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.
Marie Peck OD recently opened her own practice, Downtown Vision Center, in Albany, Ore.
Anissa Wiseman MAT was named interim principal for the 2013-2014 school year at Bear Creek Elementary School in Bend, Ore.
Amy (Hylton) Nelson is a board member of Financial Beginnings, a Portland nonprofit that provides financial education programs. Nelson is the co-CEO and chief operating officer at Point West Credit Union in Portland, where she oversees human resources, technology, marketing and member services.
Zoey Mendoza married Curt Zimmerman on June 22, 2013.
Amber Fitzsimmons MSPT recently accepted a position as assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department of Anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco.
Tonya Macalino celebrated the debut of her science fiction book, Stealing Lucifer’s Dreams, at a book release party at a Hillsboro, Ore., bookstore in December. The book is the second in her series, “Shades of Venice.”
Wendy DeBrock recently opened an art gallery, DeBrock Galleria, in Geneseo, N.Y., representing the works of 30 artists from eight states.