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

Melissa (Morris) Kam

Melissa (Morris) Kam and husband David welcomed triplet sons, Connor, Logan and Mason, on Sept. 17, 2013.

Ben Bertrand PT

Ben Bertrand PT is working at Northeast Oregon Physical Therapy in La Grande, Ore. 

Bron Rowley

Bron Rowley and wife Kellie welcomed son Camden James on June 18, 2013. 

Ramil Sapinoro

Ramil Sapinoro married Aaron Olden.

Michael D. Thompson PsyD

Michael D. Thompson PsyD, president of the Minnesota Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, was named to an independent task force, the Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards
Task Force. 

Melanie (Bethscheider) Pedersen

Melanie (Bethscheider) Pedersen co-owns Your Perfect Bridesmaid, which was recently featured in the Portland (Ore.) Bride & Groom magazine.

Jill (Nuha) Shih

Jill (Nuha) Shih and husband Vincent welcomed a baby boy in August 2013. The couple married Aug. 21, 2011. She earned a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Southern California in 2012.