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Dan Nolta (G63) has authored a new book, Compassion: The Painful Privilege, published by Barclay Press in Newberg. He shares the processes through which God led him, including guiding him in his career. He retired in 2004 after nearly 20 years with the Tacoma–Pierce County (Wash.) Chaplaincy as chaplain coordinator for the sheriff´s department. He continues to serve as international liaison with the International Conference of Police Chaplains, of which he is a former president.

Esther Mae Hinshaw (G64) is a volunteer – and the first one – with Family Friends, a national support program that matches older adult volunteers to families whose children have special needs. The Newberg-based effort, the only one in the Northwest, serves families from Sherwood to McMinnville. She resides in Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg.

Gary Brown (G68) is employed by the pro-shop at the new Chehalem Glenn Golf Course in Newberg. He and his wife, June (Hubbard) Brown (G63), are sponsoring a "seniors" trip to Branson, Mo., in November.


Steve Reynolds (G71) is band director for Foothill Christian School in Glendora, Calif. He also owns RLM (Reynolds Live Music), an entertainment coordination business in Pomona, Calif., and performs jazz saxophone and flute.

Paul Tremaine (n72) is president of Access Computer Consultants in Dundee, Ore.

Ron Mulkey (G74) is pastor of Metolius (Ore.) Friends Church, moving from the associate pastor position at Greenleaf (Idaho) Friends Church.

Mark Ankeny (G75) has been named dean of the College of Education at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., after one year in a similar position at Westminster College in Utah.

Mark Vernon (G77) has resigned as boy's basketball coach at Southridge High School in Beaverton, Ore., and has taken the same position at Newberg High School.


David Myton (G80) has been promoted to professor of chemistry and education and is chair of the School of Education at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.,where he has been teaching since 1993.

Christine (Hockett) Stanfield (n80) and Jeff Stanfield (G89) are with World Gospel Mission, working at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya. She is acting principal and teacher for the school of nursing and he is a consultant/mentor with Kenyan staff in the Information Technology Department. They also are actively involved in encouraging local congregations of Africa Gospel Church.

Rachel (McFerran) Burd (G82) is the owner of Allstar Realty Group, a corporate real estate broker business in Las Vegas.

Tammy (Stockman) Malgesini (G82) on April 1 began a new career as a general assignment reporter for the East Oregonian daily newspaper in Pendleton, Ore. She works in the newspaper´s Hermiston, Ore., bureau.

Mark Wilson (n82) is pastor of the Foothills Foursquare Church in Gilroy, Calif.

Bill Schniedewind (G84) is professor of biblical studies and northwest Semitic languages at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Additionally, he chairs the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. In 2004, he authored the book How the Bible Became a Book, published by Cambridge University Press.

Gerardo Ibarra (G88, MA94) is acting principal of Lake Marion Creek Elementary School in Poinciana, Fla. For the last three years he was assistant principal at a Woodburn, Ore., elementary school.

Judy (Warner) Miller (SPS89, MA01, PsyD04) is a counselor for Samaritan Counseling Centers, with offices at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Tigard, Ore., and First Presbyterian Church in Portland.


Ann Scott (SPS90) has been named 2005 Person of the Year for Yamhill County, Ore., in recognition of her work on behalf of children. She retired this year, 30 years after cofounding Plan Loving Adoptions Now, a McMinnville, Ore., adoption agency. is a Yamhill County web directory and search engine that honors community members and newsmakers who make a positive local difference.

Kirsten (Benson) Anderson (G92) has received a Fulbright Scholarship to spend the summer of 2006 in South Africa and Namibia working with secondary institutions on education reform. She is a special education teacher at Highline High School in Seattle.

Phil House (PsyD92) is chief of psychology services with Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch in Billings, Mont. He also has a private psychology practice in Billings.

Brandon Crosier (G93) is vice president of marketing for USA Mobility, a wireless communications company providing voice, data, and messaging services to Fortune 1000 corporations, based in Alexandria, Va. Previously he was director of marketing for Nextel Communications in Reston, Va.

Andrea Fuller (G93) is executive director of Prodigal Gatherings, a ministry serving homeless and high-risk youth in Aurora, Colo.

Carol Riha (SPS93), news editor for the Associated Press in Des Moines, Iowa, has been appointed chief of bureau in charge of AP’s Iowa operations. She joined the AP in 1983 in Detroit, transferred to Portland in 1988, and to Des Moines in 1999.

Steve Gard (G93) is a social studies teacher at Matilija Junior High School in Ojai, Calif.

Tony Pruitt (G95) has resigned as assistant facilities director at Twin Rocks Friends Camp in Rockaway, Ore. He and his wife recently returned from a home-schooling tour of the United States. He works at Cascade Steel Rolling Mills in McMinnville, Ore.

Steve Pharo (MBA95) has been appointed acting director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission in Salem. He has been with the commission since 1994 and will head the agency while search is under way for a permanent director.

Wally Johnston (MA96) has been promoted to executive chaplain with Metro Police Chaplaincy, overseeing the corps of chaplains and serving as liaison with their departments in Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties in Oregon, and the Oregon north coast.

Kenneth Spencer (MBA97) is an engineer for Interface Engineering, a mechanical and 11:48 7/31/2006 electrical consulting firm in Portland.

Elizabeth (Phares) Tucker (G97) and Bryce Tucker (n99) live in Pleasanton, Calif., where she became a stay-at-home mother in March (see Baby Bruins) after a career as a graphic designer and as a professional organizer. He is an ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving with the electronics systems and support unit in Alameda, Calif.

Keith Johnson (G98) is assistant pastor for New Song Community Church in Portland.

Marty Kehoe (SPS98) is president of MK Development in Portland, a condominium development and commercial real estate investment business with projects in Portland, Seattle, and San Diego.

Patrick Lewis (SPS98) has been elected to the National Association of Convenience Stores board of directors. Since 1995 he has been a partner in the Oasis Stop ’N Go Convenience Stores, based in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Michael Turinsky (G98) is the area director for Young Life in East Auckland, New Zealand.

Quentin Watne (G98) is a physical therapist at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Ore.

Molly Galbreath (G99, MAT00) teaches in the Family and Consumer Science Department at Lynnwood (Wash.) High School.

Brad Hesselgrave (n99) and Holly (Goodin) Hesselgrave (G99, MAT00) live in Monroe, Wash., near Seattle, where he is a nurse on the cardiac care floor at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue, and she teaches ninth grade physical science and junior/senior high chemistry at Monroe High School.

Tony Nzanzah (MA99) has been appointed general director of Scripture Union South Africa, an organization in Cape Town, working in camps, schools, and communities introducing young South Africans to Jesus, the Bible, and the church.


Tim Buechsel (G00) and his wife live in Weimar, Germany, where he is a youth pastor in a Baptist church.

Jenny Colvin (G00) received a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University in May. She is music librarian for Furman University in Greenville, S.C.

Josh McPherson (G00) and Sharon (Barnett) McPherson (G00) live in East Wenatchee, Wash., where he is a real estate agent for Premier One Properties and was named 2005 Rookie of the Year for Wenatchee Valley and surrounding areas. She is an oncology nurse at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.

Shelley Yonemura (G00) is one of 20 students accepted into the two-year Oregon State University master’s degree program in college student services administration. She just finished a two-year, part-time AmeriCorps position as volunteer services coordinator at Linfield College. She also has been part-time director of children’s ministries at Sherwood (Ore.) Community Friends Church.

Aaron Fuller (G01) and his wife are living in Daegu, Korea, where both are employed by the city’s Office of Education.

Rick Johnson (SPS01) is the author of Better Dads Stronger Sons, released May 5. His first book, That’s My Son — How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character, was released last year.

Aaron Wright (G01) received a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Texas April 6. He is beginning a post-doctoral research position at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. His wife, Janet (DeYoung) (G01), has been teaching elementary school the last four years in Round Rock, Texas.

Sean Annala (SPS02) and his wife have opened a dog-friendly coffee house, Iron Muss Coffee Company in Beaverton, Ore. Their shop provides free doggie treats to visiting dogs.

Lindsay (Casebeer) Weehunt (MAT02) is a fifth grade teacher at Boeckman Creek Elementary School, Wilsonville, Ore.

Adrienne Dorsey (G02) received an MBA in May from Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif. She is a public relations executive for PURE consulting, a fashion public relations firm in Los Angeles.

Steven Graham (MA02) has been accepted into the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Program at Oxford University in England.

Andrea Halvorson (G02) received a master’s degree in forensic science from Michigan State University in December 2005. She is a forensic scientist in the DNA/biology unit of the Michigan State Police Crime Lab in Northville, Mich.

Jared Meidal (G02) and his wife have joined the staff of World Impact Inc. They will serve at the Oaks Camp and Conference Center in Lake Hughes, Calif. They will be supporting World Impact’s church-planting efforts in the local inner cities by hosting groups and designing programs.

Nina Barge (G03) is manager of the Wells Fargo bank branch in Medford, Ore.

Christina (Brown) Gossman (G03) graduated from Eastern Washington University in June 2005 with a master of social work degree. She is a medical social worker at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Wash.

Gayathri Ramprasad (MBA03) won the 2006 Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award for lifetime achievement. The award, presented by Eli Lilly and Company, a pharmaceutical products developer, is given to individuals who fight the stigma associated with depression. She is a mental health consultant in Portland, Ore.

Abbey Schmitt (G03) is now a financial analyst for American Capital Strategies, a Washington, D.C.,–based private equity firm. Previously, she was an auditor with Ernst & Young for two years.

Denise VanDewalker (MA03) is a private-practice marriage and family therapist in Dallas, Ore.

Andrea Corzatt (G04) is a volunteer at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, an orphanage in Miacatlan, Mexico. She is a caretaker for 24 girls 6 to 9 years old.

Elizabeth Moyer (G04) is an Army Reserve specialist, currently deployed overseas at a forward-operating location in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Yen Tse (G04) is studying for a master’s degree in intercultural studies/teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) at Wheaton College Graduate School in Illinois. She also works at the Pui Tak Center in Chinatown in Chicago, teaching ESL to Chinese adult immigrants.

Amara Sheppard (G05) finished her first year of medical school at Oregon Health & Science University. This summer she is involved in a Global Health Outreach trip to Chimborazo Province, Ecuador, and a community health outreach trip to inner-city Chicago — the Lawndale Summer Medical Project. In the fall she will serve as the OHSU student leader for the Christian Medical and Dental Association.

G Traditional graduate
n Traditional nongraduate
SPS School of Professional Studies graduate
GFES Seminary graduate
PsyD Doctor of psychology graduate
MAT Master of arts in teaching graduate
MBA Master of business administration graduate
MA Master of arts graduate
MEd Master of education graduate


Nea Zoi

Jemima Skjonsby (left) with fellow missionary and friend Jennifer Roemhildt

Every Monday and Thursday night, Jemima Skjonsby ('96) visits red light districts in Athens to meet with prostitutes in brothels, bars, and hotels lining the dark streets. She offers friendship, advice, and opportunities for change.

Caring for the women is the easiest part, The hard part is focusing on the process and abandoning her results-oriented instinct. “I'm learning that it's more valuable to sit with someone in her pain than to run around trying to fix things, and that God, after all, is the Savior.”

Skjonsby left for Greece in 1999 to work with refugees as a short-term missionary with International Teams. Four years later, she and a partner began a separate project for the missions agency — Nea Zoi, or “New Life” — that targets individuals in prostitution.

Most of the women Skjonsby meets are uneducated, have no job skills, and are cultural minorities. She estimates 60 percent come from trafficking rings. Because living-wage jobs are few, she finds progress is slow. She continues loving. “I've learned that God's love and grace aren't just for the ‘good girls,’ like I tried so hard to be while growing up.”

Skjonsby, who majored in psychology, contemplates doing graduate work in clinical psychology in the future. In the meantime, she says, “My heart is very much here with the girls I meet and with the Greek people.”

A Winters Tale

Norman Winters

Early every Thursday morning, rain or shine, Norman Winters walks across the street from Friendsview Retirement Community to the university to provide a little-known volunteer service: He shuttles the university’s vans and vehicles across campus to refuel them and keep them ready to drive.

For this and for his hundreds of other volunteer hours, George Fox named Winters its Volunteer of the Year for 2006. Winters, 72, clears weeds, vines, and brush from Hess Creek Canyon. He also plants flower baskets for the campus light poles and notifies others of volunteer work opportunities on campus.

Winters and his wife, Margaret, co-chair the university’s auxiliary membership committee and are members of the President’s Council.

His parents, Arthur and Gwen, both graduated from George Fox in 1929; both were later employed at the school. Two of Norm and Margaret’s children attended George Fox – Chris (Winters) Watkins (’80), and Kathy Winters (’85).

The mighty Casey

Pat Casey (G90)

One year after taking Oregon State to its first College World Series since 1952, former George Fox baseball coach Pat Casey (G90) returned to Omaha, Neb., and coached the Beavers to their first national championship. Oregon State, which went 0-2 in the World Series in 2005, overcame an 11-1 loss to Miami in its tournament opener to win the eight-team event, clinching the title by taking two of three games from North Carolina in the finals. Oregon State (50-16) became the first team in series history to win six elimination games — and the first Northern-based school to win the tournament since Ohio State in 1966. In addition to Casey, George Fox had another connection to the Beavers: championship-game winning pitcher Dallas Buck is the the son of GFU alumnus Eb Buck (’76).

A family tradition

Danae Dougherty after graduation with her siblings and fellow alumni (l to r) Kevin, Heidi, Ryan, Derek

When Danae Dougherty crossed the graduation platform, it marked the end of an era for the Dougherty family of Springfield, Ore. Next fall, for the first time in 17 years, no Dougherty will be attending George Fox. Since 1989, five siblings have graduated from the university. First came Kevin (1989–93), who served as student body president and is a sociology professor at Baylor University. Heidi (1993–97), an elementary education major who taught for several years and is now a stay-at-home mom in Kuna, Idaho. Ryan (1996–2000) also was student body president and now works for the university as director of undergraduate admissions. Derek (2000–04) was the athlete of the family, playing on the varsity soccer and tennis teams. Danae (2002–06) came last, a straight-A business student.

All the siblings were back in Newberg for Danae's graduation. Their father, Douglas, is a 1972 graduate of George Fox Evangelical Seminary. After watching his family help five children through college, Ryan quips his mom wishes she could have gotten a punch card.