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

Terra Hurdle '10

Terra Hurdle is the new executive director of the Salem Chamber Orchestra, after serving as interim leader. After studying vocal performance and music education at Pacific, she went on to a master’s degree in contemporary music from Western Oregon University. She has taught voice and piano and performed with several ensembles. She also recently married Lang Schwartzwald ’08, MAT ’09.

Jennifer Keene MAT '10

Jennifer Keene MAT is the animal behavior and outreach coordinator for the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro, Ore. The new position is intended to boost the shelter’s outreach and behavioral programs. Keene has worked as a professional dog trainer in the Beaverton-based Pup-a-razzi, and previously was temporary outreach and events coordinator for the shelter. She also is communications director for Air Raid Roller Girls, a Hillsboro-based roller derby league.

Kenny Larson '10

Kenny Larson and wife Ameeta welcomed Maya Lavonne Larson on Sept. 16, 2014. She weighed 6.6 pounds and measured 18 inches. She joins sister Ashmi, 2.

Mikala Souza ’10 and Tiari Yamashita ’11

Mikala Souza ’10 and Tiari Yamashita ’11 were married Aug. 2, 2014.

Juno Apalla '11

Juno Apalla performed Schupert’s Ave Maria in November as part of a fundraiser to save the only pipe organ on Kauai, Hawai‘i. Apalla has performed on stage, worked on television
series  and, most recently, appeared in the title role of Miss Saigon on Kauai.

Kase Johnstun MFA '11

Kase Johnstun MFA published a book, Beyond the Grip of Craniosynostosis: An Inside View of Life Touched by the Congenital Skull Deformity, in December 2014. Johnstun was born with the condition and had surgery for it as an infant. The book is a combination of memoir, retelling of stories from other families affected by the condition, and medical research.

Benjamin Wright '11

Benjamin Wright is senior associate with investment specialist CPA firm Ashland Partners & Co. He specializes in working with firms and their compliance with Global Investment Performance Standards, as well as other performance attestation services and investment analysis.