Class Notes

News and updates from Pacific University alumni

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1952


James Clunes ’52, OD ’54 celebrated his 90th birthday on June 28, 2017, with family and friends in Clovis, Calif. A retired optometrist, Clunes established the Albany (Ore.) Vision Clinic with fellow Boxer William Shackelford ’50, OD ’51, who passed away in 1994, and the late Merle Landes. They retired after 35 years in business together. Clunes, who emigrated from Scotland in 1949, now lives in an active retirement home in Clovis, near his daughter. He still plays bagpipes and is remembered for entertaining on many occasions at conferences hosted by the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association. 

1968


Gary Wheeler ’68, OD ’68, mayor of Medford, Ore., since 2004, was featured in an installment of the Medford Mail Tribune’s “Community Builder” Q&A series. 

1970


Mark Slegers ’70 recently retired as minister of music at First Unitarian Church of Portland after 39 years of service. During his tenure, the music program grew to more than 300 member musicians singing or ringing hand bells.

Andrew Maeda OD ’70 has published two novels, When Love Never Ends and The Women of Harrington Hall. Maeda, of Hilo, Hawai‘i, has been in practice for 48 years and is semi-retired. His daughter and fellow Boxer Jennifer Maeda OD ’02 has taken over his practice.

1972

Brian Douglass ’72 received the inaugural Pioneer Award from the Fremont District of the Boy Scouts in 2017 for creating the business model for the Scouts’ longtime Christmas tree recycling program in Central Oregon. Douglas first created the model in Portland in 1987 and brought the project to Bend when he and his family relocated there in 1990. Funds generated by the program support local troops. Local Scout leaders estimate that the program raises thousands of dollars each year. Douglass, who served as student ombudsman during his time at Pacific, has earned the moniker “Dr. Squirrel,” due to his work to boost the campus squirrel population in the 1970s and to now collect alumni memories of Pacific’s friendly squirrels.

1977

Pacific University Trustee Michael Hudson Sr. ’77 is serving as temporary director of human resources for the Santa Monica (Calif.) Community College District. He assumed the role on Jan. 1, 2018.Hudson has been substituting in a variety of human resources positions for the Santa Monica College since his 2011 retirement from the Los Angeles Unified District. He and his wife are also enjoying spending time with their first grandson, Mikel Hudson-Fernandez, born June 6, 2017.

Barney Lerten ’77 and Debra (Rosenberger) Lerten ’77 moved into a new house in August 2018 in Bend, Ore., where they have lived for more than 25 years. He is a digital content director for KTVZ – NewsChannel 21, and she works as a financial specialist for the Law Office of Angela Lee.

1978

David Stacy OD ’78 has been named a 2017 Top Doctor in Chandler, Ariz. The award honors healthcare practitioners who have demonstrated clinical excellence while delivering the highest standards of patient care. Stacy is also involved with Vosh International, a humanitarian organization dedicated to eradicating preventable blindness. He chairs its technology transfer program, which supplies donated equipment to newly established optometry schools in developing countries. He is also a past president of Vosh’s Arizona chapter.

Terry Adams OD ’78 retired in December 2017 after a 40-year career as an optometrist, most recently with the Scottsbluff (Neb.) Vision Clinic. Though he spent most of his career in optometry, Adams started out as a math teacher. He enrolled at Pacific’s College of Optometry after deciding to change careers.

1980


James “Jim” Radcliffe ’80 helped lead the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team to a gold medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Radcliffe has been the team’s strength and training coach since 2016. He is also the longtime head of the University of Oregon’s strength and training program. Radcliffe played four seasons for the Boxer’s football team as a student at Pacific.

1981

Frank Barter ’81 released his first album, Ready, last year on the Valley Entertainment label. According to the independent label, Barter “writes and sings like a guy who’s been beat up and still won’t quit, like a guy who’s been dumped but still has hope for a happy ending. There’s gravel and silk, triumph and longing, celebration and regret.”

1982

Nely (Agbulos) Caberto ’82 of Kekaha, Hawai‘i, has spent more time in Oregon lately now that her son, Keane, is a student at Western Oregon University. During her visits to Oregon, she has reconnected with other members of the Pacific community, including former athletic director and softball coach Judy Sherman, and visited the Forest Grove Campus. While the campus has changed a lot since she was a student, Caberto says that it still has a warm, welcoming feeling.

1984

Michael Ford ’84 has been named chief operating officer of the Denver Regional Transportation District. Ford brings extensive leadership in public and private transportation to the newly created position. As chief operating officer, he oversees the agency’s bus and rail operations while meeting the needs of the growing metro region.

1987

Maria (Burak) Huppi ’87 was featured in an October 2017 article in The Times, a newspaper serving parts of Washington County, Ore. Huppi became a quadriplegic in 2000 when a tree fell on the minivan she and her husband were driving. She has gone on to become an artist, using her mouth to hold a paintbrush as she paints scenes inspired by the garden and pond in her backyard. mariahuppi.com

1988

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.

1991


Mark Beck ’91 has joined the board of Idex Corp. The publicly traded company is best known for its expertise in highly engineered fluidics systems and components, as well as for its expertise in fire and safety products, including the Jaws of Life family of rescue tools.

1994

Mike Kimber ’94 is a teacher and head wrestling coach at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka, Alaska. He recently completed his 18th year as the school’s head wrestling coach. In 2017, his girls wrestling team was awarded a team championship trophy. The team qualified 14 wrestlers to the state tournament and won with 193 points. Kimber graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe in 1988. In recent years, the school has built the largest girls wrestling program in Alaska.

1995

Bill Alton ’95, MFA ’07 was among the authors featured at WordFest, a monthly gathering of writers and readers in Longview, Wash., in November 2017. Alton read from a novel he co-wrote, A Change in the Wind, set in Central Europe at the beginning of the 19th century when Napoleon Bonaparte was building his empire.

2002


Tawnya (Wilson) Pastuck ’02, OD ’06 has published her first children’s book, Buddy Gets His First Pair of Glasses. Pastuck wrote the book to help alleviate the anxiety that often surrounds a child’s first eye doctor visit. Her book was published by Bee Tree Books, a Pacific University Libraries’ publishing service. pacificu.edu/BuddyBook

2004

Jesse Jimenez ’04 was married on Nov. 11, 2017, to the now Cassie Jimenez.

Shelan (McClung) Stritzke ’04 joined iQ Credit Union in Vancouver, Wash., in 2017 as its new human resources manager. She oversees human resources policies and programs, from recruiting and new hire onboarding to performance management and employee benefits.

2005

Sally Roberts ’05 appeared on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today show in January 2018 to discuss Wrestle Like A Girl, the group she founded to promote female wrestling and cultivate the whole athlete in the developmental process. Roberts is a two-time World bronze medal winner and three-time U.S. National Champion wrestler.

2006

Justin Arnold ’06 was hired in late 2017 as a communications specialist for 38 North, a program of the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. In his role, he fields interview requests, manages social media and sets strategic media goals for the program, a source of non-partisan, fact-based analysis of North Korea. He says he feels like he has finally “made it”in D.C.

 Jill (Winger) Gregg ’06 and her husband, Patrick, welcomed their third son, Christopher David Gregg, on Jan. 8, 2018, in Pendleton, Ore. Big brothers Jack and Kevin are thrilled.

2007

Dana Zurcher ’07 and Ian Eytzen were married Aug. 19, 2017, in Vernonia, Ore. In attendance were Pacific alumni Bree Davis ’07, Lisa (Kjorstad) Roche ’06, Michelle (Doherty) Hickey ’07, MAT ’08, Rochelle Schwartz ’09, MA ’13, Tiffany Sorenson ’08, Cassie Lutz MS ’17, Nicole Burgess ’12, Jennifer Eaves-Velez ’12, Melissa Lund ’15, Cub Shulund ’88, Tania (Glasscock) Hand ’04, MBA ’17, Angela Skjeie ’10, MBA ’17, Peter ’69, MAT ’83 and Patricia (York) Truax ’69, BEd ’79 and Jeffrey Grundon ’80. Danice Shulund, lead coordinator for Pacific’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and Karen Dunston, assistant vice president of Undergraduate Admissions, also attended the wedding. Emily (Dueker) Coats ’11 and Michelle (Bose) Humphrey ’11 served as photographers.

Juno Ann Apalla ’07 was recently named an associate director at Bayada Home Health Care. She oversees the operations of the home care business for the island of Kaua‘i. Her office, which has a staff of seven full-time managers and 200 field personnel, recently received the 2018 Best of Home Care — Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse, an independent satisfaction research firm for home care. In January 2018, Apalla also received the Board Member of the Year award from the Kaua‘i Filipino Chamber of Commerce. This year, she plans to graduate from the executive master of business administration program at the University of Hawai‘i’s Shidler College of Business.

2008

Alexia (Barton) Proulx ’08 gave a planned home birth to a baby boy, Ashton Evan Proulx, on Oct. 20, 2016. Her husband, Gabe, is a doting daddy. Alexia is working part-time as a physician assistant at a family practice in New York.

Amy Pakula PT ’08 has been recognized as an emerging leader by the American Physical Therapy Association. Shortly after graduating from Pacific, Pakula finished advanced training through the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship. She now works in the outpatient orthopedic setting at Momentum Physical Therapy in Bozeman, Mont. She has also taught continuing education courses to physical therapists internationally through Health Volunteers Overseas. 

2009

Leanne (Santella) ’09 and Justin Barden ’08 welcomed a son, Makoa Robert, on Leanne’s 30th birthday, Sept. 9, 2017. Big sister, Alee, is thrilled to have a baby brother, and all are adjusting well.

Eulalie Laschever ’09 received her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Irvine, in December 2017. Her dissertation is titled “Opposing Movement Strategy, Critical Events, and Policy Change: How the Gun Control and Gun Rights Movement Capitalize on Mass Shootings.” She is currently teaching sociology at DePaul University in Chicago.

2010


Thomas Richardson PharmD ’10 penned an article on the importance of prescribing and using antibiotics responsibly. The article appeared in the Helena (Mont.) Independent Record. He is a board-certified infectious disease pharmacist. 

2011

Mike Garber ’11 and Amanda (Littlewood) Garber ’07, OT ’11 welcomed their first son, Kai Daniel, on Nov. 15, 2017.

Marta Stueve ’11, PharmD/MHA ’16 recently began her pharmacy residency at Yale New Haven Health System in New Haven, Conn. She is enjoying exploring New England with her rescue dog, Athena.

Rebecca (Lopez) Moua ’11 was admitted to the Washington State Bar in October 2017 and is currently practicing law in Seattle. She graduated from Seattle University School of Law in May 2011.

Patrick Jordan MAT ’11, was awarded the 2017 GED (General Education Diploma) Educator of the Year Award by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission. He is the lead teacher at the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council campus in Redmond, Ore.

Esther (Dunbar) ’11 and Natalie Cromartie welcomed daughter Rory on Feb. 8, 2017.

2012

Priscilla Rader ’12 and Ryan Culp ’12 were married Sept. 22, 2017, in Portland. In attendance were fellow Boxer alumni Iain Culp ’09, Kathleen (Green) Macomber ’12, Edward Macomber III ’10, Chris McLinden ’14, Max Seiler ’13, Evan Cooper ’13, Simone (Giess) Iverson ’12, Sean Iverson ’13, Kelly (Schulstad) Hattab ’12, Hunter Dassonville ’14, Chris Johnson ’15, Guthrie Straw ’12, as well as Associate Professor of Philosophy Ramona Ilea.

Savannah Rose DHS ’12 has been hired as an adjunct faculty member for the dental hygiene program at the University of Alaska.

Kari Wergeland MFA ’12, a librarian and writer, will release her first traditionally published chapbook, “Breast Cancer: A Poem in Five Acts,” in June 2018. The chapbook, published by Finishing Line Press, takes the reader through each phase of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Wergeland self-published her first book, Voice Break, a longer poem about singing and writing.

Tabitha Blankenbiller MFA ’12 released her debut essay collection in March 2018. Published by Alternating Current Press, Eats of Eden follows a year of attempting to write a novel — and the daily life, occasional revelations and passions that feed, distract, complicate, and enrich that process, according to publisher Alternating Current Press. The book made The Rumpus’s 2018 What to Read list and The Coil’s Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018 roundup.

Chelsea Yarbor ’12 and Jose Saettone were married Aug. 12, 2017, in Scappoose, Ore. They live in Anchorage, Alaska, with their two cats.

2013

David Hagerty MFA ’13 recently published the third book in his series of political murder mysteries. They Tell Me You Are Brutal continues the story of fictional Illinois Gov. Duncan Cochrane, who has a murderous family secret to conceal and a saboteur to capture. Hagerty says he owes much to the instructors in Pacific’s Master of Fine Arts In Writing program (especially David Long and Frank Gaspar), who helped him revise the first volume in his series. Besides making him a better writer, their input helped him find his publisher, Evolved.

David James MFA ’13 has published his seventh poetry collection, If god were gentle, with Dos Madres Press. James, whose nom de plume is D.R. James, has been teaching writing, literature and peace-making at Hope College in Holland, Mich., for 33 years. He lives in Saugatuck, Mich., with his wife, psychotherapist Suzy Doyle.

Erin McElhone ’13 is slated to graduate from Touro University California’s medical school this spring. McElhone has been accepted into the anesthesia residency program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where she will begin her active duty military career as an Army captain.

 2014

Alexandria Bing ’14, SLP ’18 and William Marchbanks ’14 were married July 15, 2017, at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene, Ore. The groom, originally from Brownsville, Ore., played football for Pacific and majored in public health. The bride, originally from Roseburg, Ore., is a past member of the Pacific women’s swimming team and majored in sociology as an undergrad. Boxer alumni Gabriel Flory ’14, Rupa Patel ’14, Kristine Valdez ’14 and Nicole Koch ’13 attended the wedding.

Michael Henderson ’14 has been hired as an administrative assistant for the town of Dresden, Maine. He has a bachelor’s in environmental studies from Pacific and a master’s in public administration from Portland State University.

2015

Shaun Keylock ’15 recently launched The Shaun Keylock Company, a contemporary dance and performance company dedicated to new movement research and cross-disciplinary collaboration. He began his formal dance training at Pacific, where he majored in dance and art history. Keylock is a recipient of a 2018 artist residency at New Expressive Works in Portland.

2016

Natalie (Stewart) Kiefer PT ’16 recently received the first-ever Early-Professional Scholarship from the American Physical Therapy Association’s – Section on Women’s Health. The scholarship helped to support her attendance at the profession’s largest annual conference, Combined Sections Meeting, in February 2018 in New Orleans. She currently works at Warm Springs Holistic Health in Warm Springs, Ore.

Michael Duncan ’15, PA ’16 appeared in a Corvallis (Ore.) Gazette-Times story, later picked up by Stars and Stripes, the U.S. military newspaper, about an Army veteran who was injured in the search for fellow soldier Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl is the controversial Army sergeant who was imprisoned and tortured by the Taliban after abandoning his post in Afghanistan. 

2017

Fernando Careaga ’17 works as a youth and family development coordinator for the Arizona Youth Partnership in Tucson. He organizes and markets life-skills classes and other programs for youth, ages 11 to 21. The goal of the classes, held in schools and other settings, is to empower young people by giving them tools to help them live healthy, successful lives and make a positive impact on society. Careaga also compiles data reports used to evaluate the effectiveness of the partnership’s programs and serves on various committees and other groups within the organization.

Rebecca Lange OD ’17, MED ’17 co-authored a paper published by the Review of Optometry, in December 2017, about a procedure on eyelids that can help with vision.

Kristine Stompro PA ’17 has joined the urgent care department at Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes Clinic in Detroit Lakes, Minn. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

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