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

Kase Johnstun

Kase Johnstun MFA has been hired to write a monthly column for the Top of Utah lifestyle section of the Ogden (Utah) Standard Examiner.


Brooke Toy

Brooke Toy is the softball coach and a health and physical education teacher at Marshfield High School, Coos Bay, Ore.


Chelsey Alee Chamberlain

Chelsey Alee Chamberlain is the assistant director of communications at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. She was assistant sports information director at Pacific from August 2013 until January 2014.


Natalie Kollross

Natalie Kollross MS ’07, PsyD ’12 is now licensed to practice psychology in Oregon. She completed a year of residency at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and an internship at Children’s Institute, Inc., in Los Angeles. She now works at Psychological Services of Pendleton, Ore. 



Erin McElhone

Erin McElhone will attend medical school at Toro University in Henderson, Nev., on an U.S. Army medical military scholarship.


Shane Robinson

Shane Robinson MAT was featured in an article in the Daily Astorian in December 2013, noting his change of career from a firefighter to teacher at Astoria High School.


Tess Schurter

Tess Schurter was featured as “Today’s Young Professional” in the Statesman Journal (Salem, Ore.) in February. She is a human resource specialist at Cascade Cardiology in Salem.