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Class of 2008

    • 02/15/2017

      Jeff Rose MAT ’97, EdD ’08 was named superintendent of the Fulton School District in East Point, Georgia.

    • 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.

    • 02/01/2018

      Eric Atcheson BA ’08 recently stepped down as pastor of First Christian Church in Longview, Washington, after more than six years of service. He is continuing his doctor of ministry studies at Seattle University. His book, Oregon Trail Theology: The Frontier Millennial Christians Face—And How We’re Ready, is slated for release in fall 2018 by the publishing arm of the Episcopalian Church.

    • 10/09/2017

      Eric Atcheson BA ’08 recently signed a contract for his first book, Oregon Trail Theology: The Frontier Millennial Christians Face–And How We’re Ready. It is tentatively slated for distribution in fall 2018 by the publishing arm of the Episcopalian Church. He continues in his work as pastor of First Christian Church in Longview, Washington, and as a doctor of ministry candidate at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry.

    • 12/04/2018

      To Eric Atcheson BA ’08 and his wife, Carrie Atcheson, daughter Sadie Lou Atcheson, October 17, 2018.

    • Oregon Trail Theology: The Frontier Millennial Christians Face—And How We’re Ready

      Eric Atcheson BA ’08 discusses the generation known as millennials and their unique approach to religion and faith. Born in the 1980s and 1990s, and often described as an inexplicable enigma by the media, millennials come across to some as a frustrating cadre of narcissists. Though likely to check the “none” box when asked about religion, they have entered into adulthood with a great deal of thought devoted to God, faith, and organized religion. Many also crave spiritual richness and inclusive community and are willing to move heaven and earth to find a place—online or in real life—to feel at home, much like the pioneers who set out on the original Oregon Trail. In this book, the iconic Oregon Trail computer game from MECC—and absorbing pursuit and a highly influential game for millennials born in the decade of the 1980s—is used as a template throughout to illustrate the journey of faith in which they, “the Oregon Trail generation,” now find themselves engaged as adults. While books have been written about ministering to millennial Christians, the perspective of Atcheson, a millennial pastor whose life story spans the gamut of the historic Oregon Trail, offers a fresh take on an oft-written-about concern for the wider church. Church Publishing, 2018. 160 pages.

      Posted 12/04/2018
    • 01/17/2019

      Chris Bailey BA ’08 is the micro-enterprise developer for Hacienda Community Development Corporation, which operates the Portland Mercado, a hub for Latino culture. He was awarded Willamette Week’s Skidmore Prize for his work at Hacienda’s business incubation program, where he has helped over 50 small businesses owned by people of color find their footing.

    • 10/14/2016

      Amy Baugher BA ’08 and Zachary Binney, September 3, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia. Devon Goss MS ’12 and Jessica Jobanek BA ’07 attended.

    • 12/06/2018

      Stephanie Beechem BA ’08 was recently promoted to speechwriter for the president of the University of California system, where she has worked since 2017. Previously, she spent six years in Washington, D.C., working as a political researcher in the Obama White House and the State Department.

    • 12/19/2019

      Amber Case BA ’08 is now a research fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. She examines the ethical implications of technology’s increasing influence on the lives of everyday people.

    • 10/14/2016

      Amber Case BA ’08 joined Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society as a fellow last fall. She is researching “the transition from the industrial society to the information society and its effect on creativity, connectivity, isolation, and depression.”

    • 09/29/2015

      Jesse Cowell JD ’08 was named shareholder of Davison Van Cleve. Cowell handles a variety of matters before state utility commissions, including rate adjustments, rulemakings, and accounting issues, and litigates in state courts on behalf of both individuals and industrial corporations.

    • 02/01/2018

      To Rafael Cuevas BA ’08 and Diana Freeburg BA ’08, son Milo, in December 2017. Cuevas and Freeburg were married in 2014 and live in San Francisco.

    • 01/23/2018

      Max Filter BA ’08 is co-owner and head brewer at Dual Citizen Brewing Company in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    • 12/08/2017

      Hunter Franks BA ’08 launched the nonprofit League of Creative Interventionists as an evolution of his public art practice, which he started in 2014.

    • 09/25/2018

      Joe Furia JD ’08 took over in September 2018 as executive director of the World Forestry Center, a nonprofit organization based in Portland and dedicated to promoting sustainable forestry through educational programs. Furia previously was general counsel for the Freshwater Trust and has worked at several Portland law firms, including K&L Gates and Landye, Bennett, Blumstein LLP.

    • 08/09/2017

      Joseph A. Furia JD ’08 joined the law firm of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP as a partner. Furia, who is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington, will focus on environmental and natural resources law. Previously, he served as general counsel and policy director for conservation nonprofit the Freshwater Trust, where he led a four-person legal team and outside counsel on all legal matters including contracts, corporations, fundraising, litigation defense, intellectual property, and employment. He also directed policy efforts on natural resources, water quality, and water quantity issues in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, and nationally. Prior to legal practice, Furia worked in business development and government affairs for a hybrid vehicle company and a Silicon Valley-based technology company.

    • 10/13/2017

      Lizzie Fussell BA ’07 lives in Portland with her lively 8-year-old, Nila. She works as a program manager for the Healthy Families program at the Multnomah County Health Department and is still involved with many of the same immigrant rights organizations that she first encountered as a student at L&C.

    • 04/17/2015

      Damien Hall JD ’08 was appointed to the board of governors for CareOregon, a nonprofit providing health plan services to four coordinated care organizations that serve about 250,000 Oregonians. Hall, who is with Ball Janik, practices in the areas of land use and real estate.

    • 06/14/2018

      Stephanie Holmberg JD ’08 is the new coleader of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s real estate and construction industry group. As a former in-house counsel to a national electric utility contractor, Holmberg has extensive knowledge of the construction industry and the unique issues project owners and contractors face.

    • 12/08/2017

      Hongda Jiang BA ’08 has been working in the field of IT security automation for industrial IoT (internet of things) devices. During his free time, he travels to Central America.

    • 12/28/2017

      Anthony Kuchulis JD ’08 was named a partner at Barran Liebman LLP. Kuchulis has a decade of experience representing employers and businesses in advice and litigation, and has been named a Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine for the past five consecutive years.

    • 04/11/2017

      Anthony Kuchulis JD ’08 has been named the 2017–18 cochair of the American Heart Association’s Men Go Red Portland chapter, which supports the Go Red for Women campaign and seeks to raise funds and awareness to combat women’s heart disease issues. He is an attorney with Barran Liebman LLP.

    • 02/01/2015

      Anthony Kuchulis JD ’08 was named a 2014 Rising Star. Kuchulis is an associate at Barran Liebman.

    • 05/18/2016

      Jessica McConnell JD ’08 was named a partner with Greene & Markley, a commercial law firm in Portland. McConnell joined the firm as a paralegal in 2004. She was promoted to associate in 2008, after earning her JD and a federal tax law certificate. For seven years, McConnell has volunteered at the Oregon State Bar’s pro bono bankruptcy clinic. She also serves on multiple bar committees and regularly presents at continuing legal education seminars. At the OSB Family Law Section 2015 Annual Conference, McConnell and fellow Greene & Markley partner Don Grim presented “Addressing Taxes Throughout a Dissolution Case.”

    • 09/19/2017

      Rosalie Moffett BA ’08, a poet, read from and signed copies of her new book, June in Eden last summer at BookPeople of Moscow in Moscow, Idaho.

    • 03/16/2018

      Matthew Nelson BA ’08 works for the State Department as an English language fellow in Pokhara, Nepal. He credits Tatiana Osipovich, professor emerita of Russian, for nurturing his interest in language and culture. It was on her advice that Nelson traveled to Russia to serve as a Fulbright teaching assistant after graduation.

    • 09/01/2014

      Will Patterson JD ’08 joined Folawn Alterman & Richardson as an associate. Patterson’s practice includes complex civil litigation, business law, and estate planning, as well as general transactional work, such as contract drafting and review.

    • 02/15/2017

      Nick Rinne BA ’08 has opened The Vine Market and Bistro, a café/bar/market/bakery in Montrose, Colorado.

    • 10/14/2016

      Mark Robinowitz BA ’08 and Todd Doram BA ’04 premiered their short film, The Deal, at Sunscreen Film Festival West last October. The film was awarded Best Short.

    • 03/14/2018

      Kelly Rogala BA ’08 has found his calling bringing play to the world: He designs and runs high-tech scavenger hunts around the country for corporate teams. Rogala recently cofacilitated a weekend retreat with Digital Detox, which focused on healthy relationships with digital technology and the importance of play for adults.

    • 10/14/2016

      Andrew Saunderson BA ’08 wrote and directed a short film titled Birthday Boy, which was produced by Zach Mann BA ’05. 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.

    • 01/22/2016

      Sara Sayles JD ’08 joined Intelekia Law Group as of counsel. Sayle’s practice focuses on general civil litigation and transactional matters, and she has expertise in real estate, land use, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, and employment law. Previously an attorney at Houser & Allison, she offers legal services in Oregon, Washington, and California.

    • 05/08/2017

      Colleen Scott JD ’08 was made a partner at Hart Wagner LLP. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the firm’s medical malpractice defense team in Portland. Scott focuses on medical malpractice defense, specializing in birth injury claims, and on representing medical professionals before their licensing boards.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was elected treasurer of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section. Steinhilb is an associate with Gordon & Polscer and practices in the areas of insurance, products liability, construction defect, and environmental law.

    • 04/17/2018

      To Whitney Tawney BA ’08 and Dan Fenn BA ’08, son Henry Philip Fenn, April 3, 2018. Making his entrance at 7 lbs., 20”, he is healthy and thriving. The family lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

    • 09/01/2014

      Joined the Center for American Progress as deputy director for public lands. Thakar previously worked at Perkins Coie representing power marketers, independent power producers, electric and gas utilities, hydroelectric licensees, and onshore and offshore oil and gas companies. She has experience in the permitting of renewable energy projects and has advised clients on the National Environmental Policy Act, wildlife protection laws, and hydraulic fracturing and greenhouse gas reporting rules.

    • 02/05/2019

      Christie Totten JD ’08 has been promoted to partner in the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Totten is a litigator who defends employers against claims of all types and maintains an active advice and counseling practice. She works with employers of all sizes and in all industries, with a focus on health care, technology, and agriculture/wine.

    • 02/15/2017

      Corey Van Landingham BA ’08 has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, which she plans to use to fund her second book of poetry and to continue her pursuit of a doctoral degree in literature. Van Landingham’s work can be found in such publications as The Best American Poetry 2014, Boston Review, and the New Yorker. Her first book, Antidote (Ohio State University Press, 2013), was the winner of the 2012 Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry.

    • 10/23/2017

      Corey Van Landingham BA ’08 and Christopher Kempf, July 8, 2017, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

    • 07/14/2016

      Was appointed president of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Volm is an associate at Barran Liebman LLP, where his practice focuses on employment litigation and advice. He works with business owners and in-house counsel to ensure compliance with changes in the law, and defends employers in litigation.

    • 04/17/2015

      Was named to the ambassador board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest (BBBSCN), allowing him to contribute to fundraising and community outreach efforts for the organization. Volm, with Barran Liebman, has volunteered with BBBSCN for five years as a big brother and continues his mentoring work.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was elected secretary of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section. Volm practices in the areas of employment litigation, labor law, and compliance at Barran Liebman.

    • 09/01/2014

      Joined Barran Liebman as an associate. Volm represents employers and management in employment law litigation and provides advice on a full range of employment law matters. He is a director on the board of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, a volunteer attorney with the Lewis & Clark Small Business Legal Clinic, and a member of the law school’s Recent Graduate Council.

    • 09/01/2014

      Joined Ball Janik’s litigation and construction practice groups. Washington’s practice focuses on construction defect.

    • 04/12/2018

      Jennifer Woodhouse JD ’08 was promoted to shareholder. Woodhouse serves as a senior counsel at Schwabe, focusing on estate and tax matters. She assists clients with tax controversies; estate, charitable, and business transition planning; probate; and trust administration.

    • 12/08/2017

      Victor Wu BA ’08 moved to Virginia after graduation to begin a career in consulting in the Washington, D.C., metro area. He enjoys physical activities and food.