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Class of 1994

    • 02/28/2019

      Amy Beacom BA ’94 is the founder and CEO of the Center for Parental Leave Leadership, which consults, coaches, and trains companies and individuals on how to deal with the complexities and advantages of incorporating parental leave into a work environment. She works with organizations of all sizes–from mom-and-pop shops to enterprise-level companies like Microsoft and Phillips 66–to help them leverage parental leave as a leadership and development opportunity for managers and new parents.
           Beacom discussed her work at Lewis & Clark’s 2019 Gender Studies Symposium during a panel titled “Love, Kinship, and Economies of Care.” Her remarks highlighted how the lack of a national paid leave policy adversely impacts the culture of caring in the U.S. and directly keeps women out of the workforce and men out of care-giving roles. She says that now is a pivotal time for the cause, with Oregon’s pending parental leave bill and the introduction of national legislation. She encourages any fellow alumni to reach out to her if they are interested in the issue of parental leave.

    • 01/09/2018

      David deGraw BA ’94 was featured on Bloomberg News’ Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia on December 20, 2017. He discussed the impact of MiFID2 regulation and the usage of artificial intelligence and machine learning for algorithmic trading of equities. 

    • 12/07/2019

      Sister Susan Francois BA ’94 was interviewed in the New York Times for her unique means of political engagement: daily prayers for President Donald Trump that Francois tweets to the @POTUS account. She began the process a few days following Trump’s inauguration as a “calming spiritual practice” to stay “engaged but … not add to the negativity,” and she’s kept it up ever since. She describes it as “the hardest spiritual practice [she’s] ever committed to.”

    • 01/23/2017

      See “Taking Her Ministry on the Road” in the winter 2017 issue of the Chronicle.

    • 02/22/2019

      Shelly Harper BA ’94 is raising an amazing daughter, who is currently in the fifth grade. Harper works as a licensed therapist and clinical supervisor in the field of community behavioral health in Tucson, Arizona. She visited L&C’s campus in January 2019 and enjoyed seeing how green and lush it still is.

    • 12/06/2019

      Shahzeb Jillani BS ’ 94 joined Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle as senior editor in the Asia department, focusing on Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. He lives in Bonn, Germany.

    • 02/22/2019

      Stacey Kim BA ’94 is starting her fourth year as Lewis & Clark’s director of marketing. It’s a joy for her to be on campus every day and to make a career out of sharing the incredible news and events from her alma mater. She hopes to see many of her ’94 classmates at her 25th reunion this summer.

    • 04/14/2020

      Allison Martin Rhodes BA ’94, JD ’99 has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as deputy general counsel in the firm’s San Francisco office. Martin Rhodes joins from Holland & Knight, where she was cochair of that firm’s legal profession team. Martin Rhodes has significant experience representing lawyers, law firms, and legal tech companies in legal ethics and risk management, regulation, litigation, law firm organization, and attorney disciplinary defense. She is the coauthor of the industry-leading treatise, Hillman on Lawyer Mobility: The Law and Ethics of Partner Withdrawals and Law Firm Breakups. A prolific author and speaker on the legal profession, Martin Rhodes began her career as a deputy district attorney with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. She has been a longtime member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, serving as the organization’s president from 2018 to 2019, and she has been recognized in Best Lawyers since 2017.

    • 09/01/2014

      Allison Martin Rhodes BA ’94, JD ’99 focuses her practice on legal ethics and risk management, including attorney disciplinary defense. Martin Rhodes, a partner at Holland & Knight’s Portland office, advises both law firms and lawyers in matters involving lawyer mobility, partnership and corporate structuring, lawyer dissociation, and lateral hiring. She also litigates law firm dissolution, fiduciary duty, and lawyer separations.

    • 02/15/2017

      Lasse Melgaard BA ’94 married Jenny Nugent Melgaard BA ’95. Together, they have two gorgeous, spirited boys. Recently, the family of four lived in Sydney, Australia; however, in April, they moved to Suva, Fiji, where Lasse works with the World Bank.

    • 11/07/2018

      Valerie Schmidt BA ’94 was elected president of the Organization of Women Leaders, which promotes networking and support among women in decision-making positions in many industries and careers.

    • 02/22/2019

      Marla Tacito BS ’94 successfully launched a child into adulthood and another into middle school.

    • 11/09/2018

      Robert Wilson BA ’94 writes: “In 2016, I was selected as a pilot teacher for the Teach.Genetics evolution curriculum by the Genetics Learning Center at the University of Utah. In 2017, I won the Sumner Award for Excellence in Teaching at Rowland Hall Upper School in Salt Lake City. In 2018, I was selected to join the APPLES (Arctic Plant Phenology Learning through Engaged Science) team at UC Davis. I credit Dr. Tom Darrow, Dr. Don McKenzie, and Dr. Dave Martinson for inspiring my work.”

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