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Third Culture Kids / Global Nomads


History and Goals:

The TCK board was first created in the Fall of 2001. The board meets once a week, and the members serve as advisors who generate ideas and plans that the TCK intern will then set in motion. The board’s main goal is to promote events and advise the TCK intern on projects that they feel will be most effective and support the cause of the TCK group.

Get Involved:

If you are interested in being a member, please e-mail the TCK Intern, Anna Lyubinina at or come to the International Students and Scholars office located on the 3rd floor of Templeton, above the student government offices!

TCK Board Members 2018-2019

 Rosemary Arends (’19) from Saint Paul, Minnesota. She spent her first couple months of life living in Ukraine, then Minnesota for about 7 years before a business venture for her father swept her family all the way to Moscow, Russia for around 3 years. Having been state-side for a couple of years now, Rosemary is always eager to travel. She speaks English, Spanish, and Russian. She is planning on majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics with a Russian minor and a Political Science minor. She has participated in two study abroad trips, having just returned from spending her summer studying Russian in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Rosemary spends most of her time reading world news stories, baking with her roommate, watching crime dramas, cuddling with her cat, and drinking tea.


Anna Lyubinina (’19) was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, and moved to Walnut Creek, California at the age of four. She lived in the East Bay Area for fifteen years with her Ukrainian parents, American-born younger brother, and parakeet named Taco. Anna is fluent in Russian and English, and speaks some Spanish, French, and Ukrainian as well. Additionally, she has a dual citizenship with Ukraine, and hopes to travel the world one day. Recently, Anna returned from an exciting semester studying in London. She is a third year student double majoring in Psychology and Mathematics/Computer Science, with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Innovation. She aims to become a researcher in the field of Psychiatry, and is currently doing research at OHSU on ADHD, as well as some research at LC with a professor on social cues in infants. Some of Anna’s hobbies include singing, dancing, playing the piano, pilates, yoga, floating the river, and baking. She is excited to be part of the TCK board for the third year.


Maddy Pedersen (’19) is from Seattle, Washington. She lived in Denmark for three years and England for three years as well, and is a dual citizen with Denmark. She is majoring in History and minors in Classics. She studied abroad in Greece. She loves to read, travel, watch movies and TV, and to pet dogs.






Mike Lewis (’19) is a Senior majoring in Economics. Born to a Texan father and Chinese mother, Mike moved to Shanghai, China at the age of two and spent the next 16 years of his life there. Now back in his hometown, Mike is eager to experience life in the U.S. He enjoys watching and playing sports, working with electronics and playing video games. Mike is fluent in English and Mandarin.




Ary Hashim (’20) was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has a Chindian mother (Chinese mixed with Indian bloodlines), an American Malaysian father, two younger brothers, and one younger sister. He was in an International School for many years and eventually moved to a British college during his formative years. His father graduated from a top US university, which prompted Ary to inherit the mantle and act as the pioneering eldest son in his pursuit of higher education through the rigorous US university curriculum. He has considered and finds it very likely that economics would be his major and is also considering theatre as a minor. Ary loves conservation work and hopes to be back in Lang Tengah island to further his efforts in preserving the heritage of endangered turtle species. 


Jasmine Bruinooge (’20) is a Junior majoring in Psychology and French Studies. She has a Japanese mother and an American father and was born in Tokyo, raised in Fukuoka, but moved back to Tokyo for three years in high school before coming to Lewis & Clark. She is now studying her third language, French, and hopes to study abroad in Strasbourg, France next fall. She loves the great outdoors, hydrating, traveling, thrift shopping, picture taking, and film watching.
Processed with VSCO with a6 presetEllen Richards (’20) is from Falls Church Virginia, right outside DC. She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and since then has lived in Uganda, India, the Philippines, and most recently Shanghai, China. She graduated high school with an IB diploma from Shanghai American School, Puxi Campus. She wrote her IB extended essay on the effect the Third Culture lifestyle has on TCKs’ later life decisions. She is planning on majoring in Biology and possibly computer science, but is also taking Spanish and Chinese language courses while here at LC.
Thea Spindel (’20) is a Junior majoring in Biochemistry and Hispanic studies. She was born in Oakland, California where her parents were professors/research scientists. She moved to Quito, Ecuador for a year when she was 4 because parents were doing research. When she was eight she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan also due to her parent’s jobs. Her Junior year of high school she lived in Mexico City where she lived with a family and attended a Spanish speaking school while her mom was doing research in Mexico City. She loves traveling to new places and learning about the food and different aspects of life each place has. After she graduates she hopes to travel around the world for a year and eventually go to medical school. 
Amy Natori (’21) was born in Yokohama, Japan and has been raised there all her life. Her father is a Nikkei Japanese American from Hawaii and her mother is from Japan. Amy attended an international school where she learnt Japanese, English and Spanish. She plans to major in Psychology and minor in Rhetoric and Media Studies. She hopes her future work will allow her to help people and, along the way, allow her to travel the world. Her hobbies include hiking, singing, and going to the gym. 
Natalia Thorup Damonte (’21) was born in Lima, Peru and has been raised in many countries around the world. Due to her father’s work at an NGO she grew up all over the world in Peru, Armenia, Baltimore, San Diego, Malawi, Guatemala and Kenya. Her mother is Peruvian and her father is from the USA. She is fluent in both Spanish and English and is learning French. She is undecided in her major but loves both International Relations and Biology. She hopes to have a job that allows her to continue to travel and wants to see as much of the world as possible. She loves animals, reading and music.
Natalie Klee (’21) was born in the Czech Republic, but moved to California at the tender age of nine months old. She returned to the Czech Republic after seven years. Here she graduated from high school and knew exactly where to go for college - back to the US! Now at LC, she plans to major in Biology. She loves animals, trips to the ocean and most often spends time watching Netflix with friends, drawing and exploring Tryon Creek. 

Sara Cascallar (’21) was born in inner-city Madrid, Spain, to an American mother and a Spanish father. When she was thirteen years old, her mother moved to Utah to take care of her parents, and a year later, Sara followed her to get a better education and have more opportunities. Sara is majoring in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Arabic. She loves to learn about the mind and behaviour, and is passionate about learning new languages. She speaks Spanish, English and Catalan, and is working on Arabic and French. She also loves playing soccer and is a huge Real Madrid fan.


Matthew Schwabel (’21) was born in Portland, Oregon, and moved to Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 8th grade. He graduated from the American Community School of Abu Dhabi five years later and moved back to Portland to enroll in Lewis & Clark College. Matthew is planning to major in International Relations and continue to study Arabic as a second language. He loves reading, music, being outside, and learning as much new stuff about the world as he can.


BaileyBailey Steinbach (’22) was born in South Korea and lived in China, Philippines, and Nebraska. Bailey is majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Asian Studies. She enjoys traveling, watching dramas, writing poetry, hosting dance parties, spending time with friends and family.