Class Notes—Winter 2020
Mark Stevens, Sheridan, Wyo., is retiring and moving to Mexico after 45 years in education and education technology. During his long career, Mark served as a school counselor at Central Kitsap School District and with the Department of Defense school system in Korea, along with executive management positions at Macmillan McGraw-Hill School Publishing, Josten Learning, and CNN/Turner Learning.
Judith Prest, Duanesburg, NY, had a poetry book published in May. After is Judith’s #MeToo manifesto and is dedicated to every woman who has survived trauma and discovered her own resilience. She lives with husband, Alan Krieger ‘75, and leads recovery writing and expressive arts groups at New Choices Recovery Center in Schenectady, NY.
Marlene Arata, Centralia, quietly celebrated fifty years as owner and operator of Dell’s Children’s Center. She dreams of retiring from childcare, but not before finding a new owner for her children’s center.
Knute Berger, Seattle, is Crosscut’s editor at-large and host of the Mossback’s Northwest TV series on KCTS-9 (he served as editor of the Cooper Point Journal during his time at Evergreen). A recent episode examined the 1974 disappearance of an Evergreen student and the terrible nightmare of Ted Bundy. Knute is also editor-at-large for Seattle Magazine. He’s also written two books, Pugetopolis, and Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle.
Eric Holt-Gimenez, Oviedo, Fla., is an agro-ecologist, political economist, lecturer, and author. His book, Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism: Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat, reveals the link between capitalism, poverty, and hunger. Executive director of Food First since 2006, he also wrote Campesino a Campesino and co-authored Food Rebellions!
Steven Layton, Houston, Texas, is a composer and performer of electronic/electroacoustic music released through the NiwoSound label. He ran an improv message board for musicians around the world to share tracks which Layton would then mix and compile into playlists. He also serves as editor of Sequenza21.com, a site devoted to contemporary classical music and living composers.
John Gresham Beauchamp, Seattle, lectures on The History of Computer Animation to graduate students at the University of Latvia. He previously was a business applications computer consultant with such firms as IBM, Microsoft, Continental Insurance, and as a senior analyst with KPMG and DOJ/INS in Washington, DC.
Catherine Johnson, Vashon, is a Sarton Women’s Book award winner for Finding Mercy in This World. Her 2018 memoir recounts her journey of guilt, grief, and eventual forgiveness after a tragic car accident that claimed the life of her friend.
Chris Baggott, Greenfield, Ind., established business software successes ExactTarget and Compendium Blogware. He founded Tyner Pond Farm in 2010, where he advocates for progressive farming practices in a traditional community. He attempted to get locally-produced food to supermarkets with his start-up with Nick Carter, Husk, in 2013. His latest venture ClusterTruck—an algorithm-powered food delivery service—is putting ethics in the front seat and treating drivers with dignity in Indianapolis.
Mikiko Amagai, Seattle, a CAD (computer-aided design) Operator at Sazan Group, designed a booth for a Japanese law firm at the 140th International Trademark Association’s meeting at the Wash. State Convention Center, reminiscent of Olympia-Yashiro Japanese Garden, which Mikiko worked on as part of their senior project while at Evergreen.
William Earl Ray, Round Rock, Texas, kicked off the Artists Reperatory Theater’s 2018–19 season directing Domninque Morissieau’s Skeleton Crew.
Kurt Batdorf, Mount Vernon, is communications specialist for Sno-Isle Libraries in Marysville. He and his wife Christine are working on a million-dollar house they barged from Seattle to their Skagit County property.
Michael Hardison, Yucaipia, Calif., a fine art photographer, had his work displayed in an exhibit, This Beautiful City, at the Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino.
Robin Echtle, Tacoma, is executive director of Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community Foundation, and was elected Treasurer of Tacoma Rotary 8. Robin is married to Ed Echtle ’97.
Margaret Lynn Hammond, Normandy Park, graduated from WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She tells us, “In my 25 years of clinical practice it has been the ability to learn, and figure out how to learn, that has kept me fascinated and excited by medicine. I wouldn’t have had that if I hadn’t studied at Evergreen.”
Janette Rosebrook, Bellingham, graduated with a MFA degree in creative writing from the University of British Columbia in May.
Rebecca Bloom, Seattle, has an art therapy practice, Bloom Counseling. Her third book, Vicarious Trauma Illustrated is filled with her watercolor illustrations.
Kimberly Boyd, Oceanside, Calif., a special education teacher for 18 years, has written a children’s book about a child with autism, Ursula Unger, Obviously.
Steve Ganey MES, Portland, Ore., is senior director for marine conservation and fisheries for The Pew Charitable Trusts. His team works on ways to stem biodiversity loss, safeguard coastal habitats worldwide, and is in the final stretch of a long-term strategic project to protect one billion acres of forest in Canada. His conservation career kicked off with his work on the 1995 campaign to reform the Magnuson-Stevens Act to protect coastal habitats.
Cameron Combs, Olympia, is president of the Board of Directors of Pizza Klatch, a nonprofit supporting LGBTQ youth in Thurston County schools. He contributed to the anthology Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity. He is also a senior systems integrator for the State Administrative Office of the Courts.
Steve Kirkland, Ojai, Calif., says the intensive amount of writing he did in his first program at Evergreen prepared him for a 20+ year career in endangered species conservation. Currently the field coordinator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service California Condor Recovery Program, Steve works toward a goal of one day seeing this iconic bird removed from the threatened and endangered species list.
Chad Rankin, Lancaster, Pa., a partner with Rankin & Gregory, tells us, “What I could not find at [two] previous colleges, I found at Evergreen—a supportive platform from which to launch my independent pursuit of learning.” He says, “I started my legal career dedicated to standing up for individuals against government entities and corporate America.“ Years later, his firm maintains those same goals.
Janice Langbehn MPA, Tacoma, who was awarded the Presidential Citizen’s Medal in 2011 for her work advocating for LGBTQ rights, earned her Juris Doctor degree at Seattle University School of Law. She practices Family Law and LGBTQ Family Law as an associate attorney at Lutz & Associates.
Joshua Porter, Sedro Woolley, a graduate program director for the North Cascades Institute, teaches field-based programs ranging from Alaska to Patagonia. He also teaches at Huxley College of the Environment at WWU and enjoys working with Greeners in the M.Ed. environmental professional residency program.
Stephen Tapert, Los Angeles, Calif., earned his MA from the University of Chicago and worked for eight years at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a museum researcher. His lavishly illustrated book, Best Actress: The History of Oscar-Winning Women, was published in October. He teaches film studies at the New York Film Academy in LA.
Anthony Nelson, Marshall, Va., is executive chef at farm-to-table Field & Main, listed near the top of Washingtonian's 100 Very Best Restaurants list in 2017 and 2018. He attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He has worked for restaurants in Arizona, Las Vegas, Nashville, and Virginia.
Candida Gonzalez, Minneapolis, Minn., a project lead and community organizer, runs Good Space Murals, a Minneapolis-based mural and arts consulting studio. She earned her M.Ed. at the University of Minnesota and has shown her commitment to community arts through her arts education work with Minneapolis Public Schools and community arts organizations.
Lyra Kilston, Sherman Oaks, Calif., published her first book, Sun Seekers: The Cure of California in February 2019. It examines three historical moments, exploring the myth of Southern California as a mecca of health and wellness.
Stephanie Bogdanich, Austin, Texas, graduated with a Master of Science in Learning Technologies (emphasis on Instructional Design), from the University of North Texas.
Eliot Logan Hines, Quinto, Ecuador, is executive director of Runa, providing tools and resources to Indigenous communities and working toward sustainable development in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Jeremiah Tuckett MiT ‘06, Olympia, teaches science and robotics at Timberline High School.
Patrick Domres MES, Covington, is a senior environmental scientist for Dewberry. He is responsible for working with the environmental management system, including auditing, gap assessments and project management. He worked on the environmental compliance assessment program for the Port of Seattle, the Port of Everett, and the Port of Los Angeles.
Gary Spelts, Olympia, organizes a Christmas Bags for the Homeless event to distribute supplies donated by local businesses. Gary also sells antique art, tea and coffee sets, and books online.
Cheetah Tchudi, Oroville, Calif., runs the 40-acre Turkey Tail Farm in Yankee Hill, and is thankful to report he survived the devastating Camp Fire.
Teresa Mosqueda MPA, Seattle, is a member of the Seattle City Council, a legislative and policy director for the state Labor Council, chair of the Healthy Washington Coalition, and a board member of the of Washington’s health exchange.
Maxwell Stolkin, Quito, Ecuador, is an artist and full-time professor of fine art at Universidad San Francisco de Quito and would be happy to establish an alumni circle for any Greeners who happen to be visiting, studying, or working in Ecuador.
Jenny Catchings, has lived in Seattle, Portland, Brooklyn, and now Austin, Texas. Communications manager at the University of Texas, she is working on her master’s at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs with a research focus on police and prison reform.
Stephanie (Calkins) Trevino MiT, Norwalk, Va., was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, where she teaches biology and global ecology.
Margarette Arthrell-Knezek, Tulsa, Okla., is the executive director and lead educator of Under the Canopy, LLC. She is a naturalist, writer, and community educator, teaching sustainability skills to children.
Ben Altenberg, Albuquerque, NM, is a producer for Readily Apparent Media. His first feature documentary The Shake-Up, dealing with the New Mexico’s behavioral health crisis, aired on PBS stations.
Nino Cipri, Enid, Okla., was awarded the Dzanc Short Story Collection prize for their collection of short stories, Homesick. Their novella Finna will be published by Tor-Com in 2020. They will teach a one-day workshop on writing horror fiction in Seattle’s Clarion West Writing Workshop.
Erin Genia MPA, West Medford, Mass., an award-winning conceptual artist, completed a Master of Science in Art, Culture & Technology at MIT. At the Venice Biennale her Acoustic Tipi featured Dakota symbology and interactive amplification of drumbeats as a call for unity to address climate change. She recently collaborated with another artist to create jewelry based on AI-generated imagery.
Tommy Schatz-Thompson, Portland, a fabricator, rigger, machinist, welder, model maker, and animator, currently works as a stop motion rigger at Laika.
Robin Tuckett MiT ’12, Olympia, teaches drama and CTE stagecraft at Timberline High in Lacey.
Korbett Mosesly MPA ’15, Tacoma, serves on the City of Tacoma’s Human Service Commission and Vision 2025 Advisory Committee, the American Leadership Forum Program Committee, and the Puyallup Watershed Initiative. He has provided consulting services for the City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood Council Program, Neighborhood Business District Program, and several independently run neighborhood councils. He works as the manager of Family Stability Initiatives for United Way of Pierce County.
Bobby Williams, Olympia, is the founder and director of The Bridge Music Project, a Thurston County-based nonprofit that uses music and songwriting workshops to empower at-risk youth
Jessica Bateman MPA (BA ’09), Olympia, is serving her second year on the Olympia City Council. A health policy analyst, she served on the Olympia Planning Commission, and the board of GRuB. She also served as the community impact director for United Way of Thurston County.
Amanda Carter, Curtis, is regulatory compliance specialist with Artemis, a leading enterprise cultivation management program. For more than ten years Amanda has worked with farmers, importers, and governments to bring safe, wholesome products to market.
Dever (Haffner-Ratliffe) Kuni, Olympia, completed her first year of the MBA at UW’s Foster School of Business. She also serves on the City of Olympia Utility Advisory Committee.
Ingrid Morais MiT, Shoreline, was awarded Outstanding Educator Award from the Washington State PTA. Ingrid, who is married to Nick Morais MiT ‘14, teaches at Finn Hill Middle School.
Jake Pirkkanen, Sudbury, Ontario, is a Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Post-Doctoral Fellow at Northern Ontario School of Medicine-Laurentian University. He earned his PhD in biomolecular sciences at Laurentian, where his dissertation focused on ionizing radiation exposure and cancer in a human hybrid cellular model. He is now a post-doctoral fellow researching the effects of natural background radiation within SNOLAB, a deep underground science laboratory 6,800 feet below the surface of the planet.
Melkorka Licea, Jersey City, N.J., former editor-in-chief for the Cooper Point Journal, is a full-time reporter-writer for the New York Post.
Georgia Ray, Seattle, is a part-time researcher with Wild-Animal Suffering Research, writing about animal welfare and existential risk, and helps run the Seattle Effective Altruists group.
Anthony Harding, Centralia, launched Sassy’s Exquisite, a coffee company. His passion for coffee (and animal rights) began at Evergreen in a program that traveled to Vietnam, where he tried kopi luwak—civet coffee. Last year he published his first book Tales of a Traveling Coffeepreneuer about his search for the world’s best coffee. He promotes awareness about fair wages for coffee pickers. His coffee is available at Book ‘n’ Brush in Chehalis and online.