News and updates from Pacific University alumni
Z. Jack Randall ’56 is the founder and co-chair of Citizens for Safe Students, providing emergency kits to schools in Chimacum, Wash., as well as chairman emeritus of the Boeing Bluebills, a service organization helping to keep seniors out of institutions. He also is treasurer of a proposed nonprofit fundraising organization to support the Boeing Bluebills.
Paul O’Driscoll ’61 and his wife, Phyllis, spent three weeks in Europe with their daughter, Kathy O’Driscoll ’86. They visited Kathy’s house in Croatia and then cruised to St. Petersburg, Russia.
Dorothy Schimke ’64, Barney ’67 and Jo Howard ’63 attended a musical performance by Kitt Weagant ’62 in Sausalito, Calif. Kitt recently debuted her new CD, Fly With Me. Jo and Kitt met in the chorus line at Pacific University.
Ron Tammen ’65 is president of the TransResearch Consortium based in Los Angeles. He has been named a professor emeritus at Portland State University and a research fellow at Claremont Graduate University and is maintaining his residence in Lake Oswego, Ore. His most recent edited volume was The Performance of Nations with a following book, The Rise of Regions, scheduled for publication in 2018. In the past five years, he has lectured (and fished) in Tibet, Mongolia, Thailand, China, Japan, Slovenia, Italy and Austria.
Jane (Vloyantes) Ponce ’67 has retired after 22 years as an administrative assistant in the Office of the President at San Diego Mesa College. She is enjoying her leisure time, visiting her children and grandchildren, and traveling in Mexico and Latin America to practice her Spanish. She is the daughter of John Vloyantes, who taught political science at Pacific from 1954 to 1964.
Steph ’67 and Dave Pump ’67 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Steven Van Hee OD ’68 was inducted into the University of Minnesota Morris Cougar Hall of Fame. He was the top performer on the two-time Pioneer Conference championship golf squads in 1964 and 1965 and earned medalist honors all three seasons he golfed during his undergraduate years. He went on to earn a doctorate in optometry from Pacific and to serve in the Army. He practiced optometry for 35 years and retired in 2002.
Tom Carl Zyp ’68 was posthumously inducted into the Woodburn High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was a 1964 graduate of Woodburn (Ore.) High School, where he was a four-sport athlete. After Pacific, he became a special education teacher in Hillsboro, as well as a supporter of Special Olympics. He died Sept. 1, 2016, after a battle with ALS.
Jennifer (Char) Arashiro ’81 retired from her career as a victim witness advocate with the Kauai Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and is enjoying retirement. Her children and brothers threw a surprise “You’re Not Quite Out to Pasture” party to mark the occasion, and Pacific classmates Brenda (Wall) Brosseau ’80, ’87, Scott Nehring ’79, OD ’84 and David Wolf ’81, OD ’83 were in attendance.
Neil Strachan ’81 was inducted into the Forest Grove High School Hall of Fame. In high school, he played three years of varsity football and three years of varsity baseball, and later played both at Pacific University. He went on to teach physical education and coach football, baseball and wrestling in the Hillsboro School District for 34 years. He and his wife, Suzie, have two children, who both became teachers as well. Neil is retired in Nampa, Idaho, and enjoys traveling the country.
Frank Giardina ’83, OD ’86 is the optometric director at Community Health Centers of the Central Coast in California, which recently expanded its eye care services in the region. He also is an adjunct professor with Western University College of Optometry and Pacific University College of Optometry.
Kenneth Colman ’84 accepted a new position in a UCC church in Alpine, Calif., near San Diego, after serving 17 years in the UCC Church in Renton, Wash. He and his wife, Tracy ’85, are enjoying the move but miss the proximity of Pacific.
Ken Kondo ’88 won four gold medals in Masters Swimming, representing the State of California in the 50-yard breaststroke and the 50-, 100- and 200-yard backstroke during the 2017 State Games of America in Grand Rapids, Mich., in August. He has qualified for the 2019 State Games of America to be held in Virginia. He swam on the Boxer men’s swim team from 1984 to 1988.
Sergio Guzman ’93, OD ’96 is celebrating his 20th year in his optometric practice in Elko, Iowa, where he was born and raised. He lives in Elko with his wife and children.
Dawn Harflinger ’96 has been promoted to vice president and chief financial officer of the Lili‘uokalani Trust.
Katie (Putnam) Cole ’98, PT ’01 opened her own physical therapy clinic, Helping Hands Physical Therapy, in Redmond, Ore.
Janelle Rebick MAT ’98 is president of the Bend Education Association.
Lisa Lanning PA ’00 has joined the medical staff at HopeHealth Medical Plaza in Florence, S.C. She earned her doctor of osteopathy degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and most recently worked as a resident physician with the McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program in Florence.
Benno Lyon MAT ’02 is teaching science at Boring (Ore.) Middle School. He discovered his love of teaching as an outdoor school leader as a senior in high school and earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Oregon before competing his MAT at Pacific.
Adam Mitchell MAT ’03 has been named associate principal at Sherwood (Ore.) High School. In the new position, he will support college and career readiness and freshman-transition efforts. He previously was associate principal and instructional coach at Laurel Ridge Middle School.
Craig Robin ’03 was appointed to the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command as a senior research scientist focused on directed energy applications. He previously worked as a research scientist with Lockheed Martin Laser and Sensor Systems and as a research physicist with the Air Force Research Laboratory. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Pacific, as well as a master of science and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico.
Kelleigh Stewart ’04 was named a member of the Pacific Business News 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. Stewart and her partner, Brandon von Damitz ’04, run Big Island Coffee Roasters in Puna, Hawai‘i.
Puanani (Watanabe) Cobb-Adams ’05 and Erin Cobb-Adams welcomed daughter Ka‘ōnohihiwahiwa on Aug. 2, 2017. She joins four brothers Dylan, Kalaunuiohua, Kahanohāweo, and Wainohia. Puanani has been working as an ophthalmic technician and, most recently, as practice manager at Punzal Vision on Kaua’i with her sister Lehua Watanabe ’08 and fellow alumnus Bradley Mendoza ’17. She also is working on her second bachelor’s degree, studying healthcare administration at the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu.
Rob DeCou ’05 completed the “World’s Toughest Foot Race,” the Badwater 135. The 135-mile run begins in Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, and finishes at Whitney Portal, just below the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the continental United States. He was the 124th official finisher of the race, which he ran as a fundraiser in partnership with Rotary District 5280’s efforts to raise more than $250,000 for End Polio Now.
Brian Pacheco Jr. ’05 was honored as Lincoln City (Ore.) Teacher of the Year for 2016–2017. He has worked for the Lincoln County School District for five years.
Lacy Todd ’08 and Bob Fitzmorris were married on Aug. 5, 2017. In attendance were Pacific alumni Hali (Tsolakos) Kaspar ’08, Kelly Yoshinaga ’08, Dalton Nagasako ’08, Alex Kircher ’08, Lauren (Sargent) Hayes ’08, Casey Moeller ’08, Nathan Smith and Tessa Blocker ’08.
Tiffany Hedger ’09, MAT ’10 is teaching eighth-grade math at Boring (Ore.) Middle School. She previously taught in the Oregon Trail School District’s Blended Learning Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education and learning and Spanish, as well as her MAT at Pacific.
Kelly McGee ’09 and John Finn were married June 24, 2017, at the Olympia Country and Golf Club.
Lindsey (Huston) ’09 and Jason Nishikawa ’08 welcomed daughter Hadley Jane Nishikawa on Dec. 2, 2016. She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.
Trishelle Barton OD ’10 opened The Eye Studio in Wichita, Kan. She previously worked at as part of group practices in Eugene, Ore., and Fort Collins, Colo., and completed specialized externships in pediatric optometry and the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease.
Julie Israel MAT ’10 published her debut novel, Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index. She holds a bachelor’s in creative writing. After a stint teaching English in Japan, she returned to the United States. When not writing, she is likely reading, making art or learning yet another language.
Molly Bailey ’11 was inducted into the St. Helens Sports Booster Club’s Hall of Fame in September 2017. She played soccer to all-league recognition as a high school junior and was all-state and all-league in track. She excelled in lacrosse at Pacific.
Ben Griffin ’11 and Abby Boardman ’12 were married Aug. 11, 2017, in Cannon Beach, Ore. Pacific alumni in attendance included Simone (Giess) Iverson ’12, Sean Iverson ’13, David McLean ’16, Alyssa (Campagna) McLean ’10, Hayley (Johannsen) Kienlen ’13 and Marcus Kienlen ’12, as well as math professor and father of the bride, Mike Boardman.
Kimberly Koops-Wrabek ’11 participated in a year-long program with Emerge Oregon, which prepares Democratic women to run for office. She is a Public Law and Policy Program fellow and law student at the University of Oregon. Previously, she worked for and founded the young professional’s network for the organization She Should Run, a national nonprofit. Prior to starting law school, she worked for Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and Planned Parenthood. She also has been the Wayne Morse fellow in Sen. Ron Wyden’s office.
Sebastian Bannister-Lawler ’12, MBA ’17 accepted a position as a pre-production engineer at TTM Technologies.
Erin Barrett OD ’12 has joined the eye care department at Essential Health 7 Day Clinics in Osgood and North Fargo, N.D.
Matthew Bobman PT ’12 has joined the staff of Foothill Physical Therapy at Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Chelsey Chamberlain ’12 has been appointed assistant communications director for Louisiana State University Athletics following a four-year stint at the University of Mexico, where she was most recently associate director and the first woman to head the communications efforts for the Lobo men’s basketball team. She also was named 2017 CoSIDA Rising Star for the University Division. She started her career at Pacific following graduation.
Ted J. Gold ’12 serves as theatre technical director at Shaking the Tree Studio and Clark College.
Sharon Harrigan MFA ’12 has published her memoir, Playing with Dynamite (Truman State University Press). The memoir examines how family secrets can distance us from each other and the honesty that can bring us closer.
Adam “AJ” Motacek OD ’12 has joined Eye2Eye Vision in Fargo, N.D. He has a special interest in contact lenses, pediatric and primary care.
Savannah Rose DHS ’12 has been hired as an adjunct faculty member for the dental hygiene program at the University of Alaska. She works full time as a public health dental hygienist with the Southcentral Foundation and Alaska Native Medical Center.
Eric Gietzen ’13 and Kaitlyn Huggins ’16 were married on June 10, 2017.
Gavin Knittle ’13 is studying musical theatre writing at New York University.
Cynthia Neely MFA ’13 was a co-recipient of the Paula Jones Gardiner Memorial Award from Floating Bridge Press. The award honors her poem, Hopewell Bay.
Wes Porter ’13 and Sarah Tomscha ’13, PT ’16 were married July 1, 2017, six years to the day after their first date. The pair met on a voyage prior to their freshman year at Pacific. They became quick friends during philharmonic rehearsals, as resident assistants in Walter Hall and on the track team. They spent four years in a long-distance relationship as Sarah completed her doctorate in physical therapy at Pacific and Wes completed his pharmacy doctorate at the University of Colorado. They were married in Oregon, with fellow Boxer alumni Carolyn Cartwright ’13, Kelsey Lockwood ’13, Hailey Oliver ’14, OT ’17 Allison Clark ’13 and Davis Chang ’13 in the wedding party. They now live in Reno, Nev., where they practice for the same hospital system.
April Cullins ’14 is teaching kindergarten at Blossom Gulch Elementary School in Coos Bay, Ore. She previously worked as a substitute teacher in Lane County.
Ross Davis PA ’14 has joined the staff at Lakes Dermatology of Las Vegas. After Pacific, he took part in a dermatology residency program in southern Texas and continued practicing dermatology in San Antonio.
Jessie L. Mason ’14 and Mike McClintock were married April 29, 2017.
Jenelle Taylor ’14 serves as a production assistant for Corrib Theatre in Portland.
Olin Blackmore ’15 is dancing full time with Dark Circles Contemporary Dance in Dallas, Texas.
Shaun Keylock ’15 is teaching Limon Technique at New Expressive Works in Portland.
Carly (Trepagnier) Flynn MAT ’15 welcomed son Clark Owen Flynn. She is a poet who is living in New Orleans.
Laura Olsonoski OT ’15 was named among the Missoulian’s 20 Under 40. She is an occupational therapist who started her own company, Eat.Move.Grow., dedicated to helping people with disabilities, especially children, gain the physical and social skills they need to become successful and happy.
Erica (Hagert) Wiegandt OD ’15 has joined Altru Health Systems in Grand Forks, N.D.
Ethan Dung ’16 is a marketing coordinator with Point West Credit Union, where he works with fellow alumna Amy Nelson ’95. He was instrumental in the launch of an award-winning microsite, as well as a new website launch, branch launch, and holiday-giving event.
Alec Lugo ’16 has been performing professionally with Stumptown Stages, Lakewood Theatre Company and the Original Practice Shakespeare Company.
Julie Paradine OD ’16 has joined Virden Eyecare Centre in Manitoba, Canada. She previously spent several months helping at other practices, including the Alberta-based practice of her sister Meagan (Paradine) Hawkshaw OD ’10.
Lindsay Partain ’16 had scenes from her play Clara performed at HART Theatre and a short play Shimmers accepted for publication in an anthology from publisher Jason Brick.
Audrey Crippen SLP ’17 is a speech pathologist at Sandy (Ore.) High School. She also enjoys spending time with family, hiking and attending plays and concerts.
Halley Farwood PsyD ’17 was honored among four finalists for the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network Wyatt Starnes Battle of the Schools Award, honoring up-and-coming entrepreneurs. As a fellow with Pacific’s Berglund Center, she created a video game, Happymart, to provide education about depression and also study the efficacy of video games in increasing understanding and empathy. She is currently working as a staff psychologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Clara Howell ’17 has joined the staff of the Wilsonville Spokesman, covering education. She previously interned with the Forest Grove News-Times and wrote for the college blog site Odyssey Online.
Victor Kaidan ’17 and Sarah Laubscher were married on May 27, 2017.