Class Notes, Fall 2011

Several mini profiles followed by class notes listings.

Darlene Larson 1991

Darlene Larson 1991

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.

Marji Burniston 2001

Marji Burniston 2001

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. 1971

Rodney Helm ’69, O.D. 1971

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.

General Comments

Marie Peck OD

Marie Peck OD recently opened her own practice, Downtown Vision Center, in Albany, Ore. 

Anissa Wiseman MAT

Anissa Wiseman MAT was named interim principal for the 2013-2014 school year at Bear Creek Elementary School in Bend, Ore. 

Amy (Hylton) Nelson

Amy (Hylton) Nelson is a board member of Financial Beginnings, a Portland nonprofit that provides financial education programs. Nelson is the co-CEO and chief operating officer at Point West Credit Union in Portland, where she oversees human resources, technology, marketing and member services.

Zoey Mendoza

Zoey Mendoza married Curt Zimmerman on June 22, 2013.

Amber Fitzsimmons MSPT '96

Amber Fitzsimmons MSPT

Amber Fitzsimmons MSPT recently accepted a position as assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department of Anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco.

Tonya Macalino

Tonya Macalino celebrated the debut of her science fiction book, Stealing Lucifer’s Dreams, at a book release party at a Hillsboro, Ore., bookstore in December. The book is the second in her series, “Shades of Venice.” 

Wendy DeBrock

Wendy DeBrock recently opened an art gallery, DeBrock Galleria, in Geneseo, N.Y., representing the works of 30 artists from eight states.