Alumni Profiles Archive:

Missionaries for Life

Published: Fall 2014
Missionaries for Life

Jim ’70 and Sue Bergman ’71 DeVries have shared a lifetime of marriage and ministry. They raised three daughters overseas as missionaries with One Challenge International (OCI), and all three now serve on the mission field them-selves with the 10... Read More

A Majority of Westmont Alums Leads a Minority of Legislators

Published: Fall 2014
A Majority of Westmont Alums Leads a Minority of Legislators

Bob Huff ’75 and Kristin Olsen ’96 have joined forces on a daunting task: increase Republican voters and legislators in California, one of the nation’s bluest states. The two Westmont graduates serve as minority leaders in the California legislature,... Read More

Bringing Hope and Help to People with Autism

Published: Fall 2014
Bringing Hope and Help to People with Autism

The mother of an autistic child changed Rob Ring’s life. A neuroscientist developing psychiatric medicine and studying oxytocin, he was invited to speak at a conference on autism research. A woman approached him immediately afterwards and said, “I have... Read More

Bringing Jesus Into the 21st Century

Published: Fall 2014
Bringing Jesus Into the 21st Century

Jamie McEwen Lisea ’88 often talked to teenagers at Young Life meetings and camps and wondered how to make Jesus less distant and more real. Would it help to put him in a contemporary setting? She began to write... Read More

Broker Works at Top Speed for Tenants

Published: Fall 2014
Broker Works at Top Speed for Tenants

A competitive cyclist, Dan Harvey ’84 knows he needs to stretch before a race and exercise to stay fit. He applies the same strategy to his work in commercial real estate, telling his team to stay nimble to keep... Read More

Love and Respect for the Younger Set

Published: Fall 2014
Love and Respect for the Younger Set

Joy Eggerichs ’04 thought she might work in conflict resolu-tion—or maybe fashion—but she never expected to join the family business. When her mother developed breast cancer, Joy postponed enroll-ment in fashion school and then realized her heart wasn’t in... Read More

Retirees Find a Second Career Supporting the Arts

Published: Spring 2014
Retirees Find a Second Career Supporting the Arts

Unacquainted at Westmont, Karen Swadell Jobe ’70 and Jerry Van Leeuwen ’72 have joined forces at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, Calif. “We came together for a common cause, and it’s like we’ve known each other... Read More

Learning to Belong Everywhere

Published: Spring 2014
Learning to Belong Everywhere

A native of one country and a citizen of another, Allison White Zurfluh ’93 long felt she didn’t belong to either. “But then I learned I belong everywhere,” she says. After growing up in California, she has lived in... Read More

Building Public-Private Partnerships

Published: Spring 2014
Building Public-Private Partnerships

Lindsay Michiels ’10 believes in smart advocacy. “It’s much better than finger-pointing, which never helps anyone,” she says. She works in corporate engagement at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva, joining with the private sector on humanitarian... Read More

Building a Business to Help Businesses

Published: Spring 2014
Building a Business to Help Businesses

The summer before his senior year, Tom Gazaway ’93 worked with an inner-city ministry in Camden, N.J. He returned there after graduating and lived in the community for 10 years. To support himself, he pursued a series of odd... Read More