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

Emily Lux MAT

Emily Lux MAT was the featured artist in December at Summa Real Estate Group in Hillsboro, Ore. She is a muralist, painter and maker of books, as well as a teacher in special education. 

Rachel Seibert

Rachael Seibert works at Community Home Health and Hospice in Vancouver, Wash.

Travis Stine

Travis Stine, Alex Taimanao ’10, J. Jury ’12 and Dane Lum Ho ’14 are four of the seven members of DK Band, which won “Yahoo!-A-Palooza,” a national YouTube battle of the bands video contest. DK Band, which rehearses twice a week in an industrial building in Portland, also was the opening act for the December 2013 Yahoo! Year-End Party.

Sarah Swanholm OD

Sarah Swanholm OD has joined the eye-care team at Bagan Strinden Vision in Fargo, N.D. After graduating from Pacific, she completed a hospital-based rehabilitative optometric residency at the Kansa City (Mo.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Sarah Hope Mills Voelkel MFA

Sarah Hope Mills Voelkel MFA welcomed daughter Nola Marie.

Jessica (Sweeney) MacLean

Jessica (Sweeney) MacLean and husband Eric welcomed daughter Georgia Lynn MacLean on Nov. 30, 2013. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

Alexa Block

Alexa Block is a reporter at KOTA, an ABC news affiliate in Rapid City, S.D.