WENDELL HAWLEY is the author of a new book with Tyndale House Publishers. In A Pastor Prays for His People: A Collection of Wise and Loving Prayers to Help You Through Life's Journey, Wendell compiles prayers that have come from decades of ministry. He has conducted international evangelistic efforts, been a church pastor in Oregon, and served on the pastoral staff of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. Wendell has also co-authored a commentary titled Opening John's Gospel and Epistles. He and his wife, Nancy, have three daughters and 11 grandchildren, and they live in Carol Stream, Illinois.
GEORGE EDWARDS, CC, is a single dad with three sons. He owns Champaign Do It Best Hardware in Champaign, Illinois, and is building a new hardware store in Cheney, Washington, which is scheduled to open in May 2011. George lives in Champaign.
SHELDON EKLAND-OLSON is director of the School of Human Ecology at the University of Texas at Austin. His work examines how societies grapple with two moral imperatives: Life is sacred and should be protected; and suffering, once detected, should be eliminated. He explores a wide array of questions related to life-and-death decisions, including eugenics, abortion, neonatal care, assisted suicide, and capital punishment. His undergraduate seminar on "Life and Death Decisions" was listed as "one of America's 10 Hottest Classes" by The Daily Beast. His book Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides? will be published in May 2011. He and his wife, CAROLYN EKLAND-OLSON, live in West Lake Hills, Texas.
GRANT GULLBERG, senior staff scientist at California's E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was presented the Edward J. Hoffman Memorial Award by the Society of Nuclear Medicine. It recognized his service and devotion to researching and developing nuclear medicine instrumentation and to educating and training the next generation of scientists. Grant is also an adjunct professor of radiology at the University of California, San Francisco. He holds a doctorate in biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. Grant and his wife, KATHLEEN PLUMMER GULLBERG, live in El Cerrito, California.
KATHY SWANSON HOFF is a retired sixth-grade teacher; former track, soccer, and football game announcer for the Edmonds (Washington) School District; ventriloquist; and world traveler. Described as "bigger than life" by friends and colleagues, Kathy has done multiple hurricane, tornado, and flood disaster-relief jobs for the Red Cross. In 2010, she and her husband, Russ, moved from Washington to Lexington, Kentucky, to be closer to their children and grandchildren. In Kentucky, Kathy mentors a fifth-grade teacher, volunteers with Special Olympics and the area Veteran Affairs hospital, and is active in her church. "God gave us one life to live to the fullest," says Kathy.
JIM MCCLURG is executive director of Seattle's Bethany Community Church. Prior to Bethany, he worked for 25 years as the CEO of a nonprofit organization that serves people with disabilities. Jim and his wife, VICKI MCCLUNG MCCLURG '70, a staff nurse in a pediatric clinic, have three children: BRENNAN MCCLURG '93, TIFFANY MCCLURG '94, and CAMERON MCCLURG '98. Jim says his six grandchildren are the love of his life, and that if he had known how much fun grandchildren would be, he would have had them first. The McClurgs make their home in Shoreline, Washington.
KRISTI BRODIN M.ED. '77, M.S. '00, is an associate professor of physical education at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, where she lives.
DONALD "DON" CORSON, owner of Camaraderie Cellars near Port Angeles, Washington, has been a winemaker since 1981. A member of the Washington Wine Institute, Don and his wife, VICKI EMRY CORSON '72, started the winery in 1992. For years, Don did double duty as the vice president of planning and development for Merrill & Ring, a timber and land company. Now retired, he works full-time at Camaraderie. Don and Vicki, who serves as the Christian education coordinator at their Lutheran church, live in Port Angeles.
DENNIS MADSEN is a member of the board of directors for West Marine Inc., Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, Performance Bicycle, and evo.com, among other companies and organizations. He is also on the board of trustees for Western Washington University. Dennis spent nearly 40 years with the outdoor gear and clothing giant REI, where he began by stocking store shelves and rose through the ranks to eventually achieve the positions of president and CEO. He retired from REI in 2005. Dennis lives in Seattle.
GARY PETERSON is a historian, storyteller, and author. He has also co-authored two books with his sister, GLYNDA PETERSON SCHAAD '71, including their latest effort, Women to Reckon With: Untamed Women of the Olympic Wilderness. Gary and his wife, CHARLOTTE JOHNSON PETERSON '71, own and manage Poseidon Peak Publishing, as well as ranching and retail interests in the Hoh Rain Forest near Forks, Washington, where they live. Gary also teaches math at Peninsula College.
MICHAEL SULLIVAN is the superior court judge for the Washington state counties of Wahkiakum and Pacific. He lives in Menlo, Washington.
JANET TRONSTAD has published more than 25 novels in the Harlequin inspirational line. Christmas Bells for Dry Creek, one of two novellas in her book Mistletoe Courtship, recently received a first-place award from the American Christian Fiction Writers Association. Janet lives in Pasadena, California.
IONA PORTER PARKER B.S. '93, is an advanced registered nurse practitioner in the Dove Medical Clinic of Puyallup, Washington. The clinic's mission is to offer patients quality medical care and also address their spiritual needs. Iona also volunteers at Lakewood New Hope Community Church where she teaches Sunday school, helps with shut-ins, and works with military spouses whose husbands are deployed. Iona and her husband, DANIEL PARKER '70, a retired U.S. Army chaplain, reside in Steilacoom, Washington.
LAILA OLSEN SHARPE, associate director of alumni and parent relations at Seattle Pacific, took part in the documentary Somebody's Grandma: An Exhibition About Identity by an award-winning Norwegian filmmaker-journalist. Based on interviews with Norwegian-Americans, the film encourages families to explore and record their own histories and identities. Laila has been the advisor for the SPU Nordic Club for 10 years, and in 2009 and 2010 she served as president of the Seattle 17th of May committee — a 121-year-old group that organizes the largest Norwegian Constitution Day celebration outside of Norway, known locally as the Ballard Parade. Laila and her husband, JONATHAN SHARPE '72, live in Seattle.
SUE ANN POTTS HEUTINK is retired from a 31-year career teaching at Washington's Nooksack Valley High School. In August 2010, she took her first trip overseas to help India's victims of human trafficking. The grandmother, who has memories of being adopted as an orphan at age 4, spent two weeks with other volunteers from The Emancipation Network working in shelters in Calcutta. Many of the children at the shelters have been victims of slavery. Sue Ann and her husband, ROCKY HEUTINK '77, live in Everson, Washington.
MICHAEL BADE is a videographer, owner of Active Video, and producer of more than 40 documentaries, and he has a client list that includes NASA, Center for Disease Control, and PBS. He travels internationally for church organizations and nonprofit agencies such as PATH. In November 2010, Michael and his wife, Lisa, began a three-year term of service in Cambodia developing a teacher-training program through Mennonite Central Committee. Michael and his roommate, MARK HALSTROM, worked as commercial fishermen while attending Seattle Pacific and living in Ashton Hall. Michael remembers falling asleep on more than one occasion during class from sheer fatigue. He tells of those adventures in his new book, How to Fish Without Getting Caught.
DEBBIE JUNE DAWSON is the president of the National Animal Control Association. Employed as a senior animal control officer in the Edmonds (Washington) Police Department, Debbie was elected president in May 2010 at the association's yearly training summit in Columbus, Ohio. She and her family reside in Edmonds, Washington.
ANNA CLEGHORN has served with Youth with a Mission since 1986. In 21 different countries, she has taught English and Bible, trained nationals how to teach the Bible, and now is in staff development at YWAM's training facility in Lakeside, Montana. "God has graciously allowed me to minister," she says. "It has been such a privilege to serve Him!"
WAYNE DALGARDNO M.B.A. '88 is chief operating officer for Raima Inc., which offers state-of-the-art embedded database and dataflow technologies. He has more than 25 years of management experience in the software industry with leading companies such as Adobe, Microsoft, and Boeing. Wayne resides in Renton, Washington.
CINDY MINKLER is an educator, freelance pianist, piano teacher, and performer in churches and other venues around the Pacific Northwest. Cindy is a member of the Lakota Sioux tribe and is enrolled in the Oglala Sioux tribe. Her Lakota name, Isa kip mani win, means "woman who walks with Jesus." In the 1990s, Cindy appeared on the television series Northern Exposure. In 2003, she performed her original composition, "Battle of the Little Bighorn," at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. She also won honors at the West Coast American Indian Music Awards Show. Cindy lives in Bellingham, Washington.
His Playoff Performance Became a YouTube Hit
In January 2011, Jim Cornelison ’86 traded the ice for the gridiron to sing the national anthem at Soldier Field for both of the Chicago Bears' NFL playoff games in front of more than 60,000 fans.
His stirring performance quickly became an online sensation. One YouTube clip of him singing before the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks exceeded 1 million hits within two weeks.
Since 2007, Jim has been the full-time national anthem singer for the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. While a student at Seattle Pacific University, Jim was a member of the Victory Quartet. His most influential professor was Vernon Wicker, now retired, who taught voice and helped him communicate text and emotion. The two remain friends, and Jim says he is treating his former professor to a hockey game this season.
After graduation, Jim honed his rich tenor voice in opera houses from Brussels to Santa Fe. In 1997, he arrived in Chicago as one of six apprentices — out of 800 who auditioned — chosen to the Lyric Opera's prestigious apprenticeship program. He has performed with Plácido Domingo and other opera stars. But Jim has arguably made his largest impact singing for sports fans.
"It's impossible not to have a strong emotional reaction," says Jim. "I have to keep cool and not get too carried away. It is arguably the greatest tradition in professional sports."
TIMOTHY "TIM" COLVIN is athletic director for the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. He played two years on the SPU Falcon men's soccer team and has taught in the SAAS middle school and upper school. He was the SAAS athletic director and coach from 1989 to 1995, but left to help run his own business, Northwest Caster and Equipment. Tim lives in Snohomish, Washington.
ADOLF MAAS is the owner of the Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital/Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine in Bothell, Washington. He just built a new 7,000+ square-foot facility that is the largest bird, exotic, and zoo animal hospital in the Pacific Northwest. From geckos to kangaroos, the facility's patient list is a compendium of creatures that hop, swim, slither, and fly — except for dogs, domestic cats, horses, and cows. Adolf resides in Bothell, Washington.
JADA RUPLEY M.ED. is the associate superintendent for teaching and learning in Washington's Educational Service District 112, where her duties include alternative school programs for at-risk students, truancy projects in Clark and Cowlitz counties, and a four-state national and community service AmeriCorps program. Last fall, she was appointed to the Clark College board of trustees by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire. Jada lives in Camas, Washington.
JODEE ANDERSON is the dean of students at Anacortes (Washington) High School. Prior to this position, Jodee taught English, physical education, and health at Sedro-Woolley High School. She lives in Mount Vernon, Washington.
LUCIA UNZAGA has been a school nurse for the Utah County Health Department for more than 16 years. She has also worked as a research assistant in the Blackfeet Center in Browning, Montana, and in nursing homes and hospitals, including as a nurse in the Indian Health Service Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For her support to students, parents, and teachers, and her strong efforts in finding health resources for families in need, she was chosen the 2009–10 Utah School Nurse of the Year. Lucia and her husband, Humberto, have six children and live in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
Bellingham's Biking Nurse
Nurse Practitioner Pedals to Patients' Homes
First they're surprised she makes house calls. Then they do a double take when she arrives on a bicycle, pulling a waterproof trailer of medical paraphernalia behind. Jody Bauer Hoppis '93, M.S.N. '98, is the creator of pedal-powered Mobile Medicine in Bellingham, Washington.
What exhilarates her most about the job? "When I can keep an elderly patient out of the E.R./hospital because I see them quickly with little hassle," she says.
An avid cycler anyway, Jody wanted work that better fit the schedule of her family — three children ages 6, 8, and 10, and husband Joe — than employment in a traditional family practice clinic.
"It's such a different experience to be on people's turf," she says. "I learn much more than I ever did when patients saw me at the clinic. To see a patient's environment firsthand gives me vital information about family dynamics, nutrition, and safety issues." This allows her to look at the whole person, a "holistic" focus on patient care she says was a valuable lesson from her SPU education.
The elderly, those with mobility issues, parents with young children at home, and working people with limited time off benefit most from her services, which include physical exams, treatment of chronic health problems, and physical and other therapies.
"I have quite a few patients who haven't been out of their homes, or beds, in several years," Jody says. "Getting them the care they need at a price they can afford is very challenging."
Jody appreciates that a "wonderfully supportive" School of Health Sciences Dean Lucille Kelley stays in touch.
MARCUS HAHNEMANN is goalie for England's Wolverhampton Wanderers and was the backup goalie for the U.S. national soccer team in the 2010 World Cup. In 1993, Marcus led the SPU Falcons men's soccer team to the NCAA Division II National Championship. When they are not in England, Marcus, his wife, AMANDA DAY HAHNEMANN '96, and their two sons, Hunter and Austin, spend time at their other home in Cle Elum, Washington. Marcus also recently received his private pilot's license.
AMELIA CARROLL M.S. has a general psychotherapy practice in West Seattle. She is a licensed mental health counselor certified in thanatology, the study of dying, death, and bereavement, and her practice emphasizes the area of loss and grief during life-cycle transitions. She also creates celebrations, blessings, and rituals that mark those significant life passages and leads workshops and retreats. Amelia lives in Port Orchard, Washington.
Family's Journey Touches Many
A Little Boy of Enormous Strength
A fan of M&Ms and Curious George, 2-year-old Cash Parriera was known for his sweet spirit and strong soul. The son of educator Jack Parriera '97 and former Seattle Pacific University systems analyst-webmaster Wendi VanderHoek Parriera '05, Cash died on January 28, 2011, of a rare and inoperable form of brain cancer.
"He gave the best kisses," says his mother, who remembers how happy Cash was to travel to Maui in December with 17 members of his family.
During an 11-month illness, Cash was cared for at Seattle Children's Hospital and at the Proton Center at MD Anderson in Houston. Over the course of his treatment, and while enduring hundreds of medical procedures, he never complained and rarely cried.
Gentle and affectionate, filled with infectious laughter, Cash touched many lives. Through the months of his illness, the Parrieras, who live in Ferndale, Washington, kept a blog documenting their son's journey. Followed by thousands of readers, their story of faith and hope touched the hearts of people across the country, many of whom wrote to say how their own faith had been rekindled by Cash's short, but profound life.
Both Wendi and Jack hope their son's legacy will remind others of the preciousness of the children in their lives. "Take time out and just love them, snuggle them … and just have a couch day," Wendi says. "Rejoice in their presence, remember what a gift it is to be a parent."
Cash is survived by his parents; two brothers, Jack and Kingston; and many extended family members and friends who loved him dearly.
SETH GARY is development manager for Ilahie Holdings Inc. His wife, TRISTAN JOHNSON GARY '08, owns Tristan Gary Designs, an interior design firm. Seth and Tristan serve on the Puget Sound Leadership Board of Medical Teams International and traveled to Guatemala with MTI in November. The Garys have two sons, a cat, and five chickens and live in Seattle.
JULIE ANDERSON LAMB is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at Pacific Northwest Fertility and IVF Specialists in Seattle. Previously, she was at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was an assistant professor/physician in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. At Pacific Northwest Fertility, Julie says she focuses not only on in vitro fertilization but also on personalizing fertility care while offering patients the latest in medical technology. Julie lives with her husband, Andrew, and their three boys on Mercer Island, Washington.
HEATHER TAUSCHECK and JOHN EVANS live in Anchorage, Alaska. Heather is a physician with Alaska Radiology Associates, where, as a diagnostic radiologist, she specializes in women's imaging. John is an attorney with Stoel Rives LLP, where he maintains a corporate practice and an oil and gas practice. The couple has a 5-year-old daughter, Clarie.
MATT ENGLISH was voted one of two 2009–10 Cascade Collegiate Conference Athletic Directors of the Year. He holds an M.B.A. in sports marketing from the University of Oregon and worked in the school's athletic department for seven years before becoming the athletic director for Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. Under Matt's leadership in only his second season at the post, Concordia has won or shared 13 regular season conference titles in six men's and women's sports. Matt resides in Portland.
ANNE MARIE OLNEY STERLING is a major in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and the executive officer of Madigan Army Medical Center. Her husband, ROBERT "ROB" STERLING, is a captain in the U.S. Army deployed to Afghanistan as a chaplain for the 504th Military Police Battalion. He will return to Ft. Lewis, Washington, at the end of his one-year deployment.
SHAUEN TRUMP serves with his wife, Krista, as a mission facilitator for the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, in Kenya and Tanzania. As a facilitator, he works alongside churches to teach, disciple, and help them to succeed. Shauen holds a master of divinity degree from Concordia Seminary and was ordained in September 2010. He also completed Swahili language school in Tanzania during 2010. Shauen, Krista, and their son, Josiah, reside in Nairobi, Kenya.
TIFFANY OAKES TURNER is one of three Washington small business owners who met with President Barack Obama during his visit to the state in August 2010. She and her husband, BRADY TURNER, own the Inn at Discovery Coast in Long Beach, Washington, where they live with their two children. The roundtable discussion focused on stories of small business entrepreneurs and their experiences obtaining small-business loans. The Turners were chosen, in part, because their business is succeeding despite current economic challenges. In June 2011, Tiffany and Brady plan to open a newly remodeled 84-unit oceanfront hotel adjacent to the Inn at Discovery Coast. Tiffany is also on the steering committee for the Main Street Alliance of Washington, a coalition of small business owners focused on health care, access to credit, and other issues that affect small businesses and the communities they serve in Washington state.
"Direct Trade" Coffee
Roaster Goes Straight to Farmers for Good Beans, Good Business
The idea for Kuma Coffee first started brewing around 2002 when Mark Barany '02, M.S. '08, worked part time as a barista. He got interested in roasting coffee. "I realized I had more control and could make the coffee better if I roasted it myself," he says.
Over the next several years, word-of-mouth news percolated throughout Seattle, and sales grew enough to merit buying bigger roasting equipment. In 2008 Mark launched Kuma Coffee, which roasts and supplies premium, "direct trade" coffee for shops, cafés, and individuals in the Seattle area.
Around 80 percent of the beans Mark uses comes directly from farmers in Central America, with no middlemen. "Farmers dictate the price that allows them to take good care of their employees," says Mark. "With direct trade, a lot of farms can offer onsite health care, education, and child care. I like that."
In 2010, Kuma became the first Seattle roaster to issue a transparency statement disclosing the prices it pays farmers. Running the business out of their home keeps Mark and his wife, Liz Hyatt Barany '03, M.Ed. '09, busy. But the former communication major says he wouldn't have it any other way: It's about more than the beans.
MANDY OLNEY earned her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Puget Sound in May 2010 and works at the V.A. Hospital in Seattle, assisting wounded and returning veterans. She is a former U.S. Army captain with the Signal Corps. She lives in Seattle.
ERIN MADDOX MCPHEE and her husband, Matthew, are both clergy in United Methodist congregations. The daughter of former SPU Paul T. Walls Professor of Wesleyan Theology Randy Maddox and SPU librarian Aileen Maddox, Erin pastors Pioneer Memorial United Methodist Church in Independence, California. Matthew is associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Bishop, California. The couple resides in Big Pine, California.
CHRISTINE MILLER oversees the North Carolina base of the African Children's Choir. Prior to this position, she toured for two years as a chaperone for ACC. Christine lives in New Hill, North Carolina.
ALISON OLNEY ROCKAFIELD works as a registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Seattle Children's Hospital. She and her husband, Mat, who works for The Boeing Company in its Everett plant, live in Mukilteo, Washington.
RYAN BEAGLE is senior pastor of Hillcrest Christian Fellowship in Mt. Vernon, Washington. He holds a master's degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. His wife, PATRICIA CLARK BEAGLE, holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Kentucky. She was the social services manager for an adoption agency and a caseworker for at-risk children through the Department of Social and Health Services. They reside in Mt. Vernon.
JAMIE DEBELL is a marketing coordinator and media buyer for the marketing firm Baron & Company in Bellingham, Washington. Along with managing multiple projects, Jamie focuses on copywriting, editing, and public relations. Previously, Jamie worked in New York City in the corporate communications department for Polo Ralph Lauren. She lives in Bellingham.
MICHAEL WINDLE is a recipient of the 2010 Gates Public Service Scholarship from the University of Washington School of Law. Awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in honor of public service advocate William H. Gates, the scholarship is full-ride in exchange for five years of public service law practice. Michael received the scholarship while serving as a case manager for HIV-positive homeless adults in Seattle. He now is pursuing a master's degree in public health and a law degree at UW. The son of missionaries, Michael was raised in Bolivia. He resides in Seattle.
STACEY JOHNSON is a mental health therapist with Blue Mountain Counseling in Dayton, Washington. She provides behavioral health services to individuals, families, and groups. Stacey will complete her master's degree in social work from Walla Walla University in March 2011. She lives in Walla Walla, Washington.
RASHANAH BOTLEY is director of a new Edmonds Community College program to boost the number of low-income, women, and minority students who pursue science and math-related careers at universities. The Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program, called MESA, is funded by a grant from Washington MESA. "I was lucky to grow up in a household where math was our language," Rashanah said in an interview with The Herald newspaper. She says she's designing MESA to be "like a family to offer that support and stability." Rashanah lives in Lynnwood, Washington."
VERONICA COOK is an associate with the Seattle accounting firm Peterson Sullivan LLP. Formerly a bookkeeper with a graphic service company, she studied in China for three months while a business major at SPU. She lives in Redmond, Washington.