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Summer 2006 | Volume 29, Number 3 | Footnotes



JO MACY LEWIS recently retired after 27 years as a school librarian. She worked with students who ranged in age from kindergarten to graduate school. As a librarian, Jo saw a need to help support teachers and, together with a database engineer, created Quizlist Interactive, a software subscription search-engine company. Her husband, CHET LEWIS ’60, retired from a career as an engineer at the Boeing Co. after 42 years and then joined the Federal Aviation Administration. He continues to consult for Boeing. Jo and Chet also regularly travel from their home in Redmond, Washington, to East Africa to help set up small libraries for pastors and students.


CAROL BORNS MOSER has been appointed by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire to serve on the Washington State Transportation Commission. Carol has been a longtime member of the Richland (Washington) City Council. She lives with her husband, Kenneth, and their two children in Richland.

Foreman Authors New Book About Alumna Doris Brown Heritage: The Fragile Champion

Patriarch of Falcon athletics and legendary track and field coach KEN FOREMAN has penned a new book, The Fragile Champion, about a remarkable athlete, Seattle Pacific University’s head cross country coach DORIS BROWN HERITAGE ’64. “Ken has coached some outstanding athletes,” says Doris, who once called Ken “coach” herself. “I’m really honored he chose to write about me.”

The book chronicles her rise from running on the tide flats of Puget Sound to world acclaim. Doris was the first woman to break the five-minute barrier in the mile. She eventually earned places on two Olympic teams, set numerous world records, and won 14 national titles and an unprecedented five consecutive world cross country championships.

Ken witnessed Doris’ achievements, beginning with her enrollment as a student-athlete at Seattle Pacific in 1960 and continuing through her acclaimed coaching career. “This is her story,” he writes. “It’s a celebration of the strength of the human spirit.” Such determination won Doris election to the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame, the National Distance Running Hall of Fame, and the U.S. Track Coaches Hall of Fame. She has coached cross country at SPU for 39 years. The book, says Ken, is “a way of thanking her for having had the privilege of jogging alongside.”

To purchase a copy of The Fragile Champion, signed by Doris and Ken, call 206-281-2085. All proceeds go to the Ken Foreman or Doris Brown Heritage endowments for athletic scholarships at Seattle Pacific.


KIRBY BERTHOLF has retired after 20 years as a chaplain for the U.S. Army Reserve. Kirby is now the senior pastor of Northern Peaks Christian Fellowship, a Free Methodist congregation in Sedro Woolley, Washington. His wife, SHIRLEY THOMPSON BERTHOLF ’70, is an ordained minister in the Free Methodist Church and serves as her husband’s associate at Northern Peaks Christian Fellowship. The Bertholfs have four children and seven grandchildren, and make their home in Sedro Woolley.

Alumni Couple Exchanges Vows, Again

WILLIAM OSBORNE ’67 gave his wife of 36 years, SUSAN GANTENBEIN OSBORNE ’68, a surprise 60th birthday party that included an even bigger surprise: a second wedding ceremony. “It was the ceremony that she wasn’t able to have when we were married in 1969,” says Bill, who is now semiretired as the president of the consulting firm William Osborne and Associates in Hillsboro, Oregon.

After graduating from Seattle Pacific College, Bill and Susan married on a shoestring budget at Esperance Baptist Church in Edmonds, Washington. At the time, only three others were in attendance: the minister, best man, and maid of honor, SANDY EVANS MILER ’68.

The Osbornes moved from Washington to Oregon in 1980, where Susan earned a master’s degree from Portland State University in 1996. She is now a school librarian at Valley Catholic School in Beaverton, Oregon.

On December 28, 2005, many more people attended the couple’s second wedding ceremony. The local newspaper even learned of the nuptials and reported on the event.

After the surprise birthday party at the Abernathy Center in Oregon City, Bill proposed, and their second wedding quickly followed. Susan’s uncle officiated, and her father escorted her down the aisle. Sandy traveled from her home in Houston, Texas, to again be the maid of honor; Bill’s brother was the best man; the Osbornes’ daughter, Carolee, was a bridesmaid; and their son, Greg, was a groomsman. A granddaughter and grandson served as flower girl and ring bearer; and, along with the couple’s daughter, the bride’s sister helped plan the entire event — keeping everything a secret from Susan, of course. “I was stunned, and in a state of happy shock all evening,” says the bride.

Still, some things needed no improvement. After both the 1969 and 2005 wedding ceremonies, the couple honeymooned in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


DAVID WOODWARD lives with his wife, Elizabeth, in Alhambro, California. David recently served as a missionary in Tibet and the People’s Republic of China before retiring from his post as secretary for the Tibetan Prayer Fellowship. He is the author of two books: Have a Cup of Tibetan Tea and Detour From Tibet.


DELORES “LAURIE ” BISHOP WHITEMAN worked for 10 years with International Friendship in Lexington, Kentucky, where she taught weekly cooking classes for women. She and her husband, DAREL WHITEMAN ’69, now reside in Necross, Georgia, where she continues to work with International Friendship.


JOHN BROWN was one of 21 members inducted into the inaugural class of the Alaska School Activities Association High School Hall of Fame. He led Ketchikan (Alaska) High School athletic teams to four titles from 1964 to 1968. He is now the housing director for the Ketchikan Indian Community. He and his wife, COLEN FLORIAN BROWN, have three children and reside in Ketchikan.


RICHARD RICHARDSON and his wife, Patricia, live in a geodesic dome home in Bend, Oregon. Richard recently received first place in the “Children’s and Classical” category at the Central Oregon Songwriters’ Association’s Eighth Annual Song of the Year Celebration. He won for his piano piece, “Bagatelle.” Richard writes poetry, humorous essays, and music, and he enjoys reading his writings and performing his songs at open-mic events in Bend.

MARGARET SMITH recently published her fourth book of poems, Barn Swallow (Brass Weight Press, 2006). A freelance writer and editor, she is now writing a novel for young adults. This summer, she will present a paper at the 19th annual International Hopkins Summer School in Ireland, comparing the work of poet Gerard Manley Hopkins to that of painter Vincent Van Gogh. While in Ireland, she will also work with local parishioners on a short-term mission as interior designer for the first evangelical church built in that country in more than 100 years. Margaret resides in Astoria, Oregon.


VERNON FOSKET is the band director for Sequim (Washington) High School. His wife, LYNN COCHRAN FOSKET ’81, is an oncology nurse at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, Washington. They have three daughters, including Naomi, who hopes to attend SPU in 2007. The Foskets live in Sequim.


DONA JACOBSSON resides in Kampala, Uganda, where she has served with Mission Aviation Fellowship since 1989.


JANE GUNINGHAM is World Concern’s representative to the Sahel region of Africa, where she is helping to organize and implement various village development projects in the next three years.


LILIAN SHERMAN HOCHSTEIN is now the vice president of development and marketing for Family Services, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that has supported at-risk families since 1892. Prior to joining Family Services, she was the development director at FareStart, a Seattle-based program that trains homeless men and women for careers in the food industry. Lillian and her husband, Matthew, live in Brier, Washington, with their son and daughter.

MELISSA OSWALT lives in Sunnyside, Washington, with her husband and two sons. Melissa is now a realtor at Prudential Valley Investment Properties in Sunnyside. After working for the Yakima (Washington) Chamber of Commerce and Washington Mutual, she recently passed the Washington state realtors exam.

JEFF CRAIG directed Mollier’s comedy “Tartuffe,” which was performed in March 2006 at Arlington Free Methodist Church in Arlington, Washington. In addition to his role as director, Jeff also played the main character, Tartuffe, a con man and religious hypocrite who weasels his way into the life of a French family. Jeff resides in Everett, Washington.


KEVIN WOODIN is in his second season as coach of the women’s basketball team at Montana State University. In his first year, he coached the team to a record 21-7 season. After receiving his master’s degree in athletic administration, Kevin coached boys’ basketball at O’Dea High School in Seattle. He was then named head coach for the girls’ basketball team at Billings West High School in Billings, Montana, where he also taught mathematics. Kevin and his wife, Paula, live with their three children in Billings.


TAM OSBORNE, M.A., and his wife, Deb, have a daughter and son and live in Seattle. Tam is the music director of Everett (Washington) Youth Symphony Orchestras, which includes four orchestras and more than 120 students. Tam taught music for seven years in the Shoreline (Washington) School District, and from 1997 to 2005 he was administrator of visual and performing arts in the Edmonds (Washington) School District.


ALAYNA RIVERA is providing service to the Boys and Girls Club of Texas Hill County in Fredericksburg, Texas, through AmeriCorps. A team leader for the organization, she manages daily activities for AmeriCorps team members and works as an educator and safety manager. Alayna plans to move to the Gulf Coast region soon, where she will assist with ongoing Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.


SHANNON RISE has returned from teaching English at Hwa Nan, a private women’s college in Fuzhou, Fujian Provence, China, where she served since 2003. While in China, she traveled throughout the country and in North Vietnam. Before teaching in China, Shannon was a regional marketing executive at Pacific Care in Bellevue, Washington. She now makes her home in Tonasket, Washington.

PAUL SHRINER and his wife, JESSICA MAJORS SHRINER, live with their three young sons in Port Townsend, Washington. They have “restarted” the Young Life Program on the Olympic Peninsula with help from copper artist and fellow alumnus WALTER MASSEY ’78.


ANDREW ANDERSON is the associate registrar at Seattle University. His wife, CARLA HILDERBRAND ’02, is teaching private voice and singing lessons with opera companies and symphonies in the Seattle area. The couple lives in Seattle.


CATHERINE MIZEN, M.S.N., has opened Fidalgo Island Walk-In Clinic on Fidalgo Island in Washington’s San Juan Islands. The practice serves the community by providing sports physicals, well-child checkups, and annual exams. Catherine, who is the medical director of the clinic, resides in Anacortes, Washington.


RYAN WILSON and his wife, JENNIFER JOHNSON WILSON ’00, live in Tonasket, Washington, with their young son and daughter. Ryan has served as a youth pastor in the Free Methodist denomination for the past six years, and was ordained as an elder in June 2006. Earlier this year, Ryan and Jennifer were approved as Free Methodist career missionaries and were appointed to Malawi, Africa. Jennifer, who is an elementary school teacher, writes, “We will be doing church/leadership development and working with the Free Methodist child sponsorship program called International Child Care Ministries.” Now raising prayer and financial support, they anticipate beginning their ministry in Malawi in January 2007.


JOSH PETERSON makes his home in Chiapas, Mexico, where he works with Healing Waters International, a nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce water-related illnesses in developing countries by building self-sustaining projects.

MARY ALICE HEUSCHEL, ED.D., is the new superintendent of the Renton (Washington) School Board. She took office in July 2006 and plans to focus on improving students’ math skills. She will also set up “professional learning communities” to enable discussion about the development, learning, and achievement of students.

On a Remote Caribbean Island, Young Nursing Grad Treats Patients and Serves Youth

ALISA KEARNEY ’04 is making her Thursday rounds: treating elderly patients, cleaning a variety of wounds, and providing physical therapy to a man who became a paraplegic after a diving accident. Far from a hospital, Alisa is 30 miles off the coast of Honduras on the tiny Caribbean island of Helene. “Each nurse-patient encounter here is unlike anything I experienced in the states,” says Kearney, who grew up in Wheaton, Illinois.

With Alternative Missions, Alisa is one of two nurses for the island’s small medical clinic. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they travel on foot to treat the islanders who are too ill or weak to walk to the clinic. “There are no roads, no cars, and no stores aside from a couple of small food stands,” she says, adding that many residents make their living by fishing or diving for lobster. Others work on mainland Honduras or on the nearby island of Roatán.

Small enough to walk across in 30 minutes, Helene has a population of 900, many of whom are descendants of slaves. While a student at SPU , Alisa traveled to the island for a study-abroad nursing quarter. She and six other nursing students — guided by Valerie Stalsbroten, a Seattle Pacific adjunct nursing professor who has led nursing students to the island since 1998 — learned about labor and delivery, missionary nursing, and tropical medicine. In the process, says Alisa, “I fell in love with the island.”

Then, in August 2005, she was invited to join Alternative Missions for a yearlong — or more — mission as a nurse and to organize the island’s youth ministry, another passion of hers. She jumped at the chance. “In a community with only dirt trails, the meaning of simply washing one’s feet becomes so much more powerful,” she says. “Praying with each patient and comforting them with the healing of the Great Physician is something I cherish every day.”


SCOTT KRAGER, who resides in Seattle, is the founder and CEO of Notary-One, which provides mobile notary services to the mortgage industry. Scott has seen his company grow from one to seven employees in the last year. With offices in Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma, he plans to open eight more in the coming year.

DAVID SMITH is a project designer at Sparling, a Seattle-based electrical engineering and technology consulting firm. He works in an electrical design studio that specializes in health care, hospitality, and retail projects. David lives in Shoreline, Washington.


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