MPH in community health education, 1971
Stephen stays very busy since retiring in 2003 after a career that included serving 22 years as a program manager at the Ventura (California) County Public Health Department as well as working as a health education director for hospitals and health centers. Since 2005, he has been manager of the SCAN Senior Resource Center in Ventura, which serves about 350 senior citizens weekly with healthy living classes such as chair yoga, brain gym, and eat to beat cancer. Stephen also serves on the California Senior Legislature, Ventura County Area Agency on Aging advisory board, and the Ventura Senior Coordinating Council. He has also continued his education, completing programs in aging and home modification. He and his wife, Diane Louise (Patterson) (MPH in tropical medicine, 1974), also lead several ministries at Church of the Living Christ, in Meiners Oaks.
MPH in health education, 1979
In February, Michael took an eight-day trip to the Russian Federation, where he provided 30 hours of classroom instruction for an intensive advanced leadership course to students at Zaoksky Adventist University who are enrolled in Andrews University Theological Seminary’s doctor of ministry degree program with an emphasis in leadership. “Exploring with them leadership theories and practices that have been developed in western countries was an exciting educational process for me,” says Michael. “It provided an opportunity for them to articulate the history of their experiences of living and working in a socialist environment. Our dialogue became a valuable learning experience for me, too.” He is also advising four doctoral students in their research projects. Back home, Michael teaches undergraduate and graduate business courses at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee.
MPH in health education, 1980
Marsha and her husband welcomed their son, Andre’ Lewis Nagel, in March 2008. “We thank the Lord for the miracle of Andre’ daily and pray that he will grow up to be a man of God,” she says. They’re also proud to announce the “birth” of Marsha’s Candy—a healthy candy made with almond butter and whole ground flax seed, sweetened with agave. The candy is CHIP-approved. See www.marshascandy.com for more information. Marsha is a school nurse in the Colton, California, school district, and her husband produces and markets Marsha’s Candy.
MPH (interdepartmental), 1982
Simo spent the years 1984–1991 in Israel at a Seventh-day Adventist health education center and language school in Nazareth. Since then, he has been living in Finland and working as a pastor. He recently moved to Kemiönsaari (which he says is the “greatest island on the coast of Finland”) to pastor Swedish-speaking people. Simo’s wife recently died. He has five children from 14 to 24 years of age, all of whom are still studying—the two youngest at a boarding school near home. “We have a plan with my children, God willing, to sail around the world after a couple of years when I will be retired,” he reports. “We shall visit many places and will conduct evangelistic meetings; my children are good at playing music and singing.”
MPH in health education, 1983
In December 2008, Twyla wrapped up more than three years of adventure working on a Loma Linda University project in Kabul, Afghanistan. “My role was director of staff development, mainly with 100 nurses,” she says. “It certainly had its highs and lows, yet was a fascinating way to complete my formal nursing career.” Twyla is now retired in Kelowna, British Columbia, where she volunteers at the local hospital and at her alma mater of Okanagan Adventist Academy. She also assists her parents.
MPH in health education, 1984
Margaret worked for 18 years as a registered nurse at Huguley Memorial Medical Center, a Seventh-day Adventist hospital in Burleson, Texas, serving in the newborn nursery, postpartum unit, and women’s surgery. She has also enjoyed numerous mission trips, which have taken her to places including Mexico, the Dominican Republic, India, and the Philippines. In the Philippines and India, Margaret gave health talks based on the NEWSTART guidelines. She has written about her mission trips in the Keene Star newspaper. Last fall, she fulfilled a dream when she gave a series of health talks in conjunction with an evangelistic effort in Cleburne, Texas. Currently, Margaret works part-time as a home health nurse.
MHA in hospital administration, 1986
Harry has started an electronic medical record (EMR) software sales and consulting business (www.medicalcharting.com). “My company is looking forward to helping single and small practice doctors take advantage of the economic stimulus plan that will reimburse doctors for implementing EMR software,” he says. Since 1988, Harry has also owned a medical billing software company (www.medicalbillingsoftware.com). He and his wife, Rachael, live in Arcadia, Florida, and have a daughter, Narissa, who is studying business at Southern Adventist University.
MPH in health promotion, 1994
Annette is now living in Dutch Harbor in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. She is the administrator for Oonalaska Wellness Center.
MPH in research epidemiology, 1998
Allan, a podiatrist, has recently joined the staff of Specialty Orthopaedics in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. He specializes in treating all conditions of the foot and ankle, and he is fellowship trained in reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. Allan and his wife, Julia Ann, have two children, Christian (5) and Ryan (4).
MBA in health administration, 2007
Upon completing the MBA program, Judy concluded an administrative internship for the chief of staff at the Loma Linda VA Health System. She then joined Loma Linda University Medical Center as a quality analyst for the patient safety & reliability department. In addition to church activities, Judy enjoys singing on Sabbath at the Children’s Hospital and volunteers at the annual Children’s Hospital Gala. She is an active real estate agent with University Realty and has been serving the Loma Linda community for many years. She lives with her husband, Stephen, a doctoral student in the physical therapy program at Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions.