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Alumni Updates Class of 1990-1999

Tracy H. Allen (PhD Geography 1999)
Assistant Professor and Chair of the Geography Department, State University of New York, Oneonta. Received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004, and earlier received the SUNY Oneonta Fund for Academic Excellence Award for Innovative Uses of Instructional Technology. Was a joint recipient of a $100,000 NSF grant concerning water quality, received several smaller grants including one from
the EPA, and published the book Introduction to Geography. His children are growing—Madison is now 9 and Hunter 6. His wife Melissa is the Director of Financial Aid at Hartwick College. They live in an 1896 Victorian house in a sleepy college town, where snow stays on the ground from November to March. Spent the summer of 2004 completing a grant on deforestation and water-quality research in Tibet with Eric Larsen (PhD Geog 2001). Spent this summer on landscape-change studies in Myanmar. Takes students each year on an environmental trip, so far to the Brazilian rainforest, Costa Rican cloud forest, and Mexican desert. This year, it’s to Spain and Morocco. Want to go? allenth@oneonta.edu. (2005)


Dan Antonson (BS Geography 1991)
Returned to Oregon after working in Spokane, WA for Spokane County Planning as a GIS Analyst. Dan is currently working for Otak Inc., which is an engineering/Architecture/Landscape Architecture/Planning Firm in Lake Oswego as a GIS Analyst and planner. (2004)

April (Herb) Boughton (BS Geology 1996)
Received her M.S. in Geology from Portland State University and has worked in Environmental Consulting and as Adjunct Faculty for Indiana University South Bend. April is currently with Bruce Carter Associates (Environmental Consulting) as a Project Manager. She married Eric Boughton in 2002 and they hope to adopt a baby in the next couple of years. (2004)

Aileen Buckley (PhD Geography 1998)
Aileen is a Cartographic Researcher at ESRI in Redlands, Calif. Her work entails developing GIS data models to support mapping, proposing software
enhancements for cartography, and working with mapping agencies and organizations around the world. This year her work-related travel took her to England and Spain as well as to many places in the US. She still sails when she can and is now skiing during the snowy seasons. abuckley@esri.com. (2005)

Tony Chakurian (BS in Geology 1997)
Tony received his MS in Geology from University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently working as an environmental geologist for Leighton Consulting in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Tony lives in Corona, CA with his wife Daphne and son Ethan. tchakurian@hotmail.com (2007)

Megan Cogswell (MS Geography 1997)
Enjoying the life of leisure, staying home in Salem, Ore., with Nathan (8) and Noah (5) after leaving her position with OSU Extension in June of 2003. Spouse Paul continues to work hard to support her exercise, political reform, and scrapbooking interests. Megan hopes to do some independent publishing and is working on several projects. She enjoyed teaching Environmental Conservation for Geosciences last summer and Spanish to second graders. Her current goal is to hike half of the Wonderland Trail on Mount Rainier next summer (45 miles). cogswellcamuso@comcast.net. (2005)

Gregg Gaston (PhD Geography 1993)
In his job at the University of Northern Alabama, Gregg is becoming more of a physical geographer, and he designs field courses. (He's taking a class of 15 or so from Alabama to Wyoming  during interterm in May 2007). He's remaking himself from a techniques guy (that people are willing to pay for technical expertise) to an academic who looks at rocks and streams and glaciers because they are interesting, not because he can sell the results. He'll always be involved with technical stuff, because students need to have a skill set that will allow them to get a good job, and he himself can't stop playing with the really cool toys. They have over 100 Geography undergraduate majors and 5 faculty, soon to hire a 6th. In the past 4 years, very close to 100% of those who came out with their GIScience emphasis have a job in the field of geography, and several are in graduate school. He has 2 sons and over 100 students, so his office is always full of kids, but he thinks he's doing the job he was made to do. In March 2007 he took a 2-week faculty exchange in Finland (where he taught GIS). He still doesn't care for the Alabama summers (winters are very nice!), so when he is not teaching in July, he tries to get out back West, Oregon usually, but anyplace high up and clear. (2007)

John Godino (MS Geography 1995)
Computer/database/web guy for Mazamas Clubrooms. John also teaches lots of rock and ice climbing classes. He enjoys kayaking and hiking and is in good health. (2003)

James W. Good (PhD Geography 1992)
Retired this fall as Director of the Marine Resources Management Program in OSU’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. This past summer, Jim and a friend biked from Astoria to Missoula, to the extent possible retracing the route Lewis and Clark took on their return journey. Ever the perceptive observer, Jim noted that the landscape has changed a little, and that most of the fauna was of the flattened variety on the roadway. Jim’s partner Janet Morlan (MS Geog 1990) is the Wetland Program Manager at the Oregon Department of State
Lands, and she bikes when she can fit it in. They are at home with Kobe, their champion Belgian Tervuren. Good dog! jwg4@yahoo.com. (2005)

Desiree (Scarlett) Graham (MS Geography 1997)
Married Chris Graham Aug 7. 1999, and had a child in Feb. of 2001. Scarlett stopped working in Oct. of 2002 to stay at home with her first child. She and her husband have had another baby in June. They happily reside in Boise Idaho. (2002)

Bret Hazell (MS Geography 1991-1993)
President of GeoTerra /3Di West, an aerial mapping, GIS and survey firm in Eugene. (2002)

Eric Heller (BS Geology 1996)
Completed his Masters in Civil Engineering at University of Washington, and now is working for GeoEngineers as a geotechnical engineer. (2003)

Dan Henderson (BS Geography 1995)
Received the Grand Showcase Award for the San Diego Geography Showcase at the ESRI International Users Conference for his poster entitled, "Modeling Water, Toxics, and Environment Using GIS and 3D Visualization." Dan was appointed to the Board of the California Geographic Information Association and accepted the CGIA award on behalf of UCSD for Excellence in Education. (2003)

Mark D. Hilyard (MS Geology 1997)
After several years of sharpening his skills with a local consulting firm, Mark is now with SAIC and has found a niche studying contaminant transport in fractured bedrock systems. The US government is SAIC’s primary client, so he has been able to work on some long term (i.e. well funded) projects, including some work at the Nevada Test Site a couple of summers ago. He is living in Portsmouth, RI and was married three years ago to a truly wonderful person. Together they have a 2 ½ year old boy, Caleb, and a second child on the way. (2004)

Mary E. Hinkson (MS Geography 1993)
Retired from the US Army in Aug of 2002. Mary is now working as a military program analyst for a Defense contractor in Huntsville, Alabama. Her daughter is attending Clemson University and her son is a senior in high school. (2002)

Margaret Hiza (PhD Geology 1999)
Was recently profiled in the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native American in Science (SACNAS) Spring 2005 newsletter. She now works for the U.S.G.S. studying climate chane on the Navajo Nation, especially the movement of sand dunes and the levels of certains elements in the water. (2005)

Herbert Lloyd Hofer III (BS Geography 1990)
Two years after getting my geography degree in 1990 I went back to college and wound up becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist in 1994. I love my work, what's not to like about helping people get better smiles! I practice here in Portland and put my geography training to use everyday in my ability to empathize, relate and communicate in a meaningful way with any patient I have in front of me. I tried getting married a second time after OSU but I am now single again and loving it. Besides rock climbing I'm active with biking, hiking, yoga, ballet and my 3 grandkids. (2004)

Patrick Kennelly (PhD Geography 1997)
Patrick had a great time for three years as a GIS Manager at the Montana geological survey and is now in a tenure track position at LIU. He's still putting his GIS management experience to work by teaching a class for Penn State's online Master's of GIS program. It all keeps him quite busy, but he's really enjoying it. (2007)

Marvin Kilbourn (BS Geography 1995)
I am working for MDA Federal (formerly Earthsat) as a Senior Geospatial Analyst in Rockville, Maryland. I am doing analysis and extraction with the most up-to-date software on the market. I really enjoy what I am doing since I left OSU with work in the Geospatial industry. Has been an active member of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) since 1999. He and his wife Lyn have been married since 2000 and have a daughter Katherine and son Johnathon. Enjoys spending time with family and tries to watch OSU football when he gets a chance. (2009)

Andrika Kuhle (BS Geology 1992)
After finishing my MS from University of New Mexico (under the tutelage of Gary Smith, one of Ed's PhD graduates) in 1997, I was employed in Kalispell Montana working as an environmental consultant where I specialized in groundwater and wetlands. I married in 2000 and in 2003 I caught the parental bug and quit working. My husband, Gordon Dicus and I now have two sweet little boys, Theo (born January 3, 2003) and Shafer (born August 23, 2004). I am for the time being only a geologist at heart, but content.
We now live on the shoulder of Kilauea in Hawaii. Please extend an invitation to any faculty interested in a field trip to the world's most active volcano. They are welcome to stay with us. (2004)

Beth Lambert (MS Geography 1998)
I'm a fluvial geomorphologist working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Division of Ecological Restoration. I lead a small program (3 full-time staff) dedicated to river restoration, primarily dam removal. We have removed 7 dams so far and have more than 25 projects in the planning stages. I love it! After moving from Oregon back to the east coast in 2005, I also spent time working on salt marsh restoration projects--in fact, I met my husband while collecting vegetation data on a restored marsh. We married last fall and live in a small classic New England town north of Boston. (2009)

Brendan Laurs (MS Geology 1995)
Working as the editor of the Gemological Institute of America’s quarterly technical journal called Gems & Gemology(www.gia.edu/gemsandgemology). Brendan gets to travel to an important gem-producing area each year, and last July he visited Madagascar for the second time. The main purpose of that trip was to assist with a World Bank and USAID sponsored program to professionalize the gem industry in Madagascar. He made arrangements for GIA to teach their Gem Identification course there. He also visited some interesting gem deposits there, including the pegmatite where a new mineral and gemstone was recently discovered called pezzottaite He worked with scientists from the United States, Canada, and Switzerland on the original IMA proposal that described this new mineral and coauthored a feature article on this gemstone in the Winter 2003 issue of Gems & Gemology. (2004)

Sharon London (MS Geography 1999 )
Sharon recently re-entered the work world as the interim Executive Director of Seattle Urban Nature, a small, non-profit organization that is "dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Puget Sound region by engaging communities to improve urban forests." The organization has a strong science/GIS focus. http://www.seattleurbannature.org/. She is looking forward to using her non-profit management skills again to help improve people's connection to
local nature, and to restore some of Seattle's green spaces. sharon@seattleurbannature.org. (2007)

Andrew Mason (BS Geography 1990)
Works for Harvest House Publishers, a Christian book publisher. Andrew has been in the distribution department since April of 2002. He still is riding motorcycles and is looking for a different model. He is active in a few riding organizations. (2002)

Allyson Mathis (MS Geology 1993)
Works as an interpretive park ranger at Grand Canyon National Park and continues to work in the field of geology interpretation. (2004)

Philip McClellan (BS Geography 1995)
I have been working for Titan Systems in Portland OR for the past nine years. I have worked on many GIS contracts from the creation of Digital Line Graphs (DLGs) and Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) for the USGS, the creation of the National Hydrographic Dataset (NHD) for the State of Alaska and the USGS. As well as feature extraction with Boeing Autometric for NIMA (DoD). I am currently working with the USDA Forest Service Region 6 Information Resource Management (IRM) for data standardization of the National Forests in Region 6. (2004)

Wendy Mitteager (MS Geography 1999)
I finished my PhD at Rutgers and have started a new job this fall at Oneonta State College in New York State. It is a tenure-track assistant professor position. My email address is mitteawa@oneonta.edu. (2004)

Stephanie Moret (MS Geology 1997)
Currently an Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at Lousiana State University, teaching spatial modeling and decision analysis. My oldest daughter, Skye, graduated from OSU in marine biology in 2004 and my youngest daughter Celia will graduate from SOU in anthropology in 2005. (2005)

Jo Beth Mullens (PhD Geography 1995)
Promoted to Associate Professor in 2000 and received Tenure in 2001 at Keene State College in New Hampshire. Jo Beth went on Sabbatical in 2001-2002 and conducted research on water and gender issues. (2002)

Matt Nazar (MS Geography 1992)
Matt is the Deputy Director of Development Services overseeing the city planning for Maine's Capital city, Augusta. After returning to New England in 1992, he worked as a local and regional planner in New Hampshire for seven years then moved back home to Maine. He worked for the Maine State Planning Office, finishing there as the Director of the Land Use Program for the state before returning to local planning in a rapidly changing city. He spends his free time renovating a 160 year old home that he enjoys with his wife and two daughters. They do as much skiing, hiking, biking, and exploring as they can. (2009)

Emily Oatney (MS Geology 1998)
Emily M. Oatney (MS Geol 1998). Chevron Vietnam Subsurface Development Team Leader. Emily moved with Chevron from San Ramon, California to Ho Chi Minh City in May 2006 to help develop a large offshore gas field. The gas will be brought on shore and converted to electricity to meet the increasing demand in Vietnam. Emily is responsible for subsurface characterization and development well planning activities. 400+ upcoming wells should keep her pretty busy over the next few years. In her off time, she is learning Vietnamese and is traveling extensively in the Asian region. eoat@chevron.com. (2006)


Heather Petry (MS Geography 1999)
Moved to the South Island of New Zealand in 2004 and is working for Oceana Gold (New Zealand) Limited, a gold mining company at Macraes Flat in Otago. She is the sole GIS person on site, which keeps her busy on a variety of projects. She and her husband, Greg, (and their dog Bailey) are enjoying life in the historic coastal town of Oamaru, where they have views of the Pacific Ocean from their house on a hill and forested walking tracks just a block away. Heather.Petry@oceanagold.com. (2006)

Ernesto Podaca (BS Geology 1990)
Graduate student in Architecture working towards a Masters of Architecture at UNLV. (2003)

Kevin R. Pogue (PhD Geology 1993)
Professor and chair of geology at Whitman College. He is married to Elisa Weinman who teaches Head Start, and they have two children, Eli age 12, and Keelin age 5. Kevin teaches physical geology, geophysics, structural geology, Cordilleran tectonics, and meteorology. His current research involves Quaternary clastic dikes of the Columbia Basin, the geology of the Elkhorn Mountains of northeastern Oregon, the geologic evolution of the City of Rocks National Reserve in southern Idaho, and a project in Mongolia. He and Elisa are enjoying the Napafication of Walla Walla that has occurred during the past 5 years. About 65 wineries now lie near town along with many nice restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops. Kevin has lately been moonlighting as a vineyard site consultant, or terroirist as he calls it. They still manage the occasional rock-climbing trip. pogue@whitman.edu. (2005)

William (Don) Reeder (BS Geology 1996)
Working for INOVEC in Eugene, OR as a software engineer. Don and his wife Kerry had a daughter in December of 2002. He is still collecting rocks and likes to study mining history. The family enjoys hiking and camping. (2003)

John Sharrard (BS Geography 1997)
Has worked 11 years in the senior technical staff for the Northwest office of ESRI. Currently living in Canby, Ore., with fiancée Kisha and dachshund Hunter. Planning to build a log home on recently purchased acreage. Highlights of the past year were proposing underwater at night in Hawaii and having an amazing encounter with manta rays. jsharrard@esri.com. (2006)

David Shively (MS Geography 1990, PhD Geography 1999 )
Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Montana , Missoula (2004, Central Michigan University 2000-2004).  Teaching land use planning, water resources, and other subjects.  Research activities include wintertime air quality in Yellowstone National Park, stream ecology and planning in Montana, and regional diffusion of specialized watercraft in the the American West.  Dave lives in Missoula with his wife Gretchen, and sons Rio and Ari, and they regularly sneak over to Oregon to recharge at the coast. (2007)


Lee Sickler (BS Geography 1990)
GIS Technician, City of West Linn Engineering Department. Lives in southwest Portland with son Ben (6), daughter Molly (4), and wife Lisa, who is a teacher. Enjoys making it back to the OSU campus in the fall for football games and occasionally to check in on the Geosciences Department. lsickler@ci.west-linn.or.us. (2005)

Scot Siegel (BS Honors Geography 1990)
Started his own planning consulting business in 2004, Siegel Planning Services, LLC. Based in Lake Oswego, Ore., the company specializes in land-use planning, urban design, code-development projects, and serves public and private clients throughout the West. Scot has served as a prime consultant to the state of Oregon’s Transportation and Growth Management Code Assistance Program since 1998. Recently completed projects include the City of Talent Railroad District Master Plan, Oregon’s Model Development Code for Small Cities, and zoning and development code updates for the cities of McCall, Ida., and John Day, Ore. He is vice president of Lake Oswego’s Talented and Gifted Education PTA, and he serves on the City of Lake Oswego Planning Commission. Siegelplanning@aol.com. (2005)

Diana Sinton (PhD Geography 1997)
Hi all. I've been meaning to write for a while and let you know about the website we've put together for our GIS work at NITLE. There are a number of resources that we've compiled or created that may be of interest or help to you, so when you get a chance, take a look (http://gis.nitle.org). Also, please feel free to send along any suggestions or stuff for me to add (literature citations, links, etc.). The literature database (http://gis.nitle.org/literature.php) is still rather heavy on biogeography & forestry, given my background, but we're always posting new articles, and we've got well over 1200+ at this point. (2004)

Ann Stark (MS Geography 1998)
Ann is currently owner and partner in Salish Coast Sciences, a GIS consulting business in Bellingham, Washington. She serves as President of the Washington Chapter of URISA and is the co-coordinator for the NW WA GIS users group. Ann is also a GIS Analyst at the City of Bellingham, WA. In her spare time she enjoys biking, gardening, and keeping her own urban farm. (2011)

Brian Stonebrink (BS Geology 1991)
Works for the State of Arizona at the Department of Environmental Quality. Brian provides oversight on environmental cleanup projects by the Department of Defense. He is also the project manager for Davis-Monthan Air Force base, Fort Huachuca, and the Corps of Engineers clean up of formerly used defense sites. The projects include the clean up of soils from a jet fuel leak using a soil vapor extraction system, treatment of aluminum dross and implementation of a cap, monitoring landfills and removal of UST, ordnance and soils at contaminated sites. (2004)

Wiley C. Thompson (MS Geography 1999)
After OSU, Lt Col Thompson taught at West Point for 3 years and then moved to Germany in 2003, where after a few weeks he was deployed to Iraq and served in the Sunni Triangle. After Zan Strausz uses old and new technology in his fieldwork. After that he was stationed in Afghanistan, and on October 10, 2005, he led the first US aid effort to the Pakistan earthquake, initially consisting of 8 helicopters and 210 soldiers. It eventually grew to 28 helicopters and 500 personnel from the US, UK, and the Afghan Air Corps (on their very first deployment). Wiley flew on several missions himself and was privileged to spend time on the ground in some severely affected areas, helping to assess the needs of the villagers. “It was a great feeling to be able to ask someone what they needed and then to be able to follow-up over the next few days with a couple of Chinooks full of exactly what they asked for. Incredible job satisfaction and an outstanding experience for a geographer or geologist.” One of his photos of an earthquake-triggered landslide is in press in the January 2006 Geotimes. Wiley.C.Thompson@baf.afgn.army.mil. (2005)

Robert Tobys (BS Geography 1999)
GIS Manager of ECORP Consulting, Inc. (2003)

Steve Wilcox (BS Geography 1999)
Post-Bac student in geosciences pending acceptance into the masters program. Steve is currently working in the aquatic monitoring program for the Northwest Forest Plan stationed in Corvallis. (2002)

Dana Willis (MS Geology 1992)
After a five year hiatus from mining, during which time he was a senior scientist with Exponent Failure Analysis Associates working on a wide variety of building and geology related failures, the opportunity came up to work for Newmont Mining Corporation at the Midas Mine in Elko County, Nevada. It was a timely transition because otherwise Dana would have found himself in Iraq working for Exponent as a civilian contractor supporting the 101st Airborne in training and the use of surveillance robots. Now he is a senior mine engineer at Midas, an underground mine producing 220,000 ounces Au and 2,500,000 ounces Ag per year. Dana's main role is deposit modeling and resource estimation, but like many operations he wears a number of other hats. (2004)