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Olsen named Oregon High School Principal of the Year Kris Olsen ’83, principal of Marianne Mills ’72 of McMinnville was inducted into the Oregon Athletic Directors Hall of Fame. Raymond and Patricia (Finley) Johnson, both ’74, live in Eugene where Raymond just celebrated the 10th anniversary of founding his own company. Alitash Kebede ’75 of North Hollywood, Calif., had a traveling art collection that visited 10 museums across the country. Paul Pick ’77 of Gresham has served 31 years in public education and eight years as a professor at Concordia University. Timothy Ledbetter ’78 of Richland, Wash., was promoted to chaplain supervisor and educator. Janine Sarti ’78 of Poway, Calif., an attorney at Palomar Pomerado Health System, was rated “AV preeminent,” the highest rating of professional excellence earned in law through a peer review process. 2 8 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Summer 2015 1980-89 Jan (Miyahira) Wahl ’80 of Normal, Ill., is retiring in June and moving to Hawaii. Cindy (Macho) Johnson ’81 of Los Angeles, Calif., will become president of the Southwestern Law School Alumni Association. Judith (Silbernagel) Boni ’82 of Scio retired and returned to Oregon. Rob Saxton ’82 of Sherwood, Oregon state school superintendent, will become interim superintendent of Northwest Regional Education Service District, effective June 30. Julie Jones ’85 of Walla Walla, Wash., is well known as a motivational speaker through her own company Julie Anne Jones. Dan McLaughlin ’85 of Honolulu, Hawaii, teaches English at Roosevelt High School and recently released an album of original songs on iTunes, Shadow Box by Mr. Mac. mrmac808.com Lynda (Lybeck) Robinson ’86 of Unalaska, Alaska, published her second book for piano solos, Awesome Adventures for Tweens. Tammy (Fishel) Berks ’87 of Portland is a volunteer for FACES, Foundation for the Advancement of Cleft Education and Services. Timothy Eakins ’87 of Hilo, Hawaii, is retired. Catherine Gambee ’87 of Hillsboro is a dermatology nurse. Christopher Turner ’89 of Fredericksburg, Texas, was the defensive coordinator for a six-man football team that won the state championship last fall. 1990-99 Hillary (Atkinson) Harm ’92 moved to McMinnville from Omaha, Neb., for her husband’s job. Sarah (Lowrey) Razee ’93 of Honolulu, Hawaii, received the 2014 Patricia Behring Hawaii State National History Day, Teacher of the Year Award. Victoria (Montrose) Olson ’94 of Tumwater, Wash., started her own business, VTM assist, and also works at South Puget Sound Community College. Douglas Thomas ’95 of Canby retired from the military, received his master’s from the University of Phoenix and is currently a teacher. Wendy Kincade ’96 of Corvallis received her master’s degree in conflict/dispute resolution from the University of Oregon. Nissa (Cockrell) Roberts ’96 of Gearhart spoke to the Linfield Class of 2015 representing the Alumni Leadership Council. JoAnne (Hackney) O’Keefe ’96 and ’00 of Hillsboro is associate manager of the Medical Procedure Unit at Kaiser. McMinnville High School, was named Oregon High School Principal of the Year, joining a list of Linfield alumni who are considered some of the best educators. Olsen was honored for his leadership and for the role he has played in the major improvements made in the district over the past dozen years. Modestly, Olsen credits the teachers around him for the success. “Many individuals have played a significant role in the development of our school programs and offerings,” he said.” It has very little to do with me and a whole lot to do with the teacher-leaders that have made it happen.” As a Linfield education major, Olsen said he learned the importance of history and tradition and implements those lessons in his current role. “Linfield prepares us all well,” he said. “I learned the importance of knowing who came before you and that the traditions have important meaning to the community. Reinforcing that allegiance to the institution is very powerful.” After graduating from Linfield, Olsen earned a doctorate from Oregon State University. He taught middle school and coached in Amity and Woodburn, then served as an assistant principal at Central High School in Independence. He joined the McMinnville district in 1994 as middle school principal, serving a four-year stint as principal at South Salem High School before returning to McMinnville as principal in 2003. Under Olsen’s leadership, McMinnville High School is thriving. Not only does it boast one of the top graduation rates in the state, the school offers a comprehensive list of electives; its English Language Learners exceed state averages in achievement; and it provides programs in STEM, career pathways and dual credit. In fact, the dual credit program has been number one in the state in total number of college credits earned by graduating seniors, Olsen said. “The dual credit program is such an economic benefit for students and their families,” he added. “Many of our students are entering college with sophomore and junior standing. I’m proud of that.” Olsen joins a list of Linfield educators who have been recognized for their dedication to teaching. Last fall, Michael Lindblad ’94 was named Oregon Teacher of the Year; Nathaniel Wight ’99 received the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators; and Tim Love ’07 was named Oregon Social Studies Teacher of the Year. In 2011, Cathy Carnahan ’73 was named state and national middle school principal of the year.


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