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Geoff Heywood, Beaverton, Ore., is a clinical research associate with Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical company. He monitors clinical trials in oncology, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. A registered nurse specializing in cardiology for 31 years, he has two daughters, Megan and Marissa.

John McCombs, Ninilchik, Alaska, is a self-employed commercial fisherman in Cook Inlet and also works for Ninilchik School. He and his wife Deidre have two children, Maureen and Leslie.

Terry Oliver, Vancouver, is chief technology innovation officer for the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, Oregon.


Wilhelmina (Willi) Savenye, Tempe, Ariz., is a professor of educational technology at Arizona State University, where she earned her M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees. She and her husband Joe, a chemistry professor, enjoy the great outdoors: kayaking, cross-country skiing, hiking and camping. Willi tells us, “I work with colleagues who also attended Evergreen and we always miss Evergreen!”


David James, Meriden, Conn., has been a tool and die maker for 33 years with Nucap Inc. in Watertown, Conn. Married with five children, he is vice president of the Quinnipiac Watershed Association.


Fern (Barbara) Van Maren, Boise, Idaho, embarked on a new career in her 40s when she joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Sri Lanka as an English teacher. Since then, she’s taught Mexican workers and refugees from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. She is an English as a Second Language teacher and coordinator at the College of Western Idaho.

Leslie Kennedy, Liestal, Switzerland, is studying for a Master of Arts degree in visual communication and iconic research at the Visual Communication Institute/The Basel School of Design in Switzerland.


Jeffrey Anders, Portland, Ore., is vice president of Oregon Spice Company, a supplier of herbs, spices and custom-blended seasonings to food manufacturers and food service distributors.

Kathleen Clark, Los Angeles, Calif., earned her MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and spent many years as an editorial photography director. She currently works as an independent curator, professional photography consultant and teacher and practicing artist. Her blog can be found at

Nancy (Jones) Luenn, Oak Harbor, has her art quilt, “Buckskin Gulch,” in the Deep Spaces textile and mixed media exhibit, which opened in 2011 in Tillamook, Ore., and has been shown at the Edmonds Conference Center and the Sam Houston University Museum in Huntsville, Texas. It will be on display at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum from March 28 to June 24, 2012. Learn more at

Peter Nielsen, Missoula, Mont., worked for the Clark Fork Coalition after earning his Master of Environmental Science degree at the University of Montana. He is now an environmental health administrator for Missoula County, supervising the local water quality district. His focus in recent years has been the removal of the Milltown Dam and cleanup of the federal Superfund site in the Milltown Reservoir. He is married with two sons and would love to hear from former classmates!


Justin Dick, Evergreen, Colo., worked in the film production industry in New York City after leaving Evergreen, then traveled the world with a long stay in Nepal before moving to Denver to work for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. After going into business to produce an invention called the Sit ‘n’ Stroll Carseat Stroller, a combination child’s safety car seat and stroller, he developed his present company, Hunter Creek Design, to create custom solutions for personal and commercial design challenges.

Russell Flemming, Luxemburg, Wis., earned a Master in Health Care Administration degree at the University of Washington in 1990 and graduated from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1998. He retired as a colonel from the Army Medical Department after 30 years. Currently a certified run-walk coach with the Road Runners Club of America, he qualified for the 2012 Boston Marathon and finished third in his division at the Door County Fall 50-mile Ultra Marathon.

Richard H. McClure, Jr., Trout Lake, recently completed 30 years of public service as an archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service. He works as a Heritage Program manager and tribal relations liaison in Vancouver.


Karen (Rogers) LaVerne, Bellingham, worked as a paralegal specializing in workers’ compensation for 22 years before creating her own business, Work Injury Advocates, to represent injured workers. She says, “I know being a Greener gave me the urge and the gumption to leave my cozy nest, and I am happier than I have ever been in my work. Do what you love.”

Victoria Lisi, Loveland, Colo., is an artist, teacher and illustrator. She has produced more than 100 book covers, including two fan Hugo Award-winning science fiction covers, and illustrated a dozen children’s picture books. She published Vibrant Children’s Portraits: Painting Beautiful Hair and Skin Tones with Oils (North Light Books, 2010) and is a contributing artist in Painter’s Quick Reference: Birds & Butterflies (North Light Books, 2008). Victoria taught illustration at Western Connecticut State University and now teaches art at Aims Community College in Loveland.

Berthold (Craig) Olson, Mount Shasta, Calif., earned his MSW degree at the University of Washington. He worked as a nurse’s aide and an activities director at an adult day health center before entering Shasta Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in Mount Shasta.

Chris Stegman, Olympia, worked for Behavioral Health Resources, Senior Services for South Sound and the Washington State Employment Security Department before becoming co-owner of Puget Painting & Home Repairs, a general contracting business. He sings in a barbershop quartet, scuba dives and is politically active with the newly formed Justice Party.


Carol Ellick, Norman, Okla., earned her Master in Education degree from Chapman University and served as an instructor in Native American studies at the University of Oklahoma. Currently director of Archaeological and Cultural Education Consultants in Norman, she has presented at conferences in Greece, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and co-authored The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide: From Student to a Career (Left Coast Press, 2011). Her daughter, Emily Ellick-Flettre, graduated from Evergreen in 2010.


Jana F. (Janice F. Rathbun) Socha, Tucson, Ariz., is owner, artist and creative director of Jana’s Mystic Light Photography, focusing on providing photo images for small business owners and supporting local entrepreneurialnetworking community. She printed her second annual fine art nature photography calendar, “Magic Light,” for 2012. Her work can be seen online at


Karen Laing, Sacramento, Calif., earned her MS degree in ecology at the University of California, Davis. After spending 27 years in Alaska, where she worked for many years as a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she moved to Sacramento to become a regional coordinator for the agency’s National Wildlife Refuge System Inventory and Monitoring Program. 


Michael (Mike) Gudyka, Snohomish, earned his Master of Software Engineering degree from Seattle University last June and works as a senior software development engineer with Microsoft in Redmond.


Patricia M. “Trish” Ennis, Wheat Ridge, Colo., was named one of “100 Women—Making a Difference in Safety” by the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Women in Safety Engineering Common Interest Group. A senior risk control consultant with the Willis Group, Trish previously served as the Denver Zoological Foundation’s first workplace safety director. She serves on the Institutional Biosafety Committee for the University of Colorado and is a member of the City of Wheat Ridge Parks & Recreation Commission.

Douglas Palenshus, Issaquah, earned his Master of Environmental Science degree at Oklahoma State University. He is a community outreach coordinator with the Water Quality Program of the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Northwest Regional Office in Bellevue. 


Lawrence J. Faulk (MPA), Steilacoom, was appointed to the board of directors of the Salamon Group Inc., a solar energy project company specializing in renewable energy power projects. A former Washington state senator and Boeing executive, Larry is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program for State and Local Government Officials at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Janet Rubert, Longview, completed her first novel and has moved on to the second in a trilogy. She recently had an article published about the 1962 Columbus Day Storm and traveled to Ghana with her photographer son to visit her sponsored child there and to conduct research for her novel.


Eve (Hilgenberg) Hammond (MiT’92), Seattle, a multi-arts teacher (drama, music, art and dance) at Hawthorne Elementary School, says she “is living the dream!” She is on the Seattle district theatre arts team developing drama standards for all grades, and will soon gain her national board certification in visual arts. Her family of four gained a new house and a new dog this summer.

Justin Pollack, Frisco, Colo., was named adjunct faculty of the year by Colorado Mountain College, where he teaches anatomy and physiology. He earned his ND degree at Bastyr and completed training in family practice medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland before moving to Colorado, to establish his practice. He and his wife, Kim Nearpass, ND, are cofounders and co-owners of the Mountain-River Naturopathic Clinic and Backcountry Herbal Apothecary.


Cheryl Jones, Upper Darby, Pa., is a counselor at KeyStone Center, an addiction treatment center in Chester, Pa.

Hank Lentfer, Gustavus, Alaska, had his first book published in September. Inspired by migrating sandhill cranes passing over his home near Glacier Bay, Faith of Cranes: Finding Hope and Family in Alaska (The Mountaineers Books, 2011) “weaves together three parallel narratives: the plight and beauty of sandhill cranes, one man’s effort to recover hope amid destructive climate change, and the birth of a daughter.”In addition to writing, Hank manages the 4,000-acre Gustavus Forelands Preserve and is a part-time stay-at-home dad to Linnea, his 8-year-old daughter with his wife, Anya Maier, a family practice physician.


Greg Carlson, Philadelphia, Pa., is an assistant professor of neuroscience in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. He was the lead author of a paper published in October in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on research revealing a link between genetic risk factors for schizophrenia and sound-processing problems in the brain.


Karen Goulet, Pablo, Mont., will have two pieces of her mixed media artwork, “Morning Sky” and “Island Bird,” exhibited at New York City’s Museum of Art & Design. The exhibition,“Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, Part 3—Contemporary Native North American, First Nations and Inuit Art from the Northeast and Southeast,” runs from June 26 to Oct. 21, then will travel throughout the U.S. Karen, an enrolled member of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation who is also of Métis and Saami-Finn descent, holds an MFA in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She teaches at Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead
Reservation in Montana.

Samuel Loewenberg, Los Angeles, Calif., a freelance journalist, is a 2011-12 Nieman Global Health Reporting Fellow at Harvard University. He will study neglected factors in global health interventions, foreign aid reform and the role of journalism in increasing accountability. As a foreign correspondent, he has traveled throughout Europe, China, Africa and Latin America, and written for publications such as The New York Times, Time and Forbes.


Marcia Swaine, Richmond, Va., published her first book, Who, Put You, On Pause!? (Kingdom Publishing Group, 2011), set in the island of Jamaica, West Indies.  


Maura Jo Lynch, Meriden, Conn., presented an update to her work on Third World Feminism at Southern Connecticut State University. A doula and childbirth educator, Maura has two daughters, CaraZen and Acadia. She brings issues of birth advocacy and maternity to women’s studies classrooms. She looks back on her time at Evergreen as the most important, formative years of her academic life.


Jeffrey Railsback, Paso Robles, Calif., and wifeTanya Schouten Railsback ’89, celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary this year. They own a Farmers Insurance agency. They have two children, Chloe and Finn, and are involved with the Paso Robles Education Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds to support local public school programs.

Christine Uri, Portland, Ore., was honored as an “Up & Coming Lawyer” by the Daily Journal of Commerce. An attorney with Tonkon Torp, she earned her JD, cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 2003. She serves as secretary of the board of directors of Girls Inc. of NW Oregon and as a member of the board of advisors for Oregon Women’s History Consortium. She is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Portland.


Bridget O’Hara and Bryan Freeborn, Celo, N.C., are celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary. They live at the Arthur Morgan School, a boarding school “like Evergreen for adolescents,” where Bridget serves as admissions coordinator.


Silvia Burley, Stockton, Calif., chairperson of the California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT), attended the 2011 White House Tribal Nations Conference with President Obama at the U.S. Department of the Interior on Dec. 2. She also attended the 2009 conference. The CVMT Tribal Flag, designed by CVMT Council Member Anjelica Paulk, is now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington D.C.

Josh Gaydos (MiT’06), Bonney Lake, teaches high school social studies in the Sumner School District and is a member of The Burren Boys, an evocative group drawing together musical influences from Ireland, Brittany and the Balkans. Their latest CD, The Western Shore, is available through cdbaby. 


Monica Patterson Sloan (MPA’10), Billings, Mont., is an administrative assistant, coordinating marketing and community outreach and planning projects for the Billings office of Sanderson Stewart, an engineering and community development firm providing services throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Monica married Travis Sloan in summer 2011.


Steven Gill (MPA’04), Olympia, is administrator for the Veteran Services Division of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, where he previously worked as a veterans advocate. He also worked in information technology and human resources as the client training program manager for Avue Technologies Corporation in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Beth Gill, have been married since 2008.

Lisa McElroy, Milwaukee, Wis., earned her MD degree at Michigan State University and serves as resident physician, general surgery, at the Medical College of Wisconsin and affiliated hospitals.

Larissa Mansfield, Asaa, Nordjylland, Denmark, is studying development and international relations in graduate school at Aalborg University in Denmark. 


Sara Black, Yellow Springs, Ohio, earned her MFA from the University of Chicago in 2006. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Ox-Bow School of Art, South Suburban College, Gary Comer Youth Center, the University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is assistant professor of visual art at Antioch College.

Connie Czepiel, Newcastle, age 60, decided to take time out to give back by joining the Peace Corps. She served in Botswana, Africa, working on the AIDS pandemic. She vacationed in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique, where she snorkeled with a 30-foot whale shark! She is now back home doing accounting and personnel consulting at her own business, Corporate Problem Resolution.

Laura Handy-Nimick (MiT’05), Sumner, established Life’s Handy Work (, a nonprofit providing the children of Nepal Orphans Home with education, technical training, housing and small business grants as they grow into adulthood.

Jessica Brooke Huffman, Portland, Ore., joined the Insights to Health Clinic in Multnomah Village in December. She earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine and is a licensed naturopathic physician with in-depth training in behavioral health, homeopathy and naturopathic cardiology. Previously, she worked in the social service field serving high-risk teens and adults. She lives on a small, urban farm and enjoys organic gardening, hiking and yoga.

Cecilia (Sis) LaVigne (MiT’05), Gig Harbor, is a special education teacher in the Peninsula School District. In March 2011, she started Purdy Pickle Company, which offers pickles made with organic
ingredients from local sources.

Matthew Phillipy, Spokane, earned his Master in Education degree from Eastern Washington University in 2005. He teaches environmental science at West Valley City School, which he considers the equivalent of Evergreen. During the summer he serves as a teacher-ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. He became a first-time father recently to Oliver Odin Phillipy.


Heather (Follings) Barry (MPA), Denver, Colo., is the director of Government Affairs and External Relations for Denver International Airport. Previously, she served as director of Legislative Services and City Council liaison, along with other positions with the city and county of Denver. She was the head of Denver’s Neighborhood Relations Department and worked as environmental programs manager at the Department of Environmental Health.

Joshua Jason Hansell (MiT’06), Seattle, is a Japanese literature teacher at Chief Sealth International High School and was the recipient of the Teacher Training scholarship, awarded by the Japanese Ministry of Education. He will study at Miyazaki University in Japan.


Caitlin Robertson (MiT’08), St. Paul, Minn., returned to her home state after a decade of living in Alaska,
the Pacific Northwest and Florida. A singer-songwriter who describes her music as “folk-rock-country-pop,” Caitlin is recording her second album. Her debut solo album, Coyote Blues, was released in December and is available at

Peter Tassoni (MPA), St. Helens, Ore., was named director of the Columbia County (Ore.) Emergency Management office in September. He was the Washington State Emergency Management program coordinator for five years, where he worked to standardize equipment between agencies, updated policy procedures, and coordinated projects. In Columbia County, Peter supervises two emergency management professionals as well as a number of volunteers from the community, and is in charge of facilitating homeland security grant funds and coordinating resources to emergency personnel.


Jan Hunter, Auburn, joined the Peace Corps at age 62 with her husband Tom. The couple will work in Morocco for two years, teaching English, sharing computer skills and helping to organize activities to advance youth development. They raised three boys and have seven grandchildren.

Hannah Pratt (MiT), Tacoma, teaches at Lincoln Center at Lincoln High School in the Tacoma School District. She was recently awarded National Board Certification.


Peter Boome, University Place, is an award-winning Upper Skagit artist whose paintings and prints are featured in the gallery show, “Peter Boome: Salish Connections,” at the Duwamish Longhouse in Seattle through June 16. He earned his JD degree from the University of Washington School of Law and has had his artwork shown at many juried events and museums, including the National Museum of the American Indian.

Greg Cook (MPA’10), Fircrest, is an AmeriCorps member working as a tutor/mentor at Bates Technical College in collaboration with Tacoma Goodwill.

Anders Ibsen, Tacoma, was elected to the District 1 seat of the Tacoma City Council. He has worked at local nonprofits, served as a legislative staffer and is currently a law firm administrator. He serves on the board of directors for SOTA Partners, which raises funds for three Tacoma schools: the Tacoma School of the Arts, The Science and Math Institute and Stewart Middle School. He also serves on several other local boards, including the Pierce County Community Connections Citizen Advisory Board, the Zoo-Trek Authority, the Joint Municipal Action Committee and the Tacoma Neighborhoods and Housing Committee.

Sarah Minkler, Kennewick, married Justin McCalmant in August 2011. An attorney, she earned her JD from the Gonzaga University School of Law.


Alan Foster, Seattle, earned his MPA degree at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. He is a project associate with Triangle Associates, an environmental dispute resolution and  education consulting firm in Seattle.

David Hunter (MiT’11), Port Townsend, teaches 6th grade social studies and English/language arts at the Bellevue Big Picture School, a secondary school-of-choice in its first year of operation. He credits his MiT experience and education with landing this position.

Allison L. Ledford, Olympia, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, in November 2011. Airman Ledford completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Katie Waldeck, Oakland, Calif., is a freelance writer, editor and web producer in Oakland. 


Caleb Knappe-Langworthy, Rochester, Minn., married Lauren Ann Langley on Nov. 12 at Camp Ehawee in Mindoro, Wis. Caleb graduated from Lincoln High School in Lake City, Minn., before coming to Evergreen, and teaches at Golden Hill in the Rochester public schools. Lauren works at Rochester Art Center and owns DoneDotDesigns.

Rodrigo Valenzuela, Olympia, is working on his MFA in photo media from the University of Washington. In November, he had two video installations featured at Seattle’s e4c, 4Culture’s storefront gallery for digital art. His photographic and video work has been widely exhibited in his native Chile and the Northwest.

Emily Washines (MPA), Yakima, is the restoration and remediation coordinator for the Yakama Nation Fisheries program.

Vivica Williams, Kiev, Ukraine, is a Fulbright Student Fellow researching energy conservation issues in Ukraine. During 2010-11, she was a Gilman Scholar at the International Centre for Policy Studies, a Ukrainian think tank based in Kiev. 


Shon Eck, Sun City, Ariz., is attending law school at Phoenix School of Law. He expects to graduate with a JD in 2014.

William Quaife, University Place, is pursuing his graduate degree in counseling at Saint Martin’s University.

Devin Sommer, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was awarded a Fulbright United States Student Program grant. He is living, learning and teaching in Turkey.

Scott Tipton, Los Angeles, is a freelance sound engineer doing production and post-production audio for television, web and film, as well as record work. His website is at

In Memoriam

Erik R. Alexander ’79, of Grand Rapids, Mich., died April 25, 2010. Former curator and educator at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids, instructor at Grand Valley State University and naturalist, Erik earned his M.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He came to Grand Rapids as director of education at the Public Museum, and became a curator there, specializing in Native American culture and natural history. He was an advocate for landscaping with native plants, creating a registered wildlife habitat in his own yard.

Gloria Marie Anthony ’89, of Vancouver, died Dec. 14, 2011. She was a volunteer with the Evergreen school district for many years and dedicated much of her adult life to teaching and caring for small children.

Jean A. Barkley ’96, of Olympia, died Nov. 2, 2011. Jean graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma, and during WWII became a “Rosie the Riveter” mechanic and truck driver. After her husband’s retirement from the Air Force, she went to work for the Department of Labor and Industries in Olympia. Jean earned her B.A. from Evergreen at the age of 73, and spent many years as a volunteer at the college after her graduation. Her granddaughter, Debra Allen-Ba ’93, is a fiscal technician in Evergreen’s payroll and benefits office.
Kay Madison Boyd ’76, of Lacey, former Chair of The Evergreen State College Board of Trustees, died Nov. 12, 2010. She had a successful 25-year career with the State of Washington. Her community leadership included starting a group home for unwed mothers, founding a family planning clinic in Shelton and co-founding the United Singles group. In 1981 Kay was appointed to the Lacey City Council, and was elected Mayor of Lacey in 1986. One of her lasting achievements as Mayor was acquiring the financing to build Lacey’s first permanent library. In 1985, Kay worked to bring the Black Hills Community Hospital (now Capital Medical Center) to Olympia, becoming the first Chairman of the Board for the new facility. She also served as President of the Thurston County Economic Development Council.

Richard “Dick” M. Boyle ’74, of Green Bay, Wis., died Oct. 10, 2011. A U.S. Army veteran, he worked in various drug abuse and mental health programs in Washington, and spent 12 years with the Washington State Employment Security Department.

Brandon Lee Bryant ’00, of Des Moines, died Oct. 27, 2011. He grew up in Tenino loving the outdoors, and worked many years for the Washington State Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, and for three Tribal Nations, including the Makah.

Jyl Diane Smith Cameron Cx’72, of Kihei, Hawaii, died Oct. 24, 2011. She was a member of the board of directors of the J. Walter Cameron Center, joining in 1990 and faithfully serving until 2008. She was chair of the board from 2005-2008. Born in Pasco, she graduated from Kennewick High School, and attended both Evergreen and the University of Washington. In 1980, she was working at the Battelle Observatory on Rattlesnake Mountain when she traveled to Maui, met her future husband and began her life on Maui. She traveled extensively with her family, and enjoyed swimming, scuba diving, weightlifting, reading, horticulture, and design and remodeling.

Helenmarie A. (Breeze) Clynch ’87, of Seattle, died Nov. 30, 2011. She was an active volunteer while her children were growing up, and worked at the University of Washington School of Dentistry before returning to Evergreen to complete her degree. She later worked as a manager for Stanley Kaplan and retired as the registrar for Seattle Prep. She volunteered for Friends of Seattle Public Library, and continued to pursue her life-long love of ice skating.

Cheryl J. Colehour ’89, of West Seattle, died Nov. 30, 2011, after a 13-month fight with breast cancer. Born and raised in Bellevue, she studied film and video and parlayed those skills into a career as an instructional designer, and was also a skilled fiber artist.

Barbara Anne Crossland ’90, MPA’92, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., died Nov. 5. She was a facilities designer at Evergreen from 1987-98, served as a senior facilities planner for Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries for many years, and was a founding member of the Washington Chapter of the International Facility Management Association. A native of Saginaw, Mich., she earned her bachelor’s degree in interior design from Michigan State University. In retirement, she was an active member of many organizations.

Eric Edward Featherstone ’93, of Gig Harbor, died October 9, 2011. Born in Santa Ana, Calif., he was a certified hypnotherapist and a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, and assisted numerous clients as a registered counselor in private practice.

Jonathan Morgan Forest ’98, of West Linn, Ore., died Jan. 26, after a long battle with leukemia. A 2005 graduate of The Information School at the University of Washington, he was the lead library database administrator for the Clackamas County Public Library. As a tribute to Jon’s life, please visit your public library. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Lori (Hajdu) Forest ’97, and their two children.

Dr. Gloria Ann Harp-Medley ’01, of Tacoma, died Sept. 24, 2011. She grew up in Lawton, Okla., and worked as a youth counselor and teacher, and in the civil service for 25 years as a security officer and a cashier at the commissary in Fort Sill. She earned her master’s degree from Antioch University. She loved volunteering and church work, and was a Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad litem for youth.

Travis Leigh Hartman, of Littleton, Colo., died Apr. 9, 2011. A musician and actor, he studied computer music, composition and engineering at Evergreen. He was a chef in numerous restaurants and the hospitality industry while continuing to write music and song lyrics.

Mark L. Hendrickson Cx’07, of San Francisco, Calif., died Nov. 5, 2011. He graduated from Gunn High School in Palo Alto, Calif. He spent a year at the seminal theater program of the University of Minnesota and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis before returning to his Stanford home to pursue liberal arts, first at Foothill College and then at Evergreen, where he became a devotee of philosophy and began burying himself in tomes by Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Husserl, Heidegger and Foucault.

Tammy Rene Hintz ’91, of El Cajon, Calif., died Jan. 12, 2011. She was a devoted wife and homemaker, an active member of the La Mesa Adventist Community Church, a volunteer at Community Services, and a frequent missionary to India.

Dotty Jaskar ’75, of Lakewood, died May 13, 2011. After raising three children, Dotty returned to school, first receiving her B.A. from Evergreen then her master’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University. A marriage and family therapist, she had a private practice in University Place for more than a decade.

Timothy Nielsen Joeres ’00, of Portland, Ore., died May 25, 2011 in Antigua, Guatemala. He studied Latin American cultures, and after graduation, lived in Chile and traveled widely in South America for seven years. He was a gifted pen-and-ink artist.

Michelle Lynn Jordan ’87, of Seattle, died Nov. 21, 2011. Michelle was a talented singer, actress, floral designer and writer. She was fluent in French, and founded Explorer’s Language Institute, which offered bilingual education to children in greater Seattle.

Shelly Jean (Johnson) Leonard ’05, of Safety Harbor, Fla., died on February 11 after a hard-fought second battle with cancer. A social worker with Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services of Clearwater, Fla., Shelly ran for the Florida State House of Representatives in 2010. She enjoyed rehabilitating wildlife, writing, reading and art.

Cyndi Lough ’01, of Olympia, died Jan. 20. Originally from Michigan, she worked for the State of Washington as a software developer. 

Pamela Rae Matson ’86, of Shelton, died Jan. 23. She earned her master’s degree at Eastern Washington University. She was a foster parent to hundreds of children, was an avid reader, and loved to sew and quilt.

James D. Moore ’77, of Sammamish, died Dec. 23, 2011. Raised in Bremerton, he studied television and radio production, and with three partners, founded Pacific Communications. He later founded Moore Presentations in Seattle.  

Treshell Lorene O'Keefe-Black ’90, of Cody, Wyo., died Sept. 6, 2011 after a two-year battle with lymphoma. She earned both a B.S. and B.A. with a focus on fine arts, then received her master’s in Chinese medicine at the Northwest Institute of Chinese Medicine in Seattle. She was a lifelong, voracious reader, and had a special love for her Belgian Tervurens, her devoted companions and herding dogs.

Kenneth R. Olendorf ’78, of Seattle, died Oct. 21, 2011. A highly gifted Seattle musician, Ken unexpectedly passed away at the age of 77 while performing.

Bonita A. (Thomas) Pattison ’79, of Lacey, died Nov. 18, 2011. Born in Forsyth, Montana, she married Andrew Pattison, Jr. on May 3, 1941. Bonita delivered mail in Hanford, Wash., from 1946 to 1953, when she then focused on farming and raising her family from 1953 to 1967 in Rosebud, Montana. After that, she was a pastry chef at Restover Restaurant in Olympia, and later a counselor at Olympia’s Morningside Industries.

Angela J. “Alex” Sewell Cx’96, of Kansas City, Mo., died Nov. 16, 2011. Alex graduated from the Kansas City Academy before coming to Evergreen.

Timothy John Tiernan ’01, of Seattle, died Nov. 29, 2011. Born in Akron, Ohio, he grew up in Andover, Mass., and graduated from Austin Preparatory School. Tim resided and worked in the Seattle area for most of his adult life.

Salvina Valdillez-Patten ’98, of Taholah, died March 10, 2011. She was a proud member of the Quinault Tribe, and worked for the Quinault Indian Nation for several years, as an intern then as director to the Quinault Tribal Employment Rights Office, and later for the Quinault Annual General Council meetings. She also worked as a State of Washington caseworker for the Workfirst Program in Olympia.

James L. Williams ’83, of Federal Way, died June 7, 2011. A U.S. Army veteran, he achieved numerous awards, recognitions and medals. Military life took him to Colorado, Texas, Germany, Korea, London and Washington state twice, where he eventually retired. He was a member of the Freemasons, loved western movies and country music.

Gary L. Workman ’98, of Big Bear City, Calif., died Nov. 3, 2011. He grew up in Long Beach, Calif., and after living on Maui for 15 years, returned to the mainland to earn his college degree. He ultimately moved to San Diego where he worked for Volunteers of America as supervisor to their residential addiction treatment facility. Gary relocated to Big Bear in 2004 and worked for Big Bear Recovery Services.