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In the fall/winter 2015 issue, we posted an incomplete class note for Karin Kraft. We regret the error. Here's the full information:

Portrait of Karin Kraft

Karin Kraft MES ’04, Olympia, has been appointed by the Humane Society of the U.S. to serve on its newly formed HSUS Pacific Northwest Agriculture Advisory Council. Karin and her husband Gene run Iron Horse Farm, where they raise Kunekune pigs from New Zealand, Nigerian Dwarf goats, and a mixed flock of ducks, treating each animal with kindness and respect.

1974

Jody (Skinner) Bower, Port Townsend, authored Jane Eyre’s Sisters: How Women Live and Write the Heroine Story, published March 2015. She conducts workshops on the wisdom of women’s stories, works as a freelance editor and writer, and sings with the RainShadow Chorale.

Michael Hall, Portland, Ore., has retired after 35 years in college student services and now volunteers for Meals on Wheels, is a FEMA Certified Neighborhood Emergency Team member, is on the Board of Directors for College Housing Northwest, and serves on the exhibitions committee of Blue Sky Gallery. His wife, Peggy Valenti ’83, is head of communications at Janus Youth Programs. They recently traveled to Sweden and Ireland in search of family roots.

1975

Carol Pinegar, Portland, Ore., retired last June after 29 years of teaching middle school science. Now she substitute teaches during the week, and enjoys birding, native plant gardening, volunteering, and improving her Spanish.

David Smullin, Bend, Ore., returned to Point Hope, Alaska, after 35 years to reunite with his adoptive Oktollik family and teach skiing to children in rural areas. His story was featured in an April 2015 issue of the Bend Bulletin. David works as a Nordic ski coach in Bend.

1976

Gerald Nelson, Olympia, retired from the Washington State Department of Transportation after 37 years. His accomplishments included revamping the Motorist Information Highway Sign program, increasing business participation from 125 to nearly 800, and creating a self-funding structure. He also organized special events such as runs and parades on state highways.

Daniel Marra, Malibu, Calif., a holistic practitioner, co-wrote, directed, and produced the documentary An Uncommon Kindness: The Father Damien Story, narrated by Robin Williams.

1977

Michael Corrigan, Santa Barbara, Calif., was ordained as a priest on January 16 in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. He serves at Trinity Episcopal Church, is a chaplain at Cottage Hospital, and remains CEO of Corrigan & Company where he is still consulted on “matters that require grey hair.”

1978

Tina Hoggatt, Issaquah, is beginning her second semester in Hamline University’s low-residency Masters in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. She works as a consultant in storytelling, interpretive media, writing, and editing.

Ken Shulman, Seattle, is executive director of Lambert House, a nonprofit that supports the positive development of LGBT adolescents. He enjoys sharing his expertise in queer youth support by presenting at conferences and schools. Ken recently traveled to Eastern Europe, and skis and hikes regularly.

1979

Mark Haskell Smith

Mark Haskell Smith, Los Angeles, wrote Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World. The paperback edition will be published in June 2016.

Mellie Pullman, Portland, Ore., works at Portland State University teaching the Business of Craft Beverages, conducts research on sustainable food and beverage supply chains, and is writing a book on the business. She plans to trek Mount Blanc in the fall and complete other Oregon and European peaks in between.

1982

Craig Smith, Indianola, opened The Firehouse Theater in Kingston, plays soccer, and has coached 41 seasons of boys and girls soccer, now at Kingston High School. He has also coached at North Kitsap, Port Townsend, and Chimacum high schools.

1983

Andy Harper, Snohomish, retired from a 30-year career in public education. He taught first grade through middle school algebra and robotics. Family includes Kathy Knutson ‘79, Elise Harper ‘09, and Matt Harper Western ’12, who celebrate his dedication and commitment to public education.

Edward Smith, Yelm, serves on the board of the Wild Felid Advocacy Center of Washington, a volunteer-run wildcat sanctuary on Harstine Island, residents of which include a Geoffrey cat and two tigers. Smith reads poetry on stage with fellow writers and musicians at Triad Theater.

1985

Chela Metzger, Los Angeles, is head of the UCLA Library Conservation Center. She traveled to Armenia to discuss the possible rebinding of the Gladzor Gospels, a masterpiece from the Gladzor Monastery created in 1300. She also made several apple pies.

Steven Schneider, Lakewood, retired from the Army Reserve in 2010 and from the Veterans Administration in 2013. He stays busy with his small stereo-repair company and shows his Spanish Mastiffs in rare-breed dog shows.

1986

Ramona Owen, Seattle, is happy to be doing service for her Ballard community through Amazing Grace Spiritual Center. She is involved in work with children and families, expresses a love of music through choir, became vegan after seeing Cowspiracy, and savors the delights of grandparenthood.

1988

Barbara Hinchcliffe, Everett, works as a psychotherapist and licensed mental health counselor for The Everett Clinic. She recently purchased her first home after surviving five years of dialysis and a kidney transplant. She enjoys regaining her health and looks forward to hiking, bicycling, and dancing.

Nancy Koppelman, Olympia, was selected to be a member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau for 2015-16. She regularly gives a talk entitled, “Human Rights in History” by invitation to nonprofit organizations. She is married to Steve Blakeslee ‘86 and they have two kids, Rosie, 21, and Leo, 15.

1989

Gabi Clayton, Olympia, is the office manager at Interfaith Works in Olympia and is co-owner of Mud Flat Press and Clayton Works web and graphic design. She also has a small private practice as a licensed mental health counselor, and is happy to be grandmother to her first grandchild.

1990

Kathleen Dolan-Fuller

Kathleen Dolan-Fuller, Port Orchard, published Then and Now: A Poetic Journey and is working on a second book. Retired from educating and counseling, she stays busy with family, friends, and writing, and misses her days at Evergreen, as “it was a true learning curve.”

1991

Elizabeth Woody, Warm Springs and Portland, was named to a two-year appointment as Poet Laureate of Oregon. An enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, she has published poetry, short fiction and essays. She is also a visual artist.

1992

Bret Alderman, Oakland, Calif., had his first book published. Symptom, Symbol, and the Other of Language: A Jungian Interpretation of the Linguistic Turn is the latest addition to Routledge’s Research in Analytical Psychology and Jungian Studies series.

Brent Trela, Oxford, Fla., taught at the University of California, Davis, Plumpton College in the UK, and was a professor of enology at Texas Tech and Texas A&M Universities. He was a senior adviser to the USDA in Armenia, the World Bank in the Republic of Georgia, and is a consulting winemaker with clients around the globe.

1993

Cara Stallman, Spanish Fort, Ala., owns a successful grant consulting business implementing clean water and sewer projects in rural, poor areas of southwestern Alabama. Her child, Mia, is 10 years old.

Joy Taylor, Mount Shasta, Calif., made the transition to a part-time role in partnership with Women’s Business Center and has eight years of training business development with Jefferson Economic Development Institute and College of the Siskiyous. She is passionate about helping people live more self-inspired lives and also works as an online wellness entrepreneur.

1996

Maya Parson, South Bend, Ind., and Grant Ramsey ’97 welcomed their third child, Beatrix, in December 2015. Maya recently stepped down as editor-in-chief of Edible Michiana magazine in anticipation of the family’s upcoming move to Belgium for Grant’s new position as a research faculty in the Philosophy Institute at KU Leuven. Maya will continue to serve as an editorial advisor and write for the magazine. Her written work can also be found on her blog, CulturedGrub.com.

1997

Rebecca Pearl-Martinez, Arlington, Mass., recently joined The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University as research fellow and head of the Renewable Equity Project on women’s advancement in the clean-energy workforce.

Marcus Seitz MPA, Arvada, Colo., finished hiking more than 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail through 14 states with his partner in 2015. They will soon be moving back to Washington, D.C. for a couple of years before heading off on another adventure.

Pat Yearian, Port Townsend, returned to finish her degree in 1995 following the college graduation of the last of her seven children. Her main interest was music, especially women composers and gender identity issues. She continues to work as a private string teacher as well as in the public schools and Waldorf School as a string specialist. “Those years at Evergreen were some of the best of my life.”

1999

LiSana M Macias Red Bear

LisaNa M Macias Red Bear, Port Orchard, a first-generation doctoral candidate, was awarded a merit-based international Graduate Studies Scholarship by the University of Waikato in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Her doctorate is titled, Indigenous Healing Reclamation Art Methodologies: Reclaiming Sacred in the 21st Century.

2000

Erin Landvatter MiT (BA ’98), Kingston, celebrated 22 years of marriage with Rick Landvatter ’96 by “traipsing around southwestern Ireland” in April. Daughter Moira, born just after their first year at Evergreen, is a senior at WWU, majoring in public relations. Erin won the Rangveld Kvelstad Teacher of the Year award in 2014 and still loves teaching.

Boni Webster, Ewa Beach, Hawaii, is currently teaching English language arts to seventh grade students on Oahu.

2002

Tracy Kenela, Olympia, earned her MA in clinical psychology-marriage and family therapy from Chapman University. She is a licensed mental health counselor and owner of Lokahi Counseling. She seeks to help people attain harmony, unity, and agreement in their lives.

Fleur Larsen, Seattle, recently launched Fleur Larsen Facilitation. She is passionate about working with people in the service sectors on issues of sustainability and equity.

2004

Amy Mireault MiT (BA ’00, BA ’13), Del City, Okla., is the interim director for University of Oklahoma’s Sooner Upward Bound. She loves her job and uses her education every day to help underprivileged teenagers find their way to college.

2005

John Taylor ’05, Jersey City, N.J., has been named the 2016 New Jersey Charter Schools Association Teacher of the Year. A health and education teacher at Beloved Community Charter School, Taylor has raised $83,000 in grants to purchase sports equipment and develop programs. He earned his Ed.D from North Central University in 2015.

2006

Geri Magee, Lakewood, completed her Doctorial in Diversity of Divination and is a theorist of universal relationship therapy. She is an international speaker in the U.S., Central America, and Japan, and has taught sex therapy through private practice for 10 years.

2008

Roxanne Dudley, Tacoma, works at Kindercare learning center. She had her first son in 2013.

Phoebe Olivera, Aberdeen, is the health education program coordinator at Sea Mar Community Health Centers, overseeing the health educators at each clinic from Bellingham to Vancouver. As a Spanish language outreach liaison, she also provides pastoral care for Chaplains on the Harbor.

2009

Alexandra Gouirand MiT, Olympia, has opened The Mouse Trap, a cheese shop in downtown Olympia. Olymousetrap.com Dione Griffith, Seattle, is working as a paralegal for Kannin Law Firm in Burien, helping to secure positive results for clients ranging from will signing to victims of police brutality. “Thank you for a positive experience at Evergreen!”

Loni Jean Ronnebaum, Tumwater, was recently promoted to retail office manager at Fungi Perfecti, a certified organic company specializing in gourmet mushrooms and mushroom-related products.

2010

Marla Dittloff

Marla Dittloff, Seattle, completed her MA in cultural anthropology and development sociology at Leiden University in the Netherlands and conducted ethnographic fieldwork on the politics of NGOs in Palestine. She currently works as the assistant to the Chief of Staff of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and serves as the chair of the Mideast Focus Ministry at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Kim Trimble, Buckley, is working at the Department of Corrections in Tacoma. She is thinking of retiring soon.

Debby Anne Gibson Moore Marchant MPA, Rincon, Puerto Rico, is currently taking care of a colony of wild cats while managing her activist Facebook page, “Citizens for a Wood Smokefree City of Shoreline, Washington” and her professional artist Facebook page “Deborah Moore Marchant Art.”

2011

Alicia LeDuc MPA, Salem, Ore., accepted a competitive summer associate position with Seattle international firm Davis Wright Tremaine. She is a presidential scholar at Willamette University College of Law and will serve as a judicial extern to Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud of the Washington State Supreme Court during her final semester, Spring 2017.

2012

Jason Dearborn MiT, Olympia, accepted a science teaching position at Harrison Preparatory School in the Clover Park School District. He currently teaches eighth and ninth grade science while serving as the science department coordinator.

Martin Lynn, Providence, R.I., works at Moo.com and is “learning the Zen art of customer service.” Since graduating from Evergreen, Martin has “worked at a ski resort, traveled across country, totaled a car... and interned for a woodworking shop, an electronics production shop, and a cyber security program.”

2013

Nick Harris, Philadelphia, started his own watchmaking company. “The self-motivation and persistence I learned from Evergreen certainly helped!” Nick strives to solicit the skills of artisans and craftspeople in the U.S., supporting small business and individuals. www.watchesbynick.com.

2014

Lawrence Abrams, Portland, Ore., is a third-year doctoral student in history at UC Davis. He recently presented, or has pending presentations of, papers at University of Texas, Northeastern University, and Kings College London.

Nate Bernitz, Encinitas, Calif., was named development director for the 1to1 Movement, a San Diego-based environmental nonprofit that promotes sustainability through education, campaigns, and social engagement.

Donald Coughlin, Olympia, is involved with the Climate Crisis Committee of the Fellowship of Reconciliation of Olympia. The group is “my most reliable and consistent source guideline for current event and environmental research and inner activity within the Washington State Legislature. It’s the social interactive group I most associate with to form lifetime attachments.”

2015

Joshua Haskell, Shelton, moved to Hanoi, Vietnam in 2015 to enroll in a 4-week intensive program to receive his CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). He now works at a language school in Hanoi as an ESL young learner teacher. When not teaching, he pursues his other passion: music. “I wouldn’t be here were it not for my wonderful experience studying abroad with the Silk Roads program last year.”