Class Notes

Class Notes

1.           Mike Sellinger ’06

After graduating from SAAS in 2006, Mike Sellinger moved to Massachusetts to study economics and politics at Brandeis University. After college, he moved back to Seattle and worked in the planning department at Seattle Parks. In 2012, he moved to Portland to earn a Master of Urban and Regional Planning at Portland State University and he stayed in Portland after completing his Masters.
Mike currently works as a transportation planner at Alta Planning + Design. His company specializes in bicycle and pedestrian planning, and work on a wide range of projects that make it easier, safer, and more enjoyable for people to get around without a car. Mike spent six months working on launching Portland’s new bike share system, BIKETOWN. He led the planning team that determined the service area for the system and the locations for the 100 stations throughout the city. The system launched two weeks ago with 1,000 smart bikes. Unlike most bike share systems where you have to return the bikes to stations (like Pronto in Seattle), BIKETOWN gives you the option of parking the bikes anywhere within the service area.

After graduating from SAAS in 2006, Mike Sellinger moved to Massachusetts to study economics and politics at Brandeis University. After college, he moved back to Seattle and worked in the planning department at Seattle Parks. In 2012, he moved to Portland to earn a Master of Urban and Regional Planning at Portland State University and he stayed in Portland after completing his Masters.

Mike currently works as a transportation planner at Alta Planning + Design. His company specializes in bicycle and pedestrian planning, and work on a wide range of projects that make it easier, safer, and more enjoyable for people to get around without a car. Mike spent six months working on launching Portland’s new bike share system, BIKETOWN. He led the planning team that determined the service area for the system and the locations for the 100 stations throughout the city. The system launched two weeks ago with 1,000 smart bikes. Unlike most bike share systems where you have to return the bikes to stations (like Pronto in Seattle), BIKETOWN gives you the option of parking the bikes anywhere within the service area.

2.          Simone Barley-Greenfield ’10

Simone Barley-Greenfield ’10 received two degrees from Stanford University; BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and MS in Conservation and Sustainability Strategies. She is now a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Management Fellow. The Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. Simone has been placed in the New Hampshire Coastal Program to systematically integrate social science into ecosystem management for New Hampshire’s estuaries.

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3.         Mycole Brown ’11

After graduating from SAAS in 2011, Mycole Brown ‘11 attended UW Bothell where he completed his BS in Biology and served as President of the Chess Club. In his final year at UW, Mycole participated in a wide variety of events with the Seattle Vietnamese community including aiding the construction of the Vietnamese Seafair float (2015-16), and two charity auctions. He also volunteered with environmental organizations and a benefit for Camp Korey (a camp for disabled kids). Upon graduating, a neuroscience professor from his final class hired him to work on a computational neuroscience project where he continues to work.  In his final year at UW he commuted up to 5 hours a day by bus and train and used his time spent commuting writing a book called Humans of Seattle where he interviewed random people to assemble a book the represents a microcosm of humanity.

4.          Adrien Miller ’02

After finishing middle school at SAAS, Adrien Miller attended high school at Roosevelt, and then graduated from Garfield High School. Having developed a strong love for visual art, he received a merit based scholarship to study at California College of Arts and Crafts in the Bay Area. Shortly after, he took a year off to travel Europe and independently study the works of the old masters while working on his first few solo shows. Returning to college with a heavy influence of classical sculpture, he started studying figure sculpture in the ceramics department, and earned a BFA with an individualized major, combining sculpture, painting, and photography.

Upon graduating, he returned to Seattle and began teaching art and ceramics through Artscorps, and at various community centers. He joined Florentina Clayworks, a ceramics co-op, where he has worked for the past 8 years producing a prolific array of art and pottery that he exhibits regularly, and sells online through his etsy shop. He currently specializes in custom portrait sculpture and has made busts for an unusual array of clients and collectors the world over. He’s made busts of CEO’s of major companies, bronze portraits of Nigerian politicians, memorials for families, gag gifts, sincere gifts, celebrities statues for zealous fans, classical replicas for history buffs and mythological interpretations for the poetic. He runs the ceramics program at Montlake Community Center, offering evening pottery classes twice a week. To see more of his work, visit www.adrienart.etsy.com.

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5.         Kirk Gunnar Stensvig ’91

Kirk Gunnar Stensvig ’91 graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in English and Comparative Literature. He went on to complete a certificate program at the UW in Genealogy and Family History. Shortly afterwards, he discovered his great uncle’s Masonic ring and applied to the Sons of the American Revolution. He is now a 32nd degree Mason, and this fall, was installed as a Junior Warden of Queen Anne Lodge #242. In two years he will serve as the Master of that Lodge.  Kirk currently works in the Accounting Department of Sound Mental Health. He works to help citizens of Puget Sound maintain their health and dignity in an increasingly difficult world to navigate. Kirk also serves on the SAAS Alumni Board.

6.        Meghan Hanrahan ’14

Meghan Hanrahan ’14 is a junior at Carroll College, a private Catholic school in Helena, MT. She is majoring in Anthrozoology, the study of the human and animal bond. As part of her program, Meghan is training a dog, and has also worked with horses. Her extracurricular work includes the college choir, theater productions, and participating in human rights and mental health awareness. Meghan’s college choir focuses on religious works, and sing at mass once a month. In her school musical productions, she has starred as title character Toad in A Year with Frog and Toad. This November she also played Leaf Coneybear in the school’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Meghan has been a part of the school’s GSA since her sophomore year and has participated in raising awareness about police brutality, both at school and in the larger community. Meghan has also participated in multiple walks raising awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.

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Pearl Klein graduated from SAAS in the first, scrappy, please-let’s-just-get-them-out-the-door class of 1984. She attended the University of Chicago and the University of Washington alternately until ultimately graduating from the U of C. After temping in Chicago and a publishing internship in NYC, Pearl returned to Seattle.

Though she got in on the ground floor of desktop publishing, doing well enough that she was able to work 7/12 time (measured monthly), she craved further education. Accepted into the UW’s Creative Writing program, she earned an MFA in writing poetry while working as a Teaching Assistant. On-the-job training and low wages prepared her to go directly into teaching as an associate college instructor. That idyll was brought to a standstill in 2007 when she was laid off. She promptly entered a new creative phase of her life, earning a certificate in Writing and Directing for the Camera from Shoreline Community College (plus another certificate in Directing for Stage and Screen at the UW).

Pearl has worked all over Seattle as an actor and director on both stage and screen. She runs her own business as a writing coach at www.filthyrichlanguage.com, where she helps women with their own businesses transform their meaningful message from thoughts into words.

Pearl recently celebrated her 50th birthday by performing burlesque for the first time. She is currently developing The Uncastable Project, a collaboratively devised play utilizing actors who are creating characters they aren’t typically cast as because they are “too” something: fat, old, female, queer, disabled, or ethnic (opening February 2017).

8.       Jordan Frank ’04

Jordan Frank ’04 attended University of Denver where she majored in History and minored in Judaic Studies. After college, she moved to Arizona to be close to her family. Jordan is now a Criminal Intelligence Analyst with the Arizona Department of Public Safety in the Criminal Investigations Division. She is part of the Vehicle Theft Task Force, but also works with Narcotics, Vehicular Crimes and Fugitive Apprehension units.

Jordan is the only woman and only civilian in her unit where she does research for detectives and helps them build their cases. She has attended trainings and conferences all over the country for her job, including intelligence training at the FBI headquarters, and a three-week training at the Department of Homeland Security where she learned about terrorism prevention, threat and risk analysis, international money laundering and asset forfeiture.

Jordan has many great memories from SAAS, notably of the Speech and Debate program, Mock Trial, Vocal Ensemble, and Theater. She names Joel Underwood, Tom Hajduk and Mark Hoover as the most influential teachers she had at SAAS.

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9.       Tara Moss ‘99

Tara Moss ‘99 has worked in the nonprofit field for over ten years and has long been passionate about social justice. As an undergrad at Smith College she participated in an internship doing HIV prevention outreach with the Seattle nonprofit Street Outreach Services (SOS). After graduating with a BA in Psychology, Tara continued work with SOS where she advanced from the position of outreach worker to Executive Director over the course of four years. During her career Tara has also collaborated with organizations focused on social justice work and drug policy reform, including the Racial Disparity Project and Class Action. Tara has also volunteered with The Defender’s Association as a member on their Board of Directors and on their Racial Equity Advisory Board.

Since 2009, Tara has worked for Real Change, an award-winning weekly newspaper that provides immediate employment opportunity and takes action for economic, social, and racial justice. She was the Vendor Services Manager, a program that employs three hundred homeless and low-income vendors per month. After successfully managing Real Change’s vendor program for five years, Tara expressed interest in operations. She started working in human resources in 2012 and has since taken on increasing responsibility in finance, facilities, and information technology. Effective January 1, 2017, Tara will become Real Change’s Director of Operations and join Tim Harris and Alan Preston on the executive leadership team as a co-director.

Tara recently appeared as the keynote speaker for Seattle Academy’s 2016 Donor Appreciation Dinner.

10.     Connor Fallon ’08

After SAAS, Connor attended Carnegie Mellon University where he majored in Creative Writing, but took many classes in art, computer science, and theater in order to pursue his goal of becoming a game designer. In school, Connor managed the Game Creation Society Club where he worked with artists, programmers, and other designers to create short games. After graduating, Connor was recruited by Schell Games where he worked on a diverse set of projects, collaborating with Fred Rodger’s Company and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and working at the forefront of VR development with the award-winning “I Expect You To Die”. He recently moved back to Seattle and started a new job at ArenaNet, where is he is a designer on the multiplayer game Guild Wars 2.

In addition to his day job, Connor and a group of his closest friends from GCS work on a number of independent projects, which have been very successful. These games have included Socrates Jones: Pro Philosopher, a free riff on the popular Ace Attorney series which pits you in a semi-comical debate against several classic philosophers. Connor and his GSC team also worked on Elsinore, a game where you play Ophelia from Hamlet and you are trapped in a Groundhog Day style loop as you desperately try to find a way to escape the play’s tragic fate. Elsinore is planning for a release early next year, has completed a successful Kickstarter, and has been featured at multiple festivals such as IndieCade and the Level Up Awards.

In ten years, Connor hopes to be doing more of the same, continuing to use games to tell odd interactive stories, though hopefully with more skill and in a more diverse industry.