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Gordon Shepherd (G77) is principal of Nucla Junior/Senior High School in western Colorado. The school has 160 students in grades seven through 12.


Scott Celley (G82) is vice president of external affairs for TriWest Healthcare Alliance, based in Phoenix. Partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense, the company provides access to health care for active and retired service members and their families in a 21-state area in the West. Owned by an alliance of 15 Blue Cross Blue Shield plans and two hospitals, it employs 1,600. Previously, Celley served as senior advisor to former Arizona Gov. Jane Dee Hull.

Julie Morland (G83) is teaching land surveying at Renton (Wash.) Technical College after 12 years as a land surveyor for the city of Seattle. She obtained her surveyor's license in 2003 and served as president of the King County chapter of the Land Surveyor's Association of Washington in 2005.

Cindy (Mortier) Helvie (MA86) and Mike Helvie (MA86) are missionaries with Global Partners, serving as mission directors in Albania. They work with three other families in planting a church in Durres. With Global Partners since 1992, they previously spent nine years in ministry in South Africa.

Wayne Hurty (G88) has relocated his cardiology practice to Willamette Heart in McMinnville, Ore. Board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and nuclear cardiology, he previously served two years with Northwest Cardiovascular Institute in McMinnville. He and his wife, Sarah (Ridgeway) (G88), live in Carlton,Ore.


Jeffery Larson (G92) has joined the staff at Willamina (Ore.) School District, teaching social studies and serving as head track coach. He has taught 10 years in eastern Oregon and twice was named Oregon 2A Coach of the Year in track.

Andy Olson (SPS92) was reelected in November to a second two-year term as a member of the Oregon State House of Representatives. A Republican, he represents District 15, which includes his hometown of Albany and surrounding communities. He holds the position of vice chair of the House Revenue Committee. Olson retired two years ago after 29 years with the Oregon State Police, retiring as a lieutenant and after serving as station commander in McMinnville,Ore.

Paul Seideman (G92) has been promoted to assistant vice president with Washington Mutual Bank, managing the Spokane main office.

Jamie Boutin (G94) in September became a physician recruiter for Providence Health Systems in Portland after previously serving as a senior corporate recruiter with Volt Services Group, Beaverton, Ore.

Catherine Hampton (G95) has been named 2006 Oregon High School Journalism Teacher of the Year by Northwest Scholastic Press and the University of Oregon School of Journalism. She has been teaching English at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay,Ore., for the last nine years and journalism for the last six years. Her students have created an award-winning newspaper.

Julie McCord (SPS95) is a human resource consultant in Camas, Wash. Saying she wanted to help southwest Washington get its share of funding for transportation, job development, and job training, she was named the Democrat candidate in the November election. She opposed incumbent Ed Orcutt, who was reelected as District 18 representative in the Washington State House of Representatives.

Mandy (Lindquist) Schmidt (G95) and Patrick Schmidt (G93) live in Redmond, Ore., where he is a postal worker and she has opened Red Cup Design, organizing and assembling scrapbooks. A former teacher in Newberg, she realized her interest in crafting artistic bulletin boards. She then expanded that concept to scrapbooking as a business after serving as a consultant in Newberg for 12 years.

Martyn Mayfield (MAT97) and his family are in Chengdu, China, where he is in charge of the foreign department for expatriate children at a Christian international school.

Bryan Bredell (MBA98) has been promoted to regional president of North Valley Bank, Business Bank, heading both the Santa Rosa and Ukiah, Calif., business banking offices. He joined North Valley Bancorp in 2005. Headquartered in Redding, Calif., the company operates 20 commercial banking offices and five business banking locations.

Mychal Leno (SPS99) is a residential broker with Coldwell Banker Mountain West Real Estate, Salem, Ore. She owns a professional photography business and previously was a gaming commissioner.


Joel Chavez (MEd01) on Sept. 10 was installed as pastor of the Boardman (Ore.) Community Church.Ordained by the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination and in the ministry since 1978, he previously started churches in San Jose and San Francisco. He moved to the area three years ago and is now an administrator with the Morrow County School District's English as a second language program. He also serves as a planning commissioner for the city of Boardman.

Sue Ann Coffin (G01,MA04) is specialized transportation trainer for Salem(Ore.) Area Mass Transit. With the district for two years, she teaches how to communicate and assist passengers who have mental illness, disabilities, or are elderly. She instructs contracted providers, Department of Human Services volunteer drivers, Veteran's Administration drivers, and transit operators.

David Wood (MA01) has opened a private counseling service in Salem, Ore. Licensed by the state as a marriage and family therapist, he specializes in marriage and individual adult therapy.

Neil Cantrall (G02) and Kelsey (Baron) Cantrall (G03) are in Pucallpa, Peru, working with Food for the Hungry. They began in October. He teaches English and Bible in a community high school and she helps with health education of the sponsored children in the surrounding communities.

Bryan Free (G02) has released two CDs, Poison I Drank From, in 2004 and Lust, in 2006. He was one of six finalists from 1,400 applicants in a recent independent songwriters showcase in Los Angeles. Praise is coming for his songwriting, solo singing, and keyboard work. Portland State University's Vanguard newspaper in its Nov. 22, 2006, edition said he has music that is "strikingly original, crossing genres with the greatest of ease and tackling personal issues and conflicts with such honesty and insight that it's truly a wonder he isn't much more famous. But he will be." Columnist Peter Swensen said Free would "definitely be one of the top contenders" on a list of people or bands named "the best in town."

Eugene Hodges (G02,MAT03) teaches fifth grade at the American School Foundation of Guadalajara in Mexico.

Rick Johnson (SPS02) is founder of Better Dads, a fathering skills program designed to inspire and equip men to be more engaged in the lives of their children. A graduate and certified trainer with the National Center for Fathering, he develops and delivers parent training workshops across the Northwest for businesses, schools, churches, civic groups, and social service agencies. He has written two books, That's My Son - How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character, published last year, and Better Dads, Stronger Sons, just released.

Jeff Kirksey (G02) and Sarah (Welstad) Kirksey (G04) have moved to Pennsylvania, where he is student activities director at Geneva College in Beaver Falls and she has joined the staff of the Chippewa Evangelical Free Church in Chippewa Township. In May, he received a master of science degree in educational administration from Baylor University, where he coordinated orientation and welcoming programs for freshmen and transfer students and she served as office manager for the university's reaffirmation and accreditation program.

Valerie Dorsey (G03) is manager and day-shift supervisor for the café in George Fox's new David and Becky Le Shana Residence Hall. Bon Appétit Management Company operates the café and offers espresso drinks, sandwiches, salads, soups, and convenience-store items. Camille Hearne (G03) is back in her hometown of Halfway, Ore., as mental health therapist at the Pine Eagle Clinic. She is a contract employee with Mountain Valley Mental Health in Baker City,Ore. Previously she worked for May Day, a crisis intervention program for sexual assault and domestic violence victims in Baker City, and at Mountain Valley Mental Health as the developmental disabilities services coordinator.

Josh Drake (G04) is youth minister at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Longview,Wash.

Kyle Johnson (G04,MAT06) teaches language arts at Mapleton (Ore.) High School.

Gabriel Pinski (MDiv04) is now manager of foundation and corporate support for Catholic Charities USA, the fourth largest charity in the U.S. with 1,700 local agencies and institutions nationwide. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., it seeks to reduce poverty by half by 2020. Previously Pinski was director of grants and outreach for L'Arche Greater Washington.

Christy (Miller) Rummel (G04) in August received a master of science degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

Mandy Lefebvre (MAT06) is choir director at Gladstone (Ore.) middle and high schools.

Jennifer Moore (MBA06) in December became executive director of United Way of Benton and Lincoln counties (Ore.). Previously she was campaign director for United Way of nearby Linn County for four years.

Sandy Pate (MAT06) teaches reading and math to third- and fourth-grade students at River Grove Elementary School, part of the Lake Oswego (Ore.) School District.

Kaycie Thompson (MAT06) is teaching eighth grade math at Jefferson County Middle School in Madras,Ore.

Amy (Harris) Tuning (G06) teaches at June Elementary School in Kotzebue, Alaska.

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Larson the Liaison

Robby Larson

Meet your new alumni director
Robby Larson, the new director of alumni relations, needed just two days to get into the spirit of his new position. "I started on a Wednesday, and by Friday I had bought a George Fox hat and was cheering on the Bruin basketball teams," he says.

Larson, 28, arrived in January from California Lutheran University, where he was director of student programs. He grew up in Portland before attending Pacific Lutheran, from which he earned a marketing degree in 2000, and Cal Lutheran, where he earned an MBA in 2002.

Larson says he’s honored to provide services and events that promote relationship between the university and its 18,000 alumni. "I’m at a place that honors Christ and is rich in tradition," he says. "My job is to keep alumni connected to what we’re doing here and remind them why George Fox is such a special place."

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In Memory

Bali Memorial

Megan Heffernan (G96), a free-spirited young alumna who died in the 2002 Bali terrorist bombing, was remembered last October in London at the unveiling of a memorial for the 202 bombing victims. The Prince of Wales led the tributes at the ceremony in St. James’ Park. Heffernan’s name is written in the stone wall behind a five-foot marble globe carved with 202 doves, each representing a victim of the bombings.

Westmont Bound

Gary Beebe

Westmont College named Gayle Beebe (G81) its eighth president in February. For the past seven years, Beebe served as president of Spring Arbor University in Michigan, where he was instrumental in improving campus facilities through a $45 million capital campaign. Prior to leading Spring Arbor, Beebe served as dean of the graduate school of theology at Azusa Pacific University. He and his wife, Pam (Hagen) (G87, MA90), have three children: Anna (14), Elizabeth (12), and Ricky (8).