Comings and Goings

The university welcomes Abigail Hortegas as a data manager for the undergraduate admissions department. She has worked at the university as a data entry specialist on a temp basis for the past year and, before that, spent a year as a design associate for Jonathan Adler, a home décor products company. While a student at Seattle Pacific University, Abigail worked as a manager at a local bookstore and coffee shop in 2014-15. She also worked as an office assistant for Seattle Pacific’s School of Health Sciences in 2013-14. She lives in Newberg with her husband Alexander and attends Door of Hope church in Portland.

Alexandra Harrington has joined the university as a student accounts specialist and veterans certifying official at the Portland Center. She has worked the past five years in the dentistry profession, working most recently as a dental assistant for a practice in Milwaukie, Oregon. Previously, she worked as a surgical assistant at two different dental practices (2013-16) after starting her career in the field as a dental assistant (2012-13). Alexandra is currently enrolled in George Fox’s management and organizational leadership program and previously studied dental assisting at Concorde Career College and applied science at Portland Community College. She lives in Aloha and attends Pilgrim Lutheran Church.

Brett Papineau has transitioned from a temp position as a software engineer and programmer analyst to a full-time job as a programmer analyst for the university’s data analytics team. He has been with the university since November of last year. Brett previously worked in conjunction with the University of Idaho and its associated partners in software engineering and technical support positions in Moscow, Idaho. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2014. Brett currently lives in McMinnville and likes to attend a variety of churches with various family members and close friends.

Plant Services welcomes Glory Lehman as a custodian. She has been self-employed as a house cleaner for the past 17 years. The daughter of missionaries, she spent some of her growing-up years abroad, including her high school years, as she earned a high school-equivalent diploma as a home-schooled student in Daegu, South Korea, in 2000. Glory lives in Newberg with her husband Jason and four children – Zebulun (17), Noah (15), Jonah (13) and Skye (11) – and attends Horizon Church in Sherwood.

The following faculty members are retiring from the university or are leaving George Fox this summer to pursue other opportunities: Dirk Barram (Business), Ginny Birky (Education), Kathy Campobasso (Education), Eileen Celentano (Art and Design), Sik Yin Chan (Social Work), Karen Hamlin Bezanson (Education), Rachael Henry (Education), Joshua Hren (English), Mary Johnson (Education), Alan Kluge (Business), Virginia Lundquist (Nursing), Chris Morrissey (Sociology), Roger Newell (Christian Studies), David Pollock (Engineering), Bo Sanders (Seminary), Mary Schmitt (Christian Studies), Jeff Tatum (Sociology) and Pat Vandehey (Music).

After 17 years of service to George Fox, Rich Bass (IT) is leaving the university this Friday, June 9. He plans to build websites that promote his wife Atoya’s hair stylist business and dedicate more time to his passion of painting scenic landscapes in oil pastels, oils and acrylics.

Sandy Cherachanko (Student Accounts) left the university in May.

Natalie Harrington (Women’s Lacrosse Coach) has left the university.

Holly Kirby (Engineering) left the university to make the move to California, where her husband took a job.

Sarah Taylor (Student Life) has left George Fox to transition to a full-time parenting role and to join her husband at his new job at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.

Merrill Johnson (Dean of Libraries) is retiring from George Fox this summer after 37 years of service to the university. His future plans include volunteer work, spending more time with his wife Candy, and doing extensive research into his family’s history.

Craig Taylor (Athletic Director) is retiring from the university this summer after serving in multiple capacities at the school for 43 years. He plans to spend more time with his wife Kathy, more time on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and do some consulting work for Division III institutions. His last day at George Fox will be June 30.

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