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  • February 1
    2006
    Jaiya John is the founder and executive director of Soul Water Rising, an educational mission devoted to improving human relations and overcoming prejudice. For 15 years he has traveled the country as a professional speaker, poet, author, and youth mentor. The author of the award-winning memoir Black Baby White Hands: A View From the Crib, he currently writes poetry, novels, plays for screen and stage, songs, and children’s books.

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  • Timothy Daley BS ’89 writes, “after five fantastic years at L&C studying life, I felt the need to live life for a bit. I ended up getting a job with FedEx Express. I found the most wonderful wife, and we ended up having three amazing kids and two grandchildren. Twenty-five years later, we’re still living in Southern Oregon, loving life!”

  • Andrea Ball BA ’89, after earning two master’s degrees, nabbing a fellowship, and holding several jobs across the globe, says she is “still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.” Currently, Ball is the clinical librarian at the University of Washington at Seattle, where she contributes to patient care by supporting doctors and nurses. “It’s a challenging and feel-good job.”

  • Richard LeFaivre BA ’89 is now an ordained priest of the Archdiocese of Portland. He is currently pursuing a sacred theology license in spiritual theology at the Angelicum in Rome, where he also serves at the University of Mary.

  • Lisa Harper BA ’89 fulfilled a lifelong dream when she and her Spanish Water Dog, Kai, won Best of Breed at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. An American Kennel Club Breeder of Merit, Harper was instrumental in the breed’s 16-year progression to full recognition by the American Kennel Club.

  • Patti Brooke BA ’89 has lived in Seattle since 1993. For the past three years, she’s served as vice president of marketing and business development for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s Proton Therapy Center. Last year, she reconnected with a number of Seattle-area alumni through her venture opening a cannabis store called Vela. Her sons, Biko and Tony, are now 16 and 15. She finds it hard to believe that the college application process is now under way for her oldest. In August, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, an experience she highly recommends.

  • Katy Fink-Johnson BA ’89 is currently living in the Denver area. She and her two boys, ages 17 and 20, live with her mother. Fink-Johnson sings in two choirs, serves on a few committees, and has recently been visiting a lot of college campuses. She enjoys trying all the craft beers popping up and keeps up with family and friends via Facebook. This past summer, she met her 86-year-old aunt and uncle and some college-aged cousins for the first time. “So many people to spend time with, places to see, so little time,” she says.

  • Sydney Freitas Dickerson BA ’88, MEd ’89 has lived in Honolulu since graduation. At Kapi’olani Community College, she works on a federally funded grant project that supports native Hawai‘ian students in career and technical fields.

  • Corena Bahr BA ’89 left Los Angeles in 2005. After graduation, Bahr put her German degree to good use developing video tutorials for GoToMeeting. In 2016, she became a LinkedIn Learning author. She is celebrating the seventh year of her business, Your Webinar Guru, where she offers coaching and virtual training on interactive webinars. Bahr lives in Santa Barbara, California, and likes sharing photos of food, travel, and nature on Instagram.

  • Carla Cavenago-Salazar BA ’89, a member of the undergraduate college’s Board of Alumni, narrates her journey from personal struggle to spiritual awakening and the unfolding of the creative force within.

  • Michelle Anderson BA ’89 created the “culture change agency” WeekdayRx with Stephanie Krimmel. The agency’s motto is “Better Human, Better Leader.” (Covert Leadership is their sub-brand.) Anderson recently wrapped up a pilot culture-change program for a large Fortune 500 company that focused on empathy, active listening, curiosity, and promoting humanity in the workplace. She has also published a short book, A Brief Guide to Being Human in a Messy World (CreateSpace, 2017), which serves as a guide to kickstarting positive change. Anderson uses humor and a lot of superhero analogies. She is interested in creating a movement to motivate people to be kind and pay it forward. She and Krimmel believe, “First be human. Then be Batman.” They are also creating a podcast called Being Human.

  • Andrea Ball BA ’89 is care management and population health librarian at the University of Washington. She works mainly with doctors and nurses, helping them find the best evidence to support patient care. She’s very interested in quality improvement projects and is taking an online graduate certificate program from Villanova University in business process management. There may be another career change in her future. Ball, who lives in Tacoma, Washington, has no children, but she does have a “very handsome” 15-year-old basset hound named Louie.

  • Christina Bialas BA ’89 was promoted to director of behavioral health at Bridgeway Recovery Services in Salem, Oregon, after working there for four years. She is also clinical supervisor for the corrections treatment team.

  • See “From Sri Lanka to Carnegie Hall” in the winter 2017 issue of the Chronicle.

  • Was named president and CEO of a newly formed health care philanthropy, Legacy Health Endowment (LHE). LHE provides funding and technical support for nonprofit health care facilities in California’s Stanislaus and Merced Counties. Immediately before joining LHE, Lewis served as president of the Institute for Healthcare Innovation while concurrently serving as the chair and CEO of the St. Paul’s Foundation Health Care Project in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Lewis also spent 20 years at the Heinz Family Philanthropies as its president and COO.

  • Ali Wing Takahashi B.A. joined Maurices (a retail group) as chief marketing officer and executive vice president of digital commerce. She spent the past 10 years as CEO of Giggle Baby Store, which she founded.

  • Tabitha Whitefoot BA, MAT ’89 is now employed at the Oregon Department of Education as an Indian education specialist.

  • Shawn Reilly JD was elected mayor of Waukesha, Wisconsin, in April 2014. He’s currently working to get Waukesha more reliable access to clean water from Lake Michigan, a daunting task requiring the approval of governors in Wisconsin and other Great Lakes states. Elected on a platform of “no drama,” Reilly is living up to his promise.

  • Had his book How to Build a Real Estate Law Practice published by the Real Property, Trusts, and Estates Section of the American Bar Association in April. Alterman, a partner with the Portland firm Folawn Alterman & Richardson, has been practicing in real estate law for more than 25 years.

  • Celebrated 25 years of practicing law and moved Robert Russell Law Office to a new location: 516 NE Chkalov Drive, #49, Vancouver, Washington. Russell can be reached at 360-882-8990.

  • When shopping for insurance always use a broker. They have access to multiple carriers and can tailor to your needs and budget more precisely. Plus if you buy multiple coverages (auto, renters, home, etc.) you get a bundle discount!

  • Was recognized as an Oregon Super Lawyer for the ninth consecutive year.

  • Was appointed secretary of the board of directors for the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. She also received the Spirit of Clark County Award for her contributions to improving county operations by streamlining the permitting process. Bremer is the partner in charge of Miller Nash’s Vancouver, Washington, office, where her practice focuses on land use law, real estate, and government affairs.

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