Jaclyn Carmichael Palmer has made a name for herself on the silver screen. She was filmed alongside Fran Drescher in The Creatress, a film released in 2018 about a young author who is criticized and nearly obliterated from the field, but manages to write her way out of the public eye. Another 2018 film, a horror flick called Old Mrs. Jenkins, stars Jaclyn as the title character and is on the festival circuit. Jaclyn also has appeared in an episode of Marry Me, which is popular in Europe, and appeared in two episodes of Murder in the Heartland on the Investigation Discovery channel. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and theatre arts from Puget Sound.
C. Mark Smith’s fifth book, Something Extraordinary: A Short History of the Manhattan Project, Hanford, and the B Reactor, was released this summer, just in time for the 75th anniversary of the B Reactor going critical for the first time, in September 1944. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Puget Sound and wrote the book with co-author Robert L. Ferguson.
Linda Federico Pearn was awarded Stadium High School’s Dale Chihuly Outstanding Alumni Award this spring. The award is given each year to an individual who has made notable contributions to the school. Linda says she is humbled and excited to be chosen for this award. Before retiring, Linda was a Tacoma Public Schools teacher and City Club of Tacoma administrator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Puget Sound and is an involved member of the Alpha Phi sorority.
In May, Heather Smith Thomas wrote an article for thehorse.com about designing and building a horse
farm with limited space. She owns a ranch with her husband near Salmon, Idaho, where they raise cattle and a few horses. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Puget Sound and has raised and trained horses for 50 years. She has written more than 20 books and more than 9,000 articles for horse and livestock publications.
This summer, the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants honored Thomas Sadler ’68, P’98 with the 2018–19 Lifetime Achievement Award. According to an article in the summer issue of The Washington CPA Magazine, the award recognizes those who have had “an exemplary career of leadership in the accounting profession and the community.” A retired CPA, Thomas began his career in 1968, when he joined professional services firm Ernst & Young. He became a CPA in 1969 and, three years later, he joined Donald Brink to form the company Brink & Sadler. He retired from that company in 2015. He served as chair, strategic advisor, and deputy director of the Washington State Board of Accountancy and, in 2009, was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Puget Sound and is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Warren Pope’s exhibition, Warren Pope: Blood Lines Time Lines Red Lines, which explored social trauma, racism, and violence through contemporary sculpture and mixed-media works, was on display at Seattle’s Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) from June through September. Warren is an active member of the local visual arts community and holds a bachelor’s degree in art and design from Puget Sound.
Ronald Merritt worked for the Parsons Corporation, a defense, engineering, and critical infrastructure contractor in the Middle East, for 34 years. In March 2018, he became sick and left Saudi Arabia. Following extensive hospitalization in the U.S. and six months of physical therapy, he was released in June 2019 and is relearning how to walk at home. Ron is now retired and enjoys working on family genealogy and leading a quiet life after years of work and travel in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
D. William Kusler has embraced the Snohomish County community theater scene. This spring, he performed in the Edmonds Driftwood Players production of The Addams Family–A New Musical. Other recent acting credits include The Fantasticks, Avenue Q, The Family Business, and The Last Bride of Ansbruk Village. Bill also is continuing his day job as a kindergarten teacher in the Lake Stevens School District, where he loves bringing song and dance into the classroom.
In May, the American Chemical Society announced Marcie Merritt as the recipient of the E. Ann Nalley Northwest Regional Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society. The award was presented to her in July at the society’s regional meeting banquet. Marcie works for Boeing Portland on the liaison engineering DFM team and in business operations. She is an active violinist and does extensive humanitarian, robotics, and STEM student and teacher outreach locally and on the national level. Marcie holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Puget Sound and was a member of the Logger crew and lacrosse teams.
Antonio Esporma ’81, P’14 sent along a humorous update to let his classmates know he has turned 60; still lives in Irvine, Calif.; and writes firmware for a living. “The stereo is getting better, cars are getting bigger, taxes getting worse, kids have jobs, wife is getting more beautiful, and I had to quit drinking fine liquor on account of getting old.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Puget Sound.
Barbara Pawlitschek Sellers had her first book, Get Tough or Die: Why I Forgave My Parents for My Abusive Childhood, published in September. The book chronicles her experiences with severe child abuse at the hands of her father and her mother, who was too afraid to protect her and her siblings. By telling her story, Barbara says, she hopes she inspires readers to do whatever they can to help prevent domestic abuse. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Puget Sound. Her book is available on Amazon.
Ken Brazile was hired as the director of customer solutions for Nrby, a mobile workforce messaging platform, in June. He has worked in the cable and broadband industry for nearly 20 years and most recently was a customer solutions architect for web video pioneer Espial. His career also includes roles in product management, network analysis, and system engineering positions at the NCTC, Isilon Systems, Midstream, FORE Systems, and Pierce County Information Services. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Puget Sound.
Linda Worley, M.D., is a regional associate dean for the Northwest Regional Campus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She was featured in a Talk Business & Politics article about women in business. When asked what her biggest passion is, she said: “empowering others to discover and realize their calling.” Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Puget Sound.
In July, author Karen Meyer Eisenbrey’s latest fantasy novel, Wizard Girl, was released by Not a Pipe Publishing. She celebrated with a well-attended reading at Third Place Books in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood. The following month, her first novel, The Gospel According to St. Rage, was re-released in preparation for the Nov. 19 publication of the sequel, Barbara and the Rage Brigade. Plans to celebrate the sequel are in the works.
Self-described “transportation enthusiast” Susan Bladholm ’87, P’16 in May received funding from the city of Portland to continue her Frog Ferry project, which would create a water taxi route between Vancouver, Wash., and downtown Portland. Currently, the trip can take between 45 minutes to an hour due to congestion on Interstate 5. The ferry should take only 28 minutes. Susan, an accomplished political staffer and private-sector director who holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and theatre arts from Puget Sound, has been heading the effort to create a river-friendly passenger ferry since 2016. The project is currently in the feasibility study phase.
In December, Elizabeth Roberts ’87, ’90 achieved certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in library media/ early childhood through young adulthood. She has worked in Washington’s Central Kitsap School District for the past 28 years—the last 19 as an elementary school teacher and librarian. “I feel fortunate to have a job that I truly love,” Elizabeth says. “Every day, I get to go to work and help little people from age 3 up to age 11 find the answers to their questions and find good books for their recreational reading. I am truly blessed!”
Inspirational author Kristi Bowman Morgan published her third book, Loyal Love: Learning the Art of Unconditional Self-Respect, this spring. It was released on Amazon in May and encourages readers with simple lessons that can easily be applied to life’s most challenging situations. Kristi also runs a writing and editing business, KB Communications, which celebrated five years in business this August. She holds a bachelor’s degree
in English from Puget Sound and is a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.
Charles Radebaugh, a business manager and YMCA board member, was featured in a Eugene Weekly “Happening People” article about his longtime involvement with the organization. He is president of the YMCA’s volunteer board and is a partner and general manager of Rainbow Valley Design and Construction.
Galvin Guerrero, president of Mount Carmel School in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, was recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Rotary Club of Saipan in June. An article in the Marianas Variety indicated that the award is the club’s highest honor and is awarded each year to a community member who “exemplifies the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self,’ by giving unselfishly of his or her life to serve others.” Galvin also has been recognized with several awards from other entities, including the Office of the Governor, the Humanities Council, and Northern Marianas College, for his work to improve education and encourage children to excel in school. In addition to being Mount Carmel School president, he continues to teach high school and college courses in speech and debate, AP English literature, AP U.S. history, and AP U.S. politics and government. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Puget Sound and a master’s degree in school administration from the University of San Francisco.
Doug Bowen-Flynn, a veteran actor with Massachusetts’ Gloucester Stage Company, played the role of Lieutenant Kelly in the company’s August premiere of Ben Butler. According to an article in Wicked Local Gloucester, the play takes place during the Civil War, at Virginia’s Union-held Fort Monroe, which is under the command of Union Gen. Benjamin Butler. When three escaped slaves show up at Fort Monroe seeking sanctuary, Benjamin is faced with a
moral dilemma: whether to return the escapees back to the Confederacy or make a decision that could alter the course of American history. Doug has acted in more than a dozen plays, movies, and television shows, and holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Puget Sound.
Laura Kalinski Opstedal ’98, M.P.T.’01, D.P.T.’04 lives in Bozeman, Mont., and opened Build Physio & Performance, a sports physical therapy private practice, in January. She sent us a note in June, after being open for six months, and said, “It feels good to release the 18 years of ideas and dreams from my brain.” She is also a busy mom to four children, ages 6 to 11, and couldn’t do it all without the help of her husband of 15 years, Chris.
Bryan Doran joined the Metier Law Firm in Port Orchard, Wash., as a trial lawyer in July. Prior to joining Metier, he worked at Doran Law, a firm he founded. He holds a bachelor’s degree in religion from Puget Sound and a law degree from Seattle University.
Ned Kletz, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from Puget Sound, earned his medical degree from American University of Antigua’s College of Medicine in 2017. He is currently completing his psychiatry residency at the University of Nevada. He lives in Reno, Nev., with his wife and their dog, Hudson. \
Jonathan Galloway, along with fellow Loggers Hart Williams ‘04 and Baird White ’05, made up team Smoking Haute Rower Buoys, one of 46 teams that took on this year’s Race to Alaska. They were featured in a Kitsap Sun article about the annual June race that challenges sailors to travel 750 miles from Port Townsend, Wash., to Ketchikan, Alaska, using only human-powered vehicles. Jonathan, Hart, and Baird planned to row their way to Alaska. After all, the three were rowers as students at Puget Sound and now all live on Washington’s Bainbridge Island. The team made it to Victoria, Canada, completing the first leg of the race, but did not continue on to Alaska.
Ryan Chapman was profiled in the Hudson Valley One in June following the release of his first novel, Riots I Have Known. Published by Simon & Schuster, the book has been reviewed by The New York Times, NPR, and others, and has been called “smart, wry, and laugh-out-loud funny” by Amazon and “an utter gem—an approachable send-up that packs a punch.” Ryan studied English at Puget Sound and has since had his work appear online at The New Yorker, GQ, Bookforum, and The Believer. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony for the Arts.
Kate Law Hoflich, an international political economy alumna and former member of the Logger track and field team, now works as an aerialist and co-owns Bow & Sparrow circus company with fellow acrobat Amaya Alvarado. After graduating from Puget Sound, Kate graduated from the New England Center for Circus Arts and moved to Portland, Ore., where Bow & Sparrow is based. This year, she premiered Pole Disclosure, her new contemporary feminist circus show that tells the stories of Kate and Amaya’s journeys through healthy and unhealthy relationships, and addresses women’s issues in both the circus and wider world.
Andrew Miller ’04, M.A.T.’05 is currently working as the director of personalized learning at Singapore American School in Singapore. He is the key leader of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for all grades, P-12, and supports implementation of competency-based learning, customized pathways, and flexible learning environments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in classics and a master’s degree in teaching from Puget Sound.
After graduating from Puget Sound with her bachelor’s degree in natural science, Karolyn Johnson earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Columbia University and master’s degree in nursing, with a specialty in family practice, from Simmons University. Between earning degrees, she worked at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, then moved to Chicago in 2018. She has been working as a primary care family nurse practitioner in a rehab and long-term care facility, providing care to the aging population of northwest Chicago.
Erik Voorhees was featured in a May 14 Bloomberg video interview about crypto and how it is taking over the world, according to Erik. He is the CEO and founder of cryptoasset exchange company ShapeShift and holds a bachelor’s degree from Puget Sound’s Business Leadership Program.
Tashi Chogyal was featured in a May 29 New America article titled “Asian American and Pacific Islander National Security and Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders.” Tashi was one of 40 Asian American and Pacific Islander “rising-star professionals” in the U.S. national security and foreign policy fields listed in the piece. Selection was based on career excellence and leadership, current work in national security or foreign policy, contributions to their issues of expertise through thought leadership, and demonstrated service to their communities. He earned a bachelor’s degree in politics and government from Puget Sound and is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in law and diplomacy, with a focus on international organizations and U.S. foreign policy, at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Before graduate school, he served as special assistant to the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
In July, Danielle Acheampong served on the faculty of the Student Affairs Assessment Institute in Toronto, Canada. The conference was the first joint institute between ACPA and CACUSS, two major higher education professional organizations in the United States and Canada, respectively. She led four sessions on topics that provided developmental assessment knowledge and skill building, and supported the institute’s overall focus on decolonizing assessment in higher education. Danielle holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Puget Sound and works as a coordinator for assessment, research, and special projects at UCLA.
Aaron Badham, a sculptor in Nebraska, created a splash pad for a neighborhood park in June. The installation was covered by the city’s local ABC and NBC television news affiliates. Aaron also teaches 3D design and sculpture at Hastings College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in art and design from Puget Sound.
Chris Dugovich, a creative writer at Microsoft, wrote and produced a commercial that was named a finalist in two categories at the 2019 New York Festivals Advertising Awards. The video, created for the Microsoft Teams app, was chosen from more than 1,000 entries and honored in the Made for Social Media and Best Use of Humor categories. Chris holds degrees in business and politics and government from Puget Sound.
Joseph Rodriguez and Brianna Link Rodriguez were featured in a Q13 Fox story about their daughter, Shirley, who was born in 2017 with a rare congenital heart defect and has undergone multiple surgeries. In May, Joseph and Brianna shared their story and what they call “Shirley’s Grand Adventure” at the American Heart Association’s annual Evening With Heart Gala in Seattle. The event raises funds and awareness, and offers hope to others with congenital heart defects. Joseph holds a bachelor’s degree in natural science from Puget Sound. Brianna graduated with a bachelor’s degree in classics.
Anthony Brady graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and is now a biochemist and lead motion-capture technician at Driveline Baseball, a lab studying baseball velocity and its impact on the game. Based in Kent, Wash., Driveline has been called “baseball’s most successful and influential biomechanics laboratory,” by Connecticut’s New Haven Register. Anthony was quoted in the May story and explained the lab’s approach to research, which involves having pitchers wear markers and pitch from a mound surrounded by high-speed cameras. The markers and cameras measure the pitcher’s movements and mobility. Anthony was a member of the Logger baseball team and has found a way to marry his passions of baseball and science.
In June, Shawna Smith wrote a column for the Whidbey News-Times about her job in the local property management business and the struggle she and other residents are facing to find housing. A proposal has been submitted to the city of Oak Harbor for a 51-unit mixed-use rental development for low- to moderate-income individuals. Shawna graduated from Puget Sound with a degree in communication studies.
Over spring break, Serena Hawkey traveled to Doha, Qatar, as part of anthropology professor Andrew Gardner’s Migrants and the Global City class. She shared her experiences in a Q&A article in 425 Magazine, where she also worked as an intern. She holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and government, and spent her summer after graduation traveling.
Molly Wampler is working as a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio, an NPR affiliate. She created multiple news stories in June—her first month as an intern— including reports about kayaking championships, the X Games, the opioid crisis, and wildlife. She holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and government, and wrote for The Trail.