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

Kase Johnstun

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

Brooke Toy is the softball coach and a health and physical education teacher at Marshfield High School, Coos Bay, Ore.


Chelsey Alee Chamberlain

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

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

Erin McElhone will attend medical school at Toro University in Henderson, Nev., on an U.S. Army medical military scholarship.


Shane Robinson

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

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.