WESLEY JOHNSON was elected county commissioner in Washington's Mason County (District 2) in the November 2000 election. He and his wife, PEGGY WRIGHT JOHNSON '52, a former state legislator, live on a 100-acre farm in Shelton. They have four children and ten grandchildren.
HANK BODE is retiring after 34 years as an administrator at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.
DAVID QUALL was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in November 2000. Now in his fourth term, Quall is co-chair of the Education Committee and a member of the Agricultural and Ecology Committee.
ALLEN TURNER has been appointed acting executive director of the San Bernardino (California) County Bar Association. He is a legal research instructor at the University of California-Riverside Extension and adjunct professor of anthropology at California State University-San Bernardino. A member of the California Bar since 1994, his law practice combined ecological anthropology and environmental law, particularly on behalf of Native American groups in California and Arizona.
DAVID PAGET, a longtime bank manager, was one of five people to run for Thurston County (Washington) auditor, a position that opened up when Sam Reed became Washington's secretary of state. Kim Wyman won the election.
STEVEN PETTERSEN retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1996 and went on to complete a graduate course at Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon, in 1997. He then resumed teaching and is currently teaching English at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington.
KARL ALBRECHT came out of retirement in September to become the new athletic director at Cle Elum-Roslyn School District in Cle Elum, Washington. He had retired in 1995 after 30 years of teaching and coaching.
BERTHA BOULLION, superintendent of Muroc Joint Unified School District in Woodland Hills, California, has been appointed a member of the ACSA/CAPEA Committee for the Association of California Schools Administrators. She will help identify and study issues in the areas of higher education, teacher and administrator preparation and licensing, in-service training and legislation.
JIM GILMAN is chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. His book Fidelity of Heart: An Ethic of Christian Virtue was recently published by Oxford University Press.
JOHN COMSTOCK became a math teacher at Hawkins Middle School in Belfair, Washington, last fall. John has taught in Washington, Oregon and Arizona, and has worked in parks and recreation.
JIM HIGBEE bicycled 20,361 miles around the world as a part of the High Miles Riders Odyssey 2000. His wife, Kathy, and their two children followed him on the adventure.
DON HORRELL is now pastor of the Haller Lake Baptist Church in North Seattle. Over the past 20 years, he has pastored churches in Michigan and Wisconsin. Don and his wife, Gloria, have three teen-age children.
LINDA VANDLAC SMITH teaches speech at Skagit Valley College, where she received tenure in 2000 and is currently co-chair of the Speech/Drama Department. She lives in Burlington, Washington, with her two sons.
NANCY JO SMITH received a master of divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) in May 1999. She is currently working at the corporate headquarters of World Relief in Chicago, Illinois, as chief financial officer. At the same time, she is pursuing a master of theology degree in New Testament from TEDS that she hopes to finish in May 2001. This fall she will relocate to World Relief in Baltimore, Maryland.
CHERYL CAREY was elected in September 2000 to the office of superior court judge, position 2, in King County, Washington.
JANET CORN became the assistant to the vice provost at the University of Washington in February 2001.
JANET NEWMAN SCLAR moved with her husband, Tracy, and their dog, chickens, rabbit and fish to Hydesville, California. Now with 4.4 acres in the Yreka area, the Sclars plan to expand their mail-order rose nursery and open a country bed and breakfast. They invite any SPU grads in the "North Coast" area to contact them at TandJ@AmityHeritageRoses.com.
RICK BECKER completed a master of arts degree in theology and Christian ministry from Franciscan University of Stuebenville, Ohio, in 1995. Later he attended Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, receiving an A.D.N. in nursing last May and a becoming an R.N. in July. Rick is now working as staff nurse in the oncology unit at Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart, Indiana. He and his wife of six years, Nancy, are the proud parents of four children.
RODNEY WILLIAMS was the featured reader at the December PoetsWest public poetry reading at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. A booklet featuring poems by Rodney and other readers for the event is available in local bookstores. PoetsWest readings are held quarterly at the Frye and attract a large and enthusiastic audience.
KEITH HAMILTON and his wife, Debbie, are moving to Soldotna, Alaska, where he will be the president and founder of Alaska Christian College (ACC). ACC is a one-year Bible college serving primarily rural Alaskans. Keith and Debbie have three children.
JANICE SWETLAND continues to work at OSRAM Sylvania as an accountant. Her husband, Reid, works as a counselor at Gordon College. The Swetlands recently bought their first home in Ipswich, Maine.
NANCY WHITEHEAD BABER is a stay-at-home mother of three children in San Diego, California. Her husband, Thomas, is manager of the West Coast office of a civil engineering consulting firm and is currently working toward a master of divinity degree at The Masters Seminary in Los Angeles. The couple has three children.
JOHN HANSTAD was appointed vice president and manager of the Whidbey Island Bank, Anacortes (Washington) branch. He is also a member of the Conway School Board and the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club, and past president and board member of the Skagit County Community Action Agency.
LIZ KING STRONGMAN had a recipe for Tangerine Tart With Cookie Crust featured in the December 2000 issue of Sunset magazine. Liz lives in Seattle.
MATTHEW JOHNSON, a resident of Everett, Washington, was hired in January as a senior financial analyst for The Boeing Company.
APRIL LAURITZEN worked for two years as a labor and delivery nurse and then quit to be a stay-at-home mom. Her husband, Wade, works as an emergency room technician at Northwest Hospital in Seattle. The Lauritzens have four children, with a fifth due in August, and live in Shoreline.
The Lauritzen Family
DIANNE WIELAND has taken a half-year leave of absence to study in the Southeast. She is in her ninth year as a fourth grade teacher in the Seattle Public Schools.
LISA MOORE CHILES and MATTHEW CHILES live in Centerville, Washington, where Lisa is a homemaker and Matt is a ranch manager. They run an Internet business selling collectible Lego sets, and lead the youth group at Goldendale Nazarene Church. The couple has two daughters.
GRANT KNEPPER was installed as pastor of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Seattle on February 25, 2001. He is married to PAMELA WENDLING KNEPPER '90.
JON ABBOTT teaches seventh grade English, literature and geography, and coaches high school girls' soccer, middle school wrestling and middle school boys' and girls' soccer. His wife, TARA RUSH ABBOTT, is a stay-at-home mother to their four children. She also teaches private violin and voice lessons. The Abbotts live in Wenatchee, Washington.
ERIC WATSON and KATHY WRIGHT WATSON live in Redmond, Washington, where Eric is a lead program manager for the MSN search engine at Microsoft. Kathy is a stay-at-home mother to their infant son.
LINDIE KIGHT FREED is a stay-at-home mom to her two young children. Her husband, JOSHUA FREED, is finishing a master's degree in counseling at Mars Hill Seminary. They live in Bothell, Washington.
HEATHER SEIDEL ELWELL is now a stay-at-home mom after teaching kindergarten for three years at Seattle Christian School. Heather, husband Nolan, and their infant son live in Bonney Lake, Washington.
JON HOWEILER, who earned a master's degree in education from SPU in 1998, is now in his second year as assistant principal of Lakewood High School in Snohomish County, Washington. He and his wife live in Stanwood. They have one daughter.
ERIK LINDBLAD has been a teacher and coach at Seattle Christian Schools since 1999. He teaches middle school physical education and health, and is the head varsity coach for girls' volleyball and basketball. He also serves as the assistant coach for the boys' basketball team, which won the 2000 1A state basketball championships.
JENNIFER BENNETT is a doctoral student in the University of Washington's behavioral neuroscience program, researching the effects of estrogen on learning and memory. She recently published a behavioral medicine paper in the Gastroenterology Nursing Journal with SPU's Kathy Lustyk, associate professor of psychology.
ROSELLEN MILLER is the new principal at Lake Louise Elementary School in Clover Park School District in Lakewood, Washington. She was previously a teacher in Federal Way, Washington, where she also served as training and development coordinator and assistant principal at Silver Lake Elementary. Rosellen earned her principal's credentials from SPU in 1999.
JAMES SAILHAMER is an admissions counselor at Biola University. His wife, ADRIENNE BELL SAILHAMER, is a substitute teacher. They reside in Fullerton, California, and will be teaching English in China in the summer of 2001.
AMY REKO SULLIVAN is currently serving as the youth director and office manager at Solid Rock Assembly of God Church in inner-city Detroit, Michigan. Amy lives with her husband, Todd, in Grosse Pointe Park.
MEGAN JOHNSON began teaching first grade in September 2000 at Naselle Elementary School in Long Beach, Washington.
KEVIN TJOELKER was commissioned in November as youth minister at the New Life Fellowship in Lynden, Washington.
In the last issue of Response, we erroneously identified GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS as a graduate of 1971. Greg is a proud member of the Class of 1974.
Also, in a Footnote about PATRICIA JACKSON MOORHEAD '76, Response should have identified David Jobe as the associate pastor for family ministries at Seattle's First Covenant Church. SPU alumnus JOHN SIMPSON '77 is the senior pastor.