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
Rena Dunbar MAT and Marty Smith MAT were awarded the Peace Educator of the Year Award in May by the Nobel Peace Laureate Project. The grassroots organization, based in Eugene, Ore., promotes peace by honoring and inspiring peacemakers. Dunbar teaches atSpencer Butte Middle School and Smith teaches at Roosevelt Middle School, both in Eugene.
Erica (Long) Sawyer is a counselor at Riverside Living in Wood Village, Ore., where she practices art therapy.
Denise Giesbers received the Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champion Award at the National Institute For Study of Transfer Students conference in February 2014.
Audrey Owens MSPT and husband Neville Kodkani welcomed son Kian on Nov. 12, 2013.
Audrey (Fields) Grube OD and husband Thomas J. Grube welcomed son Thomas James David Grube on Nov. 25, 2013. He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 20 inches. He joins big sister Anabelle Eva Marie, age 2. Annabelle was born Oct. 4, 2011, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 19 ¼ inches.
Stephanie (Zimmerman) Davis and husband Jacob welcomed son Eric Joseph on Dec. 18, 2013. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 21 inches.
Mike Okouchi was recently interviewed on the Lifetime Channel about the Better Body System. He is a chiropractor in Irvine, Calif