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Class Notes - 1990s


Class Correspondent: Zena

Ann Patel B.S. is the executive director of the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding and an adjunct lecturer and fellow at the Center for International Conflict Resolution, Columbia University.


Class Correspondent: Laura Mundt

Kimberli Ransom B.A., a professional photographer, is documenting each step of her breast cancer treatment in a series of photo shoots called Finding Beauty In Cancer. HooplaHa has filmed a video on this experience, and her story has been reported by the Huffington Post and in the local Portland press by KATU and Portland Parent. You can follow her story on her blog,


Ron Podmore M.E. spoke on why back-to-school supplies “don’t have to cost an arm and a leg” with Margaret Larson (former NBC anchor) in the Seattle market KING 5 affiliate. Podmore serves as a committee member (1 of 9 out of 400 applicants) with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Washington, D.C. He is working on revision of standards for the College to Careers/Careers & Technology Education component. He notes, “I am honored and thrilled to be a part of this committee that meetsin Washington, D.C., every six to eight weeks for the 2013–14 academic year… . I couldn’t have done it without the fine education I received under Professors Bill Brelje and Barbara Schirmer.”

Phillip Wong B.A. is an advocate with Oregon Food Bank, lobbying for state policies that reduce hunger and poverty. He has been a government relations and public affairs professional for over 15 years, working on a wide range of issues ranging from poverty to health care, tax reform, land use/transportation, equity, and economic justice. Wong is a native Portlander and grew up in the city’s Southeast area. He is the first person in his family to go to college, attending with the support of the GI Bill through his enlistment with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He serves as a 2013–14 mentor for fellows from the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon.


Class Correspondents: Erik Thorin and Marcye Mokier


Arts & Sciences Reunion

June 19–22, 2014

Stacey Kim B.A. has worked in the public affairs office at that other Portland college— Reed—since June 2009. As Reed’s managing editor, Kim is in charge of the people and processes that create Reed’s print and Web marketing materials. She lives in North Portland with her twins, Maddie and Riley, who are in a Spanish-immersion second grade class at Beach Elementary. To her great surprise, she has become an avid runner, completing both the Hood to Coast Relay and the Portland Marathon in 2013. She is enjoying reconnecting with Lewis & Clark by serving as a reunion volunteer.


Honorable Cheryl Albrecht J.D. received the Larry K. Amburgey Commitment to Public Interest Law Award at the law school’s annual PILP Auction on March 15, 2014. The award was established in 2011 to recognize law graduates who demonstrate long- term commitment to the school’s public interest law program.

Nerissa Koehn B.S. is the associate program director of the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, a newly established medical residency program in Missoula.

Raphael Peck B.A. is president of Fanatics Apparel, the world’s largest online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise. He comes to this position after four years at Oakley, recently as a chief merchandising officer.


Class Correspondent: Jo Becker

Douglas Morris J.D. was elected managing partner at Ater Wynne. Morris’ practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities, and general corporate representation of private and publicly held high-technology and high-growth companies. He chaired the business department from 2009 to 2013.

Chanaka Yatawara B.A. has run the United Motors group as group CEO/executive director for the past 10 years. The company is listed in the Colombo, Sri Lanka, stock market with a turnover of about $150 million and is in the top 25 listed companies in the country. “I had a great experience at Lewis & Clark where, more than anything, I learned about myself and developed immense confidence.”


Mitchell Baker J.D. was named managing partner of Fisher & Phillips’ Portland office. With extensive experience enforcing noncompetition agreements, prosecuting Trade Secrets Act violations, defending employers accused of discrimination and retaliation, and representing employers in wage and hour class action cases, Baker has been instrumental in growing the firm’s practice in the region. He is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law matters and is a regular contributor to theOregon Daily Journal of Commerce. Baker also devotes a considerable amount of time to representing victims of domestic violence through Legal Aid Services of Oregon.

Holly Somers J.D., formerly presiding administrative law judge for Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Board, was appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber and confirmed by the state senate as board chair. As chair, Somers serves as the administrator of the agency and as one of the board’s five full-time members.


Andrew Beckham B.A., M.A.T. ’01 has gained national media attention inWine & Spirits andForbes for his use of the ancient practice of making wine in amphorae, or terra-cotta vessels. He started throwing his own amphorae and experimenting with the clay composition to create a safe and efficient wine vessel. In addition to owning Beckham Estate Vineyard with his wife, Beckham is the head art teacher at Beaverton (Oregon) High School.

Christine Bernsten B.A. has been appointed Transformation Portfolio Program Manager for Health Share of Oregon, a coordinated care organization serving Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.

Christopher Neumann J.D., shareholder in the environmental law and litigation practice groups of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, was reappointed to Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission. Neumann currently serves as chair of the commission. His term runs through August 1, 2016.


Class Correspondents: Nicole Miranda and Mike Skrzynski

Heather Guthrie J.D. was named to the 2013 Five-Star Professional List in Estate Planning by Portland Monthly magazine, the third year she has been so honored. She is a partner with Dunn Carney.

Laura Maffei J.D., shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, received an Outstanding Legal Service Award from the Northwest Pulp & Paper Association (NWPPA). This was the first award presented by the association for providing more than 10 years of outstanding legal service to NWPPA.

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