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Debbie (Le Shana) Rickey (G76) is director of the Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education degree programs at Earlham College, Richmond, Ind.

Arlene (McKee) Marlar (G77) is teaching first grade in the Palmdale (Calif.) School District after completing a program at Chapman University in June to prepare for a teaching credential.

Paul Koch (G79) is professor of economics at Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill. He presented a paper, “The Silent Shapers of Our Thoughts: The Role and Significance of Vision in the Understanding of Economic Controversies,” at the annual meeting of the Christian Business Faculty Association in San Diego in October.

Brian Hawes (n83) and his wife, Kim (Earl) Hawes (G81), live in Lebanon, Ore., where he is in his sixth year as pastor of Sodaville Evangelical Church and she is a substitute teacher for the Lebanon School District.

Jerryl (Knudsen) Butcher (G84) now teaches math at Whittier (Calif.) Junior High School after 21 years at the elementary school level.

Allen Hilton (G85) was installed Jan. 9 as the 21st senior pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle. He previously served at the Congregational Church of New Canaan, Conn., and earlier taught New Testament and Greek language at Yale Divinity School.

Robert Legg (G85, GFES88) has entered the race for a seat in the Washington State House of Representatives. He is founder and pastor of Lakeside Community Fellowship, Lake Stevens, Wash.

Alan Boaz (MDiv86) is an Army National Guard chaplain in Arifjan, Kuwait, where he has overseen the construction of a full-immersion baptismal.

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.

Tamera Kihs (G88) has been named by the Vancouver Business Journal as one of 32 winners of its 2005 Accomplished and Under 40 award. She is emergency management coordinator for the city of Vancouver, Wash., with the Vancouver Fire Department. Previously, she was manager of the Solid Waste Department and manager of the Water Resources Center and Community Services Department. She has co-chaired the Evergreen Festival for several years and last fall volunteered for assignment in relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina, working in the Emergency Management Center in Baton Rouge, La.

Laura Macy-Lehman (G91) has turned a hobby into a home business, Laura’s Salvage Design, based in Amity, Ore. She salvages old wood and rustic objects from burn piles, construction sites, and junk accumulation, turning the material into art pieces ranging from birdhouses to candle holders. She is an art teacher at Western Mennonite School near Salem, Ore. Her husband, Dave Lehman (G87), farms with his brothers and father in Amity.

Karen (Peters) Gilmore (G92) is administrative assistant for the Department of History and Political Science at George Fox University, beginning last September. She and her seven children — including three adopted from Russia — continue to live in St. Paul, Ore. In recent years, she has been a stay-at-home mom, homeschooling the children in addition to serving part time as a retreat hostess at Tilikum Retreat Center.

Jeff Larson (G92) has been named track coach at Redmond (Ore.) High School. He is a two-time Oregon 2A Coach of the Year — in 2003 at Embler High near La Grande, Ore., and in 2004 at Nyssa High when his boys’ team won the state championship.

Scott Winter (G92) is a financial consultant with Bacon, Newbore, Wilmot, Stenberg and Associates, Portland.

Fritz Liedtke (n93) had a portion of his photo portfolio published in LensWork, a national fine arts photography magazine. Sixteen images from his series “Welcome to Wonderland” were in the January/February issue, including on the cover.

Eileen Qutub (SPS93) joined RE/MAX Equity Group, Beaverton, Ore., as a real estate broker.

Gina (Walker) Brasseur (G94) is senior promotions producer for KOAA-TV, the NBC affiliate for Pueblo/Colorado Springs, Colo.

Paul Horton (G94) is meteorologist for WXIXTV, in Cincinnati. Previously, he was with KXLY-TV in Spokane, Wash., where he received an Emmy Award.

Chad Madron (G95) and Tonia (Werner) Madron (G97), and their two children, have returned to Portland from the Los Angeles area. He is at Nike, Beaverton, Ore., in the equipment division. She is a registered nurse with the Oregon Clinic.

Cherie Buckner-Webb (SPS97) is one of 93 in the nation invited to Washington, D.C., to receive the 2005 Jefferson Award given by the American Institute for Public Service. The award honors individuals for their achievements in the community through public service. A 75-member board chooses one person each from 93 cities and areas with the help of 147 local newspapers and television stations. The local winners are named “Unsung Heroes” for their volunteer help. Cherie was nominated for her lifetime commitment to diversity and human rights and for her contribution to the founding of the Black History Museum in Boise, Idaho. She is termed a “powerful force in the community.” The recognition says: “Throughout her life she has woven community enrichment into her professional and private life.” She is a human rights diversity consultant with Hewlett- Packard, Boise.

Eli Lane (G97) co-owns Foot Traffic, a running specialty store in Portland. On July 4, he competed in his eighth run up Mount Marathon in Seward, Alaska, finishing 20th for men at 53:15. His fastest time was in 2000, when he finished second at 47:17.7. Races to the top of the 3,022- foot peak overlooking the Kenai Peninsula started in 1915, with the three-mile round-trip course dodging cliffs and waterfalls.

Duncan Porter (MBA97) is vice president of The Bank of Oswego, where his role is to attract and manage banking relationships with professionals and small businesses in Lake Oswego (Ore.) and surrounding areas.

Angie Roth (G97) is the owner of “sip,” a café in Salem, Ore., that serves espresso and bubble tea, a pastel-colored, lightly sweet, nonalcoholic drink made with tapioca pearls and flavoring, first served in Taiwan in the late 1980s.

Lisa Foltz (G98) is an apparel developer with Nike, Beaverton, Ore. She completed an MBA at Philadelphia University in 2004.

Shannon (Killeen) Lilienthal (G98) is employed by Pennsylvania Hospital, working with innercity, low-income mothers in Philadelphia. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in October 2004.

Roger Olson (PsyD98) is one of several members of the Idaho Psychological Association who have formed Shrink Tank, a group that will come — for free — to workplaces to speak about psychological topics. The most common topics requested for discussion: coping with stress, mind/body health, and parenting. Olson and his family live in Boise.

Kimberly Rodda (G98) received a master’s degree in nursing from Oregon Health & Science University. She works part time as a family nurse practitioner at Clackamas County (Ore.) Public Health Department.

Mitra Vazeen (MA98) has been named 2005 Manager of the Year at Tongue Point Job Corps Center, Astoria, Ore., where she is vocational programs manager. Her duties include ensuring students leave with education and vocational skills in one of about 18 fields, nearly all requiring industry-specific certification.

Tyler Johnson (G00) is in his third year of a doctoral program in history at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Linsey Macy (G00) is a real estate broker for Linda Zimmerman Real Estate, Tigard, Ore.

Debbie (Ross) Taylor (G00) is assistant varsity and head junior varsity girls’ soccer coach at Madras (Ore.) High School, where she also is an education assistant in the special education department.

Eleasah Gerdes (G01) is administration and program coordinator for North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity, Mount Angel, Ore.

Gary Kilpela (PsyD01) opened his practice, Portage Psychological Services, in Houghton, Mich., in September.

Jeff Lewis (MEd01) has been selected Regional Teacher of the Year by Educational Service District 112 in southwest Washington. He has taught in a number of special program areas, including Title 1, special education, distance learning, and literacy in secondary grades in the Ocean Beach School District, including Ilwaco High School.

Melissa Welp (G01) is a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia, Africa, where she works at the Ministry of Education, providing HIV/AIDS education at 265 schools.

Ryan Dearinger (G02) is a graduate student and graduate instructor in the University of Utah’s Department of History, where he plans to take his comprehensive PhD examinations in August. He recently presented a paper on immigrant canal/railroad labor and images of American progress and manhood in the 19thcentury West at the Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference in Boulder, Colo.

Keith Hasbrouck (MAT02) teaches seventh- and eighth-grade math at Faulconer-Chapman School, Sheridan, Ore. Previously, he taught seventh and eighth grades in Falls City, Ore., for three years.

Shannon (Vandehey) Hinkle (G02) received a master of divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School in May.

Daniela Iancu (G02) was awarded a Skidmore Prize for Community Service (and a $3,000 cash grant) for her work as adoptions coordinator for Cat Adoption Team, Sherwood, Ore. The award honors those working for nonprofits.

Nick Chapman (n03) is girls’ soccer coach at Newberg High School. Previously, he was a volunteer assistant coach for the boys’ team while serving as campus monitor.

Kelli (York) King (G03) and Randy King (G03) live in West Linn, Ore., while teaching in the David Douglas School District, Portland. She is a first-grade teacher at Mill Park Elementary School and he is a first-grade teacher at Gilbert Park Elementary School.

Tom Kirk (MAT03) has been named head soccer coach at Culver (Ore.) High School, which has just added the sport. He is in his third year teaching math at the school.

Evie Morgan (G03) teaches kindergarten and reading to first through third grades at Washington Grade School, Vernonia, Ore.

Murray Paolo (SPS03) is information systems director for Yamhill County and the city of McMinnville, Ore. He and his wife, Karly, live near Yamhill, where he has served 21 years as a school board member for Yamhill-Carlton (Ore.).

Bethany (Cates) Tibbs (G03) and Matt Tibbs (G04) live in Cincinnati, where he is in his second year of graduate school at the University of Cincinnati, studying for a master of fine arts degree in sound design. He did theatrical sound designs in his first year for Quills, The Boor, and The Bear, and is currently designing Noises Off for the main stage season. She is employed by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in research and analysis of diet and activity-related studies.

Ben Weinert (G03) has been promoted to assistant program director for Heartlight Ministries, a residential counseling center for struggling teens, located in Hallsville, Texas. He had been a house director for the last 18 months.

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

David Duran (G04) and Daniel Duran (G05) are the new owners of Ceramics Expressions in McMinnville, Ore., their first business ownership. Customers choose a ceramic piece, paint it, then have it glazed. Daniel also is an agent for Country Insurance & Financial Services, McMinnville. He and his wife, Abby Kearns- Duran (G05), have a 10-month old son. David and his wife, Sarah, have two children.

David Fears (MEd04) is author of the short story Thornton’s Apprentice, which has been chosen for Amazon’s “Shorts” program, available for downloading. He teaches an online English composition class for ITT Technical, Portland.

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.

Claudia Gimenez (MA04) is a marriage and family therapist for Easter Seals Children’s Guild, Salem, Ore.

Lee Hawkins (SPS04) has been named branch manager of First Independent Bank, Brush Prairie, Wash.

Cortney Kingston (G04) teaches third grade at Horizon Christian School, Hood River, Ore.

Shawn Moore (MBA04) is a 2005 Accomplished and Under 40 award winner named by the Vancouver Business Journal. He was one of 32 recognized at a November presentation luncheon. Moore is site development section manager for Hopper Dennis Jellison, a civil engineering specialists firm in Vancouver, Wash. He was cited for his volunteer time, paying his own way to travel to Liberia. There, he was a member of an international aid team surveying, planning, and designing a community that included an orphanage, schools, medical buildings, recreation, and housing. He also is active in youth ministries and coaches a soccer team.

Amy Peters (G04) teaches second grade at Centennial Elementary School, Scio, Ore.

Jason Wright (SPS04) has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala. He is to attend undergraduate pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Okla.

Bo Yates (MEd04) has been named assistant principal for Seven Oak Middle School, Lebanon, Ore.

Robert Harding (MBA05) has been named a Distinguished Young Alumni by Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, Ore. He is senior vice president, regional sales and service manager for Pacific Continental Bank, Portland.

Willie Riese (G05) is interim director of youth and Christian education, First Christian Church, The Dalles, Ore.

Sandra Rustam (MA05) is an adult outpatient mental health therapist with LifeWorks Northwest, Hillsboro, Ore.


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Courage rewarded

Renee Mitchell (MBA01)

Renee Mitchell (MBA01) is named by Women’s eNews as one of its 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. She is scheduled to receive the recognition May 16 in New York, where the online magazine is based. Mitchell, who writes a twice-a-week column for the Oregonian newspaper, is to receive the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism. She was nominated for bringing awareness to and educating women about verbal and emotional abuse, helping them to heal. In addition to exploring personal issues in her columns, she also addresses public issues such as local politics, the educational system, and racial tension.

Nearer my God to thee

Just 18 days apart, death has taken half of George Fox University’s famed Four Flats Quartet.

Dick Cadd died Oct. 3 at 81. Ron Crecelius died Oct. 21 at 84. Both passed away in Newberg where they lived the last part of their lives near their alma mater.

Four Flats Quartet ('47)

The Four Flats in 1947: Dick Cadd, Ron Crecelius, Norval Hadley, Harlow Ankeny

Crecelius was George Fox’s first full-time chaplain, from 1967 to 1985, when he became chaplain emeritus. He then filled in as interim chaplain during the 1990-91 school year and later became “evangelist in residence.” He earned four degrees from the university: a bachelor of arts in 1948, a bachelor of theology in 1952, a master’s degree in religious education in 1955 from Western Evangelical Seminary (now George Fox Evangelical Seminary), and an honorary doctor of divinity awarded by the seminary in 1981.

Cadd was a 1949 graduate who served 32 years as a missionary in the Philippines, teaching at Faith Academy and doing radio and television work. He retired in 1995. He recently had completed a paperback book, Four Flats and a Pitch Pipe, recalling the history of the Four Flats.

The quartet won the Northwest Barbershop Ballad Contest two consecutive years. They turned down offers for full-time entertainment careers, choosing to put their talents into church work. Renamed the “World Vision Quartet,” members sang around the world, performing before millions in person and heard weekly on a national broadcast on ABC radio.

The quartet twice sang for the national Presidential Prayer Breakfasts in Washington, D.C. A reunion concert in Newberg in 1972 drew the largest indoor crowd ever in the city to that time. They were given Alumnus of the Year honors in 1973.

Treasure in the Treasure Valley

Judi (Birch) Magee (G70)

Within days of her retirement last August after 34 years as a social worker, Judi (Birch) Magee was elevated to the rank of an angel.

The Nampa, Idaho, resident was flown to the nation’s capital, where she was named an “Angel in Adoption” in a September ceremony. Magee (G70) was nominated by the state of Idaho to receive the award, given in a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The event was attended by nearly 1,000, including first lady Laura Bush.

The Angels in Adoption program is hosted by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, which honors citizens who enrich the lives of foster children and orphans. The annual awards highlight “ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” selected by members of the U.S. Congress.