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Class of 2005

  • CAS class correspondent: Tiffani Barnum-Hess BA ’05

    “Hello Class of 2005! As your Class Correspondent, I am always collecting stories, news, and updates from all of you about what you’re up to these days! Have something to share? Please email me. Looking forward to hearing from you!”

    -June 2018

    • 02/01/2018

      Peter Acker BA ’05 was recently appointed clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where his work focuses on global health and education. He and his wife recently welcomed their first son, Milo, into the world.

    • 06/27/2019

      Michele Anderson BA ’05 is a writer and advocate for the arts. Her opinion piece, titled “Go Home to Your ‘Dying’ Hometown,” was published in the New York Times on March 8, 2019. In the piece, Anderson describes her own experience returning to the small Minnesota town where she grew up within the context of the country’s urban-rural divide.

    • 10/14/2016

      Sharl Azar BA ’05, after completing his residency and fellowship training, took a position as assistant professor of hematology and medical oncology at Oregon Health & Science University. Azar’s research and clinical interests include bleeding disorders, hemoglobinopathies, and end-of-life care.

    • 10/13/2017

      William Barker BA ’05 has joined Wild Apple Homes in Manchester, Massachusetts, as an assistant project manager.

    • 02/01/2018

      Miya Barnett BA ’05 is an assistant professor of clinical psychology in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health Early Career Award to improve access to evidence-based parent training programs for low-income Latinx families. She also directs the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Clinic at UCSB.

    • 01/27/2020

      Mark R. Barzda LLM ’05 has been named a shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe. Barzda became an of counsel with the firm in May of 2016 and has been recognized by Oregon Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America for his work in family law. He is certified as a practitioner in collaborative law, a discipline that focuses on alternatives to litigated family law matters. Barzda will continue his practice handling divorce, custody/parenting time, child support, contempt, and modifications—with an emphasis on alternative dispute resolutions—for clients with legal matters in Oregon.

    • 07/07/2016

      Mark Barzda LLM ’05 joined Gevurtz Menashe as of counsel. Barzda has spent 10 years practicing family law in Portland, with an emphasis on alternative dispute resolutions. He is certified as a practitioner in collaborative law, a discipline that focuses on alternatives to litigated family law matters. Barzda will continue handling divorce, custody/parenting time, child support, contempt, and modification legal matters in Oregon.

    • 10/14/2016

      Angela Blum BA ’05 joined the faculty at Hamilton College as an assistant professor of chemistry. Previously, Blum worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California at San Diego. Her research at Hamilton centers on controlling bacterial behavior and pathogenicity.

    • 02/01/2018

      Hannah Bryant BA ’05 lives in Northeast Portland and works for the City of Portland’s Design and Historic Resource Review team. She also has her own landscape design business, which keeps her design skills fresh. She is married to Cyrus Collins, whom she met at L&C in 2002. They have two children, ages 2 and 5.

    • 02/15/2017

      Allison Cassie MAT ’05 is a senior recruitment manager for Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming. She will be heading up the recruitment process across both states, as well as maintaining oversight and support of staff as they educate communities about Girl Scouts.

    • 06/28/2018

      Alex Chapin BA ’05 moved to Salt Lake City in 2007 to attend graduate school at the University of Utah. He graduated in 2014 with a PhD in human genetics and now works for ARUP Laboratories (also in Salt Lake City) as a clinical variant scientist. In his free time, he enjoys everything Utah has to offer: “access to back-country skiing, mountain biking, and weak beer.”

    • 10/12/2015

      Michael Cofield JD ’05 joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as the result of a merger between that firm and Stolowitz Ford Cowger in September 2015.

    • 10/13/2017

      Brian Federico BA ’05 recently resettled in the San Francisco Bay Area with his fiancé, Ken, and their dog, Jelly. He’s currently a fundraiser for the Stanford Graduate School of Business covering Oregon, the Bay Area, Texas, and Latin America. Now that he’s completed his second term on the L&C Board of Alumni, he’s joined the board of the Latino Network, a Latino-led organization in Portland that supports Latino youth and families through culturally specific services.

    • 09/28/2017

      Mac Glovinsky BA ’05 and Megan Cahn, July 29, 2017, in Matunuck, Rhode Island.

    • 01/05/2016

      Ethan Hasenstein JD ’05 was appointed corporate counsel to the Western Rivers Conservancy, a Portland-based organization dedicated to the conservation of the West’s outstanding river ecosystems. Hasenstein provides legal support to staff in WRC’s Portland, Denver, and San Francisco offices in property acquisition, nonprofit governance, and development matters.

    • 03/12/2015

      Ethan Hasenstein JD ’05 traded his two-hour daily commute for a ten-minute bike ride when he joined the Corvallis, Oregon, firm of Evashevski, Elliott, Cihak & Hediger. Previously, Hasenstein worked for over seven years at the Oregon Department of Justice, where he counseled the state in major infrastructure development matters. He now focuses on real estate, land use, and counseling Corvallis’s emerging startups and established businesses. He says he is reveling in college-town life and, most importantly, his 4-month-old daughter.

    • 07/17/2015

      Victoria W. Hollinger JD ’05 joined Fox Rothschild’s Exton, Pennsylvania, office as of counsel in the environmental department. She represents clients in environmental litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters. Hollinger also conducts environmental due diligence, counsels clients on transaction-related environmental risks, negotiates the allocation of environmental risks, and coordinates permit transfers in connection with mergers, acquisitions, financing, and real estate transactions.

    • 10/13/2017

      Jeremy Innis BA ’05 is now the interfaith chaplain at Rowland Hall in Salt Lake City, where he teaches religion, music, and meditation to students in grades 6 through 12. He enjoys working with Rowland Hall colleagues Margot Miller BA ’91 in social studies and Rob Wilson BA ’94 in biology. Innis lives in Millcreek, Utah, with Anne Innis and their three children.

    • 10/15/2019

      Nate Jones BA ’05, who was profiled in the winter 2018 issue of the Lewis & Clark Chronicle in an article titled “Freedom of Information Champion,” has joined the Washington Post’s investigative unit as Freedom of Information Act director, a new position.

    • 04/17/2017

      Ben Leedy JD ’05 became a shareholder in Stolle Berne’s real estate and business law group. His practice focuses on commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, real estate finance, leasing, and real estate development. Leedy was recognized in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star for 2012 through 2016.

    • 06/13/2018

      Michael Lopez JD ’05 joined the board of directors for Advocates for the West. Lopez has served for 10 years as a staff attorney for the Nez Perce Tribe Office of Legal Counsel. He also worked as a senior program manager for the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation’s U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution in Tucson, Arizona. Lopez holds a master’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Minnesota.

    • 08/23/2019

      Zach Mann BA ’05 produced the film Low Low, written and directed by Nick Richey BA ’05. The film tells the story of four young women as they come to terms with the onset of adulthood and deal with their lives in underprivileged homes in Vancouver, Washington. It was screened at Portland’s Living Room Theater in September 2019 and has garnered positive reviews in the Los Angeles Times and Variety. The Times’ Noel Murray called it “a strong debut” that “shows a real compassion and understanding for these women.”

    • 10/14/2016

      Zach Mann BA ’05 produced a short film titled Birthday Boy, which Andrew Saunderson BA ’07 wrote and directed. Currently on the festival circuit, the film has been screened at the Las Vegas Film Festival, the Utah Arts Festival, the Atlanta Shortsfest, and the Rahway International Film Festival.

    • 10/14/2016

      Karen McClelland MAT ’05 opened a housewares and lifestyle products boutique called Mantel, in North Portland. Inspired, in part, by her past decade as a ceramics teacher in the Portland area, McClelland curates a selection of ceramics for sale, alongside handmade soaps, body oils, chocolates, and other local products.

    • 05/30/2018

      Parna Mehrbani JD ’05 joined Tonkon Torp as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice group. Previously, she was a shareholder at Lane Powell, where she served in several leadership positions, including as a member of their managing board. Mehrbani is well-recognized for her expertise in trademark registration and enforcement, and advises local, national, and international companies at all stages of growth on protecting their trademark portfolios. Recognized in the World Trademark Review 1000 as a leading trademark professional since 2013, she helps clients develop and protect new brands and lines of business across many industries, including apparel, footwear, consumer products, food and beverage, cannabis, and education services.

    • 09/17/2015

      Parna A. Mehrbani JD ’05 was appointed to the Oregon Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism, which is charged with advancing the professionalism, equality, and efficiency of Oregon’s judicial branch. Selections for the commission are based on reputation, past contributions, and diversity.

    • 03/18/2015

      Parna A. Mehrbani JD ’05 was named a 2015 Orchid Award Winner by the Portland Business Journal, which will honor her during their Women of Influence awards ceremony on April 16. Mehrbani, a Lane Powell shareholder, was recognized in part for her work with several community organizations, including the Oregon Minority Law Association’s IMAGE program and the Rock ‘N’ Roll Camp for Girls.

    • 02/01/2015

      Parna A. Mehrbani JD ’05 was named one of the top trademark lawyers in Oregon and Washington by The 2015 World Trademark Review 1000. The review stated that she is “a respected member of the IP community” who has “carved a niche in fair use suits relating to the trademarks of famous bands and their former members.” Mehrbani is a shareholder at Lane Powell.

    • 09/20/2017

      Adam Merino BA ’05, managing director at Morgan Stanley, nabbed the top spot on Forbes’ 2017 Top Next-Generation Wealth Managers list.

    • 12/04/2018

      Caitlin Murphy Nash BA ’05, MA ’10, September 30, 2018, age 35. Nash worked as a child and family therapist for Lifeworks in Portland, counseling children and teens. She loved to host a yearly weekend “summer camp” for her friends at her home in Portland. Survivors include her husband, Paul; parents Michael and Nancy; siblings Ryan, Sarah, and Matthew; as well as many other family members and friends.

    • 02/22/2015

      Rachel Philips JD ’05 left Metropolitan Public Defender in August of 2014, where she was a trial attorney for 8 1/2 years, to start Philips Consulting Group, a firm specializing in investigation, mitigation, trial preparation, and consulting. Philips’ background defending hundreds of criminal cases—including those involving Ballot Measure 11, Jessica’s Law, and many serious felonies—allows PCG to provide services to lawyers and corporations needing detailed investigations, as well as support to lawyers unfamiliar with defending criminal cases.

    • 08/23/2019

      Nick Richey BA ’05 wrote and directed his debut feature film, Low Low. The film tells the story of four young women as they come to terms with the onset of adulthood and deal with their lives in underprivileged homes in Vancouver, Washington. It was screened at Portland’s Living Room Theater in September 2019 and has garnered positive reviews in the Los Angeles Times and Variety. The Times’ Noel Murray called it “a strong debut” that “shows a real compassion and understanding for these women.” Zach Mann BA ’05 served as the film’s producer.

    • 09/01/2014

      Peter Ricoy JD ’05 was named shareholder at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt. Ricoy focuses his legal practice in health care law, data security and privacy, insurance regulation, and general corporate and business transactions. He works with health plans, physicians, group practices, hospitals, insurers, and employers. Ricoy advises clients on a variety of matters, including issues related to health care reform under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Stark and Anti-Kickback Statutes, Medicare, Medicaid, reimbursement, HIPAA, COBRA, and ERISA health plan matters. He previously served as associate general counsel for Cambia Health Solutions, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

    • 10/29/2019

      Meghan Sinnott BA ’06 and her partner married in Portland on Leap Day, February 29, 2020, their first official anniversary, four years after their first date.

    • 02/28/2019

      Josh Smith JD ’05 joined Tonkon Torp’s entrepreneurial services, intellectual property, and mergers and acquisitions practice groups as a partner during the firm’s acquisition of Alto Law Group. Smith brings substantial corporate and intellectual property transactional experience in the startup and technology sectors. His practice focuses on counseling emerging and mature companies on venture capital and angel financing opportunities, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, technology licensing, and commercial agreements. Smith holds an MBA with a finance concentration from Colorado State University and a BS in engineering mechanics from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

    • 10/08/2015

      Kimberlee A. Stafford JD ’05 received the 2015 Oregon State Bar President’s Sustainability Award. A partner at Tonkon Torp, Stafford has helped move the firm steadily toward adopting comprehensive sustainable office practices and has promoted sustainability education and sustainable law office practices to Portland’s professional and business organizations. She is a member of the Multnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation, has chaired the Office Practices Committee of Oregon Lawyers for a Sustainable Future, and is a former executive committee member of the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources Section.

    • 09/01/2014

      Kimberlee A. Stafford JD ’05 was appointed to a two-year term on the Multnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation. A member of Tonkon Torp’s real estate and land use, energy, and natural resources practice groups, Stafford is also the coeditor of a new reference book on environmental law regulation.

    • 03/02/2018

      Fay Stetz-Waters JD ’05 was appointed the new Linn County Circuit Court judge by Governor Kate Brown JD ’85 on October 19, 2017. The appointment filled a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Carol R. Bispham Hashagen until the general election in May, which confirmed Stetz-Waters in the position.

    • 01/07/2016

      Brett VandenHeuvel JD ’05 received the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources Section Leadership and Service Award on December 10, 2015. VandenHeuvel is the executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper, where he leads the organization’s legal and policy work to protect clean water. Previously, he started a public interest law practice, researched climate change during expeditions to Antarctica and New Zealand, and taught science to kids at OMSI field stations throughout Oregon.

    • 09/26/2014

      Olivia Willis JD ’05 and husband Benjamin Griffin welcomed daughter Nola Ayame Griffin-Willis on September 26, 2014.

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    • 01/09/2019

      Matthew Yium JD ’05 of Garvey Schubert Barer’s Portland office has been promoted to principal. Yium’s focus is business litigation, as well as professional liability defense, real estate, and securities. He has represented professionals, hospitals, emerging companies, and retailers in multimillion-dollar actions. Yium earned an MPW from the University of Southern California and a BA with distinction from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.