Class Notes 1980-89
Pacific Lifestyle Homes, a Vancouver-based residential development company, prepares for an expansion in Puget Sound. Kevin Wann, a Clark alumnus and the founder & CEO of the company, began buying fixer-upper homes in the Vancouver area at age 19 and founded a real estate brokerage at 21.
Martin “Doug” Kohn ’80, head chef of Meriwether’s Bistro at the Red Lion in Lewiston, ID, has been named Red Lion Hotels Corporation’s Employee of the Year.
Kimberly Baker ’86, CFP, was featured in The Columbian’s Clark County Business Briefing in celebration of 25 years of service to her employer, Johnson Bixby & Associates. Baker started at the firm in 1993 as a financial planning assistant. She is now a lead financial planner.
Tony Curtis ’88, owner of Current Home Technologies, was awarded the Volunteer of the Year President’s Award by the Building Industry Association of Clark County.
Dellan Redjou ’89 was honored with the Community Champion Award for her work with SHARE by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce at their annual Business and Leadership Awards dinner.
Gayle Beacock ’81 and her brother, Russ ’81, have opened a new store in Eugene, Ore. Gayle and Russ are the children of Dale and Susan Beacock who opened the original store at 1420 Southeast 163rd Ave. in Vancouver in 1976. Dale Beacock ’50 was a professor at Clark College and an alumnus. He died in 2011. Gayle is vice president of Beacock Music Company. She will relocate to Eugene for the first year to oversee the store, located at 791 W. Eighth Ave., in the former Pacific Winds Music building. An October grand opening celebration is tentatively scheduled, according to The Columbian.
David Henrichsen ’82 and Bret Roske were married in Vancouver, Wash.
Dave Lemberg ’87, owner of Dave’s Killer Magic Shop on 17th and Main strees, was profiled by the Vancouver Business Journal. Lemberg, a high school science teacher, has owned this business since 2008. It has been at its current location with its current name since 2014.
Hon. Gina Mosbrucker ’88 is running for reelection for the Washington House of Representatives 14th Legislative District, position 2. This is an office that Rep. Mosbrucker has held since 2015.
Kristin Hanneman ’89 was named as a trustee to the Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation.
Pacific Lifestyle Homes, owned by Kevin Wann ’89, was ranked 14 out of 100 on Seattle Business Magazine’s 29th annual 100 Best Companies to Work For in Washington list.
Susan Galaviz ’85 was appointed board chair for KXRW.FM, the newly formed nonprofit sister station to Portland’s XRAY.FM, where she works as a marketing consultant.
Michael Jaeger ’87, senior account manager for F2F Events Inc., joined the Clark College Alumni Board.
Michael Jaeger ’87, Clark College alumni board member, started a new position as senior account manager at Face 2 Face (F2F) Events in Beaverton, Ore.
Nancy Retsinas ’84, a collaborative lawyer and family law mediator in Washington and Oregon, is one of the 2018 recipients of the Iris Award. She has been in private practice since 1991. In 2015 she established Retsinas Collaborative Law Center to align her values to her legal work. Co-founder and executive director of the Two Rivers Institute for Dispute Resolution, Retsinas leads collaborative law and legal team-building training for family law professionals in legal, mental health and financial disciplines. She is a contributing author to “Washington Practice Manual – Family Law,” by West Publishing, and “Building a Successful Collaborative Law Practice,” an American Bar Association publication. Her current nonprofit leadership roles include regional chair of the Northwest region for Global Collaborative Law Council; board treasurer for Collaborative Professionals of Washington; board president for Cappella Romana Choral Ensemble; and board director for the Children’s Center. She is also a former Clark College Foundation executive board and alumni board member.
Tony Curtis ’88, owner of Current Home Technologies, was named the 2018 board vice president for the Building Industry Association of Clark County.
Sue Edwards ’84, former board member of Washington State University Vancouver, was honored with a 2017 Learn Here Real Hero Award. The awards are presented to business, education, and community leaders in Southwest Washington by Identity Clark County as part of their Land Here, Live Here, Learn Here project
Melissa Smith ’89 was reelected as city council member ward 1, position 2 representative to the City of Camas Council.
Denise Coldwell-Filbin ’84 and husband Mike Filbin, co-owners of Filbin’s Ace Hardware in Vancouver, are recipients of the 2017 Business Leadership Award. They received the accolade from Leadership Clark County on October 25, 2017, at a Clark County Leadership Awards banquet. Denise is also director of engineering for The Standard, a Financial Services firm in Portland, Ore.
Nelson Holmberg ’87 was named to the board of directors for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Holmberg is the vice president of innovation for the Port of Ridgefield.
D’Ann Horrocks ’82 is a teacher with Woodland Public Schools who was recognized by the district as an Employee of Excellence at the district’s annual award luncheon.
Steve Morasch ’87 is one of five recipients of the 2017 Clark College Outstanding Alumni Award.
Brenda Walstead ’80 has been promoted to Dean of Business and Health Sciences at Clark College.
Bob Butterfield ’89, former Providence Health Plan executive, is now the owner of a franchise of Real Property Management. The firm is currently managing 135 properties in Southwest Washington, from residential single-family and multi-family residences to homeowners’ associations.
New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick ’80 has a new novel. ‘The Promise Girls” is about three sisters who try to escape the expectations of their narcissistic mother. Painful secrets are unveiled and a path to recovery is laid.
Mary Meyers ’87, former owner of Threshold, Inc., one of the first woman-owned financial services firms in southwest Washington, joined D. A. Davidson & Co. as a senior vice president and financial adviser.
Anna Boneski ’15, Julie Mercado ’15, Katie Archer Jolma ’03, Hope Baker Bump ’93, Susan Edwards ’89, Teresa Haye ’95, Kris Henriksen ’98 and Sujatha Synne ’06 were among the 2017 WSUV Women of Distinction honorees who were celebrated at a reception March 30 at Firstenburg Student Commons.
Eddie Allen ’81 is the new executive director of The Rocksolid Community Teen Center, a nonprofit that serves students in the towns of Battle Ground, Brush Prairie and Hockinson. Formerly, Allen served as a development coordinator at The Gardner School of Arts & Sciences in Vancouver. He’s also contributed his expertise to a variety of nonprofits including Humane Society of Southwest Washington, Dream Big, Gifford Pinchot Task Force, NW Association for Blind Athletes and Share.
Michael Jaeger ’87 was promoted to chief operating officer at Mekos Corporation, which does business in Washington as AutoFueling Systems, a software company. He will also serve on the board of directors. Jaeger joined the company in 2013 as its sales and marketing director.
Gayle Beacock ’81 , vice president and co-owner with her brother, Russ ’81 of Vancouver’s Beacock Music, won a She Rocks Award from the Women’s International Music Network. She received the accolade for her contributions to the music industry at the National Association of Music Merchants convention in Anaheim, Calif.