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.
Abbey Nelson OD finished a year-long residency in primary care and ocular disease at Illinois College of Optometry in August 2012 and is now serving as an optometrist in the U.S. Navy at Iwakuni, Japan.
Kaila Osmotherly OD received the Dr. Donald E. Jarnagin Award of Excellence in Teaching at Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry in Glendale, Ariz.
Jessie Burr PA married Andrew Hockett on July 21, 2012.
Whitney Nelson ’11, PA ’15 married Sean Thomas on April 20, 2013. Alumni in attendance included David Maile ’10, Casey Nishimura ’10, Amanda Brown ’10, Vena Haynes ’10, Heather Ritenour ’10, John Gillem ’12, Allie Hasenger ’12, Keely Craig ’14 and Chris Reimer ’14.
Laura Armstrong OD, MEd/VFL ’12 recently opened up Alberta Eye Care in Portland, Ore.,
Jonathan Jury recently became employed at Yahoo.