Class Notes, Spring 2012

Several mini profiles followed by class notes listings.

Chad Toomey 1994

Chad Toomey 1994

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 1975

Paul Berman 1975

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

Jenifer Jennings

Jenifer Jennings earned a doctor of physical therapy degree from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., in 2012.

Jill Peacock ’08, OT ‘11

Jill Peacock ’08, OT ’11 married Derrek Layton on July 27, 2013.

Katey Schultz MFA

Katey Schultz MFA presented Where Research Meets Imagination and discussed her writing process at the Shambhala Meditation Center in Asheville, N.C., in December. Her book, Flashes of War, won the 2013 Gold Medal Book of the Year for literary fiction from the Military Writers Society of America.

Amanda Tripp Johansson

Amanda Tripp Johansson is a graduate assistant in the Sustainability Leadership Center at Portland State University.

Lehua Watanabe

Lehua Watanabe and Bryson Vivas ’10 welcomed son Bryden Gerald Keaomakalani Vivas on July 14, 2013. He weighed 7 pounds, 0.7 ounces and joins big brother Ryder, 3.

Shanna (Rietmann) Sallee

Shanna (Rietmann) Sallee graduated from the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine and works at Hermiston (Ore.) Veterinary Clinic.

Kasey (Stroud) Webber PT

Kasey (Stroud) Webber PT and husband Jeff welcomed son Grady Ray on June 27, 2013. He weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces.