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Paul Horton

Horton Earns Reputation as 'Concierge of the Valley'

Most people would get nervous sharing the red carpet at the Emmys with the likes of Carson Daly and Tina Fey, but for Paul Horton (G94), it was all in a day’s work.

After all, Horton is the morning host for CBS 5 News on KPHO in Phoenix, and interviewing is part of his daily routine, from government officials and civic leaders to athletes and entertainers visiting the city. He’s billed on his station as “Concierge of the Valley” after appearing on the air in more than 1,000 live shots in the metro area.

“At first, I was really nervous,” says Horton, who started at the station in 2007 as a meteorologist. “But now I’ve had more practice and there is no reason to be nervous; I do a lot of prep work.”

A native of Portland, Horton started college with a music scholarship and also took business classes. “That was not clicking,” he says. That’s when he noticed and was intrigued by students he saw with cameras and microphones moving around campus for interviews as part of communications courses. He decided to try some broadcast classes and was hooked.

A microphone in hand is how many of his George Fox classmates may remember Horton. For two years he was the volunteer public address announcer for Bruin basketball games. “I was interested in broadcasting,” he says. “And, I was a good talker.”

Horton parlayed that experience into becoming the rink voice of the Portland Winterhawks ice hockey team. He then secured a job with a Portland radio station and later became an intern at Portland TV station KGW, helping out as a teleprompter operator, floor director and weather producer.

That wasn’t his first brush with weather. While in the Virgin Islands in 1989, he survived Hurricane Hugo, huddled with his father in the bathroom of their small home. He realized the importance of a meteorologist’s job and that stuck with him. After graduating from George Fox he went to Mississippi State University and earned his meteorology certificate. That led to jobs in Kennewick, Spokane and Seattle, Wash., and Cincinnati before landing in Phoenix in 2007.

Now a local celebrity in his own right, Horton is using his notoriety to promote an annual car wash that has raised more than $400,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Arizona.

1960–69

Barbara Morse (G62), who began her work with Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1977 after 13 years teaching in the Northwest and in South America, continues her work with Wycliffe and its affiliate, SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics), but now on a “reduced assignment.” With her home near SIL offices in Tucson, Ariz., she works part time locating and communicating with Hispanic church pastors in the U.S. and Canada via the website ScriptureEarth.org about resources available to their churches.

1970–79

Peggy (Stands) Fowler (G73) is chair of the board of Umpqua Holdings Corp., which announced in September it is buying Spokane-based Sterling Financial Corp in a $2 billion transaction, making it the largest bank headquartered in Oregon. Fowler was president of Portland General Electric until her retirement in 2009 after 35 years with the company, eight as CEO.

Jim Jackson (G74), after 14-plus years as a development officer with George Fox, now is with Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate in Newberg as a real estate specialist and broker. He joined the firm in June. He continues as a fundraising consultant for Camp Tilikum and as a member of the Guardian Council for Faith in Action/Providence Newberg Health Foundation.

Frank Kyte (G75), after 20 years as assistant athletic trainer for the Kansas City Royals baseball organization, is now assistant athletic trainer at Park University in Parkville, Mo. He began his association with the Royals with 10 seasons in the minor leagues, serving as athletic trainer for teams in Eugene, Ore.; Baseball City, Fla.; Memphis, Tenn.; Wichita, Kan.; and Omaha, Neb., then spent four seasons as the Royals’ major and minor league rehabilitation coordinator.

Paul Fodge (G77), after 33 years teaching high school mathematics in the Yamhill-Carlton (Ore.) School District (ending in 2010), has moved to the dual role of teaching math and providing carpentry work at George Fox University. He has served in both those roles part time for the last eight years. He has a master’s degree from Western Oregon University.

David Shawa (G78) is medical director of SHARP Treatment of South Bay in Torrance, Calif., a pain management health center. A board-certified physician licensed to practice pain management and anesthesiology, he also holds hospital affiliations at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Little Company of Mary Medical Center. He specializes in trigger point injections, epidural steroid injections, spinal cord stimulation and radiofrequency denervation.

1980–89

Doug Linscott (G80) and his wife, Wendy, are in South Africa working with Ethembeni (Zulu for “Place of Hope”), an HIV/AIDS ministry near the town of Howick in the Kwa Zulu Natal Province. They are working with victims and families, many refugees from Zimbabwe, on a three- to five-year assignment with World Outreach Ministries. Their work includes evangelism, teaching Bible classes and helping feed those in need.

Jeff Getsinger (n81) has been named senior pastor at Northside Community Church in Newberg. He became administrative pastor at the Free Methodist-affiliated church 12 years ago after years directing Boyes Janitorial Company in Newberg.

Kenneth Altman (G85) is in Chesapeake, Va., where he is head of the new Virginia offices of Cine’ Foundry Production Services. The company specializes in film and television production services. He is a producer and production manager and also provides services such as camera rentals, electric and grip gear rentals, staffing and crewing. He has a 20-year background in media production, including work with network and cable television programs.

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Jeff Bieker (n85) is owner/president of Assurety NW Insurance in Portland, a full-service property casualty, bonding and employee benefits agency. He is in his 32nd year as an insurance agent.

Sally Freeman (G86) was honored in September by the Clatsop County (Ore.) Board of Commissioners for her volunteer work with Classy Canines. She is leader of a dog club that trains both dogs and the youth involved. Among the club’s projects was raising funds to provide pet oxygen masks for local fire departments. She has been a park ranger at the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in Fort Clatsop, Ore., since 1989.

Curtis Kimbrough (G87) is pastor of Unity Church in Vancouver, Wash., and also CEO of Unity Center, a nonprofit agency. He shares his story and positive message in person across the country as a motivational speaker and teacher. His book, It’s Okay to Climb the Mountain, details his struggles and successes coming from a family of seven children raised by a single mother in inner-city Indianapolis.

Polly (Meyer) Peterson (G89, MEd06) is visiting assistant professor of English for this academic year at George Fox University, where she has been serving as an adjunct instructor for the last 11 years. She has helped develop and teach courses for the university’s Educational Foundations and Leadership program and has previous experience as an English teacher in Newberg public schools.

Buckner-Webb Breaks Down Barriers

Cherie Buckner-Webb

When Cherie Buckner-Webb (ADP97) was 7, the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross in her family’s front yard. Refusing to give in to scare tactics, her mother retrieved it and put it on the fireplace mantle in their Boise, Idaho, home to keep it as a visible reminder.

That hostile start is far from where Buckner-Webb now finds herself in relationship to her fellow Idahoans. Claiming a landslide victory each time she’s been up for election, she is Idaho’s first African-American state legislator.

In her first try at politics in 2010, she was elected to the state’s house of representatives by a 70 percent margin. Last year, she handily won the race for an open senate seat. One of just five women in the 35-member senate, Buckner-Webb was elected minority caucus (Democratic) chair in her first year.

In addition to her government service, Buckner-Webb works full time as founder and principal of Sojourner Coaching in Boise. As a certified professional coach, she assists and supports professionals in career development and also serves as a consultant for business, education and community organizations.

She started Sojourners in 2007 after spending five years as culture and diversity global program manager for Hewlett-Packard. Earlier, she spent 11 years with Boise Cascade as Idaho region procurement manager. During that time, she decided to finish her college degree in George Fox’s adult degree program in Boise. “[My degree] had to be completed,” she says. “George Fox’s adult degree program was a godsend to me.”

After earning her degree and a new job, Buckner-Webb became heavily involved in civic activities, including helping found the Idaho Black History Museum. She also serves on several boards, ranging from the Silver Sage Girl Scouts Council to the Idaho Human Rights Education Center. Her hours of community service won her the Idaho Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2010.

The recognition doesn’t stop there. This spring, she was named Idaho’s 2013 Mother of the Year by American Mothers, Inc. That ceremony followed an appearance the same week in which the accomplished gospel, jazz and blues vocalist sang “America the Beautiful” at the celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Idaho Territory.

“It’s never dull,” Buckner-Webb says of her many activities. “I believe we should leave a legacy.”

1990–99

Andrea (Dorr) Maurer (G91) and Jonathan Maurer (G92) have returned to Oregon after 17 years in Greenwood, Ind. They live in Keizer, where she works with First Call Home Health agency, after 12 years with Community Home Health Care in Greenwood. He is now minister of music at Salem Evangelical Church after previously serving 15 years as director of worship ministries at Glenns Valley United Methodist Church in Indiana.

David Simonsen (G92) is a marriage and family therapist in Olympia, Wash., where he has established Creative Solutions Consulting. After George Fox, he received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Seattle Pacific University, then a PhD in family psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis.

Eldred Brown (G93) in July began a one-year term as the downtown division governor for District 7 Toastmasters, part of the international organization with the mission of empowering members to develop communication and leadership skills. He supervises a team of area governors within the division that encompasses parts of Oregon, Washington and California. He works as a software validation engineer, most recently with Kelley Services.

Alan Fletcher (MBA95) in September was formally appointed executive director of Commonwealth Utilities Corp., based in Saipan. It provides power, water and wastewater services to the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota. Fletcher joined the corporation in 2011 as deputy executive director. He has 30 years experience in the field, previously working in districts in Washington and Oregon.

Lisa (Wilson) Graziano (ADP95) has released a new book, Parallel Dimensions, a paranormal suspense novel fictionally based on her own experiences. It was published by her own company, Graziano Productions, in Pipe Creek, Texas, where she lives. In 2005, New Dominion Pictures picked up a ghost story she had written for a website and produced “Ghost Soldier,” which aired on Discovery Channel’s A Haunting series.

Tricia Gates Brown (G96, MA97) published the essay “The Eighth Sacrament” in the spring 2013 issue of Portland Magazine, and “Written Off” in the spring 2013 issue of Geez Magazine. She is the author of Jesus Loves Women: A Memoir of Body and Spirit, published by DreamSeeker Books.

Karen Humber (MAT96) and her husband, Fred, started July 1 as new co-pastors of Peninsula Church of the Nazarene in Long Beach, Wash. She previously was an associate pastor (for administration) at Celebration Tabernacle in Portland for 17 years. They plan to strengthen the outreach of the church, which currently feeds more than 200 meals weekly to those in need.

David Parker (G96) has joined Alexander Street Press in Alexandria, Va., as publisher for business products. He has 14 years of experience in e-learning and library products, founding Business Expert Press in New York in 2008 and serving as its president after being editor-in-chief at Pearson Education in New Jersey. In his new position he will pair traditional business materials with previously undiscovered content to deliver digital teaching and learning products to faculty and students.

Todd Payne (G96) and Rebecca (Martin) Payne (n97) are working to bring theatre to the rural Palouse region of Northern Idaho and Eastern Oregon, establishing APOD Productions, a nonprofit theatre group, in 2010. They have produced nine main-stage productions with Todd as artistic director and Rebecca as producer and costume designer for the shows. They also teach acting classes and workshops to local children and teens in their hometown of Potlatch, Idaho. They moved to the Palouse area in 2005 after performing and producing in the Portland area, founding Twilight Theatre Group and producing with Family Theatre Productions.

Tim Goodfellow (G97) has been promoted to the position of executive director of institutional technology at George Fox University. He moves up from the position of programmer analyst.

Jason Ogden (G97), a 15-year veteran with the Sweet Home (Ore.) Police Department, has been promoted to sergeant of the patrol division. For the last four years he has served primarily as a detective, mostly in drug and property crimes. He also is one of four pastors at the Valley Life Church in Lebanon, Ore.

Berkeley Shorthill (G97) is visiting assistant professor of chemistry at George Fox University for the fall semester. Previously, for two years, he was an English teacher with Candlelight Language and Vocational Training Center in Vientiane, Laos, where he and his wife served with Marketplace Ministries of Colorado Springs, Colo. He earned a PhD in organic chemistry and molecular recognition in 2004 from Penn State University.

Desiree McCullough (G98) was one of 500 teachers across the nation selected to attend a five-day program this summer at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The session was designed to show participants how to navigate online offerings and incorporate them into lessons. An English and creative writing teacher at Warden Middle School in Central Washington, she plans to work with fellow teachers to show them how to take full advantage of national library offerings.

Jack Hardy (MBA99) has joined the broadband communications company Charter as senior manager of field communications, responsible for media relations, external communications and community outreach for the firm’s Northwest and Mountain States markets. He is based in Vancouver, Wash. Previously, Hardy was communications manager for the Port of Camas-Washougal, Wash., for four years. He also operates his own public relations consulting agency.

2000–09

Timothy Ewest (MBA00, DMgt09) is in his fourth year as visiting research fellow at Princeton University’s Faith and Work Initiative, working with director David Miller. They have published chapters this year in two edited volumes: Handbook of Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace: Emerging Research and Practice and Dimensions of Teaching Business Ethics in Asia. He lives in Waverly, Iowa, where he is associate professor of business administration at Wartburg College.

Erin (Oates) Johnson (G01) this year is assistant professor of social work at George Fox after serving as an adjunct in the social work program since 2009 while also working as a family play therapist. Previously she was a family therapist, an individual therapist intern and a community support case manager, all in Beverly, Mass. Her husband, Jamie Johnson (G00), is associate pastor of Christian leadership in the George Fox Office of Spiritual Life.

Daniel Schmoll (MA01) has authored More: A Better Life Than You Dreamed Of, published through Xulon Press, the world’s largest Christian self-publisher. Emphasizing that God desires His children to live abundantly, he provides tools to allow readers to rise above circumstances. He is in his 13th year as pastor of Scappoose (Ore.) Foursquare Church.

Bree Stairs (G01) is back on campus as an area coordinator for George Fox University student housing. For the last two years she was a youth pastor at River Life Covenant Church in Sacramento, Calif. She has previous experience as a resident director at North Park University in Chicago (2006-08), while earning a master’s degree in Christian formation from North Park Theological Seminary.

David Kilian (G02, MAT03) has been named head coach for cross country and track and field at Warner Pacific College in Portland. He moves from head boys and girls track and field coach at Sam Barlow High School in Gresham, Ore., where his girls won three straight Mt. Hood Conference championships and finished runner-up in this year’s 6A OSAA championship meet. His boys squad won four consecutive conference championships from 2009 to 2012.

Jeff Kirksey (G02) has been named vice president for student development and retention at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass. He began July 1 after serving two years as dean of admission and retention at Houghton College in New York, and the two prior years as director of major gifts at Houghton. He started his academic career in admissions at George Fox, then moved to Baylor University and Geneva College. He has begun doctoral studies in organizational leadership at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa.

John Knox (MAT02) is visiting assistant professor of biblical studies at George Fox this year after serving for the last 10 years as an adjunct professor. For the last three years he also has been teaching online graduate theology courses for Liberty Seminary, and since 2006 he has served as an adjunct professor of humanities at Multnomah University in Portland. This fall he published a short Christian history novel, The Letter of Alon.

Rachel (Miller) Aichele (G03, MAT07) was hired this fall as a special education instructional assistant at Middleton Elementary School in Sherwood, Ore.

Mindy (Venable) Hammond (G03) and Chris Hammond (G08) live in Newberg, where she is junior varsity girls soccer coach at Newberg High School and a nanny and he is an electrical engineer with TZ Medical, designing heart monitors.

Benjamin Gorman (MAT04) is an English teacher at Central High School in Independence, Ore. He also has four short stories available as Kindle editions on Amazon, and his first novel, The Sum of Our Gods, is scheduled for release in November by his own publishing company. He is a member of Willamette Writers and attended the Oregon Writing Project, part of the National Writing Project.

Brian Cottrell (G05), after spending time in Boise, Idaho, has returned to China for a ninth time, this year teaching English at the Nanchang University School of Software. His first trip was with George Fox’s China Studies Program.

Nancy Kelly-Culberson (G05) is a registered nurse at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif., after earning a nursing degree from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.

Ana Moroshan (ADP05) is the new manager for the Nampa, Idaho, branch of Home Federal Bank. She has 13 years experience in banking, the most recent as branch manager at Key Bank in Nampa. She is responsible for branch operations, increasing core deposits and loans, and managing client relationships.

Scott Simmons (MBA05) has been named vice president of manufacturing and global supply chain for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. in Beaverton, Ore. The optics company’s products include rifle, handgun and spotting scopes, binoculars, rangefinders and trail cameras. He previously was vice president of engineering, quality and operations for Climax Portable Machining and Welding Systems in Newberg.

Nick Chapman (G06) has been named head women’s soccer coach at Beloit College in Wisconsin, moving from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Mass., where for two seasons he was head women’s soccer coach and assistant athletic director for recruiting. Previously, he was an assistant women’s soccer coach at Regis University in Denver and Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Before entering college coaching, the four-year Bruin soccer starter was head girls soccer coach at Newberg High School.

Bryan Cobb (G06) was the lead author of a new study published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering in July titled “Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football.” The study, which was recently featured in The New York Times, showed that youth football players are not more vulnerable to head hits in games if they take part in fewer contact drills during practices. Cobb, a graduate research assistant at Virginia Tech for the last year, works with the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest Center for Injury Biomechanics.

Saurra (Olesen) Heide (G06, MEd09) returned to George Fox University this summer as associate director of clinical practices in the College of Education, where she manages teacher candidate and practicum placements, matching candidate and school needs. She also coordinates communication between K-12 schools and the College of Education. Since 2007 she was with the Greater Albany (Ore.) Public School District as a second- through fourth-grade teacher and coordinator of the Talented and Gifted program.

John Hossler (G06) is in his second year as assistant professor of mathematics at Seattle Pacific University. In 2012 he received a PhD in mathematics and statistics from the University of Montana, where he also was a pre-doctoral teaching assistant.

John Middleton (G06, MBA07) is right at home in his new location – Middleton, Mass., near Boston – where he relocated after being promoted to director of eCommerce at Appleseed’s. He also leads eCommerce programs for The Tog Shop and LinenSource, all part of the Orchard Brands portfolio. Previously, he was with Orchard Brands in Tucson as eCommerce marketing manager.

Steve Fulton (MAT07), a computer science and information technologies teacher at Tigard (Ore.) High School, has created a new program that allows his students to become certified in their field of interest. In cooperation with Mentor Graphics of Wilsonville, Ore., his program helps students overcome limited work experience and show their potential to prospective employers. He is in his seventh year at Tigard since retiring in 2004 from the U.S. Navy after 24 years.

Daniel Bennett (G08) is a lecturer at the University of Washington/Tacoma, teaching courses in law and American politics. He began Sept. 1 after receiving a PhD in political science at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. His doctoral field was public law and his research interests are in religion and politics, law and society, and social movements. He was a four-year graduate teaching assistant at SIU Carbondale.

Brian Ross (DMin08), founding pastor of the Koinos Community Church in Sinking Spring, Pa., has a new church facility for his 275-member congregation. The church, now located in what used to be a graphic plant, held its opening service in September. Established in 2004, the church is about 70 miles from Philadelphia and is part of the Anabaptist Brethren in Christ denomination.

Corina (Warner) Burke (G09) is an enrollment and career services assistant in the George Fox University Career Services department. She started on a temporary basis in February. Previously she was a project coordinator with Spirit Media of Happy Valley, Ore., where she managed multimedia production, website development and marketing/market research for the marketing agency. She joins her husband, Ethan Burke (G10), who began at George Fox in 2011 as a media production specialist.

Glenn Miller (ADP09, MBA11) in May was elected to the Hillsboro (Ore.) School District Board of Directors, becoming one of seven members guiding Oregon’s fourth-largest school system. He is a senior business systems analyst with Viasystems, a manufacturer of printed circuit boards and electro-mechanical solutions in Forest Grove, Ore. He defeated two other candidates for the four-year position.

Allison (Spotts) Vesterfelt (MAT09) is author of a new book, Packing Light: Thoughts on Life With Less Baggage, published by Moody Publishers. The memoir-style, first-person narrative describes quitting her full-time job, selling all her possessions and visiting all 50 states to achieve her dream of writing a book. She lives near Minneapolis, where she is managing editor of Prodigal Magazine, an online platform for storytellers. She is also a freelance writer and editor.

Meeko Combats Suicide with Comics

Andy Meeko

In a nation that has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, Andy Meeko (DMin02) is coming to the rescue with, of all things, a comic book.

Meeko is in Japan with Campus Crusade for Christ and also directs Family Life Japan. He was in the country two years ago when the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck, launching 30-foot waves, wiping out villages, killing an estimated 15,883 and causing damage estimated at $300 billion.

Suicides in Japan jumped 21 percent in the two months after the disaster. In the city of Fukushima, which took the brunt of the damage, suicides increased 40 percent in the weeks following the catastrophe. Although not at the same level today, suicide rates continue to be high.

“After the disaster, there was a growing sense of gloom in Fukushima,” Meeko says. “Giving people books to help survivors did not make sense because many people could not comprehend them in their current state of shock.”

That’s when he came up with the idea to create his own “manga,” a popular Japanese-style comic book. He has teamed up with Medical Teams International and CRASH Japan to start the life-saving suicide prevention program, which has helped train more than 1,100 volunteers who provide “soul care” to disaster victims coping with their sadness.

The manga encourages readers to view the Japanese My Last Day website and a nine-minute anime-influenced film of the same name. The graphic story follows two friends as they journey across Japan on motorcycles, one man trying to change his suicidal friend’s views on life.

Meeko, a second-generation missionary in Japan whose parents arrived in 1947, has been ministering there since 1986. “We train people as community caregivers, reaching the depressed, anxious and suicidal – plus we train them to share the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ,” he says.

He, his wife and four children rode out the earthquake in Tokyo. He says they were “barely able to stand up.” Their summer home in the tsunami zone still stands, but the surrounding neighborhoods were obliterated.

2010–12

Shanette Owen (G10) is the first resident of Lebanon, Ore., to enroll in the city’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest, which enrolled its third class this fall. It is her first step toward becoming a doctor of osteopathy. She is also co-pastor, with her husband, Trevor, of the Lebanon Free Methodist Church. Her interest in medical school grew as she pastored church members, many at bedside in the hospital, and realized she could blend ministry and medicine.

Dowen Raynor (MBA10) in May became engineering sales manager for Houston Structures, based in Hubbard, Ore. He is responsible for global field sales activities for the company that supplies cast, forged, machined and fabricated structural support products worldwide. Previously he was global project manager for ESCO Corporation for one year after 10 years in the advance management development program with Precision Castparts, both in Portland.

Greg Tardieu (EdD10) in July became principal of George Washington 1 Middle School in Alexandria, Va. A former history teacher, he previously served three years as principal of North Middle School after two years as principal of Fleming Middle School, both in Grants Pass, Ore. At both schools he received recognition for his work in closing the achievement gap for students and raising academic rigor.

Libby Boatwright (DMin11) was associate pastor at Lake Grove (Ore.) Presbyterian Church for 10 years before leaving in August to attend Stanford University, where she plans to become certified as a chaplain. In the years leading up to her departure, she was heavily involved in the creation of Oakridge Park, an apartment building for seniors on fixed incomes that opened in Lake Oswego, Ore., in 2011. The facility has allowed many seniors to continue to live in their city and not leave churches and friends.

John Stumbo (DMin11) has been elected the 12th president of The Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination in the United States, heading more than 2,000 churches with 417,000 members. He has served the Alliance for more than 30 years, including as pastor, administrator and district superintendent. He has been a frequent contributor to Alliance Life magazine and has authored two books, In The Midst and An Honest Look at a Mysterious Journey.

Keisha Gordon (G12) is visit coordinator for the undergraduate admissions office at George Fox. She joined the department this fall after spending the last year with Chehalem Youth and Family Services in Newberg as a mentoring hub program manager. She is also assistant coach for the George Fox women’s basketball team after playing for the Bruins from 2009 to 2012 and finishing her career as the university’s all-time leader in points and steals.

Jessica Magill (G12) is in her first year of medical school at Loma Linda University in the Riverside, Calif., area. She is excited and passionate about pursing the medical school’s mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

Julie Russell (MA12) in August opened Compassionate Counseling Center in Tigard, Ore., rehabbing a dental office abandoned for more than a decade. The four counselors focus on cognitive behavioral therapy. Before receiving her degree, Russell reared her children through high school then was a travel agent, adoption counselor and counselor for LDS Family Services. She specializes in individual, couples, teens, children and family therapy.

Paul Smith (MBA12) in August became director of marketing for Intercorp, based in Los Angeles (Orange), Calif. The firm, with seven distribution centers nationwide, is a leading distributor of fasteners (woodworking, drywall, concrete and cement board screws). Previously, he was a management consultant in Southern California and worked with several firms in the Portland area, building new websites.

Kelsey Bennett (G13) has stayed at her alma mater after graduating in May from George Fox. She is an accounting specialist II in the office of financial affairs/human resources. She was an accounting clerk as a student worker in 2012 and 2013. Her degree is in both accounting and finance.

Sean Jany (G13) and Whitney (Helikson) Jany (G13) live in Beaverton, Ore., where he is a shipping and distribution assistant at Columbia Sportswear in Portland and she teaches third grade at Life Christian School in Aloha, Ore.

Kate (Freiheit) Mann (G13) is with Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Portland as Westside south area representative. She joined the six-member staff this fall and has been involved with the organization since 2008. She continues to train and race in hopes of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials.

Rebecca (Kinzig) Williams (n13) has returned to George Fox to serve as enrollment manager at the Portland Center. As a student employee, she previously worked in the George Fox registrar’s office from 2009-11. She graduated this spring from Harding University in Searcy, Ark., where she also worked in its registrar’s office, advising students, maintaining files and helping plan graduation events.

‘How I Got Stephen King to Hang Out at My School’

Kristina (Mattox) Peterson

That was the title of Kristina (Mattox) Peterson’s (MAT08) blog post after the prolific author of 50 novels volunteered to visit her high school English class in Exeter, N.H. “I never thought I’d ever write that line,” wrote Peterson, whose blog post was picked up by the website The Inspired Classroom. “The prolific Stephen King, a man so ingrained in our cultural consciousness, popped into my high school yesterday for a visit. No fanfare. No press. Just Steve, rolling up in his Ford, a new book, Joyland, in hand, clad in a baseball hat and T-shirt.”

King’s visit was a tightly kept secret from the students and the public. Peterson communicated with King’s secretary a year ago last fall, asking if he’d like to come for a visit. He was intrigued; Peterson was centering her entire semester around his 1978 novel The Stand in her class. In May, Peterson received a call back to work out visit details. “We bought him lunch – a roast beef sandwich and a Diet Pepsi...” she wrote. “We chatted for 40 minutes. He signed a few books and took some funny pictures. He was amazing. Humble, funny, down-to-earth.”

After lunch, King, whose books have sold more than 350 million copies, visited Peterson’s Great Works class for a private session with her students. “I had lied to them for the past few months,” Peterson shared on her blog. “They thought we were having an end-of-the-year party and thought King had agreed to answer questions through email.”

“He shook all their hands, amidst tears, screams, and sheer, unadulterated joy,” Peterson continued. After the hour with her class, Peterson led King to the school’s auditorium, where gathered students thought they were going to hear from a local writer. The reaction as King entered? “The screams from the crowd were enormous,” she wrote. He spent 15 minutes reading, then the rest of the hour answering questions.

“I still can’t believe he came,” she wrote. “I don’t think anything will ever top spending the day with Stephen King.”