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

Garrett Russell '08

Garrett Russell and Sara Miller were married on Sept. 6, 2014.

Callie Vandewiele '08

Callie Vandewiele has received a Gates Cambridge Trust Scholarship to pursue a PhD in Latin American studies. More than 4,000 applicants compete for the 95 scholarships offered each year in the United Kingdom. After graduating from Pacific, Vandewiele lived and worked in Guatemala, before returning to Portland to work with the Girl Scouts of Oregon & SW Washington. In 2013, she moved to the United Kingdom, where she pursued a master’s degree in gender studies. 

Tyler Atwood '09

Tyler Atwood has published a book, An Electric Sheep Jumps to Greener Pasture.

Taylor and Harper Howe

Garold ’09 and Rochelle (Reeves) Howe ’11

Garold ’09 and Rochelle (Reeves) Howe ’11 are supporting Boxer basketball, along with their daughters Taylor, 2, and Harper, almost 1. 

Kathryn Jospé MFA '09

Kathryn Jospé MFA performed in September 2014 at the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, presenting songs based on e.e. cummings’ poetry. She also recently traveled to China to spread her love of poetry to students at Hangzhou Normal University. In addition, she leads a poetry walk at Memorial Art Gallery, teaches classes at a bookstore, and leads a poetry group at the community library in Rochester, N.Y.

Aubrey Ortiz ’09

Aubrey Ortiz ’09 and her 8-year-old sister wrote a book, Princess Diana and the Magic Light Beam, that was self-published.

Heather (Ritenour) Sorber '10

Heather (Ritenour) Sorber and her husband, Dylan, welcomed a son, Evan, on Nov. 26, 2014.