Spring 2022 Class Notes

Class Notes include professional accomplishments, awards, retirements, weddings, obituaries and other news about Western Washington University alumni; they’re gathered from published reports and communication from alumni themselves.

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Class Notes (General)

Dick Jansen - 1967

Dick Jansen, BAE, history – secondary ed and special education – elementary ed, recently retired as the tennis coach at Snohomish High School.

John Olbrantz - 1972

John Olbrantz, B.A., art history, recently published a book on the 19th century Scottish artist and traveler David Roberts, whose travels to Spain, Morocco, Egypt, and the Holy Land in the 1830s firmly established him as the most accomplished architectural and topographical painter of his day. The book accompanies a major exhibition of Roberts’s work at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, this summer. John, a CFPA Distinguished Alumnus, has served as director of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art since 1998.

Carolyn Price - 1977

Carolyn Price, B.A., journalism, retired in 2021 after publishing OutdoorsNW magazine for 33 years. Carolyn founded the outdoor recreational publication in 1988 and it became one of the top regional magazines of its kind in the country. She now plays drums in rock and roll bands.

Jan Yoshiwara - 1978

Jan Yoshiwara, M.Ed., will retire this summer as the executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Cal Bratt - 1979

Cal Bratt, B.A., journalism, retired editor of the Lynden Tribune, has been back on campus auditing classes through the Waiver of Tuition and Fees for Persons 60 Years of Age and Older. The program allows people to audit courses for $5 and take them for a grade for $25. Learn more by emailing Registrar.Office@wwu.edu.

Rick Petty - 1980

Rick Petty, B.A., economics, is an investment consultant in New York and was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Ball Brothers Foundation in Muncie, Indiana, where he’ll serve as treasurer.

Geoff Babb - 1980

Geoff Babb, ’80, B.A., biology, helped design the AdvenChair, an all-terrain wheelchair that recently took him to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back by way of the famously challenging Bright Angel Trail. Geoff’s trail team included Matt Nugent, ’17, B.A., environmental education. Babb is the founder of the Onward Project, which is devoted to encouraging and enabling outdoor adventures for people of all physical abilities.

Gary Sigel - 1982

Gary Sigel, B.S. and M.S., chemistry, is a senior principal scientist for Armstrong Flooring.

Gayle G. Kellner, - 1986

SparkPress just published “Hope, a History of the Future,” by Gayle G. Kellner, B.A., urban studies. It’s a philosophical climate fiction novel about saving the planet, incorporating history, science, politics and adventure.

Maren Haavig - 1989

Maren Haavig, B.A., Fairhaven interdisciplinary concentration, was named provost and dean of Research and Sponsored Programs at University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. Previously, she was associate dean for the School of Arts and Sciences, dean of Graduate Studies and an associate professor of accounting.

Janine Parry - 1992

Janine Parry, B.A., political science, who has been at the University of Arkansas since 1998, was named a University Professor in the Department of Political Science in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Janine is also the director of the annual Arkansas Poll. Vanessa Bloy, B.A., journalism, recently became director of Marketing Strategy for StayPineapple boutique hotels.

Judy Beliveau - 1992

Judy Beliveau, M.Ed., school administration, was appointed principal of Tahoma High School.

Darin Zehrung - 1994

Darin Zehrung, B.S., biology and ’11, MBA, became the chief business development officer for PharmaJet, which has developed a needle-free injection technology. Most recently Darin worked at PATH as Global Program Leader for their Medical Devices and Health Technologies Program.

Bret Nicks - 1994

Bret Nicks, B.S., chemistry, is an emergency medicine physician at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His first book, “Standing Naked in the Rain,” is a collection of charming short stories about Toby, a beloved Labrador-hound mix.

Laura Fead - 1994

Laura Fead, B.A., history and ’96, certificate, recently became the principal of Concrete High School after spending 17 years in Las Vegas area schools.

Elizabeth Frombgen - 1995

Elizabeth Frombgen, B.A., political science, was recently named president of Southwestern College in Kansas. Previously, she was vice president for academic affairs at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania.

Kena Greer Brashear - 1995

Kena Greer Brashear, B.A., Fairhaven interdisciplinary concentration, is a designated and managing broker of Muljat Group Realtors in Bellingham and recently earned the At Home with Diversity certification from the National Association of Realtors.

Eric Emans - 1996

Eric Emans, B.A., sociology, recently became CFO of Nintex, a process management and automation company. Previously, he was CFO for Lighthouse and also held senior finance positions at A Place for Mom, Blucora, Infospace and Corbis.

Steven Millman - 1997

Steven Millman, M.A., political science, is senior vice president for global research and operations for the market research company Dynata. He’s also a member of the board of trustees for the Advertising Research Foundation, a member of the Market Research Council and a member of Western’s Marketing Advisory Board.

Justin De Witt - 1997

Justin De Witt, B.A., art – graphic design, is the co-owner of Fireside Games and designer of Castle Panic, a popular series of cooperative board games. The company recently released My First Castle Panic for preschoolers, which received a Mom’s Choice Award. 

Shannon Eddy - 1997

Shannon Eddy, B.A., communication, recently became a deputy prosecutor for Wahkiakum County.

Dan MacPhee - 1998

Dan MacPhee, B.A., general studies, is chief of the Everson Police Department in Whatcom County.

Mandie Lusk - 1999

Mandie Lusk, BAE, special education and elementary education, recently moved to Idaho with her family and became a kindergarten teacher at Kamiah Elementary School.

Tim Hollenback - 1999

Tim Hollenbeck, B.A., geography, recently became a surveyor with AKS Engineering and Forestry in Oregon.

Mark Davis - 2000

Mark Davis, B.A., biology/ anthropology, is a dermatology physician’s assistant at Clear Choice Dermatology, a new practice in Salem, Oregon.

Andrew Maratas - 2002

Andrew Maratas, B.A., business administration – marketing, recently launched Gotcha Covered of the Greater East Side, a custom window treatment business.

Levi Pulkkinen, - 2002

Levi Pulkkinen, ’02, B.A., general studies, recently became business editor of the Seattle Times.

Chad Stoddard - 2002

Chad Stoddard, B.A., geography, recently came in seventh in the Iditarod dog sled race, and won “Most Improved.” He came in 23rd last year on his first Iditarod.

Will Taylor - 2004

In July, Scholastic will publish “The Language of Seabirds,” by Will Taylor, B.A., Fairhaven interdisciplinary concentration. Will’s fifth published book, it’s his first focusing on the experiences of LGBTQ+ preteens and will be part of Scholastic’s “Own Voices” series for middle-grade readers.

Brian Rice - 2004

Brian Rice, B.A., business administration – finance, is an attorney who recently joined Smith + Malek in Boise, focusing on corporate transactions and real estate law.

Michael Franson - 2004

Michael Franson, B.A., business administration – marketing, recently became the sports development manager for the Yakima Valley Sports Commission, working to bring sports tournaments and events to the area. Previously, he worked for Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

Aeron O'Brien - 2005

Aeron O’Brien, B.A., environmental education and ’08, teaching certificate, recently became a high school science teacher in Kamiah, Idaho. Most recently, he taught at Mount Baker Middle School in Mount Vernon.

Robert Knapp - 2006

Robert Knapp, B.S., and ’09, M.S., environmental science, works for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe in the Natural Resources Department, focusing on salmon recovery, geospatial analysis, land use planning and natural resources planning.

Ben Smith - 2006

Ben Smith, B.S., mathematics, recently became the director of the STEM Center at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.

Jocelyn Stockton - 2006

Jocelyn Stockton, B.A., finance, recently became a senior vice president and commercial relationship manager for Columbia Bank in Seattle.

Kimberly Jensen - 2006

Kimberly Jensen, MiT, was recently named principal of Mead High School in Spokane. Previously, she was an administrator in the Mukilteo School District.

Emily Halverson - 2008

Emily Halverson, B.A., accounting and French, was recently selected as the controller and principal accounting officer for Alaska Air Group. Emily has worked at Alaska Airlines since 2016, most recently as the managing director of accounting and investor relations.

Anthony Warnke - 2009

Newfound, a publisher in Austin, published “Super Worth It,” the debut poetry chapbook by Anthony Warnke, M.A., English. Anthony is enrolled in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Washington, teaches writing at Green River College, and co-facilitates the Columbia City Writing Circle.

Danielle Campoamor - 2009

Danielle Campoamor, B.A., English literature, is a reporter for TODAY Parents, where lately she’s been writing about the war in Ukraine, reproductive rights and parenting issues. Previously, she was a contributing editor at Hearst and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News, THINK, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and other publications.

Uluao “Junior” Aumavae - 2010

Uluao “Junior” Aumavae, B.A., general studies, became the chief equity officer for the city of Anchorage, Alaska. Aumavae played professional football with the NFL, IFL, and AFL for teams that included the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets, among others. Before working for the city of Anchorage, he served as the Community Outreach specialist for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Alaska as part of Operation Engage. He also worked for the National Football League Player Association, serving as the secretary and vice president. Aumavae also founded Elite Athletic Trend (EAT), a non-profit that works with youth in athletics to develop successful life skills and civic engagement, ensuring communities are vibrant, resilient, and strong.

Angela Gelfer - 2014

Angela Gelfer, B.S., geology, became a project geologist for The Riley Group, working in the geotechnical department.

Kate Sechrist - 2016

Kate Sechrist, BFA, studio art, is a textile artist who received a grant from the Japanese government to pursue her master’s degree at Kyoto Seika University in Japan. She recently won an award from the university vice president for her thesis.

Alyssa Pitcher - 2016

Alyssa Pitcher, B.A., art and visual journalism, is the marketing and tourism coordinator at the Burlington Chamber of Commerce.

Courtney Telloian - 2016

Courtney Telloian, B.A., English literature, is a freelance health writer.

Tia Stephens - 2016

Tia Stephens, B.A., German, advises the Operetta Club at Sequim High School and recently directed the student production of “Emma: A Pop Musical.”

Matt Nugent - 2017

Geoff Babb, B.A., biology, helped design the AdvenChair, an all-terrain wheelchair that recently took him to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back on the Bright Angel Trail. Geoff’s trail team included Matt Nugent, ’17, B.A., environmental education.

Emma Raivio - 2019

Emma Raivio, B.A., accounting, business administration – management information systems, was promoted to senior tax accountant at VSH CPAs in Lynden.

Savannah Smith - 2019

Savannah Smith, B.S., biology – marine, is director of Youth Engagement for Sea Potential, a non-profit she co-founded to create more opportunities for BIPOC communities in the maritime industry.

Brien Reed - 2020

Brien Reed, M.Ed., adult and higher education, is a school and neighborhood resource officer for the Mount Vernon Police Department as well as a career and technical education teacher at Mount Vernon High School.

David Moreno - 2020

David Moreno, B.A., multidisciplinary studies, is a Spanish teacher for Gabriel’s Art Kids in Bellingham, where Abbi Bailey, B.A., also teaches in the after-school art program.

Abbi Bailey - 2020

David Moreno, B.A., multidisciplinary studies, is a Spanish teacher for Gabriel’s Art Kids in Bellingham, where Abbi Bailey, B.A., also teaches in the after-school art program.

Colton Rasanen-Fryar - 2020

Colton Rasanen-Fryar, B.A., journalism – public relations, recently became a reporter for the Wahpeton Daily News in North Dakota.

Zach Willis - 2021

Zach Willis, M.S., kinesiology – sport and exercise psychology, is the assistant offensive line coach for Pacific Lutheran University’s football team. He’s also a master resilience trainer and performance expert at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Obituaries

Ruth Herren - 1942

Ruth Herren, 102, a retired teacher in Centralia, Toledo and Vader, on Sept. 27, 2021, in her home on the Cowlitz Prairie.

Ruby Virginia Bower - 1945

Ruby Virginia Bower, 99, a retired teacher and principal in Norfolk Public Schools, on Sept. 27, 2021, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Barbara Ethel Dunlap - 1946

Barbara Ethel Dunlap, 95, who worked in her family’s moving business and at Dunny’s Drive-In, on Oct. 16, 2021, in Everson.

Charles Odell - 1952

Charles Odell, 93, a U.S. Navy veteran who worked as a teacher, as an assistant to U.S. Rep. Thomas H. Pelley, and as a congressional liaison officer for the Department of Commerce before running his own business, on Oct. 5, 2021, in Westminster, Maryland.

Maxine Mae Shroyer - 1952

Maxine Mae Shroyer, 90, on Jan. 28, 2021, in Burlington.

Mary Jean Woodman - 1953

Mary Jean Woodman, 90, on Sept. 27, 2021, in Poulsbo.

Neva Leed - 1953

Neva Leed on Feb. 4, 2021, in Burlington.

Milton “Mick” Goheen - 1954

Milton “Mick” Goheen, 89, retired from Battelle Laboratories in Richland and a 20-year resident of Orcas Island, on Nov. 2, 2021.

Darlene Joan Magee - 1955

Darlene Joan Magee, 88, a former teacher and flight attendant who ran a golf course in Fisherville, Ontario, with her family, on Oct. 29, 2021, in Dunnville, Ontario.

Arlayne Doris Knox - 1956

Arlayne Doris Knox, 90, a lifelong traveler who worked as a travel agent and teacher and was a dedicated community volunteer in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Sept. 27, 2021.

Arnold Durrell Nordquist - 1957

Arnold Durrell Nordquist, 90, a retired teacher in the Nooksack and Bellingham school districts. on Sept. 24, 2021.

Grace Smith - 1958

Grace Smith, 85, a retired teacher and principal who worked in Quincy, Wenatchee and Othello schools, on Sept. 2, 2021, in East Wenatchee.

Carole Jeane Elliott - 1958

Carole Jeane Elliott, 86, a retired teacher in Anacortes, on Oct. 6, 2021, in Sedro-Woolley.

Joyce O’Donnell - 1959

Joyce O’Donnell, 84, a retired teacher and real estate agent, on Aug. 3, 2021, in Everett.

Robert Scheldrup - 1960

Robert Scheldrup, 88, a U.S. Army veteran and a retired teacher and track coach in Mukilteo, on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.

Gary H. Gregg - 1961

Gary H. Gregg, 84, on Oct. 25, 2021, in Richland.

Robert Burkhalter - 1961

Robert Burkhalter, 89, a retired teacher and coach in the Naselle School District, on Feb. 26, 2022.

Ray Aust - 1961

Ray Aust, 79, a retired teacher in the Edmonds School District, on Dec. 11, 2021, in Lynnwood.

Erling Alf Molver - 1961

Erling Alf Molver, 87, a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired teacher and principal for the Clover Park School District, on Nov. 19, 2021.

JoAnn Marchese - 1961

JoAnn Marchese, 82, a retired elementary school teacher, on Oct. 20, 2021, in Santa Rosa, California.

Herbert Langeman - 1961

Herbert Langeman, 85, a retired teacher and coach at Sehome High School, on Nov. 4, 2021.

Madelyn Ruth (Layton) Saric Gale - 1962

Madelyn Ruth (Layton) Saric Gale, 79, a retired teacher in Alaska, on Feb. 16, 2020.

Sherman Lee Grant - 1963

Sherman Lee Grant, 85, on Nov. 15, 2021.

Donald Charles Whitney - 1964

Donald Charles Whitney, 79, who worked in real estate, on Dec. 2, 2021, in Bellingham.

Patricia Ann Baldwin - 1964

Patricia Ann Baldwin, 79, a retired teacher at Blaine Elementary School, on July 8, 2021.

Peggy Pilkington - 1965

Peggy Pilkington, 78, a retired kindergarten teacher in Mukilteo, on Sept. 16, 2021.

Richard Edwin Riggs - 1965

Richard Edwin Riggs, 76, a musician and retired music teacher in the Yakima School District on Aug. 23, 2020.

D. Irene Wilson - 1966

D. Irene Wilson, 94, retired chair of the Math Department of Butte College in Chico, California, on Oct. 21, 2021.

Jane Eileen Warner - 1966

Jane Eileen Warner, 77, on Nov. 4, 2021.

Richard Charles - 1966

Richard Charles, 79, who had a long career with the federal government, on Oct. 19, 2021, in Olympia.

Pamela Ver Chapman - 1968

Pamela Ver Chapman, 76, a retired teacher in the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts, on Aug. 15, 2021.

Brad Ward Hogan - 1969

Brad Ward Hogan, 79, retired math faculty member at Highline Community College, on Sept. 11, 2021.

Charles M. Hoagland - 1969

Charles M. Hoagland, 78, a retired teacher and traveling salesman and engineer, on Aug. 6, 2021, in Lynden.

Daniel Francis Donnelly - 1969

Daniel Francis Donnelly, 76, retired from a career in mental health, on Oct. 27, 2021, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Rollin Kirk Wilson - 1969

Rollin Kirk Wilson, 74, a retired coach and science teacher, on Nov. 30, 2021.

William N. Pratt - 1970

William N. Pratt, 80, retired superintendent of maintenance at BP Cherry Point Refinery, who also helped form a refinery consortium to protect Puget Sound from oil spills, on Feb. 11, 2021.

Eleanor Luverne Flanders-Creek - 1970

Eleanor Luverne Flanders-Creek, 95, a retired elementary school teacher, on July 20, 2020, in Bellingham.

Kenneth James Kandoll - 1970

Kenneth James Kandoll, 73, a former Coastguardsman and retired carpenter, on July 19, 2021.

David Paola - 1971

David Paola, 78, a U.S. Navy veteran, musician and retired teacher, on Oct. 8, 2021.

Don Crider - 1971

Don Crider, 85, a retired middle school math teacher, on Nov. 6, 2021.

Beverly Gay Barker - 1972

Beverly Gay Barker, 90, retired English teacher at Mount Vernon High School, on October 19, 2021.

Gregory Anabel - 1972

Gregory Anabel, 70, on Aug. 3, 2019.

Stanley A. Heeringa - 1972

Stanley A. Heeringa, a Lynden resident and U.S. Airforce veteran who retired from Bostec, 76, on Dec. 9, 2021.

John D. Garber - 1972

John D. Garber, 75, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who worked in the aviation insurance industry, on Aug. 24, 2021.

Edward Alan Seafeldt - 1973

Edward Alan Seafeldt, 71, on Nov. 20, 2021.

Greg Kosanke - 1974

Greg Kosanke, 69, a longtime attorney in Whatcom County, on Jan. 23, 2022, in Bellingham.

Mary Anne Price Mead - 1975

Mary Anne Price Mead, 67, a talented singer who had a career in public administration, health policy and ethics, on August 24, 2021.

Patricia Kaye Roberts - 1977

Patricia Kaye Roberts, 69, who ran a dog lodging business with her husband in Utah before retiring, on April 7, 2022.

Fred Meyers - 1977

Fred Meyers, 88, a retired U.S. Navy pilot, on Oct. 18, 2021.

Thomas Patrick Jeffreys - 1977

Thomas Patrick Jeffreys, 75, an artist, on Nov. 21, 2021, in Bellingham.

James Michael Longridge - 1978

James Michael Longridge, 74, a retired high school principal in British Columbia, on Nov. 29, 2021.

Donald Slone - 1981

Donald Slone, 65, a retired clinical psychologist, on Sept. 23, 2021, in Lakewood.

Randall Scott Sanders - 1983

Randall Scott Sanders, 70, a retired accountant and active volunteer, on Dec. 22, 2021, in Blaine.

John Leo Roland - 1983

John Leo Roland, 63, a hydrologist for the state Department of Ecology and the recipient of the department’s Environmental Stewardship Award, on Oct. 10, 2021, in Spokane.

Kris Dale Portis - 1983

Kris Dale Portis, 63, a commercial fisher and active volunteer in youth sports, on Oct. 25, 2021, in Anacortes.

Ralph A. Gier - 1983

Ralph A. Gier, 89, a U.S. Air Force veteran, retired instrumentation and electrical engineer and licensed pilot, on Feb. 25, 2021, in Bellingham.

Timothy Wean - 1986

Timothy Wean, 74, a stone mason, teacher, baker, science enthusiast and Renaissance man, on Oct. 2, 2021.

Don Hiley - 1987

Don Hiley, 59, the facilities program manager for the Southeast Regional Resource Center in Juneau, Alaska, on Nov. 19, 2021.

Donn H. Mackenzie - 1987

Donn H. Mackenzie, 63, retired director of technical services for the McCarthy Improvement Co., on Aug. 4, 2021, in Huntington, West Virginia.

Lawrence LaVyrn Thompson - 1988

Lawrence LaVyrn Thompson, 84, a Lutheran pastor and retired archivist at Wheaton College, on Sept. 1, 2021.

Howard Mortimer - 1988

Howard Mortimer, 59, a former drug and alcohol counselor who owned Chuckanut Builders, on Nov. 11, 2021.

Carolyn Ann Hundley - 1988

Carolyn Ann Hundley, 60, a retired nurse, on Dec. 9, 2021, in Mount Vernon.

Don Alford - 1988

Don Alford, 80, a U.S. Navy veteran and retired conductor for Burlington Northern Railroad, on March 25, 2021, in Bellingham.

Lori D. McKinley - 1989

Lori D. McKinley, 66, a teacher and school librarian in the Vancouver School District for nearly 30 years, on Dec. 27, 2021.

Ronald Dasch - 1989

Ronald Dasch, 67, a finish carpenter for luxury yachts and smaller boats, on March 19, 2021, in Bellingham.

Phillip Dollan - 1991

Phillip Dollan, 70, a retired faculty member in mechanical engineering at British Columbia Institute of Technology, on Oct. 13, 2021.

Sue Kidd - 1993

Sue Kidd, 52, a longtime food writer and restaurant critic in Tacoma, on March 1, 2022.

Cindy Hubner - 1995

Cindy Hubner, 72, a retired wine specialist with Haggen Inc., on Nov. 11, 2021, in Mount Vernon.

Matthew John Mihelich - 2000

Matthew John Mihelich, 49, executive director of human resources and health services for the Sedro- Woolley School District, on Nov. 29, 2021, in Big Lake.

Moses Paul Tcheripanoff - 2003

Moses Paul Tcheripanoff, 56, who worked for the Alaska Native Tribal health Consortium and was studying for a master’s degree in Indigenous peoples law, on Oct. 2, 2021.

Kenneth Dustin Hamilton - 2004

Kenneth Dustin Hamilton, 58, who worked at Raycap, Inc., on May 6, 2020.

Floyd McKay - FAC

Floyd McKay, 86, professor emeritus of journalism, former chair of the department and an award-winning print and broadcast journalist in Oregon and Washington, on March 4, 2022, in Bellingham.

Theodore Joseph Czajkowski - FAC

Theodore Joseph Czajkowski, 81, a retired assistant superintendent of the Bellingham School District who taught at Western, on Oct. 11, 2021, in Bellingham.

Renee Collins - FAC

Renee Collins, 71, whose 30-plus-year career included leading some of Western’s most important student support services including the Ethnic Student Center, Student Outreach Services, and Career Services and Academic Advising, on Feb. 24, 2022, in Bellingham. She also earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Western, completed a doctorate at Seattle University, and was the founding president of the Northern Puget Sound chapter of the NAACP.

Weddings

Megan Lum - 2006

Megan Lum, ’06, B.A., journalism, and Sean Williams, on Aug. 8, 2021, in Auburn.

Brad Straavaldsen Mahoney - 2016

Brad Straavaldsen Mahoney, ’16, English literature, and Brittany McCormick Walker, on Nov. 20, 2021, in Brighton, Utah.