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Class News - 1980s

December 12, 2005


Arts & Sciences 25th Reunion
Oct. 14-16, 2005

Harry Carson ’80, J.D. ’03 is realizing his longtime dream of being a criminal defense attorney. He is a staff attorney at the Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland, where he had worked previously for many years as an investigator.

Janine O’Neill-Robben J.D. ’80, who left the active practice of law in 2000 to become a reporter, has received the first-place award in investigative reporting in the Oregon Society of Professional Journalists’ competition for nondaily newspapers. O’Neill-Robben and a fellow reporter for the Portland Tribune won the award for a four-part series on unsolved murders. She also received two second-place awards for her news writing. O’Neill-Robben also does freelance reporting for Willamette Week and the Oregon State Bar Bulletin.


Nancy Frederick ’81 teaches at Astor Elementary School in Astoria and is a lifeguard during the summer at the Astoria Aquatic Center. A runner, swimmer, and cyclist, Frederick participates in triathlons, duathlons, and cycling competitions. She earned her M.A.T. at George Fox University. Frederick lives in Warrenton with her children, Haley, 16, and Calvin, 12.

Jonathon Katcher J.D. ’81 was given the Alaska Bar Association 2004 Pro Bono Award in recognition of his leadership, volunteer service, and demonstrated commitment to equal access to justice for low-income Alaskans. Katcher is a partner in the Anchorage law firm Pope & Katcher. His statewide civil litigation practice focuses on matters related to personal injury, attorney malpractice, insurance coverage, commercial disputes, and business torts. Katcher is president-elect of the Alaska Bar Association.

Lane Shetterly J.D. ’81 was selected to direct the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. He served nearly four complete terms in the Oregon legislature, representing House District 23. Shetterly also served as speaker pro tem and chair of the House Revenue Committee during the 2003 session.

Sylvia Stevens J.D. ’81 was recently elected president of the Multnomah Bar Association. She is senior assistant general counsel of the Oregon State Bar (OSB) and was elected to its board in 2000. She also served as OSB vice president in 1989. Prior to joining the OSB staff in 1992, Stevens was a partner in the Portland law firm Sussman Shank. She is a frequent writer and speaker on legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Catherine Travis J.D. ’81, a partner at the Portland law firm of Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, was recently elected president of both the ACLU of Oregon board and the ACLU Foundation of Oregon board. Her practice includes bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.


Bill Schultz J.D. ’82, a Portland mediator and arbitrator, has closed his practice to join the staff of the Arthur Morgan School in Burnsville, North Carolina. He and his wife will work as educators, house parents, and administrators at the nonsectarian school, which is located in the mountains of western North Carolina and is organized around Quaker values.

Elton Williams J.D. ’82 has opened his fourth law office. His firm’s offices are located in Hartford, Meriden, and New Haven, Connecticut, as well as in Springfield, Massachusetts. Williams’ practice areas include civil rights, wrongful death, and nursing home neglect. He has authored two consumer legal awareness guides. Williams continues to pursue the hobbies he acquired while living in Portland: fishing, camping, and canoeing. Williams is married and has two daughters and a son.


Aysegul Acar-Dreyer ’83 has become good friends with Professor Emeritus of English Ted Braun’s grandson Matthew and daughter-in-law Kim. Braun’s great-grandson and Acar-Dreyer’s 4-year-old daughter, Alize, were preschool classmates this past year.

Joanne Tzouvalopoulos Beck ’83, Stuart Beck ’83, and their family moved to Newton, Massachusetts, in August 2002. Stuart is director of inpatient services at Cambridge Health Alliance. In addition to his administrative and clinical work at the alliance, Stuart teaches medical students and residents at Harvard University. Joanne is director of biologics programs at Abbott Bioresearch Center. Son Ryan is a high school junior who is thinking about colleges, and son John is in the eighth grade.

Judi Johansen J.D. ’83, PacifiCorp CEO and a Lewis & Clark trustee, was named last year to the board of directors of Scottish Power, PacifiCorp’s parent company. She also serves as a director of the Portland branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, as well as the Oregon Business Council, and as a commissioner of the Port of Portland.

Lori Lake Loughney ’83 writes under the pen name Lori L. Lake and recently published the novel Have Gun We’ll Traveland Stepping Out, a book of short stories. She is also the author of Different Dress and the editor of an anthology titledThe Milk of Human Kindness: Lesbian Authors Write About Mothers and Daughters. Loughney, who lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, writes full time and is a book reviewer forMidwest Book Review and The Independent Gay Writer. Her Web site is

Tim McCrum J.D. ’83, a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Crowell & Moring, is vice chair of the firm’s natural resources and environmental group. Earlier this year, he successfully argued the case of BedRoc Limited v. United States on behalf of BedRoc Limited before the U.S. Supreme Court.

R. Lance Potter ’83, his wife, Debbie, and their three girls have moved to Pennsylvania from Chiang Mai, Thailand, where the Potters spent five years teaching at the Church of Christ in Thailand International School. Lance taught sixth grade, Debbie taught first grade, and both coached almost every sport offered at the school. Currently, Lance holds a fellowship at pennsylvania State University and is pursuing a doctorate in school administration.


Vince Bernabei J.D. ’84 and his wife, Elizabeth, have moved to Aloha with their four children: Sidney, 11; Dylan, 9; Marcus, 8; and Michael, 7. He reports that since the move, life has never been better. In addition to his duties as chauffeur and science fair project coordinator, Bernabei continues to practice law in Oregon and Washington.

Margaret Maija Talso ’84 earned her master’s degree in teaching English as a second/foreign language at the University of Nevada in August 2004. She postponed student teaching to accept a U.S. State Department fellowship to teach English in Tunisia during 2004 and 2005. Previously, Talso was executive director of the Theater Coalition in Reno, Nevada, for six years.


Arts & Sciences 20th Reunion
Dates to be announced

Katherine Lynes ’85 completed her doctorate in English at Rutgers univer-sity in June 2004. In August she moved to upstate New York to join Colgate university’s department of interdisciplinary writing as a visiting assistant professor.

Kathleen Lieuallan Oser ’85 lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Lee, and their daughters, Briana and Ellie. As Lee has tenure at the College of the Holy Cross, Oser says they are there for the long haul, but they get home to Portland to visit family and friends often (about once a year since the kids arrived). Now in semiretirement from her former career as an administrator and grant writer for public library programs, Oser is home full time with the girls.

Gretchen Wilbur Shinoda ’85 is a career counselor at International University of Japan, an international graduate school of about 260 students in the Japanese countryside. While all courses at the school are in English, Shinoda says, “yes, I can speak Japanese by now.” She is married to Tomohito Shinoda, who was an exchange student during her first year at the College. Their daughter, Erika, is 6.

David Wellman ’85 has lived in New York City with his partner, Andy Robinson, since 1993. Wellman teaches ethics and theology at Union Theological Seminary. He recently published his second book, Sustainable Diplomacy: Ecology, Religion, and Ethics in Muslim-Christian Relations. He is also the author of Sustainable Communities. Wellman says that he and his partner travel to Oregon often to visit family and friends.

Tammy Zambo ’85 is happily at work as a freelance writer and editor with one foot in educational publishing and the other in academic publishing, where she specializes in theology, gender studies, and other humanities. She and her partner of more than 17 years, Nancy Nienhuis, live in North Reading, Massachusetts.


Sheri Bartlett Browne ’86 is an assistant professor of history at Tennessee State University.

Turen “Tad” Dunten Jr. ’86 is a librarian and computer lab aide for a Crane elementary school after spending the 1990s operating a small nursery with his third-grade teacher. He is getting ready to marry his high school sweetheart, Rosemary, who has four children. As usual, he says he’s been taking a very odd path, and “the Mutants are always welcome.”

Grace Pan ’86, J.D. ’92 has become the first woman equity partner at the New York City law firm of Frommer Lawrence & Haug.


Michael Absalon ’87 had prolonged stays on the East and West coasts before exploring life in the middle of the country. After living in Madison, Wisconsin, he is now in Memphis, Tennessee, and his wife and daughters enjoy the warmer climate. Absalon loves being a physician-scientist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Brett Bender J.D. ’87 recently opened his own law office in downtown Portland. He will continue to emphasize family law, although he is expanding his practice to include small business and entertainment law.

Ann Nuesse McClellan ’87 has earned her English as a second language certification from University of Maine at Orono. She will be an ESL coordinator in Guadalupe, West Indies. Ann, her husband, Mark, and their children, Thomas and Molly, sail and charter their schooner, Simplicity, from Rockland, Maine.

Vernellia Randall J.D. ’87, a professor at the University of Dayton School of Law, was the featured lecturer at the third annual Thurgood Marshall Lecture at the University of South Dakota Law School. Randall’s speech was titled “The Effect of Health Law on Black People.”


John T. Aney ’88 is assistant director of the Alliance for Innovative manufacturing at Stanford University. He continues to act in the San Francisco Bay Area, and his recent roles include Charles Guiteau in Assassins at San Jose’s City Lights Theatre and Gabe in Dinner With Friends.

Jonathan Cohen J.D. ’88 has been elected president of the Bridlemile foundation, which provides ongoing financial support for Portland’s Bridlemile Elementary School. Cohen, a sole practitioner, specializes in all aspects of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business reorganizations, and commercial and secured transactions.

Christopher “Chris” Munro ’88 continues to stay busy with his home repair business, while his wife, Kathleen Crouch ’88, enjoys staying home with their boys, Marshall and Owen.

Julie Urvater ’88 is a biotech patent agent at a law firm in Seattle. She is married to Jacob Kosman ’89, whom she first met when she attended the College from 1984 to 1985.

Tami Woldman ’88 has taught middle and high school math for 14 years at her alma mater, the Buckley School, located in Sherman Oaks, California. She also coached the junior varsity girls volleyball team for five years and the varsity softball team for six. Woldman earned her master’s degree in education at California State University at Northridge.

Annalese Hoover Wright ’88 recently became director of development at cedarcrest Academy in Maple Grove, Minnesota. She is working on both annual and capital campaigns.


Kevin Carlsmith ’89 is an assistant professor of psychology at Colgate University. He and his wife, Alison, have a daughter named Abigail, two dogs, and a big yard. Carlsmith says he’ll be installing the white picket fence shortly.

Kim Fritsch Folmar ’89 has left the world of corporate human resources to stay home with Hannah, 7; Harrison, 3; and Connor, 9 months. She is also pursuing a second career in nursing. Folmar, her husband, David, and the children live in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Jacob Kosman ’89 met his wife, Julie Urvater ’88, when she attended the College from 1984 to 1985. They reconnected 18 years later at a party in Seattle and married two years after that. The couple still lives in Seattle, and Kosman works at a wireless networking software company.

Richard Pagnano J.D. ’89 has joined Penny Davis and Mark Williams to create Davis, Pagnano & Williams. The new firm, located in downtown Portland, will do business as the Elder Law Firm and will emphasize estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, probate, long-term care cost planning, and attorney ethics defense.

Heidi Van Schoonhoven ’89 has started her own group, individual, and family therapy practice, Portland Creative Healing. Van Schoonhoven earned her master’s degree in art therapy at Marylhurst University in 2003 and is president-elect of the Cascade Region Art Therapy Association. She has more than 20 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings. After graduating from the College, Van Schoonhoven cofounded Hundredth Monkey Theater Collective and wrote and performed solo performance art pieces. From 1997 to 1999, she was a health education volunteer for the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

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