alumni news and correspondence
Last year, Jennifer
Clark Laska ’96 and
her husband started
Jen & Joe’s Cookie
Dough. Their products
are already in a couple
of supermarket chains,
with more to come
this year.
refurbishing her home studio
into a combination work space
and storefront while also run-
ning Mockingbird Lane Wire
on Etsy. See her work at www.
Colleen Dyble
returned to Wash-
ington, D.C., in 2011 after
two years as a development
and marketing specialist for
the Ecumenical Church Loan
Fund (ECLOF), a microfinance
organization focused on sup-
porting human development
and building sustainable com-
munities in the poorest dis-
tricts of Peru. She turned down
a position with USAID to start
her own international man-
agement consulting business,
Vita Global, because she saw
a need to help organizations
develop effective infrastructure
and processes in order to at-
tract funding. Colleen received
help with this endeavor from
Portland Reed ’95
she met “randomly at a bus
stop in Fairfax, Va., in 2001.”
Portland is now a licensed rep-
resentative for high net-worth
clients for Vanguard. More on
Vita Global at
com. Colleen earned her mas-
ter’s in international commerce
and policy from George Mason
University in Fairfax, Va., in
Leah Kintner
earned her
master’s degree in interna-
tional peace and conflict
resolution, with emphasis in
global environmental policy, at
American University in Wash-
ington, D.C., in May 2012.
Congratulations, Leah!
Brian Knowl-
is the new
director of entertainment for
SeaWorld San Antonio and
its new water park, Aquatica.
In his most recent position as
senior production manager
at SeaWorld, Brian produced
more than 100 shows and
events over the past nine
years, including
Row Caper
He is an
accomplished concert musi-
cian who has performed and
recorded with the Seattle
Symphony Orchestra and the
Nashville String Machine. Brian
earned his doctorate in enter-
tainment law from St. Mary’s
University School of Law in San
Emma Beyer
is a student
counselor and administrator
at the Institute of International
Education at Stockholm Uni-
versity, where she earned her
master’s degree in internation-
al and comparative education
in 2012.
Busy actor
Eric Ankrim
lauded, this time for work
behind the scenes, for his
buoyant direction” of
ELF: The
in a Dec. 7, 2012,
attle Times
theater review. The
show played at Seattle’s 5th
Avenue Theatre from Nov. 30
to Dec.31.
Kelli Schimelp-
fenig M.A.T.’04
was interviewed in a Q&A ar-
ticle in the
Chinook Observer
December 2012. She was born
and raised in Chinook, Wash.,
and graduated from Ilwaco
High School. After earning her
B.F.A. in photography at the
Pacific Northwest College of
Art in Portland, Ore., and her
master’s degree at UPS, Kelli
taught in Vancouver, Wash.,
briefly and then at Ilwaco High
School starting in 2006. She
teaches beginning and ad-
vanced art and graphic design,
and is an advisor for the senior
class, yearbook, gay/straight
alliance, National Art Honor
Society, and the Digital Culture
Club. Kelli lives in Ilwaco with
husband Rick and their two
preschool-age sons.
The New Media Consortium
NMC), an international con-
sortium of learning-focused
organizations, selected
Budisch Steighner
for its
new NMC K-12 Ambassador
Program. Launched in January
the program is a global
search for K-12 education
professionals who are com-
mitted to using innovative
approaches to teaching and
learning in their classrooms. As
a NMC ambassador, each of
the selected individuals earned
a one-year NMC membership.
Each applicant was required to
submit a video that described
the innovations taking place
at their school and their ties
to the NMC Horizon Project
research. Cheryl is a teacher
at Camelot Elementary School
in Auburn, Wash., part of the
Federal Way Public Schools.
Congratulations, Cheryl!
R.A. Beattie
was selected for the
Fly Fishing Film Tour that
had a stop in Seattle on Feb.
7 (
trailer available at www.
thef3t.com). A fly-fishing guide
during high school and col-
lege, R.A. combines his passion
for fly fishing with his passion
for photography. His entry
was filmed on location in the
remote Alacranes Reef in the
southern Gulf of Mexico. Find
out about R.A.’s current proj-
ects at
Aubrey Shelton ’05
was highlighted in
a recent
News Tribune
for his role as the head boys
basketball coach at Tacoma’s
Lincoln High School. He grad-
uated from Lincoln in 2001,
the same year the Abes won
all but one game during the
regular season and took the
Class 4A state championship
title. His old coach at Lincoln
left for his own alma mater, 4A
Curtis High School in Univer-
sity Place, Wash. Aubrey was
then hired when the position
opened at now-3A Lincoln in
This year Lincoln made
it to the second round of the
state tournament, convened
in the Tacoma Dome Feb. 28–
March 2.
Kaitlin Lubetkin
is an engineering
graduate student and doctoral
candidate at the University of
California, Merced. A
mento Bee
article, published
Nov. 20, 2012, noted Kaitlin’s
summer research in Yosemite
National Park on conifer tree
encroachment into subalpine
meadows in the Sierra Nevada.
She used two llamas to help
carry the needed equipment
for her research. Kaitlin is
scheduled to complete her
program in 2014.
Lan Nguyen
is an
VISTA member. She works
as a program developer in
the University of Washington
School of Dentistry’s Office of
Educational Partnerships and
Diversity. Lan recently joined a
Giving Project with the Social
Justice Fund Northwest, a
Seattle-based foundation. She
tells us: “A Giving Project is a
participatory model for fund-
ing social change and building
community.” Lan’s project is
the Immigration Reform Giv-
ing Project, which helps fund
organizations that play a role
in immigration reform and
supports the immigrant rights
movement. If you’d like more
information about Lan’s proj-
ect, contact her at tuyetlan.
Jimmy Fioretti
was hired to lead
Auburn Mountainview High
School’s boys soccer program
in Auburn, Wash. He was a
soccer assistant coach at Puget
Sound from 2008 to 2012,
and then was an assistant for
his other alma mater, Auburn
High School, last season. Jim-
my also has coached at Wash-
ington Premier F.C., where he
won an 18-and-under national
title in 1999.
Kimberly Hopper
and Tra-
vis Pittman were married Aug.
25, 2012,
at Tetherow Golf
Club in Bend, Ore. They hon-
eymooned on Maui and make
their home in Kent, Wash. Kim
is a physical therapist for a re-
tirement community in Seattle,
and Travis is a journalist in
Trevor Miller
was hired as
FAB Marketing Group LLC’s
digital marketing specialist in
December 2012. He’ll provide
support for client digital mar-
keting initiatives, social media
marketing, and Web analytics.
Juliette Witous
was inter-
viewed for a Dec. 18, 2012,
article in
The Sonoma Index-
about her experience
with WWOOFing. She assured
readers that she doesn’t talk
to dogs. WWOOF stands for
World Wide Opportunities on
Organic Farms. Juliette worked
at a WWOOF site before study-
ing abroad in New Zealand
during her junior year at UPS.
She’s given up WWOOFing
for now and started a new job
in San Diego in January—for
Teqspring Inc., a software in-
cubation, design, and develop-
ment company.
In Memoriam
Stana Landon
assistant ath-
letic trainer at Puget Sound,
lost her battle with breast
cancer on Thanksgiving Day,
She was 35. As an ath-
letic trainer, Stana’s job primar-
ily focused on the health and
well-being of the nearly 500
Logger athletes. She attended
Washington State University
for more than a year but re-
turned home to Dillon, Mont.,
after her father died. Stana
completed her bachelor’s de-
gree in environmental science
and sports medicine at The