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Alumni Notes 1991-2000

Scott Bieber ’83, MPA ’96







Debbie Ebert MS '95

is finishing his first year as Chief of Police in the City of Walla Walla, WA.  Chief Bieber spent 27 years with the Vancouver Police Department attaining the rank of Commander before leaving in March, 2012 for his current position.  In Walla Walla, Scott has continued his volunteer work as an active member of the Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary Club, an ABC Lunch Buddy at a local elementary school, and a member of the Walla Walla YMCA Board.  Although he misses being a PSU basketball season ticket holder, Scott enjoys Walla Walla and encourages those who enjoy red wine to come visit one of the best wine tasting venues in the country – Walla Walla.  You may even see him while you’re there; he’s the one in a PSU sweatshirt.


is the principal at Bridgeport Elementary School in Tualatin. Previously she was the principal at Russell Academy of Academic Achievement. Ebert, a Portland native, lives with her husband and two teenage sons.

Paige Johnson MS '97

is a new board member of the National Education Association Foundation, a public charity that works to improve public schools. She currently works at Intel as an education strategist, helping school systems adopt new technologies. She created the Intel Teach Program, which works with teachers to create student-centered education solutions. In the program's 12 years, it has trained over 10 million teachers around the world. Johnson was named one of EdNET's Best for 2011 Leaders to Watch. She lives in Portland.


Deirdre Lorenz '95 

had a leading roll in the off-Boardway play, Ahoy! Abel Brown, this fall. She also had parts in the comedy Disgrunted, a tv/web pilot, and the feature film Scavenger Killers. Lorenz is a model, actor, and producer living in New York. She is marketing her own major motion picture, Santorini Blue, which she produced and stared in. Lorenz is also an avid runner. She dedicates her races to the Screen Actors Guild BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in School) program, and the Phi Beta Phi Literacy Fund. In 2012 she participated in the Mount Kilimanjaro Marathon, and while in Tanzania, visited an orphanage to read aloud and teach art.

Matt Mandigo '95 

was inducted into Portland State's Athletics Hall of Fame for his four-year career with the men's golf program. In 1992 he won the NCAA Division II West Regional Championships, advanced to the National Championships, and was an All-American Honorable Mention. "Thank you PSU for great athletics and great education!" Mandigo is currently the market growth and development manager for the West Coast region of the commercial real estate lending group at Wells Fargo. He lives in San Diego.

Robert Murray '94, MST '96

and his wife, Lauren, hosted the 37th Annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild in 2012. They spent two and a half years preparing for the event, which had over 1,200 attendees and more than 300 performers from around the world, and generated nearly $700,000 for the tourist economy of Columbus, Georgia. Murray is an associate professor of trumpet in the Schwob school of music at Columbus State University. Lauren is an oboist as well as director of education and operations for the Columbus Symphony.


Tanya Ostrogorsky MS '96, MS '97, EdD '08
is assistant vice provost for assessment and evaluation at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. She was an assistant dean in the OHSU School of Nursing. Ostrogorsky has worked in the program evaluation field for more than 17 years.





Irni Palar '94

is the director of Indonesian operations for MasterCard Worldwide. She was previously vice president of sales and marketing in the credit card division of PT Bank Mega, whose credit card base quadrupled during her tenure.


Cynthia Pemberton EdD '96




Kevin Snyder, MURP '98

recently wrote and published Getting There: Women's Journeys to and Through Educational Attainment, along with five co-authors. The book chronicles the experiences and educational journeys of women pursuing doctoral degrees in educational leadership. Currently, she is the provost and academic vice principal at Dickinson State, a four-year institution serving southwestern North Dakota. Pemberton spent the 2011-2012 academic year teaching in the University of Malta's department of education studies, as the winner of a Fulbright scholarship.

Has joined the City of Sedona's team as the new Community Development Director.













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