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Spring 2005 | Volume 28, Number 1 | Footnotes


Class of 1955

SHIRLEY “ANNE” BROWN AINLEY retired in 1998 after 30 years of teaching special education in California schools, mostly in the Buena Park School District. She has 10 children, five of whom were adopted from Korea in the 1960s. Shirley’s mother, RETA HEMRY, attended high school at Seattle Pacific. Shirley’s uncles included ORAL HEMRY ’31 and HAROLD HEMRY ’33. She has 22 grandchildren, including TIM AINLEY ’04, and makes her home in Yorba Linda, California.

GRACE STEWART BATES has three children, including JERRY BATES ’80, and four grandchildren. Her husband, ROGER BATES ’55, died in 1994. Grace resides in the Warm Beach Senior Community in Stanwood, Washington.

VELYN ROBB COOMBS and her husband, Chad, are both retired and live in Nokesville, Virginia. They have a son and a daughter, as well as five grandchildren.

NANCY BURGESON DONEY worked with several missions in Haiti from 1988 to 1991. She is currently doing volunteer work for World Concern. Nancy has six grandchildren living nearby her home in the Cristwood Retirement Community in Shoreline, Washington.

LOIS MCCUISTION GRASMICK retired from the Shoreline (Washington) School District after 30 years of teaching special education. She and her husband of 46 years, Robert, have three children and five grandchildren. The Grasmicks live in Shoreline.

MELBA CARSON GREENE and her husband, Cliff, make their home in Waxhaw, North Carolina. Melba joined Wycliffe Bible Translators shortly after graduating from SPC. Since then, she has served in Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, and the Philippines. She and Cliff married in 1958 in Lima, Peru, and they have two daughters and eight grandchildren.

JIM HEARNE and COLLEEN WALSH HEARNE write that, after five decades of pastoral ministry and classroom instruction, they are now retired. The couple lives in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.

CARL KING retired in 1995 after serving for 40 years in the Evangelical Covenant Church of America. He held such roles as intern pastor, interim pastor, minister of Christian education, and institutional chaplain. His work took him to Ohio, Illinois, California, and Washington. Carl is active in Kiwanis and continues to provide occasional pastoral services. He and his wife, FRANCES JOHNSON KING ’54, live in Selah, Washington.

RICHARD OTTOSON and his wife, NITA HUGHES OTTOSON, reside in Anacortes, Washington. Richard is semi-retired after 39 years of serving as a senior pastor of five different congregations. He writes that since 1998 he has served part time on a church staff while still finding time to golf.

LILLIAN LAMSON SARVIS and her husband, Brad, enjoy golfing, travel, winter trips to Southern California, and family and friends. Lillian and Brad live in Edmonds, Washington.

DOUGLAS STAVE resides with his wife, Joyce, in Graham, Washington. Doug serves part time directing senior ministries at Praise Covenant Church in Tacoma, Washington. He also raises funds for children’s homes in India under the auspices of Serve the Children Inc.

LAURENCE SUTHERLAND continues to be involved in Eastern European missions, teaching in Latvia, Romania, and Ukraine. He is also editor of The Discerner, which he calls “a counterculture publication.” Laurence lives in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

RICHARD TAYLOR and his wife, DELORES PREUSSLER TAYLOR ’56, often travel from their home in Rocklin, California, to visit their three married children, including DEENA TAYLOR WILLIAMS ’83, and their 13 grandchildren. They have also traveled to Europe, Surinam, the Middle East, and Canada. Richard and Delores are both retired teachers from Mt. Diablo (California) Unified School District. Delores is active in women’s ministries, and Richard works as a student-teacher supervisor for California State University, Hayward University, and Chapman University. He also serves as a church administrator for Walnut Creek Evangelical Free Church in Walnut Creek, California, and Creekside Church in Roseville, California.

ROSEMARY DIXON ULRICH and her husband, MATTHEW ULRICH ’59, live near the Maka Indian reservation outside Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay in South America. They are Wycliffe Bible Translators and came to Paraguay after finishing a project in Bible translation, literacy, and community and church development for the Chamacoco Indians of northeast Paraguay in the fall of 2000. They are now restarting a project that was discontinued many years ago. They write, “The Maka language is ... about as difficult as Chinese, Russian, and Navajo put together. Not being spring chickens, we rely a great deal on our many prayer partners to help us keep our bodies and brains functioning for this challenge.” The Ulrichs have four adult children and four grandchildren, all of whom live in the United States.

DEWAINE WALLIN was in service with the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1984. He also served with the Washington National Guard while working as a school teacher. DeWaine has been employed for the last few years as a substitute teacher for school districts in Lewis and Thurston counties in Washington. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Rochester, Washington.

GEORGE WOOD and ELSIE FILAN WOOD ’58 have spent 30 years in overseas mission work with Christian Missionary Alliance. Their work has taken them to Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. George also served for 12 years in pastoral ministry in the United States, retiring in 1998. The Woods now make their home in Puyallup, Washington.

Class of 1960

WARREN FLEISCHMANN has been a pastor in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona since 1963. He is now the executive pastor of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon, and serves on the national board of the Conservative Baptist Association. Warren and his wife, SHIRLEY THOMPSON FLEISCHMANN ’61, live in Clackamas, Oregon.

AVENA JONES is retired from a career of teaching and makes her home in Pioneer, California. She now works part time for the Stanislaus County, California, district attorney in the Victims of Crime Unit.

ANDREW LAMBERT and his wife, PHYLLIS MCCLELLAND LAMBERT ’59, live in Puyallup, Washington, next door to their daughter, LINDA LAMBERT RONCO ’72, and her husband. The Lamberts also have two sons, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Andrew is now retired.

KATHY JANZ MORSE is retired from teaching piano and owning a retail music store in Oak Harbor, Washington. She continues to play piano for her church, and she accompanies the flute students of one of her daughters. Kathy lives in Oak Harbor and has three children, including MELISSA JOHNSON ZYLSTRA ’83; one stepson; and five grandchildren. She writes that she enjoys traveling with her husband, Larry, who is an Island County fire commissioner.

PAULINE WOOLSEY ROUND makes her home in Tacoma, Washington, and teaches piano and organ. She is the organist for her church, Manitou Park Presbyterian Church, where she is also an elder and the moderator of Presbyterian Women.

KAREN HESS RUEF was an elementary school teacher for three years and a pre-kindergarten teacher for 18 years. She and her husband, Ray, live in Liberty Lake, Washington, and have three children and nine grandchildren.

RITA TOGUT writes that she enjoys life in a cooperative retirement community in Bellevue, Washington, and is active in running the organization. She is also a lector at her church.

JOYCE CHILCOTE TREPUS and her husband, GORDON TREPUS ’61, own Gordon Trepus Painting Inc., as well as a demolition company, Trepus Corporation. Joyce serves on the board of Warm Beach Christian Camp in Stanwood, Washington, and Gordon serves on the board of Warm Beach Senior Community. The two were 2004 SPU Medallion Award recipients and live in Arlington, Washington.

Class of 1965

DANIEL ADAMS is a professor of theology and director of international studies at Hanil University and Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Jeonbuk, South Korea. In July 2004, he visited Mongolia with the Korean branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.

MARGIE MEBERG ATKINSON recently completed her 10th year as vice president of human resources for Young Life. Previously, Margie and her husband, Neil, worked for 27 years in field ministry for Young Life. They live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

MARY LOU BEALL resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an assistant dean at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and the coordinator of its regional campus in Douglas County, Georgia. She also teaches speech classes.

REX BELL has retired after 10 years as executive director of Encouragement Counseling Service in Auburn, Washington. From 1970 to 1977, he served in various pastoral positions at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Seattle, followed by 16 years at Wabash Presbyterian Church in Auburn. Rex and his wife, DEANNA COX BELL ’69, live in Auburn.

SHARON KAHOUN BOCK is director of laboratory services at Longview Regional Medical Center in Longview, Texas, where she lives. She and her husband, Larry, have two sons.

MERLE BRADFORD resides in Vancouver, Washington. He is retired after nearly 40 years as an educator.

PAMELA LINDSTROM HABERLIN and her husband, JOHN HABERLIN ’63, live in Rochester, Washington, where John is pastor of Centralia First Presbyterian Church.

MARYANN RHOADS KENNEDY teaches visually impaired students in the Seattle School District. She makes her home in Seattle.

CLAY LANUM and PAULA ALBRIGHT LANUM continue working as teachers. Following his retirement after 20 years of teaching and 13 years of work for Boeing, Clay now instructs young drivers at a local driving school in his spare time. Paula taught in several schools over the past 20 years and now teaches at Cedar Park Christian School in Bothell, Washington.Clay and Paula have two children, including MARCEE LANUM KERNS ’90, and five grandchildren. The Lanums live in Bothell.

JOANN GROENEVELD NASH taught at Lake Youngs Elementary School in Kent, Washington, for six years before moving to Dallas, Texas, where her husband, John, attended Dallas Seminary. JoAnn is now a substitute teacher, and she and John are youth workers at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Redlands, California. The couple lives in Redlands and has two children, JOY NASH ’80 and JOSHUA NASH ’82.

JEAN MOORE PEARSON makes her home in Seneca, South Carolina, and works as a private tutor in language arts. Her husband, L. Wilson, teaches electrical engineering at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. They have two children.

MARGARET DENNISTON WARREN teaches violin. She and her husband, Kenneth, have two daughters, including CLARA WARREN BINNINGTON ’96. The Warrens live in Kent, Washington.

HELEN HINESH ZANDER retired in 1997 from her career as a family life and consumer science teacher. She now works as a real estate broker associate with Linn Real Estate in Pierre, South Dakota, and she also serves as president of the Central South Dakota Board of Realtors. Helen is actively involved in Grand Avenue Wesleyan Church in Pierre and makes her home in Fort Pierre, South Dakota.

Class of 1970

DONALD ANDERSON is vice president of professional liability at Munich-American Risk Partners. His wife, DIANE FRISBY ANDERSON, is a homemaker after 23 years working at the Frederick & Nelson department store. They attend Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and live in Jamison, Pennsylvania.

CAROLYN ARTHUR resides in South Bend, Indiana, and is in her 29th year of work in Christian higher education. She is now associate dean for advising and retention at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana.

GINNY LINGREN EDWARDS recently celebrated her 30th year as a certified school nurse, with 21 of those years in the Mukilteo (Washington) School District. In 1993, she earned a master of education degree in counseling. Her husband, RONALD EDWARDS ’72, is an account representative for a Seattle fasteners and electrical components company. He has also served in a King County (Washington) jail ministry for 12 years, seeing more than 1,000 inmates accept Christ. The couple resides in Brier, Washington, and attends Northshore Baptist Church. They have three adult children and three dachshunds.

DAVE FISKUM is a partner in Conkling Fiskum & McCormick, a lobbying and public relations business in Salem, Oregon. A passionate golfer, Dave lives in Salem with his wife, Nancy. They have two adult children, including LISSY FISKUM STUART ’02.

JOHN GRASSMICK has worked at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, for 30 years. He is now vice president for academic affairs, academic dean, and professor of New Testament studies. He and his wife, Karen, live in Sunnyvale, Texas, and have four children and two grandchildren.

LINDA NYHOLM GUNTER is active in women’s Bible studies, and she teaches young married couples at Moody Church in Chicago, Illinois. Her husband, ROBERT GUNTER ’67, has been the general counsel at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago since 1998. The Gunters make their home in Evanston, Illinois. They have two children and one grandchild.

BRAD HENNING published his first book, Don’t Take Love Lying Down, in August 2003. He says that the book “builds a compelling case for sexual discipline before marriage.” Brad and his wife, BARBARA MORTON HENNING, live in Puyallup, Washington.

LYNDA YOUNG KRESTINSKI and her husband, Jake, have been married for five years. She has two children and two grandchildren; Jake has four children and one grandchild. Lynda works in the operating room at the Kemp Surgery Center in Everett, Washington, and at Swedish Medical Center. Jake is pursuing a master’s degree in ministry at the Northwest Graduate School in Seattle. They recently completed an “urban plunge” in Manila, the Philippines, sponsored by the school. The couple lives in Marysville, Washington.

DAVID LAUBE had his book, Business-Driven Information Technology, published by Stanford University Press in 2003, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado in 2004. He is a member of several corporate and Christian ministry boards. David and his wife, PATRICIA ROE LAUBE, live in Golden, Colorado.

GAIL BOYER POPE has taught in elementary schools for 17 years. Her husband, SCOTT POPE, is a retired middle school administrator from the Enumclaw (Washington) School District. Gail and Scott make their home in Enumclaw.

SANDY RUOFF recently retired after more than 25 years as a manager of laboratory services for the American Red Cross. She lives in Boise, Idaho.

SHARON HOSTYNEK SHOPE makes her home in Longview, Washington, where she recently retired after more than 30 years of teaching in the Longview School District. She and her husband, Stephen, have two children and two grandchildren. Sharon says she looks forward to being a full-time wife and grandmother.

LINDA GRAHAM STEVENS and her husband, Dean, own A-1 Bark and Firewood in Lynnwood, Washington. The couple attends Alderwood Community Church in Lynnwood, where Linda is the bell choir director and assists with Precept Bible studies. They have four daughters and five grandsons.

Class of 1975

MARVEL HAMILTON GEST has worked as a teacher and a principal, and returned to a teaching post in Autumn 2004. She and her husband, Daryl, have been active in Bible Study Fellowship and in Seacrest Community Church in Encinitas, California. Marvel, her husband, and their teenage daughter live in Carlsbad, California.

LARRY GRAY lives in Ketchikan, Alaska, and attends the Salvation Army Church. He is semi-retired from a career in social work and construction. Larry writes that he loves and misses the SPU campus and the fellowship in Christ he experienced there.

BRENT HEATH was selected as California Council on the Social Studies Most Outstanding Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2003 and National Council for the Social Studies Outstanding Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2004. He earned a doctorate in secondary education in 2002. Brent lives in Upland, California.

Alum Leads One of the World’s Largest Ministries to the Millennial Generation

He hasn’t taken up ice fishing and doesn’t eat bratwursts. But ALEC HILL ’75 has drawn considerable heat from his Madison, Wisconsin, colleagues at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for staying up virtually every night of baseball season listening to the Seattle Mariners on the Internet.

Former dean of the School of Business and Economics at SPU, Alec now heads one of the largest evangelical Christian organizations in the world. InterVarsity and its staff of 1,300 take the gospel to 35,000 students on 565 secular college campuses. InterVarsity Press annually publishes 100 books (including by Seattle Pacific authors and editors), and every three years InterVarsity’s Urbana student missions conference draws more than 20,000.

That translates into a lot of travel for Alec, who finds the millennial generation “huge on service and missions.”

But the fight to be heard by that generation continues. “We face serious access issues on secular campuses,” he says. “We had a legal challenge at Rutgers because we insisted that our student InterVarsity leaders be Christians. We are thankful that our position eventually prevailed and that we are now a fully recognized student club. This ministry is certainly on the cutting edge of faith and culture.”

Alec says he misses his colleagues at SPU and the mind-clearing walks he used to take along the Ship Canal. One doesn’t stray too far from shelter in wintry Wisconsin. “InterVarsity is a university culture,” he notes. “I was ready for it, having been well-trained at SPU on matters of academic life.”

JOAN SUTHERLAND LITTLEFIELD is a teacher’s aid at Garibaldi Grade School in Garibaldi, Oregon. She is also a day-camp coordinator at Twin Rocks Friends Camp. Joan lives in Rockaway Beach, Oregon.

CONNIE HATHAWAY MAY lives in Sweet Home, Oregon, and received a master of education degree from Oregon State University in 1980. She has taught Title I reading and math classes at Foster Elementary School in Foster, Oregon, since 1978. Her husband, Darrell, is an industrial carpenter, and the couple has two adult sons.

MARDI HENDERSON MYRE and her husband, Timothy, are involved in Marriage Encounter Retreats at Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center in Stanwood, Washington. They have two children, including LAURA MYRE ’03. Mardi and Timothy live in Bellevue, Washington.

SYLVIA BERG OINES and her husband, TOM OINES ’75, have three sons, including NATHAN OINES ’02. Tom works as a systems analyst at Safeco Insurance Company. Sylvia recently published hymn tunes for piano with Morning Star Publishers. The couple lives in Brier, Washington.

KATHRYN KORNELIS POSEGATE lives in Lake Villa, Illinois, and works as a social worker for Lake County Housing Authority. Her husband, Steve, is a professor at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. They have three children.

MARTHA EMBREE RORABAUGH and her husband, MICHAEL RORABAUGH ’73, have a daughter who is a freshman at SPU. Martha writes that ELIZABETH RORABAUGH is the third generation to attend SPU, beginning with her grandparents PAUL EMBREE ’48 and ESTHER CORSON EMBREE ’49. Martha and Michael live in Seattle.

KAREN WILLSON ROWE has taught math at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington, for 11 years. She lives in Port Orchard, Washington.

Class of 1980

KAY MORRIS AKERLUND has been a fiscal analyst at Snohomish (Washington) County Parks for 16 years. Her husband, Lyle, has worked as a captain for oceangoing tugboats for 27 years through Foss Maritime. The Akerlunds have two adult children and live in Lake Stevens, Washington.

PATRICIA REINHARDT ANDERSON lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She works part time as a registered nurse, and she began homeschooling her two sons last autumn. Her husband, Jeffrey, is a pastor at Cedar Park Eastside Church in Bothell, Washington.

PAULA ALEXANDER AQUINO teaches high school home economics, family studies, and psychology. In July 2004, she earned a master of education degree with a leadership emphasis, and is considering other options in education. She, husband Paul, and their two sons reside in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

KAREN ROSENBERG EVANS lives in Maple Valley, Washington, and works part time for Aptech Systems Inc. as accounting manager. She also does accounting work for her church, Mountain Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Kent, Washington. Her husband, Rick, is a Boeing engineer. Married for 22 years, they have three children.

NEIL FERGUSON lives in Seattle and is a computer programmer for a life insurance company.

CATHERINE BARTO HARRISON is on staff with FamilyLife Ministries. She and her husband, STAN HARRISON ’79, have two children, including SPU sophomore DANNY HARRISON. Catherine writes they “hope to move back to the Northwest within a couple of years.” The family currently resides in Little Rock, Arkansas.

KELLYE HOLDER has been a music specialist in the West Valley (Washington) School District since 1980. She is involved in music ministry at Westside Baptist Church in Yakima, Washington, and has taken musical mission trips to Venezuela, El Salvador, and Honduras since 2000. Kellye lives in Yakima.

DEBBIE STEPHENS HOLING homeschools her two children. Her husband, Brad, owns a construction business. The family recently moved to Kent, Washington.

LAURIE HULL teaches middle school special education in Winlock, Washington. Both her son and daughter are in the U.S. Navy. She writes, “Raising the kids taught me the patience I need to teach middle school!” Laurie lives in Winlock.

KELLI SHEPHERD KESLER and her husband, BRIAN KESLER ’79, have both worked in education for 24 years as teachers and administrators. They have three teenagers and live in Lake Stevens, Washington.

VIRGINIA FARLEY PARKS is a civil engineer specializing in water-system distribution and storm-water management for the city of Menlo Park, California. Virginia lives in Santa Clara, California.

SHIRLEY MAURER SCHOFIELD and her husband, Sam, have five children. They live in Tumwater, Washington. Shirley writes that she came out of retirement for the 2003–04 school year to teach in the choral program at Black Hills High School in Olympia, Washington.

VICKIE MALINOWSKI TINKER has lived in the state of Alaska for 23 years. She coordinates a fetal alcohol syndrome diagnostic program and says she is “passionate” about rowing. Vickie’s home is in Soldotna, Alaska.

DEVONA POLLARD TROUTMAN is a stay-at-home mom after formerly owning and operating a shoe store. She, husband Charlie, and their three children recently moved to Shawnee, Kansas.

WAYNE WIRTH lives in Wenatchee, Washington, and is an operating room nurse at Central Washington Hospital. He is active in a community choir and his Free Methodist church choir. Wayne and his wife, CATHERINE MERRILL WIRTH ’81, have two sons.

ANDREW WONG has been business development coordinator at InFocus Corporation in Wilsonville, Oregon, since 1998. He and his wife, Kelley, have two sons, and the family lives in Portland, Oregon.

Class of 1985

MARY ANNE LOVE ARROYO lives in Vancouver, Washington, and is a stay-at-home mother to three children. Her husband, Chris, is a urologist.

JULI EILERS BALDWIN works part time as a dental hygienist. The mother of a preschool son, she writes that she enjoys parenthood and is starting a MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) ministry. Her husband, Keith, works for the Oregon Department of Forestry. Juli and her family live in Silverton, Oregon.

ELLEN BOERSMA BARKER and her husband, Dave, have returned to the Northwest after 10 years in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2001, Ellen’s cousin, LINDA LOMMERS HIEMSTRA ’86, donated one of her kidneys to Ellen at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Both women are now doing well, and Ellen says she is enjoying the best health she’s ever had. She likes gardening and volunteering in the accounting department at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. Ellen and Dave reside in Issaquah, Washington.

JACQUELINE MCMAHON BELLESILES is a lawyer who practices real estate, business, medical malpractice, and tax law. She earned a master of law in taxation degree in 1996. Jacqueline and her husband, Matthew, have two children who, she hopes, “will one day attend SPU.” The family lives in Orting, Washington.

A Student's Summer Job Becomes Her Career and Lifelong Passion

As a freshman, ALICE CROCKER BUSCH ’85 wandered through the Summer Camp Job Fair at Seattle Pacific University, looking for a summer position. During the academic year, Alice worked for Director of Intramural and Sports Clubs Howie Kellogg, whom she still calls “my hero.” But she needed a summer job to help finance her next year as a business major.

Alice accepted a position as a camp counselor serving adults with a variety of disabilities. “I took the job because it paid the best, and I wanted to come back to SPU in the fall,” she recalls. As it turns out, however, that summer opportunity changed the course of her life.

She had no previous experience working with individuals with disabilities, so Alice approached her new job cautiously. But soon, she says, it became her “passion.” By the end of her sophomore year, Alice dropped her business major, deciding instead to work toward a career serving people with disabilities through recreation.

By 1986, Alice began working for the city of Spokane, Washington, in its Parks and Recreation Department. Today a certified therapeutic recreation specialist, she runs the city’s therapeutic recreation services, which offer basketball, theatre, cooking, adaptive skiing, and more. Many classes include people with and without disabilities. “I really want verybody to learn to recreate together,” she says.

That includes her own family. Her son and daughter actively participate; and her husband, Steve, has worked and volunteered for the department for many years. “My career turned into a lifestyle and a passion,” says Alice. “SPU was an absolute cornerstone for God to show me that.”

JOANNA ALLMAN KRUEGER and her husband, David, have two young children. A resident of Edmonds, Washington, Joanna works as a physical therapist’s assistant.

SUE DOROTHY HARDIN taught high school in Federal Way, Washington, for 11 years, and now has her own Kindermusik business in the Corvallis, Oregon, area. She and her husband, Mark, have two children. The Hardins live in Philomath, Oregon.

JEFF HORTON is senior pastor at Shoreline Free Methodist Church in Shoreline, Washington. He and his wife, PAM HAIGHT HORTON ’86, live in Lake Forest Park, Washington, with their four children.

JEANNE EINFELD IWEMA and her husband, David, have been married for almost 20 years and have four children. They make their home in Dyer, Indiana, where Jeanne is an occupational medicine nurse and private duty nurse.

LAURIE BANNINK PETERSON lives in Randle, Washington, and is again nursing full time at a local, rural clinic after taking two years off to homeschool her two teenagers. She and her husband, Rick, have been married 19 years.

NANETTE MARTIN PETERSON owns and operates a home-based bookkeeping and secretarial business. She’s also involved in women’s ministries at her church, and she coordinates a couple’s Bible study in her neighborhood. Nanette and her husband, Joseph, have three children, and live in Shoreline, Washington.

MIKE QUINN lives in Woodway, Washington, with his wife, Kris, and four daughters. Mike works for Microsoft.

ROXANN AALDERINK SCHMIT homeschools her three children and is active in MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), AWANA, vacation Bible school, and other programs at Faith Baptist Church in Kent, Washington. Her husband, Steve, works for United Parcel Service. The Schmit family resides in Auburn, Washington.

ALAN STARR and his wife, DeEtte, have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators among the Moloko people in the Republic of Cameroon since 1996. They have three children and live in Lalaway Village.

DIANNE DAMON SUNDE writes that her family has been her focal point since graduation. She and her husband, Thor, married in 1987, and they have two children. The Sundes live in Snohomish, Washington.

TAMMIE WEITLAUF VEACH serves as a teaching pastor at Fully Alive Community Church in Redwood Shores, California, where she makes her home. She and her husband, Dave, have two children.

Class of 1990

TRISH GLOVER ALLEN teaches second grade at the school where her four children attend: King’s Elementary School in Seattle. Her husband, KEVIN ALLEN, earned a teaching certificate at SPU in 1990. The family resides in Mill Creek, Washington.

ANNE SOBOTTKA AULD teaches in the Prosser (Washington) School District. She also has an in-home tutoring business. Anne and her husband, Guy, live in Prosser.

SCOTT BELL and his wife, Alice, have four children. He works in Wilsonville, Oregon, and the family lives in Silverton, Oregon.

KRISTINA BERTUCCO teaches third grade for children of parents working for the U.S. Department of Defense on Guam. Kristina writes that she and her husband, Toraj, went to Guam for one year but “it’s been eight!” They have a 2-year-old son, and she adds that “life on a tropical island can certainly grow on you.”

ERIK BLOOMQUIST, wife Svenja, and their three children have moved to London, England, so that Erik could take a position with JP Morgan Equity Research.

GINA HILTON-VANOSDALL and her husband, Carl, are co-pastors of the First Presbyterian Church in Barre, Vermont. The couple has three children, and they make their home in Barre.

DEBRA FOLDEN KONTREC has lived in France for nine years. She and her husband, Philippe, have three children, and she is currently a stay-at-home mother. She writes, “Eventually I’ll get back into the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) field.” Debra and her family live in Amberieu-en-Bugey.

ANGELA HORN LINDER lives in Everett, Washington, where she is a stay-at-home mother of two boys, and is active in their school and the family’s church. Her husband, Edward, is an engineer in the aerospace industry.

STEVE MCCRATH is a men’s soccer coach at Barry University in Miami, Florida. He lives in North Miami Beach, Florida.

COREY MURPHY teaches French at Sunnyside (Washington) High School. Corey is also assistant cross county coach, freshman class advisor, and AWANA commander at Grace Brethren Church. He and his wife, VALERIE ZECCHINO MURPHY ’91, have three children and live in Sunnyside.

HERB REAGAN and his wife, Gill, reside with their family in Worcester, South Africa, where they work as missionaries with Youth With A Mission. They are involved in community-development work and church planting.

GLENN RUPERT received a master’s degree in organizational management from Spring Arbor University in May 2004. He and his wife, Karrie, live in Corunna, Michigan.

SHELLY SMITH received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from SPU in 2000, and is now an executive director at a Seattle-area nonprofit organization. She and her husband, Bill, have a baby son. The family lives in Seattle.

HEATHER BEAL STOWE is now a stay-at-home mother for three children after working at Boeing for eight years. Her husband, Pat, is the international manager at a company called Yellow GPS. Heather and her family reside in Purcellville, Virginia.

LISA INSELMAN TAYLOR and her husband, Dave, have been married for 13 years, and she is a stay-at-home mom of four children in Meridian, Idaho. Lisa writes, “God has drawn me so deeply close to Him through the intense medical care … and burial … of our third child and only daughter at age 4½, who had heart disease.” Lisa hopes to earn a nursing degree in the near future.

DAVID THOMPSON is an engineering manager for the research and development group at Telect. He writes that he is active in softball “and most other sports with a ball.” David attends Berean Bible Church in Spokane, Washington, where he teaches adult classes and serves as an AWANA leader. He and his wife, KAREN HARRISON THOMPSON ’91, have three children and live in Veradale, Washington.

NANCY BEST TRANGMOE and her husband, Greg, have two children. She is an emergency room physician in Missoula, Montana, and she and Greg are active in the Stevensville (Montana) Volunteer Fire Department, where Greg is a captain and she is the medical director. Nancy and her family reside in Stevensville.

DAY YOUNG WOO lives in Hooamdong Yongsangu, Seoul, South Korea.

Class of 1995

DORIS AHRENS teaches family and consumer sciences at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo, Washington. She makes her home in Silverdale, Washington, and has two grown daughters and two grandchildren.

BRENDA MASON BOAD and her husband, Carter, have been married for 10 years and have two children. They live in Lynnwood, Washington. Brenda volunteers as a secretary at their church as part of the Boad family’s donation to the church’s building campaign.

STEPHANIE SCHERTZ BODGER is a stay-at-home mom to three children. Her husband of 12 years, Willie, works in the IT industry. The Bodgers reside in Lynnwood, Washington.

JENNIFER FICK BRUBAKER lives in Ellensburg, Washington, where she is a pediatrician. She and her husband, Derick, have a baby daughter.

KATHLEEN SCHULTZ BRYAN and her husband, CURTIS BRYAN ’92, live with their two children in Olympia, Washington. Kathleen is an office nurse for a rheumatologist.

SABRINA GRIGGS BUMGARDNER lives in Albany, Oregon. She and her husband, Steve, have two sons.

TAKAAKI CHIBA and his wife, Madoka, married in 2003, and they make their home in Yokohama, Japan.

AMBER COFFEY has been on staff at Life Pacific College (formerly Life Bible College) in San Dimas, California, for six years, and she is now the associate registrar there. Amber lives in Santa Covina, California.

AMY CHICKERING COLBERT and her husband, Patrick, both work for the Disney Corporation. Amy is a senior manager in event production sales; Patrick is a marketing manager for Walt Disney World. Amy writes that they “enjoy the beach, traveling, and spending time with family (and avoiding hurricanes).” The Colberts reside in Orlando, Florida.

MICHELLE SPANN CORNWELL lives in McMinnville, Oregon. She and her husband, Andrew, are preparing for long-term service as medical missionaries in Benin, West Africa, with SIM (Serving in Mission). The Cornwells have two children.

KATIE VADNAIS GALLAHER earned a master of education degree in 1999. She teaches middle school for Cedar Park Christian Schools. She has two daughters and resides in Bothell, Washington.

CHRIS HILL and KATHLEEN BROWN HILL ’96 live in Seaside, California. Chris manages his family’s security company in Monterey, California, and Kathleen is a stay-at-home mother to their two sons and new baby daughter. Kathleen also leads a junior high girls group and is involved in women’s ministry at their church. Chris writes, “We just moved into our new home this past August, and we want all our fellow classmates to know that they are always welcome to stay at the Hill Hilton!”

JEFF JUDY accepted a position as president of a mortgage company in Everett, Washington. He and his wife, Amy, have four sons, and they are building a new home in Snohomish, Washington.

MARGARET “GINGER” SEGER KARNES recently returned to nursing as an R.N. preceptor, serving as a role model to newly placed registered nurses. She works at a community hospital in Del Rio, Texas. Her husband, Jonathan, is an instructor pilot at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio. The couple lives on the base.

JULIE WRIGHT KELLER graduated from Seattle University Law School in May 2001. She is now an in-house attorney for a software developer in Redmond, Washington. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Seattle.

JOAN BAUMAN KLOSTREICH lives with her husband, BRAD KLOSTREICH ’94, and their two children in University Place, Washington. Joan teaches second grade on a part-time basis. In 2004, she began working for SPU’s School of Education as an adjunct professor in the Professional Certification program. Joan and her family are active in their church, Marine View Presbyterian in Tacoma, Washington, where Brad is the director of music.

DOUG KOSKELA is an assistant professor of theology at SPU. His wife, JAMIE WALTER KOSKELA ’00, is a senior associate at Quellos Financial Advisors in Seattle. They live in Seattle.

KARI NEWBILL LANNON lives in Aurora, Illinois, with her husband, Tim. In 2000, she graduated from Fuller Seminary with a master of arts degree. She currently works as a Starbucks supervisor and plans to return to graduate school.

HEATHER LAMAS MAYER lives in Silverdale, Washington, and is a child’s social worker for the state, helping foster children find permanent families through adoption.

KYLA MEREDITH-BOUCHER manages a government contracting assistance program for the Spokane (Washington) Regional Chamber of Commerce, which covers most of Eastern Washington. She volunteers for local organizations and events, and she spends free time with her husband, Jonathan, and their young daughter. Kyla and her family reside in Spokane.

COLIN MOODY is on the staff of Cedar Hills Church in Kootenai, Idaho. He lives in Sandpoint, Idaho.

HEATHER PETERSON makes her home in Longview, Washington. She completed the X-ray technology program at Bellevue (Washington) Community College and currently works in Vancouver, Washington.

Swimming With Whales: Orca Trainer Found That Internships Made a Splash

TUCKER PETRZELKA ’95 was only 9 years old when he knew what he wanted to do with his life. His family took him to Sea World in San Diego, and “I hung out at the dolphin feeding pool for half a day,” he says. “From that point on, I wanted to work with dolphins or killer whales.”

Now a senior trainer at Sea World’s Shamu Stadium, Tucker is responsible for the daily care of eight killer whales. That care includes not only working at the famous whale shows but also preparing diets, training new behaviors, and keeping the orcas healthy. He even hosts special poolside shows called “Dining With Shamu,” which offer lunch or dinner and education about killer whale training.

While in his teens, Tucker talked with marine mammal trainers to find out what it would take to become a trainer. The student from Minneapolis decided SPU had the right mix: a Pacific Coast location, marine biology courses, and the “charm of a small university.” Also important to Tucker was locating an internship and putting his education to use. He found such an experience as an intern at nearby Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma. There, he worked with beluga whales, walruses, and harbor seals.

“By the time I graduated,” Tucker says, “I had two-and-a-half years of internships under my belt.” That paved the way for a career at Sea World two years later.

The best part of his job? Swimming with whales that can weigh almost five tons. “Working alongside an animal of that size is great and scary at the same time,” he says. “It takes a deep respect and a very long relationship with the animal.”

JENNIFER PATERSON REEVE-PARKER is the director of chapel at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She is also working on her master of divinity degree, and plans to graduate in June. Jennifer and her husband, Simon, reside in Pasadena with their infant son.

JOSEPH RIDENHOUR is a software engineer at Microsoft. In his free time, he enjoys riding a Seadoo, a personal water craft. He, wife CAROL RIDENHOUR ’86, and their two children live in Shoreline, Washington.

TRACY YARNELL ROBERTSON is a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. She also helps her husband, Robert, with his electrical contracting business. The couple lives in Spokane.

ELIZABETH THORNDIKE RULFFES is a registered nurse at Highline Community Hospital near SeaTac, Washington. She writes that she loves being involved in women’s ministries at Midway Community Covenant Church in Des Moines, Washington. She and her husband, Rodney, have three daughters and reside in Seattle.

CATHERINE HERRICK SÉGUIN and her husband, Gene, lived and worked at a ski chalet in France in 2002. She is now an assistant director in SPU’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and Gene is a real estate agent. Catherine writes, “We look forward to welcoming our first child this year!” The Séguins make their home in Seattle.

SHEILA MUNCY SHRINER and her husband, Wes, have two children. The family lives in Bellevue, Washington.

PETE VERMILLION lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he has a real estate appraisal business. His wife, Shirley, works part time as a dental hygienist, and the couple has three sons.

SARAH WHITNEY returned to SPU to earn a second degree in 2000, this time a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is now working as a nurse at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle in the Medical Unit. Sarah lives in Seattle.

ROBYN SETH WYNN and her husband, ALAN WYNN ’97, live in Oak Harbor, Washington, with their three children. She is the student programs coordinator at Skagit Valley College, and Alan is a real estate appraiser.

Class of 2000

JULIE BOTERENBROOD completed a master’s degree in education, emphasizing instructional design and technology, in May 2004. She lives in San Jose, California, and plans to begin a doctoral program in 2005.

CORRIGAN CLAY lives in Heidelberg, Germany, and works for Young Life, ministering to teenage children of military personnel. He and his wife, SHELLEY MONAGHAN CLAY, have one daughter.

JASON DELEVAN is co-owner of Symbient, creators of graphics and visual effects on television shows such as “CSI,” “Vegas,” “JAG,” and “NCIS.” Jason lives in Pasadena, California.

AMY FAULK is marketing director for the Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of America. She lives in Seattle.

SONJA HATFIELD plans to return to SPU to earn a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Her husband, Caleb Couch, is a music producer. They live in Seattle.

RYAN HENDERSON is in his fourth year as an elementary school teacher in the Highline (Washington) School District.

NICOLE KRAFT works as community relations coordinator and sales assistant for CRISTA Broadcasting. She lives in Everett, Washington.

STEPHANIE MORGAN MCPHAIL M.A. '04 received a master of education degree in June 2004, and she teaches at Van Asselt Elementary School in Seattle. She and her husband, Chris, make their home in Puyallup, Washington.

KATHRYN NICHOLAS is a registered dietitian at Kaiser Vallejo Hospital in Vallejo, California. She recently traveled to Italy with her sister, visiting Rome, Florence, and Venice. She writes she is a “proud aunt” to two young children, including a newborn baby. Kathryn lives in Fairfield, California.

CIARA PRESSLER lives in New York City, New York, where she is founder, producer, and performer at Mixed Company, a theatre company. She ran the New York City Marathon in November 2004.

SARAH COVINGTON NICHOLS has served with Minneapolis, Minnesota, based Reign Ministries as a missionary since 2002. She and her husband, Chris, live in Minneapolis.

BARTH RIEDEL and DAPHNE HONG RIEDEL ’03 reside in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Barth will graduate from Loma Linda Medical School in May 2005.

ERIN SIEMERS is in graduate school at the University of Nebraska, working on a doctorate in educational psychology, which she plans to finish in 2007. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

DIANA SCHOENIGER SKINNER received her master of arts degree in neuro-science in May 2004 from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she also plans to finish her doctorate. Dianna and her husband, Craig, make their home in Boulder.

JESSICA ARMENTROUT SLOAN teaches eighth grade language arts in McMinnville, Oregon. Her husband, TODD SLOAN ’99, teaches language arts and social studies at McMinnville High School, and coaches boys’ soccer. They have one son.

KYLA SNYDER lives in Seattle, where she is a nurse at Harborview Medical Center. In Autumn 2004, she began graduate studies in nursing at the University of Washington.

JOSHUA STIGER makes his home in Bellevue, Washington, and works asan engineer at Honeywell. His wife, ELIZABETH GUPPY STIGER ’01, is on staff with Young Life.

CHRISTINA STEERE has her license in marriage and family therapy and now works at Olive Crest, an organization located in Bellevue, Washington, 13and devoted to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. She and her husband, Dusty, live with their son in Bellevue.

MEGAN JOHNSON TIENHAARA has been married for three years and a first-grade teacher for four years. She and her husband, Jon, recently restored an 1880s farmhouse in the Naselle Valley in Southwest Washington.

GRETCHEN WANICHEK TOPPING and her husband, Allen, have two sons under age 3. Gretchen is a consultant for a nonprofit organization east of Seattle, and lives in Edmonds, Washington.

REBECCA SIDES WELLS is a middle school youth pastor at a church in Salem, Oregon. She and her husband, Joshua, live in Salem.

PEGGY GRASS WILKINSON lives in Los Angeles, California, where she teaches at Westwood Charter Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her husband, Paul, is pursuing his doctorate in chemistry at University of California Los Angeles.

SAM WILLS is a pilot for the medical transport company, Omniflight, and DAWN AULICH WILLS is a real estate office coordinator. They are expecting their first child in June 2005 and reside in Kalispell, Montana.

JANELLE BETTIS WISE received a master’s degree in school counseling from the University of Idaho in May 2004. She lives in Kellogg, Idaho, and works as school psychologist for the Kellogg (Idaho) School District.

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