where she also lives.

    • 04/26/2017

      Sonya Fischer JD ’03 was appointed to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners and is serving a term that runs through December 2018. She is an attorney in Lake Oswego with Fischer Family Law and has served on several boards and committees advocating on behalf of children, women, and families.

    • 02/01/2015

      Sonya Fischer JD ’03 joined Yates, Matthews & Eaton as of counsel. Fischer works in family law, juvenile law, special education, guardianships, simple wills, and government relations.

    • 01/30/2020

      Angela Franco Lucero JD ’03 was appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court by Governor Kate Brown JD ’85, filling the vacancy created by Judge Kenneth R. Walker’s retirement. Lucero grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and earned her bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University. She has represented individuals, insurance companies, and public bodies in a wide range of civil litigation matters. In addition to her legal practice, Lucero is heavily involved in her community and professional organizations, serving as president of the Oregon Women Lawyers and on the boards of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar Board of Bar Examiners. She has also volunteered to help with Refugee Adjustment Day, DACA Renewal Day, and other access-to-justice efforts in her community. Lucero is a recipient of the Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award, the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association’s highest honor.

    • 01/23/2020

      John Gardner BA ’03 earned a PhD in higher education leadership from Colorado State University in May 2019. He now works as director of Title IX and training at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences.

    • 10/14/2016

      Ben Grossman BA ’03 took over the kitchen at Multnomah Whiskey Library last summer, and he’s brought his personal touch to an almost entirely new menu. Eater magazine interviewed him about how he makes food to complement the “amazing selection of spirits” as well how he uses said spirits in the food itself.

    • 12/08/2017

      To Traci Harris Sanders BA ’03 and Kelly Sanders, daughter Lily Ann, July 20, 2017. Lily joins big brother Adam, June 5, 2014.

    • 02/01/2018

      To Gaea Haymaker BA ’03 and Alex Prater, daughter Ada Hughes Haymaker, March 2017. Big brother Eli, 3, looks forward to sharing his love of trucks, trains, planes, and great horned owls. Gaea works part time as an occupational therapist.

    • 10/14/2016

      Sayuri Sasaki Hemann BA ’03 presented an interactive public art project, entitled Mind Traveler’s Aquarium, at the University of Iowa in fall 2016. The project transformed the Fountain Lobby into an “aquarium” of vibrant color, texture, light, and imagined life. Mind Traveler’s Aquarium is the latest in Hemann’s Urban Aquarium project.

    • 06/28/2018

      Myah Moore Irick BA ’03 and Jaime Irick have relocated to Chicago. Myah works as an executive director in wealth management with JP Morgan’s Private Bank, and Jaime is president of Life Fitness. This June, they welcomed baby Quinn to the family, joining Fiona, age 4, and Aiden, age 2.

    • 03/30/2016

      James Bronson JD ’03 was named to the Multnomah County Circuit Court to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Alicia Fuch. Bronson previously worked as chief deputy defender for Oregon’s Office of Public Defense Services, Appellate Division, before starting a private practice focused on criminal appeals.

    • 09/01/2014

      James Bronson JD ’03 wrote one of the briefs relied on by the U.S. Supreme Court in the cases of Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie. In the ruling that police usually must obtain search warrants before searching suspects’ cellphones, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. adopted some of the data and analogies James included in his friend-of-the-court brief. James, a Portland criminal defense attorney, wrote the brief on behalf of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Brennan Center for Justice.

    • 08/15/2015

      Jill Karmy JD ’03 after six years as a partner with Parham, Hall & Karmy, opened her own firm, Karmy Law Office PLLC. She will continue to practice workers’ compensation law. Karmy is also on the board of governors for the Washington State Bar Association and was named a Rising Star in the 2015 issue of Washington Super Lawyers magazine.

    • 01/23/2020

      Daniel Knox BA ’03 moved to Salt Lake City to pursue life happiness, skiing, and raising his family.

    • You, Beast

      Nick Lantz BA ’03 uses macabre humor to examine our strange, absurd, and often brutal relationship with other animals in his fourth book of poetry, winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry.

      Posted 05/15/2017
    • 06/28/2018

      Liz Larter BA ’03 moved back home to Seattle in 2010 with her husband, Mike Palmer, and their rescue pup, Rocky Balboa. She works in communications marketing and enjoys running and landscape planning when life cooperates.

    • 12/08/2017

      Sonia Marie Leikam BA ’03 has been appointed a human rights commissioner for the City of Portland by Mayor Ted Wheeler.

    • 10/14/2016

      Noah Manos BA ’03 and Morgan Law BA ’02 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, Manos and Law were featured in the Denver Post and 5280 magazine.

    • 09/01/2014

      Suzanne McVicker JD ’03 joined the estate planning department of Karnopp Petersen. While attending Lewis & Clark, McVicker clerked at the in-house council department of a large Portland real estate investment company and advised low-income taxpayers at the law school’s Legal Clinic. Prior to joining Karnopp Petersen, she spent six years with Shaftel Law Offices in Anchorage, Alaska, advising trustees and personal representatives of medium to large estates. In addition to wills, trust, estates, probate, and estate and gift tax preparation, McVicker’s practice encompasses business and charitable tax planning and implementation.

    • 04/26/2017

      Samantha Murray JD ’03 is the executive director of the Master of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (MAS MBC) program at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, which is part of the University of California at San Diego. The program is a year-long intensive course for those interested in careers in marine conservation. Murray has directed ocean and water programs at the Ocean Conservancy, the Audubon Society, and the Oregon Environmental Council, and founded an ocean consulting business where she worked with clients on issues related to water quality and ocean acidification.

    • 02/22/2019

      Amelia Nestler BA ’03 is celebrating five years of marriage with David Nestler and was recently promoted to senior environmental scientist at Northwest Green Chemistry.

    • 04/01/2014

      Karen Ostrye JD ’03 was appointed by Oregon Governor Kitzhaber to fill the vacancy on the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District created by the retirement of Judge Paul Crowley. The district encompasses Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler Counties. Ostrye’s community involvement has included serving as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge and on various boards, including those of the Hood River County School District, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Mid-Columbia County Bar Association. Her volunteer work earned her recognition as Mentor of the Year in 2012 from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge.

    • 04/04/2019

      To Sarah Phan-Budd BA ’03 and Christopher Phan BA ’03, a daughter, Emilia Grace Phan-Budd, in December 2018. Emmy resides with her parents and brother Maxwell in the charming river town of Winona, Minnesota.

    • 06/28/2019

      To Sarah Phan-Budd BA ’03 and Christopher Phan BA ’03, a daughter, Emilia Grace Phan-Budd, in December 2018. Emmy resides with her parents and brother Maxwell in the charming river town of Winona, Minnesota.

    • 09/06/2016

      Laura Plourde JD ’03 joined Blowditch & Dewey as a senior associate. Plourde, who will work out of the firm’s Boston office, focuses her practice on business and general corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, private placements of equity securities, limited liability company operating agreements and shareholders’ agreements, commercial contracts, corporate entity selection and formation, general corporate matters, and intellectual property protection. Previously, she was an associate at the Boston firms of Pabian & Russell LLC and Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP.

    • 02/01/2015

      Kathleen Profitt JD ’03 celebrated the first anniversary of her law firm, Profitt Law, in Clackamas, Oregon. Profitt continues to focus on providing legal representation to homeowners and condominium associations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. In particular, she assists HOA and condominium associations in general counsel, enforcement, litigation, and assessment collections. Profitt also was reelected to the board of directors for the Oregon Chapter of the Community Associations Institute for a term ending in 2016.

    • 05/04/2016

      Kimberlyn (Trotter) Silverman JD ’03 was named the 2015 DUII Prosecutor of the Year by the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force.

    • 02/22/2019

      Annie Thomas BA ’03, who lives on the Island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, works as the Hawaiʻian resources librarian and interim director at Kapiʻolani Community College Library.

    • 10/13/2017

      Christine Walter BA ’03 works at Bauman’s Farm and Garden, a farm and tourist destination in Gervais, Oregon. She spoke last fall to Oregon Public Broadcasting about the popular apple cider produced by Bauman’s and about her own line of hard ciders that is available on tap throughout the Willamette Valley and Portland area.