December 2017-January 2018 Alumni Update

By wayne.steffen on January 30, 2018 @ 4:17pm

Meredith DeVoe (MA ’17) is a teacher at Hillcrest School in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.

Dustin Maddox (BA ’12, SEM ’17) was ordained by the San Joaquin Presbytery on January 13, 2018, and is now associate pastor at University Presbyterian Church in Fresno. sierrastar.com/living/article196207504.html

Roxanne Aguirre (MA ’14) is a part-time coordinator of Spanish-language ministry training programs at the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. brethren.org/news/2018/roxanne-aguirre-to-coordinate-spanish-language-training.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

Melissa Bergen (SEM ’09, BA ’04) and Katie Wiebe (TC ’05, BA ’04) were part of Christian Leader articles in November and December 2017 on a Christmas store christianleadermag.com/christmas-thieves-benefit-communities/ and christianleadermag.com/shafter-christmas-store-serves-105-children/

Christina Marks (BA ’07) earned her teaching credential in elementary education (K-8) with an endorsement in special education and was hired as a special education teacher for Vision Charter School in Caldwell, ID. This career change allows Christina to follow in the footsteps of her mother, an FPU alumni who finishing her 20th year teaching special education.

Kimberly Salomonson (MA 00) was reappointed to the California Advisory Commission on Special Education californianewswire.com/calif-gov-brown-announces-appointments-for-jan-8-10-2018-including-to-department-of-water-resources/

Darrel Cox (BA ’79) competed in FPU cross country and track from 1973-1975. After graduation, he taught in Clovis Unified School District from 1979-1988, then moved to San Diego and worked for a chiropractic office as a massage therapist for two years. Moving to Massachusetts in 1990, Darrel opened his own muscular therapy office in 1990. Since 2005 he has coached cross country at Pentucket High School, and was selected Coach of the Year for the Cape Ann League and Massachusetts Division 2 in 2017. Darrel also started the indoor boys track team, which has a record of 31-10-2. He and wife Catherine married in 1989 and have one son, Jason.

Pakisa Tshimika (BA ’78) published a letter in the January 22 Mennonite World Review regarding public statements about people from African countries mennoworld.org/2018/01/22/the-world-together/open-letter-to-americans-about-trumps-view-of-african-countries/