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Class of 2009

    • 12/12/2017

      Stacy Abrams BA ’09 has joined Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin as the senior academic program coordinator. She writes, “I’m trying to wrap my head around my new job duties as fast as I can! There is a lot to learn. I’m grateful for all the opportunities that brought me here.”

    • 03/05/2018

      Timur Baiguzhinov ’09 has moved from Astana, Kazakhstan, to Moscow. He works as a regional security manager, providing advice and travel security solutions for a joint venture between International SOS, a French health care provider, and Control Risks, a British intelligence firm.

    • 02/22/2019

      Rachael Berg BA ’09 is a city planner for the City of New Orleans, where she works on land use, zoning, and policy issues.

    • 01/23/2020

      David Berman BA ’09 moved to Laos with Tom Anderson BA ’09 to work for a small NGO focused on building schools and libraries. He then moved to Phuket, Thailand, to help students who were orphaned by the 2004 tsunami. After that, he joined the British International School, Phuket, where he now serves as the extended curriculum coordinator. A group of his students recently translated an educational program on recycling and waste, which has been introduced to local schools at no cost. Berman, who is married with a soon-to-be 3-year-old, welcomed another child in January 2020.

    • 02/22/2019

      Mary Bodine BA ’09, JD ’13 and Kai Watts BA ’11, in the Estate Gardens on Lewis & Clark’s campus.

    • 10/14/2016

      Joe Braman BA ’09 was named one of the “2016 MBAs to Watch” by Poets and Quants, a news site focused on the world of business schools. In the feature, Braman answers questions about his academic and professional career so far, his reasons for pursuing business school, and his favorite classes and hobbies.

    • 02/15/2017

      Kiersi Burkhart BA ’09, a freelance writer and speaker, has released four books called the Quartz Creek Ranch series, which she coauthored with Amber Keyser. The books, aimed at middle-grade readers, are “all about horses, friendship, and finding yourself.”

    • 10/14/2016

      Nic Costa BA ’09 wrote and produced the award-winning film Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time, a sci-fi comedy shot entirely in Oregon and parts of Washington over the course of 10 years. The film, which was an official selection of the Portland Film Festival, guest stars David Ogden Stiers (M.A.S.H., Stargate: Atlantis, Beauty and the Beast) and Walter Koenig (Star Trek, Babylon Five). Costa says, “The film really began to come together during Professor Stuart Kaplan’s documentary form class at Lewis & Clark.”

    • 11/16/2018

      Kimberly Fanshier BA ’09 has been named an Ignatian Scholar by Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. The award recognizes particularly promising members of the entering law school class, whose records reflect the Jesuit values of commitment to academic excellence and service to others.

    • 10/04/2017

      Lila Finch BA ’09 has worked as a high school teacher and is now pursuing a doctoral degree at the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently works for the institute’s Laboratory for Playful Computation. In summer 2017, with the help of a grant from Oracle, Finch designed the Luminous Science workshop, a project to help educators connect art and science in their teaching, thus strengthening interest in both disciplines and reducing the boundaries between them.

    • 07/30/2019

      Sarit Gluz BA ’09 accepted the first full-time head swim coach position at Eastern Connecticut State University after spending the last five seasons as the assistant swim coach at Lewis & Clark College. She started the first men’s swimming program at ECSU in the 2019-20 season.

    • 01/23/2020

      Alex Hackbarth BA ’09 returned to the States in June 2019 after nearly two years in Afghanistan, where she was special advisor to the special inspector general for Afghanistan Reconstruction. While in Kabul, Hackbarth learned about the devastation the country’s multiyear drought had on the Afghan population and the threat it posed to U.S. national security interests. She now works in climate security.

    • 10/16/2019

      Dr. Alex Harsha BA ’09 earned her medical degree from the Harvard Medical School in Boston, and completed her residency at Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency in Martinez, California. She’s now a member of the medical staff at Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minnesota.

    • 07/03/2019

      Prachi Jha BA ’09 runs the digital magazine Daak, a preservation project that focuses on lost and forgotten writings and artwork from the Indian subcontinent. In April 2019, Jha gave a TEDx Talk at the Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce at the University of Delhi. In her talk, “The Extraordinary Power of Ordinary Stories,” Jha discussed the power of “small” stories and how the names nobody remembers in history books can have real power and influence on the tales we tell over time.

    • 10/14/2016

      Dylan Kruse BA ’09, policy director for Sustainable Northwest, a conservation group in Portland, was interviewed by Evergreen magazine. He discussed Sustainable Northwest’s goals and methods for revitalizing rural communities and restoring natural land by economic means. When Kruse is not navigating these political waters, he cochairs the Oregon Forest Biomass Working Group, serves on the board of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and sits on the steering committee of the National Rural Assembly.

    • Myth, Masculinity & Me

      David Martin MA ’09 pens Myth, Masculinity & Me, a personal exploration of masculinity that analyzes the topic through a lens of mythic and poetic archetypes. Along the way, he offers readers a better understanding of what masculinity might mean to them and how it might affect their lives, for better and for worse. Dorrance Publishing Company, 2019. 532 pages.

      Posted 12/14/2019
    • 10/14/2016

      Elise Maxwell BA ’09 was named one of the “2016 MBAs to Watch” by Poets and Quants, a news site focused on the world of business schools. In her interview, Maxwell discusses achievements from her academic and professional careers, her reasons for choosing business school, and even her favorite movie (it’s V for Vendetta).

    • 08/06/2018

      To Mary Davis McKay BA ’09 and her husband, Christopher McKay, son Forrest Christopher McKay, August 3, 2018. Forrest joins brother Patrick Montgomery, age 3.

    • 02/12/2018

      Lisa Neher BA ’09, recitalist, choral soloist, and composer, returned to Lewis & Clark in March 2018 for a performance titled Her Songs: A Recital Celebrating Music Written by Women.

    • 02/15/2017

      Lisa Neher BA ’09 completed her doctor of musical arts degree in voice performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa in December 2016. Neher is on faculty at Coe College and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her recent performance credits include alto soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Iowa City Chamber Singers and mezzo soloist in Duruflé’s Requiem with the Grinnell Oratorio Singers. She has also performed in the premieres of several new works with the Iowa Composers Forum.

    • 02/22/2019

      Laura Preston BA ’09, after spending eight years working internationally, says “it’s great to be back on the West Coast.” Now living in San Francisco, Preston is working for DPK, an international development consultancy firm, where she is putting her international affairs skills to good use. She supports projects around the world to advance the rule of law and justice for all.

    • 06/27/2019

      Peter Seilheimer BA ’09 taught in Austria for two years on a Fulbright award. After returning to Portland to teach in the German American School, he began graduate studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. He earned his master’s degree in international education management in 2016. Seilheimer now works as a trustees fellow for the School for International Training’s International Honors Program, providing administrative and community support for undergraduates as they travel to a variety of destinations studying public health, medical anthropology, and social justice.

    • 02/22/2019

      Ari Turrentine BA ’09 lives in Oakland, California, with her partner, Chris Olson BA ’10, and their cat. She is operations and program manager at Alma Connect, a technology nonprofit, which provides an app for community building and disaster resilience in Indonesia and around the world. She is also very active in the Bay Area’s Showing Up for Racial Justice chapter.

    • Pacific

      Peter Vidito BA ’09 pens a fiery first novel about jazz, mystery, birds, loss, the Torah, physics, self-abuse, and the Pacific Northwest.

      Posted 05/15/2017
    • 01/23/2020

      Thomas Youmans BA ’09, who graduated in 2009 with a double major in physics and economics, played tennis for the Pios and held the office of vice president of the student body from 2007–08. After graduating, Youmans served in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria; earned his MS in mathematics and statistics from Georgetown University; and worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He then launched Rhoman Aerospace, a start-up that creates car-size drones for autonomous medical evacuation and emergency resupply after natural disasters and for use on the army front lines.

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