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

Cris Schnider OD '82

Cris Schnider OD recently was cited in a Wall Street Journal article on eye protection for children. She is an optometrist in the professional affairs group at Vistakon Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.

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David Dunham '85

David Dunham is CEO-production manager of ICV Digital Media in Pleasanton, Calif.

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Lisa (Walker) Klupenger '85

Lisa (Walker) Klupenger is the senior graphic designer for IDL in Portland.

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Lauren (Conrad) Hemenway '86

Lauren (Conrad) Hemenway earned a master’s degree in educational leadership in June 2014 from Washington State University. She is the student achievement specialist for Gear Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) at Walla Walla (Wash.) High School.

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Jennifer (Watkins) Hobbs '87

Jennifer (Watkins) Hobbs has been appointed to Florida’s State Emergency Response Commission by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. She is an environmental engineer with InoMedic Health Applications. Her term began in January 2014. Read more about Hobbs at pacificu.edu/hobbs.

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Jennifer (Smythe) Coyle '90, OD '93, MS '00

Jennifer (Smythe) Coyle ’90, OD ’93, MS ’00 has been re-elected president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. She was the first woman elected president of the organization. She is dean of the Pacific University College of Optometry.

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Bjorn Paige '91, MAT '94

Bjorn Paige ’91, MAT ’94 is now principal of Diegueno Middle School in Encinitas, Calif. He previously served as an assistant principal at Terra Linda High School in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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