AlumNotes and Memories
Amanda Cline ’08 is a graduate student at University of Nevada, Reno. She is working toward her MS in biochemistry.
Catherine Dahl '08 has been accepted into Dental School at Tufts University in Massachusetts.
Amy Franzen '08 and Aaron Poole '08 have moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico where Amy is a graduate studnet in New Mexico State University's Cultural Anthropology program and Aaron continues to pursue his career in Information Systems.
Tanya Hart-Garman '08 has begun graduate studies through the Grand Canyon University Online program. Her program is Professional Counseling and plans on being a licensed counselor.
Kristopher Koivisto '08 is the Communications Coordinator for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Katharine Noll '08 will be teaching middle school math and science for Quality Schools International in Chengdu China (Sichuan Province) beginning in Fall 2008.
Brandon O'Neil '08 is the coach for the defensive and offensive lines for the North Bend High School Bulldogs. He and wife Ashley (Eberle) O'Neil '08 live in North Bend.
Natalie Reding '08 is a first-year physical education teacher at Kennedy Elementary School. Her job consists of teaching first, third, fourth grades, DLC, and facilitating the Mileage Club. Natalie is following in her parent's footsteps, both retired teachers from the Salem-Keizer School District. She is excited to encourage Kennedy's future adults to live a healthy, active lifestyle.
Tiffany Rockwell '08 is the Web Coordinator for Enrollment Management at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.
Leslie Summers '08 is a co-executive director of the Miss Marion-Polk County Pageant. She won the pageant in 2007 and is currently an office manager for the Marion County Association of Defenders.
Karyn Taylor '08 has begun graduate studies through the Grand Canyon University Online program.
Alex Vo '08 has been accepted to OHSU School of Dentistry.
Joshua Woods '08 and Stephanie Williams '09 were married Mar. 21 in Gladstone. Josh is a youth intern for Salem Vineyard Church and Stephanie is a child and adolescent treatment specialist for Trillium Family Services.
Shanley Young '08 has been accepted into the MS program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
Christina Demke '07 has been accepted into the Ph.D. program at the University of Utah.
Karley Herrick ’07 of Independence and Brian Douglas Picking Jones of Monmouth announced their engagement in July 2008. Karley is studying for her master’s degree and is the associate director of the Smith Fine Arts Series at Western Oregon University. Brian graduated from Sandy High School in 2005. He is a student at Western Oregon University. The couple plans to be married Saturday, June 27, at the Nazarene Church of the Hill in McMinnville.
Tyler Mack '07 has been accepted to OHSU School of Dentistry.
Yendi Martinez de Castro '07 married USMC Sgt. Jered Parker on Feb. 14 1500 feet over the Las Vegas Strip in a hot air balloon. They now live in San Diego were they are stationed in Camp Pendleton. They cannot wait to return to Oregon in a few years and attend a WOU Football game! Go Wolves!
Michelle Swanick '07 has been accepted into a Physician's Assistant program at Idaho State University.
Matthew Whitmer ’07 is engaged to Nicole Starke. They plan to be married Apr. 14 in Kona, Hawaii. Matt currently works with his family business - The Big Wheel General Store in Old Town Bandon.
Holly Winters ’07 married Daniel Kercheski Aug. 2.
Tucker Brack '06 is an assistant coach at the University of Portland. A baseball player at WOU, he was most recently an assistant coach and assistant Athletic Director at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash., where he assisted with the middle infielders and hitters and handled game management for all home events. Prior to his stint at LCC, Tucker was the head coach at Chemeketa Community College in Salem from 2004-2008.
Amanda Falske '06 married Tomas Mendoza Aug. 2 in Williams, Ore. She is a special education teacher at Chehalem Elementary School in Beaverton. They currently live in Beaverton.
Holly Grimes '06 has just been accepted for a summer graduate internship at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. She is currently a graduate student at PSU in computer science where she continues to maintain her 4.0 GPA. Oregon Space Grant will pay her travel costs and weekly stipend.
David Hagan '06 and Crista Harrison '06 were married Nov. 22. David teaches computer technology at Philomath High School. Crista teaches math at Memorial Middle School in Cupertino, Calif. The couple met while they were both teaching at Memorial.
Nathan Howell '06 has been accepted to the OSU College of Pharmacy.
Julia Milligan '06 and Jedidiah Miethe '07 were married on Nov. 22. They are currently living in the Astoria area.
Cole Pouliot '06 '07 is engaged to be married to Courtney Enyart July 10, 2010. Cole is a math teacher at Memorial Middle School and an assistant football coach at West Albany High School.
Jana Rieke '06 and Paul McQuistan are engaged to be married on July 11. She is a nursing student at Linn-Benton Comnmunity College and Paul is an offensive lineman for the Oakland Raiders.
Lincoln Ropp '06 has been accepted to Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Florida.
Kristen Staley '06 is currently working as the Administrative Assistant for Linkus Enterprises in Eugene. She is attending graduate school at Northwest Christian University in the School Counseling program. She also just bought first home with her fiance, Ryan.
Noreen Valdez '06 and Eric Gruber were married March 30 in McMinnville. They are at home in Wilsonville. Nori works as a qualified mental health associate with Yamhill County, and will begin work on her masters degree in Community Counseling at Lewis & Clark College this fall. Eric is a banker by day and a Portland-based professional jazz bassist by night.
Kelly Linn White '06 graduated from OSU in 2008 with a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) and is currently the Tobacco Prevention Health Educator for the Marion County Health Department.
Jay Bacus '05 and Lisa Giese '07 were married July 12 in Forest Grove. Jay is an EGC teacher and football coach at West Salem High. Lisa is a P.E. teacher and head coach of the dance team at West Albany High School. The couple lives in Salem.
Maria Bonifacio '03 is the associate director of residence life at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Marika (Schneider) Conrad '03 '07 and Michael Conrad '04 welcomed their first child, Elliana Grace, on Dec. 11, 2008. Marika is a 5th grade teacher at Hopkins Elementary in Sherwood and Michael works at Portland Service Station Supply.
Kerri Clark '02 and James Latshaw were married Sept. 6 in the Ochoco National Forest. Kerri and James are both employed by the University of Wisconsin's Project Ice Cube. They lived and worked at South Pole Station, Antarctica, for the summer season, which started in November.
Aaron Cupp '02 married Elisabeth "Lisa" Eckley '02 July 2008 in Salem. She is a first grade teacher and he is a high school English teacher and football coach.
Dr. Thomas J. Henderson '02 has been selected to be Chief Resident in the Emergency Medicine Department of York Hospital, York, Penn., for the academic year of 2008-2009.
Kristina Keyzers '02 married Kyle Pemberton on Aug. 8 in Troutdale. She is currently a high school English teacher.
Amy (Williamson) Layton '02 was named Teacher of the Year (primary) at the Monmouth-Independence Community Awards banquet in Dec. She teaches at Independence Elementary.
Marc Miller '02 and Jessica (Wilken) Miller '02 welcomed their first child Katharine Elizabeth Miller on Aug. 1, 2008. Marc is working as the Chief of Staff for the Oregon Legislative Assembly.
Nicole Mullins '02 has been accepted into West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and Midwestern University at Glendale, Ariz.
Heather Corum '01 married Christopher Fults June 28, 2008 in Aurora. She is employed as a police officer and he is employed as a nurse.
Becki Schmitt '01 married Gavin Little in September 2008.
Jennifer (Gavlas) Arsenault '00 and Jason Arsenault welcomed Nathanael Alexander to their family on March 1, 2009.
Andrew Brown '00 and wife Nicole (Ream)'00 were married in Dec. 2000. They moved to Brigham City, Utah and had their first child, Ethan, in 2002. Andrew began pre-med coursework at Weber State University shortly thereafter in 2003. In 2005, he became a Radiologic Technologist. Their daughter, Olivia, was born in 2007. Andrew graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Science in 2007, passed his ARRT certification registry. His is working in Aberdeen, Wash. as a radiologic technologist at Grays Harbor Community Hospital and is also working part-time for an orthopedic surgeon as an assistant and scribe. He is planning on attending the University of Washington Medical School to pursue a degree as a Physician's Assistant in Orthopedics.
Amy Koenig '00 married Zachary Ramey August 2008. She is an elementary school teacher in Salem.
Kellie Hiler ’99 married Thomas Whitlow Aug. 9 in Oregon City. Kellie is a middle school English teacher in Mt. Angel, Ore. They live in Oregon City.
Brent Ochesky ’99 became an Oregon State Trooper in February, based in The Dalles. He was previously a reserve officer with the Monmouth Police Department and also worked as a police/fisheries enforcement officer for eight years.
Anne Boitano ’98 married Tyler Peterson July 12 in Portland. Anne currently works as a high school teacher and Tyler is a customs broker.
Dale Purcell '98, who has been working at the State Police Crime lab in Oregon has just been accepted at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City to pursue a Ph.D.
Laura (Middaugh) Rios ’98 joined the Peace Corps after graduation and spent two years roaming Europe, educating young Bulgarians in the English language and working with the underprivileged Roma (gypsy) groups near Shuman, Bulgaria. She later moved back to the US and settled in the DC area, where she works for a non-profit in the development of educational curriculum. She married Jason Rios on Apr. 6, 2008 and they live in northern Virginia.
Jeff Hampton '96 has been named the Oregon Lodging Association's president and chief executive officer, three months after he was recruited from Travel Oregon to serve as temporary executive director for the industry association. He formerly worked as Travel Oregon's policy and research manager and previously held posts with the Oregon Restaurant Association, where he directed membership sales and operations for it and the Oregon Lodging Association. As President and CEO, Hampton will oversee the operations of the association, as well as develop the overall vision and strategies in conjunction with the board of directors. Hampton’s responsibilities include building alliances and promoting cooperative relationships with industry organizations, working on legislative initiatives affecting the industry, increasing membership and retention, and developing new and enhanced membership services programs.
Melissa Wilson '96 is engaged to Richard Kessell. Melissa is an office manager. They will be married on June 27, in Dallas, Ore.
Robert Findtner '95 and Leah Findtner welcomed their daughter Piper Laurine on Oct. 17. Rob and Leah also have a Henry, age three.
Anna Hunter '95 '00 is Keizer Elementary School's learning resource teacher, working at this campus and at Lake Labish Elementary School. She has taught in Albany, Silverton, and most recently in Owasso, Okla. She is glad to be home in Oregon, and is excited to return to her elementary school as a teacher.
Dana (Sandgren) Johnson '95 '99 and Tory Johnson '01 welcomed a baby girl, Alexandra Evanee on April 14.
Alfie Linn '95 completed his MBA in Jan. 2009 at George Fox University.
Myrna Martin ’95 has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of textbook publication. She is President of Ring of Fire Science Company, LLC. She has written and published over 29 books regarding all aspects of science. Prior to her involvement in publishing, Myrna worked as a science teacher with Salem Keizer Public Schools and Redondo Beach Public Schools for 35 years.
Scott Nichols ’95 and his wife Colleen had their third child, Taylor Ann Nichols, on Oct. 24 in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Big brothers Hayden and Jake are very excited to have a little sister.
Roberta Monaghan '93 attended the US Transplant games, Olympic-style games for transplant recipients, in July of 2008. They were held in Pittsburgh, Penn. She took home a Silver medal in the 100M breast stroke event, and a Bronze medal in the 200M run. While walking in the Portland to Coast race in August of 2008, her fiance proposed just after the first leg. The wedding is planned for the summer of 2009. Her first step grandchild was born on Feb. 17.
Betty Elaine Komp '90 '92 is a candidate for Oregon House District 22 for a third term. She has served on the Mount Angel School Board and has been active in Kiwanis and Woodburn Together. Komp's experience as a public school teacher and principal is valuable in the Legislature, considering that body's huge influence on school funding and educational policies. Her personal story is a good fit for her district - as a single mom, she pulled her family up from poverty by doggedly pursuing a college education.
Larry Swain Brents '93 Feb. 14 at age 63.
Larry joined the army shortly after high school and served two years in Vietnam as a combat medic. He rose to the rank of 1SG before retiring from the Army in 1985. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and traveling with his family.
Susan Marie Askew '92 Jan. 25 at age 39.
Susan graduated from Mt. Hood Christian High School and Western Oregon University and lived for three years in Atlanta, Ga., before returning to Gresham in 2006. She was a marketing representative for U.S. Trust.
Todd S. Opsal '92 Jan. 25 at age 41.
John Petersen ’92 ’94’98 Oct. 28 at age 38. John was ASWOU president while at WOU. He taught school in Crane, Sleetmute and Point Hope, Alaska, and most recently in Helix, Ore. He also worked as a deputy district attorney for Deschutes and Harney counties.
Diana (Smith) Dickey '88 was recently elected to Salem City Council, and began a four-year term in January. She is a substitute teacher with the Salem-Keizer School District and lives in Salem with her husband and two teenaged sons.
Steve Emmert '83 '89 has been named principal of the new middle school in Sherwood that will open Fall 2009. He is currently serving as interim principal for Sherwood Middle School. Steve taught high school English and coached volleyball between 1984 and 1990 before taking a six-year leave of absence from education. During that time he kept coaching and worked as a youth and counseling pastor. Steve and his wife Sandi have two grown sons, Chad and Ty, and a daughter, Nicki.
Nancy Goodwin '83, owner of the Sun & Moon Acupuncture Clinic in Longview, Wash., is the Team Acupuncturist for the ABA Washington Raptors. She has practiced massage and trigger point myotherapy since 1987 and has been practicing Oriental Medicine since 1996.
Frank Betzer '82 has recently become the development director of SMART (Start Making A Reader Today).
Janel Keplinger '82, a reading specialist and educator of 27 years, has been appointed to the Alaska State Board of Education & Early Development.
Martin Follose '80 '85 is the band teacher at Riddle High School; he's been there for 29 years.
John Hoffmeister ’80 retired from the Salem Police Department on September 30, 2008 after a 31 year career in law enforcement. He had a varied career including assignments in undercover narcotics, being on the motorcycle squad, as a long time member of the SWAT Team in several capacities and as a trainer in numerous survival skills areas. His last assignment was as a patrol lieutenant and included managing the SWAT, Negotiations and Riot Teams, the Bomb Squad, and the K-9 Unit.
Tonia Hickman '82 Apr. 21 at age 60.
Kurt Gustafson '80 Feb. 20 at age 57.
Kurt was a member of the Coast Guard previous to attending college. He taught at Grand Prairie Elementary, Memorial Middle, South Shore Elementary and North Albany Middle schools. He taught for the Greater Albany Public School District for 26 years.
Judy (Miller) McConnell ’79 lived for 10 years in Houston where she worked as a mosaic artist. She is returning to the Pacific Coast and looking for commissions. Prior to Houston she lived in Seattle for 15 years, first working in media relations for the City of Seattle of Seattle public utilities. Later she was executive director for a non profit organization providing mentors and tough curricula for youth at risk of dropping out of school; she also consulted with government agencies to help them implement mentoring programs. Immediately after graduating from OCE/WSU she worked for the Oregon Legislature then worked with Central Lincoln PUD as their lobbyist. Seeking more knowledge, she got a master in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 1984.
Jerry "Coach Oz" Osborne '79 '84 will retire as Activities Director and PE Teacher at Walker Middle School in May.
Phillip Fishwick ’78 is a potter. His work was shown at Medford's 2008 Clayfold show. Phil and wife Marilyn (Horn) '75 '76 live in Medford.
Major David Lyle Taylor ’77 continues to support the Joint Chiefs of Staff with Net-Centric portfolio management oversight. His son Sergeant Jason Taylor is currently a trumpet player with the Army band at Fort Wainwright, Alaska and son Jarrod is entering the Army in February as Specialist trombonist. Granddaughter Jazmin Charles performed her first concert on trombone in December.
Sharon (Baugh) Baum ’75 ’86 is in her 31st year of education and her 15th year as an administrator. She is enjoying life and getting closer to retirement!
Karen Roberts Cusick ’74 retired with 30 years of service with the State of Oregon Employment Department. She is married with two children and one grandchild. She would love to hear from classmates from 1970-1974.
Jean Rix ’71 retired in January of 2005 from Pacific University as a member of the Exercise Science faculty and Assistant to the Athletic Director. She spent 20 years at Pacific teaching future Health and Physical Education teachers and Department of Athletics administrator.
Lono Waiwaiole '71 has recently completed his forth novel, Dark Paradise, published by Dennis McMillan Publications, Tucson, Arizona. For more information go to http://www.lonowaiwaiole.com.
Larry S. Vincent '77 Nov. 28 at age 68.
Diane Jacobson '76 Jan. 24 at age 54.
Diane was a teacher in the Sisters School District for 28 years. Her first job was for Kracksburger Elementary School in Clackamas.
Doris J. (Madison) McPherson '75 Feb. 4 at age 80.
Doris started her career in education; she acted as Social Worker and Counselor at Bush Elementary in Salem, Oregon, and then became a teacher at West Salem Elementary and Newport Middle schools, in the middle of which she took a break from education to open an ice cream shop in Newport, Ore. She was the first single foster parent in Oregon and her family shared their home with six long-term foster children over the years.
Robert "Bob" L. Adamson '74 Feb. 5 at age 57.
Bob married Stephanie Ann Grubb in 1972. They moved to Roseburg where he worked in the Douglas County Planning Department as a land use planner. In 1977 he became a real estate agent. He worked in real estate for 10 years and later for Banks Lumber Company before starting his own construction business in 1995.
Edward Mulkey '71 Mar. 28 at age 78.
Barbara Ann Roberts '71 Oct. 26 at age 59.
Barbara had a professional career of 33 years with the City of Salem Park, Recreation and Community Services Department. She enjoyed creating opportunities in recreation for youth and adults as well. Barbara took pride in helping make the City of Salem is a great place to live and an inviting community for all. During her college summers she worked for a Redmond Recreation Council, running the youth softball program, which carried over to her work in the variety of youth programs for the city of Salem.
Linda (Fotta) Freeman ’70 Nov. 2 at age 60.
Michael John Kolb '70 '74 Dec. 18 at age 65.
Michael served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He became a grade-school teacher and then principal of several elementary schools, Waldo Middle School, and North Salem High.
Frederick D. Stabler '70 Feb. 1 at age 92.
Fred served his country in WWII. He then began his teaching career in Hood River and Gresham. While teaching, Fred met Margaret Exley, whom he married on September 1, 1946. They owned and operated Stabler Convalescent Home for 17 years. He retired in 1981 following 12 years as a speech therapist in the Newberg School District.
Reta (Stutz) Bork '69 Jan. 4 at age 63.
Reta married William Bork in 1967. She was an administrative assistant in human resources for Portland Public Schools.
Lester Alan Helvie '68 Aug. 9 at Age 62
Les was stationed in Seoul, South Korea, where he completed Officer Candidate School. Upon his discharge, Les began his career working for the State of Oregon. He worked in Eugene for several years and then transferred to Salem. He retired in 2003.
Elva Mae (Johnson) Matson '67 Feb. 23 at age 96.
Elva taught in rural one-room schools until she met and married Homer Matson, also a country school teacher. During her 32 years of teaching, she taught a son, daughter, and grandson. She retired in 1975.
Stewart Bye '63 Feb. 4 at age 69.
Stewart met his sweetheart Carol while attending college. They were married in 1961. He served proudly in the Army National Guard and after his service he accepted a position with Wilco Farmers in 1964 and retired after 38 years of dedicated service in 2002.
Emma (Young) King '63 March 25 at age 93.
Jacquelyn Dwigans '61 Aprl 14 at age 81.
Jacquelyn began her teaching career in Salem at Auburn Elementary; she taught third grade and later was a library and media specialist for McKinley and Washington Elementary schools. She retired from teaching in 1985.
Shirley (Ricks) House '59 has been actively involved in three organizations - Alpha Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, OEA-Retired, and Oregon Retired Educators Association - for the past 16 years. She retired from South Sherman Elementary in Sherman County.
John and Pat (Holman) Peckham ‘56 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Bend in June 2008 with a family gathering including their three children, spouses, and six grandchildren. The weather was great for tennis, golf, hiking, and canoeing. John and Pat spend the winter in San Diego where Pat still volunteers in second grade as part of Oasis.
Don Wickstrand '55 was recently elected President of the Indian River Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America in Vero Beach, Fla. Don is a retired U.S. Navy Captain. He is also President of the local Navy League Council.
Olive (Goheen) Barnhardt '59 Feb. 6 at age 95.
Olive had a successful career as a teacher of hundreds of students. In 1935, Olive married Aubrey Tobias Barnhardt and they were married for 39 years.
Shirley (Moser) Sanford ’55 ’56 Nov. 4 at age 74. Shirley was a librarian in the West Linn School District for 32 years.
Willis Keithley '51 Dec. 19 at age 96.
Willis married Betty Ryan on Dec. 31, 1933. In 1941 Willis enrolled in the U.S. Signal Corps. He helped in the founding of Okinawa University for GI's, and was instrumental in the development of the radio call signal system still in use in the military today.
Margaret Wardine (Forrest) Jepsen '42 Apr. 2 at age 87.
Wardine taught school for several years in Mill City. She and her husband Martin owned and operated a restaurant, Cafe Mardean, in Mill City and also a business in Stayton where Martin did customp picture framing and Wardine had an antique shop and art gallery. Wardine also worked at state offices in Salem and as a book keeper and dental assistant for Dr. Boyd Van Santen in Stayton.
Bernice Labes '41 Feb. 27 at age 88.
Bernice was an elementary school teacher.
Evelyn (Pitman) Keyt '40 '59 '63 Nov. 4 at age 89.
Evelyn taught elementary school at Perrydale. Evelyn married Kenneth Keyt on May 30, 1943. She became a special education teacher and superintendent of Special Education for Yamhill County. She was a member of the Amity Church of Christ, Perrydale Goodwill Club, and Polk County Historical Society.
Richard Cantrell '40 Feb. 9 at age 88.
While attending Oregon Normal School, Richard played on the varsity basketball team and graduated with a lifetime teacher's certificate. Her served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. Rick married Idonna Ward of Union in 1942. During his lifetime, he taught school at Hill Military Academy, Parkdale High School, Union, Lobster Valley, Chenowith and Dufur Schools, where he retired. For several years, he owned Rick's Feed in Dufur. He enjoyed serving with the Dufur City Council, the Wasco County Sheriff's Department for 25 years and as Wasco County judge for four years. He was a Wasco County commissioner.
Bessie (Bartoldus) Justen '38 Nov. 22 at age 89.
Bessie taught two years at Mountain View School, a one-room school near Astoria. She was a teacher and principal for nine years at Morrison School in the Warrenton school district and then four years at Walluski School in the Astoria area. She had a lifetime teaching certificate and retired after 15 years.
Darrell E. Wilson '38 Apr. 17 at age 94.
Wanita Mae (Propst, Myers) Haugen '36 '55 '63 Oct. 8 at age 90.
Wanita graduated from Albany High School at the age of 16 and went on to graduate from college. This put her in a multi-grade one-room school teaching students that were about the same age as she was. She taught in different areas of the Willamette Valley; but mostly in Salem and Scio. She went on to earn her administration credentials to become principal of the Scio Middle School.
Margaret E. Burton '36 Nov. 26 at age 92.
Margaret taught primary grades at Brush College School in Polk County, Lynch School in Multnomah County, and Macleay Grade School in Marion County. She married Vivien K. Burton on Aug. 11, 1939.
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