Class Notes 2000-09
State Representative incumbent, Monica Stonier will have a challenger for the 49th district seat with Park Llafet ’02. They both secured positions on November 3 general election ballot. Llafet, running as a Republican candidate, is confident he can prevail in the traditionally Democratic district. “I believe it’s going to be a hard battle, but I believe it’s possible,” Llafet said. “I think we can make it a very tough race.”
VANtalks hosted a Zoom storytelling forum in July. “Learning to Listen & Lead: Stories from our Black Community” was led by Tyler Monk, director of a local group called Ready to Rise. The event featured four local Black speakers telling their story of living in Clark County. The speakers included Rashida Willard, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at Clark and Nathan Webster ’02, a Clark adjunct business instructor.
Furry Friends recently announced changes to its board of directors, including the addition of Julie Goldbeck ’94 and Dena Hugh ’04. Furry Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and no-kill cat rescue serving Clark and adjacent counties. Founded in 1999, the volunteer organization rescues and adopts out homeless, relinquished and abused cats.
A new downtown Vancouver electric scooter businesses is providing different modes of transportation to explore Vancouver during the pandemic. REV Rides, opened by Nathan Pust ’06, sells a selection of recreational electric vehicles, including stand-up scooters, dirt bikes and unicycles. They also offer maintenance in the workshop attached to the showroom. Pust said business has boomed across the industry during the pandemic, with sales doubling and almost tripling as people find alternative modes of transportation.
The Clark County Council heard directly from county residents about their experiences with systemic racism during an online conference in July. The meeting was the result of public backlash when council chair Eileen Quiring claimed there are no indications of systemic racism in Clark County. Several individuals described what they said was systemic racism in local schools that they or their loved ones experience on a regular basis. Issues included a lack of diversity among school staff, disparate rates of student discipline, instances of students being called racial slurs and a lack of cultural engagement. Several Clark alumni spoke including Melissa Williams, director of student equity and inclusion at Clark, Edward Esparaza ’09 and Shanel Jones.
Downtown Vancouver’s Angst Gallery will close July 31 after more than a decade of displaying emerging artists’ work. Gallery owner Leah Jackson ’03 made the decision to close before the pandemic outbreak in order to focus on her adjoining business, Niche Wine Bar.
Incumbent Democratic Rep. Monica Stonier faces two challengers for Washington’s 49th district seat, including Park Llafet ’02. Llafet, running as a Republican, holds different ideas than his running mates for reopening the public school system in light of the resurgence of cases of the novel coronavirus.
Alexis Madrigal ’00 is co-founder of The Atlantic magazine’s COVID Tracking Project. He participated in a virtual discussion on June 3 while more than 100 students, faculty/staff, alumni and community members listened. The event was hosted by Clark College Foundation’s Alumni Relations. The research conducted and the data collected by Madrigal, his reporting partner Robinson Meyer and with help from 100 volunteers, has made significant ripples in the national conversation about the pandemic.
Joe Winton ’02 is the new assistant vice president for digital and integrated marketing at HCA Healthcare Far West Division in Henderson, Nev. Winton is also celebrating birth of new baby boy, Cassius, with his wife Ajya.
Washington State Representatives Brandon Vick ’04 and Larry Hoff wrote an opinion article that was published in Clark County Today and The Reflector on their views about reopening economic and recreational activity in Washington. Their proposal includes an introduction of the Republican’s Safe Economic Restart Plan that allows small businesses to be exempt from paying sales and other types of taxes for one year.
The executive director of the Clark County Historical Museum, Brad Richardson ’06, captured photos of his wife Katie Richardson ’09 and their children before she went to her nursing shift during the COVID-19 pandemic. This photo, among a collection of other photos and stories from Clark County residents, will be archived in the museum.
Patrick Ginn ’00, CEO of Ginn Group, made 13 units at the Latitude 45 Apartments available to temporarily house health care providers working during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Ryan Moor ’02, retooled his companies, Ryonet and Allmade, to manufacture face masks during the pandemic in an effort to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. The demand at Allmade has been high; they cannot keep their designs in stock. Moor made a video on his LinkedIn page showing his team managing a backlog of more than 5,000 orders.
Portland Providence intensive care nurse and Clark College alumna, Sarah Leland ’08, described her experience of being diagnosed with COVID -19 now that she has recovered from the disease. Unaware of how she became infected, Leland shares her optimism and fear of returning to work as a health care professional.
The Atlantic magazine writer and alumnus Alexis Madrigal ’00 is leading a journalistic public health effort to help people understand and respond to the new coronavirus outbreak in the United States. The COVID Tracking Project is a website full of high-quality data compiled from reputable public health and media sources. It includes visual maps and graphs, a blog, press reports, state maps and more. The team he’s working with includes more than 100 volunteer data-grabbers, journalists, scientists, visualization specialists, designers and project managers.
Clark College Foundation board member Patrick Ginn ’00 and his wife Jennifer welcomed a new addition to their family at the end of 2019. Cora Ginn was born on December 29 at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz. and measuring 20 inches.
Director of the Clark County Historical Society and Museum, Brad Richardson ’06 will host the speaker series “Main Street” at Camas’ historic Liberty Theatre on July 2. The event connects historical facts and stories to downtown buildings and corridors, providing lesser-known historic details of Clark County’s main streets. A portion of funding to sponsor the event comes from Camas-Washougal Community Chest, a grant-funding group that supports programs serving residents of Camas and Washougal.
Washougal Police Officer Francis Reagan ’06 was named Officer of the Year for a heroic water rescue on the Washougal River in May 2019. Reagan has been a member of the department since 2014 and is currently assigned to patrol. Prior to becoming a police officer, he served as a Navy SEAL and credits his training with giving him the skills to perform the rescue.
Clark College Foundation alumni board member Justin Curtiss ’09 published an article in the Vancouver Business Journal explaining how the signing of President Donald Trump’s SECURE Act could impact retirement planning strategies.
The Honorable Brandon Vick ’04 celebrated a win in the Washington legislature as five occupational licensing bills he is sponsoring or cosponsoring passed through committee hearings. The five House bills focus on easing regulations for occupational licensing in the state; Vick sees these bills as an opportunity to help improve Washington’s job growth.
Melissa Williams ’00, director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Clark College, was among a group of panelists who spoke about local black history as part of The Historic Trust’s educational Winter Chautauqua event, “Black Roots in the Lower Columbia River Basin” held at the Artillery Barracks of Fort Vancouver on February 22.
Three alumni, Melissa Boles ’08, Andrea Smith ’13 and Melissa Pedraza ’15, were recently named to Vancouver Business Journal’s “Accomplished and Under 40 Class of 2019” list. Boles is a program manager at Workforce Southwest Washington. Smith is a communications and education program manager with the Building Industry Association of Clark County. Pedraza is the brand director for MyBite Vitamins, a Gresham-based multivitamin company, and general manager of Platinum Pets in Vancouver.
Clark County Historical Museum opened a new exhibit, “History a Brewin” to commemorate Clark County’s history of beer production. Clark County Historical Society and Museum Executive Director Bradley Richardson ’06 launched the show exactly 100 years after prohibition began in America. The exhibit will remain open for a few years.
Legacy 6 Inc. was named Vancouver Business Journal’s 2019 Family Owned Philanthropic Business of the Year. Legacy 6 is a three-generation private civil construction company founded by the Wubben family. Michael Wubben ’03 is the vice president.
Washington State Representative Brandon Vick ’04 was recognized in November by the Washington Association of Education of the Talented and Gifted with its WAETAG Advocacy Award for 2019. The honor recognizes his support and efforts in Olympia to ensure all students get the education they deserve. Vick introduced House Bill 1641 in the 2019 legislative session aimed to address inequities in gifted student programs. The bill passed the House Education Committee, though it did not clear the House Appropriations Committee.
Former Clark College staff member Melissa Boles ’08 was named to Vancouver Business Journal’s “Accomplished and Under 40 Class of 2019” list. Clark College Foundation Board member Deborah Blom described Boles as “one of those servant leaders, giving of her time and efforts to ensure that our organizations are working effectively and accessible to those who need them.” Boles has served as program manager at Workforce Southwest Washington for a more than a year.
Brad Richardson ’06, who is the executive director of the Clark County Historical Society and Museum, was quoted in a Columbian article about the historic Webber Building in downtown building and its uncertain future. The building is in a swath of downtown land that Vancouver leaders see as a key to connecting the downtown core to the new Waterfront. Richardson hopes to be involved in the process to possibly save the building.
Holly McKeen ’06 was sworn in as a general practice attorney September 20 and became Clallam County’s newest deputy prosecuting attorney. She did so without attending law school, choosing instead to complete the Admission to Practice Rule 6 curriculum, an unconventional path to the legal profession. McKeen earned an associate degree at Clark and a bachelor’s equivalent at Peninsula College before taking a position with the Port Angeles City Attorney’s office.
Corwin Beverage employee Dustin Meyer ’07 was acknowledged with a place in the 2019 Pepsico Chairman’s Ring of Honor, a recognition reserved for one out of every 1,000 front line sales associates globally. He and his spouse Yulya joined 200 honorees from across the globe at a conference in New York City hosted by Pepsico Chairman Ramon Laguarta. Meyer joined Corwin Beverage in 2012 and supports large format stores for the company.
Vic Marcus ’07 and Karina (Marcus) Zaher ’09 were spotlighted in the Vancouver Business Journal. The two co-own NWI Global, a company based in East Vancouver that helps businesses, government agencies and organizations communicate in more than 200 languages. The company was founded in 1992 and transitioned ownership to Marcus and Zaher in 2015. They have worked at NWI since 2003
Tony Lothspeich ’09 was among three Clark County Fire District 6 firefighters honored July 16 at Clark County Fire Station 61 for their roles in a dangerous rescue of a rafter on the Washougal River on May 4. Lothspeich was one of more than a dozen emergency officials who responded to a woman whose foot was trapped between two boulders with water up to her neck. Lothspeich also received a Meritorious Service Medal.
During a meeting of the Vancouver City Council, Melissa Boles ’08 a manager for Workforce Southwest Washington appealed in an open letter about adding a third voting district to the city.
Janice Taylor ’08 is awarded the Clark College Presidential Coin by President Robert Knight for her dedication to and great work for the college.
Laura Butterfield ’08 joins the staff of the Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Melissa Boles ’08 was named to the 2019 board of Southwest Washington Contractor’s Association Foundation. Boles is the industry initiatives manager for Workforce Southwest Washington.
Dr. Daniel Roeter ’03 was featured in WhatcomTalk for his work as an urologist with Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists in Bellingham, Wash. He utilized a new robotic-assisted surgical method called da Vinci Si Surgical System.
Audra Rowton ’08 retired after 18 years of service to Clark College as secretary senior in the physical sciences department.
Ambient Media, which is owned by Stephen Cross ’01, joined the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.
Sherry Smith ’03, administrative services manager for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math department, was awarded the Clark College Quarterly Classified Staff Excellence Award for summer 2018.
Hon. Brandon Vick ’04 is running for reelection the Washington House of Representatives 18th Legislative District, position 1 seat. This is an office that Vick has held since 2013.
Ginn Realty Group owner Patrick Ginn ’00 joined the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. The chamber will host a Platinum Ribbon Cutting July 30, 2018, to help launch the company’s grand opening of their new office in Hazel Dell. Ginn is also a member of Clark College Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Stephen Pick ’06 was recruited to serve as the executive director of Journey Theater Arts Group, a local youth and community theater organization. Pick recently graduated with his M.A. in directing and arts administration from Boston University.
Bree Sanchez ’08 was pictured with her colleagues on the cover of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce magazine, Vancouver Vision, to promote Vancouver Mall’s presenting sponsorship of the Chamber’s 4th Annual Women’s Golf Tournament. Sanchez is a member of the management team at the mall.
Morgan Hutchinson ’06 co-owner of High End Marketplace joined with three other business partners to open Funky Fresh Juice in downtown Vancouver. Funky Fresh Juice was recently honored with the 2017 Small Business Grant from Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.
Dan Trujillo ’02 joined the team at The Reflector, Battle Ground’s local newspaper, as a reporter. Trujillo spent the last 12 years as a sports reporter for the Camas Post-Record.
Patrick Ginn ’00 and wife Jessica welcomed a healthy baby girl, Alexia Diane Ginn, on March 30, 2018. This is the couple’s first child together. Alexia also has an older sister, Rylee, aged 7.
Brittni Allen ’05 and Austin Lasseigne were married April 7, 2018. Lasseigne is the director of philanthropy for YWCA Clark County.
Justin Curtiss ’09 an attorney at Landerholm, joined the Clark College Alumni Board. He is a previous member of Clark College Foundation’s ad hoc stewardship committee.
Julie Bocanegra ’01 vice president and branch manager for Columbia Credit Union, is one of the 2018 recipients of the Iris Award. Bocanegra serves on the Evergreen School District Board of Directors. She was appointed in 2012, elected the following year and then re-elected again in 2017. Bocanegra served as vice chair and chair of that district which is the fifth-largest school district in Washington State. She was instrumental in leading the district’s student equity and technology learning initiatives. She also is a former board chair of the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce.
Bryony Melcher ’01 joined the Clark College Alumni Board’s Athletics committee as an ad hoc member. Melcher is a 2016 recipient of the Clark College Athletics Hall of Fame Award.
Kate (Burton) Jacobsen ’05 was inducted into the Clark College Athletics Hall of Fame on February 17, 2018. Jacobsen is possibly the most dominant student-athlete Clark College has seen in women’s track and field. During her two years at Clark College, she achieved greatness by earning 22 first place finishes. She was a four-time NWAACC Champion: twice in the hammer throw and twice in the discus throw. During Jacobsen ‘s 2005 campaign she won the NWAACC’s Most Outstanding Field Athlete award at the NWAACC Championships and set an American Junior College record in the hammer throw at 188’3.” This record holds today.
The following alumnae from the 2002 women’s cross country team will be inducted into the Clark College Athletics Hall of Fame on February 17, 2018, during a ceremony in Gaiser Student Center: Christine Eckstein, Genevieve Fisher, ’04, Jenna (Justus) Wood, Yesewzer Kebede, Heather Meler, Molly (Phimister) Taylor, Sarah Schroeder, Emily Vandenekart.
The following alumnae from the 2003 women’s track and field team will be inducted into the Clark College Athletics Hall of Fame on February 17, 2018, during a ceremony in Gaiser Student Center: Brittney (Anderson) Sarkela, Erin (Bell) Dooley, Genevieve Fisher, K’pree Ford-Harris, Natasha Marie Iwanick-Settle ’07, Elizabeth Jacobsen, Keyanna Jenkins-Jensen, Jenna (Justus) Wood, Yesewzer Kebede, Andrea Krugle, Inna Kluyev, Heather Meler, Katie Miller ’06, Tia Parsons, Molly (Phimister) Taylor, Ashley Rambo, Nicole (Roberts) Hood, Amy Strelow ’10, Emily Vandenekart ’03, Valerie Wyant.
Patrick Ginn ’00, owner of Ginn Realty Group, was named to Clark College Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Julie Bocanegra ’01, vice president and branch manager for Columbia Credit Union, was reelected to the Evergreen School District Board as representative for district 1.
Amy Boget ’09, former arts commissioner for the Town of Yacolt, was elected to the town council representing district 1.
Matt Donald ’02 was reelected to serve district 4 on the Woodland School District Board of Directors.
Sierra Eckman ’06 was named to Vancouver Business Journal’s 2017 Accomplished and Under 40 Class. Eckman is a certified public accountant and senior manager at Opsahl Dawson & Co.
Austin and Ashley Ginter ’08 welcomed a baby girl, Magnolia Ginter on Oct. 11, 2017 at PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center. Magnolia is little sister to older brothers Jacob and Cooper.
Brandon Skinner ’04, co-founder and CEO of Riverside Payments, was named to Vancouver Business Journal’s 2017 Accomplished and Under 40 Class.
Jessica Tijerina Turpeinin ’08, owner of A Merry Heart Events, was named to Vancouver Business Journal’s 2017 Accomplished and Under 40 Class.
Morgan Hutchinson ’06 was named a member mentor for cycle #3 of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s Mentorship Program. Hutchinson’s focus includes digital marketing and social media communications, brand development, Uptown Village, emerging industries and community event coordination. Hutchinson owns High End Market Place in Vancouver.
Reesa McAllister ’05 is a recipient of Clark’s Classified Staff Excellence Award for the 2017 spring quarter. She’s a secretary for the computer technology division.
Michelle McLaughlin ’04 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.
Tia Schmidt ’05 is a recipient of Clark’s Classified Staff Excellence Award for the 2017 spring quarter. She is an administrative assistant in the nursing department.
Nancy Boyce ’08 is one of five recipients of the 2017 Clark College Outstanding Alumni Award.
Jeff Groff ’09 was named member at large for Leadership Clark County’s executive committee.
Janice Taylor ’08 was named to Clark College Foundation’s stewardship sub-committee.
Eddie Allen ’04 joined the staff of St. Joseph Catholic Church and School as development director.
American Sign Language instructor Becky Engel ’06 was one of five Clark College faculty honored at Clark’s commencement with a 2017 Exceptional Faculty Award. She serves on the ASL advisory boards for the Vancouver, Battle Ground, Evergreen and Camas school districts.
Irina Kolychev ’01, a registered nurse, is among four PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center nurses named by the March of Dimes as Oregon and Southwest Washington Nurses of the Year.
The works of six local artists, including gallery owner and director Leah Jackson ’03, are on display in May at the Angst Gallery in Vancouver, Wash., to celebrate spring. Jackson is one of the founding members of the Mosaic Arts Alliance. She also owns the Angst Gallery and the adjacent wine and art bar, Niche.
Debbie Marcoulier ’02 was appointed to the Public Facilities District Board that oversees the Hilton Hotel and Convention Center property. She is president/CEO of the design-build contractor RSV Building Solutions.
Reid Trevarthen‘s ’09 artwork is on display in May at the Angst Gallery in Vancouver, Wash. “National Geographic Magazine” is the source for his impressionistic work. His body of work can be viewed on his website.
D. A. Davidson & Co. hired Colin Ault ’07 as a registered client associate in the Vancouver office. Ault previously worked at Threshold Inc., and as a financial adviser at Edward Jones.
Alicia Smith ’05 recently joined Davidson & Associates Insurance as a personal account manager.
Katrina West ’05 is a new test technician at Sigma Design. She brings to the job experience as an assembly/rework operator working on prototypes and complex assemblies.
Lora Whitfield ’02 was awarded tenure by Clark College’s Board of Trustees on March 14.
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.
The newest members of the Athletics Hall of Fame were inducted on February 4, 2017. The recipients are basketball stand-out Beth Hamrick Graves ’95, four-time All American Kalani Rodrigues ’03 (awarded posthumously) and the 1968 baseball team that won the state community baseball championship and held the western champion record that year. View photos of the event and watch the inductee videos online.
The National Organization of the Model UN selected a position paper written by Michael Cordes ’16 as their nationwide template. Cordes was a Model UN student delegate while at Clark. As a result, Cordes and Clark College will be attributed for all National Model UN student delegates learning to write position papers. Cordes represented Russia at the 2016 National Conference; the subject of his paper was human rights. He was awarded the Distinguished Delegate Award for the paper. He is currently attending the University of Washington.
Nancy Boyce ’08 is one of three finalists for the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) Foundation’s Technician of the Year Award. She’ll be recognized during an AEMP conference in March 2017.
Mechanical engineer Melissa Covel ’07, who is the holder of three U.S. patents, joined the Sigma Design team in December 2016.
Chad Doing ’02 joined Rip City Radio 620 as the pre- and post-game host for the Portland Trail Blazers games. Rip City Radio 620 is the flagship station for the Trail Blazers basketball team.
Daniel Rogers ’01, Chandra Chase ’02 and Melanie Green ’06 were named as Vancouver Business Journal’s Accomplished and Under 40 recipients in October. The annual award highlights the brightest, young leaders in our community. Chase is a programs and communications director at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Following her graduation Clark, Chase received a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University Vancouver. She has served on Clark’s Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2013. Rogers is the chief financial officer at Clark College Foundation. He earned his CPA credential in 2004 following his graduation from Washington State University Vancouver in 2003 where he earned a bachelor’s in business administration. He’s also the board chair of Partners in Careers.
Regional accounting firm Perkins & Co. promoted Vancouver native Paris Powell ’00 to shareholder.
Clark College alumnus and employee Narek Daniyelyan ’09 was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee as the student member of the Washington State University Board of Regents for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Kameron Hurley ’00 is the author of the nonfiction collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, which contains the Hugo-Award winning essay “We Have Always Fought.” Her epic fantasy series, the Worldbreaker Saga, comprises the novels The Mirror Empire (2014), Empire Ascendant (2015), and The Broken Heavens (April 2017). Her first space opera, The Stars are Legion, will be published from Simon and Schuster’s Saga imprint in January 2017. Additionally, her first series, The God’s War Trilogy, which includes the books God’s War, Infidel, and Rapture, is a science-noir series that earned her the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer and the Kitschy Award for Best Debut Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in Popular Science Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Year’s Best SF, The Lowest Heaven, and Meeting Infinity. She has also written for The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly, Bitch Magazine, Huffington Post and Locus Magazine.
Ashley Ginter ’08 and Austin Ginter welcomed a boy, Jacoby, December 1.
Ellyn Cyr ’02 and Glen Knight, welcomed a boy, Royce C. Knight, on May 9, at 7 pounds, 8 ounces.
Olga and Roman Sayenko ’08 welcomed a boy, Rostislav, on March 27. Their son weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces.
Belle Johnson ’09 and Kelly Johnson gave birth to a boy, Logan, on March 5, 2015.
Jack Divine ’06 and Marci Divine gave birth to a boy, Cruise, on February 22, 2015.
Jordan ’10 and Samantha ’09 Sherman welcomed a baby girl in January.
Kristin Tortorello ’06 and Darrell Smith of Vancouver, welcomed a new baby named Kingston Leigh Smith on December 3. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces.