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May 28, 2011


David Craig B.A., associate professor of biology at Willamette University, coauthored a study published in Animal Behaviour supporting anecdotal claims that birds recognize and remember people they consider to be a threat. His research was featured on “A Murder of Crows,” an episode in PBS’ Nature series. “Using a collection of Halloween masks, we were able to show that crows can recognize individual human faces,” says Craig. “I know raven about oneself is nothing to crow over, but I’m a birdbrain.”

Scott Nielson J.D. is a member of the Vancouver city planning commission.


Arts & Sciences Reunion June 23−26, 2011

Jennifer Van Houten B.A. is senior vice president with U.S. Bank in Portland, where she manages a commercial banking team. She is active in the Mazamas, a local mountaineering education organization.


Shannon Couvillon George B.A. lives in Las Vegas with her husband, Chris. After working for five years in the gaming industry as an information technology manager, she has returned to her dot-com roots by joining as a project manager. George adds that she enjoyed meeting area alums at a recent alumni event.

Jason Stanford B.A. celebrated his one-year anniversary to Sonia Van Meter in November. Stanford, who lives in Austin, Texas, runs a national political consulting company. During the 2010 election cycle, his clients included 2 U.S. Senate candidates, 9 gubernatorial hopefuls, and 15 congressional candidates. He is once again serving on Lewis & Clark’s Board of Alumni.


Andrew Davis J.D. is a board member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington. A partner in the Stoel Rives law firm, he has more than 22 years of professional experience in commercial real estate. In addition to being a member of the Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use sections, Davis is chair of the Government Outreach Program Subcommittee of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

Jodi Eichelberger B.A. recently appeared in Tapestry Theatre Company’s 1945 Christmas From Home, directed and produced by fellow Lewis & Clark alumna Judy Straalsund B.A. ’74. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Eichelberger appeared in the Tony Award– winning musical Avenue Q during its first year on Broadway. Later, he was a puppeteer and voice for “Stingy,” a character on Nickelodeon’s Lazytown, for three seasons. He recently performed in It’s a Big Big World for PBS Kids and was part of the workshop cast for Stuffed and Unstrung at the Union Square Theatre in New York.


James Hillas J.D. has started a solo practice in Portland, where he focuses on business law. He has appeared in state and federal courts throughout Oregon and Washington as well as numerous arbitration and mediation forums.


Elena Byther B.A. works for a cancer research hospital in Italy.

Silja Bara Omarsdottir B.A. was elected to Iceland’s Constitutional Assembly. She was one of 25 citizens chosen from a field of more than 500. For the first time in the country’s history, the people of Iceland are reviewing and revising their constitution. Omarsdottir says she looks forward to rewriting her country’s social contract.

Akane Suzuki B.A. is a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, one of 71 members in the state of Washington. She is an owner with the law firm Garvey Schubert Barer in Seattle.

Eric Swenson M.P.A. is assistant superintendent for the Silver Falls School District.


Brian Costello B.A. spent last summer writing about soccer and the World Cup for Portland Monthly. He is now director of digital media/ editor-in-chief for the Portland Timbers, a major league soccer team. He writes stories, oversees content, and spearheads the online team narrative and all digital initiatives.


Adina Kobayashi Cunningham J.D. is the town attorney for Friday Harbor, Washington. She was previously the deputy county administrator in San Juan County. She also served as deputy attorney general of Hawaii.

Thomas Gibson J.D. is general counsel for California’s Department of Fish and Game in Sacramento. He was the department’s acting general counsel in 2010 and was assistant chief counsel from 2008 to 2010.

Sirgoo Lee J.D. is chief executive officer for NHN USA, which provides a leading portal for hardcore online gaming. Previously, he worked as in-house counsel for IBM Korea and as an associate attorney for the Portland law firm of Weiss, Jensen, Ellis & Howard.

Lisa Nordstrom J.D. was honored by the Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners with the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award for performing exceptional volunteer legal work. Glenn Perlow J.D. is senior assistant attorney general at the New Hampshire Department of Justice.


Anne Clark B.A. has joined the Collins Group, a Northwest fundraising consulting firm. She has a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in history from Lewis & Clark.

Kim McGair J.D. has joined the board of directors for the Classroom Law Project, which promotes public understanding of the law and legal process for elementary and secondary students. She is a shareholder at Farleigh Wada Witt in Portland.


Nancy Hales M.P.A. manages a new program, First Stop Portland, within Portland State University’s Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies. Staff of this tour-based program provide logistical support for visiting delegations interested in learning about Portland’s sustainability practices.

Eric Holmes M.P.A. became the city manager of Vancouver, Washington, in October. He holds a bachelor’s degree in planning, public policy, and management from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in public administration from Lewis & Clark.

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