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  • February 1
    2010
    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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  • 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.

  • Was named in the 2016 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers magazine for her work defending civil litigation matters. Wray is managing partner at Bodyfelt Mount LLP.

  • Was appointed to the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter Leadership Board. Blachly is a partner with Samuels Yoelin Kantor in Portland. 

  • Was appointed by his partners as the new managing partner of Ring Bender LLLP, a national environmental law firm with offices in Portland, Orange County, Miami, and Pittsburgh. Bender says he is honored by their trust and looks forward to maintaining the firm’s deep and abiding commitment to heartfelt advocacy on behalf of its municipal, nonprofit, and corporate clients around the country.

  • June Wiyrick Flores J.D. joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s trusts and estates practice. She works with individuals, families, and closely held and family businesses to develop and implement succession strategies. She also helps her business clients with business formations, developing governance structures, reorganizations and dissolutions, and mergers and acquisitions to achieve beneficial tax results. Wiyrick Flores, who is listed in Best Lawyers in America, is also a frequent speaker on family business and estate- and tax-planning topics.

  • Deanna Wray J.D., a managing partner at Bodyfelt Mount, is a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, a national organization composed of insurance companies, corporations, corporate counsel, litigation and risk managers, and claims professionals. Wray’s practice concentrates on defense of product and general liability and civil litigation matters.

  • Victoria Blachly JD received a Portland Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence award. She is a partner with Samuels Yoelin Kantor in Portland.

  • Josh Lamborn JD was elected to the board of directors for the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center. A proponent of crime victim rights, Lamborn represents clients pro bono through the National Crime Victim Law Institute and sponsors the NCVLI’s annual convention. He opened the Law Office of Josh Lamborn in 2009 after serving as a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County for 12 years. His practice focuses on the representation of victims of sexual assault and other crimes, as well as personal injury clients.

  • Chris Stack BA was highlighted as a performer in a New York Times review of the Broadway play Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait.

  • Zachary Boone BA is the new executive director of the Central Oregon Community College Foundation in Bend. The foundation’s current focus is scholarship development, community engagement, and oversight of a $19 million endowment. Boone lives in Bend with his wife, Jennifer Boone BA ’98, MA ’07, and their two daughters, ages 13 and 9.

  • Was presented with a 2015 Lewis & Clark Law School Distinguished Environmental Graduate Award. Gonzalez is founder and managing partner of Coast Law Group.

  • Was presented with a 2015 Lewis & Clark Law School Distinguished Environmental Graduate Award. Raettig is the executive director of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.

  • Was elected to the board of directors for the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center. A proponent of crime victim rights, Lamborn represents clients pro bono through the National Crime Victim Law Institute and sponsors the NCVLI’s annual convention. He opened The Law Office of Josh Lamborn, P.C., in 2009 after serving as a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County for 12 years. Lamborn’s practice focuses on the representation of victims of sexual assault and other crimes, as well as personal injury clients.

  • Was named in Oregon Super Lawyers 2015 in the employment litigation category. Baker, regional managing partner of the Portland office of Fisher & Phillips, has defended a variety of employers in labor and employment law matters. He also provides training, advice, and counsel to employers on labor and employment issues. He has extensive experience in enforcing noncompetition agreements and prosecuting Trade Secrets Act violations, as well as defending employers accused of retaliating against employees for exercising protected employment rights.

  • Received Portland Business Journal’s 2015 Woman of Influence award. Blachly is a partner with Samuels Yoelin Kantor in Portland.

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