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

Jessi Shoemaker '08, MAT '09

Jessi Shoemaker ’08, MAT ’09 married Matt Klingback on May 21, 2014.

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Callie Vandewiele '08

Callie Vandewiele was awarded a competitive Gates Cambridge Scholarship for 2014, providing a full-ride to pursue a postgraduate degree from the University of Cambridge in the U.K.

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Joe VanDomelen '08

Joe VanDomelen and wife Erin welcomed twin boys on April 12, 2014. Andrew Joseph weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19.25 inches long. Carter James weighed 4 pounds, 12 ounces and measured almost 18 inches long.

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Jamie Zerndt MFA '08

Jamie Zerndt MFA ’08 had a short story, This Jerkwater Life, chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Amazon Kindles store. He also teaches in the English Language Institute at Pacific University.

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Mychaela Olson '09

Mychaela Olson is teaching kindergarten at Taft Elementary School in Lincoln City, Ore.

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Liliana Robles '09

Liliana Robles is the coordinator of career services for DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Wash.

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Hala‘i Topp '09

Hala‘i Topp '09

Hala‘i Topp married Tim Lilo in Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji, on July 18, 2014. 

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