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.
Megan Beattie graduated in May 2013 from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix with a master’s degree in special education. She is a high school special education resource teacher in the Ketchikan (Alaska) Gateway Borough School District.
Kurtis Childers received a doctorate of medicine degree from Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. He is working on his five-year general surgery residency at Pinnacle Health Systems in Harrisburg, Penn., where he lives with his wife Aubrey and two children, Kael and Lillian.
Frankie Guros earned a master of science degree in psychology from Portland State University in August 2013.
Kelsey Owens, a former All-American runner at Pacific, was the featured speaker at the national 2013 NCAA Division II cross- country awards banquet in Spokane, Wash., in November 2013. She spoke about her efforts to help underprivileged children in Uganda through a physical education program focused on introducing Ugandan children to healthy workout habits and providing education regarding fitness.
Leanne Santella married Justin Barden ’08 in Maui on Oct. 27, 2013.
Ashley Schalow married Perry Kent ’10 on Sept. 22, 2013, in Seattle aboard a Washington State Ferry vessel. Michelle Lawrence ’10 and Jaeme Klever ’10 were attendants.
Rochelle Schwartz ’09, MA ’13 opened her private practice in mental health counseling in Portland, Ore.