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Class of 1980

    • 10/14/2016

      Sheryl Gillilan BA ’80 was elected to join the board of directors for Philippines Humanitarian, a U.S.-based nonprofit that works to provide education to impoverished youth in the Philippines. Gillilan first connected with Filipino culture as a foreign exchange student during high school. She is also executive director of Art Access, a Utah-based nonprofit that offers arts programs for people with disabilities and others with limited arts access.

    • 12/15/2017

      Thomas Hames BS ’80 earned his JD from the University of Denver College of Law in 1983, with licensure in Colorado, Wyoming, and Nevada. Hames is currently senior trial counsel for the Travelers Insurance Company, where he litigates product liability, ski, and injury cases. In addition, he is chair of the board of directors of the 10th Mountain Division Foundation, a charity established to honor the American alpine soldier. He also helped establish a charity license plate in Colorado for the 10th Mountain Division. Hame is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Alaska and completed training as an emergency medical technician. He is a member of the board of directors of the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum in Vail, Colorado.  

    • 02/15/2017

      Thomas Hames BS ’80 joined the board of directors of the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum in Vail, Colorado. He is also the chair of the board of directors of the 10th Mountain Division Foundation, which perpetuates the legacy of World War II’s 10th Mountain Division. As of 2016, Hames has spent 14 years as senior trial counsel for Travelers Insurance Company in Denver.

    • 07/10/2019

      Jason Heald BS ’80, director of music at Umpqua Community College, spoke with the Roseburg, Oregon, paper The News Review about his life and career. The turning point, he says, came when he decided he would rather join a band than be a lawyer. He worked for years as a musician before deciding he’d like to teach. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Portland and a PhD in composition from the University of Oregon. Under Heald’s leadership, Umpqua’s music program has grown significantly.

    • 01/27/2020

      Kathleen Holder BA ’80 works in communications for the College of Letters and Science at the University of California at Davis. In addition to editing an annual magazine, she writes about people and research. In her off hours, she stalks backyard birds with her camera, bakes sourdough bread, merrily tumbles down genealogical rabbit holes, and practices aikido. She and Russell Holder BA ’80 have two grown daughters.

    • 01/27/2020

      Russell Holder BA ’80 is an attorney with the California Office of Legislative Counsel, where he provides nonpartisan legal services to the legislature, governor’s office, and others. Previously, he worked as a historical researcher and English teacher; earned a master’s degree in English with a creative writing emphasis; and lived and worked in Japan. He continues to write and practice martial arts, which he began at L&C. Holder recently endowed an Academy of American Poets prize for the English department in memory of his professor Vern Rutsala. He has two daughters with his wife, Kathleen Holder BA ’80, all of whom are his pride and joy.

    • 06/25/2019

      Marianne Lewis BM ’80, organist and choir director at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish in Eastsound, Washington, performed at the opening of their Brown Bag Concert series last June.

    • 09/21/2017

      Marianne Schwanke Lewis BM ’80, organist and choir director for Emmanuel Episcopal Parish in Eastsound, Washington, performed for the 11th time last summer at the church as part of a brown bag all-Bach concert.

    • 10/14/2016

      Marianne Schwanke Lewis BM ’80, currently organist and choir director at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish in Eastsound, Washington, performed last summer in a fundraising concert for the Virgil Cleveland Memorial Scholarship benefiting local music students. A longtime piano and organ teacher, Lewis has played with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Symphonie Concertante, and the Orcas Choral Society (where she also served as interim director).

    • 09/28/2017

      Phil Moran BA ’80 has joined Tonkon Torp law firm in Portland as facilities manager. He also sits on the firm’s sustainability committee.

    • 07/02/2019

      Christopher James BA ’80 is a musician, composer, and producer. His third solo album, Grace from Persistence, was released in April 2019. Recorded over several months in Portland and New York City, it features more than 30 musicians. James’ music reflects a mix of genres, from jazz to classical to pop.

    • 10/13/2016

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 was reappointed as chair of the ABA Family Law Section’s International Law Committee, effective August 2016. For 26 years, Root has focused her practice on family law, with an emphasis on international family law and custody disputes. She is a shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe.

    • 10/22/2015

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 received the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendation on October 15, 2015, during the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section Fall Conference, held in Portland, Oregon. The award recognizes Root’s contributions to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 13th District’s Legal Assistance program from 2001 to 2015.

    • 09/01/2014

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 was named a shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe. Root became of counsel with the firm in 2012. Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) also announced that she will receive the 2014 Katherine H. O’Neil Volunteer Service Award, in honor of steadfast dedication and long-term volunteer service promoting women in the legal profession. Root focuses her family law practice on divorce and post-divorce cases involving complex property and financial issues, interstate and international child custody disputes, Hague child abduction matters, and relocation. She is a leading authority on interstate and international custody in the United States, having handled more than 100 contested interstate custody cases. Root also litigated the first petition filed in the U.S. District Court for Oregon under the Hague Convention in 1997.

    • 09/01/2011

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 became the anchor partner and partner-in-charge of the newly opened Portland office of McKinley Irvin, a Seattle-based family law firm. Root, formerly a shareholder of Johnston, Root & Leibenguth, will continue to handle a broad range of family law cases with specific emphasis on interstate and international family law disputes, including international child abduction cases. She can be reached at 1500 S.W. First Avenue, Suite 920, Portland, Oregon 97201, 503-226-7986,

    • 01/22/2020

      Anita Shelton BA ’80 lives with her family in Seattle. She is in private practice as a perinatal acupuncturist and infant bodyworker, treating people who are pregnant or postpartum using acupuncture for common complications of pregnancy. She also treats newborns for neonatal problems, such as torticollis and feeding difficulties. Shelton is active in the #FridaysforFuture climate justice movement. She stays with Katherine White BS ’79 when taking continuing education courses.

    • 09/21/2017

      Anne Weaver BS ’80, CEO of Elephant’s Delicatessen, the Portland-based eatery and caterer, is opening a new location in the event venue of Montgomery Park.

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