Student Ambassadors | Optometry

Our Ambassadors provide all of the tours to prospective students and any other party requesting a tour of the campus. In addition to the tours, the Ambassadors help assist with first year orientation and the annual Career Day for undergraduates. They also work very closely with the Admissions office in providing an invaluable resource for prospective students.

If you would like to speak with a current student about their experience applying to or choosing Pacific University College of Optometry, you are invited to contact one of our student ambassadors. They will be happy to help you!

Class of 2016

Emily Bucher

Third Year, President
buch8529@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
Loyola Marymount University,
Natural Science Major

Hometown:
Santa Clara, CA

One reason I chose Pacific: "With the family atmosphere and excitement I felt from all the students, I knew I would feel at home. The students work as a team and the faculty is there for you 100 percent of the way. Everyone wants to see you succeed."

Hobbies: Cooking, Baking, Traveling, Physical Activity, Snowboarding, Hiking, Spending time with friends and family

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, AMIGOS, Practice Management Club

Emma Lundien

Third Year, Secretary
lund8121@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Northern Colorado,
Biomedical Sciences Major

Hometown:
Brighton, CO

One reason I chose Pacific: "I chose Pacific because of the cooperative learning environment, incredible faculty and the small-town location."

Hobbies: My hobbies include cooking, playing the flute and piano and exploring the world of wine. In my free time I love to play volleyball, watch Breaking Bad and explore Portland.

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, Pacific University's Pep Band

Cathy Yuen

Third Year, Graduate Assistant
yuen8397@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
University of British Columbia,
Physiology Major

Hometown:
Richmond, BC

One reason I chose Pacific: "The interview day experience was awesome! The students and professors were very approachable and I value Pacific’s concept of everyone being a family. In addition, the emphasis on clinical skills and career development was an important aspect for me when it comes to choosing my optometry school. Another plus about Pacific is that it’s close to home."

Hobbies: I enjoy trying out different kinds of foods, watching movies, shopping and reading mystery novels.

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, Graduate Assistant

Morgan Grove

Third Year
grov4988@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Oregon,
Biology Major

Hometown:
Myrtle Point, OR

One reason why I chose Pacific: "I really felt welcomed here on my Interview Day. Everyone was very helpful and lived up to their reputation of being a family environment, where classmates help each other out in any way they can. The people at Pacific genuinely want you to succeed and have a fulfilling experience in school."

Hobbies: I really enjoy watching and participating in all kinds of sports, my favorite being basketball. I also enjoy outdoor activities, hiking and camping. I love to cook and enjoy wine tasting, and just overall trying new things and meeting new people.

Clubs/Organizations: Ambassadors Private Practice Management, AMIGOS, NOSA

Tori Kennedy

Third Year
tori.kennedy@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
California State University, Fresno,
Animal Science Major

Hometown:
Modesto, CA

One reason I chose Pacific: "I knew Pacific University was where I wanted to be after visiting for interview day. When I met the professors and my potential classmates, I knew that the school would be a perfect fit. Academically, Pacific’s curriculum covers a broad scope of optometry including the medical and behavioral aspects. Culturally, it’s difficult to beat the many offerings of the Pacific Northwest."

Hobbies: Baking, Reading, Playing Board Games, Working with animals

Clubs/Organizations: Ambassadors, Practice Management, AMIGOS

Sarah Prosen

Third Year
pros4181@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
Hamline University,
Biology Major

Hometown:
Apple Valley, MN

One reason I chose Pacific: "When interviewing at Pacific, I instantly felt at home with the welcoming students and staff. I loved the beautiful campus and friendly “family” environment. I was impressed by the exceptional didactic and clinical education the students receive, and the support systems available. I was also drawn to the many opportunities in a variety of specialties, specifically sports vision and 3D vision."

Hobbies: Sports/Gymnastics, working out, music, hiking by the coast, crafts, baking and hanging out with friends.

Clubs/Organizations: Ambassadors, Sports Vision Club, NOSA, AMIGOS, AOA

Tyler Rose

Third Year

Undergraduate Institution:
University of North Dakota,
Biology Major

Hometown:
Brainerd, MN

One reason I chose Pacific: "Its outstanding reputation and exceptional program. The professors as well as the atmosphere were so welcoming to me and I felt like everyone was going out of their way to make me feel comfortable. I love the setting at Pacific in which I can learn in. It is such a positive environment to be able to work with others who are all aiming towards the same general goal of becoming Optometrists."

Hobbies: I am very active and love sports and the outdoors. I am an avid runner and love the trails out here. Music and food are also some things I love.

Clubs/Organizations: Ambassadors, Sports Vision Club, AMIGOS, American Optometry Association (AOA), National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)

Shannon Soper

Third Year
sope3300@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
Pacific University,
Physics Major

Hometown:
Rockford, IL

One reason I chose Pacific: "I was also an undergraduate student at Pacific where I always felt a real sense of community. I also got this same sense of community within the college of optometry. It shown to have a great support system in the students as well as the faculty and staff, which I felt would be important for the difficult years the program would have."

Hobbies: Volleyball, hiking, going to movies, hanging out with friends, going to concerts and exploring new restaurants and areas.

Clubs/Organizations: AMIGOS EyeCare, Intramural volleyball, National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)

 

Class of 2017

Kayla Avirett

Second Year
avir9963@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
Schreiner University,
Biology Major

Hometown:
West Columbia, TX

One reason I chose Pacific: " Pacific does not stress any particular specialty but instead provides a well rounded education that allows you to have a baseline to expand your own interests. The professors also want you to succeed and having a faculty that allows you to utilize their expertise is a great thing.

Hobbies: I enjoy relaxing when I can by watching TV and hanging out with my friends. I like playing any sport, particularly softball and golf. Trying new food and finding "hole in the wall" restaurants is something I like to do when I get the chance.

Clubs/Organizations: Sports Vision Club, Practice Management Group, Student Ambassador, Pre-Optometry Club Buddy Program

Terri Baker

Second Year
bake1869@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institutions:
University of Saskatchewan,
Physiology/Pharmacology Major

Hometown:
Saskatoon, SK

One reason I chose Pacific: "Pacific provides a high quality education, supportive environment, hands-on learning, and endless opportunities for school and community involvement."

Hobbies: Running, Hiking, Hockey, Yoga, Enjoying the outdoors, Watching movies and Spending time with friends and families

Clubs/Organizations: AMIGOS, Canadian Association of Optometry Students, Sports Vision Club, and intramural volleyball

Daniel Cleveland

Second Year, President-Elect
clev2959@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
University of North Texas,
General Studies Major

Hometown:
Idalou, TX

One reason I chose Pacific: "The heart of the program was focused on community and support while advancing the field of optometry."

Hobbies: Flag Football, Volleyball, Tennis, Running, Fantasy Football, Forgetting to Return Emails (just kidding!)

Clubs/Organizations: Ambassadors, Amigos, and Sports Vision

Kelsey Elrod

Second Year
burn1100@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
Colorado State University,
Health and Exercise Science Major

Hometown:
Flagler, CO

One reason I chose Pacific: "The faculty and students are welcoming and down to earth, and it really does have that family feeling I was looking for. Between the impressive academic reputation for preparing students for professional success, the warm and friendly atmosphere of the college, and its location in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Pacific was an easy choice!"

Hobbies: Watching and playing sports, running, hiking, listening to music, exploring new areas, and spending time with family and friends

Clubs/Organizations: AMIGOS Eye Care, Student Ambassadors, Sports Vision Club, American Optometric Student Association

Yunie Kim

Second Year

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Western Ontario,
Biology and Psychology Major

Hometown:
Vancouver, BC

One reason I chose Pacific: "I had an exceptional experience at Interview Day. Everybody was friendly and welcoming and I felt that Pacific was the kind of place I could really thrive in. The small class size, collaborative environment and friendly professors were also important factors in my decision. And I absolutely love all the rain!"

Hobbies: I love watching hockey, playing and watching video games, traveling, reading and singing!

Clubs/Organizations: Ambassadors, AMIGOS

Christopher Kimball

Second Year
kimb9533@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
Idaho State University,
Biomedical Sciences Major

Hometown:
Emmett, ID

One reason I chose Pacific: " Because of the outstanding professors and students I interacted with on my interview day. I knew that Pacific's curriculum would educate me to become the best optometrist for any setting I chose to practice in. Plus, the location of Pacific is hard to beat with all that it has to offer. "

Hobbies: Playing golf, spending time with my wife and dog, watching reruns of The Office and How I Met Your Mother over and over again, being outdoors, and of course, watching football.

Clubs/Organizations: Ambassadors, Sports Vision Club

Evelyn Lo

Second Year
lo1975@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
Simon Fraser University,
Biology Major

Hometown:
Burnaby, BC

One reason I chose Pacific: "Because of Pacific's ability to recognize that a friendly, non-competitive environment bound by teamwork is invaluable to the success of each optometrist. "

Hobbies: Building Lego, playing competitive badminton, kayaking, reading and spending time with family and friends. I also love sharks and marine biology!

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, American Optometric Student Association, AMIGOS, National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)

Megan Mannen

Second Year
mann1187@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
Seattle Pacific University,
Physiology Major

Hometown:
St. Helens, OR

One reason I chose Pacific: "I immediately felt valued and respected by the staff, faculty, and students upon arrival on campus. Pacific provides a great learning environment, producing optometrists equipped with all of the necessary skills and resources to become successful in future practice."

Hobbies: Tennis, soccer, yoga, traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, AMIGOS, Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, Sports Vision Club

Samantha Sperber

Second Year

Undergraduate Institution:
MacEwan University,
Biological Science Major

Hometown:
Ponoka, AB

One reason I chose Pacific: "Everyone treats you like a colleague or family member, encouraging collaboration between students and faculty as well as promoting a noncompetitive environment. Aside from the actual people and program itself, the campus is beautiful, Forest Grove has the small community feel to it, and Pacific has six eye clinics providing a wealth of opportunity for students, what more could anyone ask for really! "

Hobbies: Exploring the outdoors, playing lacrosse, spending time with family and friends, finding new places to adventure, traveling and volunteering!

Clubs/Organizations: AMIGOS, American Optometric Students Association, Pacific Sports Vision, Canadian Association of Optometric Students, American Optometry Association

Paige Stephens

Second Year
step9961@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Kansas,
Exercise Science Major

Hometown:
Colby, KS

One reason I chose Pacific: "After visiting Pacific I could not picture myself going anywhere else. The beauty of the area, the climate, the coast and the benefits of living in a small town drew me in. I was sold after meeting with the faculty, staff and students at Pacific. Everyone genuinely cares about you here and treats you as a colleague the day you start classes. The people are truly what make this school so special."

Hobbies: I love playing all sports, running, biking, hiking, and anything that involves being outdoors and active. I also enjoy cooking/baking, gardening, photography, traveling, shopping and sleeping.

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, AMIGOS EyeCare, Sports Vision Club, Pacific Practice Management Group, AOSA, Intramural Sports

 

Class of 2018

R. Dallin Boardman

First Year
boar3123@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
BYU-Idaho,
Biology Major

Hometown:
Idaho Falls, ID

One reason I chose Pacific: " I wanted to end up somewhere in the Northwest United States, and my research led me to learn that Pacific not only will set me up well to become a good doctor, but will give me many chances to network and meet with local practitioners."

Hobbies:Fly fishing, sports such as basketball and football, spending time with my family, reading, and exploring.

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, PAVA (family-oriented club)

Rebecca Chung

First Year
chun7383@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
University of British Columbia,
Biotechnology Major, Honors

Hometown:
Vancouver, BC

One reason I chose Pacific: " As an applicant with an undergraduate degree that I had not chosen with Optometry school in mind, PUCO went above and beyond to help me navigate the obstacles I encountered in the application process. My time at interview day only reinforced how the community here is tight-knit and invested in your success as a future optometrist and a student. Being able to live in a small town while being minutes away from Portland doesn't hurt either!"

Hobbies: Beach and indoor volleyball, Zumba, food truck-ing, hiking, paddleboarding, and cooking.

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, Canadian Association of Optometric Students, Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, AMIGOS

Lauren Drewry

First Year
drew4941@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Calgary,
Biology and Psychology Major

Hometown:
Calgary, AB

One reason I chose Pacific: " Pacific's outstanding reputation was a major draw. Camaraderie within the community makes it very easy to thrive in Pacific's well-rounded program. The staff really want you to be successful and there is little competition with peers. Beyond school, the location and culture is hard to beat!"

Hobbies: Hiking, tennis, softball, dance, painting, photography, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, CAOS, AMIGOS

Jonathan Fong

First Year
fong5083@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
San Jose State University,
Chemistry and Biochemistry Major

Hometown:
San Francisco, CA

One reason I chose Pacific: "I really felt welcomed and already part of the Pacific community when I first visited. The students and faculty that I had a chance to meet gave me a great impression and representation of Pacific family. They, more than anything else, influenced heavily on my decision to move up to Oregon"

Hobbies: Baseball, softball, soccer, running, spending time with family and friends, video games, and music.

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, AMIGOS, Intramural Sports

Carly Hyshka

First Year
hysh2040@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Saskatchewan,
Physiology and Pharmacology Major

Hometown:
Saskatoon, SK

One reason I chose Pacific: "I immediately felt at home when I visited Pacific University for my interview. The faculty, staff, and students were all very friendly and welcoming. The supportive learning environment, emphasis on both clinical and academic skills, and reputation for producing exceptional optometrists influenced my decision."

Hobbies: Dance, piano, running, tennis, and spending time with friends and family.

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, American Optometric Student Association, AMIGOS

Yuno Iwabuchi

First Year
iwab0532@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Calgary,
Kinesiology Major

Hometown:
Calgary, AB

One reason I chose Pacific: "All of the students, staff, and faculty I interacted with throughout my application process were all so welcoming and helpful. They lived up to their reputation of being a big family and I wanted to be a part of it. The curriculum is also designed to set you up for a successful career. I also really liked the small town location in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!"

Hobbies: Field hockey, hiking, exploring Oregon, crafting, and Netflix!

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, Sports Vision Club, Canadian Association of Optometric Students, AMIGOS

Lena Nguyen

First Year
nguy6299@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
Portland State University,
General Science Major

Hometown:
Portland, OR

One reason I chose Pacific: "I had heard great things about Pacific's Optometry program from alumni around the local community. I got to see for myself what they were talking about on interview day. The best people I have met so far are here at (or came from) Pacific. Also, I really like the fact that what we learn as students from one course relates to all the other courses on our schedule. With that holistic and integrated approach to our education, I know we will be graduating with a well-rounded background in Optometry to help us succeed in this profession."

Hobbies: Web design, Yoga/Pilates, hiking, kayaking, running, trying new restaurants, watching movies, and DIY projects.

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, American Optometric Student Association, National Optometric Student Association, AAO

Stephanie Norberg

First Year
norb8317@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
University of North Dakota,
Biology/Pre-Health Major

Hometown:
Burnsville, MN

One reason I chose Pacific: "I was originally drawn to Pacific by the great reputation, and the clinical experience that I will receive, but it wasn't until my interview that I knew this was the perfect school for me. One of the things that really struck me when I visited Pacific was the supportive and caring atmosphere. Pacific continues to be a great and friendly environment. I can’t imagine going through Optometry school without the wonderful faculty, staff, and classmates that I have here."

Hobbies: Biking, swimming, wakeboarding, watching movies, baking, snowboarding.

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, Pacific Practice Management Club, AMIGOS, Sports Vision Club, AOSA, Intramural Sports

Aaron Salzano

First Year
salz7061@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
George Fox University,
Biochemistry/ Vision Science Major- PUCO Bachelor's Degree Option

Hometown:
Richland, WA

One reason I chose Pacific: "I chose Pacific University for several reasons. First, I love the Portland metro area and Pacific has a beautiful campus. Pacific also has a great reputation in academics, especially in sports vision, which I am particularly interested in. Lastly, I decided on Pacific because of the family atmosphere. It sounds cliche, but I went to a small undergraduate institution and really enjoyed the atmosphere, so I like the opportunity to engage with other students without competition and get to know the professors well."

Hobbies: I enjoy basketball, weightlifting, playing the guitar, and some good small group discussion!

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, Sports Vision Club, Optometric Physicians of Washington, AMIGOS, Fellowship of Christian Optometrists

Matthew Sobolewski

First Year
sobo2922@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Alberta,
Biology Major

Hometown:
Edmonton, AB

One reason I chose Pacific: "I chose Pacific University because of how I was treated by staff, students, professors and liaisons of the University throughout the application process.It was important for to me to be a part of a program that values and supports my professional and academic goals, and where not only myself, but also my future colleagues will have received the most comprehensive education available. Based upon the respect I received as an applicant in which I was immediately treated like a future colleague, I was confident Pacific University would allow me to realize my future goals."

Hobbies: I enjoy golf, playing guitar, drinking coffee, and managing my fantasy football team.

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, AMIGOS, Class Council, Practice Management Club, Sports Vision Club, Intramural Sports.

Jessica Thornton

First Year
thor6263@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
University of California Davis,
Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior Major

Hometown:
Nampa, ID

One reason I chose Pacific: "I loved the strong community present at Pacific, the passionate teachers, the many ways to get involved, and the option to pursue the Master's programs."

Hobbies: I enjoy running, traveling, reading, and eating.

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, AMIGOS, Practice Management Club

Kendra Weiler

First Year
weil6265@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
Colorado State University,
Biomedical Sciences Major, Business Administration Minor

Hometown:
Monument, CO

One reason I chose Pacific: "I really loved the atmosphere at Pacific! The people are so welcoming and encouraging, and there are so many opportunities to get involved! On top of awesome academic and clinical programs, Pacific was an easy choice."

Hobbies: I love cooking, playing lacrosse, hiking, traveling, watching sports, and spending time with friends and family!

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, AMIGOS, Sports Vision Club, NOSA, AOSA

Diana Yin

First Year
yin9347@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Psychology Major

Hometown:
DeKalb, IL

One reason I chose Pacific: "I chose Pacific University for their close-knit Optometry program. The constant support from faculty, staff, and classmates is what I love most about Pacific. As soon as the program started, we were immediately immersed into the world of Optometry."

Hobbies:  My favorite hobby is eating cheesecake. I also love going to farmers markets and thrift stores here in the Portland area, hiking, and cuddling with my two rescue dogs!

Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassadors, Class President for Class of 2018, Armed Forces Optometric Society, SOA, AOSA