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Summer 2017

A Day in the Life of Our Campus

6:22 a.m. Sr. Adele Marie at morning Mass.

1:24 p.m. Sr. Charlene Herinckx at work in her office.

People often tell us that our campus proJects a feelinG of serenity. That is especially true for people who have no connections to the campus but simply drive by, admiring the Motherhouse with its majestic dome, the lush front lawn and the historic sequoia trees. But if you look past those idyllic images, you will discover a vibrant campus community brimming with activity 24/7.

On February 1, 2017, our communications team set out to capture the energy of our campus on a single day. From morning prayer through college planning night – from our Motherhouse to Maryville to Valley Catholic School – photographers Todd Sargood and Scott Cary captured 3,553 photos. This issue showcases highlights of their beautiful work: an exciting photo essay reflecting a day in the life of our campus. You can find additional images at To see a video about the daylong photo shoot, visit


Sr. Charlene Herinckx ’66 Superior General, Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon

Sr. Adele Marie Altenhofen President, SSMO Ministries Corporation


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4 A Day in the Life of Our Campus From sunrise to nightfall on February 1, 2017, two photographers captured more than 3,500 photos on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus. This photo essay reflects the energy of the campus on a single day.

28 128,000 Days in the Life of Our Community What is a day like for a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon? Each day is as unique as the Sisters themselves. Together, the 2017 Jubilarians have given nearly 128,000 days in their lives – or 350 years – of ministry and service in health care, spiritual care, education and leadership.

32 Three Special Days in the Life of Our Campus To the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and members of their campus community, every day is a celebration of God and life. Early in 2017, three days resonated with special meaning: the 2017 Gala, Career Day 2017 and the 50th Valley Catholic Middle School Speech Tournament.

33 Remembering Sr. Janice Boogaard ’56 and Sr. Veronica Marie Templer For these Valiant women, every day was an opportunity to serve others.

34  Alumni Notes We celebrate special days in the lives of our alumni and look ahead to our 2017 Alumni Tailgate Party.

38 A Graduation Day to Remember When Valley Catholic High School celebrates its 2017 Commencement ceremony, it will honor not one – not two – but three valedictorians.

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Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation Sister Adele Marie Altenhofen, President page 32

Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Sister Charlene Herinckx ’66, Superior General Editor: Barbara Kerr, APR, Fellow PRSA Designer/Photographer: Todd Sargood Cover design: Megan Zimmer

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“A Day in the Life of Our Campus” Photographers: Todd Sargood, Scott Cary Photo of Sr. Veronica Marie Templer courtesy of Lois O’Halloran. Contributors: Ashley Apodaca, Gavin Dunham

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The award-winning Spirit magazine is published by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and their sponsored ministries. All rights reserved. Questions, comments or address changes: SSMO Ministries Corporation 4440 SW 148th Avenue Beaverton, OR 97078 503-644-9181 |




Summer 2017

A Day in the Life of Our Campus  6:05 a.m. The Sisters begin their weekdays at 6 a.m. with the ringing of the bell and praying of the Angelus. They then pray Morning Prayer (Lauds) together.

 6:34 a.m.

„ 6:49 a.m.

Fr. Francis Njau, AJ, presides at Mass following morning prayer. He is one of two priests who serve as chaplains for the Sisters.

Sr. Catherine Hertel (left) and Sr. Rita Watkins leave the chapel, ready for their day in the life of the campus.


 7:27 a.m.

 7:46 a.m.

Valley Catholic Middle School Counselor Sr. Colleen Schmitt greets students as they arrive.

Principal Krista Jacobson and faculty provide a warm welcome in the elementary school chapel.

 7:53 a.m. Valley Catholic Middle School students begin their day with prayer and announcements in the elementary school cafeteria.

ƒ 8:04 a.m. The Valley Catholic Elementary School library was the setting for a parent breakfast social.




8:37 a.m. Chief Information OďŹƒcer Dale Goodno listens as SSMO Ministries Corporation President Sr. Adele Marie Altenhofen provides an update on the campus wayfinding and signage project. The Executive Management Team of the SSMO Ministries Corporation meets each Wednesday morning.



Summer 2017

8:44 a.m. Learning comes to life through creative activities at Valley Catholic Elementary School.

9:02 a.m. Ben Karlin of the Information Technology staff checks on phone and fax lines that support Maryville, Valley Catholic School and the SSMO Motherhouse.




9:07 a.m.

At Valley Catholic Early Learning School, students learn through activities and play: sharing their ideas and solving problems.

9:12 a.m.

9:19 a.m.



Summer 2017

10:11 a.m. Peace be with you: Sr. Adele Marie Altenhofen gently reaches out to Valley Catholic Early Learning School students during an all-school Mass in the Valiants Gym.





Summer 2017

 10:16 a.m. Students from Valley Catholic Elementary School lift their voices in song, sharing a hymn during the all-school Mass.

 10:19 a.m. Archbishop Emeritus John Vlazny presides at Mass.

„ 10:34 a.m. At the conclusion of the Mass, Archbishop Emeritus John Vlazny returned to the center of the gym as the Valley Catholic School community sang “Happy birthday” and cheered. The Archbishop celebrated his 80th birthday on Feb. 22.


 10:47 a.m. Health care leader, nurse and educator Kelly Fox ‘86 received the 2017 Valley Catholic Distinguished Alumni Award. She was joined by her children, Katy and Gus.

ƒ 10:53 a.m. We are VC! Valley Catholic seniors cheer for a class photo.





Summer 2017

11:31 a.m. Center Unit Resident Care Manager Dixie Carson, RN, congratulates Certified Nursing Assistant Perla Balalong, honored as Maryville’s Employee of the Month for February 2017.

ƒ 12:00 p.m.

‚ 12:15 p.m.

Thanh Pham, a candidate for the SSMO Community, pulls a rope to ring the Angelus bell, located on the roof of the Motherhouse. The Sisters ring the Angelus bell at 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m.

Joan Santos welcomes guests and provides assistance at one of the busiest sites on the campus: the reception area of the SSMO Motherhouse.


„ 12:17 p.m. In their respective roles as Motherhouse Administrator and Superior General, Sr. Julie Doan (left) and Sr. Charlene Herinckx meet each week to discuss topics related to the physical and spiritual well-being of the Sisters. In addition, given all of the activities and endeavors of the Sisters, this meeting provides an opportunity to keep the Sisters’ calendar of activities up-to-date and keep preparations on schedule.

ƒ 12:31 p.m. All smiles after the presentation of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award, SSMO Foundation Executive Director Tricia Blood prepares for the Valley Catholic Gala.

‚ 12:53 p.m. At Valley Catholic, iPads enhance the classroom experience. Teachers use technology to support learning outcomes.




1:08 p.m. Spirit Week is a highlight at Valley Catholic School. “Beach Ball Bonanza� is a favorite, requiring agility and focus.



Summer 2017

1:26 p.m. Healthy bodies, healthy minds. Valley Catholic Middle School students run in the Valiants Gym.

1:29 p.m. Michael Segerdahl leads these middle school students as they do push-ups.

 1:34 p.m. Jeff Evans warms up in the music room. He directs Valley Catholic’s concert choir and choral ensembles.




 1:41 p.m. At age 102, Dimi Todd joins other residents to create beautiful items for Maryville’s annual Valentine’s sale. The sale supports Maryville’s activities program.

ƒ 1:48 p.m. Jeanette Irving adds her heartfelt touch to a card that will be sold at Maryville’s Valentine sale, held on February 13 and 14.

„ 1:49 p.m. Fran Dougal is all smiles because the Valentine sale supports Maryville’s activities program, which offers hundreds of engaging and fun events for residents throughout the year.



Summer 2017

2:02 p.m. Students in Marty Karlin’s high school art class give each other a hand – literally. The assignment: draw their own hands.

2:19 p.m. Students in Kathy Johnson's English class discuss "The Scarlet Letter."




In Sarah Zinzer's eighth-grade biology class, students use microscopes to identify the stages of mitosis (cell division). Below: A close-up look at an image of an onion root cell.


Summer 2017

2:21 p.m.

 2:42 p.m. In Erin Cole’s freshman biology class, students ask the question: “Can life as we know it survive on Mars?” It was a collaborative unit with Luke Waitrovitch’s freshman religion class, which examined the ethics of transforming a planet to resemble the earth, especially to support human life.

2:29 p.m.


2:48 p.m.

Nathan Fisher leads an AP physics class in the new Valley Catholic science building. On the previous day, the class had taken part in a circular motion lab. On this day, they were reviewing the results and using the data and graphs to form a new equation. After finding the new relationship, they applied the information to problems involving circular motion and centripetal forces.

2:51 p.m.

2:52 p.m.





Summer 2017

3:28 p.m. Maryville’s rehabilitation services include physical, speech and occupational therapy. With improved mobility, residents gain more independence.

3:53 p.m. At Maryville Memory Care, staff members confer to discuss the care of their residents.


ƒ 3:54 p.m. Athletic Director Joel Sobotka is head coach for varsity boys basketball. He watches as senior Colin Haggerty practices a three-point shot. The boys basketball team won the silver medal in the 2017 OSAA 4A state championships. 3:57 p.m. Members of the varsity boys basketball team practice for their next match against Astoria. The Valiants won that game and went on to become co-champions of the Cowapa League.





Summer 2017

4:05 p.m. Maryville’s culinary staff provides appetizing meals and snacks for residents every day on our campus: seven days a week, 365 days a year.

4:09 p.m. On a bare stage, Joey Biever and Ellie Elwert rehearse their roles in “Disney’s High School Musical.” The production opened at Valley Catholic High School on March 3.


 4:19 p.m. At Valley Catholic Music School, Beckie Hocker teaches a flute lesson. The music school offers lessons for children and adults throughout the year.

„ 5:08 p.m. After beginning her day with morning prayer in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel, Sr. Marie Bernadette George returns for evening prayer.





Summer 2017

5:17 p.m. A time of faith and reflection: evening prayer in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel.

5:21 p.m. Sr. Juliana Monti plays the Sisters’ historic Wicks organ during evening prayer.


5:23 p.m. Varsity girls basketball head coach John Innes leads a practice session in the Valiants Gym. The Valiants won their next match, playing on the road in Astoria.

5:25 p.m. This practice session was one of many that led the varsity girls basketball team to the first round of the OSAA 4A state championships, where they lost a thrilling match to Baker at the buzzer.





Summer 2017

 6:01 p.m. A prayer to Mary concludes dinner in the Sisters’ dining room.

ƒ 6:06 p.m. After-dinner cleanup is quick because each Sister knows her role. Sr. Alison Green helps ensure that the kitchen is clean.

‚ 6:07 p.m. Sr. Elizabeth Sohler wraps extra food and prepares pots and pans to be washed.


6:59 p.m. Valley Catholic junior Noelle Mannen and her father, Doug, came to Kelly Auditorium for College Planning Night.

6:08 p.m. Sr. Patricia Marie Landin makes quick work of her role in the kitchen.

7:12 p.m. Valley Catholic High School College Counselor Joe Bernard welcomes guests to the last oďŹƒcial event on the SSMO campus on February 1: College Planning Night.





Summer 2017

Four of the 2017 Jubilarians of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon posed for this portrait in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel. Sr. Charlene Herinckx stands behind (left to right) Sr. Sharon Kirk, Sr. Clare Vandecoevering and Sr. Paula Fox. Not pictured: Sr. Marianne Giesel and Sr. Patricia Marie Landin. The photo was taken on March 13, 2017.

12,000 Days in the Life of Our Community What is a Day liKe for a Sister of St. Mary of OreGon?

Each day is as unique as the Sisters themselves. Together, the 2017 Jubilarians have given nearly 128,000 days in their lives – or 350 years – of ministry and service in health care, spiritual care, education and leadership. In their own words, Sr. Paula Fox, Sr. Marianne Giesel, Sr. Charlene Herinckx, Sr. Sharon Kirk, Sr. Patricia Marie Landin and Sr. Clare Vandecoevering describe how a day can be filled with singular blessings in a lifelong journey of ministry, faith and joy.

The 2017 Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) Jubilee Mass will be held Sunday, July 30, at 1:30 p.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel. A reception for the Jubilarians will follow in the SSMO Motherhouse. Their biographies are featured at


SSMO Superior General Sister Charlene Herinckx ’66

Sister Patricia Marie Landin 50 years

50 years



here are various meetings, events and tasks on my calendar almost every day – and then there is what I actually do that day. That is probably similar to many people’s calendars but, until I began to serve as an administrator, my daily routine was just that – routine. Being someone who likes things organized, it has taken some time getting used to the changes that happen – but I am getting better at welcoming them as God’s plan, not mine. Besides, there are often such pleasant surprises in the mix.

s a person dedicated to God and a life of prayer, I see continuous and extraordinary events in every single day. I have been in health care ministry all of my religious life – first as a nurse and then as a chaplain. As a chaplain at Providence Medford Medical Center, I lived alone in an apartment. I would rise early, begin my day with prayer, then leave for the hospital by 6:30 a.m. I began the day by visiting patients who were awaiting surgery and offering prayers for them. Later, I would engage in medical rounds in the intensive care unit. Next, it might be a visit with a staff member who needed encouragement. There might be a call to go to the emergency room or to the bedside of someone who was dying. At each moment, I called upon the inner resource of prayer: “Help me, Lord. Let’s go.” After meeting with other chaplains, it was time to go home. My evenings brought time for relaxation, recreation, perhaps visiting with a friend, then prayer time. After a good night’s sleep, it began again.

My day can be a mixture of meetings, planning meetings, writing and email, conference calls, writing minutes or articles, wishing I was at the beach, meeting a friend for breakfast, or having Sisters stop at my office with a word of cheer or questions or suggestions. No two days are the same – as much as I thought in my younger years that would be the ideal. Now I understand that the changes, challenges and surprises in the daily schedule are what make the daily schedule interesting and energizing.

I am full of gratitude to God for calling me to serve Him in such a special way.




Sister Paula Fox


Summer 2017

Sister Marianne Giesel ’56

60 years

60 years

he seed of my call to follow Christ as a religious Sister was the admiration and love I had for the Sisters who taught me in grades one through 10. I was inspired by the cheerful way they lived a very sacrificial life of work and prayer.



By the time I was in the sixth grade, I knew that I wanted to follow Christ as a religious woman. I had heard in a sermon or read somewhere that all are called to give back to God – and to give all the good we can produce. I saw my mother and sisters raising good Catholic families for God, but I felt called to give myself.

Sometimes I attend Mass at Maryville and then visit with residents. I may help around the Motherhouse or visit the Sisters in our infirmary. We might attend an activity, take a walk or play a game.

ur day begins as the Angelus bell is rung and the Sisters pray the Angelus prayer. This is followed by Mass, where our priests’ homilies often include reflections tinted by their African heritage, shedding a whole new light on the Word.

Sharing time with a group of seventh graders each Monday is a highlight of my week. I share photos and memories of my family, my calling to be a Sister, and our Community’s history. I also teach them calligraphy so they can take pride and delight in creating their own cards. I also enjoy teaching adult immigrants in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program on our campus.

It sometimes seemed that God and I were playing hide and seek; He was hiding and I was seeking His will. As the years passed, I knew God had created me for something. Three paths opened. Each one came with much urging to follow. I had Masses offered to the Holy Spirit so I would make the right choice and receive a sign that this was God’s will for me. My prayers were answered very quickly and not at all as I had expected.

Each Sister prays for an entity on our campus. As a prayer partner to third graders, I teach catchy, Bible-based songs, read stories with religious teachings and do an art project based on Biblical verses. It is a gift to have these opportunities right here on our campus.

I found God’s will for me as a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon. I am most grateful to God for His goodness in allowing me to know and share the life, love and joy I have found here.


Sister Sharon Kirk ’56

Sister Clare Vandecoevering ’47

60 years

70 years



taught elementary school for 20 years, served as a principal for 15 years and served my Sisters for 21 years in a number of roles, including Motherhouse Administrator.

or 20 years, I worked at Visitation School in Verboort with my sisters: Sister Agnes Marie and Sister Anne Vandecoevering. Every day, we got up early, had breakfast early and went to prayer early. There was always someone to thank, so I wrote many “thank-you” notes. People would leave beautiful groceries and produce at the back door, and Sister Agnes Marie would turn this into lunch and dinner. In the afternoons, I taught a children’s religion class before having dinner and saying evening prayer. After we washed the dishes, we relaxed by watching television. Then I would pray and read before bed.

I have always been interested in the role of women in the world and participated in many events to support them. I also loved sharing the gift of music by singing and playing the guitar at liturgies and gatherings. But my work at the Women’s Intercommunity AIDS Resource (WIAR) stands out as my greatest blessing. I worked there from August 1998 through May 2000. I wanted each client to be greeted with warmth and compassion. I wanted to remember each of their personal stories to let them know that they were supported and loved.

Two years ago, I came to the Motherhouse and now live in the infirmary. I am well taken care of by the Sisters and nurses; they are all so gracious to me. After Mass, I spend my mornings reading the paper and studying – and occasionally helping to peel vegetables. After lunch, I rest, read Scripture and other spiritual books, and often attend gatherings or celebrations in our social room. After dinner, I attend evening prayer and perhaps another gathering or prayer of Adoration before bed.

Today, I spend most of my days in the infirmary on third floor of the SSMO Motherhouse. This has taught me to be patient with our caregivers who strive daily to meet the needs of each Sister. I strive to remain cheerful and cooperative and to live each day as a woman of prayer – in simplicity and sisterly love – as a compassionate, joyful servant of the Lord.

I am so grateful to God to be a Sister. I have never wanted to be anything else.





Summer 2017

Speaking to a capacity crowd at the 2017 Gala, Daniel and Alaina Hardy describe their experience as second-generation Valley Catholic students.

Three special days

in the life of our campus


o the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and members of their campus community, every day is a celebration of God and life. Early in 2017, three days resonated with special meaning.

than $110,000 for tuition assistance and ensuring that Valley Catholic continues to provide a world-class Catholic education for its students. Bob Weber received heartfelt applause from Gala guests, thanking him for seven years of dedication and service as Valley Catholic School’s president and wishing him success in his new role as president of Blanchet Catholic School in Salem.

“Alaina and I represent all of the students who attend Valley Catholic thanks to your gifts to ‘Light a Fire.’” That’s how Daniel and Alaina Hardy described their experience as second-generation Valley Catholic students to a capacity crowd at the 2017 Gala, held at Montgomery Park in Portland on February 11. The annual Gala celebrates all things Valley Catholic while raising funds that support student success in classrooms every day. The Hardy family shared their compelling personal story and their ongoing commitment to Valley Catholic in the “Light a Fire” appeal, generating more

“Know why you’re doing what you’re doing. What is your driving inspiration?” That theme drove Career Day at Valley Catholic High School on March 27. The event attracted 28 professionals – including 11 alumni – who represented occupations including health care, law, forensics, military service, art, athletics and small business. From Sally Clark Duyck ’62, who is president and state secretary of the Oregon Dental Hygienist


Association, to Stephanie Haugen ’08, a journalist with the Pamplin Media Group, alumni shared memories with classmates then shared their professional experiences to inspire today’s students.

 Dental hygienist Sally Clark Duyck '62 with her "Miriam" yearbook

When Sr. Rose Dolores Costello and Sr. M. Fidelis Kreutzer ’44 founded the Valley Catholic Middle School Speech Tournament in 1967, they could barely have dreamed that the tradition would continue 50 years later. On February 25, the tournament celebrated that milestone. Broadcaster Pat Boyle ’73, who competed in the tournament as an eighth-grader, returned as emcee. “We live in a text message society with our faces looking down to our smartphones or computer screens,” she said. “That’s why this competition is so important for you and your development as a human being.” As the ceremony began, the lights dimmed in the Valiants Gym and a commemorative video appeared. Now available at, the video features Sr. Rose Dolores, Sr. Fidelis and others who have led or participated in the tournament throughout the years. It captures the history of the tournament and honors the memory of the two valiant women who founded it.

ƒ Valley Catholic Middle School (VCMS) Vice Principal Dale French congratulates VCMS student Anne Chantale Gendron-Herndon for winning first place for a serious speech given by a seventh-grade student.





Summer 2017

In Memoriam

ReMeMBerING S. J B ’ aND S. V M T


n 2016, as Sr. Janice Boogaard prepared to celebrate her 60th Jubilee as a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO), she described her life in eight heartfelt words: “God has been so good and so fulfilling.”


Sr. Janice died on Jan. 7, 2017, at the SSMO Motherhouse. An avid learner, Sr. Janice earned a food service certificate at Portland Community College, received a certificate in religious education from the University of Portland and earned a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry at Marylhurst University. She continued to attend workshops and seminars throughout her life.

In 1962, she became one of the first teachers at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Seattle, where several Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon also served.

rowing up in Seattle, Judith Marie Templer attended Catholic grade schools and high schools. “I always admired the Sisters I had as teachers,” she said. “I knew I wanted to become a Sister or teacher or both.” As Sr. Veronica Marie Templer, she became both.

After entering the SSMO Community in 1964, she taught typing, shorthand, bookkeeping and recordkeeping at St. Mary of the Valley High School (now Valley Catholic). Sister Veronica Marie then supported the Sisters’ ministries in health care by serving in medical records and as an administrative assistant at Maryville. Sr. Veronica Marie died at Maryville on March 31, 2017.

SSMO Superior General Sr. Charlene Herinckx said, “Changing schools as often as she did as a child did not dampen Sr. Janice’s spirit of meeting and visiting with old friends and new acquaintances. Always interested in what was happening in the SSMO Community, Sr. Janice had a ready smile that was trumped only by the sparkle in her eye.”

In 2014, Sister Veronica Marie celebrated her 50th Jubilee as a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon. “It doesn’t seem possible,” she said. “Time goes so quickly.”





Summer 2017

ALUMNI NOTES Since graduating from the original St. Mary of the Valley High School, Carol Ann Day VanderZanden ‘59 has established herself as a respected artist in the Washington County area. She is one of five sisters who graduated from St. Mary of the Valley: Sheila ‘57, Mary Sue ‘58, Kathleen ‘60 and Patricia ‘62. Their mother, Elaine Day, enjoyed 13 years of loving care at Maryville before her death. The Day farm was adjacent to the Sisters’ property along Farmington Rd.

After many years of working at a large, international recruiting firm, Chris Sahni ‘98 took the plunge and started his own company in 2010. Chris now runs a boutique search firm, based in downtown Portland, specializing in the placement of finance and IT professionals in the Northwest. He currently lives in Lake Oswego with his wife and son.

 On September 3, 2016, Mary Younkin Pleasant ’04 and her husband, Traben, welcomed Cecelia Sparrow Pleasant into the world. As first-time parents, Mary and Traben say they couldn’t be happier with the newest addition to their family.

 Sarah Younkin Holdener ’02 and her husband, Jeff, welcomed their second daughter, Elise Mary, in December 2016. They report that big sister Noa likes to “smoosh” her baby sister while giving kisses and to “occasionally pull her hair when we’re not looking.”  After graduating from Portland State University with a degree in psychology, Deanna Everson ’97 says she switched gears following a “botched bang trim” she received. More than a decade later, Deanna is the proud owner of Ginger Salons, which just opened its third location. Deanna also serves as trainer for the salon’s new talent stylists.

„ After they met on Sauvie Island four years ago, Alison Murray Hart ’04 married her husband, Marty, in Hawaii with many of their family and Valiant alumni friends present. They currently reside in Hillsboro with Cali, their Corgi. Alison is a physical therapist for Legacy Health Sports Medicine.





Summer 2017

ALUMNI NOTES Jeff Keagbine ’05 and his wife, Bri, were married at the Portland Country Club on October 15, 2016. Joining in the celebration: siblings Emily Keagbine ’07, Eric Keagbine ’10, Megan Keagbine ’15, Kelsey Keagbine ’10 and Trevor Keagbine. Jeff and Bri live in Portland, where Jeff currently works as a software engineer for Harland Financial Groups.  Jeff Delach ‘05 and his wife, Alli, were married at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Portland, Oregon, on July 23, 2016. With many Valley Catholic classmates at the wedding, Jeff ’s groomsmen included Paul Cary ’05, Jeff Keagbine ’05, and Jason Raulino ’05. The couple lives and works in the Portland metropolitan area. ‚ Catie Becker ’05 and Ryan Smith moved to Oregon in April 2017, as Catie joined Fisher Investments in Camas, Washington. Catie and Ryan say they are excited to be living on “the West ‘Best’ Coast.”

 Anna Nguyen Bradstreet ’06 married Tyler Bradstreet on August 13, 2016, in Gresham, Oregon. The bridesmaids included Anna’s two sisters: Lani Nguyen ’08 and Patricia Nguyen ’14. Angela Burghard Smeulders ’06 was maid of honor. Anna and Tyler reside in Portland, where Anna works as an optometrist for Ogata EyeCare.

 In the summer of 2010, Anne Waibel ’06 and Andy Millison met at Valley Catholic’s CYO basketball camp. On September 17, 2016, they got married at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Hillsboro, Oregon. Their wedding party included Emily Vandyke Stotts ’06 as maid of honor. Other Valley Catholic Middle and High School alumnae at the wedding included Anna Johnson ’04 and her sisters: Hollie Hennessey ’96, Allison Waibel Gates ’05 and Ashley Waibel ’09. Anne and Andy currently reside in Canby, Oregon.


‚ Kevin Honeyman ’07 and Michael Hoffman ’07 teamed up with their former teachers,

ALUMNI NOTES John Innes and Pat Thomas, at the 2016 Whole in One Golf Tournament. This foursome enjoyed an afternoon of friendship, fun, and camaraderie as they competed in this annual event held at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. After completing her undergraduate degree, Ashton Ross ’10 worked for two years as a cardiovascular intensive care unit nurse at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She is returning to Portland to earn a master’s degree in the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Nurse Anesthesia Program. In August 2016, Taylor Buuck ’10 was welcomed to the medical community during the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) White Coat Ceremony for the OHSU Class of 2020. Taylor, who received his first white

coat, earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical science at Concordia University Wisconsin. Jami Cheng ’11 will graduate from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in May 2017, after earning her degree in the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) program in Health Education and Health Communication. „ With Valley Catholic teammates, coaches and fans cheering them on, former teammates Bailey McDevitt ’15 and Molly Danielson ’16 were on opposite sides of the basketball court at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, on January 14, 2017. Bailey competed for the George Fox Bruins as Molly began her collegiate basketball career with the Wildcats of Linfield College.

For your neXt Day in the life of our campus Mark your calendars for our annual Alumni Tailgate Party: Friday, September 22, 2017. To learn about our Alumni Tailgate and class reunions for years ending in 2 and 7 7,, contact us at





Summer 2017

Left to right: Co-valedictorians Seancarlos Gonzalez, Aidan Welsh, and Daria Wonderlick

A Graduation Day to Remember

When ValleY Catholic High School celeBrates its 2017 CoMMenceMent cereMonY on June 10, it Will honor not one – not tWo – But three valedictorians.

Seancarlos Gonzalez has left his mark at Valley Catholic by serving as a student ambassador and valiantly competing in cross country and in track and field. Director of Campus Life Mary Donovan described him as “a very good role model to other students.”

Kayla Gaspardis described Daria Wonderlick, whose honors include honorable mention on the 2016 Cowapa volleyball all-league team. Valley Catholic High School Principal Doug Ierardi said, “All three of these students have made a significant impact on the culture of the high school. They have been deeply involved in extracurricular activities and have consistently placed themselves in leadership positions. Their achievements and contributions – in the classroom, on the field and in the community – have been outstanding.”

Athletic Director Joel Sobotka described Aidan Welsh as “a leader and Valiant competitor in athletics.” Welsh, who has competed for Valley Catholic in football, baseball and basketball, cites his visits to Maryville as a highlight of his time at Valley Catholic. “An ambassador for our school, going on grade school visits and hosting visitors when they come to our campus.” That’s how Admissions Director

Congratulations to these three valedictorians and to each member of the Valley Catholic Class of 2017!




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10:56 a.m. Pat Joyaux ’54 has been part of a day in the life of our campus since she arrived at St. Mary of the Valley High School (now Valley Catholic) in 1950. In 1978, after becoming involved with the campus alumni association, she learned of an opening for a school secretary. The rest is history. Today, as secretary and registrar at Valley Catholic High School, she knows each student by name and greets students, alumni, faculty, staff, guests and callers with kindness and a big smile. The winner of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award, Pat Joyaux is admired for her professionalism, dedication, service and her warm and joyful spirit.

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