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  • Sarah Supahan BS ’81 was elected superintendent of schools for a four-year term in June 2018. She works at the Trinity County Office of Education in Weaverville, California.

  • Craig C. Gibson BM ’81, January 3, 2020, age 60.

  • Sheila Shusterich BM ’81 retired in June 2019 after 37 years as a music educator. Her last position was as grade 6-8 choir director at Ordean East Middle School in Duluth, Minnesota. She is currently a substitute teacher for the district and enjoys spending time volunteering. Shusterich serves as a board member of the Lake Superior Youth Chorus and as resource and repertoire chair of Middle School Choir for the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota.

  • Forrest Reid BS ’81 was selected by the Albany (Oregon) City Council as the new judge of the Albany Municipal Court.

  • Tani Girton BA ’81, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Bank of Marin in Novato, California, was the recipient of North Bay Business Journal’s 2019 CFO Recognition Award.

  • Roger Ralston BS ’81, an artist and teacher in Spokane, Washington, creates public art installations, sculpture, and illustration. An exhibition of his recent work, Field Research, was shown at the Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art in spring 2019.

  • Sarah Supahan-Harding BS ’81 was elected superintendent of Trinity County (California) Schools in June 2018 and was sworn into office in January.

  • Elizabeth Brown-Pickren BS ’81 earned a PhD in coastal resources management from East Carolina University in December 2018.

  • April Nelson BA ’78, JD ’81 retired from legal practice in 2004 after working with several legal education organizations before transferring to private practice and becoming a partner at a firm in Delaware, Ohio. Nelson then went on to develop several special projects, including the Delaware Municipal Court’s mental health docket. Currently, she serves as a staff mediator for the Delaware County Juvenile and Probate Courts and works with families to develop plans to improve school attendance for students. Nelson is the recipient of numerous community awards, including the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award, United Way Nancy Frankenberg Award for Community Volunteerism, and the United Way of Delaware County Lifetime Achievement Award, which was renamed in her honor.

  • Diane Bailey BA ’81, who has 30 years’ experience in the banking and finance industry, appears in the biographical resource Marquis Who’s Who.

  • Deanne Darling JD ’81, who retires on June 30, 2017, was the first woman appointed to the Clackamas County Circuit Court. Prior to that 1995 appointment, she was in private practice for 16 years, during which she was a pro tem judge and presided over traffic and misdemeanor cases.

  • Eve Miller JD ’81 retires on July 1, 2017, 20 years after her appointment to the Clackamas County Circuit Court in June 1997. She was in private practice from 1981 until she became a judge.

  • Chuck Blanchard BS ’81 left his position as general counsel of the U.S. Air Force and is now a partner in the Washington, D.C., firm Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, where he focuses on national security and government contracts matters. He is also on the board of trustees of the Aerospace Corporation, a federally funded research and development corporation that focuses on space issues.

  • Won election in November 2016 to the City Council of King City, Oregon. Buehner served on the King City Planning Commission and served two terms (eight years) on the Tigard City Council. She has practiced law for over 30 years, specializing in land use and estate planning.

  • William “Sam” S. Simpson JD ’81 of Otsego, Michigan, passed away June 9, 2015. He was 68 years old.

    Sam was born February 7, 1947, to Florence and Ray Simpson. He graduated from Otsego High School with honors and attended Michigan State University, where he met his wife of 43 years, Elaine K. Sheehan.

    After returning to his hometown of Otsego, Sam was employed by Old Kent Bank as a commercial loan documentation officer. He later specialized in wills, trusts, and banking regulations. Sam also served on the Otsego City Commission and helped establish the Otsego Area Historical Society.

    Sam had a lifelong interest in amateur radio; his call sign was KC8OZG. His passions were cooking, the Upper Peninsula, and animal welfare.

  • Garrett A. Richardson passed away on November 13, 2015, at the age of 61.

    Garrett attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before earning his law degree. In 1981, he began working for Multnomah Defenders, Inc., a private nonprofit that contracted with the state to provide defenses for indigent defendants. Garrett went on to have a long career as a Portland public defender.

    Garrett is survived by his wife, Kaylynne; his mother, Michaeline Richardson; and his brother.

  • Was named executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Stadum, who lost both his parents to cancer, had been the COO of the Knight Cancer Institute since 2010. In his new role, he will be responsible for all operational activities of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, which employs more than 2,700 faculty and support staff.

  • Elizabeth Brown-Pickren BS has been awarded a fellowship in estuarine research by the North Carolina Sea Grant and the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP). The fellowship provides funding for graduate students to conduct applied research within the North Carolina portion of the APNEP management boundary. According to the APNEP, she will study subsistence fishing in Tyrrell County, “exploring the vital link between the health of our estuaries and the health of our communities, informing fishermen and natural resource managers alike.” Brown-Pickren is in the coastal resources management doctoral program at East Carolina University.

  • Joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as the result of a merger between that firm and Stolowitz Ford Cowger in September 2015.

  • Is now a full-time arbitrator and mediator. Previously, Meyer was a trial lawyer, practicing civil litigation in Portland for 33 years. He was also an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark, where he taught Evidence, from 1991 through 1994. He can be reached at

  • Was sworn in March 26, 2014 to the Washington State Court of Appeals Division 2. Melnick had been a superior court judge in Vancouver, Washington, since February 2010. He began his career at the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. While a prosecutor, he headed the county’s first appellate bureau. In 2004, he became a district court judge and continued in that role until he joined the superior court bench. He also served on the municipal court bench in Camas and Washougal and has taught at Clark College.

  • Kathleen McCann JD ’81 presented a CLE—The Seventh Nuts and Bolts Lecture: Starting and Sustaining a Law Practice—in Clark County. McCann has been a sole practitioner in Vancouver, Washington, since 1989, focusing on family law, adoption, and guardianship. She has been practicing law in Clark County since 1981 and is a member of the Washington State Bar Family Law Executive Council. Previously, McCann worked as an associate for a sole practitioner for five years, and was with a small firm for three years.

  • Chrys Martin JD ’81 joined Davis Wright Tremaine as a partner in their Portland office. Her practice focuses on counseling and litigation in employment, labor, and benefits issues for employers. Martin spent the last 29 years at Bullivant Houser Bailey advising and defending employers of all sizes.

  • Juan Lizama JD ’81 was appointed to the Northern Marianas College Board of Regents. Lizama will represent Saipan on the board through November 13, 2013. Now retired, he served as the associate judge of the CNMI Superior Court from 1998 through 2008, and was a special judge at the Superior and Supreme Courts from 1996 through 1998. He also served as assistant legal counsel of Marianas Public Land Corporation, consultant for the NMI First Commonwealth Legislature, director of Territorial Economic Opportunity Office, and administrator of the Office of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Island.

  • Gretchen Buehner JD ’81 was reelected to the Tigard City (Oregon) Council, which in turn elected her council president in January 2011.



  • August 17
    William S. “Sam” Simpson JD ’81
  • August 17
    Garrett A. Richardson JD ’81
  • Lisa Dodson
    February 18
    Distinguished Alumna Award
    Lisa Grill Dodson is the director of the Oregon Area Health Education Center and associate professor of medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. A tireless advocate for healthcare education and for developing care for rural and other underserved populations, she has received a number of awards, including the 2010 OHSU Alumni Association Dean’s Award and the 2009 Oregon Family Physician of the Year Award. In 2009, Lisa launched the Oregon Rural Scholars program, which gives medical students a rotation in rural areas to experience firsthand the rewards and challenges of rural practice.
  • Amelia Wilcox
    February 18
    Pioneer Alumni Leadership Award
    Amelia Wilcox served several terms on the Board of Alumni starting in 1982 and was president of the board from 2009 to 2011. Her efforts to reach out and connect alumni with the college—whether they had just graduated or were members of the Albany Society—have brought a new era of alumni reengagement and participation. Amelia has also volunteered for the Lewis & Clark student-alumni career network and the admissions office. She is currently an assistant professor with term in the psychology department at Lewis & Clark.
  • February 1
    Donald G. Balmer Citation
    James L. Forman is the past president of Lewis & Clark’s Board of Alumni and a former ex officio member of the Board of Trustees. A partner with the law firm Rider Bennett in Minneapolis, where he practices commercial and business litigation, Forman is also a director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, headquartered in Washington, D.C.; a director of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota; and a member of the fund advisory board of St. Paul’s Casa de Esperanza. He was named a “super lawyer” in 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2005 by Minnesota Law and Politics.
  • David Pitassi ‘81
    February 1
  • Wally Klemp ‘81
    February 1
  • Lee Weinstein ‘81
    February 1
  • Roberto A. Alvarez ‘81
    February 1
  • Alyce Sadongei ‘81
    February 1
  • Liz Walker Downing ‘81
    February 1
  • Jed Emerson ‘81
    February 1
  • Charles Blanchard ‘81
    February 1
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