Class Notes, Spring 2013

Chad Toomey 1994

Chad Toomey 1994

Chad Toomey ’94 has accepted a firefighter position with the Forest Grove Fire Department. Toomey has worked at the Pacific University Outback since 1997 and also served as a volunteer firefighter. “It is such a privilege to be accepted into this fine staff of professionals,” he said. “At the same time, I will be saying farewell to a wonderfully supportive organization — Pacific University. These are exciting times!”

Paul Berman 1975

Paul Berman 1975

Paul Berman O.D. ’75 was honored at the White House on Oct. 2, 2012, for his work as founder and global clinical adviser of the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program, in which volunteers provide vision tests, as well as protective sports goggles and prescription eyeglasses as needed, to all Special Olympics participants. Dr. Berman developed the program in 1991, during his term as president of the AOA Sports Vision Section, and the Lions Clubs International Foundation assumed sponsorship in 2001. A widely recognized sports vision practitioner, Berman has a practice in Hackensack, N.J., and has received many professional recognitions for his work.

General Comments

Hugh Alexander '79

Hugh Alexander '79 is in his 21st year as a professor of illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in Denver. He calls teaching the “coolest job in the world.” He also continues to create imagery for Fortune 500 companies, including recent illustrations for Mercedes-Benz.

John Brunelle '83

John Brunelle '83 is director of Capital City Development Corp., Boise’s urban renewal agency.

Angela Cerrito '89, PT '91

Angela Cerrito ’89, PT ’91 works as a pediatric physical therapist and also writes children’s novels. Her second novel, The Safest Lie, will be released later this year. She conducted research in Warsaw, Poland, including interviewing Irena Sendler, a mastermind spy and member of the Polish resistance who was in charge of all child rescue operations from the Warsaw ghetto.

Nick McRee '92

Nick McRee '92 has received a Fulbright Scholarship to Japan for the 2015-2016 academic year. He will teach courses in criminology and the American criminal justice system to students at Hitotsubashi Univeristy and Tsuda College in Tokyo. He is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Portland.

Kelly Romo MAT '98, MFA '13

Kelly Romo MAT ’98, MFA ’13 will publish her novel Whistling Women in December 2015.

Jamie Joag Barnett '99 & Zach Barnett '99

Jamie Hoag Barnett '99 and Zack Barnett ’99 welcomed daughter Annika Lea in June 2014. Big sister Malyn is enjoying her new role.

Cori Gono '99

Cori Gono '99

Cori Gono '99 and Kevin Haga welcomed daughter Ciera Miyuki Haga on Jan. 10, 2015. She joins sister Kobi, 4.