Student Ambassadors

The Ambassadors are made up of approximately 24 students with typically 8 students from each class. The Ambassadors provide all of the tours to prospective students and any other party requesting a tour of the campus. In addition to the tours, the Ambassadors help assist with first year orientation and the annual Career Day for undergraduates. They also work very closely with the Admissions office in providing an invaluable resource for prospective students.

If you would like to speak with a current student about their experience applying to or choosing Pacific University College of Optometry, you are invited to contact one of our student ambassadors.  Clicking on their name below will direct you to their e-mail. They will be happy to help you!

 

 

Class of 2015

 

  Joan Browne

  Third Year, President

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

  Biology Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Lake Tahoe, Nevada

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS:  "Pacific stands out in its comprehensive coverage of all aspects of optometry. While it is important for us to understand how optometry is expanding, I appreciate that Pacific covers the traditional roots of optometry as well. I was also drawn in by the friendly atmosphere and emphasis on collaboration as opposed to competition. And the gorgeous scenery of the northwest certainly doesn't hurt either!"

HOBBIES: Off-road motorcycles, racquetball, hiking, camping, visiting the lake, scuba diving, exploring Portland, and spending time with dog Annabelle.

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: American Optometric Student Association, Pacific Practice Management Group

 

  Katrin "Kat" Brucker

  Third Year, Secretary

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  North Dakota State University,

  Zoology Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Bismarck, North Dakota

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS:  "because of the friendly environment of the school and the noncompetitive attitude among the students. The area is beautiful, and I am so happy with my choice!"

HOBBIES: I like to spend time with my husband, hang out with friends, go hiking, play volleyball, and buy shoes. 

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: AMIGOS EyeCare, Pacific Practice Management Group

 

  Shane McDonald

  Third Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  University of Alberta,

  Zoology Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Jaffray, British Columbia, Canada

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "because of its excellent location for out of school activities and the immediate family-like atmosphere provided by everyone I met."

HOBBIES: Mountaineering, cycling, hiking, running

 

  Khoa Nguyen

  Third Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  Portland State University,

  Health Science/Community Health

  Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Hue, Vietnam

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "The school values the importance of treating students with the kindness and respect given a colleague. These types of relationships help eliminate communication barriers between professors and students, thus creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere to learn and grow. The environment at this institution closely resembles an interconnected village, which is something every student, like myself, values."

HOBBIES: Soccer related events? Count me in! Spending time with family and friends, traveling, working out, camping, hitting up the coast, and snowboarding

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: AMIGOS EyeCare, Intramural Soccer, National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)

 

  Alexandra "Alex" Bavasi

  Third Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  Sacred Heart University -

  Fairfield, Connecticut, Biology Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Flagstaff, Arizona

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS:  "The faculty and students with whom I interacted with during my interview visit were very welcoming, informative, and fun! The culture of the program is noncompetitive and collaborative, and the faculty members wish only to help us succeed. It also doesn't hurt that we're located in the beautiful Northwest, I couldn't see myself anywhere else."

HOBBIES: Skiing, Olympic-style weight lifting, CrossFit, hiking, checking out new restaurants, going to concerts

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: American Optometric Student Association, AMIGOS EyeCare, American Academy of Optometry, National Optometric Student Association (NOSA), American Public Health Association, Sports Vision Club, College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)

 

  Wyatt Nash-Keller

  Third Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  South Dakota State University

  Biology Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Selby, South Dakota

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "the good-hearted nature of all the fellow students, and how the professors treated you like doctors in training and not just students."

HOBBIES: all sports, watching an entire TV series, and lounging with friends. I'm also a huge music enthusiast (especially rap/hip-hop and 90's music).

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Sports  Vision Club, Pacific Practice Management Group

 

  Sheila Morrison

  Third Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  University of Calgary,

  Exercise and Health Physiology Major

 

  HOMETOWN:

  Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "At Pacific I knew that I would find my Optometry home in which the overall quality of life and education would be the highest for me. Between well-rounded academics, excellent faculty, and a beautiful location, there is much to achieve and explore!"

HOBBIES: running, playing soccer, listening to music, reading, experiencing new cuisines, spending time with friends and family, and being in the great outdoors

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Ambassadors, AMIGOS, PUCO Practice Management, Student Optometric Association, American Optometry Association, Optometric Extension Program

 

Class of 2016

 

  Emily Bucher

   Second Year, President-Elect

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  Loyola Marymount University,

  Natural Science Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Santa Clara, CA

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "With the family atmosphere and excitement I felt from all the students, I knew I would feel at home. The students work as a team and the faculty is there for YOU 100% of the way. Everyone wants to see you succeed."

HOBBIES: Cooking, Baking, Traveling, Physical Activity, Snowboarding, Hiking, Spending time with friends and family

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Student Ambassadors, AMIGOS, Practice Management Club

 

  Emma Lundien

   Second Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  University of Northern Colorado,

  Biomedical Sciences Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Brighton, CO

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "I chose Pacific because of the cooperative learning environment, incredible faculty, and the small-town location."

HOBBIES: My hobbies include cooking, playing the flute and piano, and exploring the world of wine. In my free time I love to play volleyball, watch Breaking Bad, and explore Portland.

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: I am currently involved with Pacific University’s Pep Band and Student Ambassadors

 

  Cathy Yuen

   Second Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  University of British Columbia,

  Physiology Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Richmond, BC

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "The interview day experience was awesome! The students and professors were very approachable and I value Pacific’s concept of everyone being a family.  In addition, the emphasis on clinical skills and career development was an important aspect for me when it comes to choosing my optometry school.  Another plus about Pacific is that it’s close to home."

HOBBIES: I enjoy trying out different kinds of foods, watching movies, shopping and reading mystery novels.

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Student Ambassadors

  Shannon Soper

   Second Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:  

  Pacific University,

  Physics Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Rockford, IL

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "I was also an undergraduate student at Pacific where I always felt a real sense of community. I also got this same sense of community within the college of optometry. It shown to have a great support system in the students as well as the faculty and staff, which I felt would be important for the difficult years the program would have."

HOBBIES: Volleyball, hiking, going to movies, hanging out with friends, going to concerts, and exploring new restaurants and areas.

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: AMIGOS EyeCare, Intramural volleyball, National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)

 

  Tyler Rose

   Second Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  University of North Dakota,

  Biology Major

 

  HOMETOWN:

  Brainerd, MN

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "Its outstanding reputation and exceptional program. The professors as well as the atmosphere were so welcoming to me and I felt like everyone was going out of their way to make me feel comfortable. I love the setting at Pacific in which I can learn in. It is such a positive environment to be able to work with others who are all aiming towards the same general goal of becoming Optometrists."

HOBBIES: I am very active and love sports and the outdoors. I am an avid runner and love the trails out here. Music and food are also some things I love.

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Ambassadors, Sports Vision Club, AMIGOS, American Optometry Association (AOA), National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)

 

  Sarah Prosen

   Second Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  Hamline University,

  Biology Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Apple Valley, MN

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "When interviewing at Pacific, I instantly felt at home with the welcoming students and staff.  I loved the beautiful campus, and friendly “family” environment. I was impressed by the exceptional didactic and clinical education the students receive, and the support systems available. I was also drawn to the many opportunities in a variety of specialties, specifically sports vision, and 3D vision."

HOBBIES: Sports/Gymnastics, working out, music, hiking by the coast, crafts, baking, and hanging out with friends.

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Ambassadors, Sports Vision Club, NOSA, AMIGOS, AOA

 

  Morgan Grove

  Second Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:  

  University of Oregon,

  Biology Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Myrtle Point, OR

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: " I really felt welcomed here on my Interview Day. Everyone was very helpful and lived up to their reputation of being a family environment, where classmates help each other out in any way they can. The people at Pacific genuinely want you to succeed and have a fulfilling experience in school."

HOBBIES: I really enjoy watching and participating in all kinds of sports, my favorite being basketball. I also enjoy outdoor activities, hiking and camping. I love to cook and enjoy wine tasting, and just overall trying new things and meeting new people.

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Ambassadors Private Practice Management, AMIGOS, NOSA

 

  Tori Kennedy

   Second Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  California State University, Fresno,

  Animal Science Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Modesto, CA

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: " I knew Pacific University was where I wanted to be after visiting for interview day.  When I met the professors and my potential classmates, I knew that the school would be a perfect fit.  Academically, Pacific’s curriculum covers a broad scope of optometry including the medical and behavioral aspects.  Culturally, it’s difficult to beat the many offerings of the Pacific Northwest."

HOBBIES: Baking, Reading, Playing Board Games, Working with animals

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Ambassadors, Practice Management, AMIGOS

Class of 2017

 

  Kayla Avirett

  First Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  Schreiner University,

  Biology Major

 

  HOMETOWN:

  West Columbia, TX

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "Pacific does not stress any particular specialty but instead provides a well rounded education that allows you to have a baseline to expand your own interests.  The professors also want you to succeed and having a faculty that allows you to utilize their expertise is a great thing."

HOBBIES: I enjoy relaxing when I can by watching TV and hanging out with my friends.  I like playing any sport, particularly softball and golf.  Trying new food and finding "hole in the wall" restaurants is something I like to do when I get the chance.

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Sports Vision Club, Practice Management Group, Student Ambassador, Pre-Optometry Club Buddy Program

 

  Terri Baker

   First Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  University of Saskatchewan,

  Physiology/Pharmacology Major

 

  HOMETOWN:

  Saskatoon, SK

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "Pacific provides a high quality education, supportive environment, hands-on learning, and endless opportunities for school and community involvement."

HOBBIES: Running, Hiking, Hockey, Yoga, Enjoying the outdoors, Watching movies, and Spending time with friends and families 

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: AMIGOS, Canadian Association of Optometry Students, Sports Vision Club, and intramural volleyball

 

  Daniel Cleveland

   First Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  University of North Texas,

  General Studies Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Idalou, TX

 

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "The heart of the program was focused on community and support while advancing the field of optometry."

HOBBIES: Flag Football, Volleyball, Tennis, Running, Fantasy Football, Forgetting to Return Emails (just kidding!)

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Ambassadors, Amigos, and Sports Vision

 

  Kelsey Elrod

   First Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  Colorado State University,

  Health and Exercise Science Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Flagler, CO

 

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "The faculty and students are welcoming and down to earth, and it really does have that family feeling I was looking for. Between the impressive academic reputation for preparing students for professional success, the warm and friendly atmosphere of the college, and its location in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Pacific was an easy choice!"

 

HOBBIES: Watching and playing sports, running, hiking, listening to music, exploring new areas, and spending time with family and friends

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS:  AMIGOS Eye Care, Student Ambassadors, Sports Vision Club, American Optometric Student Association

 

  Yunie Kim

   First Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  University of Western Ontario,

  Biology and Psychology Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Vancouver, BC

 

 

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "I had an exceptional experience at Interview Day. Everybody was friendly and welcoming and I felt that Pacific was the kind of place I could really thrive in. The small class size, collaborative environment and friendly professors were also important factors in my decision. And I absolutely love all the rain!"

 

HOBBIES: I love watching hockey, playing and watching video games, traveling, reading, and singing!

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Ambassadors, AMIGOS

 

  Christopher Kimball

   First Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:  Idaho State University,

  Biomedical Sciences Major

 

  HOMETOWN:

  Emmett, ID

 

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "Because of the outstanding professors and students I interacted with on my interview day. I knew that Pacific's curriculum would educate me to become the best optometrist for any setting I chose to practice in. Plus, the location of Pacific is hard to beat with all that it has to offer. "

 

HOBBIES: Playing golf, spending time with my wife and dog, watching reruns of The Office and How I Met Your Mother over and over again, being outdoors, and of course, watching football.

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Ambassadors, Sports Vision Club

 

  Evelyn Lo

  First Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:  Simon Fraser University,

  Biology Major

 

  HOMETOWN:

  Burnaby, BC

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: " Because of Pacific's ability to recognize that a friendly, non-competitive environment bound by teamwork is invaluable to the success of each optometrist. "

HOBBIES: Building Lego, playing competitive badminton, kayaking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.  I also love sharks and marine biology!

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Student Ambassadors, American Optometric Student Association, AMIGOS, National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)

 

  Megan Mannen

   First Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  Seattle Pacific University,

  Physiology Major

  HOMETOWN:

  St. Helens, OR

 

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: " I immediately felt valued and respected by the staff, faculty, and students upon arrival on campus. Pacific provides a great learning environment, producing optometrists equipped with all of the necessary skills and resources to become successful in future practice."

HOBBIES: Tennis, soccer, yoga, traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. 

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Student Ambassadors, AMIGOS, Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, Sports Vision Club

 

  Samantha Sperber

  First Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:  MacEwan University,

  Biological Science Major

 

  HOMETOWN:

  Ponoka, AB

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "Everyone treats you like a colleague or family member, encouraging collaboration between students and faculty as well as promoting a noncompetitive environment.  Aside from the actual people and program itself, the campus is beautiful, Forest Grove has the small community feel to it, and Pacific has six eye clinics providing a wealth of opportunity for students, what more could anyone ask for really! "

HOBBIES: Exploring the outdoors, playing lacrosse, spending time with family and friends, finding new places to adventure, traveling and volunteering! 

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: AMIGOS, American Optometric Students Association, Pacific Sports Vision, Canadian Association of Optometric Students, American Optometry Association 

 

  Paige Stephens

   First Year

  UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION:

  University of Kansas,

  Exercise Science Major

  HOMETOWN:

  Colby, KS

 

 

 

ONE REASON I CHOSE PACIFIC IS: "After visiting Pacific I could not picture myself going anywhere else. The beauty of the area, the climate, the coast, and the benefits of living in a small town drew me in.  I was sold after meeting with the faculty, staff, and students at Pacific.  Everyone genuinely cares about you here and treats you as a colleague the day you start classes. The people are truly what make this school so special."

HOBBIES: I love playing all sports, running, biking, hiking, and anything that involves being outdoors and active.  I also enjoy cooking/baking, gardening, photography, traveling, shopping, and sleeping.

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Student Ambassadors, AMIGOS EyeCare, Sports Vision Club, Pacific Practice Management Group, AOSA, Intramural Sports

 

 





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