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Marit (Chris Ness) Saltrones, Bainbridge Island, is the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s business manager. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Kitsap Tilth and Sustainable Bainbridge.


Don Hansbrough, Seattle, continues to publish poems in Mainichi News and Asahi Shimbun, and exhibit paintings in Kirkland’s Park Lane Gallery. He appears in the upcoming movie “Nothing Against Life,” filmed in Seattle. Its post-production sound supervisor is Paul Goldberg ’91.

Kristin (Kristi George) Shaw, Holualoa, Hawaii, plays Celtic harp and percussion, and writes all the original music for her band, “Anela Strings.”


Matt Groening, Los Angeles, Calif., received the Writers Guild of America, West Animation Writers Caucus’ (AWC) 15th Annual Animation Writing Award in November. The creator of Life in Hell, The Simpsons and Futurama, Groening was a significant supporter of the effort to gain union contracts for TV animation writers.


Alan (Skip) Kohl and Alice Kohl MPA’90, Montesano, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 20, 2012. They have two children and one granddaughter.


Paul Stamets, Shelton, serves on the advisory board for the American Botanical Council. A mycologist for more than 30 years, the founder, owner and managing director of Fungi Perfecti, LLC, is widely acknowledged as North America’s premier advocate for medicinal mushrooms.


Steven Konicek, Longbranch, is an internal medical physician at the Madigan Army Medical Center. He was awarded “2012 Internist of the Year” by the Washington Chapter of the American College of Physicians.


Tina DeWeese, Bozeman, Mont., showed a series of collages and wire sculptures at the Garden Café in Manhattan, Mont., last fall. Her work is in her home gallery in Bozeman, and galleries in Billings, Big Fork, Butte and Helena.

Elizabeth johnson Lee, Palo Alto, Calif., published her realistic fantasy novel, The House at 8441⁄2, a story about a mother and son who both have Tourette syndrome, in October. A licensed marriage and family therapist and spiritual counselor, she hopes to raise awareness about Tourette, a condition she and her son both have. First-place winner of the 1999 Jack London Writers’ Contest, she has published articles in Bay Area Parent magazine and the Palo Alto Weekly newspaper.


Eric Kessler, Friday Harbor, has been photographing and documenting the Elwha River Dam removal and restoration process on the Olympic Peninsula, having served as a guide on the Elwha for the past 35 years. In December, he presented his work at the San Juans Stewardship Network’s At the Water’s Edge Lecture series in Friday Harbor. His photographs have been published worldwide.


Bege (Joan) Reynolds, Hailey, Idaho, enjoys life in the mountains with her husband, John Sweek ’87, and their three children. Bege is a kindergarten teacher at Waldorf Farm School and John runs JE Sweek Architectural Coatings.


Ken Koester, Seattle, is vice president for enterprise accounts with FoundIt! a lost-and-found identification service based on the premise that people want to do the right thing. Ken and his wife of 20 years have two children.


Jose Drummond (MES), Brasilia, Brazil, teaches in the Sustainable Development Graduate Program at the Universidade de Brasilia. He is writing a book about socioenvironmental aspects of Brazil’s Pantanal Biome and editing a collection of essays on environmental history.

Suzanne Knapp, Bismarck, N.D., is vice president of deposit operations for Starion Financial, where she oversees the operations team.

Chris Maynard, Olympia, had his unique feather artwork featured in many media outlets this fall, including the Huffington Post, UK OnLine, InHabitat, Designboom and the Smithsonian magazine blog. His work was recently displayed at the Row House Café in Seattle and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia.


Linnea Tobias, Arcata, Calif., is a featured member of Arcata Artisans and has had her work shown in galleries, art fairs and retail and wholesale shows.


Ivin Matlock, Saint Louis, Mo., relocated to adopt two grandchildren, 12-year-old Jamal and 10-year-old Jamara. Ivin is “now a homemaker, busy with all things required to raise two very active kids.”


Nikki McClure, Olympia, was awarded a Washington State Book Award-Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award for her children’s book, To Market, To Market, (Abrams Books for Young Readers, April 2011).

Vikki Michalios, Jersey City, N.J., a visual artist, was awarded fellowships to attend the Chautauqua Institution while working toward her MFA from the University of Oregon. Her work deals with environmental systems and concerns using painting, drawing, experimental printmaking and installation. She and her husband have two children.

Bonnie Versoza, Prince George, Va., retired from a rewarding career in social work and music. He travels with the Metro Jazz Band and Celebration Orchestra as part of the Global Missions Project, playing in Africa, Cuba, Brazil and Guatemala. Bonnie and his wife, Denise, have six children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Kimberly Wilson, Tiverton, R.I., married David Venancio, a deputy sheriff for the state of Rhode Island, in August. She is a labor extension specialist at UMass Dartmouth.


Peter Carlson, Orcas Island, had a solo exhibit at the Main Street Gallery in Ketchikan, Alaska, last September: “100 Plastic Boxes: Scenes from a Little World.” His work “Giving Way: Paintings of the Sea” was on display at Island Hoppin’ Brewery in Eastsound in January.

Keith Dromm, Natchitoches, La., is an associate professor of philosophy at Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University. He contributed to and co-edited the book Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy, (Open Court, October 2012).

Shauna Heath MiT’95, Seattle, is executive director of curriculum and instruction for Seattle Public Schools. She lives in West Seattle with her partner and 8-year-old son.

Terri Skele (MiT), Castle Rock, is a full-time faculty member at Lower Columbia College, where she has taught in the math department since 1996. Students selected her to receive the “Adjunct Faculty of the Year” award in 2009.


Katy Evans, Tacoma, won the AMOCAT Arts “Community Outreach by an Individual” award in November. Katy works in resource development for Metro Parks; writes/edits for the online Post Defiance; and builds opportunities for neighborhood investment through Spaceworks Tacoma, Campus MLK and Tacoma Cash Mob.

Gwen Orwiler, Bonney Lake, is an Emotional Freedom coach. She started her own business, Your Strongest Life, in 2009. She recently celebrated 25 years with her partner, David, and has nine grandchildren.

Tim Sullivan (MiT), Eastvale, Calif., a principal for 15 years in the Ontario-Montclair School District, is completing his 21st year in education.


Karen Goulet, Pablo, Mont., is an artist, poet and educator. A member of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation, her work is on exhibit at the Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning, Mont.


Carla Kiiskila, Vashon, an immigration attorney with her own practice for the past eight years, says her greatest privilege has been to help keep families together.

Scott Martin, San Antonio, Texas, showed his unique nighttime photography work in a Fotoseptiembre USA exhibition titled “It Might Have Been Midnight Since Last We Talked” at Rendon Photography & Fine Art in Southtown, San Antonio.

Guy Simpson MiT ’05, Rainier, teaches science at Yelm’s Ridgeline Middle School. His juvenile fiction book, The Brotherhood of Olympus and the Deadliest Game (Mythic Publishing, September 2012), is available now and he is working on the sequel. Guy lives with his wife and their three children.


Bryan Bright, Dupont, was named the Seattle Police Department’s liaison to the city’s Jewish community in October. In addition to his regular patrol duties, he visits Jewish institutions and groups to find out what their needs are. Bryan served in the Marines and National Guard and has spent 12 years as a patrol officer in Seattle’s North End.

Julie Dansby (MiT), Lakewood, was named Lakewood Rotary Educator of the Month in Nov. She started teaching in the correctional education system through Pierce College and Tacoma Community College, and has taught math at Mann Middle School since 2001.

David Franklin, Seattle, had his first book, Radical Men, published by Anschel Press in January. Covering areas ranging from improving relationships to accountability to being of service, the book provides practices that can easily be done amidst men’s daily lives. David has more than 20 years of experience teaching, facilitating and coaching, and has been an active leader in the men’s movement since the 1990s.


Eric Dietz, Jacksonville, Fla., composed his first original film score for Jacksonville director Sam Farmer’s horror film “Girl of My Dreams,” which premiered at Sun-Ray Cinema January 26. Eric co-owns Forte Mobile Music school, works as a sound engineer and has played in several bands.

Donna McPherson, Virginia Beach, Va., earned her MPA from Troy State University. She taught G.E.D. classes to residential at-risk teens and is now a mental health support counselor and life skills coach.

Pamelia Valentine MiT ’99, Montesano, was named ESD 113 Regional Teacher of the Year. She was elected the Pacific Region Middle Level Director for the National Arts Education Association.

Jane Wood MPA ’99, Yelm, is a curriculum developer for the Washington State Department of Personnel, where she designs, develops and delivers Washington’s leadership strategy to state agencies.


Linda Baxter, Venice, Fla., works in the Office of Corporate and Community Development at the State College of Florida. She enjoys photography, writing and taking her well-dressed cat out on the town!

Kyle Taylor Lucas, Olympia, a self-employed consultant, was appointed to the Tumwater City Council. A member of the Tumwater Public Safety Task Force, he was the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs.

Cameron Murdock, Bothell, is an emergency department social worker at Swedish Medical Center.

Emelie Peine, Tacoma, is a 2013 Fulbright Scholar, conducting research on Chinese investment in the Brazilian agricultural sector while living in Brazil. She is an assistant professor of international political economy at the University of Puget Sound.


Ginny Brideau, Los Angeles, Calif, is a project manager for The Robert Group, a public relations firm. She earned her Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University.

Randy Engstrom, Seattle, is director of the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. A founding director of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, he is former chair of the Seattle Arts Commission and founding CEO of Static Factory Media.

Sara Lindberg, Anchorage, Alaska, was named an associate of USKH, Inc., an employee-owned design firm offering architectural services, which she joined in 2006. She is USKH’s environmental services manager.

Elizabeth Switaj, Belfast, Northern Ireland, was awarded her Ph.D. in English at Queen’s University. She is assistant managing editor of Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing, and a contributing editor to Poets’ Quarterly. Her pamphlet of poetry, Warburg’s Tincture of Sonnets, is forthcoming from Like This Press.


Brian Blacklow, Chevy Chase, Md., is a Master Educator with the District of Columbia Public Schools after 11 years teaching grades 2 to 6. Brian has two children, 1-year-old Leo and 4-year-old Maggie.

Liza Hartlyn, Georgetown, Guyana, teaches 4th and 5th grade at the Georgetown International Academy. She spent two years in the Peace Corps as a literacy advisor for the Ministry of Education for 54 primary schools.

Ursula Holloman, Newport News, Va., is a technician at Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg.


Jim Anderson (MiT), Olympia, teaches English, coaches speech and debate, and is the English department chair at Capital High School. His son, Carsten James Anderson, joined his family in September 2012.

Krista Bouchey, Eastsound, owns and operates SilverLining, a graphic and web design business specializing in projects for small businesses and nonprofits. She also works as assistant director for The Funhouse Commons, a kid-friendly, not-for-profit community center.

Angela Huckstep (MiT), Port Angeles, presented her performance poetry at Alle Stage in Port Angeles this winter. She is the Work-First coordinator at Peninsula College, and is mother of two children, Tabby and Zeal.

Lauren O’Neill, Tumwater, was named managing director of Olympia’s Capital Playhouse. Lauren worked with the Washington Center for the Performing Arts for six years, and is a member of the board of directors of Prodigal Sun Productions.

Evelyn Undziakiewicz, Tacoma, is the founder/executive director of Oasis Home Residence, a home community providing safe, clean and affordable housing to women.


Miranda Duschack, Saint Louis, Mo., is the small farm specialist for Lincoln University Cooperative Extension. She purchased an urban farm in the city—3,300 square feet of raised beds, a greenhouse and the original 1880s farmhouse—where she plans to grow specialty cut flowers and food crops.

Roberta Wright, University Place, owner and lead teacher at The Wright Childcare and Preschool, is working toward her early childhood degree at Lesley University.


Nathan Gibbs-Bowling MiT ’06, Tacoma, is an A.P. government and Washington state history teacher in the Lincoln Center Program at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School.

Geoff Cotton, Cosmopolis, is a special education teacher at Stevens Elementary School in Aberdeen.

Madison Cripps, Asheville, N.C., created and performed Pinocchio in a contemporary retelling of the story at The Magnetic Theatre in March. In November, he performed in a marionette production of “Beauty and the Beast” at the Orlando Puppet Festival. He created his first puppet seven years ago and has performed at the Asheville Fringe Festival and the (Re)Happening festival.

Suzanne Peterson, Everett, is executive assistant to the CEO at Everett Gospel Mission, “a position which allows me the ability to be the voice in the community, the arm for the homeless and the wind that allows them to fly as they heal.”

Amanda Scott-Thomas, Tacoma, was named director of Community Partnership, Academic Equity and Achievement by the Tacoma School Board in September. She comes to the school district from School’s Out Washington, where she worked in education policy.

Catherine (Sporleder) Solace, Boise, Idaho, is senior development manager for the Trey McIntyre Project, a nonprofit organization committed to engaging individuals and communities to experience art. She earned an M.F.A. degree from Antioch University and has published a book of prose and poems.

Ashleigh (Carp) Sundet, Seattle, joined the real estate firm CBRE as an associate. Based in Bellevue, her four-person team will focus on helping grow the firm’s tenant representation practice. Previously, she was part of the tenant representation team at Cushman and Wakefield Commerce.

Roberta Walker, Tacoma, is a public relations and veterans service officer in Lakewood.


Suzanne Perritt Cravey (MES), Gainesville, Fla., and her nonprofit organization Earth Givers (including husband Randolph, and son Jacob Perritt-Cravey ’11), were featured in the Living Green magazine blog for their “Women Who Plant” (Fanm Kap Plante) initiative in Haiti. The conservation effort provides training and support to women in two rural villages to restore their soil and reforest their hillsides.

Daysha Eaton, Anchorage, Alaska, is a reporter for Alaska Public Telecommunications, Inc. and KSKA Public Radio. She earned her M.A. in journalism from the University of Southern California. Daysha received a 2011 Goldie Award in the news feature category from the Alaska Broadcasters Association.

Steve Rollert MiT ’07, Seattle, is social studies department chair and teaches at Renton’s Lindbergh High. He and his students received a great honor from their state representative in response to letters they wrote about gun control and the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Daniel “Kana” Shephard (MPA), Shelton, returned from Maui in 2012 and works in college advancement at Evergreen. He helps out on a three-acre property with two master gardeners and participates in marketing development for Welcome Home Communities, an adult care home serving underrepresented people in the Portland area.

Lavonda (McKee) Spillers, Nampa, Idaho, a psychosocial rehabilitation specialist/target service coordinator at a mental health agency, is earning her M.S. degree in human services.

John Taylor, Linden, N.J., is working on his Doctor of Education from the University of North Carolina. He teaches at BelovED Community Charter School in Jersey City. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Andreya, and their new daughter, Molly.

Allen Thomas, Olympia, in his first year as coach of the Timberline High School boys’ basketball team, finished with a 16-9 regular season and a trip to the quarterfinals of the state 3A basketball tournament—the Blazers’ first trip to state since 2004.


Alvin Bright, Lacey, earned his MSW degree from UW and is an orthopedic technologist/ health care technician at Madigan Army Medical Center. He is the proud grandfather of two beautiful girls.

Karen Brown, Port Angeles, is executive director of the Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center. She developed G.I.R.L.S. (Gifted Individuals Realizing Leadership Skills) and coordinates the Outrageous Olympics fundraiser for the Clallam County United Way.

Cristal Connelly-Diakite, Steilacoom, is a Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Fellow with the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. Cristal has worked in the field of substance abuse prevention and addictions counseling since 1995.

Cynthia Swenson, Woodinville, is an admissions advisor at Antioch University, where she earned her M.Ed. degree, and a farmer with Sharecroppers Garden, devoted to providing a healthy, sustainable food system.


Debby (Heyd) Leavell, Puyallup, is a supervisor with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in Auburn. Debby, who married her best friend on 11/11/11, tells us, “Life is good!”

Casey Iiams-Hauser, Bothell, earned a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. The informatics implementation specialist with the International Training and Education Center for Health at UW on the Kenya Team, he is working with the CDC, the National AIDS/STD Control Program and the Ministry of Health, developing an electronic medical records system.


Vanessa Cassidy, Olympia, runs an adult family home in Tumwater, specializing in elder care patients with dementia.


Audrey Holien, Olympia, a current MPA student at Evergreen, was named the first executive director of a new free health clinic, The Health and Hope Medical Outreach Clinic, in Centralia, Wash., which opened March 5 in the Northwest Pediatrics Center.

Brenda Loney, East Glacier, Mont., teaches 7th and 8th grade language arts at the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.


Miranda (King) Benfer, Cairo, Egypt, taught 6th grade at a Native American school in Puyallup until realizing her dream of teaching abroad. She feels privileged to have an opportunity to teach Egyptian children.

Katy Bingham (MiT), LaCrescenta, Calif., teaches drama at Bilkent Laboratory and International School in Ankara, Turkey. She will teach theatre in Nairobi at the International School of Kenya for the next two years.

Galen Boydston and Rachel Sorensen, Deer Harbor, were married Aug. 25, 2012 on Waldron Island. Boydston is as a field technician and arborist for Orcas Island-based ecological consulting firm Rain Shadow Consulting.

Jacob Hoag Neuharth, Baraboo, Wis., volunteered in Kenya with the Peace Corps. He is now a public health sanitarian with the Wisconsin Department of Health services.

Verleene Riggins, Federal Way, is in her third year as a reading specialist with AmeriCorps at Jennie Reed Elementary and tutoring middle-high schoolers for Study Zone with the King County Library System.

Cecilia Smith, Seattle, a resource specialist with the YMCA in Seattle, is working on her M.P.A. degree at National University and her M.M. degree at the University of Phoenix, where she received a full scholarship from the national foster parent association.

Shae Whitney, Denver, Colo., started Dram Apothecary, which creates five varieties of organic, handcrafted bitters, in 2011. She sells to restaurants in Denver, Portland and New York, as well as on Etsy. The bitters can be used for digestive health as well as in the signature cocktails she developed as a bartender at Denver’s City O’City bistro.


Royce Blackwood MacGinnitie, Seattle, works for Seattle Public Schools, and is a master’s candidate at the University of Washington College of Education.

Sean VanDommelen, Tacoma, works in the president’s office at Tacoma Community College. He is in the final stages of releasing his second album with his band, SleepyPilot. His 14-year-old son is in high school.

Chas Walters, Issaquah, married Cori Kauk on December 30 in Mexico. He owns and manages Cascadia LLC.


Jay Bolton and Roderick Campbell ’10, Olympia, cofounded CommitChange, an online fundraising site where donors can make recurring donations the the nonprofit of their choice, and track how their gifts add up.

Kendra Jae, Vancouver, wrote a play “Where Trees Talk: Tales of Wings and Wolves and Cantankerous Rivers,” which was produced by the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics Children’s Theatre Company as part of its fifth anniversary celebration in February.

Alissa Thurman (MPA), Hoquiam, was named manager of business development for the Port of Grays Harbor's Satsop Business Park in January. Previously, she was city planner for the City of Hoquiam.

Stephanie M. Wolf, Olympia, Air Force Airman 1st Class, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

In Memoriam

Andrew J. Bobick MES ’03, of Olympia, died October 13, 2012. Originally from Pittsburgh, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service at the Payette National Forest in McCall, Idaho, the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Boise, Idaho, and most recently for the Parks and Recreation Department of Olympia, Wash. He is survived by his parents, James E. and Sandra Burin Bobick; brother Michael Bobick (Tanya Cotic); and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Colin B. Bossay ’11, of Olympia, died January 20, 2013, of complications from kidney cancer. Born in Dallas, Texas, he moved to Washington in 1995. After graduating from Shorecrest High School in 1997, he went to work doing customer service at SeaTac Airport, before returning to school to earn his associate’s degree from Tacoma Community College in 2008. He was dedicated to politics and government, serving on the student senate at TCC, and volunteering for state and federal campaigns of Democratic candidates. He came to Evergreen in hopes of becoming a teacher, but was diagnosed with cancer a few months before graduation. He used the time he had left to volunteer for campaigns in the 2012 election and to visit friends and family in other parts of the country. Colin is survived by his mother Linda (Dan) Frizzell, father Stephen (Candice) Bossay, grandmothers Betty Rudin, Elizabeth Rudin and Rosalie Bossay and by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

David W. Brown, of Olympia, died September 5, 2012. Born in Savannah, Ga., he was admissions director at Howard University in Washington D.C. before serving as Evergreen’s first admissions director from 1970-73. He was executive director of United Way of Thurston County from 1973-1992. He is survived by his wife, Merlyne; son, Ralph (Susan) Oliver, and two grandsons.

David L. Carstens Cx’75, of Spokane, died December 23, 2012 from cancer. Born in Coeur d’Alene Idaho, he grew up on the family dairy farm in Greenacres, Wash. He was an avid reader and had a great curiosity about how things worked, and could fix or build almost anything. He worked for Hewlett Packard, Agilent, Spraycool, Shamrock Paving and other jobs mainly with computers or electronics. David enjoyed downhill and cross country skiing, swimming, biking, hiking, organic gardening and scuba diving. He served on the Spokane County Sheriff’s search and rescue dive team for a few years. He is survived by his daughter, Annie Strandberg; his mother, Kathleen; brother; Stephen; sisters, Linda (Leslie) Rose and Jennifer Carstens; three grandchildren; extended family and many close friends.

India A. Castle, of Vashon Island, died November 15, 2012. An Evergreen student in cultural studies, she was born in New York City and moved to Washington at age 10. While in high school, she excelled in debate, and graduated from the South Seattle Community College Running Start Program before coming to Evergreen, While in college she studied film, dance, theater and world history, including two months in Ireland as part of a cultural learning program. She was an enthusiastic athlete and performing artist. Her love of acting brought her many parts in Drama Dock shows, she was proficient in aerial arts and self-taught in IT, a skill she later used to earn tuition and living expenses. She is survived by her parents, Carter and Debra Castle, and was preceded in death by her brother, Daniel.

Catherine M. Conner ’82, of Olympia, died November 9, 2012. Born in Centralia, she studied psychology, and was an advocate for wildlife and nature, participating in many groups such as the World Wildlife Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, and Defenders of Wildlife. She enjoyed reading, boating, camping, and weekends at the family cabin. She is survived by her two sisters, Judy Brown and Joni Merryhew, her son John (Erica), and one grandson.

Jeffrey T. Davis ’07, of University Place, died September 1, 2012. Born in Seattle, he loved the mountains and the ocean, and studied media psychology at Evergreen. He is survived by his wife, Maria, daughter, Annaliese; parents, Joe and Phyllis, and sister Jill Davis Bell.

Joseph C. Drummond ’91, MIT ’96, Douglas, Ariz., died October 21, 2012. Born in Albuquerque, N.M., he and his family moved to Tacoma in his youth. He was a competitive swimmer and played water polo at Puyallup High School. After earning his master’s in teaching, he settled in Seattle and taught in several schools in the Seattle School District, where he taught “with a strong conviction that public education is instrumental in maintaining a fair and just society toward which all people have equal opportunity.” Joe is survived by his wife Eden Ibarrientos-Drummond; his father David and step-mother, Anita; his siblings, Lisa (Kelli Ballenger), Molly Bragg (Rodd), Pieter (Carmen) and Lucy McLaughlin; four step-siblings, Mike Paxhia, Lisa Clark, Paul Paxhia and Susie Paxhia; three nephews and two nieces; and his parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Florald Ibarrientos.

Bonita H. “Bonnie” Evans ’89, of Vancouver, died November 29, 2012, from complications due to diabetes. She was born in Oklahoma on the Creek Indian Reservation, and spent the majority of her life in Olympia. She earned her degree at age 59, and never stopped learning. Bonnie worked in Academics at Evergreen for 14 years until her retirement in 2000, initially serving as a program secretary before working for 10 years as program coordinator for both the Master of Public Administration and Master of Environmental Studies programs. Bonnie is described by a colleague as “a clear light of honesty, hopefulness and mirth [who] always had a smile and a good word…” She is survived by six of her seven children: Vickie (Brian) Baker, Jim (Mary), Janet (Keith) Whipple, John, Walt (Jennifer), and Rich (Jana); 23 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Gladiola M. Flowers (AKA Gladys Robinson) ’83, of Olympia, died January 6, 2013, after complications from multiple sclerosis. A long-time realtor and artist, she earned her degree after raising four children. The family would like to thank the staff and aides of Puget Sound Health Care Center in Olympia for the love and service they provided to Gladiola over the past sixteen years. She is survived by her two daughters, Shelley (Keith) Weber and Jennifer (Paul) Kennard; sister Carol Goulet and brother Dick Rasmussen; one granddaughter; many loving nieces and nephews; and her long-time nursing home roommate, Barb Simmons, whom she lovingly referred to as her adopted “little sister.”

Mary Ellen Friedberg ’83, of Telluride, Colo., died November 25, 2012 from cancer. She had a lifelong interest in the environment, and served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines, helping an indigenous tribe to improve their agriculture and political organization. She was the daughter of Harold and Mary (deceased) and Patricia Friedberg. She is survived by her husband, Art Goodtimes; children Sara and Gregorio; brothers Bill (Beth) and Bob; sister Jean (Ali) Ozler; and six nieces and nephews.

Amalia “Mali” Gunn, of Olympia, died November 15, 2012. She was an employment specialist at the Washington State Employment Security Department and was pursuing her degree at Evergreen. Born in Robstown, Texas, she graduated from high school in Houston, and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1988. She enjoyed photography, gardening, spirituality, and music. She is survived by her husband David Phillip Gunn; ex-husband Steven Richardson; children Connie M. Purnell, Shane M. Richardson, and Joseph P. Gunn; sisters Rosie Driggers, Carol Dominguez, Janie Gonzales, and Consuelo Romo; and three beautiful grandchildren.

John B. Buchanan Harrity, Hartford, Conn., died November 7, 2012. Born in Hartford, he was a poet, photographer, activist, writer, comedian, traveler and student. He attended Clark University in Worcester, Mass., before coming to Evergreen, and worked at the Connecticut Science Center as a visitors services specialist, where he enjoyed helping children and young people discover science and nature. He was also a recognized poet; his poem, “Schizophrenia, For My Brother,” was nationally recognized, and he was honored to be the 2007 recipient of the Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens Scholarship. In 2009, he was selected as one of six collaborating poets to participate in the joint Age in America project of the Hartford Public Library and the Amistad Center for Art and Culture, which featured an art installation of banners along Main Street in Hartford, with excerpts from the original poems he contributed to the project. He is survived by his parents, Linda Buchanan (Richard Dobratz) and John (Cindy) Harrity; his siblings Nicholas and Caitlin; grandmothers Sharon Buchanan and Eileen Harrity; eight aunts and uncles, six cousins, and numerous extended family members and friends.

Terri Heinrich ’81, of Ames, Iowa, died May 24, 2012. Born in Greenfield, Wis., she was a 26-year employee of the Iowa State University Parks Library. She was on the Board of Directors of the Ames Izaak Walton League and a member of the Nature Conservancy, Story County Pheasants Forever, National Rifle Association and the Ames Anglers. Terri is survived by her husband Daniel J. Burden ’81; father, Richard Heinrich; three sisters, Geri Heinrich (Matt Bovino), Sue (Chet) Tippet, and Mary-Jo (Doug) Pierce; and one brother, Joseph (Donna) Heinrich.

Maia R. Hisamoto, Eugene, Ore. and Olympia, died January 27, 2013. As an Evergreen student, she took a wide range of programs leading to a focus in visual arts, and also managed a local band. One of her faculty described her as highly motivated, a gentle leader and as a “…highly creative person capable of making a real difference in the world.”

John “Jake” T. Riley Horgan ’10, Olympia, died December 5, 2012. Born in Boston, he grew up in Brunswick, Maine, and spent a semester in India at the Auroville Ecovillage while at Evergreen. He enjoyed music and concerts, camping and hiking and snowboarding, and loved his black Lab, Riley. He is survived by his parents, Dr. Matthew D. Horgan and Patricia L. Riley; brother Patrick Liam Horgan; paternal grandparents Timothy and Lois Horgan; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Gerald “Jerry” Lassen, of Olympia, died March 3, 2013. An Evergreen faculty member who taught economics for 32 years, he was born in Texas, earned degrees at the University of Texas and the University of Wisconsin, and worked in the Washington State budget office for several years before joining the Evergreen faculty in 1978. In 1995, he married Catherine “Kitty” Parker, former director of the college’s student employment office, whom he met at the college. He retired as faculty emeritus in 2010. He adored teaching, and cherished the entire Evergreen community. He is survived by his wife, Kitty; brother, Bill; children, Eric and Anne and their mother Ginny; step-daughter, Jennifer Rose; four grandchildren; his cousin, Ellen; extended family and countless friends, colleagues and former students. Donations may be made in his name to the David L. Hitchens scholarship in Honor of Frances Marie Rasmussen through The Evergreen State College Foundation.

William H. Lysak, of Olympia, died October 6, 2012. A visual artist who grew up in Olympia, he studied drawing, painting and design, taking classes at both Evergreen and Central Washington University. Much of his art was inspired by the beauty of Puget Sound and Alaska. Bill had worked as a salmon fisherman in Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as a tree planter and logger in Washington state, before a diving accident left him a quadriplegic. He worked to become independent, and focused his time and attention on his artistic pursuits. Bill is survived by his father, Dr. William Lysak; two brothers, Tom and John; his son, Joseph Talotta; one granddaughter and numerous extended family members.

Barbara McCann, of Olympia, died March 31, 2013. Evergreen’s first First Lady, she was a key presence on campus during the founding presidency of her husband, Charles J. McCann, in Evergreen’s early years. Born in Bristol, Conn., she earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph College, and after her children were grown, earned her master’s at Central Washington University. She enjoyed gardening, reading, sketching and sailing. She is survived by her husband and five of their six children: Charles J. (John) Jr. ’74, MPA’88, Mary ’74, Peter ’75, Jane ’88 and Nancy McCann; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Her family asks friends wishing to express their love and respect to donate to the Barbara McCann Art Scholarship care of The Evergreen State College Foundation.

Barbara Jo Northup ’85, Amanda Park, died October 10, 2012. Born in Port Angeles, her family moved to Kalaloch when she was 9 and she spent most of her life in the Grays Harbor area. In 1981, Barbara volunteered with the Evergreen Counseling Center’s Crisis Line, which inspired her to finish her college degree. She then worked at Evergreen Counseling for eight years, and earned her M.A. in counseling and community psychology from Saint Martin’s University, where she was an intern for the Quinault Indian Nation’s mental health program. This led to eight years of employment with the Nation’s Roger Saux Counseling Center in Taholah. She also worked with the Lake Quinault School District and the Hoh River Indian Tribe. She worked as a mental health counselor in the Taholah and Queets-Clearwater Schools from 2001 until her passing. She and her husband, Tom, traveled extensively in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Denmark and the British Isles. She was an expert cook and home decorator, and loved gardening, photography, sea kayaking, hiking, camping, beachcombing, reading, calligraphy, writing and many types of music. Barbara is survived by her husband of 43 years, Thomas J. Northup; son Robert (Victoria) Northup; daughter, Angeline; one grandson; and many other relatives.

Jason A. “Drew” Oak, of Saline, Mich., died January 13, 2013. He was most recently enrolled in the academic program Dance, Body, Culture and Behavior, and loved theatre, dance, poetry and his family. He is survived by his mother, Jennie Jester (Maja Reed); his father, Peter (Robin Okun) Weinstein; and his brother, Jack Jester-Weinstein. A memorial service was held on campus in the Longhouse in January.

Joan E. Petit ’76, of Santa Barbara, Calif., died January 6, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Born in Riverside, Calif., she was a teacher and musician, who used her ability to interact with children, along with her singing and guitar playing skills, to help them develop emotionally and intellectually. She loved to spend time with her extended family. Joan is survived by her two sons, Geoffrey and David; parents, Rachel and Jim Dudek; and brother, Jed Dudek.

Fletcher G. Smith ’82, of Olympia, died December 5, 2012. Born at Otis Air Force Base in Bourne, Mass., he worked as a lobster fisherman, teacher, counselor, fundraiser and restaurant manager before joining Behavioral Health Resources as a residential supervisor. He is survived by his sister, Mimi Smith, brother-in-law, Rick Ludwig, and nephew, Leo.

Masao Sugiyama, of Olympia, died November 13, 2012 after sustaining significant injuries from a fall at his home. An Evergreen faculty member for 21 years, he retired in 2009. Masao generously served the College in a multitude of ways including as an academic dean, a specialty area convener, and a longstanding summer Upward Bound teacher. His roots were in the Master in Teaching program, where his many contributions and the deep compassion he showed to his students remain greatly valued. He is survived by his wife, Margarita, and many family members, friends and colleagues. He demonstrated his commitment to increasing diversity in the teaching profession by creating the Teacher Education Programs Diversity Scholarship for Evergreen MiT students.

Michael D. Thoma ’00, of Olympia, died August 14, 2012. He spent his childhood in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and studied ecology and Russian studies at Evergreen. He was fluent in both German and Russian, and received a Field Practicum from Kazan State University in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. He enjoyed music, especially Wagner, and explored nature from Russia’s Lake Baikal to Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound. He is survived by his children, Zela, Mirin & Bela; parents Sharon and Michael F. Thoma; brother Patrick; and many family and friends.

Jeffrey A. Turner ’05, of Yakima, died August 24, 2012. He grew up in Olympia, and earned two associate’s degrees from South Puget Sound Community College, one in computer network systems and one in electronics. He interned in Evergreen’s computer lab while studying computer science at the college. Jeff worked as an IT specialist for Washington Department of Natural Resources for four years, and for the Department of Licensing in eastern Washington for the past two years. He was an Eagle Scout, a trumpet player, and enjoyed music and photography. Jeff lived with a very rare metabolic disease called ornithine-transcarmalyse deficiency (OTC), complications from which finally took his life. His mother, Susan Turner, also had the condition, and passed away in December 2011. Both donated their livers to Children’s Hospital Foundation in Washington D.C. for research in hopes of finding a cure for this rare and fatal disease. Jeff is survived by his father, Terry Turner, family and many friends.

David W. Whitener Sr. “ahkwateed”, of Shelton, died November 2, 2012. He was a member of the faculty at Evergreen for 18 years, ending with his retirement and the conferring of Faculty Emeritus status in 1996. Upon his retirement, David was described as a “mainstay” in the Native American Studies program, dedicated to teaching methods that best support Native American learners. He was also a catalyst for the Longhouse House of Welcome and is considered one of its pillars. Born in Kamilche, he was a member of the Squaxin Island Tribe, and part of his ancestry is Tsimshian from Alaska; he is of the Raven Clan. He served on the Squaxin Island Tribal council in many capacities, including as chairman and vice chairman, for many years. He was a U.S. Army veteran; in his younger days, he worked as a logger and in the construction business before pursuing his career in education. He served as principal and teacher at Southside School from 1965 until 1969 and was also the principal in Neah Bay. From there, he carries his tribal name in the Makah language. After retiring from Evergreen, David served as deputy executive director of the Squaxin Island Tribe, as well as on the Board of Indian Affairs, Olympic National Forest Advisory Board, and the Mason General Hospital Board. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Barbara A. (Greene) Whitener ’96; sons, David (Sotheary) Whitener Jr., and Jonathon (Marty) Thompson; daughters, Connie Whitener, Mitzie “Rhonda” Whitener ’89, Annie-Beth (Cameron) Henry, and Jessica (Nathan) Hoppe; sisters, Ruby Fuller and Mary Bell Whitener; brother, Donald Lynn; nine grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Donations can be made to the Evergreen State College Foundation, with reference to David Whitener Sr. Scholarship Fund, Olympia, Wash. [At this time there is a matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.]