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Alumni Notes 2001-2010

Heather Austin MURP '04 

is a senior planner for 3J Consulting. The Beaverton and Milwaukee-based firm focuses on civil engineering and sustainability.

Kristen Bixler '06 is a project manager at Viewpoint Construction Software. The Portland-based company produces software platforms that help construction professionals manage their finances and operations. She was previously a forensic lab manager at the Portland-based Novitas Data (formerly discover-e Legal), which specializes in data management.
Deanna (Bettesworth) Boire MSW '09

is director at Brookside Place Assisted Living Community in Redmond. She manages operations, marketing, and community outreach. Boire has been working in the long-term care industry for 18 years. She lives in Bend with her husband and daughter.

Andrew Fuller ’09, MS '11 is in Atlanta, fulfilling a two-year tenure with Teach for America, a nonprofit that recruits highly successful but nontraditional educators to teach children in low-income communities. Fuller himself was overlooked as a child. From kindergarten through high school he was kept in a special education program. But he was a gifted football player, and the University of Oregon gave him an athletic scholarship. He later transferred to PSU, where he discovered he could also be "good at being a student. . . That's why I began to put in the work as a student, taking that football mentality of working hard every day and lifting weights to the classroom and starting to train my mind." His trajectory shifted away from professional football, and he stayed at PSU to complete a master's degree in special education. His longterm goal is to become a U.S. senator to address educational issues on the national level.
Tricia Furnari MPA '04 is the director of development for the Roycroft Campus Corporation, an effort to restore the Roycroft arts and crafts campus founded by Elbert Hubbard in 1895 in East Aurora, N.Y. The National Historic Landmark contains nine of the original 14 buildings, which were a haven for craftsmen, artisans, and philosophers. Furnari was previously the development director for the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, a nonprofit facility in Buffalo, New York, that focuses on disease treatment.

Dennis Mulvihill MPA '01

is a new board member of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, a Portland nonprofit that promotes bicycling and safe bicycling conditions. He retired in 2012 after 24 years as a government relations manager for Washington County. He lives in Portland.

Richard Nystrom '04

has written and self-published five books and another 30 short stories, which can be found on his website Nysgtrom, who is 81 years old, is known to his friends as "The Old Philospher." For 40 years he wrote specifications, manuals and other technical material for the use and repair of electrical instrumentation. He also wrote for fun during this time and also took college classes. Since his retirement in 1993, his books have included the practical work, Our Universal Mind: Yours and Mine, as well as adventure fiction. He is currently working on a novel, as well as his own autobiography. Nystrom lives and writes in Kittitas, Washington, where he enjoys the company of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Heather Petrocelli '10

is the chief historian at Mnemonic Productions, which operates, an interactive database of historical films that allows users to explore the relationship between history and film. Petrocelli and her partner, Amie Pascal, are the site's co-founders and co-managers. They live in Portland.
Lynn Peterson, MURP '95, MS '08

is the new Secretary of Transportation for the state of Washington.

Sheryle Quinn '04, ME '10 is a regional stormwater manager for the environmental program of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Washington, D.C.

Cali Sartor MBA '10

is the director of marketing at Spartan Chemical Company. The Maumee, Ohio-based company manufactures and distributes sustainable cleaning solutions for the maintenance industry. Previously she was the director of marketing and new business development for Winegard Company, an Iowa-based antenna manufacturer.

 Scott Shinderle MS '05 was recently named the new principal at Groner Elementary School. He has been working with the Hillsboro School District for the past five years. As he finishes his transition to Groner, he will continue to spend half his time overseeing the district's counselors and nurses, among other positions. He is originally from Michigan, but has been calling Oregon his home for the past 11 years.

 Matthew Simpson '07

 is an assistant advisor at Sperry Van Ness / Bluestone & Hockley, specializing in commercial properties. The real estate company operates throughout the Pacific Northwest, but Simpson works out of their Portland headquarters. He was previously a commercial real estate broker for Marcus & Millichap. Simpson is also a Marine Corps veteran.

 Melinda (Mindy) Soules '09

After 26 years Mindy retired from her first career in child welfare and has opened a private practice in Bend, Oregon.  Mindy earned a Masters in Social Work from PSU in 2009 through the Salem distance program, completed clinical supervision, and became licensed in 2012. She is trained and working toward certification in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an evidence based  therapy approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines Review Committee in Geneva, Switzerland for adults and children with PTSD.  She recently completed an EMDR master class on  Healing the Wounds of Attachment & Rebuilding Self with Deanny Laliotis, LICSW, of EMDR Greater Washington in Washington, D.C.


Anna Viemeister '09

is a soprano who recently won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Oregon District Audition and will advance to the regional auditions in late January. In November, Viemeister was a soloist in the Regina Opera Company's performance of Gotta Sing! in Brooklyn, N.Y. In August, she sang in The Merry Wives of Windsor put on by the Delaware Valley Opera in Narrowsburg, N.Y. Viemeister lives in Manhattan, where she is a vocal coach.

Paul Wiegardt '05

is a systems software developer at Viewpoint Construction Software. The Portland-based company produces software platforms that help construction professionals manage their finances and operations.