IRIS WEBER MARTIN received the 1997 Alumna of the Year award from San Francisco Theological Seminary, where she earned her bachelor of divinity
degree and master's degree in Christian education. She is currently a supply pastor at Dupont Community Presbyterian Church in Dupont, Washington.
PEGGY WRIGHT JOHNSON is seeking another term as a Washington State Representative for the 35th District. A Republican, Peggy now chairs the House Education Committee and is known for her support of education
PAUL STEWARD and LOIS HODSON STEWARD are volunteers at the World Gospel Mission headquarters in Marion, Indiana. They recently traveled to Saltillo, Mexico, for two weeks of ministry. In October, they plan to
return to Bolivia where they were missionaries for several years. When they are not working for the World Gospel Mission, Paul and Lois enjoy visiting friends and relatives all over the Midwest, and welcoming a steady stream of missionaries and missionary children into their home in Upland, Indiana.
RICHARD HARRIS and JUNE BLAKE HARRIS '56 will move to Budapest, Hungary, in October. There, Richard will serve as an
associate director for international education with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). He will be responsible for providing professional development and other services to international Christian schools in
Europe and Central Asia.
CHARLES CHIU, a physics and engineering professor at the University of Texas at Austin, was given a $10,000 award for
excellence in undergraduate teaching. The Friar Society, an honor society at UT-Austin, named him Friar Fellow of the Year. An example of his teaching methods is the "classtalk" computer system that allows immediate feedback from students during his classes.
GAYLORD GUNHUS has been nominated by President Clinton for appointment as the chief of chaplains for the United States Army and for appointment to the grade of major general. Since
November 1994, Gaylord has served as the deputy chief of chaplains for the United States Army. He will assume his new
position in June 1999.
BEVERLY SMITH ANDERSON teaches at Shorewood High School in one of the Seattle area's most ambitious high school culinary programs. One night this past March, 18 of her students prepared and served a gourmet dinner with an entrée of smoked rainbow trout at the Common Meals Café, a local restaurant.
FRANK VARRO was ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church on June 22, 1997. He and his wife, MARGO MOORE VARRO '67, minister to a Chinese congregation, the Houston International Fellowship, which meets on Saturdays in Houston, Texas. Frank also works part-time as a chaplain with Vitas, the largest hospice care organization in America, and is a first-year resident at Samaritan Center, a Christian counseling center. His goal is to become a licensed professional counselor and work with Chinese immigrants. Margo is also the
organist and director of music at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Houston.
MYRNA-LOU OSTRUM HINES has been named Vice Principal of the Year for the state of Washington. She teaches at Truman Middle School in Tacoma.
MARIE DUN HANLEY is senior project manager with Paragon Biomedical, Inc., in Snohomish, Washington. She provides project management and clinical monitoring services to pharmaceutical and medical device companies
involved in developing new drugs, biological or medical devices.
MICHAEL TAYLOR DONOVAN is a SAG/AFTRA actor and freelance producer who recently finished producing the feature film "Damaged Goods" with Insanity Filmworks. He is currently working on producing and acting with Maelstrom
CHARLIE FARHADIAN and his wife, Katherine, have moved from California to Irian Jaya, Indonesia, where Charlie will work on his Ph.D. dissertation. This past spring, he received news that he was one of only four Ph.D. candidates in the world to receive a Pew Charitable Trust Award, which will fund his research. While in Irian Jaya, Katherine plans to learn Indonesian, teach English, and volunteer for Conservation International.
SARAH GARMIRE graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, with a master's degree in public administration. She is currently employed as a paralegal with the Attorney General's Office in Tacoma.
ERIC LINGREN graduated from Western University of the Health Sciences in Pomona, California, with a master's degree in physical therapy. He received the Dean's Award and the Shannon Marie Fogard Memorial Scholarship for Pediatrics.
KAREN WEST FOSTER left her career in social services to become a full-time mom for her three sons: Jonathan, Timothy and Isaac. She homeschools the children and this fall will launch a new business, Music Makers of Kitsap County, to teach music, rhythm and movement to preschoolers and their parents. Her husband, ERIC FOSTER, also left the social services field a few years ago to pursue a career as an electrician. The family lives in Kingston, Washington.
NATHAN KEEN and MONICA GOUGEON KEEN '88 are spending the summer on Cape Cod, where Nathan teaches saltwater fly-fishing, and Monica hopes to work in a bookstore and do some painting. They will
return to their home in Seattle in the fall.
STEVE MITCHELL will attend medical school at the University of Washington this fall. He has spent 10 years as a paramedic with the Shoreline (Washington) Fire Department.
CHRISSIE AUSTIN DRAPE works part-time as the finance manager for Emerald City Outreach Ministries, a Christian community development ministry in Seattle's Rainier Valley. Her husband, Chris, teaches history at Lindbergh High School in Renton. The Drapes are active in their church, Emerald City Bible
JON BANKE, and his wife, Christine, have been studying French in Quebec City, Quebec, since the summer of 1997. They are missionaries with the Society for International Ministries (SIM) and plan to begin their first term this fall. The Bankes will work in Benin, West Africa, serving as church planters among the Fulani, a nomadic and Muslim people group. The couple has two children: Collin and Mariah.
CARMEN CRISPENO and KIMBERLY FINCH CRISPENO are back in Seattle after seven years in Princeton, New Jersey. There, Kim earned a master of divinity degree from Princeton Seminary and worked part-time for Hopewell Presbyterian Church. Carmen "CC" ran a Christian bookstore, coached ice hockey, and worked part-time at Consumer Credit Counseling Service. He now works as a real
estate agent for RE/MAX in Mountlake Terrace with best friend and partner Dustin Remington '91. Kim is looking for a part-time church position and enjoys teaching their daughter, Kelsey, about the "beauty of
Seattle and all the fun in the Northwest."
ALLISA SMITH works in Seattle as an assistant director for Rotary's Operation First Harvest. She lives in Tacoma.
SHARON NEWELL ROMERO has been assigned as group executive officer for the 85th Group Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Force. A captain, her
assignment takes her to Keflavik Naval Station in Iceland. She will be stationed there with her husband for two years.
GRANT KNEPPER graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in May with a master of divinity
degree. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in sacred theology at Concordia. Grant plans to be ordained in the spring of 1999 as a pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
KEVIN MOORE received his commission as a Navy ensign after completing Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida. During the 13-week training program, Moore received extensive instruction in a variety of specialized subjects including navigation, ship handling, engineering, naval warfare, and management.
JASON ARMSTRONG recently graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, with a master of divinity
degree. He plans to enter into the pastoral ministry in the Pacific Northwest.
ANTON FAULK and his wife, MELANIE PRESTON FAULK '97, live in Bellevue, Washington. Anton works at Portable Software in Redmond, and Melanie plans to substitute teach or teach full-time in the Seattle area beginning this fall.
CLARENCE HARLOW III was named Teacher of the Year for the North Sacramento, California, School District, after only three years of teaching. He is employed at Woodlake Elementary School.
JEFFREY OVERSTREET writes fantasy novels; works with Promontory Artists, a non-profit organization that encourages and supports Christian artists in excellence; and writes for the Web at Green Lake Reflections (www.halcyon. com/hlind/glpc/lit). Jeffrey married poet Anne Doe in October 1996, and together they edit and produce a magazine for Christian artists called The Crossing. One of Jeffrey's articles was reprinted in the national magazine Christianity and the Arts and in the English newspaper The New Christian Herald.
KATHRYN KESTLE TAKAHASHI traveled in 1994 to Western Japan, where she served as a missionary in the English ministry of a small, rural church. She returned to the Northwest in April 1996 and worked for Deloitte & Touche as a technical editor. For the past year, Kathryn has worked in Undergraduate Admissions at SPU.
AMBER COFFEY received a bachelor of theology degree from LIFE Bible College in May. She lives in Pomona, California, where she works at LIFE as the academic secretary.
DOUG KOSKELA has earned a master of divinity degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. In August, he will move to Dallas, Texas, to begin a Ph.D. program in religious studies at Southern Methodist University.
AMY DENNIS MACKIE plans to enter Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, this fall. She will pursue a master's degree in doctrine and theology.
ANGELA OLSON is a marketing coordinator for Panorama City, a retirement community in Lacey, Washington.
AMY ROBERTS received a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Washington in June. She is the children's librarian at the Asotin County Library in Clarkston, Washington.
KIMBERLY WALLACE KNOPF has been accepted into the graduate program in psychology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her husband, David, is a dental school student at Marquette.
MELINDA LINDQUIST worked in Seattle for a year after graduation, then began a graduate program in sociology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her summer has
included a research project for her advisor and a visit to the Pacific Northwest in July.
REBEKAH HARROWER RICE has worked for one year in Student Academic Services at SPU. This fall, she will attend the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in pursuit of a master's degree in philosophy. Rebekah also has a teacher's assistantship in the Philosophy Department and will
assist the editor of Faith & Philosophy, a philosophical journal.
MELANIE SELFRIDGE was actively recruited by Penn State University, and will serve as a teaching assistant there while pursuing her Ph.D.
SHAWNA PAULSON will begin a master's degree program in public policy at the University of Southern California this fall.