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  • Amber Case BA ’08 is now a research fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. She examines the ethical implications of technology’s increasing influence on the lives of everyday people.

  • Christie Totten JD ’08 has been promoted to partner in the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Totten is a litigator who defends employers against claims of all types and maintains an active advice and counseling practice. She works with employers of all sizes and in all industries, with a focus on health care, technology, and agriculture/wine.

  • Chris Bailey BA ’08 is the micro-enterprise developer for Hacienda Community Development Corporation, which operates the Portland Mercado, a hub for Latino culture. He was awarded Willamette Week’s Skidmore Prize for his work at Hacienda’s business incubation program, where he has helped over 50 small businesses owned by people of color find their footing.

  • Stephanie Beechem BA ’08 was recently promoted to speechwriter for the president of the University of California system, where she has worked since 2017. Previously, she spent six years in Washington, D.C., working as a political researcher in the Obama White House and the State Department.

  • To Eric Atcheson BA ’08 and his wife, Carrie Atcheson, daughter Sadie Lou Atcheson, October 17, 2018.

  • Eric Atcheson BA ’08 discusses the generation known as millennials and their unique approach to religion and faith. Born in the 1980s and 1990s, and often described as an inexplicable enigma by the media, millennials come across to some as a frustrating cadre of narcissists. Though likely to check the “none” box when asked about religion, they have entered into adulthood with a great deal of thought devoted to God, faith, and organized religion. Many also crave spiritual richness and inclusive community and are willing to move heaven and earth to find a place—online or in real life—to feel at home, much like the pioneers who set out on the original Oregon Trail. In this book, the iconic Oregon Trail computer game from MECC—and absorbing pursuit and a highly influential game for millennials born in the decade of the 1980s—is used as a template throughout to illustrate the journey of faith in which they, “the Oregon Trail generation,” now find themselves engaged as adults. While books have been written about ministering to millennial Christians, the perspective of Atcheson, a millennial pastor whose life story spans the gamut of the historic Oregon Trail, offers a fresh take on an oft-written-about concern for the wider church. Church Publishing, 2018. 160 pages.

  • Caitlin Murphy Nash BA ’05, MA ’10, September 30, 2018, age 35. Nash worked as a child and family therapist for Lifeworks in Portland, counseling children and teens. She loved to host a yearly weekend “summer camp” for her friends at her home in Portland. Survivors include her husband, Paul; parents Michael and Nancy; siblings Ryan, Sarah, and Matthew; as well as many other family members and friends.

  • Joe Furia JD ’08 took over in September 2018 as executive director of the World Forestry Center, a nonprofit organization based in Portland and dedicated to promoting sustainable forestry through educational programs. Furia previously was general counsel for the Freshwater Trust and has worked at several Portland law firms, including K&L Gates and Landye, Bennett, Blumstein LLP.

  • Stephanie Holmberg JD ’08 is the new coleader of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s real estate and construction industry group. As a former in-house counsel to a national electric utility contractor, Holmberg has extensive knowledge of the construction industry and the unique issues project owners and contractors face.

  • Jennifer Woodhouse JD ’08 was promoted to shareholder. Woodhouse serves as a senior counsel at Schwabe, focusing on estate and tax matters. She assists clients with tax controversies; estate, charitable, and business transition planning; probate; and trust administration.

  • Matthew Nelson BA ’08 works for the State Department as an English language fellow in Pokhara, Nepal. He credits Tatiana Osipovich, professor emerita of Russian, for nurturing his interest in language and culture. It was on her advice that Nelson traveled to Russia to serve as a Fulbright teaching assistant after graduation.

  • Kelly Rogala BA ’08 has found his calling bringing play to the world: He designs and runs high-tech scavenger hunts around the country for corporate teams. Rogala recently cofacilitated a weekend retreat with Digital Detox, which focused on healthy relationships with digital technology and the importance of play for adults.

  • Lisa Lenherr BA ’00, JD ’08 joined the Oakland, California, law firm Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP as an associate in the firm’s bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditors rights practice group. Lenherr has nearly a decade of experience representing debtors, landlords, lenders, and creditors in all aspects of Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies.

  • To Rafael Cuevas BA ’08 and Diana Freeburg BA ’08, son Milo, in December 2017. Cuevas and Freeburg were married in 2014 and live in San Francisco.

  • Eric Atcheson BA ’08 recently stepped down as pastor of First Christian Church in Longview, Washington, after more than six years of service. He is continuing his doctor of ministry studies at Seattle University. His book, Oregon Trail Theology: The Frontier Millennial Christians Face—And How We’re Ready, is slated for release in fall 2018 by the publishing arm of the Episcopalian Church.

  • Max Filter BA ’08 is co-owner and head brewer at Dual Citizen Brewing Company in St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • Anthony Kuchulis JD ’08 was named a partner at Barran Liebman LLP. Kuchulis has a decade of experience representing employers and businesses in advice and litigation, and has been named a Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine for the past five consecutive years.

  • Hunter Franks BA ’08 launched the nonprofit League of Creative Interventionists as an evolution of his public art practice, which he started in 2014.

  • Victor Wu BA ’08 moved to Virginia after graduation to begin a career in consulting in the Washington, D.C., metro area. He enjoys physical activities and food.

  • Hongda Jiang BA ’08 has been working in the field of IT security automation for industrial IoT (internet of things) devices. During his free time, he travels to Central America.

  • Corey Van Landingham BA ’08 and Christopher Kempf, July 8, 2017, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

  • Eric Atcheson BA ’08 recently signed a contract for his first book, Oregon Trail Theology: The Frontier Millennial Christians Face–And How We’re Ready. It is tentatively slated for distribution in fall 2018 by the publishing arm of the Episcopalian Church. He continues in his work as pastor of First Christian Church in Longview, Washington, and as a doctor of ministry candidate at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry.

  • Colleen Scott JD ’08 was made a partner at Hart Wagner LLP. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the firm’s medical malpractice defense team in Portland. Scott focuses on medical malpractice defense, specializing in birth injury claims, and on representing medical professionals before their licensing boards.

  • Anthony Kuchulis JD ’08 has been named the 2017–18 cochair of the American Heart Association’s Men Go Red Portland chapter, which supports the Go Red for Women campaign and seeks to raise funds and awareness to combat women’s heart disease issues. He is an attorney with Barran Liebman LLP.

  • Amy Baugher BA ’08 and Zachary Binney, September 3, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia. Devon Goss MS ’12 and Jessica Jobanek BA ’07 attended.

  • Was appointed president of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Volm is an associate at Barran Liebman LLP, where his practice focuses on employment litigation and advice. He works with business owners and in-house counsel to ensure compliance with changes in the law, and defends employers in litigation.

  • Jessica McConnell JD ’08 was named a partner with Greene & Markley, a commercial law firm in Portland. McConnell joined the firm as a paralegal in 2004. She was promoted to associate in 2008, after earning her JD and a federal tax law certificate. For seven years, McConnell has volunteered at the Oregon State Bar’s pro bono bankruptcy clinic. She also serves on multiple bar committees and regularly presents at continuing legal education seminars. At the OSB Family Law Section 2015 Annual Conference, McConnell and fellow Greene & Markley partner Don Grim presented “Addressing Taxes Throughout a Dissolution Case.”

  • Jonathan Charnas B.A. is working at the University of Geneva’s astronomical observatory on the data analysis software for the Gaia mission. Gaia, a project of the European Space Agency or ESA (the European Union’s NASA equivalent) is an ambitious mission to chart a 3-D map of our galaxy.

  • Micah Steinhilb J.D. was elected treasurer of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section. He is an associate with Gordon & Polscer and practices in the areas of insurance, products liability, construction defect, and environmental law.

  • Hunter Franks BA organized an unusual art project/ community dinner for residents of Akron, Ohio. To commemorate the loss of community that occurred when one neighborhood was split by a new freeway, Franks arranged to shut down traffic, set up an enormous table in the middle of the road, and served dinner to 500 locals.

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