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Class Notes—2000s

March 13, 2015


Arts & Sciences Reunion June 25−28, 2015

Class Correspondent: Sierra Hutchinson,

Tim Revett B.A. accompanied a group of students from the Nuevo Horizonte School in Lambare, Paraguay, in July 2014 for a research trip to the city of Piribebuy, the site of the largest urban battle of the Triple Alliance War (1864–71), fought between Paraguay and the allied countries of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. Upon his return, he wrote, “The poor state of the museum and the advanced age of those who retain the oral tradition present the need for the younger generations to take ownership of the story of the Battle of Piribebuy. I think the students were awakened to the atrocities committed in the aftermath of that battle, and I know some are working on papers and maybe even a documentary about the battle and their trip. It’s cool to see that ‘lightbulb’ appear above students’ heads, especially when it’s related to history.”


Class Correspondent: Katie Clarkson,

Beth Henderson B.A. received Microsoft’s first-ever Legal and Corporate Affairs Pro Bono Award for her volunteer work with children eligible for immigration relief in the United States. She is an attorney with Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs team in Redmond, Washington. 2003

Casey Kohn B.A. and her husband, Matt, packed up their life in California’s Marin Headlands to launch a long-term bicycle-based exploration of endangered places in Asia. Follow their progress at

Victoria Pettersen Lantz B.A. coedited the new Routledge collection Nationalism and Youth in Theatre and Performance. She is an assistant professor of English at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

Karen Pugsley M.A.T. has been named principal of the Chehalem Valley Middle School in Newberg, Oregon. She earned national recognition from the U.S. Department of Education as a Goals 2000 Teacher as Researcher and was named a Berglund Institute Fellow by Pacific University. Pugsley was honored as her district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year and is a member of Newberg’s first Ford Institute Leadership Program.

Zackary Ross B.A. completed his Ph.D. in theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2014.


Class Correspondent: Diana Wiener Rosengard,

Michele Anderson B.A. completed her M.A. in cultural sustainability at Goucher College, where she was awarded the Rory Turner Prize in Cultural Sustainability for her capstone project. She is the Rural Program Director of Springboard for the Arts, a community and economic development organization for artists, based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Lacey Hinkle B.A. has been promoted to account supervisor after two years in the Portland office of HMH, a full-service marketing communications agency. She has more than seven years of account management experience and has worked with clients in the financial, health care, and high-tech industries.

Jessica Stern B.A. is development manager for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland. She joined the organization in May 2014 after spending a year traveling in Africa and Europe. She loves the opportunity to work for an organization that provides music education for hundreds of children in the Portland metropolitan area.

Melissa Tapacio Long B.A. completed her M.A. in international education at the School for International Training. She lives in Marrakech, Morocco, where she works with young people to revive the Moroccan storytelling tradition.

Bonnie Thompson B.A. finished her Ph.D. in American history at Arizona State University in December 2013. She lives in Truckee, California (near Lake Tahoe), and works for the local government. She is searching for an academic job teaching history but is currently enjoying her time away from studying and the classroom.


Arts & Sciences Reunion June 25−28, 2015

Aili Schreiner B.A. is the new manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust, a donation-funded nonprofit group that gives $1.5 million annually to arts groups throughout the state.


Class Correspondent: Aron Phillips,

John Mayer M.A.T. contributed to Teaching with Heart: Poetry That Speaks to the Courage to Teach, edited by Sam Intator and Megan Scribner. The poetry collection describes the complex emotions of the teaching life. Mayer has taught first and second grade at Catlin Gabel School in Portland for six years.

Alison Brown Wandschneider B.A. recently moved to Panajachel, Guatemala, with her new husband, John Wandschneider B.A. ’06. Alison is the sales and marketing director at the Maya Traditions Foundation, a social enterprise that exports handmade Guatemalan textiles and products.


Class Correspondent: Maura Walsh,

Brandon Nichter B.A. is one of six Lewis & Clark alumni to receive a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2014. After completing a Fulbright research fellowship in Chile investigating patterns of cigarette smoking among high school students, Nichter was awarded a two-year National Institutes of Health fellowship in Bethesda, Maryland, where he analyzed adolescent mental health data to identify risk factors associated with mood, anxiety, and substance-use disorders. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Arizona State University, where he studies how different types of internalizing disorders, such as depression and anxiety, make youth more susceptible to substance use and substance use disorders.


Class Correspondent: Kelsey Harrity,

Lila Forte B.A. is one of six Lewis & Clark alumni to receive a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2014. Forte has been teaching high school chemistry for four years and hopes to teach at the college level after completing her Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology.

Alex Hackbarth B.A. is the winner of a 2014 Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations. The fellowship provides graduate students with the opportunity to spend a summer working on international relations issues in the U.S. government’s executive branch or in Congress. Hackbarth attends Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where she is working on graduate degrees in public administration and international relations. She has also worked in various roles for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and has attended the Air Force Air Command and Staff College.

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