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Nancy (Forsythe) Thomas (G67, MAT00) has authored a book of poems, The Secret Colors of God, published July 5 by Barclay Press, Newberg.

Stanley Cuyler (GFES68) is now a chaplain for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, working at prisons in Dilley and Cotulla after retiring from 27 years of service in the U.S. Army.

Shelley (Bates) Cadd (G75) is living in Depoe Bay, Ore., where she has an individual counseling practice, Perfect Peace Counseling Service, specializing in addiction issues and inner healing prayer ministry. She earned a master of divinity degree at Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries and Alliance Biblical Seminary in Manila, Philippines, in 2003.

Mike Lehman (G78) has been named principal of Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Ore. He previously served two years as principal of Waluga Junior High in Lake Oswego and before that was a human resources administrator for three years with the Portland School District.

Jerry Barnick (G79) leads the Oregon valley and coast lending team in business banking for U.S. Bank, working out of the Ladd and Bush branch in Salem. He has been in the banking industry for 26 years.

Loren Hester (G79) has been promoted from technician to test wafer coordinator with Intel Corporation, Beaverton, Ore.

Greg Griffin (G80) has been hired as boys’ basketball coach at Rex Putnam High School, Milwaukie, Ore. For the last five seasons he assisted at Clackamas High, and previously he coached at Newberg High for 13 years.

David Wright (GFES80) on June 1 became dean of Haggard School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University. He has a PhD in educational policy studies and previously was director of graduate studies ministry and associate professor of intercultural studies at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Jim Le Shana (G81) authored the second edition of the CD-ROM Evangelical Friends History: Birth, Growth, and Organization. It is a survey of the Friends Church from its origins in the 17th century to the present. He is senior pastor at Rose Drive Friends Church, Yorba Linda, Calif.

Ken Schumann (G81) has been named director of athletics at Pacific University, Forest Grove, Ore., after serving one year as interim director. He has been an administrator and coach at Pacific for 21 years, 13 as men’s basketball coach.

Cheryl (Low) Thiessen (G82) has opened her own floral and gift shop, Cheryl’s Flower Cottage, located inside Krelly Designs and Co., Hillsboro, Ore.

Robin Classen (G83) is now pastor of Two Rivers Church in the Gladstone/Milwaukie, Ore., area, after nine years as worship pastor at Bethany Church in Canby, Ore., which established the Two Rivers Church.

Randy Weisberg (GFES83) is teaching Bible at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and is pastoring in the Free Methodist Church. He completed a doctor of ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2002.

David Fox (n84) is a criminal, family, and personal injury attorney in Port Angeles, Wash., where he has been since receiving his law degree from the University of Idaho in 1994. He is writing a book, The Kingdom of God, about his two years at George Fox and a summer he spent as a missionary for Campus Crusade in Tokyo.

Larry Jury (G86) is founder of Dream Team basketball camps held in the Portland area for youth 6-18. Participants learn fundamentals, the importance of team play and sportsmanship, and are exposed to life skills with the goal of having them see the importance of graduation from high school and college.

Nancy (Charles) Olson (G87) has been appointed director of Hands On Sacramento, an organization that engages individuals, businesses, and groups in results-oriented volunteer partnerships. The mission is social change through volunteerism and issue education. She resides in Sacramento with her two children, ages 11 and 14.

Kathleen Simpson-Myron (SPS88) was featured along with her twin sister at the 2005 Oregon Potters Association Ceramic Showcase, held at the Portland Convention Center in April. Her art focuses on hand-built solid and slab clay work, primarily sculptures and abstracts of animals and vessels. She resides in Canby, Ore.

Dave Maurer (G89) recently received an MBA in technology management from the University of Phoenix. He has started Emidor Business Consulting, providing business management, accounting, and institutional technology services to small businesses, ministries, and musicians. He lives in Wilsonville, Ore.

Brent Peterson (G89) in April sold his share of Chapters Books and Coffee in Newberg. He continues as a financial planner in his own practice, Advanced Planning Strategies, in Newberg.

Timothy Graham (G90, MEd98) has been named principal of McBride Elementary in St. Helens, Ore. He recently has been an adjunct professor in George Fox’s MAT program and currently is working on a doctoral degree in education. Previously, he was a principal for six years in St. Paul, Ore., and four years in Sheridan, Ore.

Scott Winter (G92) in April sold his share of Chapters Books and Coffee in Newberg. He continues as a senior sales manager at Synopsys, Inc., Hillsboro, Ore.

Kevin Dougherty (G93) has joined the faculty of Baylor University, Waco, Texas, as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. He earned a master’s degree in sociology from Purdue University in 1999 and a doctorate in sociology from Purdue in 2003. Before moving to Baylor, he served from 2002 to 2005 on the faculty of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

David Jenkins (PsyD93) is a faculty member in the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va. He also is director of the Christian Care Network of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is a board member of the Society for Christian Psychology.

Kathryn Belcher (SPS96), a partner in McGinty & Belcher Attorneys, Woodburn, Ore., is a member of the Oregon State Bar’s sections on elder law and estate planning and administration. She also is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She recently led a four-part series on law topics for older adults in the Woodburn area.

Patrick Bennett (G96) and Shannon (Smith) Bennett (G96) have earned graduate degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno. He received a doctorate in social psychology and has been hired as assistant professor of psychology at Indiana State University, specializing in research affiliated with the Center for Health, Religion and Spirituality. She received a master’s degree in history and now is pursuing a doctorate in American history at Indiana University.

Mitch Ratzlaff (G96) and Kelleigh (Mardock) Ratzlaff (G98) have moved to Dallas, Ore., where he opened a State Farm Insurance agency in December 2004. Kelleigh is a stay-athome mom with their son, Grant. She is on the steering committee of her local Mothers of Preschoolers group and is involved in their church’s women’s ministry.

Nathan Sundgren (G96) received MD and PhD degrees from Oregon Health and Science University on June 1. He is beginning a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Medical Center, University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas.

Christina McMahan (SPS97) has been named director of the Douglas County (Ore.) Juvenile Department, based in Roseburg, Ore. As deputy district attorney with the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, she has served as a children’s prosecutor in Bend, Ore., for the last four years.

Jimmi Sommer (G97) has been promoted to director of public and legislative affairs with Technology Law Group in Boise, Idaho. She previously was a business intelligence analyst. She now manages the firm’s public relations plan as well as working with the 2006 Idaho legislature on intellectual property-related affairs. The firm specializes in licensing and other intellectual property transactions.

Nate White (G97) was honored in Washington, D.C., in September following the announcement that his crew has been named U.S. Air Force Crew of the Year. He is a captain, stationed at Buckley AFB near Denver, where he is a flight commander in the Space Based Infrared Satellite System. He and his wife, Tootsie (Dean) (G98), have four children. She is leading worship at Crossroads Church of Denver, which recently released a new worship album.

Cari (Hogan) Arias (G98) is Christian education director in the youth department at the Salvation Army Headquarters in Portland.

Tim Ewest (MBA00) is assistant professor of business administration at the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus, where he has been since 2003.

Max Bebb (G01) in May received a master of theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J. He has been accepted into the graduate program of Hebrew and Semitic Studies at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. He now is living in Stevens Point, Wis.

Nathan Goff (G01) and three partners received a City of Newberg beautification award for 2004 for their renovation of the Ambassador Apartments.

Jon Kershner (G01) in May received a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J. He now is pastor of Olympic View Friends Church in Tacoma, Wash.

Ilse (Friberg) Kryemadhi (G01) received a master of library science degree May 27, 2005, from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Sharon McKee (G01) is in the Brand Marketing Department at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. She is the Portland lead and directs the Run Hit Wonder Race, which takes place in Portland annually.

Micah Moss (G01) had his first solo art show in Portland during July as part of the First Thursday Gallery Walk. His featured artwork looks at spiritual and social issues in a contemporary style, using original photography that is edited, printed, then painted with acrylics.

Sharia Hays (G02) started in July at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, as a residence hall director. In May she received a master of education degree in college student affairs from Azusa Pacific University.

Jeremy Honsowetz (MA02) is a U.S. Army specialist and has graduated from the Water Treatment Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va.

Betty Palmrose (MEd02) is a finalist for the 2005 Oregon Small Schools Association Teacher of the Year award. She teaches a fourth/fifth blend class at Clatskanie (Ore.) Elementary School, where she has taught since 1976.

Sarah Angell (G03) has been awarded a teaching fellowship by The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation in Haddonfield, N.J. She is pursuing a master’s degree in chemistry and is teaching at State University of New York -Binghamton.

Linda Demorest (G03) is working for Prudential Real Estate Professionals, Corvallis, Ore. She previously was a marketing consultant and owned her own interior design business.

Matthew Gerber (G03) is working on a master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit management at Portland State University. He has founded Team Works International to assist in international relief and development. In May he was commencement speaker for La Grande (Ore.) High School, from which he graduated in 1999.

Sarah Jones (G03) is teaching fifth grade at Elmonica Elementary School in Beaverton, Ore.

Murray Paolo (SPS03) is information systems director for Yamhill County and the City of McMinnville, Ore. He lives near Yamhill, Ore., where he has served 21 years as a Yamhill- Carlton School Board member.

Adam Westmark (G04) and wife, Rebekah (Harvey) (G03), own two small businesses in Anchorage, Alaska: Northern Delights Espresso and Lake Otis Car Wash.

Bill Sherman (MBA04) is assistant director of employer relations at the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon. He is responsible for building relationships with employers in Oregon, the West Coast, and beyond in order to create job opportunities for business students. Previously, he was with the Oregon Employment Department as a business and employment specialist.

Colin Saxton (GFES04) has been named general superintendent of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, headquartered in Newberg. Previously, he was clerk of the pastoral team at North Valley Friends Church, Newberg.

Pauline Tseng (MA04) in February passed the National Counselor Examination for licensure and certification. She is a registered intern with Oregon State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and is a dual diagnosis therapist with LifeWorks NW, a nonprofit, community-based mental health and addiction service agency in Portland.

Sarah Walden (G04) is a preschool teacher in the company child development center at Mentor Graphics Corporation, Wilsonville, Ore.

Kyra Donovan (EdD05) is the new principal at Wascher Elementary School in the McMinnville School District. She is a 19-year teacher in the Tigard-Tualatin District and has been working toward an administrative position.

Charles Weathers (G05) is a loan officer with Landmark Mortgage in Salem, Ore. He specializes in helping first-time home buyers attain financing.

G Traditional graduate
n Traditional nongraduate
SPS School of Professional Studies graduate
GFES Seminary graduate
PsyD Doctor of psychology graduate
MAT Master of arts in teaching graduate
MBA Master of business administration graduate
MA Master of arts graduate
MEd Master of education graduate


Great Scott: PLAN founder retires

Ann Scott (SPS90)

Ann Scott (SPS90) after 30 years as founder and executive director of Plan Loving Adoptions Now (PLAN), retired in June. During her career, the nonprofit adoption agency placed more than 4,500 children in homes throughout the United States. Formed and headquartered in McMinnville, Ore., the agency now has more than 40 employees. Scott, her husband, Phil, and three other couples in 1973 banded together for support and to help others who were adopting children. That led to the founding of PLAN, which places children ranging from newborns to teens, with emphasis on all nationalities, sibling groups, and those with handicaps. The Scotts themselves parented 18 children, 16 adopted. Scott was named George Fox’s Distinguished Young Alumna for 1992 and received its Christian Service Award in 2002.

Scott is being replaced by Margaret Nice, a 2005 graduate of George Fox’s degree-completion program.

Casey still at bat

Former George Fox coach Pat Casey (’90) wins 500th career college game, Pac-10 baseball title, and a trip to the College World Series

Longtime Bruin baseball fans might have experienced a flashback while watching the College World Series this spring on ESPN. Much was familiar about the coach in the white and orange uniform. The determined stride. The folded arms. The intensity.

There stood Pat Casey, the former student-coach who turned around the George Fox baseball program, guiding the Oregon State team to the top tier of the college baseball world.

Pat Casey ('90)

Casey, with Baylor head coach Steve Smith before their game at the 2005 College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Despite a heartbreaking pair of CWS losses, it was a remarkable year for the former Bruin. In addition to taking No. 2-ranked OSU to its first College World Series since 1952, Casey won his first title in the Pac-10 conference and his 500th career college game.

Coach Casey’s first 171 wins came at George Fox between 1988 and 1994. Days after retiring from his seven-year minor-league baseball career, Casey took over a George Fox baseball program that hadn’t had a winning season since 1974. That first year, the Bruins finished 15-14 and won their first of seven consecutive league, conference, or district titles.

Casey also spent his first two years completing his bachelor’s degree. He led the varsity basketball team in scoring (17.9 ppg) as a fiercely competitive 30-year-old guard.

Casey was a demanding coach. He annually scheduled a brutal early-season schedule filled with Pac-10 teams. His NAIA teams did more than compete, upsetting several Div. I squads, including the University of Washington and Oregon State, his future employer.

One year after George Fox claimed the NCAA Div. III national title, many in Newberg cheered Oregon State’s playoff run. In addition to Casey, the Beavers’ roster included ace pitcher Dallas Buck, son of George Fox alumnus Eb Buck (’76).

Bush with greatness

Debby (Harney) Thomas (G94)

Debby (Harney) Thomas (G94) and her family were “exhausted and happy” after first lady Laura Bush visited the church and school where she and her husband, David (G93), are missionaries in Kigali, Rwanda, Africa. “It is absolutely amazing how much work goes into a 70- minute visit,” she said after the July 14 event that was planned for weeks.

The first lady and her daughter Jenna toured five Rwanda locations in one day on an official trip to highlight the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The plan provides assistance through faith-based organizations, such as World Relief, which, in turn, works through churches in Rwanda.

Before entering their Evangelical Friends church, the first lady greeted Debby, Dave, and their four children. Once inside, students entertained her with songs, a skit, and a traditional dance. “Everything went just as planned,” Debby reported, but “some small children climbed into her lap and onto Jenna’s too (that wasn’t planned).”

Mrs. Bush praised the relief workers: “It’s life-changing to see the real scope of what the problems are. But not only that, to be inspired by people who live here who are dealing with these problems. And in every case, wherever we went, I was inspired by the stories of the individuals who are making a huge difference.”

Mrs. Bush was presented a carving in the shape of Rwanda, with carved pictures of Christians reaching out to those with AIDS. “We pray that the message that goes out to the world is one of hope and love, and of Jesus,” Debby said.

Taking it to the next level

Dave Johnson

Fifteen years ago, he was one of the world’s greatest athletes — a top-ranked decathlete, an Olympian, and onehalf of Reebok’s “Dan vs. Dave” ad campaign.

Today, Dave Johnson is an assistant principal, athletic director, and track coach at Jefferson High School in Jefferson, Ore., after spending the past two years earning his school administrator credentials through George Fox’s Educational Foundations and Leadership program.

Johnson, 42, obviously isn’t as spry as he was in 1992, when he won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Instead, he directs his energy toward bringing out the best in others — both athletically and in the classroom.

“That’s my challenge now — instilling in kids the belief that they can be leaders and do great things,” Johnson says. “What places like George Fox have done is put me in position to better serve the community. These kids have the potential — many of them just don’t realize it yet.”