Class Notes

1952

Before he played basketball as a Logger, Darwin Gilchrist was a member of the 1948–49 Olympic College basketball team that went 29-1 and made the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championships. The team lost to Compton, Calif., 62-61, in the semifinals but was the winningest team in school history. Darwin, his teammates, and coaches were inducted into the Olympic College Athletics Hall of Fame on June 9, the Kitsap Sun reported.

1956

Robert Anderson retired from a career as a physician with the U.S. Army in April. He was most recently at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Robert lives in Olympia, Wash., and is an active member of the Tacoma Astronomy Society.

1961

book coverIn May, C. Mark Smith’s fourth book was published. Congressman Doc Hastings: Twenty Years of Turmoil chronicles the life and congressional career of Richard “Doc” Hastings, who represented Washington’s 4th Congressional District from 1995 to 2015. Mark, who holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Puget Sound, uses Hastings’ time in Congress as a thread to tie together the major events of that period that have led to our growing political divide and congressional dysfunction.

1970

Pilot Ed Horne came out of retirement this spring to accept a job with Arizona-based International Air Response. The company provides specialized aerial services, including fire suppression, oil spill cleanup assistance, and support for film crews. International Air Response’s planes and pilots have been on set for films such as Captain Phillips and The Dark Knight. Ed says the job is something of a homecoming for him, as the airfield he’ll be working out of is the same one he was based at as a U.S. Air Force pilot after graduation from Puget Sound. He’ll  also be flying C-130s, which he did for 23 years as a military pilot. Ed said the job is a “great opportunity to get back into the cockpit.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in history, became a member of the Theta Chi fraternity, and played basketball as a Logger. He is also a longtime volunteer with Puget Sound’s alumni office. He’ll be moving to Arizona for the job later this year.

1974 REUNION YEAR

Richard Mahaffey’s pottery was displayed at Tacoma Community College’s art gallery during the month of April. Tacoma Weekly reported that Rick’s “large, earthy storage jars,” inspired by Japanese pottery, were the centerpiece of the show. Rick began studying pottery in San Francisco before moving on to San Jose State University. He earned his master’s degree in art and design from Puget Sound.

1976

Barron’s magazine this spring named Paul Ried as one of the nation’s top financial advisors. The list of 1,200 represents the top 1 percent of the nation’s advisors. Paul is the founder and president of Bellevue-based Paul Ried Financial Group and has been named to the prestigious list for the past 10 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Puget Sound, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Delta honor society and worked for The Trail. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University.

1978

C. Patrick Smith became chief executive officer of New Jersey-based Designed Learning Inc. in April. The firm provides consulting and training to companies on how to be better business partners. Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Puget Sound and has more than 30 years of experience in the training and consulting field. He also holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

1982

Brad Creswell, cofounder and managing partner of Seattle private equity firm NCA Partners, was appointed to serve on Thrivent’s board of directors in February. Minnesota’s Albert Lea Tribune reported that he joined 12 other directors who, together, are responsible for overseeing all matters pertaining to the Minneapolis-based not-for-profit Fortune 500 membership organization. Thrivent’s mission is to help Christians be wise with money. Brad earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Puget Sound, where he played soccer as a Logger,  and a master’s degree in finance from Dartmouth College.

1983

Elizabeth George added a new position to her nonprofit résumé in February. She is the St. Louis Community Foundation’s director of philanthropic advising. In the newly created position, Elizabeth is responsible for offering strategic advice and counsel to the foundation’s donors and private foundation clients. She was previously the managing director of The Rome Group and vice president of programs at Deaconess Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Puget Sound, where she was a member of multiple honor societies and worked for ASUPS and The Trail. She also holds a master’s degree in social work from Washington University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.

Ed Nugent M.B.A.‘83, chief operating officer for Massachusetts-based software company PcVue Inc., wrote an April article for Facility Executive about unified building management systems. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Puget Sound and has 24 years of experience with supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) development and implementation. He is also an author and editor for the University of Hawai‘i’s Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training SMART Grid Curriculum Development project.

In January, Curtis Price retired from a 30-year career with the U.S. Geological Survey. He is now teaching full time in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Curtis graduated from Puget Sound with a bachelor’s degree in geology and earned a master’s degree in geology from Dartmouth College. He lives in Rapid City, S.D.

Karen Allen Witters, an occupational therapist and owner of Pioneer Therapy Center in Puyallup, Wash., authored a column for Lake Tapps Living’s March issue. She earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Puget Sound and, in her piece, discussed the importance of internships and the clinic’s on-site student program. The therapy center partners with Puget Sound to give occupational therapy students hands-on experience in a working clinic.

1985

Ralland Wallace, who played basketball for the Loggers during the university’s green-and-gold Division II era and went on to play basketball professionally in Australia, has retired from coaching the sport after a 29-year career. Lewis County’s The Chronicle reported in March that the Toledo, Wash., native “has decided to hang up the whistle” as R.A. Long High School’s head basketball coach. Ralland, who came to be known as “The Big Fella,” started his basketball career while attending Toledo High School, where he took the team to state twice in his four years. He played with the Loggers for three years and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. At 6 feet, 7 inches tall, he played professionally in Australia before returning to Washington to begin coaching. He led the boys’ team at Longview’s Monticello Middle School to back-to-back undefeated seasons in 1999 and 2000, and took over as head coach at R.A. Long in 2006. He says the kids are what he will miss most about coaching. “The kids are a kick in the pants,” he told The Chronicle.

1986

Jeffrey Ball, president and CEO of Whittier, Calif.-based Friendly Hills Bank, was profiled in ABA Banking Journal in March. He discussed his banking experience and the importance of discussing policies and banking experiences with federal lawmakers, especially when it comes to regulations. Jeffrey holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in business administration and finance from Puget Sound, and a master’s degree in business administration from Whittier College.

1990

Jeffrey Baines, athletic director at Sumner High School, was named the 2017–18 Athletic Director of the Year by the Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association (WSSAAA) in May. Jeffrey holds a bachelor’s degree in math education from Puget Sound and a master’s degree in educational administration from Western Washington University, and has been in the position at Sumner for 14 years. The Courier-Herald reported in May that the WSSAAA award recognizes athletic directors who are dedicated to keeping athletics as an integral part of the total education program, involving as many students as possible, making full use of school and community resources, and using athletics “as a catalyst to achieve some demonstrable progress in the social and cultural environment of the school and/or community.”

Jim Mullinax ‘90, the U.S. consul general in Chengdu, China, sings in a humorous Chinese New Year video created by the consulate in February. Jim Mullinax, the U.S. consul general in Chengdu, China, was featured in a humorous Chinese New Year video created by the consulate. The video, which was posted to Chinese social media platforms and Facebook in February, is based on a Chinese hit reality TV show called The Rap of China and incorporates a very popular local song called “Chengdu.” Jim, who holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and government from Puget Sound and is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, is one of the singing “contestants” featured in the video, which has been viewed more than 2 million times.

1991

David Brown ’91, M.A.T.‘97, an assistant professor of literature and languages at Marymount University, was awarded a Digital Humanities Fellowship in April. The fellowship is in cooperation with Carnegie Mellon University, and David will be part of a team working on technologies to support Carnegie Mellon’s First-Year Writing Program, including software that helps students evaluate their writing. David earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education from Puget Sound. He went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

David Johnson was appointed to the position of chief commercial officer of Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT) in  March. The biopharmaceutical company is currently working to develop a pill to treat patients with sickle cell  disease. David is responsible for building and leading sales, marketing, business analytics, and market access.  Prior to joining GBT, David spent 15 years at Gilead Sciences, a Seattle-based pharmaceutical company, and 11 years at Glaxo Smith Kline. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Puget Sound, where he was a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi honor society and joined the Sigma Nu fraternity. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina.

In March, the Yakima Herald featured Lynn Van Auken, co-owner of pool and spa store Yakima Watermill, in a weekly column about local business owners. According to the article, Lynn has co-owned the business for 20 years and lives in Yakima with her husband, dog, three cats, and four chickens. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Puget Sound.

1992

Michelle Bacon Adams is Kitsap County Superior Court’s newest judge. The former county court commissioner took her seat on the bench in June, when Judge Leila Mills stepped down. Michelle has served as a temporary judge for the Port Orchard Municipal Court, Gig Harbor Municipal Court, and Kitsap County Superior Court. She also practiced family law at her Gig Harbor firm, the Law Office of Michelle Adams PLLC. She earned her law degree from Seattle University after earning her bachelor’s degree from Puget Sound with a double major in politics and government and public administration. In a public statement about Michelle’s appointment, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said her “community involvement and 22 years of legal experience throughout Kitsap County have earned her the respect of those who appear in her courtroom. She will make an  excellent addition to the bench.”

Backcountry Magazine spreadSeattle-based professional ski guide and avalanche instructor Matt Schonwald was featured in a March Backcountry Magazine article about backcountry skiing at Mount Baker. He recently had his second Washington backcountry skiing aerial photo guidebook, A Guide to Mt. Baker, published by Off-Piste Ski Atlas. The guidebook joins a similar one about backcountry skiing in Snoqualmie Pass, which was released in February 2017. In the Backcountry article, Matt discussed the array of skiing options that await at Washington’s northernmost volcano. Matt is a native of New York who came to Washington because of his passion for skiing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies from Puget Sound, where he played lacrosse, was on the ski team, and joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Hilary Wiek, a graduate of Puget Sound’s Business Leadership Program, moved to Minnesota this spring to accept a position as director of investments for The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations. Her role is to shepherd the assets of the foundations responsibly to ensure the 75-year-old organization continues to “promote equity of all kinds” well into the future. As she is new to the area, Hilary is also looking for local alumni and would “love to have an alumni get-together if there are any around!”

1993

Jeremy Allyn ‘93, a professional observer with the Northwest Avalanche Center, stands in the backcountry near Crystal Mountain ski resort.In April, Crosscut published a piece about Jeremy Allyn, a professional observer with the Northwest Avalanche Center. He discussed his work and Washington’s deadly avalanches, which were responsible for seven of the nation’s 19 avalanche deaths this season. Jeremy, who holds a bachelor’s degree in religion from Puget Sound, is one of two avalanche specialists who work out of the National Weather Service station based in Seattle’s Sand Point. His job consists of skiing into the backcountry areas of the central and southern Cascades and investigating avalanche sites. Accident reports are published based on the photos and information he gathers. Jeremy has loved skiing his entire life—he was involved with Puget Sound’s ski team and took a year off from college to work with Crystal Mountain’s ski patrol—but he told Crosscut that the job can get exhausting: “Interviewing loved ones and partners and fully investigating these incidents, you can’t help but look at them from a perspective of ‘Hey, this could be my friends or my partners, or me.’”

Tony Gomez, education manager at Tacoma’s Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, was profiled in the March issue of South Sound Magazine. The educator and percussionist, who is originally from the Bay Area, discussed a variety of topics, from his love for Tacoma—he said the city is to Seattle what Oakland is to San Francisco and he feels “at home in the mix of working folk and duality of industrial grit and natural beauty”—to some of his favorite things. He loves watching superhero TV shows with his children and enjoys Southern Kitchen’s catfish and grits for breakfast. He joined the Broadway Center staff in 2014 and holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative sociology from Puget Sound and a master’s degree in education from the University of California, Berkeley.

1994 REUNION YEAR

Jeffrey Hale ’94, M.A.T.’95 became principal of Bainbridge Island’s Woodward Middle School on July 1, the Bainbridge Island Review reported. He has been the school’s assistant principal for the past two years and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in teaching from Puget Sound. He received his principal certification from Western Washington University. Jeff said the new position is “a great honor and privilege.”

1995

Jennifer Tenlen, associate professor of biology at Seattle Pacific University, was awarded tenure this spring after six years at the institution. Her research focuses on the genetics and evolution of embryo development, particularly in micro-animals such as tardigrades—also known as “water bears”—and nematodes. She said she enjoys her research because it allows her to play with water bears, “one of the cutest microscopic critters out there.” Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Puget Sound, where she was a member of three honor societies and received numerous awards. She earned a master’s degree in education from Seattle University and holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Washington.

book coverBacked by his 20 years of experience working in the public education field, Jonathan Wolfer had his book, The Testing Backlash, published in May 2017. The book chronicles the 2015 pushback against standardized testing by Colorado students, parents, and educators that culminated in zero students participating in testing in some schools, mostly in Boulder, Colo. Jonathan is currently the principal of Boulder’s Douglass Elementary School. He also has held careers as an assistant principal, central office administrator, and teacher. He earned a bachelor’s degree in politics and government from Puget Sound, where he worked for The Trail and KUPS, and joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. He earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Colorado College.

1996

Scott Engle, who holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Puget Sound, is the Puyallup Police Department’s new chief. The Puyallup Herald reported in March that Scott, the department’s former public information officer,  served as the department’s interim chief while the position was vacant. He beat out 25 applicants for the position. “I thought I was going to be a history teacher,” he told the Herald, but went on to explain that while at Puget Sound, he interned with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and became interested in criminal investigations work. He called the job “a tremendous opportunity and a great blessing.”

1997

Ryan Donihue, a partner with Atlanta-based law firm Hall Booth Smith, was chosen in February to lead the firm’s medical malpractice team in Asheville, N.C. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and government from Puget Sound and a law degree from New York Law School.

In June, Kyle Haugen became artistic director of the Northwest Repertory Singers. He took over leadership of the vocal ensemble when former Puget Sound professor Paul Schultz stepped down on June 6, South Sound Magazine reported. Kyle was a student of Paul’s during his time at the university, where he was a member of the Adelphian Concert Choir and opera program. In addition to his undergraduate degree from Puget Sound, Kyle holds a master’s degree in music from Minnesota’s Luther Theological Seminary.

1998

Anthony Chennault, a biology professor at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., was featured in a May article in The Columbian. He discussed his time as a student at Puget Sound and his amazement upon seeing his first cadaver in an anatomy class there. Clark College is one of a few two-year colleges using cadavers in its anatomy and physiology courses, and Anthony says it’s “hugely important” for students to see the anatomy of real humans. “When you have real human body donors, you have imperfection … even though we share so much of our anatomy with our fellow humans, there are some variations that can happen from person to person,” he told The Columbian.

Leatta Dahlhoff was appointed to the Tumwater City Council in February, Thurston Talk reported. She is a toxic reduction specialist for the state Department of Ecology who has lived in Tumwater for nearly 30 years. “My life goal continues to be to work towards a sustainable future where our citizens have access to services, our environment is protected, and we have sustainable economic development,” she said in the Thurston Talk piece. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Puget Sound, where she worked for Tamanawas.

2000

Final Frontier Design founder and spacesuit designer Theodore Southern ‘00 takes a suit for a test run.Theodore Southern holds a bachelor’s degree in music business from Puget Sound and puts it to use designing clothing to wear in outer space. He and his partner, Nikolay Moiseev, own Final Frontier Design (FFD) and were featured in Vogue magazine and on Yahoo News on April 3. According to the Vogue article, Theodore came to become an intergalactic clothing designer thanks to what he called “a fascination with design.” He worked at a costume shop in New York City, which led him to Pratt Institute. While working toward his master’s degree, he and Nikolay entered the NASA Astronaut Glove Challenge, which called on competitors to design a glove for astronauts that would reduce the effort needed to perform tasks in space and improve the gloves’ durability. Theodore won second place and $100,000—enough to create FFD. The duo now works regularly with NASA, and as the reality of civilian space travel moves closer, FFD has been tapped to create lighter-weight, cost-efficient spacesuits for civilians. “I’ve learned to think and speak like an engineer over time,” Theodore told Vogue. “Sometimes I can’t believe how much faith NASA has allowed and put in us to learn as we go.”

Jennifer Graham Williams was interviewed by Maryland’s Columbia Patch in April. Jennifer founded Cuddle Clones, a company that creates plush look-alikes of people’s pets, after her beloved Great Dane died in 2009. Her mission is to use plush recreations to capture the emotional connection between people and their pets.

2001

Jamie Richards Prescott M.A.T.’01 began her position as the director of learning services for the Mercer Island School District in July. She has been an associate principal at Mercer Island High School, her alma mater, since 2012, and was previously an English, journalism, and leadership teacher at the school for 10 years.

2003

book coverStacey Parsons Nash, a freelance writer who holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Puget Sound, co-authored Unshattered: Overcoming Tragedy and Choosing a Beautiful Life. The book was published by Shadow Mountain Publishing in June and chronicles the harrowing story of Carol Decker, an Enumclaw, Wash., woman who, in 2008, survived sepsis while pregnant with her second child. Now blind and a triple-amputee, she’s a motivational speaker. The book is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Target.

Complete with a Puget Sound cap, Ben Shelton ‘03 directs actors on the set of the Netflix original film Candy Jar. Candy Jar, a Netflix original film directed by Puget Sound theater arts graduate Ben Shelton, was released on April 27. Starring Sami Gayle and Jacob Latimore as two high school debate champions, the teen film follows the students on their journey to get accepted to their dream colleges. The film co-stars Christina Hendricks, Uzo Aduba, and Helen Hunt. In a review published on April 30, The Daily Texan called the movie “a fanciful examination of the modern education system and its effect on the social adjustment of its students.” Ben lives in Los Angeles and has written and directed multiple productions, including comedy television series Impress Me on Amazon Prime. He also has worked with a variety of actors, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Rainn Wilson, Betty White, Weird Al Yankovic, and Taye Diggs. As a Logger, the Southern California native was president of ASUPS, worked for KUPS, and played on the basketball team. For more about his work, visit sheltonfilms.com.

2005

Baritone Ryan Bede was a featured performer at the UP for Arts 2018 Spring Concert Series in University Place, Wash., in March. Ryan made his Seattle Opera solo debut in May 2017 as the Second Priest in The Magic Flute and went on to perform roles in Madama Butterfly and The Barber of Seville during Seattle Opera’s 2017–18 season. He is a former young artist with Tacoma Opera and holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Puget Sound, where he was a member of the Adelphian Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, and opera, and played football as a Logger. He also holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Washington.

Kayla Wells, a family and consumer sciences educator with Washington State University (WSU) Colville Reservation Extension Office, was honored at the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences conference in October. She received three national awards for her work in the fields of human development and parenting, financial management training, and supplemental educational materials. Kayla provides educational workshops across the Colville Reservation with emphasis on food safety and preservation, positive Indian parenting, and financial fitness. She earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Puget Sound, where she played softball as a Logger. She also holds a master’s degree in education from Washington State University.

2006

book coverWhitney Mackman has her first book out this summer. Titled What Ties Us, the book of poetry is a collection of some of the professor’s best works. She teaches at both Tulane and Xavier universities and told the Tulane Hullabaloo that the poems included in the book seek “to find understanding and love through the tangible and intangible elements that connect human beings to one another.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Puget Sound, where she played lacrosse, worked for ASUPS, and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She also holds a master’s degree in film from the University of New Orleans. She lives in New Orleans with her orange tabby, Cheddar.

After publishing her book, Everybody Sing!: Community Singing in the American Picture Palace, in January, Esther Morgan-Ellis was interviewed by the Peninsula Daily News in March. The professor of music history and world music at the University of North Georgia discussed the book, which started as her doctoral dissertation, and her research into community singing in the 1920s. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Puget Sound, a master’s degree in music from North Georgia College, and a Ph.D. in music history from Yale University.

2007

Erik Voorhees, a cryptocurrency entrepreneur and graduate of Puget Sound’s Business Leadership Program, was named one of “The Most Popular Crypto Influencers” by Medium in April. The list is a compilation of five cryptocurrency influencers who have established themselves “as prominent figures in the cryptocurrency space.” Erik is referred to as one of the earliest adopters of cryptocurrency. He became involved in the market as the head of marketing for BitInstant in 2011, before co-founding Coinapult in 2012 and ShapeShift in 2014. He is now the CEO of ShapeShift, which provides the quickest cryptocurrency swap platform in the world.

2008

David Mensonides, co-founder of Tacoma adult sports league Comeback Sports, was interviewed by Tacoma Weekly in April. He and two other friends started the league after graduating from Puget Sound. The adults-only league now offers nine sports for South Sound adults looking for opportunities for fitness or socialization. David earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Puget Sound, where he played football for the Loggers.

2011

Puget Sound baseball’s former athletic recruitment coordinator and head assistant coach, Craig Driver, is the Phillies’ bullpen catcher/receiving coach. He was hired by Phillies manager Gabe Kapler in the fall. Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Puget Sound, where he played baseball and became a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He also holds a master’s degree in physical education from Central Washington University. Prior to working for the Phillies, he was the catching coach for Yale University’s baseball team.

2014 REUNION YEAR

Zoe Stasko ‘14, a circus artist with Washington, D.C.-based Alter Circus, performs a routine on the aerial straps. Zoe Stasko, who literally ran away to join the circus after participating in Puget Sound’s circus club, was interviewed by DC Metro Theater Arts in February about her journey to becoming  circus performer. She is a member of Washington, D.C.’s Alter Circus, which, according to the article, is "dedicated to challenging gender norms and celebrating ‘the rebellious spirit, strength, and grace of women.’” After finding the circus club while attending Puget Sound, Zoe fell in love with trapeze, quit school, and went to L’Ecole de Cirque de Quebec (Circus School of Quebec City) to study aerial straps. She graduated from there in June 2017. She told DC Metro Theater Arts that the decision “kind of felt like I was leaping off a cliff, but I knew that if I didn’t go for it I’d always regret it.” 

2016

Nick Lyon, a second-year master’s ecology and evolutionary biology student at Iowa State University, was featured on the Ecological Society of America’s April 11 Science in Progress podcast. The young scientist discussed his ongoing research on agricultural pastures and how they can be managed to support community pollinators—specifically butterflies, flowers, and bees. He also talked about undergraduate research work on marine microplastic pollution that he completed while he was a biology student at Puget Sound and how that research helped him jump directly into applied ecology and master’s-related fieldwork before he even started grad school.

2017

Violinist Larissa Freier, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music performance and was co-concertmaster of Puget Sound’s Symphony Orchestra, was the featured musician for the Port Townsend Community Orchestra’s performance of the Bruch Violin Concerto on April 29. The Peninsula Daily News reported that the Port Townsend native began her violin studies at the age of 5 and while at Puget Sound, spent summers performing at music festivals nationwide. She lives in Tacoma, and teaches violin and viola in Tacoma and Gig Harbor.

Sage Haynes, Puget Sound’s sustainability and energy manager and a graduate of Edmonds’ Meadowdale High School, was featured in an April My Edmonds News article. In the year since she graduated from Puget Sound, Sage has helped the university get recognized for its commitment to the environment. This spring, she accepted on behalf of the school the 2018 Tahoma Business Environmental Award from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. She told My Edmonds News that she most enjoys seeing how her “small everyday actions can make a difference.”

As a child, Troy Kakugawa dreamed of playing baseball for the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors. “I was the little kid coming (to Les Murakami Stadium) … asking for autographs and everything like that,” he told Honolulu’s KHON2 in March. Troy grew up 20 miles northeast of the university and played baseball as a student at Mililani High School. When he graduated and wasn’t given the opportunity to play for the ‘Bows, he came to Puget Sound. Troy was a Logger for two seasons and a Northwest Conference Scholar-Athlete as a sophomore on the Puget Sound baseball team, but the pull of his childhood dream was too much. He returned to Oahu in 2017 and went for a walk-on tryout for the Rainbow Warriors. He made the team and is playing his second season as a ‘Bow. He is studying civil engineering. 

Welcome, New Trustees

In May, the board of trustees elected four Puget Sound alumni and parents to begin service in July: Shelly Richardson Heier ’98, Sunshine Morrison ’94, Mike Nicolais P’18, and John Walker P’18. The board also recognized the extraordinary contributions of six long-serving trustees emeriti for their visionary stewardship of Puget Sound: Mike Corliss ’82, P’13; Holly Sabelhaus Dillon ’84, J.D.’88; Kathleen McCarthy Duncan ’82; Gwen Lillis P’05; Deanna Watson Oppenheimer ’80, P’11, P’14; and Barb Walker P’05, P’07.