Class Notes


A picture of the cover for the book Waiting for Peace

Waiting for Peace, by Karen Berkey Huntsberger.

Karen Berkey Huntsberger, McMinnville, Ore., has written Waiting for Peace, a book that presents the journals and correspondence of her father, Richard Berkey, a combat medic during WWII. His journals reveal a sober and reflective young man, while his letters home are filled with humor and tenderness. The voices of Richard’s family and friends intertwine with his own, framing a portrait of an American family during the defining event of the 20th century. For more information, see


Steven Baris, Havertown, Pa., had his artwork featured in the Pentimenti Gallery in the exhibition “The Smoothest of All Possible Space,” which drew influence from distribution centers on the fringes of cities. Steven received an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and has studied at Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Tommy Farrell, Littlerock, Ark., is a furniture designer and owner of Tommy Farrell Custom Furniture. His work was featured in a Sept. 3 article in the Arkansas Times and his designs can be viewed at


Russell Flemming, Everett, who retired in 2010 after a 26-year career in the U.S. Army as a colonel, has joined the Peace Corps. Russell will serve 24 months in Namibia teaching English and HIV/AIDS prevention.


Joanna Charnas, San Diego, Calif., authored Living Well with Chronic Illness, a self-help guide for anyone living with chronic illness. Joanna has worked for 26 years as a licensed clinical social worker after receiving her master’s degree from Boston University School of Social Work.


A picture of the cover for the The House at 844 and 1/2

The House at 844½by Elizabeth Johnson Lee

Elizabeth Johnson Lee, Palo Alto, Calif., published The House at 844½, a realistic fantasy about a witch and her son who both have Tourette syndrome. A licensed marriage and family therapist, Elizabeth’s articles have been published in both local and national publications including USA Today. She has been married for 20 years and has two children, two hyperactive dogs, and a neurotic cat.


Daniel Knutson-Bradac, Olympia, was appointed interim CIO of the Department of Social and Health Services. After retirement, he plans to work full time on his applied improvisation company, the YesAnd Conspiracy, located in Olympia.


Cliff Missen, Chapel Hill, N.C., is a clinical associate professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina. Missen splits his time between the U.S., Africa, and India, training information professionals. In April, Cliff’s nonprofit WiderNet Project ( celebrated 1,000 installations of their eGranary Digital Library, an off-line education server for people in underserved areas of the world.


Robin Paris, Nashville, Tenn., is an associate professor at Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film and volunteers to teach a class called “Art and Philosophy” to death row inmates. The work includes exhibitions with the prisoners, artists, and students that emphasize reciprocal education in order to make their stories—and the stories of justice in America—available to the public. Robin and her colleagues submitted to the Unsolicited Proposal Program at Apexart in NYC last year and had the winning exhibition. For more information, visit


Kathryn Ramey

Kathryn Ramey

Kathryn Ramey, Roslindale, Mass., is an associate professor in Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College and authored “Experimental Filmmaking: BREAK THE MACHINE.” Kathryn is also an award-winning filmmaker.


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Crossing Swords: Mary Baker Eddy vs. Victoria Claflin Woodhull and the Battle for the Soul of Marriageby Cindy Peyser Safronoff

Cindy Peyser Safronoff, Greenbank, Wash., published Crossing Swords: Mary Baker Eddy vs. Victoria Claflin Woodhull and the Battle for the Soul of Marriage, a literary historical drama about two 19th-century women’s rights advocates portraying two examples of female power—one religious, one political—that were both overlooked in American history. The women held highly influential, opposing viewpoints on the implications for the institution of marriage and female empowerment.


Matt Neckers, Eden Mills, Vt., created the Vermont Museum of Contemporary Art + Design to host a “faux” art show, as both commentary on the falseness of the art world and as a chance for local artists to display their work.

Portrait of Robert Danielle

Robert Danielle

Robert Danielle, Seattle, successfully defended his dissertation, Narratives of Professionals Transitioning From Non-Academia to Higher Education Leadership Positions at For-Profit Institutions on July 9. He earned his doctorate from Benedictine University (Lisle, Ill.), Doctor of Education, Higher Education and Organizational Change. Robert is the dean of academic affairs and interim metro campus president at DeVry University.

Theresa Holland-Schmid MiT, Indianola, Wash., was the Olympic ESD 114 Regional Teacher of the Year. She teaches in the North Kitsap School District at Kingston High School.

Todd Crosby, Seattle, was appointed president of UFCW 21, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.


Alexandria Haas MiT (BA ’92), Seattle, has been named principal of McMicken Heights Elementary in the Highline School District.

Wayne Au MiT, Seattle, delivered remarks on July 29 at the Schools-to-Prisons Pipeline: Educate, Not Criminalize Our Youth community forum, which was held in response to the closing of alternative school Middle College at High Point. He was also the keynote speaker for an event hosted by the Economic and Social Research Council in Newcastle, England. Wayne is an associate professor at the University of Washington Bothell, where he received the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2007.


Colleen (Johnson) Kroe, Bellevue, and her husband Gunter returned to the Seattle area in February after living in Oslo, Norway since 2010. While abroad, they traveled extensively and also welcomed their twins Jackson and Josephine into the world. Colleen began her master’s in ecology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences while in Norway and plans to complete it by May 2016.

Shauna Heath MiT (BA ’92), Seattle, is Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Seattle Public Schools.


Stephen Buckman, Tampa, Fla., completed a PhD in urban geography from Arizona State University and a two-year post-doc at the University of Michigan researching the resiliency of Great Lakes communities. He is now an assistant professor of urban planning at the University of South Florida. At USF Stephen will continue his work on community resiliency and sustainable built form.


Portrait of Rebecca Pearl-Martinez

Rebecca Pearl-Martinez

Rebecca (Reb) Pearl-Martinez, Arlington, Mass., became research fellow and head of the Renewable Equity Project on women’s advancement in clean energy, an initiative of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at the Fletcher School for International Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.


Chelsea Snow, Portland, Ore., owns Bricolage—a store, gallery, and workspace in Boise, Idaho that specializes in independent craft and design. She also founded Feast Boise, a biannual crowd-sourcing dinner event that supports artists through micro-grants. Chelsea has two children and is relocating to Portland where she’ll pursue an MFA in applied craft and design at OCAC/PNCA.

Justin McIntosh, Austin, Texas, recently completed a PhD in documentary and descriptive linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. He worked on a community-centered language documentation project of the Chatino languages of the Otomanguean linguistic stock of Mesoamerica. His dissertation, Aspects of Phonology and Morphology of Teotepec Eastern Chatino, is a grammatical description of one of the varieties of Eastern Chatino and includes a description of the elaborate tone system that this language employs as part of its grammar. “This project was, in a way, born at Evergreen. My research team consisted of six graduate students, including Emiliana Cruz and Hilaria Cruz, Greener alums who speak Quiahije Chatino… We all completed major language documentation projects on the highly endangered Chatino languages as part of our PhDs.”


Allison Williams, Asheville, N.C., is owner of May Bell Music, which offers music lessons in addition to instrument sales and repairs. Allison has also worked as a touring musician and sound engineer.

Ashley Rupp MiT, Olympia, is the art teacher at Evergreen Forest Elementary in the North Thurston School District.

Dianne Dupuis MPA, Centralia, became a member of the International Nurses Association, announced in their publication Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. She specializes in mental health care and caring for young boys.


Nora Hallett MiT, Olympia, was awarded 2014 Teacher of the Year by the Washington Association for Language Teaching. Nora is the World Languages Department head at Timberline High School.


Heather McCarthy MiT, Olympia, is the new assistant principal at Lakes Elementary in the North Thurston School District.

Vanessa Banner MiT, Seattle, has been selected as the new principal for Technology, Engineering and Communications (TEC) High School in the Highline School District.


Emily Dilling, San Jose, Calif., has written her first book, My Paris Market Cookbook: A Culinary Tour of French Flavors and Seasonal Recipes, published by Skyhorse Publishing on Sept. 1. The book takes readers on a tour of Paris’s growing artisanal and craft food scene and includes recipes inspired by local producers and artisans.

Portrait of Karin Kraft

Karin Kraft MES, Olympia, has been appointed by the Humane Society of the U.S. to serve on its newly formed HSUS Pacific Northwest Agriculture Advisory Council. Karin and her husband Gene run Iron Horse Farm, where they raise Kunekune pigs from New Zealand, Nigerian Dwarf goats, and a mixed flock of ducks, treating each animal with kindness and respect.

Tara Chestnut MES (BS ’96), Olympia area, recently started a position with the National Park Service as an ecologist at Mount Rainier National Park. In March she completed a PhD from Oregon State University studying the ecology of the amphibian chytrid fungus in wetlands, a pathogen implicated in global amphibian declines. Tara also serves as the chair of the Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology’s student scholarship program.


Elisabeth Rene Avnet (Wakcher) MiT (BA ’03), San Francisco, Calif., has been awarded the 2015 Herbst Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.

Mindy Watson (Cinqmars) MiT (BA ’03), Olympia, is the new assistant principal at Mountain View Elementary School. She was formerly an administrator at Nelson Elementary in the Bethel School District.


Fan Huang, Snohomish, is a film executive at Village Roadshow Pictures Asia in Beijing, China. He works on developing and marketing Chinese feature films that combine the best of local and international talent, including Mountain Cry, which was selected as the closing film at the 20th Busan International Film Festival in Busan, South Korea.


Rich Coker MiT, Burien, Wash., is teaching with MiT alumni Joe Boyer and Kelly Ann Smith at Burien’s Health and Humanities Services High School.

Tobi Vail, Olympia, was featured in a Sept. 16 Music News & Reviews interview in The Olympian, discussing the history of original riot grrrl band Bikini Kill and the re-releasing of ’91 demo-tape “Revolution Girl Style Now.” Tobi works at Bikini Kill Records, co-owned with fellow band members, including alumni Kathleen Hanna ’91 and Kathi Wilcox ’91.


Cindel Tobias MiT, Olympia, won the 2015 PK-12 Distinguished Educator of the Year Award from Evergreen. Cindel teaches mathematics at Olympia High School in the Olympia School District.

Joanna Tovar Barnes MiT, Olympia, received the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for K-12 teachers to study in Madrid, Spain last summer.


Portrait of Alicia LeDuc

Alicia LeDuc MPA

Alicia LeDuc MPA, Portland, Ore., was selected as a public interest law fellow working in-house in the legal department at Mercy Corps’ global headquarters. Using her legal research and policy analysis skills developed through the MPA program, she supports the in-house counsel and agency leadership to develop and support humanitarian and disaster relief programs in more than 40 countries worldwide. “It is a competitive position and truly an honor to serve in this capacity with such a highly regarded NGO. Thank you, Evergreen, for the knowledge, skills, and ability to make it happen!”

David Hunter MiT (BA ’09), Seattle, was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Support for Geographic Education Award from the National Council for Geographic Education for his “Zombie Based Learning.”

Portrait of Keith Driscoll

Keith Driscoll MED (BA ‘01)

Keith Driscoll MED (BA ‘01), Salem, Ill., wrote Transformed: From Ghetto To Glory—The Life You Can Live. Keith earned his PhD from Sheffield University and before his academic counseling career attended the Memphis School of Preaching. He serves full-time as minister with Salem Church and is a professional behavior profiler and counselor working with school districts in Texas, Arkansas, Puerto Rico, and Illinois.

Orin Hardy, Bali, Indonesia, was featured in an Aug. 10 “Meet the Modern Farmers” article on in recognition of his agricultural work. Orin leases two acres to supply a school with produce and also hosts farming workshops.


Giselle Garcia, Chicago, Ill., worked as a butterfly genomics laboratory technician for two years, then was accepted to the PhD program in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. She started her second year this fall, and plans to study cis-regulatory evolution of Hox genes in Diptera (flies) in the Schmidt-Ott lab.

Joe Boyer MiT, Yelm, Wash., is teaching with MiT alumni Kelly Ann Smith and Rich Coker at the Health and Humanities Services High School in Burien.

Kasinda Starmer MiT (BA ’08), Tumwater, was awarded Teacher of the Year for Chinook Middle School in the North Thurston Public Schools.

Nikki Dunbar MiT, Seattle, was presented with The Ducky Award in May by Highline School District for “going above and beyond to advance Highline’s promise of knowing every student by name, strength, and need.” She teaches language arts at Pacific Middle School.


Portrait of Candra Grimm

Candra Grimm

Candra Grimm, Aberdeen, Wash. is working as a forest policy assistant with the Washington Forest Protection Association. Her aunt, Sunde Chaney, earned her BA from Evergreen in 2001 and served as an inspiration for Candra to attend Evergreen.

Eric Evans MiT, Castle Rock, Wash., contributes to his town and received a special award for “Best Program for Engaging Youth in the Community.” The award was based on several factors, including Castle Rock High School’s greenhouse management class, for which Eric is an instructor.

Hoyle Hodges, Olympia, is a partner in the Olympia Schooner Company, based in Union, Wash. The company provides charter, day-sailing, and delivery services in South Puget Sound.

Kelly Ann Smith MiT, Burien, Wash., is teaching with MiT alumni Joe Boyer and Rich Coker at Burien’s Health and Humanities Services High School.

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