News, by Graduating Year


Margaret (Nothiger) Morse (n35) was honored with a party when she celebrated her birthday Aug. 25 – for the 105th time. A Newberg resident since 1973 and a resident of Friendsview Retirement Community since 1991, she is a retired elementary school teacher. In a newspaper article, she credits her long life to a healthy diet and a steadfast dedication to God. She and her late husband, Curtis Morse (G33), were recognized by the university with the naming of its baseball and softball field complex in their honor after a gift in 1988.

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Bob Thornburg (G70) is in his 38th year as a physical therapist and owner of Bridge Street Physical Therapy in Sheridan, Ore. He attended Northwestern University Medical School’s program in physical therapy and then Oregon Health & Science University to become a Licensed Physical Therapist. He specializes in orthopedic rehabilitation.

Ron Rittenhouse (G72) is a senior employment specialist with Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette in Portland. In his third year in the position, he specializes in assisting those with barriers to employment. Previously, he was an admissions representative for Sumner College in Portland for one year following nearly seven years with American InterContinental University Online as an admission advisor and training specialist.

Kathy (Gregory) Goff (n76) on Sept. 1 retired after 30 years with the financial aid office at Portland State University, where she began as a front counter staff person before becoming a counselor and later an assistant director. She began her financial aid career in 1983 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, where she completed her bachelor’s degree.

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John Fankhauser (n84) is on the front lines in the deadly Ebola crisis in West Africa, working as a medical doctor with Serving in Mission (SIM), an international Christian mission organization. He is at its Eternal Love Winning Africa campus in Monrovia, Liberia, where this summer he began treating the first patients in a small isolation unit. Treatment now has been expanded to a 100-bed Ebola unit and he, as deputy medical director of the hospital, has shifted from direct care to providing administrative support and restoring the hospital’s other services, which have been devastated by the ongoing crisis. He attended George Fox for two years before traveling to South Sudan on a missions trip to help at a hospital. The experience solidified a passion for medical missionary work. He completed his undergraduate degree and medical school at the University of Washington.

Heather (Pierson) Lewis (n84) and her husband, Dennis, in August were named recipients of the 2014 Hearts of Gold award by Providence Newberg Health Foundation for their participation in the community. They have been residents for 30 years. She has been a registered nurse at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland for 26 years. He started the family business, Lewis Audio Video in Newberg. She also volunteers for March of Dimes and AA Literacy, is in Newberg Kiwanis and is on the George Fox University Board of Trustees. Together they are involved in the Chehalem Cultural Center, Second Street Community Church, Young Life, Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics of Oregon.

Graham Barker (PsyD86) is the coauthor of From Woe to Go!, which focuses on the vocation of counseling conducted within an evangelical Christian worldview. Published in August, it is a training text that helps Christian counselors find distinctions that set their practice apart from others in their profession. He is a clinical psychologist in Sydney, the last three years as a supervision trainer focusing on clinical supervision. He also is chief psychologist with Shiloh Counseling and Consulting and is a training consultant for Youth for Christ International.

Kandi (Lewis) Parkinson (G86) has joined the Woodburn Independent newspaper as circulation assistant, providing support for the newspaper’s delivery operation. She moved from a position as a ministry support assistant at Second Street Community Church in Newberg.

Marianne Funderhide (G88) is beginning her second year as principal at Sherwood (Ore.) Middle School, returning to the school where she joined the district in 1992 as a physical education teacher. She later became the school’s associate principal for two years, then served one year as principal in the district’s Middleton Elementary School before moving to her new position.

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Jill Jamison Beals (G92) stayed on with George Fox University this fall as visiting assistant professor of mathematics after serving as adjunct faculty. Previously she was vice president for the reinsurance brokerage company Carvill America from 1995 to 2009. She earned a master’s degree in mathematics in 1995 at Portland State University, where she also taught for two years.

Steve Prewitt (G93) received a PhD in sport pedagogy from the University of Utah this spring and now is assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas A&M in Commerce, Texas. Before starting at Utah in 2010, where he’s been a graduate assistant and visiting instructor, he was a teacher and coach for five years at La Center (Wash.) middle and high schools.

Amos Yong (MA93) has been appointed the new director of the Center for Missiological Research and professor of theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. He will direct the PhD program in the School of Intercultural Studies. He began in July after serving nine years at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., most recently as dean of the School of Divinity. He has published more than 175 academic articles and chapters in books and 17 separate monographs. In addition, six new books will be published this fall. He has a PhD from Boston University and previously taught six years at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn.

Al Gaines (ADP94) just started his 22nd year with Lane County (Ore.) Youth for Christ as juvenile justice ministry director/chaplain. He guides 57 volunteers who work with youth in Lane County Juvenile Justice Detention and on Sundays provide church services. He hopes to start a juvenile homeless shelter in the county, offering shelter, speakers, entertainment and practical job skills training.

Sara (Rumrey) Barry (G95) in September was inducted into the North Medford (Ore.) High School Black Tornado Hall of Fame. She was one of 13 new inductees, honored for her accomplishments as a three-sport athlete from 1988-91, when she earned nine varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball. She is a social studies teacher at her alma mater, where she also has coached.

Todd Saperstein (G95) on Sept. 11 opened a new Dickey’s Barbecue restaurant in Beaverton, Ore. The Western-themed restaurant, which features slow pit-cooked barbecued meats, is the first Dickey’s in the Portland area and one of more than 400 in 40 states.

Tricia Gates Brown (G96, MA97) had an essay, “All Done with This,” published in the summer 2014 issue of Oregon Humanities magazine.

Rick Harrison (ADP96) is an electrical power systems specialist with MEC Electrical Engineering, Inc. in Portland. He’s in his fourth year with the firm that specializes in industrial, municipal and commercial power engineering and design.

Brandi (Thackery) Frye (MBA97) is senior director of marketing communications for TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. in Hillsboro, Ore., in that position for nearly eight years. But that’s about to change with an expected promotion to vice president for marketing after TriQuint’s proposed merger with North Carolina-based RF Micro Devices, Inc., expected by the end of 2014. With TriQuint she is responsible for worldwide public relations, investor communications, employee engagement and product promotion. Previously, she was with Intel for 12 years, the last position as director of marketing.

Marla (Reimer) Young (n97) has been named Teacher of the Year at Vandalia Christian School in Greensboro, N.C., honored for her work as a music/band teacher for seventh through 12th grades. She is one of 43 teachers at the 700-student school, joining the faculty in 2008.

Nathan Slegers (G99) this fall became associate professor of mechanical engineering at George Fox University after nine years as a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Ala. Previously he was a research associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University, where he earned his PhD in 2004.

David Speer (G99) gained media attention in Washington in September when he became a “$2 Million Dollar Man” as he passed that amount in helping clients recover unpaid wages from employers in the state. He is a Department of Labor and Industries employee with the Employment Standards Program in Vancouver, Wash. In the position for eight years, he has resolved nearly 1,900 complaints totaling $2,007,100 in wages for workers. His largest case was collecting more than $600,000 for 11 workers in 2009.

Joseph Thouvenel (G99, MA09) joined George Fox University’s IDEA Center this fall as a Career and Academic (CAP) coach. For the last 11 years he was associate director of program and spiritual formation at Twin Rocks (Ore.) Friends Camp and Conference Center. It’s not his first time as a university employee. He worked from 1999 to 2003 as an undergraduate admissions counselor and spent the 2007-08 school year as a teacher’s assistant while earning his seminary degree in theological studies.

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David Barbee (G00) is an adjunct professor of history of Christianity at Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, Ohio, where he also acts as regional chair for the history of Christianity section of the Midwest region of the American Academy of Religion. He received a PhD in religious studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.

Anne-Renee (Stewart) Gumley (G00) is coauthor and co-host of a new website ( and podcast designed to bring hope and encouragement to mothers. It’s an outgrowth of her work with other mothers that began with the organization Mothers of Preschoolers. This new project is in addition to her work as co-owner with her husband of the Special Events Party Store in Wasilla, Alaska.

Erin (Shank) Kingsley (G01) in May received a PhD in literature at the University of Colorado, where she has been a graduate instructor in English since 2007. She currently is an online instructor with the university and next fall will become an assistant professor of 19th- and 20th-century British literature at King University in Bristol, Tenn.

Leah (Weare) Payne (G01) this fall committed to George Fox Evangelical Seminary for two years as a Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in American Religious History/Women’s Studies, following two years as an adjunct professor. She is teaching courses in Christian history and theology. Payne completed a PhD in the history and critical theories of religion at Vanderbilt University in 2012. She also is outreach director for Faith Center Aloha (Ore.), a Foursquare church where her husband, Thomas Payne (G00), is senior pastor, in that role since 2010.

Candy (Kintner) Farthing (G02, MEd07) has been named head of Oregon’s largest public school. Appointed in August, she is the new executive director of Oregon Connections Academy, the state’s leading tuition-free virtual public school for students in grades K-12. In its 10th year, the school, based in Scio, Ore., has nearly 3,700 students. An 11-year resident of Sherwood, Ore., Farthing joined the academy seven years ago as a teacher for eighth-grade language arts and later helped develop new programs and initiatives along with helping restructure the academy’s support of special education students. She moved up to the new position from principal of the school’s kindergarten through eighth grades.

Amy (Abel) Krueger (MAT02) is secretary of the Salem-Keizer (Ore.) Education Association as well as a bilingual classroom teacher in Salem-Keizer Public Schools. She’s in her 12th year with the district after previously teaching English for two years in Japan.

Amy (Fosket) DeFreest (G04) is an analyst programmer in the Legislative Finance Division of the Alaska State Legislature in Juneau, Alaska.

Erik Neill (G04) and Holly (VanBrocklin) Neill (G06) are teachers at Life Christian School in Aloha, Ore., where he has been promoted to academic dean and continues as an 11th- and 12th-grade math and science teacher. She is science department chair and teaches high school science classes and college-credit environmental science. They co-coach the Science Olympiad team for the 280-student school. This year she was one of 50 teachers in the United States chosen to be a Siemens STEM Institute Fellow, attending a week-long institute in August near Washington, D.C., that promotes hands-on integration of science, technology, engineering and math in the classroom. He is working on a PhD in biology, specifically plant physiology, at Portland State University.

Rose Passione (G04) is Rogue central specialist in the registrar’s office at Rogue Community College in Medford, Ore.

Chad Stillinger (G04) joined George Fox University’s College of Engineering this fall as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. The last three years he has been assistant professor of electrical engineering and renewable energy at Oregon Institute of Technology in Wilsonville, Ore. He has a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Oregon State, received in 2011.

Douglas Utberg (MBA04) is profit and loss system design project manager with Intel in Portland. He has been with the semiconductor chip-making company since 2000, starting as cost and inventory senior analyst, then senior software analyst, CPU pricing manager and client PC manager before starting his current position in 2012. He also started his own company in 2008, Business of Life, to publish content that helps people achieve personal, professional and financial success.

Kelly (Cudney) Wesley (G04, MAT05) and Travis Wesley (G08) are living in Portland, where she is executive director of Portland-based AOET-USA (Aids Orphan Education Trust), a Christian organization that sponsors students through primary and secondary school in Uganda and partners with a grassroots Uganda AOET organization. She is in her second year in the position, beginning with the organization in 2011 after being a high school math teacher for six years at Santiam Christian School. He is an investment counselor with Fisher Investments in Portland, starting the position in May after two years in Chilliwack, British Columbia, as a manager of customer service with Toronto-Dominion Bank.

Guy Chmieleski (DMin05) is in his 10th year as university minister at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. He is perhaps better known as a writer, blogger and teacher. He is a frequent blogger at The Seedbed Blog, and Seedbed Publishing has issued two of his books, including Shaping Their Future: Mentoring Students Through Their Formative Years. He also is founder of Faith on Campus, a popular blog focused on better equipping mentors of college students. In addition, he is a field education supervisor with Vanderbilt University and since 2009 has been a dissertation advisor in the doctor of ministry program at George Fox University.

Dan Predoehl (G05) is the new director for the Emeritus Institute at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif., a community college with 26,000 students. He directs the instructional program for older adults, which offers 175 classes in 25 locations. He left George Fox University in July after five years in Adult Degree Program admissions, the last three as associate director.

Mark Looney (MEd06) is the new assistant principal at Sweet Home (Ore.) High School, responsible for student discipline, teacher observation and teacher evaluations. The last eight years he has been a behavior specialist at McNary High School in Keizer, Ore., as a teacher on special assignment.

Amy (Roseberg) Starr (G06) this fall joined Mid-Valley Children’s Clinic in Albany, Ore., as a pediatrician providing preventative and acute care for children through age 18. She received her MD from OHSU in 2011 and completed a three-year residency at Children’s Hospital of Colorado.

Elizabeth Anderson (G08) has returned to George Fox University as west area coordinator for student houses and apartments. For the last year she was dean of women and a program and event coordinator at Ravencrest Chalet Bible School in Estes Park, Colo. Previously, she was a resident assistant at Tauernhof Bible School in Schladming, Austria, for 18 months.

Daniel Bennett (G08) has joined the Department of Government at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., as assistant professor of political science, teaching courses on law and American politics. He received a PhD in political science in 2013 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., and last year was a lecturer with the University of Washington in Tacoma, Wash. He is continuing his research on the intersection of law, politics and religion.

Ashley Kamimae-Lanning (G08) defended her doctoral dissertation in December, then walked in commencement ceremonies in June at OHSU, receiving a PhD in cell and developmental biology. She now is finishing research at OHSU while interviewing for a postdoctoral fellowship.

Sara Logue (G08) has been heard statewide in Oregon at town halls and political gatherings as the spokesperson for the “Protect Our Vote Campaign: No on Measure 90.” Appearing on the fall Oregon ballot and subsequntly voted down, the proposal would have allowed all voters, regardless of party affiliation, to decide which “top two” candidates would advance from primary elections. She has worked as a statewide organizing task force member with the Oregon Education Association and is a member of the political cadre of the organization. Logue is in her sixth year with the Forest Grove School District, teaching fifth grade at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School.

Lars Rood (DMin08) is the author of a new book, the fifth in a series of 30-day devotionals for young people. The latest, released in August, is 7th Grade: A 30-Day Devotional: Growing Your Faith. It is designed to guide readers through physical changes, challenges of handling doubt and questions, and to provide help making choices to build their faith. He is in his third year as pastor of family life at Bellevue (Wash.) Presbyterian Church. Previously, he was at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, for five years as director of student ministry.

Brian Ross (DMin08) has been named assistant professor of pastoral ministries at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary in Fresno, Calif. Previously he was an adjunct professor, teaching foundations of spiritual formation at Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College, and an adjunct professor focusing on contemporary church planting at Lancaster (Pa.) Bible College.

Kevin Sonoff (G08) is a presidential management fellow with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10 – Department of Homeland Security. He is an emergency management program specialist and began in July 2013 following his graduation from Indiana University Bloomington with a master’s degree in public affairs.

Amanda Turner (G08) is a kindergarten teacher at Clatskanie (Ore.) Elementary School after receiving a master of arts in teaching degree from the University of Portland in May. Previously she served three years in South Korea teaching English as a second language to elementary students at a private academy.

LeAnn Dolly-Powell (G09) has been named one of Montana’s Top 20 Under 40 by the Missoulian newspaper. The second annual listing of business professionals considered 180 nominations, with selection based on career accomplishments, spirit of entrepreneurship, business vision and impact within the community. She is Project Unify director for Special Olympics Montana, organizing projects in schools across the state. In its Inclusive Sports program she works to rectify prejudicial attitudes by pairing a student with disabilities with an athlete without disabilities to form a bond both on and off the field that creates attitudes of acceptance and understanding. She has been with the organization since 2010, the first three years as outreach director.

Dacia Hanson (EdD09) in July was appointed new head of North Clackamas Christian School in Oregon City, Ore., with 225 students in grades K-12. She has 12 years of teaching experience in the Portland area, ranging from elementary grades through college level. Most recently she was an educational consultant on leadership and management for two years following a year as foreign principal in the New Sino-Western Education International Department of Qingdao Galaxy School.

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Ethan Burke (G10) in June established his own business as a freelance cinematographer and camera operator in the Portland area, planning to work on films, do broadcast multi-camera production and create marketing videos for businesses. He left his position as media production specialist at George Fox University, where he had been for three and a half years.

Celeste Flachsbart (PsyD10) this fall joined George Fox University’s Doctor of Psychology program as assistant professor of clinical psychology. For the past few years she has been a licensed psychologist working with children and adolescents at Sundstrom Clinical Services in Clackamas, Ore. She completed an American Psychological Association-accredited postdoctoral fellowship at OHSU’s Child Development and Rehabilitation Center.

Scott Granger (G10, MAT12) is in his second year as an English teacher in Wenatchee, Wash., at WestSide High School, an alternative school, where he also is assistant varsity baseball coach and a middle school basketball coach. In addition, he is in a master’s degree program in educational leadership and administration at Washington State University.

Bret Hamilton (G10, MAT11) in August opened his own business, Constant Forward Progress, in which he is a personal trainer both in person (in Wilsonville, Ore.) and online. The fitness company/website, based in Newberg, offers both training and nutrition coaching services. It’s an outgrowth of his creation of a Constant Forward Progress blog and website a year ago and his experiences as a fitness coach, most recently at 24 Hour Fitness and Mota Fitness.

Lindsay Keener (G10) graduated in May from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colo., and in June opened a business as a certified rolfer in Kenai, Alaska. Rolfing is a form of body work that uses the network of connective tissues, called fascia, to release, realign and balance the body, potentially resolving discomfort and relieving pain. She also offers laser therapy.

John Regier (MA10) in September became associate director of master’s degree programs at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He had served on a part-time basis as an online facilitator and educational technologist at the seminary since 2009. Previously, for a decade, he was a youth pastor and lead pastor.

Elise (Kuenzi) Trask (G10) returned to her alma mater this fall as the first full-time associate director of athletics. For the last three years she was assistant director of operations for the Oregon State University women’s basketball program, assisting former George Fox and current OSU coach Scott Rueck.

Scott Barnett (G11), after two years as an admissions counselor for Baylor University, has returned to his alma mater (where he was a residence hall assistant for three years) to be an admissions counselor in the undergraduate admissions office.

Luke Neff (MAT11) in July was named instruction technology coordinator for the Newberg School District. He has been with the district since 2011, most recently teaching humanities at the high school following a year at Chehalem Valley Middle School. He manages technology in teaching and learning in classrooms across the district and has been asked to create a district-wide policy. In 2013 he was awarded the district’s first 21st Century Educator Award.

Heather Rakoz (MA11) is a school counselor at Toledo (Ore.) Junior/Senior High School, a school with 300 students that is part of the Lincoln County School District. Most recently she served in a variety of interim school counselor positions in Portland Public Schools.

R. Anderson Campbell (DMin13) is now assistant professor of Christian studies at George Fox University after serving as facilitator of online education for the seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program for the last three years. He also has been an adjunct at the seminary for the last two years. Prior to George Fox, he served in ministry for eight years, most recently as executive director of small groups at Fairfax Community Church in Virginia.

Kristie Knows His Gun (PsyD13) is now visiting assistant professor of psychology in George Fox University’s Doctor of Psychology department after being assistant director of clinical training in the university’s postdoctoral program the previous year, responsible for placement of PsyD students within various training programs. She also served as assistant director of the school’s behavioral health program during that span.

Taylor Smith (G13) is an applications engineer with LPKF Laser and Electronics North America in Tualatin (Ore.), just beginning his second year. The company manufactures rapid PCB quick-turn prototyping equipment and PCB milling machines and production systems.

Gustavo Vela-Moreno (G13) was featured in a September story in the Woodburn Independent newspaper highlighting his return to his hometown with a degree in engineering and his work on a $70 million Interstate 5 interchange project in the city. He began his career with the Oregon Department of Transportation in its graduate engineering program just after graduation and worked with state and contractor personnel on the project. He now is enrolled at Stanford University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship that provides all expenses through doctorate degree completion.

Carilyn Ellis (PsyD14), starting in August, is a postdoctoral fellow at Boise (Idaho) Veterans Administration Medical Center. Until July, for one year, she was a psychology intern with the VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System. She is involved in case conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention, assessment and administrative tasks associated with mental health.

Marc Simmons (EdD14) is principal of the newly created Ilwaco Middle School, part of the Ocean Beach (Wash.) School District. The new school, previously combined with the high school, has 173 students. He has been with the district since 2011, serving the first year as director of K-12 teaching and learning and the last two guiding the middle school program.

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