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

Suzanne (Wells) Mather '10 & Jonathan Mather '09, OD '13

Suzanne (Wells) Mather '10 and Jonathan Mather ’09, OD ’13 welcomed son Ezra Mather on Dec. 30, 2014. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces.

Max Price '11, MAT '12 & Brandi Palmer '12

Max Price ’11, MAT ’12 and Brandi Palmer ’12 were married Nov. 22, 2014, in front of family and friends, including many Boxers. They moved to Salem, where Brandi teaches preschool and coaches middle school track and Max teaches high school and coaches baseball.

Heather Sappenfield MFA '11

Heather Sappenfield MFA '11 published The View From Who I Was. Sappenfield lives in Colorado with her husband and teenage daughter.

Katie Sipos '12

Katie Sipos '12 started working for in October 2014.

Ross English OD '14

Ross English OD '14 has joined Northern Hills Eye Care in Sturgis, S.D., with Dave Prosser OD ’89 and staff. A native of the Black Hills area, he completed clinical experience in hospital-based optometry at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, at the Hot Springs VA Hospital, with Norton Sound Health Corp in Nome, Alaska, and in a family practice in Gillette, Wyo. He and his wife Alyssa enjoy all the outdoor activities the Black Hills offer.