Class Notes Fall 2013

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Hege Takes Helm at Desautel Hege Communications

Michelle Hege (’95 MS communications) has been named president and CEO of Desautel Hege Communications, a leading Northwest public relations and marketing company based in Spokane.

Hege joined the firm in 1998 and became a partner in the business in 2000. She is accredited in public relations through the Public Relations Society of America.

Desautel Hege employs 16 professional, seven of whom are EWU alums, including Sara Johnston (’98 BS communication studies) a partner in the firm.

Former CEO Cher Desautel (’98 BS communications, ’94 BA general studies) and her husband Jim, founders of the firm, will remain actively involved with the company as shareholders and counselors.

The company provides strategic and research-based communications consulting, public relations and marketing services.  Avista Corp., Eastern Washington University, Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital are their clients, as well as numerous companies and organizations in the energy, health care, higher education, manufacturing, finance and nonprofit sectors, along with local, state and tribal governments.

Kinne-Clawson Wedding

Former ASEWU president Alicia Kinne (’07 BA government) and Mike Clawson (’07 BS biology) married Aug. 17, 2013 in Snohomish, Wash.

EWU alums joined Alicia’s sorority sisters from Alpha Xi Delta and Mike’s fraternity brothers from Sigma Phi Epsilon to celebrate their marriage. The couple met at Eastern their freshman year.

All in the Family

Daniel L. Dodge, ’08 BS biochemistry, (center) graduated May 25, 2013, from Des Moines University with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Pictured with him are siblings and fellow EWU alumni Christina (Dodge) Lyons, MD, ’98 BS biology, and Justin Dodge, MD, ’98 BS chemistry and biology.

Daniel is doing his internal medicine residency at the University of Iowa program in Des Moines, Iowa. Christina graduated with an MD from University of Washington in 2002 and is currently a practicing dermatologist in Bellingham, Wash. Justin also obtained his MD in 2002 from Uniformed Services University and is a neuro-radiologist stationed at Landstuhl Army Base in Germany.

Tawankans Reunite

L-R: Karen Bart ‘70, Dorothy Phillips ‘40, Janet Shaffer ‘49, Sally Fox ‘49, Margaret Soderberg ‘58, Jeannine Sigler ‘55, Donna Lucht ‘55, Patsy Wold, JoAnn Giffing ‘55; Harriette Cassidy ‘41, seated

Members of the Tawanka Alumnae Association residing in Spokane met April 27, at Holman Gardens in Spokane Valley.

Tawanka was organized in 1926 and inactivated in 1959. Tawanka Alumnae Association was organized in 1934. Membership dues go into the Tawanka Endowment Fund, which was established in 1982 to financially assist EWU sophomores, juniors and seniors in education/child service fields via the Tawanka Alumnae Scholarship.

Recent Announcements


’12 Bergen McCurdy, MA teaching English as a second language, married John Spring, Nov. 24, 2012, in Tacoma, Wash. She is teaching at the University of Idaho in Moscow.

’12 Jessica Rauth, BA education, married Ryan Garner, May 11, 2013, in Spokane. The couple resides in Usk, Wash.

’12 Tracy Restock, MA history, has become the branch manager of the Southwest Region Branch of the Washington State Archives.

’11 Michael Schaffer, BS exercise science, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

’10 Patrick Fanning, BA visual communication design, has been hired by Range Inc., as a senior designer in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He was previously with Signal Point Advertising.

’10 Matt Gardner, BA finance, was recently hired by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management as a financial adviser in its Kennewick (Wash.) office.

’10 Ashley Lewan, BA English, a content editor with Exchange Publishing, has been recognized as a Rising Star for the Association of Free Community Papers. This recognition is given to those under the age of 30 who are actively involved in the Free Paper industry.

’10 Michelle Reid, MA history, has accepted a position as executive director of the Rosson House Museum in Phoenix, Ariz.


’09 Amanda Swan, BA studio art, has joined Numerica Credit Union in Spokane, as chamber and sponsorship coordinator on the marketing team. She previously worked as development director for the Lands Council.

’08, ’04 Justin Shamion, MBA, BA business, has been promoted to vice president of Colmac Industries. He has been with the company for seven years and has held positions in production and operations management.

’07 Teanna Meinhold, BA business management, married Kaleb Gentry, Sept. 29, 2012, in Kettle Falls, Wash. Teanna is a medical sales territory manager. The couple resides in the Seattle area.

’07, ’05 Shannon Webb, MSW, BA sociology, is the new director of Resident and Family Services at Silverado Senior Living in Bellingham, Wash.

’06 Jacqueline (Hudson) Arnett, BA criminal justice, is a detective with the Lynnwood (Wash.) Police Department.

’06 Nathan Hauber, BS technology, has joined NAC|Architecture Inc., of Spokane, as an electrical engineer. He previously worked for L&S Engineering Associates Inc.

’05 Dominic Pugliese, BA recreation management, was recently appointed by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors in California to serve as the business representative for the River Management Advisory Committee. The committee oversees the implementation of the county’s plan for the south fork of the American River, one of the most popular whitewater recreation rivers in the western United States.

’04 Terri Alvarado, BA business, has been elected to the Spokane Teachers Credit Union board of directors. She is the president of TMA Business Consulting Services LLC.

’04, ’02 Jebadiah Lillejord, MA and BA history, BAE social studies, has received his doctorate degree in education from Seattle Pacific University.

’04 Susan Thorpe, BA Spanish education, with the Coeur d’ Alene Library, has received the Edward Ziggler Innovation Award for her work with Read to Me’s First Books Program. She is a youth-services supervisor at the library.

’03 Lisa Cargill, BS journalism, has been promoted from account director to senior account director at Desautel Hege Communications in Spokane. She has been with the firm for 10 years and currently serves as the president of the Spokane Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

’03, ‘00 Masami Kimura, MA and BA history, has earned her PhD from the University of Arizona.

’03 Ann Stuckart, MSW, has gone into private practice in the Medical Center Building on the Providence Sacred Heart campus in Spokane. She was previously with Frontier Behavioral Health.

’01 Chad McKinney, BA business, and Cristy Izatt, both of Liberty lake, Wash., are engaged to be married. He is a buyer for Huppin’s Hi-Fi Photo & Video.

’00 Alyse Day Fritz, BA education, manages the library information and technology program at Eatonville High School in Spanaway, Wash. She earned a MEd in reading and literacy from City University of Seattle in 2004 and National Board Certification in Library Media in 2010, where she serves as board secretary (2012-14). She received Outstanding Teacher Librarian of the Year from the Washington Library Media Association in 2012. She was published in Washington Library Media Association Journal: The Medium (spring 2013). She’s married to Greg Fritz and they have two children.


’98 Nikki Easterling, BS developmental psychology, has opened Breakthrough Recovery Group, a new counseling and treatment service center specializing in substance abuse treatment in Spokane.

’98 Tamsen Leachman, BA general studies, a partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP law office in Portland, Ore., has been featured in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013. She represents employers in a wide variety of employment-related lawsuits, administrative hearings, arbitrations and collective bargaining.

’97 Sara Bigelow, BA developmental psychology, has opened Soul Soup & Coffee House in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

’97 Joe Hamilton, BA outdoor recreation, owner of Pilgrim’s Market in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has been awarded the Community Business Award by the Kootenai Environmental Alliance.

’96 Jeanette Radmer, BA recreation management, has been promoted to a business development manager at Numerica Credit Union in Spokane. She has more than 17 years of experience in the banking industry.

’95 Casey Jones, MPA, has joined Standard Parking Corp. as vice president of Institutional Services in Chicago.

’94 Matthew Coulter, BA education, earned his doctorate degree in education from Washington State University. Matthew and his family live in Olympia, Wash., where he teaches at Tumwater High School.

’93, ‘89 Susan P. Beamer, MA and BA history, was recently honored with the 2013 EWU History Department’s Alumni Award. She is the Records and Archives manager for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in Pullman, Wash.

’93 Jason Catlin, BA business, has been hired by First Priority Financial as a branch manager. He has more than 19 years of experience in the home and loan industry and was previously the president of Catlin Capital Inc. in Vancouver, Wash.


’88, ’76 Dorothy L. Sawyer, MA and BS nursing, took the reins as chief executive of Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake, Wash., in August. She was previously the CEO of Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz.

’86 J. Frank Armijo, BA management information systems, has been honored by the Boy Scouts of America Blue Mountain Council for his contributions to youth. He is the president and general manager of Mission Support Alliance, LLC, a Hanford Site prime contractor for the Mission Support contract with the Department of Energy, Richland, Wash.

’85 John Kruse, BA counseling, educational and developmental psychology, earned prestigious Excellence in Craft awards from Outdoor Writers Association of America, with recognition at OWAA’s annual conference, Sept. 16, 2013, in Lake Placid, N.Y. Kruse is the host and producer of Northwestern Outdoors Radio, heard on more than 30 stations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He is also the author of Great Places Washington, a guide to outdoor recreation and is currently working on Great Places Oregon.

’83 Richard Dalke, BA counseling, educational and developmental psychology, has opened Deerhawk Enterprises, LLC, which provides voice-over recording and editing for commercials, narrations, audio books, corporate training scripts and more.

’83 Bonnie M. Tapscott, BA journalism, has joined Hibu as a client services representative.  She spent most of her professional advertising career with Lamar, Emerald and Sun Outdoor Advertising companies. She is active on both the West Central Community Center and Our Place Ministries boards in Spokane.

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