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Class of 1998

    • 06/24/2019

      Andrew Beckham BA ’98, MAT ’01, a high school ceramics teacher, makes wine with grapes he grows on his property. He also makes amphora, which are vessels made of terra cotta for aging wine. Beckham is perfecting his technique and hopes to soon craft a pot that can hold 250 gallons of wine. A pot that large would weigh 2,000 pounds.

    • 02/22/2019

      Anne Margeson Carlson BA ’98 founded Harmony Music Studio in Renton, Washington, in 2011. She is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and is certified by the Board for Music Therapists. In October 2018, she was presented with the Reach for the Stars Award as Treatment Provider of the Year by Families for Effective Autism Treatment. FEAT cited Carlson’s outstanding work in using music therapy to help people with autism and developmental delays improve their speech, balance, motor control, comprehension, sensory regulation, social skills, and listening skills.

    • 07/12/2019

      Bonnie Crawford BA ’98 writes: “I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in March 2019 with a group of 20 plus-sized women called the Curvy Kili Crew. Our climb was featured in Glamour magazine and on the popular podcast She Explores. Since returning to Portland, I have started work establishing a nonprofit to support the families of the amazing teams that help climbers reach the Roof of Africa. When I’m not climbing mountains, I’m vice president of client services for moovel, a global tech company serving the transit industry.”

    • 02/05/2018

      Bonnie Tompkins Crawford BA ’98, after completing her expat assignment in Australia, accepted a new role as vice president of account management with moovel, a mobility technology company owned by Daimler. She and her husband, Preston Crawford BA ’97, live in Beaverton, Oregon, with their kitten, Sydney (named for their Australian home city).

    • 07/14/2019

      Jen Cyphers BA ’98 still lives in Denver and travels annually to Costa Rica and California with her husband of 18 years and two kids, ages 13 and 11. She has been working on expanding the product line of her company, Pynwheel, which develops sales and leasing touchscreen applications. Pynwheel recently introduced a self-guided tour app, which allows prospective residents to tour apartment and condo properties without a sales or leasing agent, taking shareable photos and notes along the way.

    • 10/14/2016

      Julie Dickover BA ’98, director of the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum in St. Augustine, Florida, was featured in Folio magazine as part of its fall arts preview. In the piece, Dickover talks about her education, her entry into the art world, and her reaction to the museum’s fall show.

    • 02/01/2018

      Ciel Downing BA ’98, MA ’00 has experienced a wide-ranging career that has taken her from traditional therapist, to sheriff (briefly), and to author of Uncommon Knowledge About Common Drugs (which deals with addiction and substance abuse). During a stint as an adjunct professor, Downing found her niche teaching neurobiology and substance abuse and is currently instructing at a remote facility near Tillamook Summit. She still loves taking photos of wildlife and enjoys spending time with her new bride, Joan Snyder.

    • 02/22/2019

      Tanya Dumas BA ’98 has accepted an exciting new job as a program officer with the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska. The Rasmuson Foundation is a grant-making organization that works to promote a better life for Alaskans statewide by working on issues of civic responsibility and individual philanthropy; economic possibilities; educational opportunity; healthy families and quality health care; supporting strong leaders; and encouraging Alaska’s vibrant arts and culture.

    • 12/08/2017

      Tanya Dumas BA ’98 shares that she is volunteering for the 2018 Lewis & Clark reunion committee and that she is excited to see her classmates in June.

    • 02/22/2019

      Andrew Franklin BA ’98 passed the certified public accountant exam in September 2018 and now works as a seasonal tax associate for a local CPA. In December 2018, Franklin was named Outstanding Returning Member by the California State University at Sacramento Accounting Society. He was recognized for his dedication in helping others achieve their goals in accounting careers. Franklin is the prime pet sitter in his family and is working with a friend to start a nonprofit that will train people to be better humans for their animal friends. Now living in his hometown of Sacramento, Franklin looks forward to meeting other members of the L&C community at college events in the region.

    • 12/08/2017

      Jan Martin BA ’98 completed her master’s degree in communication and technology at the University of Alberta at Edmonton. She looks forward to seeing her classmates at Alumni Weekend in June.

    • 06/28/2018

      Molly McAllister BA ’98 and her husband relocated to Camas, Washington, and are enjoying the great birding opportunities afforded by the Columbia River Gorge. They have a 4-year-old son, Anders, and a 1 1/2-year-old daughter, Harper. McAllister was recently promoted to vice president of veterinary science at Banfield Pet Hospital, where she leads research in the advancement of medical quality. She enjoyed catching up with classmates at her reunion in June 2018.

    • 09/29/2017

      To Molly McAllister BA ’98 and husband Brandon Archibald, daughter Harper Mai, May 19, 2017. Harper joins brother Anders Thomas, 2.

    • 07/14/2019

      Nedra Rezinas BA ’98 celebrated her web design firm’s 14-year anniversary in June 2019. Shortly therafter, her boutique firm rebranded to Veritas Web Design (veritaswebdesign.com). According to Rezinas, Veritas offers “professional websites for professional services, working with lawyers and mediators. We have a tried-and-true process to build a trust-building website, on time and on budget.”

    • 04/25/2018

      Jason Rodgers BA ’98, MAT ’99 was just awarded the Eugene Kaza Music Educator of the Year Award by the Portland Youth Philharmonic. The award celebrates music teachers who “go above and beyond to inspire, educate, and instill excellence” in their students. Rodgers lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon, with his wife, Jessica Youngman BA ’98, and their 13-year-old daughter, Lily. When he’s not teaching, he builds custom electric guitars under the moniker Jayemar Guitars. He exhibited several guitars at the Vancouver International Guitar Festival in Vancouver, B.C., over the summer. 

    • 02/22/2019

      To Suzanne Liberman Saito BA ’98 and Tetsuya Saito, daughter Anne Saito, September 29, 2017. Suzanne and Tetsuya are both thoroughly enjoying parenthood.

    • 07/14/2019

      Rosanne Scott BA ’98 writes: “I have been working with children and families since 1998, shortly after graduating from L&C. In May 2019, Governor Brown appointed me to her newly created Child Welfare Oversight Board, which is tasked with improving and reforming Oregon’s child welfare system. I am honored to be included in this important initiative and hope the work of the board will assist Oregon in more effectively serving our most vulnerable kids and families. I am excited by this additional investment in the child welfare system and am hopeful it will lead to increased positive outcomes.”

    • 02/01/2018

      Emily Seru BA ’98, who received her MS in experiential education, was promoted to director of U.S. programs and community engagement for the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband, Davu, and son, August.

    • 12/08/2017

      Marnie Troska BA ’98 wants to share that she is volunteering for the 2018 reunion committee and is excited to see her classmates in June.

    • 12/13/2017

      Stephen Wright BA ’98, a partner at VLP Law Group in San Francisco, spoke at an event held by the Sonoma County Bar Association. He discussed the intricacies of advising clients on the rebuilding of homes lost in the recent fires in Southern California.

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