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Matthew A. Marner, Criminal Justice, Sociology ’98 – Opening of The Law Office of Matthew A. Marner, PLLC |

Categories: 1990s | Professional or career event

On July 2, 2014, Matthew A. Marner (Criminal Justice, Sociology ’98) opened The Law Office of Matthew A. Marner, PLLC in Chandler, Arizona, just outside of Phoenix.  Matthew practices D.U.I. and criminal defense in the Superior Court of Maricopa County as well as Phoenix area municipal and justice courts.  Matthew is a member of the bar for: the State of Arizona, the State of California, the Federal District Court for Arizona, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He earned his Master of Science in Criminal Justice at Michigan State University in 2001, and his Juris Doctorate at the University of Arizona in 2008.  But he still loves W.S.U. above all others.


Rosemary Baker-Monaghan (’78 Forest Management) has been elected as Chair for the Clatsop Community College Board |

Categories: 1970s | Other event

Rosemary Baker-Monaghan. Courtesy of Clatsop Community College.

Board members elected Rosemary Baker-Monaghan, who represents Zone 3, as Chair. Baker-Monaghan was appointed to the Clatsop Community College Board in October 2000 and is currently serving her third elected four-year term. She is a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Forest Management and a Masters of Adult and Continuing Education. Baker-Monaghan is the Executive Director of the Liberty Theater, a board member of CEDR and the Lewis and Clark National Park Association, and chair of the Lower Columbia Tourism Committee. She served in public office from 1991 – 2003 with the City of Seaside, including positions on the Planning Commission and City Council, and as Mayor.   Originally published on the Clatsop Community College’s website.

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Rebecca Shepard (’03 Comm.) becomes a Trade Marketing Manager for Perrigo Animal Health |

Categories: 2000s | Edward R. Murrow College of Communication | Professional or career event

Rebecca Shepard. Coutesy of Perrigo.

Allegan, MI—Perrigo Company plc, a leading pharmaceutical supplier, has hired Rebecca Shepard as a Trade Marketing Manager for Perrigo Animal Health in Omaha, NE.  In this role, Rebecca will be accountable for achieving sales and margin growth objectives through the development and execution of strategic new product, promotion, and price management initiatives. Rebecca will lead the branding efforts with retail customers to achieve long-term market share targets and consumer acceptance of Perrigo’s branded and store brand products.

Rebecca brings to Perrigo 10 years of marketing manager and brand manager experience, working with some of the top-selling names in the video game and entertainment industries.

Rebecca earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University. She is from Los Angeles, CA and currently resides in Lincoln, NE.

Perrigo is hiring hard working, qualified people with leadership qualities to keep pace with the company’s success and growth. For more information on locations and current career opportunities, visit www.perrigocareers.com.

From its beginnings as a packager of generic home remedies in 1887, Perrigo Company plc, headquartered in Ireland, has grown to become a leading global healthcare supplier. Perrigo develops, manufactures and distributes over-the-counter (OTC) and generic prescription (Rx) pharmaceuticals, nutritional products and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), and receives royalties from Multiple Sclerosis drug Tysabri®. The Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of OTC healthcare products for the store brand market and an industry leader in pharmaceutical technologies. Perrigo’s mission is to offer uncompromised “Quality Affordable Healthcare Products®,” and it does so across a wide variety of product categories primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Israel and Australia, as well as more than 40 other key markets worldwide, including Canada, China and Latin America. Visit Perrigo on the Internet (http://www.perrigo.com).




Published by Perrigo Company plc.

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Joe Simons (’08 English) joins KXL Portland as radio news co-anchor |

Categories: 2000s | College of Arts and Sciences | Professional or career event

Joe Simmons. Courtesy of Radio Ink Magazine.

Joe Simons becomes the afternoon news co-anchor for the Alpha station joining Val Stouffer weekdays 4-7 p.m. Simon’s radio career started out as the voice of Pullman High School Greyhounds athletics while attending Washington State University. After moving back to his native Portland following his graduation in 2008, he freelanced for a few years before returning to the Palouse to become the voice of the University of Idaho women’s basketball team for two seasons. While in Moscow, he hosted a TV show, a radio show, and worked as a field reporter for KQQQ Pullman.



Originally published by Radio Ink Magazine.

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Ricky Russert (’05 Theatre Arts) becomes part of TV series Banshee |

Categories: 2000s | Professional or career event

Ricky Russert. Courtesy of The News Tribune.

Ricky Russert wanted to be a baseball player long before acting became his livelihood nine years ago.

The 2001 Kennewick High grad recently joined the cast in the Cinemax TV series Banshee as a teenage gang member.

“I played baseball in high school and college,” the 31-year-old said in a recent phone interview with the Herald.

But an injury during his junior year at Washington State University sidelined any hopes for a professional baseball career, so he added a minor in theater production to his business major.

And when he graduated in 2005, he headed to Los Angeles.

“I was ready to try something new anyway,” he said. “So I gave theater a try at college and found out I got that same feeling of excitement when acting as I did playing baseball.”

The move to Hollywood was up and down for a few years, which is normal in the entertainment industry, he said. But the past few years he’s made a living at it and doesn’t have to work another job to help pay the bills.

His Banshee character is Tommy Littlestone, a gangbanger with the Native American Redbone gang.

“He’s not a good guy for sure,” Russert said. “The show is very well put together, in a Tarantino kind of way.”

Some of his credits include Touch, a TV series starring Keifer Sutherland; All’s Fair, a film about a soldier who must decide between following orders or taking a stand against torture; and The World of Black and Blue, a fantasy noir film about parallel worlds.

His childhood chum, Cory Stemp of Kennewick, never figured Russert would go Hollywood on him.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine Ricky in Hollywood,” Stemp told the Herald. “He was a typical jock like the rest of us, dreaming of getting drafted and playing major league baseball someday.”

Stemp added that he and other friends of Russert’s try not to miss any of his acting gigs.

“We watch everything we can, even when Ricky tells us not to,” Stemp said. “We loved him in Touch, (especially) watching him act out a scene with Keifer Sutherland.”

Stemp said that his friend’s showmanship was apparent long before Russert left high school.

“Even on the baseball field, Ricky always had to put his own flair on every play,” Stemp said with a laugh. “Always had to look flashy making even routine plays on the field.”

Russert doesn’t deny it, either. He has no inhibitions when it comes to performing on a stage, in front of a camera or on a baseball diamond, he said.

“It’s joyful for me to entertain people,” he said.

But he has no illusions about becoming a megastar like Brad Pitt because he loves working behind the camera as much as in front of the camera.

“I was fortunate to be able to work on a project with Dick Clark before he died,” Russert said. The project was a documentary series called 21 that took a look at the art of card counting in casinos. Unfortunately, the series was shelved after Clark’s death in 2012, he said.

“That experience was invaluable to me,” he said. “Dick Clark was a phenomenal man and I learned so much working with him.”

Russert also runs his own production company called Triple R Productions. But don’t ask him to choose whether he prefers being in front or behind the camera.

“There is no right answer for that,” he said. “They are two different beasts that I love equally for different reasons.”

Right now, Banshee is what keeps him busy and he recently moved from L.A. to Atlanta because that Southern city is the hot spot for film industry.

It also means he doesn’t get home to Tri-Cities very often to visit with family and friends. His parents are Rick and Lydia Russert of Kennewick.

“My parents have been together since their freshman year in high school,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing.”

Originally published by The News Tribune.

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