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Class of 2018

    • 07/16/2019

      Meg Leonard MAT ’92 was named the new principal at Cedaroak Park Primary School in West Linn, Oregon.

    • 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.

    • 02/07/2019

      Renee Allums-D’Espyne BA ’18 has announced plans to host a YouTube series with the goal to “break away from the ‘influencer’ age” by elevating the stories of queer women of color like herself. She describes it as the “project of [her] dreams.”

    • 07/24/2019

      Caroline F. Brinster JD ’18 has joined Portland-based firm Gevurtz Menashe as a family law associate. Brinster will handle divorce, custody/parenting time, child support, contempt, and modification for clients with legal matters in Oregon.

    • 02/22/2019

      Lindsey Clark BA ’18 is a 2018-19 fellow at QuEST, an organization that assists young people in pursuit of work for change and service. Clark will be spending the year with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, which provides free legal services to immigrants otherwise without access.

    • 02/08/2019

      Emily Cornett BA ’18 was selected to be a fellow in the Senate Fellowship Program administered by the Center for California Studies at California State University at Sacramento. The fellowship entails 10 to 11 months of full-time work in various offices of the California government, giving participants firsthand experience in the leadership of the large, complex state.

    • 02/12/2019

      Makayela Johnson BA ’18, a hip-hop artist who performs as KayelaJ, is the host of the podcast Press ‘n’ Play with KayelaJ, through the XRAY Podcast Lab. Johnson describes the podcast as “a talk show highlighting black and brown musical talent in the Pacific Northwest.”

    • 06/28/2018

      Makayela Johnson BA ’18, a hip-hop artist in Portland who performs as KayelaJ, was profiled in Willamette Week and appeared at the PDX Pop Now! festival in July 2018.

    • 01/30/2019

      Markel Leonard BA ’18 is the new men’s basketball intern at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis.

    • 06/28/2018

      Nina Oishi BA ’18 was selected by Lewis & Clark faculty members to receive the American Association of University Women Senior Woman Recognition Award. Oishi cites Associate Professor Heather Smith-Cannoy and Assistant Professor Elizabeth Bennett as some of her “brilliant role models in the international affairs department.” Oishi has already moved to Boston to work for a nonprofit that focuses on national consumer healthcare advocacy.

    • 11/14/2018

      Rebecca Ok JD ’18 has joined Tonkon Torp as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment practice group.

    • 06/28/2019

      Thor Retzlaff BA ’18, entrepreneur and cofounder of Intrepid, seeks to solve problems all over the world. One of these problems involves human waste disposal in high-altitude areas, such as the base camp of Mount Everest. At high altitudes, waste does not decompose, and its accumulation has begun to cause severe environmental issues on Everest and many other high-altitude areas. Retzlaff and his colleagues hope to address this with their nonprofit Do Good Shit (DGS), which is currently seeking funding. Starting in Torres del Paine, Patagonia, DGS hopes to install lasting solutions to preserve the most beautiful places in the world.

    • 06/21/2018

      Eric Sauer BA ’18 was a participant in the prestigious Western States Ultra, the oldest 100-mile trail race in the world. Beginning in Squaw Valley, California, runners climb more than 18,000 feet then descend over 22,000 before reaching the finish line in Auburn, California. Sauer finished 162nd after more than 26 hours on the road.

    • 04/25/2018

      Harrison Smith BA ’18, the multi-instrumentalist behind the artful punk project Turtlenecked, released High Scores of the Heart in April 2018. His new release landed him a mention in NPR Illinois’ “Songs We Love” feature. Smith, a prolific songwriter, produced High Scores shortly after his 2017 album Vulture. Both albums, along with earlier recordings, can be found on the Turtlenecked Bandcamp page,

    • 06/28/2018

      Kate Smock BA ’18 was the recipient of the 2018 Rena J. Ratte Award, which recognizes outstanding academic and personal achievement. Smock, a nontraditional student, transferred to Lewis & Clark from community college. She was soon offered the opportunity to intern with NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, where she developed a fundraising guide for the Safe Travels Fund to assist donors contributing to women seeking access to health care. She plans to continue research on transnational gentrification, and ultimately, to pursue a PhD in sociology.

    • 07/01/2019

      Jackson Thein BA ’18, who is pursuing a master’s degree in public health at the University of Edinburgh, is working with a professor on a paper for publication in a medical journal. He has also pinned down his dissertation project, which will be a genetic/infectious epidemiology project involving antibacterial resistance genes and how they are distributed in various populations. He says he keeps busy by volunteering in high schools and on the university campus.

    • 01/08/2019

      Jackson Thein BA ’18 reports that he is greatly enjoying his time at the University of Edinburgh, where he studies epidemiology and statistics. He’s been surprised to find he also likes learning about health ethics. When he’s not studying, he works as a university ambassador, giving tours and meeting with visiting high school groups. He also serves on a postgraduate teaching evaluation committee and student council. He credits Lewis & Clark with having prepared him for this journey and plans to visit Portland soon.

    • 04/30/2018

      Jackson Thein BA ’18 is attending the University of Edinburgh, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in public health. “I’m very excited to see what this path will hold for me.”

    • 01/31/2020

      Daniel Walker JD ’18 has joined the employment law team at Barran Liebman. Walker represents employers on a wide variety of employment issues, from day-to-day advice through the appeal process. Prior to joining Barran Liebman, he worked as an appellate attorney for the State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF) and served as a special assistant attorney general to the Oregon Department of Justice.

    • 11/20/2018

      Daniel Walker JD ’18 has joined the State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF) as appellate counsel and was sworn in as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Oregon.

    • 05/15/2018

      Shelby Ziccardi BA ’18 was a recipient of the 2018 NCWIT Collegiate Award, which honors exceptional accomplishments in computing by undergraduate and graduate women. Ziccardi’s project, “Individual Calibration of Redirected Walking Thresholds in Virtual Reality,” focuses on the VR problem of presenting users with large virtual spaces when the actual spaces they occupy are very limited. Her project addresses this problem by tricking the brain, increasing immersion and depth of experience. The result is quick and accurate calibration of the VR experience, tailored to the individual.