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Class of 2012

    • 03/13/2018

      Nora Apter BA ’12, who works as an environmental advocate and lobbyist for the National Resources Defense Council, was quoted in a New York Times article about the conservation of endangered species. Apter discusses the conflict around proposed policies that will make it more difficult for activists to protect vulnerable species.

    • 07/02/2019

      Karl Berger BA ’12 is a stand-up comic in Portland. He has appeared at the Helium Comedy Club, Curious Comedy Theater (where he also writes for their late-night comedy show), Mutiny Radio Comedy Festival, and the Highlarious Comedy Festival in San Francisco. He recently appeared in a 2018 television ad for the Oregon State Lottery. When he’s not chasing his dreams, Berger works for Streamline Craftsman, a company that builds tradeshow installations and does home renovations and custom furniture builds.

    • 02/09/2018

      Kaye Blankenship BA ’12 is scenic designer for This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing at CoHo Productions in Portland. Blankenship has designed scenes, lighting, and props for a variety of shows around Portland, including Flora and Ulysses at Oregon Children’s Theatre and Carnivora at Theatre Vertigo. She is a founding company member of CoHo.

    • 01/10/2018

      Trevor Bloom BA ’12, a botanist at the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative and a wildlife guide for Brushbuck Guide Services, wants to make the conversation around climate change more hopeful and productive. Via the Wildflower Watch project, he and his colleagues are getting help from everyday folks to gather data on plants at Blacktail Butte, part of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Their data goes into a national database and is studied at the local level.

    • 02/15/2017

      Barra Brown BA ’12, who studied classical flute in the music department, has been teaching music and is now primarily touring and gigging. He has toured with Shook Twins (now his full-time gig), Ages and Ages, Morning Ritual, and Alameda. He has personal projects as well, including Korgy & Bass and the Barra Brown Quintet and Trio. He’s released two records as a leader with PJCE Records and two records with Cavity Search Records since graduating. This year, Brown will release his third album with Cavity Search Records and is finishing up two more. “I still live in Portland, and I’m engaged to Maya, whom I met at L&C.”

    • 02/01/2018

      Fiona Corner BA ’12 was recently elected to serve as the marketing and promotions coordinator for the Northwest Association of Student Affairs Professionals, the oldest regional college student personnel organization in North America. Fiona currently serves as a residence hall coordinator at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.

    • 01/17/2020

      Kemiyondo Coutinho BA ’12 starred in an episode of the Apple TV+ series Little America, an anthology show inspired by true stories told by American immigrants. Coutinho previously wrote, directed, and starred in the short film Kyenvu.

    • 08/12/2019

      Jared Delahaye BA ’12 earned a PhD in immunology from the University of Washington in August 2019. He says Lewis & Clark Professors Greta Binford and Greg Hermann were both highly instrumental in providing inspiration for his chosen path. L&C friends joined him in Seattle to celebrate the achievement.

    • 12/09/2019

      Serena Frisina BA ’12 and Torey Frisina, May 15, 2019, in San Pedro, California. In attendance were Andrew Frisina BA ’13, Becka Langum Mackenzie BA ’12, MAT ’12, Evelyn Guerrero BA ’16, Nico Ohland BA ’15, Woody Johnson BA ’16, Lamar Curry BA ’13, Mike Pryor BA ’12, Nicki Burnett BA ’18, Taylor Gatti BA ’14, Caitlin Harper BA ’10, Megan Percell BA ’12, Phil Magbanua, and Patrick Jackson.

    • 11/15/2019

      Erin Gravley BA ’12 spoke at Lewis & Clark in fall 2019 about her postgraduate life and work during an alumni reading and discussion. Gravely, who graduated with an MFA from Syracuse University in August 2019, is currently working on a novel.

    • 11/18/2019

      Heather Kitada Smalley BA ’12 has joined the mathematics department at Willamette University as the Albaugh Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistics. Smalley, who holds an MS and PhD in statistics from Oregon State University, previously taught at Reed College in Portland.

    • 02/01/2018

      Anne Koenning BA ’12 is based in Portland and is the director of enrollment at Carpe Diem Education, an educational organization offering experiential gap year programs abroad. She recently launched Intrepid Gap, an educational consulting firm designed to support students and families through the gap year process.

    • 02/15/2017

      Jade Lansing BA ’12 spent two years in Beirut, Lebanon, working for the United Nations and two years as the manager of a small ethnographic field school in Agadir, Morocco. She recently moved to Thailand to work as a freelance copywriter and online ESL instructor.

    • 01/22/2018

      Hannah McCain BA ’12 joined Rinck Advertising in Lewiston, Maine, as a digital and web developer.

    • 02/01/2018

      Casey Newbegin BA ’12 earned her MS in information studies, with a focus in museum studies, at the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. Last year, she moved to New York City, where she is the studio manager for a private art restoration company. She has maintained connections with Lauren Lederman BA ’12 (her first-year roommate) and Claire Wasserman BA ’12 (their dorm neighbor).

    • 07/01/2019

      Megan Percell BA ’12 is the founder of Five More Minutes, a lifestyle brand and online platform for women to share tips on wellness and health.

    • 10/13/2017

      Julie Peterson BA ’12 received her MA in public history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2016. A consulting historian based in Fort Collins, Colorado, she has published reviews and articles in The Public Historian and Museums & Social Issues. Her most recent project was working as a researcher and exhibit developer for History Colorado in Denver, developing content for a new core exhibit titled “Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects,” which opened in November 2017.

    • 07/12/2019

      Brandis Piper BA ’12, MAT ’13 is the interim head football coach at McKay High School in Salem, Oregon. Piper also serves as an AVID teacher for the school.

    • 01/14/2019

      Branden Pursinger BA ’12 has joined the Oregon Republican Senate caucus office as a policy analyst. He lives in Tualatin, Oregon, with his wife, Carolyn Pursinger BA ’11, daughter Natalie, and dog Lily.

    • 10/30/2017

      To Branden Pursinger BA ’12 and Carolyn Pursinger BA ’11, daughter Natalie Amelia Pursinger, February 22, 2017. The family lives in Tualatin, Oregon.

    • 09/22/2017

      Anna Spackman BA ’12, a singer-songwriter, performed at a concert benefiting Planned Parenthood in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, in summer 2017.

    • 02/15/2017

      Megan Spence BA ’12 is a social worker in Kitsap County, Washington.

    • 11/19/2017

      Phoebe Stoner BA ’12 is a city councilor in Laramie, Wyoming.

    • 10/13/2017

      Rachel Wolf BA ’12 completed three years in the Peace Corps and is now in her second year of grad school studying international development at the Josef Korbel School for International Studies at the University of Denver. She was recently selected as a Barton Institute Social Enterprise Fellow and will spend the year with her cohort learning about social enterprises through mentorship, a pilot course, and an internship with a local organization. Wolf spent last summer in Rio de Janeiro on a research internship, which gave her plenty of free time to learn Portuguese, join a beach boxing group, and introduce her new friends to lots of homemade baked goods.

    • 02/01/2018

      Jessica Wynn-Grant BA ’12 married the love of her life and began an MSW program at California State University at East Bay to pursue her dream to be a clinical social worker.

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