Several mini profiles followed by class notes listings.
Chad Toomey ’94 has accepted a firefighter position with the Forest Grove Fire Department. Toomey has worked at the Pacific University Outback since 1997 and also served as a volunteer firefighter. “It is such a privilege to be accepted into this fine staff of professionals,” he said. “At the same time, I will be saying farewell to a wonderfully supportive organization — Pacific University. These are exciting times!”
Paul Berman O.D. '75 was honored at the White House on Oct. 2, 2012, for his work as founder and global clinical adviser of the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program, in which volunteers provide all Special Olympics participants with vision tests, as well as protective sports goggles and prescription eyeglasses as needed. Dr. Berman developed the program in 1991, during his term as president of the AOA Sports Vision Section, and the Lions Clubs International Foundation assumed sponsorship in 2001. Dr. Berman is a widely recognized sports vision practitioner who has worked with the New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Nets, New York Giants, U.S. Olympic Hand Ball Team and U.S. Olympic Fencing Team, as well as golfers, high school and collegiate athletes and recreational athletes. His Hackensack, N.J., practice Focus Eye Health and Vision Care, has been featured on ESPN. He also is a past New Jersey Optometrist of the Year and AOA SVS Optometrist of the Year and was named the International Optometrist of the Year in 2005 by the World Council of Optometry. American Optometric Association
Col. Randall Christiansen ’72, OD ’74 recently retired from practicing optometry in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Rusty Hampton has joined the firm of Neel-Schaffer Inc. in the marketing department of its Jackson, Miss., office. Hampton has more than 30 years of journalism experience, most recently with 11 years as sports editor of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. He previously worked for Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal and the Statesman-Journal in Salem, Ore.
Terry Sullivan owns LBC Franchising Corp., where he helps people find franchised businesses, coaches business owners and connects people and ideas. He lives in West Linn, Ore., with his wife of 25 years and two children, both of whom are in high school.
Jake von Scherrer was recently honored with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s State Award of Merit for Florida. Since 2008, von Scherrer has been the athletic director at Palmer Trinity School in Miami, where he started a variety of sportsmanship initiatives. Von Scherrer is a member of the NIAAA National Certification Committee and this year presented a workshop at its national conference on some of the sportsmanship initiatives at his school.
David LeFevre ’82, OD ’83 retired from Group Health Medical Center on Jan. 31, 2013, after practicing at its location in Olympia, Wash., for 23 years. He is now practicing half-time at the Dupont Family Vision Clinic in Dupont, Wash.
Ken Parshall was recently named assistant superintendent of the Salem-Keizer (Ore.) School District. He previously served as principal of McKay High School in Salem.
Cathy Leong ’87, MSPT ’89 married Kirby J. Doyle on Dec. 8, 2012.