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August 06, 2008


Erik Benton B.A. and Carrie Uffindell B.A., for a belated honeymoon, visited their old friend, Patt Mills B.A. ‘98, in Egypt. In between working on their house and playing with their two cats, Benton works for Elite Care. Uffindell works at Powell’s, and is writing her first novel.

Catherine Brinkman J.D. has joined the ambassador board of directors for Portland’s DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital. Ambassador board members are charged with fundraising for the nonprofit emergency and critical-care animal hospital in Portland. Brinkman is an associate at the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, where she focuses on construction and commercial litigation.

Lisa Chiang J.D. has announced the formation of her own practice in Seattle. Chiang is also a commercial real estate agent.

Kathleen Finkle B.A. and Kevin Finkle B.A. ‘98, married since 2005, have bought a home in southeast Portland. They perform locally with White Rhino Marimba, and Kevin also performs with Fools in Paradise. If you’re in town, stop by and say hi.

Michael Fleming J.D. has joined Green and Lavelle, specializing in insurance coverage litigation, after spending six years with a large New York firm.

Scott Kennedy B.A. is pleased to hear that everyone is doing so well. He has started his residency in anesthesiology at Oregon Health & Science University. Married and the father of two boys, Isaac, 5, and Kyle, 4, he finds life busy but still fun.


Megan Adams J.D. is currently in her third year of medical school in Baltimore. Previously, she clerked for two judges on Maryland’s intermediate appellate court.

Sarah Antonelli B.A. and her husband, John Harris, and their two cats live in Chandler, Arizona, where he works at FujiFilm and she works at Intel. In spring 2007 they traveled to Croatia and Germany–her first trip overseas. (See also Marriages.)

David Bean J.D. is a partner at the Portland firm Meyer & Wyse, where he specializes in family law. (See also Births)

Jules Kopel-Bailey B.A. is running for state representative in southeast Portland. Check out his website at

Anne Peattie B.A. had a big year in 2007. She got married in August and finished her Ph.D. in integrative biology at the University of California at Berkeley in December. To top it off, in January 2008 she and her husband began a two-year residency in England, where she is doing postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge. She hopes Lewis & Clark friends will visit.

Sadna Samaranayake B.A., with the help of a graduate fellowship in social entrepreneurship, is working toward her M.A. at New York University. Samaranayake, cofounder of a Web design and development business, has also established a foundation to help Sri Lankan children affected by the 2005 Asian tsunami.


Adam Burr B.A. completed his master’s degree in film at Loyola Marymount University. The film he made for his senior project was shown in November 2007 at the Munich International Festival of Film Schools. The film, Re: Monday, is about an Internet-arranged suicide in an Oregon forest.

Jamie Contreras J.D. has been appointed assistant attorney general in the appellate division with the Oregon Department of Justice. She spent the previous year at a private law firm in Portland, and prior to that worked as assistant attorney general in the general counsel office.

Donna Maddux J.D. has been appointed attorney in charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division with the Oregon Department of Justice. After law school, Maddux joined the DOJ as an honors attorney before becoming a regular assistant attorney assigned to the Criminal Justice Division’s Tobacco Compliance Task Force.

Brian Pasko J.D. has joined the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness as its policy director. Previously, Pasko served as the Sierra Club’s lobbyist in Minnesota and was a principal negotiator for environmental interests in Minnesota’s Mercury Reduction Act in 2006 and the Renewable Energy Standard in 2007.

Rosemary Schmidt B.A. is living in Japan, teaching English for the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program. Previously she worked as an Americorps volunteer in Hawaii, providing services to homeless veterans on the island of Oahu. After her term with the JET program, she plans to volunteer with the Peace Corps or World Teach, and ultimately to attend graduate school to study social work with an international focus.

Jessica Wingler J.D. has joined the Roseburg law firm of Nilsen, Johnson & McKinney as an associate attorney. She works in the areas of personal injury, domestic relations, business, and real estate.


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Amy Collinge B.A. lives in northeast Portland and teaches first-grade Spanish immersion at Vose Elementary School.

Victoria Lantz B.A. is writing her dissertation in the theatre and drama department at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her husband, Nick Lantz B.A., is a poetry fellow in UW’s Program in Creative Writing.

Erik Larsen J.D. has joined the Medford firm Hornecker, Cowling, Hassen & Heysell as an associate. His practice areas include business law, tax law, and estates and trusts.

Jeffrey Payne J.D. has been appointed assistant attorney general in the Appellate Division with the Oregon Department of Justice. He spent the last year at a private law firm in Portland.

Liz Posey B.A. is president of the Urban League Young Professionals in Anchorage. Posey says that the multiethnic group, which formed in fall 2007, aims “to nurture young leaders, and get more young people of color to be socially engaged.” She also has her own community-development consulting business.

Kathleen Profitt J.D. has joined the firm Barker Martin in their Portland office as an associate. She specializes in homeowner association representation and construction defect work. Previously, Profitt worked for Foster Pepper.

Alex Usackis B.A. is working toward his master’s degree in sport business management at Sam Houston University.


Michelle Acosta J.D. has joined the Law Offices of Robert Badger in Honolulu. She specializes in family law and real estate and commercial litigation.

Megan Brown J.D. has joined Wooten Hart, a firm located in Roanoke, Virginia. She specializes in medical malpractice.

Adam Draper J.D. has joined the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. He is the organization’s staff counsel and handles environmental issue campaigns as well as issues involving whistleblowers.

Stephanie Engelsman J.D. has joined the Multnomah County Office of the Metropolitan Public Defender as a staff attorney. She previously worked as an assistant public defender for Kane County, Illinois.

Margaret Forrestal B.A., a recent graduate of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, has started her own business, Bodywise Therapeutic Massage, in her hometown of St. Louis.

Deva Gatica B.A. lives in Hawaii, where she is working toward her master’s degree in global leadership and sustainable development. Gatica also consults with several nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations, and she is working on a book with the Toda Institute and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation addressing the challenge of abolishing nuclear weapons.

Sarah Holzer B.A. went to massage school and is now working at a spa in southeast Portland and loving it. She and her new husband, Noah, live in Beaverton with their “insane dog,” Howie.

Amanda Johnson B.A., after a brief stint in the fashion industry, is completing her M.S. in education with a focus in museum education. She is also a full-time third-grade assistant teacher in New York.

Anda Lincoln J.D. has joined the Phoenix firm Stinson Morrison Hecker as an associate. Lincoln focuses on general business law, software and technology licensing, maintenance and consulting agreements with Fortune 100 companies, and represents numerous public and privately held companies.

Thu Ngo B.A. headed from Lewis & Clark to the University of California at Irvine to earn her M.A. in English in 2005 (and had lots of fun doing so). Then she returned home to the Bay Area to earn a single-subject teaching credential from Santa Clara University. She is in her second year of teaching English at Milpitas High School in her hometown. She would love to get in touch with old L&C friends at

Darcy Rumberger B.A. is attending medical school at the University of Florida. Please feel free to contact her with any questions.

Sara Sluszka B.A., after graduating, moved back to the East Coast, where for two years she taught English and literacy to Senegalese immigrants in Harlem. She also worked part time as a community organizer/advocate at the Street Vendor Project, which provides legal representation and legislative advocacy to street vendors. More recently she interned for three months in Geneva with the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions as part of her law school program at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.

Mark Thompson J.D. has joined the Public Power Council as staff counsel. He most recently practiced law at Richardson & O’Leary in Boise, where he specialized in energy issues.

Erin Tobin J.D. has joined Earthjustice as an associate in the law firm’s Oakland, California, office.

Denis Vannier J.D. has been appointed assistant attorney general in the Appellate Division with the Oregon Department of Justice. Previously, he spent two years working in the Criminal and Civil Rights Section of the Trial Division and was an honors attorney in the Appellate and General Counsel divisions.


Mark Burrell B.A. reports, “It’s been a few years since I’ve been back to Portland, but I have fond memories of it. I think I miss the rain and the green leaves surrounding everything the most. We haven’t had rain for five months now in Iraq and the only green I see is what I wear every day. It’s a dicey situation here and also an important time in history to be here. Someday tourists are going to be taking trips here to see the wide-flowing Tigris, visit Saddam’s opulent palaces, and walk under Assassin’s Gate without knowing how it got its nickname. Until that day comes, we’ll be here fighting for something that doesn’t come free.”

Holly Anne Gibbons J.D. is a board member at Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary and is a member of Downtown Salem Rotary. Gibbons is an associate at the Law Office of Eden Rose Brown in Salem.

Matt Goldberg J.D. has organized a legal advocacy group for low-income breast cancer patients. Through the group, he hosts a continuing legal education program to train lawyers in doing pro bono work for the patients. Goldberg is an associate for K&L Gates in the firm’s Portland office.

Damon Henrie J.D. has joined Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue, where he focuses on construction, insurance, homeowner association, and agricultural law as a member of the firm’s construction and insurance defense teams. Previously, Henrie was with Vial Fotheringham in Portland.

Mariah Holeman B.A. moved to Salem, provided executive-level support at an engineering firm, and enrolled in massage school. She is happily married and is a practicing licensed massage therapist (

Stasia Honnold B.A. says, “I’m teaching seventh-grade English! In Portland! And getting paid for it! Life doesn’t get much better (or busier) than this.”

Colin McKean J.D. has joined the Portland firm Gevurtz Menashe as an associate. McKean’s memberships include the Family Law sections of the American Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar, and the Young Lawyers Section of the Multnomah Bar Association.

Erin Nomiyama B.A., although she hasn’t finished her thesis, has changed her topic to search visualization. She works at User-Centered Design, based in Virginia.

Quiana Washington B.A., after receiving her master’s degree in education from Oregon State University in 2006, moved back home to Los Angeles to teach the youth where she grew up. She is in her second year as “a proud fifth-grade teacher.”


Lindsay Arthur B.A. handled sled dogs for a musher racing in the 2008 Iditarod. They trained in Colorado, Montana, and Alaska.

Dan Budihardjo J.D. has joined Kantor Taylor McCarthy as an associate attorney. The Seattle firm specializes in affordable housing and general real estate development. Budihardjo provides legal counsel to developers of residential projects and communities, including condominiums, apartments, subdivisions, and mixed-use projects.

Joanne Ko J.D. has joined the Seattle firm In Pacta as an associate. She specializes in employment law, business law, family law, and estate law.

Frank Lupo J.D. has joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the Chief Counsel’s Civilian Honors Program. Lupo has been assigned to the New Orleans office, where he assists in various aspects of the Hurricane Katrina rebuilding effort.

Robin McIntyre J.D. has been appointed assistant attorney general in the Appellate Division with the Oregon Department of Justice. McIntyre spent the previous eight months working in the Natural Resources Section of the General Counsel Division. Prior to joining the DOJ, McIntyre worked for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Ken Mitchell-Phillips J.D. has joined Davis Wright Tremaine as an associate in the firm’s Portland office. His business and corporate practice focuses on securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and emerging business and technology. Mitchell-Phillips’ career includes positions as an account manager at Infinity Broadcast, regional recruiting manager for State Farm Insurance, executive director for Give Us This Day, and broadcast producer for the U.S. Air Force.

Keirei Ri B.A., studying at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, says, “New York is amazing and I am loving it.”

Jonas Roy B.A. has moved to Boston, where he brews his own cider and beer and is “a part-time seeker of occult knowledge.”


Antoinette Awuakye J.D. has joined the legal department at the Regency Group as their benefits contract compliance analyst for Oregon. Awuakye is married to classmate Blayne Green J.D.

David Crowther J.D. has joined Marger Johnson & McCollom as a patent agent. His practice focuses on patent application preparation and prosecution. Crowther previously worked as an engineer for Tektronix and Thomson Grass Valley.

Jeff Ellsworth J.D. has joined the Bend firm Karnopp Petersen as an associate. His practice focuses on business law, corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions. Ellsworth previously worked as a judicial intern to Judge Anna Brown of the U.S. District Court, District of Oregon.

TJ Harrison B.A. spent three months after graduation in her father’s home city of Sydney, Australia, working at a café and spending time with relatives. Then she and Emily Webb B.A. traveled in New Zealand for three months, working on organic farms in exchange for accommodations. Now TJ has decided to settle back home in Oregon and work for the Forest Grove Community Charter School. Soon you’ll also be able to catch her behind the scenes at a fine dining establishment in Banks or thereabouts.

Blerina Kotori J.D. has joined the firm Tonkon Torp as an associate attorney. Kotori works in the firm’s labor and employment practice group.

Lisa Murphy J.D. has joined S&R Environmental Consulting in Denver as director of regulatory compliance.

Trevor Parker B.A., while attending the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, has started a job search in Portland, where he would love to find a secondary-level language arts teaching job.

Melissa Saulog B.A. is back in San Francisco working in public relations as an account coordinator at Shift Communications.

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