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Alumni Connections

Alumni News and Life Events  |  Marriages, births, and deaths information

1940 – 49

Helen (Antrim) Cadd (G49) and her late husband, Dick Cadd (G49), have been honored with the dedication of a new multi-million dollar theater and art center in their name at Faith Academy in Manila, Philippines. She was present for the October dedication of the Dick and Helen Cadd Fine Arts Center. The Cadds served for 17 years at the Christian boarding academy that caters to children of missionaries based in Southeast Asia.
May Wallace (GFES49) has received one of Volunteers of America’s top awards from the organization’s Portland chapter. In November she was presented the National Family Week Advocacy Award as part of a “New Age of Aging Forum.” She pastored several Quaker churches and headed an adult day care center before retiring to Spaulding Oaks in Newberg. Recently, she has been both a bookkeeper for seniors who have had their eyesight reduced and a patient advocate for Friendsview Retirement Community residents.

1960 – 69

Karen (Thornburg) (G65) and Roy McConaughey (G66) have moved from Boise, Idaho, to Newberg, where she is pastor of senior ministries at Newberg Friends Church and he is a substitute teacher in area schools.  

1970 – 79

Peggy (Stands) Fowler (G73), chief executive of Portland General Electric Co., retired after 35 years with Oregon’s largest utility. In 2005, she was recognized by the Portland Business Journal as the Most Admired CEO in Oregon. Fowler also was known for her civic leadership: She served on several public and private boards, including the George Fox Board of Trustees and the Oregon Independent College Foundation Board of Trustees. Her retirement marks the end of a career that began as a staff chemist with PGE in the mid-1970s. She also had worked in the company’s customer service, operations and environmental divisions.

Wayne Chapman (G75, GFES86) and Bev (Ankeny) Chapman (n79) have left Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center on the Oregon Coast to live in Idaho, where she is the new guest services coordinator for Quaker Hill Camp in McCall, Idaho, and he is establishing a home-based Internet marketing business. At Twin Rocks, she held the same position and he was financial services coordinator.

Dave Hampton (G76) and Susan (Chandler) Hampton (G80) have moved to Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center on the Oregon Coast, where he is its first financial services director and she is assistant guest services director. They moved from Newberg, where he was finance director for the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church and she was a financial aid counselor for George Fox.

John Helbling (G76) has received the Jemison Award of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for his innovation and service. The annual award was presented in November in Montebello, Calif. He joined the office in 1989 as a paralegal and works in downtown Los Angeles, where his main duty is to order discovery for felony cases. Until recently, he was director of evangelism at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ontario, Calif.

Stephen McKinney (n76) in December was named to the Newberg City Council. He previously has served on school district steering committees, with ministerial associations and as president of the Spaulding Oaks Homeowners’ Association, where he and his wife, Phyllis (Roberts) McKinney (G74), reside. She works at Friendsview Retirement Community.

Linda Reksten (GFES 76) is assistant superintendent of educational services at Mountain View School District, El Monte, Calif., assisting 12 schools in improving their student achievement. Previously, she was the district’s director of assessment and evaluation, after 17 years as principal at Disney Elementary School in the Burbank (Calif.) Unified School District, and two years as professor of education at Point Loma University, San Diego.

1980 – 89

Carl Sorensen (G82) has changed school districts to become director of bands at Nyssa (Oregon) High School and Middle School. He previously was director of music for the Vale (Oregon) School District for nine years. He is principal bassoonist with the Treasure Valley Symphony and continues to play lead alto sax with the Ed’s Big Band.

Gene Christian (G85) in January began serving as interim director of planned giving at George Fox. He is the principal of Charitable Estate Planning Northwest, an eight-year-old firm specializing in helping nonprofits market, secure and manage planned giving arrangements.

Marion (Hull) Reynolds (G87), a board certified physician who specializes in family practice with obstetrics, has joined the medical staff of McMinnville (Ore.) Family Medical Center. She was co-founder of the Salem Free Clinic and previously has practiced medicine at the Salem Clinic and at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in McMinnville, Ore.

Michael Grigsby (SPS88) has authored a new photography book, Iridescent Light – The Art of Stand Development. It is a 120-page reference book on developing black-and-white film. He lives in Bend, Ore., where he is chief executive officer of MyHomeAssets! Software and 15 Development Group, an umbrella firm developing new businesses and technologies.

1990 – 99

Keith Karr (G90) is manager of accounting and finance for Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Matthew Zoller (G92) has been named executive director of the Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center, Vancouver, Wash., his hometown. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years, co-founding the Center for Life, a pregnancy resource center in Bolivia, working with World Concern for the last 14 years.

Jodie (Howell) Barram (G95) has been named to the Bend, Ore., City Council. She had been a member of the Bend Planning Commission and has served on the Bend Metropolitan Planning Committee and Bend 2030 board. She is a substitute educational assistant for the High Desert Education Service District.

Anne (Basden) Dunlop (G95) has opened a theatrical makeup design business, Greasepaint Designs, in Gresham, Ore. It designs makeup and costumes for area theaters, and holds workshops on theatrical makeup for actors and students.

Kyle Jackson (G95) is a personal health coach in Newberg. Since 2007, he’s helped individuals lose weight and improve health through a nutritional program, using Medifast meal replacements through the Take Shape for Life program.

Phyllis (Beveridge) Nissila (SPS96) has authored Twelve Sentence Patterns to Pump Up Prose, scheduled for release next year by Cottonwood Press. It is a language arts curriculum for middle school, high school and adult writers. She has been an instructor at Lane Community College, Eugene, Ore., since 1999, teaching writing, effective learning, adult basic education, citizenship and other classes. She also has written devotionals and articles for Christian publications and publishing houses.

Wendy Brown (SPS97) and her husband, Jason, have moved from Boise, Idaho, to Shiloh Bible Camp, two miles east of Donnelly, Idaho, near Tamarack Ski Resort. (Note: this updates the incorrect camp location added in error in the last Journal.) As transitional missionary partners with American Missionary Fellowship, they continue to raise financial support to become full-time missionaries with AMF. They are working with teens in discipleship and with maintaining the 13-acre camp.

Anne Hall (SPS97), as director and curator of the North Lincoln County Historical Museum in Lincoln City, Ore., has chronicled the area’s history in a new book, Lincoln City and the Twenty Miracle Miles. It was published in September by Arcadia Publishing, as part of its “Images of America” series. The book has more than 200 vintage photos. She began work with the museum in 2000, also working with the Lincoln County Historical Society.

Scott Wade (G97) has been named vice president for advancement at Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y., beginning June 16. He worked six years as director of student activities at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. He previously was at Houghton from 1997 to 1999 as assistant director of student programs, then served three years at George Fox as associate dean of student leadership.

Mark Frisius (G98) is assistant professor of theology at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. He is scheduled to graduate this spring with a PhD from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Joshua Cogar (G99) is a senior guide with On the Edge Adventures, Rhododendron, Ore.

Lee Pate (MA99) is director of the new Oregon Coast Hope Center in Newport. Vision for the center began in 2004 as a way for the Newport Church of the Nazarene to reach out to offer compassionate ministry, assisting area residents with counseling, recovery help, health and wellness, benevolence, arts and bereavement ministry.

2000 – 08

Todd Hamms (G00) and his wife, Molly, have started Uva, a wine bar in Oakway Center, Eugene, Ore.

Carley (Egelston) Shaut (G00) is assistant technical director and an academic instructor in the Laboratory of Immuno-genetics and Transplantation, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland.

Megan Collins-Richards (G01) is academic director at Mayatan Bilingual School in Copan Ruinas, Honduras, where she previously taught from 2003 to 2005. She is a licensed teacher with an ESOL/bilingual endorsement in Oregon and for the last three years taught in a dual language immersion program in Canby, Ore.

Brendon Connelly (MBA01) in December became director of finance and development for Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church, Newberg. He had been at George Fox for six years in Student Financial Services and as director of graduate and School of Professional Studies admissions.

Andy Coulombe (MAT01) and Serenity (Thornburg) Coulombe (G02) in June began a traveling ministry across the United States. They put their Hubbard, Ore., house up for sale, sold most of their belongings, bought an RV and converted it to run on “veggie oil.” They are traveling (with their two children) from city to city ministering to the poor and with nonprofit agencies and churches that serve the poor and homeless. Calling it “Mustard Seed Ministries,” they have been in Atlanta, Boise, Idaho, Boston, Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Grand Rapids, Mich., Houston, Jackson, Miss., Kansas City, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Spokane, Wash., and Tampa, Fla.

Yolanda Karp (SPS01, MBA03) is health information supervisor for The Portland Clinic, a physician-owned medical service since 1921. She manages 26 people in four branches (downtown Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin-Lake Oswego) and is guiding conversion of the medical records department into the health information management department.

David Combs (G02) is an accountant with his family’s business, Combs Insurance Agency, in Palmer, Alaska.

Cheryl McNeil (MA02) has been appointed secretary/treasurer of the Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants for 2008-09. She has been with Thornton Oliver Keller commercial real estate in Boise, Idaho, since 1998, and has been director of accounting for the firm since 2001.

Michelle Bredeson (SPS03) in September became facility manager for the Cassville, Mo., YMCA, managing aerobics and gymnastics staff and handling public relations for the facility about 30 miles from Branson, Mo. Previously she worked for Intel, Beaverton, Ore., for seven years, serving as a project manager.

John Wilson (SPS03) has joined the Seattle office of the international law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis. He is an associate with the firm, with his practice focused on commercial litigation and appellate matters.

Delia (Martinez) Coker (G04) has opened Styledbaby Boutique, Cafe and Playhouse in Hillsboro, Ore. Opened in July, it features locally made products.

Lisa (Stuewe) Forbes (G04) in January became an administrative assistant in the undergraduate admissions office at George Fox, after working at Tilikum Retreat and Conference Center since 2007.

Samara (Thornburg) Hand (G04) and her husband, Cory, have joined the staff at Horizon Christian Schools in Tualatin, Ore. She is administrative assistant in the office of the high school and middle school principal and is responsible for websites for the schools. She also coaches the girl’s soccer team with Cory, who teaches and advises at the 114-student high school.

Nathan Holmes (G04) is stationed in Okinawa, Japan, with the U.S. Navy. On Feb. 1, he was advanced from lieutenant junior grade to lieutenant. His wife, Elisabeth, is a U.S. Navy nurse.

Brandon Wallace (G04) is assistant driver manager and dispatcher for Pride Disposal Company, Sherwood, Ore. In November, he participated in a two-week missions trip to India, working with Village Gospel Mission of India.

David Jones (MA05) and Kathleen Jones (MAT07) are living in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is hospice chaplain for Universal Health Services, which provides home health and hospice services. In August, he completed a clinical pastoral education residency with the Harris Methodist Hospital System, Fort Worth, for certification by the Association of Professional Chaplains. She home-schools their three children and teaches at a private school.

Dan Watts (SPS05) has been named vice president and senior commercial relationship manager at the regional commercial banking office of Bank of the West in Boise, Idaho. He is responsible for developing and servicing the portfolio of clients in Idaho with annual revenues greater than $10 million. He moved from the Sterling Savings Bank, Boise, where he was senior relationship manager after 29 years with Wells Fargo Bank.

Dane Coppini (G06) has been accepted into the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School as a pilot undergrad, tentatively scheduled for Alabama by the end of the year. Currently, he is stationed at Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base with security forces assignment.

Kimberly Hudson (G06) is in Arroyo Grande, Calif., while attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, working on a master of education degree in counseling/guidance.

Melissa Vigil (MBA06) in September was named human resources director for the Community Services Consortium of Benton, Linn and Lincoln counties, Oregon. It develops, manages and provides services to low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Previously she was human resources director for the City of Albany, Ore.

Andrew Byerly (MAT07) is teaching seventh grade science at Mt. View Middle School, Newberg, and his wife, Andrea, is on maternity leave before returning to her position as enrollment counselor at George Fox.

Rick Chromey (DMin07) has released his third book, Energizing Children’s Ministry in the Smaller Church (Standard Publishing). He also is preteen columnist for Children’s Ministry Magazine and a general session speaker for the 2009 How2 Children’s Ministry conferences throughout the United States.

Jesse Geleynse (n07) is sports co-editor of
the 3,000-circulation Daily Sentinel in
Le Mars, Iowa.

Paula Lockwood (G07) has opened Modern Marketing, a marketing and advertising company in Tigard, Ore. She focuses on business development, Internet advertising and strategic marketing.

Amanda Newman (G07) is online editor for five Willamette Valley publications of Eagle Newspapers, Inc.: the Canby Herald, Molalla Pioneer, Newberg Graphic, Wilsonville Spokesman, and Woodburn Independent. In college, she interned at the Newberg paper and was later hired as a reporter. New and improved websites debuted March 1 and the newspapers will produce e-mailed daily news updates.

Kristen Leichty (G08) is in Bradford, England, on a one-year term of service with Radical Journey through the Mennonite Mission Network. The faith formation program includes 10 months of service, then one month of internship at the participant’s home congregation. She is a member of the Plainview Mennonite Church in Albany, Ore.

Taylor Martin (G08) is an undergraduate admissions counselor at George Fox after serving during the summer as activities coordinator for the Rose Schnitzer Manor at Cedar Sinai Park, Portland.

Melissa McCarthy (MAT08) teaches ninth-grade English at Brookings-Harbor High School in Brookings, Ore. She also is a team member for the school’s Freshman Academy and is a softball coach.

Jordan Philips (G08) is a marketing consultant with Pivot Group, a research and marketing consulting firm in Portland.

Kyle Putnam (G08) is an agent for Country Financial, Bend, Ore., after attending the organization’s New Agent School.

Brent Satern (G08) is an agent for Country Financial, Salem, after completing a certification program.

Mandee Spotts (G08) is an undergraduate admissions counselor at George Fox University after three years as a student employee in the university’s Fitness Center and six years as a teacher/coach at Northwest Basketball Camps.

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2009 Honored Alumni

Barry Hubbell (BA ’64)
Heritage Award

Barry HubbellBarry Hubbell dedicated his career to George Fox. In 37 years of service, he promoted the university as director of information, director of college relations, sports information director, and executive assistant to the president. His professionalism earned him the respect of coworkers, the media for whom he provided thousands of press releases, and national organizations that honored him with more than 25 awards for his athletics publications. If a president needed a task done, he turned to Hubbell for assistance. If the school was planning a big event — including Christmas celebrations that annually drew 2,000 attendees, or the university’s centennial celebration in 1991 — Hubbell organized it. He helped shape the public image of George Fox; served as the university’s “voice” during years of rapid growth; and played a key administrative role in the transition of leadership after the death of President Ed Stevens. Hubbell also was instrumental in orchestrating the school’s merger with Western Evangelical Seminary and subsequent change from college to university status. And, for his more than 20 years as sports information director, he was elected to the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Timothy Williams (BS ’02)
Outstanding Recent Alumnus

Timothy WilliamsAs a freshman at George Fox, Timothy Williams took a serve trip to Mexico that changed his life. The experience ignited his passion to serve and advocate for the health, human rights and well-being of poor and marginalized children and families around the world. Williams’ desire to help the underprivileged has led him from the sub-Saharan region of Africa to urban Boston. Following graduate studies in social work at Boston College, Williams served as a social worker in Boston tending to the needs of youth affected by HIV/AIDS. He later spent seven weeks in Uganda to conduct and coordinate interviews and focus groups with more than 300 children, caregivers and community leaders. A 2008 graduate of Harvard School of Public Health, Williams is now a research associate for the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research interests include developing evidence-based services and programming for children and families in concentrated situations of adversity, particularly those affected by commercialized sexual exploitation, HIV/AIDS and armed conflict. He has presented his research at national and international conferences as well as Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard University.

Rear Admiral Robert F. Burt (MDiv ’81)
Seminary Alumnus of the Year

Robert BurtAs chief of U.S. Navy chaplains, Rear Admiral Robert F. Burt is responsible for providing formal training to more than 800 active duty chaplains and nearly 400 reserve component chaplains who make up the Navy Chaplains Corps. This is the culmination of a naval career that has spanned nearly 35 years. Burt enlisted in the Navy in 1970 and served for seven years before his honorable discharge in 1977, at which time he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Upon his return to active duty, Burt served on staffs at naval hospitals and training stations around the country and completed six sea-tour deployments to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and the North Persian Gulf. As chief of chaplains, he interacts with dozens of ecclesiastical endorsing agents who prepare candidates from their faith groups for military chaplaincy. He travels extensively to preach and speak, and he had the honor of participating in the funeral service for former President Ford in 2007. He has offered opening prayer for a session of the U.S. Senate and has twice preached in Easter services at Arlington National Cemetery.

Todd Miller (BS ’84)
Outstanding Alumnus

Todd Miller and family
Todd Miller’s contribution to the scientific community can be measured in the number of cancer patients who benefit from the drug he developed. Working as a chemist at the San Francisco-based SUGEN in the late 1990s, Miller made a compound that is now marketed by Pfizer for late-stage stomach and kidney cancer. The drug was the first compound to be simultaneously approved by the Food and Drug Administration for two indications at the same time. It is now in more than 40 clinical studies for stomach, renal, non-small cell lung, colorectal and breast cancers. In all, Miller has more than 15 years of hands-on lab experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry, specializing in the synthesis, purification and analysis of biologically active molecules. He has worked as a senior research scientist at labs in San Diego, San Francisco and Bend, Ore. He also finds time to coach baseball and to teach Sunday school, lead small groups and sing in choir and worship teams in Southern California.

David (BA ’93) and Debby (BS ’94) Thomas
Christian Service Award

David and Debbie ThomasDavid and Debby (Harney) Thomas both felt called to the mission field before their arrival at George Fox, and a year after their marriage in 1994, they followed through on that calling to serve with Evangelical Friends Mission in Rwanda. After training in Belgium and Switzerland — and learning the difficult language of Kinyarwanda — the couple began their full-time ministry in the central African country in 1997. Since then, they have taught church leaders to see the value of local ownership and leadership while also showing them ways to reproduce churches with minimal dependence on foreign funding. David’s primary roles are encouraging and supporting Rwandan leaders to realize their God-given vision, and building up prayer support. Debby is currently implementing Discipling for Development, a ministry that encourages villagers to grow in their ability to solve problems and to reproduce this skill in other communities. She also has taught agricultural methods that help impoverished farmers increase their harvests and started a “Kingdom business,” Ubuzima Moringa, that provides Rwandans with highly nutritious products of the moringa tree.