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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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Richard Macías - 2003

Richard Macías, B.A., art, lives in Frankfurt, Germany, with his wife and two children, where he works in the General Services Office of the U.S. Mission Germany's Frankfurt General Consulate. The largest U.S. consulate in the world, Frankfurt supports many other U.S. diplomatic posts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

Natalie Reeder - 2020

Two 2020 alums were among the 17 teachers nationwide to receive the 2023 Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers from the National Science Teaching Association. Hillary Hunsaker, BAE, general science – elementary, is a STEM teacher at Conway School in Mount Vernon, and Natalie Reeder, BAE, general science – elementary, is a third-grade teacher at Cascade View Elementary School in Tukwila.

Hillary Hunsaker - 2020

Two 2020 alums were among the 17 teachers nationwide to receive the 2023 Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers from the National Science Teaching Association. Hillary Hunsaker, BAE, general science – elementary, is a STEM teacher at Conway School in Mount Vernon, and Natalie Reeder, BAE, general science – elementary, is a third-grade teacher at Cascade View Elementary School in Tukwila.

Michelle Bender - 2013

Michelle Bender, ’13, B.S., biology - marine emphasis, is an attorney who specializes in Earth law and serves as legal counsel for Ocean Vision Legal. Previously, she was the ocean campaigns director for the Earth Law Center where she helped draft Rights of Nature laws and policies around the world. Michelle recently spoke in the College of the Environment’s Environmental Speaker Series on “Ocean Rights: An Emerging Environmental Ethic to Transform Ocean Governance.”

Larry Orman - 1983

Larry Orman, ’83, B.A., business administration and computer science, is the vice president for marketing and communication at Alcorn State University, the nation’s oldest, historically Black landgrant university. Larry and his son recently climbed the 19,341-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. “The eight-day Tanzanian climb to the top of Africa, through five climate zones, including an arctic zone at the equator, still feels surreal,” Larry writes.

Jeffrey Meriwether - 1995

Jeffrey Meriwether, ’95, B.A., and ’97, M.A., history, was recently selected as the dean of the Feinstein School of Humanities, Arts and Education at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. Jeffrey is a well-regarded professor of European, African and military history at RWU and has served in several administrative roles—most recently as the school’s associate dean.

Ken Dalena - 2021

Ken Dalena, B.A., theatre, is a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam War vet and has worked as an actor in television and film roles. He recently directed his first play, “You Can’t Take it With You” at The Claire Theater in Lynden.

Ethan Frank - 2021

Ethan Frank, B.A., Fairhaven interdisciplinary concentration, is a marketing associate with Marketing Choices, and he’s based in Maui, Hawaii.

Peter Condyles - 2020

Peter Condyles, B.A., history, is a member of the Marysville City Council and president of the Marysville Historical Society.

Kendall Lujan - 2020

Kendall Lujan, B.A., anthropology, is a guitarist and singer-songwriter in Portland, where she recently released a self-titled, four-song EP.

Michael Nguyen - 2020

Michael Nguyen, B.A., journalism – public relations, is the head coach of the eSports team at South Puget Sound Community College.

Nate Brown - 2019

Nate Brown, B.A., business administration – marketing, recently expanded the food truck business he co-owns, Sweet As Waffles, into a brick-and-mortar location in downtown Bellingham.

Whitaker Jamieson - 2018

Jennifer Paolini, BAE, mathematics, lives in Portland with her husband, Whitaker Jamieson, B.S., student-faculty designed major. Jennifer reports they’re both working their dream jobs: She’s teaching math and Whitaker is working with electric vehicles.

Jennifer Paolini - 2018

Jennifer Paolini, BAE, mathematics, lives in Portland with her husband, Whitaker Jamieson, B.S., student-faculty designed major. Jennifer reports they’re both working their dream jobs: She’s teaching math and Whitaker is working with electric vehicles.

Alex Crape - 2018

Alex Crape, B.A., business administration, was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps shortly after graduation and went on to serve 3 ½ years in Okinawa, Japan. He served as a Combat Logistics Detachment Commander, a Motor Transport Platoon Commander, a Training Officer within a Combat Logistics Regiment S-3 Section, and various other duties abroad, including training the Royal South Korean military. He was recognized as Motor Transport Officer of the Year for the fiscal year 2022 and was hand-selected to attend a U.S Army Captain Career Course as a Marine; only 16 Marines annually get to attend, on average.

Natalie (Bankuti) Summers - 2018

Natalie (Bankuti) Summers, B.A., archeology, completed her master’s degree in archaeology from University College London and then worked in Belize with the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project. These days, Natalie is an archeologist for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and will soon begin her doctorate studying ancient Mayan hieroglyphics.

Claire Carlson - 2018

Claire Carlson, B.A., political science, is a bilingual court advocate for domestic and sexual violence survivors in Oregon. Last fall the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence gave her the PASSION Award (Perseverance, Advocacy, Sensitivity, Strength, Integrity, Optimism, Nurturance).

Eurydice Pentz - 2018

Eurydice Pentz, B.A., environmental policy, recently started a new role in the Sustainability Division of Pierce County’s Planning and Public Works Department, where she helps to implement the county’s Sustainability 2030 Plan.

Jamie Clough - 2016

Jamie Clough, B.A., political science, is the government relations director for the Delaware Association of Realtors.

Jordan Saravanja‐Recania - 2015

Jordan Saravanja‐Recania, B.A., communication studies, recently began volunteering as a judo instructor with Zenyu Dojo in Maple Valley. He’s also studying to become a certified USA judo coach and working toward his third-degree black belt. In February, Jordan became an elementary support paraeducator with Federal Way Public Schools, where he now works alongside some of his former elementary school teachers.