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
Lt. Col. Vincent Littrell retired from the U.S. Air Force on Feb. 1, 2013. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1990 and was later commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force in May 1996. Littrell and his family recently bought a house in Fairfax, Va., and he has taken a position as an irregular warfare analyst for a firm that supports the U.S. Department of Defense.
Liz (Owen) Landon has accepted a vice principal position for a new charter elementary school in Medford, Ore.
Ame Beard MAT is the executive director of the Network Charter School in Eugene, Ore.
Emma (Dassauer) Gray has recently taken an executive director position at Marathon Education Partners, a small, nonprofit organization in Portland.
Kim Mathie is now the web content specialist at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Garrett Calcaterra’s fantasy novel, Dreamwielder, was published by Diversion Books on March 5, 2013. The epic fantasy novel was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Nook First Look selection.
Julie Taylor married Tom Mestas on June 23, 2012, in her hometown of Hood River, Ore.