Alumni Programs

Nominations for Alumni Board service starting in July 2020

In accordance with the constitution of the Reed College alumni association, and following a call for nominations, the nominating committee of the alumni association hereby gives notice of the following nominations to the Alumni Board. All terms begin July 1, 2020. Some of these sketches have been edited for space.

In all offices for which there is only one nominee on January 1, the nominee shall be considered elected as of that date, except that the board of trustees must approve the alumni trustee nomination. Additional nominations for each vacant position may be submitted by petition from the membership. Said petitions must contain the name and a brief biographical sketch of the nominee, the office to be filled, and the signatures of 50 or more members of the Alumni Association. Petitions must be received by the College on or before January 1. The nominations process may be viewed here in the constitution

Secretary (One-Year Term)

Dave Baxter, Psychology ’87, Kensington, MD

Dave is a stained and fused glass artist and the owner of Glass by Dave, purveyor of unique, custom-made pieces. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Reed. Dave serves on Reed's alumni board and the Washington DC Alumni Chapter committee and is currently the Chair of the newly formed Alumni Chapter Leadership Council. He also has served as an admission and reunion volunteer, DC Chapter Chair (twice), and as a Marketplace participant at Reunions.

At-Large Board Members (Three-Year Term)

Sirius Bonner, Art ’05, Portland, OR

Sirius is the vice president of equity and inclusion at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette. She previously served as special advisor for diversity and equity at Clark College; assistant director of new student programs for diversity recruitment at Portland State University; and in several roles at Reed, including senior assistant dean of admission and director of multicultural recruitment. Sirius earned a B.A. in art history and an M.A. in liberal studies from Reed. She has served on Reed's peer mentor program advisory board, and as an admission volunteer and RELAY leadership academic coach. She currently serves on the board of the Women's Foundation of Oregon. She also has served as an external consultant to Cascade AIDS Project and on the boards of the Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington and the McKenzie River Gathering (MRG) Foundation.

Shirley Gibson, Political Science ’94, San Francisco, CA

Shirley is a directing attorney with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, where she developed the housing practice and eviction defense program. Before her current role with Legal Aid, she served as a staff attorney at Eviction Defense Collaborative, where she helped pilot San Francisco’s day-of-court representation program for pro per tenants in settlement conferences and the Family Eviction Prevention Consortium rental assistance program. She has also represented plaintiffs in civil rights and bad faith actions. Shirley regularly presents trainings on California eviction defense practice and mobile home law with the Practicing Law Institute. The Western Center on Law and Poverty recognized Shirley's contribution to public interest law with the 2019 Mary Burdick Advocate Award. Shirley earned a B.A. in political science from Reed and a J.D. from New College of California's School of Public Law. She has participated in Reed's externship/shadow sponsor program and as a career network volunteer. Shirley currently serves on the nonprofit board for the Eviction Defense Collaborative, the William and Alice Hinkley Fund, and the Skyline Community College Paralegal Program Advisory Panel. She enjoys living in San Francisco, CA near the beach with her husband, son, and dog.

Liz Gilkey, English ’01, Portland, OR

Liz is the education assessment program manager at Friends of the Children, an instructor at Portland Underground Graduate School, and the founder of Beyond College and Career Counseling. She also founded Educational Methods Group LLC, where she served as principal researcher. She previously served as a senior analyst and project manager of the McNair Scholars Evaluation at Quantiful LLC, a kindergarten assessment specialist for the Oregon Department of Education, a lead researcher at the Educational Policy Improvement Center (now called Inflexion) and a researcher at the Center for Educational Leadership and Effective Schools. Liz earned a B.A. in English from Reed, an M.A. in education from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in education and a J.D. from the University of Oregon.

Peter Miller, Political Science ’06, New York, NY

Peter is a researcher with the Brennan Center for Justice, where he focuses on redistricting, voting, and elections. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Finland, a Podlich Fellow at U.C. Irvine, and a Templeton Foundation Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Peter earned a B.A. in political science from Reed, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Irvine. He has served as a career network volunteer and local alumni host for Reed.

Laramie Silber, Anthropology ’13, New York, NY

Laramie works in the non-profit sector, with a focus on cannabis policy, food justice, and event planning. Laramie earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Reed, after transferring from community college where she was a Phi Theta Kappa chapter officer. As a student, when not peer tutoring or haunting the library, she could be found hiking and creating ambitious meals with her housemates. Laramie currently serves on the steering committee of Reed's New York alumni chapter and divides her time living in New York City, rural New Jersey, and nomading.

Alumni Trustee (Four-Year Term)

Lisa Saldana, Psychology ’94, Eugene, OR

Lisa is a senior research scientist at Oregon Social Learning Center, where her research focuses on the development, evaluation, and implementation of evidence- based practices, with a particular emphasis on services for child welfare populations. She is the primary developer of the Stages of Implementation Completion (SIC) to evaluate implementation processes and milestones related to the scale-up of evidence- based practice, and of the associated Cost of Implementing New Strategies (COINS) cost-mapping tool. She also is the primary developer of the Families Actively Improving Relationships (FAIR) program, an intervention for families involved in the child welfare system with complications of serious substance use, and of the R3 Supervisor Implementation Strategy for child welfare systems focused on infusing evidence-based strategies into everyday interactions of the child welfare workforce. In addition, Lisa serves as a principal investigator or co-investigator on a number of federally funded grants. Lisa earned a B.A. in psychology from Reed, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia. She is past president of Reed's alumni board, which she joined in 2011. She also has served as a Working Weekend mentor, local alumni host, and career network volunteer. Lisa lives in Eugene, OR.

Continuing Alumni Board for 2020–2021

President: Melissa Osborne ’13

Vice President: alea adigweme ’06

Past President: Jinyoung Park ’11

Alumni Trustees:

  • Christine Lewis ’07
  • Darlene Pasieczny ’01
  • Dylan Rivera ’95

At-Large Members:

  • Jonathon Bates ’68
  • Molly Case ’12
  • David Messner ’90
  • Rennie Meyers ’15
  • Shabab Mirza ’15
  • Govind Nair ’83
  • Kelly Reed ’13

Nominations for Nominations Committee service starting in July 2020

Nominating Committee (One-Year Term)

Wayne Clayton, English ’82, Los Angeles, CA

Claire Dennerlein Manson, American Studies ’02, Portland, OR

Sebastian Pastore, Psychology ’88, Portland, OR

Previously Appointed Nominations Committee for 2020–2021

Jinyoung Park ’11, Past President

Melissa Osborne ’13