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1950-59 | 1970-79 | 1980-89 | 1990-99 | 2000-09 | 2010

1950–59

Gene Morse (n58) and Phyllis (Archibald) Morse (n59) have joined the staff at Twin Rocks Retreat and Conference Center, Rockaway, Ore., as caretakers at Harbor Villa Retreat Center. They made the move in late summer after selling their Milwaukie, Ore., home and deciding they were “not ready for the shelf yet.” The family has a longtime tie with Twin Rocks: they attended camps there, as did their children and grandchildren.

1970–79

Stuart Willcuts (G72) is regional director for Mercy Corps for the Middle East. He is based out of Amman, Jordan. In that position for just over a year, his latest project is opening an office for a conflict mitigation program in Yemen. It joins programs and offices in five other countries in the Middle East.

David Stull (n75) is teaching sixth grade social studies at Teeland Middle School in Wasilla, Alaska, where he also is doing the play-by-play for the Alaska Avalanche in the junior “A” North American Hockey League on the Fasthockey Internet Network.

Keith Lamm (G79, MA82) and the General Council of the Assemblies of God – USA in September completed a joint copyright for the program Called to Holiness – God’s Character . . . Your Transformation. It was developed for people in ministry experiencing behaviors and stressors that negatively impact their call to ministry in the church and other Christian agencies. A therapist for 15 years, Lamm began as a Friends pastor, is an ordained itinerant elder with the Evangelical Church, and is the founder and primary owner of Christian Counseling and Consulting Services, Ministry Renewal Network and Ministry Directional Assessments, based in Yakima, Wash.

1980–89

Bobbi (Cross) DeVore (n84) in December began as database specialist at George Fox University. For the past two years she was program support manager for The Canby (Ore.) Center, maintaining the donor database. She also was an administrative assistant for Southgate Chapel in Canby.

Kathy (King) Watson (G85) is the new manager of the Faith in Action program in Newberg, a community coalition and outreach program of Providence Newberg Medical Center. She joined the program in 2004 to launch its Family Friends program, matching children with special needs with volunteer mentors. She then began coalition development and fund development, before being picked to direct the entire program in November.

Robert Legg (G85, MDiv88) has been promoted to Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. A chaplain based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash., for two years, he was promoted in October after seven years with the rank of major. In May he was one of the speakers for the National Day of Prayer service at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash.

Elisa (Eberhard) Carlson (G87) is one of 21 in the United States and Canada chosen to be a 2010-11 fellow in the Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich. She is head administrator for Central Christian Schools, Redmond, Ore. Carlson has completed two of three residential sessions (the most recent in January in Arizona), that provide executive management education for senior leaders with fewer than 10 years experience in their position at faith-based schools.

Karon Bell (SPS89) retired Jan. 2, 2011, after 25 and a half years of service to George Fox. She served in several capacities in financial affairs, including as controller, director of financial affairs, director of financial and administrative services, assistant vice president of financial services and, in her most recent position, as assistant vice president of administrative services. She and her husband, Terry, plan to travel and possibly serve on missions trips.

1990–99

Ron Wolfe (G92) has been named vice president and commercial banking officer for Columbia Community Bank, Hillsboro, Ore. Previously, for eight years, he was a commercial loan officer focusing on community banking in Newberg, Salem and Walla Walla, Wash. He continues to live in Newberg where he is president of the Newberg Booster Club.

Holly (Hyde) Dhynes (G95) and Allyn Dhynes (G97) have returned from their assignment with World Vision in Israel/Palestine and are now living in Portland. He is with Catholic Charities of Portland as a refugee resettlement case manager, working mainly with Iraqi families and individuals upon entry, and she is working part time as administrative assistant at Sherwood United Methodist Church.

Todd Zalk (SPS97, MBA07) has been appointed by Wells Fargo as its membership banking regional program manager for Southwest Washington and Oregon. He and his family live in Battle Ground, Wash. He joined the bank the year before as business banking specialist after starting his financial services career at the Bank of Clark County in 2007. For the previous nine years he was in business development for two national contractors in Vancouver, Wash.

Juanita (Bohl) Frankamp (SPS98) and her husband, Vance, are in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where they have founded River Crossing, a ministry with northern tribal children. They teach business principles and are infusing orphanages and children’s homes with business capital so they will become self-sustaining, trying to break dependency on long-term donations. After retiring in 2003, they have been in Thailand for three years, believing their ministry may help shape the future of orphanages and children’s homes. They continue to seek the help of others.

2000–09

Sara Black (G00) is a missionary teacher in her second year at Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya, teaching algebra and government at the high school level. The Christian boarding school sponsored by Africa Inland Mission International has 500 students from 70 missions organizations in more than 20 African nations.

Carrie (Russo) Thienes (G00, MAT01) is owner of Northwest Holistic Nutrition, a nutritional therapy consulting practice in Beaverton, Ore. A certified nutritional therapy practitioner by the Nutritional Therapy Association, she uses hair tissue mineral analysis and blood chemistry analysis to create customized diets and nutritional protocols for her clients.

Richard Brown (G01) has joined the Newberg law firm Brown Tarlow Bridges Palmer & Stone as associate attorney. Previously in practice in San Francisco and Portland, he will litigate family law and personal injury issues and provide representation in bankruptcy and collection matters for the firm, while also handling real estate and probate cases. He received a law degree from the California-Hastings College of Law in 2005.

Rick Johnson (SPS02), founder of Better Dads, has a new book, That’s My Teenage Son, subtitled “How Moms Can Influence Their Boys to Become Good Men.” Published by Revell, it is a follow-up to his book That’s My Son. It is intended to help mothers use their influence to help their teenage sons, noting emotional and physical changes, what boys fear, what traits they need and how to help them communicate and grow spiritually.

Matthew Way (G02) received a doctor of medicine degree in June 2010 from St. George’s University and is a resident physician at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey.

Brianna (Scheller) Bedell (G03) is catering coordinator for Red Lion Hotels in Spokane, Wash.

Michelle Maddux (SPS03) is executive director of Furniture Share, a nonprofit program with a mission to redistribute used furniture at no cost to children, families and individuals in need in Benton and Linn counties in Oregon. Based in Corvallis, it works with 65 referring agencies, including the Oregon Department of Human Resources, and in the last fiscal year provided household items to 3,019 individuals, including 1,119 children who received a bed. More than 6,200 pieces of furniture were distributed, diverting 168 tons from the landfill.

Merilee Newell (G03) graduated in June from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, receiving a doctor of philosophy degree in creative writing. She now is in Newberg.

Crystal Wulff (G03) is teaching science at Mountain View High School, Evergreen School District, in Vancouver, Wash.

Ronecca Dockter (G04), after five and a half years at George Fox University, in October left her position in the advancement office as director of acquisition relations to become director of annual giving at St. Mary’s Academy, Portland. With 620 students, it is Oregon’s oldest continuously operating secondary school, founded in 1859 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Krystal (Muir) Donohue (G04) is a first-grade teacher at Gaarde Christian School, in her fifth year. The Tigard, Ore., school is a ministry of Faith Journey Church.

Colin Saxton (DMin04) is leaving his position as superintendent of the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends to become general secretary of Friends United Meeting in January 2012. He began his current position in Newberg in 2004, guiding 66 churches with 6,500 members. He will continue through the end of this year. Friends United Meeting, based in Richmond, Ind., has 27 yearly meetings in the U.S., Canada, Cuba, Jamaica and Kenya.

Joann (Whittaker) Boswell (G05, MAT10) and Matthew Boswell (G05, MDiv09) live in Olympia, Wash., where she is a drama teacher and director at Tumwater High School and he is co-pastor and adult ESL teacher at Trinity Community Church and EF International.

Melissa (Matthews) Chapman (G05) and Michael Chapman (G05) live in Fresno, Calif., where she is program manager for the after-school program of Community Youth Ministries in Fresno. It has 70 staff members at 10 area sites. He is resource development director for Mennonite Central Committee – West Coast, based in Reedley, Calif.

In that position since 2009, his area covers the 10 states west of the Rockies as he meets with individual donors and churches, and helps with sales and auctions and a network of thrift shops that raise funds. In between completing an MBA in international economic development at Eastern University and this position, he interned through the Evangelical Friends Mission in Kigali, Rwanda, with David Thomas (G93) and Deborah (Harney) Thomas (G94).

Elisabeth (Mehl) Greene (G05) and Samuel Greene (G05) live in Silver Spring, Md., where she has composed the music for a new opera based on Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. Published in 2003, the book was on the New York Times Bestseller List for 100 weeks. She wrote the libretto with Mitra Motlagh (G07). It was scheduled to be performed at a public reading by the Maryland Opera Studio in February.

Marissa Lopez (n05) is teen director for the Grants Pass, Ore., Boys and Girls Club, where she also is a teaching assistant in the club’s alternative learning center. She is using her visual arts and graphics design background to create murals there, and at a church and private home. She started mural painting in 2007 while helping enliven the surroundings at a small African village rehabilitation center for disabled children. In addition to her work and mural commissions, she is also creating an illustrated book of her African experiences.

Olesya (Zherebilov) Salathe (G05) received a doctor of dental medicine degree in June from Oregon Health and Sciences University and now is with Northwest Dental Clinic in Molalla, Ore. She practices with Dr. Paul Puffer, who was her mentor with whom she worked in high school and during breaks and summer while in college.

Amy Wolff (G05) in December began as a visit coordinator for the George Fox University undergraduate admissions office. For the previous three and a half years she was an operations coordinator for Waggener Edstrom Worldwide in Lake Oswego, Ore.

Rick Bartlett (DMin06) has coauthored Consuming Youth: Leading Teens Through Consumer Culture, published in December by Zondervan, youth specialties division. It is written with two youth ministry educators from Canada: John Berad and James Penner. Written for those involved in leading teenagers, the book intends to direct them in shifting youth from consumer culture dominated by popular media, to meaning, purpose and a life lived differently. Bartlett is senior pastor of Bethany Church in Fresno, Calif., with 23 years of working with youth as youth pastor in three congregations and with Youth For Christ, including leadership in Britain and the Pacific Northwest region.

Colleen (Webb) Ghasedi (G06) is a licensed professional counselor and works with Friends of the Family Ministry in Corvallis, Ore., where she also is a mental health consultant for Head Start. In September she was part of a team from Life Seeds that traveled to Uganda to share the gospel with 1,600 orphans in eight villages near Mbale. They gave out more than 450 Bibles, 3,200 children’s workbooks, and helped feed 2,400 people.

Tracy Prybyla (G06) has become a full-time staff member at the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, Calif., with the title artistic associate/stage manager. This follows completion of a 10-month internship last year at the company, which originated in 1986.

Samuel Craven (G07) and Stephanie (Skelton) Craven (G07) live in Sandy, Ore., where he is a police officer with the city of Sandy. She is an underwriting assistant with the Argo Group, Portland.

Elizabeth (Rodman) Larson (G07) and her husband, Evan, have joined Wycliffe Bible Translators and are fundraising and developing partners for support of their assignment in the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea, beginning in January 2012. They are scheduled for August training in North Carolina. They live in Vernonia, Ore., and are seeking appearances and contacts in Oregon and Washington (and on their way to North Carolina) to present their plan and needs.

Jon Maroni (G08) is the new youth pastor at Second Street Community Church in Newberg, starting in August. He is full time while also attending George Fox Evangelical Seminary and reports the position allows him opportunity to put his learning into practice. He joins lead pastor Gregg Lamm (G80, MDiv84) at the Northwest Yearly Meeting-affiliated church.

Eddie Rester (DMin08) is lead pastor of Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, Miss. He first served as associate pastor for seven years, before heading the “United Methodist Hour” in 2005. He returned to Parkway as lead pastor in 2006.

Brian Moore (MAT09), who was the school’s physical education teacher last year, is now third-grade teacher at St. Mary’s School in his hometown of Albany, Ore.

Rick Powell (SPS09) has been promoted to technical services director with Convergence Networks, a Milwaukie, Ore., company that provides information technology services in the Portland area. He is responsible for business and technical consulting to company owners. He has 15 years in the industry and formerly worked at Northwest Badger Daylighting as a managing partner.

Ryan Stokke (G09) is a project engineer with PING, Inc., the golf club manufacturer in Phoenix. He interned with the firm the summer after his junior year and was offered the job upon graduation. He is in the design department, helping design golf equipment and overseeing specific projects to ensure they reach market on schedule.

2010

Annie May Brown (G10) has gone into partnership with her sister and others in opening The Place to Be Cafe in downtown Canby, Ore. Opened in January with the theme of “sit, sip and be,” it features coffee, tea, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts.

Amanda (Hiti) Laine (MAT10) is with The Standard Insurance Co., in Portland as an enrollment specialist for the California Teachers Association.

Caleb Thurston (G10) works for Michael Curry Design and is a freelance theater director in the Portland area. He is co-founder of River City Children’s Theater, a company serving more than 400 students in Columbia County, Ore. In February, he was guest director of the George Fox University stage production of Doubt.