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Roel Uleners Roel Uleners
Instructor. Roel Uleners is a Design Partner who loves playing at the intersection of design, strategy, and people. He attended the Royal Academy of Arts, and received his MFA and Masters-after-Masters in Visual Communication at Sint-Lucas School of Arts & Design. Most recently, he was Vice President of Strategic Design at Chehadé & Company, a strategy and engagement consultancy, working toward a trusted digital economy and society.
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Todd Greco Todd Greco
Instructor. Todd is the Interaction Design Director at Ziba, a design and innovation consultancy based in Portland, Oregon. Bridging the traditional gap between developer and designer, he leads cross-disciplinary teams in the creation of software and physical interfaces for global clients including FedEx, Intel, Samsung, Adidas, and Dreamworks. With more than 24 years of experience, Todd is well-versed in design research and innovation; prior to joining Ziba, he worked with Adobe to develop Creative Suite 1-4, and helped design and implement the iShares investment service for Barclays. He has also run his own design studio, written for Wired and Fast Company, and taught digital design at Portland State University for nearly 10 years.
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John Herbert John Herbert
Instructor. John Herbert has over 7 years of experience in corporate FP&A and business analytics across multiple industries, including shipping/logistics, technology, restaurants, and distribution. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Sociology and Business Administration. He received his MBA from Willamette University with a focus in Finance and Statistics. He also holds a certification in Financial Planning and Analysis.
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Serilda Summers-McGee Serilda Summers-McGee
Instructor. Serilda Summers-McGee, MBA, MEd, is the City of Portland Chief Human Resources Officer and the owner of Workplace Change, LLC, a company that exists to help organizations assess their workplace culture, creatively resolve identified workplace challenges, recruit under-represented executives and staff, and retain high-quality employees in an inclusive, positive, and high-functioning work environment.
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Heather Laird Spain Heather Laird Spain
Instructor. Heather Laird Spain is a leadership and communications strategist and coach who has built her career developing people and programs, as well as helping organizations tell their stories. She brings over a dozen years of experience leading communications and marketing programs, both in the nonprofit sector and at Google. As a trainer and coach she has designed and delivered trainings for youth mentoring organizations across the country, served as a communication coach at Stanford University School of Business, and currently is an instructor at Portland State University’s School of Business. She has a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Education, both from Stanford University, and has completed coaching training at The Coaches Training Institute (CTI). She loves working with adult learners, fervently believes we can make work better, and is endlessly curious about all things people-related.
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Darin Matthews Darin Matthews
Instructor. Darin Matthews possesses nearly 25 years of contracting experience in the public and private sectors. He currently serves as director of procurement for the University of California, Santa Cruz. He worked previously as the chief procurement officer for Metro. Darin speaks on contracting and procurement issues around the world and has published articles and books on supply chain management. He has served as business faculty for Portland State University and Florida Atlantic University, in addition to teaching construction contracting for the Institute for Public Procurement. Darin holds a BS in Business from Eastern Oregon University and a Master of Acquisition Management degree from American Graduate University.
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Theresa Bauccio-Teschlog Theresa Bauccio-Teschlog
Instructor. Theresa is the Purchasing Manager for the City of Everett, Washington. She has over 21 years of supply chain management experience, of which over 18 years have been spent in public procurement. She enjoys conducting Requests for Proposals for service contracts and administering construction projects from cradle to grave. Theresa has participated in the Specifications, Protests, and Construction Contracting Delivery Methods Global Best Practice Task Force teams. She is a past Washington State Chapter of NIGP Membership Secretary and is the current Education and Research Chair. Theresa is a graduate of Seattle University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a dual concentration in both Operations Management and Marketing. She also holds the designation of Certified Professional Public Buyer, as well as a Certificate in Construction Contracting from Portland State University.
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Kate Vance Kate Vance
Instructor. Kate Vance is a Project Delivery Program Manager at Multnomah County where her team manages a variety of project types in existing county buildings. Previously, Kate spent 11 years at Portland State University managing and supervising complex multi-million dollar capital projects to meet the University’s goals for future growth and collaborative partnerships. Kate’s professional commitments include collaborative leadership, client relationships, teamwork, and safety.
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René Léger René Léger
Instructor. René Léger brings a breadth of private sector, public, and non-profit leadership experience to his executive coaching and consulting practice. His thoughtful guidance and support help leaders reach their potential to become more effective in their careers and fulfilled in their lives. René’s executive coaching skills stem directly from the diverse senior leadership positions he has held in companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to nonprofit organizations, including Nabisco Brands, the Oregon Business Council, Portland Public Schools, and Camp Fire Columbia. René earned a BA in Political Science from State University of New York and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is certified as an Integral Coach through New Ventures West.
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Elena Einstein Elena Einstein
Instructor. Dr. Elena Einstein is president of the Einstein Group LLC, a women-owned, minority consulting company, and contracts site leader at Harris Corporation. She previously served as a senior contracts manager and chief of staff to the vice president for The Boeing Company. Elena has more than 14 years of experience in contract management and management effectiveness. Her other areas of expertise include leadership, negotiations, strategy, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Training and Employee Engagement, and Development. Elena holds a BS in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona University, an MS in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.
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Samuel Ashby Samuel Ashby
Instructor. Samuel Ashby has worked as a thought leader in process improvement and people development throughout his career. He is currently the director of performance excellence for Legacy Health Systems, where he oversees the development and deployment of process improvement strategy across clinical, operational, and administrative value streams. Previously, Samuel served as managing principal of Speed of Thought Consulting and worked in process improvement leadership roles for Nike, Converse, GE Capital, Medtronic, and Toyota. Samuel has leveraged his Lean and Six Sigma expertise across healthcare, consumer finance, consumer products, athletic footwear, and automotive industries. Samuel hold a BA in Paralegal Science from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a Change Acceleration Process Coach and a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
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Bill Kent Bill Kent
Instructor. Bill is a Market Executive for Mortenson Construction in Seattle, WA. During his 32 years with Mortenson, Bill has focused on design-build and integrated delivery. As indicated by his inclusion as a member of the inaugural class of the DBIA College of Fellows, Bill’s contributions of leadership, advocacy, and education over the past 15 years have had a substantial positive impact on both the DBIA and Design-Build Done Right. In addition to his commitment to teaching certification workshops on behalf of the DBIA, Bill is also an adjunct professor for the University of Washington Department of Construction Management. Bill has held almost every leadership position for DBIA’s Northwest Region, and he is currently a member of the DBIA National Board of Directors.
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Margy Evans Margy Evans
Instructor. Margy Evans is a coach, consultant, and training professional. She brings over twenty-five years of executive, operational, and human resource management experience to her business. As a professional coach and trainer she specializes in leadership and executive development. Margy has a passion for helping individuals and teams through transformational change, impacting both their professional and personal growth. She brings energy and professionalism to her work with clients. Margy’s goal is to create a thriving environment, enriching the strength and performance of individuals and organizations. Utilizing her own strengths and passion, Margy co-founded Link-Up Business Alliance, a growing networking and professional development community.
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Maria Grzanka Maria Grzanka
Instructor. Maria Grzanka is a principal consultant with Lean Portland and Quantum Leaders. She has 20 years’ experience in process improvement leadership and techniques. After earning a degree in Integrated Supply Chain Management, she worked with Tektronix in various supply chain roles, ultimately managing the production planning process in Shanghai, China. She earned her black belt in Lean Sigma in 2006 and has led dozens of kaizens since. These experiences led her to Con-way Freight where she was part of a team launching Lean in over 200 facilities of an integrated transportation network. Following the acquisition of Con-way, she created the first change management program at XPO Logistics for financial shared services applications. Her commitment as a teacher is to guide you toward a deeper understanding of your capacity for improvement, and to support you as you step into that capacity, one change at a time.
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Kjell van Zoen Kjell van Zoen
Instructor. Kjell van Zoen is a Strategic Energy Management (SEM) & Lean Operations Coach at Energy 350, helping industrial clients throughout the Pacific Northwest realize energy efficiency and reductions using continuous improvement practices. An experienced practitioner with over 20 years of entrepreneurial and consulting experience in the United States and Western Europe, Kjell has worked with businesses in the manufacturing, IT, hospitality, municipal and non-profit sectors. He has developed and delivered over 100 workshops and events focused on Lean whole systems thinking. He is the educational and events lead for Lean Portland, a professional non-profit organization focused on supporting continuous improvement and whole systems organizational thinking in the Portland area. When Kjell is not coaching and nerding out on operations he's a science-fiction fan, biker, hiker, swimmer, yoga practitioner, and drives his wife crazy by removing the doors from his kitchen cabinets for optimum efficiency.
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Matthew Horvat Matthew Horvat
Instructor. Matthew Horvat is the founder of Lean Portland, and is the Expansion/Process Improvement Program Manager at Vancouver Clinic. He is a lifelong learner of customer-focused production system design in both projects and operations. His message is about the attitude of respect and the responsibility we have for one another, as well as the discipline of applying the scientific method to everyday concerns. He was academically trained in global management and industrial engineering, and holds numerous professional licenses, degrees, and certificates from state- and trade-sponsored associations.
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David Hall David Hall
Instructor. As a university-level educator and organizational consultant, David Hall is an expert in adult learning and appreciates the opportunity to work with people towards creating better ways to live and work together. With a keen eye towards organizational culture and the factors that support and undermine collaboration, David brings expertise to the human dimensions of process improvement. He employs a whole systems approach to his teaching, facilitation, and consulting work, uniting theory and practice to engage and empower participants to affect change in their lives. David earned a PhD in Systems Science: Psychology and an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He still has a lot to learn.
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Heather LeFevre Heather LeFevre
Having held senior strategic roles at some of the world’s most creative companies, including Crispin Porter + Bogusky, StrawberryFrog, Tribal DDB, and Hyper Island, Heather knows how to mine for insights and understands how people think, feel, and behave. She’s crafted brand worlds for Emirates, Bacardi, Philips, and Gucci. Heather founded the influential Strategist Survey and authored Brain Surfing: The Top Marketing Strategy Minds in the World, a travelogue about what she learned on a year-long journey apprenticing herself to fantastic strategists around the world. Heather is a global citizen, married to the guy who ran the bicycle shop in her Amsterdam neighborhood.
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Brion Hurley Brion Hurley
Instructor. Brion Hurley is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at Business Performance Improvement. He teaches Lean and Six Sigma classes, facilitates workshops and events, performs statistical analysis, and mentors employees through improvement efforts. Prior to BPI, he spent 18 years at Rockwell Collins as a Lean Six Sigma consultant. He also led corporate sustainability teams to reduce electricity usage and solid waste, and helped people connect process improvement concepts with sustainability. He is focused on teaching Lean and Six Sigma concepts to sustainable businesses in the Pacific Northwest to help them reduce their impact on the environment. He has degrees in Statistics, Quality Management, and Environmental Sustainability. He volunteers his time with Lean Portland as the Community Consultant Lead, managing and leading multiple nonprofit improvement projects. He is also the author of “Lean Six Sigma for Good: How Improvement Experts Can Help People in Need, and Help Improve the Environment” and is currently the President of the nonprofit Recycling Advocates.
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Mitchell Sayre Mitchell Sayre
Instructor. Mitchell Sayre is a Business Development & Implementation Manager at OIA Global, where he creates material sourcing and supply chain solutions for major footwear brands. His previous roles working for footwear brand, factory, and raw material suppliers allow a 360° view of the supply chain. Mitchell has spent 10+ years living in Asia.
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Carolyn Niehaus Carolyn Niehaus
Instructor. Carolyn Niehaus is a consultant with MetaSkills Consulting Group, a Portland-based organization that supports leaders making transformational changes. Carolyn has an MBA and certificate in Computer Modeling in System Dynamics from Portland State University. Previously, Carolyn worked with Leverage Networks on the publication of the electronic periodical The New Systems Thinker and has incorporated systems thinking into the development of leadership and experiential education trainings.
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Sara Mesing Sara Mesing
Instructor. Sara Mesing is a design strategist and workshop facilitator. She believes no problem is too big or too small for shoulder-to-shoulder collaboration. Currently the Senior Experience Designer at Cambia Health Solutions, she is engaged in cross-functional initiatives that break down silos and put the customer at the center. Over the last ten years, Sara has delivered over 30+ human-centered design projects across social impact, healthcare, higher education, corporate, and government sectors. Prior to Cambia, Sara was the Systems Lead at XPLANE, a design consultancy in Portland. Prior to XPLANE, she worked in service design, user acquisition marketing, and event management. Sara holds an MBA with a focus on design strategy from Case Western Reserve University.
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Adam Gittler Adam Gittler
Instructor. Prior to his role as Principal, Supply Chain & Operations at North Highland, Adam Gittler’s career included Director-level management roles in four countries, managing up to 120 employees. As a long-time certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, he’s completed or overseen numerous projects over the last 20 years in highly regulated industries in high-growth environments. Adam has a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering, a Master's degree in Operations Management from the University of Buffalo, and an MBA from UC-Berkeley in International Business.
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Corissa Saint Laurent Corissa Saint Laurent
Instructor. Corissa Saint Laurent has been immersed in small business marketing and development for the last 17 years. She has owned and operated two small businesses, including a marketing agency, led regional development in three areas of the United States for a small business marketing software company, Constant Contact, and now speaks nationally for Google’s Get Your Business Online program. Corissa knows how to take the glimmer of an idea, turn it into a reality, and shout it from the rooftops. Her passion is in helping people and companies grow, transform, and be the best version of themselves. She currently lives in Portland, OR with her husband and son and spends her free time with them, as well as writing, traveling, and continuously learning.
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Lori Emerick Lori Emerick
Instructor. Lori Emerick, MBA, is Principal at the Aspen Group and brings more than 20 years of organizational and leadership development experience across multiple industries and non-profit organizations. She has held leadership roles across HR, leadership development, diversity & inclusion, leadership team facilitation, and process excellence.
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Lisa Schauer Lisa Schauer
Instructor. Lisa Schauer thrives on connection, loves a challenge, and believes the key to any successful team or organization is communication. She has worked in government, private industry, and not-for-profit organizations. Lisa holds a BA in Political Science, a BA in Public Relations from Gonzaga University, and an MA in Organizational Leadership from George Washington University. Lisa is a certified Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) facilitator and is also a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) by the Society of Marketing Professional Services. She is the President of PointNorth, a consulting firm committed to strengthening leaders and empowering teams to do the right thing by listening, learning, and leading. Most recently, Lisa was the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for a regional engineering and construction firm. Lisa has served on various Boards and Committees and is a champion for community involvement and philanthropy.
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The Human behind PSU’s Award Winning Social Media Platforms The Human behind PSU’s Award Winning Social Media Platforms
Portland State University knows talent when we see it, that's why we hired Christian Aniciete! Read about the Human behind PSU’s Award Winning Social Media Platforms here in his Alumni Profile, and check out his awesome #fearlessPSU Selfie!
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Q+A with screenwriter Douglas Soesbe (B.S '71, M.A '76) Q+A with screenwriter Douglas Soesbe (B.S '71, M.A '76)
Portland State Alumnus Douglas Soesbe is a story analyst and editor working for NBCUniversal. He recently wrote a feature film entitled “Boulevard.” It is being shot in May of this year with Robin Williams starring. It will be directed by Dito Montiel, whose film, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, is a previous Sundance winner.
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Turning pro Turning pro
Shannon Burley '00
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Dishing up tradition Dishing up tradition
Rosanna Bowles ’77
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Legacy of learning Legacy of learning
Behzad Hosseini ’96, MBA ’97
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The fruits of his labor The fruits of his labor
Chad Honl MED '07
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Home show makeover pro Home show makeover pro
Kristin Wells '97
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Charter school champion Charter school champion
Adam Reid '03 helps keep a local public charter school running
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Helping companies turn it around Helping companies turn it around
Businesses looking to stay afloat seek out Renee Fellman, MBA '85
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Dentist with a heart Dentist with a heart
Michaelangelo Aust pursues dental realties over Ferrari dreams.
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Bringing solutions off the hill Bringing solutions off the hill
Kristin Rencher transforms scientific discoveries into beneficial products.
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Master of the search engine Master of the search engine
Marshall Simmonds '95 orchestrates search engine strategy to yield maximum traffic for the New York Times and its online properties.
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Intel's 'Green Goddess' Intel's 'Green Goddess'
Lorie Wigle MBA '89 oversees strategies for green product design and manufacturing as well as Intel's energy efficiency
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Green energy entrepreneur Green energy entrepreneur
Stephen Johnson hopes to produce fuel that is carbon neutral.
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In the company of sisters In the company of sisters
Products made by women around the world are sold through KJ Lewis' company.
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Green on top Green on top
Who would have thought to grow edible plants on rooftops? Erin Altz did.
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A lawyer in the making A lawyer in the making
By age 19, Pakistani native Saba Ahmed had earned a double major at Portland State.
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Beyond the watercooler Beyond the watercooler
Nova Newcomer has developed an efficient software program for employee communication.
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Making history Making history
Bob Sutton MA '73 is now chief historian of the National Park Service.
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Making food her business Making food her business
Tyson Foods convinced Oregon native Michelle Bond to move to its Arkansas offices.
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A hospitalist with Kaiser A hospitalist with Kaiser
As a Portland State student, Sahra Vanderkin Rahimtoola, co-founded the Student Ambassador program.
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Raising the profile of Iraqi refugees Raising the profile of Iraqi refugees
Based in Cairo, Abeer Etefa is a spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
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A Vanguard education A Vanguard education
When John Wykoff, Jr., was editor of the Vanguard student newspaper, it was in boxes downtown.
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Capital relations Capital relations
Erin Hulme '06 loves living and working in Washington, DC.
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A rose by her name A rose by her name
Leslie Goodlow-Baldwin is the youngest-ever president of the Portland Rose Festival.
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Being all that he can be Being all that he can be
David Cowsert heads a new publishing group in Portland.
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Serving the U.S. Senate for over a decade Serving the U.S. Senate for over a decade
Mark Prater is the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance's chief tax counsel.
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Belief in children rewarded Belief in children rewarded
Oregon Teacher of the Year (2006-07) Jackie Cooke describes herself as an optimist.
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The cheering goes on The cheering goes on
MaryLou Wendel Webb passes on the Homecoming Queen crown after 35 years.
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Bamboo clothing with a message Bamboo clothing with a message
Alum Ryan Christensen uses "eco-friendly" clothing as his "weapon of choice" to convey a social message.
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Making a difference in Africa Making a difference in Africa
Elizabeth Bara runs a nonprofit that helps people in Africa become self-reliant.
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Sailing around the world Sailing around the world
Tammy Kimball and her family lived onboard their boat, the Anjuli, for two years.
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Passing judgment in Oregon's top court Passing judgment in Oregon's top court
Paul De Muniz, who graduated from PSU with a degree in sociology, is chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court.
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Making it in New York City Making it in New York City
Deirdre Lorenz lives a high-velocity lifestyle.
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This alumnus wants in your back pocket This alumnus wants in your back pocket
Garett Croft Stenson '04 sits in his north Portland bungalow among boxes stacked full of wallets, tape, stickers, and promotional posters, all ready to be mailed to retailers.
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Montana ranchers own a world record setting filly Montana ranchers own a world record setting filly
Last September, a quarter horse owned by Dr. Ray '69 and Wendy Norgaard '67, MST '72 set the world's record for the fastest 300 yards in a derby trial at Yellowstone Downs in Billings, Montana. Although the couple didn't make any money, they had something better.
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Successful entrepreneur starts young Successful entrepreneur starts young
Paresh Patel '96 gets an early start as a successful entrepreneur
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Keeping the coffee and tea world abuzz Keeping the coffee and tea world abuzz
Julie Beals '96 keeps the coffee and tea world abuzz
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Revealing his life as a corporate spy Revealing his life as a corporate spy
Revealing his life as a corporate spy
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Taking UPS global Taking UPS global
Chief Financial Officer Scott Davis '74 likes to keep his learning curve growing at a steady pace, and helping to chart the future of UPSa $36 billion corporationgives him that opportunity.
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Success in the world of contemporary art Success in the world of contemporary art
Carolyn Cole '76 has accomplished what most aspiring artists dream of her work is shown in six galleries nationwide and her boldly colored contemporary paintings are held in over 500 private and corporate collections.
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Creating living history for a new museum Creating living history for a new museum
Teresa Neva Tate '94, MA '97 Creates Living History for a New Museum
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Helping tsunami victims in India Helping tsunami victims in India
John Stephens MIM '03 Helps Tsunami Victims in India
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Studying brain function at Columbia University Studying brain function at Columbia University
Joy Hirsch MS '71 Studying Brain Function at Columbia University
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Delivering the mail at a profit in Qatar Delivering the mail at a profit in Qatar
Ali M. Al Ali '83 Delivering Mail at a Profit in Qatar
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A passion to tell the story of Oregon Judaism A passion to tell the story of Oregon Judaism
Gloria Lohman Feves '72 explores the history of Oregon's Jewswhy they came, what they found, and how they changed through the years.
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Coming one day to a theater near you? Coming one day to a theater near you?
Dan Vance '97 has made an independent film in Arizona with a camera of his own design.
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Offering cost-conscious counseling Offering cost-conscious counseling
Vince Dimone's, MS '03, cost-conscious counseling benefits his clients and himself.
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