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.
Billy Gates covers high school sports for The Oregonian and OregonLive.com.
Katey Schultz MFA was awarded the 2013 Gold Medal for Literary Fiction Book of the Year by the Military Writers Society of America for her book, Flashes of War.
Rachael Burbank has returned to her hometown in Massachusetts and is working at a Cape Cod nonprofit supporting commercial fishermen.
Garold Howe and Rochelle Howe ’11 welcomed their second child, Harper May, on March 28, 2014. She measured 20.5 inches and weighed 7.4 pounds.
Nick Locke opened his own chiropractic clinic in West Linn, Ore. in March 2013.
Thuy Nguyn OD is now working in the Warrenton, Ore., Costco Optical Department.
Bret Andre MS and wife Mijeong K. Andre, research coordinator in Pacific’s Vision Performance Institute, welcomed daughter Ha-Yoon Andre on Dec. 23, 2013.