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Footnotes: 2013 Reunions

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DONALD “DON” HINES and his wife, MYRNA OSTROM HINES ’70, have served in full-time missions since 2001. Currently serving as mobilization directors for China Outreach Ministries, they help reach Chinese students and scholars for Christ. You will rarely see Don and Myrna at Homecoming because it usually falls on the same weekend as the Missions Fest conference in Vancouver, B.C., where they represent their missions organization and present missions seminars. The couple has two sons, PAUL HINES ’97 and PHILIP HINES ’00, and five grandchildren. Don and Myrna live in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.

DAVID MATTINGLEY and his wife, Patricia, live in Sequim, Washington, where they enjoy retirement and participate in community charitable organizations such as Rotary Club (him) and the Sequim City Band (her). David’s career was with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.


CHRISTIE GRIFFITH BEBACK is retired from a 35-year career as a registered nurse, most of that time at Swedish Hospital. She is now enjoying traveling with her husband, being active at their church, and spending time with their first granddaughter. She lives in Seattle.

JAMES “JIM” BOLIN is a retired teacher and has been elected twice as a Republican member of the South Dakota state legislature. He lives in Canton, South Dakota .

SHARON RODSTROM BRADFORD is a placement counselor doing home placements for senior citizens in Vancouver, Washington. Her husband, LEE BRADFORD, works for TSA at Portland International Airport. The Bradfords have three children, one grandchild, and live in Vancouver.

JEFFREY “JEFF” CHRISTENSEN owns and operates Red Roof Rentals, a property management company in Tacoma, Washington. Jeff and his 6-year-old live in Tacoma.

STEVEN GILBERTSON is a retired postal worker who drives part-time for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. He and his wife, CAROLYN WALSH GILBERTSON ’71, live in Windsor, California.

JOYCE HATFIELD GLEASON, a retired library and media specialist, is traveling the world. Her son, JOHN GLEASON ’03, and daughter KELSEY GLEASON BOURDOIS ’06, are likewise proud Falcons. Joyce lives in Salem, Oregon.

PAULA WITT HAAKENSON is mother to four, grandmother to four, and works with special-needs students in the Lake Washington School District. She lives in Sammamish, Washington.

JAMES “JIM” HENKELMAN has been a licensed clinical social worker serving remote Alaskan villages for 37 years. He is a widower and father of three daughters. Jim lives in Homer, Alaska.

FRANCES PAMPEYAN is a registered nurse and a fine artist ( She studied at Pasadena Art Center College of Design and lives in Duarte, California.


CURTIS “CURT” JACOBSON is service desk manager in Building Maintenance at SPU. He is married to JANICE BUZITIS JACOBSON ’80. They have two sons, JOEL JACOBSON ’05 and NICK JACOBSON ’07, and live in Seattle.

DEBRA “DEBBIE” FRANKLIN JESKE is ministry coordinator for Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood, Washington. She and her husband, Joe, have two adult children and are “smitten grandparents” to one granddaughter. Debbie is not only an avid quilter, but enjoys blogging about quilting. The Jeskes live in Lynnwood.

DWAYNE SMITH is in his 25th year as an enrollment consultant at the National Research Center for College and University Admissions. He and his wife, Suzanne, have two sons and live in Galva, Kansas.


JAYLEEN DEVRIES BAKER MED ’89 is a high school art and physical education teacher in the Longview, Washington, School District. Her son, BRITTON BAKER, is a sophomore at SPU. Jayleen lives in Longview with her husband, Bill, and son Morgan.

PAULA CRANSTON BONNEY, an elementary school teacher, reports a newly minted third-generation SPU graduate in her son, JORDAN BONNEY ’12. Jordan is a marketing designer for Seattle Met magazine. Her father, FRANK CRANSTON ’56, MA ’62, is a retired supervisor of elementary schools for Seattle Public Schools. Paula lives in Spokane Valley, Washington, with her husband, Dan, a Free Methodist pastor.

DEBORAH PERSON DOWNS and her husband, Craig, celebrated 25 years of marriage last year. They have five children and live in Port Ludlow, Washington, where Craig is superintendent of the Chimacum School District.

SARAH HARDINGE is a certified peer counselor for a psychiatric inpatient facility in West Seattle. She speaks publicly and shares her own recovery story of living with a mental illness and how she learned to cope. “My faith in Christ has been a key in my recovery,” she says, along with a strong support base of church, friends, and family. “How blessed I am.” Sarah lives in Shoreline, Washington.

JAY HILL, parks program coordinator, has worked for the City of Kent Parks Department in Washington since 1991. He lives in Maple Valley, Washington.

SUSAN “SUE” RISS DALEY is an analyst in the Criminal Intelligence Section of the Seattle Police Department. For more than 10 years, she was part of the staff responsible for building projects such as the SPU Library and the remodel of Brougham Pavilion. Her husband of 27 years, Jeff, is the head gardener at SPU (see Jeff in this issue's "At Work" gallery) and they have three sons, including RYAN DALEY, an SPU sophomore. The Daleys reside in Seattle.


IAN CLERIHEW is head soccer coach at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. Former assistant men’s soccer coach at St. John’s University, Duke University, and Villanova University, and head coach at Mars Hill College, Ian helped guide the SPU Falcons to the NCAA Division II Tournament all four years of his student career. In his senior year, they won the national championship. Ian lives in Winchendon, Massachusetts.


CARRIE RODE CUFFY was married to Briant Cuffy on November 19, 2011. He serves as pastor of adult ministries at their Baptist church. Carrie, who has eight years of teaching experience in California, is employed as a fifth-grade teacher at Minneapolis International Middle School in Minnesota, where the couple lives.


LEANNE COOPER ELLIOTT is owner of the event-planning firm, Soleil Events. She is the mother of two children and lives with them and her husband, Ryan, in Santa Ynez, California.

JOSEPH MOORE, a mathematics major/computer minor, is an application engineer for Sound Energy Systems in Tacoma, Washington. He and his wife, Caroline, and daughter, Lucy, live in Kingston, Washington.

NATALIE OATES DOBBINS and her husband, JUSTIN DOBBINS, are helping with a church plant in Pullman, Washington, called Hills Church. Justin works for the Army Corps of Engineers. They have a son and a daughter — and are expecting a third child — and live in Pullman.

MATTHEW RODDY is a marine designer for Elliott Bay Design Group. His wife, JOANNA RICE RODDY, teaches English at King’s High School and writes children’s fiction. The couple lives in Edmonds, Washington, with their daughter, Avonlea, and their son, Corin.

JULIE VIESELMEYER MA ’12 is a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at Northwest University, a sports psychology consultant, and a triathlon and running coach. She lives in Seattle.

MARTA MARCHANT VOLZ and her husband, JONATHAN VOLZ ’91, have one daughter, one son, and one child on the way. The family lives in Grandview, Washington.


HILARY MENGEL GOOCH, an educational ministries major, returned to school and graduated this year with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Colorado. Two days later, on May 27, 2012, she married her husband, John. They live in Parker, Colorado.

PHILIP “SHARP SKILLS” JACOBS, a business development manager, rap artist, young-adult ministry leader, and SPU business administration graduate has released his latest album, “Anno Rebelio,” on his music label R.E.B.E.L. Firm Music Division. He says his experience in the street and in higher education give him a unique well-roundedness that is compelling to his core audience. Sharp and his wife, Menzelle, and their son, Philip Jr., live in Long Beach, California.

GREGORY JOHNSON is a chaplaincy student in the master’s degree program at Denver Seminary. He and his wife, ROSE MARIE LANGER JOHNSON ’09, live in Aurora, Colorado.

DANIEL MILLER, who worked as a youth minister for four years after graduation, has started studying in seminary to become a Catholic priest. He lives in Mount Angel, Oregon.

NIKKITA OLIVER is a 2012 Gates Scholar. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded her a full-ride scholarship to the University of Washington School of Law in exchange for five years of public-service law practice. Oliver developed a heart for people at SPU, where she served as a youth outreach intern with the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development. Nikkita lives and studies in Seattle.