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Class Notes - 2000s

March 11, 2007


Becca Bernstein ‘00 exhibited her paintings in a show titled The Art of Aging at the Oregon Jewish Museum in Portland. The show, first curated and exhibited at New York’s Hebrew Union College, included conceptually linked contemporary art in a wide range of media.

Robert Childs ‘00 earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of New Hampshire. He works as a prevention educator for an AIDS service organization, where he started the state’s first women’s support group. He also works with a Tanzanian group called Africa Bridge, as an advisor on improving the health index in communities that are stricken with HIV/AIDS. He was married in 2004 to a Georgian woman named Paige Travis.

Shaen Germain ‘00 and Bethany Dengler-Germain ‘01 say “Hi” to all L&C folk and would love to hear from anyone who went to Ecuador with Shaen and to Australia with Bethany in 2000. They teach in Davis, California, but have bought a house on the Big Island of Hawaii and hope to move there in a few years.

Debbie Pilorget J.D. ‘00 has joined Kivel & Howard in Portland.

Viktoria Salnikova-Leeper ‘00 says, “Congrats to all the new parents, especially those with double blessings! It’s great to see how many alums are having twins–there must have been something in the water on campus.” Her twins, Oscar and Lex, and their baby sister, Sophia Grace, are doing great. She and her husband, Oscar Leeper IV ‘99, are both software engineers and plan to start master of business administration programs soon.

Chad Stokes J.D. ‘00 is a partner at Cable Huston. He represents clients in energy, environmental, and land use matters, assisting them with permitting, contract negotiations, rate proceedings, administrative litigation, and other regulatory issues.


Sarah Antonelli ‘01 graduated from the University of Oregon with a doctorate in chemistry. She’ll work at the Hillsboro Intel site for a year, then move with her group to Chandler, Arizona.

Megan Garrett ‘01 is working toward a master of science in communication design at Pratt Institute. She’s having loads of fun and working hard to finish the two-and-a-half-year program in two years, by May 2007.

Bethany Dengler-Germain ‘01 and Shaen Germain ‘00 say “Hi” to all L&C folk and would love to hear from anyone who went to Ecuador with Shaen and to Australia with Bethany in 2000. They teach in Davis, California, but have bought a house on the Big Island of Hawaii and hope to move there in a few years.

Cameron Parker Sutton ‘01 continues to enjoy the outdoors in Maine and teaches science and environmental education to K-12 students for the Auburn School Department there. Last spring, Sutton was named Environmental Educator of the Year 2004 by the local Soil and Water Conservation District. 

Micah Risher ‘01 finished her master’s degree in international education in 2005 while living and working in Poland. The program was out of Framingham State College, Massachusetts. She now lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh, training teachers for the State Department under the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. She has also facilitated training programs in India and Afghanistan.

Robin Schaefer ‘01 has been featured in a number of art exhibitions in Denver, including a solo show, titled Introverted, at Plus Art Gallery.


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Alexa Amos ‘02 is a graduate student in astrophyscis in Denver. 

Lisa Blee ‘02 received the Palmer Award from the Oregon Historical Society for the best article published in the Oregon Historical Journal in 2005.

Surina Chandra ‘02 is working toward a master’s degree in finance at London Business School.

Susan Cohen ‘02 earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington and hopes to work as an underpaid slave to the system.

Daniel Flo J.D. ‘02 has joined the environmental consulting firm Natural Resource Group as an associate consultant/land use specialist. Flo and his wife, Lynn Archer J.D. ‘02, live in Minneapolis, where Archer practices employee benefits and corporate law at Parsinen Kaplan Rosberg & Gotlieb.

Elizabeth Hess ‘02 moved from Eugene to Corvallis last August to start a campus ministry. She works at Oregon State University in the Honors College, and her husband, Chuck, is studying business. She enjoys small-college-town life a lot more than she thought she would.

Amanda Hughes ‘02 and her husband are enjoying every minute of being parents; daughter Edie is a delight. Hughes is working toward a master’s degree in public administration from California State University at Stanislaus.

Sarah Adams Lien J.D. ‘02 has joined the new law office McDowell & Associates in Portland. The firm focuses on energy regulation, administrative law, and litigation. Previously, Lien worked at Stoel Rives.

Erin MacDonald J.D. ‘02 has joined the firm of Karnopp Petersen in Bend, working in the estate planning division.

Theresa Page M.A. ‘02 joined Numinosity, A Center for Wellness, as a practitioner in 2006. Numinosity was cofounded in 2005 by Christina Rose ‘92, M.A. ‘97 and Gina James ‘94.

Lakin Soldate ‘02, after much thought and reflection, has decided to pursue nursing as a career. He is completing prerequirements at Portland Community College and will begin applying to masters programs in nursing in 2007.

Editor’s note: In the summer 2006 issue, we misspelled Lakin Soldate’s first name and referred to him by the wrong gender. We apologize for these errors.


Caroline Bulloch ‘03 is in her third year of veterinary medical school at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She and her husband live in Madison with their two cats, Miss Cheeto and Faye.

Tasha Caswell ‘03 is pursuing a master’s degree in information studies with a concentration in archives at the University of Toronto. So far, so good. She is enjoying Canada, Toronto, and the people she has met.

Nathan Perea J.D. ‘03 has joined the firm of Varner & Brandt in Riverside, California, working in the business litigation department.

Brede Rorstad ‘03 created and conducts the Music Population Orchestra, a group of 20 classically trained musicians known to play free concerts in the streets of downtown Portland.


Usman Ally ‘04 is a master of fine arts student in acting at the University of Florida, planning to graduate in May 2007. He teaches acting and improv classes to undergraduate students. He recently made his professional stage debut at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Florida, in the regional premiere of A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, adapted by Nilo Cruz from the short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He also founded the University of Florida’s first hip-hop theatre troupe, One Nation. He teaches hip-hop theatre classes to young adolescents at the Hippodrome State Theatre and works with young registered sex offenders in the local prison, using hip-hop as a means of expression and rehabilitation. He also filmed his first commercial and did some voiceover work for an Anime film. For his thesis role, he will play Vladimir in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

John Barhoum J.D. ‘04 has joined Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue as an associate. He focuses on business and commercial litigation as well as products liability and insurance coverage litigation.

Allen Chan J.D. ‘04 has joined the firm of Davison Van Cleve as an associate in the firm’s energy and utility law practice.

Tim Eblen J.D. ‘04 has joined the firm of Smith & Greaves as an associate in the growing consumer and commercial collection practice department. He continues to serve homeowners’ associations in Oregon.

Anisa Goforth ‘04 attends Michigan State University for a doctoral program in school psychology to study acculturation and assimilation in international school students. She spent the last two years in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as a teacher and high school counselor at an international school.

Sarah Holzer ‘04 lives with her boyfriend, Noah, and their puppy, Howie, in Portland. She recently graduated from the Oregon School of Massage and works as a nanny.

Amanda Lillis ‘04 dabbled in the private sector for a year in Washington, D.C., but is now even farther from Portland’s Palatine Hill. As a foreign service officer in Lagos, Nigeria, she has found life more than intriguing and humbling. Bird flu, hostage crises, airplane crashes, religious riots, and slimy okra stew make for full and fascinating days.

Matthew McHenry J.D. ‘04 has joined Metropolitan Public Defender and is working in the Multnomah County office. Previously, he was an associate attorney at the Law Office of Michael Levine.

Marissa Reddy ‘04 is giving the East Coast a shot as assistant varsity crew coach at Wellesley College. She misses Oregon, but the Charles River at 5 a.m. is tough to beat.

Robert Sholars Jr. ‘04 thoroughly enjoyed a two-year stay in Washington, D.C., where he provided communications counsel for corporate clients engaged in litigation or facing a crisis. He is working toward a master’s degree in international media and communications at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Jessica Stern ‘04, working as a campus events coordinator at Lewis & Clark, loves being back on campus. She also plays in a local African marimba ensemble called Zimba! and studies Zimbabwean marimba music in Portland.

Triptaa Surve J.D. ‘04 is working for the state of Alaska in the governor’s office as investigations director for the Human Rights Commission.

Bonnie Thompson ‘04 is working toward a doctorate in history at Arizona State University. She’s also an assistant for a feminist journal called Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. She and her high school sweetheart, Casey, are still together and have two adorable cats.

Alexander Tillson ‘04 lives in Chico, California, where he coaches lacrosse and works as marketing director for the Chico Enterprise-Record.

Elizabeth Welch J.D. ‘04 and Theresa Kohlhoff J.D. ‘80 have opened a new law practice, Kohlhoff & Welch: A Mother-Daughter Partnership. Kohlhoff has practiced law for nearly 26 years and Welch has considerable experience in plaintiff personal injury work, an area in which the practice plans to continue. 


Jeneé Gifford J.D. ‘05 has joined Miller Nash as an associate in the business department. Her practice includes general business, real estate, tax-exempt organizations, and tax law.

Chris Grady J.D. ‘05 is an associate at Smith Freed & Eberhard in Denny Freed’s litigation team. Grady’s practice emphasizes the defense of personal injury and construction defect claims. 

Debra Guskin ‘05 lives in San Francisco and works as a software and hardware tester.

Rachel Philips J.D. ‘05 has joined Metropolitan Public Defender and is working in the Multnomah County office.

Nathan Young ‘05 is volunteering for a rural community development program with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica through May 2008.

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