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1960 – 69

Dale Campbell (G60) finished first in his age group in the Tri-CitiesMarathon in Richland, Wash., Oct. 27, 2006. His counselingministry, Amazing Grace Counseling Service, is now in Newberg, Salem, Seaside, and a new office in Tualatin,Ore., where he lives with his wife, Sharon (Tata) Campbell (G98).

1970 – 79

Marian (Derlet) Tyson (G73) teaches writing and language classes at Clatsop Community College, Astoria,Ore. She has studied in Spain, Venezuela, Brazil, andMexico and worked in Ecuador. She uses that background as a speaker on the topic of diversity in the workplace, specifically “The Dilemma of Diversity: Cultures vs. Classifications.”

John Helbling (G76) directed a 40-voice choir on Good Friday at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Ontario, Calif., where he lives.

Art Carranza (G77) is the new lead pastor at Phoenix (Ariz.) Friends Church. Hemost recently served at the Talent (Ore.) Friends Church.

Delynn (Field) Walz (G79) and her husband will be serving a two-year term in a mission school with International Christian Schools in Germany. She is a CPA, and since 1980 has been with PacifiCorp, Portland. She will use her background in school administration and he will be teaching a computer class.

1980 – 89

Jeff VandenHoek (G86) is the new director of George Fox’s master of business administration executive track program. He also serves as assistant professor, teaching and administering the community consulting and service-learning portion of the MBA’s executive and professional tracks. Previously, since 1998, he was program director of the university’s Tilikum Center for Retreats and Outdoor Ministries.

Jerry Gilliam (SPS88) in May was named city manager of Lakeport, Calif. He moves from a position as assistant city manager in Prineville, Ore., where he served one year. Previously, he was city manager in Baker City, Scappoose, Madras, and Nyssa, Ore.

Tami Kihs (G88) has been named by Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire to the Washington Commission on National and Community Service. It implements the federal National and Community Trust Act of 1993, which created Americorps and encourages service by citizens, working with local volunteer organizations, civic and community groups. She is emergency management coordinator for the city of Vancouver,Wash.

1990 – 99

Scott Brown (G92,MEd98) is the new head track and cross country coach at Redmond (Ore.) High School, where he also teaches math. He is in his 15th year of coaching track (10 as an assistant at George Fox), and this is his first head coaching position.

Ron Wolfe (G92) has joined the Bank of the Cascades in downtown Salem(Ore.) as commercial loan officer. He has completed his first year of study at Pacific Coast Banking School at the University ofWashington.

Heide (Keller) Nichol (G93) and her husband, Dustin, were named Junior First Citizens at the 63rd annual Sweet Home (Ore.) Chamber of Commerce awards banquet in March. Each summer she hosts a volleyball camp and coaches a club volleyball team. She also teaches Sunday school, works with home groups through the community chapel, and has coached Boys and Girls Club sports and served on the advisory committee. He also has coached and been a referee at the Boys and Girls Club and has served on the advisory committee. They were cited for “helping hundreds of young people learn self-respect and life skills they will carry with them forever.”

Joshua Pierce (G94) is a Korea/Taiwan economic affairs officer with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., where he has lived since 2001. During the last year, he served as a representative in the recently concluded U.S./Korea Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

Paul Carlson (G95) in February was named to fill a seat on the Canby (Ore.) City Council. He is a financial adviser with Edward Jones Investments of Canby, where he lives with his wife, Stephani Carlson (G03). He has served on the boards for the Canby Adult Center and Canby Area Chamber of Commerce.

Holly (Hyde) Dhynes (G95) and Allyn (Dines) Dhynes (G97) are living in Jerusalem, where he is advocacy, peace building and communications manager for World Vision Jerusalem.

Trey Doty (G95/MDiv00) is executive director of Innovative Ministries Foundation, Portland, assisting those creating innovative ministries by providing start-up funding and collaborative partnerships. In pastoral ministry for 12 years, he is a recorded minister with Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church, clerking its board of leadership development. He and his wife, Stephanie (Sabin) (n97), live in Portland.

Erika (Crispen) Norton (G96) is a labor and delivery registered nurse at Willamette Valley Medical Center, McMinnville, Ore.

Chris Rullman (MBA96) has been promoted from senior director to vice president of human resources for Comcast of Oregon and Southwest Washington. He has been with the firm since 2000, when he first directed the staffing and recruiting function. He was then promoted to area director of human resources in 2002 and in 2005 to senior director.

Ben Spotts (G96) is in Hyderabad, India, where he is a research and communication consultant for a faith-based organization, unnamed for security reasons. His major client deals with human rights issues. This spring he completed a master’s degree in intercultural studies at Western Seminary, Portland.

Christy (Ortman) Walbuck (G96) has been appointed president of the Idaho Guardian and Fiduciary Association, Boise, Idaho.

Cari (Hogan) Arias (G98) is a Christian education specialist with the Salvation Army, living in Lakewood, Colo. She oversees spiritual formation youth programs for 13Western states and researches, writes, and translates (Spanish) youth curriculum, with special emphasis on retaining young adults. Previously, she served in the Dominican Republic for 18 months, then supervised Salvation Army youth programs in Oregon and Idaho.

Anette (Nelson) Collins (G98) is a senior technical support engineer at Corillian Corporation, an online banking company in Hillsboro, Ore.

Galena (Bowie) Smith (G98) is a licensed independent clinical social worker in Washington, where she works for Youth Eastside Services, a private, nonprofit mental health clinic in Seattle. She coordinates programs dealing with teen dating violence and sex abuse.

Stephanie (Jones) Tehan (G98) is country director for PLAN for the Children, a Christian adoption agency based in Liberia,West Africa. It was started by PLAN Loving Adoptions, headquartered in McMinnville, Ore.

Susan Bliss (MBA99) is the author of We Will Be Healed, a new 160-page book offering spiritual renewal for health care professionals. She is a registered pharmacist who writes nationally on issues related to health care and spirituality and on pharmacy ethics issues. She has practiced pharmacy for more than 15 years in long-term care and community settings. She and her husband live in Hillsboro, Ore.

Jennifer (Schultens) Dewey (G99) is Internet sales manager for Ray Schultens Motors in The Dalles, Ore.

Tommy Kolodge (G99) in May received a medical degree from University of Nebraska Medical Center. He and Sarah (Bowder) Kolodge (G99) live in Omaha, Neb., where he is completing a year of general surgery and is a resident in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Celia Nunez (G99,MBA05) in January was named to the Wilsonville, Ore., City Council. She is State Farm’s agent recruiter for the Pacific Northwest region.

2000 – 07

Brian Herling (G00,MAT05) is the junior and senior highmath and science teacher at Upper Valley Christian School in Leavenworth, Wash.

Erin (Shank) Kingsley (G01) in December received a master’s degree in literary studies from the University of Colorado at Denver. She plans to begin a doctorate program at the University of Colorado at Boulder in August.

Youqing Ma (SPS01) has been named China trade specialist with AterWynne LLP, a law firm based in Portland with offices in Seattle and Menlo Park, Calif. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English, she helps evaluate changes in international trade and provides Chinese business land cross-cultural expertise in support of international transactions. Previously, she was China trade manager for the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.

Sean (Annala) Daugherty (SPS02) and his wife, Rachelle (he took her last name), are owners of Iron Mutt Coffee, a pet-friendly coffee shop in Beaverton, Ore., which celebrated its first anniversary in March with a “Fill the Bowl Challenge” pet food drive for local animal shelters and as a fund raiser for area pets involved in the recent national pet food recall. With goals of l,000 in each category, the successful drive brought in 1,855 pounds of pet food and $1,436 in cash, donated to local animal care agencies. They plan to make the drive an annual event.

Ryan Dearinger (G02) teaches in the Department of History at the University of Utah while conducting PhD dissertation research. He recently received the Charles Redd Center Award for Western Studies from Brigham Young University for his conference paper, “Building Railroads, Constructing Manhood, and Defining Progress: Utah and the Transcontinental Railroad.”

Sean McGeeney (G02,MAT05) has been hired to begin teaching third grade this fall in the Sherwood, Ore., School District.

David Niyonzima (MA02) is pastor of the Kamenge Friends Church in Burundi and heads the Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Services work, which has received land and funding for a new center. In September he represented Burundi churches at the prayer summit organized by the Toward Jerusalem Council II in Jerusalem.

Matt Gerber (G03) was one of five Oregon finalists for the fifth annual Volvo for Life Awards in a national contest. It recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements by individuals in their communities. All candidates are profiled on the sponsor’s website, Two years ago, Gerber, now in Milwaukie, Ore., established Team Works International, a nonprofit organization with the mission of building lasting relations with people in need from small, impoverished countries and developing Third World nations, giving them a sense of ownership in projects that will benefit them. TeamWorks now has projects in 11 countries with volunteers.

Shelly Schultens (G03) is a licensed physical therapist with East Cascade Physical Therapy in The Dalles,Ore. She completed a master’s degree in physical therapy in 2006 at the University of Puget Sound.

Vic Napier (MBA04) is an adjunct professor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., where he teaches a course on E-commerce. In February, he delivered a paper to the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences,meeting in Las Vegas. The topic: “Risk Homeostasis: A Case Study of the Adoption of Safety Innovation on the Level of Perceived Risk.”

Gabriel Pinski (MDiv04) is now manager of foundation and corporate support for Catholic Charities USA, the fourth largest charity in the U.S. with 1,700 local agencies and institutions nationwide. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., it seeks to reduce poverty by half by 2020. Previously Pinski was director of grants and outreach for L'Arche Greater Washington.

Rogelio Martinez (MEd05) is the new principal of the Echo Shaw Elementary School in Forest Grove,Ore. He previously taught two years at the school and for the last two years has been principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Woodburn,Ore.

Travis Talbot (SPS05) has been hired as director of administration for Windermere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group Inc., Portland. He oversees accounting, human resources information technology, and facilities for the firm, which has 12 offices with 400 agents.

Georgia Lemen (G06) is pursuing a doctorate in chemistry at the University of Michigan, receiving a full-ride assistantship.

Jillian Renner (n07) has joined Golden Rule Remodeling & Architecture in Salem, Ore., as an interior designer specializing in kitchen and bath design and remodeling.

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
MS Master of Science
MDiv Master of Divinity
EdD Doctor of education


Robert Harding

Top 40

Robert Harding (MBA05) admits that going back to school was a tough decision - but it's a choice that he says "changed the direction of my life."

Harding, senior vice president of Pacific Continental Bank, in March was named one of Portland's most influential business professionals by the Portland Business Journal. The publication annually produces a special section, "Forty Under Forty," that recognizes the top young professionals in the area. The 40 recipients were chosen from 250 nominees based on professional accomplishments, community involvement, and professional recognition.

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The 38-year-old from Corvallis returned to school earning a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University in 1992. He has worked for Pacific Continental Bank since 2000 as vice president, senior vice president, and regional sales and service manager. He manages sales and service operations for Portland-area offices, a growing client base, loans, and deposit growth.

Policy Scholar

Blakely Spillar

Blakely Spillar (G06) will be in select company this fall. She was one of only 12 new students chosen to attend the John Jay Institute for Faith. Society and Law in Colorado Spring, Colo. Spillar will attend from September through mid-December. The institute prepares Christians for position of civic leadership and limits enrollment to a dozen students each spring and fall term. Students take classes in Christianity, culture, politics, and juriprudence for a semester, after which they are offered a three-month practicum placement in a public affairs-related internship at an international political center or U.S. location.

Spillar, a communication major at George Fox, prepared for the assignment by attending Calvary Chapel College in Jerusalem this spring. She plans to pursue a career in lobbying, public relations, or motivational speaking.

This summer, the McMinnville, Ore., native interned at Concerned Women for America, an organization striving to bring biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

Principal makes honor roll

Sara Johnson

Sara Johnson has a simple goal that motivates her as a principal. "The bottom line is wee will push toward student success - no matter what it takes," she says.

If that requires securing some extra money to fund a project or recruiting a parent to volunteer, Johnson will make sure it happens.

The philosophy is working. Johnson, enrolled in George Fox's doctor of education program and principal at Grandhaven Elementary School in McMinnville, Ore., was named Oregon's Elementary Principal of the Year for 2007-08.

The award, sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, honored Johnson for her “commitment to the programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students,” her “active role in the community,” and her “strong educational leadership,” according to NAESP criteria. “I was overwhelmed and humbled,” she says of winning the honor, which will culminate with a two-day visit to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony in the fall. “To be named as the person from Oregon to represent all of the elementary principals in the state . . . that was a very significant honor tome.”

Grandhaven has earned three consecutive “exceptional” ratings by the Oregon Report Card, the statewide annual report released by the Oregon Department of Education. Johnson, principal since 2003, says Grandhaven’s success is a team effort. “I have wonderful people around me who share the same vision I have,” she says. She also has high praise for her George Fox experience. “There are remarkable professors at George Fox, and the people at this fine university have created a terrific place for educators to grow and learn,” she says. Ultimately, Johnson believes education begins with forming relationships: “If you can connect to what children have inside them, they are inspired,” she says.