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.
Kase Johnstun MFA has been hired to write a monthly column for the Top of Utah lifestyle section of the Ogden (Utah) Standard Examiner.
Brooke Toy is the softball coach and a health and physical education teacher at Marshfield High School, Coos Bay, Ore.
Chelsey Alee Chamberlain is the assistant director of communications at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. She was assistant sports information director at Pacific from August 2013 until January 2014.
Natalie Kollross MS ’07, PsyD ’12 is now licensed to practice psychology in Oregon. She completed a year of residency at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and an internship at Children’s Institute, Inc., in Los Angeles. She now works at Psychological Services of Pendleton, Ore.
Erin McElhone will attend medical school at Toro University in Henderson, Nev., on an U.S. Army medical military scholarship.
Shane Robinson MAT was featured in an article in the Daily Astorian in December 2013, noting his change of career from a firefighter to teacher at Astoria High School.
Tess Schurter was featured as “Today’s Young Professional” in the Statesman Journal (Salem, Ore.) in February. She is a human resource specialist at Cascade Cardiology in Salem.