CLASS NOTES

1970s
Linda Johnston ‘70 just completed 12 years of service on the Woodburn School Board. She has
recently been appointed as garden coordinator for the First Presbyterian Church Community
Garden. She works with students from Head Start through high school growing food for the local
food bank.

Sheila Daniels ’75, ’93, retired in 2017 after teaching 40 years at Ninety-One Elementary School
in the Canby School District. She taught second and third grades.

Wallace Clausen ’76 retired in 2010 after a 39-year career in education, his last 26 as a
principal. His first book, Last Words of Christ – A Call to Understanding, published by Deep
River Books, was released in May 2018.

Clif Wegner ‘76 continues to teach and coach basketball (43rd year), with the last 21 seasons at
Clackamas Community College.

1980s
Beth Kohlmeyer Mallon ‘82 was ordained an Episcopal priest in June 2018 and is serving at St.
James Episcopal Church in Tigard. She lives in Wilsonville and is thinking about putting
together a reunion of 1979 German Summer Study Abroad tour.

Molly Mayhead ‘83, professor of Communication Studies at WOU, retired after 31 years of
teaching and advising. Mayhead helped build the program and developed new classes such as
Communication and Event Planning, Rhetoric of the Women’s Movement, and Freedom of
Speech. She has recently been sworn in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Polk
County.

Peter Greco ’86 was named vice president and chief information officer at Westminster College
in Salt Lake City in July, the first person to hold that position. Greco went to Westminster from
Saint Mary’s College of California, where he has served as chief technology officer since 2012.
He also spent 15 years as chief information officer at Regis University in Denver.

Daniel Pierce ’88 retired in July from the Reynolds School District, where he taught middle
school for 31 years, most recently at Walt Morey Middle School.

1990s
Janel Sorenson ’93, a teacher at Sutherlin Middle School, was named the 2020 Douglas
(County) Regional Teacher of the Year. She taught in the Portland area before she and her
husband moved to Sutherlin.

Denice Swanke ’95 will serve as acting superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial,
according to a news release from the National Park Service.

David Verigan ‘96 is working as Quality Control Tech II at Cascade Systems Technology in
Hillsboro. He’s also a new member of Hillsboro’s Community Emergency Response Team and
has been married to wife Laurie Verigan for 12 years.

Dan Larson ’96 has been named vice provost for student affairs at Oregon State University after

filling the position in an interim capacity since September 2017. Larson earned a bachelor’s
degree in psychology.

Roy Emery ’97 has officially retired from the Corvallis Fire Department. He retired in 2018 but
stayed in the position until his replacement was hired in June. He started with the department as
a volunteer at the age of 20, then became a paid staffer in 1985 and chief in 2007.

2000s
Matt Hurst ‘02 was named the 2019 Outstanding Technology Educator of the Year award winner
earlier this year. The award is given by the Northwest Council for Computer Education. Hurst is
an instructional mentor at Whiteaker Middle School in Keizer.

Karen Willis ‘02 was hired in August as the new School to Careers coordinator for the Pendleton
School District. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English linguistics and writing.

Chad Barkes ’03 is the new principal at Sprague High School in Salem. He earned his teaching
degree with a focus on special education.

Therese O’Neill ’04 released her second book, Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent’s Guide to
Raising Flawless Children, published by Little, Brown and Co.

April (Strobel/Schultz) Fleming ’09 graduated from Capella University in 2012 and is two years
into a doctorate of psychology. She is married with five children. Fleming works for the state
of Oregon as an administrative specialist and has been with the same agency for 61⁄2 years.

Matt Hilgers ‘09 was named athletic director at Taft High School in Lincoln City in June.
Previously, he’d served as varsity baseball coach. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science
degree in social science and a minor in business.

2010s
Nancy Odenthal ’11 earned an M.A. in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University in May.

Linda Myers ’14 is a new assistant superintendent at Salem-Keizer Public School District.

Andrew Maeda ’16 officially started as the director of the Ontario (Ore.) Recreation District in
August. He got his degree in exercise science.

Stacy Jepson ’17 joined the Eugene Police Department as deputy chief in April.

Erin Westfall ’17 was one of five featured artists in the inaugural Community Supported Arts &
Culture program in Salem. She also started work in January as the marketing coordinator for the
Salem Art Association.

Kate Richter ’19 is a unit manager for Cascade Amusements of Portland. Richter graduated in
June with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, with focuses on education, math and social
sciences.

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