News, by Graduating Year


Nancy (Svendson) Moon (G78) is principal of Houghtaling Elementary School in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District in Alaska. She is in her second year after seven years with the Kodiak Island Borough School District, the first five as an elementary principal and the last two as director of the English Language Acquisition Program. Previously, for 18 years, she was an elementary school teacher in the Jefferson County School District in Oregon.

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Ernie Sturzinger (G80) is clinic owner/director of ProActive Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy at its Oregon City, Ore., clinic, one of eight locations for the 12-year-old firm. He has a doctor of physical therapy degree from Pacific University (2008), is a certified athletic trainer and board-certified orthopedic specialist, and is a volunteer adjunct athletic trainer at Oregon City High School. Also with his clinic is Amy Lepire (G13), who is the new head athletic trainer for Oregon City High School. At the Canby location of the firm is Carl Mason (G13), who also is the head athletic trainer at Canby High School and who, on the side, works at a gym as a personal trainer. On the East Vancouver, Wash., staff of ProActive is Anthony Saviola (G12), in his second year as head athletic trainer at Hockinson High School.

Ric Drury (G83) is communications production coordinator for Pendleton Woolen Mills. Employed by the Portland company since 1987, he has been in his current role since 2001, creating and developing baseline graphic standards and building a corporate umbrella for the firm’s brand. Previously, he served 14 years as production coordinator and then production manager for the women’s division.

Deborah Miller (G84, EdD06) has been appointed head of school at Westside Christian High School in Tigard, Ore. Since 2006 she has been associate professor at Multnomah University in Portland, where she served as teacher education program director. Previously, she taught nine years at Hope Christian School in Aloha, Ore., before she and her husband, Roger Miller (G83), founded Vancouver (Wash.) Christian High School. Westside Christian, founded in 1981, has 285 students and in January moved to a new campus at the intersection of U.S. 99W and Oregon 217.

Greg Bolt (G85) is the principal, president and sales manager of ABC Roofing Co., his family-founded company started in 1979. The Clackamas, Ore., firm now has a seven-member management team and 25 field employees serving the Portland market. He also is president of Northwest Shingle Recyclers, founded in 2009.  

Brian Gardner (G89) has been named vice president for university advancement at Indiana Wesleyan University, overseeing its advancement division and working closely with and serving on the executive council of President David Wright (GFES84), who started last July. The university has more than 15,000 students, 3,000 undergraduates on the main campus in Marion, Ind., and nearly 12,000 in its adult degree program at 11 sites in three states. Gardner left George Fox University in March after joining his alma mater in February 2012 as vice president for advancement and, more recently, as associate vice president, leading the major gifts staff. Previously, he was with Wheaton College in Illinois for nearly 15 years, starting as a regional director of development and serving his final five years there as director of development.

Brett McGann (n89) is school resource officer with the Emmett (Idaho) Police Department, where he started in 1992 as a patrol officer. He now is in a detective position, spending most of his time at Emmett High School. He also serves in other area schools, speaking on Internet safety, bullying and driver safety. He is a pistol, shotgun and rifle instructor; a chemical spray instructor; and a breath-testing specialist, teaching other police officers.

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Tony Pruitt (G95) in May became classroom operations program manager with Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, where he has worked since 2012. He is responsible for audio/video technology in 125-plus classrooms, conference rooms and lecture halls located in the new Collaborative Life Science Building and for programs within his Educational Communications Department. Previously he was a multimedia specialist.   

Jessica (Wilson) Smith (G98) and Phil Smith (G98) have moved from pastoring at Petersburg Bible Church in Alaska to Warrenville, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, where he is global ministries field director with Leadership Resources International. The evangelical missions agency trains local pastors around the world through conferences, books and audio messages.   

Chris Meade (ADP99, MA04) is the new dean of George Fox University’s College of Business. He moves up from his position as chair of the school’s MBA programs and assistant professor of management. He took that position in 2012 after joining the George Fox faculty as a professor at the university’s Boise Center in 2006, the same year he earned a PhD in organizational learning from the University of Idaho. The recipient of the university’s Faculty Achievement Award for Graduate Teaching in 2012, Meade also is founder, president and executive leadership coach for Leadership Alive Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps inspire, coach and resource leaders and teams.  

Nancy Newton (ADP99) is deputy county administrator for Clackamas County, Ore. She acts as county administrator when needed, responsible for relationships with county commissioners, capital projects, human services, public safety and technology programs. She is in her fifth year in the position after previously serving as assistant to the county administrator for seven years and as deputy director of the county’s Office for Children and Families for nearly five years.  

Josh Reid (G99, MA09) is in his fifth year as a freshman and senior Bible teacher at Westside Christian High School in Tigard, Ore. Previously he was youth pastor at Newberg Friends Church, where he and his family, including Kayla (Swindler) Reid (G99), continue to worship. They are also active in supporting Caring Hands Ministry in Dharwad, India, which reaches out to women and children trapped in the devadasi (temple prostitution) system.  

John Streicher (G99), in March on the second anniversary of his joining the faculty at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, headed a poster presentation at the 30th annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The research showed an early link that could ultimately open new avenues for the treatment of chronic pain. His three-member team found initial confirmation that a novel scaffold protein regulates mu opioid receptors, the target of opioid drugs such as morphine, and an important mechanism for pain regulation. Streicher is an assistant professor in New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he teaches and researches. He earned a PhD in molecular, cellular and integrative physiology from UCLA in 2009 and then spent two and a half years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida.

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Olivia (Fromdahl) Pothoff (G00) has been named winner in the new “Song for the Children” category in the annual Christian Song Competition sponsored by Compassion International, a Christian relief agency. Scenes of Potoff singing her winning song, “More Than Gold,” and playing piano were taped in Portland and interspersed with scenes of the agency’s work in Uganda and the Dominican Republic. The music video was shown at eight “Glorious Unfolding” concerts in New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, Canada, May 6-17. Her husband, Mark Pothoff (G93) is dean of community life at George Fox.

Jason Schwanz (G00) in January became senior DevOps engineer for FIREapps in Portland, a position that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and information technology operations professionals. Started in 2005, the company is a leader in on-demand foreign exchange exposure management solutions that help reduce the risk and cost associated with foreign currency volatility. Schwanz left George Fox University after more than nine years, most recently as systems administrator after serving as programmer analyst and director of systems/operations for the Office of Admissions.   

Julie (Lockwood) Pechacek (G02) in December completed a PhD in economics at the University of Texas at Austin. This follows an MA in economics from Boston University in 2008 and five years as a certified public accountant. She has just accepted a position with the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, D.C. The nonprofit corporation works only for the U.S. government, operating three federally funded research and development centers to assist the government in addressing important national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise.  

Carrie Bohl (MBA03), after 17 years with George Fox University, is now an independent distributor for Juice Plus, which produces fruit and vegetable powders in capsule or chewable form. She began at George Fox in 1997 as an accounts clerk before becoming an academic advisor and assistant registrar. She moved to the Office of Advancement in 2004 and has been serving as executive director for gift development for the last five years.  

Stephen Donohue (G04) is head baseball coach at Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Wash., where in four years he has coached his teams to two Greater St. Helens League titles and state finishes of fourth, fifth and ninth in Washington’s 3A classification. A starter in the outfield for the Bruin baseball team that won the 2004 national NCAA Division III championship, he also is a substitute teacher in the Vancouver School District.   

Nathan Holmes (G04) is with the U.S. Navy and based in San Diego after moving from Portsmouth, Va., where he and his wife were living while she was studying and training to be a Navy nurse anesthetist. He left active duty in 2010 to be a stay-at-home dad for their new daughter while his wife was in school, but stayed active in the Navy Reserve. He is now assigned to the 3rd Fleet Joint Force Maritime Component Commander and will be deployed this fall for a year. In September he is scheduled to be promoted to lieutenant commander.  

Chad Stillinger (G04) is in his third year as assistant professor at the Oregon Institute of Technology’s Wilsonville (Ore.) campus, serving as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy. He received a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Oregon State University in 2011. His expertise is in ocean wave energy applications and instrumentation and controls.

Terra Mattson (MA06) and her husband, Jeff, are owners/founders of Living Wholehearted, a consulting and business service firm to help leaders live with integrity. The Tualatin, Ore., organization, started three years ago, helps individuals leading either an organization or family. She is clinical director for counseling, a speaker and retreat facilitator, and a leadership development consultant. Both she and her husband have taught at George Fox University. Also with Living Wholehearted is Sheri Philips (ADP06, MA13), formerly with George Fox for 14 years, who serves in external relations as a spiritual director and life coach.    

Justin Hudec (G07) left his alma mater in March to join the Knights of Columbus after more than five and a half years as an undergraduate admissions counselor at George Fox. Previously, for two years, he was onsite director for Camp Tilikum, now part of the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church. The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, founded in 1882.

Kayin (Mathae) Griffith (G08) is the new director of advocacy and development for Word Made Flesh in Portland. She is developing and implementing new strategies for fundraising as well as helping connect others to the nonprofit organization, founded in 1991 to serve the poor. In February she left her position as assistant director of spiritual life, inclusion and leadership programs at George Fox. Her husband Cary Griffith (G08) remains at George Fox, where he is a web designer, a position he’s held for six years. Together they also own a marketing and design firm, Griffae Design, started in 2007.

Malia Tamashiro (G08) in February received a master’s degree in school counseling from the University of the Southwest. She is in her sixth year at Pearl Harbor Elementary School in Honolulu, a public school with 700 students. She has taught third grade for two years and second grade for three years. This year she completed her counseling internship and was data team facilitator for second grade while also coordinating career day.

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Henry Balensifer III (G11) in January was named government relations and communications manager for Lektro, Inc. in Warrenton, Ore., leading the firm’s public relations and marketing projects. The firm manufactures electric vehicles that tow aircraft, including an industry-leading towbarless vehicle. Balensifer moved from a position as manager of Wheelhouse Coffee Co. in Astoria, Ore., for two and a half years. He also is vice chair of the Warrenton City Commission, elected to the position in 2012.  

Trenton Corvino (GFES12) in April returned to George Fox Evangelical Seminary as a new graduate admissions counselor, moving from a position as program director for the Portland After School Tennis and Education program, where he led a year-round nonprofit operation for 60 at-risk children. Previously, he was on the ministry staff of the Onyx House, a college-age church outreach in Eugene, Ore., from 2010 to 2012.  

Andrew Fleming (n12) in April joined the George Fox University institutional technology staff as a computer support specialist after two years in computer and video freelance work and serving as the computer support technician at Camp Tilikum in Newberg. While a George Fox student he worked part time during the academic year and full time in the summers as an IT service desk support employee.  

Keri (Moore) Garcia (G12, MBA13) is with the city of Hillsboro, Ore., as police training secretary, in that position since August 2013. She has worked for the city for more than four years, starting in customer service with the city’s Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center. She assists the training sergeant and force and tactic instructors, and also helps reserve officers, K9 officers and cadets.

Joel Harris (MA12) in April received the 2014 Layperson of the Year Award from the Canton (Ohio) Professional Educators’ Association. Selection was based on devotion to students, selfless service in the community and professionalism. He is founder and executive dreamer at TomTod Ideas, a nonprofit that helps middle school students launch ideas to enhance the common good. He began teaching seventh-grade students at Early College Academy in September and in February started Grasp.Go.Grow., an in-school pilot program that helps students explore ways to be innovators and creators.  

Seth Stanley (G13) and Megan (Wiuff) Stanley (G13) have moved to Medford, Ore., where she is a registered nurse, working in medical telemetry at Providence Medford Medical Center. He is job searching while continuing to work on independent music composition and production.  

Laura Fisk (PsyD13) is bringing behavioral health care to primary care patients at Villa Medical Clinic in Newberg. She is part of a partnership between the clinic, the Yamhill County Coordinated Care Organization, the Portland Independent Physician Association and George Fox. Sometimes used interchangeably with mental health, behavioral health is a new resource to help patients with challenges of chronic illness and is a term that refers to underlying psychological processes. Fisk is a psychology resident at the clinic after completing a one-year residency fellowship in 2013 in Alaska with the Providence Health System.

Kris Rieck (MA13) has established Transformational Associates Counseling Services in Salem, Ore., a private practice providing counseling for those seeking renewal in the midst of life challenges and more satisfying relationships.

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