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  • Marisol Jenkins BA ’15 lives in Oakland, California, and works on the events and experiences team at Google. In between events, she volunteers with the Junior League and other community organizations. Jenkins loves getting people together and spends her free time hosting dinner parties, tennis games, and hikes with her friends. She is really excited to be a part of the 2015 reunion planning committee and can’t wait to see her classmates at the five-year reunion in June.

  • David Jenkins BA ’15 lives in Portland, where he is still trying to figure things out. He works as a research assistant at Oregon Health & Science University, but he is not pursuing a career in medicine. Jenkins is taking post-baccalaureate classes at Portland State University and is volunteering at a student-run health clinic that serves houseless individuals. He is still obsessed with the TV show Smallville. Jenkins says he is really excited to connect with the L&C community and can’t wait to see everyone at the five-year reunion.

  • Kenney Polson EdS ’15 is a jazz saxophonist, educator, and composer in the Pacific Northwest. He spoke with Jazz in Europe magazine about how he found jazz, his career, and inspiration for his latest album, For Lovers Only.

  • Mackenzie Batali BA ’15, who previously worked as a flavor chemist for a chemical manufacturing company, is now pursuing a PhD at the University of California at Davis. Her research centers around coffee and the analysis of its sensory and chemical effects. In fall 2019, she gave a lecture summarizing her dissertation titled “Sensory and Chemical Explorations Into Drip Brew Coffee Flavor Over Time” at the Specialty Coffee Association’s Expo 2019 lecture series.

  • William Aime BA ’15 visited Lewis & Clark in fall 2019 for a reading and discussion of his postgraduate life and work. His first novel, Holly, was published by Fiction Vortex in June 2019.

  • Ponny Kosmas MEd ’15 is a counselor at Woodstock Elementary School in Portland. He’s also the creator of the school’s unique Wellness Center, a friendly, comfortable addition to the administrative space of the school, where students are able to sign up for sessions with a counselor to talk, have a snack, or make some art.

  • Lucy Lurie BA ’15 is manager of the Stress and Development Lab at Harvard University.

  • Megan McCaffrey BA ’15 took a position as a full-time teacher at the Sierra Academy for Expeditionary Learning, a public charter high school, in Nevada City, California. She teaches world history; government and economy; and music history. McCaffrey also leads a first-year “crew,” which is a character-building course in which students work with a group to set academic and character goals; foster belonging; and support one another. 

  • Sarah A. Garrett JD ’15 has joined the firm of Gress, Clark, Young & Schoepper as an associate attorney in their Beaverton, Oregon, office. Her practice specializes in the defense of Worker’s Compensation claims in the state of Oregon.

  • Ian Blair BA ’15 spent several years in Ukraine as a volunteer with the Peace Corps. He assisted local English educators in the village of Horodkivka, teaching media literacy and helping with projects related to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Kryvyi Rih. He also directed a summer camp for children with HIV, which resulted in a presentation at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. Blair contributed to the organization of theatre and film camps in Odesa and spent time working with Afghan refugees. As of September 2019, he has accepted an invitation from the Peace Corps to serve as an English teacher trainer in the Republic of Georgia.

  • Jeff Speir JD ’15 and Jess Pezley JD ’14 were married on May 18, 2019, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Members of the wedding party included Rhylee Smith JD ’14, Mai Aoki JD ’14, and Jacob Booher JD ’15. Attendees included Chelsea Stone JD ’14, Alyssa Mastic JD ’14, Lauren Vicharelli JD ’14, Jake Brooks JD ’14, Spencer Wilson JD ’15, Hannah Shangraw JD ’15, Kelsey Herman JD ’15, Jared Adler JD ’15, Ryan Shannon JD ’15, and Paul Kim JD ’16.

    Jeff Speir JD ’15 and Jess Pezley JD ’14 wedding party

     

    Jeff Speir JD ’15 and Jess Pezley JD ’14

  • Amy Miyako BA ’15 is an actor, writer, artist, and teacher in New York City. She earned an MFA in acting at Columbia University in 2018 and has performed on and off stage, on camera, and internationally. She is also a cofounder of Squeaky Wheelz Productions, which took its premiere work, Someone Dies at the End, to Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival in 2017. In summer 2019, Miyako took part in the Lewis & Clark theatre department’s Exits and Entrances program.

  • Stephanie Grant JD ’15 has joined the board of directors of Girls Build, which offers summer camps in several Oregon communities for girls 8–14 years old. The camps focus on building confidence through learning the basics of building, including carpentry, plumbing, electricity, and more. “I was raised to be handy person, helping my parents with repairs and maintenance,” says Grant. “I realized later as an adult how that experience was formative for my character. As soon as I heard about Girls Build, I knew I wanted to help spread their mission of inspiring confidence and curiosity in girls through teaching construction skills.” Grant is an associate in Tonkon Torp’s litigation department and represents businesses and individuals in a broad range of commercial and general business disputes.

  • Loren Naldoza BA ’15 joined the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon to help cover his economic policy portfolio. Naldoza lives in Washington, D.C.

  • Roland Lau JD ’15 joined the Portland office of Gordon & Rees as an associate member of the tort and product liability practice group in September 2018.

  • David Rosengard JD ’15, LLM ’16 and his wife, Diana Wiener Rosengard BA ’04, JD ’09, bought their first home in Saint Helens, Oregon, in October 2017. They promptly adopted two adorable rescue pitbulls, who keep them busy. David works at the Animal Legal Defense Fund and teaches as a adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. Diana works as a senior manager at a global open-source technology company, while writing novels in her spare time.

  • Leland Baxter-Neal JD ’15 has taken a position with the ACLU of Oregon. Previously, Baxter-Neal worked at Immigrant Defense Oregon, a project at Metropolitan Public Defender. There, he represented people in deportation proceedings and worked with unaccompanied minors held in a secure detention facility. He also worked to improve access to immigration legal services and with Oregon Ready to help develop and advocate for a universal representation project at the Portland immigration court. In his first week with the ACLU, Baxter-Neal fought the federal government for access to the 123 immigrants and asylum seekers in ICE custody who had just been shipped to the federal prison in Sheridan. The following week, he helped secure a major victory in federal court when the judge found that the federal government was unconstitutionally preventing Baxter-Neal and other pro bono attorneys from entering the prison or communicating with the immigrants detained there. The judge ordered that the lawyers be allowed access. 

  • Mason Wordell BA ’15, a member of the a cappella group B-Side Book Club, flew to Los Angeles in mid-July to compete in the semifinals of the 2018 International Championship of A Cappella Open (“The Open”). The group was the sole representative of the Pacific Northwest and faced groups from Colorado, Arizona, and California.

    B-Side Book Club is an a cappella group founded in 2015 by Lewis & Clark alumni who participated in a cappella during their undergraduate years. The group has performed for All Classical Portland; collaborated with Third Rail Repertory Theatre; won the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition; placed second in the regional Harmony Sweepstakes; and has performed at multiple festivals and private events around the Pacific Northwest. Members include Kushi Beauchamp BA ’16; Sierra Bertolone-Smith BA ’15; Charlie Best BA ’15; Kimo Camat; Siani Donnellan BA ’15; Andy Erickson BA ’14; Becky Friedman BA ’16; Adriana Hinojosa Hernandez BA ’15; Alison Noe BA ’14, MAT ’17; Robert Pirtle BA ’14; Trevor Sargent BA ’16; Louis Umbarger BA ’15; Sam Wellender BA ’16; and Wordell. For more information, check out www.bsidebookclub.com.

  • Eva Ramey BA ’15 led a student group from the Watershed School of Boulder, Colorado, on a trip to Hawai‘i. While there, the group visited Jack’s Diving Locker, where they learned about manta rays and were guided through a snorkel and scuba lesson by Keller Laros BA ’85.

  • Lisa Muñoz BA ’15, who works as a manager at Dog River Coffee in Hood River, Oregon, was a panelist at the Sense of Place forum. The panelists discussed the Latino community and their experiences in the Columbia Gorge. The event was organized by Lynn Orr, executive director of the Hood River History Museum, and Natalia Fernandez of Oregon State University.

  • Megan Reuther JD ’15 has joined Tonkon Torp LLP as an associate in its litigation department. Previously, Reuther served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Erika Hadlock of the Oregon Court of Appeals. During her two-year clerkship, Reuther worked on a variety of civil, administrative, and criminal appeals, including complex business and contract law cases, workers’ compensation matters, and free-speech issues. Reuther holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Azusa Pacific University and earned highest honors at Lewis & Clark Law School. She was notes and comments editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review and received the Paul Casey Public Interest and Candise DuBoff-Jones Memorial Scholarships. As a law school, Reuther worked as a summer associate at Haglund Kelley LLP and as a judicial extern for Chief Judge Ann Aiken of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

  • Henock Ashenafi BA ’15 has joined the NGO Jhpiego in Baltimore, Maryland, as an SQL programmer. Jhpiego is an international organization that works to improve the lives of women and newborns in more than 40 countries. Ashenafi helps manage the organization’s data warehouse.

  • Is a senior intergovernmental program analyst in the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. Diaz writes that he would like “to connect with folks who are working on legislation to protect and advance efforts to combat climate change and ensure civil rights for all…we, in California, are continuing to partner with other jurisdictions, especially in light of the shift at the federal level.” He can be reached at samuel.diaz@opr.ca.gov.

  • Joined Tonkon Torp LLP as an associate in its litigation department. Grant, who graduated first in her class, spent the past year serving as a judicial law clerk for Judge Mary Beck Briscoe at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. While pursuing her degree she worked as a summer associate at Tonkon Torp for two summers and as a law clerk with the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section, in Washington, D.C.

  • Joined the southwest Washington law firm of Phillips Burgess. Past associate editor of Environmental Law Review, van Alstyne earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, where he was featured clarinetist in the university’s orchestra. Prior to joining Phillips Burgess, he was a staff attorney with the Pierce County Housing Justice Project. During law school, van Alstyne was a full-time law clerk for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a law clerk for the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, and a summer intern for a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India. He can be reached at kvanalstyne@phillipsburgesslaw.com.

  • Joined the League of Oregon Cities as assistant general counsel. Thoennes will advocate in the areas of constitutional and municipal law, and will help develop training and educational materials for elected officials in municipal government. Previously, he clerked for Justice Rives Kistler of the Oregon Supreme Court, where he met his wife, Lauren Eldridge, who was clerking for Justice Jack Landau. Lauren is currently a staff attorney for the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board.

  • Sasha Bishop BA ’15 received the first-place prize at the International Congress of Arachnology for her poster presentation, which focused on a fascinating and under-researched group of spiders known as ochyroceratids.

  • Jake Bartman BA ’15 has left his position as a reporter at the Wilsonville Spokesman to focus on applying to graduate programs, pursuing his goal of becoming a professor.

  • Joined Bendixsen Law in Hermiston, Oregon. Foy was previously at the Umatilla County District Attorney’s office.

  • Was selected to be a Presidential Leadership Scholar, joining the second class of a leadership development initiative that draws on the resources of the presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. The six-month executive-style program starts at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, and travels to each participating presidential center so scholars can learn from former presidents, key administration officials, and leading academics. The goals are to study and put into practice varying approaches to leadership, develop a network of peers, and exchange ideas with mentors and others who can help participants make an impact in their communities.

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