Alumni News and Life Events | Marriages, births, and deaths information
Esther (Miller) Geddes McVey, ’37
In 1937, Esther McVey graduated from Pacific College and moved to Sutherlin, Ore., to become a teacher. There she married her husband – who later became a senator – and they had six daughters. McVey started a radio show from her home and later hosted her own television show, Talk of the Town. She also hosted Be My Guest, on which she interviewed the likes of the Harlem Globe Trotters and the Kennedys. She later married Tyler McVey, a radio, TV and stage actor, and together they traveled the country and performed professionally. Ester turned 95 in June.
John Lim, GFES ’70
Seminary Alumnus of the Year
In 1992, John Lim was elected to the Oregon State Senate for District 11, becoming the first first-generation Korean immigrant to serve in any state senate in the U.S. He attended Seoul Theological College, and in 1966 came to the U.S. to earn a master’s degree from Western Evangelical Seminary. He founded American Royal Jelly Health Products, and at 50 began serving as the local president of the Korean Society, president of the National Korean American Federation and president of the Asian American Voters Coalition.
Gina (Withnell) Ochsner, ’92
Gina Ochsner is an educator and prolific writer who has received widespread praise for her work. She is the author of the short story collection The Necessary Grace to Fall, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the story collection People I Wanted to Be. Both books received the Oregon Book Award. In addition, her novel The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight was longlisted for the Orange Award (UK). Ochsner lives in Keizer, Ore., and divides her time between teaching at Corban University and writing. She is the recipient of grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Howard Foundation.
Gail Grimston, GFES ’97
Christian Service Award
Gail Grimston dedicated more than four decades of her life to ministry with Young Life. She joined the organization in 1961 and spent the next 47 years working in different capacities – including as a club operations manager – before retiring in 2008. Grimston has led four trips overseas – three to Russia, where she helped start Young Life camps. She was also involved in Capernaum, a Young Life ministry to students with disabilities. The past four years, she has been a volunteer for the Act Six scholarship initiative.
Kelly (Bilinski) Arispe, ’03
Outstanding Recent Alumna
Kelly Arispe received her PhD in Spanish linguistics at the University of California, Davis, with a designated emphasis in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) in 2012. Prior to that, she completed her master’s in Hispanic linguistics at the University of New Mexico in 2006. She has taught Spanish linguistics and Spanish language courses at UC Davis, the University of New Mexico, San Jose State University and Sonoma State University. Last spring, Arispe accepted a tenure-track position at Boise State University to teach upper-division Spanish courses.
Jack Rea (G70) and Celesta (Johnston) Rea (n70) returned in August to Hong Kong, where he is provost/teacher at United Wesleyan Graduate Institute, an interdenominational seminary that trains Chinese pastors and workers. The Reas were in the United States and traveling for 13 months. Having resigned from the board of trustees and as school supervisor, Celesta is now enjoying substitute teaching in kindergarten and primary school.
Dell Dittus (G76) is athletics director and physical education teacher at Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup, Wash. He recently had to name a new coach when George Fox hired his head girls’ basketball coach, GC Hillburn, to be a new Bruin women’s assistant coach.
Tim Weaver (G76) has been elected to the Dundee, Ore., City Council, receiving the most votes (30.3 percent) of four candidates for three positions in the city of 3,200. A Dundee resident for 12 years, Weaver retired in 2011 after 33 years with the Newberg-Dundee Police Department.
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Mark Williams (G77) has been named the new musical director of the 60-member Second Winds Community Band in McMinnville, Ore. He has a career in elementary, middle and high schools, focusing on development, training and conducting of bands and choirs. He also is artistic director for the Dayton, Ore., Community Chorus.
Linda Byrd (G78) is with WorldVenture as team leader for its Kids Missions Camp program. She plans, coordinates and leads camp programs for youth ages 9-13. Her responsibilities also include research and development to expand the Northwest-based venture worldwide. In the fall she visited WorldVenture sites in Slovenia and Croatia.
Ramona (Barnett) Shepherd (G78) ended a 30-year coaching career in August, retiring as head volleyball coach at Mancos (Colorado) High School after 11 years in her second stint there. She was named district coach of the year five times and coached the Colorado all-state game three times. Her husband, Gordon Shepherd (G77), is also a retired teacher.
Steve Comfort (n79) has been promoted to Power and Utilities Supervisor at SP Fiber Technologies Co. in Newberg. He has been with the paper mill for 29 years. He has been an emergency medical technician since 1995 and was a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Newberg Fire Department for 11 years, rising to the position of lieutenant. His wife, Elizabeth (Carlson) Comfort (G01, MBA04), recently resigned after three and a half years as CFO of Friendsview Retirement Community in order to move on to other opportunities.
The fact that Pamela (Geagel) Blikstad (G79) was named Portland Business Journal’s CFO of the Year in the nonprofit sector should come as no surprise. What might be surprising is that it took this long for her to earn the award.
Blikstad, vice president of finance for Medical Teams International, a Christian global health care and disaster relief organization, has worked at the Portland-based nonprofit for 12 years and has overseen more than $1 billion in gifts and prod-uct donations during her tenure. She manages a $16 million annual budget containing more than 50 distinct program fund accounts.
Blikstad says she’s most proud of overseeing the organization’s tremendous growth. When she joined Medical Teams, the entire operation was housed in one office in Portland. Now it has offices in Portland, Redmond, Wash., and Zeeland, Mich. The non-profit also oversees eight field stations in countries around the world and operates 12 mobile dental vans.
Getting the foreign field offices up and running – and training the financial officers that run them – has been Blikstad’s greatest challenge. She frequently travels to different countries to conduct field audits.
The George Fox alumna’s financial expertise also helped the organization weather the recent economic downturn. “It’s been a turbulent 12 years for her to be here,” Medical Teams President Bas Vanderzalm told the Portland Business Journal. “The economy has had some serious ups and downs, and with Pamela’s help we’ve been able to navigate through some tough times. We’ve been able to trim our sails without having to cut back significantly on our services, and she has been key to that.”
In addition to her day job, Blikstad is actively involved in church ministries at Trinity Evangelical Church in Tigard, where she serves as director of women’s ministry and over-sees annual community service projects with organizations such as the Good Neighbor Center and the Oregon Food Bank.
David Myton (G80) is in his second year as associate provost at Lake Superior State University in Michigan. He also remains professor of chemistry, a position he has held since 1993.
Christine (Hockett) Stanfield (n80) and Jeff Stanfield (G89), after 21 years of serving at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, are beginning a new mission with World Gospel Mission. They have relocated to Uganda, where their work includes administrative responsibilities with WGM, the expansion of pastoral training, church ministries, compassionate and medical ministries, and children’s and youth ministries with Africa Gospel Church.
Nancy (Schwab) Sturdevant (G83) is now president of Precision Helicopters in Newberg, a firm she and her late husband (Dennis Sturdevant) (n81) established 30 years ago. She became president following his death last year. Located at Chehalem Air Park, which they’ve owned since 1990, the firm has invested in a new flight simulator and acquired a new Sikorsky S-61 helicopter.
Terry Dawson (G85) is juggling a schedule that now includes pizza shop proprietor in addition to his role for 16 years as pastor of Countryside Christian Fellowship in Coburg, Ore. Six years ago, he and his family established Coburg Pizza Co. as a way to build community in the small town. In April they expanded to Springfield, adding a new restaurant five times larger. Most of the time he’s the one bringing the pizzas to the customers. “After all, ‘minister’ comes from the Latin word for ‘servant,’” he says.
Greg Mozel (G85/MDiv91) and Carolyn (Bayly) Mozel (G86/MA93) are pastors at First Baptist Church of Amherst, Mass., a multicultural church located at the front entrance of the University of Massachusetts. He has been the lead/senior pastor since 1999. He also serves on pastor-mentoring teams for Vision New England, Gordon Conwell Seminary and Bethel Seminary. She is children’s pastor, guiding the KidsWorld Ministry program after serving in women’s ministry and eight years as an elementary school teacher. The church, which has 37 nations represented in its congregation, has received community awards for the homeless shelter, food pantry, medical clinic and ESL classes located on its campus.
When Ryan Munoz (G99) came from New Jersey to the George Fox University campus in September to be inducted into the Bruin Sports Hall of Fame, it was the first of two destinations on the West Coast.
A few days later he was in Hollywood, Calif., where he and his wife, Kristen, were invited to be part of the 64th annual Emmy Awards, showcasing their company’s wares as part of Boom Boom Room, a celebrity baby-gifting suite for stars and their children. “We were truly honored to be chosen for it,” says Munoz.
It was the culmination of a journey that began for the Munoz family in 2009. Plagued by constant back pain, Ryan underwent several tests. First, doctors told him he had cancer and only a few months to live, and then amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (known commonly as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a disease that took his grandmother’s life. When he was finally diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he “felt like having a party,” joked Munoz, relieved that his ailment wasn’t much worse.
During the early difficult times, Kristen came up with a creative solution to help the family financially and to also give back. They established a clothing-for-a-cause company, Eva & Estela Wear Ur Love, offering T-shirts that emphasize family values like faith, hope and love. Most of the company’s business is conducted online at evaandestela.com, named for their two daughters. Five percent of all their profits go to their local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – profits that are sure to increase after the recent national attention their visit to the Emmys has garnered.
Thanks to a mix of therapies and regimes to treat his symptoms, Ryan continues to lead a nearly normal life. “He’s doing great, and if you looked at him, you’d have no idea anything is wrong,” says Kristen. “But he has to work twice as hard to appear that way.”
“I don’t say ‘Why me?’” Munoz says. “It’s part of [God’s] plan.”
Tim Harris (G92) is branch manager of Country Insurance & Financial in Beaverton, Ore. As Oregon district director of agencies for the national company, he made the decision to become the corporate sponsor for the Portland Farmers Market in 2010. In July, Harris received media attention as he handed a $1,000 check to a Portland high school student for designing a reusable bag available at the markets.
Andy Olson (ADP92) has returned to the Oregon State House of Representatives, elected in November for a fifth two-year term representing District 15, which includes portions of Linn and Benton counties. An Albany resident, he served for 29 years with the Oregon State Police, retiring in 2007 with the rank of lieutenant and heading OSP’s Albany patrol office. He is the current house Republican leader and in the 2011 session was house co-speaker pro tempore.
Charles Harrell (G93) in July was promoted to shareholder in Buckley Law P.C., where he specializes in business and real estate transactions, business law, real estate, land use and construction law. One of 12 shareholders in the firm, he is also a member of the George Fox University Alumni Board of Directors.
Janet Weber (G95) has been named to the 2013 Odyssey Award Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children and the Young Adult Library Services Association. Both are divisions of the American Library Association. The award is given to the producer of the best audio book made for children and/or young adults. She is a children’s librarian for the Tigard (Ore.) Public Library.
Ryan Chaney (G97), for the fourth consecutive year, has been voted “Best Wedding Videographer” by readers of Oregon Bride magazine. He is owner of Focal Point Digital Media in Salem, Ore. In its ninth year, the firm is the city’s only full-time video production company specializing in weddings. Award winners were selected by votes of more than 1,500 brides and wedding professionals.
Fayne Griffiths (ADP97, MBA99) is director of student and departmental accounts at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. In that position since August 2011, she recently celebrated 32 years as a financial aid and student accounts administrator with multiple Portland-area colleges. She also has been an adjunct faculty member teaching personal finance at Clackamas Community College.
Stacey (Parker) Bailey (G98) joined Cottage Health System in August 2011 as clinical dietician with Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital in Solvang, Calif. She earned a master’s degree in nutrition from Arizona State University and became a registered dietitian in 2001, achieving certified diabetes educator certification in 2008. She provides both in-patient and outpatient dietary management and counseling services and helps with meal and menu planning for the hospital.
Patrick Lewis (ADP98) has been chosen to head one of the 50 largest trade shows in the United States. Named vice chairman of the Convention of NACS, the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing, he will oversee development and implementation of the next show, Oct. 12-15, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. More than 22,000 from 60 countries will attend the show involving more than 1,200 exhibiting companies.
Some people wait most of their career before landing their dream job – Aaron Warkentin (G05) is not one of them. Just seven years after graduating from George Fox, he is curator of one of America’s elite museums, the historic Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.
“I guess it is my dream job,” says Warkentin, who started in October 2011, moving from a position as education director with the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas.
The position seems a perfect match for Warkentin, whose hobby is cars. He even worked as a mechanic before studying history at George Fox. Now he’s surrounded daily by some of the most classic of cars, emblems of an age when personal motoring came with style and elegance.
Nearly 2 million people, from all 50 states and 60 countries, have visited the museum since it opened in 1974. The museum has 150 vehicles in its collection and an archive that contains about 25,000 original photographs, blueprints, advertising pieces and books.
Warkentin became interested in museums while still at George Fox, interning at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in nearby McMinnville. “It was a perfect blend, mixing academics and education with my interests,” he says. He stayed there for nearly two years before moving to England for one year to study at Newcastle University, where he earned a master’s degree in museum studies.
In his position as curator, Warkentin closely oversees all aspects of the museum’s layout, displays and written content, while managing a staff of 10 full-time, 12 part-time and 100 active volunteers. A current challenge is to “look at ways to engage new audiences,” especially younger visitors. “We’re bringing out the technology,” he says, including touch screens at each featured car to tell its history.
Aaron and his wife, Carolina (Gervais) Warkentin (G02), live in Saint Joe, Ind., where she is a stay-at-home mom with their year-old son, Aidan.
Beth (Kellogg) Kinzler (n00) is the new softball coach at Nampa (Idaho) Christian High, stepping up after one year as assistant coach. Previously, the former Bruin shortstop taught at Nampa High and was the freshman head coach during the 2003 season before becoming an assistant coach at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa for two years.
Lauren Barnhart (G01) is a freelance editor, writer and musician in Seattle. She is co-organizer of Seattle Women Writers and is working on an upcoming memoir and a book blog, The Synchronistic Reader. Her writing has been featured in the online journals Jersey Devil Press and Monkeybicycle, including a poem nominated for the 2004 Pushcart Prize. Previously, she was a literary agent at Artists and Artisans in New York City and director of publishing for the small press La Familia.
Ryan Dearinger (G02) is assistant professor of history and chair of the history department at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Ore. He also is faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Previously, he was an instructor at the University of Utah, from which he received a PhD in history in 2009.
Benjamin Friesen (G02) graduated with a doc-torate in chemistry from Washington State University in 2011 and now is with Intel in Hillsboro, Ore., in the technology development group. He develops manufacturing processes to meet new chip designs and size requirements.
Paul Gramenz (G02) has been promoted to Salem (Ore.) Hospital Emergency Department chief and medical director of Salem Emergency Physicians Service. He has been with the Salem hospital since August 2009, following emergency medical residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Catherine Pearson (G02), a drama teacher for Logos Public Charter School in Medford, Ore., garnered media attention in October when she directed a group of homeschoolers in a flash-mob performance at the city’s Rogue Valley Mall. The 30 umbrella-wielding students, third-graders through high school seniors, performed “Singin’ in the Rain,” drawing an enthusiastic response and provoking an immediate encore.
Brian Van Bergen (G02) is the new Yamhill County (Ore.) clerk, running nearly unopposed after the incumbent removed her name from the ballot for missing a filing deadline. He takes office in January. A Newberg resident, he has been account manager and digital storefront manager for the Lynx Group in Salem, Ore.
Timothy Lafolette (G03) in June graduated from the Oregon Health and Science University Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program and has joined the Smockville Counseling Center in that role. He joins fellow George Fox alumni Jacqueline Head (ADP89, PsyD97) and Kristy Baker (PsyD05) in this private psychological services practice in Sherwood, Ore.
Melissa (Davis) Nyeholt (G03) is the new director for the Center for Faith and Practice at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa., moving up from assistant director. She joined the Geneva staff in 2009 as assistant director with Campus Ministries, working in areas of community service, mentoring and discipleship, and missions. Previously, she was with Colorado Christian University as assistant director of the Life Directions Center.
David Wold (G03) is vice president of finance at Verdiem Corporation, a software company based in Seattle. He joined the company in 2011 after working for the accounting firm KPMG as senior manager. Verdiem produces Surveyor 6 personal computer power management software.
Doug Beatty (G04, G05) in August became director of analytics for George Fox University’s Office of Marketing Communications. For the previous two and a half years he was a lead analyst at the Portland offices of Dow AgroSciences, the agricultural subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. Prior to that, he was a bioinformatics research scientist for Exelixis Plant Sciences, a company focused on discovery-phase cancer pharmaceuticals. He has been an assistant track coach at George Fox since 2006.
Emily (Condie) Christensen (G04) and Brad Christensen (G05) live in Hong Kong where they are teachers at International Christian School, with 1,200 students in grades kindergarten through 12.
Amy (Peters) Delmore (G04) and David Delmore (G08) live in Portland. She is a third-grade teacher at Centennial Elementary School in Scio, Ore. He is a CPA and senior tax accountant with Delap LLP in Lake Oswego, Ore. His specialties are banking, health care and auto dealer industries.
Mark Johnson (G04) and Elissa (Hayworth) Johnson (G05) in March started a new business, Intent Coffee Roasting in Portland, currently selling at Lloyd Farmer’s Market and also to churches and businesses in the area. They hope to give at least 30 percent of their profit to community development projects. The first was to Water for Life, enabling almost 40 water filters to be donated to families in Nicaragua.
Eric Neill (G04) and Holly (VanBrocklin) Neill (G06) live in Hillsboro, Ore., and both teach at Life Christian School in Aloha, Ore. He has been there since 2009, teaching science classes. She joined this fall after receiving a master’s degree in environmental science and management from Portland State University. She recently received a grant for implementing an innovative new lab at the school. A grant from the American Chemical Association and Hach Chemical will allow a high school project to look at the impact of nitrogen-related pollution on air and water quality.
Brandon Wallace (G04) in September started a nine-month internship at Portland Fellowship. His internship includes being house resident assistant for five other men and being a small group leader for the organization’s Taking Back Ground program.
Jonathan Apuan (ADP 05) and his wife, Dawn, are the new directors of the Salvation Army’s social service program in Everett, Wash. They also serve as new pastors at the Everett Salvation Army Church. He has served with the nonprofit Christian organi-zation for 18 years, primarily in Oregon and Idaho. The Everett location serves up to 150 people each evening with fellowship meals and assists more than 2,000 individuals each month with food, after-school services, community meals and counseling.
Kirk Grover (G05) in July joined Salem (Ore.) Interactive Media as a web developer. He is part of a team that designs and builds websites for the more than 100 radio stations operated by Salem Communications. Previously he was in Portland with Salem Communications-owned 101.4, The Fish; 93.9, KPDQ; and 93.1, El Rey. He started with the company as a promotions intern his senior year of college.
Jennifer Overstreet (G05/MBA11) in June joined M+W Group, USA, which contracts with Intel, the world’s largest semiconductor chipmaker. As a project administrator, she works closely with a team of engineers under a project manager on Intel’s Hillsboro, Ore., campus. M+W Group is a global engineering and construction partner for technology-based clients. She had been at George Fox University for six and a half years as an enrollment specialist and enrollment counselor in the adult degree program.
Stephanie Steinhorst (G05) was one of seven regional winners and a national finalist for the National Park Service’s annual Freeman Tilden Award, the highest form of recognition for an interpretive ranger. Steinhorst is a park ranger and historical interpreter at the Andersonville National Historic Site in Georgia. She was recognized for developing the park’s Historical Interpreter Apprentice Program in which local high school students dedicate weekends to study area history, acquire interpretation skills and participate in the park’s living history weekend.
Michele Eave (MA06) has joined George Fox’s Graduate Department of Counseling as assistant professor of counseling. She was an adjunct professor at George Fox from 2007 through 2011, when she earned a PhD in counseling from Oregon State University. Last year she was assistant professor in the Corban University counseling program while also serving as clinical director of the Salem Free Clinics/Corban University Mental Health Clinic.
Stephanie Fisher (G06) joined the George Fox nursing department in the fall as an assistant professor of nursing. For the last three and a half years she was an advanced registered nurse practitioner for the Steck Medical Clinic in Chehalis, Wash. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2008.
Arturo Lomeli (MAT06) in November became principal of Hillsboro (Ore.) High School. He moves to the position after two years as principal of South Meadows Middle School in the same district. He started with the district in 2000 as a sixth-grade teacher, then left briefly to serve as assistant high school principal in Patterson, Calif., before being named to the middle school position.
Ryan Hosley (PsyD07) has established Profinity Development, in which he is a development coach for business owners, professionals and other motivated individuals. Opened in 2007, it has offices in Happy Valley and Sherwood, Ore. As a psychologist, speaker, author and business development coach, he also offers services to individuals and families. His specialties are addiction recovery, trauma and family counseling.
Amanda Newman (G07), after five and half years as a reporter for the Newberg Graphic, resigned in August to enroll at the Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law at Arizona State University. She began her journalism career as an intern the final semester of her senior year at George Fox.
Laurie Brown (G08) is North Lake Tahoe outreach coordinator with Adventure Risk Challenge, a literacy and leadership program of UC Berkeley for high school youth. The year-round program links wilderness to academics, adventure to leadership and environmental science to literacy. Brown previously was a guide for several years at a small camp near Yosemite National Park.
Jenna Parisi (G08) is attending California State University – East Bay as a student in the school’s master of social work program. Until June she was with George Fox University in the registrar’s office as an enrollment specialist for three years.
Joe Ahn (G09, MBA10) has joined McClenahan Bruer, a Portland marketing communications agency serving technology firms. He is a communications counsel with the agency. He moved to the position in September, leaving Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. His expertise is in media relations, social media and marketing programs for high-profile tech brands.
Jonathon Archer (G09, MAT10), Alison (Hudson) Childs (MAT10), Sharon (Ragalie) Covaciu (G08, MAT10) and Chad DeYoung (MAT10) have had their master of arts in teaching course research work published in the summer issue of School Leadership Review. The research looked at the use of technologi-cal tools in high school classrooms in the Portland area. Archer is an adjunct teacher (geometry and U.S. history) at Columbia Christian Schools in Portland, a credit recovery teacher (algebra) at Gresham High School and a residential counselor with New Vision Programs, where he works with teenage boys in a residential foster care facility. Childs teaches math and science classes at Chehalem Valley Middle School in Newberg. Covaciu is a science teacher for Hillsboro (Ore.) Online Academy. DeYoung teaches biology, physical science and classes within the natural resource pathway at McMinnville (Ore.) High School, where he also is an assistant varsity baseball coach.
Sharilyn Fuller (G09, MAT11) is in Galmi, Niger Republic, where she teaches children of the staff of Galmi Hospital, operated by SIM (Serving in Mission), an international missionary organization. She provides educational needs for K-6 children whose parents help more than 100,000 patients annually.
April Anson (G00) drew national media attention when she constructed this 130-square-foot home to live in while pursuing her PhD at the University of Oregon. Read more and see photos of her cozy living quarters at georgefox.edu/tinyhouse.
Eli Matthews (MDiv10) has been elected to the Medford, Ore., City Council, winning two-thirds of the vote in his bid to retain his seat representing Ward 2. He was appointed to the position in April to fill a vacancy. He already had been helping lead the city of 75,000 as chair of the Medford Arts Commission and as a member of the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee. He is director of development for Impact Marketing in Medford.
Christopher Savage (G10) and Jennifer (Gabica) Savage (G10) are living in Albany, Ore., where they have established a new busi-ness, Savage Expedition Gear. She is teaching second grade at Harrisburg Elementary School and he is attending Oregon State University, studying for a master’s degree in science education. Their online company sells belts, bracelets, key lines and gun slings made of paracord that can be used for survival.
Allyson (Clemmons) Souders (G10) and Ryan Souders (G10) live in Portland, where he is with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and she is a chemical dependency counselor with Western Psychological and Counseling Services in its Gladstone office.
Rachel VanGent (G10) is in Chongwe, Zambia, where she is a kindergarten teacher at The Esther School, opened this fall to serve orphaned and under-resourced children. On a two-year mission effort with GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) Girls’ Club, she is responsible for raising her own $12,000-a-year support. She spent the last year working at an orphanage in El Porvenir, Mexico.
Henry Balensifer (G11) was elected to the Warrenton, Ore., City Commission in the November election. He joined the five-member governing body in January, guiding the coastal city of 5,000. He has been CEO at Warrenton High Fisheries, Inc. since 2005, helping construct a state-of-the-art fisheries rearing and research center that has the first rain-powered hatchery in Oregon.
Anna Briggs (G11) works with her husband, Larry, founder in 1989 of Vision to Action (V2A) Solutions. Based in Lake Oswego, Ore., it is a business consulting and coaching firm, emphasizing leadership and team skills. She has been a volunteer facilitator with Pregnancy Resource Center and The Dougy Center in Portland for grieving families, and a Mothers for Preschoolers (MOPS) mentor.
Johanna Schweitzer (G11, MAT12) is a student financial services specialist at George Fox University, beginning the current school year after she worked as an office assistant in the department from 2007 to 2011. She also served on campus as a peer advisor and orientation leader.
Keisha Gordon (G12) has two new positions. She is manager of The Community Mentoring HUB in Newberg, providing direction, support and training to mentors and coordinators in seven county school districts in a program that helps troubled youth by providing an ongoing relationship with a caring adult. The all-time leader in points and steals in George Fox women’s basketball history, she is also a new assistant coach with the team.
Caleb Wirth (G12) joined the George Fox plant services staff in August. He spent seven summers doing residential painting jobs while a student and the last two sum-mers as a volunteer camp counselor for people with special needs.
Marlee Zakrevsky (G12) has stayed with her alma mater after graduation to become a print services coordinator. She joined the university’s staff in August after working in mail and print services as a student employee since she enrolled in 2007. She was team captain of the George Fox track and field team in 2010-11.