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.
Bill Blevins is the new head boys’ basketball coach for Sherman High School in Wasco County, Ore.
Sande Brown MAT is principal at Seaside Heights Elementary School in Seaside, Ore. She previously was principal at Gearhart and Cannon Beach elementary schools, both of which are also in the Seaside School District. Two of her sons, Gavin Brown ’14 and Garrett Brown ’17, are current students at Pacific University.
Brett Freese OD and his optometric practice, Eyes On Main, in Sauk Centre, Minn., were featured in a story in the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times, noting how Freese and his wife, Kelley, have worked to make their business relative to the history of the town, which was home to Sinclair Lewis, the first American to receive a Nobel Prize for literature.
Kelley Mathis is the assistant manager for the west region of the National Federation of Independent Business, a national small-business advocacy association in Nashville, Tenn.
Barbara Briscoe OD is working to help place nurses in Rwanda’s schools after she and her family traveled to the African country last summer on a two-week medical mission trip. She shared her experiences at a presentation in West Linn and is fundraising to place nurses in five schools.
Molly (Callanan) Widdicombe is the associate director of annual giving at University of the Redlands in Southern California.