Wayne Martin ’66 retired after 35 years as a family physician in the Mount Vernon, Wash., area and concurrently retired from more than 50 years as a United Methodist minister. In retirement, prior to the pandemic, Martin served as a chaplain at a local hospital, and he, wife Lynn, and daughter Sarah enjoyed providing a Sunday service for members of a local assisted living community. Recently, Martin earned a master’s degree in bioethics from Trinity University in Illinois. “Only took me eight years to do it, one course at a time,” he says.
At the 182nd General Convention of Beta Theta Pi, held in Oxford, Ohio, in August, delegates representing Beta Theta Pi chapters and alumni associations in the U.S. and Canada unanimously adopted a resolution to recognize the extraordinary service of George Mills ’68, M.S.’72 to Puget Sound’s chapter and the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Being recognized by the General Convention places Mills alongside renowned UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, Sen. Richard Lugar, the Nordstrom brothers, and many others who educate young men on how to live a principled life and become leaders dedicated to the fraternity’s core values of mutual assistance, trust, intellectual growth, responsible conduct, and integrity. The recognition also honors Mills’ long-lasting impact on the Puget Sound community and, in particular, his belief in each and every Logger and their success. Following the passage of the resolution, Puget Sound’s Delta Epsilon chapter of Beta Theta Pi has decided to rename its chapter room in his memory. The dedication ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Homecoming and Family Weekend in October.
Douglas Campbell ’69 sent in this update on life since Puget Sound: After two years on campus, Campbell volunteered for military service, becoming an Army Special Forces operator before finishing his degree. Following graduation, he moved to Miami, Fla., and created Florida Building Services, growing the firm to employ approximately 600 people and selling the business in 1983. Campbell then joined Cushman & Wakefield of Florida and served as executive director for 22 years, after which he created the Campbell Real Estate Advisory Group, with which he still works on a part-time basis. Inspired by his son, Andrew, who has Down syndrome, Campbell founded the Miami Learning Experience, a school for persons with intellectual disabilities, which now has a student population of more than 130 students from birth through adulthood. Active in Special Olympics, Campbell recently started a sailing program in concert with water vessel manufacturer Hobie Cat Company with the goal of growing the program up and down Florida’s east coast and ultimately folding it into Special Olympics on a global basis. Campbell, wife Bobette Rousseau, and Andy live in Stuart, Fla., on the St. Lucie Inlet.
After 48 years of teaching in the Sumner Bonney Lake School District, Don Wasielewski ’73 has retired. He began his career in the Sumner School District after graduating from Puget Sound and, in his update, notes that “a UPS grad is replacing me.” Congratulations, Don!
Kevin Dressler ’79 is retiring as the director of theatre activities in the Department of Theatre and Film Arts at Mesa Community College, in Mesa, Ariz. He received an Excellence in Theatre Education award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2013, and he cofounded two nonprofit professional theater companies: the Arizona Shakespeare Festival and the Southwest Shakespeare Company. Most recently, Dressler directed a feature-length film of Sophocles’ Greek play Antigone, and was invited to the Phoenix Film Festival in August. Dressler hopes to return to his beloved Washington state, and then figure out his next chapter with his artist wife, Catherine.
Deborah Winshel ’80 was one of six distinguished graduates of Harvard Business School to receive the HBS Alumni Achievement Award as part of the virtual graduation ceremony for the M.B.A. Class of 2021. The award is the school’s most significant honor, recognizing the contributions made by honorees to their companies and communities while upholding the highest standards and values in everything they do. Representing the best of the HBS alumni body, honorees are exemplary role models and inspire all those who aspire to have an impact on both business and society. Winshel, who earned her M.B.A. in 1985, is managing director and global head of social impact at BlackRock Inc., one of the world’s largest money managers, where she built the foundation for, and helped launch, the firm’s sustainable investing platform. Prior to joining BlackRock, Winshel was president and COO of The Robin Hood Foundation, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, and previously served as CFO and executive vice president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Hofstra University Vice President for Student Affairs W. Houston Dougharty ’83 was awarded the NASPA Region II (Mid-Atlantic States) Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean in June. NASPA is the international professional organization for higher education student affairs. He received this same award from Region IV-East (Midwest States) when he was vice president at Grinnell College.
The Tumwater (Wash.) City Council promoted Brian Hurley ’85 to fire chief in June. In his recommendation, Tumwater City Administrator John Doan shared that Hurley is one of the most well-educated fire chiefs in the state. Hurley began his career with Tumwater in 1995 with the city’s fire department as a firefighter and paramedic. Five years later, he was promoted to lieutenant, and in 2007, was promoted again to captain. Last year, Hurley became acting fire chief when then-chief Scott LaVielle announced his retirement.
Tom Winter ’87 has partnered with his wife, Aileen, to launch Crumbling Castles (crumblingcastles.it), a property consultancy focusing on connecting American buyers with unique and unusual homes in Italy’s Piedmont region. The consultancy grew out of Winter’s experience purchasing an unloved medieval tower in the ancient core of the village of Exilles (pop. 250) in fall 2017. Located approximately one hour west of Turin, Exilles is 15 minutes from skiing at Bardonecchia and adjacent to the Parco Natural del Grand Bosco di Salbertrand. Upon purchase, the property lacked a shower or bath, heat, and hot water. After undergoing a simple but complete modernization, the tower now provides a “base camp” for skiing, hiking, and biking in Italy’s Alta Val di Susa. Winter’s purchasing and renovation experience was the genesis for the Crumbling Castles consultancy, which has now assisted several clients in the purchasing process.
Teresa Holleman Goninan ’89 will be inducted into the Blaine (Wash.) High School Athletic Booster Club Hall of Fame in October. Goninan participated in volleyball, basketball, and track all four years of high school and was chosen as the BHD female athlete of the year. As a Logger, she participated in track all four years on campus.
The Columbia Basin Badger Club hosted the program “Tiger by the Tail: U.S.-China Relations,” delivered by Jim Mullinax ’90, former consul general at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, China. After the consulate was closed in June 2020, in response to the U.S. shutting the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, Mullinax returned to Washington, D.C., where he has taken on several new roles at the State Department, serving first as deputy director of the intellectual property enforcement office in the Economic Bureau and as coordinator of the bureau’s China team before his recent appointment to the Senior Foreign Service and a new role as director of the Office of Sanctions Policy and Implementation.
As chief director of priority projects for the Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism, and Environmental Affairs in the Free State Provincial Government of South Africa, Thabo Mokoena ’91 is responsible for large-scale projects, including the recommercialization of Phakisa Raceway in an effort to bring it back to its glory days. Prior to that, he was a lead economist at the South African Reserve Bank. After graduating from Puget Sound, Mokoena went on to earn an M.A. in economics from State University of New York, an M.Sc. in finance and econometrics from The University of York (U.K.), and a Ph.D. in economics from University of Pretoria (South Africa). In 2019, he co-authored Inequality, Output-Inflation Trade-off, and Economic Policy Uncertainty: Evidence From South Africa. “I am grateful to ASUPS,” Mokoena writes. He credits his involvement with student government at Puget Sound as helping to spark his love of academia and administration.
Brandon Huck ’93 recently completed a Presidential Management Fellowship at the U.S. Department of State during a career transition to public service. Huck began a new position as a foreign affairs officer focused on digital economy policy with the State Department’s Division for International Communications and Information Policy in March. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife of three years, Karlene Dormer Huck.
The second season of PBS web series Take on Fake, hosted by Hari Sreenivasan ’95, premiered in May. The series aims to debunk claims you’ve probably seen (and possibly shared) online. Sreenivasan jumps down internet rabbit holes to go beyond the headlines and find credible sources to help viewers uncover the truth and stay informed. Check out the series at youtube.com/takeonfake.
Longtime educator Galvin Guerrero ’96 assumed the presidency of Northern Marianas College, located in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on July 1. For more than two decades, he has served in numerous educational policy positions, including service on the Board of Education for the Northern Mariana Islands, the NMC board of regents, and as an education advisor for the commonwealth’s Office of the Governor. In K-12 and postsecondary institutions, he has held the roles of principal, director of institutional effectiveness, accreditation liaison officer, and more. In 2012, Guerrero was appointed president of Mount Carmel School and, in the nine years since, has almost tripled the school’s enrollment.
Starbucks featured Senior Inclusion and Diversity Education Manager Czarina Ramsay ’02 in a profile posted to its LinkedIn account, noting that “being an advocate isn’t just her job, it’s her calling.” In her role with the coffee behemoth, Ramsay is an advocate for Starbucks employees through all aspects of the business, using each and every conversation as a teachable moment to discuss who isn’t being considered. “I keep challenging myself to think: who’s missing? What are we not talking about? Where are opportunities to revisit this topic?” she says. “I want to ensure that equity is at the heart of everything I’m doing.”
Lacey Chong Hayes ’03 joined the Washington, D.C., office of Microsoft last year. In May, she and a colleague were featured in the Microsoft Life #PeopleOfMicrosoft Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month series, which shared stories of the lived experience of AAPI leaders, creators, and changemakers, as curated by the AAPI employee community at Microsoft. Hear Lacey’s experience and others at https://news.microsoft.com/life/ lander/aapi-community.
Robin Hansen ’09 was elected to the Washington Apple Education Foundation board of directors at the organization’s annual meeting earlier this year, as reported by The Produce News. After earning her bachelor’s degree in international political economy, she obtained an M.B.A. and Doctor of Law degree from Willamette University. She’s the fourth generation of her family to grow, pack, and sell apples and cherries, and joined her family’s business, Columbia Fruit Packers, about four years ago.
After almost a decade, Loggers reunite! Jay Herman ‘11 and Brian Hoffmeister ‘13 found themselves reunited in New York City— just a quick flight from Puget Sound. Herman and Hoffmeister, both alumni of Puget Sound’s School of Music, went on to pursue graduate degrees in New York City. Herman graduated from NYU Steinhardt with an M.A. in music education and NYU Stern with his M.B.A.; Hoffmeister graduated from NYU Steinhardt with an M.M. in classical voice and an M.S. in strategic communication from Columbia University. They both now work collaboratively for NYU Wagner, where Herman serves as the interim director of admissions and financial aid and associate director of finance, and Hoffmeister is the assistant director of digital marketing and recruitment.
The Santa Barbara Zoo announced the hiring of Kevin Nuss ’12 as its new director of marketing, according to Santa Barbara Independent. He brings a decade of experience in the sports marketing and entertainment industry to the zoo, having previously served as director of marketing and sales at Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. After graduating from Puget Sound, Nuss earned his M.B.A. at Arizona State University.