Class Notes


Daniel Boxberger, Bellingham, chair of Western Washington University’s anthropology department, received the Paul J. Olscamp Research Award for his achievements in ethnohistory and his contributions as an international expert on indigenous peoples’ treaty rights. The author of three books, he has worked with American, Canadian and Mexican indigenous people and is sought as a consultant by such agencies as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service and the Supreme Court of British Columbia.


The Best American Short Stories

Steve De Jarnatt's short story "Rubiaux Rising" appears in The Best American Short Stories 2009.

Steve De Jarnatt, Los Angeles, Calif., completed the creative writing M.F.A. program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. He wrote and directed the 1989 movie, Miracle Mile, among other film and television credits. His first published story, “Rubiaux Rising,” appears in The Best American Short Stories 2009.


Linda Kimura (Smith), Woodland, Calif., earned a master’s in human development from Pacific Oaks College. In 2009, her early childhood consulting business, Babies Can’t Wait, launched The Infant Toddler Specialist Group. She provides consulting, grant-writing support, training and technical assistance to adults working with infants and toddlers.


John Fernald, Index, lives off the grid on 40 acres, relying on solar and hydropower. A registered nurse for Seattle’s Northwest Kidney Centers, he is studying Spanish in preparation for surfing in sunny Mexico.

Jeff Jacoby, San Francisco, Calif., serves on the faculty of San Francisco State University’s Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts department. An Emmy Award-winning sound artist, he has produced radio, audio, and video programs since 1975.

Heaven and Earth are Flowers

Joan Stamm's new book, Heaven and Earth are Flowers.

Joan Stamm, Eastsound, earned her M.F.A. in literature and writing from Bennington College. She studied and practiced Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, and underwent years of Ikebana instruction. She has written about her experiences in a new book, Heaven and Earth are Flowers: Reflections on Ikebana and Buddhism (Wisdom Publications, 2010).


Michael D. Barron, Holly Springs, N.C., is director of business development at Eurofins AvTech, where he is responsible for building relationships with clients and implementing revenue-growth strategies. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Sandra Brugh, Spokane, was recently recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for “demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in social services.” She is a social worker for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, where she directs family counseling.

Patricia Kyritsi Howell, Mountain City, Ga., is a clinical herbalist, teacher and author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians. She directs the BotanoLogos School for Herbal Studies, and is co-owner of Wild Crete, which offers traveling seminars on herbs and traditional cuisine in Crete.


David Mazor, Amherst, Mass., founder and president of the nonprofit literacy organization, Reader to Reader, donated 150,000 new children’s books to schools in New Orleans. The donation, in partnership with Barnes & Noble, brings Reader to Reader’s total New Orleans donations to 1.4 million books.

We Shall Overcome

Stuart Stott's fourth book, We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World.

Stuart Stotts, DeForest, Wis., is an author, storyteller and songwriter. His fourth book, We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed The World (Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt, January 2010), explores the song’s roots and role in America’s civil rights, labor, and anti-war movements, while tracing its transformation into an international anthem.

Daniel Tolfree, Graham, N.C., has lived on his two-acre Millarckee Farm for more than 25 years, selling his produce to restaurants and at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. His farm is an annual stop on the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s farm tour.


Erin Kathleen Kenny, Vashon, a registered counselor, owns and operates Camp Terra, which offers nature-based therapy sessions to autistic children, an approach she is pioneering.

Jim Logan, Cambridge, Mass., runs customer service/tech support for A jazz guitarist and 1986 graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has lived in Mexico and Uganda, where he performed with a Ugandan band to promote health service delivery and education to residents. His three children range in age from 13 to 29.

Bob Majors, Lake Forest Park, was the Internet audio/video communications director for the orchestral score recording of the Jackie Chan movie, The Spy Next Door.


Susan M. Johnson, Seattle, became a partner at Stoel Rives LLP, a national business law firm, in October. Her practice focuses on the food, beverage and hospitality industries. Previously, she managed Graham & Dunn’s food and beverage practice. She received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.


Steve Gilbert, Issaquah, was appointed executive director of Discover Burien, which works with local groups and businesses on issues concerning the city’s economy. His main job is at the consulting firm NW Business Intelligence Group.


Lawrence John Faulk (MPA), Steilacoom, was appointed to the board of directors of ICP Solar Technologies Inc., a solar power company. A former Washington state senator, he worked as a Boeing marketing executive and headed a number of nonprofit and government agencies. He is a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and most recently served as director of EPOD Solar Inc.


Akagi Masaaki, Tokyo, Japan, is a senior counselor for the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), which promotes and provides support for internationalization in Japan.

Ghost Horse by Susan Obermeyer Strauss

Ghost Horse by Susan Obermeyer Strauss.

Susan Obermeyer Strauss, Carbondale, Colo., had a solo show in New York City’s A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery in February. She studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and has a studio near Carbondale. Her work is collected internationally.


Cynthia Gaub, Everett, was named 2009 Middle School Art Educator of the Year by the Washington State Art Education Association. She teaches art and technology at North Middle School in the Everett School District.


Robin Echtle, Tacoma, is Tacoma Community College Foundation’s associate vice president for development and foundation executive director.

Linnea Tobias Painting

Painting by Linnea Tobias.

Linnea Tobias, Arcata, Calif., was a featured artist at the Arcata Artisans Gallery in February. She studied painting, art history and printmaking at Humboldt State University and The Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Paros, Greece.

Tom Zahn, Prague, Czech Republic, is self-employed and continues storytelling, along with his wife, Marie, and three children. In honor of the Olympia Storytellers Guild, they now host Story Swap in Prague, where Greeners are always welcome.


Todd Babcock, Sedro-Woolley, has a son and works for Janicki Industries in Sedro-Woolley. He has 15 years of experience in training and teaching English as a Foreign Language, including in France and Thailand.

Steve Booth, Delta, B.C., is a wildlife biologist, wilderness guide and science educator. He spent the last 20 years exploring the planet while organizing and leading expeditions. His travels have taken him to Africa, Southeast Asia, China, Australia and the Americas.

Shelby Edwards, Seattle, is a business continuity manager for PEMCO in Seattle.


Wendy Albert, Las Vegas, Nev., is senior director of marketing at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, where she handles advertising, public relations, consumer outreach and promotions. She has worked in the marketing divisions of nine West Coast shopping centers. She made her initial foray into the shopping center industry as a student intern nearly 20 years ago.

Thomas Krueger, Gorizia, Italy, is a happy father to daughter, Chiara. He lives near the Slovenian border and is learning to ski.


Clare Conry-Murray, Ambridge, Pa., an assistant professor of psychology at Penn State Beaver, wrote “Adolescent and Adult Reasoning About Gender Roles and Fairness in Benin, West Africa,” which appeared in the journal, Cognitive Development. She earned her doctorate in human development and education from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s in secondary education from Boston College.

Jenna Efrein, Spring Glen, N.Y., earned an M.F.A. in sculpture/dimensional studies with a focus on glass from Alfred University. She has worked with glass since 1989 and teaches the art of glassblowing at Hudson Beach Glass in Beacon, N.Y.

Ian Hanna, Port Townsend, was named director of development for the Forest Stewardship Council-US (FSC-US) in January. He formerly served as director of Northwest Certified Forestry and was a board member of FSC-US.

Anna Matzinger, Dayton, Ore., Archery Summit Winery’s winemaker, had her 2006 Red Hills Estate Pinot Noir named the No. 1 Wine in Oregon out of more than 650 wines by Portland Monthly magazine last September.

Sunny Mulholland, Seattle, will add five members to her family this year. She gained three stepchildren, Alyssa, John and Chessa, when she married Bret Mulholland in January, and they are expecting their first grandchild in May. She has two sons, 10-year-old Eli and 8-year-old Max, and works for a local magazine distributor.


Photo of Steve House

Steve House.

Steve House, Terrebonne, Ore., had his first book, Beyond the Mountain, published by Patagonia Books in September. It won the 2009 Boardman Tasker Prize and the 2009 Banff Mountain Book Festival’s Best Book award for mountain literature.

Scot McQueen, Olympia, is applied technology manager for GeoEngineers of Tacoma, where he leads the business unit to help clients achieve their goals through the use of technology such as GIS, mobile devices and websites.

Kristyl (Mathews) Smith, San Antonio, Texas, manages the City of San Antonio’s Edwards Aquifer Protection Program. A graduate of the University of Colorado Law School, she has overseen the purchase of development rights on more than 61,000 acres of sensitive land. She and her husband have two sons, ages 2 and 4.


Hilary Adams, New York, N.Y., is assistant- directing the Broadway play Collected Stories, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies. The play, which opened April 28 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, stars Tony Award-winning actress Linda Lavin and is directed by Lynne Meadow.

Theresa Koppang (MES), Portland, Ore., was invited to speak at conferences in Italy and Mexico about her work for the King County green building program she managed until 2006. She currently manages Washington County’s solid waste and recycling program.

Julia Metzker, Jonesboro, Ga., is an associate professor of chemistry at Georgia College and State University. A 2008-09 Fulbright Scholar, she earned a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Arizona in 2001.


Cara Lynn Kleid Artwork

Artwork by Cara Lynn Kleid.

Cara Lynn Kleid, Pittsburgh, Pa., is an artist, graphic designer and instructor. She studied at the School for Visual Arts, Cooper Union and the Art Students League of New York, and has exhibited her work in Seattle, New York City and Pittsburgh.

Photo of Grady Williamson

Grady Williamson.

Grady Williamson, Austin, Texas, became an associate at Davis & Wilkerson, an Austin law firm. She has worked for more than 10 years in the legal field, initially as a paralegal and more recently as an attorney at the Attorney General’s Office and Travis County Civil Courts. She received her J.D. from St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio in 2005.


Adam Fenster, Bothell, head coach of Bellevue College’s men’s soccer team, was named Coach of the Year by the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC). A varsity soccer player at Evergreen, he has played with the Virginia A-League Pro Team and men’s league teams in Washington state and Washington, D.C.

Zombies by Don Roff

Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection by Don Roff

Don Roff, Seattle, released his eighth book, Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection (Chronicle Books), in October. He has written, directed and produced in the horror genre, including the 2005 film In the Weird World of Mushroom Madness and the book True Scary Stories. In 2006, he received the Zola Award for screenwriting from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.


Adam Gallardo - 100 Girls

100 Girls by Adam Gallardo

Adam Gallardo, Salem, Ore., began writing comic books in 2003 and has published Star Wars Infinities: Return of the Jedi (Dark Horse Comics, 2004); the series 100 Girls (Arcana Studio); Gear School (Dark Horse Comics, 2007); and a collection of the entire 100 Girls series (Simon & Schuster’s teen imprint, Simon Pulse, 2008).

Marisa Meltzer - Girl Power

Girl Power by Marisa Meltzer

Marisa Meltzer, Brooklyn, N.Y., published Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music (Faber and Faber, February 2010), which she frames around the riot grrrl movement. A freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and other publications, Marisa co-authored How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of all Time.


Stephen Collins, Moscow, Russia, has been a research editor with UniCredit Securities for the past five years.

Kate (Michaelis) Mejaski, Indianapolis, Ind., is owner and photographer of This Little Light Photography, a 2010 winner in The Knot “Best of Weddings” photography category. Her work has been showcased in several publications. She has three sons and is extremely active in her community.

Elizabeth Switaj, Belfast, Northern Ireland, an editorial assistant at Irish Pages, is an editorial board member of Gender Across Borders, a global feminist blog. She is working on a dissertation on James Joyce, whose works she recently presented on at the Third James Joyce Postgraduate Conference and at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900.


Anthony Airhart, Hoquiam, is executive director of Coastal Harvest, which distributes food to 40 food banks, five feeding programs, four senior centers and five tribal centers.

Carter Hick, Olympia, is an attorney with Connolly, Tacon & Merserve. A graduate of Willamette University College of Law, he returned to Olympia as an attorney with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office representing the Department of Labor & Industries. A member of the Morningside board of trustees, he continues to race bicycles, surf and snowboard.

Amy Lathrop (Preuett), Seattle, is a publicist and social media director with Litfuse Publicity Group.

Keaton Simons cover

Can You Hear Me, a debut album by Keaton Simons.

Keaton Simons, Studio City, Calif., had his debut album, Can You Hear Me, released on CBS Records in 2008. Keaton was musical director for the L.A. rap group Pharcyde and has worked with other notable hip-hop acts, including the Black Eyed Peas, Medusa and Snoop Dogg, with whom he performed on The Tonight Show.


Cindy Fields, Seattle, is a project manager for Frontier Global Sciences.

Kakuta Ole Maimai Hamisi, Bellevue, founded the Maasai Association to preserve and celebrate his native Maasai cultural heritage. He earned his master’s in sustainable development at the School for International Training in Vermont. He returned to Merrueshi in south Kenya’s Maasai region, where he has worked to create schools and a health center and do other community development work.

Callie Shanafelt, Oakland, Calif., is enrolled in the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism following eight years of producing a Seattle-area radio show called “Voices of Diversity.”


Amy Enser

Amy J. Enser

Amy J. Enser, Seattle, a freelance film editor, owns Higher Ames Productions, specializing in documentary filmmaking. Her film, Ars Magna, about a Seattle man’s talent for anagrams, was nominated for an Emmy last year. She recently edited and co-directed Walk Right In, a documentary about an experimental summer high school in 1968.

Krystal Kyer, Bellevue, conservation coordinator of the Tahoma Audubon Society, was appointed commissioner to the five-member Metro Parks Tacoma board. She served on the Titlow Park Steering Committee and a City of Tacoma Open Space Agency management team. She has two daughters, ages five and ten.

Saoirse McCaig (Valparaiso), Washington, D.C., is a development officer at the nonprofit College Success Foundation, which provides college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, high-potential students.

Katherine Mahoney, Olympia, is the newest member of The Olympian newspaper’s editorial board. Since graduating from Evergreen, she started a family, owned and operated Clubside Café, and served as chair of the Parking and Business Improvement Area advisory board to the Olympia City Council.

Alissa Nielsen, Portland, is a short-fiction writer and editor. Her work has appeared in The Raven Chronicles, Ellipsis and Slightly West. She studied literature and writing at Charles University in Prague and earned an M.F.A. from Pacific University. She is working on a collection of short stories.

Joshua Petker, Los Angeles, Calif., is pursuing a career as a fine artist after studying at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence. His paintings have been exhibited internationally and are included in numerous private collections.


Kevin Mitchell, Evanston, Ill., completed his master’s in the science of education at Northwestern University and teaches fifth grade at Chicago’s Erie Elementary Charter School.


Daysha Eaton, Los Angeles, Calif., traveled to Vietnam in January with the Seattle-based nonprofit PeaceTrees Vietnam to report about the legacy of war and land mines. In February, her story, “War still a way of life,” was published in Thanh Nien, an influential Vietnamese newspaper. Daysha earned her master’s in specialized journalism from the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism.

Lynne Jordan, Seattle, is development and outreach associate for the PCC Farmland Trust, which secures, preserves and stewards threatened farmland in the Northwest. She recently served as campaign director at EarthShare Washington, a workplace giving coalition of conservation organizations.

Eliot Logan-Hines, Austin, Texas, is enrolled in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.


Kelly Boston, Shelton, is vocational rehabilitation product manager for Alliance Enterprises, a provider of case management software for vocational rehabilitation agencies. Previously, she was the planning and program evaluation administrator for Washington State Department of Social & Health Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

James Carnahan, Haines, Alaska, is the new tribal administrator for the Chilkoot Indian Association in Haines. Jim and his wife have six children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is a licensed pilot, certified SCUBA diver and snow skier.

Robert Cleveland, North Bend, is a substance and chemical abuse counselor at Echo Glen Children’s Center, a youth correctional facility in Snoqualmie.

Amanda Petersen, Portland, Ore., is a project specialist for the nonprofit Oregon Technical Assistance Corporation, which promotes full participation in community life for individuals with disabilities, seniors and their families through training and technical assistance. She is developing a website to help cancer survivors use person-centered planning tools during and after treatment.

Tom Sleigh - Spacewalk

Space Walk by Tom Sleigh

Tom Sleigh, Brooklyn, N.Y., is the program director and senior poet of Hunter College’s MFA Creative Writing program. He earned an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University. His published work includes Space Walk (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), winner of the '08 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.


Kyle Contris, Olympia, runs ConCreations, which creates artistic, eco-friendly concrete counters using recycled materials such as glass, metal and shells.

Jaimie Terada, Seattle, earned her master’s in visual art and teaches mosaics, ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting to K-12 students. She has had several solo art shows.


Julia Anderson (MIT), Mount Vernon, taught at Independence High School for the past two years. She is now co-director of BeAcademy, a private K-12 alternative satellite school of the Alger Learning Center.


Hannah Elizabeth Steinweg (MPA), Olympia, is development manager of Olympia’s Hands On Children’s Museum.


Emma Stock, Olympia, interns for U.S. Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota. She is interested in policymaking in the areas of health, environment, energy and labor.

Casey Caronna, Olympia, is working on an M.A. at Goddard College, focusing on social studies licensure. His wife is a nurse in the Providence system.