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.
Keirsten Eagles OD opened Eagle Eye Vision Care in Keizer, Ore., in September 2012. She specializes in vision therapy.
Eric Foote PA ’08 and his wife, Lora, welcomed a baby girl in early 2013.
Sara Harsin ’07, MAT ’08 is now Hillsboro High School’s head varsity girls basketball coach. She served as the Spartans’ junior varsity coach last season. She teaches math at South Meadows Middle School.
Svetlana Mitsina married TJ Brown ’09 on Aug. 3, 2013.
Ricky Shinn graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2013.
Caryn (Gabryshak) Kunish PA welcomed a baby girl in May 2013.
Charnae (Little) Decker and husband Adam welcomed Miles Gene Decker on Feb. 1, 2013. He weighed 9 pounds and was 22 1/4 inches long.