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Class Notes 2010

The following are alumni updates, sorted by class year. Please share your successes, accomplishments, or just give your classmates an update on where you are, what you are doing, and news about your family.

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2000's

Tasha Olson '08:

I was hired at the Carmen B. Pingree School for Children with Autism as a classroom aid where I was able to gain more experience with an amazing population. I was later promoted to an autism assistant, and I directly assist the autism specialist in my classroom. I love all the kids I work with and cannot imagine working in a different role. I hope to use the knowledge I learned at BYU-Idaho and the skills I've been honing at Pingree in my future graduate studies. I want to continue working with autistic children and focus my efforts in that ever-growing area.

(posted Sept. 2010)

Sarah Kirk Neil '08:

Shortly after graduation, I decided I wanted to use the skills I learned while attending BYU-Idaho and "give back" to others. Before I knew it, the Web site Living with Cents was born. I created Living with Cents to give college students resources that will help them excel in their education, as well as teach them life principles that will benefit them today and in the future.

(posted Sept. 2010)

Adam Handley '07:

I am currently working as reliability/maintenance engineer for The Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas. This position involves troubleshooting and data gathering to improve the overall reliability of my assigned production facilities. I recently moved to this role from a production engineer position. In the production role I was managing the manufacturing of several Dow Epoxy products. This involved maintaining production rates, managing production quality, and providing leadership to technical staff who operated the plant. It was very challenging and involved a lot of troubleshooting. It was sometimes very time intensive but was well worth the experience because of the learning I received.

(posted Sept. 2010)

James 'Randy' Garn '02:

I am one of the founding partners of Prosper. I served as president for more than seven years, overseeing every aspect of the business during the beginning phases of the company's growth. I am now responsible for all business development.

Prior to founding Prosper, I built and developed a nationally recognized training company and developed many of their advanced training workshops. I also sat on the board of a publicly traded company and was instrumental in the successful transition of that company from public to private. Over the years I have established, owned, and operated many profitable companies such as Quest Technologies, Osagia Real Estate Development Company, and Education Success, Inc. I currently serve on BYU-Idaho's President's Advancement Council. I also sit on the board of A Child's Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps place orphans with loving families.

I received a bachelor's degree in economics from Brigham Young University, and have received collegiate recognition from the Marriott School of Business for my expertise as an entrepreneur. I am a Harvard Business School alumni and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young in 2005.

(posted Sept. 2010)

Clayton Ashcraft '08:

Since I graduated from BYU-Idaho in Spring 2008, I have had the opportunity to get a position at the University of Phoenix as an enrollment counselor for associate degrees. I am also now working toward my MBA, which I will complete in March. At this point I'm looking for a career in marketing, public relations, and/or any promotions field. BYU-Idaho is still in my heart to this day and I miss every second of being on campus.

(posted Sept. 2010)

Carrie Forsyth Olsen '05:

After graduating in 2005, I served a mission in Norway, met my husband there, and have been living there ever since. I had the opportunity to pursue a master's in psychology, but I chose marriage instead. I have recently gotten my degree approved here in Norway and am hoping to either get my master's or find a job in psychology.

(posted Sept. 2010)

Levi Wilson '07:

Upon graduating from BYU-I in Dec. 2007, I applied for various graduate schools in the pursuit of a counseling degree. I was accepted into the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. I am currently in my second-to-last semester with an anticipated graduation in December. I have completed the majority of my academics and am currently getting hours at my off-site internship.

(posted Sept. 2010)

Brianne Meeker Franks '08:

I am currently preparing to enter my third and last year of law school this fall. I have also been keeping myself busy working for some judges. Having a psychology degree has helped me as I assist in everything from child abuse to murder cases. I am grateful for the wonderful education I received at BYU-Idaho.

(posted Sept. 2010)

Matthew Summers '09:

I'm in my first semester of work on my master's degree, learning about mobile robots at Virginia Tech.

(posted Sept. 2010)

Charlene Dawson Jimenez '06:

I was married to Jose Jimenez of Mesa, Ariz., on June 5, 2010. in the Mesa Arizona Temple. We now reside in Mesa and love the heat and the sunshine. I am currently working on my master's in creative writing. I have one year left and am excited to finish up soon.

(posted Sept. 2010)

Veronica Rockwood Chugg '09:

Steve and I would like to announce the birth of our little girl. Darcy Dyal Chugg was born July 15, 2010, at 10:13 a.m. She was a healthy 8 pounds, 3 ounces.

(posted Sept. 2010)

Nathan Seaver '08:

I am currently working as reliability/maintenance engineer for The Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas. This position involves troubleshooting and data gathering to improve the overall reliability of my assigned production facilities. I recently moved to this role from a production engineer position. In the production role I was managing the manufacturing of several Dow Epoxy products. This involved maintaining production rates, managing production quality, and providing leadership to technical staff who operated the plant. It was very challenging and involved a lot of troubleshooting. It was sometimes very time intensive but was well worth the experience because of the learning I received.

(posted Sept. 2010)

Jeremy Couch Johnson '02:

My husband, Eric, and I are pleased to announce the birth of our first child, Jace Eric, at the end of November. He is such a good baby and is full of smiles.

(posted Sept. 2010)

1990's

Crystal Bradshaw Jones '98:

Our third child, Ava Grace, was born on Jan. 4, 2010. We are so glad that she came to our family; she is such a blessing.

(posted Sept. 2010)

1980's


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1970's

Linda Weaver Clarke '70:

I was raised on a farm surrounded by the rolling hills of southern Idaho and have made my home in southern Utah among the beautiful red mountains and desert heat. I am happily married and am the mother of six daughters and several grandchildren. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree at Southern Utah University and travel throughout the United States teaching a "Family Legacy Workshop," encouraging others to write their family history and autobiographies. I am the author of the historical fiction series, "A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho," which includes the following novels: Melinda and the Wild West, a semi-finalist for the 2007 Reviewers Choice Award; Edith and the Mysterious Stranger, Jenny's Dream, David and the Bear Lake Monster, and Elena, Woman of Courage. A new mystery series, The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, includes the following novels: Anasazi Intrigue and Mayan Intrigue, with more to follow.

(posted Sept. 2010)

Valerie Nielsen Williams '77:

Late bloomer that I am, I just finished my master's degree from Indiana University South Bend. I wanted a challenge, and the Master of Liberal Studies provided that for me. I am now considering a Master of Arts in Writing. If I'd known education could be this much fun, I would have done it sooner!

(posted Sept. 2010)

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