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

Melissa (Morris) Kam

Melissa (Morris) Kam and husband David welcomed triplet sons, Connor, Logan and Mason, on Sept. 17, 2013.

Ben Bertrand PT

Ben Bertrand PT is working at Northeast Oregon Physical Therapy in La Grande, Ore. 

Bron Rowley

Bron Rowley and wife Kellie welcomed son Camden James on June 18, 2013. 

Ramil Sapinoro

Ramil Sapinoro married Aaron Olden.

Michael D. Thompson PsyD

Michael D. Thompson PsyD, president of the Minnesota Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, was named to an independent task force, the Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards
Task Force. 

Melanie (Bethscheider) Pedersen

Melanie (Bethscheider) Pedersen co-owns Your Perfect Bridesmaid, which was recently featured in the Portland (Ore.) Bride & Groom magazine.

Jill (Nuha) Shih

Jill (Nuha) Shih and husband Vincent welcomed a baby boy in August 2013. The couple married Aug. 21, 2011. She earned a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Southern California in 2012.