Several mini profiles followed by class notes listings.
Darlene Larson PT ’91 resides in Florida where she practices physical therapy at Smith Skilled Nursing Facility, the in-patient center at a local hospital and patients’ homes. She has not been on campus since graduating, but plans on returning this fall for Reunion.
Major Marji Burniston ’98, O.T. ’01, currently stationed in Las Vegas, returned to service in the U.S. Army as an occupational therapist in January 2006 after graduating from Pacific’s School of Occupational Therapy in 2001. In 2011, she was promoted to Major and received the Iron Major Award, which recognizes the top 10 percent of the Army Medical Specialist Corps for exceptional contributions and displayed leadership. Before moving to Afghanistan next summer, she will attend Reunion this fall.
Rodney Helm ’69, O.D. ’71 lives with his wife, Vickie ’71, in Park Rapids, Minn., where he practices optometry in his clinic with Murray Westberg O.D. ’05 and Jenni Keller O.D. ’11. Helm started biking in Forest Grove while attending Pacific and biked 64 miles on his birthday in the summer of 2011, continuing his annual tradition of biking his new age on every birthday.
Lt. Col. Vincent Littrell retired from the U.S. Air Force on Feb. 1, 2013. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1990 and was later commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force in May 1996. Littrell and his family recently bought a house in Fairfax, Va., and he has taken a position as an irregular warfare analyst for a firm that supports the U.S. Department of Defense.
Liz (Owen) Landon has accepted a vice principal position for a new charter elementary school in Medford, Ore.
Ame Beard MAT is the executive director of the Network Charter School in Eugene, Ore.
Emma (Dassauer) Gray has recently taken an executive director position at Marathon Education Partners, a small, nonprofit organization in Portland.
Kim Mathie is now the web content specialist at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Garrett Calcaterra’s fantasy novel, Dreamwielder, was published by Diversion Books on March 5, 2013. The epic fantasy novel was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Nook First Look selection.
Julie Taylor married Tom Mestas on June 23, 2012, in her hometown of Hood River, Ore.