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Joan Dukes, Astoria, Ore., was named vice chair of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. She served as a commissioner for Clatsop County before being elected to the Oregon Senate, and she served as chair of the Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task force.
Daniel Heagerty, Portland, is semiretired after more than 35 years in the environmental consulting engineering business. He's lived in Portland since leaving Evergreen in 1973, starting his career as a field biologist and working through management positions to eventually become senior executive in charge of strategic planning and startups at a national firm. He has served on numerous nonprofit and state boards, relentlessly advocating for environmental responsibility and stewardship. He is West Coast Director of Business for Natural Systems Utilities.
Antony Ferrucci, Shoreline, is retired. He spends his time writing fiction, oil painting, and working on calligraphy, and is active in his Vietnam Veterans chapter.
Kate Flack, Seattle, is a strategic advisor and investigator with the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission.
Judith Prest, Duanesburg, N.Y., retired from a school social worker position and is working with expressive arts groups and with adults at an addiction day treatment center in Schenectady. She conducts workshops in creative writing, expressive arts and creativity. She'd love to hear from Greeners who remember Psychology, Literature and Dream Reflection, or who worked at the Women's Clinic. Her newly released collection of poetry, Late Day Light (Spirit Wind), is available at email@example.com.
Carla Griswold, Seattle, is an administrative specialist with Harborview Medical Center. A poet and writer, she spends her days providing health care administration services. She raised two wonderful children with her husband, Kirk: Peter studies engineering at Washington State University, Vancouver, and Geneva is in the UCLA Getty Art Conservation master's program.
Corinne (Simons) Ritter, Tacoma, has worked in the early childhood education field for more than 35 years. She has three sons: 14-year-old twin boys and a 30-year-old son who lives in Denver with his wonderful wife. "Life is good!"
Joan D. Stamm, Eastsound, was awarded a 2011 Silver Nautilus Book Award for Heaven and Earth are Flowers: Reflections on Ikebana and Buddhism (Wisdom Publications, 2010), her second published book.
Kirby Olson, Delhi, N.Y., earned his Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Washington in 1994. A professor of humanities at the State University of New York, Delhi, he recently had an article published in the Journal of Ecocriticism about one of Marianne Moore's later poems, "The Camperdown Elm."
Nancy Truitt Pierce, Monroe, campaigned for the Director District Number 2 seat in the Monroe School District. Founder and CEO of Woods Creek Consulting, she was the managing principal of The Washington Firm, served as chair of the board of trustees for Everett Community College, and was active in the statewide Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges.
David Mazor, Amherst, Mass., founder of Read-er to Reader, a global literacy organization, was honored with a plaque in appreciation of his organization's donation of more than $500,000 worth of books and computers to the Navajo Nation Library in Window Rock, Ariz.
June Stromberg, Seaside, Ore., retired from a career in early childhood education directing a child development center at Vancouver's Clark College for 23 years. She and her husband of 47 years have lived in their Seaside vacation home for 20 years.
Thomas C. Buell, Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa., attended the graduation of his son, Griffin Whealan Buell '11, on the 30th anniversary of his own graduation. Griffin studied political economics and studied with Chuck Pailthorp, who also taught Tom three decades earlier. Tom runs Verso Partners: Communications, a public relations firm, and lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Dorey Whealan-Buell '81, who he met while they were both Evergreen students.
April Rieck, Tacoma, feels Evergreen prepared her for a rich career as a business process and information management consultant running her own business, April Dawn Enterprises. This spring, she attended Evergreen's New Student Orientation with her niece, 40 years after her own 1971 orientation. She's proud to be an alumna and glad to see the legacy continuing.
Gretchen Christopher, Olympia, owner of Gold Cup Music, is a record producer, writer, composer, lyricist and artist. The first song she wrote and recorded, The Fleetwoods' #1 hit and gold record, "Come Softly to Me," is featured in the movie, "The Green Lantern."
Philip L. Watness, Port Townsend, is editor of the Skamania County Pioneer. A journalist all his adult life, he served as sports reporter, special sections editor and assistant sports editor for The Olympian, bureau chief of the Peninsula Daily News and assistant editor of the Port Townsend Leader.
Janet Welch, Port Townsend, is happily homesteading, gardening and cultivating native plants with her husband of 15 years. She's been a board member for The Food Co-op for six years and uses that as her primary avenue to bring positive change to the world.
Lucy Auster, Seattle, earned her MA degree in urban and environmental policy at Tufts University. She is a senior planner/project manager for King County Recycling and Environmental Services.
Eileen Brady, Portland, is a candidate in the 2012 Portland mayor's race. Cofounder of New Seasons Market, she served on the Oregon Health Fund Board and was board chairwoman of Celilo Group Media, a green media company with a mission of expanding markets for sustainable products and services.
Leslie Marsh, Vancouver, B.C., is on the board of advisors at Awkward Stage Productions; research associate for Fairleigh Dickinson University's Institute for Forensic Science Administration; research associate for the Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia; assistant director of The New England Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Studies; founding editor and board member of Episteme: Journal of Social Epistemology; review/survey editor at Cognitive Systems Research, and book review editor at The Journal of Mind and Behavior. His work on stigmergy and social epistemology helps to provide the philosophical foundations for forensic science administration.
Rodd Pemble, Bellingham, earned his MS at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. He is recycling manager for the Sanitary Service Company in Bellingham.
Francis Naglich, MES '93, Longview, is lead wetland biologist for Ecological Land Services, having managed or played a key role in more than 1,200 wetland-related projects in western Washington and Oregon since 1990. As a wetlands consultant, he advises clients on Section 404 and 401, shorelines and critical areas permitting for numerous projects.
Anastasia Sheldon, San Anselmo, Calif., sells property in Marin County as an agent for Frank Howard Allen Realtors, and as owner of Fine Marin Real Estate (finemarinrealestate.com). She specializes in green housing solutions. She would like to connect with old friends.
David Breton, Seattle, is a registered nurse in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center. He is living a busy but contented life in Ballard with his wife, Kris, and two strapping children, Hannah and Josh.
Connie Bacon, Tacoma, is president of the Port of Tacoma Commission. She was executive director of the World Trade Center Tacoma from 1992-97. She is a member of Governor Gregoire's Economic Development Commission, a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and a member of the boards of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, the Regional Access Mobility project and the Tideflats Rail Oversight Committee.
Bryan Harrison (MPA), South Bend, formerly a Pacific County administrative officer, will serve as city administrator for Burlington. He served as environmental health specialist for Thurston County, and director of health and human services for Pacific County. Bryan and his wife, Carol, have two boys.
Tamara English, Portland, is exhibiting oil paintings at Portland's Present Space Gallery. The exhibition is funded by a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. She is also exhibiting paintings at Addington Gallery in Chicago. London's Turner Barnes Gallery added her name to their roster of artists. Her work can be viewed at www.tameraenglish.com. In January, she will teach a class focusing on the use of art for inner awareness at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland.
Karen (Morgan) Rumble, Vancouver, is the mother of an Evergreen student and is president of Adrenal, LLC, which provides marketing and online services.
Mark Abner (MES), Washington, D.C., is the new state director of The Nature Conservancy in Georgia. His career has been dedicated to fundraising for conservation and academia, including serving as the director of development for the College of Natural Resources at the Univ. of Minnesota. He also worked as a wilderness firefighter, field ecologist and political campaign manager. Mark and his wife, Gabrielle Horner (MES '91), who spent 15 years in government relations with the Conservancy before working for the U.S. Department of the Interior, will move to Atlanta.
Michelle (Hosterman) Borodin, Los Angeles, Calif., lives in Mount Washington with her husband, Misha. She's worked at public radio's "Marketplace" for more than 10 years in administration and production. Listen to "Datebook," and "Dinner Party Download," which she produces and voices under her professional name, Michelle Philippe.
Michael Nicholas, Kenmore, recently left his position at IBM to join Certona as strategic sales director.
Erik Ray, Freeland, is a professor and chair of the History, Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Edmonds Community College.
Rebecca (Felsenfeld) Bloom, Seattle, is a licensed mental health counselor and a registered art therapist. She teaches at Antioch University's School of Applied Psychology. She was featured on the Seattle Channel's CityStream program, speaking about art therapy. She's worked for community mental health agencies in Seattle and New York City, and has a private practice in Pioneer Square. www.bloomcounseling.com.
Lauri Boren, MIT'94, Olalla, coached teams of 5th-grade science students from B.F. Day Elementary in Seattle to participate in the National Science Foundation Sally Ride TOY Challenge. Honorable mentions in design and engineering were won by two of the teams.
Cal Droke, Seattle, is a captain on the Marysville Fire Department.
Seven Dunsmore, Vashon, earned his master's in clinical psychology at Antioch University. He's worked in forensic mental health for 10 years, and has a private practice, a sliding-fee scale trauma clinic in Pioneer Square.
Lisa Kerans, Longmont, Colo., is associate art director with Sounds True, a small independent publishing company in Louisville, Colo.
Gary Robinson, (MPA), Olympia, is director of Pierce County Budget & Finance. Formerly chief financial officer for Washington State DSHS, he also served as director and chief information officer for the state Department of Information Services and the Office of Financial Management.
Jason (Gaddy) Earrame, Rochester, owns a freelance Web and graphic design business, Sea-Wing Designs. When not writing code or designing images, he spends time with his wonderful wife, Mary, and their amazing 4-year-old daughter, Coral.
Jerry Price, MIT'95, Yelm, teaches social studies at Yelm High School. He was named 2011 Secondary Teacher of the Year for Yelm Community Schools, for going "above and beyond" to contribute toward the mission and vision of the district in serving students.
Wayne Au, MIT'96, Seattle, asst. professor of education at the University of Washington, Bothel, was recently interviewed by KING 5's "Education Nation" about fairness in education and students of color. He has authored several books including Rethinking Multicultural Education (Rethinking Schools Ltd., 2009) and Unequal by Design: High-stakes Testing & the Standardization of Inequality (Routledge, 2009).
Jimmi Davies, Olympia, is a coppersmith, creating handcrafted fixtures based on the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 1800s and early 1900s. A stickler for detail, he uses time-honored techniques to produce up to 15 lamps and 7 chandeliers a year and to restore vintage fixtures.
Brent Haddaway, Portland, principal of Cascade Environmental Group, an environmental consulting company, has worked as a wetland scientist for more than 16 years, specializing in environmental mitigation, habitat restoration and ecosystem valuations. A certified Professional Wetland Scientist, he is a member of the Oregon Soil Scientists Society and Pacific Crest Trail Association.
Janet (Toye) Reid, Chicopee, Mass., earned her master in teaching degree and taught special needs students for eight years before earning her doctorate in education and moving to a school principal position. She has four children and loves living in Massachusetts.
Hilary Adams, New York City, earned her master's degree in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York School of Professional Studies. She is directing a production of Steel Magnolias at the Harbor Lights Theatre Company in New York.
Armin Antonio, MIT'02, Olympia, was 2011 Teacher of the Year for Baker Middle School in Tacoma, where he teaches science.
Jody (Shrum) Berry, Rickreall, Ore., and her husband Michael Berry met in Evergreen's farm program. They have a 4-year-old, Ginger Rio, 42 hens, 15 heritage turkeys and 3 dogs. They are self-employed and actually doing what they studied at Evergreen! Michael's organic salad greens are sold under the name Daddy's Greens, and Jody grows medicinal herbs and manufactures the Wild Carrot Herbals line of skincare products. Life on the farm is good! firstname.lastname@example.org
Ethan Bach, Santa Fe, N.M., earned his MFA degree in electronic arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008. As digital dome director at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, he served as a research associate for a National Science Foundation grant developing production techniques and workflow and curriculum. His artistic expertise in experimental film and media won awards from the Santa Fe Arts Commission and New Mexico Film Visions.
Ericka Curran, Jacksonville, Fla., is director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic and supervising attorney at the Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville. As a member of the faculty, she teaches law to second- and third-year law students, one of which is Ali Abid '08.
Henry Gudenau, Jarrell, Texas, is chief of police at Texas State Technical College Waco. He formerly served as the public safety director and chief of police for the city of Southmayd, Texas. He earned a Master Peace Officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education, and graduated from the Leadership Command College at Sam Houston State University.
Kim Nuesse, Vancouver, has enjoyed a career managing chemical dependency and co-occurring programs. A licensed chemical dependency professional with Lifeline Connections in Vancouver, she is excited about teaching and supervising trainees going into the chemical dependency field. "It's very rewarding to know that I am able to impact more people seeking recovery by teaching those who will counsel individuals."
Julia Helen Tracy, Seattle, earned her MS from the University of Washington and has worked there as a molecular biologist in various labs for more than 14 years. She now works as a research scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. For the past 12 years, she's enjoyed singing with the Medieval Women's Choir and traveling to Amsterdam, Spain, England, Ireland and France. She's planning a trip to Iceland in 2012 and hopes to see the aurora borealis!
Rebecca Pearl, Belmont, Mass., and Justin Martinez welcomed a baby girl, Vega Pearl-Martinez, in May. Rebecca is the senior researcher for climate change at Oxfam America, an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice.
Shannon Wianecki, Paia, Hawaii, is food editor and associate editor for Maui No Ka ‘Oi, which earned top honors in the Best Regional and State Consumer Magazine category at the 2011 Maggie Awards, hosted by the Western Publishing Association. Shannon has worked for publications in the United States and Australia, including Fodor's, Hawai'i and Freedom in Your Relationship with Food.
Jeff Brinegar, Bandon, Ore., is head golf professional at Old Macdonald Golf Course in Bandon Dunes. He was first assistant at the golf complex now known as The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie, and has now worked at all four of the Bandon golf courses.
Heather (Flaks) Burdge, Albuquerque, N.M., is a self-employed contract bookkeeper with It's Betty's Business. She and her husband, James Burdge, have a son, Aidan James, 6, and a daughter, Ivy Elizabeth, 2.
Elaine Fogg, Walla Walla, was a screenwriter on the 2010 film, "Hard Breakers," which was directed by Leah Sturgis '97.
Erin Herda, MIT'06, Seattle, teaches 7th grade at Showalter Middle School. She held a Culture Fair and a fundraiser luau and raised more than $1,000. She is advisor for the student-run Make a Change club—proving that 7th graders can make a difference!
Saza Osawa, Seattle, earned a JD degree from the University of Washington School of Law and is a reservation attorney for the Tulalip Tribes.
Krystal Kyer, MES'02, Tacoma, is executive director for the Tahoma Audubon Society, where she served as conservation coordinator since 2006, working on habitat restoration and biodiversity conservation. She is also commissioner of the five-member Metro Parks Board and served on the Titlow Park Steering Committee and the City of Tacoma Open Space Agency Management team. She has two daughters, ages 5 and 10.
Mark McAneny, Waltham, Mass., is principal of John A. Bishop School in Arlington. Previously, he served as assistant principal at Newman Elementary in Needham and taught third and fourth grade for seven years at the Lawrence Elementary School in Brookline. He earned a master's in Elementary Education and Special Needs at Lesley University. In 2006, he completed his Educational Leadership certification through the Educators Collaborative of Greater Boston.
Jesse Barham, Olympia, is a restoration biologist working on the estuary restoration project at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. The $9 million project by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the Nisqually Tribe and others removed the dikes, which were built in 1904 to keep seawater at bay. Jesse says, "The goal of the project was to restore the ecosystem of the estuary for insects, shorebirds and salmon, particularly Puget Sound Chinook salmon, an endangered species."
Cindy Irwin, Seattle, worked in the nonprofit sector, advocating for families transitioning out of homelessness and coordinating volunteers for a program that serves low-income elders. She is working on her master in social work degree, specializing in public child welfare, at the University of Washington.
Alonzo Suson, Dhaka, Bangladesh, is country program director for the American Center for International Labor Solidarity in Bangladesh, helping workers build strong unions to defend their basic rights at home and abroad, escape abuse and forced labor, and hold governments accountable for their economic security.
Frank Casey, MIT'06, Gig Harbor, organized Clover Park High's first annual Arts Festival in April. The event was a great success with lots of art, positive energy, students, teachers, parents and community members.
Vicki (Rummig) James, Olympia, is a senior consultant (project management, business analysis) for CodeSmart in Lacey, a locally owned company offering IT solutions to government and private organizations.
Erin Kelly, Cambridge, Mass., earned a master in landscape architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is a landscape architect with Lambert, Rotherstein, and Associates.
Eric Arenson, Forest Grove, Ore., recently left the world of freelancing in California to work with the City of Portland as an application and Web designer/developer to promote open government and help people connect with their city in new and innovative ways.
Ervanna Little Eagle, Everett, was awarded the 2011 "Indian Educator of the Year" by the Washington State Indian Education Association. She teaches language arts at Tulalip Heritage High School. The Mount Vernon School District commended her work as helping to "bridge academics, culture, and hands on learning…together, these strategies help engage learners as never before."
Cecily Schmidt, Olympia, was awarded the 2011 K-12 Distinguished Educator of the Year from The Evergreen State College. She was nominated by her dean of students at Capital High School, where she teaches art. This award was established in 2011 to recognize Teacher Education Programs alumni who are doing great things in schools.
Melissa Bob, MPA '08, Ferndale, is interim executive director at Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, an organization aimed at providing opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. She managed a $6.4 million grant project that integrated Lummi cultural arts practices into the Lummi children's mental health system. She interned at the National Museum of the American Indian and at the office of Sen. Maria Cantwell in Washington, D.C. Her artwork has been exhibited in the U.S., Mexico and New Zealand. Her prints are included in collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, Missoula Art Museum, St. Lawrence University and Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates.
Josh Dressel, Blaine, is chief operations officer with LeConteur, an animation studio with offices in Seattle and Bellingham. He's worked as an IT consultant and technical writer and provided computer support for the Washington State Lottery and Department of Natural Resources.
Brian Eggleston, Washougal, teaches Spanish at Washougal HS, where he is chair of the Foreign Language Department. He was awarded a grant from Saxton Bradley, a Seattle-based technology company. He will use the money to support the educational goals of his students with quality bilingual dictionaries, additional textbooks and annual cultural celebrations.
Jamie Granato, Brooklyn, N.Y., worked as a disc jockey in New York City and beyond. He started a record label, Group Tightener, with Samuel Ford Hockley-Smith '07 and they have released 12 records. Group Tightener was named one of the "Top 50 Indie labels in North America" by Billboard Magazine.
Cameron (Anderson) Miquelon, Louisville, Ky., is an independent fashion blogger who has covered everything from New York Fashion Week to local fashion shows. 33avenuemiquelon.com.
Jessica Porter, Seattle, is a program manager with Antioch University, managing the Muckleshoot Education Program. She served as program manager for the First Peoples' Creative Change program while a student in Antioch's Master in Organizational Psychology program.
Todd Sessoms, MIT'07, Seattle, was a presenter at the NW Annual Teaching for Social Justice Conference. He was a recipient of a Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History grant, including a trip to Cambridge University to participate in a summer seminar on the African American Civil Rights movement.
Nicole (Luoma) Wheeler, Berkeley, Calif., earned her teacher certification at the University of Washington, and teaches kindergarten with the West Contra Costa Unified School District in San Pablo, Calif.
Alex Winstead, Bellingham, is the founder, owner and operator of Cascadia Mushrooms, which is featured at the Bellingham Farmers Market, seven local restaurants and the Community Food Co-op.
Kathy Blue, MIT '09, Olympia, a math and science teacher at Woodbrook Middle School in Tacoma, recently took 80 eighth-graders to compete against other Tacoma schools in the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) Academic Competition at PLU. They took first, second and third place and qualified for the state competition. Her students swept the wind turbine competition, winning all three awards for the middle school category, and also won awards in the algebra, pre-algebra, sail cars and straw towers categories.
Jeremy Harrison-Smith, Rivas, Nicaragua, earned his Master in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations at the SIT Graduate Institute. His capstone focused on how U.S. foreign development and tourism are affecting indigenous communities on Nicaragua's Pacific coast. A student internship program coordinator for the Institute for Central American Development Studies, he lives with his wife, Johanna.
Tyson Lazarro and Jennifer Newton were married this year, and are moving to Beirut, Lebanon, where they will be teaching in the International College of Beirut.
Mazen Saade, Rochester, teaches special education at Onalaska High School, where he is the head varsity football coach.
Sara Spink, Los Angeles, Calif., earned her MFA from the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 2011. She received a 2009-11 Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Her sculptures, illustrations, and animated shorts can be found at spinkanimation.com
Emily Coulter, Seattle, helped her students' reading scores improve so significantly that the principal sent her to Columbia University for a special summer program to prepare her for a leadership position in reading.
Hilary Davis, Olympia, a fifth-grade teacher at McLane Elementary, received the "Champion of Differences" 2011 award from the Olympia School District for teaching the value of diversity.
Josie Finley, Yacolt, is a park ranger/volunteer coordinator at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. She was accepted into the Global Field Master's Program, part of Miami University's Project Dragonfly. She is working on her master's degree in zoology.
Jodi Lorenz, Tumwater, is a senior care coordinator for Visiting Angels, an Olympia senior care center. She has worked at Providence St. Peter Hospital and was an AmeriCorps volunteer.
Ali S. Abid, Lacey, is a law student at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Fla. He is a legal intern at the Immigrant Rights Clinic under supervising attorney and clinic director Ericka Curran '96. He is in charge of the school's national Citizenship Day event, sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Previously, he interned for the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel in the dependency unit.
Melissa Bob, MPA (BA ‘05), Ferndale, is interim executive director at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, an organization aimed at providing opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. She managed a $6.4 million grant project that integrated Lummi cultural arts practices into the Lummi children’s mental health system. She interned at the National Museum of the American Indian and at the office of Sen. Maria Cantwell in Washington, D.C. Her artwork has been exhibited in the U.S., Mexico and New Zealand. Her prints are included in collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, Missoula Art Museum, St. Lawrence University and Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates.
Rob Cahill, Olympia, was named 2011 Teacher of the Year for Lakes Elementary. He spearheaded a school-wide composting campaign, coordinating the efforts of administration, food service, teachers, custodians and kitchen staff. Lakes Elementary now composts 90 percent of its lunch materials. He says, "The most inspiring thing about our program is that we now have students composting every day."
Tristan Elliott, Seattle, is director of Children's Programs at Harmony Arts and The Samarya Center, where she combines an eclectic background of movement and healing arts, clinical training and a passion for teaching diverse, special needs and high risk populations.
Katharine Isserlis, Bow, owns and operates Well Fed Farms, where she is committed to using only organic feeds because she believes that organic alternatives produce healthier food and are better for the health of the land. She is passionate about animals and manages the livestock operations of the farm while enjoying cooking and preserving all the food raised on the farm. wellfedfarms.net
Jesse Hudson Cockerham, Kingston, has filed for appointment to the 23rd District State House seat. He is a Kitsap Democratic Party precinct committee officer.
Alex Eddy, Hoquiam, is in his sixth year as musical director of 7th Street Kids, a youth drama troupe celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Alex Thornton, Brooklyn, N.Y., is studying for his master's degree while working as a captive wildlife specialist with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Joanna Barnes, Olympia, was named 2011 New Teacher of the Year. She teaches third grade at Evergreen Elementary in Shelton.
Angela Louise Spears, Hoquiam, married Joseph Henry Sliva in March. She is a social worker for Quinault Social Services.
Kelly (Castillo) Alvarado, Seattle, is administrative coordinator to the Vice President for Student Development at Seattle University.
Katherine Cox, Olympia, teaches at Giddens School in Seattle, a private elementary school that values the arts and diversity.
Kate Hodges, Berkeley, Calif., is technical production assistant on the upcoming Pixar movie, "Brave," which is scheduled for release on June 22, 2012.
Paul Pickell, Mukilteo, is a graduate research assistant at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, investigating the effects of cultural and natural disturbance agents on the forested landscapes of Alberta, Canada.
Sean VanDommelen, Puyallup, works for Tacoma Community College in the International Department. He was the grand prizewinner of the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting contest. The winning song, "Lonely Girl," will be featured on his upcoming album.
Ronald G. Woodbury, of Pendleton, Ore., died August 21. An Evergreen faculty member from 1972-87, he earned his doctorate in Latin American History from Columbia University in 1971. He started his teaching career at the University of California at Irvine, before serving as a faculty member and academic dean at Evergreen. In 1987 he became the vice president for academic affairs at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and then held the same position at Potsdam College of the State University of New York. In 1993 he became the president of The Panama Canal College in the Republic of Panama before returning to Potsdam College as a member of the faculty. He retired in 2001. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Melissa, two daughters, Dr. Deborah Woodbury Forte and her husband Earl, and Dr. Sarah Woodbury Haug and her husband Dan, as well as six grandchildren and numerous extended family members.
Robert Braverman, of Iowa City, Iowa, died Aug. 1. A high school trip to Guatemala with his father interested Bob in organic farming, which he studied at Evergreen from 1979-80. He began the 20-acre Friendly Farm in Iowa City in 1982, and educated many community members on the necessity and benefits of sustainable agriculture.
Juliet R. Burkett, of Chilmark, Mass., died Sept. 18. A 2007 graduate of the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School, the 21-year-old was a passenger in a car accident on Interstate 90 near Presho, S.D., while on her way back to Evergreen for fall quarter. Juliet was well known in Chilmark, where she worked for the beach department for a number of years. Her fellow students held a campus memorial service for her on Sept. 25.
Brian S. Fairbrother '93, of Seattle, died Sept. 8 from head injuries sustained in a bicycling accident. A longtime barista and manager at local coffee spot Espresso Vivace, Brian started working for Vivace in 1989, when it was a coffee cart on Capitol Hill, eventually becoming general manager for all three of Vivace's locations and directly overseeing its Alley 24 shop. The son of a bellydancer, Brian also performed as a bellydancer, both by delivering "bellygrams" and by working with a local troupe. His enthusiasm for India led him to explore Orissi dance, first at Evergreen under Dr. Ratna Roy, and later during an extensive stay in India. Other travels to Europe, Mexico, Canada and a return adventure to India followed. He learned American Sign Language and later became fluent in Spanish and was a longtime member of a Spanish language book club.
Scott Havard, of Olympia, died Oct. 12. The 36-year-old Evergreen student attended high school in Shelton, and later obtained his GED. Scott worked in concessions for carnivals across the U.S., and had most recently lived in Little Rock, Ark.
Roger S. Horton '74, of Tumwater, died July 20. Born in Pasco and a graduate of Kennewick High School, Roger was a programmer with the State of Washington. His passions included sailing, riding his motorcycle and some good political banter.
Eugene E. Kaul, of Tacoma, a former Evergreen staff member, died Aug. 6. Gene worked for the college from July 1998 until August 2009, serving as a custodian and as a motorized equipment mechanic in the motor pool.
Edward L. McPherrin '01, of Tacoma, died Aug. 2. Born in Walla Walla, Ed was a natural athlete and gifted mechanic. A nationally-ranked hang glider pilot, he won the Northwest regional championship in 1979. He later switched to ultralight aircraft and had a twin-engine Lazair aircraft hangared at the Arlington Flight Park. He loved sports, music, travel and nature.
Alex Montoya '96, of Vancouver, died June 11. He spent more than 15 years in higher education, devoting his life to students at Clark and Lower Columbia colleges. He also volunteered as a youth soccer coach. He earned his master of science degree in management communication from the University of Portland and had been dean of enrollment services at Clark College since 2007. He served on the Washington State Financial Aid Council, the Washington Association of Financial Aid Administrators and the Washington State Latino Caucus. He also served terms as both president and vice president of the Washington State Multicultural Student Services Director's Council. Alex and his wife, Shanda Diehl, a Clark College associate vice president, welcomed twin sons earlier this year. Students and colleagues described him as a mentor who always made time to listen.
Frances A. Morgan '02, of Kamilche, died Sept. 20. Fran grew up in the Seattle area and spent most of her adult life in Olympia, then the last 20 years in Kamilche. She had a radio show on KAOS for eight years. She worked in Mason County with the Youth Empowerment Strategies, ESD 113 as an education advocate, and most recently with the Mason County Homeless Shelter.
Luversa R. Sullivan, of Tacoma, formerly Evergreen Tacomaâ€™s technology specialist and an adjunct faculty member, died on June 13. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Luversa entered the computer industry in the late 1970s, and came to Seattle in 1980. She founded her first after-school program for youth in 1993. In 1999, the Tacoma Intel Computer Clubhouse opened, and became a national model under her direction. With the assistance of Dr. Willie Parson and Dr. Tyrus Smith, she founded the Girls in Math, Science and Engineering Program, training youth for team-based robotics competitions. Luversa created Clever Innovations, and an after-school robotics program at Jason Lee Middle School. She received the Women of Valor Award from Senator Maria Cantwell and Hillary Clinton, the Dorothy Bullet Award for Outstanding Community Service and The Seattle Times New Definitions of Leadership recognition. She was studying for a doctorate in educational technology through the University of Phoenix and will be awarded her degree posthumously.
Scott Sullivan, of Tacoma, a former Evergreen staff member, died Oct. 17. He worked as a human resources assistant at the college from 2006-09. Before that, he held various positions in retail sales and human resources, and served in the Peace Corps. He enjoyed buying and selling antiques, traveling and restoring furniture.