Class Notes

Class Notes

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.”

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 are the 2017 WSUV Women of Distinction honorees who will be celebrated at a reception March 30 at Firstenburg Student Commons.

February 2017

Nancy Boyce ’08 made the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s 2017 Top Forty Under 40 list. She’ll be honored at an official dinner on April 28, 2017, at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska.

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 runs through March 25 and is 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.

l to r, Tom Hannibal, Dennis Dupuis and Harvey Hewett, members of the 1968 baseball championship team. The team was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in February.

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.

Joél Nehm and Joseph Nutting, owners of Foodē and LUXE, are expanding their business to a new location in Riverview Tower.

Clark College announced that Carmen Roman received the Classified Staff Excellence Award for her work in fall 2016.

January 2017

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 ’94 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.

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

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 receives a presidential coin from Clark President Robert K. Knight in 2017.

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.

December 2016

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.

November 2016

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.

October 2016

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.

September 2016

Mike Silva ’01, Brenda Shular ’02 and Rebecca Kleiva ’10 received a Clark College Presidential Coin from President Robert K. Knight during a college ceremony.

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

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.

August 2016

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.

July 2016

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.

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.

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.

March 2016

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.

January 2016

Ashley Ginter ’08 and Austin Ginter welcomed a boy, Jacoby, December 1.

December 2015

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.

November 2015

Elson Strahan has joined Vesta Hospitality as the company’s vice president of investor relations.

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.

Bryan Gardner ’06 and Rheann Gardner ’08 welcomed their son, Beckett L. Gardner, on October 1, 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.

August 2015

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.

June/July 2015

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.

April 2015

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.

March 2015

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.

February 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.

January 2015

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.

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