1969: Bonita “Bonnie” Lahey, left, and Dorothy “Do” Bradley, who were off-campus roommates in their senior year, reunited for a joyous time in Montana during the summer of 2021. “Still crazy after all these years!” the friends say.
1976: Robin Morris Collin was appointed as senior adviser to the administrator for environmental justice at the Environmental Protection Agency in February 2022. She will support efforts to advance environmental justice and civil rights in communities that suffer from disproportionately high pollution levels. Robin earned her bachelor’s in history and her juris doctor from Arizona State University; she was one of the first U.S. law professors to teach sustainability courses in a U.S. law school.
1981: Lissy Garrison began her new position as vice chancellor for advancement at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in January 2022. Lissy’s experience in fundraising and arts leadership includes 11 years in higher education development, most recently at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado Boulder, and 15 years as executive director of Ballet Nouveau Colorado. She majored in business administration at CC.
1982: Lisa Ellis was named the executive director of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations and began the job in February 2022. After earning her bachelor’s in Russian area studies at CC and a master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland, Lisa has served in leadership roles in the United States and some 40 countries. She is dedicated to strengthening democratic institutions, nurturing a free media, supporting international exchanges, educating young leaders, and building healthy and resilient communities.
1987: Ann Deines Honious began serving as the superintendent of Georgia’s Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area in August 2021. Ann has years of experience with the National Capital Parks-East, Gateway Arch National Park, and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Site. Ann earned a bachelor’s in history with an emphasis in political science at CC; she also has a master’s in American Studies from George Washington University and a master’s in education from the University of Dayton.
1988: Robin Mosman Divine has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of TriCore Reference Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has more than 30 years of experience in health care. Robin earned her bachelor’s in mathematics at CC and her executive master of business administration at the University of New Mexico, Anderson School of Management. She also completed an executive fellowship in health care at the Advisory Board Academy.
2001: Jessi Quizar recently joined the University of Washington Tacoma as an assistant professor in the School of Urban Studies. She majored in sociology at CC, and focuses on racial capitalism, grassroots organizing, and urban land and resources struggles. Jessi also earned her master’s from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a doctorate from the University of Southern California’s American Studies and Ethnicity program.
2004: Autumn Rivera is one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year. Rivera earned her bachelor’s in biology from CC in 2004 and her master’s of arts in teaching in 2006. Autumn teaches sixth-grade science in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and is an adjunct professor in the Education Department at Colorado Mountain College. The National Teacher of the Year will be announced later this Spring; the winner spends one year advocating for teachers and students.
2007: Jonathan Gillman was interviewed about his music on WKCR New York on Feb. 16, 2022. Check out wkcr.org and his SoundCloud site to hear all about it, or catch up with him on Facebook; search for “Ablaq.”
2010: Anna Sanger has joined the Conner & Winters LLP law firm as a bilingual transactional associate attorney in its Tulsa office. After earning her bachelor’s in political science, Anna graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2020. She also worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, an AmeriCorps member in Texas, and a social services coordinator in a Tulsa elementary school.
2011: Jennie Light married Gary Cho in Springdale, Utah, near Zion National Park on Sept. 25, 2021. Many of Jennie’s former classmates attended the ceremony, and Elliot Goldman ’10 and his band, the Swinging Lights, provided the music.
2012: Julie White ’11 and Torin Schuster ’12 married July 3, 2021, in Minneapolis with many CC alumni in attendance.
2016: Allie Verchota has been named a business banking officer at the Baxter, Minnesota, location of Deerwood Bank. A mathematics major at CC, Allie has been with Deerwood for more than five years, starting as a marketing coordinator before moving into the role of credit analyst. In her new role, she will assist customers with business banking services and financing needs, as well as analyze financial statements and underwriting loans.
2017: In 2021, Nina Murray earned her master’s in social work from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. Nina earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in feminist and gender studies, as well as Southwest studies. She played intramural soccer and belonged to the Climbing Association while at CC.