Life news and announcements from Pacific University alumni.
Francis “Primo” Brusco and his brother, Eddie Brusco, were featured in the Longview (Wash.) Daily News, recalling their service in the Navy in World War II. Brusco served in the Pacific Theatre and gained acclaim as one of the Navy’s best basketball players. After the war, he taught for nearly 20 years in Douglas County, Toledo and Kelson, Wash., then worked as a longshoreman for Brady Hamilton in Portland. He later became a high school and college sports official.
Lois (Larson) Allen, former Roseburg, Ore., mayor, joined the city’s Association of American University Women branch in celebrating its 60th anniversary. Allen majored in primary education at Pacific.
Lyman “Ray” West OD and his wife Charlene welcomed their second great-grandson, Cade Carter Schonert, in June. They are enjoying life on the central Oregon coast.
Paul Thompson was inducted into the Springfield (Ore.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 27, 2014. He was a football and track star, as well as state champion diver.
John Pyle OD is retired from the U.S. Army, where he served 29 years and retired from a position in the Office of the Surgeon General. Read his story.
Pete Lorain has published a book, The Gestalt of Leadership.
Gayle Strickler was named to the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa to complete an unexpired term. He will run for election for a full term next year.
Pete Truax ’69, MAT ’83 was re-elected as mayor of Forest Grove. He started his service filling a partial term in 2009 and was elected in 2010.
Gerry Berges ’70, OD ’73 retired in December 2014 after 35 years running Center Vision & Contact Lens Clinic in Kennewick, Wash., where he worked with longtime partner Greg Luehrs OD ’73, MS ’87. In addition to his professional work, Berges has served as co-chairman of the Kennewick schools bond and levy committee from 1998 to 2008, and worked to secure funds for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center in the 1990s. He was named Kennewick’s Man of the Year in 1997. He continues to volunteer with the Kiwanis, where he has been a member since 1977, with Soul Soup, a local hunger relief organization.
Kent Elliott retired from active ministry in the United Methodist Church in Wyoming and Montana in 2012 and began writing novels of old Montana. I’ve Seen Dry was published in 2013 and The Shallows of Jabbok was published in 2013. He currently is working on a series of short stories.
Tom Jankovsky was re-elected to the Garfield County (Colo.) Commission, where he has served since 2010. He sits on the board of directors of Sunlight Mountain Resort, where he is part owner and worked for many years as general manager.
Lincoln Daynes ’81, OD ’83 celebrated the 20th anniversary of his practice and was one of three optometrists considered for the Arizona Optometric Association’s Optometrist of the Year.
Hannu Laukkanen ’83, OD ’84, MEd ’94 presented a lecture and poster at the International Congress of Behavioural Optometry in Birmingham, England, in September 2014. His lecture was on visual profiles of soldiers after traumatic brain injury, and his poster featured a research summary for a brain injury vision symptom survey. Other alumni attending the congress included Eric Hussey ’71, OD ’75, Gregory Kitchener OD ’77, Rob Lewis ’80, OD ’81 and Curt Baxstrom ’83, OD ’84.
Julie A. Schornack MEd/VFL has been named to Vision Monday’s
annual list of influential women in its “Wonder Women” issue. Schornack received her optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry and her master’s of education at Pacific. She is vice president for clinical affairs at Marshall B. Ketchum University’s Southern California College of Optometry and oversees students in the University Eye Center. She also is an assistant professor in the Cornea and Contact Lens Service.
Jeff McCaw is Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 282, which donated more than 200 volunteer hours to the Hood River County (Ore.) Christmas Project, collecting toys for children in need. McCaw served on the board of The Christmas Project for 10 years and helped establish its nonprofit status. He owns Print It! Sign Media in Hood River. He and his wife, Jan, have two sons, Nathan, 23, and Adam, 18.
Joe Hartford OD lives in Rapid City, S.D., with his wife, Deb, and children, Sophie and Colton. He has been in practice there for 23 years and currently serves as president of the Board of Examiners for South Dakota. In August, he enjoyed cheering on his son’s baseball team as it won the Little League World Series.
Thuy Tran OD participated in a panel discussion about the Vietnam War in September. Tran and her family fled South Vietnam in 1975, when she was 9. Tran practices at Rose City Vision Clinic in Portland and is a lieutenant colonel in the 142nd Medical Group of the Oregon Air National Guard. She also is on the board of advisers for the Vietnamese Community of Oregon.
Tonya (Buttcane) Macalino and her family recently were featured for their work as authors. Macalino is the author of several urban fantasies, including the Shades of Venice. Her husband, Raymond, has published two children’s picture books. Their son, Damien, 9, published is first book about a year ago and is working on a graphic novel. Most recently, their daughter Helena, 7, published The Reflection.
Robert Biswas-Diener MS recently published a book, The Upside of Your Dark Side, on the counterintuitive thesis that anger, guilt and other psychological unpleasantness is actually beneficial. The book has been featured in Forbes, O Magazine, Success, New York Magazine, Chicago Tribune, CNN, NPR, and other media outlets.
Tiffany Christian completed her preliminary exams in November 2014 and is now a PhD candidate in American Studies at Washington State University.
Jeri Greenberg and Brendan Finn were married at the Portland Art Museum in September 2014. The couple lives in Portland, where Jeri is a faculty member at Oregon Health & Science University.
Sara G. (Hewitt) Lachman was named one of the 2014 Women in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Lachman’s practice includes real estate litigation, employment litigation, unfair competition and non-compete cases, and professional licensing disputes. She also attended Northern Arizona University and has a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Erik Syrstad invented the Imaging Dispersive Energy Analyzer (IDEA), allowing next-generation measurements of the space environment from orbiting satellites. Syrstad works with Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory, which was issued a patent for the invention.
Jennifer Baker has been named deputy district director of the Portland Small Business Administration. She has worked as an economic development specialist in the office since 2011 and previously worked in business management and international trade. She has a master’s degree in internal policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Gina Bell and John Wiley married on Oct. 4, 2014.
Cat (Cowden) Sheyman and her husband, Dave, welcomed triplets Zachary Michael, Benjamin Ira and Joshua James, on Nov. 4, 2014.
Jacob ’02, MAT ’03 and Rebecca (Lucas) Pence ’03, OT ’05 welcomed Emmett Stephen Pence on Aug. 22, 2014. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 21 inches.
Derek Akimoto and Laura Nagengast were married on Aug. 22, 2014.
Kaila Cogdill is an assistant curator with the Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center in Tulalip, Wash.
Pamela Mattson McDonald MAE has published Kilned Again, a mystery novel drawing on the art community, coastal culture and environment of the Pacific Northwest.
Diana (Shimazu) Pennington welcomed son Ethan Shinya Pennington on Aug. 5, 2014. He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20 7/8 inches. He joins sister Emily, 2.
Ryanne Pilgeram and Russ Meeuf ’03 welcomed a daughter, Fern Maisie, on Dec. 23, 2014. She joins brothers Alden and Will.
Veronica Russell is a member of the destination marketing team for the City of Seaside (Ore.) Visitors Bureau. Read her story.
Nazima Sangha OD is an optometrist at Family EyeCare Centre in Victoria, B.C. She recently was featured in a piece in the Victoria News about vision therapy for schoolchildren.
Jesse Walker and Shannon Bond were married on Sept. 13, 2014.
Natalie (Bogues) Davis participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in India, where she studied the ecological, cultural and spiritual landscapes of the Western Ghats. She is a staff biologist at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma and took the course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University.
Summer Kozai is living in Oahu and has returned to work following several years working to recover from a bout of bacterial meningitis that claimed her limbs. Read her story.
Krista Mittleider OD is among 10 optometrists who visited the Dominican Republic in January 2015 as part of Operation TLC. A partnership between TLC Eye Clinics and the Pujols Family Foundation, the operation delivered eyeglasses and optometric equipment and provided eye care for adults and children. Mittleider practices at Family Vision Clinic in Bismarck, N.D.
Brandi Lemke and Johnathan Spracklen were married Dec. 21, 2014.
Sara Rengler and John Chase were married in February 2012, and they welcomed a daughter May 31, 2014.
Rob DeCou and Kristin Brown were married on June 7, 2014. They enjoyed honeymooning in Mexico and later visited South Africa. They also recently moved to Los Angeles, where Rob has transitioned from teaching to starting a business, Lux Virtual. He also enjoys cycling and recently completed the 400-mile Oregon Cycling Challenge.
Katri Laukkanen and husband Nate Jones welcomed son Leif Gustaf Jones on Sept. 4, 2014. He weighed 9 pounds, 4.5 ounces and measured 21 inches. He is the first grandchild of Hannu Laukkanen ’83, OD ’84, MEd ’94 and a great-grandchild of the late Carl F. Erickson ’39.
Adam Schwend directed Handel’s Messiah in December 2014 in Tillamook and Lincoln City, Ore. A vocal performance major at Pacific, Schwend received a master’s of theology in sacramental theology and has directed Handel’s Messiah 10 times with various choirs and choruses. He also is a broker and partner at Coast Real Estate Professionals.
Ana (Dupuis) Soulia PT has joined Alpine Physical Therapy in Missoula, Mont. Her clinical interests include general orthopedics, Pilates-based rehabilitation, movement impairment evaluation and treatment, hip and pelvic girdle dysfunction, and working with ballet and modern dancers.
Clint Rodreick ’06, MAT ’08 was named Oregon History Teacher of the Year. He is a high school history teacher in Phoenix, Ore. He and his wife, Katie, have a young son, Drew.4magazine.pacificu.edu/rodreick
Aida (Meneses) Tribbett and Dave Tribbett welcomed son William James on March 19, 2014. He was 8 pounds and 21 inches. He joins brother David Alexander, 2.
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.
Traci (Yamashita) Bode and Parker Bode ’09 welcomed a daughter on Nov. 11, 2014. She was 7 pounds, 6.4 ounces and measured 20 inches.
Amy (Fitzpatrick) Greany and Klate Greany welcomed son Kolby Kash Greany on Oct. 10, 2014. He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.
Kellen Kashiwa ’08, OD ’11 is a low-vision specialist at the Retina Institute of Hawai‘i, which soon will begin fitting patients with the Argus II, new technology that expands sight options for people with low vision.
Jessie (Shoemaker) Klingback ’08, MAT ’09 and her husband, Matt, welcomed daughter Cora Mae on Nov. 14, 2014. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.
Anela Iseke and T.J. Plunkett were married Dec. 12, 2014.
Garrett Russell and Sara Miller were married on Sept. 6, 2014.
Tyler Atwood has published a book, An Electric Sheep Jumps to Greener Pasture.
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 and her 8-year-old sister wrote a book, Princess Diana and the Magic Light Beam, that was self-published. 4 magazine.pacificu.edu/Ortiz
Kaualii Fernandez and Mahealani Sapla welcomed baby girl Póhina Healoha Makamae Lyn Fernandez on Aug. 26, 2014.
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 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 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.
Heather (Ritenour) Sorber and her husband, Dylan, welcomed a son, Evan, on Nov. 26, 2014.
Mikala Souza and Tiari Yamashita ’11 were married Aug. 2, 2014.
Dayna Michelle Wong and Dustin Otis ’10 were married Oct. 4, 2014.
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 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 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.
Travis Stine and Alex Taimanao ’10 perform as the Born Again Hooligans, rejuvenating current hits with guitar and ukulele. They performed at the Unger Farm Store’s annual Savor the Summer Series in August 2014.
Mary Evans and Casey Watkins were married on Aug. 30, 2014.
Charlotte O’Brien and Wayman Barnes were married this summer in an intimate ceremony in front of family and friends.
Gavin Brown’s senior project, the short animated film Coffee and a Bagel played in the Bend Film Festival in September 2014.
Stephanie Johnson, who majored in creative writing, was among 18 local authors to offer readings during Forest Grove’s literary-themed First Wednesday event. Johnson is working on a collection of magical realism poetry.
Gavin Kittle directed As You Like It, the first Shakespearean production by Theatre in the Grove in Forest Grove in eight years.