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.
Julie (McNee) Bruce MA and husband Erik welcomed a daughter in August 2013.
Molly Fischer has earned a master’s degree in aeronautical science with an emphasis in human factor engineering in aviation systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Jeannine Hall Gailey MFA served as poet laureate in Redmond, Wash. Her third poetry book, Unexplained Fevers, was published in 2013 by New Binary Press. A fourth book, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, about growing up in Oak Ridge, Tenn., in the shadow of a nuclear site, will be published next year by Mayapple Press.
Jessica Ley Metcalf MS ’05, PsyD ’07 is in her second year as assistant director of counseling and psychiatry at the University of Vermont. Her work includes directing the intern training program in clinical and counseling psychology and clinical mental health. Metcalf lives just outside of Burlington with her husband and son.
Faren (Clarambeau) Leader earned a master of arts degree in teaching from Lewis & Clark College in 2009.
Charnae (Little) Decker and husband Adam welcomed daughter Emerie Kay Decker on Feb. 16, 2014. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 21 ½ inches. She joins big brother Miles.
Meghan Fredette married Bobby Balzarini in the fall of 2013.