Alumni News and Life Events | Marriages, births, and deaths information
Carol (Parrett) Morter (n58) retired last spring after working at Friendsview Retirement Community, Newberg, as receptionist for the last seven and a half years.
Sherrill (Hull) Comfort (G63) and Duane Comfort (G64), after volunteering two years at Twin Rocks Friends Camp on the Oregon Coast as caretakers of the Harbor Villa Retreat Center, have returned to Newberg and live at Friendsview Retirement Community.
Garyanna (Schmoe) Stalick (G67) is the author of Cocoa’s Collar: Tools to help children who have special needs deal with death, published in March 2010 by PublishAmerica. The goal of the book is to combine simple speech strategies with grief-coping methods to assist a child functioning at or below the developmental age of 3 years. Garyanna is a retired early childhood specialist living in Albany, Ore., where she is vice chair of the Linn County Commission on Children and Families.
Stuart Willcuts (G72) has been named Kosovo team leader for World Vision, overseeing the agency’s work in Kosovo, Albania, and Montenegro. Based in Tirana, Albania, he is spending much of his time in Prizren, southern Kosovo, 18 miles from the Albanian border. Willcuts has worked in disaster relief situations for more than 25 years and has traveled extensively in Latin America and Africa in positions with World Vision, Northwest Medical Teams International, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and other agencies. His last assignment was as director of World Vision’s work in Azerbaijan.
Jeff Rickey (G76) has been elected chair of the finance committee for the National Association for College Admission Counseling. He is vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid for Earlham College, Richmond, Ind., a role he has served since 1998 after 12 years in admissions at George Fox.
Mark Reynolds (G81), in April, was inducted into the Cottage Grove (Ore.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame, one of five athletes at the school to have held school or conference records in two sports. His sports were football and track, in which his high and intermediate hurdles records still stand after 33 years. He has taught math and physical education at the middle school level for 24 years – 21 in Newberg, where he and his wife, Vickie, live. For 16 years he was Newberg High varsity track coach while also coaching middle and high school football. He also is a member of the George Fox Athletic Hall of Fame, inducted as a member of both the 1979 and 1980 men’s track and field teams.
Frank Engle (G82) was named Newberg Kiwanian of the Year at the 2010 Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce awards banquet in April. He is vice president for marketing for Friendsview Retirement Community, is a former president of the Kiwanis Club and Newberg Toastmasters, is chair of the Newberg Faith in Action advisory board, and is a member of the George Fox alumni board. Two years ago, he received the Edward Stevens Distinguished Person of the Year Award at the banquet.
Suzanne (Porter) Kaulius (G84) in August was named senior civilian of the first and second quarter of 2009 for her performance as a civilian licensed clinical social worker employed at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. She has been in that position for 10 years and was recognized for volunteering to absorb the Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care inpatient caseload, totaling 408 hours of additional coverage. This doubled her average monthly patient contact to 45 new patients.
Brenda (Riemer) Winslow (n84), after 11 years as a children’s ministry director, has founded Better Children’s Ministries, for which she speaks in training workshops and consults with children’s ministry teams in small- and middle-sized churches. She and her husband live in Sweet Home, Ore.
Marion (Hull) Reynolds (G87) was one of 20 individuals recognized by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski at the annual Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Awards Luncheon in Salem last October. Awards are sponsored by the Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service. “These volunteers and volunteer programs are making a difference every day, and it’s important that we acknowledge and applaud their contributions to strengthening Oregon’s communities,” said Jack Lorts, co-chair of the commission. Reynolds was cited for her work as co-founder of the Salem (Ore.) Free Medical Clinic. She previously practiced at the Salem Clinic and at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in McMinnville, Ore., where she now is a family physician at Willamette Valley Medical Center.
John Marvin (G89) is a lay minister at Family Life Church, Newberg, and director of advancement for Western Mennonite School, Salem, Ore., but the former missionary in the Caribbean left those positions temporarily to travel to Haiti to help with relief work following the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake. He helped unload supplies, collect blood and urine samples at a medical facility, and, in the evenings, minister in a Jimani, Dominican Republic, compound located a few miles from Port-au-Prince. “I encourage people. I pray with people and then we have a mini-service where we sing and have a brief gospel message. This routine is repeated three times each evening within the three distinct areas of the compound,” he wrote in a dispatch to friends printed on the front page of the Newberg Graphic.
Gary Marks (SPS90) is city administrator of Ketchum, Idaho, a city of 3,200 near Sun Valley. He also is president of Cayo Ministries, a non-denominational, nonprofit evangelical Christian missions organization that ministers to people of the Cayo District of Belize, Central America, through short-term missions teams.
Gina (Withnell) Ochsner (G92) has had her first novel published by Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt. The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight was released in February. It follows her collection of short stories, The Necessary Grace to Fall, and People I Wanted to Be. Both received the Oregon Book Award. She was featured in a life/arts/book section article in the Sunday, May 9, Oregonian, which stated she “has established herself as a talented, imaginative, driven writer who balances a calm suburban life in Keizer with a restless curiosity about the world and the people in it.”
Jason Stanley (n95) in February was named baseball coach at Rex Putnam High School, Milwaukie, Ore. The former George Fox pitcher was a three-sport athlete at Putnam and was selected to the Three Rivers League first-team in baseball his senior year.
Janet Weber (G95) has been named to a national committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. She is one of 10 serving on the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee. She is a children’s librarian for Tigard (Ore.) Public Library.
Aaron Rauch (G96) was the speaker for the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in Newberg May 15. He is director of the Young Life program in Yamhill County and was selected because this year’s theme focused on bringing generations together.
Elliot Groeneveld (G97) is a CPA with the certified public accounting firm Windedahl Rangitsch Groeneveld & Norton, Salem, Ore. The firm was founded in 1951 and in December 2009 changed to the current name to reflect new partners, with Groeneveld becoming a partner the previous year.
Christina McMahan (SPS97) is director of the Douglas County, Oregon, Juvenile Department. She has served in that position since June 2005, after four years directing the Deschutes County, Ore, juvenile prosecution team.
Jamie Ridley-Klucken (G98) was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Student Achievement Award for the College of Pharmacy by the Idaho State University Alumni Association and led the college in the commencement processional May 8 in Pocatello. She received an MBA and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree with honors and now will complete a post-graduate residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.
Andrew Stave (G98) is athletic director and interim alumni director for LCC University (formerly Lithuania Christian Fund College), in Klaipeda, Lithuania. Founded in 1991 as a joint venture of Lithuanian, Canadian and American foundations, it grants four-year degrees in four majors and has about 650 students, including 40 percent international students.
Annie (Wendel) Droullard (G00) and Joshua Droullard (G01) live in Medford, Ore., where she is a math professor at Rogue Community College and he is branch manager/assistant vice president for Bank of America’s Medford branch. They moved to Medford two years ago from Florida, where she taught at Polk State College and he was a Bank of America branch manager. He is pursuing an MBA through distance learning at Mississippi State University.
Timothy Ewest (MBA00, DMgt09) is assistant professor of business administration at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, and is a visiting research collaborator for the Princeton University Faith and Work Initiative, focusing on spirituality at work integration. Previously, for four years until 2006, he was at the University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan.
Timothy Williams (G02), along with a team of three doctors at Harvard School of Public Health, traveled to Haiti January 24-31 to conduct a rapid situational analysis of the impact on children following the devastating earthquake. The Child Protection Assessment Team was part of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Humanities, with emphasis on meeting with key stakeholders in Haiti to understand concerns and options for future plans and needs. Their work was published in the Feb. 17 issue of New England Journal of Medicine, and the center now is working with UNICEF and USAID to provide strategy in local efforts. Williams, named George Fox’s 2009 Outstanding Recent Alumnus, is project coordinator with the Harvard School of Public Health.
Joshua Hunter (G04) has been promoted to program manager with Blach Construction Company, Santa Clara, Calif. It has 130 employees and serves industries in northern and central California. With the firm since 2001, Hunter now oversees a $180 million construction program for a local public school district client, coordinating architects, engineers, state and local oversight entities, district and campus staffs, and construction teams to provide new and modernized school facilities as part of a voter-approved master facilities plan.
Jeffery Nelson (G04) graduated in May from Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific with a Doctor of Osteopathy degree. He and Lynette Nelson (G05) live in Orlando, Fla., where he begins family medicine residency at Florida Hospital East Orlando in June.
Colin Saxton (DMin04), superintendent of the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends for the last six years, has assumed the role of interim director of George Fox’s Friends Center, a joint venture between the church organization and the George Fox Evangelical Seminary. The center offers classes with a specific Quaker focus and equips Friends leaders for service. He also has taught as an adjunct instructor in George Fox’s religion department for seven years.
Matt Tibbs (G04) has been named resident sound designer at Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake City, beginning Aug. 16. He also will become a clinical adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah, teaching sound design and supervising or designing all sound plans for the university’s theater department. The Pioneer Theater Company is a major regional theater, a member of the League of Resident Theaters, comprised of the largest and most significant theaters in the U.S. He and Beth (Cates) (G03) have been living in Oregon, where he has been a freelance sound designer for theater and film and teaching after earning an MFA in theatrical sound design in 2007 from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
Shane Rivers (MAT05) is an English teacher at Centralia (Wash.) High School.
Cory Ann (Crooks) Imhoff (G06) graduated Dec. 15, 2009, from Western States Chiropractic College, Portland, and is on staff at A Renaissance Health Center for Natural Medicine in Gresham, Ore.
Lora Johnson (MA06) in October became an affiliate instructor in the Department of Family Medicine/ School of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland. This is in addition to serving as hospice chaplain at Odyssey Health Care, Portland, since 2007. Previously she was chaplain at Oregon State Hospital and at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Portland.
Vincent Aleccia (EdD07) is assistant professor of education at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash., in that position since 2006 after previously serving as curriculum director at North Medford (Ore.) High School.
Rebecca Rhuman (G07) has moved to Hokkaido, Japan, where she is an assistant language teacher, teaching English with the Japan Exchange and Teaching program.
Travis Wesley (G08) has been hired by the Canada Revenue Agency as collections contact/compliance officer. He lives in Penticton, British Columbia, where he is co-leader of the high school youth program at the Penticton Vineyard Church and leads worship. Previously, he was an account manager with the HSBC Bank Canada.
Sara Kelm (G09) in January became an enrollment specialist for the School of Professional Studies at George Fox’s Portland Center. Previously, she had work-study positions in the Academic Resources Center, the Office of Student Life, and the Office of the President.
Kristen Shielee (G09) in January was named Oregon Small College Female Athlete of the Year at the Oregon Sports Awards banquet on the Nike World Campus, Beaverton. She led the George Fox women’s basketball team to the 2009 NCAA D-III national basketball championship and was named most outstanding player in the D-III Final Four. She was second nationally in field goal percentage (.626) and sixth in blocked shots (3.81 per game), leading the Northwest Conference and setting George Fox records in both categories. She now is a teacher and professional basketball player in Pamplona, Spain.