1980 Virginia Ann Studer lives in Sierra Vista, Ariz., and has served as associate pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church for the past six years. Studer and her two daughters, Tessa (12) and Megan (9), recently spent six weeks in Hana, Hawaii, on the island of Maui, where Virginia provided pulpit support for the Wananalua Congregational Church.
1982 James Nendel has successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at The Pennsylvania State University. He is on the faculty at Eastern Washington University, in Cheney. Kristina Bossingham is a high-school teacher at The River at Music City, in Nashville, Tenn. Noma Hudson is the principal of Mint Valley Elementary School, in Longview, Wash. Chris (Reynolds) Moreau has been teaching elementary music for the past 18 years in Spokane public schools. She is the author of a science-fiction novel, The Professor's Telescope, the first in a series of edu-sci-fi novels designed to entertain children while teaching them about science, astronomy, and space exploration. Learn more at www.theprofessorstelescope.com.
1983 Sue (Almour) Carroll teaches language arts at a diverse, low-income middle school in Perris, Calif. Her husband, Robert, was recently promoted to sergeant with the San Diego Police Department. The Carrolls live in Temecula.
1984 Linda (Bocksch) Mega is a sixth-grade teacher at Freeman Middle School, south of Spokane, and also coaches the Math is Cool team for fourth- through eighth-graders. Scott Jackson, his wife, Bonnie, and their daughter, Auria, moved to Lawrence, Kan., in 2005. He works as a support-services coordinator for people with disabilities. Thomas Bowerman is in his fourth year as a music teacher in Anchorage, Alaska. George Benson has been teaching fourth-graders at the American School of Warsaw, in Poland, for the past six years. He has toured Poland and Romania by bike and has cross-country skied in the Alps.
1986 Jeannie (Stecher) Kuhn and her husband, Doug, have been married for 15 years and make their home in Los Angeles, Calif.; she serves as pastor of the El Segundo Community Church of Christ. Mark Oordt and his family have lived in Northern Italy since 2004. Marjorie Richards married Nancy Reinhold on July 26 in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, B.C. The ceremony was performed by a marriage commissioner for the Province of British Columbia, Canada, and by the Rev. S. Ann Richards, a Presbyterian minister from Portland, Ore., who gave the blessing. Cathy (Verdier) Brown and her husband, Mike, have returned with their family from Central Asia, where they've lived for the past eight years. They have been appointed Central Asia regional liaisons for the Presbyterian Church (USA) for the countries of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
1987 Lisa Commander attends Seattle Pacific University, where she is working on a doctorate in education, with a focus on curriculum development for adult-education history programs. Paula Zeller lives in Huntington Beach, Calif., and is currently the second female president of the California Water Environment Association. She works as the senior plant operator for the Orange County Sanitation District.
1988 Cindy Secor lives in Germany, where she and her husband, Blain, have met several Whitworth alums including Nancy Hammack, '81, who is a school principal, and Ann (Berry) Burland, '72, who teaches math.
1989 Kathi Lefebvre received the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering at a White House ceremony for scientists who study pollutants in the atmosphere and ocean. She was also awarded a grant from the Oceans and Human Health Initiative Center of Excellence at the University of Washington. Lefebvre earned a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2001.
1982 A boy, Grayson Mikaiah Kalani, to James and Melissa Nendel, '94,
1989 A girl, Machara Caoimhe McLauchlan, to Susan Estinson and Doug McLauchlan, April 22
1989 A boy, Jacob, to Cindy (Takayesu) and Paul Hoffmann, May 5, 2004
1989 A girl, Samantha Marcinek, to Kathi Lefebvre, Sept. 17
Carlton Ashley, '83, died Oct. 4, 2006. Mr. Ashley obtained his degree in International Relations from Whitworth College where he also played football. Carlton was a successful producer in Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife Nancy (Cardwell) Ashley,'81, and their four children.
George Olson, '83, died Aug. 21. He was a career administrator for Spokane County. He is survived by two sisters and several uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces.
Linda Hodges-Hull, '83, died June 20, 2005. She completed her degree in elementary education and sign language. She is survived by four children.