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
Chase Milbrandt welcomed triplets into his family.
Jeffrey Williams served in the Forest Grove Police Department from 1994 until February 2011,
when he accepted a position as police lieutenant with the city of Beaverton. He now is captain of Beaverton’s Administrative Services Bureau.
Patrick “P.K.” Higa was named athletic director of King Kekaulike High School on Maui, Hawai‘i. He has been at the school for 15 years, serving as a teacher, vice principal and, most recently, as the head football coach. He currently resides in Pukalani, Hawai’i, with his wife, Terilyn Antonio-Higa ’95, and children, Josh and Jami.
Jonathan Pahukula is currently vice president of KIAKO Foundation, an organization working to educate people about the Hawaiian culture. They held their first Ho‘omoana in 2012, a three-day summer camp for first through sixth grade children taught by native and non-native Hawaiian experts.
Kayrin Perkins married Jon Westcott on Oct. 13, 2012.
Dana Ziskrout ’94, O.D. ’97 competed with his team, Crushing Fist, at the United States International TaeKwon-Do Federation (ITF) National Qualifier, a black belt-only invitational, in March 2012. He won two gold medals and one silver medal. In August 2012, Ziskrout competed with Team USA in the ITF World Championship in Ottawa, Canada, and secured his position among the sport’s best as he won two silver medals and one gold medal.
Christy Aleckson was nominated and installed to the National Board of Directors for Women in Insurance and Financial Services. She also sits on the board of the local Portland chapter of WIFS, where she is a past-president and current chair of the programs committee. She works at Single Point Financial Advisors.