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

Marie Peck OD

Marie Peck OD recently opened her own practice, Downtown Vision Center, in Albany, Ore. 

Anissa Wiseman MAT

Anissa Wiseman MAT was named interim principal for the 2013-2014 school year at Bear Creek Elementary School in Bend, Ore. 

Amy (Hylton) Nelson

Amy (Hylton) Nelson is a board member of Financial Beginnings, a Portland nonprofit that provides financial education programs. Nelson is the co-CEO and chief operating officer at Point West Credit Union in Portland, where she oversees human resources, technology, marketing and member services.

Zoey Mendoza

Zoey Mendoza married Curt Zimmerman on June 22, 2013.

Amber Fitzsimmons MSPT '96

Amber Fitzsimmons MSPT

Amber Fitzsimmons MSPT recently accepted a position as assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department of Anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco.

Tonya Macalino

Tonya Macalino celebrated the debut of her science fiction book, Stealing Lucifer’s Dreams, at a book release party at a Hillsboro, Ore., bookstore in December. The book is the second in her series, “Shades of Venice.” 

Wendy DeBrock

Wendy DeBrock recently opened an art gallery, DeBrock Galleria, in Geneseo, N.Y., representing the works of 30 artists from eight states.