PAULINE HIGBEE TODD, a retired teacher in Stanwood, Washington, was featured in Stanwood/Camano News in August 1999. In the article, she was called a "living treasure" to many who live in the area. She is the mother of FLORA TODD ALLEN '62, FREDA TODD MCKOWEN '67 and FRANKLIN TODD '76.
LEONA BOWNES FEAR was featured in Washington's Stanwood/Camano News in September 1999, following the celebration of her 85th birthday with friends at the Warm Beach Senior Community. The article reported her as a woman with a "rich, unyielding faith."
DONALD BIGGAR and RUTH SUTTER BIGGAR will leave in August for Africa. There, Don will teach computer science for a year at African Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya. Ruth plans to work in the library doing research with students.
PAUL HIGHSMITH is now the principal of Mercer Island High School in Mercer Island, Washington. After spending 30 years as a teacher, and middle school and high school principal, then retiring to go into sales, Paul decided to re-enter the field of education. He served as principal of Orting Middle School before moving to the Mercer Island School District.
ESTHER ELAINE KAUFFMAN has accepted an invitation to become pastor of First Mennonite Church in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. She completed her master of divinity degree two and a half years ago, and in the interim worked with Service Adventure and in the hospitality industry.
WILMA FAULK and her husband, Ernie, are retired and live in Lacey, Washington. Ernie was an engineer at Boeing for 30 years and, during that time, the couple moved many times with their three sons. After finishing two years of school at 10 different colleges, Wilma completed her degree at Seattle Pacific and then taught at Seattle Christian School. While she attended Seattle Pacific, the Faulks' 18-year-old son, Bill, was killed by a drunk driver. Writes Wilma, "The Christian comfort and help received from students -- especially from the ladies of Sigma Hamma Mu, a sorority for more mature students at SPU -- will never be forgotten." Her grandson, ANTON FAULK, graduated from SPU in 1995.
HENRY CHURCH was awarded a Ph.D. in theology and religious studies in October 1999 from Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He and his wife, BONNIE CHURCH '66, are missionaries for the Free Methodist Church, living in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Henry is the Africa director for Free Methodist Missions. Bonnie became an ordained deacon in 1998 and will be ordained as an elder in the Free Methodist Church in August.
MARK WHITE is the sales director for a company that produces specialty etched crystal and glass. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Orlando, Florida, and have four children. "When you visit Florida, come say hello," Mark writes.
DOUG KRETZ is a West Coast scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers after scouting for the Seattle Sea-hawks for 19 years. He and his wife, Gerri, live with their daughter in Camas, Washington. Gerri teaches in the Evergreen School District.
DAVID BEAGLE was promoted to vice president of transportation at Holland American Line-Westours, Inc. His office is located in Seattle.
JIM HIGBEE is one of 240 bicyclists now riding around the world as part of Odyssey 2000, which will cover six continents and 45 countries. While he is cycling, his wife, KATHY HENRY HIGBEE '78, and their two children will also be touring parts of the world, meeting up with Jim at prearranged stops. For more about Odyssey 2000, visit its Web site at www.odyssey2000.com.
KAREN NORDENG received her master's degree in student personnel administration from Western Washington University in August 1998. After many years of public school teaching, she is now the program coordinator for "Declare a Major" at Seattle Central Community College.
BARBARA ZUELZKE has joined the University of Washington Medical Center as nurse manager of surgical services. She manages the main operating room, Surgery Center recovery, the Presurgery Clinic and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. Barbara lives with her husband, Jim, and four children in Issaquah.
SUSAN HUXTABLE has returned to teaching after a 12-year break to raise her children. She now works in the enrichment program at George Elementary School in Quincy, Washington.
KARL ALSIN just received a master of divinity degree from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon. In June he began a new position as pastor of discipleship and family life for the First Presbyterian Church in Salinas, California. Karl and his wife, Julie, have three children.
MARGARET ANN REVELL-PECHAR recently moved to the Baltimore, Maryland, region, where her husband, Tom, became managing director of Center Stage Theatre. Margaret moved her public relations consulting firm, Revell-Pechar, Inc., to support technology growth in the mid-Atlantic region.
MARION LITTLE DUMONT works as a consulting nurse for Group Health Cooperative in Tacoma, Washington. She is a single mother to three daughters.
ERIC BOSELL and MARY WARD BOSELL '86 left Hong Kong and China in 1997 after working there for nearly eight years. They now live in St. Paul, Minnesota, where Mary is in her third year of the master of divinity program at Luther Seminary. She will seek ordination with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Eric works part-time for the City of St. Paul as a public information specialist. They have two children.
BRIAN ROPER now teaches history and English at Sequim High School in Sequim, Washington. He also coaches boys' varsity basketball.
MICHAEL LONGÉ, TOM BOYLE '94, JAY ESMELE '90 and NATHAN WATSON '94 are working together at Tegic Communications, a Seattle high-tech company recently acquired by America Online. Tegic develops text input and instant messaging software for wireless phones and handheld computers.
MICHELLE ROSS ANDERSEN teaches English and drama at Marysville Junior High School in Marysville, Washington. Her husband, Ron, is the customer service manager at SOG Specialty Knives. They live in Everett with their two young sons.
BEN MENDRO and HEIDI KLIPPERT MENDRO both work for Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. Ben teaches German, and coaches wrestling and the Knowledge Bowl. Heidi works part-time as the registrar, and is a consultant for Creative Memories. The Mendros have two preschool children.
JEFF KEUSS has accepted a faculty position in theology at Scotland's University of Glasgow.
MARTHA BARKMAN is the project manager for Harbor Properties in Seattle. She is overseeing construction on Harbor Steps, one of the city's most prominent mixed-use housing developments and similar in size to the Bank of America Tower (formerly known as the Columbia Seafirst Building).
DAVID BIANCHINI teaches physical education at Alderwood Middle School in Lynnwood, Washington, while attending SPU to obtain his administrative certification. His wife, TRACI BAKER BIANCHINI '89, coaches cross country and track at Monroe High School.
MICHAEL REES received his doctor of jurisprudence degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, in May. In law school, he was an associate editor of the Environmental Law Review and clerked for the federal public defender and the Oregon Department of Justice. He plans to be a criminal defense attorney. Michael's wife, Allison, is a recreation coordinator for the City of Portland.
CELENE FAUL JOHNSON and STEVE JOHNSON '90 live in Papua New Guinea, where they serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
ERIK BLOOMQUIST recently moved to New York City, where he is an associate equity research analyst with Paine Webber, Inc. Erik and his wife, Svenja, have an infant son.
KIMBERLY FINCH CRISPENO is a parish associate at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline, Washington. Her husband, CARMEN CRISPENO, works with fellow alumnus DUSTIN REMINGTON for RE/MAX Canyon Creek. The Crispenos have two children.
JENNIFER FEDDERN (pictured left) recently celebrated her engagement to DON KENNEY with seven friends from the Class of 1991: (top to bottom, left to right) Kristin Hanson Finnigan, Jennifer Cooley Perrow, Amy Warne Rau, Sharon Iverson Hedman, Kim Johnson Lopez, Jana Pipkin Dinham and Denyc Munsell Boles. Both Jennifer and Don work in the SPU Office of Admissions. (Jennifer is holding baby Anna Boles.)
KIM WONG AIMI is marketing manager at Headbone.com, a kids' web site. Her husband, Alan, is the finance manager at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. After starting her MBA degree program at SPU, Kim spent a year in Australia, where both she and Alan earned their MBAs at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.
JULIE AHRNSBRAK BLANCAFLOR graduated with a master of arts degree in biblical studies from Asbury Theological Seminary in May 2000. She and her husband, Noel, now live in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Noel serves as associate pastor of the Zion Evangelical Church in nearby Annville, and Julie is secretary of academic affairs at Evangelical School of Theology.
MALAIKA SMITH CLELLAND lives in Angus, Ontario, with her husband, Jackson. Malaika, a child and family therapist, earned her master's degree in social work from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, in 1996. Jackson is the pastor of a small Presbyterian church near their home.
SHELLY GIBSON received her master of arts degree in school counseling from Seattle University in June.
KANDACE RALPH is working for Verizon Wireless/AirTouch Cellular, managing consumer acquisition marketing programs for a 15-state region. She lives near Tempe, Arizona, and recently completed her MBA.
GRANT KNEPPER was ordained in June 1999. He serves as assistant pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Tucson, Arizona.
RUTH RAUB has been working on her master's degree in fine arts at Arizona State University. She is in the creative writing/playwriting program and focuses on developing plays for young audiences. On April 16, 2000, her play "Butterfly" -- about a single mother and her deaf daughter -- was performed in a staged reading.
GEOFFREY DEWEESE is a legal assistance attorney with the First Armored Division Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in Baumholder, Germany.
JON HARRIS is an electrical engineer at Euphonix, Inc., in Woodinville, Washington. His wife, Amy, teaches first grade at Olivia Park Elementary School in Mukilteo. The couple lives in Bothell.
JENNIFER PATERSON REEVE-PARKER spent 19 months as a missionary to Albanian university students after her graduation from SPU. Since returning to the United States, she worked for a time as a marketer for a Seattle company, and now studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, along with her husband, Simon.
JOY STIPEK, a teacher at Ingraham High School in Seattle, was one of 19 educators in the Puget Sound region to be named as recipients of the 1999 Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Education. The program, enacted by the Washington State Legislature in 1986, honors teachers, administrators, school board members and other school personnel for their leadership and commitment to education.
JENNIFER HORDYK received a master's degree in public administration in June 1999 from Golden Gate University, Sacramento, California. She is now a staff service analyst for the California Housing Finance Department and lives in Gold River.
DAVID HORDYK is a special agent with the Health Care Fraud Unit of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice for the State of California. He and his wife, KERIS BUSH HORDYK, live in Elk Grove.
STACEY MINNER JOHNSON recently earned her master of arts degree in counseling from George Fox University.
MOLLY SPEDDING LONG earned her commission as a second lieutenant from the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School in November 1999. She is stationed with her husband, Rob Long, and is serving as the section commander for the 490th Missile Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.
KRISTIN DIXON CORTES lives in Mexicali, Mexico, with her husband, Esteban. She moved to Mexicali after graduation in order to work with local churches and to teach English at the newly established Baja California Presbyterian Seminary. These connections were established during a Winter 1994 SPRINT team trip she took as an SPU student. Kristin also works as a full-time third grade teacher in El Centro, California. SHAWNA PAULSON received her master of public policy degree from the University of Southern California in May.
JEFF MATTSON is the public relations coordinator for iSolute.com, a software company in Bellevue, Washington. In addition to Mattson, iSolute.com employs 13 other SPU alumni and students (including iSolute.com's chairman and three student interns) in software engineering, project management and marketing.