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Class of 2000

    • 06/18/2017

      Saif Mohammed Al Hajeri BA ’00 has been appointed chair of the Department of Economic Development for the United Arab Emirates.

    • 10/13/2017

      Laresa Beck BA ’00 and her husband, Jacob Pegg, recently celebrated the first birthday of their daughter, Annika Jewell. Beck is the school climate coach at Beach Elementary School in Portland, where she supports teachers and students in restorative justice practices.

    • 02/08/2018

      Matthew Boyd BA ’00, chief operating officer for Numerai, a San Francisco hedge fund, was quoted in a story in The Economist. Boyd described the company’s unique machine-learning methods, which help to avoid bias affecting their security-selection models.

    • 09/11/2017

      Jennifer Cyphers BA ’00 is founder and CEO of Pynwheel, a Denver-based company that creates, markets, and supports on-site touchscreen software for multifamily real estate developments. The software allows potential renters and buyers to view pictures, floor plans, and other details in a fun, interactive way. It can also be configured to create personalized sales e-brochures and other “green” products.

    • 10/13/2017

      Craig Elgin BA ’00 is an orthodontist serving the southern Oregon coast. He lives in the Coos Bay area with his wife, Sara, and their three children.

    • 10/13/2017

      Fiona Garlich Horner BA ’00, after moving from Minneapolis to New York City to Calgary, Alberta, is now a practicing emergency physician and medical toxicologist in Los Angeles. Her academic title is assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Southern California. Garlich Horner recently celebrated her five-year anniversary with her husband, Brian. Together they are attempting to keep two small children alive.

    • 01/23/2018

      Andrew Holder BA ’00, coprincipal of the Los Angeles Design Group (and a Pamplin Fellow while at Lewis & Clark), spoke in January 2018 at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Holder discussed his work on display in Harvard’s Druker Design Gallery.

    • 10/14/2016

      Nathaniel “Nat” Keefe BA ’00 and his band Hot Buttered Rum (which he started with Erik Yates BA ’00) headlined the Wild Rivers Music Festival in Brookings, Oregon, as well as the Blues, Brews & BBQ festival at Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville, Utah, in summer 2016. The San Francisco quintet plays rock music, with aspects of jazz, country, and folk. They’ve recently released a series of three EPs under the umbrella title “The Kite and the Key.”

    • 02/01/2018

      Kirsten Kloppel Dukeshier BA ’00 has spent the past 15 years producing full-length musicals and teaching piano and choir to middle school students in Phoenix. She has received two prestigious honors for her classroom work: her district’s Lamp of Learning award in 2014 and Arizona’s Middle Level Educator of the Year award in 2010. Recently, two of her piano students won a statewide original composition contest. Seven years ago, she married the middle school musical audio engineer, Kyle, after her students played matchmaker. Kirsten and Kyle started a band and were local rock stars for a while. Now she enjoys the occasional jam session, teaches piano lessons, works in her organic urban garden, or just takes in the silence.

    • 03/13/2018

      Lisa Lenherr BA ’00, JD ’08 joined the Oakland, California, law firm Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP as an associate in the firm’s bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditors rights practice group. Lenherr has nearly a decade of experience representing debtors, landlords, lenders, and creditors in all aspects of Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies.

    • 11/27/2017

      Annie Lovejoy Elasky BA ’00, in addition to hounding ’00 L&C grads for class note updates,  enjoys embarking on adventures with her husband, two daughters, and similarly adventurous friends. During the past two years, Elasky, Twyla Gingrich BA ’99, and Carolyn Cornils Scherer BA ’99 scaled boulders while backpacking in Colorado and bushwhacked through dense brush atop cliffs overlooking the Canadian Quetico while backpacking in northern Minnesota. They look forward to next year’s harrowing journey.

    • 02/01/2018

      Adam Wiedmann BA ’00, a single father of two daughters, lives in St. Helena, California, in the heart of wine country. His primary career focus is in the arts as a sculptor and owner of Wiedmann Sculpture Studios. His contemporary abstract forms can be found worldwide. He also works closely with Dana Johnson BS ’81 and her organization NIMBUS Arts, a community arts center that is fostering the next generation of creative minds. Over the past few years, Wiedmann’s love of adventure has led him down the road of photojournalism. He has documented California’s devastating wildfires, and his images have appeared in ABC News reports, the LA Times, the Guardian, and other media. His sculpture work can be found at, and his powerful images of wildfires can be found on Instagram @napafirephotos.

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