News, by Graduating Year


Nancy (Ross) Brown (G65) in May retired from Bon Appétit, George Fox University’s food service provider, ending 20 years on campus. She now is concentrating on helping her husband, Dave Brown (G65), as they operate Mustard Seed Farms in St. Paul, Ore., with 82 acres of certified organic vegetables marketed 10 months a year in Oregon and a community garden.

Loren Calkins (G67, DMin70), who retired from full-time ministry 11 years ago, is now in his eighth year in part-time ministry at Glamis North Hot Springs RV Park in Niland, Calif., where he pastors a seasonal church open November through March. He also enjoys riding his ATV, last year traveling more than 2,000 miles around the park area.

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Beth (Aldridge) Molzahn (G82) in October ended 18 years with George Fox University, the last 11 in graduate admissions, primarily serving MAT faculty and students. She began as an administrative assistant for the humanities department then served as executive assistant in academic affairs. She plans to work with her husband, Rob, in his real estate business in Newberg and also start a ministry helping those needing assistance with projects around the house.

Scott Young (G84) is in his 21st year as owner and president of Young Associates, a consulting firm specializing in brand development, corporate and marketing communications, and corporate/product identity development. Based in Winfield, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, he has done work for Spiegel, John Deere, Sports Illustrated and the American Medical Association.

Michael Ralls (G88) has been named Assistant Principal of the Year by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators. He will be honored at the organization’s annual conference in June in Seaside, Ore. Ralls is assistant principal of curriculum and counseling at Milwaukie High School, in that position since 2008. He has been with the Clackamas (Ore.) School District since 1999, serving as a counselor at Clackamas High School for seven years, then as a counselor and assistant principal at New Urban High School for three years before moving to his current position. He spearheaded a four-year effort to bring a health center (opened in 2012) to the Milwaukie school and is credited with helping the school to twice being named “outstanding” by the Oregon Department of Education.

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Philip Higgins (G92), in his 18th year as a real estate broker, in December became principal broker for Pacific Crest Real Estate Advisors in Portland. The firm specializes in commercial real estate brokerage and property investment portfolio advising. Previously, for six years, he was senior advisor and principal broker with Sperry Van Ness / Bluestone & Hockley in Portland, involved in lender-owned real estate asset recovery and services.

Scott Winter (G92), after more than six years as LPL Financial branch manager and financial advisor with Seasons Financial Group Inc. in Portland, now has the same duties with his own business, Winter Wealth Management in Dundee, Ore., started in March 2012. Previously, for 10 years, he was with Synopsys Inc. in Portland as senior inside sales manager.

Nancy (Smelley) Almquist (G93) is an independent beauty consultant and sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics in Newberg, now in her 24th year. In addition, between 2003 and 2011, she served George Fox University for eight years as a development officer and one year as director of parent relations.

Greg Pfleger (G95) is a mortgage loan officer/physician loan specialist with Bank of America in Lake Oswego, Ore. He began in December after six years as a mortgage loan officer with HomeStreet Bank in Clackamas, Ore. A 2005 inductee into George Fox University’s Sports Hall of Fame for his soccer career, he continues his interest in the sport as a coach for two area soccer clubs, Clackamas United and Salmon Creek Soccer Club in Vancouver, Wash.

Scott Jensen (G96) is chief photographer for KING 5 television news in Seattle. He rejoined the station in 2012 after leading it in 2010 to honors as Large Market Television News Photography Station of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association. He then spent 16 months in Anchorage, Alaska, serving first as Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage, then a year as managing editor of special projects and chief photographer for KTVA, a CBS affiliate. He is the winner of more than 60 photojournalism awards, including a regional Emmy and two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, and twice has been named Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year, the nation’s highest honor for a working television photojournalist.

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Colby Canutt (G00) is a senior network administrator with NuScale Power, established in 2000 to develop nuclear small modular reactor technology. He started with the company in May, working at its Corvallis, Ore., site after more than six years as a senior engineer with UTC Fire & Security in Salem, Ore. He also has his own consulting firm assisting clients with technology support and is involved with technology leadership with Heart of the Savior Ministries in Portland.

Jamie Johnson (G00) received a PhD in Christian education in December from Biola University. His dissertation studied faculty perceptions of collegiality and organizational culture at denominationally affiliated Christian colleges in the Pacific Northwest. He is associate pastor of Christian leadership in the George Fox Office of Spiritual Life.

Linsey (Inscho) Macy (G00) has joined Premiere Property Group, a real estate company established in 2009 with six offices in the Portland area. She previously was associated with Prudential Northwest Properties and will continue to work in the Yamhill and Washington county areas.

Brody Wilson (G01) has been named controller and chief accounting officer for Northwest Natural Gas Co. in Portland. In October he moved up from the position of accounting director and acting controller. He joined the company last year after 11 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the power and utilities assurance practice departments in Portland and London.

Kathy Rosenbohm (G03) was hired last fall as operations coordinator for the undergraduate admissions office at George Fox University. Her background includes traffic manager at a Montana broadcasting company representing five radio stations (2011-12) and working 18 months at Chapters Books and Coffee in Newberg as a barista.

Crystal Wulff (G03), a biology teacher at Union High School in the Evergreen School District in Vancouver, Wash., has received National Board Certification in adolescent and young adult science education through a performance-based, peer-review process of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She is in her fourth year with the district after previously teaching for three years at the American Overseas School of Rome.

Ben Salisbury (G04) is an independent digital media marketing consultant for the sports and entertainment industry, based in Portland. He has been in the position for nearly three years, specializing in assisting brands and athletes with social media strategy and execution, responsible for building campaigns, creating content and analyzing data. Previously, for nearly six years, he was with Sports + Lifestyle Unlimited in Portland as a marketing and business affairs consultant.

Matthew Tibbs (G04) is in his first year as assistant professor of sound design at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Previously, for three years, he was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah while also serving as resident sound designer for Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City. Since 2012 he has been sound designer for the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minn., as well as operating his own company, Matthew Tibbs Sound Design.

Melissa (Matthews) Chapman (G05) and Michael Chapman (G05) are in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in their first year of a five-year commitment as co-representatives for Guatemala and El Salvador with the Mennonite Central Committee. They assumed the position last April after nearly four years in the Fresno, Calif., area where he was West Coast resource development director for the organization and she was an after-school program manager in Reedley, Calif. Guiding a group of eight non-Guatemalan MCC staff, they develop, moderate and evaluate programs ranging from agriculture and education to HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention and disaster response. Melissa received an MAT from Willamette University in 2007, and Michael earned an MBA in economic development from Eastern University in 2008.

Wayne Evans (DMin05) is the 13th general superintendent of the Evangelical Friends Church Eastern Region, providing spiritual and organizational leadership for 93 churches in the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. He was elected in November and began January 1, 2014. He has been one of three area superintendents within the organization, guiding its western-area churches since 1992. He also has been senior associate to the outgoing superintendent and has served as a leader in the organization’s ministries in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Previously he pastored churches in Rollin, Mich., Deerfield, Ohio, and Hanover, Va.

Bob Harding (MBA05) has returned to Portland as the new president of Pacific Continental Bank, where he previously served as senior vice president and relationship banking team leader. He was then named the bank’s president in the Seattle area prior to accepting transfer back to Portland in November. He has been with the bank since 2000 after previously working for Bank of America in several capacities.

Christy Aleckson (MBA06) was honored in February as one of Portland’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Portland Business Journal. Recognition came at a luncheon ceremony at the Nines Hotel in downtown Portland. The honor is for “influential leaders who blaze a trail in the local business world” and who have “excelled in their field, shown tremendous leadership and are committed to the community.” She is founder and financial advisor at Single Point Financial Advisors, which she created in 1998 in Beaverton, Ore.

Damon Hanson (G06) received a doctorate in optometry in 2012 from Pacific University and currently splits his time between two practices, Eye Care Associates of Southern Oregon and Riverside Vision Care, both in Medford, Ore.

Vangie Pattison (G06) is now director of marketing and operations for Wild Canyon Games, leaving her position in alumni and parent relations at George Fox University in November. Wild Canyon Games, founded five years ago, is a nonprofit organization that has raised more than $1.2 million for youth charities in Oregon by organizing seven-member teams in competitive three-day challenges designed to foster communication, collaboration and strategy.

Laurie (Gilliam) Beutler (G07) is now a National Board Certified Teacher through a performance-based, peer-review process of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. A second grade teacher at Siletz Valley Schools in Lincoln County, Ore., she received the recognition in November. In her sixth year at the school, she also is pursuing a master’s degree in mathematics and science teaching through Oregon State University.

Laurel Emory (MBA07) in September established her own firm, Emory Consulting and Coaching in Wheat Ridge, Colo., following receipt of a PhD from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. Her degree in organizational leadership included a doctoral dissertation, “The Influence of Human Agency on the Professional Path of Women in Executive Leadership Positions.” Her new business provides expertise to companies and organizations in the areas of organizational leadership, strategy, communication, culture and change. Previously she was chief of staff for Coram Healthcare in Denver.

Janna Giesbrecht-McKee (G08) was in Washington, D.C., at the end of January to hear oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case for which she was one of four students at Willamette University College of Law who prepared a friend-of-the-court amicus brief. It addresses international and foreign legal authority in a case involving restitution for child pornography victims. She is a certified law clerk with the Oregon Department of Justice Child Advocacy and has served as executive editor of Willamette Law Review. She anticipates receiving her law degree this spring.

Ben Quintana (MA08) is leadership development program manager for St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho, responsible for programs, processes, policies and resources to ensure effective leaders. He is in his second year in that position and also serves as a member of the Boise City Council. In addition, his civic involvement includes membership on 10 area boards and commissions, including airport, arts and history, parks and recreation, YMCA, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Sarah Reid (G08) in January was hired to fill the newly created position of director of sports marketing at George Fox University. She left a four-year position with Waggener Edstrom in Lake Oswego, Ore., a public relations firm where she most recently was a senior account executive, working with clients that included Microsoft.

Alex Bryan (DMin09), who last June became the sixth president of Kettering College in Dayton, Ohio, in December announced his resignation. He will stay through the end of the current school year, the college said. Bryan will return to his former position as senior pastor of Walla Walla University Church (Wash.), a position he held for four years. The church, which has 2,400 members, was still searching for his replacement and had not named a successor.

Kyle Johnson (G09) in January started as tax senior associate with the accounting and financial advisory firm Delap in Lake Oswego, Ore. Previously, since 2010, he was in a similar position with the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Portland.

Anna (Ward) Philipsen (G09), after three years as associate director of alumni relations at George Fox University, left the position in November and is managing her own business, Lazoolee Screen Printing and Design, based in Dayton, Ore., where she lives. She also has established Willamette Valley Events, coordinating weddings and corporate events.

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Sally Cavazos (MAT11) is a fifth-grade teacher at Pioneer School of the Arts, an elementary school in the Boise/Meridian/Eagle/Star joint school district of Idaho. A feature story on her battle with breast cancer in 2006, the same diagnosis her mother received 16 years before, was published in the Oct. 1, 2013, edition of the Idaho Statesman. Picked up by the Associated Press, the article in following days appeared in newspapers around the country. In the article, Cavazos tells of enduring a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation and the support she received from family, friends and her church.

Jay Mathisen (EdD12), assistant superintendent of human resources and strategic planning for the Bend-La Pine Schools in Oregon, returned to his alma mater in December to be speaker for George Fox’s midyear commencement. His topic was “Justice as a Lens.” In 2011, while principal at La Pine High School, he was selected as High School Principal of the Year by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. After visiting the African nation of Rwanda in 2010 he completed his doctoral dissertation, “Education Reform in Rwanda: Impacts of Genocide and Reconstruction on School Systems.”

Luke Thompson (G12) and Samantha (Simmons) Thompson (G12) live in Wilsonville, Ore. He is a loan officer at HomeStreet Bank in nearby Lake Oswego – in that position since November 2013 – while she is a labor/delivery nurse in the birth center at Silverton Hospital.

Cyrus Benjamin (G13) in May started as associate software developer with WebMD in Portland, an online provider of health information services for consumers, physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Chelsea (Sowards) Yarnell (G13) is using her experience as sports editor for George Fox’s student newspaper, The Crescent, in her new role as sports editor for the Tillamook (Ore.) Headlight Herald. She began with the newspaper in October with duties that include reporting and layout of sports pages, videoing and posting of sports events, and maintaining the paper’s community calendar.

Matthew Zandbergen (G13) is in a 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program. He is based on a regional campus in Sacramento, Calif., and will complete a series of six- to eight-week-long service projects as part of a 10- to 12-person team. Projects range from providing services to homeless clients at Sacramento Loaves and Fishes to completing environmental restoration projects in Death Valley National Park. The National Civilian Community Corps is a service program that supports disaster relief, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, and urban and rural development.

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