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Class of 2015

    • 11/15/2019

      William Aime BA ’15 visited Lewis & Clark in fall 2019 for a reading and discussion of his postgraduate life and work. His first novel, Holly, was published by Fiction Vortex in June 2019.

    • 10/09/2017

      Henock Ashenafi BA ’15 has joined the NGO Jhpiego in Baltimore, Maryland, as an SQL programmer. Jhpiego is an international organization that works to improve the lives of women and newborns in more than 40 countries. Ashenafi helps manage the organization’s data warehouse.

    • 10/14/2016

      Jake Bartman BA ’15 has left his position as a reporter at the Wilsonville Spokesman to focus on applying to graduate programs, pursuing his goal of becoming a professor.

    • 12/09/2019

      Mackenzie Batali BA ’15, who previously worked as a flavor chemist for a chemical manufacturing company, is now pursuing a PhD at the University of California at Davis. Her research centers around coffee and the analysis of its sensory and chemical effects. In fall 2019, she gave a lecture summarizing her dissertation titled “Sensory and Chemical Explorations Into Drip Brew Coffee Flavor Over Time” at the Specialty Coffee Association’s Expo 2019 lecture series.

    • 10/14/2016

      Sasha Bishop BA ’15 received the first-place prize at the International Congress of Arachnology for her poster presentation, which focused on a fascinating and under-researched group of spiders known as ochyroceratids.

    • 08/26/2019

      Ian Blair BA ’15 spent several years in Ukraine as a volunteer with the Peace Corps. He assisted local English educators in the village of Horodkivka, teaching media literacy and helping with projects related to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Kryvyi Rih. He also directed a summer camp for children with HIV, which resulted in a presentation at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. Blair contributed to the organization of theatre and film camps in Odesa and spent time working with Afghan refugees. As of September 2019, he has accepted an invitation from the Peace Corps to serve as an English teacher trainer in the Republic of Georgia.

    • 10/14/2016

      Lily Clarke BA ’15 is traveling the world from Montana to Nepal to study mushrooms. “I want to inspire people to study the obscure,” says Clarke, “we’re finding that the obscure is becoming more and more important.”

    • 01/27/2020

      Marisol Jenkins BA ’15 lives in Oakland, California, and works on the events and experiences team at Google. In between events, she volunteers with the Junior League and other community organizations. Jenkins loves getting people together and spends her free time hosting dinner parties, tennis games, and hikes with her friends. She is really excited to be a part of the 2015 reunion planning committee and can’t wait to see her classmates at the five-year reunion in June.

    • 01/27/2020

      David Jenkins BA ’15 lives in Portland, where he is still trying to figure things out. He works as a research assistant at Oregon Health & Science University, but he is not pursuing a career in medicine. Jenkins is taking post-baccalaureate classes at Portland State University and is volunteering at a student-run health clinic that serves houseless individuals. He is still obsessed with the TV show Smallville. Jenkins says he is really excited to connect with the L&C community and can’t wait to see everyone at the five-year reunion.

    • 10/14/2016

      Alex Kraemer BA ’15 is on track to complete his studies at the University of Cambridge, where he is pursuing a two-year graduate program as a Davies-Jackson Scholar. His work deals with Anglo-American interactions in the Pacific, a topic he researched while at Lewis & Clark. After Cambridge, Kraemer plans to return to the United States and pursue a PhD.

    • 10/16/2019

      Lucy Lurie BA ’15 is manager of the Stress and Development Lab at Harvard University.

    • 09/29/2017

      Sullivan MacKintosh BA ’15 works at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, Oregon, as a summer theatre workshop instructor. Last summer, she was awarded the 2017 Judie Hanel Award for outstanding contributions to the theatre arts. The award was presented at the end of a run of Twelfth Night, directed by MacKintosh, which was geared toward younger audiences and starred high school students. MacKintosh has also written and directed an original play for the center, as well as directed plays for the holiday season.

    • 09/13/2019

      Megan McCaffrey BA ’15 took a position as a full-time teacher at the Sierra Academy for Expeditionary Learning, a public charter high school, in Nevada City, California. She teaches world history; government and economy; and music history. McCaffrey also leads a first-year “crew,” which is a character-building course in which students work with a group to set academic and character goals; foster belonging; and support one another. 

    • 11/22/2017

      Lisa Muñoz BA ’15, who works as a manager at Dog River Coffee in Hood River, Oregon, was a panelist at the Sense of Place forum. The panelists discussed the Latino community and their experiences in the Columbia Gorge. The event was organized by Lynn Orr, executive director of the Hood River History Museum, and Natalia Fernandez of Oregon State University.

    • 10/14/2016

      Kayla Nachtsheim BA ’15 spent her second consecutive summer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Last year, she and Valcourt Honore BA ’17 worked to lay the foundation for a computer literacy program that would be self-sustaining. They succeeded, and this past summer was spent working with Haiti’s first solar company, Enersa, to address the program’s access to electricity.

    • 06/07/2019

      Loren Naldoza BA ’15 joined the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon to help cover his economic policy portfolio. Naldoza lives in Washington, D.C.

    • 05/14/2018

      Eva Ramey BA ’15 led a student group from the Watershed School of Boulder, Colorado, on a trip to Hawai‘i. While there, the group visited Jack’s Diving Locker, where they learned about manta rays and were guided through a snorkel and scuba lesson by Keller Laros BA ’85.

    • 10/14/2016

      Eva Ramey BA ’15 is a teacher for the Traveling School, a nonprofit based in Bozeman, Montana, that seeks to empower young women through an experiential overseas high school semester. She spent the fall semester in southern Africa.

    • 10/16/2017

      Joel Schooler BA ’15 is pursuing a PhD in cognitive psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Last spring, he interned at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a tech research and development company, where he worked on the Fittle project, a health app.

    • 07/08/2019

      Amy Miyako BA ’15 is an actor, writer, artist, and teacher in New York City. She earned an MFA in acting at Columbia University in 2018 and has performed on and off stage, on camera, and internationally. She is also a cofounder of Squeaky Wheelz Productions, which took its premiere work, Someone Dies at the End, to Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival in 2017. In summer 2019, Miyako took part in the Lewis & Clark theatre department’s Exits and Entrances program.

    • 06/25/2018

      Mason Wordell BA ’15, a member of the a cappella group B-Side Book Club, flew to Los Angeles in mid-July to compete in the semifinals of the 2018 International Championship of A Cappella Open (“The Open”). The group was the sole representative of the Pacific Northwest and faced groups from Colorado, Arizona, and California.

      B-Side Book Club is an a cappella group founded in 2015 by Lewis & Clark alumni who participated in a cappella during their undergraduate years. The group has performed for All Classical Portland; collaborated with Third Rail Repertory Theatre; won the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition; placed second in the regional Harmony Sweepstakes; and has performed at multiple festivals and private events around the Pacific Northwest. Members include Kushi Beauchamp BA ’16; Sierra Bertolone-Smith BA ’15; Charlie Best BA ’15; Kimo Camat; Siani Donnellan BA ’15; Andy Erickson BA ’14; Becky Friedman BA ’16; Adriana Hinojosa Hernandez BA ’15; Alison Noe BA ’14, MAT ’17; Robert Pirtle BA ’14; Trevor Sargent BA ’16; Louis Umbarger BA ’15; Sam Wellender BA ’16; and Wordell. For more information, check out

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