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  • Jennie Bricker JD ’97 announced the reopening of her law practice as Land Shore Water Legal Services, LLC, ( on January 1, 2020. Bricker also continues as an of counsel attorney at Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, P.C. She has practiced natural resources, real estate, and environmental law since 1998.

  • Darren Drabek BA ’97 is once again working for Skidmore College, where he coordinates international student recruitment for the office of admissions. With a high school junior in his house, he finds college admissions work hits close to home. Drabek is happy to talk with classmates about the admissions process, especially at Skidmore; email him at

  • Susan Zimlich BS ’97 received tenure and was promoted to associate professor at Southeastern Louisiana University.

  • Steve Tammelleo BS ’97, after earning his PhD in philosophy at the University of Memphis, worked at Lake Forest College in Chicago for eight years. In 2013, he began teaching at the University of San Diego; in May 2019, he received tenure.

  • Jorge Sega BA ’97 writes: “Guten Tag from Düsseldorf, Germany, especially to my math/CS and physics class of ’97. I am now in the data science business, which has taken me through several countries, but I’ve finally settled with family in western Germany. New culture, new languages, new food, but same old nerd from our college years.”

  • Kamla Hurst BA ’97 joined The Bloom Project as executive director in June 2019. The Bloom Project gifts fresh floral bouquets to patients in hospice and palliative care, sharing beauty and sparking joy during end-of-life care. Hurst lives in Northeast Portland with her husband, Mark, and their two young boys.

  • Jon Weigand BA ’97 writes: “I moved back to Portland with my family in 2017. After marrying my partner in Tucson a decade ago, we moved to Seattle. Our two daughters have now entered elementary school, and our entire family careens from week to week, trying to keep wheels on the rails. In 2020, I’ll start work on Pinocchio, produced by Shadow Machine and Netflix.”

  • Victoria Wodarczyk MAT ’97 completed her doctor of education in organizational leadership in May 2019 from the School of Education at Brandman University in Irvine, California. Her dissertation, “Leading With Trust: A Phenomenological Study of the Strategies Leaders in Certified B Corporations Use to Build Trust With Their Employees,” was published in March 2019.

  • Thomas Gibson JD ’97 has been appointed deputy secretary and special counsel for water at the California Natural Resources Agency, where he has been undersecretary since 2016 and served as general counsel from 2014 to 2016. Gibson was general counsel at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife from 2008 to 2014. He was a partner at Best, Best, & Krieger from 2002 to 2008; an associate at Hyman, Phelps & McNamara from 1999 to 2002; and an associate at Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard from 1997 to 1999.

  • Karla Raettig JD ’97 started as the executive director of the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund in May 2019.

  • Julianna Nelson Vermeys BA ’97, MA ’06 writes: “My family is happily and healthily growing up in Northeast Portland. My husband, Mark, and I–along with our two girls (ages 11 and 8)–hit the road for nature vacations as often as possible. In addition to my private counseling practice, clinical supervision, and teaching as adjunct faculty, I’ve just started a new position as counseling psychology placement coordinator at L&C’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling, I manage the internship and externship placements for counseling students. I’m so excited to be a part of Lewis & Clark College!”

  • Nina Storm BA ’97 lives in Los Angeles, where she produces and dances in an all-female variety show, L.A. Woman. She is the founder and creative director of an experiential production company, The Nina Storm Experience.

  • Toshinobu Toyama BA ’97 writes: “On Saturday, October, 2018, my second daughter, Yuina, was born. My family lives in Tokyo, and if by any chance you are visiting Tokyo, please let me know:”

  • Christopher M. Frost JD ’97 was selected as chief compliance officer of the Bonneville Power Administration. Frost has been with BPA for 11 years and is currently pursuing a PhD in public affairs and policy at the Hatfield School of Government.

  • Susan Smith JD ’97 recently joined Beveridge & Diamond, PC as a shareholder in the firm’s San Francisco office. Her practice will continue to focus on toxic tort and environmental litigation, including related appellate work and insurance coverage matters.

  • Zaw Win BA ’97, a captive insurance attorney, was elected as a director of Downs Rachlin Martin in Burlington, Vermont.

  • Robert “Matt” Conoley JD ’97 joined the U.S. Department of State’s Global Engagement Center last summer, after graduating with an MA in strategic security studies from the National Defense University. An interagency organization that uses data analytics, private sector talent, and social media technologies, the center is charged with leading the U.S. government’s efforts to counter propaganda and disinformation from international terrorist organizations and foreign countries. Conoley serves as deputy chief of partnerships and public affairs advisor.

  • Darren Drabek BA ’97 has, after 20 years at Skidmore College, moved to Illinois to serve as director of international admissions for Lake Forest College near Chicago. In the fall, he visited 10 countries in Asia, meeting prospective students. Drabek looks forward to exploring Chicagoland and participating in a larger L&C community there. His first weekend of work included a dinner invitation from the father of Anne Bunn BA ’97!

  • Koeby Johnson BA ’97 still teaches seventh-grade social studies and has been leading summer education tours to Italy and Greece the past few years. His wife, Jenny Johnson BA ’97, teaches preschool in their home, with their youngest in attendance. They also have two kids in grade school, one in middle school, one in high school, and one who just joined the Marines. Life is very full. Koeby plays in Rutendo, a marimba band, and Jenny dances hula. The couple travels when they can and celebrated their 21st anniversary in Mexico last summer. Over the summer, they enjoyed a visit from Laura Tharsen BA ’97 and Jeff Tharsen BA ’96 and their kids, and Jenny visited Shanna Christie BA ’97 and her new baby in Seattle.

  • Chris Kroblin BA ’97 and his family split their time between Oklahoma and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, so he spent most of early fall 2017 watching hurricanes on TV.

  • Jorge Sega BA ’97 sends greetings from Venezuela. For the last few years, he has been running a software business there. He says his math and computer science training at Lewis & Clark has served as a solid foundation for his current work with artificial intelligence. He fondly remembers the good times on campus–living, studying, playing pool, having Oreo milkshakes in the dorms, and eating pepperoni pizzas on Saturday nights.

  • Chris Stack BA ’97 and his wife, Erin, are living in Brooklyn, New York. He spent August 2017 in Scotland doing a play in the Edinburgh Fringe Fest. Afterward, he cruised around the Highlands, which he says reminded him a lot of Oregon. If people find themselves in Brooklyn near MacDonough/Throop with a frisbee, ring his doorbell!

  • Kit Wilding BA ’95, MAT ’97 and her family just returned to Oregon after living and teaching in China and Dubai for the last seven years. Her older son is a senior at Wilson High School and her younger son is a freshman there. Wilding teaches in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Was appointed undersecretary of the California Natural Resources Agency by Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. Gibson has served as deputy secretary and general counsel at the California Natural Resources Agency since 2014. He served as general counsel at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife from 2010 to 2014, where he was assistant chief counsel the prior two years.

  • Was elected president of the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation board of directors. Wray, a trial lawyer and managing partner with the Portland civil litigation firm Bodyfelt Mount LLP, focuses on the defense of product and general liability civil litigation matters. She has defended a range of products, including medical equipment, hand tools, printing presses, Murphy beds, bicycles, forklifts, automatic doors, and toilets. In recent years, she has been involved in mass tort litigation of latex gloves, vaccines, fen-phen, pain pumps, and metoclopramide. Wray acts as local counsel to Chrysler on all automotive product defect claims in Oregon. In addition, she has represented general contractors and electricians in Employer Liability Act cases. Some of her most notable successes have been in crafting pretrial resolutions for clients in catastrophic injury cases.

  • Robert “Matt” Conoley JD ’97 began study in the South and Central Asia Security Studies Program at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University. One of a handful of State Department officers accepted to CISA each year, Conoley is pursuing an MA in strategic security studies. CISA is the Department of Defense flagship for education and the building of partnership capacity in combating terrorism and irregular warfare at the strategic level.


  • February 1
    Outstanding Young Alumna
    Naomi Pomeroy is the chef and owner of Beast. Since the restaurant opened in 2007, accolades and awards have followed, including features in Gourmet, Elle, and Marie Claire magazine.
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