This legislative session, Senator Arnie Roblan’s office is hosting three college interns, two of whom hail from Senate District 5. During their time in the office, the three students have the opportunity to learn about the legislative process through tracking bills, writing memos, conducting research and interacting with other elected officials and constituents.
Sophie Goodwin-Rice grew up in Newport, OR, where she attended Newport High School and graduated with an International Baccalaureate Diploma in 2017. Currently, she is a sophomore at Willamette University, majoring in Politics, Policy, Law & Ethics and Spanish. At Willamette, Sophie serves as a class senator on the Associated Students of Willamette University Senate, and is working with her caucus to introduce a reusable container program on campus. She also works as the News Editor for The Collegian, Willamette’s student-run newspaper and plays the violin in various student ensembles. After graduating from college, she hopes to work in advocacy and human rights protection, possibly within an organization like the ACLU. Sophie’s parents, Cait Goodwin and Jim Rice, both work at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, and her younger brother Noah is a junior at Newport High School.
Senator Roblan’s second intern, Chelsea Alatriste, is a junior at George Fox University, where she is studying philosophy and politics. Chelsea was born and raised in Newport, OR and also graduated from Newport High School with an International Baccalaureate Diploma in 2017. As a first-generation college student, she took part in George Fox’s Bridge Scholars program the summer before her freshman year, and currently works as a Teacher’s Assistant in the University’s History and Politics departments and as a Cultural Ambassador for the school. While Chelsea has been interning in Senator Roblan’s office since January, she also spends other weekdays working for Senator Jeff Golden from District 3. Chelsea’s plans after graduating from George Fox include attending law school and eventually becoming an immigration or criminal defense lawyer. Her parents, Max Alatriste and Minerva Martinez, own the Izzy’s restaurants in Newport and Corvallis, and she has two sisters, Michelle and Nayla.
Senator Roblan's third intern is Dale Peterka, originally from Dundee, OR, is a junior at Portland State University and has been interning with Senator Roblan since the beginning of the 2019 session. At Tualatin High School, Dale served as Yearbook Editor-in-Chief, and Vice President of the Thespian Troupe while competing in water polo and concert choir. His early college years were spent at Portland Community College, where he earned an Associate Degree and studied American Sign Language Interpretation. Before transferring to PSU to continue earning an undergraduate degree in Urban & Public Affairs, Dale took a two-year break from school to add some work experience to his resume; while coaching a youth rock climbing team, he also worked at PCC as an administrative assistant, and non-credit instructor for fitness classes such as swimming, indoor cycling, and triathlon.