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 vision tests, as well as protective sports goggles and prescription eyeglasses as needed, to all Special Olympics participants. 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. A widely recognized sports vision practitioner, Berman has a practice in Hackensack, N.J., and has received many professional recognitions for his work.
Jenifer Jennings earned a doctor of physical therapy degree from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., in 2012.
Jill Peacock ’08, OT ’11 married Derrek Layton on July 27, 2013.
Katey Schultz MFA presented Where Research Meets Imagination and discussed her writing process at the Shambhala Meditation Center in Asheville, N.C., in December. Her book, Flashes of War, won the 2013 Gold Medal Book of the Year for literary fiction from the Military Writers Society of America.
Amanda Tripp Johansson is a graduate assistant in the Sustainability Leadership Center at Portland State University.
Lehua Watanabe and Bryson Vivas ’10 welcomed son Bryden Gerald Keaomakalani Vivas on July 14, 2013. He weighed 7 pounds, 0.7 ounces and joins big brother Ryder, 3.
Shanna (Rietmann) Sallee graduated from the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine and works at Hermiston (Ore.) Veterinary Clinic.
Kasey (Stroud) Webber PT and husband Jeff welcomed son Grady Ray on June 27, 2013. He weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces.