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

Hala’i Topp

Hala’i Topp is a staff accountant at Pacxa in Honolulu.

Mark Truax

Mark Truax has moved back to his home state of Colorado as an account manager for Pac/West Communications and will lead its new Denver office. Pac/West is owned by Paul ’78 and Nancy (Knop) Phillips ‘77, MAT ’82, also a Pacific University trustee.

Renee Tuski MAT

Renee Tuski MAT married Bubba Elverud on Aug. 3, 2013.

Sam Watanuki

Sam Watanuki married Jacqulean Donohoue on Oct. 26, 2013, in Colorado.

Courtney Hirsch

Courtney Hirsch and Bryant Rohloff ’07 were married Aug. 31, 2013, in Auburn, Calif.

Kimberly O’Rourke

Kimberly O’Rourke recently completed a degree in nursing at Concordia University Irvine in California.

Robbie Parker PA

Robbie Parker PA donated six children’s books to the Hillsboro Main Library in August to honor his daughter, Emilie Parker, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2013. Parker also spoke at a commencement ceremony for the 2013 graduating class of Pacific University physician assistant studies students.