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Meet our student leaders!

Alumni Fellow

Vela Dyrness ’19
Major: History and Political Science double major
Club/Group affiliations:
L&C Speech and Debate Team, Student Academic Affairs Board, Alumni and Parent Programs
What do you love about L&C?: The professors at L&C are incredible. Not only are they excellent teachers, but they’re also among the sweetest and most caring people I have ever met. Plus, you can’t beat this campus!

What do you hope to do with your L&C education?:
I am planning on attending either grad school or law school to pursue a life of international activism or research! However, before that, I’ll be living in Japan next year and teaching English through the JET Program!
Have you ever been abroad through L&C? If so, where and when?:
I have not been able to take advantage of L&C’s amazing overseas program — being a double major is time consuming! I do plan on eventually living abroad for an extended period of time.


Graduate Student Worker

Siosifa Tonga ’16, MA ’18

Graduate Program: Student Affairs Administration
Undergraduate Education: Lewis & Clark College ’16
What do you love most about L&C?: What I love about L&C the most, is how small and personable all my classes were. It is a small campus so being a part of a few clubs, sports teams, etc. I felt like I knew the majority of everyone on campus.
What do you love most about working in APP?: I have worked in the Dean of Students Office in the last 4 years and I wanted to see campus from a new perspective. I love working in Student Life, but I am excited to work with alumni to learn from, and connect with people who have been through what I have experienced as a Pioneer.
Fun facts: I started an A Capella group on campus full of football players, called the Portfolio Paths.

Graduate Practicum Students

Jenny Bornstein, MA ’18
Graduate Program:Student Affairs Administration
Undergraduate Education: Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa (Go Pios!)
What do you love about L&C?: I’ve worked in Watzek Library for 14 years and I love how the library is the “living room” of campus. Watzek is open 24/5 so students can socialize, recharge, and even study at all hours. 
What do you love about working in APP?: I loved my undergrad experience at a small liberal arts college and share that enthusiasm for L&C. Working with APP is a way to celebrate L&C as a staff person, grad student, and future alum! 
Fun facts: I have two strange and perfect dogs, Daisy and Zinnia. I once skipped a class to be an audience member on the Ricki Lake Show in NYC. I have a Master’s degree in Sexuality Education from New York University. 


Lauren Brown ’10, MA ’18

Graduate Program: Student Affairs Administration, Graduate School of Education & Counseling
What do you love about L&C?: I love the personable nature of this relational campus and the close friendships I have developed both as a student and staff member at Lewis & Clark.
What do you love about working in APP?: After studying and then working on campus for a total of 11 years, I am always looking for ways to connect with other alumni to share stories about Lewis & Clark! Working in the APP office has given me new opportunities for following that passion at a professional level.
Fun Facts: I tested challenges on the set of the TV show Survivor for four seasons!

Reunion Assistants

Ally Okun ’19

My name is Ally Okun and I’m a rising junior at Lewis & Clark, majoring in Sociology and Anthropology with minors in Gender Studies and Classics. I’m originally from the Boston area but now call Portland home. On campus, I’m involved with the Feminist Student Union and Hillel. This fall I’m studying abroad in Greece and I can’t wait! Outside of school I love reading for fun (when I have time!), writing, and getting outside to enjoy all the beautiful nature the PNW has to offer.







Ella Kaszti ’19

Ella was born in a tiny village in Hungary, but moved to The Netherlands when she was 13. However, her national-identity crisis didn’t end there because her family is also half German (hence her name). She decided to study at Lewis & Clark after attending UWC Maastricht. She is a double major in Biochemistry and Mathematics, which is a tall order, but very exciting challenge at the same time. That same drive for challenge that made her apply for the SAA ambassador position. She had been looking for something to do on campus (besides classes and sport) and she felt that with the SAA she could help other and herself, and have a lot of fun all at once. When she is not busy studying, she is playing rugby as well as doing some Kung-fu. Ella also greatly enjoys reading. If she finds the time, Ella would like to go on bike-rides or go hiking or if it is the right time, mushroom hunting! 





Jackson Thein ’18

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJackson is a rising senior Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major and is so excited to be a reunion assistant for this year! Jackson is an Oregonian by birth and hails from Eastern Oregon originally. During the school year, Jackson is involved with the Student alumni Association, Pre-Health Professions Club, and club volleyball. Outside of the classroom, Jackson enjoys biology, volunteering, and traveling to new places! He has loved his time at Lewis & Clark and is so excited to welcome you here.




Jennifer Anderson ’19

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy name is Jennifer and I am an upcoming Junior. I’m from Kona, Hawaii and I’m a double major in Art History & Religious Studies. I plan on studying abroad in Paris next spring in hopes to strengthen my French skills and be surrounded by art. I love cats, brewing coffee in my chemex, and Filipino food.






Julia McPherson ’19

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am a rising junior Rhetoric & Media Studies major, Ethnic Studies minor from Wilmington, NC. I work closely with Student Leadership & Service and am the President of the Service Committee of the Pamplin Society of Fellows. I’m super excited to spend my summer working as an office assistant in the Registrar’s Office, teaching myself graphic design, and making memories during Alumni Weekend!





Kathy Velazco-Arreola ’19

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello, my name is Kateryne Velazco. I usually go by Kathy. I am majoring in French Studies and I will hopefully be able to minor in Japanese Studies and get a concentration in Psychology. I am currently a sophomore and will soon be a junior. Next year, I will be studying abroad in Strasbourg, France! I am also a heritage Spanish speaker.





Meagan Bradley ’19

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi! My name is Meagan and I’m a second year Rhetoric and Media Studies major. I play on the Women’s Rugby team and next year I’ll start working on the Philanthropy Council. I am a Third-Culture Kid and I’m excited to spend four years on this beautiful campus!






Nicolette Sauramba ’19

Hello, my name is Nicolette and I’m a rising Junior. I’m majoring in Economics and a minor in French. I will also be studying abroad in Paris, France next Spring semester. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy being an active member of various clubs on campus such as ASLC, ISLC, and the Bantu Ba Africa Club. I also enjoy playing volleyball, visiting new places, and making new friends.












Samantha Bowen ’20

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi, I’m Samantha Bowen! I will be a sophomore studying pre-med with a Biology major. I’m from Tigard, OR and have lived in the same house my whole life. Running and the outdoors are my passion - I run cross country and track here. Fun fact: my pets include a cat, dog, and bearded dragon (lizard)!






Sami Zimmerman ’19

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy name is Sami and I’m a Biology major in the class of 2019. I love plant biology, working in the gardens at L&C, and painting. Next spring, I’ll be traveling abroad to Australia and I’m super excited! Fun fact: I have had the hiccups for four years. Their super high-pitched and I call them my meeps.






Sarah McDonagh ’18

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am a rising senior at Lewis & Clark majoring in History with a minor in Asian Studies. I went abroad to Southeast Asia with the Fall 2017 program from L&C and I am involved in KLC radio (go DJs!), PioLog, and the competitive debate team. I hate pizza.







Tiffany Farmer ’18

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATiffany is a senior biology major. She is from Richmond, California and is a proud Californian. She is also a proud Warriors fan, “Go Dubs!” Tiffany is also very active on campus in the department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME) and Black Student Union (BSU).