Student Ambassadors | Optometry

Our 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. They will be happy to help you!

Class of 2021

Optometry Ambassador PhotoLucas Asfeld, Optometry Graduate Assistant

Third Year 

Undergraduate Institution: University of Minnesota, Duluth

Hometown: Cold Spring, MN

One reason I chose Pacific: The main reason I chose Pacific was because of its outstanding clinical and academic reputation.  With that being said, I also wanted to make it a memorable life experience.  Attending Pacific University would allow me to move away from home and explore the amazing scenery, adventures, and culture the Pacific Northwest has to offer.  I knew this place could support both my academic and lifestyle goals and therefore made it an easy decision.

Hobbies: Intramurals, guitar, hiking, trying new foods and beverages, and anything that keeps me active and outdoors like hunting and fishing

Clubs / Organizations: Sports Vision Club, Intramurals, AMIGOS, Student Ambassadors, AOSA, FCO

Optometry Ambassador PhotoShelby Borstmayer

Third Year

Undergraduate Institution: University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Hometown: Bruno, Saskatchewan, Canada

One reason I chose Pacific: During my interview at Pacific I already felt like a member of the Pacific family. All the students I met were so nice and genuinely cared about you. After growing up in a small town similar to Forest Grove, during the short time I was here for my interview the town already felt like home! My decision was definitely the right one, as I have loved every experience as a member of the College of Optometry already!

Hobbies: Reading, Volleyball, Yoga, Fitness Classes, Hiking, Playing Board Games

Clubs / Organizations: Amigos, American Optometric Student Association (AOSA), National Optometric Student Association (NOSA), Canadian Association of Optometry Students (CAOS), Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society (OWNS), Sports Vision Club, Student Ambassadors, Student Council

Optometry Ambassador PhotoChristina Goodrich

Third Year

Undergraduate Institution: Wheaton College, Illinois

Hometown: Meadow Vista, California

One reason I chose Pacific: Pacific’s atmosphere is extremely similar to that of my undergraduate institution. The students and faculty are dedicated to supporting and encouraging one another, and to serving communities in need, both locally and abroad.

Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, camping, rowing, skiing, and baking

Clubs / Organizations: AMIGOS, Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, Sports Vision Club, Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society

optometry Ambassador photoBrittany Hertz, President

Third Year

Undergraduate Institution: University of Alberta

Hometown: Medicine Hat, Alberta 

One reason I chose Pacific: I chose to attend Pacific because I always felt supported; from the application process to interview day and the first day of classes I felt at home and comfortable. The faculty, upperclassmen and fellow classmates are family and continue to go out of their way to make you feel supported and welcome! 

Hobbies: Cooking, reading, playing volleyball, and exploring all the coffee shops!

Clubs / Organizations: Student Ambassadors, CAOS, Sports Vision Club, Amigos 

Optometry Ambassador PhotoMichelle Lee

Third Year

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Davis

Hometown: Antioch, CA

One reason I chose Pacific: Other than getting to live in the beautiful state of Oregon, I chose Pacific University because the faculty and administration here have a wonderful and well-known reputation in supporting and nurturing the goals of their optometry students. And when I finally stepped onto campus for my interview I knew for sure that PUCO was the right fit for me. The intimate campus atmosphere and surrounding community really create the perfect environment for any optometry student.

Hobbies: Embroidery, catching concerts, binging shows, hiking, sightseeing, and foodie adventures

Clubs / Organizations: AMIGOS, California Optometric Association (COA), Class Council, Masters of Science in Vision Science Program, Oregon Optometric Physicians Association (OOPA), Pacific Practice Management Group (PPMG), Student Ambassador

optometry ambassador photoPavle Lozo

Third Year 

Undergraduate Institution: University of Calgary

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

One reason I chose Pacific: Like most who visit Pacific on interview day, I was intrigued by the tight-knit community feel. Everyone was extremely welcoming and helpful throughout the whole process, including faculty. It was apparent that academics were taken seriously, but not in the competitive manner that you may find during undergraduate studies. Also, I wanted to get away from the Canadian winter.

Hobbies: Soccer, watching all sports, going to the movies, trying new restaurants and traveling

Clubs / Organizations: Student Ambassadors, AOSA, CAOS, AMIGOS

optometry ambassador photoHope Lujan

Third Year

Undergraduate Institution: University of New Mexico

Hometown: Pflugerville, Texas

One reason I chose Pacific: I chose Pacific because of the amazing family atmosphere that I experienced during my interview day. The faculty and students here are very welcoming and are always ready to help. 

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, and hanging out with my cat

Clubs / Organizations: Student Ambassadors, AOSA, Sports Vision Club, AMIGOS, PPMG, and Class Council 

optometry student ambassadorMadison Meltebeke

Third Year

Undergraduate Institution: Pacific University

Hometown: Forest Grove, OR

One reason I chose Pacific: I chose PUCO because, along with the university's outstanding reputation, I knew I would have a home here. The campus is beautiful and energetic, and the students and faculty are warm and welcoming. I knew that at Pacific, I would be challenged and pushed to be the very best that I could be, while also being supported beyond measure.

Hobbies: Playing volleyball, cooking, playing with my French Bulldog Leopold, and spending time with friends/family

Clubs / Organizations: NOSA 1st year rep, Amigos, Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, Student Ambassador

optometry ambassador photoLily Sam

Third Year

Undergraduate Institution: Pacific University

Hometown: Portland, OR

One reason I chose Pacific: I chose it once before for its close-knit atmosphere and I chose Pacific again for the same reason. Camaraderie falls not only between peers but among students and faculty as well. Pacific's diverse academics and dedicated service to community easily solidified my decision.

Hobbies: Reading, crocheting, visiting museums, collecting handmade ceramic mugs, hiking, SUPing, being outside! 

Clubs / Organizations: Student Ambassadors, AOSA, NOSA, AMIGOS, Sports Vision Club

optometry ambassador photoJessica Tran, Social Media Representative

Third Year

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Irvine

Hometown: Orange, California 

One reason I chose Pacific: I chose Pacific because I instantly felt at home here. Students and faculty were kind, warm and welcoming from the start. They made adapting to optometry school and to a new environment super easy. Although it has been a lot of work, I am enjoying every moment here so far. 

Hobbies: Netflix, seeing movies in the theater, karaoke, eating/finding new places to eat, volunteering 

Clubs / Organizations: SOA (President Elect), Class Council (Equipment Rep), AMIGOS, Sports Vision Club, NOSA, AOSA, California Optometric Association, OOPA, COVD, Student Ambassadors

Class of 2022

Optometry Ambassador Photo

Lindsey Belthoff

Second Year 

Undergraduate Institution: Washington State University
Hometown: Boise, Idaho

One reason I chose Pacific: I chose Pacific because I felt welcomed and comfortable from the first time I stepped on campus for my interview! I could immediately tell that the Optometry program here really cares about the well-being and success of each of their students and that they provide support throughout the process. Pacific has such a great reputation for academics and community outreach, and I knew that was something I wanted to be a part of!

Hobbies: Trying new restaurants, playing with my dog, cooking, crafting, watching Netflix/Hulu, and cheering on the WSU Cougs! 

Clubs / Organizations: NOSA, AOSA, Vision Therapy Club, Student Ambassadors

Optometry Ambassador Photo

Peter Blink, President-Elect

Second Year 

Undergraduate Institution: University of Oregon
Hometown: San Jose, California

One reason I chose Pacific: I chose Pacific because it was the only school I visited where I could envision myself as a student on campus. Plus, having several different clinics with unique patients and requirements at each one means I'll get plenty of experience in a multitude of different practices.

Hobbies: Running, cycling, skiing, driving, watching sports (Go Ducks!) 

Clubs / Organizations: AOSA, Amigos, Sports Vision Club, PPMGStudent Ambassadors

Optometry Ambassador Photo

Duyen Cao, Secretary

Second Year

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Hometown: Fresno, California

One reason I chose Pacific: Aside from being in the beautiful PNW, I chose Pacific because of the immediate sense of camaraderie I felt among the students and faculty on the day of my interview. It's true when we say we're all here to help and support each other. From the application process, through interview day, and now in school, I know I have an amazing support system behind me.

Hobbies: I enjoy traveling, trying new food, hiking, Netflix, and loving on doggos.

Clubs / Organizations: AMIGOS, AOSA, California Optometric Association, NOSA, PPMG, Vision Therapy Club, Student Ambassadors

Optometry Ambassador PhotoKyle Degman

Second Year

Undergraduate Institution: George Fox University
Hometown: Beaverton, OR

One reason I chose Pacific: I chose Pacific because of the amazing work that we do in serving the less fortunate population and giving back. That is what working in the health field is really about.

Hobbies: Long distance running, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, dirt bike riding, fishing, ping-pong

Clubs / Organizations: Vision Therapy Club, Sports Vision Club, Student Ambassadors

Optometry Ambassador PhotoElena Dyck

Second Year

Undergraduate Institution: University of Saskatchewan
Hometown: Saskatoon, Canada

One reason I chose Pacific: The Community Outreach program!

Hobbies: Watercolor painting, sketching, ukulele, photography

Clubs / Organizations: CAOS, PPMG, Amigos, Student Ambassadors

Optometry Ambassador PhotoAndrew Elm

Second Year

Undergraduate Institution: University of Utah
Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin

One reason I chose Pacific: I chose Pacific not only because of it’s outstanding academic reputation but also because of the location. We have mountains and beaches right in our backyard, and that is something only Pacific can offer. 

Hobbies: Snowboarding, cycling, surfing, wakeboarding, hiking, watching The Office on repeat, eating ice cream daily

Clubs / Organizations: Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society (OWNS), Sports Vision Club, Student Ambassadors

Optometry Ambassador PhotoAmy Neideffer

Second Year

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Hometown: Loomis, California

One reason I chose Pacific: I chose Pacific because of the supportive community atmosphere I experienced at my interview day, as well as the variety of clinical opportunities for students and great academic reputation. I also loved that the school is in the Pacific Northwest which has such gorgeous scenery and tons to do!

Hobbies: Music, reading, hiking, Netflix, baking

Clubs / Organizations: Amigos, AOSA, FCO, Student Ambassadors

Optometry Ambassador PhotoAnita Nguyen

Second Year

Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington
Hometown: Seattle, Washington

One reason I chose Pacific: On my interview day, it was clear that faculty members and students have so much love and respect for the program at Pacific. I knew instantly that this could be my home away from home and everything just fell into place after that. Being born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I couldn't be happier with my decision!

Hobbies: Traveling, going to concerts, watching musicals, hiking, playing board games

Clubs / Organizations: AOSA, AMIGOS, Sports Vision Club, Vision Therapy Club, Class Council (Equipment Rep), Student Ambassadors

Optometry Ambassador Photo

Chi Nguyen

Second Year

Undergraduate Institution: San Diego State University
Hometown: San Diego, California

One reason I chose Pacific: My prospective student experience from start to finish with Pacific left me in awe of the transparent support and genuine welcome I received from interactions with faculty and students. Not only that, the extensive community outreach the college is involved in aligned with my values, which made my transition from a big city much easier. Being able to live in the luscious trees and waterfalls of the Pacific North West is a huge plus!

Hobbies: Spending hours at the beach running, surfing, and catching sunsets. Climbing, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors- anything fitness related!

Clubs / Organizations: Sports Vision Club, AMIGOS, NOSA, AOSAStudent Ambassadors

Optometry Ambassador PhotoJasmin Rakhra

Second Year

Undergraduate Institution: Simon Fraser University
Hometown: Burnaby, British Columbia

One reason I chose Pacific: I chose to attend Pacific University because I instantly felt comfortable and welcomed from the first minute of interview day. It was very apparent how collaborative and supportive the faculty and students were. PUCO is known for its great academic reputation, diversity in clinical opportunities and outreach program. Plus, there are lots of study spots and the campus is beautiful! 

Hobbies: I enjoy traveling, volunteering, baking, yoga and going to the gym!

Clubs / Organizations: CAOS 2nd Year Representative, PPMGStudent Ambassadors

Optometry Ambassador PhotoMonika Stamberg

Second Year

Undergraduate Institution: Boston University
Hometown: San Jose, California

One reason I chose Pacific: Pacific stood out to me as a school that really cared about the well-being of the students. Out of all the schools I applied to and interviewed at, the feel that PUCO gave me was of a school that not only wanted their students to succeed as clinicians but also as people. All the faculty, staff and students are approachable in this manner and I'm so happy to be attending PUCO.

Hobbies:  Paint, ski, teach/attend yoga classes and exploring the local food options!

Clubs / Organizations: AOSA, NOSA, Student Ambassadors

Optometry Ambassador PhotoErica Tebon

Second Year

Undergraduate Institution: Carroll University
Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa

One reason I chose Pacific: The emphasis on their Outreach programs and giving back to the community!

Hobbies: Hiking, yoga, trying new foods, cooking

Clubs / Organizations: Amigos, NOSA, Student Ambassadors