Class Notes

News and updates from Pacific University alumni


Barbara (Williams) Crandall has retired after a career in computer systems design and implementation for the Lincoln County School District, where she received the superintendent’s award twice. She also has received the Lincoln City Community Involvement Award in 1989 and the Lincoln City Woman of the Year Award in 2012. She enjoys reading, kayaking, and involvement with her church and homeowners association.

David Crist ’66, OD ’67 practices optometry at University Hills Eye Center. He was a captain in the U.S. Air Force Westover Regional Hospital from 1971 to 1973. He has served as president and legislative chair of the Colorado Optometric Association and received the American Optometric Association Distinguished Service Award in 1998. He also was president of the Denver Tech Center Rotary Club in 2006.

Jon Elston ’66, OD ’67 is owner and president of Sweet Home Properties.

Inez (Bondurant) Griffels is keeping busy in retirement, enjoying golf, serving as a 4-H horse leader, and writing a book on the history of the Washington County Fair.

Neal Halousek ’66, MSED ’74 is president of Estele NB Inc.

Lin Howell is retired after a career as a teacher and administrator. He won the Oregon Biology Teacher of the Year Award in 1991. He enjoys spending time with friends, working in the garden, traveling and building furniture.

Mike Inouye is retired from a career as assistant general manager of transportation for the City of Los Angeles. He enjoys golfing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Sallie (Cox) Jones retired from a career as librarian for Orange County Public Works. She enjoys quilting, working in her garden, and spending time with her granddaughters.

Riley Kaneshina is retired from a career as a principal in the Hawai‘i State Department of Education.

Richard Melberg is enjoying retirement and his seven grandchildren. After Pacific, he earned a master’s degree from Arizona State University before embarking on a career with IBM, Loral and Lockheed-Martin.

Al Nettleton retired  from a career in research and information technology, social services and public health.

Paul Owens ’65, OD ’66 was the first optometrist to be employed by the U.S. Public Health Service. He earned his MD from the University of Washington Medical School in 1974 and went on to an impressive career in optometry and medicine. He and his partner were the first same-sex couple to marry in Monroe County, Pa., and they split their time between homes in Pennsylvania and Argentina.

Joe Pomrink worked for Sunoco Inc. for 31 years and is now a personal financial advisor, guardian and member of the volunteer crime patrol.   He enjoys traveling and big game hunting.

Lee Ann (Williams) Prielipp taught in Washington for 27 years. She was involved in the local teacher association, serving several terms as president, was on the National Education Association Board of Directors and was Washington Education Association President. She now serves as chair of the Washington Education Association-Retired Legislative Work Team and is a trustee for Seattle’s Harborview Hospital.

Rex Reed worked for IBM for 30 years on the deep space and Apollo programs. He also founded and ran a program at Washington University for nonprofit children’s agencies. He has lived in the U.S. and Australia and worked in Europe. He enjoys traveling, vacationing at his beach home, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Jim Sumner was an admissions counselor at Pacific before working for seven different colleges and universities over a 46-year career. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is now a retired university dean and vice president.

Nat Webb earned an MBA after Pacific, then worked for Shell Oil Co. and the City of Newark before becoming a wheat farmer. He is former chair of the walla Walla County Planning Commission, past director of National Legislation for the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, past board member of the National Association of Wheat Growers, past chairman of the Washington Grain Commission, and past board member of the U.S. Wheat Commission. He has also served as a member of the Pacific Business Council and as chairman of Pacific’s College of Business Advisory Committee.


Jim Weyrich ’67, OD ’68 served in the U.S. Navy shortly after graduation then went on to private practice for 28 years. He was active in the Washington Optometric Association, served on the National Council on Migrant Health and National Advisory Council for the National Health Service Corps and volunteered with Mercy Ships. He later founded the EyeCare WeCare Foundation. He received the Washington Optometric Association Doctor of the Year Award in 1979, the National Junior Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Young Man of America Award in 1978, the Universal Peace Federation Ambassador for Peace Award in 2011, the Aberdeen Washington Lions Club Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 2011, and the Lions International President Sid Scruggs Lions Club International Foundation Letter of Commendation in 2011.


Lissy (Dolezal) Currie earned her RN after Pacific then worked in in-patient and out-patient jobs and in community nursing. She lives in Cheyenne, Wyo., near her grandchildren and enjoys walking her dogs, sewing, gardening, photography and involvement with her church.

June (Waters) Stovall hosted Marty Muncie ’68 and Jane (Peeples) Middlebrook Sappington ’68 at her Florida home in April 2016 for a mini-reunion. They visited the Gulf of Mexico beaches, kayaked with alligators on the Wekiva River and ate out for “gator bites.”


Raymond Mans ’70, OD ’72 was featured in the September 2016 issue of Focus, the magazine of the American Optometric Association, as part of a piece on preparing for retirement. Mans has paved the way for the future of his practice by bringing in fellow alumni: his son, Justin Mans OD ’07 and his nephew Robert Mans OD ’94.


Kerry (Michel) Bassett worked as a greenskeeper for the City of Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course for years before launching a career as a victim advocate, emergency response investigator and women’s shelter director. She wrote My Very Own Special Body Book, then completed master’s degrees in conflict resolution and teaching adult learners. In retirement, she continues to consult and write for Peace Voice magazine.


John Crotty ’74, OD ’76 spent 20 years in private practice with his father and another 20 years in practice on his own before retiring. His son, Russell, joined his practice in 2013. John served as president of the Nebraska Optometric Association in 1992.

Benjamin Kister 74,  OD 76 is an optometrist at Kister Eyecare PC in Riverton, Wyo.


Clair Costello works in physical education and coaches at Riverside High School in Boardman, Ore.


Brenda (Heinke) Montecalvo ’82, OD ’85 was featured in the September 2016 issue of Focus, the magazine of the American Optometric Association, as part of a piece on traumatic brain injury. She is immediate past chair of the AOA’s Vision Rehabilitation Section and a survivor of a TBI shortly after her Pacific graduation.


Kathleen (Cary) Adams PT has joined Upper Hand Orthopaedics in Corvallis, Ore. She has more than 25 years experience working with upper-extremity injured patients, most recently at Samaritan Health Services. She obtained her certified hand therapist designation in 2004.


Laurel Ann (Carter) Clifton recently retired after a career as a teacher in the Forest Grove School District, mostly at Cornelius Elementary. She took up English dressage at 40 and enjoys sewing costumes for Manuel Ramos and the Los Nuestros Ballet Folklorico.

Steve Paranto ‘79, MST ‘84 recently was featured in the Forest Grove News-Times as a pickleball enthusiast. He is a physical education teacher in Hillsboro, Ore.


Greg Thielen OT has joined Upper Hand Orthopaedics in Corvallis, Ore. He has been a certified hand therapist for the past 24 years, working in both clinical and management positions.

Stephen Taylor ’82, OD ’86 was recognized in April when the Mayfair Optometric Clinic was named 2016 Business of the Year (11 to 25 employees) by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce.


Beatrice Michel OD ’87 and Eric Halperin OD ’86 are preparing for retirement from the practice they have shared in Tillamook since 1989. The couple was featured in the September 2016 issue of Focus, the magazine of the American Optometric Association, as part of a piece on retirement preparation.


Rich Burk took a hiatus this summer from his role as the voice of the Hillsboro Hops baseball team to announce Olympic events for NBC Sports. He covered games from NBC Sports’ headquarters in Connecticut, offering play-by-play mostly on the networks new 4K channels, as well as for standard TV.


Sande Brown MAT has retired as principal of Seaside Heights Elementary School in Oregon after more than 25 years. She worked for Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District before taking classes at Clatsop Community College then finishing her teaching degree at Pacific. She has taught English and journalism and also served as principal of Broadway Middle School, Gearhart Elementary School and Cannon Beach  Elementary School.


Nancy Smith ’91, OD ’93 has joined 20/20 EyeCare in Glenwood and Carbondale, Colo. She specializes in medical eye care, including LASIK, dry eye and allergy symptoms, emergency needs and injuries. She previously practiced in Greeley, Colo.


Tad Buckingham ’92, OD ’94 was featured in the cover story of the September 2016 issue of Focus, the magazine of the American Optometric Association. A paramedic, optometrist and firefighter, Buckingham discussed the impact of wildfire smoke and irritants on the ocular health of communities as a result of climate change.

Hilary Hawthorne OD shared insight about the optometric profession with The Atlantic magazine in August 2016. She practices at Community Eye Center Optometry in Los Angeles and has maintained certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry since 2011.


Summer (Zumwalt) Catino MAT is junior/senior high school principal at Gaston School District. She was featured in an article in the Forest Grove News-Times which highlighted her new position and her other activities as a goat farmer.


Amy Nelson ’95 is CEO of Point West Credit Union, where she enjoys the opportunity to employ fellow Pacific alumni. The Point West Credit Union team recently partnered with the Human Access Project to build awareness about sustainability of the Willamette River. On the team were Ivette Heredia ’17, an intern; Ethan Dung ’16, marketing coordinator; NiKole Gebhart ’13, marketing event contractor; and Kami Kugler ’14, financial generalist (not pictured). Christy Aleckson ’95 is a member of the Point West Supervisory Committee.


Will Wright and Joe Monahan published “Recalibrate, Retune, Rebalance” in the June 2016 issue of College Planning & Management magazine, detailing commissioning steps that led to improved performance of HVAC controls at Rowan University. Will Wright is the founder of Wright Commissioning.

Heather (Smith) Yount MAT was named Oregon Principal of the Year at the elementary level. Young is principal in the Three Rivers School District in Grants Pass., Ore.

Rebecca Weaver married Katherine Ostrom in May 2016. They live in Decatur, Ga., with their two cats. She teaches English at Georgia State University Perimeter College-Clarkson, and Katherine teaches Spanish and Portuguese at Emory.


Peter Kopp recently published Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Kopp is an assistant professor of history and director of public history at New Mexico State University.

Erin (Moylett) Miles MAT is principal of Fir Grove Elementary in the Beaverton (Ore.) School District. Previously, she was principal at the district’s Arco Iris Spanish Immersion Charter School.


Amanda (Miller) Iverson is a shareholder at Pinnacle Plan Design, a national provider of retirement plan design and actuarial consulting services. She has served as the firm’s chief operating officer since 2010.


Denny Yap and Jim Jarvis were married Aug. 21, 2016, in Seattle.


Ariel Salzman PT married Brendan Andrew Robinson on April 23 in Sister’s, Ore.

Andi (Journey) Schellinger recently published a nonfiction military history and culture book, Aircraft Nose Art. The program started as her thesis for her master’s program in military and diplomatic studies at Hawai’i Pacific University. Schellinger lives in The Dalles, Ore.


Hannah Johnson completed a master’s degree after Pacific and ran for office as a Washington state representative. She is now a program manager for SAIC, running a program that develops and runs analytic simulations for federal agencies.

Stephanie Kraft-Terry earned a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Nebraska in 2011, then moved to Hawai’i for post-doctoral research at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai’i, where she is an assistant specialist and advising and assessment coordinator. She married in 2007 and is expecting her second child.

Sarah (Shelton) Reese is a stay-at-home mom who has worked in a variety of fields, including on her family’s tree farm, on an organic berry farm, and as a caddie at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

Chelsie (Bake) Rice worked for Mariott and for Tuality before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband have two children.

Lisa (Kjorstad) Roche worked at Frye’s Action Athletics, U.S. Bank and later at the Veterans Hospital in Portland. She then returned to Pacific as an undergraudate admissions counselor. She is now a private photographer and an independent consultant for Perfectly Posh. She has run three marathons, married and had two children since graduating from Pacific.

Randall Shinn ’06, MAT ’07 and his wife Ashley welcomed daughter Kaylie Michiko Shinn on July 23, 2016. She weighed 7.1 pounds and measured 20 inches. Randall is a teacher on Oahu.

Kristina (Brown) Thornton completed a master’s in biology from Adelphi University then went to medical school as St. George’s University.  She is in her third of five years as an internal medicine/psychiatry resident at the University of Kansas Hospital. She and her husband have one son.

Crystal (Gillingham) Ventura ‘06, OT ’08 worked as an occupational therapist for Providence Healthcare before leaving to take care of her son’s health needs. She opened an allergy-safe home preschool for children who could not otherwise attend preschool. She enjoys traveling and adventuring and organizing community groups.

Chase Webb and his wife Yuki welcomed daughter Mai Webb on March 21, 2016. She joins older sister, Mika. The family lives in Osaka, Japan.


Laura Hoskins MS ’03, PsyD ’07 was named director of the Department of Neuropsychology at Shepherd Center, a rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta, which U.S. News & World Report ranked in the Top 10 for brain and spinal cord injury. She also serves as the training director for the Shepherd Center’s APPCN post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology and is the consulting neuropsychologist for the Atlanta Falcons.


Jess (Dunkin) Hamlet graduated with a master of fine arts degree in Shakespeare & Performance from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. She is now working on a PhD at the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.


Rachael Burbank is assistant director of development for Charles River School, an independent pre-K through eighth-grade school in Dover, Mass.

Mandi Feucht ’09, MED ’14 and Jordan Fisher ’09 were married Aug. 6, 2016, at Persimmon Country Club in Gresham, Ore.


Chelsea Chamberlain has been named associate communications director at the University of New Mexico, where she will work with softball and men’s basketball. She is the first woman to head publicity efforts for the Lobos’ men’s       basketball team.


Daniel Alletto OD has joined International Eyecare Center in Centerville, Iowa.

Walker Olis is an outfielder for the Gulf Coast Marlins, a minor league baseball team in the Miami Marlins franchise. He was a 19th-round draft pick by the Miami Marlins after his stellar career at Pacific.

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