Rochelle Schwartz ’09, MA ’13 opened her private practice in mental health counseling in Portland, Ore.
Hala’i Topp is a staff accountant at Pacxa in Honolulu.
Mark Truax has moved back to his home state of Colorado as an account manager for Pac/West Communications and will lead its new Denver office. Pac/West is owned by Paul ’78 and Nancy (Knop) Phillips ‘77, MAT ’82, also a Pacific University trustee.
Renee Tuski MAT married Bubba Elverud on Aug. 3, 2013.
Sam Watanuki married Jacqulean Donohoue on Oct. 26, 2013, in Colorado.
Courtney Hirsch and Bryant Rohloff ’07 were married Aug. 31, 2013, in Auburn, Calif.
Kimberly O’Rourke recently completed a degree in nursing at Concordia University Irvine in California.
Robbie Parker PA donated six children’s books to the Hillsboro Main Library in August to honor his daughter, Emilie Parker, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2013. Parker also spoke at a commencement ceremony for the 2013 graduating class of Pacific University physician assistant studies students.
Elisabeth Whiting married Cameron Turner in Phoenix on May 5, 2013. They live in Anchorage, where Elisabeth works for Alaska Premier Dental Group as a dental hygienist. Cameron is the assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Allison (Rickert) Wagner and husband Jeff welcomed daughter Aylah Josephine on Oct. 22, 2013. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.
Lana Carter and Nolan Booth ’12 were married in the summer of 2013.
Esther Dunbar married Nat Cromartie on Aug. 24, 2013.
Laura Stafford PharmD married Robert Pringle on Aug. 10, 2013.
Kristen Dever married Matt Watson on July 20, 2013. They currently live in Texas while they continue their education.
Larry Feign MFA and his work-in-progress novel, Pirate Queen, were shortlisted in the Novel-In-Progress category of the Faulkner Society’s 2013 Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. His article on dialogue in historical fiction, “Hearkee, Ye Raskal! Hear Me, Sirrah: The Conundrum of Dialogue in Historical Fiction,” appears in the October 2013 edition of the AWP Writer’s Chronicle.
Emily Lux MAT was the featured artist in December at Summa Real Estate Group in Hillsboro, Ore. She is a muralist, painter and maker of books, as well as a teacher in special education.
Rachael Seibert works at Community Home Health and Hospice in Vancouver, Wash.
Travis Stine, Alex Taimanao ’10, J. Jury ’12 and Dane Lum Ho ’14 are four of the seven members of DK Band, which won “Yahoo!-A-Palooza,” a national YouTube battle of the bands video contest. DK Band, which rehearses twice a week in an industrial building in Portland, also was the opening act for the December 2013 Yahoo! Year-End Party.
Sarah Swanholm OD has joined the eye-care team at Bagan Strinden Vision in Fargo, N.D. After graduating from Pacific, she completed a hospital-based rehabilitative optometric residency at the Kansa City (Mo.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Sarah Hope Mills Voelkel MFA welcomed daughter Nola Marie.
Jessica (Sweeney) MacLean and husband Eric welcomed daughter Georgia Lynn MacLean on Nov. 30, 2013. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.
Alexa Block is a reporter at KOTA, an ABC news affiliate in Rapid City, S.D.
Jacob Bollman OD joined the practice of Granite Falls Family Eye Care in Granite Falls, Minn.
Ashley Cantrell MAT teaches a third- and fourth-grade class at Gaston (Ore.) Elementary School.
Haley Menge OD works in optometric practices in Shelby and Chester, Mont.
Josh Olson OD joined the staff at Family Eyecare in Brighton, Colo.
Yuliya Panfilova married Kevin Duffey on June 1, 2013.
Alex Smith MS and wife Katelyn welcomed son Aiden Smith on Sept. 7, 2013.
Megan Swift PT works as a physical therapist at Therapeutic Associates in Corvallis, Ore.
Stacie Zollman OD joined the optometric practice Alpine Vision Center of Moscow and Lewiston, Idaho.