About the Speakers

2017 Return to Evergreen Speakers
Portrait of Monica Alexander

Monica Alexander ’13


Monica began her career with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) in 1996 as a Trooper Cadet. She was commissioned as a WSP Trooper on May 1, 1998. Monica spent many years as a line trooper and sergeant working the South Seattle freeway. Currently Monica serves as the Captain of Government and Media Relations, where she is the legislative liaison for the WSP.

During Monica’s career she received numerous honors and awards including the Educational Excellence Award from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. In 2003, Monica was inducted into the Tacoma African American History Museum for her service to the community and her work with the WSP. In addition to her duties as a trooper, Monica was the traffic reporter for KOMO-TV for six years.

Monica is the first and only African American female to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain in the history of the WSP.

Session: Return to Evergreen-Tacoma Brunch

Portrait of Diana Arens

Diana Arens ’93, MPA ’15

Former KAOS Program Director, KAOS DJ, engineer

Diana Arens is a former Olympia Riot Grrrl, KAOS Radio Program Director (1992-93), host of Free Things Are Cool (1991-2008), all-ages show organizer, photographer, and audio engineer at Dub Narcotic and Yoyo studios. Diana coordinated live performances and conducted on-air interviews with hundreds of bands and people on KAOS (including Beck, Bikini Kill, The Blow, Steve Fisk, Crispin Glover, Heavens to Betsy, KARP, Lois, Mirah, Modest Mouse, Mount Eerie, Jonathan Richman & Tommy Larkin, Sandman, Scenic, Elliott Smith, Thrones, Witchypoo, and Howard Zinn), and engineered for radio shows (Color Outside the Lines with Michelle Noel; and Boy Meets Girl with Calvin Johnson). Diana recorded the Yoyo a Go Go festival (1994, 1997), the first Ladyfest in Olympia (2000), Homo a Go Go, and designed and built speakers still in use at Dub Narcotic Studio during the Evergreen course Audio in Media (1993).

Diana is a double Greener, graduating from Evergreen in 1993 with a BA in Political Science, Communications, and Psychology; and earning a Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Administration in 2015. While an undergrad, Diana was elected to serve on the Presidential Search Committee, resulting in the hiring of the first female college president in Washington State, Jane Jervis. Diana supported adults with autism and other disabilities to live in the community for more than twenty years. Diana currently works as a Senior Budget & Forecast Analyst, receiving awards for work with the Washington State Combined Fund Drive. In Spring 2017, Diana organized a 17-person Evergreen alumni panel at the Washington State History Museum in celebration of the A Revolution You Can Dance To: Indie Music in the Northwest exhibit. She lives in Olympia with her partner Claude, and their three cats.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Scott D. Baker

Scott D. Baker '77

Principal Consulting Arborist, Tree Solutions, Inc.

Scott Baker is a Registered Consulting Arborist and currently the principal consulting arborist with Tree Solutions Inc. in Seattle, Washington. Scott began his career as an arborist in New York in 1972, climbing trees and running a spray rig for a small tree service. Scott continued to work with trees while a student at Evergreen and owned a tree service in Olympia. More recently, Scott’s focus has been on advances in the field of biomechanics, the use of trees to support structures, and the use of technology in the field of arboriculture. As a speaker and trainer, Scott has presented talks and workshops all over North America.

Session: Exploring Evergreen's 1000-acre Wood

Portrait of Jessica Bateman

Jessica Bateman '09, MPA '12


Jessica is currently serving her second year on the Olympia City Council, where she belongs to the general government and finance committees. She is co-chair of The Home Fund, a coalition focused on passing a permanent supportive housing levy in Olympia, and was a proponent of Olympia becoming a sanctuary city. Before her election to the City Council, she served on the Olympia Planning Commission and the board of GRuB, a local nonprofit committed to empowering at-risk youth and low-income families. Jessica has over eight years of experience in the public and non-profit sector working in public policy, planning, and legislative affairs. She currently works as a health policy associate for the Washington Association of Community and Migrant Health Centers and has served as community impact director for The United Way of Thurston County, as a legislative aide, and community organizer. Jessica is a first-generation college student who began her post high school education at Green River Community College. She holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies.

Session: Engaging in Local Politics: An Interactive Community Conversation

Portrait of Detective Kim Bogucki

Detective Kim Bogucki

Seattle Police Department and co-foundER for the IF Project

Detective Kim Bogucki is the Co-founder of The IF Project, engaging current and former inmates of the Washington Department of Corrections to share intimate accounts of their experiences through writing and video diaries. This work creates a knowledge base that can educate communities and reduce the cycle of crime. A 28-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department, Kim has developed nationally replicated programs that create dialogue around issues of social justice between members of law enforcement and the communities they serve. Kim is a part of a gender-responsive initiative with the Washington State Department of Corrections. She serves as officer liaison to the LGBTQ Advisory Council and East African Community. Kim also serves on the Governor’s Reentry Task Force and the Governor’s Task Force on Ending Youth Homelessness.

Session: Convicts & Caring: Changing Paths and What Public Servants Need to Know

Portrait of George Bridges

President George Bridges

The Evergreen State College

George Bridges came to Evergreen after serving for ten years as president of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He previously served as Dean and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at the University of Washington, where he also served as Professor of Sociology.

After earning his undergraduate degree in 1972 from the University of Washington, Dr. Bridges pursued his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. There he earned his M.A. in criminology and Ph.D. in sociology. Prior to pursuing an academic career full time, Dr. Bridges worked as a social scientist in the staff office of the Attorney General of the United States. In this capacity he assisted in the design and implementation of research programs on federal law and justice policy.

Over the course of his career Dr. Bridges has taught and lectured at many universities, holding faculty appointments at American University, University of Maryland, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Washington. He has testified numerous times before legislative bodies, including the U.S. Congress, the Washington State Legislature, and the U. S. Civil Rights Commission, primarily on subjects pertaining to legal policy and treatment of racial and ethnic minorities in the administration of criminal justice.

Dr. Bridges has received extensive recognition for his teaching and his scholarship. During his tenure at the University of Washington, he received six awards for excellence in teaching, including its most prestigious teaching prize, the Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the recipient of nearly 20 research grants and contracts from such prestigious national organizations as the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Justice, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and government agencies and commissions in Washington State. His research has sparked legal reforms in juvenile and criminal justice nationally and in Washington State. He has authored or co-authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles in leading professional journals, book chapters, government reports, and professional papers. He also has published several books, including Inequality, Crime and Social Control (with Martha Myers); the three-volume series Crime and Society (with Robert Crutchfield and Joseph Weis); and a book commissioned by the American Sociological Association, Teaching and Learning in Large Classes (with Scott Desmond). He also served as the Deputy Editor of Criminology, the leading journal in his area of specialization.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the College Success Foundation. He previously served on the Board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Independent Colleges of Washington, the Northwest Athletic Conference, and the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce

Session: Parent & Family Council Fall Meeting

Portrait of Michael Cade

Michael Cade

Executive Director, Thurston Economic Development Council

As Executive Director, Michael is responsible for the overall direction and management of the organization. Prior to being named Executive Director of the Thurston EDC in 2004, Michael served as the Vice-President of the Snohomish County Economic Development Council from 1992 – 2003. Michael’s career has spanned over 20 years in economic development with an emphasis on rural economic development strategies, business recruitment and attraction, community development, and community growth strategies. Michael currently serves on the boards of the following organizations and agencies: Thurston Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, Morningside, Thurston Regional Planning Council, and the Technical Advisory Committee for Foreign Trade Zone 216.

Michael has a degree in geography from Western Washington University.

Session: Launching Entrepreneurship @Evergreen

Portrait of Amira Joy Norte Caluya

Amira Joy Norte Caluya

LGBTQ Coordinator

Amira is a generation 1.5 Pilipinx immigrant/queer/trans/non-binary femme, and LGBTQ Coordinator of the Trans and Queer Center. They are thrilled to be here to celebrate and honor Evergreen’s LGBTQQIAA community, and continue deepening the path our community has paved for us. They completed their Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at Portland State University, and their Master’s in Social Work at University of Michigan, with a focus on social policy and evaluation. Their past experience includes campaigning for undocumented students’ equitable access to higher education in Oregon, and researching the impact of punitive attendance, suspension, and expulsion policies in K-12 schools in Michigan. Prior to working at Evergreen, they were the Program Co-Director at Stonewall Youth, in Olympia, WA, where they developed a youth/adult co-leadership model that ensured youth voices were the driving force of the decision-making process. In their spare time, Amira likes to read, sleep, and contemplate the big question: what could their majestic black cat Chac Balaam possibly be doing right now?

Session: Introducing the Trans and Queer Center

Portrait of Rebecca Chamberlain

Rebecca Chamberlain

Member of the Faculty

Rebecca Chamberlain earned a B.A. in English from Seattle Pacific University and an M.A. in English from the University of Washington. Her expertise is in comparative literature, writing, and oral narratives. A Northwest writer, storyteller, educator, and activist, her publications include poetry, essays, articles, research, and curricula. Her interdisciplinary work explores culture, language, and communications; folklore and mythology; astronomy and cosmology; natural history, environmental, and outdoor education; arts in education; and contemplative practices. She has published papers with Evergreen students on subjects as diverse as binary star research and citizen science, and with Salish elders on language, culture, and sustainability. Her poetry has been featured in international journals. Rebecca has been teaching at The Evergreen State College since 1996, and has served on the on the Board of Governors for The Evergreen State College since 2011.

Session: Just Mercy Seminar

Portrait of Daniel Cherniske

Daniel Cherniske '15

Food Systems Educator and Small Business Owner

Daniel Cherniske is the co-founder at Symbiotic Cycles LLC, an Olympia-based company dedicated to the application of regenerative food production through aquaponics. He is passionate about facilitating community growth and resilience. Daniel is currently working on Entimago, his insect farming project.

Session: Sustainable Living in the Northwest

Portrait of Domenica Clark

Domenica Clark '07

KAOS DJ, Hollow Earth Radio DJ

Domenica was a DJ on KAOS from 2003 to 2009, in addition to interning there with various departments. While living in Olympia, she coordinated the Olympia Experimental Music Festival for three years as well as working on Ladyfest 2005. After graduating from Evergreen in 2007, she continued her involvement with Seattle arts organizations, most notably at Hollow Earth Radio, where she held numerous positions, including Volunteer Coordinator, and served as a member of Board of Directors. In addition, she founded a radio show dedicated to teaching women how to DJ. She continues to DJ both at Hollow Earth Radio and at events in the Seattle area as a professional DJ.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Stephanie Coontz

Stephanie Coontz

Faculty Emerita

Stephanie Coontz is Director of Research and Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families as well as Faculty Emerita at The Evergreen State College. She has authored seven books on marriage and family life, including A Strange Stirring: ‘The Feminine Mystique’ and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s, The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap (with a revised and expanded edition released in 2016), and Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage, which was cited in the U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage equality. She also edited American Families: A Multicultural Reader. Coontz is a frequent guest columnist for the New York Times and CNN and has appeared on The Colbert Report, MSNBC's "The Cycle," The Today Show, PBS News Hour, Oprah Winfrey, Crossfire, 20/20, CBS This Morning, C-SPAN, and the O'Reilly Factor. She was recently awarded the Work-Family Legacy Award by the Families and Work Institute.

Session: Make American Great Again: How Myths About the Past Threaten Our Future

Portrait of Lisa David

Lisa David '01


Lisa David is cut from the cloth of the Renaissance. Her diverse skills allow her to lay claim to having literally made the plate her cooking rests upon. Originally hailing from the Glass Capital of the World, Toledo, Ohio, Lisa relocated from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest in order to earn a Bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College. After receiving her Bachelors degree with a focus on fine arts, she spent the next ten years teaching art to children and working as a studio ceramic artist. After cooking throughout her childhood in her parents' restaurant Lisa David made the decision to create a restaurant to satisfy her passion for cooking the food of her people. Along with her brother, she operates the Nineveh Assyrian food truck in downtown Olympia, Washington.

Session: Aspiring Entrepreneurship Workshop

Portrait of Arrington de Dionyso

Arrington de Dionyso '96

KAOS DJ, musician, artist

Arrington de Dionyso moved to Olympia from Eastern Washington in 1992 to study ethnomusicology and performance art at Evergreen. He is a founder of the Olympia Experimental Music Festival, and appears on dozens of albums with groups such as Old Time Relijun, Malaikat dan Singa, and This Saxophone Kills Fascists. A prolific visual artist as well as a musician, his drawings were featured prominently as fashion prints in the 2015 Men's Collection by Yves Saint Laurent.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Kathy A. Dockins

Kathy A. Dockins '89

Former KAOS Business Manager, KAOS DJ

Along with Evergreen, Kathy is also celebrating her 50th anniversary of existence this year! Beckoned by Evergreen as a high school senior, Kathy stuck with traditional programs her first two years at Evergreen (Great Books; Intro to Performing Arts). She subsequently converted a Business Management internship at KAOS into full-time employment for three more years before leaving the Evergreen State for the Golden State. She moved back to Washington in 1995.

Music and entertainment comprised Kathy’s first career, starting at KAOS and ending at Muzak (writing and voicing audio marketing scripts). After obtaining a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Seattle U, she worked in Police Records and Internal Affairs, and now conducts pre-employment background screenings for the (shudder) private sector.

In her spare time, Kathy enjoys walking, hiking, swimming, working on photo albums, reading and watching movies. She lives in Seattle with her two cats, Potter and Weasley.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Larry Eickstaedt

Larry Eickstaedt

Emeritus Faculty

Larry Eickstaedt grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa. He has earned degrees from Buena Vista College, University of Iowa, and obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Larry started his college teaching career at Moss Landing Marine Station and at the College at Old Westbury in New York. In 1970, he joined the Planning Faculty at The Evergreen State College. Larry taught in programs such as Environmental Design, Marine History and Crafts, Paradox of Progress, Reflections of Nature, and Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology. He has also served two terms as Academic Advisor, two terms as Faculty Reference Librarian, and one term as Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees. Following retirement, Larry started writing poetry and has published one book. He also began carving stone and has had his sculptures displayed at many shows. He has been blessed with a wonderful family, and was inspired by his grandchildren to build an artistic tree house in his back yard last year.

Session: Evergreen in the First Years: Stories, Rumors, Myth, Fact and Magic

Portrait of Susan Fiksdal

Susan Fiksdal

Member of the Faculty Emerita

Susan Fiksdal first came to Evergreen in 1973 with a M.A. in French from Middlebury College in Vermont. She taught Linguistics and French language classes, and later served as Academic Dean at Evergreen. After eight years of teaching, she had many questions about language and went on to study at the University of Michigan and received a Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1986. Her second book, A Guide to Teaching Seminars: Conversation, Identity, and Power, was published in 2014.

Session: Just Mercy Seminar

Portrait of Sascha Fischel-Freeman

Sascha Fischel-Freeman '11

Family and Student Support Coordinator, Shelton School District

Sascha Fischel-Freeman is the current Student and Family Support Coordinator/ Homeless Liaison of the Shelton School District. He has worked with working class communities and communities of color both in the US and internationally for the last 10 years focusing specifically on youth. Sascha is a 2011 graduate of the Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Arts focusing in Youth Development, Community Studies and Latin American Studies. Over the last 10 years, Sascha has spent 4 of them in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. In Barquisimeto, he worked with children and youth through several local organizations. Sascha did extensive work with youth groups comprised of inner city youth, organized summer camps for low-income children and coordinated teams of at-risk youth to work at a local urban food cooperative. In the 4 years that Sascha lived in Barquisimeto, he spent much of that time working with the Cecosesola cooperative network.

Sascha has worked in Shelton schools since 2013. He started as an Education Advocate working with homeless youth at 2 high schools, he then moved into the role of the Student and Family Support Coordinator for the School District where he coordinates the school district’s program for homeless students and families. He currently serves on the board of directors as the Vice-President of the Mason County HOST program and the board of the HOPE garden program. In his time in Shelton, he has focused on raising awareness among school staff and among the community about trauma informed practices and building alternatives to punitive disciplinary practices that disproportionately target low income students and students of color.

Session: Linking Theory to Practice: Evergreen's CCBLA

Portrait of Steve Fisk

Steve Fisk '82

Former KAOS DJ, musician, producer

Few people have as wide of a bandwidth as Steve Fisk. His background in analogue audio technology and synthesizers, music history, and production techniques, as well as his years in beats, looping, and programming—not to mention his two indie labels, use of “pre-surround” audio composition, and environmental work—provide a unique palate of skills to the artists and musicians he has worked with. A veteran of bands including Pell Mell, Halo Benders and Pigeonhed, Steve earned renown early on as a producer, helming sessions for many bands and musicians.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of John Ford

John Ford '97

Acting KAOS Ops Manager, KAOS DJ

I hail from Niagara Falls NY, tourist attraction and birthplace of Nabisco Shredded Wheat. In the 40 years I lived there before coming here, music always played a major role in my life.

My grandmother believed you couldn’t have too many books or LPs in the house; lunch was frequently accompanied by classical music. Golden age cartoons helped too, classical music being largely public domain… and don’t even get me started on the glory of Disney’s “Fantasia.”

In addition, during the fifties my Uncle Louis, fresh outta the service, was bringing home this music called Jazz, and it snuck into my head taking up a pleasant residency. Later, Al Wallack of WEBR AM 970 and the late John Hunt at WBFO 88.7FM kept me groovin' with their on-air presence... Bird & Diz kept me alive through the rigors of adolescence.

After high school, media remained a love, landing me in a local video store in the ‘80s. While there, the local paper would call each week asking about what movies were popular, what was coming soon, etc. One week, I told the editor I had to leave early for a sneak preview of Star Trek V. He said, “Want to write about it for us?”

Suddenly, I was a newspaper writer, doing book/movie/cd reviews, a weekly video column… and interviews. And I was smack in the middle of the arts again. I spoke with writers, scientists and LOTS of musicians/singers; from Cab Calloway to Rosemary Clooney to Ahmad Jamal…truly heaven for me.

A little up the road, a new TV cartoon had started… I didn’t think much of it at the time… but I agreed to interview the creator. His name- Matt Groening. The cartoon- The Simpsons. We had a great talk. He told me about the college he attended; it sounded crazy and fun. The school- The Evergreen State College.

Suddenly, I’m turning 40 and decide it’s time to get a college degree. I couldn’t decide where to go… when it HIT me – that crazy, fun place in Olympia. And so in 1993, I arrived at Evergreen. A wonderful fellow named Michael Huntsberger liked my writing and voice work. He was the General Manager at something called KAOS-fm. He came up to me at an Evergreen function and the following conversation ensued:

Michael: John, we have to get you into radio
Me: Why?
Michael: Because you’ll like it.
Me: Ummmm, OK…

He was right. I’ve been there ever since; hosting a Jazz show (John’s Place), doing News/Public Affairs shows (Monday’s edition of Capitol City Live - “Once More Into The Breach”)… I’ve held every position there except the General Manager. It’s been an interesting life; stay tuned.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of John Foster

John S. Foster '79

Former KAOS Librarian, Publisher OP Magazine

John S. Foster has been the program director at Mixx 96.1 KXXO, “The South Sound’s Music Mix(x),” since before the station first went on the air in 1990. A 1979 graduate of The Evergreen State College, he got his start in radio at the college’s station, KAOS, and formerly edited and published an indy music magazine, sang in a band, served in the Peace Corps in Senegal and the Solomon Islands, and worked at The Olympian. He and Dana Squires (’79) live with their youngest daughter and several pets in the Northeast Olympia neighborhood. He enjoys playing basketball, reading, listening to music (naturally), and rooting on the Seattle Storm and the Mariners.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Larry Geri

Larry Geri

Curriculum Dean

Larry Geri is a Curriculum Dean at Evergreen.  He has primarily taught in the MPA program, on a wide variety of topics.  He holds a doctorate in public administration from USC and is the co-author (with David McNabb) of Energy Policy in the US: Politics, Challenges and Prospects for Change.  In his spare time you’ll find him exploring the Cascades and Olympics with his wife Rachel Friedman.

Session: Aspiring Entrepreneurship Workshop, Launching Entrepreneurship @Evergreen

Portrait of John Goodmanson

John Goodmanson '90

Former KAOS DJ, Engineer/Producer

While a student at the Evergreen State College, John Goodmanson hosted a must-listen show on KAOS called The Toy Train Crash Backside Bone Beefcake show. He became KAOS Music Director, played with his band Dangermouse, and learned audio engineering theory at Evergreen. John had a life-changing experience seeing Fugazi play live in A Dorm at Evergreen, before the release of their first album. In April 1987, John and Donna Dresch had Nirvana (then Skid Row) play live on their KAOS radio shows, thereby recording Nirvana’s first demo.

John is currently a recording engineer, indie rock record producer, and mixer based in Seattle. He worked long hours at Music Source with longtime collaborator Steve Fisk ‘82, before opening John and Stu’s place with Stuart Hallerman ‘86. His first clients at John and Stu’s were Jeff Ament and Eddie Vedder, recording demos for Pearl Jam. He now freelances, and frequently travels to work with musicians. John is known for producing albums by Bikini Kill, Blonde Redhead, Goodness, The Gossip, Sleater-Kinney, Team Dresch, and Treepeople. He has also engineered and mixed projects for Hanson, Hazel, Low, Pavement, Pigeonhed, Soundgarden, and Wu Tang Clan.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Cynthia Goodwin

Cynthia Goodwin ‘80

Parent and Family Advisory Council Co-chair

Cynthia Goodwin, MSW, served as Director for the Department of Youth and Family Services since 2002. Prior to working with the city of Mercer Island she worked in nonprofit organizations focusing on residential and milieu treatment (1987-1995) and community-based treatment and prevention (1995-2002). Her professional background includes evidence based community social work and organization administration. Her focus has been working to address current and emerging needs of the local community within the framework of evidenced-based and trauma-informed treatment strategies.

Session: Parent & Family Council Fall Meeting

Portrait of Amy Gould

Amy Gould

Ph.D., member of the faculty, M.P.A. graduate program

Amy Gould is a full-time continuing faculty member at Evergreen and has taught here since 2005. Originally from San Diego, CA, she earned her B.A. in Planning, Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon, along with her M.S. in Public Affairs. While working as a public administrator in transportation in Flagstaff, AZ, she earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Arizona University. Her research and publications include topics about management and leadership, trust within public service, conformity, social differences, public policy, the Office of the U.S. President, religion, and gender studies.

Session: Convicts & Caring: Changing Paths and What Public Servants Need to Know

Portrait of Laura Grabhorn

Laura Grabhorn

Assistant Director, Longhouse

Laura Grabhorn is a member of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. She is from the Gaanax.ádi clan, and is the youngest daughter of Pearl Peratrovich of Klawock, Alaska. Laura has been working at the Longhouse as Assistant Director since 1999. From 1994-1999, she served as a Financial Aid counselor and Director of Student Employment. Before she came to The Evergreen State College, she worked in Multicultural Affairs at Kansas State University, and was the Assistant Dean of the University Graduate School at Indiana University-Bloomington. She has a Masters Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and a B.A. in Sociology from Indiana University.

Session: Engaging with Longhouse Arts and Artists

Portrait of Jami Heinricherr

Jami Heinricher ’91

Owner, The Sherwood Press

Jami Heinricher graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1991 with an emphasis in philosophy and history. She is owner of The Sherwood Press, an historic letterpress print shop and design studio in Olympia where she began volunteering in 1989. Jami inherited the business after 14 years of apprenticeship with founder Jocelyn Dohm. She continues today to design and print for the community while endeavoring to maintain and enhance the historic property.

Session: Hands on Fine Arts Printing Workshop

Portrait of Steven Hendricks

Steven Hendricks '97


Steven Hendricks is an Evergreen alumnus (’97) and has been a member of the Evergreen faculty since 2002. He teaches writing, literature, and book arts. His work has appeared in The Denver Quarterly (2000), Conjunctions(2001), Fold: The Reader (2002), and The Encyclopedia Project, Volume 3(Sidebrow, forthcoming). He earned his MFA in Writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. His novel, Little is Left to Tell, was first published by Starcherone Books in 2014 and is being republished now by Campanile Books.

Session: Hands on Fine Arts Printing Workshop

Portrait of Steve Herman

Steve Herman

Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Steve Herman is renowned in the worlds of science and natural history. He has a wealth of knowledge that he shares through teaching. Steve has inspired many aspiring student scientists to follow through with their goals. Although "retired," he continues to teach biology at The Evergreen State College.

Session: Exploring Evergreen's 1000-acre Wood

Portrait of Rhianna M. Hruska

Rhianna M. Hruska, MES '16


Rhianna is an Affiliate Researcher for Portland State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. From 2016-2017, she served as a gubernatorial appointee for Governor Inslee on The Evergreen State College’s Board of Trustees and was President of a nonpartisan nonprofit, the Washington Student Association. Rhianna received her Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2014. She graduated with a Master of Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College in 2016. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a Public and Nonprofit Administration concentration and an expected graduation date of June 2018.

Session: Engaging in Local Politics: An Interactive Community Conversation

Portrait of Michael Huntsberger

Michael Huntsberger '78

Former KAOS General Manager, KAOS DJ

Michael Huntsberger (Ph.D., University of Oregon) has worked as a manager, producer, engineer, and consultant in commercial, educational, public, and community media since 1980. He is the author of The Emergence of Community Radio in the United States; chapters in Community Radio in the 21st Century; The Palgrave Handbook of Global Radio; Digital Radio in Europe; and The Public in Public Media; articles in the Journal of Radio & Audio Media, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Media Education, and the Journal of Mass Media Ethics; and online content for the Public Radio News Directors Guide. His research focuses on public service media, mass media policy, and technology. He currently serves as Vice President of the Radio and Audio Media division of the Broadcast Education Association. He served as the General Manager at KAOS FM from 1981 to 2000.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Kirk Jones

Kirk Jones '93


Kirk Jones has worked with newspapers, assisted photographers at Portland's largest commercial studio, prepared custom printing for Pulitzer Prize winning photographer David Hume Kennerly, and worked freelance in Asia for 5 years. He has done professional work for Chubb Security, Indovina Bank, Coke, and Foster's Beer. His images have been published on CNN.com, BonAppetit.com, NYTimes.com, and most recently for the LA Times Travel Oregon print section. Currently he is producing a series of Gigapan images of the Northwest entitled NW Collection, as well as a continuing series of John James Audobon-inspired Cannabis flower images. The subjects he is most captivated with are how people live and specifically what our environments are like: the structure of our housing and how we co-exist. Recently Kirk has been fascinated with urban farming and the community that supports it, and has made a few trips into clear-cut areas to photograph logging and loggers as they work.

Session: Seeing Beyond Your Subject: Image Composition in the Mobile Age

Portrait of Dean Katz

Dean Katz '75

KAOS founder, former General Manager

Dean Katz enrolled in The Evergreen State College in 1971. Dean says enrolling in Evergreen was the best decision of his life as he was provided the tools to navigate the world as well as allowing him to build a sense of self. He graduated in 1975 as part of the first four-year class at Evergreen with an emphasis in journalism and politics.

After graduation, Dean worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in 1975 and 1976 before reporting for the Seattle Times for ten years. He then worked as a publisher at the Northwest Investor before becoming a writer for senior executives at Microsoft where he also managed communication strategies. He then became president, owner, and manager of the Katz Communications Group which specialized in writing, editing, and designs for corporate and non-profit clients.

Dean is currently the Senior Communications Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he writes speeches for senior leadership, including Bill and Melinda Gates, and the presidents of the Global Health, Global Development, and Global Policy and Advocacy divisions.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Juli Kelen

Juli Kelen

Former KAOS Training/Ops Manager, KAOS DJ

I began as a volunteer for KAOS Radio -- and am one still! In between, I did audio projects for Evergreen College Relations, and held a job at a commercial radio station in Seattle. For 13 years -- 1998 - 2001 -- I was one of the managers of KAOS, mostly serving as Training and Operations Manager, ending as General Manager. Now retired from professional life, I pick up spare change as a musician.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Betty Kutter

Betty Kutter

Faculty Emerita

Betty Kutter joined the Evergreen faculty in the fall of 1972, focusing her teaching primarily on programs ranging from “Human Health and Behavior” to “Molecule to Organism” and actively involved in various health-related community issues. Along with enthusiasm for Evergreen’s broadly integrated approach to teaching, she brought an NIH grant for studying the molecular biology of bacteriophages – viruses that target specific bacteria and were used to develop our understanding of DNA and the ways genes work. Hundreds of students have worked in her Phage Lab, exploring the molecular bases for the transition from host to phage metabolism after phage T4 infection of E. coli and studying phages infecting E. coli O157 from cattle and Pseudomonas from the lungs of kids with cystic fibrosis, including exploring phage infection in anaerobic and stationary-phase bacteria. In 1975, she initiated bacteriophage meetings here – her 22nd biennial Evergreen International Phage Meeting last August drew 250 participants from 50 countries, on all aspects of phage ecology, applications, molecular biology, engineering and therapeutic applications. The abstract book is attached.

Session: Progress Towards Phage Therapy in the U.S.

Portrait of Erika Lari

Erika Lari '98

Former KAOS Music Director, KAOS DJ

I am one of those kids from back east who ruined Olympia and came to love it. I eventually got my Master's degree in Communication Design at the University of Arts in London and worked as a graphic designer for the last 12 years. This year, I pivoted to owner of downtown Olympia staple, Hot Toddy. I love Olympia. Traveling. Cats. And music. I LOVE music.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Elizabeth Lord

Elizabeth Lord '95

Co-Founder, StoryOly

Elizabeth Lord fell in love and grew a passion for oral storytelling and traditional folktales while studying at Evergreen and earned a degree in Folklore and Theater in 1995. She joined the Olympia Storyteller's Guild in 1992 (now known as the South Sound Storytelling Guild) and in 1996 began storytelling professionally. Since then she has performed for numerous organizations and groups both public and private throughout Western Washington. She is one of the hosts of Olympia's popular monthly storytelling event, StoryOly, where community members come together to share, compete and tell true stories based on a monthly theme.

Session: Speak Out: Explore the Art of Storytelling

Portrait of Keylee Marineau

Keylee Marineau '04

Community Youth Services

Portrait of David Marr

David Marr

Emeritus Faculty

By training, David Marr is an American intellectual historian, but since joining the Evergreen faculty in 1971, he has broadened and sharpened his interests by teaching with thirty-five different colleagues in the arts, sciences, and social sciences. David retired from teaching in 2011 with a conviction that just as students are ignorant by definition, teachers are made newly ignorant by their training - and the best teachers he has known share that conviction. He and his wife Susan met in high school in Clinton, Iowa. They have been married fifty-five years, and have three daughters and three grandchildren. Susan gardens and reads novels about the Tudors; David reads books on the origins of Europe in the Barbarians’ conquest of the Roman Empire, and since Ferguson, on historical justifications for reparations.

Session: Evergreens in the First Year: Stories, Rumors, Myth, Fact and Magic

Portrait of Brooks Martin

Brooks Martin '97

Former KAOS Music Director, Production Manager, KAOS DJ

Brooks Martin ('97) lives with his wife Mindy ('95) and their two children. Brooks was part of the early 90s performance space collective, The UnCola, before starting at Evergreen in 1994. He was KAOS Music Director From 1995-96 and Production Manager from 1996-97. Brooks hosted Artichoke for many years, hosted other KAOS shows (Bedbugs and Free Things Are Cool) and produced live music on several more. He co-produced a live music and comedy show called Off-Day in 1996 for satellite distribution. He also co-produced KAOS Theory (1997), a CD compilation of live-on-air performances that K Records distributed. Brooks was featured in the documentary Jandek on Corwood (2003). He has worked for Music 6000 for twenty years. Brooks stays very busy with his family and various side endeavors as a photographer, musician (Diplomatic Immunity, Wonder Woman, That Stupid Club, Martin Way, The DSM V), videographer, sound engineer (King Dinosaur, The Mountain Goats, Super-Duo, Yo-Yo-A-Go-Go), archivist, and artist.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Kimberly Mays

Kimberly Mays, MPA '10

Manager, Family Stability Initiatives, United Way of Pierce County

Kimberly Mays is a contracted Social Worker with the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD), Parents Representation Program. She earned her B.A. degree at Evergreen's Tacoma campus, and her MP.A. degree in 2010. Kimberly is a parent who has turned her incarcerations and child welfare history, and higher education, into a passionate mission to influence better policies for children and families involved in both systems. Kimberly was arrested almost 50 times, has 23 felonies, and lost parental rights to nine children through child welfare. Kimberly earned an A.A. degree in Human Services, a B.A. degree in Public Policy and a M.P.A. degree—all earned in 5 ½ years. Kimberly led the creation of the King County Parents for Parents Program (P4P) model, which was passed into law as the State Model, in 2015. Kimberly is a leading expert in child welfare, serving on local, state, and national policy tables to help improve outcomes of children and families. She also mentors incarcerated parents and speaks at prisons in our state. Kimberly is raising her 10th child, and miraculously reunited with eight of the nine children she previously lost.

Session: Convicts & Caring: Changing Paths and What Public Servants Need to Know

Portrait of Tanner Milliren

Tanner Milliren '14

Sustainable Builder and Small Business Owner

Tanner began building at a young age, working with his father in a small town. He came to Evergreen for wood shop and after graduating proceeded to build sustainable and eco-friendly tiny homes. He believes building is an intimate process, like therapy. To build is to see the value in what you have accomplished throughout the day reflected in your work - at the end of the day you can see what you have accomplished.

Session: Sustainable Living in the Northwest

Portrait of Scott Morgan

Scott Morgan

Director of Sustainability

Scott Morgan is the Director of Sustainability for The Evergreen State College. Evergreen’s Office of Sustainability coordinates and guides on-campus sustainability efforts as well as institutional collaborations with community-based groups. Scott has worked in agriculture and private industry, founded and managed a small non-profit, and has spent the past few years immersed in the public sector. This diverse set of perspectives informs his recognition that long-term sustainability will require a dynamic harmony between environmental, social, and economic health. In particular, poor people and poor communities struggle to plan and set aside resources for the future, while sustainability work is all about planning for a productive future. We must include economic activities in our sustainability work. Among his many projects, Scott currently supports efforts to develop and support sustainable business practices to strengthen our local economy.

Session: Aspiring Entrepreneurship Workshop, Launching Entrepreneurship @Evergreen

Portrait of Corey Mosesly

Corey Mosesly '11

Manager, Family Stability Initiatives, United Way of Pierce County

Corey has over 10 years of experience working in both the non-profit and government sectors. He has worked with organizations on a broad range of issues including education, housing, and workforce development. He currently 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. Over the last few years, Corey has provided consulting services for the City of Tacoma's Neighborhood Council Program, Neighborhood Business District Program, and more recently to several of the independently run Neighborhood Councils. Corey was one of the Business Examiner's 2014 annual "40 Under Forty" community and business leaders. He is a long-time member of the Pierce County Black Collective, a Palmer Scholar, and a Senior Fellow (class 18) of the American Leadership Forum. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from Evergreen State College with a concentration in non-profit management. Corey currently works as the Manager of Family Stability Initiatives for United Way of Pierce County and lives with his wife and three boys in Tacoma's Central Neighborhood.

Session: Convicts & Caring: Changing Paths and What Public Servants Need to Know, Engaging in Local Politics: An Interactive Community Conversation

Portrait of Catalina Ocampo

Catalina Ocampo

Faculty, Latin American Studies

Catalina Ocampo is a Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University and before coming to Evergreen was a Program Coordinator for the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University, and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Puget Sound. This is Catalina’s fifth year teaching at Evergreen, where she regularly teaches programs that include Spanish language, Latin American Literature and community-based learning. She helps organize a bi-yearly study abroad program in Mexico and Nicaragua for Evergreen students and collaborates regularly with the Latinx youth support organization Proyecto MoLE in Tacoma. She also serves on the Latinx Standing Committee for the Recruitment and Retention of Latinx Students, Faculty and Staff, the Undocumented Student Task Force, and the CCBLA Advisory Board, and is passionate about developing better forms of support for Latinx students at Evergreen and beyond.

Session: Linking Theory to Practice: Evergreen's CCBLA, Supporting Undocumented Students: Equity and Action

Portrait of Bruce Pavitt

Bruce Pavitt '81

Former KAOS DJ, founder Sub Pop Records, 8Stem

Bruce Pavitt is a music historian, DJ and the founder of Seattle’s Sub Pop record label. A legend in the music industry, he is recognized in music history books, documentaries and museum exhibits. Bruce currently works as Creative Director at 8Stem interactive media in Seattle, and is the author of Experiencing Nirvana and Sub Pop USA.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Paul Pearson

Paul Pearson '95

Former KAOS Music Director, KAOS DJ

Paul Pearson is a writer, online radio personality and musician based in Seattle. His music writing has appeared in The Seattle Times, The Strangerand Treble. Paul currently produces and hosts the R&B history program Star Time for RainierAvenueRadio.World, and is one of three co-hosts of the new podcast Talking About Thinking About Records. Paul has interviewed more than 200 music artists for traditional media and Microsoft Zune’s video podcast The Green Room. Paul was music co-director for KAOS in 1994-95, and also produced the music variety show Shrug Festival in 1994-95 and 2000-2005. Paul is currently a freelance writer for the music, business tech and real estate industries. He lives in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood with his wife and three children.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Steve Peters

Steve Peters '85

Former KAOS Managing Director, KAOS DJ

Steve Peters is an independent composer and sound artist living in Seattle. His most recent project was a large work for location recordings and live improvisers based on family history in the Azores Islands of Portugal. Since 1989 he has been the Director of Nonsequitur, a non-profit organization founded by Evergreen/KAOS alumnus Jonathan Scheuer, presenting experimental music events at the Good Shepherd Center Chapel in Wallingford.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Miguel Pineda '08

Miguel Pineda '08

Community Outreach Coordinator, Sidewalk

Miguel T. Pineda was born in Olympia, Washington, where he enjoyed the love of his two Mexicano-Americano parents and older brother growing up. He attended Tumwater High School and was a stand out Track and Cross-Country runner at the State Level. He attended Evergreen on a Track and Cross-Country Scholarship and studied Political Science and Economics. As a student, he was a coordinator of MEChA-Evergreen while working two other jobs. Since graduating in 2008, he has worked at credit unions and toured professionally, playing music with several groups, while fulfilling his acting career. Miguel has been the Community Outreach Coordinator for SideWalk, a local non-profit working to end homelessness in Thurston County. He is a partner at the New Providence Community Care Center in Downtown Olympia. Miguel will also lead a workshop at the Inland Conference for The Greater Good in Spokane, focusing on Volunteer Recruitment for non-profits across the state.

Session: Linking Theory to Practice: Evergreen's CCBLA

Portrait of Alex R. Puckett

Alex R. Puckett


Poetic, also known as Alex R. Puckett, is a spoken-word artist rapper and author with an extensive background in performance and songwriting. He published his first book in 2013, A Thousand Words, and performed for renowned poet Nikki Giovanni. He is currently working on a debut album which has an unspecified release date. Alex studies English and creative writing at The Evergreen State College. He hopes to transform societal norms as well as bless the world through his art, and his aspiration in life is to be the best at what he does - which is educating through music.

Session: Edmond William Lapine II Benefit Concert

Portrait of Tom Rainey

Tom Rainey

Faculty Emeritus

Thomas Rainey has been married to Nina Carter, a double Evergreen graduate, for 33 years. He has two daughters, two grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, who call him "Great Daddy." A seventh-generation Floridian, Tom proudly served in the U. S. Navy from 1954-59, a key formative experience in his life. He earned a BA in History from the University of Florida, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa; he has a MA and Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois, with Certificate in Russian and East European Studies. Tom served as a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College from 1972-2000, and became Faculty Emeritus in 2000. Tom styles himself as a “failed retiree;" he still primarily teaches Russian and Eurasian Studies in Evergreen's Evening and Weekend Studies programs. He has taken almost twenty-five study or research trips to Russia and Siberia, often with Evergreen students. He has two monographs and many articles in popular and scholarly journals on Russian history and culture, most recently dealing with Russian and Siberian environmental history and problems.

Crackers in Paradise: Memories and Stories of a Florida Family; unpublished is a finished interdisciplinary monograph on Anton Chekhov and landscape artist Issak Levitan, entitled Witnesses to a Vanishing Russia. Soon he hopes to publish his lectures and essays on Russia and a monograph on the environmental history of the middle basin of the Volga River entitled Farewell to Mother Volga. His favorite spectator sport is American politics and world geopolitics between the three major emerging superpowers of the twenty-first century. His teaching philosophy is simple—set academic standards and expectations high and then help his students to meet them. His favorite quotes: "History is not was, history is." (Attributed to William Faulkner) and “History does not repeat, but it does instruct.” (Timothy Snyder, Historian)

Session: Making Russia Great Again

Portrait of Jason Reddock

Jason Reddock ’17


Powered by cheesecake and long hikes including ambitions to write for The New York Times, Jason tutors other writers at the Evergreen Tacoma Writing Center by combining his love for language with a strong need for justice. His major areas of study consists of political economy and media studies which reinforces his core values of equity, empathy, and self-expression. He lives in Tacoma, Washington.

"What motivates me to tutor is my belief that every person has a story to tell. And because writing is an intimate act, I believe it brings people closer to a shared understanding of humanity and its flaws."

Session: Return to Evergreen-Tacoma Brunch

Portrait of Ryan Richardson

Ryan Richardson

Lab Manager at Photoland

Ryan is currently the Photo Lab Manager at The Evergreen State College. Most of Ryan’s current photographic work is outdoor life and adventure-based photography and video, but he did spend several years doing studio photography for Steelcase Inc. in Grand Rapids, MI. When he is not out photographing he can be found riding his mountain bike or surfing various locations in Washington and Oregon. He stays in shape and loses many hours of sleep chasing his active three-year-old and one-and-a-half-year-old boys.

Session: Seeing Beyond Your Subject: Image Composition in the Mobile Age

Portrait of Kristen Rubis

Kristen Rubis '01

Executive Director of Empowerment 4 Girls

Kristen Rubis, Executive Director of Empowerment 4 Girls, has been dedicated to a path of service for nearly two decades with her healing arts business encompassing massage, yoga, sound healing, and maternity support. A graduate of The Evergreen State College, Kristen has focused on alternative education and childhood development, teaching her gift for harmonious wellness to people of all ages. Kristen brings her own self-empowerment and self-healing into her work, her practice and her relationships. Seeing her path of service as a resource for her community, Kristen is deeply committed to empowering others to do the same.

Session: Healing with Yoga and Sound

Portrait of Andy Ryder

Andy Ryder

Mayor Lacey City Council

Andrew Ryder is currently serving his second term as Mayor of Lacey, and has served two terms as Lacey City Council Member. He is the past Chair of the Military Communities Council for the National League of Cities.

Andy was born and raised in Old Historic Lacey where he purchased his childhood home and has two children, Joselyn and Jesse. He graduated with Honors from North Thurston High School in 1992 and Whitman College, with a Bachelors in Politics in 1996.

Andy owns and operates seven environmentally friendly Shur-Kleen Car Wash businesses throughout Puget Sound. His business was selected by the federal government to implement the first public-private venture on Joint Base Lewis-McCord.

Andy is a Chamber and Rotary member and supporter of organizations such as SafePlace, Habitat for Humanity, and United Way.

Session: Engaging in Local Politics: An Interactive Community Conversation

Portrait of Ellen Shortt Sanchez

Ellen Shortt Sanchez '92, MPA '10

Director, Center for Community Based Learning and Action

Ellen Shortt Sanchez is the director of the Center for Community Based Learning and Action (CCBLA) at The Evergreen State College. CCBLA is a public service center that builds community based learning into the curriculum and involves students in grassroots organizations to meet community needs. The CCBLA is the home to Gateways for Incarcerated Youth. Ellen lives in Mason County and has a background in popular education, literacy work with immigrant learners and with incarcerated adults.

Session: Linking Theory to Practice: Evergreen's CCBLA

Portrait of Sam Schrager

Sam Schrager

Emeritus Faculty, Moderator

A long stint recording oral history in North Idaho led Sam Schrager to receive graduate training as a folklorist. He then went on to study trial lawyers for the Smithsonian and wrote an ethnography, The Trial Lawyer’s Art. Sam has taught at The Evergreen State College since 1988. He considers Evergreen to be a great setting to explore the power of stories in everyday life with students. Essays from one such fieldwork seminar have appeared in Writing American Cultures: Studies of Identity, Community, and Place (The Evergreen State College Press). Sam owes a great debt to colleagues (three of whom are on this panel) for collaborations that have expanded how he and our students think. Sam has now come around full-circle: teaching post-retirement, guiding the Evergreen Oral History Project, and writing—a book of Idaho oral history from that long-ago research.

Session: Evergreen in the First Years: Stories, Rumors, Myth, Fact and Magic

Portrait of Cheryl Selby

Cheryl Selby

Mayor of Olympia

Cheryl Selby was elected to Olympia City Council positon 4 for a four-year term in November 2013. In November 2015, she was elected to a four-year term as Mayor. Her term ends December 31, 2019.Selby grew up in the Seattle area and moved her young family to Olympia in 1994 seeking the advantages of smaller community with a strong public school district.When Selby first moved to Olympia, she worked with the Parks, Arts and Recreation department for two years. She volunteered in the Olympia School District as an Art Partner, PTA President, Levy Campaign volunteer, and eventually co-chaired the successful 2003 Bond Campaign, which all contributed to her desire to strengthen and build communications in her community.

Also in 2003, Selby started working in the Probation Services Department of the City of Olympia, directing both the Safe and Sober Driving Program and the Thurston County Safe Kids Coalition. Selby has previously served on boards for Sidewalk, the Thurston County Chamber, the Parking Business Improvement Area, Olympia Artspace Alliance, the Olympia Downtown Association and the Thurston County Boys and Girls Club as well as numerous other non-profit boards over the last 25 years.

In addition to her efforts to make Olympia one of the great American Capital cities, Cheryl also enjoys spending time with husband Jeff, her daughters Marta and Gretchen and her Labradoodles Nellie and Boo.

Session: Launching Entrepreneurship @Evergreen

Portrait of Gilda L. Sheppard, PhD

Gilda L. Sheppard, PhD


Gilda L. Sheppard, PhD is a member of the faculty in sociology, cultural and media studies at The Evergreen State College—Tacoma. She has received local, national and international academic fellowships in media arts and sociology. She has taught internationally at colleges in Ghana, West Africa. In addition to teaching in the Tacoma Program, Gilda currently volunteer teaches college level courses at several men and women’s prisons in Washington State. Oftentimes Gilda bridges learning opportunities between her incarcerated students and her students in the Tacoma Program. She is an award winning filmmaker who has screened her documentaries in USA, Ghana, Berlin and the Cannes Film Festival.  She is currently in post-production of her documentary Since I Been Down about the transformative role of education and activism led by incarcerated men and women in Washington State prisons. 

Session: Return to Evergreen-Tacoma Brunch

Portrait of Trevor Speller

Trevor Speller

Curriculum Dean

Trevor Speller earned a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in English Literature from University of Calgary, and a M.A in English Literature from York University. Speller earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from State University of New York - Buffalo. His expertise is in British Literature. Currently Speller is a Curriculum Dean at The Evergreen State College.

Session: Parent & Family Council Fall Meeting

Portrait of Dana Squires

Dana Squires '79

Former KAOS Engineer, OP Magazine Art Director

Portrait of Michael Sean Sullivan

Michael Sean Sullivan

Historic Preservationist, Writer

Michael has been practicing and teaching Historic Preservation methodology in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years. He has been at the forefront of local preservation issues, policies and projects. As founding Principal of Artifacts Consulting, Michael has instituted a focus on preservation policy that is directed at architectural treatments, investment tax credit strategies, and historic resources regulatory compliance. Michael has been directly involved in applications and approval of more than $100 million in tax incentive leveraged rehabilitation projects and has been an advocate for historic preservation efforts at virtually every level of activity from world heritage site issues to local landmark campaigns. He served as the Conservator for the Washington State Capitol Campus for more than a decade and has directed the preparation of Historic Structure Reports and restoration plans for important National Historic Landmarks such as the Ernest Hemingway House in Ketchum Idaho, The Panama Hotel and King Street Station in Seattle Washington.

Mr. Sullivan has been widely published on such varied themes as Japanese American history in the Pacific Northwest, detective fiction and silent cinema. He writes and edits a popular blog TacomaHistory.wordpress.com and produced the radio documentary and website Satko’s Ark.com. He has recently been involved in the discovery and restoration of the 1926 silent film, Eyes of the Totem, which is currently touring international film festivals.

Michael serves on the Board of Directors for HistoryLink, on-line encyclopedia of Washington State History and is Past President of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. He serves as an Advisor from Washington State to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2012 Michael was elected to the Advisors Executive Committee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Michael is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington Tacoma and an associate at the Center for the Study of Community and Society at UW Tacoma. He also serves on the grant committee for Humanities Washington. Mr. Sullivan was recently appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council for Historic Preservation in his home state of Washington. He lives in Tacoma, Washington.

Session: The Evergreen Plan, Walking Through the Story of Campus Architecture

Portrait of Nancy Taylor

Nancy Taylor

Emeritus Faculty

Nancy Taylor was one of the few Washingtonians hired by Evergreen for the very first year of classes. She was raised in Kent, and all of her grandparents arrived in Washington in the 1880s. She received her academic degrees in History and Education from Stanford, but got her true education during her 38 years at Evergreen. In 1970, after teaching in high school and working for an educational TV station in Boston, Nancy was hired to be the Admissions Counselor for The Evergreen State College and traveled the state with the planning faculty, recruiting our first students. Once the students arrived, she joined the faculty to teach in the Human Development Program. Since then, Nancy has taught with fifty colleagues in twenty-six Coordinated Studies Programs such as: Democracy and Tyranny, Shakespeare, Making American Selves, Victorian England, Modern Japan, and Enduring Stories. She has also taught in Japan and China on exchange, served for one year as a Faculty Reference Librarian, served three years as an Academic Dean, and pursued research into the lives of 17th century English women through their private letters, culminating in a book published in 2003.

Session: Evergreen in the First Years: Stories, Rumors, Myth, Fact and Magic

Portrait of Ernest L. Thomas

Ernest L. Thomas

Senior Advisor to the President

September 1972, Dr. Ernest L. Thomas began his career in higher learning. His first professional position was Recruiter and Advisor for the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) at Central Washington State College in Ellensburg, Washington. He also served as a lecturer in the Sociology Department.

As a first generation learner, Dr. Thomas is passionate about supporting the access and transition of first generation learners into higher learning. In 1973, this passion led to writing and successfully procuring an Upward Bound grant. For 40 years, Dr. Thomas diligently supported first generation learners in a number of roles including Coordinator of Upward Bound, Director of Educational Support Programs and Dean of Student Development, Vice President of Student Development and Campus President. In 2011 Dr. Thomas retired as Campus President from Tarrant County College South Campus. In tandem with his administrative appointments, Dr. Thomas served as an adjunct faculty for 12 years at The Evergreen State College. Dr. Thomas firmly believes in the reciprocal value between higher learning institutions and the communities that support these learning organizations. He has served on numerous civic and business related boards. However, his preferred means of serving the community is through community based program development for young people, parents and families. He never turns down an opportunity to speak to diverse audiences on the importance of continuous learning, leadership and legacy development, and self-empowerment.

Session: Evergreen in the First Years: Stories, Rumors, Myth, Fact and Magic

Portrait of Cleven James Ticeson

Cleven James Ticeson ’89


Born in Madisonville, Kentucky, Cleven James Ticeson often quips that he is “Kentucky bred, but Washington fed.” A Northwesterner through and through, Cleven is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and The Evergreen State College in Olympia. He was recently recognized for 40 years of service to KCTS 9, where he has worked since 1974 in a variety of capacities, from copywriter, actor, and floor director to his present position of senior post-production editor.

Over the years Cleven has received more than a dozen regional Emmy® honors, and earned national Emmy® recognition for his work on the documentary, Eli Creekmore. Cleven was an actor early in his career. From 1970 to 1973 he was part of the original national touring company of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, for which he was the understudy for the character Hud.

He married Connie Bacalzo in 1972—she jokes that it was between performances of HAIR— and they have four adult children and nine beautiful grandchildren.

Cleven is committed to education. He was a co-founder and board member of the Seattle Central College School of Applied Sciences and served on the college’s technical advisory board. He also served as an instructor in the Media Literacy Program at Seattle Vocational Technical Institute. A sought-after speaker and lecturer, Cleven served as vice president of the Seattle Chapter of the Majestic Eagles, founding director of the Seattle Chapter of Power Learning Systems, a past-representative for the Inter-Faith Council of Seattle, and has served as chair of The Bahá'ís of Seattle.

Session: Return to Evergreen-Tacoma Brunch

Portrait of Angela Vargas

Angela Vargas

Project Coordinator at the Washington State School for the Blind

Angela Vargas’ story is a highlight of the IF Project film. She is the Project Coordinator at the Washington State School for the Blind, where she produces and translates B  books and educational material into Braille to be used nationwide by the visually impaired. A certified Braille transcriber from the Library of Congress, Angela has a certificate in Human Services from Tacoma Community College, where she was acknowledged for her accomplishments with the school. Her life experience and transformational story garnered her an invitation to give a speech at the Prison Braille Forum of Louisville, Kentucky in 2014. She is passionate about helping juveniles headed down the wrong path and mentoring justice-involved adults who are really willing to change the path they were on. Angela Vargas is a resilient and goal-oriented achiever who truly believes that people can and do change if they are determined and willing to make the change.

Session: Convicts & Caring: Changing Paths and What Public Servants Need to Know

Portrait of Dorian Waller

Dorian Waller '05, MPA '09


Dorian Waller has over 13 years of experience working in the government, non-profit, and private sectors where he has focused on public policy, community outreach, and economic development. He currently serves on the State of Washington's African American Affairs Commission, the City of Tacoma's Planning Commission, and Forterra's Regional Leaders Council. Dorian was honored as an emerging leader by City Club of Tacoma and the City of Tacoma's City of Destiny awards. He is a long-time member of the Pierce County Black Collective, a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, as well as serving as the former Chair of The Evergreen State College's Alumni Association. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from The Evergreen State College with a concentration in Public Management. Dorian currently works as the Managing Consultant for Archway Consulting, where he consults for numerous political campaigns and advises municipalities on a wide range of issues. He lives in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood.

Session: Engaging in Local Politics: An Interactive Community Conversation

Portrait of Gary Wessels-Galbreath

Gary Wessels-Galbreath '85 Native American Studies Program

KAOS DJ, First Peoples Multicultural Advising Services

Gary Wessels-Galbreath is an artist, Bulk Foods Buyer for the Olympia Food Co-op for 20 years. Volunteer at Evergreen: KAOS - 31 years, First Peoples Advising Services

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Shannon Wiberg

Shannon Wiberg '97

Former KAOS Music Director, KAOS DJ

Shannon Wiberg (aka “DJ Action Slacks”) hails from the MIGHTY Mid-West where she grew up on a healthy dose of Minneapolis funk, Motown, and Chicago soul. In 1994 she migrated to Olympia where at Evergreen she continued her formal education on the history of soul music, focusing on its connection to the fight for social justice.

In 1996 Wiberg began hosting a weekly KAOS radio program "Soul Kitchen." During its nine-year run, Soul Kitchen stayed dedicated to the mission of fostering a greater appreciation of soul music and the pioneering artists who made the music.

At the turn of the millennium, she turned her attention to the dance floor. She's established multiple popular recurring dance party events in Portland combining social activism, fundraising, community building, cultural preservation, and fun.

Though Wiberg has worked in multiple arms of the music industry, she feels most comfortable behind two turntables and a microphone.

Session: KAOS Radio: An Independent Legacy

Portrait of Carol M. Wolfe

Carol M. Wolfe ’96


Carol received her BA from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis in Community Development in 1996 as a single parent and after 12 years of working full time and attending school part time.

After receiving her degree she worked for three years in Tacoma‘s Hilltop Community on a national pilot program between National Main Street and the Local Initiative Support Corporation to implement a comprehensive approach to community and economic development.  In early 1999 she was hired by the City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood Business District Revitalization Program. In this capacity, she has worked with 15 neighborhood business districts in the areas of organizational capacity, promotion and marketing, economic development and the implementation of physical improvement projects. She also manages the Neighborhood Council Program focused on civic engagement and bringing the community voice into the decision-making process of local government. In her current position she oversees staff and programs focused on Small Business Development and Neighborhood Revitalization.

Carol is married to Greg Piercy, Operations Manager of the Hilltop Artist Glassblowing program and has two children, Catherine Wolfe and Jacob Piercy. Her daughter Catherine is a recent graduate of the Cooper Union College in Manhattan with a degree in Civil Engineering and will be continuing to earn her Masters at Cooper while working for the Manhattan Transportation Authority. Jacob will be entering the 6th grade a Mason Middle School in Tacoma.

Session: Return to Evergreen-Tacoma Brunch

Portrait of Precious Yarborough​​

Precious Yarborough​​ ’18


Precious Yarborough is a Seattle native who grew up in South Seattle and the Renton/Skyway area. After having her first three children, she became deeply concerned with the lack of culturally appropriate birth support and educational resources available for Black and brown families. She also noticed the need for a community space that centered Black women. Fueled to fill these needs, Precious co-created 2 organizations she nurtures with passion: Puget Sound Birth Professionals of Color (PSBPoC) and Black Power Circle. After her first doula training, she and two other birth workers created PSBPoC as a networking and referral service that connects families of color to birth professionals of color. Black Power Circle is a support and empowerment group for Black women and children where community news and resources are shared. After graduating from The Evergreen State College—Tacoma, Precious plans to combine her love of birth and community support with social justice initiatives to bring more birth support and resources to Black and brown families in the Pierce County area.

Session: Return to Evergreen-Tacoma Brunch

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Past Events

This year marks the fourth annual Return to Evergreen, and we’re making it the best event yet. See what happened at past events.

Return to Evergreen 2016.

Return to Evergreen 2015.

Return to Evergreen 2014.

Return to Evergreen 2013.

Return to Evergreen 2012.

Other past alumni events.