Carrie Newman ’88 is executive director of the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. Since graduating from Pacific, she has served in the Peace Corps in central Africa, earned a graduate degree in health policy from the University of Chicago and spent more than 15 years in health administration. Read more in the Editor's Blog.
David Cook OD ’78 has published a new novel, The Anatomy of Blindness. Calling it a spiritual adventure story, Cook says the novel is about a behavioral optometrist who joins a consulting group that is, in fact, a front for an alternative religious group. The novel, he says, offers a new way of seeing the world. Cook owns Cook Vision Therapy Center in Marietta, Ga., and is a member of several national and international optometric organizations. He lectures throughout the United States, most recently at the Northwest Congress of Optometry, which met Feb. 22-23 at Pacific University. Read more in the Editor's Blog.
Rena Dunbar MAT and Marty Smith MAT were awarded the Peace Educator of the Year Award in May by the Nobel Peace Laureate Project. The grassroots organization, based in Eugene, Ore., promotes peace by honoring and inspiring peacemakers. Dunbar teaches atSpencer Butte Middle School and Smith teaches at Roosevelt Middle School, both in Eugene.
Erica (Long) Sawyer is a counselor at Riverside Living in Wood Village, Ore., where she practices art therapy.
Denise Giesbers received the Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champion Award at the National Institute For Study of Transfer Students conference in February 2014.
Audrey Owens MSPT and husband Neville Kodkani welcomed son Kian on Nov. 12, 2013.
Audrey (Fields) Grube OD and husband Thomas J. Grube welcomed son Thomas James David Grube on Nov. 25, 2013. He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 20 inches. He joins big sister Anabelle Eva Marie, age 2. Annabelle was born Oct. 4, 2011, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 19 ¼ inches.
Stephanie (Zimmerman) Davis and husband Jacob welcomed son Eric Joseph on Dec. 18, 2013. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 21 inches.
Mike Okouchi was recently interviewed on the Lifetime Channel about the Better Body System. He is a chiropractor in Irvine, Calif