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
Gina Bell and husband John Howington welcomed Lola May Bell on Feb. 21, 2013, at home in Portland. She was 20.25 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces.
Mariah Garr is the wetlands manager for the Cosumnes River Preserve in Galt, Calif.
Jennifer (Hart) Polzien ’00, MAT ’02 welcomed son Kaimana in February 2013.
Jon Dykstra married Lauren Paige Tranbert on April 20, 2013.
Nicole (Rush) Erenfeld OD spoke at the 10th annual Women’s Health Day in Bandon, Ore., sponsored by the Southern Coos Health Foundation. She practices in both the Coquille and Bandon Vision Centers and is also an adjunct clinical professor at Pacific University.
Kevin Evers and wife Debbie welcomed Brynlee Paige Evers on March 23, 2013. She was 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 20.5 inches long.
Jannette Smith married Jeremey Mallett on May 12, 2012.