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

Sadie Bliss

Sadie Bliss and husband Laughlin Chanler welcomed daughter Juno Priscilla on Aug. 19, 2013. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and joins big brother Marvin. 

Aimee Ault Elliott '02 with son Lennon

Aimée Ault Elliott

Aimée Ault Elliott recently accepted a full-time tenure-track position in culinary studies at University of Montana. She and husband Jonah welcomed son Lennon Sage Kealiimahiai on Oct. 14, 2013. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Ryan Stanley

Ryan Stanley and wife Rebecca welcomed son Hunter Ryan Stanley on Aug. 21, 2013. He weighed 7 pounds and measured 19 inches long. 

Kara Yedinak

Kara Yedinak earned a PhD in engineering science from Washington State University in September. Her research involved studying the interactions between wildland forest fires and the atmosphere with computer models and field measurements.

Jill (Remiticado) Uyeda

Jill (Remiticado) Uyeda and husband Howard welcomed daughter Sidney on Oct. 11, 2013.

Randall J. Kempfer ’03, OD ‘06

Randall J. Kempfer ’03, OD ’06 was named Young Optometrist of the Year by the Minnesota Optometric Association at its 2013 fall meeting. His primary practice is with InVision Eye Care in Fergus Fall, Minn.

Anahita Nemat

Anahita Nemat married Christopher Renner on Oct. 13, 2013, in Pittsburgh. They live in Northern Virginia.