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1976

Judith Golden, Ayutthaya, Thailand, teaches science and health to academically gifted children in a private school. She has performed charity work in Southeast Asia and worked as a tour guide in Thailand and Cambodia for more than 12 years. She made several trips to deliver school supplies to homeless children who survived the 2004 tsunami and to Cambodian villages, as well. Last spring and summer, she raised donations and took a group of volunteers to build wells in remote villages in Cambodia. Judith has also delivered donations to the only elephant hospital in the world, in Lampang, Thailand. PCMTV, a public access station in Portland, Ore., has shown videos of her work. See some of her charity projects and journeys at www.youtube.com/user/earthmagictours.

Joan Petit, Santa Barbara, Calif., has two sons, ages 20 and 24. Her eldest will be returning from Iraq this year. Joan has continued her artistic interest in songwriting and is writing her first book.

Jeremy (Robertson) Pratt, Vashon, is vice president and technical director of ENTRIX, a national environmental and natural resources management consulting firm where he served as a senior consultant for the last seven years. In 1982, Jeremy cofounded the Institute for Human Ecology, which researches carrying capacity, sustainability, and watershed management. He serves as the institute's executive director. An environmental management consultant for more than 30 years, he earned his M.S. in environmental and energy sciences at Washington State University. Listed as a senior facilitator on the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution National Roster, he has worked with BioSystems Analysis, was a director at Resource Management International, and led the Pacific Northwest water resources practice for Dames & Moore. He lives on Vashon Island with his wife and two children.

1979

Janet Nolan Book JacketJanet (Gould) Nolan, Oak Park, Ill., is the author of several children's picture books, including A Father's Day Thank You (Whitman, 2007) and The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh (Whitman, 2002). Her newest book, The Firehouse Light, will be published by Tricycle Press in May 2010.

1980

Capt. Richard Bever, Winchester, Va., serves as headquarters company commander of the 33rd Battalion, Virginia Defense Force. VDF members train with and support the Virginia National Guard, and assist local law enforcement and other governmental agencies in times of natural disaster or civil emergency. Richard left Evergreen in 1974 to accept full-time employment as a result of an internship, then returned and completed his degree six years later. He served as city councilman/deputy mayor of Lacey from 1980-87, and worked for state government, retiring as Washington Labor Relations Director in 2002. He has also served on the Evergreen Alumni Board.

1981

Timothy Blair, Sebastopol, Calif., hosted 30 Bay Area alumni aboard his 42-foot sailboat for the San Francisco Alumni Potluck on the Bay event in August at the Presidio Yacht Club. Attendees enjoyed a potluck, networking and drinks with the harbor master in the yacht club. Tim plans to host a future event, which will include an actual sail in the harbor.

Adam Grosowsky, Eugene, Ore., had an exhibit of new paintings at Karin Clarke Gallery in Eugene this fall. He earned his master of arts (1984) and master of fine arts (1986) in printmaking from the University of Iowa, and teaches painting at Lane Community College. He has exhibited his work at Portland's Augen Gallery, San Francisco's Hackett Freedman Gallery and the Aspen Fine Art Gallery in Aspen, Colo. This is his fourth exhibit at Karin Clarke Gallery.

Sara Kvass, Goleta, Calif., senior veterinary technician at La Cumbre Animal Hospital in Santa Barbara, was named the 2009 Outstanding Registered Veterinary Technician in a Private Practice by the California Veterinary Medical Association. She has worked at the hospital for ten years; before that, she worked at the Veterinary Emergency Center in Richmond, Va. She graduated from Michigan State University's veterinary technology program.

Barbara Yunker, Olympia, manages and owns vacation rental properties, and operates Puget View Cottage and Fernbrook Beach House on the Puget Sound waterfront.

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1984

Marion Rice, Portland, Ore. established Reclaimed Finishes, helping homeowners find unique reclaimed architectural antiques, fixtures and finishes for existing homes and new construction projects. Her mission is to "connect great old house parts with a new home and support green building practices through re-use." www.reclaimedfinishes.com

Bradley Bodine - photo Douglass PhotographyG. Bradley Bodine, West Lafayette, Ind., is the composer in residence at The Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue and a lecturer of music theory at Purdue University. He has received numerous commissions, most recently from a consortium of 12 university percussion ensembles, and awards from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Centrum Foundation, the University of Arizona faculty and ASCAP, among others. www.gbradleybodine.com

1987

Doris Brevoort, Mount Vernon, has worked as a counselor and special education teacher in Seattle schools for more than 20 years. She returned to school in 2007 to explore how research in neuroscience can be applied to special education. She is a Ph.D. student in human science at Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco. An active volunteer in downtown Mount Vernon's “Main Street” revitalization efforts, she ran for city council this fall. www.dorisbrevoort.com

Frank Gunderson, Tallahassee, Fla., is an associate professor of ethnomusicology at Florida State University. His book about musical labor in northwestern Tanzania is scheduled to be published in early 2010.

Brent McManigal, Riverside, Calif., studied law part-time at night while working full-time and completed his degree in December 2008, then took and passed the California Bar Exam. He is an associate attorney in the real estate and land use practice group with Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden, a law firm in San Bernardino.

1988

Diane Gruver, Eugene, Ore., a licensed professional tattoo artist since 2001, works at Tattoo by Design, Eugene's oldest tattoo shop.

1989

Terrell Anne Erickson, College Park, Md., and her husband, Christopher Puttock, published Hawai'i Wetland Field Guide in 2006. The field guide won the 2007 Ka Palapala Po‘okela book award in the natural science category, from the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association.

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1990

Matt Haugh, Olympia, moved back to the South Sound in spring 2008 with his wife, Kaylene Smith, and their son Owen, age 7. Matt is director of sales and marketing at BigToys, a manufacturer of commercial playground equipment in Tumwater. Owen attends Lincoln Elementary, where Kaylene is a parent volunteer.

Dennis M. "Denny" Wilkins, Ph.D. (MES), St. Bonaventure, N.Y., was promoted to full professor in the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure University. He has taught at SBU for 13 years, following a 20-year career as a journalist and editor. In 2006, he received the university's annual faculty Award for Professional Excellence in Teaching. Denny has worked as a writing and media consultant to a number of newspapers and corporations. He co-founded Scholars & Rogues, a community blog where he writes about journalism, journalism education, politics, campaign finance reform and the economic issues surrounding the newspaper industry (www.scholarsandrogues.com). He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, which honored him for meritorious service in 2005. He holds a doctorate in media studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

1992

Heather Koenig Davis Book JacketHeather (Koenig) Davis, Concrete, had her debut young adult novel, Never Cry Werewolf, published in hardcover by HarperCollins on September 1. Her second novel, The Clearing, will be released in April 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She'll be appearing at bookstores around the Sound this fall and winter.

1993

Bryan Baker, Bainbridge Island, was promoted to Western Region community program director for the Student Conservation Association (SCA). His first program was the 2009 Urban Forestry Corps, a work-skills training program which engaged 60 Seattle youths in hands-on environmental conservation projects critical to the restoration and stewardship of urban forests. He earned his M.A. from the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University, Seattle, with a focus on community conservation resources. He has 16 years of experience in conservation, youth and community service in the Puget Sound region and throughout the western states. www.thesca.org

George Bartholomew, Davis, Calif., belongs to the producers and engineers wing of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He recently participated in a “microphone shootout” between several models of Neumann and Sennheiser microphones, hosted at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch and Skywalker Sound's scoring stage located near Nicasio, Calif. He found the ranch absolutely beautiful, and their recording gear, hospitality and expertise beyond compare. A word to the curious: "Just don't try to get in without an invitation."

Christina Hamm, Olympia, started a new business called Salsa De Cuba, a resource for salsa entertainment, dance instruction and performance in Olympia. www.salsadecuba.us

Melissa Ponder, Des Moines, is a freelance consultant and photographer. This fall, she ran for the Des Moines City Council. She currently serves as the Martin Luther King, Jr. County Civil Rights Commissioner for District 5, and served two years as Chair. Her work in the past has focused on diabetes and other health disparities for communities of color, as well as organizational development and educational equity. She has lived in Des Moines for 18 years with her partner, Vance Bader, and has four children—two in college and two in elementary school.

Tammy Robacker, released her first book of poetry, The Vicissitudes, published by Pearle Publications, in October. The book was made possible through the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program grant awarded to her this past year from the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Arts Commission. Tammy is actively involved in the South Sound poetry community as a poet, a freelance writer and a volunteer. She serves as secretary of the board for both Puget Sound Poetry Connection and for Exquisite Disarray Publishing, a non-profit literary arts organization that publishes Northwest writers. In 2009, she co-edited a Tacoma poetry anthology with former Urban Grace Poet Laureate of Tacoma, Bill Kupinse, called In Tahoma's Shadow: Poems from the City of Destiny. Her poetry has appeared in Plazm, Floating Bridge Review: Pontoon, Word Salad, Pens on Fire, and the Allegheny Review. www.tammyrobacker.com

1994

Douglas Peterson Carpenter, Saint Michaels, Ariz., teaches high school Spanish and Latin American/Hispanic culture at Saint Michael Indian School in the Navajo Nation, which serves Navajo and Hopi children, as well as others from the local community. His daughter Thali­a is a ninth grader there and is actively involved in the soccer program.

Lance Simons, Ketchikan, Alaska, recently became the environmental coordinator for the Ketchikan Indian Community. His program focuses on public awareness of environmental issues and assisting homeowners in reducing energy consumption, solid waste and toxic waste. It will also research potential brownfield sites and conduct recycling, electronic recycling and household hazardous waste removal.

1995

Ryan Boudinot Book JacketRyan Boudinot, Seattle, had his first novel, Misconception, published by Grove Atlantic in September. His 2006 short story collection, The Littlest Hitler, was an Amazon.com and Publishers Weekly Book of the Year choice, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches creative writing at Goddard College's MFA program in Port Townsend and BFA program in Plainfield, Vt.

Wendy C. Ortiz, Los Angeles, Calif., is a student in the master of arts in psychology program at Antioch University Los Angeles, and a graduate of Antioch's M.F.A. in creative writing program. She has taught creative writing to Los Angeles youth in juvenile detention facilities, and worked as a journalist, mud wrestler, longtime library worker, and editor and publisher of a hand-bound literary journal. Recent and forthcoming publications include Spillway, Blood Orange Review, Sweet: A Literary Confection, Palabra: A Magazine of Chicano and Latino Literary Art, Eclipse, Cranky, KNOCK, and 4th Street. She was a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island in 2007 and 2009. Wendy curates the Rhapsodomancy reading series at the Good Luck Bar in Hollywood. www.wendyortiz.com

Heather Struckman, Grenada, West Indies, founded The Childbirth Resource Center of Grenada, a program that offers free services for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Heather earned her master of social work degree at the University of Washington in 2002, completed doula training at the Seattle Midwifery School in 2003, and was certified by PALS Doulas in Seattle. Heather and her husband, Darrin, moved to Grenada in May 2007. Heather's mother, Dorothy Barr '03, also lives in Grenada. They expect to return to the Northwest in the not-too-distant future to be reunited with their three grown children, including Evergreen grads Ashen (Agente) Bel '99 and Maia Sterling Bruce '06. http://crcgrenada.googlepages.com

1996

Bree Reynolds (Oatman), Spokane, received a Partners in Science grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The grant, which gives high school science teachers the opportunity to engage in cutting edge research, will allow her to conduct research on high performance biomaterials with Dr. Brook Swanson at Gonzaga University. Bree teaches science at Wellpinit High School on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

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1997

Amy Kesting, began her position as registrar at the Zanesville Museum of Art in June. She is responsible for tracking and caring for more than 4,000 art works in the Zanesville, Ohio-based museum's permanent collection and coordinating about 400 works of art on loan from artists and collectors each year. Amy worked at the Columbus Museum of Art, and was an art instructor at the “Master Teacher” level for the Young Rembrandts programs for children in Columbus, Ohio and in Elgin, Ill.

1998

Ahmad Ali Al-Sinan MPA, Kuwait, is manager of the Kuwait Municipality's planning and research department.

Marni Sweetland, San Francisco, Calif., returned to school in 2006 to earn a master's degree in somatic psychology. She is recovering from a brain injury she suffered when she was hit by a car while on her motorcycle last year, which left her with the unusual symptom of an elevated mood. She is creating an online community for people in San Francisco with traumatic brain injuries.

Thomas Wilson, Los Angeles, Calif., is producing electronic/hip-hop beat music. He is also a member of the online radio station, Dublab.com.

1999

Jennifer Morales, Bellevue, is currently pursuing a master's degree in library and information science at the University of Washington.

Brad Reed, Anchorage, Alaska, was recently promoted from fire management officer at Carter Lake to wildland urban interface coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Regional Office. He is working with refuges and communities on wildland fire risk reduction and the maintenance of natural fire regimes. He lives with his partner Darcy and son, Bjorn.

David Simpson, Auburn, an independent cartoonist and illustrator, lives with his fiancé on the banks of the Green River.

Elizabeth Switaj, Bellevue, published her first book of poems, Magdalene & the Mermaids, with Paper Kite Press in March 2009. It is available through Small Press Distribution (www.spdbooks.org).

Sarah Velen, Oakland, Calif., is a floral designer and part owner of Bloomies on Main, a floral design shop in Pleasanton, Calif. www.bloomiesonmainca.com

2001

Wickham and Perkowski in restaurantTawm Perkowski, Friday Harbor, is an arborist and co-owner of Island Skyline Tree Care. He also does graphic design and tends bar at Steps Wine Bar & Café, co-owned by Patti Wickham '92 and her son, Steps chef Madden Surbaugh. Tawm worked in audio production in Seattle for three years and still proudly uses his audio production degree to teach audio production part-time at the Spring Street International School, an alternative high school in Friday Harbor.

2002

Lisa Swihart, Olympia, opened a private practice, Noetic Health LLC, in April 2009, providing integrative nutritional counseling and psychotherapy as a Washington state certified nutritionist and registered mental health counselor. She earned her M.S. in nutrition and clinical health psychology at Bastyr University in 2008, and was a forensic mental health clinician at Sound Mental Health, providing psychotherapy for adult offenders following their releases from jails and prisons. Although she loved working with that population, she decided to focus on teaching people how to integrate their nutrition and mental wellness with their overall health practices. www.noetic-health.com

2003

Justin O'Dea, Bozeman, Mont., is studying in the master's program in land resources and environmental sciences at Montana State University, Bozeman. He works in the agro-ecology field, investigating legume green manuring as an alternative to summer fallowing in wheat production systems in north-central Montana.

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2004

Tyler Chen and The SlantsTyler Chen, Vancouver, works at Clark College and is a freelance media producer and Web designer—in between his busy tour schedule with two rock bands, The Slants and Silversafe.The Slants have toured the country five times, received press for turning down a million-dollar recording contract, and were awarded 2009 Album of the Year by both Rockwired.com and the Portland Music Awards. In the past year, Silversafe has shared the stage with bands such as Puddle of Mudd, Powerman 5000, Nonpoint, Hurt, The Exies and A Change of Pace.
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Cynthia Ross, Lebanon, N.H., works in health policy research at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College.

2005

Kathleen Gill, Daejeon, S. Korea, is teaching for a year in South Korea.

Courtney Parker, Seattle, works as the employment coordinator in the downtown Seattle regional office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She was previously employed by the State of Washington as a social services worker.

Min Schrader, Long Beach, Calif., is completing a master's degree in physics at California State University, Long Beach, with research in biophysics characterizing protein stability through drug-binding and calorimetry.

Kelsey Williams, Mossyrock, took a few years off to travel and work for the ski patrol, and is now pursuing a B.S. in nursing at the University of Portland.

2006

Mercy Kariuki-McGeeMercy Kariuki-McGee, Olympia, is a climate change research analyst for the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Khara Whitney-Marsh, Boston, Mass., attends the Graduate School in Library and Information Science at Simmons College.

2007

Holly Decker, Seattle, works as the community engagement and volunteer coordinator for Northwest Folklife, which creates opportunities for individuals and communities to celebrate, share and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic and traditional arts. Events include the annual Northwest Folklife Festival, the nation's largest free outdoor community arts festival. Holly's position enables her to network on behalf of the organization, seeking ways to engage the more than 800 volunteers who are crucial to the festival's production. She also coordinates services for city events, private productions, and large-scale productions such as Bumbershoot.

2008

Lindsey Booth, Tumwater, is completing work to obtain her real estate license in Olympia.

2009

Jennifer J. Keesey, Olympia, has been appointed director of member services and administration for the Washington Public Utility Districts Association.

Gabriel Torres, Fort Irwin, Calif., has been appointed as a human resource specialist with the Department of Defense Directorate of Human Resources at Fort Irwin.

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