Comings and Goings

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Jesse Cetz joins the Office of Student Life to serve as the first generation student success coordinator and Liberation Scholars project manager. A recipient of the Act Six Scholarship (Cadre 9), he graduated from George Fox in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. Between the fall of 2019 and the spring of 2020, he worked as a digital marketing coordinator for Adpearance, a digital marketing company based in Portland. Previously, Jesse worked as a project manager intern for Thesis Agency in Portland during the summer of 2019. As a student, he was executive vice president of the Associated Student Community from 2018 to 2019. More recently, he has spent the last year volunteering as a Young Life Leader at McKay High School in Salem, and served as the program coordinator for the Intercultural Resource Center since February 2021. Jesse grew up in Southeast Portland and currently lives in Salem with his wife Marnasha.


The undergraduate admissions office welcomes Miranda Davidson as a visit coordinator this month. A 2020 alumna of George Fox, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication, she has spent the past year as the social media director for Family Life Church in Newberg, developing the church’s media strategy for Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. During her time as a student, Miranda was an admissions counseling intern (2017-20) and a visit and events intern (summer of 2018) for the undergraduate admissions office. Miranda lives in Newberg and attends Family Life Church.


The Office of Student Life welcomes Katrina Johnson as the new dean of student belonging and equity/Title IX coordinator. During the past year she has worked as the iMap program coordinator for iUrban Teen in Portland, creating and implementing training in GIS mapping, Power BI and data science for an organization dedicated to engaging inner city youth and communities underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and manufacturing. In the two years prior to that, she was a substitute teacher in Portland Public Schools. Katrina also gained teaching experience as an English language arts teacher (2016-18), as a mentor teacher for Reynolds Online Academy (2015-16), and as a substitute science teacher for recent immigrants (2008-15), all in the Reynolds School District in Fairview, Oregon. Her higher education teaching background includes developing curriculum for and teaching English and philosophy courses at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1999-00) and University of Memphis (2004-06). A licensed teacher in Oregon since 2007 and in Illinois since 1997, she arrives with more than 20 years of teaching experience. Katrina holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Memphis (2006), a master’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2001), and a bachelor’s degree in The Teaching of English, also from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1997). She lives in Portland with her dog True, and attends Bridgetown Church.


Brenna McGuire joins the university this month as an admissions specialist in the George Fox University Honors Program. A 2021 alumna of George Fox, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she was a member of the honors program she now serves. She has worked the past year as a server at the Thai the Knot Asian Kitchen in Newberg and previously worked as an associate trainer for Panera Bread in Sherwood (2020). As a student, she was a peer advisor in the falls of 2019 and 2020, and she volunteered with Foster Parents’ Night Out during her junior year. Brenna lives in Newberg with a couple of roommates and attends Living Savior Lutheran Church in Tualatin.


The Campus Public Safety office welcomes Josh Young as a part-time security officer. He graduated from George Fox in the spring, earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a concentration in cyber security. During his senior year, he was the lead machine learning programmer with a senior design team that worked with Hampton Lumber to develop a machine-learning, computer-vision model for the company. He also worked for the public safety office all four years he attended the university. Josh lives in Newberg and attends Family Life Church.


Paul Becker (Campus Public Safety), Sarita Edwards (Theology), Keisha Gordon (Admissions), Kayin Griffith (Student Life), Alex Horn (Campus Public Safety), Victoria Holland (PA), Kelly Hughton (Admissions), Kathy Rosenbohm (Admissions), Colleen Sump (IDEA Center) and Heidi Thomason (Student Accounts) are no longer with George Fox University.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Jamie Johnson (Spiritual Life) has been promoted to associate dean for worship programs.

About Our People

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Wayne Adams (Professor Emeritus of Psychology) received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the School Neuropsychology Institute at the organization’s April 2021 meeting in Texas. The honor was given, in part, for Wayne’s role in creating the Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning test, the third edition of which was released in late June by Pearson, the leading psychological test publisher in the U.S. The validated test was carefully normed on nearly 2,000 individuals and is intended for use in evaluating memory in clients 5 to 90-plus years of age.

Ed Higgins (Professor Emeritus of English/Writer in Residence) has published a number of poems in recent weeks. His piece “Another Dead Chicken” was featured in the Summer 2021 issue of Farmer-ish, an online journal dedicated to love of the arts and farming. He also published “O’Hare International Peoplewalk Tunnel” in the literary journal Sledgehammer Lit (June 12, 2021); “What I Learned About Death While Eating Dark Chocolate” in The Pointed Circle (Issue 37, June 2021); “Reversal” in Fare Forward, a publication dedicated to an ecumenical review of Christian ideas (Issue 11, June 2021); and “Faith Story” in The Poet Magazine: Faith (Vol. 1-USA, Spring 2021).

Eloise Hockett (Education) recently published a paper in the SN Social Sciences Journal, a multi- and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic research journal serving the broad social sciences community. The article, “Women in Leadership: A Study of Five Kenyan Principals and Their Challenges as Leaders,” continues to build on the education work Eloise has been doing in Kenya since 2009.

Comings and Goings

Monday, June 21st, 2021

The physician assistant program welcomes Dr. Erika Barber as an assistant professor. For the past eight years she has worked as a float physician for the Providence Medical Group in Portland, providing in-person visits at family practice and internal medicine clinics, telemedicine visits for its Virtual Sick Clinic, and home and nursing home visits with Providence’s Elder At Home program. Previously, Erika was medical director and primary care provider with Immanuel Pathways in Omaha, Nebraska, where she helped start a program for all-inclusive care of the elderly. She earned an MD from Creighton University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (2007) and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas (2003). She holds board certification in internal medicine and geriatrics. Erika lives in Dundee with her husband Nick and their children Nolan (11), Niels (9), Emilie (7) and Nate (6). The family attends St. Peter Catholic Church in Newberg, where Erika leads a Montessori class for children.


Kerry Ford joins the university this month as an international student affairs administrator. For the past four years she has worked as the associate director of housing (chief housing officer) at the University of Portland. In addition, during the past two years she taught leadership courses at the institution as an adjunct faculty member. Prior to her employment at the University of Portland, Kerry worked for three years as the assistant director for residence life at Southern Oregon University (2014-17). She also gained higher education experience as a resident hall director at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire (2008-12). Kerry earned a master’s degree in education from Grand Valley State University (2005) and holds a bachelor’s degree in dramatic arts from State University of New York, Purchase College (2002). She lives in Salem with her husband, Aaron, and 13-year-old son Jack, along with two French bulldogs, a cat, and eighth-grade-science-teacher reptiles. Aaron and Kerry lead the Willamette Valley Christian Church in Salem.


D’Metri Mattocks joined the university this spring to serve as director of intercultural life. For the past year he has worked as an area coordinator at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, where he served as chair for a departmental committee focused on campus collaborative education, training, programming, diversity efforts and intercultural care. Before that, he was a resident director at the same university for three years. D’Metri also gained higher education experience as a projects assistant at Lee, for which he collaborated with residential life and housing to implement and develop various projects (2016-17). He earned a master’s degree in holistic child development (2018) and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and music (2016), both at Lee University. He recently moved to Sherwood and is seeking out a church home.


The physician assistant program welcomes Erika McCarthy as an assistant professor this spring. She started working as a physician assistant for Willamette Urology in Salem eight years ago, and transitioned to part time since joining George Fox. She also works at Salem Hospital, as a first assistant in the operating room and taking care of hospitalized urology patients. Erika holds a Master of Science in Medicine degree from Trevecca Nazarene University (2012) and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northwest Nazarene University (2009), with additional master’s study in missional leadership at Northwest Nazarene. Outside of her work, she has served as a track and field coach at McNary High School since 2016. Erika lives in Keizer with her husband Sean and their children Everette, Justus and Elsie. The family attends Salem Alliance Church.


The marketing communications office welcomes Sierra Ratcliff, a 2020 George Fox alumna, as a web designer. Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in illustration, she’s spent the past year doing freelance work for a number of clients, which included designing media content, blog pages, brand identities and brand collateral for independent businesses. Previously, she worked as a contract web designer for the University of Portland (2020) and as a graphic design intern for The Bible Project (2019). She also gained experience as an artist for the university’s Interprofessional Primary Care Institute (2019-20) and as a web designer in George Fox’s marketing communications office (2018-20). Sierra lives in Lake Oswego and attends Bridgetown Church in Portland.


The admissions office welcomes Satoshi Seth as an undergraduate admissions counselor this month. A spring graduate of George Fox with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, he’s worked at the university as an intern in the marketing communications office the past three years. He was also an assistant area coordinator (2019-21), a teacher’s assistant in the sociology department, and a volunteer as a design intern in George Fox’s Intercultural Resource Center (2020-21) during his time as a student. Satoshi is currently enrolled in the University of Southern California’s Master of Social Work program. He lives in Newberg.


Anaraquel Aguilera (Admissions), Jim Bray (Athletics), Lexie Criscola (Honors Program), Bob Dexter (Plant Services), Dominic Done (Theology), Jenny Elsey (Intercultural Life), Astralena Sharp (Advancement), Marla Sweningson (Financial Aid), Patty Vanier (Library) and Gaby Viesca (Seminary) are no longer with George Fox University.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, June 21st, 2021

Janelle Freitag has transitioned to the position of administrative assistant in the Graduate School of Counseling.

About Our People

Monday, June 21st, 2021

Don Powers (Biology) teamed with four colleagues to publish two research articles this spring in the Journal of Experimental Biology: “Physiological adjustments to high foraging effort negatively affect fecundity but not final reproductive output in captive zebra finches” and “Sex-specific energy management strategies in response to training for increased foraging effort prior to reproduction in captive zebra finches.”

Deb Worden (Business), an employee at George Fox for 27 years, was awarded emeritus status upon her retirement from the university.

Comings and Goings

Monday, May 24th, 2021

Alice Ai joins the IDEA Center as a career and academic planning coach this month. A 2021 graduate of the university’s doctor of education program, she has served as an advisor for international students at the university for the past year. She’s also served as a graduate assistant in the College of Education the past three years, specializing in coordinating relationships with Chinese universities, assisting with the application process to recruit international students, and supporting international students’ transition to George Fox’s MAT program. Alice brings 23 years of teaching experience and 11 years of program leadership experience to her new role, including eight years as a director of English teaching programs at Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications in China (2010-2018). In addition to her doctoral degree from George Fox, Alice holds a master’s degree in education curriculum and instruction in English (TESOL) from Southwest University in Chongqing, China. She lives in Newberg with her husband Chris Jorgensen, their daughter Yaya, and two cats, Zu and Buddy.  The family attends North Valley Friends Church in Newberg.


The IT department welcomes Ginni Frazier as a systems administrator this month. Newly graduated from George Fox, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science this spring, she has worked for IT as an infrastructure intern the past two years, providing tech support and technical troubleshooting while also contributing to developmental projects and ideas. Ginni also gained experience in the field as a web developer for Next Tech Consultants (2019-20), as a service desk assistant in the university’s IT department (2019), and as a PC tech assistant at George Fox (2018-19). She lives in Newberg and has not yet found a church home.


The College of Business welcomes Wendi Upjohn as coordinator of its undergraduate program. For the past nine years, she has worked at Bay Club of Tigard (formerly Club Sport) in various roles, including marketing coordinator, graphic designer, and pro shop manager. Among her duties were marketing development and collaboration, designing sales and marketing tools, sales and team development, and customer service with its wide member base. Prior to that, Wendi worked for four and a half years as an administrative assistant for AXA Advisors of Portland (2008-12), preceded by a nine-year tenure at Boyd Coffee Company working in marketing and customer service (1996-05). She is a George Fox alumna, earning a bachelor’s degree in writing/literature in 1994. Wendi lives in Tualatin with her two children, Ethan and Julia, and will be getting married this August. She attends Southlake Church in West Linn.

Sarah Reid (Marketing Communications), Brett Meyers (Student Life), Kristina Van Der Eems (Residence Life) and Brandon Rempel (IT) are no longer with George Fox University.

The following faculty members will not be returning to George Fox University in the fall: Greg Allen (ADP), Courtney Anderegg (Communication), Glena Andrews (PsyD), Steve Bearden (Counseling), Keleigh Blount (Counseling), Marcia Bogert (Nursing), Kleiber Burkhardt (Art & Design), Paul Choi (Economics), Marie-Christine Goodworth (PsyD), Elizabeth Hamilton (PsyD), David Hansen (Computer Science), Jeff Houck (Physical Therapy), Terry Huffman (Education), John Johnson (Mathematics), Taj Kachaamy (Art & Design), Marcey Keefer Hutchison (Physical Therapy), Kristie Knows His Gun (PsyD), Jennifer Lehman (Financial Planning), Ashley Lippard (Art & Design), Carl Lloyd (ADP), Jay Mathisen (Education), Matt Meyer (Cinematic Arts), Cristi Miles (Theatre),  Dan Morrison (Theology), Brenda Morton (Education), DJ Rew (Marketing), Linda Samek (Education), David Shaw (Physician Assistant Program), Sean St. Jean (Social Work), Seth Van Der Eems (Art & Design), Jeff Walters (Engineering), Linda Warberg (Education), Donna Webb (Education), Mark Weinert (History), Kathy Weiss (Biology), Kenn Willson (Music), Deb Worden (Economics) and Gibran Zogbi (Accounting).

The university wishes to express its condolences to the families and friends of Laurie Bloomquist (Counseling) and Andrew Moses (Business), who passed away in recent weeks.

About Our People

Monday, May 24th, 2021

The university recently announced its faculty achievement awards for the 2020-21 academic year. Recipients were Associate Professor of Nursing Lorretta Krautscheid (Undergraduate Research and Scholarship); Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies Melissa Ramos (Graduate Research and Scholarship); Professor of Economics Nate Peach (Undergraduate Teaching); and Associate Professor of Education Keelan LoFaro (Graduate/SPS Teaching). 

The following faculty members have been awarded emeritus honors as they leave the university: Greg Allen (ADP), David Hansen (Computer Science), John Johnson (Mathematics), Carl Lloyd (ADP), Matt Meyer (Cinematic Arts), Mark Weinert (History), Kathy Weiss (Biology) and Kenn Willson (Music).

Danielle Pappas (Counseling) has been appointed to the editorial board of the Psychology in the Schools journal, a flagship peer-reviewed publication for the school psychology profession. 

Jenny Bruxvoort and Kate Wimer (Library), with Amanda Matthysse of Calvin University, presented a breakout session, “Escape Reality: Reaching Your Students with Virtual Instruction and Fun,” at the LOEX 49th National Conference in May. In addition to discussing ways that librarians can transition their training in instructional design to building online and hybrid programming that is fun and educational, their presentation also offered a practical overview of the Mysteries of Murdock virtual program they ran last fall with ARC Coordinator Julia James.

Ed Higgins (English Faculty Emeritus/Writer in Residence) published his piece “Genesis Serpent’s Skin Found” in the May 20 issue of the United Kingdom’s Fudoki Magazine, an online magazine of myths, legends, fables, fantasy, folklore and fairytales.

Comings and Goings

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Doh Terdlar Mokoko joins IT as a systems administrator this month. He arrives with more than six years’ experience supporting and managing Unix and Linux servers in both physical and virtual environments. Most recently, he worked as a mid-level Linux system administrator for Trinitech Consulting in Beltsville, Maryland, for the past three years. Before that, he was a junior Linux administrator with MTN Cameroon in Molyko-Buea, Cameroon (2015-18). Doh also gained industry experience as a software developer at Johns Hopkins University’s Coding Bootcamp in 2020-21. He is currently enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University’s computer science program, and he holds a web development certificate from Johns Hopkins University. He is father to a daughter, Adira.


Monik Kadarmanto has rejoined the university as an operations specialist in the advancement office.

Julia James (ARC) and Sydney West (Undergraduate Admissions) are no longer with George Fox University.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Nate McIntyre has transitioned to the position of director of undergraduate admissions.

Ryan Forbes has transitioned to the position of assistant director for undergraduate admissions.

About Our People

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Nathanael Ankeny and Dwayne Corbin (Music) premiered Dwayne’s five-movement composition Duettino for Alto and Vibes at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 1 Conference in April. The piece, written for alto saxophone, crotales and vibraphone, was featured along with other new compositions for saxophone. NASA Region 1 encompasses the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Nathanael has also performed recently with Grammy-nominated pianist Randy Porter, joining Porter’s trio for an ongoing streaming concert series in March. On April 21, he was part of the Randy Porter Quartet that performed at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene, Oregon. The concert featured the works of jazz composer Dave Brubeck, in celebration of his 100th birthday in 2020.

Young-IL Kim (Social Work) published a book chapter (with Sung Joon Jang and Brenda Oyer) in New Research on Parenting Programs for Low-Income Fathers, edited by Jay Fagan and Jessica Pearson. The chapter, entitled “Factors Associated with Fatherhood Program Effectiveness: A Randomized Controlled Trial of TYRO Dads,” describes results of a research study funded by the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network.

Eloise Hockett (Education), Stephanie Matthew (Nursing) and Elizabeth Roark Yarbrough (former nursing faculty member) recently published an article in the Journal of Service-Learning in Higher Education, entitled “Navigating Mismatched Expectations and Dissonance on International Nursing Service-Learning Trips.” The article draws from their experiences leading George Fox students on service-learning trips to Kenya.

Paige Parry (Biology) received a $2,000 Natural History Research Grant, to be paid over two years, from Western North American Naturalist for research on the contribution of natural enemies to forest recruitment limitation along a climate gradient. It will fund a field-based experiment at the long-term forest plot that her lab works at to quantify the extent to which seed predators and herbivores limit seed production and seedling recruitment, and how these effects vary with climate.

Comings and Goings

Monday, April 12th, 2021

A longtime leader in education, Wade Witherspoon, joins the IDEA Center office this month as the employer relations manager. An alumnus of George Fox at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, he has worked in local schools since 1997, when he began as principal of C.S. Lewis Academy in Newberg – a position he served until 2011. More recently, Wade worked as assistant principal at Dayton High School on an interim basis (2019-20), as director of education and training with the TranStrategy Partners company (2015-19), and as academic dean at Concorde Career College (2011-15). He has created and managed 79 online training courses in a learning management system, founded two schools, and worked as a trained mediator and certified business coach. Wade has also taught at George Fox and Warner Pacific College. He formerly served on the city councils in both the city of Lafayette (2017-21) and the city of Newberg (2009-13). He holds a doctorate of education (2007) and bachelor’s degree in teaching physical education (1983) from George Fox, as well as a master’s degree in human resource leadership (1993) from Azusa Pacific University. Wade is married to Jere, student care and student life operations specialist at the university. The Witherspoons have three children – Brenna, Kalie and Jesse, who all graduated from George Fox. Wade and Jere live in Lafayette and attend the Wayside Friends Church in Newberg.


Makenna Wimmer (Marketing Communications) and Carol Parker Walsh (IDEA Center) are no longer at George Fox.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Joseph Harrison has transitioned to the position of assistant director of university housing and operations.

Jere Witherspoon has transitioned to the position of student care and student life operations specialist.

About Our People

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Ed Higgins (Writer in Residence/English Faculty Emeritus) published three poems this spring. His “Night’s Quiet Light” appeared in the April 8 issue of the online publication The Pangolin Review; his piece “For the children of Dunblane, Scotland” was published in the April 2021 issue of Months To Years; and his “too rapidly” appeared in the March 1 issue of Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senryu (Vol. 6, Issue 63).

Advised by Corban Harwood (Mathematics), 2020 Richter scholar Ethan Jensen (Mathematics & Computer Science double major) won first prize for his presentation of their paper, “Existence and Shape of Numerical Oscillations in Solving Parabolic PDEs” at the Northwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium on April 10. Together, Corban and Ethan settled an open question on why certain solutions could be relied upon in practice when they were theoretically untrustworthy due to the creation of noise in the signal. The article is under review.

About Our People

Monday, March 29th, 2021

At its March meeting, the George Fox Board of Trustees awarded tenure and promotions, effective for the 2021-22 academic year, to the following professors.

Tenure candidates: Nicole Enzinger (Education), Ryan Jacobson (Physical Therapy), Dane Joseph (Education), Jeongah Kim (Social Work), Leah Payne (Theology) and Danielle Warner (Music)

Promoted from associate to full professor: Brian Doak (Biblical Studies), Abigail Favale (English), David Hansen (Computer Science)

Promoted from assistant to associate professor: Andrea Abernathy (Library), Javier Garcia (Religious Studies), Ben Giudice (Engineering), Brooks Lampe (English), Paige Parry (Biology), Michelle Shelton (ADP), Brian Snider (Computer Science), John Spencer (Education), Debby Thomas (Business) and Yongqiang Zheng (Social Work)

Lorretta Krautscheid (Nursing) published online, ahead of print, an education innovation article, “Untethered Lecture Capture: Stimulating Education Affordances through Technology Enhanced Teaching,” in the Jan. 19 issue of Nursing Education Perspectives.

Kathy Heininge (English Faculty Emeritus) published an article, “The Way Out of Paralysis: Joyce and the Habitual Present Tense,” in the spring issue of The James Joyce Quarterly. In it, she looks at an Irish grammatical structure used by Joyce in his book Dubliners in order to overturn received interpretations of Joyce’s stories. She also recently published a book review on Kevin Barry’s novel Night Train to Tangier in the latest Irish Literary Supplement.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Victoria Holland has transitioned to a new position as a clinical coordinator in the physician assistant program.

Comings & Goings

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Monik Kadarmanto (Spiritual Life/Intercultural Life), Chris Lee (Residence Life) and Caleb Howlett (Plant Services) are no longer with the university.

Comings and Goings

Monday, March 8th, 2021

The undergraduate admissions office welcomes Anaraquel Aguilera as an admissions counselor this month. She arrives from the University of Portland’s School of Nursing, where she worked as a marketing and communications specialist (2017-present) and as a program specialist (2016-17). She was also active as a volunteer in 2019-20, serving as vice president of membership for Prospanica: The Association of Hispanic MBAs and Business Professionals. She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Santa Clara University in 2016 and, in 2019, did graduate school coursework in student career development and planning at the University of Portland. She lives in Beaverton and attends St. Cecilia Catholic Church. Her hobbies include dancing, reading nonfiction books, and playing with her Chihuahua mix, Nikita, and tuxedo cat, Pacho.


Kim Knoernschild joins plant services this month to serve as the university’s environmental health and safety specialist. For the past six years she has worked as a safety manager for NBP Capital in Portland, managing safety for subsidiaries owned and managed by the company. Prior to that, she worked as a safety coordinator and inventory control clerk for Safeway, Inc., from 1999 to 2013. Kim also owned and managed her own business, Admirable Landscapes, LCC, from 2006 to 2016. She attended Hood Community College in Gresham, from which she earned an associate’s degree in safety, sustainability and health in 2016, and she holds OSHA 30, fall protection awareness, and lead abatement certification. Kim and her husband John have been married 27 years and have two grown children, Aubrie and Rueben. The Knoernschilds attend Anthem Church.


The university has hired Gabe Morales as a building maintenance technician in plant services. For the past 10 years he has worked in manufacturing for A-Dec Inc. in Newberg and Shields Manufacturing in Tualatin. He has also worked for the last two months for a company to do new construction plumbing work. Gabe was born and raised in Newberg and now lives in Carlton with his wife, Kelly, and their children Samuel (2), Olivia (8) and Riece (17). They also have an older daughter, Kathryn (20). Gabe and his family enjoy spending time outdoors, fishing, camping, traveling, attending live music events, do-it-yourself projects, and rooting for the Trail Blazers, Seahawks and now Bruins.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy program welcomes Samantha Skaggs as an administrative assistant. She most recently served as the volunteer coordinator for the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, a position she held from March of 2020 through January of this year. Prior to that, she was an administrative assistant for Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 2015 to 2019. Samantha also acquired administrative experience as an administrative assistant for AVI Foodsystems in Grand Rapids (2014-15) and as an assistant teen program administrator with the Boys and Girls Club of Holland, Michigan (2003-05). She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Northpark University in Chicago (2000). Samantha lives in Newberg with her husband, Christopher Skaggs, a George Fox alumnus. They have three children – Savannah (20), Odin (14) and Athena (11) – and attend Red Hills Church.


Greg Davenport (Physician Assistant Program) is no longer with George Fox University.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Sidney Tafflinger has transitioned to a position as an enrollment manager in the registrar’s office on the Newberg campus.

Nina Inglesby has transitioned to be an administrative assistant in the physician assistant program.

About Our People

Monday, March 8th, 2021

In his new book, Ancient Israel’s Neighbors, Brian Doak (School of Theology) provides an accessible guide to the nations immediately surrounding Israel during the biblical period: Canaan, Moab, Edom, Ammon, Philistia, Phoenicia, and Aram. Though smaller than the towering empires of Assyria, Babylon, and Egypt, these neighbors play a major role in the narrative of Israel’s faith. Each chapter provides a review of archaeology, writing, art, culture, and history, discussing not only the biblical presentation of each neighbor but also what we know about the neighbor outside of the Bible from the ancient world. The book is part of Oxford University Press’s new “Essentials of Biblical Studies” series.