At the heart of a school is the integral strength of its families, including alumni families.
Catlin Gabel thrives thanks to the lifelong support, commitment, and involvement of more than 4,000 alumni families. Alumni participation is a vital part of Catlin Gabel's future, its financial security, and its presence in Portland and around the world. Our expectation in alumni relations is to clearly support the mission of Catlin Gabel as a progressive learning institution. Our goal is to provide the avenue for alumni to engage with each other and with faculty-staff and current families. We do this by sharing news, hosting events, and providing volunteer opportunities. Fostering a healthy alumni association will add tremendous benefit to Catlin Gabel, today and in the future. Please explore our site for ways to get involved and give back.
The alumni relations office would love to hear from you!
Please send us an email with your up-to-date address, phone number, and email, and let us know if you have changed jobs or career fields, got married, moved, or had children. Stay in touch by joining the Alumni Facebook Group, search for Catlin Gabel Alums, joining our LinkedIn group, and signing up for the e-newsletter.
Sprinavasa Brown '02, Alumni Program Director
Alumni Relations Office
8825 SW Barnes Road
Portland OR 97225
Phone: 503-297-1894 x424
Panelists: Joe Enlet, Cliff Mason II, Nigel Nicholson PhD., Lilian Ongelungel '07, Olivia Siulagi '10 and Melissa Wollan MD.
Please RSVP by May 12 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Enlet is a native of Chuuk State in the Federated States of Micronesia. He was born and raised on the islands and moved to the U.S. as an adult. Citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau are subject to a US diplomatic act known as the Compact of Free Association, or COFA. Mr. Enlet is a founding board member of the COFA Alliance National Network (CANN), where he served as President and is a current board member. CANN has been a champion for COFA islander policy work and in the last session has successfully passed legislation in Oregon to extend health access to COFA migrants. He currently serves as Senior Health Policy Analyst at the Multnomah County Health Department in the Health Equity Initiative and was appointed by Governor Kate Brown to serve as one of 13 members of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace Advisory Board. Joe has organized the newly created Pacific Islander Coalition, which serves as an advisory body to the Multnomah County Health Department.Prior to that, he worked at Health Share of Oregon, the largest coordinated care organization in Oregon serving over 250,000 Medicaid members, where he was the Community Engagement Program Coordinator. He has also worked for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization as a community health worker and for IRCO’s Diversity and Civic Leadership Program. Mr.Enlet is an active Community Engagement Liaison with the City of Portland and serves on their Immigrant and Refugee Council. Joe is a regular Diversity & Equity trainer and has taught cultural competence to graduate students at Multnomah University. Joe is also a faith leader in the Chuukese community in Vancouver, Washington.
Cliff Mason II is an Upper School History teacher in his first year at Catlin Gabel. Cliff joined the CG community after earning his juris doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana. Despite the state of Oregon representing the eighth state Cliff has resided in the past 14 years, he already considers Oregon home and is looking forward to establishing deeper roots in the Portland community. Cliff’s teaching career is as diverse as his residential history. Cliff taught English and English language arts for two years in a public vocational school in Massachusetts. He also taught U.S. History and Ethics for two years at a college preparatory school in Florida, and Civics and Economics for another two years at a large Title I school in North Carolina. In addition to teaching and coaching at Catlin Gabel, Cliff is the founder and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Mason Report, a nonprofit, independent media organization with a focus on Politics, News, Sports, and Social Justice. Cliff lives and breathes the Mason Report mantra: “Every problem has a solution – we just need to solve them!”
Nigel Nicholson is the Dean of the Faculty and Walter Mintz Professor of Classics at Reed College. He has been at Reed since 1995, and has been Dean since 2013. He received his BA from Oxford and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. When not serving as an administrator, he teaches Greek and Latin language, literature and humanities classes, and literary theory, and particularly enjoys outreach to local schools and organizations. His research focuses on Greek athletics and politics, particularly in Sicily and southern Italy. He recently wrote The Poetics of Victory in the Greek West: Epinician, Oral Tradition and the Deinomenid Empire (Oxford University Press, 2015) and is also the author of Aristocracy and Athletics, published by Cambridge University Press in 2005, and the editor of a special section of Classical World on teaching literary theory and Classics. Currently he is working with Nate Selden of Oregon Health Sciences University on a project for Oxford University Press, The Rhetoric of Medicine: Contemporary Lessons from Ancient Greece. A dedicated teacher, he was named Oregon Professor of the Year in 2005. He has a long connection with Catlin Gabel as both the spouse of faculty member Virginia King, and the parent of two Catlin students.
Lilian Ongelungel '07 is currently a First Lieutenant serving as an Operations Officer for a detachment under the 800th Logistics Support Brigade in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.received her BA in Organizational Communication from University of Portland where she also completed the Army ROTC program and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Her first duty assignment was as the Executive Officer for Bravo Company, the 1st Battalion, 413th Regiment (Logistics Support) in Vancouver, Washington in December 2011. She was then stationed in Fort Lee, Virginia where she completed training at the Army Logistics University and was inducted into the Army Transportation Corps. Upon return to the West Coast, she served in multiple capacities across different states. She has served as a Battalion Human Resources Officer, Battalion Property Book Officer , Transportation Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Convoy Commander and Commander for a Light Medium Truck Company based out of Fort Hunter Liggett, California. Her decorations include the US Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon. On the civilian side, Lilian is an artist and activist passionate about education equity and social justice. Lilian recently unveiled a piece commissioned by the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon to highlight the organization’s work towards a just world. Lilian previously served as an executive officer for the Pacific Islander Student Alliance, a regional network for Pacific Islander student groups in higher education. She is also a founding member of the Coalition for Asian and Pacific American Studies at Portland State University. She is currently a cohort member for the 2017 Inter-generational Giving Project sponsored by the Social Justice Fund and a facilitator for the Men’s Assembly for Collective Accountability. Lilian is also the Marketing and Events Coordinator at Catlin Gabel School.
Olivia Siulagi '10 received a BA in Psychology from Kenyon College. While she was at Kenyon she received two research grants to study beauty standards and sexual subjectivity in women of color and the demographics of maternal filicide in Italy and the US. Olivia presented this research all over the country and she is currently working on getting one of her papers published. Since graduation in 2014 she has been working as an artist, most of her art incorporates themes of racism and political commentary. Her most recent painting The American Cream recently won a prize and is hanging in the Paragon Art Gallery. In the future Olivia hopes to expand on her most recent piece which focuses on raising awareness and conversation around racism in Portland.
Melissa Wollan MD. grew up in eastern Washington. She received her undergraduate degree from Pacific Lutheran University then attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. She completed her OB/Gyn Residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington DC. Melissa has served 8 years active duty in the United States Air Force, separated in 2016 as a Major and board certified OB/Gyn.
She has served 3 years on the National Council for Junior Fellows for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as representative of the Armed Forces District. She is currently in full time practice as OB/Gyn at Providence Women's Clinic- St. Vincent. Melissa is married to alumnus Tyler Francis '01.
This event is hosted by the Alumni Board Events Committee: Deni Ponganis Mei '04, Anushka Shenoy '04, and Chris Dorough '03
Thank you to everyone who came out to have fun while raising support for the financial assistance program.
Back From College Panel
2016 Alumni Holiday Party
Cocktails & Conversation
Thank you to Ken Tomita ’96 and Nancy Judd ’86! Together they led a lively and interesting conversation with alumni last week during Cocktails & Conversation at Rejuvenation. Ken and Nancy authentically shared what it is like to be both an artisan and entrepreneur and candidly spoke about inspiration, risk taking and the future of their business.
Cocktails & Conversation is a series focused on creating a fun and engaging atmosphere for alumni conversations, and authentic dialogue with fascinating guest speakers. Here is what alumni and faculty are saying about last week’s event:
“Lively and interesting conversation, tremendous venue, wonderful food and beverages: it was a treat to connect with old friends and new – rewarding and fun to see Catlin Gabel alums so deeply passionate about their work and firmly rooted in the community.” -Len Carr ‘75
“I liked the relaxed format, the questions raised, and the engaging surroundings. I will go back there for another look-see.” – Tom Tucker ‘66
“It was interesting to hear from alumni in related fields discussing the similarities and differences in their work, and the importance that a sense of place might have in influencing that work.” –Debbie Kaye ‘73
“I like attending the Cocktails and Conversation events because they are a great way to connect with local alumni and find out about the interesting and innovative things they are doing, both personally and professionally. The events are a great way to stay up to date on both what's going on at Catlin Gabel, among the alumni community and also the greater Portland community at large.” –Emily Bellos ‘02
CGS alumni make a difference in the fight against hunger
Thank you to all of our volunteers!
Together you sorted 1,741 lbs. of onions and 6,055 lbs. of apples. That equates to 6,497 meals! Please consider joining alumni and current families for our next service opportunity. Each volunteer sorted 295 lbs. of food; this shows that each and every volunteer can make a difference.