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Class of 1997

    • 02/15/2017

      Matthew Artz BA ’97 is now a senior HR director at Microsoft. He lives in Richmond, Washington, with his wife, Julie, and kids Gabriel, 12, and Lilian, 10. He’s been in Washington for two years. Previously, he lived in Finland for four years, working for Nokia.

    • 02/15/2017

      Greg Baxter BA ’97 lives in Los Angeles, where he is a feature film producer. He recently finished the movie Passengers, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. He and his wife, Natalie, have two daughters, ages 4 and 1.

    • 06/08/2019

      Robyn Bipes-Timm BA ’99 is chief operating officer of Habitat for Humanity Twin Cities. She also serves as president of its nonprofit mortgage subsidiary, a community development financial institution that provides first-time home ownership opportunities to low-income home buyers.

    • 02/15/2017

      Anne Bunn BA ’97 and Sam Thompson BA ’97 live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with their two kids, Clare, 10, and Hayes, 7. Anne worked in book publishing for nearly 20 years before recently deciding to stay home with the kids. Sam runs a small investment bank and is very happy. They enjoy time together with family and friends, especially swimming in the ocean and sharing meals.

    • 01/10/2020

      Darren Drabek BA ’97 is once again working for Skidmore College, where he coordinates international student recruitment for the office of admissions. With a high school junior in his house, he finds college admissions work hits close to home. Drabek is happy to talk with classmates about the admissions process, especially at Skidmore; email him at Ddrabek@skidmore.edu.

    • 10/13/2017

      Darren Drabek BA ’97 has, after 20 years at Skidmore College, moved to Illinois to serve as director of international admissions for Lake Forest College near Chicago. In the fall, he visited 10 countries in Asia, meeting prospective students. Drabek looks forward to exploring Chicagoland and participating in a larger L&C community there. His first weekend of work included a dinner invitation from the father of Anne Bunn BA ’97!

    • 02/15/2017

      Jim Drennan BA ’97 is still living in South Lake Tahoe, California, with his wife, Jennifer, and two kids, 4-year-old Cameron and 6-year-old Caitlyn. He works for South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue and was promoted to battalion chief in summer 2016. He still keeps in touch with some of his classmates.

    • 01/10/2020

      Kamla Hurst BA ’97 joined The Bloom Project as executive director in June 2019. The Bloom Project gifts fresh floral bouquets to patients in hospice and palliative care, sharing beauty and sparking joy during end-of-life care. Hurst lives in Northeast Portland with her husband, Mark, and their two young boys.

    • 02/15/2017

      Tamara Jazbec BA ’97 just moved to Denver after living in Brooklyn, New York, since 1998. Jazbec has been a fierce advocate in the youth leadership development and international education sector for the past 20 years. For the last 11 years, Jazbec has devoted herself to the Kennedy-Lugar YES Program. The YES Program started after 9-11 as a youth public diplomacy initiative of the Department of State to increase understanding between the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations. Jazbec is passionate about food sourcing; she has been a member of the Park Slope Food Co-op since 1998 and is volunteering for a new co-op in Denver opening in 2018. Jazbec spends her free time with family and friends cooking, gardening, yoga-ing, hiking, skiing, reading, protesting, and volunteering. She also enjoys lounging at home with her furry beast, Syd.

    • 10/13/2017

      Koeby Johnson BA ’97 still teaches seventh-grade social studies and has been leading summer education tours to Italy and Greece the past few years. His wife, Jenny Johnson BA ’97, teaches preschool in their home, with their youngest in attendance. They also have two kids in grade school, one in middle school, one in high school, and one who just joined the Marines. Life is very full. Koeby plays in Rutendo, a marimba band, and Jenny dances hula. The couple travels when they can and celebrated their 21st anniversary in Mexico last summer. Over the summer, they enjoyed a visit from Laura Tharsen BA ’97 and Jeff Tharsen BA ’96 and their kids, and Jenny visited Shanna Christie BA ’97 and her new baby in Seattle.

    • 02/15/2017

      Koeby Johnson BA ’97 and Jenny Simpson Johnson BA ’97 celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last summer. They live in Ashland, Oregon, where Jenny teaches preschool. Koeby teaches seventh-grade social studies in nearby Medford. They are raising five sons and a daughter; the oldest graduates from high school this year, and the youngest is 3 years old. Jenny and Koeby have a busy, musical life together and love exploring the world, a passion that was fueled by their overseas study program to India while students at Lewis & Clark.

    • 02/15/2017

      Jenny Simpson Johnson BA ’97 and Koeby Johnson BA ’97 celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last summer. They live in Ashland, Oregon, where Jenny teaches preschool. Koeby teaches seventh-grade social studies in nearby Medford. They are raising five sons and a daughter; the oldest graduates from high school this year, and the youngest is 3 years old. Jenny and Koeby have a busy, musical life together and love exploring the world, a passion that was fueled by their overseas study program to India while students at Lewis & Clark.

    • 02/15/2017

      Hanako Kato BA ’97 has been working in Tokyo, specializing in project management and business process management. The overseas experiences she had as a student at L&C have helped her to manage global projects and excel in international business. She’s a mother of a 10-year-old boy who loves to play football, and she enjoys baking on weekends.

    • 02/15/2017

      Alisha Beamer Killian BA ’97 lives in Beaverton, Oregon, with her husband, Kevin, and their two children, ages 14 and 12. A veteran of the footwear industry, she took on a new challenge as director of global apparel supply planning for Nike last year. She also volunteers for several local charities and serves on the board of directors for the Tualatin Hills Water Polo Club.

    • 02/15/2017

      Emily Kline BA ’97 works as a health and wellness coach and yoga teacher in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a single parent who adopted a little girl at birth (who will be 3 in June).

    • 10/13/2017

      Chris Kroblin BA ’97 and his family split their time between Oklahoma and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, so he spent most of early fall 2017 watching hurricanes on TV.

    • 02/15/2017

      Jake Lebowitz BA ’97 lives in Washington D.C., spending most of his time playing with his two daughters, ages 4 and 2. During the day, he escapes to his law firm, Posey Lebowitz, located near Georgetown University.

    • 02/15/2017

      Dan Mains BS ’97 lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with wife Alise Osis and kids Iris and Gus. Dan teaches courses on cultural anthropology and African studies in the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma. His first book is Hope Is Cut: Youth, Unemployment, and the Future in Urban Ethiopia (Temple University Press, 2012). He is currently finishing up his second book, Technologies of Development: Infrastructure and Governance in Urban Ethiopia. Mains received a Humboldt Research Fellowship to support a residency at ZMO in Berlin during the 2017–18 academic year, and he hopes to cross paths with other Lewis & Clark alumni while there.

    • 02/15/2017

      Steve Marx BA ’97 lives in Southeast Portland with his two daughters, Stella, 9, and Ava, 6. He does marine conservation work for Pew Charitable Trusts.

    • 02/15/2017

      Rachel McCarthey BA ’97 is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah. After completing a residency in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry and pediatrics, she now practices outpatient child psychiatry. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, public defender Brock Van de Kamp, and their two children, Thomas, 9, and Catherine, 6. She loves hiking, camping, traveling, and spending time with her family.

    • 02/15/2017

      Tim Orr BA ’97 earned his PhD in history at the University of California at Davis in 2010. He now teaches U.S. and environmental history at California State University at Sacramento. Orr lives in bucolic Davis, California, with his wife, Lori Krueger, who’s a biology professor, and their energetic 1 1/2-year-old son. Although not riding the rails much anymore in this country, Tim has ridden rickety trains and speeding buses in India, Nepal, Indonesia, South America, and Mexico within the last few years. Recently, he and his wife hiked the 220-mile John Muir Trail along California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.

    • Taste & Technique: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking

      Naomi Pomeroy BA ’97, an award-winning chef and restaurateur, penned her first cookbook, which features nearly 140 lesson-driven recipes designed to improve the home cook’s understanding of professional techniques to produce showstopping meals.

      Posted 01/23/2017
    • 02/15/2017

      Molly Pugh BA ’97 lives in Tacoma, Washington, and works for the University of Puget Sound’s School of Education as an instructor and field supervisor for graduate students in teaching. She taught high school English for the 10 years prior to moving to the university. She has been with her wife for almost 15 years and married for eight. She loves her life, her wife, and her two pets, Grady Otis (a 12-year-old lab) and Indigo Martin (a 6-year-old cat). She sends good wishes and love to the class of 1997!

    • 02/15/2017

      Rachel Pusey BA ’97 is nearing her 18th year of living in San Francisco. She arrived in 1999 to attend law school at the University of San Francisco. Her first-year roommate from Lewis & Clark, Anne Bunn BA ’97, helped her find her studio apartment. Pusey has been an attorney for 13 years and focuses on employment law. She is currently a partner at the woman-owned firm of Villarreal Hutner. Pusey is married to Aaron Dornstreich and has a spirited 4-year-old son who cannot wait to get down with the children of Pusey’s classmates at the reunion.

    • 01/10/2020

      Jorge Sega BA ’97 writes: “Guten Tag from Düsseldorf, Germany, especially to my math/CS and physics class of ’97. I am now in the data science business, which has taken me through several countries, but I’ve finally settled with family in western Germany. New culture, new languages, new food, but same old nerd from our college years.”

    • 10/13/2017

      Jorge Sega BA ’97 sends greetings from Venezuela. For the last few years, he has been running a software business there. He says his math and computer science training at Lewis & Clark has served as a solid foundation for his current work with artificial intelligence. He fondly remembers the good times on campus–living, studying, playing pool, having Oreo milkshakes in the dorms, and eating pepperoni pizzas on Saturday nights.

    • 10/13/2017

      Chris Stack BA ’97 and his wife, Erin, are living in Brooklyn, New York. He spent August 2017 in Scotland doing a play in the Edinburgh Fringe Fest. Afterward, he cruised around the Highlands, which he says reminded him a lot of Oregon. If people find themselves in Brooklyn near MacDonough/Throop with a frisbee, ring his doorbell!

    • 06/28/2018

      Nathan Steele BA ’97 and Evgenia Novgorodtseva, October 2017.

    • 02/22/2019

      Nina Storm BA ’97 lives in Los Angeles, where she produces and dances in an all-female variety show, L.A. Woman. She is the founder and creative director of an experiential production company, The Nina Storm Experience.

    • 02/15/2017

      Peter Szenasy BA ’97 has been enjoying living in Prague the last 17 years. He remembers Portland as the setting of his playing and learning period, but life in Prague is full of exciting personal and professional milestones. Frequent international travel makes the world a smaller place. His Czech-based energy and utilities consulting company is focused largely on Europe and the Middle East. With his wife, Laure, he has two kids, 7-year-old Artur and 4-year-old Ester.

    • 01/10/2020

      Steve Tammelleo BS ’97, after earning his PhD in philosophy at the University of Memphis, worked at Lake Forest College in Chicago for eight years. In 2013, he began teaching at the University of San Diego; in May 2019, he received tenure.

    • 02/15/2017

      Sam Thompson BA ’97 and Anne Bunn BA ’97 live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with their two kids, Clare, 10, and Hayes, 7. Anne worked in book publishing for nearly 20 years before recently deciding to stay home with the kids. Sam runs a small investment bank and is very happy. They enjoy time together with family and friends, especially swimming in the ocean and sharing meals.

    • 02/22/2019

      Toshinobu Toyama BA ’97 writes: “On Saturday, October, 2018, my second daughter, Yuina, was born. My family lives in Tokyo, and if by any chance you are visiting Tokyo, please let me know: ttoyama@waseda.jp”

    • 02/22/2019

      Julianna Nelson Vermeys BA ’97, MA ’06 writes: “My family is happily and healthily growing up in Northeast Portland. My husband, Mark, and I–along with our two girls (ages 11 and 8)–hit the road for nature vacations as often as possible. In addition to my private counseling practice, clinical supervision, and teaching as adjunct faculty, I’ve just started a new position as counseling psychology placement coordinator at L&C’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling, I manage the internship and externship placements for counseling students. I’m so excited to be a part of Lewis & Clark College!”

    • 02/15/2017

      Eric Wasserman BA ’97’s short story, “Reunion,” was published in January 2017 by Aldus Boek Compagnie in The Netherlands as a limited-edition bilingual Dutch/English chapbook. A Dutch translation of his complete collection of short fiction, The Temporary Life (University of Akron Press, 2010), will be published in late 2017, and a Dutch translation of his novel, Celluloid Strangers (Second Wind Publishing, 2011), is forthcoming in 2018. Wasserman is an associate professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative writing, literature, and film studies. He lives in Akron, with his wife, Thea.

    • 01/10/2020

      Jon Weigand BA ’97 writes: “I moved back to Portland with my family in 2017. After marrying my partner in Tucson a decade ago, we moved to Seattle. Our two daughters have now entered elementary school, and our entire family careens from week to week, trying to keep wheels on the rails. In 2020, I’ll start work on Pinocchio, produced by Shadow Machine and Netflix.”

    • 02/15/2017

      Leah Berman Williams BA ’97 lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with her husband and two daughters, ages 8 and 11. She works as a professor of mathematics at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, where she just finished her first semester as department chair. Last year, she was on sabbatical doing mathematics research (discrete geometry and graph theory) in Slovenia and Mexico.

    • 01/30/2018

      Zaw Win BA ’97, a captive insurance attorney, was elected as a director of Downs Rachlin Martin in Burlington, Vermont.

    • 01/10/2020

      Susan Zimlich BS ’97 received tenure and was promoted to associate professor at Southeastern Louisiana University.

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