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1950-59 | 1970-79 | 1980-89 | 1990-99 | 2000-09

1950–59

Margaret (Weber) Winters (G53) and Norman Winters (n55) are 2010 Volunteers of the Year for Friendsview Retirement Community, Newberg, earning recognition at the annual Oregon Alliance for Senior Health and Services luncheon in April at the Oregon Garden. Their total volunteer time averages nearly 120 hours per month, given to both Friendsview and George Fox University, which named him Volunteer of the Year in 2006.

Don Lamm (G56) and Nancy (Trautman) Lamm (n56), after 55 years in ministry, in June retired (from Marion Friends Church, Turner, Ore.) after pastoring seven Friends Churches in the Northwest Yearly Meeting: Newberg, Portland First, Eugene, Rosedale and Marion in Oregon; Quincy, Washington; and Greenleaf, Idaho. He also was district superintendent in two areas and pastored a church in California, and for 12 years was a member of the George Fox University Board of Trustees, now an honorary member. They reside at Friendsview Retirement Community, Newberg.

1970–79

Bill Pruitt (G72) and his wife, Faye, continue to live in Newberg but have taken over pastoral duties at the Marion Friends Church in Turner, Ore.

Karen Rathkey (G72) has joined her alma mater as a payroll specialist II in the Office of Human Resources. She has been an HR administrative assistant at Linfield College since 2005. Previously she worked as an accountant and human resources representative for Inovise Medical Inc., Newberg.

1980–89

Chris (Fitch) Nordquist (G80) is one of the first five new teachers hired by Portland Community College to teach at its new Newberg location. She will teach writing and will continue as an adjunct professor at George Fox.

Mark Thalman (G82) has published a collection of his poetry, called Catching the Limit, containing 30 poems written over 25 years. Most are set in Oregon. Another collection, with the working title The Place Called Home, is pending. He teaches language arts at Evergreen Middle School in Hillsboro, Ore., where he began 27 years ago.

Randall Weisberg (DMin83) is a Veterans Service Representative with the Louisville Regional Office of the Veterans Benefits Administration, assisting in processing of disability claims for veterans with service-connected disabilities. He also is worship minister at Shively Christian Church in Louisville and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses (Bible and ministry) online for Grand Canyon University after teaching on the Phoenix campus for two years.

Colleen (Gallagher) Holdahl (G87) received an MBA in human resources management in May from the University of Phoenix. She is in her fifth year as safety compliance coordinator for UPS, Portland, but in her 14th year with the company. For the last 25 years she also has had her own seamstress business, Alterations by Colleen, in her Dundee, Ore., home.

Matt Nosack (G88) was named 2010 Oregon 3A all-state co-coach of the year for leading his Santiam Christian High School baseball team to the state Class 3A baseball championship in June. He guided the Eagles to a 27-2 season en route to the PacWest Conference championship. He has been head coach at the Corvallis, Ore., school for 22 years.

1990–99

Dan Brown (G92) is staff engineer in the acoustics group with Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix. In a senior role in the engineering organization, he currently is the lead engineer for all Honeywell products (approximately 20 systems) on the new Airbus widebody aircraft. His group designs and builds turbine engines for all sizes of aircraft and is tasked with minimizing their acoustic output. He and his wife live in the Phoenix suburb of Sunrise and coordinate the youth service for their church.

Janet Dondelinger (G94) during the last year worked with the Clark County (Washington) Historical Museum to write curriculum to bring artifacts from early Vancouver, Wash., into classrooms in the Evergreen School District. She piloted the social studies unit in her fourth grade classroom last fall and a video is posted on YouTube under “Artifact Detectives.”

Tony Pruitt (G95) has joined the George Fox Institutional Technology staff in a new position of media production specialist. For the last two years he has owned and operated his own video production company, Storybox Productions, Newberg.

Sharon Sayler (MBA95) has a new book, published by John Wiley and Sons: What Your Body Says (and How to Master the Message). It addresses how to inspire, influence, build trust and create lasting business relationships. She is co-owner and founder of Impression Engineers, an online marketing and design company based in Portland, in which she helps professionals become stronger communicators and leaders, matching body language to what they are saying.

Tim Anderson (MDiv96) is director of facilities and operations at Santa Cruz (California) Bible Church, using his background in construction and undergraduate degree in manufacturing design. He has been in youth ministry for more than 25 years and is active in The Core, a skate and surf ministry to kids in Santa Cruz, Capitola and Aptos, Calif. As an ordained elder, he also is involved in premarital counseling and has performed five marriages this year.

Tricia (Gates) Brown (G96, MA97) in June received her Oregon landscape construction professional license and co-founded Gil and Trish Landscaping and Garden Design, based in Nehalem, Ore., and serving Oregon’s north coast.

Elizabeth (Evon) Lee (G96) has been appointed by Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell to the statewide Independent Living Council, which oversees delivery of independent living services to Alaskans with disabilities. She lives in Bethel, Alaska, and has worked for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. since 1997 as director of home care, administrator of senior and disabilities services, senior and disabled care coordinator, and medical social worker.

Ruth (Hinds) Royer (G96) is coaching the Wenatchee, Wash., Team in Training, a charity sports training program that is an extension of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Her team this year will participate in the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco, the Kauai Marathon in Hawaii and the Portland Marathon. She has been cross country coach at Quincy Junior High for 10 years and a track and field coach for four and is enrolled in a master’s degree in teaching program through Heritage University, with the goal of becoming an elementary teacher.

Ryan Chaney (G97), owner/founder of Focal Point Digital Media, has been voted 2010 “Best All-Around Wedding Vendor” by readers of Oregon Bride magazine, its highest wedding industry award. The 21-year-old magazine with a readership of 95,000 announced the award in a ceremony in Portland in July. He also was awarded “Best Videographer” for the second consecutive year. Based in Salem, Focal Point Digital Media is in its seventh year and specializes exclusively in wedding videography.

Scott Henry (G97) is a teacher and coach at East High School in Anchorage, the largest high school in Alaska with about 2,300 students. He was hired last fall as coach of the girls varsity basketball team, which was 10-7 in the Cook Inlet Conference.

Mark Hovee (PsyD97) is in private practice as a licensed psychologist and certified family mediator in Paintsville, Ky. He has contracted with Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, Ky.; University of Kentucky, Lexington; and Big Sandy Health Care, Prestonburg, Ky. He holds the rank of major in the Medical Service Corps as a reserve clinical psychologist and has authored Wayward Soldier: A Reserve Psychologist’s Memoir and Analysis During the Second American-Iraqi War.

David Greep (SPS98), now known as the artist David Scotland, has collaborated with other entertainment industry professionals to create and issue a new music video of his song “Money.” An August promotion release describes him as a “music revolutionist” and describes the video as bringing current economic issues in America to light, raising awareness of federal decision-making with the aim of giving a voice to the people. It notes the musician has overcome severe obstacles in his life, including diagnosis of cancer and then Asperger’s Syndrome, and “his ability to beat all odds has inspired him to stand for the American people and raise awareness.”

Tyler Johnson (G99) has been named associate professor of history at Philadelphia Biblical University, starting in August. He received a PhD in U.S. history from Purdue University in 2009 and last fall was a lecturer at Purdue prior to being visiting assistant professor last spring at Gustavus Adolphus College. He and Karen (Witty) Johnson (n02) live in Langhorne, Pa.

Molly (Galbreath) McFadden (G99, MAT00) has been named Washington State Teacher of the Year by the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education. She received the Ed Erickson Award and a $5,000 cash award on Aug. 8. The award recognizes teachers who have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that improve and promote career and technical education. She has been with the Edmonds School District since 2000, the first four years at Mountlake Terrace High and since 2005 at Lynwood High, where she is a family and consumer sciences education teacher.

2000–09

Dane Batty (MBA01) has compiled and released a new book, published in June by his own Nish Publishing Company, Hillsboro, Ore. The book, Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber: The True Story of Leslie Ibsen Rogge, One of the FBI’s Most Elusive Criminals, is about his maternal uncle. Batty doesn’t actually write the story – Rogge, believed responsible for more than 30 bank robberies from which he made away with more than $2 million, tells it in his own words, with commentaries by Batty, who began the project 10 years ago.

Nigel Hunter (G01) is at Wenatchee (Wash.) High School where he is head coach for girls soccer, a social studies teacher and a teacher with the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, a national college-preparatory program for students who come from non-college backgrounds.

Nathan Sanow (SPS01) in June was named vice president of voluntary sales and marketing for Regence Life and Health Insurance Company, Portland. He left his position as senior account executive after nine years with Unum. At Regence, which sells group life and disability insurance products, he will lead the company’s expansion into the group voluntary benefits market.

Abby Godwin (G02) was part of nine mother-daughter pairs exhibiting work at the May Friday Art Walk in Baker City, Ore. She lives in Halfway, Ore., teaching art at her alma mater, Pine Eagle High School, taking over teaching art from her mother, Jennifer Godwin, when she retired after 20 years in the position.

Lindsey (Bennington) McDowell (G02) is an administrative analyst and secretary of the board of directors of the Portland branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Flora (Richards) Richards-Gustafson (G03) in March started her own company, Freelance Flora, in Newberg. She began writing professionally following graduation and now is offering professional freelance writing services on a full-time basis.

Frances Verbruggen (MA03) is the co-author of Writing Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners K-8., published by Guilford Press in April. The paperback is written with Susan Lenski. It features standards-based lesson planning ideas, examples of student work, and 15 reproducible worksheets. Verbruggen is currently pursuing an EdD at Portland State University.

Anne (Robinson) Barrans (G04) and Tim Barrans (G04) live in Bend, Ore., where she has opened a Snap Fitness franchise that has become the company’s largest membership franchise in Oregon. He is an electrical engineer with Central Electric Cooperative, the local power company, and recently was promoted to distribution engineer.

Jeff Otis (G04) was one of 13 volunteers traveling last December to Sierra Leone, Africa, where they helped build a new playground for a small village of orphaned children. The volunteers were through Eastlake Community Church, Bothell, Wash., and the Children of the Nations organization. He is with Evergreen Capital Management, Bellevue, Wash., as investment advisor representative, and lives in Kirkland, Wash. He was highlighted in a February article,“Young Bellevue: the New Generation of Movers and Shakers,” in the Bellevue Scene publication.

Tobin Rummel (G04) received a doctor of osteopathy degree in May from Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Calif., and now is a physician resident at Samaritan Health Services, Corvallis, Ore.

Grady Shaver (G04), in October, joined the Family Health Centers in Okanogan, Wash., as a dentist. He earned his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

Sally Bartlett (MA05), an economic development coordinator in Grant County, Oregon, is one of two new members of the Columbia Blue Mt. Resource Conservation and Development Council. It serves as a catalyst for natural resource-based economic development working in five eastern Oregon counties. Previously, she was state coordinator for the USDA Child and Adult Food Program in Idaho.

Robert Harding (MBA05) in August was named president of Pacific Continental Bank, greater Seattle market. He was promoted from senior vice president and relationship banking team leader for Pacific Continental’s Portland market. He has been with the bank, which has 14 offices in Oregon and Washington, since 2000. Previously he was with Bank of America, the last position as vice president and manager of the Lloyd Center branch, Portland.

Mark Johnson (G05, MAT06) has been named head coach for girls basketball at St. Paul (Ore.) High School. In his fifth year as a science teacher at the school, he was an assistant coach for boys basketball last season. The St. Paul girls have a strong Oregon tradition with 18 state tournament appearances, including a state title in 2007, best in the state.

David Jones (MA05) and Kathleen Jones (MAT07) have returned to Newberg where he is enrolled at George Fox to earn a second masters degree – this one in divinity – and she now is periodicals assistant in the Murdock Learning Resources Center. For the last three years they were in Fort Worth, Texas, where she home-schooled their three children and he was a hospice chaplain for Universal Health Services and completed a clinical pastoral education residency with Harris Methodist Hospital System.

Evangeline Pattison (G05) has returned to George Fox as director of event relations. She was an administrative assistant in the Office of University Relations from 2005 to 2007 and currently is completing a degree in George Fox’s MEd program. Last year she was a K-8 teacher and education consultant in Krasnodar, Russia, with The Christian and Missionary Alliance.

Mark Campbell (MAT06) has been hired as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Oregon State University, moving from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, Calif., where he was assistant men’s basketball coach last season after one year as director of operations. He was the first hire by former Bruin women’s coach Scott Rueck, after he was named OSU head coach in June.

Derek Johnson (G06) in December was named director of Applegate Place Assisted Living in Sutherlin, Ore. Managed by Concepts in Community Living, it has 30 apartments and is a licensed assisted living residence. He moved from Clatsop Retirement Village in Astoria, Ore., where he was administrator.

Joel Gregor (PsyD07) has joined George Fox’s psychology doctorate program as director of the Behavioral Health Clinic and as an assistant professor of psychology. For the last three years he was a clinical psychologist at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, providing therapy, supervision, assessment and neuropsychological screenings in the forensic ward. He also worked part time in George Fox’s Behavioral Health Clinic.

Michael Harklerode (MEd07) in July became principal of Siuslaw (Ore.) Elementary School, moving from the Hillsboro (Ore.) School District where he was Teacher on Special Assignment for the last three years, working with administrators to lead staff development.

Rob Melton (SPS07) has founded Tips for Tots, a program in which Salem, Ore., food and drink servers, bussers and other staff donate one night’s trips to buy Christmas presents for homeless families in the area. The program has raised $30,000 in the last 12 years. He is an evening bartender at several night spots in Salem, taking care of his two sons during the day.

Amanda Turner (G08) in July moved to Gimje, South Korea, where she teaches English as a second language to kindergarten through high school students at a public academy.

Mandee (Spotts) Wilmot (G08) and Ryan Wilmot (G09) live in Newberg where she is an undergraduate admissions counselor at George Fox. He is a designer at Pivot Group, a marketing firm in Portland.

Jennifer Berry-O’Shea (MAT09) began her teaching career last fall as language arts and social studies teacher at Sweet Home (Ore.) Junior High.

David Courtney (EdD09) is the new superintendent of Butte Falls School District in northeast Jackson County, Ore. Previously, for eight years, he was superintendent of the Harney County (Ore.) School District after seven years as superintendent in Crane County, Ore.

Hannah Dorr (G09) started this summer as an administrative assistant for admissions at George Fox’s Portland Center. As a student and temporary employee she worked in the university’s human resources and graduate admissions office.

Jennifer Martin (MAT09), in her first year of teaching, has been honored with a 2010 GIANTS award and $2,000 cash for her exceptional work as a science teacher. She teaches at Homedale (Idaho) Middle School. The award was created by the Idaho Governor’s office and is sponsored by the Science and Technology Roundtable. It recognizes teachers for their efforts to link industry and the state’s economy to the classroom through enhancement of science and technology education. During the year she also wrote a QWEST grant, receiving nearly $10,000 for the school to purchase science equipment.

Katie (Andrews) Meinzinger (G09, MAT09) is a music teacher with the Pine Eagle School District in Eastern Oregon. She and her husband, also a district teacher, live in Halfway, Ore.

Anna Philipsen (G09) has returned to her alma mater as assistant director of alumni relations. Since 2005 she has been a self-employed graphic designer, musician and tutor and last year gained marketing experience with a medical manufacturing company. As a student she was Associated Student Community activities director and worked in the university relations office she has rejoined.

Megan Servoss (G09) is with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley (Oregon), overseeing activities at the White City branch, which has 100 to 150 children 6 to 18 participating daily in indoor and outdoor activities.

Alison Hudson (MAT10) has two positions in the Newberg School District: teaching sixth-grade math and seventh-grade science at Chehalem Valley Middle School and ninth-grade biology at Newberg High School. She also is coaching the junior varsity girls soccer team.

Dave Masenhimer (MAT10) is teaching sixth-grade core and eighth-grade reading at Mountain View Middle School, Newberg.

Karen Shimer (MDiv10) in July became the new pastor of Canby (Ore.) United Methodist Church. She continues to live in Beaverton, where her husband is pastor of Westside United Methodist Church.