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.
Hala’i Topp is a staff accountant at Pacxa in Honolulu.
Mark Truax has moved back to his home state of Colorado as an account manager for Pac/West Communications and will lead its new Denver office. Pac/West is owned by Paul ’78 and Nancy (Knop) Phillips ‘77, MAT ’82, also a Pacific University trustee.
Renee Tuski MAT married Bubba Elverud on Aug. 3, 2013.
Sam Watanuki married Jacqulean Donohoue on Oct. 26, 2013, in Colorado.
Courtney Hirsch and Bryant Rohloff ’07 were married Aug. 31, 2013, in Auburn, Calif.
Kimberly O’Rourke recently completed a degree in nursing at Concordia University Irvine in California.
Robbie Parker PA donated six children’s books to the Hillsboro Main Library in August to honor his daughter, Emilie Parker, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2013. Parker also spoke at a commencement ceremony for the 2013 graduating class of Pacific University physician assistant studies students.