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April 28, 2009


Elisabeth Groening B.A. has been named dean of students at the Waverly School, a small, progressive independent school in Pasadena, California. She continues to teach seventh- and eighth-grade English, too.

Deborah Vick B.A. is living in Williamsburg, Virginia, with her son, Adam, age 10, and two dogs, Nicky and Abby. She is a licensed clinical psychologist working with older adults. Vick spends her free time hiking, biking, and volunteering with Nicky, her therapy dog.


Peter Dehlinger J.D. has been hired as a partner at King & Spalding in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Dehlinger has a Ph.D. in biophysics from Stanford University and more than 27 years of patent experience. His biotech-pharmaceutical expertise includes molecular biology, pharmaceutical chemistry, drug delivery systems, diagnostics, instrumentation, thin-film media, robotics, solid-state devices, microfluidics, and microfabrication.

Timothy Lim B.A. was promoted in September 2008 to full professor at California State University at Los Angeles, where he teaches international relations and comparative politics in the political science department.


Aysegul Acar-Dreyer B.A. works from home as a freelance translator and volunteers time at her daughter Alizé’s elementary school. She and her husband, Doug, live outside of Washington, D.C., in Lake Barcroft, Falls Church, Virginia. She notes, “What a wonderful coincidence that the great-grandson of English Professor Ted Braun was in my daughter’s preschool class.” She found last year’s L&C class reunion “a blast–it was so nice to reconnect with old friends. Thank you L&C!”

Mark Gould J.D. was recently appointed by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell and confirmed by the state’s General Assembly as a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court. Gould is sitting in the Meriden Superior Court, where he is a resident judge hearing criminal, civil, family, and housing cases.

Judith Johansen J.D. was inaugurated in October 2008 as president of Marylhurst University. Previously, Johansen was president and CEO of PacifiCorp. She also served on the Lewis & Clark Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2008, including a term as board chair in 2007-08.

Matthew Murphy B.A. has fond memories of Lewis & Clark. He also has “a wonderful wife and family. I have worked for the same company now in Hawaii for 21 years and feel quite lucky for a lot of reasons. I would love to hear from any and all alumni of our class.”

Robert Lance Potter B.A. is the principal at Chiang Mai International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He returned there with his wife and four daughters after spending four years at Pennsylvania State University earning a Ph.D. in educational leadership.


Daniel McInerny J.D. was listed in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America and Indiana Super Lawyers in Environmental Law for 2008. He is a partner in the environmental group for the firm Bosey, McKinney & Evans in their Indianapolis office.


James Broude B.A., after spending 18 years in the restaurant business and receiving a master’s degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, gave it all up to develop software for the hospitality industry. An added benefit is the ability to spend time with his wife, Ellen, and kids, Noah (7) and Emily (11).

Craig Johnston J.D. has been elected to the council of the American Law Institute. Members are elected through a process that recognizes individuals for their significant professional achievements and demonstrated interest in the improvement of the law. Johnston is a professor of law at Lewis & Clark.

Corey Loehr B.A. has been living in Sydney since graduation. “I have a beautiful daughter and have found Australia just works for me. The IT industry has been my space–basically management and sales … pretty much what a B.A. does for you.”

James Zehren J.D. is president of the City Club of Portland. Zehren is a real estate attorney with Stoel Rives in their Portland office, specializing in construction and design law.


Christopher Shotola-Hardt B.A., who teaches fine art at Wilsonville High School, was named Oregon’s 2008 Art Educator of the Year. His own artwork is shown at Blackfish Gallery in the Pearl District; he exhibited new paintings there in December 2008.


Mark Schuster B.A. and his wife have owned and operated a wholesale plant supplier in the Puget Sound area, Vibrant Plants, since 1991. He says they are “Happily married with son Lucas (10) and daughter Katie (7). We are trying to show them the world before they leave us.”


Sharon Kloss J.D. has joined the University of Portland as director of gift planning.

Erin Waterman B.A. reports: “For the past 13 years, I have used my combination of interest in science and English degree to transcribe medical records. As with nurses, there is a severe nationwide shortage of good medical transcriptionists, and I would be happy to mentor anyone interested in the field. Though my brief marriage did not work, I am blessed by a beautiful daughter, age who is a cancer survivor. My unpaid career is as advocate families affected by childhood cancer. I was recently asked be on the parent advisory board to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at Children’s Hospital. I am also (with the assistance of my landlords) working on turning my backyard into a community garden for horticultural therapy for 21 families of children with serious or chronic illness.”


Todd Battenfield Wynward B.A. designs public charter schools from scratch in Taos, New Mexico. He and his wife, Margaret Bartlett, are involved in public education reform through Expeditionary Learning, a model that combines outdoor adventure with integrated curriculum and authentic assessment. This year they plan to take a break and travel the world with their nine-year-old, Nico.

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