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  • February 1
    2004
    Suzanne C. Segerstrom is the 2002 winner of the Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, one of the largest prizes in psychology, for work showing the influence of optimism on cellular immunity. Her research examining psychological influences on the immune system, particularly the interaction between environmental stressors and personality characteristics, is widely cited and has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Norman Cousins Program in Psychoneuroimmunology, the Dana Foundation, and the Templeton Foundation.

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  • Jake Metcalfe JD ’90, a Juneau native, was appointed executive director of ASEA/AFSCME Local 52, Alaska’s largest labor union, on January 1, 2018. Previously, Metcalfe was a district attorney in Bethel and served a term on the city council there before moving to Anchorage, where he worked as associate general counsel to the IBEW Local 1547. He became that union’s top lawyer in 2004. Metcalfe was elected to the Anchorage School Board in 2001 and served two terms. In 2009, he became director of the Public Safety Employees’ Association Local 803, the union that represents police and corrections officers. He had a brief run for U.S. House in 2008 as a Democrat but dropped out before the primary.

  • Jeff Alworth BA ’90 has published his fourth book, The Secrets of Master Brewers (Storey Publishing, 2017), which focuses on the history, national traditions, and techniques of brewing classic styles of beer. It follows on the heels of The Beer Bible (Workman Publishing, 2015), which was an International Association of Culinary Professionals award-winning book in 2016. Alworth is a columnist for All About Beer and has written for a number of magazines and newspapers. He also blogs about beer on his popular website, www.beervanablog.com.

  • Elizabeth Bacher BA ’90 was a participant in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course. She spent the summer of 2017 in the Galapagos, studying the forces of change in the area of the archipelago in order to devise better solutions for sustainability.

  • 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.

  • Kris Schuberg BA ’90 and Eric Hartmann BA ’90, MAT ’94 traveled to Ireland in 2016 to visit their son Eamonn, who was studying at the University of Limerick. Schuberg hadn’t been to Ireland since 1988, when she participated in a Lewis & Clark overseas study program during her sophomore year. She says “it was indeed quite something to visit my son, studying abroad in the same country where I was an international student 29 years ago. I can’t say that Ireland was just as I remembered it–in some ways it was better! I think if someone had told me 29 years ago that I would be coming back to Ireland to visit my son, who would be turning 20 there just as I had, I would have laughed. I also might have said that this was just the crazy talk of a cleasai (Irish word for trickster).”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wendy Manley JD ’90, a partner at California firm Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, joined the Environmental Law Section Executive Committee of the Alameda County Bar Association.

  • Was selected by Gratiot County commissioners to be the county’s new administrator. Cordes has been a county counselor in Oregon, a trial court administrator, and a deputy county administrator. From 2009 until 2015, she was Clerk of Court/Court Unit Executive, U. S. District Court, for the Western District of Michigan.

  • Became the CEO at Healthwise in Boise, Idaho, on July 1, 2016, after the retirement of founder and CEO Donald W. Kemper. This is Kyte’s second stint at Healthwise, having served as its general and outside counsel for 15 years beginning in 1990. Prior to rejoining Healthwise, he served as the president and CEO of the nonprofit Adventist Risk Management. Previously, he was general counsel at the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washington, D.C., and CEO and general counsel for Pacific Press Publishing Association in Nampa, Idaho.

  • Was named to succeed founder Donald W. Kemper upon his retirement as the CEO of Healthwise, effective July 1, 2016. Kyte returns to Healthwise after spending the last six years as president of the nonprofit Adventist Risk Management, a risk-management insurance broker and administrator. He was also president and CEO of affiliate Gencon Insurance Company. While with Adventist Risk Management, he led the organization to improved performance and reduced costs, while significantly increasing revenue growth. Prior to that, Kyte served Healthwise as general counsel and in other key roles from 1990 to 2009.

  • Was named to the Multnomah County Circuit Court to fill a vacancy created by the transition of Judge Youlee You to the U.S. District Court. A partner at Ater Wynne, Bottomly focused her practice on employment and health care law, and she has worked as an arbitrator and mediator for business disputes.

  • Robert Blunt B.A. lives in eastern Pennsylvania with his wife, Danielle Walters ’95, and their three kids: a daughter, 7, and twin boys, 5. He is in his fourth year of a tenure-track job in religious studies and Africana studies.

  • Maile Fuller Bennett B.S., after graduating with a biochemistry degree, earned a medical technology degree. For the past two years, she has worked as a program manager and client relationship executive for an electronic health record software company. Bennett lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her wonderful husband, Bob Bennett.

  • Janet Hohman Motter B.A. cannot believe that she is in her 24th year in the classroom! Education is really changing, so she knows that she and her husband will learn many new things as their son gets ready to enter kindergarten this fall. Motter had a wonderful time reminiscing about Lewis & Clark’s College Outdoors program at last year’s reunion and looks forward to checking out the events for this year.

  • Jennifer Kerns-Robison B.A. earned a Ph.D. in U.S. and women’s history from the University of Arizona. She has been teaching history at Portland State University for several years. She has two wonderful kids: Charlotte, 10, and Samuel, 7. She lives in a 100+-year-old house in northeast Portland and feels “blessed to live in this wonderful city filled with good people, great food and culture, and, yes, coffee.

  • Laura Whittemore B.A. met a great guy, Mark Fitzsimons, and they just celebrated their second anniversary last fall. Her two ancient cats passed away, so she has adopted two dogs. After working nearly 20 years in retail, she now focuses on copyediting, birding, natural history, and other nature-themed books at her company, Kingbird Editorial. Whittemore continues to teach birding classes every month through the Audubon Society of Portland.

  • Zena B.A., M.A.T. ’95, after 22 years in education in America, is serving in the Peace Corps in Mongolia as a university teacher trainer and as a liaison to the Department of Curriculum for the Ministry of Education.

  • Was promoted to senior vice president and general counsel at Northwest Natural Gas Company. Previously, Saathoff was vice president of legal, risk, and compliance, and also served as chief governance officer and corporate secretary.

  • Launched Scott Snyder Arbitration & Mediation, which focuses on effective alternative dispute resolution services. Snyder has extensive experience in business and injury litigation having arbitrated and mediated hundreds of cases. He is a former in-house counsel for Safeco Insurance, KinderCare, and Rentrak Corporation. Snyder has also served as municipal judge for the City of North Plains. He can be contacted at 503-452-7747 and scottsnyderadr@gmail.com.

  • Rong-Wei “Ron” Cai JD ’90 was appointed to serve as arbitrator for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC). Cai is partner-in-charge and chief representative of Davis Wright Tremaine’s Shanghai, China, office, where he has been working for the past 10 years. He concentrates his practice on foreign investment in China, handling general business and corporate matters for multinational companies doing business there, and brings more than 20 years of experience assisting clients in U.S.-China business projects. Cai also serves as a mediator for the U.S.-China Business Mediation Center. Beyond his law practice, Cai served as chair of the legal committee for the American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai, between 2008 and 2010, and as a board member for the China Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

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