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2013 Fall

These class notes and news items are published in conjunction with the 2013 fall edition of Marylhurst Unlimited.


Sylvia Hester '63 – I was so looking forward to our 1963 50th reunion but I am on pilgrimage to Italy, Spain and Portugal with my church at that time. Please pass on the word to everyone that I miss them and would have loved to have been there with them. I am very sad to miss this very important reunion.


Darthula Diane Goetz '87 just received a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific College. This fall, she will pursue a Doctor of Business Administration with a focus on Organizational Leadership and Non-Profit Organizations.


Bernadette Howlette '99 – As of July 1, I am serving as the new Director of Scholarly Activity and Institutional Effectiveness for Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. Prior to this I served as the Director of Research at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot, Idaho, before transitioning to an Affiliate Faculty position with the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University. In 2012, I received a federal grant award from the Healthcare Resources and Services Administration to establish a rural health network in SE Idaho.

I have also recently published a textbook, titled Evidence-based Practice for Health Professionals: An Interprofessional Approach.

I want to thank Marylhurst, especially with regard to the publication of my book because it was my education at Marylhurst that engendered in me a valuing and understanding of interdisciplinary practice. Interdisciplinary collaboration is one of the central concepts behind the book and has, in fact, been the foundation of my entire career. I am able to work as a health care researcher and scholar because of the multi-disciplinary training and collaborations I have pursued ever since I graduated from Marylhurst. I often speak of the excellent education I received there!


Debra Rose Giannini, M.A. '09 – After completing my M.A. in Health Arts & Sciences at Goddard College in Vermont, I was offered the opportunity to train and teach through Think First Oregon's Trauma Prevention team and the Balance Laboratory at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU). I am using the foundations of my interdisciplinary Marylhurst B.A. (in psychology and expressive therapy) in this role, along with the tenets of self-care and resilience that comprised my master's thesis.

OHSU's Think First Oregon is part of a national network of prevention programs for brain and spinal cord injuries. They also administer Boston University's acclaimed "Fear of Falling: Matter of Balance" (Copyright 1995 Trustees of Boston University) program and certification for this region. I obtained my certification to teach after completing the coaching course in 2012.

I'll be teaching the series of Matter of Balance sessions, which include strategies for safety at home and on the town, as well as exercises designed to improve balance and prevent falls. Our class at Marylhurst University is being organized by Celina Ratliff, and will be open to staff, gerontology students and Mary's Woods residents. By increasing our awareness, adapting to our surroundings and staying mobile, we can prevent the damage, cost and inconvenience of injury.


Jane O'Brien '13 is pursuing a Master of Social Work at the University of Southern California with an expected graduation date of August 2015.

Yona Lunken '13 - Thank you MU for a wonderful MBA in Sustainable Business program.

In Memoriam

Patricia LeVan Hargis '43, February 9, 2013, Yakima, WA
Adelina I. Boitano Paperini '43, July 10, 2013, Portland, OR
Pilar Elisa Walker '48, July 29, 2013, San Jose, CA
Sr. Theresa Stupfel, SNJM '49, August 14, 2013, Lake Oswego, OR
Sr. Miriam Philip Friedrich, SNJM '54, August 3, 2012, Lake Oswego,  OR
Audrey Pearson Kelley '54, December 21, 2012, Bellevue, WA
Annamae Jost Niedermeyer '54, October 8, 2012, Portland, OR
Sr. Patricia Nizic, SNJM '54, September 24, 2012, Lake Oswego, OR
Sr. Rae Skinner, SNJM '54, June 30, 2013, Lake Oswego, OR
Sr. Dona Van Hoomissen, SNJM '58, May 2, 2013, Lake Oswego, OR
Clarine Anchustegui Villeneuve '59, March 18, 2013, Phoenix, AZ
Kathleen Lockie '62, May 2, 2013, Portland, OR
Sr. Mary McNassar, SNJM '62, May 30, 2013, Lake Oswego, OR
Kristi Claeys, daughter of Ardith Vanderzanden Claeys '63, July 2, 2013, Portland, OR
William (Bill) Crocker, husband of Elizabeth Brownlie Crocker '65, August 25, 2013, Salem, OR
Alice Schlenker '78, April 27, 2013, Lake Oswego, OR
Georgina Rossiter Pierr '80, July 29, 2012, Salem, OR
Anna C. Mock Busch '84, January 24, 2013, Portland, OR
Arlene B. Pletsch '88, February 22, 2013, Killdeer, ND
Patricia Lou "Pat" Peterson '93, May 10, 2103, Colbert, WA


2013 Spring

These class notes and news items are published in conjunction with the 2013 spring edition of Marylhurst Unlimited.


Kathy Beeson Carney '64 – I think of Marylhurst with fondness and count the ways my education there broadened my world and opened doors for me.

Linda Louise Stohosky Kochmar '66 was elected to the State House of Representatives in Washington state last November. She took her oath of office in Olympia in January; her sister Sr. Rita Rose Stohosky, SSMO '58 attended. In addition to being a Marylhurst alumna, Linda is also an alumna of St. Mary's Academy.


Colleen Hoss '81 – I have established the Milestones & Memories project to raise $70,000 to benefit four charities in my community. I have undertaken the project as a special way to celebrate my upcoming 70th birthday, what would have been my husband's 80th birthday, and to honor the memory of my beloved husband who died in the summer of 2012 and my dear aunt who died this past fall.

In launching this project, I also hope to encourage others to reach out and benefit those in need when celebrating their own milestones and in remembering those they love and have lost.

You can find out more at

Debby Lyttle '86 was just honored by the National Newspaper Association in Guatemala as Outstanding Foreign Artist of the Year for 2012. Debby serves as the music director at Colegio Maya, the American International School of Guatemala City.


Catherine Cannon Al-Meten '98 - I want to share my joy at having compiled years' worth of my poetry into a volume entitled, Shadows: A Collection of Poetry. It has been published for print-on-demand on Amazon and as an e-publication for Kindle. I would say, "Bon appetite," if it were a meal. Hope you enjoy the journey through some of the verse that came out of my life.

Visit to find book previews, copies and author information.


Trumpeter, composer and teacher Thara Memory '01 was awarded a Grammy award for "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists" for the song City of Roses with artist Esperanza Spalding. In a CBS backstage interview, Spalding said of the award "this was for Thara...I'm one of his students, and all of us would have no life in music if it wasn't for the work of this man." Memory began performing at the age of 11 and has played with many jazz and blues greats during his ongoing career. He has a long-standing history of teaching youth and performing in Portland, Oregon since 1970. Visit for more information.

John Farrell '05, after receiving a Masters in Applied Theology at Marylhurst, completed a Certificate in Clinical Health Care Ethics - Catholic concentration at Saint Louis University. In September 2012 he completed his dissertation, Legal and Ethical Standards of Patient Autonomy - Active Learning to Facilitate Nursing Practice Initiatives in Palliative Medicine, and was awarded a Doctorate in Health Education from A. T. Still University. John presented Health Literacy and Advanced Care Planning to the Colorado Health Ethics Forum in April 2012.

Amy Buchheit '06, had her one-of-a-kind, hand painted, custom shoes featured on The Cooking Channel's Bitchin' Kitchen December 5 and 6, 2012 during Season 3, Episode 9 - Mad Men[u].  The shoes were custom designed specifically for the host of the show, Nadia G.  Reruns will show on both The Cooking Channel and Food Network Canada.  More information on the shoes can be found on Bitchin' Kitchen's website at


Lola Carlile '10 - I have published my fifth book, Art as Therapy for Retirees, this past month. I am also working in an elementary school part-time as an art therapist and am in the process of writing an Intergenerational Art as Therapy booklet for the Salem Art Association. The title of the other books are The Twin Within, Teaching Literacy in a Global Society, Three Blind Men and a Lady, and Eyes Within. They are all available on Amazon.

Rabbi Rob Abramovitz '10's latest paper, Narrative Leadership: Creating an Environment That Works, has been accepted into the 2013 International Conference of the Association of Global Management Studies at University of California – Berkeley. His paper will also be published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Global Management Studies Professional. The reviewers rated the "quality of research design" and "the legitimacy of conclusions" as extremely high. In addition to being a Master of Divinity alum, Rob is also a member of Marylhurst's School of Business faculty.

In Memoriam

Wilhemena Anna Macnab Flack Phillips '43, July 14, The Dalles, OR
Betty Jean DeHaven Wilson '43, December 7, Hoquiam, WA
Mary Ellen Brozene Lajoy '45, July 19, Portland, OR
Betty L. Manegre Vlahos '45, September 18th, Wilsonville, OR
Bernadine "Bernice" Bayley Hanson '46, October 2, Spokane, WA
Jacqueline Ann "Jackie" "Nana" Wilson '46, January 6, Meridian, ID
Mary Pauline "Polly" May Burke '48, December 17, Portland, OR
Lois Vengelen Ball '51, October 13, Redmond, OR
Ursula Blomquist Cogan '53, November 23, Portland, OR
Cornelia B. "Connie" O'Leary Heston '57, July 5, Spokane, WA
Sr. Mary Garvin '62, January 5, Spokane, WA
Jill Simonsen Graham '69, December 7, Warrenton, OR
Lillian White Crom '78, October 23, Depoe Bay, OR
William Maplethorpe, husband of Barbara Maplethorpe '81, Nov 8, Sherwood, OR
Jean Louise Livengood Wilson Naish '87, January 4, St. Helens, WA
Timothy William Benton '97, January 11, Portland, OR
Brian Scott Farquhar '10, November 4, West Linn, OR

Faculty & Staff:

Rev. Trudy Bradley '10, September 28, 2012, Portland, OR
Aliza Mizrachi Keddem, July 19, 2012, Portland, OR
Mary Sennett Kucera, December 26, 2012, Lake Oswego, OR
Sr. Frances Madden '49, June 6, 2012, Lake Oswego, OR

Last updated March 27, 2013.


Summer/Fall 2012

These class notes and news items are published in conjunction with the 2012 summer/fall edition of Marylhurst Unlimited.


Mary Kileen Sparks '71 – Clarence and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary while metal detecting in England. This is our eighth trip detecting for Celtic, Viking, Roman and Saxon artifacts and coins in the fields of Essex. My top find this year was a Saxon decorated belt slide from the 8th Century. I have donated it to the Colchester Museum where many will be able to see it.


Janet P. Swartz '82 – My Marylhurst experience was a highlight in my graduate education. I am still teaching and learning and enjoying my career, thanks to the high quality of education I received. Thank you for your time and attention to preparing me so well.


Lucinda Rawdon Brown (formerly Stephens) '92 - September 2012 will mark my sixth year of teaching elementary and secondary art at Veritas School in Newberg. I've discovered that teaching is a perfect fit and I am very passionate about my job. Along with teaching K-8th grade weekly, I also head up hands-on art labs for 10th-11th grade art history students, hold an after school art program for preteens-adult beginners, as well as weekly classes for private students in the homeschool community. I'm happy to say that I use my BFA in Art every single day!

Majida ("M.K.") Nelson '99, B.A. Art, has published The Royal Red Secret, her first middle grade mystery book as author and illustrator. The book was originally published by Puddle Town Group in April 2012. Visit, or visit M.K. Nelson's Facebook page for more information.


Jerilyn E. Felton '02 '05, MAIS, MAT, recently completed her Doctor of Ministry degree at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. She retired from her work at the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon to pursue the implementation of the program she created for dog ministry in healthcare facilities, the topic of her dissertation project.

Elayna Alexandra '07 '10, MBA, founder and owner of the independent consulting and business process outsourcing company Bluebird Experience, is excited to be putting her Marylhurst MBA to good use. She is combining her skills as businesswoman, artist and creative thinker to build better businesses alongisde fellow Marylhurst MBA alumna Rebecca Krail '10, MBA. Together both women are building a company that prides itself on delivering creative strategy development and streamline execution services from strategy development, business change leaders and market research to bookkeeping, social media management and customer relations and communication services, to bring soloprenuers, startups and nonprofits to their highest level of success possible.

Alexandra and Krail's goal for Bluebird Experience is to continue to grow and build a larger network incorporating young professionals and emerging artists along with seasoned leaders to provide the best service to the clients possible. "We want to not only build better business that is,businesses with higher profit, happier employees, more market share, and in general businesses that operate smarter. But we also want to make jobs in the future, provide recent grads the opportunity to excel, emerging artists the chance to work on really cool projects." While they both handle clients in their home bases of Denver and Chicago, they also serve individuals and businesses anywhere in the United States.

Visit for more information.

Scott Craig '07, MBA was recently named Director of Operations for Infinera's photonic integrated circuit fab.  In this role he is responsible for operations, equipment maintenance, wafer, module test, and facilities. He will be leading the team through a capacity ramp this year.

He was previously a Director at Solyndra Solar in Fremont California where he was responsible for the green field start up and ramp of fab2.

Joyce Vitalo '08 – I graduated in July from Fielding Graduate University earning my Doctor of Education (EdD). My dissertation topic was "Gender Related Factors on Female Morale in a Telecommunications Organization: The Last Twenty Years."


John Adey '11, MBA was named president of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), a non-profit organization established in 1954 to develop safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance and repair of marine craft. Adey has served with ABYC since 2002, first in the technical department then as technical director, vice president and interim president.  In his work as technical director of the 4,000-member non-profit organization, he managed major boating safety grants from the U.S. Coast Guard and all ABYC boating standards development for the U.S. and internationally. He is widely respected for his far-reaching technical expertise in boat construction, his ability to work with diverse interests in recreational boating and he is an ABYC Certified Master Technician. Prior to joining ABYC in 2002, he owned and operated a marine supply and fishing tackle business in New Jersey with his wife, Lauri. He has also been involved in marina management and brokerage services.

Membership and general information about the American Boat & Yacht Council can be obtained at or by calling 410-990-4460.

In Memoriam

Zoe Patrick Fitzgerald Perrin '41, Jan. 17, Sacramento, CA
Angeline Danner Miller '42, Jan. 16, Lake Oswego, OR
Helen E. Ashe '43, May 18, Seattle, WA
Barbara Teasdale Skelley Mackin '44, Jan. 12, Portland, OR
Teresa Taylor Fetsch '46, Jan. 22, Lakeview, OR
Bernadine (Beni) Mary Ballmes '50, Mar. 31, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Rosalia Brusati '51, May 21, Kirkland, WA
Joan T. McNurney '51, Jan. 27, Portland, OR
Helen Margaret Wortman '51, May 10, Florence, OR
Regina R. Magee '52, Aug. 21, Sublimity, OR
Shirley Anne St. George '57, June 12, Yakima, WA
Katherine C. Kaiser '66, May 12, Portland, OR
Honora Mary "Nonie" Scott '70, Feb. 19, Portland, OR
Autry May Powell '78, Jan. 09, Portland, OR
Anthony (Tony) Michael Platt, son of Kathy Schilling '99, May 21, Portland, OR

Last updated September 28, 2012.






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