Class Notes & In Memoriam

Class Notes


Bruce Turcott, Olympia, an assistant attorney general for Washington state, is working on the implementation of Initiative 502, approved by voters in 2012. He embraces this exciting professional challenge along with advising licensing boards for accountants, architects and the executive ethics board. Bruce tells us, “I never thought I would be involved in the legalization of marijuana, but also didn’t expect, when I attended Evergreen’s first class in 1971, that I would end up living only a mile from campus.”


Christopher Rauschenberg, Portland, Ore., judged the Camera USA 2013 photo competition hosted by the Naples Art Association. An internationally acclaimed photographer, he is a co-founder and past president of Photolucida (a Portland festival), a co-founder, co-curator and board chair of Blue Sky Gallery, and a co-founder and member of the co-op Nine Gallery. He has edited and produced dozens of art and photography publications.


Jody Bower, Port Townsend, earned her Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with a Depth Psychology emphasis from Pacifica Graduate Institute.


Shelby Tarutis ’76 in The Gambia

Shelby Tarutis ’76 in The Gambia

Shelby Tarutis, Seattle, recently returned from The Gambia, West Africa, where as executive director of Gambia Health Education Liaison Project (GambiaHELP), she assisted in developing a skills center and renovating a village library, brought hundreds of books to 30 academic institutions, donated 30 bicycles to schools, funded orphan education and collected proposals from rural communities for future projects. GambiaHELP is an outgrowth of her Peace Corps service in Gambia. After working in Africa for 33 years, she continues to find the “work challenging and very rewarding.”


Brad Furlong, Mount Vernon, an attorney who provides legal services to several Skagit County cities, was elected to a three-year term on the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors, where he will set policy and regulations, administer the bar exam and set standards for admission to the state bar. Jeff Jacoby, San Francisco, Calif., salutes KAOS Radio on the station’s 40th anniversary. A dedicated KAOS broadcaster between 1975 and 1979, he reports that his formative experience there shaped his life. He is “still doing radio”: “producing radio, writing about radio, and teaching it, too,” as an associate professor in the Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University and faculty advisor for the department’s student-operated KSFS radio. The station’s motto? “KSFS: Embrace the Chaos.”


Martina Guilfoil, Chattanooga, Tenn., was recently selected as president and CEO of the Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise. She formerly served as executive director for Anaheim’s Orange County Housing Trust and Seattle’s Rainier Valley Community Development Fund.


Gregg Bennett, Olympia, a veterinarian who opened the Tumwater Veterinary Hospital on Trosper Road in 1989 moved his 20-person staff to bigger quarters on Littlerock Road. A skilled surgeon with a special interest in veterinary rehabilitation, he opened Four Paws Animal Rehabilitation in 2008 to provide geriatric and postsurgical rehabilitation for dogs and cats.


Hugh Bridgeford’s moonshine jugHugh Bridgeford, Urbana, Ill., embarked on what he refers to as a “hobby that got totally out of hand,” following a career in computer graphics and teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area. He creates ceramic moonshine jugs and flasks—many of which have a whimsical or satirical quality. Check out his Moonshine Jug Pottery on Etsy.

Steven Dentali, Del Ray Beach, Fla., was named vice president of botanical sciences for Herbalife Ltd. A recognized authority on botanical product quality issues, he earned his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a Natural Products Chemistry specialization from the University of Arizona and has spent more than 20 years working in the herbal and dietary supplement industry. Before his Herbalife appointment, he was the chief science officer of the American Herbal Products Association.


Ron Wright, Camas, is a Math, Science and Technology Magnet Program teacher at Camas High School. He also coordinates student internships at local businesses, leads the Science Olympiad program, teaches an Advanced Placement computer programming class, and is a volunteer coach.


Margot Boyer, Vashon, is helping to revive American manufacturing with her husband, Bob Powell, through their business, Meadow Creature. They make and sell high-quality hand- and electric-powered tools for small farms and small-scale food processing. She also keeps bees, gardens, writes, and creates environmental art from vintage fabrics and found materials.


Kirk Haffner

Kirk Haffner

Kirk Haffner, Olympia, is celebrating the five-year anniversary of his Olympia-based solar installation company, South Sound Solar. His team includes Geoducks Dever Kuni (Haffner-Ratliffe) ‘12, Patrick Daly ’11, Darci Jewitt ’04, and Ceu Ratliffe ’85.


Kathryn Ramey, Roslindale, Mass., received an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. An associate professor at Emerson College, she teaches filmmaking in the Visual and Media Arts department.


Gideon Garcia, Anchorage, Alaska, is chief operating officer for CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation (CATC), an Alaskan Native corporation. He says, “Come visit the best of Alaska with us!”


An Ordinary Extraordinary LifeAndy Crocker, Oakland, Ore., a science teacher with Oakland High School, published his book, An Ordinary Extraordinary Life (Create Space Publishing, 2013).

Cori Salmon, Calgary, Alberta, has embarked on a new career as a peer support mentor for the Canadian Mental Health Association.


Carole Layton, MiT, Olympia, a social studies teacher at Tumwater’s Black Hills High School, was recognized as a 2013 Champion for Kids by TOGETHER!, a nonprofit dedicated to the health, safety and success of Thurston County youth.

James Luckett, Springfield, Ohio, an artist and photography educator, is assistant professor and interim head of the Photography Major at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. His photography was recognized with a 2011 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.

“Apodidae” (photograph, 2011) by James Luckett ’94

“Apodidae” (photograph, 2011) by James Luckett ’94

Scott Mauk, MiT, Clinton, became principal of Edmonds Heights K-12 school in the Edmonds School District. Previously, he was with South Whidbey School District for 17 years, most recently as assistant principal/ athletic director at South Whidbey High School.

Lori (Miller) Smith, Bellingham, is an Indian child welfare attorney and tribal prosecutor with the Nooksack Indian Tribe in Deming. Lori earned her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1997.


Blue Peetz ’95 at GRuB

Blue Peetz ’95 at GRuB.

Blue Peetz, Olympia, was recognized as a 2013 Champion for Kids by TOGETHER! As a Greener, he cofounded Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB), which has since developed several youth programs, including a two-year pilot with Olympia High School. He is now the lead teacher for the school’s Bear GRuB program at Muirhead Farm, which grows food for Olympia School District, Safeplace and community food banks.

Shawn Soszka, Portland, has a daughter, Esperanza, born in February. A licensed naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist, Shawn is an assistant professor at the National College of Natural Medicine and maintains a private practice at the Blue Sky Wellness Studio.


David Franklin, Bainbridge Island, is a coach, educator, and professional guitarist. He published his first book, Radical Men: Simple Practices for Breaking the Myth of Masculinity and Embodying Your Authentic Self (Anschel Press, 2013).

Tom Freeman, MPA, Ghent, Belgium, development director at KAOS Radio for seven years, is self-employed, running a small shop in Ghent. Tom married his life partner, Mauro Padovani, earlier this year.

Katherine (Berquist) Phenix, Bath, Maine, is coordinator of alumni/ae and development programs and media liaison for Hyde School in Bath.


Patrick McDonald, MPA, Olympia, was promoted to the rank of sergeant major in the U.S. Army Reserves during a ceremony at the Washington State Capitol.


Adam Gallardo

Adam Gallardo ’98 at a book signing.

Adam Gallardo, Salem, Ore., signed a two-book contract with Kensington Teen, a division of Kensington Publishing. His debut novel, Zomburbia, will be released next spring with a sequel coming in 2015.

Ryan Hadlock, Seattle, heads Bear Creek Studio, known as one of the most desirable recording studios in the world. Founded in Woodinville by Ryan’s parents in 1977, the “wooden barn in the peaceful glen” witnessed recordings by James Brown, Eric Clapton, Kenny G, Soundgarden, the Foo Fighters and the Lumineers, among others.

Brack Howard, Olympia, is resident shelter manager for Out of the Woods, a temporary home for families moving from homelessness to permanent housing.

Adam Hutchins, Fort Bragg, Calif., continued the interest in birding he developed at Evergreen by pursuing a career in ornithological studies and monitoring. He works for California State Parks and is a board member and program chair of the Mendocino Coast Audubon chapter. He recently gave a talk on “Raptors on the Move” for the Redbud Audubon Society in Lake County, Calif.


Randy Engstrom, Seattle, became the director of Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture after serving as interim director since October 2012. Named as the Americans for the Arts 2009 Emerging Leader, he founded the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, co-chaired the Cultural Overlay District Advisory Committee, and served as chair of the Seattle Arts Commission.

Dendrobates tinctorious and Dendrobates azureus

Poisonous frogs Dendrobates tinctorius and Dendrobates azureus.

Photo by Trisha Shears (Wikimedia Commons).

Seabird McKeon, Sandwich, Mass., co-authored a study of the reproductive strategies of poison frogs, which was published in the July 2013 issue of Evolutionary Ecology. He is a postdoctoral fellow with the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Elizabeth Kate Switaj, Bellevue, was awarded her Ph.D. in English at Queen’s University Belfast, following the completion of her dissertation, “’The Fame of an English Teacher’: James Joyce, Language and Pedagogy.” She is assistant managing editor of Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing and is a contributing editor to Poets’ Quarterly. Her pamphlet of poetry, Warburg’s Tincture of Sonnets, is forthcoming from Like This Press.

Ann Torres, Seattle, was named principal of Parkwood Elementary School in the Shoreline School District. She previously served as assistant principal of Shorewood High School, as well as dean of students, an English and Social Studies teacher, and Social Studies chairperson.


Travis Smith, Tacoma, was named principal at Crestwood Elementary School in Kent. He was previously the curriculum supervisor in the Tumwater School District.

Caty (Sporleder) Solace, Boise, Idaho, was promoted to chief strategy officer of the Trey McIntyre Project, a nonprofit arts organization and dance company.


Daniel Barton, Arcata, Calif., completed his Ph.D. in ecology and organismal biology at the University of Montana in 2012 and was recently hired as an assistant professor of quantitative population ecology in the Wildlife Department at Humboldt State University. He says, “I maintain the lifelong scientific interest I developed in ornithology while enrolled in natural history at Evergreen, and try to bring the ‘Omnia Extares’ spirit to my research and teaching whenever possible.”

Lisa David ’01 and her brother Jacob

Lisa David ’01 and her brother Jacob.

Photo from Nineveh Assyria.

Lisa David, Olympia, owns Nineveh, an Assyrian food truck in Olympia with her brother, Jacob. She also runs a busy catering business and teaches ceramics at the Olympia Regional Learning Academy.

Ronald Keith Driscoll, M.Ed. ‘11, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, owns and operates Driscoll’s Tutoring and Behavior Service, an ESL tutoring service in the San Juan area of Puerto Rico. He has five children.

Ariel Provasoli, Oakland, Calif., earned her Doctor of Chiropractic cum laude from Life Chiropractic College West this year. She traveled to Jamaica for a service trip to provide healing care to hundreds of children, adults, elders and a few dogs. She plans to open her own practice in late 2013.

Melissa Walker, Oak Park, Ill., is a lecturer at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She earned her MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Tammy McMullen, MiT ‘04, Deer Park, teaches music at Ocean Park Elementary School. She previously taught in the Montesano, Raymond and Valley school districts.

Joel Weirauch ’02 and Carleen Weirauch

Joel Weirauch ’02 and Carleen Weirauch.

Joel Weirauch, Petaluma, Calif., produces artisan cheeses at Weirauch Farm & Creamery. He and his wife, Carleen, breed an Animal Welfare Approved flock of sheep that produces the high-quality milk the couple uses to make their Saint Rose cheese, a 2013 Good Food Award winner.


Amy Goings, MPA, Tacoma, was named the new president of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology. She most recently served as vice president of Operations and College Relations at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood. She is a 2013 doctoral candidate in Higher Education Administration at the University of Nebraska Lincoln as part of the National Community College Leadership Cohort.

“Here I Come and Other Stories” by Alex Jennings

Alex Jennings, New Orleans, La., is a standup comedian, science fiction author, and entertainment reporter. His first short story collection is Here I Come and Other Stories (Create Space Independent Publishing Platform, 2012).

Forest McBrian, Seattle, is a licensed mountain guide whose work has taken him to Alaska, the Alps, the Yukon, British Columbia and the North Cascades. A guidebook he co-authored on ski touring in Washington is slated for publication this fall by Mountaineers Books.

Adrian Martinez Madrone, Bellingham, is an associate attorney with the Lustick Law Firm. Super Lawyer Magazine named him as a 2013 Rising Star for his outstanding defense work.


Jennifer Clement, MiT ‘08, Sacramento, Calif., is a social science teacher at the Sacramento Charter High School, where she is the Law and Public Service Studies coordinator.

Heidi Jones, Minneapolis, Minn., is a legal secretary with the Minneapolis law firm Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben.

Yuhdai Sawa, Tokyo, Japan, is founder and CEO of Glassroots, a company that sells high-quality, mid-priced eyeglass frames.


Graham Golbuff, Seattle, is the Resource Conservation Educator for Seattle Tilth, a nonprofit organic gardening and urban ecology organization working to build an equitable and sustainable local food system by offering classes, demonstration gardens, children's programs, and community events.

Jason McConnell, Olympia, joined Saint Martin’s University as the head cross-country coach and assistant track and field coach. He was on Evergreen’s coaching staff from 2007-2011.


Rob Cahill, MiT, and Ashley Cahill, MiT ‘10, are both teaching at Abqaiq Elementary School in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia.

Kayla Humiston, Moab, Utah, is a caseworker with the Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services.

Seth Vanzant, MiT, and Heather (Schuiling) Vanzant, MiT, Sekiu, are both teaching at Neah Bay Elementary School in the Cape Flattery School District. Their daughter, Evelyn Mae, was born in May.


Mike Bryant, Clearwater, Fla., manages Dunedin Brewery, which was established by his family in 1996 and is Florida’s oldest family owned microbrewery.


Marla Dittloff, Hoodsport, attends Leiden University in the Netherlands and is conducting fieldwork in the West Bank and Israel while working toward her Master in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology degree. Her research focuses on the politics of non-governmental organizations and foreign aid.

Charlie Huddleston, Long Beach, received his Master in Teaching degree from Heritage University and is a fifth-grade teacher at Long Beach Elementary School in the Ocean Beach School District.

Sarah (Sadie) Levine, New Haven, Conn., earned her J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law. She is a youth program facilitator with the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Catholic Charities.

Roxanne Murphy, MPA, Bellingham, is an assistant administrator with the Nooksack Indian Tribe.

Haley Weston Sides and Joseph Aaron Carter ’11, London, U.K., were married this year. Aaron is pursuing his doctorate at King’s College London.

Cindel Tobias, MiT, Olympia, teaches math at Olympia High School.


Samara Davis ’11 with Chef Damon Schwab

AntFarm Manager Samara Davis ’11 with Chef Damon Schwab preparing for AntFarm Café’s soft opening.

Photo by Jim Hart, Sandy Post

Samara Davis, manages the new AntFarm Café, part of the Sandy, Oregon-based nonprofit, AntFarm, a community-service organization that provides tutoring, job training, artistic skill development, cultural education and access to community resources. Area youths raise and harvest crops from the AntFarm Community Garden to be used in the café and sold at farmers’ markets and they also intern at the café.

Leif E. (Hedenskoog) Lundgren, MiT, Oakland, Calif., accepted a teaching position with a private English conversation school in Tokyo, Japan.


Ingrid Pugh-Goodwin, MiT, Renton, married Robert (Nick) Morais ’12 in July. Ingrid teaches Language Arts and Social Studies at Kirkland’s Finn Hill Middle School, and Nick is in his second year in the MiT Tacoma Cohort.

Jill Sattler, Olympia, is working on her graduate degree at Portland’s Pacific Northwest College of Art. Married, with a teen-age daughter, Jill says she owes her success in graduate school to the skills she developed at Evergreen, especially from the Ireland Program, where she wrote and illustrated a children’s story she self-published.

In Memoriam

William R. Adams II ‘75, Salem, Ore., died February 16 at age 59. A strong advocate of higher education, he co-created Serving Our Veterans at Home, a veterans’ advocacy group.

John Alkins ‘76, Olympia, died April 29 at age 59. An accomplished musician, he enjoyed a 25-year career in social work.

Ruth M. Baker Bogue ‘79, Tacoma, died May 10 at age 88. She served as Gig Harbor’s first female mayor until 1985.

Wesley E. Berglund, Aberdeen, died February 13 at age 85. Founder of Berglund, Schmidt & Associates Engineering & Surveying, he served on Evergreen’s Board of Trustees from 1977 to 1982.

Wesley Berglund

Wesley Berglund

Bruce M. Brockmann ‘73, Olympia, died July 9 at age 61. He enjoyed a successful business career before working for Pierce College, then the state of Washington.

Ricky E. DeWall, ‘79, Seattle, died July 11 at age 56. Ricky was part of the Research Vessel Design and Evergreen 38 programs, which created and designed the SeaWulff, Evergreen’s 38’ wooden research sailing vessel. He subsequently enjoyed a career as a master carpenter, creating custom furniture and fixtures.

Nicholas P. Dobbe ‘08, Glendale, Calif., died May 12 at age 28. He was a supply chain manager for the United Nations Support Office, based in Dubai.

David W. Edwards, Olympia, died September 18 at age 62. He was an Evergreen student.

Corey S. Erlitz ‘00, Hayward, Calif, died April 22 at age 40. He established a chiropractic practice in Fremont, Calif., after graduating from Life West Chiropractic College.

Frederick H. Gilmore ‘03, Littleton, Colo., died May 31 at age 44. He was a journeyman plumber as well as an artist and musician.

Guy Gordon Grieb Jr. ‘74, Tacoma, died April 24 at age 64. He worked for Washington Natural Gas and was passionate about birds and the outdoors.

Glenn E. Hambrick ‘92, Olympia, died April 13 at age 66. He was a surveyor and engineer with Washington’s Department of Transportation until retiring in 1996.

Patricia L. Carroll Hancock ‘80, Aberdeen, died January 18 at age 64. She practiced Naturopathic Medicine until her retirement in 2003.

Duane A. Heier ‘83, MES ‘93, Seattle, died April 16 at age 62. He ran the South Sounder newspaper and Steamboat Island Nursery.

Lewis Heller ‘85, Olympia, died May 9 at age 81. A Navy veteran of the Korean War, he served as a policeman in Washington, D.C., before serving on Evergreen’s Police Services until his retirement in 1997.

Thomas T. Hughes ‘76, Centralia, died January 30 at age 77. He worked 30 years at Maple Lane School.

Dora M. Jones ‘85, Olympia, died November 2, 2012 at age 81. Timothy Z. Keck ‘84, Centralia, died July 1 at age 56. He worked 25 years at Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services.

Linda Kellogg

Linda Kellogg

Linda Kellogg, Olympia, died July 4. Linda worked at Evergreen from 1973 until her retirement in 2003.

Josephine E. Lauckhart ‘87, Aberdeen, died June 8 at age 93. After earning a federal income tax preparer certificate from the IRS, she prepared tax returns until she retired at the age of 92.

Donald Lennartson ‘81, Olympia, died January 30 at age 78. He was a public health advisor with the Washington State Department of Health until he retired in 2006.

Alberta Jane Lorenzo

Alberta Jane Lorenzo

Alberta Jane Lorenzo, Olympia, died March 14 at age 88. Mother of nine, she was a program secretary at Evergreen from 1979 until her retirement in 1999.

John Loyle ‘74, Olympia, died March 14 at age 64. A Vietnam War veteran, he retired from public service after 35 years.

Alan B. Mador ‘77, Bothell, died April 30 at age 60. A King County Public Defender, he was consulting attorney to the Seattle Housing Authority and Seattle Tenants Union.

Valerie R. Mason ‘98, Chehalis, died August 4 at age 61. She worked for the Area Agency on Aging until her retirement.

Randy Mead ‘77, British Columbia, died August 5 at age 58. He established Greensong Sanctuary for Healing and the Arts, a cultural center in Slocan, BC.

Hozie L. Miller ‘83, Everett, died June 15 at age 59. He was a computer consultant with the state of Washington until he retired in 2009.

Mark R. Pennington ‘89, Bellevue, died at age 52. He was a Navy veteran, a Russian linguist and later worked for Boeing.

Elspeth Pope, died May 18. She was Evergreen’s cataloging librarian from 1984 until she retired in 1990.

Harold Lew Pumphrey ‘88, Olympia, died August 6 at age 63. A reporter for several newspapers, he worked on the Longview Daily News’ Pulitzer prize-winning coverage of the eruption of Mount St. Helens.

Doug Raymond ‘74, Seattle, died April 22 at age 65. A Navy Vietnam War veteran, he enjoyed a 30-year career in the paint industry.

John P. Robben ‘78, Sequim, died February 18 at age 57. He was director of economic development for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.

Steven E. Schultz ‘94, Chehalis, died June 27 at age 58. He operated Napavine’s Checkers Pizza.

Cecilia (Candy) R. Stamey, Olympia, died July 21 at age 82. She was assistant to Evergreen’s Vice President Dean Clabaugh from 1975 until 1986.

Richard J. Stelstad ‘92, Olympia, died July 2 at age 61. He enjoyed a rewarding career counseling kids. Benjamin Stiffarm ‘78, Billings, Mont., died September 18, 2012 at age 85. A founding member of the Seattle Indian Health Board and United Indians of All Tribes, he promoted Native American rights for more than 50 years.

Emily J. Williamson ‘92, Seattle, died February 13 at age 43. She was an artist and founded the Fuzzy Caterpillar party planning service.

John Wright ‘80, Gig Harbor, died April 8 at age 81. He enjoyed a distinguished military career, serving two tours in Vietnam and Korea. He then embarked on a second career with the Washington State Department of Corrections until he retired in 1996.