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From 1990 to 1999

  • SB
    • 10/14/2017

      Susie Brown BA ’90, recently public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and now executive director for the Hennepin County Bar Association, was interviewed in St. Paul, Minnesota’s Legal Ledger in a segment called “Breaking the Ice.” In the interview, Brown discusses her hobbies, career highlights, and start in the nonprofit world.

  • CC
    • The Outstanding Youth Coach: A Total System to Help Young Athletes Reach Their Personal Best and Win More Often

      Cody Cain BA ’90 offers a comprehensive guide to training high-performing youth athletes, showing what it takes to achieve success both on and off the field.

      Posted 05/15/2017
  • Z
    • 10/14/2016

      Zena BA ’90 spent almost three years in Mongolia as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching teacher education at the university level as well as working with Mongolia’s Ministry of Education and the Mongolian National Theatre. Zena has now moved to Calais, France, where she is volunteering in “the Jungle,” an extremely crowded and underserved refugee camp.

  • KJ
    • 10/14/2016

      Kristen Johnson BA ’90 has been promoted to dean of the health and sciences division at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

  • DL
    • Keeping Oregon Green: Livability, Stewardship, and the Challenges of Growth, 1960–1980

      Derek Larson BA ’90 provides a new history of the signature accomplishments of Oregon’s environmental era, including the revitalization of the polluted Willamette River, the Beach Bill preserving public access to the state’s coastline, the Bottle Bill that set the national standard for reducing roadside litter, and the nation’s first comprehensive land-use zoning law.

      Posted 05/15/2017
  • JH
    • 10/14/2016

      Jacob Hasslacher BA ’91 is the founder of LH Project, a ceramic artists’ residency based in Joseph, Oregon. The program (which gets its name from the family’s LH cattle brand), was featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s State of Wonder. Hasslacher lives on the property with his wife, sculptor Chris Antemann.

  • BK
    • 02/15/2017

      Blythe Anderson Knott BS ’91 was named director of Lewis & Clark’s Overseas and Off-Campus Programs in January 2017, after serving as acting director for the previous six months. She began her career in the office as associate director in 2013.

  • YK
    • 02/15/2017

      Yuko Kodama BA ’91 is the news director at KBCS, a listener-supported radio station in Bellevue, Washington. She has been at the station since 2008, first as producer of a syndicated regional radio program, Listen Up Northwest, then as operations director.

  • LM
    • 02/15/2017

      Laura Mundt BA ’91 works at Lewis & Clark, coordinating the student Counseling Service and the Student Health Insurance Program, as well as supporting the other wellness services on campus. She has been in this role for about a year and a half. Previously, she worked as the L&C community friends coordinator, matching international students with local hosts. (If you live near Portland and would like to be a local friend to an international student, please let her know!) She finds it a pleasure to be back on campus on a daily basis and must admit she sometimes find herself in a time warp when her eyes play tricks on her, and she imagines seeing students from her era on campus. Her husband, Anthony Paolucci BA ’91, is in his 18th year at NetApp, a data storage company based in the Bay Area. Their daughter, Tomlin, is in her senior year of high school and has submitted her college applications.

  • ET
    • 02/15/2017

      Eric Taussig BA ’91 and his wife, Vithamon, have three children: Ben, age 8, and twins Sophie and Maddie, age 3. The family recently moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Lake Oswego, Oregon. Taussig has relocated his company, Prialto, to downtown Portland. Prialto supports business executives with virtual assistants. As an aside, Taussig reports that he had the pleasure of running into Carolyn Savage, wife of the late David Savage, professor emeritus of history, while helping his parents move into the Terwilliger Plaza retirement community. David and Carolyn led his overseas study program to India while he was a student at Lewis & Clark.

  • JV
    • 02/15/2017

      Jennifer Van Houten BA ’91 is a senior vice president with U.S. Bank and recently was promoted to the role of risk manager within its Wholesale Banking division. She married Greg Willmarth in August 2016 at the Mazama Lodge in Government Camp, Oregon. They met while climbing Mount Rainer in 2010 and have cotaught the Mazamas Basic Mountaineering Education Class for the last several years. They have a passion for traveling, the outdoors, and wine tasting. They recently moved into a new home by Lewis & Clark.

  • MC
    • 10/14/2016

      Mara Carnahan BA ’92 lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband, Patrick, and sons Finn and Adler. They enjoy adventuring in the wilderness that surrounds their city.

  • LC
    • 02/15/2017

      Lisa Cianciulli BA ’92 lives in Rome with her husband and their 11-year-old son, Luca. She teaches English privately, as well as in a junior high school, and she offers translation services to multinational companies. She and her family have spent most of their time in and about Italy, traveling on vacation to Tuscany, Marche, Umbria, Campania, and Puglia. A few years back, they visited Strasbourg, France, where Cianciulli had studied abroad as a Lewis & Clark student. She enjoyed showing her family around the beautiful city.

  • SC
    • 02/15/2017

      Gustav BA ’92, who got his start at Lewis & Clark’s KLC radio station, became a well-known Portland radio personality due to the 1990s program Gustav and Daria. Now he is rejoining Reed graduate Daria Eliuk on a new program called Alternative Afternoons With Daria and Gustav. The show airs on 94.7 KNRK from 2 to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

  • CD
    • 10/14/2016

      Chuck Dunn BA ’92, a professor and chair of math at Linfield College, was a one-day champion on the game show Jeopardy last November. On a different note, he traveled to Beijing, China, with the Rose City Trombones, representing the United States at the 18th annual Beijing Tourism Festival.

  • RF
    • 02/15/2017

      Ruthe Farmer BA ’92 gave a talk titled Computer Science for All at a TEDx conference in winter 2017. Farmer has been working for diversity and inclusion in the tech and engineering world for many years. She is responsible for the creation and subsequent scaling up of multiple national programs such as LEGO Robotics for Girl Scouts, NCWIT Aspirations in Computing, and the AspireIT computing outreach program, among others.

  • EG
    • 10/14/2017

      Edgard Garcia BA ’92 is celebrating 31+ years of overseas living—in the United States (he is originally from Nicaragua). As a Spanish translator at SAIF, he teaches and creates strategic communication for employers and workers in Oregon. Garcia is also a member of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Latino Leadership Class X. He reports that he enjoys raising a future Pioneer for the class of 2029.

  • PH
    • 10/14/2016

      Paula Hayes BS ’92, founder and CEO of cosmetics manufacturer Hue Noir and a Lewis & Clark trustee, has been appointed to the Oregon Business Development Commission.

  • SM
    • 10/14/2016

      Scott McPherson BS ’92 is senior vice president of business operations and development at Core-Mark, a supplier of merchandise to the convenience retail industry. McPherson has worked for Core-Mark since soon after graduation, starting his climb up the ladder as a salesman.

  • RO
    • 02/15/2017

      Rene Ormae-Jarmer BA ’92 is the founder and instructor of the Rex Putnam High School Kingsmen Thunder Drumline in Milwaukie, Oregon. Drumline is a competitive sport involving coordinated acting, drumming, storytelling, and marching. To help finance the competitive season, Ormae-Jarmer has launched a GoFundMe online giving campaign.

  • JW
    • 10/14/2016

      Jerry Walker BA ’92, a U.S. Army vet who holds an MBA and a CPhT, is married to Erica Walker BS ’95. They live in Portland and have three children.

  • ET
    • 10/14/2016

      Erik Thorin BA ’93 continues to enjoy his work in international education with Pacific International Academy at Marylhurst University.

  • SF
  • LM
    • 02/15/2017

      Lasse Melgaard BA ’94 married Jenny Nugent Melgaard BA ’95. Together, they have two gorgeous, spirited boys. Recently, the family of four lived in Sydney, Australia; however, in April, they moved to Suva, Fiji, where Lasse works with the World Bank.

  • JC
    • 02/15/2017

      Jin Chen Cooper BA ’95 is an associate in research at the Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and a rapporteur for the Harvard Asia Center. She has completed three books in a series entitled Notes from Harvard on Economics. All three of her books have been translated from Chinese into Korean and published in Seoul. She expects her fourth book, an updated version of some of her column series, to come out in late 2017. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.

  • RD
    • 02/15/2017

      Rob Dirksen BS ’95 is still practicing optometry. Recently, Dirksen, his husband, and their two kids (ages 2 and 5) moved from Los Angeles to Arroyo Grande, California, on the central coast. They love the new location. Dirksen enjoys gardening on their three acres, and he has a small apiary, which he calls a “sweet hobby.”

  • CH
    • 02/15/2017

      Carly Henderson BA ’95, MA ’02 has worked in the counseling psychology field since 2002, first overseas in Tanzania, the Czech Republic, and Italy, and then returning to Portland in 2008. She owns MindWise Therapy in Southeast Portland and enjoys working as a child and family therapist. She lives close to her extended family in Northeast Portland, with 6-year-old daughter Lily, husband Ben, and some critters.

  • SH
    • 02/15/2017

      Sol Hill BA ’95 works as a contemporary mixed media and photographic artist in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, Cleo, and his son, Luca. He splits his time between operating the FNK ZN ART SPC, a venue for local contemporary art exhibitions; creating lyrical and mysterious mixed-media “metagraphs” from digital artifacts, Japanese paper, and acrylic; and creating large-scale art installation projects that deal with social justice issues. His website is www.solhill.com.

  • JM
    • 02/15/2017

      Jenny Nugent Melgaard BA ’95 married Lasse Melgaard BA ’94. Together, they have two gorgeous, spirited boys. Jenny earned her MPH and has worked in community health and development in Thailand, Vietnam, Washington, D.C., Malawi, Namibia, and Uganda. Recently, the family of four lived in Sydney, Australia; however, in April, they moved to Suva, Fiji, where Lasse works with the World Bank. Jenny is home shepherding the rowdy boys.

  • AM
    • 10/14/2016

      Alex Moggridge BA ’95 had his play Simon Dawes Becomes a Planet produced off Broadway in fall 2016. His other plays have also received attention: The Squirrel was included in New York’s Summer Play Festival, and Manatee was part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

  • JU
    • 02/15/2017

      Josh Uithof BA ’95 is part owner of a kayak guide service, called Kayak Tillamook, on the Oregon Coast. He also guides Rites of Passage trips with several local organizations, substitute teaches at Jesuit High School, serves on the Manzanita Farmers Market Board of Directors, and lives in a yurt off the grid in the Nehalem Valley. His hobbies include firewood-related activities and ontological studies.

  • JV
    • 02/15/2017

      Juanita Vero BA ’95 returned to working full time on her family’s Montana guest ranch in 1997. The ranch is located on the Blackfoot River in Greenough. Visitors are encouraged. Vero married ecologist Matthew Rinella of Miles City, Montana, in 2014. She says they enjoy no children and living eight hours apart.

  • EW
    • 10/14/2016

      Erica Walker BS ’95 is married to Jerry Walker BA ’92. They live in Portland and have three children.

  • MA
    • 02/15/2017

      Matthew Artz BA ’97 is now a senior HR director at Microsoft. He lives in Richmond, Washington, with his wife, Julie, and kids Gabriel, 12, and Lilian, 10. He’s been in Washington for two years. Previously, he lived in Finland for four years, working for Nokia.

  • GB
    • 02/15/2017

      Greg Baxter BA ’97 lives in Los Angeles, where he is a feature film producer. He recently finished the movie Passengers, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. He and his wife, Natalie, have two daughters, ages 4 and 1.

  • AB
    • 02/15/2017

      Anne Bunn BA ’97 and Sam Thompson BA ’97 live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with their two kids, Clare, 10, and Hayes, 7. Anne worked in book publishing for nearly 20 years before recently deciding to stay home with the kids. Sam runs a small investment bank and is very happy. They enjoy time together with family and friends, especially swimming in the ocean and sharing meals.

  • JD
    • 02/15/2017

      Jim Drennan BA ’97 is still living in South Lake Tahoe, California, with his wife, Jennifer, and two kids, 4-year-old Cameron and 6-year-old Caitlyn. He works for South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue and was promoted to battalion chief in summer 2016. He still keeps in touch with some of his classmates.

  • JH
    • 02/15/2017

      Juniper Hunter BA ’97 has two sons in college: Shale attends Tufts University, and Taran goes to the University of California at Santa Cruz. His daughter is in boarding school north of Santa Barbara, California. Hunter and his wife, Jodi, live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but lately he’s been spending a lot of time planning a condo remodel in Mammoth Lakes, California.

  • TJ
    • 02/15/2017

      Tamara Jazbec BA ’97 just moved to Denver after living in Brooklyn, New York, since 1998. Jazbec has been a fierce advocate in the youth leadership development and international education sector for the past 20 years. For the last 11 years, Jazbec has devoted herself to the Kennedy-Lugar YES Program. The YES Program started after 9-11 as a youth public diplomacy initiative of the Department of State to increase understanding between the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations. Jazbec is passionate about food sourcing; she has been a member of the Park Slope Food Co-op since 1998 and is volunteering for a new co-op in Denver opening in 2018. Jazbec spends her free time with family and friends cooking, gardening, yoga-ing, hiking, skiing, reading, protesting, and volunteering. She also enjoys lounging at home with her furry beast, Syd.

  • KJ
    • 02/15/2017

      Koeby Johnson BA ’97 and Jenny Simpson Johnson BA ’97 celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last summer. They live in Ashland, Oregon, where Jenny teaches preschool. Koeby teaches seventh-grade social studies in nearby Medford. They are raising five sons and a daughter; the oldest graduates from high school this year, and the youngest is 3 years old. Jenny and Koeby have a busy, musical life together and love exploring the world, a passion that was fueled by their overseas study program to India while students at Lewis & Clark.

  • JJ
    • 02/15/2017

      Jenny Simpson Johnson BA ’97 and Koeby Johnson BA ’97 celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last summer. They live in Ashland, Oregon, where Jenny teaches preschool. Koeby teaches seventh-grade social studies in nearby Medford. They are raising five sons and a daughter; the oldest graduates from high school this year, and the youngest is 3 years old. Jenny and Koeby have a busy, musical life together and love exploring the world, a passion that was fueled by their overseas study program to India while students at Lewis & Clark.

  • HK
    • 02/15/2017

      Hanako Kato BA ’97 has been working in Tokyo, specializing in project management and business process management. The overseas experiences she had as a student at L&C have helped her to manage global projects and excel in international business. She’s a mother of a 10-year-old boy who loves to play football, and she enjoys baking on weekends.

  • AK
    • 02/15/2017

      Alisha Beamer Killian BA ’97 lives in Beaverton, Oregon, with her husband, Kevin, and their two children, ages 14 and 12. A veteran of the footwear industry, she took on a new challenge as director of global apparel supply planning for Nike last year. She also volunteers for several local charities and serves on the board of directors for the Tualatin Hills Water Polo Club.

  • EK
    • 02/15/2017

      Emily Kline BA ’97 works as a health and wellness coach and yoga teacher in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a single parent who adopted a little girl at birth (who will be 3 in June).

  • JL
    • 02/15/2017

      Jake Lebowitz BA ’97 lives in Washington D.C., spending most of his time playing with his two daughters, ages 4 and 2. During the day, he escapes to his law firm, Posey Lebowitz, located near Georgetown University.

  • DM
    • 02/15/2017

      Dan Mains BS ’97 lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with wife Alise Osis and kids Iris and Gus. Dan teaches courses on cultural anthropology and African studies in the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma. His first book is Hope Is Cut: Youth, Unemployment, and the Future in Urban Ethiopia (Temple University Press, 2012). He is currently finishing up his second book, Technologies of Development: Infrastructure and Governance in Urban Ethiopia. Mains received a Humboldt Research Fellowship to support a residency at ZMO in Berlin during the 2017–18 academic year, and he hopes to cross paths with other Lewis & Clark alumni while there.

  • SM
    • 02/15/2017

      Steve Marx BA ’97 lives in Southeast Portland with his two daughters, Stella, 9, and Ava, 6. He does marine conservation work for Pew Charitable Trusts.

  • RM
    • 02/15/2017

      Rachel McCarthey BA ’97 is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah. After completing a residency in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry and pediatrics, she now practices outpatient child psychiatry. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, public defender Brock Van de Kamp, and their two children, Thomas, 9, and Catherine, 6. She loves hiking, camping, traveling, and spending time with her family.

  • TO
    • 02/15/2017

      Tim Orr BA ’97 earned his PhD in history at the University of California at Davis in 2010. He now teaches U.S. and environmental history at California State University at Sacramento. Orr lives in bucolic Davis, California, with his wife, Lori Krueger, who’s a biology professor, and their energetic 1 1/2-year-old son. Although not riding the rails much anymore in this country, Tim has ridden rickety trains and speeding buses in India, Nepal, Indonesia, South America, and Mexico within the last few years. Recently, he and his wife hiked the 220-mile John Muir Trail along California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.

  • NP
    • Taste & Technique: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking

      Naomi Pomeroy BA ’97, an award-winning chef and restaurateur, penned her first cookbook, which features nearly 140 lesson-driven recipes designed to improve the home cook’s understanding of professional techniques to produce showstopping meals.

      Posted 01/23/2017
  • MP
    • 02/15/2017

      Molly Pugh BA ’97 lives in Tacoma, Washington, and works for the University of Puget Sound’s School of Education as an instructor and field supervisor for graduate students in teaching. She taught high school English for the 10 years prior to moving to the university. She has been with her wife for almost 15 years and married for eight. She loves her life, her wife, and her two pets, Grady Otis (a 12-year-old lab) and Indigo Martin (a 6-year-old cat). She sends good wishes and love to the class of 1997!

  • RP
    • 02/15/2017

      Rachel Pusey BA ’97 is nearing her 18th year of living in San Francisco. She arrived in 1999 to attend law school at the University of San Francisco. Her first-year roommate from Lewis & Clark, Anne Bunn BA ’97, helped her find her studio apartment. Pusey has been an attorney for 13 years and focuses on employment law. She is currently a partner at the woman-owned firm of Villarreal Hutner. Pusey is married to Aaron Dornstreich and has a spirited 4-year-old son who cannot wait to get down with the children of Pusey’s classmates at the reunion.

  • PS
    • 02/15/2017

      Peter Szenasy BA ’97 has been enjoying living in Prague the last 17 years. He remembers Portland as the setting of his playing and learning period, but life in Prague is full of exciting personal and professional milestones. Frequent international travel makes the world a smaller place. His Czech-based energy and utilities consulting company is focused largely on Europe and the Middle East. With his wife, Laure, he has two kids, 7-year-old Artur and 4-year-old Ester.

  • ST
    • 02/15/2017

      Sam Thompson BA ’97 and Anne Bunn BA ’97 live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with their two kids, Clare, 10, and Hayes, 7. Anne worked in book publishing for nearly 20 years before recently deciding to stay home with the kids. Sam runs a small investment bank and is very happy. They enjoy time together with family and friends, especially swimming in the ocean and sharing meals.

  • EW
    • 02/15/2017

      Eric Wasserman BA ’97’s short story, “Reunion,” was published in January 2017 by Aldus Boek Compagnie in The Netherlands as a limited-edition bilingual Dutch/English chapbook. A Dutch translation of his complete collection of short fiction, The Temporary Life (University of Akron Press, 2010), will be published in late 2017, and a Dutch translation of his novel, Celluloid Strangers (Second Wind Publishing, 2011), is forthcoming in 2018. Wasserman is an associate professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative writing, literature, and film studies. He lives in Akron, with his wife, Thea.

  • LW
    • 02/15/2017

      Leah Berman Williams BA ’97 lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with her husband and two daughters, ages 8 and 11. She works as a professor of mathematics at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, where she just finished her first semester as department chair. Last year, she was on sabbatical doing mathematics research (discrete geometry and graph theory) in Slovenia and Mexico.

  • JD
    • 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.

  • CG

    Chance M. Gilford BA ’99, July 7, 2016, age 39. Survivors include his daughter, Mia; his sister, Judy; his brother, Steven; and many friends and family.

  • JT
    • 10/14/2016

      Justin Taylor BA ’99 is the founder and “kernel” of the Mid-South Corn Maze in Memphis, Tennessee. Taylor has been designing and organizing the maze for 16 years.

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