Class Notes


Dave Anderson, San Jose, Calif., will retire after serving as city manager for the city of Saratoga, California for the past 14 years.


Donald Case, Lexington, Ky., has taught at the University of Kentucky and University of California, Los Angeles for 31 years. During the final two years of his teaching career he has lectured in several countries, including Australia, Brazil, Croatia, Finland and Portugal. Donald earned his Ph.D. in communication research at Stanford University.

Karen Stevens Cochrane, Kailua Kona, Hawaii, is a master certified neurofeedback practitioner and life coach. Karen moved her successful practice of 12 years from Poulsbo to Kona, where she helps clients live life optimally through brain training and central nervous system fitness. She earned her Ph.D. in Behavioral Health at International University for Graduate Studies.


Eric Holt-Gimenez, Oviedo, Fla., is the executive director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, editor of Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform our Food Systems (Perseus Distribution Services, 2011) and author of Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice (Food First Books, 2009). Eric worked with farmers in Mexico and Central America and was instrumental in forming the Campesino a Campesino (farmer to farmer) movement. He earned his Ph.D. in environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Wendy Murvihill Krauss, Bellevue, is a research nurse at the Clinical Research Center at the University of Washington. She has three children: twin sons who both attended Evergreen, and a 27-year-old daughter.


Wendy Carpenter, Sister Bay, Wis., owns and operates Interfibers Studio Gallery. She travels to Guatemala regularly to teach indigenous women how to design, sew and market clothing made with hand woven jaspe fabric. Wendy taught for 20 years, at the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel, Mexico, K–12 students in Wisconsin, and in Central America./p>


John C. Stocks, McFarland, Wis., is executive director of the National Education Association. He previously served as deputy executive director from 2004–11, and as assistant executive director for public affairs at the Wisconsin Education Association Council from 1990–2004. He also served in the Idaho State Senate./p>


Wanda Schroeder Gayle, Salt Lake City, Utah, carried the interdisciplinary educational experience she learned at Evergreen to the two charter schools she helped found: The Salt Lake Arts Academy, a middle school focused on the arts, and the Utah International Charter School, a high school created to serve refugees, immigrants and those who value an international experience.


David St. George, Lopez Island, was appointed manager of the new Lopez Island Park. A career wildlife biologist and land manager, David was a Nature Conservancy land manager for eight years, responsible for the daily operations of five preserves.


Cliff Missen, Chapel Hill, N.C., is a clinical associate professor in the School of Information and Library Science the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Kurt Batdorf, Mount Vernon, is city editor at the Skagit Valley Herald, where he supervises the local news gathering of six reporters and manages three copy editors. He previously served as copy editor at The Herald in Everett.


Candyce Lund Bollinger, Olympia, an associate professor in South Puget Sound Community College’s Parent Education department, also runs a private counseling practice, conducts parenting workshops and speaks at schools. Candyce spent several summers in Africa, where she started a preschool in Ghana.

Brian Quarm, Silver Spring, Md., is an investigator with the Department of Defense Inspector General, Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations Department in Washington, D.C.


Jon E. Cawthorne, Tallahasse, Fla., is dean of libraries at West Virginia University, Morgantown. Jon was formerly the associate dean for public services and assessment at Florida State University Libraries.

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Kirkland, received international recognition from Women’s eNews, which named her one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century.“ Co-founder of, a grassroots effort linking people who share a commitment to build a more family-supportive America, Kristin is an author, speaker, and advocate for women’s rights and economic justice.

Scott Wheat, Spokane, serves as general counsel for the Spokane Tribe of Indians and is a tribal lawyer with the law firm Galanda Broadman.


Rebecca Felsenfeld Bloom, Seattle, a mental health counselor and art therapist with her own practice, Bloom Counseling, published an art therapy workbook, Square the Circle, (, Inc., 2013).

Katherine Sokolik, MPA (BA ’80), Vallejo, Calif., is a senior strategist with SRA International, Inc., on contract to the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement. She serves as president-elect of the National Child Support Enforcement Association. Katherine tells us, “The MPA Program was instrumental in the successes I’ve enjoyed in my career!”


Tim Sullivan, MiT, Pasco, is director of employee services for the Pasco School District, and tells us he has fond memories of his time in the MiT program with Jan Kido as his faculty. “Go MiT! Go Geoducks!”


Stephanie Scharpf, Baltimore, Md., is chief operating officer for Jai Medical Systems, a managed care organization in Baltimore.


Hilary Adams, Brooklyn, N.Y., is the new artistic director at Omaha Community Playhouse in Nebraska. During her time in New York, Hilary was a Drama Desk Award nominee for best director in 2004 for “Moby Dick,” and was an assistant director on Broadway. At the Manhattan Theater Club, she nabbed five directing fellowships.

James Francis Connor IV, Penn Valley, Pa., runs Whispering Seed, a program he started in 2004 which provides housing, education and job skills to orphans on the Thailand- Myanmar border.

Jeffrey M. Engerman, Sudbury, Mass., is a partner with Boston law firm Gunderson Dettmer. A corporate and securities lawyer, Jeff earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Wayne Au, MiT, (BA ’94), Seattle, associate professor in the Education Program at the University of Washington, Bothell, has been appointed to chair the UW Diversity Council.


Melissa Arthur, Perry, Kan., is coordinator of the Delaware River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy program. She served 11 years at the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education.

Kathleen Isherwood Ackley, MES, Enterprise, Ore., is executive director of Wallowa Land Trust, a nonprofit land conservation organization working to protect the natural habitats, open spaces and working lands of Wallowa County. Previously, she worked for Capitol Land Trust in Olympia.

Bryan Smith, Squamish, British Columbia, is an award-winning adventure filmmaker, traveling the world filming television shows and documentaries for National Geographic. In January he facilitated the kick-off of the 2014 National Geographic Live! speaker series at Olympia’s Washington Center for the Performing Arts.


Jon Engelman, MPA, (BA/BS ’96), Kansas City, Kan., is executive director of Westport Regional Business League, transforming the urban core in his hometown, along with his partner, Caroline, and two lazy cats.


Sarah Vekasi, Black Mountain, N.C., earned a Master of Divinity degree from Naropa University and runs a nonprofit called the Eco-Chaplaincy Initiative, working throughout Central Appalachia with communities fighting mountaintop coal mining. She is also a studio potter, selling stoneware through her business Sarah Sunshine Pottery.


Wade Johnson, Stillwater, Minn., and his wife Janelle Bush Johnson ’00, have three children. Together, they founded W A Johnson Ecological Design, a small, ecologically-based landscape design firm. Wade is habitat restoration program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Patty Kinney, Olympia, is working on a full-length poetry manuscript. Her poem, “How to Talk to Your Schizophrenic Child,” was nominated by the Crab Creek Review for the Pushcart Prize and the Editor’s Prize in poetry. Patty thanks faculty members Kate Crowe and Bill Ransom for their writing guidance.


Luke Bradford, Lyle, Wash., established Cor Cellars in 2005, which was named winery of the year for 2013 by Stan “The Wine Man.“ Luke was praised for being “understated, humble and passionate about wine,” and for producing some “pretty awesome wines,“ including a Malbec, which Stan gave an A+.

Tom Dee, Portland, Ore., is a wetland specialist with Turnstone Environmental Consultants. He was awarded a Professional Wetland Scientist Certification. An active member in the Society of Wetland Scientists and the Native Plant Society of Oregon, he is a Rare Care Volunteer with the UW Botanic Gardens, conducting threatened and endangered plant surveys in the Columbia River Gorge and southwest Washington.

Vicki M. James, Seattle, is director of business analysis for Watermark Learning, responsible for developing and maintaining training programs. She was a consultant for Microsoft and CodeSmart, Inc. She is co-author of Strategies for Project Sponsorship, (Management Concepts Press, 2013).


Erica Nelson, Arlington, Va. is an economic officer with the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service. Erica worked on the Cooper Point Journal staff while at Evergreen and is excited about her new career as a diplomat. She earned her M.A. in International Affairs at George Washington University.


Erica Warren-Battles, Kirkland, an account executive at Pace Analytical in Seattle, married Peter Andrew Haenggi in Silverdale on August 24, 2013.


Heidi Jones, Minneapolis, Minn., is a paralegal, working on her post-baccalaureate paralegal certification at Hamline University.


Britni Herick Rayman, Royal Palm Beach, Fla., is teaching a new curriculum funded by the National Science Foundation. She hopes to raise the bar for innovation in the science education in her state. She “remains extraordinarily proud of being a Greener!”

Todd Sessoms, MiT, (BA 2005), is teaching in Shanghai, China. Todd and Jessica Gee had a baby girl, Nora Florence Sessoms, born December 7, 2013.


Gray L. Graham, Olympia, is an international consultant and teacher in the field of clinical nutrition. While on the faculty at South Puget Sound CC, he developed and taught the Nutritional Therapist Training Program. His book, Pottenger’s Prophecy: How Food Resets Genes for Wellness or Illness, was published by White River Press in 2011.


Jon Clontz, M.P.A., Cheyenne, Wyo., was selected to serve as the first chief executive officer of Wyoming’s Lottery Corporation.


Elizabeth Antonio, Olympia, is a marine educator at the South Sound Estuarium, a marine education center in Olympia. Elizabeth served as program coordinator, shipboard educator and deckhand of the schooner Adventuress, and was lead teacher at Mariah Art School in Olympia.

Garet Gartin, Seattle, is a commercial leasing specialist with the downtown Bremerton office of Bradley Scott, Inc.

Mallory Liz McLaren, San Jose, Calif., graduated in December 2013 with a J.D. in biotechnology law and policy from Seton Hall University School of Law in New Jersey.

Lovely Morgan, Ft. Campbell, Ky., was a logistical specialist and broadcast journalist with the Army, and is currently a successful realtor earning awards for Top Listing Agent and Top Producer. She teaches business classes and is a sought-after motivational speaker.

Roxanne Murphy, MPA, Bellingham, is a member of the Bellingham City Council, serving on the Planning and Lake Whatcom/ Natural Resources committees, and chairing the Parks and Recreation Committee. She is a Whatcom Transportation Authority and Whatcom Council of Governments board member, the Council liaison to the Bellingham School District, and assistant to the general manager for her Nooksack Tribal Government.

Adam Wicks-Arshack, Index, is a director at Voyages of Rediscovery, a river-based environmental education program.


Joe Bettis, Vancouver, is a biologist with Turnstone Environmental, an environmental consulting firm in Portland.


Nicholas Culores, Seattle, is a research technician with Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.