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Summer 2009 | Volume 32, Number 2 | Footnotes

Footnotes: Reunion News 2010

Posted December 24, 2009

Updated January 19, 2010

These special “Footnotes” include news briefs about members of reunion classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005.

Reunions for these classes will be held during Homecoming, January 28–30.

Tiffany Loop


RICHARD “DICK” BEDDOE, a retired pastor, and his wife, retired educator JOANN HARKNESS BEDDOE, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August 2009. They are active at First Christian Church in Red Bluff, California. It is one of the oldest churches in town, dating back to 1881. JoAnn leads a women’s Bible study and Dick substitute teaches for the adult Bible class, occasionally preaches, and sings with the worship team. They reside in Red Bluff.

SPU SignMARILYN CHAMBERS GRAFFENBERGER and her husband, DAVID GRAFFENBERGER ’61, have been missionaries with OMS International for 46 years. David’s main focus is encouraging leaders of church multiplication teams in Africa, Haiti, and India. The couple resides in Albany, Oregon.

AVENA JONES works part time in the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office in Modesto, California, where she helps victims of crime. She is active in the Modesto Free Methodist Church. Avena lives in Modesto.

SANDRA OBENAUER KENNEDY, spent 31 years teaching in the Seattle and Edmond areas. Now retired, she lives in Trilogy at Redmond Ridge, a resort and retirement community in Redmond, Washington. Ever the educator, Sandra teaches seniors at Trilogy, and she remains active on committees and in fitness groups.

McKinley HallVIRGINIA GRIFFITH KIENZLE has served as a teacher throughout her adult life. Married to Tony Kienzle, a fellow teacher, she taught for a combined seven years in two public school districts before taking time off to raise their three children. When her husband retired after 30 years in the classroom, Virginia started a career as a substitute teacher in five different school districts. That role has lasted 22 years and counting. The Kienzles live in Silverdale, Washington.

GRANT LAWRENCE, M.ED. ’67, taught 31 years in public schools and 12 years part time in private Christian schools. He and his wife of 51 years, Shari, have three children and six grandchildren. The couple lives on Camano Island, Washington.

MIRIAM SEYMOUR MELQUIST is a retired home economics teacher and proud grandmother of her “three wonderful grandchildren.” She serves on the board for Northwest Biblical Counseling Center and on the council of women’s ministries for Trinity Baptist Church in Renton, Washington. Miriam lives in Auburn, Washington.

KATHERINE JANZ MORSE retired in 1997 from teaching piano and her music retail business. She enjoys travel with husband Larry, a fire commissioner for North Whidbey (Washington) Fire and Rescue. The couple enjoys traveling (especially on Rick Steves tours) and spending time with family. They live in Oak Harbor, Washington.

FRANK PARENTE is a retired Boeing engineer. He is an author and garlic farmer on Washington’s Whidbey Island. His business, Gourmet Organics Inc., grows organic vegetables and garlic (in 35–45 different strains each year), bakes bread and doggie treat bones, and produces jams and jellies. The successful enterprise is in its 13th year. Frank resides in Freeland, Washington.

PAULINE WOOLSEY ROUND has been tutoring under KidREACH at Manitou Park Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington. She also serves at the church as an organist, a deacon, and in women’s ministry. She is a resident of Tacoma.

KAREN HESS RUEF took the opportunity in April 2009 to spend two weeks in England with three long-time friends. Karen says they “visited many historical sites I was introduced to many years ago by Dr. Roy Swanstrom at SPU.” (Swanstrom was an SPU professor of history.) She makes her home in Liberty Lake, Washington.


Daniel AdamsDANIEL ADAMS spent a month lecturing in four theological schools in Myanmar from December 2008 to January 2009. He then published a book in April 2009, Between Heaven and Earth: Living Faithfully in an Unfaithful Age (Hanil University Press, 2009). An educator and pastor at Hanil University in South Korea, Daniel resides in Jeonbuk, South Korea.

MARY LOU BEALL retired in 2009 from Mercer University after working and teaching there for a number of years. In August 2009, she joined the communication faculty at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. Her daughter, Megan, also teaches at Al Akhawayn University.

MERLE BRADFORD, the retired assistant superintendent of Portland (Oregon) Public Schools, spent more than 40 years in education, including as a teacher, a principal, and a consultant with various school districts and community colleges. In retirement, he says he enjoys travel, golf, and his grandkids. He lives in Vancouver, Washington.

DON GATTERMAN, and his wife, EVA GLAZENBURG GATTERMAN, spend their time “seeing the world” through travel. Seasonal snowbirds, they winter in Tucson, Arizona. When not in Arizona or exploring the globe, the couple resides in Shelton, Washington.

HANNAH HOWARD JENSEN taught school in Washington state for more than 30 years. She was one of the first Head Start teachers at the Tulalip Elementary School on the state’s Tulalip Reservation. Her husband, EINAR JENSEN, M.A. ’77, is a retired assistant principal for the Seattle Public Schools. The couple resides in Seattle.

JEAN MOORE PEARSON is a full-time private tutor in reading and language skills. Her husband, Wilson, is a professor at Clemson University. The Pearsons live in Seneca, South Carolina.

Demaray HallNEIL SLATTERY spent his career in the U.S. Air Force after teaching school for two years in Washington state. Today he is a self-employed proposal writer living in Fort Worth, Texas.

RONDA BROWN VANDERBUSH, married to evangelist Henry Vanderbush, has enjoyed many years traveling the U.S. and abroad. She is secretary for Faith Mountain Ministries. For the past 30 years, the ministry’s radio broadcasts have been a familiar voice across the Midwest. Their son, Bill, is a minister in Texas. The Vanderbushes have two grandchildren and live in Marshall, Minnesota.


VIRGINIA “GINNY” LINGREN EDWARDS is a retired school and public health nurse. Today she has a second career as a certified nurse case manager for an insurance company. Ginny and her husband, RONALD “RON” EDWARDS ’72, are active members of Northshore Baptist Church in Bothell, Washington. She has fond memories of last year’s cruise to Mexico with 15 of her nursing classmates from the Class of ’70. The couple resides in Brier, Washington.

JUDITH “JUDIE” MOGREN LAWSON teaches first grade and sings in the Grand Olympics Chapter of the Sweet Adelines organization for women singers. She also sings on her church’s worship and praise team. Judie and her husband, Peter, live in Sequim, Washington.

ED TODD is executive director of the Northshore Public Education Foundation and a business counselor for the Seattle Chapter of SCORE, a program of the Small Business Administration. Ed and his wife, Jan, have two daughters and reside in Woodinville, Washington.

ROBERT “BOB” WHITLOW is an ordained minister and the former director of the SPU Department of Human Resources. In retirement, he and his wife, BEULAH PAULSSON WHITLOW ’62, a retired teacher, owned the Colonel Crockett Farm Bed and Breakfast. They closed that business in 2003, sold the Crockett Farm property in 2005, and moved to Coupeville (Washington), where Bob says they “retired again.” The couple continues to make their home in Coupeville.


DENNIS CARLSON is pastor of evangelism and discipleship at Faith Covenant Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He invested 15 years in Oaxaca, Mexico, and in Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo with Covenant World Missions. He and his wife, Mary Lynn, have two children. His son Timothy began his freshman year at SPU Autumn Quarter 2009. The Carlsons live in Farmington Hills.

Dave CoxDAVE COX, women’s basketball coach at Seattle University from 1980 to 2004, has been elected to the Seattle University Hall of Fame as the institution’s all-time winningest coach. He finished with 346 victories that included 14 postseason appearances and 19 All-America honors for his players. Dave resides in Gig Harbor, Washington.

JOAN MURDOCK FERIANTE and her husband, Steve, are retired but interested in filling in for international churches overseas whose pastors are in need of a short furlough. They did so in Vienna, Austria, in the summer of 2008. The Feriantes have two daughters and reside in Puyallup, Washington.

JAN JOHNSON GREENE, employment specialist for World Relief Seattle, has five children and lives in Kent, Washington.

JOAN SUTHERLAND LITTLEFIELD and her husband, Dennis, have worked with Christian camps for the past 29 years. Currently, the Littlefields work at Tilikum Retreat Center, a ministry of George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. They reside in Newberg.

CYNTHIA BERGSMA MANOSKE is a sixth and seventh grade language arts teacher at Kohala Middle School in Kapaau, Hawaii. She and her husband, Robert, have three sons and live in Kapaau.

EDWARD MILLER married his wife, Ruth, in 2002. He has worked the last five years as a receptionist and administrative assistant for Pennsylvania’s East Vincent Township. The Millers have a daughter and reside in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.

Donna Verta OlsonDONNA VIRTA OLSON has taught general educational development (G.E.D.) classes at Everett (Washington) Community College for nine years. Through her work, Donna says she became more aware of the struggles of the poor. In response, she and friends from Monroe (Washington) Covenant Church developed a community resource center called Take the Next Step in 2005. In 2009, close to 5,000 individuals were assisted through this nonprofit drop-in center. In addition, over 2,700 meals were served at their weekly community dinner. Donna lives in Monroe.

KATHRYN KORNELIS POSEGATE coordinates youth development programs while her husband, Steve, is a professor at Trinity International University. During school breaks, the couple likes to rendezvous with their three children in Seal Rock, Oregon. The Posegates reside in Lake Villa, Illinois.

CAREY WEEDMAN is owner/contractor of Weedman Painting in Scottsdale, Arizona. His wife is MARY PAT HANCHETT WEEDMAN ’77. One of their three daughters, CORTNEY WEEDMAN ’10, plays volleyball for the SPU Falcons. The Weedmans live in Scottsdale.


NEIL FERGUSON works as a computer programmer for Farmers Life Insurance Company. He lives in Seattle.

McKenna HallJULIE HAGGLUND is the clinical educator for the emergency department she previously managed at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland, Washington. In 2009, she was presented the Patriot Award from the U.S. Department of Defense for her extraordinary support of hospital employees who serve in the National Guard and the U.S. Navy Reserve. Julie lives in Redmond, Washington.

JENNY HAYES is in a two-year registered nursing program and plans to take the New York state board exams in June 2010. Her goal is to become a traveling nurse, and eventually a nurse educator who will help train new nurses. Jenny lives in Hudson Falls, New York.

DEBBIE HERNANDEZ is a marketing specialist with the mechanical consulting firm of CDi Engineers. Its core services include energy engineering and sustainable design. Her duties include proposal management and communications. Debbie resides in Lynnwood, Washington.

LAURIE HULL teaches middle school language arts and is working at finishing her master’s degree in school counseling through Capella University. Her son Joe serves with the Navy in Afghanistan, and her daughter Emelie served five years in the Navy and is currently in active reserve. Laurie lives in Winlock, Washington.

NANCY LUDEMAN LURKER is CEO of PDI Inc., a provider of sales and marketing services to the biopharmaceutical industry. A biology and chemistry student at SPU, Nancy says, “SPU prepared me so well for a terrific career.” She lives with her husband, Dean, and two daughters in Peapack, New Jersey.

SUSAN BOSTROM MARTIN is a substitute teacher. She and husband, LEE MARTIN, M.A. ’94, rent out an overnight suite in their home to tourists visiting the quaint Bavarian-style town of Leavenworth, Washington. The Martins have three daughters. Their oldest, GRACE MARTIN ’11, is studying nursing at SPU. The Martins live in Leavenworth.

AMY PARKER RYAN is a health educator for teens at a crisis pregnancy center. Her husband, ADRIAN RYAN ’78, is an orthopedic surgeon. They have three children, including HOLLY RYAN ’11. The Ryans reside in Anchorage, Alaska.

DEVONA POLLARD TROUTMAN and her family moved to the Kansas City area in 2003. “As our children are 16, 11, and 9, life is crazy and fun,” says Devona, who works at home. The Troutman family lives in Shawnee, Kansas.

KAREN BOSCHULT VAN SICKLE and husband BRUCE VAN SICKLE, M.A. ’88, moved to southern Arizona in 2008. She is working on a master’s degree in music theory at the University of Arizona. He is associate pastor of the Evangelical Free Church of Green Valley. The Van Sickles have three adult children and two grandsons, and live in Sahuarita, Arizona.

DONNA DEVRIES-WHITE, M.A. ’87, earned her doctoral degree in education administration/program evaluation from Azusa Pacific University. She says she enjoys her career as a national consultant for program evaluation. Donna lives in Troy, Montana.


JULIE SCHUSTER LYONS is an award-winning writer, editor, and investigative reporter who for more than 11 years served as editor-in-chief of the Dallas Observer, an alternative weekly newspaper owned by Village Voice Media. In her recent book, Holy Roller (WaterBrook Press, 2009), she tells the story of how her work as a crime reporter led her to a rundown church in inner-city Dallas that welcomed, prayed for, and healed criminals, prostitutes, drug addicts, and street people — and how the church became her unlikely spiritual home. The original piece hit the front page of the Dallas Times Herald. Julie and her husband, Larry, live in Dallas with their son.

LibraryDAVID MCINTYRE is president and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance, and for nine years a member of the SPU Board of Trustees. The largest Department of Defense contractor based in Arizona, TriWest is comprised of 15 not-for-profit health care organizations and university hospital systems based throughout a 21-state western region. The organization serves the health care needs of 2.7 million members of the U.S. military. David and his wife, CATHERINE LE SHANA MCINTYRE ’87, reside with their family in Scottsdale, Arizona.

DAVID ROBBINS in 2009 celebrated 20 years at Van Kampen Investments in suburban Chicago, where he is a vice president. His wife, Kelley, enjoys freelance voice work. The couple and their two children are active in worship ministries and Awana at First Baptist Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and live in Winfield, Illinois.


CONNIE AUSTIN is a manager for global accounts with HelmsBriscoe, a global leader in meeting procurement with associates across 40 countries. Connie assists clients with site selection and hotel contract negotiations for conferences, meetings, and other events. She lives in Bend, Oregon.

CHRIS HOLTERMAN has taught science at Rainier (Washington) Middle School for 15 years. He also coaches high school boys’ and girls’ wrestling. A Young Life leader, Chris and his wife, Jana, make their home in Rainier.

DEBRA FOLDEN KONTREC has been living in France for the past 13 years. She and her husband, Philippe, have three children. Debra says she would love to hear from “old” classmates or professors.

ILENE GJERSET MUNDELL says she’s happily married to her husband, Jim, and that she loves Vancouver, Washington, where they and their three dogs reside.

COREY MURPHY teaches French and is the drama club advisor for Sunnyside (Washington) High School. His wife, VALERIE ZECCHINO MURPHY ’91, is an elementary substitute teacher in Sunnyside. They and their three children live in Sunnyside.

JENNIFER HAWKINSON RHOADARMER is a middle school language arts teacher in Colorado’s St. Vrain Valley School District. Her husband, TROY RHOADARMER ’91, is an optical engineer with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). They and their three children live in Longmont, Colorado.


Science BuildingJEFF BRADY teaches mathematics and coaches track and cross country in Washington State’s Tahoma School District. He and his and his wife, SARAH BEAN BRADY ’93, live with their two children in Maple Valley, Washington.

CINDY ARMSTRONG CONVERSE is a home school mom and part-time mathematics tutor for students in the Running Start program. She and her husband, Orrin, reside with their daughter, Chloe, in Humptulips, Washington.

KATIE VADNAIS GALLAHER is the middle school principal for the fourth through eighth grades at Cedar Park Christian School in Bothell, Washington. She lives with her husband, Jason, and their two daughters in Bothell.

JEFF JUDY is a senior mortgage consultant at Crane Financial Group. He and his wife, Amy, have four sons and a newly adopted daughter, which Jeff says makes life an adventure. The Judys live in Snohomish, Washington.

JULIE WRIGHT KELLER enjoys her role as mom to Jackson, who was born in June 2008. She continues part time as an attorney for Microsoft. Julie and her husband, Jeff, plus baby Jackson, reside in North Bend, Washington.

ENID DAHLSTROM MASON and her husband, SHANE MASON ’96, traveled to Rwanda in February to work with church leaders to build schools and church roofs. The Masons have also started a nonprofit organization called Educate Rwanda to raise money for a secondary school in Kigufi, Rwanda. The couple and their two children live in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

SHELLEY BARTELL POMMER is a graphic designer. She and her husband, Matthew, live with their two children in Renton, Washington.

KIM WHITTAKER SHIRE is the executive artistic director of the Vancouver (Washington)/Portland (Oregon) branch of Christian Youth Theater, a national children’s theater program. With 500 students each session, the theater produces 12 full-length Broadway-style musicals each year in the Portland-metro area. Kim and her husband, Andrew, live in Vancouver with their young son and an infant daughter.

SHEILA MUNCY SHRINER is owner of a floral design business called The Art of Flowers in Bellevue, Washington. She and her husband, Wes, have two children and live in Bellevue.

KRISTI HUMPHREYS SPENGLER is a busy stay-at-home mom to three children. Her husband, KEVIN SPENGLER ’92, is a support analyst for Microsoft. The family resides in Lynnwood, Washington.


TINA LEMM BERG is a massage therapist married to KENNETH “ROB” BERG ’01, who owns Cascade Mortgage in Seattle. Their son, Asher, was born in July 2008. The Bergs live in Seattle.

MATT ENGLISH is the athletic director of Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. Prior to his appointment at Concordia, he was executive director of the University of Oregon’s Duck Athletic Fund. Matt lives in Portland.

APRIL GENTRY ISENHOWER is a vice president of Fleishman-Hillard Inc., a provider of public relations counsel to public and private sector clients. She and her husband, Matt, live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is earning an MBA at Harvard Business School.

MARY MCEWEN began a master’s program in public health at the Yale School of Public Health during fall 2009. She is a resident of Barrigada, Guam.

SPU ClassroomSHAWN SMITH is pastor of Hartwood Presbyterian Church, one of the oldest churches in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The church was organized in 1825, with the present building of handmade brick completed in 1858. Hartwood Presbyterian was used by both Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War. Shawn, his wife, ELIZABETH SHAFER SMITH, and their children reside in Fredericksburg.

JENNIFER JOHNSON WILLSON and her husband, RYAN WILLSON ’01, are Free Methodist missionaries in Malawi. He is the principal of the Free Methodist Bible School and she is coordinator of International Childcare Ministries, a Free Methodist child sponsorship program. In addition, they coordinate the drilling of wells, oversee orphan care projects, and provide training to church leaders in villages throughout the country. The Willsons have two children.


AARON ANDERSON is youth pastor for Mountain View Community Church in Oregon City, Oregon. His wife, AMANDA KIRCHNOFER ANDERSON, is a high school Spanish teacher. They have purchased and are upgrading their first home, located in Oregon City.

JASON BOLT works at the King County (Washington) Superior Court in security advising and court operations. He plans to travel to South Africa in 2010 for missions and the World Cup of Soccer. Jason lives in Seattle.

LISA WOOLSEY BOX, her husband, BRAD BOX ’04, and their year-old son are spending a year in Santiago, Chile, where Lisa was born and raised.

SONDRA BUIST ROSANDER graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in May 2009 and began a residency in anesthesiology there in June. She and her husband, Kyle, live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

NICOLE “NICKI” LANGLEY is a public affairs chief at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. A first lieutenant, she was named the 2008 Air Mobility Command Outstanding Public Affairs Company Officer of the Year. She was cited for many qualities such as exemplary duty performance, leadership qualities, and community service and support.

PAUL MACH is studying for a doctorate in applied mathematics at University of California Davis. His focus is research in computational biology. Holder of the SPU Falcons trifecta of team awards – Most Valuable, Most Improved, and Most Inspirational – Paul the runner and hurdler is also a national-caliber bicycle racer for the Bissel Pro Cycling Team. In 2009, he and three of his teammates from the UC Davis cycling club won the team time trial at nationals for the second year in a row. Paul and his wife, SARA JOHNSON MACH, live in Davis, California.

LAILA MIRSEPASSI works in marketing and client service for BlackRock Alternative Advisors, an investment management firm. She resides in New York City.

JENNY PIERCE teaches fifth grade in the Beaverton (Oregon) School District. She is pursuing a master’s degree from George Fox University. Jenny lives in Portland, Oregon.