Mounds View Class of 1978
Stories about our Alumni
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Kate Brown began her career in the Oregon Legislature in 1991. After serving two terms in the House of Representatives, Kate was elected to the Senate in 1996, representing portions of Northeast and Southeast Portland and Milwaukie. In 1998, Senator Brown was elected Democratic Leader. Senator Brown worked for over eight years to lead the Senate Democrats from a 10-20 minority to an 18-12 majority.
When Senate Democrats took control in 2004, Brown was selected by her caucus to serve as Oregon’s first woman Senate Majority Leader.
After spending most of her childhood in Minnesota, Senator Brown earned a B.A. in Environmental Conservation with a certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After college, she went on to earn her law degree and Certificate in Environmental Law from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. Professionally, Senator Brown has taught at Portland State University, and practiced family and juvenile law. During 2006 Senator Brown will be working for the Juvenile Rights Project.
Catherine Nelson Piela
Catherine Piela, OTR is an occupational therapist with extensive experience in industrial rehabilitation including work hardening, functional assessment, return to work consultation and ergonomic job analysis.
Catherine obtained her B.S. degree from the College of St. Catherine and is in private practice at Saunders Therapy Centers. Ms. Piela's past experience includes Polinsky Functional Assessments faculty member and trainer, Sister Kenny Institute industrial rehabilitation senior therapist, and CARF surveyor.
Dean comes from one of the famous fishing families in the state.
His father, Ted, an inductee of the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame, is one of the best tournament anglers in the state.
His brother Tony, along with Dean, can be seen on the weekly television show, Capra's Outdoor Frontiers, on Fox Sports Net and many other networks.
Dean has been fishing tournaments for 28 years.