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

Julie (McNee) Bruce

Julie (McNee) Bruce MA and husband Erik welcomed a daughter in August 2013.

 

Molly Fischer

Molly Fischer has earned a master’s degree in aeronautical science with an emphasis in human factor engineering in aviation systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

 

Jeannine Hall Gailey

Jeannine Hall Gailey MFA served as poet laureate in Redmond, Wash. Her third poetry book, Unexplained Fevers, was published in 2013 by New Binary Press. A fourth book, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, about growing up in Oak Ridge, Tenn., in the shadow of a nuclear site, will be published next year by Mayapple Press.

 

Jessica Ley Metcalf

Jessica Ley Metcalf MS ’05, PsyD ’07 is in her second year as assistant director of counseling and psychiatry at the University of Vermont. Her work includes directing the intern training program in clinical and counseling psychology and clinical mental health. Metcalf lives just outside of Burlington with her husband and son.

 

Faren (Clarambeau) Leader

Faren (Clarambeau) Leader earned a master of arts degree in teaching from Lewis & Clark College in 2009.

 

Charnae (Little) Decker

Charnae (Little) Decker

Charnae (Little) Decker and husband Adam welcomed daughter Emerie Kay Decker on Feb. 16, 2014. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 21 ½ inches. She joins big brother Miles.

 

Meghan Fredette

Meghan Fredette married Bobby Balzarini in the fall of 2013.