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Outstanding alumni

We're very proud of our graduates and their accomplishments. We built this page as a way to feature some of them. If you are one or know of another who is making a difference, please fill us in so we can add to this page: online form (under construction)

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Featured alumni: Bridget Johnson | Rob Henderson l Jamie Tatum


Alumni profile - Bridget Johnson

December 2010 - The Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators has accepted her manuscript titled Framing Asthma: A Content Analysis in U.S. Newspapers. Publication is expected in early 2011. Contributing to the article, which began as Johnson's thesis, are Dr. Jessica Henderson, professor of Health and Physical Education; Dr. Peggy Pederson, associate professor and chair of the Division of Health/PE; and Dr. Linda Stonecipher, director of Graduate Studies and also a professor of H/PE. Johnson is head women's track coach at Pacific University in Forest Grove. While at WOU and a star track athlete she earned a B.S. in Health. She went on to earn a M.S. in Ed. while serving as WOU assistant track coach.


Alumni profile - Rob Henderson

  • 1999 Master of Science in Education (Secondary Education, Health)
  • 1991 Bachelor of Science in Education (Secondary Education, Physical Education)

By Rob Henderson

I am currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Northern Arizona University. The road to Flagstaff was long and adventurous, with many detours along the way. My education from Western Oregon University allowed me to teach across the United States and has given me the opportunity to work with several community health agencies as well. There is no doubt that my education and the experience gained during my education have played an integral part throughout my professional life.


Rob HendersonWOU has served me well over the years. As an undergrad, WOU offered smaller class sizes and significant “face time” with instructors, which I attribute to my success as a student. Both programs and instructors at WOU are “world-class,” and I count myself lucky to have discovered such a great institution. During these formative years two people stand out clearly in my mind as mentors and role models, Judy Lovre and Jon Carey. I carry the “fruit” of their efforts and teachings with me today.


When thinking about grad school my thoughts naturally led me to faraway schools, and various programs. My choice, in the end, was WOU. My decision centered on my experience as an undergrad, but also on a unique opportunity with one of the most influential people to enter my life: Dr. Jerry Braza. Under Jerry’s guidance and mentoring I was able to accomplish many things; most important of all was the ability to understand who I was and what I had to offer the world. He instilled in me the importance of giving and the responsibility we all have in helping others. His lessons will live in me forever. 


Without Western Oregon University and people like Jerry, Judy and Jon, I would not be where I am today. I would not trade my education for anything in the world.



  • Assistant Clinical Professor at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff


He lives in Flagstaff with his wife Carrie (Poynter), an elementary teacher (WOU '99 BS Interdisciplinary Studies), and children Jack, 2, and Abby, 10 months. - March 2007



Alumni profile - Jamie Tatum

  • 2003 Master of Science in Education (Health)
  • 2002 Bachelor of Science in Education (Secondary Education)

By Jamie Tatum

Having the career vision of becoming a teacher since my sophomore year in high school, Western Oregon University was my natural first choice of universities. The four years I spent working on my undergraduate degree and subsequently earning my teaching license were some of the most satisfying and fulfilling years of my life both personally and professionally.


Jamie TatumSome of my most positive college experiences came from my interactions in the Health and Physical Education department. The top notch professors and instructors taught wonderful classes but more important were readily available to assist you on an individual basis and truly cared about you as a both a student and a person.


Coupling my own desire to learn and grow with remarkable caring professors in Health and Physical Education made my goals and dreams attainable and opened my eyes to an unknown and unrealized inner potential.  


Where I go in life and what I attain, although still unrecognized, I credit to a handful of people that have acted as role models and guiding forces in my life. These people have provided invaluable support, wisdom, and advice when it has been needed most. Aside from my wife and parents, the rest were members of the WOU H/PE division, most notably Jerry Braza, Linda Stonecipher, Tom Kelly, Marita Cardinal and Trey Malicoat.



Harrisburg Middle School, Harrisburg, Oregon

  • Health and technology teacher, 2003-present
  • Harrisburg School District testing coordinator, 2004-2006
  • Harrisburg High School JV or assistant volleyball coach, 2003-present

Western Oregon University

  • Adjunct instructor of health, 2004-present

Oregon Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD)

  • Oregon Association of Health Education (OAHE) president cycle 2003-2006
  • OAHPERD president cycle 2005-2008


His wife, Lindsey (Bowers), WOU '01 BS in Health Education, is Director of Social Services at Heart of the Valley, a retirement/assisted living facility in Corvallis. They expect their first child in July. - December 2006


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Division of Health and Exercise Science
College of Education
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR 97361

Fax: 503-838-8370

Phone: 503-838-8908

Diana McAlpine
Administrative Program Assistant

Peggy Pedersen, Ph.D.
Division Chair