FRESNO PACIFIC UNIVERSITY | VOL. 31, NO. 1
Alumni Serving Cities
YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD−LET IT SHINE Joseph Jones, Ph.D.
The 'Light of
the World'—who is Jesus Christ — came to the earth to challenge the darkness.”
Each day we hear news about violence, division, war, poverty, mental illness, homelessness, human trafficking and the like. We see problems all around us fraught with darkness and lack of hope. The “Light of the World”—who is Jesus Christ —came to the earth to challenge the darkness. He carried the news that our vacuity could be filled with his light. If there is any distinctive of Christian higher education, it is preparing our students to become beacons of light where darkness so easily reigns. Here each student’s maturation moves beyond the dispatch of knowledge, to ascend to the corridors of wisdom. A wisdom that grows only in relationship with the living God and in loving our neighbors. Jesus spoke to the multitudes about living a blessed life. The blessed life is the life of light, it is the life of love. His wisdom instructed them to be humble; to grieve about wrongdoing. He says they are “blessed” if they hunger for truth,
act mercifully and live with a pure heart towards God. They are to be the peacemakers who light the way out of darkness for those living in bondage and chaos. This light is the expression of God’s love in service to others. The Apostle Paul reminds us that this work done without love has no eternal value (I Corinthians 13), and no association with Christ. Allowing our lights to shine through our service is foundational to the educational mission of Fresno Pacific University. We not only educate to serve, but we educate to serve with the love of God—this is true wisdom. In this edition of Pacific you will find stories of light and love that manifest through the lives of our graduates. These lives affirm the value of FPU in serving as a conduit for light and love throughout the Central Valley and beyond. This light is God’s gift to all of us. It is also our gift in “Engaging the Cultures and Serving the Cities.”
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Don Griffith has been appointed vice president for Advancement and University Relations. More at
EXCELLENCE IS THE ESSENCE Alpha Chi exemplifies academic success
TEACHING FROM WISDOM DSE/CTE helps experts become educators
10 PROTECT, MEDIATE AND COUNSEL WITH COMPASSION
Law enforcement alumni build peace
14 ALUMNI TOUCHING LIVES
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Nonprofit leaders connect with people where they are
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Andrea Barrera learns perseverance
22 ALUMNI PROFILE
Jennifer Deibert follows Christ among "the enemy"
24 ALUMNI NOTES
Coach reinventing women's tennis
21 LIVES TRANSFORMED
Social Enterprise Academy serves the underserved
Marathon runners, Christmas elves and more
Mark Isaac and Joan Minasian head to other adventures
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Returning to Her Roots An administrator with deep personal and professional roots in the region has been appointed provost/senior vice president for academic affairs at FPU, charged with leading the intellectual life of the university. Deborah Gayle Copeland, Ph.D., began work February 15, 2018, after being selected in December. “She is a native of the Central Valley and comes with professional experience in higher education in both public and Christian schools in the region and beyond. Her ability to combine her experience in other parts of the country with her rootedness in the local community will be a great advantage to our university and its students,” said Joseph Jones, Ph.D., FPU president.
After starting her career teaching at Immanuel High School in Reedley, Fresno Christian High School and Sanger High School, Copeland was an administrator at Fresno’s Central High School. She comes to FPU after serving as provost at Simpson University, Redding, CA, and teaching in the education departments at Geneva College, California State University, Fresno and Baylor University.
Creating a Community of Care Donna Callahan, M.S.W., was asked to build a program in a caring profession. She built a professional community whose members care for one another. It didn’t seem so in 1998, but Callahan calls coming to FPU a “God thing.” To pay for statemandated, but not funded, class-size reduction, Callahan’s school district closed its counseling department, which consisted of Callahan. Then 51, she couldn’t help but worry about the pay cut and benefit reduction to come to FPU. “I prayed, ‘Lord, am I being foolish? I really want this job',” Callahan says. “I put my trust in God. He never let me down.” Her task was to increase enrollment from 11 students (with four graduating) to 25 in three years. Callahan says. “The second year I had almost that many and the third year I had almost 35.” Major growth came with a degree completion version of social work in 2014. More than 200 non-
traditional students now study at the Bakersfield, Visalia and North Fresno campuses and all students learn the same content, including fieldwork. “We have one program in two formats,” she says. Much of the DC success is due to DC Program Director Jonathan Clark, D.S.W. “Jon has been a dynamo,” Callahan says. After 16 years as sole full-time faculty, Callahan is grateful to all her colleagues: Clark, and Sonia Pranger and Jill Maze, who oversee field supervision. And all Callahan’s adjuncts, many of whom are graduates. “I’ve learned as much as I’ve taught,” she says. Traditional or not, Callahan says students connect with one another, as well as clients, through job, family and health issues. “They huddle around one another in times of trouble. There are so many incredible stories,” she says.
"I don't need another coffee mug." A donation is all Donna wants. Many social work students struggle before they help others. Donna Callahan wants to reward their
courage and commitment by raising $10,000 to endow FPU’s social work scholarship. A donation is the only retirement gift she wants. “If every social work graduate gave $5, we’d have it,” she says. To give, go online to giving.fresno.edu, choose "Other" for the designation and put "Social Work" in the comments.
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Social Enterprise Academy
Serves the Underserved By Katie Fries As mayor of Fresno, Ashley Swearingen asked faith leaders: “What is the role of the faith community in improving the economic well-being of the city?” Randy White, executive director of Fresno Pacific University’s Center for Community Transformation (CCT), “embarked on a year-long quest” for an answer and came to social enterprise—entrepreneurship with a human return. Unlike traditional businesses or nonprofits, social entrepreneurship solves a community problem by addressing the needs of an underserved population, often employing members of those groups. One successful example is Fresno’s Tree of Life Café, which hires people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. White knew, however, that many startups—traditional and social—fail within the first year, and social entrepreneurs face challenges not seen by their for-profit colleagues. “Business is hard enough,” he said. “Social enterprise adds a layer of complexity to regular enterprise. How do you sustain yourself?” To answer this, CCT created the Social Enterprise Academy. The first four-module course was in February and March 2018 in the FPU classroom at Bitwise Industries in downtown Fresno. Topics included identifying customers, money management, hiring practices, and soul care and sustainability. The academy is an expansion of CCT’s popular Spark Tank Pitch Fest, which in 2017 awarded more than $17,000
to five Valley social enterprises. Would-be social entrepreneurs praised the first session for giving them confidence to move forward. Jocelyn Parker, of Single Mom Solutions, said the academy helped her narrow her customers’ needs and refine her mission statement. “My service is going to be of more value,” she said. Caitlin Gipson, Megan Ortiz and Jeff Harrington also felt more confident about Serve Reedley, which provides vocational training and resources to single mothers, and grew out of Reedley’s Redeemer’s Church, where Harrington is executive pastor. “It’s equipping us to launch with confidence,” Gipson said. “It helped us to think smaller,” Harrington added. “Today’s lesson was worth the price of admission.” That price, $600, makes the academy very accessible to churches and nonprofits and a “step up” from Spark Tank. “We’re trying to deliver a $10,000 experience. Each team has mentors from among the business leaders of our region. And they have the hands-on training needed to reduce the risk of business failure and help them raise their vision for success,” said Andrew Shinn, FPU business and entrepreneurship professor. The academy is one way CCT promotes an ecosystem to support social enterprise, Shinn said. “Better social enterprises will bless more people, and we’re excited to be a part of that.”
Better social enterprises will bless more people, and we're excited to be a part of that.” - Andrew Shinn
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news Having rotations in the different specialties broadens clinical knowledge in those specialties and give students insight as to what their niche might be.” - Gursimranjit (Nikki) Tiwana
Prepare to Serve the Valley Preparing nurse practitioners to serve rural Central Valley patients with limited access to care is one of the goals of the Family Nurse Practitioner Partnered Residency Education Program (FNP PREP), an innovative academic-clinical partnership between FPU and Madera Community Hospital (MCH). There is a short supply of primary care medical providers, particularly in smaller communities in Central California where families may drive long distances and wait hours for medical care. With their focus on managing illness and preventing disease, nurse practitioners have graduate nursing degrees and the advanced practice skills needed to serve these communities. Under traditional clinical education models, California nurse practitioner students must complete hundreds of hours of hands-on training in several areas of practice that they arrange themselves with local medical providers. FNP PREP offers students a “residency” entirely through MCH and its rural health care clinics and their affiliated and employed group of providers called “preceptors.” Residency
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students study at the North Fresno and Visalia campuses. Nearly 40 residency students have already benefited from the program, which launched in May 2017. “Working in different areas within the same hospital has allowed me to see the continuity of care be fulfilled. It has also allowed me to better understand the resources available to best meet patient needs,” said student Natalie Junkin. “It exposes students to the diversity of specialties a hospital is comprised of,” added student Gursimranjit (Nikki) Tiwana. “Having rotations in the different specialties broadens clinical knowledge in those specialties and gives students insight as to what their niche might be.” FNP PREP came out of conversations between Lisa Hood, director of FPU’s master of science in nursing and family nurse practitioner program, and Karen Paolinelli, interim CEO at MCH, who have worked together as nurse practitioners in the past. While doing doctoral research on improving clinical education, Hood found a lack of standardized clinical education
By Kelsey Roberts programs for nurse practitioners. “FNP PREP allows faculty to focus on training students and strengthening the partnership with MCH instead of trying to find each student qualified preceptors amid the shortage,” Hood said. Having worked with and instructed nurse practitioners since 1992, Paolinelli knows firsthand the shortage of providers and need for providers to precept. Understanding the difficulty in recruiting nurse practitioners to the Central Valley made her willing to partner and codevelop the program. “The care nurse practitioners give is crucial,” Paolinelli said, “FNP PREP provides a comprehensive approach to precepting which includes multi-specialty and community-wide collaboration with providers.” Students serve while they learn. “FNP PREP is providing an excellent opportunity for FPU students to be involved with a local network of providers and to learn to care for the healthcare needs of this community,” Hood said.
EXCELLENCE I S TH E E S S E N C E
by the numbers
By Kelsey Roberts
By encouraging academic excellence, Alpha Chi National Honor Society represents the essence of Fresno Pacific University. “We are all just a shared community of learners,” said Marshall Johnston, Ph.D., associate professor of history and sponsor of the FPU Alpha Chi chapter. Members of Alpha Chi come from the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes. Part of the Association of College Honor Societies, Alpha Chi began in 1922 and today has around 300 chapters and about 11,000 members. FPU joined the society in the late 1980s and maintains about 50 members. For the last 15 years, the university has qualified as a Star Chapter, an honor given to just 20 percent of the national branches. Members get the opportunity to present scholarly research and network with other students from around the United States at the annual Alpha Chi convention, this year April 4-8 in Portland, OR, where FPU seniors Colton Taylor and Cho Fai Wong won national honors: Wong received one of 10 H. Y. Benedict Fellowships for graduate study, in the amount of $3,000, and Taylor earned the Gayle Webb White Prize in
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Business Administration. Taylor called the convention the highlight of his Alpha Chi experience. “Being surrounded by ambitious students of the top 10 percent of their university’s class is inspirational and life-changing,” he said. Fellow member Rhoda Anderson agreed. “Not only did I get to share some of the work that I have been doing here at FPU, but I got to see the things that are being done at other universities across the nation,” she said. “Alpha Chi has influenced me for the better by how it has shaped my understanding of learning and interdisciplinary work.” Non-members also benefit from having an Alpha Chi chapter on their campus. “Having this honor society among them challenges other students to do their best and strive for excellence, and provides a model for academic achievement,” Johnston said. As Johnston says, Alpha Chi is an amazing opportunity for professors and students alike to grow and learn together. As the society’s motto states: “Making scholarship effective for good.”
FPU has been a
STAR CHAPTER for
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FPU Alpha Chi members and sponsors at the national convention: (Back row, from left)— Chou Fai Wong; Marshall Johnston; Pamela Johnston, Ph.D., associate professor of history; Laurel Samuelson and Nathan Carson, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy. (Front row, from left)— Rhoda Anderson, Colton Taylor, Hailey Millhollen, Alina Gutridge, Joy Rubio and Petrika Gjate.
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WISDOM By Lauren Nikkel
The wisdom and experience of nontraditional educators are being shared throughout California via Fresno Pacific University’s Designated Subject Elective (DSE)/Career Technical Education (CTE) credential program. “We are training professionals to be teachers,” says Vicki Pontius, Ed.D., the program's director. “We are filling these professionals’ toolboxes with instructional strategies. We are bringing business and industry professionals with real-world experience into the classroom.” Vocational education—now CTE—benefits communities as a whole. "Studies show that students who take CTE courses in high school are better prepared for college and career, and the focus on cooperative group learning and career planning helps point young students in a solid direction,” says Pontius. While the face of CTE is changing, the opportunities remain real. More traditional trade programs may seem to have faded from mainstream education, but California districts are on the lookout for business and industry professionals to teach the next generation. Also changing with the times is how instruction is delivered to credential students, who teach
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while completing their coursework. DSE has been revamped so students may take all eight courses online and earn their credential in 18 months. New groups of students start every month. Program staff Denise Fink and Phonekham Douangmala also provide counseling and technical support, respectively. “We are committed to equip candidates all over California with the skills and strategies needed to transition from business and industry into teaching," Pontius says, "and to provide behind-the-scenes support helping our candidates be successful in what is for many their first online experience.” With three credential areas—CTE, special subjects and supervision and coordination— DSE empowers seasoned professionals with the academic and skills-based knowledge needed to pass on what they have learned. One professional who shares his expertise is Mike Jones, member education director at Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU). “I spent many years as a traveling guest presenter in classrooms all over the Valley,” he says. Jones credits his CTE teaching credential from FPU with earning him his current position, in which he communicates with schools, districts
DESIGNATED SUBJECT ELECTIVE FIELDS
and community groups on behalf of EECU programs. Jones now has what he likes to call “the high honor of presenting financial literacy curriculum to over 7,000 students each year” as a CTE credentialed teacher. “I am invited back to the same schools by the same teachers semester after semester, year after year. By sheer word of mouth, my presentations have grown in demand and reach from Merced to Tulare. EECU and the community as a whole benefit when the community has a higher level of understanding of their financial health,” he says. In addition, Jones says his education helps him create lessons that reach a wide range of audiences and keep interactions with students fresh and enjoyable. This sensitivity to teaching people what helps them in ways they enjoy is critical, says Pontius. “It’s important to keep up with the times, to listen to the community’s advice and to model what they need.” The instructors and their students may be nontraditional, but with the help of the DSE/CTE program, both can benefit from a university with a tradition for education.
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EECU SHARES LEGACY As part of its investment in its region, Educational Employees Credit Union has made a generous $65,000 multi-year commitment to FPU, including $13,000 in 2018. “EECU shares Fresno Pacific University’s commitment to service. We are proud to work together. I look forward to our partnership leaving a lasting legacy in the Central Valley,” said Karin ChaoBushoven, FPU director of major gifts.
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Protect, Mediate & Counsel with
Compassion By Doug Hoagland
L A W E NF OR CE ME NT P ROFESSION ALS B UI LD PE ACE I N T H E IR COM MUN ITIES Few Fresno Pacific University alumni apply their education in more high-stakes situations than those in law enforcement. They mediate neighbors’ disputes that can turn violent. They counsel the mentally ill. They rush into harm’s way. “We are very proud of our graduates who, as law enforcement professionals, are now peace builders in their communities,” says Ray Nickson, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice. “They fulfill their duties with honesty, integrity and courage in challenging circumstances.”
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hawn Peterson had arrested a man in the small Oakland apartment for selling methamphetamine. Now Peterson faced a Solomon-like choice about the fate of this man's children, who hid in the shadows. The kids—ages 5 and 7—could end up stuck in foster care, or remain in the warm embrace of their mother. The mother’s role—if any—in the drug dealing was crucial. “It would have been very easy to walk in and be very check-list oriented,” he says. “Take those kids to CPS [Children’s Protective Services]. Interrogate the woman. Take physical evidence. And go home, leaving them in disarray.” But Peterson wanted to do the right thing. So he spent extra time and dug deeper that night with the alleged dealer and his wife.
If I hadn’t gone to a school where empathy was important, I think I would have seen things differently.”
Peterson, who attended FPU from 1991-1995, has worked for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office for the last 20 years, rising to the rank of captain. He is retiring because of a serious back injury sustained in a fight with an armed suspect. It was Peterson’s experience at FPU—especially on the soccer team—that taught him the complexity of life and reinforced his natural empathy. “I broke bread, played soccer and studied with people who had come from tough environments,” he says. “I learned that not everyone is going to fit in your box of expectations. It provided me an ethical and moral platform to do my job.” From that platform, Peterson decided the mother wasn’t involved in dealing. So he left the children with her. It was only one decision in one case, but police decisions can reach far into people’s lives. Knowing that never stopped Peterson from doing his duty, but it made him think deeply about his actions. He checked in periodically on the woman and her children, partly for reassurance that he’d made the right decision. She divorced her husband because of the drug dealing and “thrived” in a new life with the kids, Peterson says: “I gave her the opportunity to figure out what she was going to do. If I hadn’t gone to a school where empathy was important, I think I would have seen things differently.”
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MARGARET MIMS BA ’95 MANAGING CHANGE
The FPU faculty member wrote his prediction for Margaret Mims (BA ’95) on a small note card when she graduated. He said she would become the first female sheriff of Fresno County. Then a sergeant with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, Mims dismissed former faculty Orrin Bowman’s vision for her. “I had absolutely no desire to be sheriff,” Mims says. But desires can change. Today, Mims is finishing her third term in the position, a job in which she oversees a budget of about $200 million and nearly 1,300 employees. Her degree in management and organizational development helped Mims earn promotions before she ran for sheriff in 2006. “In law enforcement, your agency will train you in all things related to criminology, but as you promote, you need to have expertise in actual management,” she says. FPU taught Mims, among many things, to manage organizational change—a constant in today’s fast-paced world—knowledge she quickly put to use. In the early 1990s, Mims led the sheriff’s domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse unit, instituting changes to speed the arrest of suspects to improve public safety. However, some detectives objected, believing they could investigate more cases while other sheriff’s personnel picked up suspects. Mims held to her position, drawing on experience from role playing in her FPU coursework about implementing change. Her point to her employees was clear and consistent: “We don’t close cases until we have the bad guy in custody. We don’t want to give suspects the opportunity to hurt someone else.”
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In law enforcement, your agency will train you in all things related to criminology, but as you promote, you need to have expertise in actual management,”
Almost every day, I have encounters where my faith and my following the Holy Spirit lead to knowing what questions to ask."
...a lot of it is looking for
MEGAN WEBB (BA '13)
answers without sounding
LIFE ON THE BEAT
harsh, but coming off as another
As a patrol officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, Megan Webb (BA, ’13) has handled everything from weaponized cat poop to a suicidal 14-year-old. She deals with more than 100 people on every shift, and 90 percent of her cases involve conflict resolution. Webb says psychology classes at FPU gave her tools to draw people out and understand their problems. Serving as a resident assistant in the dorms also helped her handle conflict. “A lot of it was just getting roommates to talk out issues,” Webb says. “I was a therapist, essentially.” The cat poop episode involved placement of flower pots on a disputed property line. Tempers flared, and one neighbor threw poop on the other neighbor’s car. Webb mediated, and neither neighbor
human being instead."
called police again. “I take that as a good sign—or a sign that one of them moved,” she says. On a more serious note, the mother of the 14-year-old called police when the girl threatened to kill herself over family problems. Webb sat down with the agitated girl in her bedroom, and they talked for 40 minutes. “In these situations, a lot of it is looking for answers without sounding harsh but coming off as another human being instead,” Webb says. “I didn’t want this girl to feel she was just another person I had to deal with.” After the girl calmed, Webb and her partner made sure a doctor evaluated the teenager’s mental state. “We still see her out in public when we’re on patrol,” Webb says. “She’s happy to say ‘hi’ to us.”
DANIEL BRODIE (BA '09)
RESPECT YIELDS RESULTS Daniel Brodie (BA, ’09) eased into a chair across from a drug addict-turned-burglar at the Kirkland, WA, police station. “I know you have a drug problem, and you know you have a drug problem,” he told the man. “But you don’t have to keep looking over your shoulder, waiting for somebody to come find you. You can get ahead of this.” When Brodie asked for details of the crimes and how to recover the stolen property, the suspect confessed everything. Showing the man basic human respect, both in this case and in a previous one, paid off. “He knew I hadn’t done him dirty before so we could sit down and be real,” Brodie says. Brodie’s faith—nurtured and strengthened at FPU—guides his work. “Almost every day, I have encounters where my faith and my
following the Holy Spirit lead to knowing what questions to ask,” he says. “I get tons of confessions and admissions.” Brodie learned about authentic relationships with other Christians in class and on the baseball team. In Kirkland, he’s found those relationships at his church, and they’ve helped sustain him through unimaginable job stresses. “You need people in your life who believe in God and trust that the Lord is at the center of things,” he says. Brodie takes that trust to the streets. “Any call can become a life-and-death situation, and the most important thing is knowing God is in control,” he says. “I pray for wisdom and for favor to make good decisions. I learned that at Fresno Pacific.”
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Touching L ives A L U M N I
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empowers its students
with education and tools
to work out a simple yet powerful idea: love
others where they are."
RESCUE THE CHILDREN PRISCILLA ROBBINS (BA '06) Jennifer came to Rescue the Children with no children; she’d lost them when she was jailed on drugrelated charges. Both her words and body language declared Jennifer was defensive and not ready to trust anyone. “She was feeling the pain and guilt when your choices have hurt your children,” says Priscilla Robbins (BA ’10). “We never made her feel bad about herself. We directed her to God.” Robbins—director of Rescue the Children, a ministry of the Fresno Rescue Mission—leads her staff to make the love of Jesus real for women and children ostracized by society. Robbins and other graduates of Fresno Pacific University lead nonprofit organizations across the San Joaquin Valley. What they learn at FPU about urban ministry, cultural diversity and servant leadership energizes their work and helps change lives. Robbins, who’d always wanted to minister to women, caught a vision of doing that in the inner city from Quentin Kinnison, Ph.D., associate professor of Christian ministries. “At Fresno Pacific, they really teach their students about going beyond
the walls of the church and that definitely impacted me. It’s what I use in my job today,” Robbins says. She and her staff prayed with Jennifer (not her real name), asking God to intervene on behalf of her five children. Three were in foster care, and no one knew the whereabouts of the other two. Robbins and others made countless phone calls, and one day a police officer brought the two missing children to Jennifer. Shortly after that, the other three began to visit her at the shelter. With a growing faith in God and continued support from Robbins and her staff, Jennifer graduated from Rescue the Children’s 18-month Transforming Life Program. She’s now reunited with her kids, has a job and attends college. Healing also came to a once-troubled relationship with her father, who’s now on his own path to recovery. Multiply that success across other lives touched by Rescue the Children and the effect is farreaching. Says Robbins: “Fresno Pacific empowers its students with education and tools to work out a simple yet powerful idea: love others where they are.”
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"We don't look at
people as if they need to be fixed. We can
enrich one another and sometimes
other with a bigger image of God..."
ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF FRESNO TERESA DOMINGUEZ (BA '12)
DEEP RESPECT Teresa Dominguez (BA ’12) calls evangelizing people to the love and forgiveness of Jesus the “core mission” of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno. FPU broadened her view of the world so she’s better able to contribute to that vital work. As chancellor and director of communications, Dominguez serves a diverse eight-county diocese of over 1.2 million Catholics. Before FPU, she says, multiculturalism was a concept she appreciated, but “it is now part of who I am.” That means having “a deep respect, openness and sensitivity to the cultural history of the people we encounter,” Dominguez says. “We don’t look at people as if they need to be fixed. We can enrich one another and sometimes challenge each other with a bigger image of God.” Dominguez puts enrichment into action by involving young Hmong Catholics in diocesan TV station programming. Impressed by their energy, cultural pride and multimedia savvy, she says, “I’m reaching out to them as a student rather than a teacher. It’s how I try to approach individuals and groups.” In 2015, Dominguez assembled a culturally diverse group of Valley Catholics to prepare a diocesan survey on family life. The survey’s results went to the Vatican as part of a worldwide effort. “Now I think of who’s at the table— and who’s not—for those kinds of discussions. I want to invite and cultivate an environment of openness so we can learn from each other,” she says.
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EXCEPTIONAL PARENTS UNLIMITED LOWELL ENS (BA '93)
"A Christ-centered leadership model is something that has remained front and center from my Fresno Pacific days,
and continues to guide the roles I am blessed to play in our community today."
A JESUS FOLLOWER Lowell Ens (BA, ’93) knows what it’s like to sweat the small stuff. As executive director of Stone Soup from 2014 to late 2017, he worked as the janitor on Fridays because money was scarce. He also doubled as the receptionist while sweeping and cleaning up at the Fresno nonprofit serving Southeast Asian families. “I look at leadership through the lens of a Jesus follower,” he says, crediting former Campus Pastor Keith Martens and others at FPU for setting the example. “They really pushed me out of my box and allowed me to see myself differently.” Titles don’t matter. Commitment, compassion and dirty hands, if necessary, should mark a leader. So at Stone Soup, Ens donned a hard hat to helped demolish then reconstruct part of a building so the nonprofit could become a licensed preschool. The school stabilized finances and allowed outreach to continue. In December 2017, Ens became chief
executive officer at Exceptional Parents Unlimited in Fresno, a nonprofit that serves disabled children and their families. In his new job, he draws on the example of Marci Winans, a former FPU staff member who worked with student leaders. “I look at how I can remove obstacles from the staff so they can be successful while prioritizing what comes next,” Ens says. He wants EPU to continue to strengthen working relationships with other nonprofits that started before his arrival. It’s an example of the collaborative spirit he saw at FPU. For instance, EPU has started sending staff to Valley Dream Center—an inner-city Fresno nonprofit—to provide parenting classes and programs for disabled children. “I’m looking forward to ways we can expand that model into other communities,” Ens says. “A Christcentered leadership model is something that has remained front and center from my Fresno Pacific days, and continues to guide the roles I am blessed to play in our community today.”
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"I have a real
any organization with arms of
outreach should have integrity and good faith behind the scenes that people can trust"
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VISALIA RESCUE MISSION SHON BALDWIN (BA '97)
SERVANT LEADERSHIP Shon Baldwin (BA ’97) tracks numbers as the finance director at the Visalia Rescue Mission. His work is vital to the mission providing food, overnight shelter and a yearlong recovery program for people seeking help. “I have a real conviction that any organization with arms of outreach should have integrity and good faith behind the scenes that people can trust,” Baldwin says. He brings to his work the servant leadership he saw at FPU, “The faculty had men and women who were humble, down-to-earth, genuine and didn’t define themselves by their status, degrees or position. They had strong emphasis on the servanthood of Jesus Christ,” he says. President Emeritus Edmund Janzen and Wayne Huber, emeritus music faculty, exemplified that leadership to
Baldwin. Janzen was honest and vulnerable with students about his successes and failures, and Huber saw the potential that students might not have seen in themselves. Baldwin says he tries to follow those examples with his staff. For instance, when he became finance director, he made a point to do as much listening as talking with the people who report to him. “I took time to build trust and not just talk about numbers and finances. It wasn’t me only coming and saying, ‘I’m in charge. This is what we’re going to do.’ “If genuine integrity isn’t injected into the mostly unseen foundation of an organization, it will eventually crumble,” he adds.
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TENNIS REINVENTION Priscilla Jensen knows about reinvention. Vacationing in San Francisco in 2005, she suffered a cardiac arrest and was officially pronounced dead. During years of recovery and surgeries, Jensen questioned God’s purpose for her life. Eventually, she walked away from a career in international business to teach and coach collegiate tennis. So it makes sense that Jensen leads FPU’s reinvented women’s tennis team when it returns for 2018-19. In 2014 Jensen established San Diego Christian College’s men’s and women’s tennis program, producing two conference championships, 24 All-Americans and one GSAC Player of the Year. In 2017, she was named Wilson/ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) West Region Coach of the Year. Jensen received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in intercultural/international studies and international business from Biola University, where she played tennis and soccer. After graduation, she returned to her native Netherlands with her American-born husband, Robert, and son, Skylar, to work for corporations including T-Mobile and Lyondell-Basell Chemical.
Adams Holds Court Ron Adams (BA ’69), defensive coordinator for the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, came home to visit September 9, 2017, for a reunion of men’s basketball alumni, coaches, ball boys and stats keepers from 1970-73. Becoming assistant coach after graduation, Ron was head coach of Fresno Pacific 1972-75, as well as head coach of Fresno State 1986-90. The Laton, CA, native also served at U.S. International, UC Santa Barbara and UNLV. Prior to joining the Warriors, Ron was with the Boston Celtics (2013-14), Chicago Bulls (2003-08, 2010-13), Oklahoma City Thunder (200810), Milwaukee Bucks (1998-2003), Philadelphia 76ers (1994-96) and San Antonio Spurs (1992-94). Ron has been voted best assistant coach in the league in NBA.com’s annual survey of general managers three times, and inducted into the FPU Athletic Hall of Fame and the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame. Ron was the subject of a New York Times profile in February: fpu.edu/311-Adams Ron talks to FPU Director of Athletics Aaron Henderson
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The family relocated to San Diego in 2011 when Robert accepted a position at San Diego Christian. There she taught business and intercultural studies before switching to tennis. FPU’s leadership attracted Jensen. “Some of the staff and faculty I met were just so warm and welcoming. They love the Lord, and they’re all there for the same reason. I noticed they respect their leadership, and I think that’s key. If everyone shares the vision of the president, you can go far,” she says. The diverse student population was also appealing. “I don’t look Dutch,” she notes. “My parents are Indonesian. I was an international student. I love to make people feel at home.” Her San Diego Christian roster included studentathletes from Africa, Asia and Europe. “I bring that diversity to FPU athletics as well,” she adds. Since both coach and student-athletes will be new, Jensen’s focus for 2018-19 is to help the team develop spiritually, academically and athletically. “I’m big on mentoring and building the relationship with the players, building trust with each other. I want them to feel like they’re part of this family. Not just the tennis family, but the FPU family.”
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ANDREA BARRERA The Lesson is Perseverance By Kelly Lapadula If it wasn’t for son Esequiel’s struggle with cerebral palsy, Andrea Barrera (BA ’17) would not have her degree in early childhood development. If it wasn’t for FPU, Esequiel wouldn’t be in kindergarten, saying his colors along with the rest of the class. Esequiel was diagnosed at four months old. Between trips to physical and occupational therapy, neurology and Valley Children’s Hospital, Andrea could no longer work as a Certified Nursing Assistant, leaving her husband, also Esequiel, as the family’s only income. Andrea discovered early childhood development at the College of the Sequoias, but to earn a bachelor’s she needed the flexibility and support she found at FPU’s Visalia Campus. Andrea felt compassion from her first meeting with advisors. “They assured me that I could do it and that they were there to help me,” she says. Professors provided care through her husband’s evening at work and her son’s pneumonia and seizures. “My teachers made me feel like I could keep going,” she says. “FPU also helped me realize that everything happens for a reason, and that my son’s disability is a blessing because I would never be where I am now.” Where she is now is working as a structured English immersion aid at Maple Elementary School in Tulare, just down the hall from Esequiel’s kindergarten class. Before he started school, Esequiel’s previous teachers suggested a special class, but FPU taught Andrea to advocate for her son. In August, Esequiel started kindergarten unable to say his name, colors numbers or letters. By December, he could speak his full name and colors and had memorized his student I.D. number. Neither mother nor son will be stuck in one place. “Someday, I want my son to look at me and know I never gave up, and because his mom never gave up—even through all the obstacles—neither should he,” she says.
Someday, I want my son to look at me and know I never gave up, and because his mom never gave up—even through all the obstacles—neither should he."
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JENNIFER DEIBERT BA ’10
AMONG “THE ENEMY” By Lauren Nikkel
Jennifer Deibert (BA, ’10) never imagined she’d work for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), much less in North Korea. The Reedley native wanted a university where she could develop personally as well as academically. “Alumni and students of FPU seemed different somehow, like they had been changed by more than learning from books, that their lives were changed by relationships with professors, fellow students and the community,” she says. Deibert experienced that change firsthand. While she loved the coursework in her English major, she felt her studies lacked balance, so she added a minor in biology. “Studying humanities with a dose of science on the side was a good choice. In my work, being well-rounded and having
Faculty and staff took the time to listen and
respond to questions and earnest searching. [They] cared not only about scholastic achievement and career goals, but about the holistic person. This is 'a precious gift.' Fostering community instead of competition, engagement instead of ego, prepared me for work in a service organization like MCC.”
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the foundation and basics of how natural systems work has been helpful,” she says. English and science might not seem the path to North Korea program coordinator for MCC, a Christian relief organization, but Deibert says her FPU experience laid the groundwork. Unsure what she wanted to do after graduation, Deibert accepted the offer of a free lunch with MCC staff. This led to an internship in communications in the West Coast Office. After the internship, Deibert joined MCC’s Serving and Learning Together (SALT) program, and spent a year in Hanoi, Vietnam, serving as an editor for translated manuscripts at The Gioi Publishing house. Deibert then returned to Reedley and worked in communications for MCC for about two years before moving to South Korea, where she was involved in finances and then as exchange coordinator for MCC Northeast Asia’s young adult programs before starting her present position in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). FPU solidified Deibert’s convictions about following Jesus’ way of peace. “Faculty and staff took the time to listen and respond to questions and earnest searching,” she says. “[They] cared not only about scholastic achievement and career goals, but about
1965 THE GREAT UPLAND COLLEGE LIBRARY ACQUISITION
By Kevin Enns-Rempel, Director, Hiebert Library
Jennifer Deibert at two MCC projects in North Korea. Top, with staff at a rest home for people with tuberculosis, and bottom, with cooks at an orphanage. Both receive canned meat from MCC.
the holistic person.” Deibert calls this “a precious gift.” “Fostering community instead of competition, engagement instead of ego, prepared me for work in a service organization like MCC,” she adds. Studying Matthew in Jesus and the Christian Community led Deibert to new ideas about living as a follower of Christ in a broken world. “Loving those who are supposed to be ‘the enemy’ is central to my understanding of what it means to be a Christian,” she says. “As a follower of Christ committed to reconciliation and peace, I must disrupt the narrative that the people of the U.S. and DPRK are enemies, so that Koreans are not forgotten.”
In spring 1965, Pacific College President Arthur Wiebe received an unexpected phone call. The caller from Upland College, a Southern California Brethren in Christ school, said Upland would be closing at the end of spring semester and was looking for another college to handle its ongoing student loan and registrar responsibilities. Would Pacific be willing? Wiebe agreed in exchange for Upland’s library collection, and Upland accepted that offer. But Wiebe feared that once the closing was public, creditors would attempt to tie up the library collection along with all other assets. To avoid this, Wiebe sent librarian Adonijah Pauls and business manager Dale Isaac with a rental truck to Upland on the day the announcement was made to students at the year-end chapel. As soon as the session ended, Wiebe signaled Pauls and Isaac to back the truck up to the library and start loading books. A few hours later, several Pacific students arrived to help and soon realized the truck was far too small. Wiebe contacted local trucker Bill Reimer, who offered to detour one of his trucks to Upland on its way back from Los Angeles. The two trucks shuttled between Upland and Fresno for the next four days. In Fresno, Pacific students were on 24-hour alert to unload trucks whenever a delivery arrived. They piled books on the library floor and in storage rooms around campus. When the deliveries ended July 5, Hiebert Library had added 23,000 new volumes, more than doubling its holdings. Pacific also received Upland’s registrar records, and faithfully provided those alumni with transcripts. FPU still provides this service, though such requests have virtually ended now that Upland’s youngest former students are well into their 70s. Over 50 years later, most Upland books have been weeded from Hiebert Library’s collection. But open a particularly old volume and you may see an Upland College Library stamp, a tangible reminder of one of the most unusual events in Hiebert Library’s history.
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IN TOUCH WITH ALUMNI GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Meredith DeVoe (MA ’17) is a teacher at Hillcrest School in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. Lauren Oakley (MA ’17) joined Sonoma Valley Unified School District as a school psychologist in August 2017. She works at Dunbar and Flowery elementary schools, Altimira Middle School and Sonoma Valley High School and lives in Santa Rosa, CA. Marina Ambriz (BA ’16) joined Woodlake High School as a special education teacher in August 2017. Joanna Vergara (BA ’16) is working at the Kings County Probation Department as a deputy probation officer. Jose Pablo Rigor (BS ’14) received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco (accelerated three-year program) in 2017. He graduated with high honors and practices in two offices in Visalia. Daniela Lopez Benavidez (MA ’12) earned her Doctorate of Education in Sports Management, with a specialization in leadership and a minor in health and fitness, from the United States Sports Academy in January 2018. Rosalie (Elrich MA ’11, TC ’10, TC ’95, BA ’89) Fuentes has taught at East Bakersfield High School since 2006-07 and is now teacher librarian.
WAITE VALLEY RUNNER OF THE YEAR Steven Waite (BA ’13, MA ’15) is a part of the local running community that’s going national. As of March, Waite has been named Valley Runner of the Year in 2016 and 2017 and is planned to run his third Boston Marathon in April 2018. The Sunbird soccer goalie got into running after graduation. An adjunct kinesiology instructor at FPU, he is working on his Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance through Concordia University Chicago. His wife is Catherine (Michaelis TC ’14, BA ’12) Waite. Steven was a subject in a September 23, 2017, Sierra Star article when he won the Smokey Bear Run/Walk 10K race. More at fpu.edu/311-race
Andrew Douglas (BA ’11) is working at a private advisory practice specializing in wealth management and financial planning in Delaware. Rachel Huggins (BA ’09) is a resource specialty program teacher at Yosemite Unified School District.
Kevin Edwards (TC ’05, BA ’04) is executive director of special projects for Yosemite Unified School District.
Christina Marks (BA ’07) is a special education teacher for Vision Charter School in Caldwell, ID. This career change allows Christina to follow in the footsteps of her mother.
Caty (Massey BA ’99) Perez was named associate vice president for development at California State University, Fresno. Caty has been working in development at Fresno State for almost 17 years.
Jonathan Broersma (TC ’07, BA ’06) joined Sheridan County School District 3 in Wyoming as a fifth-sixth grade teacher in August 2017.
Ed Boring (BA ’77) retired from federal government service in June 2017, and works as a staff assistant in the City of Fresno Department of Transportation (FAX).
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BERGEN, WIEBE HELP BRING CHRISTMAS Melissa Bergen (SEM ’09, BA ’04) and Katie Wiebe (TC ’05, BA ’04) helped families celebrate Christmas as part of the Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church Christmas Store leadership team. Shafter Healthy Start selected 31 local families. Parents were invited to shop, choose and purchase three gifts for each of their children, as well as receive two free books. A gift-wrapping station was also provided. “The Christmas Store set out to see parents valued just as much as the children,” Melissa said. “We wanted to recognize, honor and enable parents as providers for the families.” (From left: Brittany Neal Sobernias, Wiebe, Bergen) Read more about the store in Christian Leader: More at fpu.edu/311-christmas and fpu.edu/311-store 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. 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.
POET LAUREATE INSPIRES “You can change your stars,” Fresno Poet Laureate S. Bryan Medina (BA ’14) told his audience during a reading in Hiebert Library. “It takes hard work, tenacity and the love of giving back.” Bryan has given back through his art as founder of Fresno’s Inner Ear Poetry Jam and the Inner Ear presents: The Beat Down Competitive Poetry Slam. The Fresno Arts Council appointed Bryan to a two-year term as poet laureate in 2017, and the city of Fresno has given him two commendations. His work has been published in Poetry; Flies, Cockroaches and Poets; The San Joaquin Review; Jubilee; and Invisible Memoirs. More at fpu.edu/311-poet
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IN THE NEWS
Kathleen Chavoor-Bergen (SEM ’17) and Noelle (Daoudian MA ’12) Nightingale participated in “Armenians and Turks: Challenges and New Paths Forward Towards Reconciliation,” October 3, 2017, at Fresno State University. The panel discussion was sponsored by the Fresno State Armenian Studies Program and the Leon S. Peters Foundation. Chavoor-Bergen’s presentation was “Behavioral and Unconscious Experience and Expressions of Multigenerational Collective Trauma,” and Nightingale’s was “Bringing about Recognition and Reconciliation.” Jay Pope, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, led the panel and presented “An Overview of Forgiveness and its Religious and Psychological Implications.” fpu.edu/311-reconciliation Dustin Maddox (SEM ’17, BA ’12) was ordained by the San Joaquin Presbytery on January 13, 2018, and is associate pastor at University Presbyterian Church in Fresno. fpu.edu/311-ordained Gracie (Watkins BA ’17) Ewert was interviewed by the Medford (OR) Mail Tribune about an opera master class. fpu.edu/311-opera Maxton Vieira (TC ’17, BA ’16) was featured in the Visalia Times-Delta as a member of the Sequoia Symphony. fpu.edu/311-symphony Danielle Dickie (MA ’15, TC ’11, BA ’10) was named Educator of the Week by KSEE 24, Fresno’s NBC TV affiliate, on October 23, 2017. She was nominated by a former student. fpu.edu/311-educator
Yuli Gotsev (BA ’12) was included in an article on new citizens in The Madera Tribune. fpu.edu/311-citizen Doug DeBoer (BA ’10), published a guest column in the online Central Valley Business Journal October 16, 2017. Doug is a manager at Grimbleby Coleman CPA, Inc., Modesto, and serves as vice president of the San Joaquin Chapter of CalCPA, a state association for accountants. fpu.edu/311-column Kimberly Salomonson (MA ’00) was reappointed to the California Advisory Commission on Special Education. fpu.edu/311-commission Lynn Celano (MA ’95) has been included in Strathmore’s Who’s Who. fpu.edu/311-whoswho Gregory Blevins (BA ’94) wrote a commentary that appeared in the Visalia Times-Delta. Gregory is an attorney in Tulare who serves on the city’s board of public utilities. fpu.edu/311-commentary Pakisa Tshimika (BA ’78) published a letter in Mennonite World Review regarding public statements about people from African countries. fpu.edu/311-letter
Michael Mariscal (BA ’15) joined the California Highway Patrol and was mentioned in article in the Visalia Times-Delta. fpu.edu/311-chp Roxanne Aguirre (MA ’14) is a part-time coordinator of Spanish-language ministry training programs at the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. fpu.edu/311-ministry
Benjamin Cowdrill (BA ’17) married Alexis Weigant (BA ’17) on November 25, 2017.
Charles Castanon (BA ’15) married Mandalyn Hale (BA ’16) on July 29, 2017.
Sirley Carballo (BA ’14) married Wade French (BA ’14) on April 22, 2017. Both work at FPU.
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BIRTHS Brenda (Rodriguez BA ’14) Abarca and husband Ramiro announce the birth of son Adair on April 3, 2017. He is their first child. Stephanie (Wall BA ’11) and Trent (SEM ’12) Voth announce the birth of son Devereaux Ryder on January 21, 2018. He is their first child.
Lindsey (Marler BA ’06) Sever and husband Ray announced the birth of son Owen David on December 23, 2017. He is their first child.
DEATHS Grady Billington (MA ’79), 85, Madera, died February 19, 2018. During a career with Madera Unified School District, he taught at Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Berenda Elementary and served as principal and superintendent at Berenda and principal at Dixieland and Washington schools. As director of state and federal projects, he developed the district’s bilingual education program and administered the migrant education program. Survivors include wife Janet Marie Bell. More at fpu.edu/311-billington Jessica Lynn Radtke (BA ’06), 32, Sanger, died January 6, 2018. Born September 29, 1985, in Phoenix, AZ, she graduated from Sanger High School. After graduating magna cum laude from FPU, she attended University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, where she was a member of the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society and graduated in 2010. She was admitted to the bar in 2012. Remembrances may be made to Sanger Community Church.
Henry H. Dick, seminary president, district minister, college administrator and pastor, died Feb. 5, 2018, at the age of 95. He was born June 1, 1922, in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, to Henry and Marie (Unger) Dick, migrating with them to Canada in 1924. Among the many positions with the Mennonite Brethren Dick held in 62 years of ministry were president of MB Biblical Seminary (MBBS), now Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, and minister of Pacific District Conference. He also served as U.S. MB Conference general secretary, general conference chair, binational conference secretary, board chair of MBMS International, now MB Mission, and chair of the U.S. Conference Board of Education, which gave oversight to Fresno Pacific University, Tabor College and MBBS. A pioneer church planter in Ontario, Canada, Henry pastored in MB churches in Lodi, Shafter, Reedley and Dinuba, CA. In the broader Mennonite and evangelical communities, he served on the board of the National Association of Evangelicals and Mennonite Central Committee. During 13 years as PDC minister couple, Dick and wife Erica saw the district grow from 77 congregations and 7,377 members in 1989 to 101 churches and 16,326 members in 2001. Survivors include Erica; three children, Janet (BA ’68) and Art (SEM ’00, FS ’69) Enns, Judy (BA ’72) and Ron (BA ’72) Brown and Jim (SEM ’00, BA ’74) and Benti (Pauls BA ’78) Dueck; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. More at fpu.edu/311-dick
Wilfred James Martens, 83, died March 2, 2018. Wilfred retired as an emeritus professor of English at FPU after 35 years. A native of Burrel, CA, Wilfred grew up in Dinuba and attended Immanuel Academy, Reedley College and Tabor College. He earned an M.A. and teaching credential at California State University Los Angeles and, shortly before his retirement, a Ph.D. from the University of Wales. Among his many published writings is the novel River of Glass. Other interests include advocating for people with disabilities, being a tour guide at Hearst Castle, playing clarinet, fly fishing, woodworking and teaching in China and Lithuania. He was a lay leader at College Community Church Mennonite Brethren, Fresno. Survivors include wife Erma, daughter Suzanne (CRED '10) and husband Kevin Schellenberg, daughter Linda and sisters Mary Lou Reeves, Ruth Wooton and Esther Enns (FS '98) and husband Earl.
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Isaac Turns a Page
In my weakness he made me worthy of his calling.”
Turning a new page in life, Mark Isaac lives the calling of God and the prediction of a sage. “Henry Dick once told me, ‘You’re serving well, but you’ll return to the pastorate someday. It’s your calling,” Isaac recalls. At the time, Dick (see page 27) was minister of pastoral care at Dinuba MB Church and Isaac was director of development at what was then Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary. In fact, Isaac joined FPU as part of the 2010 merger that created Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. “I arrived as one of the assets of the seminary,” he says with a smile. His career in advancement, however, was established. A pastor for 22 years, Isaac served as vice chair
of the seminary board and led its advancement committee. He started work for the seminary in 2006 and became director of development a year later. Moving from Seminary House to McDonald Hall, he joined university advancement in 2010 and became vice president for advancement and university relations in 2015. Whatever his title, Isaac worked to increase stewardship and provide stability for donors under seven presidents and as many CFOs in 11 years at the two institutions. “For someone not excited about routine or maintenance, that’s been my role in times of tumultuous transition,” he says. The chapter where Isaac returns to the pulpit opened during a 2017 trip to India. “From nearly the first moment I
Ties of Faith Family, church and service are the three strands in David and Carol Jost’s cord of faith. Honoring that faith means giving through, as well as to, the church. “Church ministries share our basic values and Christian philosophy,” David says. That’s why they created a Charitable Remainder Unitrust with properties they owned in Shafter and San Luis Obispo to benefit: Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary
Mennonite Brethren Foundation
Fresno Pacific University Foundation
Mennonite Disaster Service
Mennonite Brethren Missions
Children to Love, an international children’s relief organization
Mennonite Central Committee
To learn how you can participate, contact: Mark Deffenbacher, CFRE, Executive Director Fresno Pacific University Foundation 559-453-2239 | email@example.com
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David and Carol honor the lives of his parents, Chester and Clella Jost, and the legacy that continues through generations of the Jost family, for whom FPU’s Chester and Clella Jost Family Hall is named. “That’s always been at the heart of what we’ve wanted to do,” David says. Let the Fresno Pacific University Foundation help you combine tax and retirement advantages with your commitment to Christian higher education.
arrived God impressed upon me I was there as a pastor,” he said. Preaching and praying, Isaac felt God’s embrace. “He wouldn’t let me go without the power of his spirit. In my weakness he made me worthy of his calling.” Isaac’s confidence in FPU and the seminary—and his appreciation for donors and colleagues—has not wavered. “I’ve learned to know closely some of the most generous people you’d ever hope to meet. Not all are people of great wealth. They taught me that you can never out-give God,” he says. “There are wonderful people working at FPU and it is vital that it be doing what it is doing here and now.”
Don Griffith Takes Advancement Helm Don Griffith will move from chair of the FPU Board of Trustees to vice president for university advancement effective July 2018. As board chair since 2015, Griffith provided direction as FPU identified new leaders, including President Joseph Jones, Ph.D. Jones, in turn, suggested Griffith consider the vice presidency after stepping down as president of his financial planning business, Cornerstone Advisory Group of Fresno, CA. Other advancement experience includes being regional representative of the Evangelical Free Church of America Department of Financial Ministries. “We are grateful to have someone who has significant experience, loves this university and has relationships with many of our constituents,” Jones said. Griffith and wife Nancy are members of North Fresno Church-Mennonite Brethren. More at fpu.edu/311-Griffith
Too Busy to Retire By Wayne Steffen
Eva Pauls wasn’t expecting more company. The Kansas home was already packed for her family reunion and 60th anniversary of her marriage to Adonijah. Fresno Pacific has no better friends than the Pauls: alumni, employees and supporters. Still, Eva suspected nothing as she stood on the porch and watched the two strangers come up the driveway. “Then she saw it was us and let out a big scream,” Joan Minasian remembers. “Us” was Minasian, director of annual giving, and Ali Sena, director of alumni relations, crashing the party. “That was an incredible experience,” Minasian says. “People came up to us and said, ‘You’re the people from FPU.’” That’s Minasian: building relationships, spreading the word about FPU and, as she says, “making a rumble.” When Minasian joined advancement in 2007 she saw FPU as the capstone of a philanthropy career that started at Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church, developed at Older Americans Organization and culminated at the American Cancer Society as vice president for annual giving in California. But the cancer society schedule of workweeks in Oakland,
weekends at home with husband Marty and the 99 both ways took a toll. “Marty says, ‘That experience taught you what you were made of,’” Minasian says. She decided she was made of home. “That rekindled a stronger love for this Valley,” she says. Over 11 years at FPU Minasian was director of a campaign, community and corporate development and annual giving. Events were her love. “I’m a relational person and those things are so meaningful to me,” she says. Whatever she did, Minasian enjoyed those she did it with. “I got to work with some incredible people. I was also touched by a large number of students and their journeys,” she says. She retired in January 2018, but hasn’t learned what that means. “A girlfriend texted me and asked, ‘How do you like retirement?’ I texted back ‘Retirement? Retirement? What’s retirement?’” Minasian is involved with the Fresno State Humanics Program and is a certified BoardSource consultant and trainer. Her life, and the example of mother Grace Hensleit, ignite Minasian’s passion to prepare future philanthropists. “That energizes me,” she says.
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Platinum Donors $10,000+ AIMS Education Foundation Katherine Anderson Jeff and Laura Andrews Anonymous Anonymous Kurt Berends Bethany Church David and Bonnie Bloemhof Joan Braun Briscoe Family Foundation Central Valley Community Foundation Ron and Roxanne Claassen Rick Cottrell Neil* and Sonia DeFehr Educere Edwin and Mildred Ewy Dennis and Brenda Falk Hilda Faul * First Mennonite Brethren Church, Wichita Dr. Roger* and LaWanda Franz Fresno Pacific University Foundation Nathan and Sheila Frowsing Dr. Don and Karen Gregory Dr. Eric and Darlene Hanson Hanson Family Foundation Craig Herrick Andrew and Amber Herrick Hoover Family Trust
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David and Carol Jost Lynn and Donna Jost Jeanie Klaassen Leon S Peters Foundation Bill and Anne Lyles Elmer and Phyllis Martens* Dan Martin Hon Boyd and Barbara McMurchie Mennonite Brethren Foundation Ed and Bonnie Nachtigall Cary and Roxanne Nikkel Eugene and Barbara Nord North Fresno Mennonite Brethren Church Gregg and Deb Palmer Dr. Herbert and Ella Penner Pioneer College Caterers Eric and Joleen Quinley
Fresno Pacific University’s 2017 Annual Donor Honor Roll recognizes the many alumni, friends, parents, professors, staff, businesses and churches who made gifts to the university, seminary and foundation between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017. These gifts provide critical opportunities for academic excellence and student success. We are enormously grateful to all those who believe in and support FPU. Every gift, whether $5 or $5 million, makes a big difference!
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Richard Wathen, Jr. Wells Fargo Foundation Dr. David Wiebe Jay and Annette Wiebe Joshua and Heidi Wilson
Gold Donors $5,000 – 9,999 Jim and Sabra Abbate Chuck and Karen Aeschbacher Lorin Balzer Birch Bay Bible Community Church Bridge Bible Church Noel and Carol Briscoe Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church, KS Butler Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church College Community Church, Clovis Tom and Linda Collins Mark and Judi Deffenbacher Willard and Margaret Dick Jared Dugger John and Violet Esau Royce and Gail Fast Bob Friesen Walter* and Dolly Friesen Virgil and Nancy Goossen Hamilton Roddis Foundation Heritage Bible Church, Bakersfield Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, KS Ben and Agnes Hofer Richard Johanson Joseph and Yvette Jones Marvin and Tips Just King's Way Foundation Kingsburg Community Church Peter and Nancy Klassen Richard and Peggi Kriegbaum Dr. Nate and Rosette Loewen Skip and Heidi Lynn Mountain View Community Church, Clovis Northwest Church Arthur and Donna Penner Marilyn Peters King Richter
Rosedale Bible Church, Bakersfield Sheila R. Kamps Insurance Agency Tim and Patricia Springer Silver $2500-4999 Armey Family Foundation, Inc. Doug and Jennifer Armey Bakke Graduate University Terry and Debra Brensinger CALCPA Institute Cross Timbers Church Dinuba Mennonite Brethren Church Jean Ediger Harlan and Brenda Elrich Ed and Marlene Eng Paul and Sherri Evert Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church, OK First Presbyterian Church Dutch and Leslie Franz Lorraine Franz Abraham and Joyce Friesen Dr. Brian and Marilyn Friesen General Conference Brethren In Christ, Inc. Dr. Thomas Hackett and Mary Kay Buckley Rex and Shelley Haught Charles Henry Robert Herrick Bruce and Janet Hinman James and Shirley Holm Scott Hulme IBS Supplies Mark and Laurie Isaac Edmund and Mary Janzen John Garabedian Charitable Foundation Dave and Susan Jones Kingsburg Mennonite Brethren Church Koerner Heights Church Wesley and Elaine Kroeker Rick and Linda Lagomarsino Lincoln Glen Church, San Jose Harold and Darla Loewen Madera Avenue Bible Church Trent and Sheri Martens Kevin and Allison McNeely Mennonite Community Church
Bassim and Maryana Michael Neighborhood Church, Visalia Lorin and Karen Neufeld North Oak Community Church Northpointe Community Church Randy and Pam Penner Quiring General Valerie Rempel River Cross Church Kevin Roddy and Diane Clarke Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church Dr. Alan Sorter State Farm Foundation John and Arlene Toews University Presbyterian Church Valley Iron, Inc. Valleyview Bible Church Steve and Sue Waite Wells Fargo Matching Gifts Center Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church
Silver Donors $2,500 – 4,999 Armey Family Foundation, Inc. Doug and Jennifer Armey Bakke Graduate University Terry and Debra Brensinger Dr. Thomas Hackett and Mary Kay Buckley CALCPA Institute Kevin Roddy and Diane Clarke Cross Timbers Church Dinuba Mennonite Brethren Church Jean Ediger Leroy Ediger Harlan and Brenda Elrich Ed and Marlene Eng Paul and Sherri Evert Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church First Presbyterian Church Dutch and Leslie Franz Lorraine Franz Abraham and Joyce Friesen
Dr. Brian and Marilyn Friesen General Conference Brethren In Christ, Inc. Rex and Shelley Haught Charles Henry Robert Herrick Bruce and Janet Hinman James and Shirley Holm Scott Hulme IBS Supplies Mark and Laurie Isaac Edmund and Mary Janzen John Garabedian Charitable Foundation Dave and Susan Jones Kingsburg Mennonite Brethren Church Koerner Heights Church Wesley and Elaine Kroeker Rick and Linda Lagomarsino Lincoln Glen Church Harold and Darla Loewen Madera Avenue Bible Church Trent and Sheri Martens Kevin and Allison McNeely Mennonite Community Church Bassim and Maryana Michael Neighborhood Church Lorin and Karen Neufeld North Oak Community Church Northpointe Community Church Randy and Pam Penner Quiring General Valerie Rempel River Cross Church Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church Dr. Alan Sorter State Farm Foundation John and Arlene Toews University Presbyterian Church Valley Iron, Inc. Valleyview Bible Church Steve and Sue Waite Wells Fargo Matching Gifts Center Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church
Bronze Donors $1,000 – 2,499 Dr. Ara and Tricia Anspikian Laura Avakian Nancy Avakian Nadine Bartsch Betty Bergman Bethel Mennonite Brethren Church Norma Bickmore Tom and Diana Bloxham Bonner Family Foundation Charles and Joann Brandt Jim and Mary Brandt Ron and Judy Brown John and Maryann Buhler James and Beverly Buller Gwen Burks Ian and Sharon Burnett Allen and Denice Carden
Caterpillar Foundation Joel and Margot Cegielski Darrell Champion Raymond James Charitable Foundation Dennis and Debbie Cheselske Stephen Cloud Clovis Community College Clovis Fellowship Clovis Apostolic Church Clovis Insurance Agency Combined Benefits Administrators Cornerstone Community Church, Topeka, KS Corts Consulting, LLC Country Bible Church, Orland Michael Cox David and Susan Cox Dale Simmons Peggy Davis Marshall and Denise Denhartog Steve and Ruth Dick Andrew and Cleora Ditommaso
Andrew and Kara Douglas Frank and Elly Durksen Alma Elrich Employees Educational Employees Credit Union Eugene and Phyllis Enns Greg and Debbie Enns Harold and Pat Enns Jim and Donna Enns Robert and Ruth Enns Pat and Michele Evans Everence Merrill and Priscilla Ewert Lillian Falls Jeanette Fast Gene and Julia Feil Jona and Mary Lou Feil First Mennonite Church Michael and Leslie Fitzgerald Producer's Dairy Foods
Kathy Frantz Sam and Susan Frantz Judy Franz Tim and Patty Franz Mark and Susanne Franz Adrienne French Todd and Sarah Friesen Stan and Delores Friesen Laurel Friesen Dr. Melvyn and Vicki Froese Jim and Mary Gaede Rodger and Terry Glaspey Gospel Fellowship Mennonite Brethren Church Greenhaven Neighborhood Church, Sacramento Dr. Aaron and Christa Griffith Don and Nancy Griffith Anne Guenther Betty Haak Barbara Jo Harding Dr. Gene and June Heinrichs Henderson Avenue Baptist Church
Tim and Bea Hensleit Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church Jon and Judie Hillen Calvin and Linda Hoff Taj and Kristi Hussain Don and Connie Isaac Laura Isaac Menno and Alice Isaac Ellen Janzen David and Carolyn Johnson Larry and Karen Jost Duane and Cher Jost Journey Mennonite Church Ruth Kallenberg David and Mary Ann Karber Robert Kinsey Janet Klingenberg Jonathan and Mary Knaupp Richard and Bev Kopper La Gran Comision Almavision Television Ministries Dennis and Julia Langhofer Robert and Carla Lippert Immanuel Lutheran Church M. Caratan, Inc. Kurt and Katy Madden Don and Joyce Martens Larry and Kathleen Martens Adam and Julie Mcafee Scott and Terri McCrae Cynthia and Chris McGrady Ken Methgen Marty and Joan Minasian Rob and Diana Mock Mark and Juanita Montoya John and Rea Moore Nancy Neufeld New Lutheran Church New Hope Community Church New Hope Bible Church Ted and Rosalie Nickel Tim and Noelle Nightingale Noble Credit Union Byron and Lucille Neufeld Pacific Gas Electric Pacific District Conference Mennonite Brethren Churches Artie Padilla Adonijah and Eva Pauls Jack and Cathy Peck Pete and Ruth Penner
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Vern and Hedy Pletz London Properties Jaime and Laura Beth Ramirez Dan and Karen Ray Franklin and Janice Reddig Leo and Ann Regier David and Sandra Reimer Joyce Reinholds Les and Esther Riffel Rosedale Bible Church, Bakersfield Darren and Susan Rusconi Saints Rest Baptist Church Salem Mennonite Brethren Church Walter and Daphne Saul Elvera Schmidt Brian and Rachel Schultz Lillian Schwartz Pete and Ali Sena Sequoia Bark Sales Richard and Susan Shehadey Frankie Siemens Kyle and Christine Simon Ronald Smith Greg and Susan Sommers Doctors Medical Group, Colorado Springs St. Aloysius Catholic Church Karl and Heidi Strube Summa Development Group David and Bobbi Trask Trinity Mennonite Church United Japanese Christian Church Richard and Pat Unruh Edlyn Valladares Valley Children's Hospital Stephen and Teri Varvis Herwanna Voth Wainfleet Brethren In Christ Church Gary and Tami Wall Dr. Al and Dotty Warkentine Don and Carolyn Warkentine Edward and Jane Wentzel Ann Wiebe Dr. Ed and Naomi Wiens Harry Wiens Lucy Zhang
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Dean Society $500 – 999 Action Institute Ahart Insurance Services Nick and Britni Allen Allstate Foundation Ambassador Baptist Church Amory Restauracion Angelos Biblical Institute Bill's Auto Mark and Lynn Baker Harvey and Kathy Bauman Bruce and Denise Beckhart John and Esther Berg James and Marcy Bergen Tom and Stacey Bieler Peter And Pauline Bonsall Bread Life Church Jordan Brensinger Gladys Button Doug Caskey and Mary Liechty-Caskey Christ Driven Assembly of God Church of God Prophecy Terry and Karen Cianci Donna Clay Community Bible Church Cornerstone Church Cutler Christian Worship Center Bill and Jean* Deeter Annette Dick Greg and Jeanne Durbin Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church Ed Moore Darrell Vincent Farms First Baptist Church Clovis First Church Nazarene First Presbyterian Church FlexToday, Inc. Margie Ford Matt and Bev Ford Free Will Baptist Church Clovis Fresh Harvest Transportation Ken and Fran Martens-Friesen
Rev. Dwight Shirley Friesen Frupco Expediting Services Garden Valley Church Vickie Goudreau Gerald and Carla Grauman Kent and Kathryn Hamlin Harry and Diane Haynes Thomas Potter-Heaphy Allan and Bernice Hedberg House of the Gospel Church Jacob and Lindsey Huang John and Georgina Hynes Iglesia Campanerismo Cristiano Iglesia Primitiva Ione Community Methodist Church Russell Isaac Marshall & Pamela Johnston Koinonia Church Brad and Angel Krause Bobbi Kroeker Michael and Ellen Kunz David and Ruth Larson Cathleen Lawler Marsha Mann John Martin Connie McNeely Meeting House Morgan Wealth Management Dr. Don and Marilyn Nachtigall Ken Neufeld New Beginnings Community Baptist Church New Covenant Community Church New Hopedale Mennonite Brethren Church New Life Brethren In Christ Church New Life Church Lindsay
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Okeene Mennonite Brethren Church Palm Village Retirement Community Pangea Communities Parkside Chapel Christian Missionary Alliance Garry and Ruth Prieb Radiant Church Dalton and Beverly Reimer Nick and Marlene Rempel Resource Buyers LLC Roman Catholic Diocese, Fresno Jacqueline Ryle Samaritan's Purse Stephen and Nancy Sanborn
Senior Citizens Village Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Asian Church Sierra Pacific Orthopaedic Center Sierra Pines Church Sooner Cooperative Steven and Nancy Stuckey The Door Christian Fellowship Mark Thompson Jason and Mary Trego Trinity Fruit Sales Valley Life Free Church Valley Security and Alarm Gary and Lonna* Vessels Sam and Chris Wall Joyce Warkentin Karl and Stephanie Warkentin Westminster Presbyterian Church Westminster Woven Community
Eileen Whelan Paul and Diane Wiese Woodlake Presbyterian Church Woodward Park Baptist Church Stewards Society $100 – 499 Robert and Annette Ackerman Kent Anderson Lisa Anderson Paula Anderson Robin Anderson Annonymous Ron Anton Brian and Susan Arkelian Stanley Azevedo Jacquie Bacon
Susan Baker Raymond Bakke Elden and Gloria Balzer John Barron Frank and Janice Bartel Charles Berberian Janine Bergdahl Sam and Marvis Bergen Gordon and Melinda Bergman Vern and Sue Carter Bethel Christian Center Linda Bettinger Sunnyside Bicycles Gerald Bill Darla Biswas Darlene Blackwood Bret Boatman Michelle Boatman Edward and Barbara Boldt Jake Brandt Donald and Joyce Braun Ken and Debbie Braun Amy Breckenridge
John Briles Robin Briscoe Michael and Lindasue Brock Michael and Andrea Brown Steves Chevrolet Buick Rev. Chuck and Barbara Buller Norman and Joyce Buller Laurie Caldwell Donna Callahan Gayle Fairbanks-Carino Clinton and Stacy Carter Scott and Kristin Case Ron Castillo Mike and Stephanie Cavale Winston Champion Parkside Chapel Eric Christensen Church of God of Prophecy Eldon and Marcella Claassen Roger Claassen and Cheryl Martin Fabricio and Sarah Codeceira Community Bible Church Community Bible Church, Mountain Lake Edgardo Contreras Core Ministries Vincent Correll Pat and Lisa Coyle Sandy Cunningham Shantay Davies Denair Friends Church Carolee Derksen Don Dick Dinuba Christian Center Dinuba Mennonite Brethren Church Bill Dodd Tami Dodd Jeff and Kary Dodds Brenda Dominguez Loren and Tonia Dubberke David and Sandra* Eaton Louis and Rosie Echeverria Stan and Pat Ediger
Mark and Maria Eggert Robert and Kathy Elliott Ken and Priscilla Elrich Ann Enns Earl and Esther Enns Elaine Enns Harold and Rose Epp Cecilia Esau Charles and Sharon Ewert Wilfred and Bonnie Fadenrecht Lloyd Fagundes Family Life Christian Fellowship Howard and Lois Fast Jamie Fast Larry and Rosalinda Ferguson First Church of God, Tulare First Freewill Baptist Church Ronald Flickinger and Sandra Heinrichs Lucio Flores Robert Fornshell Bill and Anne Fraker Peter and Jamie France Michael Frankfort Randy and Cathy Franz Free Holiness Church Benjamin and Caitlin Friesen Elmer Friesen and Ann Heinrichs Timothy Friesen Erik Frodsham and Denise Braun-Frodsham John and Lucy Frost Clarence and Jeanette Funk Kendall and Laurel Funk Liz Funk Nancy Funk Marianna Gaede Frank Gallegos Jose Garcia Joe and Wilma Garrison Everett and Gail Gaston Ben and Janet Gates Tim and Gertrud Geddert Matt and Paula Gehrett Dan and Diane Gilbert
Phil and Judy Glanzer George Gong Ann-Marie Grant Curtis and Nancy Grant Bob and Kendra Green Michael and Carolyn Green Caspian Grill Ronald Guenther Frank Guillen Shannon Guss Margarito and Sylvia Guzman Marden Habegger Marianna Habegger Melanie Halajian Kenneth and Susan Halbach Kelly Hampton Janet Harader Marvin and Darlene Harms Wanda Harms Dr. Helmut and Liz Harnisch George Harper Breck and Dora Harris Keith Harrison Glen and Helen Harvin Rick and Nicki Hash Keith and Carla Heal Rosie Hendry Jason Herron Jimmy Heskett Rick & Stephanie Hetherington Ted and Paula Hiebert Melvin Hill Felipe Hinojosa and Maribel Ramirez Hinojosa Rebecca Hirschkorn Hmong Baptist church Robert and Karol Hofer Jeanne Honley Diane and Ken Hooge Paul and Bonnie Hooge Jerry and Tamara Horak Melanie Howard Wayne and Laurell Huber Harriet Huggins Iglesia De Dios Lirio De Los Valles
Iglesia Rios De Agua Viva Dr. Glenn and Rie Ikawa Incyte Matching Gifts Program Scott and Melissa Ingram Greg Jackson Marilyn Janzen Tom and Martha Janzen Barbara Johnson Darryl and Tricia Johnson David and Elaine Karber Eileen Karber Kelowna Trinity Baptist Church El and Nancy Kessler Jacob and Susan Khushigian John and Natalie Kilroy Kenton Klassen Derek Kliewer Chick and Winnie Kong David and Sandra Knudson Dyia Kwalwasser Victor and Grace Lai Joy Law John and Lynnda Laybourn Stephanie Rae Lee Lemoore Presbyterian Church Mike and Dana Lennemann Angel De Leon Robert Link Javier and Ana Lizaola Albert and Martha Loewen Leola Loewen Kristen Lowry Manual and Vikki Luna Mark and Lori Mainock Lauren Malthaner Richard and Kathy Marcy Lupe Marez Raul Marquez Wilfred and Erma Martens Loyal and Rosella Martin Kathleen Martin Juan Martinez, Jr. Gary and Paulette Matsubara
Scott and Renee McCallum Linda McCauley William and Sandra McGinness Katrina McGraw Harold and Andrea Mead Randy and Tiffany Mehrten Dennis and Thelma Mendel Pam Menze Kenneth Merritt Sharon Merritt Theodore Messerlian Kendall and Caroline Miller Terry Miller Robert Millhollen
Randy and Kelly Nordell North Fresno Japanese Chapel North Fresno Rotary Club Davidson and Uzoma Okpukpara Rev. Henry and Francine Oputa Amy Ordway Mary Ostermeier Our Lady Victory Church Kenneth and Dee Pannabecker Sandra Papazian Marilyn Patten Albert and La Verna Pauls Darryl and Kimber Pauls Kristen Piepgrass
Rev. Roger and Marilyn Minassian Linda Montemayor Connie Moretti Dean and Ronda Morris Jurgen and Elisabeth Moser Thomas and Kathy Munoz National Christian Foundation Corina Navarrete Bruce Neal Netarts Friends Church Jim and Priscilla Neufeld Marianne Neufeld Roger and Carolyn Neufeld Willard and Judie Neufeld New City Church Downtown Fresno New Hope Bible Church New Life Church Laura Nickel Melvin Nikkel Zach and Nettie Niles Gary and Elaine Nord Roger and Kristie Nord
Steve and Glena Penner John Perez Alan and Jeanie Peters Rich and Karen Peterson Mike and Shelly Phillips Sue Plenert Darlene Polder Vicki Pontius PPC Customs Arnie and Brenda Prieb Sergey and Elena Pyrev Galen and Leann Quenzer Alfonso Quiring Paul and Jane Quiring Dale Rains Catherine Ratmeyer Daniel and Marjorie Red Kevin and Lynn Reimer Anne Rempel Clarence and Amanda Rempel Clinton and Betsy Rempel Gregg and Juli Rice Brett Richesin
Mark Robinson Thomas and Sara Robison Stan Rosenthal Rotary Club Fresno Roz Group, Inc. Kim Rumbaugh Paul Rumbaugh Joe Russell Sacramento Bible Church Michael and Patricia Salm Garry and Lois Schmidt Lee and Joanne Schmidt Ronald Schwartz Sequoia Spanish SDA Church Betty Seuis Todd and Amy Sheller Mike and Susie Sherer Joseph Silveira Benere Smith Jake and Bonnie Smith Ronald Smith Robert Solorio Fred and Pat Sommers Sonja Hill Joanne Sorensen Matt Souza Michael and Cheryl Spinelli St. Brigid's Church Keith and Rhoda Stoltenberg Nathan and Julie Suderman Robert and Alice Suderman Brian Sugimoto Douglas Taylor and Julia Dyck Laura Tekunoff Jeff and Christine Thiesen Kenneth and Patty Thiesen Doug and Judi Thompson Alan Claassen Thrush Michael Tokash Candy Torres Joseph and Cassie Travo Trinity Lutheran Church
Haynes Trust Oyervidez Trust Tulare Community Church Robin Turner Robert and Cheryl Turnipseed United Way Fresno County University Vineyard Christian Fellowship Anita Valdez Valley Faith Fellowship Via Church Gil and Debbie Villanueva Mildred Vogt Erin Wade, Inc. John and Karen Wall Walter and Lori Wall David and Jane Wallin Eileen Walters Allen and Belva Warkentin Gary Waterman Howard Watkins Jacob'S Well Jason and Margarita White Karen Widlund Delbert Wiens and Marjorie Gerbrandt Gordon and LeAnna Wiens Grace Wiens Mark and Cindy Wiens Colleen Wiginton Ed and Velora Willems Jonathan and June Woo Jason and Sheryl Wood William Wood Carl Wooten Randy Worden Wrightâ€™s Auction Aaron and Kimberley Wun Glenn and Katherine Yamada Victor Yoder Glen and Peggy Sue Zimmerman Gregory Zubacz and Melita Mudri-Zubacz
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Friends $1 â€“ 99 Jerald and Deborah Achterberg Reuben Acosta Megan Alcala Horacio Aleman Jamilla Aleman Seamus Alger Larry Allenger Steven and Nancy Altschuler Jasmine Alvarez Bethany Alvey Amazonsmile Foundation Marisol Amezcua Dennis and Lynette Anderson Nathan Anderson Valerie Anderson Lisa Anton Nancy Apolinar Elizabeth Aragon Lynn Arkelian Gregg Arney Alexandra Austin Gary and Becky Austin Myles Bacon John Barta Edward Barton Scott and Becky Bauer Yuval Bauman Rodney and Carolyn Becker Kristina Bedel Joey Belzil Michael and Pamela Belzil Melissa Bergen Stan and Leeann Bergen John and Betty Bergey Susan Berry Luke and Ashley Bese Mildred Betenson Kory Billings Kaitlyn Black Kiley Black Amanda Blackburn Sherman and Arlene Boone Blaire Bostwick Norma Bounds
Malcolm and Hazel Bourdet Baron Bower Jerrod and Becky Bradley Rachel Brandon Lorraine Brandt Enrique and Gladys Briceno Melissa Bricker Dr. Henry and Patricia Brock Jason and Jill Brooks David Brown Ken and Kerry Sue Brown Daniel and Tammy Brubaker David Bruce and Mary Rose Jeff and Linda Bryant David and Linda Buettner Ryoji Bunden Casey Butler Tiffany Cable Nancy Calles Rommel Calo Anita Camargo Javier Campos Darrin Cantrell Cantrell Construction Mike Carpenter Alfred Carrillo Shelby Case Robin Cassinerio Benita Torres Castanon Dayah Cervantes Sharon Chandra Allan and Theresa Chanko Paul and Anne Charleston Joshua & Jennifer Christensen Josephine Christiansen Amber Cielo Ronald Clark Debra Clark-Fleming Alicia Cleveland Pastor Rod and Nicole Cochran Bill and Judy Cockerham Dottie Coelho
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Edward Coleman Jessica Contreras Charles Cooper Nicole Cordero Corn Mennonite Brethren Church Melissa Corona Adrian Corrales Aurianna Corrales Hongchau Cosineau Erin Crain Thomas and Joanne Crawford Steve and Marilyn Creel Crooks Family Living Trust Steve Cross Alexa Crown Daleena Daigle Ray and Sharon Darnell
Janet Duke Allison Dyck Kenneth and Mary Eastman Thomas Edgecomb Larry and Dorothy Edwards Marianne Effa Lawrence Elrich Jon and Jennifer Endicott Natasha Endres Steven and Stacie Enns Troy and Janice Estell Gary Estes Joshua Ewert Gordon Ewy Dennis and Lorena Fast Fellowship Christian Athletes Central Valley California
Brian and Gia Davis Jessica Davis Marshall and Lauren Davis Keith and Barbara Dawes Pao De Alba Ruth De La Roz Abigail Dean Janice Dean Brenda Deason Amy Deel Niki DeLaBarre Eric Delore Bissie Denhartog Catherine Diaz Mariana Diaz Don and Deena Diboll Laura Dinges Cindy Dinis Tanysha Dinis David Dobrenen April Dodd Michele Dow Adam Dueck Jim and Benti Dueck
Pat Felts John and Sharon Ferguson Michael Fernandez Jesse and Lisa Ferreras Donald Fischer Claudia Fletcher Tonya Florer Amanda Flores Daniel Flores Elsye Fornshell Allen and Heather Fortune Alfred Foth Paige Frazee David and Ruth Freitas Fresno Athletic Hall Fame Fresno County Genealogical Society Kaitlin Friedrichs Jay Friend David and Shirley Friesen Loren Friesen Norma Froehmer Ron and Norma Froese Lina Frost
Susan Frueh Gladys Fung James Funk Bridget Gamez Misty Gann Bianka Garcia Deanna Garcia Jesus and Lucia Garcia Joseph Garcia Juanita Garcia Maribel Garcia Nick Garcia Patty Garcia Renee Garcia Elsie Garrison Steve and Rebecca Gaskell Barbara Gilman Philip and Teri Girard Noemi Gloria Christopher Goertzen Kimberly Goertzen Jordan and Rachel Golding Annette Gonzalez Javier Gonzalez and Laura Angulo-Gonzalez Chester and Julie Goodale Steve and Pam Goossen Kim Gordillo Steven Goss and Christine Yano-Goss Liria Graciano Kyle Graef Craig Griffin Cierra Guerra Maria Guerrero Abraham and Beatrice Guillen Juliet Gustavson Jessica Gutierrez Jorge Gutierrez John and Teresa Hall Glenn and Sandra Hamilton Randy and Norma Hamm Harriet Hammond Summer Hammond Jaime Harris John Hassing
Jeanne Heinrichs-Suhr Andrea Hernandez Hector and Cindy Hernandez Joe and Sofia Hernandez Robert Hernandez and Kaili Zink-Hernandez Joshua and Evelyn Hester Mechelle Hicks Marty Hill Rhonda Hill Becky Hirschkorn Orin and Keri Hirschkorn Oscar and Trisha Hirschkorn Arthur and Joanne Hofer Steven Hoff Richard and Bonnie Hoffmaster Jim and Tracy Holly Joel and Brittney Howard Jay and Shirley Hoyt Michele Hupp Jason and Jane Isaac Eunice Isaak Steve and Elaine Isaak Derek Jackson Barry and Paige Jager Edward Jansen William and Norma Jantzen Dale and Helga Janzen Irma Janzen Jean Janzen John and Barbara Janzen Michelle Jara-Rangel Cassy Joaquin Cory John Durrand Johnson Ian Kaiser Wayne Kangiser Richard Kassabian Erma Katen Gurinderpal Kaur Tash Kelley Robert and Angelina Kelly Dennis and Joy Kinzel Bill and Melissa Kisich Ann Klassen Jim and Nancy Kliewer
Doug Kliewer and Hope Nisly Sarah Knight Peter and Siemie Kopriva Cynthia Koukos Jelmer and Kristen Krijthe Marvin Kroeker Eric and Kellie Kroutil Blessing Lacerna Melissa Lackey Brandon and Bernice Lang Bud Laraway Danielle Lavery Tiffancy Laygo Lisa Lazar Karoline Lecrone Phillip and Judy Lehman Bruce Leichty Ida Lepp Erik and Sheena Leung Robert and Marilyn Lewis Jaclyn Lewis-Stiles Dante Locarnini Ashley Lockhart Albertina Loera Theodore and Frances Loewen Dominick Lopez Libe Lopez Montana Lowe Larry and Kristine Lung Benny Madrigal Julianne Marquez George Marsh Hanisha Marshall Donna Martin Michael Martin Michael Martinez Pamela Martinez Mirella Mata Joanne Matoi Richard Matoian Jonathan Matson Jim and Patty McCallister Donte and Shar McDaniel Eileen McEnery Jason McGensy Roger McGrady
Mark McGreedy Dr. Mark and Bethany Meadors Ray and Orte Melgoza Maria Mena Josue Mendivil Kaylee Merritt Michael W Vezie General Contractor Candyce Miller Carol Miller Constance Miller Michelle Miller Kathleen Moore Sean and Tammy Moore Michelle Moreno Michael and Dorothy* Motta Rusty and Christine Moyer Nayely Munoz Josh Murrieta Darren and Betsy Myers Susan Myers Brent Nabors Gary and Arlene Nachtigall Michael Nation John Navarro Tom and Betty Newman Becky Bich Nguyen Ginger Niemeyer Harold and Janice Nikoghosian Zach and Nettie Niles George and Inge Nord Bruce Norris Jeff and Lynn Nunnally Josie O'Brien Jonathan and Kate Okpukpara David and Kathy Oliveira Jason and Christa Orton Jesus and Jessica Ortuno Steve and Jodi Otten Renee Ousley-Swank Dreadre Ovalle David Padilla Hilda Padilla-Casas Michaela Parker
Veronica Parsons Roger and Dee Patrick Ed and Twyla Pauls Keana Payan Rachel Payne Majorie Peden Cristal Rivera Pedraza Maddie Pena Rick and Carolyn Penner Andrea Perez Phillip Hopewell Cherney, Attorney at Law John and Sharon Piasecki Steven Piggott Virginia Pippin Aundrea Placentini Elizabeth Ponce Deborah Porcarelli Carol Porter
Wayne and Rebekah Richardson Rudy Rios Patricia Robillard Kristen Robles Katie Rocca Deborah Rodriguez Guadalupe Rodriguez Kimberly Rodriguez Vieanna Rodriguez Helen Rogers Royce Rogers Citlali Rojas Ian Roos Meghan Rosa Lois Rosenfeld Brian and Stephanie Ross Toni Rubio Brenda Ruiz
Megan Prewitt Gina Quarnstrom Sandy Quintero Glen and Jennifer Quiring Megan Ragsdale Alysa Ramey Orlando and Casie Ramirez Mayela Razo-Vega Aleman Realty Ben and Frances Redekop Michiko Reese Troy and Sherrilyn Regier Vernon and Jo Ella Reimer Hilda Reyes Karina Reyes Steve Reynolds Malcolm and Kathleen Ricci Peter and Jonelle Richardson
Griselda Ruiz Jesus Ruiz Mariza Ruiz E Sun Saesee John Samson Andrea Sanders Lorraine Scarcy Kelyn Schellenberg Tammy Schellenberg Andrew Schickling Brian Schulte and Tracy Ainger-Schulte Kandace Scott Roosevelt Scott, Jr. Nelson Scwamb Ruth Sebastian Kimberlee Shannon Rowen Shaterian Bryan and Corinne Sheldon Randy Shellenberg Pippa Shibata Olga Shmakina Florence Siebert
Rudy Silva Nulek Singkeovilay Evelyn Smith Mindy Smith Patricia Smith Rebecca Smith Sue Smith Donald Snyder Darel and Betty Sorensen Bill and Gwenn Southerland Matt Souza Matthew Souza Andi Springer Robert and Carolyn Steidley Lisa Steves John Stone Doug and Tina Stryd Michelle Stubb-Mcclain Desiree Stumpf Derek and Julie Stutzman Bryan and Kelly Suhovy Lainey Suhovy Melissa Sutherland Kendall Swanson Sandy Syharath Evangelina Tello Dave and Connie Thiessen Alicia Thomas-Ackland Shawn and Stacey Thomure Grant Tod Lori Todd Amanda Toste True Lively-Jones Roger and Donna Trujillo Courtney Tupper Heather Turmon United Way Calif Capitol Region Kenia Valdez Priscilla Valdez Matias Valencia and Maribel OrozcoValencia Nick Valla Valley Golf & Central Valley Golf Utility
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Davy Vartanian Jennifer Vences Scout Villanueva Joel and Sharon Vogt Edward Vostrak Lou Ann Voth Ronald Voth Jennifer Vue Steven and Catherine Waite Lee and Alice Walker Geri Warkentin Gracie Watkins Mary Watson Irene Weaver Carl Weigley Patrick Wells Dustin and Christina Whalen Jason White Tanya Whitehouse Daniel Whitmarsh Mary Wick Wayne and Sheila Wiebe Harry and Elvina Willems Tammy Williamson Jeremy Winans Ray and Kelly Winter Carl Witt Wally Witt Karen Wollman Justin and Kristin Wood Donald and Evelyn Workman Timothy Wright and Sandra Luna-Wright Deirdre Wyrick Kao Yang Kiessinger Yang Ellard and La Verne Youngberg Crystal Zaragoza Maira Zaragoza Carrie Zigler *In Memory
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