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  • Melany Savitt JD ’11 was elected to the partnership at Tonkon Torp LLP. Savitt works in the firm’s business immigration group, where she guides employers and foreign nationals through the maze of immigration laws, handling the full range of nonimmigrant work visas.

  • L-E Baldwin BA ’11, after six years of connecting communities at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, has shifted focus toward Planned Parenthood of Utah. Baldwin is currently partnering with the Pride Center to create Utah’s first transgender puberty education program. Baldwin, who is in the final semester of an MA program at Westminster College, is researching community building through artistic expression with gender nonconforming youth.

  • Christina Greever BA ’11 and Zach Wilson BA ’10, September 1, 2019, in Vail, Colorado. Attendees included Anne Blackmar-McHugh BA ’10, Tessa Marzulla BA ’11, Andrew Quigley BA ’09, Charlie Blackmar BA ’06, Kylie Della BA ’10, Walt Della BA ’11, Maren Corbly BA ’11, Carolyn Pursinger BA ’11, Branden Pursinger BA ’12, Asa Weiss BA ’10, Danielle Fagre BA ’10, Kirsten Fix BA ’10, MA ’17, Camron Roberts BA ’08, Emily Deichsel BA ’09, Daniel Lockley BA ’10, Elizabeth Terhune BA ’10, and Matthias Kullowatz BA ’09.

  • David Kroman BA ’11 visited Lewis & Clark in fall 2019 for an alumni reading and discussion. He spoke about his postgraduate life and how he keeps the writing fire lit.

  • Rhea Manley BA ’11 a writer and educator based in Jamaica, published her poem “Warrior Princess” in PREE literary magazine. In 2019, Manley was shortlisted for the Poet Laureate of Jamaica Edward Baugh Prize for Poetry.

  • Abby Paffrath MAT ’11 is an artist and entrepreneur in Jackson, Wyoming. Through her company, Art 4 All, she designs items that feature her artwork. She frequently releases new designs and offers hats, “solar shirts,” hoodies, stickers, pins, and water bottles. She plans to create more shirts and bags and is also partnering with Jackson Company Croakies to design dog collars and leashes. Paffrath says she loves seeing people out in the world wearing her art but never tells people she’s the designer. 

  • Ashley L. Vaughn JD ’11 is now a partner at Dumas & Vaughn, Attorneys at Law, formerly Dumas Law Group, LLC. Vaughn practices with Gilion C. Dumas JD ’92, advocating for survivors of sexual abuse and harassment in civil cases across the country.

  • Kate Myers BA ’11 has joined the general liability and auto defense trial group at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli in Phoenix.

  • Mariah Shields BA ’11 is principal for Arrow Benefits Group in Petaluma, California. North Bay Business Journal named her one of its Forty Under 40 for 2019.

  • Katherine Paul BA ’11 is an artist, talent booker, and frontperson for the indie rock band Black Belt Eagle Scout. Her first album, Mother of My Children, was rereleased by Saddle Creek Records in late 2018 with plans for a national tour. Paul’s music deals with the personal and the political, from the pain of a fading love to the fury of social injustice. Paul’s identity–she was born and raised on the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Washington–is key to her work as an artist. “I think it’s important,” she says, “for people to know that native women exist and native women are strong and resilient.”

  • Josh Mink MEd ’11 is the new athletic director for Ontario (Oregon) High School.

  • Tara Brock JD ’11 has joined Oceana as Pacific counsel and is based in Portland. Brock brings with her more than a decade of experience and a diverse background in ocean conservation, not only as an attorney but also through community organizing, policy expertise and advocacy, and communications outreach. Before joining Oceana, she worked for the Pew Charitable Trusts, Surfrider Foundation, M+R Strategic Services, Environment Michigan, and other organizations.

  • Annie Fassler BA ’11 and husband Jonah Geil-Neufeld BA ’11 have officially launched their new podcast production company, Puddle Creative. Check out their website:

  • Maren Corbly BA ’11 graduated in May 2019 from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, with an MA in clinical mental health counseling, with a concentration in mindfulness-based transpersonal counseling.

  • Meryl Wisner BA ’11 has written her debut novel, Something to Talk About, which will be published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in June 2020.

  • Elliott P. Dale JD ’11 recently joined Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP as a partner. Dale helps businesses and individuals make informed business decisions and position themselves for success. He holds an MBA and has experience in business management and organizational leadership.

  • Jennifer Schildmeyer BA ’11 is on track to earn her MD from the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in May 2019. In addition to starting her residency in family medicine, she is getting ready to marry her partner, Tanner Clement, a nice Minnesota boy with no ties to L&C.

  • Jessica Lodal BA ’11 earned an ND (naturopathic doctorate) degree from the National University of Health Sciences outside of Chicago. She graduated valedictorian and summa cum laude. This degree, along with her DC (doctor of chiropractic), allows her to practice as a natural primary care physician in Illinois. In addition to private practice, she is also a part-time clinical supervisor for naturopathic interns at a health clinic in the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center located in downtown Chicago.

  • Kai Watts BA ’11 and Mary Bodine BA ’09, JD ’13, in the Estate Gardens on Lewis & Clark’s campus.

  • Tessa Marzulla BA ’11 and Andrew Quigley BA ’10, October 20, 2018, in Enumclaw, Washington. Including the newlyweds, there were 27 L&C alumni in attendance. Christina Greever BA ’11 officiated.

  • Katherine Paul BA ’11 is a rock musician and the frontperson of the indie rock band Black Belt Eagle Scout. In a conversation with Pacific Standard Magazine, Paul talked about using music to explore her indigenous and queer identity in a culture that is dominated almost completely by white male artists. She was raised on the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community reservation in Washington, where she found inspiration in the powwow drumming traditions of her family and the riot grrrl scene of the Pacific Northwest. “I want to talk about my music and background, and hopefully other indigenous and queer voices can be raised up too.”

  • Annie Nelson JD ’11 has been named a partner by Karnopp Petersen LLP, a full-service business law firm based in Bend, Oregon. Nelson has been with the firm since 2012 and practices primarily in the area of trust and estates. She regularly advises clients on estate planning, probate, and trust administration, and also counsels clients with respect to establishing guardianships and conservatorships. Nelson is a member of the Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Business Law Sections, Deschutes County Bar Association, Oregon Women Lawyers, and Cascade Women Lawyers.

  • Jessica A. Flint JD ’11 has been named of counsel by Gevurtz Menashe. Flint started as an associate with the firm in July of 2012 and will continue her practice handling international and domestic family law matters in Oregon.

  • Todd Friedman JD ’11 has been named a partner by Stoel Rives. Friedman practices business law, with a focus on advising entrepreneurial, emerging, growing, and established companies. He primarily serves the food and beverage, technology, and creative industries. Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Friedman had a career in corporate management, technology, international supply chain operations, and venture capital.

  • Katherine Shores BA ’11 recently earned her DVM from the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. A longtime advocate for homeless and neglected animals, Shores has worked as a veterinary technician at the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago and spay/neuter programs in the Caribbean and Costa Rica. She plans on pursuing a career in shelter medicine.

  • Hannah Somhegyi BA ’11 earned a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University in May 2018. Over the summer, she biked across Norway before moving back to Portland. Somhegyi plans to pursue data science and continue her freelance work as a visual designer. She helps scientists explore and communicate their data using visualizations and illustrations.

  • Ben Larson BA ’11 is a fixture in the Portland music world. He currently sings and plays mandolin and guitar for the Ben Larsen Band, Crow and the Canyon, and The Giraffe Dodgers.

  • Katherine Paul BA ’11, who performs as Black Belt Eagle Scout, has released her first solo album, Mother of My Children. She recently received a shout-out in Willamette Week’s “Best of Portland” issue. Since studying at Lewis & Clark, Paul has performed with various local bands, including Genders and Forest Park. Her desire to go her own way stemmed from a need to branch out creatively. “I wanted to feel fulfilled and to flourish in music,” she said in an interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting.

  • Elektra B. Yao JD ’11 welcomed Maxime Lucia Elisa Sciarra, who was born in New York City. Maxime is named after her maternal great-grandfather Maxime Yao, who was a national judge in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

  • Elektra B. Yao JD ’11 marked the one-year anniversary of the Law Office of Elektra B. Yao in May 2018. The full-service multilingual immigration law firm is based in New York City.


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