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Comings and Goings Update: Get to Know Sarah Petrich

January 07, 2019

  • Associate Director for Human Resources Sarah Petrich

This fall, Sarah Petrich took on the role of associate director for Human Resources. Kris Codron, who served as associate director for Human Resources since 2005, will remain on the HR team as the training manager/leave administrator. Get to know Sarah in the following Q&A, and see the full comings and goings update below.

Tell us about your background and what part it played in leading you to this job.

I was born and raised in central Minnesota and moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest 13 years ago. For most of those 13 years I have been in human resources in higher education. I worked at OHSU for 10 years, eight within the School of Nursing, and, most recently, at Marylhurst University for the last three years. While I am saddened by the closure of an historic institution of higher learning, I see working for Lewis & Clark as an opportunity to grow professionally while staying within the realm of a mission driven liberal arts institution. Working at Marylhurst directly influenced where I chose to focus my job search, which landed me here at Lewis & Clark and I could not be happier.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

While it was difficult, I see my most recent achievement as having helped more than 100 employees navigate through the university closure process with respect and integrity. By giving one-on-one time with each person, advocating for career coaching and transition resources, and holding many open sessions and workshops, I was able to help ease them through a very difficult time. Being in that role for the employees allowed them to process what the change meant for them personally in a safe atmosphere which then allowed them to continue to be present in their roles and work in a highly respectful and professional manner. I will always strive to achieve a reputation of being a trusted partner and advocate for employees.  

What are your goals for your first year?

My main goal is to learn as much as I can about Lewis & Clark, in terms of the people, the culture and its history. Specifically, I want to get to know as many of the employees as possible in order to learn how I can assist them. I look forward to working with the talented HR team as well as to collaborating with individuals and departments across the campuses.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?  

I enjoy exploring the great outdoors while hiking, backpacking and camping. My other favorite activities include yoga, gardening, knitting and seeing live music with good friends. My most recent interest is in taking weekly Spanish classes. ¡Espero conocer a todos!

Several people have joined the community recently, and some continuing employees have taken on new roles and responsibilities at Lewis & Clark:

Nicole Aldarondo Morales, administrative specialist, Academic English Studies; Mary Andrus, assistant professor with term, Counseling Psychology; Kristine Bella, instructor with term, Counseling Psychology;  Ashley Black, visiting instructor, History; Kristin Brown, administrative coordinator, Campus Living; Nathan Brown, assistant professor, Counseling Psychology; Bettina Calaba, senior development/major gifts officer, Law School; Kim Cameron-Dominguez, assistant professor, Sociology/Anthropology; Jessica Carron, area director, Campus Living; James Chancellor, area director, Campus Living; Jimmy Chau, head men’s and women’s tennis coach/instructor, Physical Education and Athletics; Reggie Collins, assistant dean, CAS Admissions; Jessica Daniel, lab director/instructor, Chemistry; Joseph Kopp, assistant football coach, Physical Education and Athletics; Jessica Daniel, lab director/instructor, Chemistry; Emily Decker, interim director, Alumni and Parent Programs; Laure Dutirou-Mason, adjunct instructor, World Languages and Literatures; Joseph Fastuca, area director, Campus Living; Mikhail Filarski, admissions counselor, CAS Admissions; Dominique Gardner, assistant director, Inclusion and Multicultural Education; Joshua Goldstein, assistant director of gift planning, Institutional Advancement; Carey Gordon, lead dispatcher, Campus Safety; Emily Hayes, head volleyball coach/instructor, Physical Education and Athletics; Randy Heath, assistant football coach, Physical Education and Athletics; Jason Holmgren, interim occupational health and safety officer, Facilities Services; Josh Ireland-Burchett, graduate registrar transcript and records, Graduate Registrar’s Office; David Frazee Johnson, assistant vice president, Corporate and Foundation Relations; Lexi Kelley, development and marketing assistant, Institutional Advancement; Donna Kerr, administrative coordinator, Mathematical Sciences; Francine Key, administrative specialist, Counseling Center; Kin Le, development assistant, Institutional Advancement; Anne Le Chevallier, Catholic student life coordinator, Office of Spiritual Life; Sierra Lavoy, laboratory coordinator, Biology; Katherine Leibel, area director, Campus Living; Claudia Loeber, assistant crew coach, Physical Education and Athletics; Pannhara Mam, assistant tennis coach, Physical Education and Athletics; Rachel Martinez, special assistant to the president, President’s Office; Andrew McPheeters, interim vice president, Dean of Students; Caroline Mead, associate director, Alumni, Parent, and Student Engagement; Lyle Moevao, assistant football coach, Physical Education and Athletics; Dawn Montgomery, adjunct faculty, Educational Leadership; Michael Namkung, visiting assistant Professor, Art; Scott Pisapia, assistant women’s basketball coach, Physical Education and Athletics; Stephanie Pollard, assistant director, Student and Departmental Account Services; Holly Puckett, director, Law Career Services; Kaitlin Sommerfeld, programs coordinator, Overseas and Off-Campus Programs; Devra Sigle-Hermosilla, assistant dean, Law Career Services; Lee Shin, emergency management/preparedness response manager, Campus Safety; Annie Smith, communications and events coordinator, National Crime Victim Law Institute; Morgan Staric, teaching fellow, postdoctoral fellow, Earthrise Law Center; Hannah Stinson, assistant coach, Physical Education and Athletics; Amy Sweet, assistant coach, Physical Education and Athletics; Jessica Thomas, assistant professor with term, Counseling Psychology; Julianna Vermeys, placement coordinator, Counseling Psychology; Stacy Webster-Wharton, director of operations, Facilities Services; Courtney Whetstine, Registrar, Graduate School; Kristina Williams, head women’s basketball coach/instructor, Physical Education and Athletics; Storm Woods, assistant football coach, Physical Education and Athletics; and Breck Young, registrar coordinator, Law Registrar’s Office.

The following people have left Lewis & Clark. Here’s wishing them good luck in their new adventures:

Rick Berman, instructor with term, Counseling Psychology; Margot Black, director, Symbolic and Quantitative Resource Center; Clayton Bracht, area director, Campus Living; Tyler Bradford, web operations and applications developer, Information Technology; Megan Brannan, area director, Campus Living; Araceli Cruz, assistant director, Financial Aid; Heather DeLancett, student employment specialist, Human Resources; Channing Dodson, visiting instructor, Academic English Studies; David Ellis, vice president, secretary and general counsel; Arianna Figueroa, administrative coordinator, Campus Living; Chloe Flora, groundskeeper, Facilities Services; Dinari Foreman, head men’s basketball coach/instructor, Physical Education and Athletics; Sally Galler, development specialist I, Institutional Advancement; Daymond Glenn, visiting assistant professor and assistant director of the Teaching Excellence Program, College of Arts & Sciences; Nicholas Greenfield, program and board coordinator, National Crime Victim Law Institute; Debra Haug, Catholic student life coordinator, Office of Spiritual Life; Cipriano Juarez Martinez, counselor, Counseling Psychology; Joseph Kopp, assistant football coach, Physical Education and Athletics; Matthew Lovell, instructor, Counseling Psychology; Megan McGuire, director of career and professional development, Law Career Services; Ernesto Mendez, officer,  Campus Safety; River Montijo, registrar, Graduate School Registrar’s Office; Caitlin Morris, laboratory coordinator, Biology; Lyle Moevao, assistant football coach, Physical Education and Athletics; Bria Murry, program coordinator, Overseas and Off-Campus Programs; Molly Newgard, associate director of corporate and foundation relations, Institutional Advancement; Jennifer Niedermeyer, assistant dean, Development and External Relations; Jennie Newman, administrative specialist, Environmental Studies; Michael Nichols, accountant, National Crime Victim Law Institute; Dan Oswalt, access services/technology specialist, Watzek Library; Isaac Parker, assistant football coach/instructor, Physical Education and Athletics; Mirand Parker, development assistant, Institutional Advancement; Shanthi Pattison, analyst, Human Resources; Ryan Pierce, visiting assistant professor, Art; Linda Quandt, administrative coordinator, Law Registrar’s Office; Maureen Reed, college and fellowship advisor, College Advisor Center; Marilyn Sbardellati, transportation and parking program manager, Transportation and Parking; David Shratter, assistant supervisor of circulation, Watzek Library; Tod Sloan, professor, Counseling Psychology; Bob Tomlin, risk management coordinator, Facilities Services; Arielle Valdez, assistant golf coach, Physical Education and Athletics; Carl Vance, chief investment officer, Finance Division; Annette Whalen Lanier, executive assistant, President’s Office; and Jeffrey Yamashiro, analyst, Institutional Research.