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Alumni News & Notes

Spring 2009-2010

Gregory Baker

(M.I.T. '93) was unanimously voted in as the new Bellingham Superintendent by the School Board of Directors during a March 31st board meeting. The board's nationwide search began last fall and resulted in 33 applications from highly qualified candidates. Board President Dr. Ken Gass said that colleagues described Mr. Baker as a "thoughtful risk-taker, a problem solver, a learner, and above all, an educator who deeply believes that every child can succeed in school and in life." Mr. Baker has an astonishing career as an educator, including everything from serving as the Deputy Superintendent of Portland Public Schools to winning the Alaska State Wrestling Championship.

Iris Metzgen-Ohlswager

has accepted a position as Whatcom Community College's Multiple Country Student Program Advisor.

John Gebert

became the new Executive Director of Secondary Education for the Lake Stevens School District. , John previously served as the principal of Cavelero Mid High.

Leanne Summers

(B.A.E., Masters in Ed. '09) was featured in an Othello Outlook article for her amazing work as an English teacher at Othello High School.

Michael Martin

(B.A.E. Elementary Ed. '04) was named a "Teacher of the Year" in May, 2010 by the Auburn School District. He teaches fifth grade at Terminal Park Elementary School.

Monica Bauer

(B.A.E. '99), the assistant principal of Anacortes High School is returning to Lake Stevens High School.

Reese Ande

(B.A.E. '97) was selected as the new principal of Blakely Elementary on Bainbridge Island. Ande was one of 62 applicants for the position, but his previous experience as an administrator (for Kingston High School) and elementary teacher for over 10 years made him a standout.

Scott Lewis

(B.A.E. '77) joined Creative Trust Media based in Washington, D.C. as co-managing partner in April, 2010. Prior to that he was with Young Life, an international Christian organization for 21 years.

In Memoriam

Arnold Sleveland

B.A.E. '71) passed away May 12, 2010. He was born in 1947 in Montana and grew up in Washington State. He spent the last 17 years in Tempe, Ariz.

Berdell Holden

(Cert. '65) passed away on May 8th, 2010 at the age of 83. After graduating from Western Washington in 1949, Berdell was an elementary teacher for 34 years.

Christel Klix

(Cert '65) passed away on April 2nd, 2010 at the age of 96. She taught German and Art in Ferndale High School and Middle School until she retired in 1973.

Christianna F. Jones

(Cert.) passed away on June 13th at the age of 98. She had many interests, including teaching, working for DSHS, and working as secretary for the Washington State Senate.

Clarena M. McLachlan

passed away on March 21st, 2010 at the age of 85. Clarena graduated from Western in 1950 before moving to Anacortes, where she lived for 32 years.

Jeanette V. Gustafson

(Cert. '64) passed away on March 24th, 2010 at the age of 85. Jeanette taught middle school in the Bellingham School District for many years.

Leslie May Morgan

(Cert. '70) passed away on May 14th, 2010 at the age of 63. Leslie was a talented potter and art teacher in Bellingham.

Phyllis Threlked Cruson

(Cert. '56) passed away on April 28th, 2010 at the age of 81. Phyllis taught music and English in California and Washington before retiring from Fairhaven Middle School in 1990, after 36 years of teaching.

Roberta J. Bullock

(Cert. '58) passed away on Tuesday, June 15th at the age of 73. Roberta worked as the principal of Parkview, Happy Valley, and Silver Beach elementary schools in Bellingham.

Winter 2009-2010

Angie Maddox

(M. Ed. CCE '03) was awarded the Soroptimist International of Burlington Fellowship Award. She is going to use the award to help her get a Doctorate in Education at the University of Glasgow.

Bill Rohweder

(B.A.E., Cert. '48) was featured in a Mukilteo Beacon article celebrating his 85th birthday. Bill spent his career working as an educator in the Mukilteo School District, and is a true outdoorsman, world traveler, and family man.

Blake Conley

(B.A.E. '03, M.I.T. '09) became the head coach of the Whidbey Island Kingston Boys Basketball team at the young age of 25. Mr. Conley has 4 years of experience from volunteering at Sehome High School in Bellingham.

Brenna Uzcategui

(M. Ed. CCE '08) has recently been hired as the new Bilingual Family Service Assistant for the Early Learning and Family Services -- Head Start. Her position requires her to offer resources, instruct classes and work with parents to help develop a pattern of providing proper care for their children.

Bryce Sasaki

(M. Ed. CCE '07) has been working as Academic Support Coordinator for Western's Student Outreach Services since is graduation in 2007. In December of 2008 Bryce and his wife Sachiko celebrated the birth of their son Kai.

David Vanderyacht

(M. Admin. '96) was one of the three finalists in Lynden School Board's search for a new Superintendent. David has been the principal of Isom Elementary in Lynden since 2004, and was the assistant principal at Lynden Middle School for two years.

Dr. Jack Adams

(Cert. '72) is retiring as the Superintendent of the North Santiam School District in Stayton Oregon. , Dr. Adams has worked for 38 years in education since graduating from Western.

Ed Solem

(M.ed. '72, B.A.E. Art '68) also known as "Doctor One Day" has returned to his home near Lake Samish after returning to the Peace Corps at the age of 65. , Ed worked with a program called Peace Corps Response in Liberia where he helped 150 local teachers. , His story was featured in a January 18th Bellingham Herald article.