Class Notes

Life news and announcements from Pacific University alumni.

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Janice (Danielson-Sargeant) Burdett and husband John have moved to Columbia City, Ore., following retirement to spend more time sailing their boat, Blue Jack. They also enjoy spending time volunteering, traveling and working in the yard and spending time with their nine grandchildren, including Jessyca Downey ’15.


Clark Peters MSED ’70, Rae (Salvador) Peters, Jake Jacobowitz, Laura Frye, Frank Dierickx Jr., Cam Perry, Derryck Dittman, Anne Marie (Nordlund) Dittman, Sue (Gifford) Alcorn, Mindy (Cottrell) Cameron, David Fredrickson, Len Stroh, Fran (Barnett) O’Brien, Dick Bond OD, Ted Kadet OD and Larry DeCook OD are helping plan your 50th reunion. Join us in sharing memories and celebrate your induction in the Golden Guard at Homecoming, Oct. 2-4.


Ray Woods has retired from the Department of Defense Dependent Schools after 42 years. He has worked in education for 47 years, living in four different countries. In the past four years alone, he worked with schools serving more than 6,000 students in three countries. He looks forward to enjoying the California sunshine in retirement but also expects to continue working on reading instruction.


Gordon Haller was featured on the cover of Walmart World magazine. The first Ironman champion 37 years ago, Haller is a programmer analyst for Walmart and continues to be active with Ironman and triathlons.


Alexandra Avery received a national Keep America Beautiful award in Washington, D.C., in January 2015, on behalf of The Outdoor Circle. She is president of the 105-year-old environmental organization, which helped pass into law a statewide environmental court in 2014.


Kip Oswald has retired from service as a police officer after 32 years. He lives in Coos Bay, Ore., and enjoys fishing, hunting and camping.

William Romley is enjoying retirement after 37 years in education. He and his wife took a week-long cruise to Alaska, visited their daughter and son-in-law in Utah, and attended the ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am PGA golf tournament, where their son — also a real estate agent — caddied. They are looking forward to a Caribbean cruise, and William also enjoys playing golf, fishing and walking his dogs.


John L. Adams OD retired in May 2014 from a 33-year solo private practice in Ipswich, Mass. In 2006, he also retired as a lieutenant colonel after 31 years of active and reserve duty in the Navy in Submarine Service and Air Force as Chief of Optometry for the 439 Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Westover Air Force Base. He sits on the board of directors of Massachusetts Citizens for Life and is chancellor of Knights of Columbus Council 202 in Haverhill, Mass.


Hugh Alexander is in his 21st year as a professor of illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in Denver. He calls teaching the “coolest job in the world.” He also continues to create imagery for Fortune 500 companies, including recent illustrations for Mercedes-Benz.


John Brunelle is director of Capital City Development Corp., Boise’s urban renewal agency.


David McBride, Larry Jones and Kevin McBride are helping plan a reunion of the College of Optometry Class of 1985 during GWCO on Sept. 11. All 1985 alumni are invited to join us at Homecoming, Oct. 2-4.


Angela Cerrito ’89, PT ’91 works as a pediatric physical therapist and also writes children’s novels. Her second novel, The Safest Lie, will be released later this year. She conducted research in Warsaw, Poland, including interviewing Irena Sendler, a mastermind spy and member of the Polish resistance who was in charge of all child rescue operations from the Warsaw ghetto.


Nick McRee has received a Fulbright Scholarship to Japan for the 2015-2016 academic year. He will teach courses in criminology and the American criminal justice system to students at Hitotsubashi University and Tsuda College in Tokyo. He is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Portland.


Kelly Romo MAT ’98, MFA ’13 will publish her novel Whistling Women in December 2015.

Kobi & Ciera Haga

Cori Gono and Kevin Haga welcomed daughter Ciera Miyuki Haga on Jan. 10, 2015. She joins sister Kobi, 4.

Jamie Hoag Barnett and Zack Barnett ’99 welcomed daughter Annika Lea in June 2014. Big sister Malyn is enjoying her new role.


Marcia Lusk-Caldwell OD 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.

Griffin Wellington Dykstra
Griffin Wellington Dykstra

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


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

Alden, Will and Fern Maisie Meeuf

Ryanne Pilgeram 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 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) and Nic Poe, with children Oliver and Evelynn

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.


Rebecca (Lucas) Pence ’03, Paulette Wheeler ’03, OT ’05 and Tara (Myers) Dewar are planning a reunion for the year’s occupational therapy class to take place August 14-16. Rachael Woody, Rob DeCou, Emily (Smith) Albers, Kawi (Torres) Ryes and Liz Good are helping plan a 10-year reunion for the undergraduate Class of 2005 during Homecoming. Join us to share memories at Homecoming, Oct. 2-4. 

Mikaela Irene Viss
Mikaela Irene Viss

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


Ryan Aiello MA is the associate dean of student development at Portland Community College, Rock Creek. He previously spent 13 years working with students at Pacific University.

Justin Arnold recently started an internship at the Office of Sen. Jeff Merkley, working on policy.

Trista Berry completed her master of science in microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston in August 2014 and is managing a lab focused on developing an early molecular detection method for sepsis.

Jayme Ing & Jesse Wong
Jayme Ing & Jesse Wong

Jayme Ing and Jesse Wong ’08 were married. Pacific alumni in the wedding party included Amy Fenton ’09, Leanne (Santella) Barden ’09 and Jordan Wong ’11. Reese Moriyama ’10 was the wedding photographer.


Jeannine (Hall) Gailey MFA published her fourth book of poetry, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, in March 2015. 4Page 8

Hilde Belle Halvorson
Hilde Belle Halvorson

Ami (Heaton) Halvorson OD ’07 and Kirk Halvorson OD ’07 welcomed daughter Hilde Belle Halvorson on Jan. 6, 2015.

Blakely Sue Laster
Blakely Sue Laster

Brock Laster and Briana VanNess welcomed daughter Blakely Sue on Jan. 31, 2015. She was 6 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 19 inches.

Alyssa (Neyens) Snyder ’07, OD ’10 welcomed son Jake Thomas on Jan. 5, 2015. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 19 inches.

Aleeah Kaekoa Santella Barden
Aleeah Kaekoa Santella Barden

Justin Barden ’08 and Leanne (Santella) Barden ’09 welcomed daughter Aleeah Kaekoa Santella Barden on Jan. 21, 2015. She weighed 4 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 17.5 inches.

Kellen Kashiwa ’08, OD ’11 was featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for his involvement in leading a mission with the nonprofit Amigos to provide humanitarian eye care to more than 600 patients in Tanzania.

Liz (Barnett) Strubel PA and husband Derek welcomed daughter Madison Tyler on Feb. 16, 2015. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 20 inches.


Peter Agbo PharmD completed a master’s of public health and MD program and is completing a family medicine rotation in Delaware. He and a friend also started a nonprofit, the Raphas Hands Foundation, which seeks to provide basic healthcare services to underserved people around the world.

Olivia Jean Kearn
Olivia Jean Kearn

Katie (Gutierrez) Kearn and Adam Kearn welcomed Olivia Jean Kearn on Dec. 23, 2014. She weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Haley Fritz Hadduck and Spencer Hadduck ’10 welcomed son Asher David Hadduck on Dec. 28, 2014. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20.25 inches.

Suzanne (Wells) Mather 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 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 published The View From Who I Was. Sappenfield lives in Colorado with her husband and teenage daughter. 4Page 8


Katie Sipos started working for in October 2014.


Ross English OD 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.

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