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1960 – 69

Charles Mylander (G64) has coauthored (with Neil Anderson) a new book, Experiencing Christ Together, subtitled “Finding Freedom and Fulfillment in Marriage.” It offers practical tools and steps to safeguard marriages against threats to destroy them. After 17 years as superintendent of Evangelical Friends Church Southwest, Mylander is in his seventh year as executive director of Evangelical Friends Mission, the national missionary-sending agency for evangelical Friends churches in the United States.

Dan Stahlnecker (G65) retired in September after more than two years as landscape maintenance coordinator for Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center on the Oregon coast. Previously he was with Wilco Farm Stores. He and Linnea (Chapman) Stahlnecker (G64) have moved to Spaulding Oaks in Newberg.

Larry Fast (G69) has been a Salem (Ore.) mass-transit system driver for 35 years. But his interest in another form of transportation was featured in a December story in the city’s Statesman Journal newspaper. Over the last 15 years he has purchased more than 130 old bicycles to refurbish and resell to subsidize his real passion: classic bicycles for display — even riding. His restored classics were on display at the Oregon State Fair last fall and now are on display in a Salem grocery story. He also has collaborated with an Alabama collector to write a book on classic bicycle collecting.

1970 – 79

Gena Nieuwendorp (n76) is a special education teacher for Brookings Harbor (Ore.) High School and Azalea Middle School, teaching students with disabilities. She has been teaching for 13 years and previously taught elementary students in Yamhill (Ore.) for one year.

Paul Koch (G79), professor of economics at Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill., presented a paper, “Monetary Policy and Economic Nationalism at the Beginning of the 21st Century,” at the 2007 Free Market Forum in Hillsdale, Mich., in September.

Jack Lyda (G79) is operations manager for the School of Professional Studies at George Fox’s Portland Center. He completed 21 years as a pilot in the Air Force, then worked as a financial assistant, loan officer, and instructor pilot.

1980 – 89

Diana Crane (G87) is hospital chaplain for Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley, Kan.

1990 – 99

James Fischer (PsyD90) is campus director for Indiana Tech in Elkhart. He was named in September. In the position he also is responsible for admissions, academic programming, and operations for Indiana Tech’s South Bend, Warsaw, and Merrillville locations. The locations offer associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs in an accelerated format through the College of Professional Studies. He previously was campus director for Tri- State University in South Bend, Ind.

Jeff Larson (G92) in December was named George Fox’s new assistant cross country and track coach. He ran for the Bruins with a best cross country time of 25:43.2 in 1991. He was a member of the 1990 team that won the NAIA District 2 title and placed fifth in the NAIA national meet. Coaching is in addition to teaching United States history and American government at Willamina (Ore.) High School.

Carlos Sequeira (G92) is assistant principal at Wilsonville (Ore.) High School. He moved from a one-year position as dean of students at Liberty High School, Hillsboro, Ore., but previously had been with the West Linn–Wilsonville School District for five years as a Spanish language teacher at West Linn High.

Charles Harrell (G93) is an attorney with the law firm Gunn Cain & Kinney LLP in Newberg. His practice is focused on land use, real estate, and business planning. He joined the firm in 2005. He was admitted to law practice in Oregon in 2001 after receiving a law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.

Jeff Boyer (SPS95) in January started graduate school for a master of education degree through the World Campus program of the Pennsylvania State University. He is studying half time, emphasizing adult education and family literacy, and working half time.

Ann (Basden) Dunlop (G95) has been appointed to the board of directors of Christian Youth Theatre in Vancouver, Wash., part of a national group for children 8 to 18. A stay-at-home mother of two small boys, she works with CYT as an acting teacher, directing one musical a year.

Deborah (Sartwell) Rajhansa (G95) teaches English to speakers of other languages in the public schools of Warminster, Pa.

Margaret Boutell (SPS96) has been named Jefferson County (Ore.) community development director. She began in August after three years as community service director in Veneta, Ore., near Eugene. She and her husband live in Madras, Ore.

Shera Kindall (G96) has been named human resources manager for the Marion County Jail II in Indianapolis.

Linda Simmons (PsyD96) has been promoted to clinical director of Midwest Christian Counseling Center, Kansas City, Mo. Her second book, Becoming Your Own Emotional Support System: Creating a Community of One, was published by Haworth Press in November. The foreword for the book was written by Clark Campbell, George Fox professor of psychology and director of the Clinical Training Program.

Bonnie Mills (G97) is director of the English language program at Qingdao Baishan School, a private K-12 school in Qingdao, China.

Cynthia Reynolds (SPS98, MATS04) is parish administrator for the St. James Lutheran Church in downtown Portland.

Yvette Ward (PsyD99) is the new program director for the Training Institute of the Children’s Home Society of Idaho and the Warm Springs Counseling Center. Previously she was chief of deployment and reintegration health for the 366th Medical Group at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. She is former president of the Idaho Psychological Association and serves on the board of directors for the Mental Health Access to Children and Faith in Action organizations in Boise.

2000 – 07

April (Herron) Anson (G00) teaches English at Forest Grove (Ore.) High School where she was named teacher of the month for October. In her seventh year of teaching, she is JV volleyball coach and advisor of the school’s Earth Club.

David Barbee (G00) is in his third year of doctoral work in religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on the history of Christianity. He has two master’s degrees (in church history and in theology) from Gordon- Conwell Theological Seminary (Mass.).

Jenifer (McAlister) DeWolfe (G00, MAT04) has opened a photography studio, Okapi Photography, in Tigard, Ore. She specializes in portraits, both in studio and on location. The new venture provides more time for her to be at home with a 1-year-old son after teaching middle school for three years.

Jonathon Roberts (G00) is at Portland Christian High School, where he recently was named head of the social studies department. He teaches Bible, government, economics, politics, and journalism classes; coaches the mock trial team; and is assistant coach for the football and track teams.

Julie Handyside (G01) is librarian at Faith Bible High School, Hillsboro, Ore. She received a master’s degree in library science in May from Emporia State University.

Jamie Dozier (G07) is development projects manager with the Luis Palau Association. He is working with foundations, coordinating and facilitating the development marketing and management system, and assisting the estate planner for the international evangelistic organization based in Beaverton, Ore.

Kelly Nelson (MAT 07) is a second-grade teacher at Archer Glen Elementary School in Sherwood, Ore., where she spent most of the last year student teaching.

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Together in Texas

together in texas
Longing to spend an evening without hearing "y'all" or "fixin'," Waco, Texas, residents Peter Smart (G99) and his wife, Beth (Ehli) Smart (G98, MAT02), had an idea. They began contacting George Fox alumni in the area, creating an unofficial reunion of relocated Northwesterners now 1,700 miles from their alma mater.

The Nov. 17 gathering brought together 14 recent-era classmates (several of them also former George Fox employees) who now have something else in common: Baylor University. All but two are employees or students at the Big 12 university. They met at the home of Sharia Hays (G02).

Around a potluck dinner, they spent the evening "sharing how the Lord led us all to Baylor," according to Beth Smart. Mostly they reminisced: Bruin brawls; roomies; chapels; and the variety of activities in which they participated, including DaySpring, University Players, Spring Serve, Winter Serve, student government, cheerleading, athletics.

Was it a success? Will they repeat? "Hopefully this spring," says Beth.

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Power of the pen

Phyllis Nissila
Phyllis Nissila (G96) continues to publish devotionals on — the latest outlet for her creative and inspirational writing. She's been published locally and nationally since the 1980s, with humor columns in the Eugene Register-Guard and The Springfield News and devotionals in Virtue and other magazines. "I believe my ministry is encouraging people," she says. "When it comes to writing, devotionals are my first love, inspirational features my second, and the occasional humor project keeps me sane." She also teaches high school writing and literature for HomeSource, a home school resource center, and adult classes at Lane Community College.