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Class of 2016

  • CAS class correspondentsEvelyn Guerrero BA ’16: Guadalupe Triana BA ’16 and Evelyn Guerrero BA ’16

    “In the short time since graduation, members of the class of 2016 have traveled, created, and learned about the vast world before them. Please share your adventures with the community by emailing us your news.” —March 1, 2018

    • 02/22/2019

      Asraa Jaber BA ’14, MA ’16 continues her “reign of terror” at Swarthmore College, where she works in Residential Life. She thanks L&C for the master’s degree and Micah Leinbach BA ’14 for his words.

    • 07/12/2018

      David Rosengard JD ’15, LLM ’16 and his wife, Diana Wiener Rosengard BA ’04, JD ’09, bought their first home in Saint Helens, Oregon, in October 2017. They promptly adopted two adorable rescue pitbulls, who keep them busy. David works at the Animal Legal Defense Fund and teaches as a adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. Diana works as a senior manager at a global open-source technology company, while writing novels in her spare time.

    • 04/17/2017

      Katherine M. Acosta JD ’16 works for the Portland law firm Dunn Carney. A former summer associate with the firm, she joined its litigation group as a full associate after graduating.

    • 10/07/2016

      Joined the construction and litigation practice groups at Ball Janik LLP in Portland on September 1, 2016. Blake’s practice includes general litigation and representation of residential and commercial owners in construction defect claims of all types.

    • 04/17/2017

      Jessica Brockway JD ’16 joined Oregon Congressional Representative Cliff Bentz’ staff as legislative director for the 2017 legislative session. She provides policy analysis, bill research, hearing backup, task force process management, and policy development for District 60, which includes Baker, Grant, Harney, Lake, and Malheur Counties.

    • 10/13/2017

      Michelle Coombs Pavón BA ’16 is currently attending the University of Colorado at Denver, where she is a graduate student in clinical mental health counseling with a multicultural emphasis. Once licensed, Coombs Pavón hopes to provide services to minority populations and advocate for social justice issues.

    • 06/01/2018

      Caleb Diehl BA ’16 is a reporter for Oregon Business magazine. In June 2018, he served as the magazine’s embedded reporter on a trade mission to Bangkok, Thailand. He accompanied a contingent from Business Oregon, Prosper Portland, and eight small renewable energy companies as they represented the state at ASEAN sustainable energy week, one of the largest renewable energy conferences in Southeast Asia.

    • 06/26/2019

      Aaron Duff, who completed the graduate school’s Continuing Administrator License program in 2018, is now superintendent of Oregon’s Milton-Freewater Unified School District.

    • 10/13/2017

      Sophia Freuden BA ’16, a Fulbright recipient, recently returned from Kazan, Russia, where she was stationed as an English teaching assistant. After braving the Russian winter, she returned to the States in late June and is now working as a legal assistant in Portland. Freuden also manages Arbitror, an economics and policy publication, with 30 other young scholars worldwide, including several L&C alums.

    • 09/13/2019

      Greg Geraldo BA ’16 took a position as a full-time teacher at the Sierra Academy for Expeditionary Learning, a public charter high school, in Nevada City, California. Geraldo teaches English, intro to psychology, and photojournalism, He also leads a first-year “crew,” which is a character-building course in which students set academic and character goals; foster belonging; and support one another. “Sierra Academy is in alignment with Lewis & Clark College in terms of their shared goals of inclusivity, social justice, and mentorship,” says Geraldo. “Every day, I have an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge we learned at L&C in our classrooms. Go Firewolves!”

    • 10/13/2017

      Danni Green BA ’16 is currently living with a host family in Saarbrücken, Germany, as an ambassador to the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. In the yearlong program, Americans take language courses, attend university classes, do volunteer work, and pursue an internship while Germans do the same in the United States. Although the program is political in nature, it is organized around the goal of cultivating cultural understanding between Germans and Americans.

    • 02/15/2017

      Marley Hauser BA ’16 volunteers for SheWinS, a Vermont-based foundation that empowers young girls in South Africa through sports. In January 2017, Hauser departed for Memel, South Africa, for a three-month stay as a soccer coach. Hauser will also serve as an academic mentor and a women’s reproductive rights advocate.

    • 07/11/2019

      Alexa Jakusovszky BA ’16 works in the office of Oregon State Representative Karin Power, where they focus on environmental and LGBTQ policy. Last summer, Jakusovszky hosted a trivia night at Migration Brewing Company in Portland in support of the Bus Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging young people politically as voters and political actors.

    • 10/14/2016

      Marlón Jiménez Oviedo BA ’16 appeared in Broken Promises, a play by Olga Sanchez, last fall at the Phoenix (Arizona) Theater. Based on the true stories of teen women lured into prostitution and pornography, the play provides an opportunity to discuss health and sex in low-income communities.

    • 10/13/2017

      Leann Knapp BA ’16 has been working for state representative Teresa Alonso Leon, who represents Oregon House District 22. Knapp first started out as field director for the legislator’s 2016 election campaign, which was eventually endorsed by President Barack Obama. She is proud to work for Alonso Leon, who is the daughter of migrant farmworkers and Oregon’s first immigrant legislator.


    • 06/27/2019

      Jessye Lavine BA ’16 was accepted to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a federal government research institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Working with a psychiatrist in the institute’s neuroimaging research branch, Lavine will study the treatment of alcohol and prescription opioid addiction.

    • 10/13/2017

      Claudia Lew BA ’16 is an intern in the Presidio Trust’s media relations department. As an intern, Lew assists with media outreach and coverage; event coordination; and activities and programming for the Presidio, a national park in San Francisco.

    • 03/20/2018

      Taylor Lewis JD ’16 joined litigation firm Hart Wagner LLP as an associate in their Portland office. Lewis’ practice will focus on commercial litigation, employment litigation, general tort liability litigation, and medical and legal malpractice defense.

    • 02/15/2017

      Corey O’Neill BA ’16 spent a portion of fall 2016 working with NextGen Climate, an organization that works to raise awareness of climate change on college campuses.

    • 10/13/2017

      Ellie Olitsky BA ’16 completed a summer sculpture residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also traveled to Singapore, where she worked for Art Stage Singapore, a premier art fair. After the fair ended, Olitsky recalled her overseas study experience in Beijing, which led her to a job with a start-up gallery in Shanghai. She is excited to begin working and taking on new challenges at the pop-up gallery.

    • 02/08/2019

      Trevor Sargent BA ’16 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. Sargent is an assistant designer at Artists Repertory Theatre. He has also served as lead technical director for productions at Third Rail, Imago, and Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble.

    • 03/02/2018

      Colby Stewart JD ’16 joined the CNMI Office of the Attorney General (Saipan Island) in its Civil Division. Stewart previously clerked for the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Municipality of Anchorage (Alaska), and served as the editor-in-chief of Animal Law Review. Following law school, he moved to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to serve as a staff attorney at the Law Revision Commission, where he aided in the codification of statutes and regulations, edited and composed legal publications, presented professional development trainings, worked on court policies and procedures, and assisted the Judiciary’s general counsel on a wide range of legal matters.

    • 10/09/2017

      Julian Strachan BA ’16 is currently in Bologna, Italy, attending the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

    • 10/09/2017

      Amy Straw ’16, after earning her initial administrator’s license through Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling, has joined Fir Ridge Campus in Portland as its interim principal. Straw joined the David Douglas School District in 2006 as a special education teacher, and she was named department chair in 2010.

    • 10/14/2016

      Emily Thompson BA ’16 was nominated for the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Woman of the Year Award.

    • 10/14/2016

      Joe Williams BA ’16 was featured in a news story on CBS San Francisco KPIX 5 after graduation. Williams was the first in his family to attend and graduate from college, and the story delves into his success despite challenging circumstances in his younger life.