Class Notes 2010-2020

Class Notes - Clark College Foundation

October-November 2018

Christopher Hight ’17 was featured in the Vancouver Business Journal in their weekly column “Up Close.” Hight is a data engineer for Interject Data Systems for HP in Vancouver. Additionally, Hight runs a nonprofit called Future of Code, which provides code literacy education to kids and young adults.

Megan Knight ’13 was featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Vancouver Vision Magazine, a Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce publication. Knight is a speech and language augmentative assisted communications specialist with Innovative Services Northwest.

Miranda ’14 and Nicholas ’04 Larson welcomed a son, Hunter Larson on October 22, 2018.

Lindsey Norberg ’16 spoke at the Clark College Business Web Practices Speaker Series on the subject of “The Creative Hustle.” Norberg is a visual designer for local financial services firm Johnson Bixby & Associates.

Fastech Solutions, owned by Tom Strobehn ’10, joined the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

Adeena Wade ’16 spoke at the Clark College Business Web Practices Speaker Series on November 7. Wade is currently employed in the marketing and communications office at Washington State University Vancouver, where she is also studying integrated strategic communications, psychology and women’s studies.

September 2018

The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce hired Sarah Cooke ’14 as its member engagement and communications specialist.

Jacob Granneman ’16 joined the news staff of ClarkCountyToday.com. Granneman graduated this spring from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman.

Sunshine Hill ’18 seen in Clark’s machine shop in 2017. Hill recently married.

Sunshine Hill ’18 married Michael Adams on September 5, 2018.

Alan Hwang ’13 facilitated a workshop, “A Digital-Only Strategy to Maximize Cyber Monday” through the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) on September 18, 2018. Hwang’s business, ACH Marketing, is a member of the GVCC.

Jules Laspa ’14 married Holly Susanne Kayleen Engh on August 28, 2018.

August 2018

Damion Jiles Sr., ’10 is running for a seat in the Washington House of Representatives, 17th Legislative District, position 2.

Scott Micheletti ’10 and partner Desiree Carlson welcomed a baby girl, Brooklyn M. Micheletti on August 9, 2018.

July 2018

Fallon Hughes ’12 accepted a new position with Pacific University in Forest Grove as coordinator for experiential education compliance.

Matthew Kuhl ’12 is running for the position of Wahkiakum County auditor. Kuhl currently serves as staff accountant for the Institute for Professional Care Education in Vancouver, Wash.

Nathaniel Brezner-Mendoza ’18, was recruited to play for the University of Portland Pilots starting as a right-handed pitcher this fall. Brezner-Mendoza is currently playing for the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League as a member of the Boulder Collegians team, where he has gained recent recognition for his skills on the field. Brezner-Mendoza is also the developer of the board game, Safe On A Base: www.safeonabase.com.

Integrative Body, Yoga and Massage, a holistic treatment center, owned by Deborah Watson ’11, joined the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

June 2018

Reporter Kandra Kent ’10. Photo by Jackson Hogan, The Daily News

Kandra Kent ’10 was featured in The Daily News in Longview, Wash., about how she got into journalism. Kent has been a reporter for KPTV (Fox 12 Oregon) since 2016.

Jonathan Dutson ’18, a graduate of the Machining program and former student ambassador at Clark, accepted a job at Howser Steel in Portland.

Leslie Minton ’12 and Sarah Kotz ’13, both of Gibsonton, Fla., were married in Clark County.

May 2018

Amanda Leigh Brown and Nicole Shannon Arnold ’10 were married in Vancouver, Wash.

Alec Cook ’17, currently third baseman for Linfield College, signed a 10-day contract with the Corvallis Knights for the 2018 season. The Knights are a collegiate summer baseball team located in Corvallis, Ore.

Audreyana Foster ’15 started a new position as customer service engineer at ASML, a semiconductor company.

Audreyana Foster (right) seen here in 2012 with classmate Debbie Peters.

Devin Gaughan ’17 joined the team of Sigma Design. Gaughan is a former firmware technician for Hewlett-Packard and is working toward a degree in neuroscience at Washington State University Vancouver.

Christina Gay ’12 was recognized in April in The Columbian for her academic and career accomplishments. Gay was a recipient of the I Have a Dream Program scholarship in 5th grade while attending Hough Elementary School in 1995. With the program’s support, she earned a registered nurse credential at Clark College and a bachelor of science in nursing at Washington State University Vancouver. Gay is now nearing her fourth anniversary as an RN for Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital.

First-generation college student Ramon Hernandez joined the Peace Corps in Morrocco, North Africa, following his graduation this spring from Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Brison Manandic ’18, a Running Start student from Camas, Wash., joined the FC Portland Football Club.

Ezekiel Wells ’15 was promoted to juvenile probation associate at the Clark County Juvenile Court.

Sigma Design hired Jefferay Watson ’16 as a test engineer. Watson has worked in the tech industry in Portland and Vancouver since 1997.

April 2018

Courtney Braddock ’16 joined the board of the Vancouver Energy Community Fund.

Barbara “Dani” Bundy ’17 accepted a new position as organizational change management coordinator for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. She most recently served as student affairs ctcLink operations manager and student affairs liaison to the Guided Pathways initiative at Clark College.

Takunda Masike ’16 accepted a summer internship at the University of Wisconsin Madison in which he will assist in building chemical sensing and imaging capabilities using a quantum defect in a diamond structure.

Richelle McMann ’13, licensed massage therapist is the new owner of Self Balance Massage Inc.

Carlee Sanders ’11, of Washougal, wed Brain Smith, of La Habra, Calif., in Bellingham, Wash., on November 5, 2017.

March 2018

Jessica Beach ’12, secretary senior for Transitional Studies, is the winner of the Clark College Quarterly Classified Staff Excellence Award for fall 2017.

Azure Calder ’15, a mortgage lender for Evergreen Home Loans, joined the Clark College Alumni Board.

February 2018

Travis C. Eckert ’13

Travis C. Eckert ’13, grandson of Chicago Cubs player, Travis A. Eckert, joined the Minor League Baseball team, the Lexington Legends, which is a Class A Affiliate of the MLB’s Kansas City Royals.

January 2018

Kandie King ’14

Kandie King ’14 joined the Clark College team in the Office of Diversity and Equity as temporary administrative assistant.

December 2017

Fallon Hughes ’12 was hired as a program coordinator for Student Affairs at Clark College.

Takunda Masike ’16 completed his active training duty for the United States Army. He’ll attend the University of Washington in January.

October 2017

Cody Messick ’10 is part of a team of scientists that detected a fourth gravitational wave on August 14, 2017, which was announced on September 27. During the latest discovery, Messick was one of a handful of scientists who managed the wave data. His team heard the event about 30 seconds after it arrived on earth. “In our estimate, the noise would only produce something that looks like this roughly one in every 140,000 years,” said Messick, who is a doctoral student in physics at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Penn. Days following that announcement, three lead scientists from that team were awarded the Nobel Physics Prize on October 2, 2017, for their detection of the ripples in the fabric of space-time that occurred 1.8 billion light-years away. The first observation of the so-called gravitational waves was in September 2015.

September 2017

Mari Jessup ’12 was named a member mentor for cycle #3 of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s Mentorship Program. Jessup’s focus includes women in business, women of influence, office productivity and wellness. Jessup is an office manager for Miller, Nash, Graham, and Dunn LLP.

James Lackey ’14 and Kira Phillips welcomed a girl, Evelyn Lackey, who was born August 29, 2017.

Rachel Taulbee ’12 was hired by Clark College as a human resources assistant responsible for tracking benefit eligibility for employees.

August 2017

Aleksandr Anisimov ’13 was tapped for Clark’s Classified Staff Excellence Award in spring 2017. He’s an eLearning systems specialist.

Castine Cruz ’18 is an international student from Guam, who was awarded the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year. She is studying health, biology, psychology and anthropology.

Takunda Masike ’16 was awarded a Washington NASA Space Grant scholarship to attend the University of Washington. He was also a semi-finalist for the Martin Foundation Honors Scholarship.

July 2017

Cody Messick ’10 is the 2017 Clark College Rising Star Alumni recipient.

June 2017

Alex ’11 and Paige Bailey ’12 welcomed twins Kingston and Kingsley, born May 22, 2017.

Kayla Cayton ’14 is one of five 2017 recipients of the iQ Credit Union scholarship program, honoring students pursuing undergraduate degrees or professional training.

Stephanie Eakins ’15 and husband Kyle are the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce 2017 Citizens of the Year.

Spencer Gwinn ’16 is one of the recipients of the Clark County Fair Association Scholarship in 2017. In addition to being a Clark graduate, he also graduated from La Center High School and is currently attending Montana State University.

Charis Holscher ’15 wed Ensign Noah Wachlin on June 3, 2017. She is the first person in the history of the University of Wyoming at Laramie to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in only four years.

Tarek Kanso 14 was hired at Zenith Properties Northwest.

Katarina Kubiniec ’16 is one of five 2017 recipients of the iQ Credit Union scholarship program, honoring students pursuing undergraduate degrees or professional training.

Lucas McGee ’13, of Creative Computer Solutions Inc., was promoted to senior network engineer.

Trevor Peterson ’17 and Harper Christian were married on June 10, 2017.

June 2017

Stephanie Tyna ’13 will join the faculty of Vancouver School District as a third grade teacher this fall. In addition to her Clark degree, she holds a master of arts in teaching from Concordia University.

Adriana Valencia ’16 is one of five 2017 recipients of the iQ Credit Union scholarship program, honoring students pursuing undergraduate degrees or professional training.

Gail Weeks ’10, 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.

May 2017

Michael Lusk ’13 was recognized for his work helping a local business. He and his student colleagues from Washington State University Vancouver’s Carson College of Business worked as a consultant for Ethereal Meads, a producer of locally sourced mead in Battle Ground. Lusk helped the small business expand their market and products and created a new label for their products.

Matthew ’14 and Amy Miller welcomed a boy, Owen J. Miller, born April 30, 7 pounds, 4 ounces.

Robert Moehnke ’13 was recognized for his work helping a local business. He and his student colleagues from Washington State University Vancouver’s Carson College of Business worked as a consultant for Ethereal Meads, a producer of locally sourced mead in Battle Ground. Lusk helped the small business expand their market and products and created a new label for their products.

Evan Rumble’s ’11 “Shattered Sandstone, Table Rock, ID, 2017”

Evan Rumble ’11 was the featured artist in the “Teachers as Artists: Washington Arts Educators” juried exhibition at Maryhill Museum of Art in March and April. His work “Shattered Sandstone, Table Rock, ID, 2017” was displayed at the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center. The annual exhibit showcases the talent of Washington’s arts educators. “This subject of this painting is pulled from a black and white photograph I took of a large boulder, about 12 feet high, located just off a trail on Table Rock, a popular hiking destination for Boise, Idaho, residents. The cleavage of the sandstone seemed like an interesting dynamic to explore with shapes, while the limitations of a gray-scale palette could be fun to push,” says the artist.

April 2017

Cody Messick ’10, a doctoral student at Penn State, was awarded an Academic Computing Fellowship in April. The fellowship is offered through a partnership between Penn State’s graduate school and Penn State Information Technology Services. In 2015, Messick was part of a team that detected a first-ever gravitational wave signal, a phenomenon predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916. Since then, prestigious institutions have requested to have Messick train their undergraduate and post-doctoral students.

Donovan ’14 and Emily Nylund of Brush Prairie welcomed a daughter, Ellen H. Nylund, on March 24, 2017.

Greg Oehley ’12 of Olson Engineering was promoted to associate principal.

Jeremy Pinson ’14 joined the Sigma Design Team as an engineering technician.

March 2017

Cody Messick ’10 is lead author of a paper titled “Analysis Framework for the Prompt Discovery of Compact Binary Mergers in Gravitational-Wave Data.”

Kate Roose ’16 joined the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington as a program manager.

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.

January 2017

Justin Jenks ’14 was hired to the accounting staff of Geffen Mesher & Co.

Kylan Johnson ’14 and Alex Mickle ’08 are opening Columbia Food Park, with mulitiple cuisine and beer options, in April 2017.

December 2016

Melanie Shelton ’16 together with classmates from Washington State University Vancouver, founded Strategic U, a professional student organization that helps nonprofits build brands.

November 2016

Ashlyn Salzman ’13 joined the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce as an events manager. She will coordinate events such as the Holiday Heroes Luncheon and Legislative Outlook Breakfasts. Salzman currently serves as a Clark College Alumni Association Board member and has volunteered for the farmer’s market and completed Leadership in Clark County in 2016.

October 2016

Jessica Lively ’15 joined the product design and engineering firm Sigma Design as an administrative assistant.

September 2016

Vanessa Meyer ’15 and Joanne Emel ’99 received the Clark College Exceptional Classified Staff Award from President Robert K. Knight  during a college ceremony.

August 2016

Takunda Masike ’16 received the Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy Research Ethics award from the University of Delaware following an internship in biomedical research he participated in during the summer.

July 2016

Candis Oliver ’14 a U.S. Army veteran, and active National Guard Reservist, joined Coldwell Banker Seal as a broker in its Vancouver West office as part of the company’s new Home from Service program. Home from Service recognizes the marketable skills veterans acquired in the military.

June 2016

Pitcher Travis Eckert ’14 signed with the Kansas City Royals on June 20, 2016, after being selected in the 7th round of the MLB draft. The 6-foot, 2-inch player was their 223rd pick. Eckert played for Clark for one season in 2014, leading the team to the South Region Championship and the top seed in NWAC’s championship tournament. That was also Clark’s banner year with 30 wins – the first time the college’s baseball team reached that mark. He transferred to Oregon State University in 2015.

Taylor Silagy ’14 was hired as a structural engineer for Firefly Space Systems, an aviation and aerospace industry company in Cedar Park, Texas. The company’s primary focus is creating low-cost, high-performance small satellite launch vehicles.

Steve Monette ’11  is Sigma Design’s new electrical engineering technician.

March 2016

Jacob Pont ’15 and Kristen Moreno welcomed a boy, Logan, born February 18, 2016.

December 2015

Nichole Noelle ’14 joined the Accounting Services department at Clark College as a fiscal techician.

October 2015

Troy Foley ’13 and Kristina Foley welcomed Kysa Susan Foley to their family on September 30, 2015.

Katheryn Whitmer ’14 and Timothy Whitmer announced the birth of their son, Harrison L. Whitmer, on September 18, 2015.

Kristine Meyer ’10 and Nolan Meyer proudly announced the birth of their littlest penguin, Kasen J. Meyer, on October 8, 2015.

September 2015

Craig Ebersole ’12 is the new program specialist in the Career and Employment Services department at Clark College.

April 2015

Elise  ’13 and Mitch Stills,  welcomed a boy, Lane Michael, on January 21. Their son weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces.