Class Notes, Spring 2014

Carrie Newman '88

Carrie Newman 1988

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

David Cook OD 1978

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.

General Comments

Sara (Thornton) Hendrickson

Sara (Thornton) Hendrickson and husband Matthew welcomed daughter Quinn Emmerie Hendrickson on Jan. 18, 2014. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces.


Joe Balash

Joe Balash is the youngest member ever appointed commissioner of the Alaska Department of National Resources. He was featured in the March 2, 2014, edition of the Alaska Journal of Commerce for his role working for the state of Alaska on a prospective multi-billion dollar gas project. 



Sara (Thornton) Hendricksen

Sara (Thornton) Hendricksen

Sara (Thornton) Hendricksen and husband Matthew welcomed daughter Quinn Emmerie Hendricksen on Jan. 18, 2014. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces.

Dustin Kochis

Dustin Kochis

Dustin Kochis and his wife Darcy welcomed son Jude Vincent on Feb. 11, 2014.


Shauna Schissler

Shauna Schissler ’02, OD ’05 and husband Matt Schissler welcomed son Carter Matthew Schissler on Jan. 17, 2014. He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 22 inches. He joins a brother, Ethan.


T.J. Blair

T.J. Blair and wife Reanna welcomed daughter Isabella Katharine on Dec. 16, 2013. She weighted 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 19 inches.


Corrine Dignam

Corrine Dignam

Corrine Dignam married Marc Bologna on March 19, 2014.