February 19, 2013

Class Notes - 2000s

Class Notes - 2000s


Matt Wand JD was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives. Wand is an attorney with Wand Maddox Preston in Gresham. His practice focuses on litigation, business, construction, and real estate matters.


Anne Kunkel JD is a 2012 Idaho Business Review Woman of the Year. Award recipients are chosen based on their professional accomplishments, leadership skills, community involvement, and long-term goals. Kunkel is a partner with Givens Pursley in Boise. Caroline Lobdell JD received the 2012 Service to Agriculture Award from Oregon Women for Agriculture. Lobdell is executive director of the Western Resources Legal Center, a nonprofit legal education program affiliated with Lewis & Clark Law School.

Emily Watson BA returned from western Ukraine, nowhere she served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years. As a community development volunteer, she worked with the Sokal District Association of the Disabled, which seeks to integrate those with disabilities into the community. Watson helped start the district’s first social enterprise to promote the abilities of those with disabilities by offering an opportunity to make a modest income using existing craft workshops. The Oblast Administration, Voice of America, and the Ukrainian National News reported on the project.


Arts & Sciences Reunion June 20−23, 2013

Galen Clark BA, a jazz pianist with Trio Subtonic, has finished a tour across the East Coast from Pennsylvania to Maine. The band’s newest CD, I’ll Meet You There Tomorrow, was released in 2012.

Julian Dautremont-Smith BA obtained his M.B.A/M.S. in natural resources and the environment from the University of Michigan. He participated in the 2002 United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa, and he received a Fulbright student grant to found an enterprise that processes waste vegetable oil into biodiesel in Barbados. Dautremont-Smith is the chief sustainability officer at Alfred State College. He was associate director for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and worked with Green Schools National Network, developing ideas for a new green school rating system.

Katie Williams BA is a museum educator with the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle. She is working with a colleague to make museum collections more accessible, as an average of 3 to 5 percent of any museum’s permanent collection is displayed in a public gallery at any time.


David Aengus Anderson BA and Micah Saul CAS have started an online conversation project about deep issues facing America and the world on their website. Anderson interviews experts in various fields, such as Laura Musikanski at the Happiness Initiative, Rev. John Fife on human rights, Max More on cryogenics, Peter Warren on bringing together ranchers and environmentalists, and Gabriel Stempinski on the new sharing economy. People post replies to the videos, and Anderson and Saul respond, either in the comments or through another video, to truly make the project a conversation.

Daniel Barth BA was appointed professor of economics at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He earned his master’s degree and PhD from Johns Hopkins University.

Michele Christle BA, after a two-year stint in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, went on to earn an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her short story “Lagon Bleu” was published in the fall 2012 issue of the Kenyon Review. In addition, she ran the Hartford Marathon to raise money for The Warriors Organization (TWO), a group that empowers indigenous people in Tanzania. Christle serves on TWO’s board. Her first visit to Tanzania was through Lewis & Clark’s overseas study program.


Angela Chu BA received her M.P.H. in health policy and management from the University of California at Berkeley in May 2012.

Peter Ricoy JD received the Champions Award at the Oregon State Bar’s 2011 Convocation on Equality for advancing diversity. He was elected to serve as the 2012 president of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. Ricoy is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association. He is an attorney with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in Portland.


Amelia Blakeman BA started a clothing line, Amelia, after deciding that clinical research in psychology was not for her. Blakeman is a prime example of how a liberal arts education can give a creative, entrepreneurial edge over more specific vocational degrees.

Bernard Chamberlain JD received the 2012 Multnomah Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award of Merit for his outstanding efforts in representing a low-income family involved in a dispute with the Oregon Department of Revenue. In a trial before the Oregon Tax Court in 2011, Chamberlain won a favorable ruling for the client.

Joe Decker BA is public information officer for Canyon County, Idaho.

Antonio Gonzalez JD received the Rising Star Award from Lewis & Clark Law School’s Recent Graduate Council for his professionalism and outstanding leadership.

Laurel Nakanishi BA, a Honolulu poet, was awarded a scholarship to return to Nicaragua to implement an arts program at schools in Granata and Leon. A recipient of a Fulbright scholar grant, she will spend one year working with teachers and another with residents and students.


Liz Nguyen BA is studying music therapy at California State University at Northridge. Her roommates from Lewis & Clark College, Jillian DeCoursey B.A. and Jamie Cassut BA, are also living in Los Angeles. 

Miles Sprietsma BA and Dana Plautz BS ’82 created The Martha Washington Hotel and the Women Who Built Her, an award-winning documentary about the first women’s boarding house in Portland, started in 1887. Nik Walton BA ’10 and Leslie Simmons BA ’13 also contributed to the film with music production. The documentary has been shown in numerous Portland venues.


Arts & Sciences Reunion June 20−23, 2013

Eric Atcheson BA, a pastor at Longview [Washington] First Christian Church, learned about Taize—a quiet, candlelit prayer service—from a Franciscan nun whom he met at Lewis & Clark. He has adapted this night service of prayer meditation to his church.

Amber Case BA is a cofounder of Geoloqi, a platform for building location-aware mobile applications. Her company was recently sold to Esri, a large software company, which will further expand Geoloqi through research and development.

In an interview with Forbes, Case said, “Esri has the nouns and adjectives of geographic software— they’ve got maps and data down—they can describe those things and put them to use for thousands of customers. But we have the verbs—we’re mobile and real-time… . Really it’s a beautiful match.”

Parker Lewis BA works for Puzzazz, a company that creates puzzles for the digital world. He recently published a collection of crossword puzzles for the company titled Xwordz 4 Newbs. It contains 25 easy crossword puzzles geared toward beginning solvers. For more information visit the website.

Sonja Myklebust BA completed her M.M. in cello performance at the University of Washington.


Mary Bodine BA is one of 12 students from 12 tribes and 12 universities selected for a 2012 Native American Congressional Internship. Based in Washington, D.C., the internship provides American Indians and Alaskan Natives an inside view of the workings of the federal government. Bodine is pursuing a law degree in environmental and Indian law at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Jake Kamins JD was named by the Animal Legal Defense Fund as one of the nation’s top animal defenders. The organization works to protect animals and advance animal interests through the legal system. Kamins is a deputy district attorney for Multnomah County.

Morgan Shaw-Fox BA collaborated with four other young filmmakers to launch the Watchword Film Collective, a Los Angeles–based project aimed at producing cutting-edge, artistic, high-quality content. He is studying improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.

Aleta Storch BA completed a 14-week internship focused on sustainable, traditional, and educational farming and living at Tentuta di Spannocchia in Italy.


Meghan Cain BA has started a PhD program in quantitative psychology at Notre Dame, working with Assistant Professor Guangjian Zhang.

Kali Harper BA was named a 2012 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow. The Woodrow Wilson Foundation provided her with this fellowship to support her completion of a graduate degree at Georgetown University. As a fellow, she will serve for three years as a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department
of State and participate in a domestic and an overseas internship.

Angela Webber BA and her sister, Aubrey Webber, have formed the Doubleclicks, a comedic, satiric, geek-centered duo. They got their start at open-mic nights in Portland and soon became part of the Nerd Folk genre. Using a cello and ukulele, they create music that is lyric intensive. “It’s not music for everyone,” says Webber, “but we make music we’re proud of.” The duo’s new CD is Chainmail and Cello. They have played in Seattle; Bellingham, Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. They plan to tour California and the East Coast.


Nicole Pampanin BA was accepted into the Peace Corps. She will teach English in Madagascar for two years.

Robb Shecter JD received the law school’s Making a Difference Award from the Recent Graduate Council for his work within a non-traditional legal area. Shecter designed and built OregonLaws.

Disan Suarez BA was one of many former players inducted into the Imperial Valley Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Suarez was honored to share the night with his former coach, David Shaw. Suarez said, “Not only did Coach Shaw help me get into college to play, but he literally changed my life.”


Olivia Erlanger BA created [Outer] Space Gallery, a portable gallery in Portland. She won the spring 2012 Emerging Artist Residency in Sculpture at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado.