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

Tom Barreto ’84, OD ’86

Tom Barreto ’84, OD ’86 had his garden featured in the October 2014 issue of Garden Gate Magazine.

Julie A. Schornack MEd/VFL '87

Julie A. Schornack MEd/VFL has been named to Vision Monday’s annual list of influential women in its “Wonder Women” issue. Schornack received her optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry and her master’s of education at Pacific. She is vice president for clinical affairs at Marshall B. Ketchum University’s Southern California College of Optometry and oversees students in the University Eye Center. She also is an assistant professor in the Cornea and Contact Lens Service.

Jeff McCaw '88

Jeff McCaw is Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 282, which donated more than 200 volunteer hours to the Hood River County (Ore.) Christmas Project, collecting toys for children in need. McCaw served on the board of The Christmas Project for 10 years and helped establish its nonprofit status. He owns Print It! Sign Media in Hood River. He and his wife, Jan, have two sons, Nathan, 23, and Adam, 18.

Joe Hartford OD '91 and son Colton

Joe Hartford OD '91

Joe Hartford OD lives in Rapid City, S.D., with his wife, Deb, and children, Sophie and Colton. He has been in practice there for 23 years and currently serves as president of the Board of Examiners for South Dakota. In August, he enjoyed cheering on his son’s baseball team as it won the Little League World Series. 

Phill '93 and LaTasha Mayhall with son Gabryel Michael Dave William Mayhall

Phill Mayhall '93

Phill Mayhall and his wife LaTasha welcomed son Gabryel Michael Dave William Mayhall at 5:08 p.m. Nov. 27, 2014 — Thanksgiving Day — in Knoxville, Tenn. 

Thuy Tran OD '94

Thuy Tran OD participated in a panel discussion about the Vietnam War in September. Tran and her family fled South Vietnam in 1975, when she was 9. Tran practices at Rose City Vision Clinic in Portland and is a lieutenant colonel in the 142nd Medical Group of the Oregon Air National Guard. She also is on the board of advisers for the Vietnamese Community of Oregon.

Tonya (Buttcane) Macalino '96

Tonya (Buttcane) Macalino and her family recently were featured for their work as authors. Macalino is the author of several urban fantasies, including the Shades of Venice. Her husband, Raymond, has published two children’s picture books. Their son, Damien, 9, published is first book about a year ago and is working on a graphic novel. Most recently, their daughter Helena, 7, published The Reflection.