Alumni News

Emily Ehrlich ’07 has received two Masters degrees since graduation; one in English Students (Western Washington University, 2011) and the other in Teaching (University of Puget Sound, 2012). Her doctoral work at the University of Washington is focused around writing instruction in secondary schools and she hopes to finish her PhD in 2017. Emily also serves as Chair of the English Department at Kentwood High School, where she teaches creative writing, 9th grade English, and UW in the High Schools English classes. (11/14)

Nancy Elizabeth MartinNancy Elizabeth Martin ‘09 went into the Masters of Arts in Teaching program at Southern Oregon University for secondary Language Arts education, and is now an Advanced Placement English Language and Composition teacher in Ashland, Oregon. She regularly uses and passes on the skills and literature she learned and analyzed while at UPS. Being a Writing Advisor at UPS was the experience that influenced her most in deciding to become a teacher, and she never gets tired of analyzing literature and writing with her students. She also hosts a monthly writing group, is an Oregon Writing Project Fellow. She is also a singer/songwriter and tours up and down the West Coast, performing cello with her indie folk band. (11/14)

Since graduation, Tess Kearney ’13 has been working in television and currently assists in the production of a public access show called “Well Read.” The show involves interviewing bestselling authors as they come through Seattle and she feels lucky to meet and chat with the likes of Anne Lamott, Jodi Picoult, Bryan Stevenson, and other interesting figures on the forefront of contemporary literature. “I am so grateful to have my University of Puget Sound education in English studies, so that when I meet these authors I feel competent, informed, and can engage in fulfilling conversation,” Tess states. You can find more info on the show at (11/14)

Hallie Bateman ’11 was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for her sketches on the New York City Climate March. Click here to read the article. (10/14)

Laura Derr '12 is completing a certificate in Nutritional Therapy through the Nutritional Therapy Association of Olympia Washington and is preparing to enter the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Antioch University Seattle.  Laura plans to combine these two interests into a career in nutrition and counseling. (9/14)

Marlon Franchini '09 is currently working as a Web Producer at Apple's iBooks division of iTunes in San Francisco. (10/13)

Jeff Jacobson '91 recently published his first YA novel as an e-book, entitled The Boy Who Couldn't Fly Straight, set primarily in Seattle.  He writes: "The protagonist is a high school sophomore who must decide whether or not to come out of the closet, as he grapples with his recent discovery that he hails from a family of witches. It's primarily an adventure story - think gay Harry Potter - and the first book in the series The Broom Closet Stories. You can find out more at" He currently lives in Shanghai, China, and is busy at work on book number two. (9/13)

Rachel Kollar '12 was accepted to all three of the filmschool/screenwriting graduate programs she applied to.  She will be attending California State Northridge's MA program in screenwriting beginning in the fall. (4/13)

Leah Vendl '11 is the Communications + Engagement Manager at Velocity Dance Center, Seattle's premier art center dedicated to contemporary dance and performance. Since graduation, Leah has worked with international presenting theater On the Boards and Stranger Genius Award winner Susie J. Lee. Previously, Leah was the Editor in Chief of Puget Sound's Literary & Arts Magazine, Crosscurrents, and a choreographer for Repertory Dance Group. She graduated from Puget Sound with a degree in English in Writing, Rhetoric and Culture and a minor in Studio Art. (10/12)

Kimberly Thomas '99 is the Student Advancement Coordinator with Highline Public Schools. Kim works with district stakeholders – students, teachers, principles, the school board, community partners – to increase the college-going rate among Highline’s low-income, high-potential students. Highline Public Schools serves 17,000+ students in the communities of Boulevard Park, Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, Sea-Tac and White Center. Highline's students represent about 80 nationalities and speak 70 different languages. Previously, Kim served as the director of the Premajor Studies Program at Seattle University and as Work Study and WorkSource Specialist at Seattle Central Community College. Kim earned her Master of Education in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington in 2005. (7/11)

Scott Rudd ’98 is assistant professor of English at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY where he teaches classes in literature and writing.  He has developed a course, The Literature of War, principally for the many veterans returning to the classroom, was a winner of the 2010 Nâzim Hikmet Poetry Festival, and has poems published in Talisman.  He spends his summers in Portland, OR. (6/11)

Lucinda Stroud '09 is working in Seattle theatre as a playwright and dramaturg.  Her adaptation of Great Expectations was produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre in 2011. (4/11)

Clay Thompson graduated from UPS with a degree in English in Writing, Rhetoric and Culture in 2009. Since graduation, he has worked at Ryther, a behavioral health care organization for children and families who have been affected by abuse, trauma, mental illness, substance abuse, Autism Spectrum Disorders or troubles adjusting to school or family life. At Ryther, Clay does marketing, publications, database management, event planning, donor relations and communications. Previously, he’s worked at Pierce County AIDS Foundation and UPS in the Admission office. Clay also earned a certificate in Public Relations from the University of Washington. (4/11)

Emilie DeWulf ’08 has travelled through various foreign rural communities in search of a greater knowledge of horsemanship practices since graduating. Having started these travels and studies with the help of a Watson Fellowship, she is currently settled in Southern Chile with the hopes of being able to tie together her experiences and newfound knowledge through writing. Emilie is probably the only UPS graduate to make a living working with a team of oxen. You can read a few of her articles at (4/11)

Geoff Oakley ’02 received his second baccalaureate from the School of Business and Leadership in 2005 and joined the Army in 2007 where he was commissioned through Officer Candidate School (OCS). Geoff is currently serving as an Armor Officer (1LT) and has been deployed to both Korea and Iraq over the past two years. (3/11)

Jessica Rosenfeld '97, Assistant Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, has a book, Ethics and Enjoyment in Late Medieval PoetryLove after Aristotle, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.  Congratulations to Jessica!  (8/10)

Danni Simon '09 will be attending the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) at the University of Chicago.  MAPH is an innovative graduate program designed to provide a flexible, focused year of advanced study in traditional and interdisciplinary fields.  Danni's studies will include cross-disciplinary graduate courses in musicology and English literature, culminating in an interdisciplinary thesis. (4/10)

April Tomlinson '07 is enrolled in the MAT Program at Puget Sound. (4/10)

Emma Montgomery '09 will attend Syracuse University for her Master of Science in Library and Information Science. (4/10)

Josh Epstein '03 received his Ph.D. in 2008 from Vanderbilt University, where he has since served as a lecturer and academic advisor.  In fall 2010, he is headed to UC Santa Barbara on an ACLS postdoctoral fellowship, where he hopes to complete his first book, on modernist literature, music, and noise. (4/10)

Dana Raike '10 is enrolled in the MAT Program at Puget Sound. (4/10)

Morkins Akins' collection of short stories was short-listed for the Pushcart Prize.

Terry Bain published a novel entitled You Are Dog.

Scott Bateman is a nationally syndicated cartoonist; look for his blog on the Worldwide Web.

Kara Becker is a journalist in Boston.

Todd Benjamin works in London as an anchor and financial news-reporter for CNN.

Allison Bennett teaches English at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, Washington, where she is also the assistant cross country coach.

Carly Blanchard has taught English in Prague.

Sarah Borsten is a published poet.

Jeremy Bort is a public-school teacher.

Linda (Breton) Tredennick is an Assistant Professor of English at Gonzaga University.

Jessica (Jessy) Bowman has completed graduate work in England and writes for The Anchorage Daily News.

Michelle Brittan is earning an M.F.A. at California State University, Fresno, where she also teaches.

Jeff Calkins teaches English at Tacoma Community College and South Puget Sound Community College.

Michael Caranci is a fishing guide at the Fly Shop in Redding, California.

Sarah Carr is earning a Ph.D. in English at the University of North Carolina.

Lauren Carroll, who majored in Art and minored in English, is teaching English in Japan.

Alicia Case lives in Washington D.C. and is pursuing an M.A. in Creative Writing.

Terry Castle is Professor of English at Stanford University.

Ryan Chapman works for Macmillan Publishers in New York City.

Tanya Chernov is living, working, and writing in Seattle.

Eric Clarke received his PH.D. from Brown University and is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

Alethea Daniels teaches at the American High School in Japan.

Laurence Davis completed a Ph.D. at Purdue University.

Rachel Decker is earning an M.A. in Education at the University of California, San Diego.

Vera Divenyi earned a degree in law and is working in Switzerland.

Kim Draggoo worked in the film industry in Los Angeles for two years and completed an M.A. in English.

Susan Duis is a librarian at Pacific Lutheran University.

Scott Eagan is a literary agent specializing in romance novels.

Jessica Enciso is an attorney.

Willi Evans (now Galloway) has a gardening show on KUOW (Seattle). She's also West Coast Editor of Organic Gardening magazine, and the focus of an article in the April Sunset magazine.

Sherrard Ewing earned an M.A. at Western Washington University and works for the Proquest Information and Learning Company.

Sammi Farris earned an M.A. in Education from the University of Denver and is a public school teacher.

Eric Gimness has taught English in Eastern Europe.

Troy Gordon earned a Ph.D. in English from UCLA and is a lecturer with their writing program.

Kat Griffin is an account manager in Palo Alto, California

Sam Hardy works for Porter Novelli in Seattle.

Andrea Haughton has served in a small Presbyterian church in West Yellowstone, Montana, and is beginning a master’s program in divinity at the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Jack Hays has published a chapbook of poetry, and he is living in Minnesota.

Tessa Huson works for the Westing Building, Inc., in Seattle.

Sarah Jackson's working on a graduate degree in Children's Literature at Hollins College.

Bayard Johnson has published a novel called Damned Right.

Carolyn Johnson works as an admission counselor at the University of Puget Sound.

Lang Johnson publishes poetry and lives in Colorado.

Michelle Jones had an internship with Sony Pictures in Hollywood. She works for the International Movie Database, and she recently published poems in Tar Wolf Review.

Natalie Jones worked for Americorps/VISTA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she teaches reading and language-arts. She is also looking at graduate schools.

Scott Kelley is a fishing-guide in Montana, where he also owns a bar and writes and publishes fiction.

Matt Kennedy works for Microsoft in Redmond.

Sarah Kennedy is in a PhD program in English at Rutgers.

J.D. Kosiarski earned an M.A. in creative writing from DePaul University.

Rebecca Larson is an attorney.

Jared Leising earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Houston and teaches in Seattle.

Sandra (Lockner) Dahlberg is a Professor of English at the University of Houston - Downtown.

Mark Lewis works for the Council of Better Business Bureaus in Virginia.

Amanda "Mandy" Lozano (art major, English minor) is racing all over North America on the TARGETTRAINING Professional Women's Cycling Team until September 2007, when she will begin the MBA program at the University of Virginia.

Brandon Lueken is a journalist in Seattle.

Carlo Matthews teaches English in South America.

Matt McGinnis is in law school at Boston University.

Emily McPherson earned an M.A. from Western Washington University and works in the academic advising program at Bellevue Community College in Washington.

Kristen Miller had an internship with Alaska Airlines, attended NYU's Summer Publishing Institute in Manhattan, and attended Northwestern University's School of Journalism.

Erin Miner is working as an editor for Time Warner and living in Manhattan.

Meredith Ott, who majored in Theater and English, is pursuing a Ph.D. in drama at the University of Oregon.

Brian Palmer works at the Weyerhaeuser Corporation and writes novels.

Bill Parker is an attorney, having earned a J.D. at the University of Virginia.

Nicole Peoples earned an M.A. at Mills College in Oakland, California

Marion Peters completed an M.A. in Liberal Studies at Dartmouth; she writes short fiction.

Courtney Pfahl is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at SUNY Buffalo.

The late Linda Plato was a garden designer and consultant; she also wrote a column for the Ballard News-Tribune, and she edited the Northwest Horticulture Society’s magazine, Garden Notes.

After graduating, Pat Poyner had a brief career in professional baseball and then attended law school in Sheffield, England, and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Pat practices law in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

David Pritchard is Director of Human Resources at the Microsoft Corporation.

Kristin Proehl is pursuing a Ph.D. in English.

Bernadette Ray teaches English at Lincoln High School in Tacoma.

Jena Robinson works in the natural and organic foods industry.

Nicole Rogers works in production at a television station in Spokane.

Jessica Rosenfeld got her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Assistant Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.

Stephen Ross is a member of a professional improv group in Seattle and plans to earn an M.A. in Education.

Tyler Roush is working as a sportswriter in Oregon.

Scott Rudd teaches at Monroe Community College. He earned an M.A. and is an ABD at the University of New Hampshire.

Bianca (Ruppeck) Tredennick is Assistant Professor of English at Gonzaga.

Heather Ryder is pursuing graduate study in editing.

Monika Salden often writes for Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, works for Starbucks, and works with an organization that funds humanitarian mission work in the Dominican Republic. Monika does public relations and works on web content for that organization.

Rebecca Saulsbury is an Assistant Professor of English at Florida Southern University, and she is contributing entries to An Encyclopedia of African American Literature.

Darcy Scott completed graduate work in Speech Therapy at the University of Oregon.

Sheldon Spencer is a sportswriter for ESPN’s online magazine; he got his start at the Morning News Tribune in Tacoma.

Carolyn Stanely works for Sugar, Inc., in Sacramento, California and is applying to MFA programs.

Marieke Steuben is pursuing a graduate degree at Oregon State University in English and Women Studies.

Matt Stevens is a project coordinator for AMES, Inc., where he specializes in international projects.

Carol Thompson teaches English in Japan.

Breanna Trygg works for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Audrey Umber earned an M.A. in Education from Portland State University.

Richard Wiley has published several novels, including Soldiers in Hiding.

Alicia Williamson is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh.

Eric Williams covers the Seattle Seahawks for the News Tribune in Tacoma. He earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Memphis State University.