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Alumni Notes 1981-1990

Scott Bieber ’83, MPA ’96








Carl W. Christensen MSW ’83

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.

Co-founded North Coast Counseling in September 2011. The Rochester, New York, practice specializes in sexual abuse treatment, and also provides training and consultation services. Christensen volunteers as a consultant for SCORE, a nonprofit based in Herndon, Virginia, that provides mentoring to small businesses. He also writes grants for R Community Bikes, a program that recycles bikes and distributes them to families in need.



Rebecca Concepcion ’87

was recently elected secretary-treasurer of the international Association for Applied Sport Psychology. She is also the chairwoman of the association's Health and Exercise Psychology Committee and is an associate professor of kinesiology at Saint Mary's College, a private Catholic school just east of Oakland, California. Her research has been published in such journals as the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology and Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.



Gregory DiLoreto MPA ’85

was recently inducted as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Founded in 1852, the association is the nation's oldest engineering society, currently claiming over 141,000 members. DiLoreto has been a member for more than 30 years. In 1995 he was honored as Oregon's Outstanding Civil Engineer. DiLoreto is currently the general manager and chief executive officer of the Tualatin Valley Water District, which serves more than 200,000 customers in west Portland. He lives in West Linn.


Carolyn (Seidman) Gage '82, MA '84





Kenneth Hart, BA '90

Jeanne Nelsen (BA '80; MST '81)

is the author of eight books on lesbian theatre, as well as 65 plays, musicals, and one-woman shows. Her most recent publication is Starting from Zero: One-Act Plays About Lesbians in Love, her sixth collection of plays. Gage's writing specializes in non-traditional women, especially famous lesbians whose stories have been distorted by history. She has won the Oregon Book Award, the Maine Literary Award for Drama, and the Lambda Literary Award for Drama. She lives in Portland, Maine, where the Portland Phoenix has named her one of the city's "Most Influential People."

was named the Executive Director of the Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Ontario Foundation and Community Development Department


retired after a 31 year career  in intelligence and national security  at a federal agency near Washington DC.   She credits her PSU education in intercultural communication and Russian language -- as well as her involvement in PSU's international student activities -- for launching a fascinating career that included worldwide travel, senior leadership positions, and post-graduate coursework at Harvard University, the Kellogg School, George Washington University, the University of Virginia, and The American University.



Ali Rashid Abdullah Al Nuaimi ’82,
MS ’82




is the vice chancellor of United Arab Emirates University. Established in 1976 in the city of Al Ain, it was ranked the 338th best university in the world in the 2011 QS World University Rankings. Nuaimi joined the university in 1991 as a member of the education faculty. In 2006, he was appointed as an advisor to the UAE's Minister of Education. Nuaimi is also on the scientific committee for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, which recognizes significant contributions to Arabic culture.


James Prutsman ’87

is a shareholder with Heffler Claims Administration. The national company administrates class action lawsuits, concerning labor, anti-trust, securities, and other matters. He has over 15 years of experience in the industry, most recently as senior vice president at Rust Consulting, which is also a national class action administrator. Prutsman lives in Oklahoma City.

Abdul Rahman ’89

is executive director of Pan Yemen Consult, which he founded in 1995. The independent consulting firm, based in Sana'a, Republic of Yemen, specializes in waste management. Previously Rahman was the director general of environmental health for the Republic of Yemen's ministry of housing and municipalities.

Mary Ellen Sweeney PhD ’83

is the principal author of Exploring People and Cultures: Authentic Ethnographic Research in the Classroom, published in 2012 by Prufrock Press. Sweeney works as a gifted and talented itinerant specialist in the Denver Public Schools District.




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