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Spring 2006 | Volume 29, Number 2 | Footnotes



DORIS HUNTER WILSON, a physician for more than 50 years, was the subject of the August 18, 2005, cover story of Senior Living, a supplement to the Shelton-Mason County Journal. The feature detailed her career in the United States and in the Sudan. In 1981, Doris joined the Shelton Family Medicine Clinic in Shelton, Washington, where she now practices three days a week. Doris and her husband, TALMAGE WILSON, live in Shelton.


GORDON BOSTROM and his wife, Barbara, moved to Arizona four years ago. They now make their home in Sun City West, Arizona, where Gordon is director of church-growth ministries at the Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church.


LEROY LANE is a professor emeritus of communication and management at Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon. In July 2005, his college textbook, By All Means Communicate, was reprinted by Wiph & Stock. Leroy lives in Eugene.

JUDY WALLACE will soon retire after 45 years of working with Wycliffe Bible Translators in the Philippines and in Vietnam, where she served as an academic computer-use consultant and where she facilitated translations of the New Testament and Old Testament. Judy now resides in Claremont, California.


BYRON BIRDSALL and his wife, Billie, were in Rome, Italy, from mid-October 2005 to early January 2006. Byron took part in a “visiting artist” program at the American Academy there. The Birdsalls have since returned to Anchorage, Alaska, where they make their home.

LEIGH NYGARD is a pastor-counselor at the Galesburg Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter for men, women, and children in Galesburg, Illinois. He previously pastored Free Methodist and Wesleyan churches in the states of Washington and Illinois. Leigh and his wife, Judy, have been married for 43 years and live in Galesburg. They have three sons and seven grandchildren.


ARLENE BETHKE HALL is in her 46th year as a kindergarten teacher at Patten Academy of Christian Education, a private K–12 school in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California. Arlene has taught multiple generations of students, including some who are now faculty and administrators at the school. She was honored at the 2005 graduation ceremony for her many years of service. Arlene resides in Oakland.

CAROL HILL GILL recently moved to Federal Way, Washington, where her husband, Garth, is pastor of Calvary Chapel. The couple previously lived in Costa Mesa, California, where Garth was pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Writes Carol, “Garth is not an alumnus; however, we have both been interested in the progress and happenings [of SPU ] … and now especially since we returned to the Northwest.”

ELWAIN MCKEEN and his wife, LOIS MORGAN MCKEEN, were missionaries to Liberia, Africa, in the 1960s. When they returned to the United States, Elwain pastored churches throughout the West. Now retired, the McKeens serve as jail chaplains in Baker City, Oregon, where they live in a large, 100-year-old home with two of their married children, their spouses, and several grandchildren.


ARTHUR TETRICK CC recently retired as director of the library for Warner Southern College in Lake Wales, Florida, after 30 years of employment. He and his wife, Faith, live in Lake Wales.


JUDI STEWART FORTUNE and DAN FORTUNE ’62 both retired from Simpson University in Redding, California, in June 2005. Judi was provost and Dan a network administrator. Judi worked for 34 years in Christian higher education as a faculty member and administrator, 20 of those years on the faculty of SPU. Dan, an electrical engineer, spent the last 11 years of his career working in higher education at Simpson. The couple has relocated to Yakima, Washington, to be near their extended family.


RICHARD ERICKSON and his wife, Barbara, are co-directors of the Latin American Lutheran Mission, which represents 20 Evangelical Lutheran churches in Northeastern Mexico. After graduating from SPU , Richard taught elementary school before he and his wife became missionaries to Southern Ecuador, where they served for nine years. After returning to the United States, the Ericksons served in two different parachurch ministries. They now make their home in Laredo, Texas.


ROBERT THOMPSON and WIL LOOK ’71 were partners on an over-50 tennis team that won the U.S. Tennis Association national championship in Palm Springs, California, in October 2005. It was the first time a senior team from the Northwest had won the championship. Prior to this, the team won the June 2005 regional tournament in Sunriver, Oregon, where they competed against teams from Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Alaska; and British Columbia, Canada. In 2004, Bob was part of the second charter class inducted into SPU ’s Falcon Legends Hall of Fame. He lives in Salem, Oregon, and Wil lives in Seattle.

DARREL WHITEMAN is now the vice president and resident missiologist for The Mission Society, an organization based in Norcross, Georgia, that recruits, trains, and deploys missionaries around the world. A faculty member of Asbury Seminary for 22 years, Darrell served as dean of the Seminary’s E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism. He is president-elect of The American Society of Missiology, president of the International Association for Mission Studies, and chair of the Network of Christian Anthropologists. Darrell was a missionary for nine years, and has researched and studied extensively in the Solomon Islands; Australia; Papua New Guinea; and Zaire, Africa. He and his wife, DELORES “LAURIE” BISHOP WHITEMAN ’71, reside in Norcross, Georgia.


DAN PARKER was recently promoted to colonel in the U.S. Army and is the installation chaplain at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. His wife, IONA PORTER PARKER ’73, teaches nursing at Lincoln University. Dan and Iona make their home in Fort Leonard Wood.

DANIEL TANITA was named president of the Pacific Dental Education Foundation (PDEF) Board at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in October 2005. PDEF is a volunteer organization that promotes philanthropy, and Daniel has been on the board since 1998. Active in the West Contra Costa, California, community, he holds a free dental clinic at a local elementary school in Richmond, California. He has also sponsored free sealant and dental clinics for low-income patients in San Pablo. Daniel was named Volunteer of the Year and Humanitarian of the Year by the YMCA of West Contra Costa. He lives in San Anselmo, California.


MIKE SULLIVAN is superior court judge for Washington state’s Wahkiakum and Pacific counties. A resident of South Bend, Washington, he was appointed to the position in October 2005 by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire. In his 21-Year legal career, Mike served as Wahkiakum County deputy prosecutor, Pacific County prosecutor, and North Pacific District Court judge. Before entering the field of law, he taught junior and senior high school for nine years in Pacific County, Washington.


BARBARA LARSON FINNEGAN received a master’s degree in business administration from James Madison University in August 2005. After raising three sons, teaching school, and managing a radio station, she is now director of development and finance for the Massanutten Regional Library system, which serves Virginia’s central Shenandoah Valley. Barbara and her husband, Basil, live in Broadway, Virginia, and are active in a writers’ group. They also serve on the board of a literacy organization that trains adults in reading and teaches English as a second language.

CANDI HORTON SMUCKER was one of a group of 1,000 women nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. Candi works for the Mennonite Church’s fair-trade movement, which is committed to providing fair wages and employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide. After managing Ten Thousand Villages, a store that supports international artisans, Candi and her husband, Brian, opened Baksheesh, a fair-trade store in Northern California. In order to meet worldwide artisans, the couple travels regularly to Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The Smuckers make their home in Sonoma, California.


EDWARD DOLTERTY resides in State College, Pennsylvania. Since graduating from SPU, his career has included adult education, veteran counseling, and service with AmeriCorp.


KATHY HERMAN DAHLEN was featured on the October 31, 2005, edition of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, a daily broadcast that reaches more than two million listeners. Her essay was selected from more than 7,000 submissions. Past contributors include Colin Powell, Bill Gates, and John McCain. Kathy’s commentary described how a human anatomy class that she took at SPU helped shape her beliefs. She and her husband, Donald, live in Stow, Ohio.


MARILYN JANE BEASLEY OVERMAN, her husband, Kenneth, and their eight children perform as the Overman Family Musicians — known by friends as the “Von Trapp Family of Arlington, Washington.” Together they have performed sacred, classical, vocal, and instrumental music for more than 20 years. Marilyn teaches violin and homeschools the children, many of whom began playing stringed instruments as early as age 3. Kenneth is a physical therapist at Warm Beach Retirement Community in Stanwood, Washington. Kenneth’s mother, MARI ANNA PIKE OVERMAN, spent five years as a grade school student under GRACE MARSTON, who taught at SPC from 1914 to 1944.


JOSEPH TAM and his wife, Lin, have two young daughters and live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Joseph is an endodontist (root canal specialist). He has a private practice in Toronto. Until 1991, he was a faculty member at New York University and the University of Toronto Dental School.


SHIRLEY BROWN VAN BEEK earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Washington in 1984. She is a school nurse at Syre Elementary School in the Shoreline (Washington) School District. Residents of Everett, Washington, Shirley and her husband, Dennis, have two children.


STEPHEN BELGUM was featured in the November 2005 issue of National Geographic, along with his wife, Lynda, and their two young children. The photographic feature was about letters sent home from war. The Belgums, who met as pen pals during the first Gulf War, make their home in Irvine, California.

PRISCILLA SCHLEIGH KIMMEL manages The Herons Nest, an arts-and-crafts gallery for Vashon Allied Arts on Vashon Island, Washington. The gallery represents more than 100 local artists. Priscilla’s husband, James, works in construction, and the couple has adopted a dog “to round out our family,” she writes. The Kimmels live on Vashon Island.


KAREN ASP was included in the 2004–05 edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. The nomination came from a former student. Karen teaches first grade at Conway Elementary School in Mount Vernon, Washington, where she makes her home.


BETH FAHLBERG lives in Issaquah, Washington, with her husband, Tim, and their young daughter. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is completing her doctorate in nursing. Her dissertation will examine the needs of older adults who have heart failure.


CURTIS FINCH is superintendent of the Mecosta-Osceola (Michigan) Intermediate School District, which includes 11,000 students across two counties. He and his wife, Angie, have two teenagers. The family resides in Big Rapids, Michigan.


JULIANNE KANO WINEGARDNER and SCOTT WINEGARDNER live with their young son in Vancouver, Washington, in a house that they built in 2002. Scott is director of sales and marketing for Nautilus, and Julianne teaches piano part time and attends the University of Puget Sound with the intention of earning a doctorate in music and piano performance.

GERALD WARD and his wife, Agnes, make their home in Edmonds, Washington. Gerald was awarded the 2005 George R. Bordewick Literary Achievement Award for his published articles and lectures about George Washington. In addition to writing and publishing, Gerald has traveled with Agnes to Italy, Greece, Turkey, China, Africa, Egypt, and several other countries.


DENYC MUNSELL BOLES is legislative assistant to Representative Kevin Cameron of Salem, Oregon. She and her husband, Jeff, have two daughters and a son. The family resides in Salem.

KURT GOERING has been the director of men’s ministries at Cascade Community Church in Monroe, Washington, since 2004. He also works as an analyst at Cingular Wireless in Bothell, Washington. His wife, DEBBIE OLSHEF - SKY GOERING ’92, is a homemaker and takes care of their son and two daughters. She is also active with women’s ministries at Cascade Community Church. The Goering family lives in Monroe.

DON JAQUES is pastor of Christ the King Community Church in Oak Harbor, Washington. The church, and its café, Solid Ground Coffee Shop, meets at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Don, his wife, Ann, and their daughter and son live in Oak Harbor.

BENJAMIN STAPLES , his wife, Brenda, and their teenage son live in Durham, North Carolina. Last year, Benjamin was named the executive director of NAMI North Carolina, part of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, which includes more than 210,000 members nationwide. Prior to this, Benjamin led the clinical psychiatry business of Duke University Hospitals and Clinics. He also worked as a substance abuse counselor and rehabilitation consultant in the states of Washington and North Carolina.


MATT CHILES and his wife, LISA MOORE CHILES , live in Centerville, Washington, where Matt is a ranch manager and Lisa is a homemaker. Matt writes, “We are homeschooling the kids and enjoying country living.”

GINNY RAE HUGHES JOY received a master’s degree in Christian leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in June 2005. She, husband RYAN JOY ’94, and their two children live in Austin, Texas.


JOHNNY ANDREU, a part-time college director at Presbyterian Church of the Master in Mission Viejo, California, is pursuing an acting career. His wife, Angie, is the director of high school ministries at Forest Home Inc., a camp in Southern California. The couple and their infant daughter reside in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.

ANTON FAULK recently celebrated 10 years with Concur Technologies, which automates corporate expense management for businesses in 60 countries. He writes that he enjoys remodeling his home in Bellevue, Washington, building furniture, and biking to work. His wife, MELANIE PRESTON FAULK ’97, is a stay-at-home mom to their two daughters. She is also the coordinator for a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS ) group at their church. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys scrapbooking, sewing, and gardening.

MICHELE SEGISMUNDO-REEVES and her husband, Thomas, make their home in Van Nuys, California. They are both ordained ministers who serve at West Valley Christian Center in Chatsworth, California. Thomas is also a U.S. Army lieutenant and chaplain. Michelle, who travels internationally as an evangelist, is a marriage and family therapist, and the president and founder of Heart and Soul International Ministries.


JENNIFER ANDERSON has earned three master’s degrees in New Testament since graduating from SPU — two from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and one from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she teaches New Testament at the University of Indianapolis. “I love teaching undergraduates!” she writes. “My hope is to complete my Ph.D. within the next five years.”

AMY DENNIS MACKIE is a stay-at-home mother to three young sons. Her husband, Brent, is a youth minister at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Moses Lake, Washington, where the family makes their home.


JANELLE DUBRAVETZ DAVIS , after working for nine years in the Social Work Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is now a stay-at-home mother to her two daughters. Her husband, Jason, is a marble mason. The Davis family lives in Marysville, Washington.


KERIS BUSH HORDYK and her husband, DAVID HORDYK, recently opened a coffeehouse franchise called “It’s a Grind” with David’s parents, DENNIS HORDYK ’71 and PAULETTE “PINKY” CLIFTON HORDYK ’71. Writes Keris,“We have found this venture to be the most exciting thing we have ever accomplished. We have the opportunity to reach so many people in our community. It will be fascinating to see how God uses us.” Keris and David reside in Lincoln, California. Dennis and Pinky live in Long Beach, California.

STEVE MATTEUCI and his wife, BECKY RICE MATTEUCCI, make their home in Campbell, California, with their two young children. Becky is a stay-at-home mother, and Steve is a sales manager for Symantec.

JOSH PRATT, after teaching junior and senior high social studies in the Northshore (Washington) School District for eight years, is now a firefighter for the Kirkland (Washington) Fire Department. His wife, CAMI KNAPP PRATT ’96, is a stay-at-home mother to their two young children. The Pratts make their home in Kenmore, Washington.

JAMES PRICHARD is a photojournalist for the City of Baltimore, Maryland. His wife, TERESA WESTPHAL PRICHARD, is a nurse for the neurology unit of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The Prichards live in Columbia, Maryland, with their baby daughter.

Feeling Four-tunate: Alumni Couple Welcomes Quadruplets Into the Family

In 1997, while sitting in a premarital counseling session, Rob Kinard ’97 and Kathy Halverson Kinard ’97 decided they wanted two kids. On December 8, 2005, they got their wish — multiplied by two.

“God has a sense of humor,” says Kathy, smiling. “We’d been trying to have kids for eight years,” adds Rob.

The road to their “mini-daycare,” as Kathy calls it, began when the couple sought infertility treatment. By May 2005, with no clear results, Rob and Kathy decided to pursue adoption. But they were in for a surprise: “We went to an adoption orientation on a Thursday, and that next Tuesday found out Kathy was pregnant,” remembers Rob. Six weeks later an ultrasound confirmed they were having quadruplets.

The four babies — Katarina Grace, Gabriel Joel, Angelina Sue, and Isabella Rebekka — together weighed less than 10 pounds when they arrived. Though three went home in January, Isabella needed further care. “It was an intense couple of weeks, not knowing from hour to hour if she’d make it,” recalls Kathy. Fortunately, the baby responded well to surgery, and the family welcomed her home in March.

Meanwhile, the Kinard household is bustling. “You’ve heard it takes a village to raise a child,” quips the babies’ grandfather, Seattle Pacific University Manager of Copying and Mailing Services Frank Kinard. “Well, it takes a community to raise quadruplets.” Thankfully they’ve found that support in their family, friends, church, and SPU . “The best part is the prayer,” says Rob. “I believe that’s what has carried us through.”


KRISTI LEKSEN, who makes her home in Washington’s Skagit Valley, recently earned a master’s degree in community counseling at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She now works as a therapist for children and families at a social service agency. Kristi writes that she enjoys living near her friends and family, as well as hiking and kayaking around the Pacific Northwest.

STACY DUGAN THORNSBERRY is a software engineer for Honeywell in Redmond, Washington. Her husband, Craig, owns a computer service company. Stacy and Craig reside in Bellevue, Washington.

NATHANIEL WETZEL is a software engineer for Fluke in Everett, Washington. His wife, SARA ROBERTS WETZEL ’99, who formerly worked in Disability Support Services at SPU, is now a stay-at-home mother to the Wetzels’ baby son. The family resides in Seattle.


RICHARD CLEVELAND and his wife, JULIE MATZEN CLEVELAND ’97, live in Lynnwood, Washington, with their infant daughter. Richard received a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in counseling from SPU in June 2005. He is now the school counselor at Woodside Elementary School in Everett, Washington.

SCOTT GINIS is a youth pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington. He and his wife, Louise, make their home in Tacoma and are expecting their first child in May.

JOY O’NEIL is assistant director of campus ministries at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. She received her master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in January 2005. Joy lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

JAMES SHATTENBERG and his wife, Alissa, make their home in Santa Barbara, California. James is attending Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he plans to earn a master’s degree in intercultural studies. Alissa is finishing a master’s degree in nursing and a family nurse practitioner certificate at California State-Long Beach.


HEATHER WALLACE BOCK and her husband, Greg, have moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where Greg is pursuing a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Tennessee. Heather teaches high school English at Karns High School in Knoxville.

MICHAEL ORTEGA passed the Washington state 2005 Summer Bar Exam. He plans to practice intellectual property law in Washington.

ROB STERLING completed his seminary studies at Regent University in Washington, D.C., in 2005 and was ordained through the Evangelical Missionary Board. He is now substitute teaching on a military base in Heidelberg, Germany. Rob’s wife, ANNE MARIE OLNEY STERLING, completed a year-long Lab Officer Training program at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. She is now on a three-year assignment in Heidelberg as an Army captain. She works in the Army hospital lab and is responsible for nine clinical labs in the outlying areas of the city.

Peace Corps Volunteer Works in Mongolia

“Greetings from the land of goats, sheep, horses, camels, green hills, and blue sky!” writes Vita Litvin Trujillo ’01 — from Mongolia. Sandwiched between China and Russia, Mongolia is home to nomadic people, the Gobi Desert, and now Vita and her husband, Anthony. For the next two years, they will live in Darkhan, Mongolia’s second largest city, where they are serving in the Peace Corps (PC ).

Vita is a business advisor for the “GER Initiative” in the Community Habitat Finance International (CHF). After the fall of the Soviet Union, thousands of Mongolian herders began moving to the cities to find work and to send their children to better schools. But because not enough housing was available, they built “gers,” roundshaped tents constructed of wooden poles and covered with felt. Settling on the outskirts of the larger cities, the former herders live with no heat, water, or sanitation services, creating impoverished neighborhoods.

In her work, Vita helps migrants start their own businesses and make a better life for themselves and their families. “I am working with CHF staff to assist our micro-entrepreneur clients to improve their businesses — such as vegetable growing, chicken and pig farming, Mongolian traditional handcraft making, etc.,” she explains. Her husband teaches local fifth through 10th graders, and teaches English to Mongolian teachers.

“We were sworn in as PC volunteers on August 20,” says Vita. “U.S. Ambassador Pamela Slutz administered the oath and the Mongolian president encouraged all 52 … Peace Corps volunteers with his speech.”


CHRISTY WHITLEY CONANT and NATHAN CONANT ’03 live in Portland, Oregon, where they are community directors for Xenos, a community café operated by Red Sea Church.

MANDY OLNEY is a signal officer for the 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, which is stationed in Oahu, Hawaii. She was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in October 2005 for one year of service. She is in charge of telephone and computer systems for her battalion and will soon attain the rank of captain.


ALISON OLNEY completed her first year as a registered nurse at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center. She was recently selected to be a member of the hospital’s nursing advisory board. She lives in Seattle.


NATALIE BURGETT is a representative for SPU ’s Office of Student Financial Services. Prior to taking the position, she gained customer service experience at Coach, Nordstrom, and Gene Juarez. She also worked as an executive assistant to the president of an independent movie production company.

JOEL JACOBSON is a representative for SPU ’s Office of Student Financial Services. He plans to begin a master’s degree program in teaching soon. Joel previously worked in SPU ’s Office of Student Academic Services as a student employee and temporary staff member.

BRADY VANDERPOL graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey. He completed a training curriculum that included academics, water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, and marksmanship.


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