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Class Notes, The Connection, Winter 2010

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Roger Gilman (73): "I worked with Harvey Gelder on a Fairhaven concentration in the philosophy of science (how metaphors structure scientific theories) and a Western major in political philosophy. This led to graduate study and degrees from The University of Chicago in the philosophy and history of evolutionary and ecological theories and in the ethical foundations and formulations of political theories. I was the editor of the literary magazine, The Chicago Review, and taught philosophy and biology at several universities before returning to Fairhaven to become dean of the college. I partner with my wife (Paula), parent two college kids (Emily and David) and play with three cats (Tiger, Po, and Moly). I read and write philosophy and poetry, love birding and gardening, hiking and sailing…and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the college reunion in May." See the Dean's page >


Frank James (73) was in the second class to go to Fairhaven. "Still in touch with some folks from then but would look forward to hearing from others. After trying all the other academic channels that would have me as a student finally ended up in medical school. Have been back in Bellingham since 1989 and now have so many part time jobs that it is hard to figure out where to go to work each day. I am one of the primary investigators in a national study of the role of antioxidants in the prevention of cancer, now 7 years into the study. I work for the Nooksack Indian Tribe most of the time but have also been the Health Officer for the San Juan Islands for 18 years now. Teach a bit at the UW in the School of Public Health and community Medicine and do some research there as well. Over the past few years have also worked abroad, in India, China and East Timor mostly. Did a lecture series in China on smoking cessation, 300 million Chinese men will die prematurely in the next 30 years from tobacco related disease. Have worked at Tibetan Children's Village School and Hospital in Dharamsala, India and more recently in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, just 75 miles south of Lhasa in the Himalaya where Bhutan, India and Tibet meet. And followed by daughter to East Timor where she has now been for 5 years working in the NGO she founded, Ba Futuru (For the Future). Sierra was a speaker at Fairhaven last year, this year when she comes back she will be lecturing at Columbia where she focused on human rights in her graduate studies. Because of her I became acquaintances with Jose Ramos Horta and was invited back to care for him after the assassination attempt a year ago last February. My son Matthias is also working there now while waiting to hear if he and his wife get accepted into medical school. My eldest son Paul is lecturing at Western in the Anthropology Department and the youngest TaiMing (5) lives with my wife, Jiasong, and I on Chuckanut Bay in Bellingham."



Karlin Frederick (74) One of the good memories I have of my freshman spring quarter at Fairhaven was our drama class trip to Europe with 26 students and Professor Bev Warner. Since I graduated from Western, I have worked in Bend, Oregon at Central Oregon Community College as a Career Exploration Counselor for two years, gone to Simpson Bible College for 5 months, worked as a church secretary for two years, had my own housecleaning business in Tacoma and worked for Maid For You in Bellingham as well as my own house-cleaning business there, too. I've enjoyed leading singing at a children's Summer Camp and teaching Sunday School to 3 year olds. Since 1987 I've resided in the home in University Place, which my Dad built where I was raised since the age of two. Mom and I share that house now—she's 95 and loves to walk about a mile and a quarter whenever the weather is good. Dad passed away peacefully summer of 2007 at age 93. I've been working light warehouse work, which gives me good exercise, arranged through temporary job organizations. This gives me flexibility from day to day in case Mom has a Dr. appointment or other needs, because I'm free to work on days I'm available and not work when I'm needed elsewhere. The last 4 years I have been seasonally employed at Brown and Haley Candy Company in Tacoma (the Almond Rica place) – a fun job.


Torg Hadley (74) - read his extended update >



Carol V. Davis (75) "At Fairhaven I fell in love with Russian literature and happily read through Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and many other Russian writers with Don McLeod. It was through working with Don that I was able to focus on this passion. I went on to grad school at UW in Slavic Languages and Literatures, but eventually left after getting my MA. Although I'd been in the arts since childhood and even taught some dance classes at Fairhaven, it was only after grad school that I discovered what I wanted to be when I grew up: a poet. I credit Don with my becoming a writer because it was through him that I had the freedom to read and read and the guidance to delve deeply into literature. Once I started writing poetry seriously, I went to a couple of poetry workshops, first studying with Carolyn Kizer, and the next year at CENTRUM in Port Townsend to study under Margaret Atwood. It was a terrifying experience. Several careers later (all the while writing and publishing poetry), I decided to apply for a Fulbright grant. I knew it was nearly impossible to get one as an independent (not having a regular academic job), but I applied as a poet and got it. I went to Russia in 1996-7, three young kids in tow, with a Fulbright in Creative Writing, though I actually taught Modern Jewish Literature at Petersburg Jewish University. Thus continued my love affair with Russia. After that initial year, I went back three more times to teach, until I received a 2nd Fulbright to Russia in 2005 to teach American literature and work on a book. The book that came out of the ten years back and forth to Russia, Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg, won the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry in 2007. Fulbright and the State Dept. sent me back briefly to Russia in fall 2007 with the book. I continue to write and publish poetry regularly. I'm working on a new book now. A personal essay on Jewish Guilt is forthcoming. I teach English at Santa Monica College, and was the 2008 poet-in-residence at Olivet College in MI. I am hoping again to leave CA to teach poetry somewhere. And of course…. To make it back to Russia before too long.


Mary Fiorenza (75-77): "Briefly, I went on to get a degree in journalism from Boston University and then an M.A. in women's history from University of Wisconsin-Madison. I worked as a writer and editor in a lot of different ways while my (3) children were young, before deciding I wanted to teach writing. Just last year, I finished a doctorate in composition and rhetoric. I now teach undergrad writing courses and do admin work at the UW (the other UW). Perhaps you can see how an interdisciplinary approach has stayed with me over the years? I think of Fairhaven often. Don McLeod, in particular, gave me a starting point for the writing and teaching-writing parts of my life."



Gordon Scott (78) "I attended Fairhaven from 1973 to 1978, whereupon I joined the Marmot Forestry Collective. Marmot was a worker-owned and managed forestry business engaged in tree planting among other contract forestry jobs. Many other Fairhaven alums were part of Marmot as well. Marmot disbanded in 1981 and I went on to finish my undergraduate degree at WU obtaining a BS in Political Science. I continued to do forestry contracting with another coop called Landmark, partners with Jim Hansen and others. I also learned how to manufacture small scale hydro electric systems at a local Whatcom County company called Canyon Industries. In 1990 I received a Master's Degree in Environmental Planning from WWU and spent four years working with Whatcom County Planning, then two years with Lummi Nation Planning and in 1997 became the Conservation Director with Whatcom Land Trust. I continue to work with Whatcom Land Trust helping to acquire and protect land in Whatcom County for wildlife habitat, watershed protection, agricultural land protection, and public recreation. I work with two former Fairhaven professors who now serve on the Land Trust Board of Directors, Bob Keller and Rand Jack, and 3 former Fairhaven students, Chris Moench, Rod Burton and Wendy Walker."



Wendy Walker (79) link to her feature >



Tim CostelloTim Costello (81) has been an AIDS activist for over 22 years. He was an original member of the first AIDS activist organization in the U.S, ACTUP/NY. He graduated from Fairhaven College in Bellingham, Washington with a BFA in 1978. Tim returned to Bellingham from New York City in 1992 to take a break from AIDS work. Instead, he became a Hospice volunteer for 4 years and was assigned to the local AIDS patients. Tim became the Resident Manager of the Sean Humphrey House when it first opened in 1996 and created the patient care plan, followed by 5 years at Evergreen AIDS Foundation, a community-based organization in Bellingham, as the Support Services Coordinator and HIV Treatment Educator. As an AIDS activist, it seemed unconscionable not to focus attention on the center of the epidemic: Sub-Saharan Africa. Tim founded the Slum Doctor Programme (SDP) in 2000 as a small voice, a cry for help and hope for the greatest healthcare crisis of our time. SDP is a grassroots non-profit organization in Bellingham, WA that is providing hope, medicine, food, education and dignity to orphans and people living with AIDS in Africa. Tim is currently the director for the Center for Service-learning at WWU.

Acknowledgements: 2007-recipient of Whatcom Human Rights Award; 2007- recipient of GAG (Good As A Girl) Award – Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (true, but not relevant!); 2007-selected as one of the "10 People Who Care" by the Bellingham Herald Editorial Board; 2005/6-selected to participate in the inaugural program of Leadership Whatcom, a community action leadership training program; 2000-awarded a full scholarship to attend the XIII International AIDS Conference in Durban, SA.



Lesley Thomas (82), wrote the award-winning novel Flight of the Goose, from the background of growing up in the Arctic within Inupiaq culture. Her step-father is Inupiaq, and her parents taught in a small but famous village of Shishmaref, famous for being the first American Town victimized by global warming. Her family lives in Nome now, Lesley lives in Seattle.


Michael Turek (82) recently accepted a position at Six Rivers National Forest located in Eureka, CA as Tribal Relations Program Manager. Michael recently was employed at Alaska Department of Fish & Game as Regional Supervisor, Division of Subsistence. In his new position on California's North Coast Mike will be responsible for coordinating, planning and facilitating forest activities and relationships with more than a dozen Native American organizations and groups. Mike will be moving to Eureka, California in January 2010 and his wife, Dr. Virginia Mulle will be staying in Juneau, Alaska until the winter of 2010 when she will be joining Mike in Humboldt County California. Mike has over 20 years of experience working with Alaska Natives and American Indians. He is also coauthor with Dr. Robert H. Keller (Professor Emeritus Fairhaven College) of the book American Indians & National Parks (University of Arizona Press, 1998) which details specific relationships between native peoples and national parks, including land claims, hunting and fishing rights, craft sales, cultural interpretation, sacred sites, and disposition of cultural artifacts. Mike has also worked as a consultant to the Yakama Indian Nation, the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society and the Inter-Tribal Bison Cooperative.


Keiko Yokota-Carter (82) was voted North American Coordinating Council (NCC) Chair-Elect August 2008,. She will serve a one-year term as chair-elect during calendar year 2009 before assuming her three-year term as NCC Chair from 2010-2012. Yokota-Carter received her master degrees from Stanford University in education, and at the University of Michigan in information and library studies. Yokota-Carter has extensive leadership experience in the field as field of Chair of the Committee on Japanese Materials of the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL), as an NCC Council member, and as the current Chair of the NCC's Digital Resource Committee, from which she will be stepping down when her term as chair-elect begins. Prior to becoming a librarian, Yokota-Carter taught Japanese language at Amherst College and brings to her position experience as both a faculty member and as an East Asian studies librarian.



Linda Sue Nelson Hoofnagle (84): "For the past several years I have been a fiber artist living in Fairhaven Bellingham. I have a studio downtown where I do most of the big wet stuff but am usually traveling with my needle felting gear which I do compulsively, waiting in line, listening to NPR, in the Pickford before the lights go out...Suffering from the empty nest boo-hoos, I am traveling more, taking more fiber workshops and teaching. During my years at Fairhaven Bev Mamstead influenced my wanderlust spirit , taking her entire class for a six week study trip to Europe and at the time, the Iron block countries. I did not return after the six weeks of study, but continued to travel for an additional two and a half years. Now that I am down to one dog and one cat I am able to take off at any time, there are some corners I missed, travel is the best education. While a student at Fairhaven, Don McLeod awakened my forever love of learning and open- ended curiosity. By far Don was the best teacher in the universe- leaving us with his indirect side ways glance, encouragement, and an ability to observe without judgment. We miss him every day. I enroll in classes on a regular basis at Whatcom, studying languages primarily. Recently I have become fond of ASL, though my signing is pitiful, I love the Deaf community here and all that it has to offer. I am grateful to the 'back in the day' Fairhaven- for cracking the code of academia, for allowing us all to shine."



Kerri James Geary (85) Educator, Speaker, Journey Practitioner, and Spiritual Mentor--is no stranger to health care. She experienced primary breast cancer twice and endured a plethora of medical procedures including several major surgeries, a ridiculous assortment of scans and x-rays, and way too many blood draws to count! Her loved ones affectionately call her The Bionic Woman. "We can rebuild her, we have the technology!" As a result of her experiences, Kerri is enthusiastically devoted to serving others as a healing guide during any or all stages of the healing process. By combining real world experience in both allopathic (Western) and complementary medicine with her training in holistic stress management, mind/body preparation for medical procedures, emotional processing, and spiritual exploration, she is able to fulfill specific individual needs. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband Mike and son Evan. Kerri welcomes questions and can be reached by phone at 970-420-9300 or by e-mail, kerri (at) For more information on healing guidance services, great resources, and to read what others are saying about her, check out Kerri's website, "My passion is compassion!"


Kathryn Chindaporn and Marie Eaton's students at Temple Wat Phra That, Thailand.

Kathryn Johnston Chindaporn (attended 85-86) works as a translator for the Abbot at the Temple Wat Phra That in Sri Chom Thong, Thailand. Marie Eaton met up with her on her sabbatical trip to Asia in 2008-9. (Click on the photo to see a larger image.)


Erika Ginnis (86) Concentration title: "Technic Systems: Integrating Principles in Dance, Music and Natural Science." "I have had an amazing time continuing to experience and explore the interconnectedness of all things. Over the years my journey has included; working as a Research Chemist, being the lead singer in a band, singing as a part of an 85 person choir, and serving as the vice president a Modern-Jazz dance company. Exploring "Integrating principle" lead me to deeper experiences of spirituality. As a result, I am now an ordained minister, a 3rd degree Pagan High priestess, a certified Theta Healer, and a member of Noetic Sciences. I founded "Inspiration is the Inbreath of Spirit" in the 1990's, where I write, counsel, teach and heal in many capacities, and since moving to Hawaii in 2008 (a life long dream), I have also started an additional business "Inbreath Communication" (Publishing, author services and more). My first book should be out before the end of the year. I love basking in the beauty that surrounds me on the Big Island, as well as spending time on the phone, the web, and on my computer working on my various and sundry projects."



Eric Brown (87) has turned toasters into artwork. Displayed at The Toaster Museum on Bay Street, Brown shows his collection of toasters as his source for artwork. The Toaster Museum is open during the monthly Gallery Walks and by appointment. Brown said he hopes his legacy will be the toasters that he turns into art.


Jennifer Eichstedt (87) "I worked with Connie Faulkner while at Fairhaven, where my love of learning began. I am a professor of Sociology at Humboldt State University in California and this year I was chosen as Outstanding Professor of the Year. I also, of course, do other things in terms of research and activism. I am a Fairhaven grad after all :)



Michael Kleven (88) I'm in film school now and I suppose a few film and television professionals have go their start at FC. It might be fun to network.



Flip Breskin

Fl!p Breskin (90) from Fl!p: "I'm a neighborhood organizer, musician, guitar teacher. For the last year, I've led the charge to save the historic Roeder Home as a public space for arts and artists of all kinds. My husband Zeke and I just recorded a new album. I'm teaching class guitar for Salish Youth Academy teenagers. I was inducted into the NW Women's Hall Of Fame in 2008 for community organizing activities and mentoring musicians. I'm still involved with the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, which I co-founded in 1974. Connie Faulkner said when I graduated in 1990 that I had the longest running student number of anyone she knew, but I did finally finish my degree! Last year I won a grand prize: People's Choice award for my gingerbread house "Goodnight Moon." I usually take a personal art vacation for 5 days right after Thanksgiving to do nothing but create three dimensional art, in the form of a gingerbread house. You can see photos on my Myspace page. Last year I also made a second fancy gingerbread house for my teenage grandsons to blow up. Video will be posted on YouTube eventually. So, I continue to cause trouble...."Flip's website



PHOTO Chad Goller-Sojourner (93) is a spoken word performance artist, and 2007-2008 Seattle Poet Populist Nominee. Goller-Sojourner, is the author of Born One Thousand Years Too Early: Fat, Dark-Skinned, Gay and Adopted by White Folks; A Fragmentary Journey Towards Alignment; and Sitting in Circles with Rich White Girls: Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy. According to Goller-Sojourner, Born One Thousand Years Too Early: Fat, Dark-Skinned, Gay and Adopted by White Folks A Fragmentary Journey Towards Alignment, has received high ranks from Maya Angelou. According to Goller-Sojourner's website, Goller-Sojourner has recently been selected by the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas to participate in their year-long new works Creation Project which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and The Microsoft Corporation.


Corbin Lewars (93) After graduating from Fairhaven, Corbin traveled across Europe, the United States, and parts of Asia. She lived in Japan for a while and eventually settled down in Seattle, where she earned her Master's Degree in Education from Antioch University. Her thesis was on the Multiple Literacies of Homeless Women. Upon graduating in 2001, she took the plunge and left her 9 to 5 job in order to pursue her dream of becoming a self-employed writer and editor. She's never looked back and her memoir, Creating a Life (Catalyst Book Press, 2010) describes that journey. She lives in Seattle with her two children and can be reached at corbinlew (at)


Vonita McGee (93) I have been working for a company called TRAC Associates for the past 13 years. TRAC is a company that works in the area of vocational rehabilitation. We work on various contracts (VA, L & I, DSHS, Employment Security etc.) to help people to obtain employment through training and direct placement. We work with a diverse clientele from corporate to low income. What makes TRAC interesting is that we have a very diverse staff. At one point our staff represented over 22 different languages! I am a Case Manager. I still am a Baha'i and still working on the issue of race and culture with them as well. I took a mediation course and just need to get my hours in to be an official mediator. I have been writing grants for two non-profit groups that help youth to reduce violence through health and fitness. I have designed a program for older adults who have chronic illnesses called "Chronic Fitness". It uses nutrition, fitness, massage, and illness prevention monitoring and maintenance to help a person who has a chronic illness manage and maintain their health. Lastly, I am working with a young medical student in Canada with the same model only adjusted for youth. I have not played music for a while, my instrument has been in the shop. But as soon as I get my viola and violin back, I will be playing again. Not married, no kids, but I want a DOG!!!


Coll Thrush (93), author of the book "Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place" was named, along with MacArthur recipient, David Montgomery and Sherman Alexie, as one of six recipients of this year's Washington State Book Award. "Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place", also won an award in the history category. from Coll: "Somehow, 'original recipe' Fairhaven - things like Don McLeod's creative writing, Leslie Conton's shamanism, and a year-long ISP in wild food foraging with David Mason - my stint in the pilot class of the Law & Diversity program and the courses "over there" (anthropology and field ecology were tops) always made some kind of sense as a concentration writ large. But it was Bob Keller's "Historian as Detective" course that brought it all together and sent me off on the trajectory I've been on ever since, which is to engage questions of place, belonging, and colonialism in the classroom and beyond. In 2002, I got my Ph.D. in History at the University of Washington; my dissertation became the book Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place, which won the 2007 Washington State Book Award for History/Biography. I spent a few years working a historian for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in my hometown of Auburn, Washington, researching and writing tribal watershed histories, conducting elder interviews, and helping build the tribe's archive. In 2005, I accepted my dream job as assistant professor of history at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where I'm currently up for tenure. I teach Indigenous, environmental, cultural, and world history at the undergraduate and graduate levels. About 20% of my students are Indigenous, and since most of BC is unceded Indigenous land, it makes for very rich teaching (and learning). Along the way, I've published on Indigenous seismology and colonial science, food and first contacts, and I have a second book in production on Native ghosts and hauntings in North American culture and society. But my most exciting project right now is the early phases of a book about Indigenous travelers to London from North America, Australia, and New Zealand - just spent a month in the UK this past summer. On a personal note, I've had a rough couple of years, but I have an amazing partner named Noah and many dear friends. I continue to attempt to practice humility, something else I first heard about in the woods south of Huxley."



Carrie Blackwood (95) is a the Director of Training/ Union Representative for IFPTE Local 17. IFPTE Local 17 is a progressive public employee union representing over 8000 members in WA state. She joined the staff of Local 17 in February of 1996 after graduation from Hamline University School of Law. She is grateful everyday to work for an organization that shares her values and vision. Carrie lives with her husband Todd and two children, Paloma 6 and Alden 4, in Bellingham WA. This year Carrie's family can be seen on the locally produced reality TV show "The Greenest House."


Julie Jefferson (95) has been named regional manager of Indian Policy and Support Services for the State Department of Social and Health Services in Olympia, Washington.



Michael Hill (97) After stints as an editor and translator, Michael Gibbs Hill earned a PhD from Columbia University's Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures in 2008. He has been teaching Chinese and Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina since 2007. For 2009-2010 he holds a postdoctoral fellowship from the Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies and is working to complete his book manuscript, "Lin Shu, Inc.: A Factory of Words in Modern China." Email: hillmg (at)


Joel Runnels (97): After 12 years of disability and development work with various governmental and non-governmental agencies in Eastern and Southern Africa, I've relocated back home to Minnesota to serve with Global Deaf Connection, a non-profit organization which supports Deaf Africans to become Deaf Educators. More can be found on Global Deaf Connection.


Dana Starr (97) So what's new? Since graduation I've moved to the Sacramento, CA region, bought a fixer-upper and fixed it up (ask me anything you want to know about siding, etc). Following a recovery period I've been pretty busy. I'm now in a Master's of Fine Arts program for Creative Writing, online, and finding this a very viable alternative to a residency programs. I'm still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up but taking the mandatory classes is helping to solve that dilemma. America has always fascinated me, so there will be travelling around this country before I write my final thesis. Music, also, has always been important, and since I played piano for so many years I needed to try a new instrument. I'm now taking Classical Guitar lessons, and loving it, and just bought a Fender Classic 50's Vibe Telecaster and amp for the next stage in my guitar path. You're never too old for rock and roll! I am also volunteering at the Crocker Museum of Art, and will start the docent program early in 2011. An expansion that is going on now will be ready to be opened in the latter part of 2011, so we're preparing. When it is opened the Museum will be one of the largest on the west coast, and will be able to host travelling shows from the East, Europe, Asia. It's a very exciting time, and the Crocker is a real jewel. If anyone is coming to Sacramento, please check it out. It's wonderful to be able to continually engage in my passions, something I learned to do while at Fairhaven. Finally I am now the proud caregiver to two miniature poodles, a mother and son, who are just delightful - real party animals. They are a lot of fun. Hello to everyone at Fairhaven, and to the alumni scattered about. I'll be very interested in catching up with you.



Adam Carmel (00): "Psychology and the Expressive Arts." "I've continued on the psychology path by working on a PhD in clinical psychology and doing research to develop treatments for suicidal behaviors. I moved to San Francisco last year to attend the California School of Professional Psychology and have been working at the San Francisco Department of Public Health doing research on suicide prevention and risk management. My dissertation project is on a citywide evaluation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to determine if it is effective at treating individuals that are the highest utilizers of mental health services. I hope to continue using program evaluation and research to help community-based organizations provide effective treatments for at-risk populations."


Libby Chenault of Moth and SquirrelPHOTO Libby Chenault (00) This is a recent photo of Libby at work in her studio. Libby now runs her craft business, Moth and Squirrel, and sells at the Bellingham Farmers Market, among other places.


Allison Lutz (00) "I recently moved from Port Angeles where I was working as Conservation Director at North Olympic Land Trust for 5 years, to sunny Bend, Oregon to explore another beautiful place on this earth and rediscover my life purpose. Enjoying time this autumn reflecting on my education and career and ruminating on the steps - sensing movement towards the creative and healing arts."


Kim Morrison (00) All is well with me. I am 8 months pregnant and due to have our little boy Ellison during the first week of December. I began my maternity leave a week ago--trying to rest, unpack our new house we bought near Lake Merritt in Oakland, Ca. this summer and get ready for the baby;) We are taking quite an extended amount of time off-- a sort of baby honeymoon. I will return to work next August ;) My wife and I are one of the "lucky" 8,000 to remain legally married in the state of California. I am still the Information Literacy and Outreach Librarian at Chabot Community College-- I got tenure 11/2 years ago.




Skye BurnPHOTO Skye Burn (01) is the executive director of The Flow Project, a non-profit organization based in Bellingham. The Flow Project works to integrate the principles of art into the practice of leadership and leadership education. Skye's Fairhaven concentration was in the Psychology of the Creative Process and she completed a Masters in Leadership in Social Artistry in 2007. In addition to The Flow Project, Skye is a Fellow of the UNESCO Chair for Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions, Their Specific Cultures and Interreligious Dialogue, located at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Russian Institute for Cultural Research, and she serves on the Board of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue at the University of Oregon, which houses the UNESCO Chair for Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue and Peace. She is also active in the leadership of Allied Arts of Whatcom County, the Bellingham Compassion Movement, and the Compassionate Action Network. She lives in Bellingham with her husband, Richard Brummett. Contact her by email: skyeburn (at)


Jane Carten

Jane Carten (01) is a Director and President of the Bellingham headquarted financial services company Saturna Capital, which she joined in June 1997. Ms. Carten graduated from Western Washington University with an MBA and undergraduate concentration titled "Internet Entrepreneur" from Fairhaven College (focusing on Computer Science and Business). Ms. Carten holds a webprogrammer certification from WWU as well as several securities licenses. As President, Jane oversees Saturna's daily operations and directs Saturna's internal and external information systems, managing the technology and marketing activities. She also directs Saturna's continuing education program, Saturna Trust Company (a wholly owned subsidiary of Saturna Capital) and the philanthropic efforts of the firm. Ms. Carten is active in the Bellingham Bay Rotary; she is a former member of the Whatcom Museum Children's Advisory Board. She is a founder and former director of the nonprofit OpenAccess Internet Services and is a Bellingham Sister Cities member and contributor. She is currently serving on the board of the Mount Baker Theatre. She enjoys her family, snow-boarding, and wildlife, as well as international travel and fine and theatre arts. Jane and her husband Terry established the Carten Family Scholarship at Fairhaven College, offering annual tuition to a Fairhaven student showing interest in business or computer science.


Nicole Champagne (01) was featured in Sunset Magazine for her jewelry company, Stone Soup Designs, at the Bellingham Farmer's Market.


Ethan Kerber (01) "I graduated Fairhaven 2001 with a degree in 'the social engagement of art.' I now run a small business in San Francisco called Midnight Metal Works. I am also in graduate school for industrial design at San Francisco State University. I wanted to share with you the announcement of my first major public art project! It is a 25ft sculpture. Inspiration will ornament an air intake vent on the ground floor of City Vista, a new development in downtown Washington DC. Permanently located 10 blocks from the capital and across from the DC convention center this public artwork is a huge accomplishment and should be installed September of this year. My experiences at Fairhaven college were instrumental in my receiving this commission. I often think back on my years at Fairhaven with great fondness. While there I was part of a student group that learned welding with visiting artist Katsumi Murakami. We made a great sculpture of a man climbing a ladder with a bell and a fallen hammer that used to hang in the stairwell at the entrance of the school." See larger photo



Shannon Gates (03) and George Thomsen (03): "George and I (class of Spring and Fall 03) live in Spokane. We were married in 2005 and have a one year old daughter, Charlotte. George continues to work as an electrician and moonlight as a live sound engineer. I was working as a screen printer for a time and teach yoga here and there. Charlotte is my current occupation. We have recently purchased a Victorian Mansion, (not for living in, but to lease as office space.) We have become quite skilled at remodeling and spend lots of time scheming new projects to get in-over-our-heads with. Both George and I have turned our minds toward further education. He is looking into electrical engineering and I am paralyzed by too many interests. It wont be long now before my ravenous appetite for knowledge forces me to choose. I keep my hands busy with knitting and various crafts and read only witty-romance novels. We are delighting in parenting and relishing any free-time we have. The years move swiftly and even more so now that we watch Charlotte grow and change. Delighting in the moment and wishing you all the best."


Katherine Greiner (03), since graduation, has done radio announcing and production, worked as a nanny, and then was an in-home counselor for two years working with children at risk for foster care placement. She is now pursuing her master's degree in counseling at James Madison University. She plans to graduate in December 2010, and then work at a family counseling organization while gaining experience toward becoming a licensed professional counselor. Katherine got married to Evan Grimm in September 2005, and enjoys living in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia.


Kyle Haley

Kyle Haley (03) The Conway School of Landscape Design is pleased to announce that Kyle Haley '09, is one of two recipients of the David Bird International Service Fellowship for 2009.Kyle graduated in late June from the Conway School of Landscape Design with a Master of Arts in Landscape Design.



LaMesha Melton (05) "I am halfway through with my first semester as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I'm getting an MPH in Maternal and Child Health with a Health Disparities concentration. I'm currently on the cover of Hip Mama Zine, with my son Jacob, who's now three. I have my own successful zine/writing career and have been featured in Fallopian Falafel, Mamaphiles, Venus zine, and a few others as well. I'm interested in mothers who have lives and hobbies outside of being someone's mother, finding the time to be creative and artistic, and dancing, which I don't do enough of. My master's project will probably relate to increasing the rates of breast feeding among African American mothers or decreasing the rates of new HIV infections among African American women. I am also very proud of being able to calculate rates, prevalence, and incidence now that I am in "Epidemiology" and "Biostatistical Methods". I am not looking forward to my first Minnesota winter. Email: lamesha4 (at)



Trey Avery (06) has been living in Brooklyn, NY for the last 3 years, working for Keeling & Associates, a firm that develops cultural and organizational change strategies for colleges and universities to improve learning and the student experience. I'm currently applying for graduate studies in the Sociology of Education program at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at NYU. He can be contacted via Facebook or trey.avery (at)


Jeffrey Howard (06): "I am currently enrolled and taking classes at Antioch University in Seattle. I am on my way to a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Antioch is much like Fairhaven with its written assessments and narrative summaries instead of grades. It does mean a ton of writing! I am engaged to a beautiful woman named Jean Martheleur and my children are now 11 (Clai) and 9 (Apple). Life is good and hard and wonderful. Cheers!"



Afrose Ahmed (07): "After graduating in 07, I spent a couple of years in Seattle, working at a nonprofit South Asian domestic violence agency called Chaya. I was also involved in Middle East Solidarity and labor organizing with a group called Democracy Insurgent at UW, while I was studying Urdu language there. I have since moved to Austin, TX, where I've started an MA program in Asian Studies. I am focusing on Urdu language and poetry, and in particular the role that poetry and poets have played in political and social movements in South Asia. I'm continuing to organize here at the University of Texas, and I've been writing for a political blog at


Annalee Dunn (07) is working on completing an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She is writing and publishing poetry and has begun teaching writing workshops in the community. She continues to be a part of the Old Town Cafe team in Bellingham and lives with her hockey-playing love in the Lettered Streets Neighborhood. Look for a new business venture in little downtown Edison next Spring: Annalee and a friend will be opening a mobile kitchen serving healthy snacks to Skagit County.


Spencer Edwards (07): "I graduated in 2007 with the degree of Permaculture Design and Place-Based Education. My focus was on natural building, teaching, natural history, and community. Since graduating I have taken an Americorps position with Habitat for Humanity New York City as a construction site leader. I would love to talk about this experience of not only Americorps, but also Habitat for Humanity. I also have some experience doing farming/labor trade overseas with an organization called WWOOF (an acronym for willing workers on organic farms or something to the like). Here is a link to a newspaper article about a HFH build we did in NYC installing a green roof on one of our buildings (there is a picture of me!) Thanks, and feel free to call with any questions or write back."


Ryan Hashagen (07) started a new transportation trend in downtown Bellingham. Owner of Cascadia Cabs, Hashagen operates pedicabs around downtown, comprised of tricycles and chariots. Thursday through Saturday from about 10 p.m. to 2:15 a.m. the cabs provide alternative transportation for patrons. Drivers have taken customers as far as Bellis Fair mall and Alabama Hill, but generally operate around the downtown area. The cabs have been launched in Bellingham, Seattle, Portland Ore, Eugene, Ore. and Vancouver, B.C


Deborah Lutz (07) "While I was back in school, I had to work and raise a kid on my own. The odd-jobs I worked during this time only further fueled my determination to NEVER work one of these crappy jobs again. The degree I worked so hard for, Music Therapy; Healing Through Sound, was not a super main-stream degree - though few are coming out of Fairhaven (!). That said, I thought long and hard about my marketability. I applied to the school district and was hired the fall after I graduated as an Instructional Assistant. The first year I worked as a one-on-one to a child with Aspergers, and also worked as an ELL instructor (English Language Learners). The next year I was hired as an I.A. at the new I.B. (International Baccalaureate) elementary school (Wade King Elementary) in the Resource Room (working with children with learning disorders) - and have continued to work there, since. I believe a good part of the reason I was hired for this position was specifically due to the fact that I had attended a global-minded university such as Fairhaven. The ISP's I did during my time at WWU/Fairhaven also gave me experience which was applicable to working for the school district. This past summer I was also hired by the Parks and Rec. Dept. to lead a music class (which I was fortunate to be able to design) for adults with developmental disabilities. I taught this fall session as well, and hope to continue on with Parks and Rec. for as long as they'll have me. My future goal is to continue working for the school district, as I find my work satisfying and fun - and I'm getting decent pay and benefits. I also plan on pursuing a position with the hospital...when the economy is better (now is not the time for them to be adding additional programs into their budget). I also hope to one day have a private practice, be a licensed music therapist, and be able to offer sliding-scale care and pro-bono work to our community. I feel very fortunate to be employed in this uncertain and difficult economic time...And not just employed - but employed in a position that I enjoy. I feel like I'm making a difference. I owe this to hard work, great instructors and opportunities through my schooling, and a belief in looking and living, forward. Best, Deborah" Deborah's Blog



Gabriel Lukeris (08): "I am doing well, and happy that Marie Eaton is now teaching my wife, Melissa. I have been busy. I am choreographing for the tenth (tenth!) New Music/New Dance concert, which was my Fairhaven Senior Project. I am also hopefully choreographing for Phrasings, which is a poetry and dance collaborative concert put on by Bellingham Reparatory Dance. Finally, I had an opportunity to perform in Brooklyn in a duet choreographed by a dear friend from college, and might be performing it again at St. Marks Church in Manhattan. I'm also having a blast being a parent, refinishing the floor in my bedroom, and enjoying selling and learning about wine."


Kendra Peterson (08): "Now, I'm teaching English in Japan, in a city called Obihiro on the northernmost island Hokkaido.  Orin and I signed up for a one year contract, but the job and people are so great that we're staying another year, postponing our wedding until 2011. The school we're working at is called Joy English Academy.  It's a small private English school, run by a former businessman named Hisashi Urashima.  He is a very kind person, and he has formed his school to fit the community.  Over the months, I have learned that Joy has a very good reputation all over Hokkaido, and Orin and I consider ourselves extremely lucky to have the jobs that we do. We teach adult conversation classes, and have a few private lessons.  We don't teach children's classes ourselves, but we visit classes for 15 minute increments to play English games with the students.  I do, however, teach four children who take private lessons.  These children take private lessons because they have lived in an English-speaking environment before, and would not benefit from being in a general children's English class."



Seres Kyrie (09) "I'm in OH-IO now- my husband is taking his turn at school and finishing up his MFA. Ohio is as different from WA as you would imagine it is and this whole experience has been a lesson in living in a community with ideas and philosophies very different from my own!! I'm having another kiddo in about 6 weeks so am mostly at home with my 4 year old which some days I love and some days are very, very challenging. But I'm working on children's book on green burials. Do you remember when I did a report on this in Visioning Sustainable Futures? It really sparked an interest for me and this summer I attended a home funeral with my daughter and again, was amazed at how curious she was of a non-embalmed, slightly rigor mortis body, but yet so accepting. And so I've been working on this idea of reclaiming humanity through the experiences of death, accumulating into this book. I'm doing the illustrations in applique and am working at a rate of about one illustration per week. I'm energized by this project- eager to be working on something that inspires me and a project that I can work at my own pace and motivation but of course, the critical voice rises. In moments of doubt I ask myself if I've gone to far, if anyone would ever want to publish a book on an idea so far out from the mainstream. And then, I wanted to share with you, I am comforted by what I experienced in your class- the idea that in order to create change, we must not limit our visions. Again and again, this has risen to me in hope over the past years and I truly believe it to be true; with tiny dreams we will only accomplish tiny things but in allowing ourselves to dream as big as we can we can start to route a way to that vision."


Yogoman Burning BandJordan Rain (09): "I am just back from a three-week tour with Yogoman Burning Band. It was our 5th jaunt down the west coast to L.A. and back. We had some great shows and some Mondays and Tuesdays in new places. The highlight was playing in McKinleyville, CA (neighboring Arcata and Eureka, CA) with a 14-piece samba drum and dance ensemble called Sambamore. They learned one of my songs called Boomerang and played it when we transitioned out of their set. So there was 20 of us playing the song, to which their band leader and I were giving each other non verbal cues throughout the song for breaks and dynamic changes- it was pretty empowering and joyous. I met some bigger players in the music industry on this trip, who came out to our shows in Santa Cruz and Los Angeles. I was able to talk with them at length, ask and answer questions, and get more of a window into booking and management worlds on a professional level, which was educational and continued to broaden my perspective. Being a Bellingham band, it is not uncommon for folks to leave the area to bigger Metro areas and we've lost two guitar players last year (that played on our first two albums), Stell Newsome to Seattle, Dan Lowinger (FX graduate) to Portland, and we just lost our trumpet player/vocalist and local funk aficionado Joel Ricci (La Push/Lucky Brown) to Portland after this tour. So we are re-assessing our needs as a band, thinking about purchasing the vehicle we've been touring in (a 30foot school bus with beds), mixing a new album we recorded in the middle of our tour in L.A. and taking the month of November off of playing shows to prepare for the next phase of our game." Yogoman Burning Band website.