Cody Messick ’10 is part of a team of scientists that detected a fourth gravitational wave on August 14, 2017. The announcement was made on September 27. 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. During the latest discovery, Messick is one of a handful of scientists who manage 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.
LeAnne Bremer will serve a second term on the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. Bremer is a partner-in-charge at Miller Nash Graham and Dunn LLP.
The Columbian won the Business of the Year for large business from the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce at its 2017 Business and Leadership Awards event on September 20. Jody Campbell, an alumna of Clark College, and Scott Campbell are the publishers.
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.
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.
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.
Vancouver Mayor Timothy Leavitt ’92 accepted a professional position with Otak, an architectural and engineering consulting firm. Most recently, Leavitt was a senior civil engineer with PBS Engineering and Environmental. Leavitt, who has served two, four-year terms as mayor, is not running for re-election.
Lee Rafferty ’78 is the recipient of the John S. McKibbin Leadership Legacy Award by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Rafferty received the accolade at the chamber’s 2017 Business and Leadership Awards event on September 20.
Rachel Taulbee ’12 was hired by Clark College as a human resources assistant responsible for tracking benefit eligibility for employees.
Steven VanderPloeg ’96 and Angela VanderPloeg welcomed a girl, Harlow Madrone, who was born August 31, 2017.
Washington State Rep. Brandon Vick (18th District, Pos. 1) received the Statesman of the Year award from the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. He received the accolade at the chamber’s 2017 Business and Leadership Awards event on September 20.
Aleksandr Anisimov ’13 was tapped as for Clark’s Classified Staff Excellence Award for the 2017 spring quarter. He’s an eLearning systems specialist for the eLearning department.
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.
Sam Elliott ’65 plays a different kind of hero in the new drama “The Hero.” He plays an aging movie star who longs for one more great role.
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.
Kevin Lycklama ’98 was promoted to EVP/chief operating officer for Riverview Bank. He is responsible for the bank’s daily operations and management. Lycklama has been executive vice president and chief financial officer of the company since 2008.
Takunda Masike ’16 is a semi-finalist for the Martin Foundation Honors Scholarship at University of Washington, and is interviewing for a Washington NASA Space Grant scholarship.
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.
Thomas Mears ’59, the chairman of Holland, Inc. and former CEO of Burgerville, published an autobiography, “Serve With Love.” Clark College Foundation hosted a book signing at Clark College in his honor on August 22, 2017.
State Rep. Elizabeth Pike ’96 announced she’s running for Clark County Council chair to a crowd of supporters at her Fern Prairie farm on August 18. Pike is a Republican.
Michael Rash ’66 and his wife woke up to rain and gusty wind after Hurricane Harvey hit in Houston, Texas, but were relieved to see Brays Bayou Greenway in front of their condominium had started to recede noticeably. “Still, we can’t go more than a couple blocks in any direction. I think the danger to us is now minimal, but many, many thousands are in desperate situations and all around the greater Houston area. To us, this has been an inconvenience, but to tens of thousands, it is a devastation. We are blessed to be safe, sound, high and dry.”
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.
Darlene “De” Stickel ’72 is running for re-election for her current seat on the Educational Service District 112 board. She’s been a member since 1998. She currently represents Director District 6, covering the majority of Evergreen School District.
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.
Mitchell Jackson ’93 is one of five recipients of the 2017 Clark College Outstanding Alumni Award.
Dr. Debra Jenkins ’93 is one of five recipients of the 2017 Clark College Outstanding Alumni Award, and the first African American woman to be selected for the prestigious alumni accolade. Jenkins is a tenured professor at Clark (also the first African American woman to receive tenure at Clark) who has an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from the college, a bachelor’s and master’s in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, and a master’s in Psychology and doctorate in Higher Education Administration from University of Phoenix. She is the chair of Clark’s Behavioral Sciences division and head of the Early Childhood department. In 2016, she presented research the Women of Color’s Experiences and Strategies in Constructing Non-executive Community College Leadership at the Oxford University Round Table Symposium in Oxford, England. She was a co-researcher in the Teaching Umoja 15-year participatory research project conducted in Port Royal, Golden Grove and Moore Town, Jamaica, exploring tri-literacy and bi-cultural indigenous adult-child development. Jenkins is also the recipient of the 2009 Women of Achievement for Clark County.
John “Denny” Kiggins ’58 is running for reelection against two other candidates for commissioner, position 3 on the Clark Regional Wastewater District Commission. He has held the position for 18 years.
Tina Krause ’98 was named to the board of directors as curriculum committee chair for Leadership Clark County.
Rujean “Jeanne” Mack ’67 is one of five recipients of the 2017 Clark College Outstanding Alumni Award.
Jim Mains ’97 was named secretary and development committee chair for Leadership Clark County’s executive committee.
Tracey Malone ’97 was named recruitment committee co-chair for Leadership Clark County.
Cody Messick ’10 is the 2017 Clark College Rising Star Alumni recipient.
Steve Morasch ’87 is one of five recipients of the 2017 Clark College Outstanding Alumni Award.
Bob Sable ’96 was named marketing committee co-chair for Leadership Clark County.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Johnston ’92 recipient of 100 Most Influential Real Estate Agents in Portland award, joined Living Room Realty’s Portland northeast office.
Tarek Kanso ‘14 was hired at Zenith Properties Northwest.
The Mainstream Republicans of Washington selected Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey ’97 as their local government official of the year.
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.
Katarina Kubiniec ’16 is one of five 2017 recipients of the iQ Credit Union scholarship program, honoring students pursuing undergraduate degrees or professional training.
Tim Leavitt ’92 and PBS Engineering & Environmental started an Unmanned Aerial Systems program that uses drones to collect aerial information in a safe and efficient way.
Matt Loop ’91 was named Camas High School Teacher of the Year at the school’s graduation ceremony June 16, 2017.
Welding professor Brian McVay ’99 was one of five Clark College faculty honored at Clark’s commencement with a 2017 Exceptional Faculty Award.
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.
Oswald may have been absent, but Michael Rash ’66 was at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., in June showing his Penguin Pride alongside OSU’s Benny Beaver.
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.
Brenda Walstead ’80 has been promoted to Dean of Business and Health Sciences at Clark College.
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.
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.
Heather Huyette ’98 was recognized for her work helping a local business. She and her student colleagues from Washington State University Vancouver’s Carson College of Business worked as a consultant for Déjà Vu Consignment, a resale clothing boutique. Huyette helped the small business with marketing metrics and optimizing inventory.
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.
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.
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.
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 ’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.
David Sims ’78 is a winner of Clark College’s Classified Staff Excellence Award for 2016-2017.
Sarah Theberge ’92 was one of 11 early learning champions to be honored by Educational Opportunies for Child and Families at a luncheon on May 10.
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.
A Buddy Bench at Gause Elementary was installed and dedicated to honor the memory of beloved teacher Alisa Vail ’95.
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.
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.
Local artist Guy Drennan’s ’78 mural commemorating 150 years of the Vancouver Fire Department will be completed this spring. The mural is being painted on the North wall of the Walgreen’s Pharmacy building, located at 2515 Main Street.
Mark Hagen is a new computer aided design and drafting (CADD) instructor at Clark College.
Michael Ludwig ’97 was awarded tenure by Clark College’s Board of Trustees on March 14. He teaches dental hygiene.
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.
Children’s author Gretchen McLellan ’96 read from her debut picture book, “Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3” on April 1, at the Camas Public Library.
Brian McVay ’99 was awarded tenure by Clark College’s Board of Trustees on March 14. He teaches welding.
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.
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.
Sunny Parsons ’94 was named to the board of the Building Industry Association of Clark County.
Jeremy Pinson ’14 joined the Sigma Design Team as an engineering technician.
Alicia Smith ’05 recently joined Davidson & Associates Insurance as a personal account manager.
Kent Walsh’s ’76 latest work of fiction, “Legend of Beards Hollow,” was published in March 2017.
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.
Cody Messick ’10 is lead author of a paper titled “Analysis Framework for the Prompt Discovery of Compact Binary Mergers in Gravitational-Wave Data.”
Michele Rudi joined the board of trustees of the Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation.
Kate Roose ’16 joined the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington as a program manager.
Merry Saari, focus manager at LSW Architects, is a new board member of Vancouver’s Downtown Association.
Leslie Mohlman, community, student, family outreach and resource coordinator for Woodland Public Schools, created the district’s new Our Kids, Our Business task force to address the needs of under-resourced families in the Woodland community.
Sherri Bennett ’94, executive director of YWCA Clark County, is the keynote speaker at WSUV’s Women of Distinction Event on March 30.
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.
Sierra Eckman was promoted to senior manager at Opsahl Dawson, a Vancouver-based CPA firm.
Julia Houle and Niko Niko, of Vancouver, welcomed a baby girl, Bunnie Wynne Siatua Houle-Niko, on January 24, 2017. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces.
Clark College alumni gathered in the Frost Art Center’s lobby gallery in February for a reception for their collective show, “The Next Step.” The alumni were Elizabeth Alexander, Trisha Bottemiller, Jordan Jones, Sam Mackenzie and Kelly Keigwin, Hector Macias, Yelena Roslaya, Lauren Ruhe, Aleka Tomlinson, Alyssa Willard. The show highlighted the achievements of former students in the college’s ceramics. The show ran through March 25 and was part of Clark’s programming during the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts conference in Portland in March.
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.
Tracy Malone was appointed to Camas School Board’s District 5 position on February 2, 2017.
Clark College announced that Carmen Roman received the Classified Staff Excellence Award for her work in fall 2016.
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.
Katherine Garrett ’91 director of Share Housing First has retired after 15 years of dedicated service to the homeless community in Vancouver.
Mitchell Jackson ’93 author of “The Residue Years,” read and discussed his work at Clark College’s Columbia Writers Series on January 17, 2017.
Justin Jenks ’14 was hired to the accounting staff of Geffen Mesher & Co.
Glenn Piekstra recently joined the Sigma Design team. He brings 20 years of experience as a technician in both production and research and development.
Judge James Swanger retired after serving in the U.S. District Court since 2005.
George Welsh Jr. ’67 received a presidential coin from Clark College President Robert K. Knight at the 2017 State of the College address on January 20 for his dedicated service to the college.
Sheryl Bateman ’95 joined the board of directors of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Bateman is owner and president of Allied Fastening Supply Inc., a Vancouver-based distributor of construction and industrial supplies.
Michael Harvey ’93 was promoted to Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps on July 10, 2016. He received an associate degree in Nursing and licensed practical nurse (LPN) at Clark.
Melanie Shelton ’16 together with classmates from Washington State University Vancouver, founded Strategic U, a professional student organization that helps nonprofits build brands.
Paul Christensen ’53 received the Vancouver Business Journal’s Kyle Corwin Legacy Builder Award for 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.
Rhett Hendrickson was promoted to manager and vice president of Cascade Title Company. He has been employed with the business since 2008 and has 25 years of experience in title insurance.
Runyan’s Jewelers, of Camas, celebrated their 70th anniversary during a November open house. Paul and Barbara Runyan, the former business owners, were present at the celebration with their daughter and current owner, Debbie Runyan-Parker. Paul Runyan is a Clark alumnus.
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.
The Southwest Washington Contractors Association named Andrea Smith as its marketing and communications manager.
Kristine Syverson and Darin Kyle, announce the birth of their son, Kody E.M. Kyle, born on November 17. He was eight pounds, 13 ounces.
LeAnne Bremer was elected to serve on the WSBA Environmental and Land Use Executive Committee at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn. She also is a member of the board of directors of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce for 2016-17, and recently joined the Clark County Council for the Homeless Board of Directors.
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.
Jessica Lively ’15 joined the product design and engineering firm Sigma Design as an administrative assistant.
Ridgefield City Council member Darren Wertz recently received an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities.
Regional accounting firm Perkins & Co. promoted Vancouver native Paris Powell ’00 to shareholder.
Alicia Cooper placed fourth in the Miss America competition for 2017. The current Miss Washington received the award during the final competition in Atlantic City, N.J. on September 11, 2016. She performed a tap dance and her platform, from which she based her presentation, was titled Live on Purpose: Defining Your Legacy. Her platform is influenced by her grandmother Rosemary. She received a $17,000 college scholarship.
Gena Bailey joined the board of directors of the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington. Bailey is a senior director for dental care delivery at Kaiser Permanente. She has been with Kaiser since 1988.
Colin Kemppainen and Ashley Kemppainen, of Battle Ground, Wash., welcomed a boy, Thomas Mikael, July 21. He was eight pounds.
Jim Lucey is the new board treasurer for Workforce Southwest Washington. Lucey is the controller at Linear Technology.
Krista Luera is the new budget secretary for HeLa High School, an Evergreen district school.
High Five Media co-founder Jim Mains will serve as vice president of Identity Clark County (ICC). Mains currently holds ICC’s honorary Ed Lynch Board Seat, a one-year courtesy position reserved for an emerging leader. Mains has 10 years of political and community leadership experience, including leading campaigns and serving as an elected Clark County Freeholder. He also has a decade of ministry service and serves as assistant to the Ed Lynch estate.
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.
State Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, is a candidate for the U.S. House for Washington’s 3rd district. Moeller is a chemical dependency counselor at Kaiser Permanente. He served eight years on the Vancouver City Council before being elected to a 49th Legislative District House seat in 2002. He also served as speaker pro tempore of the state House. Moeller faces incumbent U.S. Rep. Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, in the general election.
Laura Beckel Thoreson made her debut as a mezzo-soprano in August with the Portland Opera and its production of “The Italian Girl in Algiers.” The madcap comedy, written by Gioachino Rossini, follows Isabella, the titular Italian girl, who shipwrecks off the Algerian coast. Beckel Thoreson credits former Clark College choir director April Duvic with encouraging to be a professional singer.
Alicia Cooper was crowned Miss Washington. Cooper is the fourth Clark County resident in 67 years to earn the title of Miss Washington. She is also the 2013 and 2016 Miss Clark County, as well as Miss Clark County’s Outstanding Teen in 2011. She earned an associate degree at Clark College and is a senior at Washington State University Vancouver, where she is working toward a bachelor’s degree in social science, specializing in personnel psychology and human resources. A licensed real estate broker, Cooper also is a member of the WSUV HR society and mentor to teens.
Rod Cook was appointed to the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes’ Board of Directors.
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.
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.
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.
Aron Nels Steinke won the Graphic Literature Award at the annual Oregon Book Awards for his children’s book, “The Zoo Box.” He co-authored the book with Ariel Cohn.
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.
Mary Sauer ’95 The Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Riverview Community Bank, named Mary and Jerry Sauer as 2016 Businesspersons of the Year. The Sauers own Excavator Rental Services. The company has more than 30 employees in Camas.
Steve Monette ’11 is Sigma Design’s new electrical engineering technician.
Jacob Pont ’15 and Kristen Moreno welcomed a boy, Logan, born February 18, 2016.
John Svilarich was hired by Clark College Foundation as an administrative assistant.
Ashley Ginter ’08 and Austin Ginter welcomed a boy, Jacoby, December 1.
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.
Jim Mains ’97 was named to the newly formed Ed Lynch board for Identity Clark County. He is also a director of the Ed Lynch estate. Mains is a partner at High Five Media, a marketing firm in Vancouver, Wash. He co-hosts the variety show Hello Vancouver and the video blog The Vancouver Side.
Nichole Noelle ’14 joined the Accounting Services department at Clark College as a fiscal techician.
Elson Strahan has joined Vesta Hospitality as the company’s vice president of investor relations.
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.
Craig Ebersole ’12 is the new program specialist in the Career and Employment Services department at Clark College.
David Clark joined Davidson & Associates Insurance of Vancouver as a personal insurance associate. A native of Clark County, he has an associate in arts with honors from Clark College.
Nelson Holmberg ’90 was named vice president of innovation for the Port of Ridgefield. In his new role, Holmberg will be tasked with identifying and securing new opportunities and revenue streams for the port.
The Hon. Barbara Johnson was selected to serve on the board of directors for H-RoC, a nonpartisan political action committee promoting women in leadership positions in Clark County. Johnson served the Clark County Superior Court for 28 years until her retirement in March 2015. She served on the Clark County Bar Association, and was the 1983 president of the State Board of Directors of Washington Women Lawyers.
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.
Todd Zalk ’95 joined the Salvation Army Clark County Advisory Board. Zalk works in business banking and commercial lending at Wells Fargo Bank. He has been in banking for more than seven years and was previously at Bank of Clark County in Vancouver.
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.
Kristen and Corey Stackhouse, a Clark alumnus, welcomed Preston, at 8 pounds, 7 ounces, on June 25, 2014. Editor’s note: As reported in The Columbian on April 2, 2015.
Elise ’13 and Mitch Stills, welcomed a boy, Lane Michael, on January 21. Their son weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces.
Roy Heikkala was appointed as a commissioner for the Vancouver Housing Authority by Vancouver Mayor Timothy Leavitt.
Don Jacobs of NW Injury Law Center in Vancouver received the Trial Lawyer of the Year award by the Clark County Bar Association. Jacobs is a former Clark adjunct faculty member.
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.
Sean Janson, assistant coach of Clark College Men’s soccer team, was hired as executive director of the Washington Timbers Football Club.
Cheri Martin, a Clark alumna and former Clark College Foundation staff member, was named the executive director at the School of Piano Technology for the Blind.
Jordan ’10 and Samantha ’09 Sherman welcomed a baby girl in January.
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.
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.