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2011 Honored Alumni

Dwight KimberlyHeritage Award
Dwight Kimberly, ’67

In the quarter of a century he taught classes at George Fox, Dwight Kimberly earned the respect and admiration of both his peers and his students. Many remember him as the 2000 Oregon Professor of the Year, but winning honors was never Kimberly’s agenda. Rather, the biology professor took pride in investing in his pupils. Kimberly’s love of students and learning resulted in a teaching career that began at Oregon State University in the mid-1970s, included 18 years at Warner Pacific College and culminated with a 25-year commitment to George Fox.

Barbara BakerOutstanding Alumnus Award
Barbara Baker, SPS ’02

As the executive vice president of cultural enhancement for the Umpqua Holdings Corporation, Barbara Baker’s influence reaches far beyond the walls of her Portland office. She is responsible for overseeing all culture, training and human resource functions for the financial services company, and her efforts have helped the bank earn several awards, including being named to Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for five straight years. Baker has also received numerous individual accolades, including the Portland Business Journal’s 2011 Best HR Team Leadership Award.

Maggie HolmesheoranOutstanding Recent Alumna
Margaret “Maggie” (Holmes) Holmesheoran, ’04

Since earning a bachelor’s degree in international studies from George Fox, Maggie Holmesheoran has traveled the globe as a student of various cultures and as a willing servant. Her travels have taken her to 15 countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, and South and East Asia, with her most recent expedition resulting in a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Hyderabad in India in 2009. Now a graduate student at Tufts University in Boston, where she is working toward master’s degrees in nutrition and public health, Maggie works as a project assistant with the Global Nutrition Collaborative Research Support Program.

Linda ByrdChristian Service Award
Linda Byrd, ’78

A childhood love for camping cultivated in Linda Byrd a call to turn her passion into a lifelong ministry. For more than 30 years, she’s served as a volunteer, staff member, administrator and leader in various Christian camping ministries throughout the world. Her travels have included sojourns to Jamaica, Panama, Trinidad and Mexico to serve in various camp organization roles or to lead workshops. And, for 15 years, she was the administrator and girls camp director for Oregon Camp Cherith, a ministry of Pioneer Clubs. Currently serving as missions resource coordinator for World Venture’s Northwest region, Byrd also takes time to mentor George Fox alumni pursuing the camping ministry.

David WrightSeminary Alumnus of the Year
David Wright, GFES ’80

In the 30 years since he earned a master’s degree in biblical studies from George Fox, David Wright’s travels have taken him to Haiti, England and all over the U.S. as a professor, administrator and leader in higher education. An ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church, Wright has served as the provost and chief academic officer at Indiana Wesleyan University since 2008, an assignment that came after his three years as dean of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University.


Jonathan Bishop (G67) and Marita (Cammack) Bishop (G67) are in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he is interim director of the family practice residency training program at Afshar Hospital. With Jon retiring from Snohomish Family Medical Center after 35 years, they are now serving with two organizations: In His Image International and Samaritan’s Purse. They left in July. After March 1, 2012, they will be in Tansen, Nepal, for training of family practice residents before returning to their Snohomish, Wash., home in mid-June.

102 and Counting

Margaret MorseWhen a group of alumni got up to sing the George Fox University school song to new students as part of the Welcome Week activities, one of the participants was Margaret (Nothiger) Morse (n35). And as it turned out, the Aug. 25 date presented an ideal opportunity for the audience to sing back to her.

Students and parents united to surprise her by singing “Happy Birthday” to the 102-year-old. The Friendsview Retirement Community resident, a retired elementary school teacher, was cheered by students less than one-fifth her age. The second-oldest alumna in the university’s database, Morse is a member of the class of 1935. Her husband, Curtis, who passed away in 2002 at the age of 97, was a 1933 graduate. The Morse family was recognized on campus with the naming of the university’s baseball and softball field complex in their honor after a gift in 1998.

Recognition is nothing new to Morse this year. In an April event in Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, she was honored by the Northwest Rose Historians. She was the guest of honor as they recognized descendants of two pioneer families who donated heritage rose bushes that were planted Feb. 18 in Pioneer Square.

The Nothiger-Morse Rose was brought to Oregon from Switzerland by Margaret’s grandparents in 1884. The Portland Rose Festival queen presented Morse with a bouquet, a six-piece orchestra played and guests enjoyed an array of desserts. Morse’s daughter, Barbara Morse (G62), spoke about the Nothiger family at the event. Also attending were her three sons: Sam Morse (G57), Paul Morse (G59) and Howard Morse (G61).


Mark Thompson (G76), a former coffee shop owner who has worked in the coffee business for years, has established Fair Wage Coffee in Dundee, Ore. He roasts and delivers coffee locally to restaurants, stores and individuals, but also ships throughout the nation. He has partnered with a nonprofit, Growers First, to work to improve the lives of farmers from as far away as Papua New Guinea and Honduras.

Tim Weaver (G76), named Oregon’s 2010 top city police officer as a drug recognition expert, has retired. His last day with the Newberg-Dundee Police Department was June 29, ending 32 years, 8 months and 29 days of service. Officers from neighboring agencies came to his celebration with the NDPD the next day. Eligible for retirement for the last seven years, he had said he would retire if he had three bad days in a row. They never came, Weaver said. But he has decided it’s time to become involved in the community in other ways, and to do some fishing.

A Historic First

Becky AnkenyOn Jan. 1, 2012, Becky (Thomas) Ankeny (G77) will become the new superintendent of the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, the first woman to hold that position in the 118 years of the Quaker church. The Yearly Meeting, the parent and owner of George Fox University, oversees 67 churches in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Ankeny will assume the leadership post after 23 years at George Fox, including positions as associate vice president for academic affairs and then associate provost for academic affairs. She joined the university in 1988 to teach English and literature, but now leaves that behind for the church headquarters office adjacent to the Newberg campus. She becomes an ex-officio member of the George Fox Board of Trustees.

Leadership within the Yearly Meeting is not new for Ankeny. For four months in 2008 she served as interim pastor at the First Friends Church in Vancouver, Wash. A recorded Friends minister and daughter of Quaker missionaries in Africa, Ankeny has been active as a lay church leader, serving as clerk of her local church, and on Yearly Meeting boards and commissions.

After receiving her George Fox interdisciplinary degree in communication arts, literature and history, Ankeny earned a master’s degree (1982) and then a PhD in English (1986) at the University of Oregon. She followed that with an Executive MBA from Oregon in 2009.

Ankeny’s selection concluded a nationwide search by a nine-member committee that chose four candidates for personal interviews, then two finalists, based on “their strong and evident commitment to Jesus Christ and the work of Friends, their history of ministry and service, their stature and leadership within the Yearly Meeting, and the positive appraisals by their references.”

Ankeny says her first priorities are to help build “a sense of community that recognizes and values how different Friends meetings across the Yearly Meeting express their sense of mission and calling.”

As for being the first woman in the position, Ankeny says, “I don’t plan to make gender my focus, nor do I plan to try to ignore gender either.” She notes that in the 1970s she heard one Yearly Meeting board clerk say he did not foresee the recording of any more women as ministers of the gospel. “To have moved as a Yearly Meeting from that place to today is remarkable and blessed,” she says. “It is now clear that the mainstream NWYM community believes in the historical and biblical Quaker position that God calls and ordains, and the community of believers simply recognizes and records, and that God calls women, who then have the same responsibility to obey as men do.”


John Cederholm (n80) was featured in a July 26 story in The Observer in La Grande, Ore. It profiled his retirement from coaching youth baseball in the area for 25 years. His last event was directing the state Babe Ruth tournament the week prior in La Grande.

David Olson (G80) in June became chief operating officer for Sunnyside Community Hospital in Sunnyside, Wash. He has been a consultant in strategic planning and business development and in healthcare leadership during the current year and previously was director of strategic planning with Providence Health & Services in Oregon. He will continue to maintain his family home in Happy Valley, Ore.

Jane (Mendenhall) Smith (G80), after 17 years as organist for the First United Methodist Church in Newberg, has resigned to take a position with Christ Church Episcopal Parish in Lake Oswego, Ore. She was featured in a June 30 article in the Newberg Graphic, which noted her travels to Europe to play century-old instruments. Her replacement in Newberg is Janet (Hight) Lyda (G57).

Randy Butler (G81, MA84, DMin07) has authored Reclaiming Heaven’s Covenant: God’s Blueprint to Restore All Relationships, published in June by Deep River Books. Based on his dissertation work, it teaches how to connect with God and others in a way that positively affects marriage, parenthood, career and finances. He has been pastor of the Salem (Ore.) Evangelical Church for the last 25 years.

Paula (Ankeny) Hampton (G81) is the new administrative assistant in George Fox University’s Department of Religious Studies. She previously worked as an editor at Barclay Press in Newberg and as a freelance editor, providing editorial assistance for doctoral candidates working on dissertations.

Leslie (Friend) Smiley (n81) in May received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Grand Canyon University’s online program. Living in Spanaway, Wash., she has been a paraeducator for 10 years and currently is a teacher assistant with the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, a preschool program funded by the state of Washington.

Deborah (Arnoldi) Miller (G84, MEd99, EdD06) is the teacher education program director at Multnomah University in Portland. She was hired in 2006 to begin the undergraduate teacher education program, then the MAT program was developed and now two MAT groups and one undergraduate class have graduated.

Robert Legg (G85) in July became lead pastor of Mountain View Fellowship Church in Redmond, Ore. He previously had been a chaplain with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash.

Susan (Fridley) Rojas (G85) in April was named director of fiscal services for Turlock Christian Schools in Turlock, Calif. Previously she was a plant controller with Sensient Dehydrated Flavors, LLC., a food processor in Turlock.

Nancy (Baugh) Fawver (G88) in June became a half-time enrollment counselor for George Fox University’s full-time MBA and Doctor of Business Administration programs. She continues as a part-time registrar and system administrator with Veritas School in Newberg.

Ground Zero Through the Eyes of a Chaplain

Wally JohnstonIn 26 years as a police chaplain, Wally Johnston (MA96) says nothing had more impact on him than his involvement in helping public safety employees in New York City in the weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Ten years later, Johnston has chronicled his account in the book Sent to Serve: The Chaplains of 9/11.

“When America was attacked on 9/11 many chaplains believed God was calling them to volunteer,” says Johnston, who lives in Beaverton, Ore. So when the International Conference of Police Chaplains called for help, he joined with three other Portland-area chaplains and took a weeklong assignment in New York to work with first responders still reeling from the aftermath weeks later. The visiting chaplains attended funerals, counseled police officers and firefighters, and met with families of fallen officers. Among those counseled were the firefighters at the Ten House Fire Station. “That’s right at Ground Zero,” explains Johnston, “and the people who were on the shift there that day all died.” Before he went, Johnston prepared a pamphlet to give to those he met; it was about getting through tough times together.

The book is “not about war stories, though there are some in there,” Johnston says. “I want people to understand what a chaplain is all about.” He also hopes the book prompts readers to volunteer. “9/11 brought thousands of us together,” Johnston says. “This is a call for people to volunteer in their community.”

Johnston was a pastor for 15 years, and was associate pastor at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Church of the Nazarene when he began as a volunteer police chaplain. He joined the Beaverton Police Department as a volunteer in 1994 and became a full-time employee in 2001. He retired from the Sherwood (Ore.) Police Department last December after serving as chaplain for three years.


Rolf Potts (G93) in September began a one-year position as writer in residence at the University of Pennsylvania. He is affiliated with the Kelley Writers House and will organize a number of events with writers. The residency gives him the time and resources to write, and he plans to focus on a couple of book proposals and a few shorter articles. He also will teach a creative writing class in the spring, with an emphasis on travel writing.

Jamie Boutin (G94) is a physician and faculty recruiter for the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. It has 22 affiliated hospitals and 12,000 employees in a 25-county area in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia. He assumed the position this year after nearly six years as a physician recruiter with Providence Health and Services in Oregon.

Myrna (Bonar) Jensen (G95) in June became film and special projects manager with the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau. She previously spent five years with KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Alaska, as assignment editor.

Tricia (Gates) Brown (G96, MA97) has authored Jesus Loves Women: A Memoir of Body and Spirit, published by DreamSeeker Books. She also has written an essay, “Pristine Voices,” appearing in the fall issue of Geez magazine and another, “Undone,” in the 2011 issue of Rain magazine.

Greg Hodges (SPS97) has been named a regional sales director with Lincoln Financial Distributors, the wholesale distribution subsidiary of Lincoln Financial Group. As part of the Institutional Retirement Solutions Distribution team, he will be in charge of a territory that includes nine states. He has 20 years in retirement sales experience in the financial services industry, previously serving as vice president of sales with Diversified Investment Advisors.

Lynn (Clouser) Holt (MDiv97) is the new lead pastor at North Valley Friends Church in Newberg. She has been at the church since 2003 as part-time assistant pastor while also continuing a management career in the medical field. She took over the lead pastor role July 1 after the retirement of Stan Thornburg (G68).

Jeremy Lloyd (G98) has joined the George Fox University Office of Marketing Communications as creative content manager. For the last two years he was a self-employed writer and editor in the Portland area, and for four years prior to that was assistant editor of PDX Magazine.

Michele (Hadden) Butler (MAT99) is the new assistant principal at Milford High School, part of the Huron Valley Schools system in Highland, Mich. She was selected from a pool of 137 candidates. For the previous six years she was an assistant principal in Yuma, Ariz.

Dan Foster (G99, MBA04) leads a 12-member team that was named one of the top 12 real estate offices in the United States for service excellence and overall customer satisfaction. He is manager for the Newberg and Sherwood teams of Prudential Northwest Properties, the largest locally owned real estate company in the Portland area. He also is a business coach, certified through the Coaching Leader System of Building Champions, Inc.

Tyler Johnson (G99) has written a new book, Devotion to the Adopted Country: Ethnic Volunteers in the U.S.-Mexican War. It is scheduled to be published next spring by the University of Missouri Press. He is associate professor of history at Philadelphia Biblical University.

Shannon Lilja (G99, MA08) is program manager for addictions services at Community Services Northwest, a private, not-for-profit center in Vancouver, Wash. She is responsible for programs helping adult and adolescent clients with chemical dependency, and programs for pregnant women, gambling addiction and domestic violence. She also has a private counseling practice for individuals and couples.

Chad Pohlman (G99, MAT01) is athletics director at Bear Creek School, a Christian, independent, college-prep school in Redmond, Wash., where he has coached boys soccer for nine seasons. As AD since 2007, he heads an upper-level program that has nearly 80 percent of the school’s 213 ninth- through 12th-grade students participating in athletics every year.

Admissions Movement

Three George Fox University graduates from three decades, all previous members of George Fox admissions teams, have new positions this fall guiding admissions work for their new institutions on the East Coast.

Jeff RickeyJeff Rickey (G76) on Aug. 1 became vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Highly selective, the non-denominational school has an enrollment just under 2,300. He moved from Earlham College, Indiana, where he had the same title since 1998, after moving from George Fox where he was dean of admissions for 12 years.

Matt Kirkpatrick ClemonsMatt Kirkpatrick Clemons (G93, MBA01) in October became the new director of admissions at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass. He previously held another Ivy League position as director of admissions and financial aid at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York. Prior to that, Clemons was at the Manhattan School of Music as assistant director of admissions and financial aid. He was an admissions counselor at George Fox from 1995 to 2000.

Jeff KirkseyJeff Kirksey (G02) in September was announced as the new dean of admission and retention at Houghton College in New York. He moves from a position as director of major gifts at the college, a detour from previous work in admissions at Baylor University and Geneva College after serving at George Fox as an admissions counselor from 2002 to 2004.


Davida (Ankeny) Brown (G02) has returned to her alma mater as assistant professor of chemistry. She earned a PhD in chemistry from Stanford University (2007), then was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Oregon for two years before serving as an adjunct in chemistry at George Fox and Portland Community College in 2009-10, and last year as assistant professor of chemistry at Concordia University in Portland.

Neil Cantrall (G02) and Kelsey (Baron) Cantrall (G03) are raising support to return to the mission field in Peru, where they previously served with Food for the Hungry. He currently is a bilingual fourth-grade teacher at Swegle Elementary School in Salem, Ore. They plan to serve in Arequipa with Latin America Mission, with Neil volunteering as a teacher and coach to reach out to local youth.

David Kilian (G02, MAT03) was named Mt. Hood Conference Track and Field Coach of the Year in May in his third year as head coach at Sam Barlow High School in Gresham, Ore. He led both the boys and girls teams to undefeated conference records and championship seasons. His boys teams have won three consecutive conference titles and finished second twice in the state track meet.

Evan Dickens (G03) is a new senior manager and CPA with Jones and Roth in Bend, Ore. His primary focus is audits of employee benefit plans, not-for-profit organizations and construction contractors. He is the lead manager of the company’s employee benefit plan audit practice, and has been with the 65-year-old firm since 2002.

Kenneth Macy (G03) is Idaho territory manager and Northwest seed manager for Wilbur-Ellis Company in Caldwell, Idaho. The firm is a marketer and distributor of agricultural products, animal feed, and specialty chemicals and ingredients. He has been with the company for seven years.

Suzanne Santos (G03) is teaching high school theatre at Academia Avance Charter High School in Los Angeles. She also serves on the advisory board of Trash Mash-Up, a nonprofit that teaches students how to turn recycled materials into masks and costumes for community performances. Also, she is acting in Casa 0101 Theater’s Brown & Out Festival in Boyle Heights.

Liz Hughes (G04) is part of a team that in June received the Champions of Excellence Team Award for Quality Care by the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. She is a crisis clinician and art therapist with Community Healthlink in Worcester, Mass., and has worked with the youth mobile crisis intervention team since 2009. She also carries a small caseload of clients for outpatient art, and individual and family therapy.

Travis Morgan (G04) is a human resource analyst with PacifiCorp after six years at George Fox University, the last three as director of systems operation for admissions. Previously he was an admissions counselor. PacifiCorp is one of the West’s largest utility companies.

Roxy (Lowry) Swails (G04) this fall joined the faculty at Shorter University in Rome, Ga., as assistant professor of chemistry. She previously served as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry at Mercer University and as a post-doctoral researcher for the University of North Carolina. She earned a PhD in organometallic chemistry from the University of Florida.

Andrea (Corzatt) van de Bruggen (G04, MA11) is a child and family therapist with Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland.

Chris Waters (G04) graduated in June from Fuller Seminary, receiving a Master of Arts in Theology and a PhD in psychology. He will complete post-doctoral work this year at California Lutheran University.

Carol Hutchinson (DMin05) has joined the George Fox faculty as assistant professor of adult degree programs. On an adjunct basis for the last six years, she has taught business writing, world views and leadership courses in the university’s adult degree programs. Previously, she was a pastor at Salem (Ore.) Alliance Church following 20 years in Argentina with Christian Missionary Alliance teams.

Sarah (Myhre) Mazur (G05) has moved to The Colony, Texas, where she has joined the University of North Texas as an academic advisor in the College of Education.

Abigail Rine (G05) has been named assistant professor of English at George Fox after serving as visiting assistant professor in 2010 and adjunct professor in 2008-10. She will continue to direct the school’s forensics program, which she has done the last two years. In 2010 she received a PhD in English from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Holly (VanBrocklin) Neill (G06) in May was selected as a commissioner for the Hillsboro (Ore.) Planning Commission, a volunteer position overseeing land use and land use policy. She is an inorganic chemist with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Jim Steele (EdD06) has been named to the board of directors of the Human Resource Certification Institute, a nonprofit that provides assessment and professional certification to more than 115,000 human resource practitioners worldwide. He previously served on the examination review panel for the Global Professional in Human Resources certification. He is associate professor of management in the George Fox School of Business.

Bethany Bylsma (G07) is with Invisible Children, based in San Diego, serving as Ugandan tour and logistics coordinator and Invisible Children alumni relations director. Previously a volunteer with the organization, she is responsible for training and caring for Ugandan advocates who travel to the United States twice a year. About 1,000 individuals have been involved with the organization, which began in 2005.

Kristen Gray (G07) is a third/fourth grade teacher at River Grove Elementary School in Lake Oswego, Ore.

Kenny Herrera (MBA07) is projects environmental health and safety director with Skanska USA Building in Portland. The construction and development corporation is based in New York. He began the position in July and has been with the firm for three years. He is a Certified Safety Professional and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, serving on the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Bryan Harada (G08) is responsible for broadcast promotions for Seattle-based Crista Ministries and for Spirit 105.3 FM (KCMS), a contemporary music station rated in the top five in the Seattle area.

Kristal Mathis (MA08) is a licensed child mental health specialist, working part time with Lower Columbia Mental Health in Longview, Wash., part of the Cowlitz County Guidance Association. She also started her own private practice last year, Heartprints: Child, Youth and Family Counseling Services. She works with teenagers who engage in self-harm behaviors, helping them become more successful in their goals, relationships and academic pursuits.

Molly (Meadows) Bailey (G09) and Patrick Bailey (G09) live in Tualatin, Ore. She is event coordinator with Oregon Sports Authority in Portland, and he is a support technician with American Steel in Canby, Ore.

John Fortes (G09) is a mechanical engineer with Hydration Technologies Innovations in Corvallis, Ore. As a competitive bicyclist, he is spending hours competing and racing to raise funds for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. He was diagnosed in March with ulcerative colitis and now is using his hobby to raise money for research. In September he raced in the Centurion Canada Cycling competition near Toronto. As of Oct. 13 he had raised $3,272.

Jess Garnett (MAT09) is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, teaching 28 fourth-grade students at Bingham Academy. He spent several weeks in training in Houghton, N.Y., and Charlotte, S.C., under his sponsoring organization, Serving in Missions. He left the United States Aug. 1 for a two-year assignment at the school. He had been teaching math at St. Paul (Ore.) Parochial School while fundraising to support his missions work.

Roland Hoskins (SPS09) in August was named director of the Lane County (Oregon) Youth Services Department. He has been interim director since November. The department provides assessment, probation, training, counseling and detention services for youth ages 12 to 17 who are referred because of criminal behavior. Previously he was labor relations manager for the county.

Sarah (Wilson) Peterson (G09) is a personal trainer with Excell Fitness in Newberg.

Duane Yecha (EdD09) is the new superintendent for Crook County School District in Prineville, Ore., overseeing 3,000 students. He moved this year from the 1,500-student Winston-Dillard Oregon School District where he was superintendent for six years.

Kongela Makes Push for Olympics

Dak KongelaIn an improbable turn of events, Dakarai Kongela (G11) is in Lake Placid, N.Y., training for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It all started as a joke, but no one’s laughing now.

The health and human performance major, a two-time All-American in the 100-meter dash, came across an Internet recruiting ad in August for the U.S. bobsled team that sought athletes who had run track or played football; no bobsled experience was necessary. Kongela started to apply as a joke, but then began to think, “Hey, I can push things.” His curiosity got the better of him, so he applied for the bobsled combine in Park City, Utah. In a camp with about 20 others, Kongela was tested for speed, strength and power.

At 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, Kongela admitted “there were guys there much stronger than me, but they didn’t score as well as I did in the sprints and jumps.” His score of 733 in Park City earned him an invitation to Lake Placid in September to compete against the best from other combines. It was there that Kongela, from Suquamish, Wash., got a close-up look at a bobsled for the first time.

He came in 12th, just behind the existing national team athletes and some of the top rookies. Still, he didn’t know if he’d get a chance to stay with the team, because drivers are the ones who pick who they want on their sled. “It was one of the scariest moments of my life,” he says. But he did end up getting an invitation from Cory Butner, who joined the national team in 2007.

Kongela is currently housed in a dorm for athletes in the Olympic training center. “It’s kind of like being in college again,” he says. Seven sleds are used in training, and the top three teams – determined by a point system – will represent the United States in several competitions, including the America’s Cup. Kongela knows he’s a rookie and hasn’t locked in a spot on the national team, but he’s thrilled with where he is and is hopeful for an appearance in the Olympics.


Robin Ballard (G10) in May received a Master of Arts degree in Business Management from Azusa Pacific University through an accelerated young executive track completed in one year. She lives in Irvine, Calif., where she is with Pacific Life as a corporate business analyst.

Jordan Beanblossom (G10) is in marketing operations with A-dec, a dental equipment manufacturing firm in Newberg, where he and Tara (Strever) Beanblossom (G08) live.

Brendon Hart (G10) is one of the first 100 students in the new College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest, located in Lebanon, Ore. He participated in an opening white coat ceremony July 30, with first classes beginning Aug. 8. The private medical school is the newest college of the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif.

Krista (Ray) Maroni (G10) started in July as the new administrative assistant for Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends in Newberg. Her husband, Jon Maroni (G08), is youth pastor at Second Street Community Church in Newberg.

Terah (Pugh) Farrester (G11) is a registered nurse with Salem (Ore.) Health, a not-for-profit, two-hospital health care system.

Kyle Kiser (G11) and Lydia (Shepard) Kiser (G11) are living in Yakima, Wash., where he is employed with Ace Hardware and she is employed with Yakima Foursquare Church as the young adult pastor.

Sandra Walk (EdS11) this fall joined the Estacada (Ore.) School District as school psychologist, working with elementary students. She completed a one-year school psychologist intern program with the Clackamas Education Service District during the last school year, and has had 10 years experience in teaching special education in Missouri, California and Oregon.

Candice Zhang (MBA11) has been named assistant director of admissions for international students at George Fox. Prior to earning her MBA she worked for four years as a part-time teacher and as a student leadership advisor in the student’s union and social practice department at Dalian Nationalities University in Dalian, China, from which she received a bachelor’s degree in 2009.

Blair Takes Helm at Evangelical Theological Seminary

Tony BlairOn Sept. 30, Anthony (Tony) Blair (DMin05) was inaugurated the seventh president of Evangelical Theological Seminary. He calls it “a profound and wonderful responsibility.”

“I have spent my professional career with one foot in the church and the other in the academy,” he says. “I can’t imagine a better opportunity to integrate them as this role does.” Blair’s 2010 book on that topic, Church and Academy in Harmony: Models of Collaboration for the Twenty-first Century, was featured in a fall 2010 George Fox Journal article.

Blair has six degrees from six institutions, including a PhD from Temple University, in addition to his doctoral degree from George Fox emphasizing leadership in the emerging culture. Previously, Blair served as dean of the Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies and as professor of leadership studies for Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa. He also has been teaching as an adjunct professor at Evangelical Theological Seminary, from which he holds a master’s degree in church history. Since 2007 Blair has served as co-senior pastor of Hosanna! A Fellowship of Christians, a nondenominational congregation in Lancaster County, Pa. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and a former superintendent of the denomination.

The author of several books, Blair heads a school of about 200 students coming from 12 states and five nations and representing 24 denominations. It is located on a 12-acre campus in Myerstown, Pa. Offering 13 master's degrees, the seminary was founded in 1953 by the Evangelical Congregational Church.