Lillie Holden died June 2, 2012, at age 95. After Holden completed her degree at Pacific University, she taught in Hillsboro and Beaverton schools for 20 years. Holden retired from teaching in 1979, but she stayed busy with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and volunteering in her community. She is survived by her five children, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus
Harvey Estren O.D. retires from the medical staff of Northport VAMC and from the faculty of SUNY Optometry after 38 years. Estren said it has been an honor and privilege to be involved in optometric education as an assistant clinical professor every year of his career. He is not ready to hang up his ophthalmoscope yet, so he is going to join the road warriors and split his month between his private practice on Long Island, and his new home in Boca Raton, Fla.
Howard Sullivan ’79, MS ’84 recently retired after 33 years teaching. To celebrate his retirement, the Forest Grove News-Times published an article about Sullivan, featuring his popularity among students at Forest Grove High School and his dedication to his profession.
Jake von Scherrer recently had an article published in High School Today titled, “Expecting Great Sportsmanship,” which detailed the sportsmanship initiatives at Palmer Trinity School in Florida, where he has been the director of athletics since 2008. Von Scherrer is active in the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, where he has earned the title of certified master athletic administrator. He is also a member of the National Certification Committee and serves as an instructor in the Leadership Training Institute.
Mark Trupp has been named the community banking district manager for Southwest Washington by Wells Fargo. He graduated from Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in business and currently resides in Camas, Wash. Vancouver (Wash.) Business
Brent Black and wife, Jenijoy McCall Black, welcomed baby Audrey Isabella Black on March 27, 2012. Audrey weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 17 1/4 inches long at birth.
Allison Summers O.D. is the president of the Oregon Foundation for Vision Awareness, a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. She recently conducted lectures and set up exhibits to help educate others in the Sisters, Ore., area about vision. Nugget, Sisters, Ore.
Will Wright has partnered with Bruce E. Brooks & Associates Consulting Engineers to create Brooks + Wright Commissioning. The new company makes sure that buildings are the most energy efficient that they can be. Wright has been in the industry since 1998 and lives in Philadelphia with his family.
Tiffany A. Christian has been admitted to the Ph.D. program in American Studies at Washington State University for Fall 2012. Her most recent folklore documentary film, titled Zombies R Us: Preparedness Groups, Self Reliance, and the Death of Modernity, was presented at the annual conference of the Southwestern Anthropological Association in April in Chico, Calif. Tiffany graduated with her second master’s degree in folklore from the University of Oregon in 2011. She received an MFA in creative writing from Chapman University in 2005.
Maggi Finlayson just took a marketing manager position at Irving Levin Associates, Inc. in Norwalk, Conn. The company is a publisher of business intelligence on mergers and acquisitions in healthcare and senior housing.
Britta (Kallunki) Elizarraraz and husband Luis welcomed baby Damien on June 5, 2012. Damien weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces at birth.
Jeff Rude recently became the head coach of the University of Virginia men’s ice hockey team. He is currently working as a facilitator, consultant and coach with high performance individuals and organizations. He recently celebrated his marriage to Johanna Rude and celebrated his one-year anniversary of being cancer free after a short battle with testicular cancer. He now lives in Charlottesville, Va., with Johanna, dog Wally, and cat Grisham.
Carlys Higuchi ’02, O.D. ’06 married Karsten Lee on March 11, 2012.
Maisha Lauer married Matt Langella on April 30, 2011.
Jeremie Murfin and his wife, Jill, welcomed Tyler Jeffrey Murfin on Nov. 10, 2011. He weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 21 inches long.
Katie (Marston) Snyder graduated from the Penn State College of Medicine in May 2012.
Scott Thompson was recently named a Rodel Exemplary Teacher. He teaches in Phoenix and holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is a sixth-grade teacher at the Granada East School. The Arizona Republic
David Perez and fiancee Katie Noble welcomed baby Zoey Isabella Noble-Perez on June 4, 2012. Zoey was 8 pounds, 4 1/2 ounces, and 21 inches.
Jason Pirga has been selected by the University of California San Diego School of Medicine to receive the Medicine 401 Excellence in Teaching Award for his valuable contribution to the professional development of future physicians.
Celia Roy welcomed a daughter, Emma Victoria, in February. Emma joins 4-year-old big sister Sophia Jane.
Amanda (Galster) Balsalobre O.D. is now an optometrist at Central Oregon Eyecare. Madras (Ore.) Pioneer
Chester Carson married Tiffanie Siayvong on Aug. 6, 2011. Eric Olbekson ’04 officiated, and Nick Grant ’04, James Echert ’04 and Justin Crossland ’04 were among the wedding party. Chester works for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Tiffanie teaches and and dances professionally with Christopher K. Morgan & Artists. They live in Virginia.
Sidney (Thorgramson) McReynolds welcomed a baby on June 4, 2012.
Travis Reiman MAT and wife Krista welcomed Samuel Robert Reiman on May 12, 2012. She was 9 pounds, 12 ounces and 20 3/4 inches.
Tessa Daniel ’05, MAT ’06 just completed her sixth year of teaching—her fifth at Oregon Episcopal School—and earned a Fulbright Teacher Exchange for the 2012-2013 school year. She will be moving to rural northern England for 12 months, exchanging lives and jobs with another Spanish teacher.
Courtney (Jones) Eiswald and husband Kyle welcomed Grace Emma on March 21, 2012. Baby Grace joins big brother Parker.
Shasta (Cummings) Sitton and husband Luke welcomed their first child, Wyatt McCoy Sitton, on Nov. 2, 2011. He was 7 pounds, 11 ounces and 20 1/2 inches.
Rachael Woody is now an archivist at Linfield College. Linfield Magazine
Justin Arnold recently completed an internship at Jeff Merkley for Oregon and hopes to work for another campaign.
Kristin Cook ’06, MAT ’07 is now married to Tim Sickler. She gave birth to baby boy Emerson on March 3, 2012.