the varsity softball team. She
was named to the All-Eastern
Athletic League Softball Team
after both her junior and
senior years in high school.
If playing two sports wasn’t
enough, somehow Misty also
found time to serve as her
high school’s student-body
president during her senior
year. At UPS Misty continued
to play softball and was named
First-Team All-Northwest
Conference and Second-Team
All-West Region in 2000. After
graduation she was interim
sports information officer at
Puget Sound, and she worked
with the media at the Olympic
Games in Sydney. She then
became media relations as-
sistant at the University of
Massachusetts for a couple
of seasons before taking the
assistant director of media rela-
tions position at the University
of Washington. Misty and her
husband have two sons.
Kristy Maddux
was promoted to
associate professor in the De-
partment of Communication
at the University of Maryland.
Her first book,
The Faithful
Citizen: Popular Christian Media
and Gendered Civic Identities
Baylor University Press, 2010),
won both the Organization for
the Study of Communication,
Language, and Gender Out-
standing Book Award and the
Religious Communication As-
sociation Book Award in 2011.
Kristy has published articles in
Rhetoric & Public Affairs
Studies in Media Communica-
Philosophy & Rhetoric
Feminist Media Studies
others. Congratulations, Kristy!
Richard Frey
a guest conduc-
tor at the West Point Concert
Band Conducting Workshop,
April 1–3. He currently is a
Doctor of Musical Arts candi-
date and graduate teaching
assistant in the department of
bands at Michigan State Uni-
versity College of Music. Rich-
ard holds a master’s degree in
wind conducting from Indiana
a master’s degree from the
University of Essex in the U.K.
and is an adjunct professor
at the Annenberg School for
Communication and Journal-
ism at the University of South-
ern California. Also noted is
that Dave is a father of four—
including triplets!
This fall
will start
as principal of Saltar’s Point
Elementary School in Steila-
coom, Wash. He previously
was assistant principal at Se-
quoyah Middle School in the
Federal Way school district,
where he also held positions
as dean of students, middle
school math teacher, and
elementary school teacher. Al-
exander also taught fourth and
fifth grades in an international
school in Latvia. He earned his
master’s degree in educational
administration at Heritage
turned to the UO in 2002, and
is director of the Oregon Eco-
nomic Forum and the author
of the
University of Oregon In-
dex of Economic Indicators
Central Oregon Business
Tim also has published
in the
Journal of Economics and
See blog posts by Tim
Choi Halladay
was named
vice president for administra-
tive services at Pierce College
in Tacoma. He most recently
was the assistant city manager
of finance and administra-
tion for the city of Lakewood,
Wash., overseeing the mu-
nicipality’s $90 million annual
budget. Choi holds a master’s
degree in economics from
The University of Iowa. Previ-
ously he was vice president
of administration, director of
technology, and a tenured
mathematics instructor at
Wenatchee Valley College.
In March the
Tumwater City
Council appointed
pher Coker
to a municipal
court judgeship, filling a
seat left by a retiring judge.
Christopher will serve the
remainder of the term, which
expires Dec. 31. He earned his
J.D. from Gonzaga University
School of Law and has served
as a clerk with the Washington
state attorney general’s office
and the U.S. attorney’s office.
Christopher is a partner in the
Olympia, Wash., law offices of
Younglove & Coker PLLC. He is
married and has three school-
age children.
In March
elected to the board of the
American Academy of Or-
thopaedic Surgeons at the
group’s annual meeting in
Chicago. Todd specializes in
pediatric orthopaedic surgery
and currently is the program
director and an associate
professor in the Department
of Orthopaedic Surgery and
Sports Medicine at the Uni-
versity of Kentucky College of
Medicine. Todd also works at
Shriners Hospitals for Children
in Lexington. He received his
medical and master’s in surgi-
cal research degrees from the
University of Virginia. Todd
is a member of the Pediatric
Orthopaedic Society of North
America, the Scoliosis Research
Society, and the American
Academy of Pediatrics.
Jason Werts
promoted to chief
operating officer for Unitus
Community Credit Union
in Portland, Ore. He joined
Unitus in 2006 and previously
served as the credit union’s
vice president of member ser-
vices. Before Unitus, Jason was
a longtime vice president at
Wells Fargo, and he has more
than 20 years of financial-
services industry experience.
He holds an M.B.A. from Port-
land State University.
In May the
City Business Journal
Mariner Kem-
The article follows UMB
Financial Corp’s advancement
from the time Mariner took
over as chair and CEO of the
company in 2004 to the pres-
ent. Of local note, Mariner’s
great-grandfather founded Ro-
man Meal in Tacoma.
On May 20
Jon Matsubara
appeared on a live segment
of the
show, filmed
on Waikiki Beach outside the
Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Azure
Restaurant, where Jon is execu-
tive chef. He demonstrated
how to make two popular
dishes, black magic ahi and
smoked Hawaiian moonfish
tartare. Watch the demonstra-
tion at
Rachel Martin
became the regular
host of NPR’s
Weekend Edition
She had been interim
host of the program since fall
Rachel was, since 2010,
NPR’s national security cor-
respondent, covering defense
and intelligence issues and of-
ten reporting from Afghanistan
and Iraq. She served as NPR’s
religion correspondent from
to 2007, and won Best
Radio Feature for her piece on
Islam in America from the Re-
ligion Newswriters Association
in 2007. Rachel also previously
reported for ABC television
Spring Grove
noted re-
cently that
Leonard Liptack
Bible Reading Survival
is in its second print-
ing. Len, a pastor, designed
the book from notes and
other information compiled for
Bible classes he’s taught and
continues to teach. The book
provides a big-picture view of
the Bible and four options for
reading it, varying in depth
and based on the amount of
reading a person wants to do.
The article also mentioned that
he received proofing and edit-
ing suggestions from his wife,
Sharra Wall Liptack ’98
The two live in Black Hammer
Township in Minnesota with
their three children.
We preview
s first col-
lection of poetry,
The Crucifix-
in this edition of
on page 17. Todd will be on
campus the first week in Oc-
tober for a reading of his work
and to visit classes.
Laura Kalinski Opstedal
her husband, Chris, added a
son to their family on Sept. 10,
Finn Christopher joins
three sisters: 5-year-old twins
Eva and Emma, and 3-year-
old Libby. Laura (who had
never lived outside of Tacoma!)
and family moved to Bozeman,
Mont., in April and are enjoy-
ing all the outdoor activities
and scenery Montana has to
offer. She is a part-time physi-
cal therapist at Bridger Ortho-
pedic and Sports Medicine.
Misty Cole
inducted into the
Paradise [Calif.] High School
Athletic Hall of Fame on May
She played varsity girls
basketball and also was on
alumni news and correspondence
We preview Todd
Fredson’s (’98) first
collection of poetry,
The Crucifix-Blocks,
in this edition of
on page 17.
Todd will be on
campus the first
week in October for
a reading of his work
and to visit classes.
Tim Duy
is a regular contribu-
tor to the EconoMonitor blog.
He earned his M.S. and Ph.D.
in economics at the University
of Oregon. After graduate
school Tim worked in Wash-
ington, D.C., as an economist
for the U.S. Department of the
Treasury and later with the G7
Group. While with G7, he was
responsible for monitoring the
activities of the Federal Reserve
and currency markets. Tim re-
Erin Lubin