Alumni News & Notes
Alumni News and Notes
Fall 2011 - Spring 2012
Fox Wetle BS '68, MS '71, PhD '76 has created a scholarship to send students to annual Gerontological Society of America Conference. (Alumna creates new scholarship to send student to conference on aging)
Michael Saba PhD '79 has made a generous gift to fund a scholarship for students in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. (Alumnus endows Urban Studies Scholarship)
Melissa Tiefenthaler MURP '08 recently led an effort to install Vancouver's first rubber sidewalk. (Hough area first in city with rubber sidewalk)
Richard Anders BA Community Development '09 has launched an exotic drink company, Soda Pagoda, which renovates old vending machines and fill them with unusual drinks from around the world. (Pop Art: The baroque Coke of Soda Pagoda, Willamette Week)
Sandra Smit MPH '10 was the high scorer of the Spring 2011 Certified Health Education Specialist Exam. (NCHEC Newsletter, page 14)
Donna Wagner '75, MUS '78 is the associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Health and Social Sciences at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Susan Daluddung MURP '83, PhD '05 has received the credentialed manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. Daluddung is deputy city manager for development and community service with the office of the city manager in Peoria, Arizona. Previously Daluddung was chief planner for the city of Portland.
Kelly Hossaini '90, MURP '93 has been elected to the board of directors of the PSU Alumni Association and is a partner with the Miller Nash Law Firm.
Rebecca Washington '85, MPA '95 is the career services coordinator for Portland Community College's Cascade Campus. Washington received the 2010 American Association for Women in Community Colleges Excellence Award.
Patricia Squire MPA '95 retired this fall as the Portland State University Alumni Association Director, a position she held for 22 years.
Andrew Asato MPA '96 is executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Oregon. He was previously in charge of development and public relations.
Janet Wright '76, MPA '99 is a transit program administrator with Columbia County in St. Helens.
Eli Spevak MURP '99 is developing, through his housing development and general contracting company Orange Splot, a new housing project in Portland called Cully Grove. He does public speaking on the opportunities and challenges of developing clusters of small homes and shared common spaces.
Amber Fowler '98, MPA '00 received the 2011 Portland State Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Service Award and is the founder of Dress for Success Inland Northwest in Spokane, Washington.
Lore Christopher MPA '01 was elected to her third term as mayor of Keizer, OR. Christopher became the city's first mayor in 2001.
Mathew Horner MPA '04 is an assistant general services officer serving in his first overseas assignment with the U.S. State Department at the American Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados where he manages housing, travel, motor pool, warehouse and supply areas.
Robert E. Lee '03, MPA '08 is president of the Pacific Association of Medical Equipment Services. He works as the director of government affairs and health policy analysis for Care Medical and serves as a member of the steering committee for Oregon Small Business for Responsible Leadership.
Sean Kolmer MPH '06 is the assistant health policy adviser to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
Michael Reese '85, MPA '08 is chief of the Portland Police Bureau. He was previously commander of the bureau's East and Central Precincts.
Karen Bishop MPH '08 is a health educator in the environmental health assessment program of the Oregon Department of Human Services in Portland.
Shelia Kyobutungi BA Community Development '08 received her masters degree from Oxford Brookes University, U.K. before returning to her native home of Uganda to focus on community development work.
Erin Watari MPA '09 is a program associate for the Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education and Sustainable Development with the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C.
Nicole Stein MPA '09 is vice president of community responsibility at Umpqua Bank where she oversees the bank's Connect Network.
Erin Fairbairn-Stammer MPA '09 is a credit analyst at US Bank Vendor Finance in Portland.
Laila Umpleby MPA '10 is the development and communications director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon.
Fred Charlton MPA '10 has been named fire chief of Clackamas Fire District 1 in Oregon. Charlton, a battalion chief and 22-year veteran of the department, began his career as a volunteer. He also is an online instructor for Eastern Oregon University and has taught at the Oregon Fire Instructors Association symposium. Last year he received an award from the Happy Valley City Council for helping save the life of a woman who suffered a heart attack.
Kelly Doherty MPA '10 is director of marketing and recruitment for graduate business programs in the PSU School of Business Administration. Doherty received a Fullbright Scholar grant to participate in the 2011 Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education in Berlin.
Brent Sandmeyer MPH '11 is currently a Junior Service Fellow at the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets. He is working on the brand-new Science of Public Reporting initiative overseeing grants and contracts to improve the science behind reports that publicly rate health care providers on their quality of care and resource use.
Alan DeLaTorre PhD '11 is a research assistant and project coordinator for the Global Aging Initiative in the Institute on Aging at Portland State. He has completed his dissertation research on the planning and development of sustainable, affordable housing for older adults in the Portland area.