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

Jon Dykstra '01

Jon Dykstra '01

Jon Dykstra and wife Lauren welcomed Griffin Wellington Dykstra on Feb. 4, 2015. He weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 18.3 inches.

Marcia Lusk-Caldwell OD '01

Marcia Lusk-Caldwell OD '01 and Steve Caldwell welcomed daughter Stella Raye on Dec. 30, 2014. She was 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 20 inches. They live in Cocoa Beach, Fla., where Marcia practices at Family Vision in Rockledge.

Marlie (Wild) Loomis '03

Marlie (Wild) Loomis '03 and husband Cody welcomed daughter Joyelle Kai on Jan. 28, 2015. She weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and measured 21.5 inches.

Ryanne Pilgeram '03 & Russ Meeuf '03

Ryanne Pilgeram '03 & Russ Meeuf '03

Ryanne Pilgeram '03 and Russ Meeuf ’03 welcomed daughter Fern Maisie on Dec. 23, 2014. She joins big brothers Alden and Will. 

Kristen (Bowerly) Steele '03, PT '06 & Matt Steele '02

Kristen (Bowerly) Steele ’03, PT ’06 and Matt Steele ’02 welcomed their second daughter, Kaiya Lee, on May 7, 2014. She joins Sierra Nicole, 3. Faculty member Mike Steele and wife Gerianne are grandparents.

Kristi (Bryant) Poe '04, OD '09

Kristi (Bryant) Poe '04, OD '09

Kristi (Bryant) Poe ’04, OD ’09 and her husband Nic Poe welcomed their first child, Oliver Bryant Poe, in 2010 and daughter Evelynn Claire Poe in 2013. They live in Longview, Wash., where Kristi practices optometry with Jeff Tack OD ’91 and Terry Tack ‘68, OD ’70. She joined the Longview Eye and Vision practice in 2010 after completing her residency at the veterans hospital in Walla Walla, Wash.

Michelle (Walker) Viss '05

Michelle (Walker) Viss '05

Michelle (Walker) Viss and her husband Michael welcomed daughter Mikaela Irene Viss on March 26, 2015. She weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces.