Melissa Beedle, B.A., accounting, became the Audit managing director at KPMG in Anchorage, where she has worked since 2005.
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Melissa Beedle - 2005
Julia Furukawa - 2020
Julia Furukawa, B.A., journalism - news/editorial, hosts "All Things Considered" for New Hampshire Public Radio in Concord, New Hampshire.
Jennifer Chapman - 1971
Woodhall Press recently published Jennifer Chapman's novel, "Dying for a Second Chance," a psychological thriller. Jennifer, BAE, elementary education, spent her career in education, working in the U.S. and Guatemala and establishing several intergenerational programs.
Jeff Bullock - 1987
Jeff Bullock, B.S., chemistry/biology, and '94, M.S., chemistry, who teaches agriculture at Wenatchee Valley College, was named the college's acting dean of Math, Science and Engineering.
Katie Trent - 2005
Katie Trent, B.A., political science, is CEO of Gene Juarez Salons and Spas, which has 12 locations in Puget Sound.
Ibidunni Ojikutu - 2004
Andrew Garratt, '23, B.Mus. musical performance, and the Seattle Opera's Ibidunni Ojikutu, B.A., music, performed over the summer at garden parties for the Sun Valley Opera in Hailey, Idaho. Andrew is now working toward his master's degree in music and opera at Northwestern University.
Andrew Garratt - 2023
Andrew Garratt, B.Mus. musical performance, and the Seattle Opera's Ibidunni Ojikutu, '04, B.A., music, performed over the summer at garden parties for the Sun Valley Opera in Hailey, Idaho. Andrew is now working toward his master's degree in music and opera at Northwestern University.
Scott Miller - 1994
After a career designing menswear, Scott Miller, B.A., art, teaches in the Fashion Program at Marist College in New York. Previously, Scott was the vice president of Design at Perry Ellis.
Davis Washington - 1996
Davis Washington, B.A., journalism, was recently named Washington state editor of the Franklin News Foundation. Davis also writes for The Western Journal in Arizona and The Latest.com in Los Angeles.
Bob Peters - 1985
Bob Peters, BAE, physical education - secondary, recently retied as athletic director at Centralia College, where he was the state's longest continually serving athletic director. The college's new four-acre multi-sport complex was named Bob Peters Field in his honor.
Cori Kauk - 1997
Cori Kauk, B.A., recreation, recently became the executive director of Bremerton Foodline, a food bank and distribution hub. Previously, Cori led the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank for 11 years.
Wade Nylund - 1997
Wade Nylund, B.S., manufacturing engineering technology, became the chief operating officer of Delta Motion, a manufacturer in Battle Ground that specializes in industrial hydraulic motion controllers.
Remy Levin - 2013
Remy Levin, B.S., mathematics and B.A., economics, recently became an assistant professor in the Economics Department at University of Connecticut. A behavioral and environmental economist, Remy completed his doctorate at the University of California - San Diego and spent several years as a long-distance backpacker and park ranger.
Finn Wendt - 2023
After a six-month internship at the Cascadia Daily News, Finn Wendt, B.A., visual journalism, became a visual journalist for the paper.
Carissa Jangard - 2004
Carissa Jangard, BAE, special education and '10, M. Ed., literacy, recently became principal of Carl Cozier Elementary School in Bellingham. Previously, she was the school's dean of students.
Mark Canright - 1981
Mark Canright, B.A., College of the Environment student-faculty designed major, is an organic farmer in New Jersey
Mark Hughes - 1996
Mark Hughes, B.A., economics, is director of marketing for Kitsap Mental Health Services and recently became a member of the Olympic College Board of Trustees.
Amy Hobson - 1993
Dr. Amy Hobson, B.S., community health and '97, B.A., anthropology/biology, is a naturopathic primary care physician in Seattle.
Eileen Yamada Lamphere - 1972
Eileen Yamada Lamphere, B.A., elementary education and '89, M. Ed., school administration, is retired from the Kent School District and serves as president of the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizens League. The JACL is working on establishing a remembrance gallery at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, where thousands of people of Japanese descent were incarcerated during World War II following Executive Order 9066.
Schantell Porter - 2021
Schantell Porter, B.A., business administration - management, is the office and project manager at Northwest Youth Services in Bellingham and the co-chair of PFLAG Bellingham/Whatcom Chapter. They were recently included in WhatcomTalk's list of Top 7 Under 40.