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Elmar Sakala
1965 | Business Administration 

Dr. Elmar Sakala '65 and '68 was honored as Loma Linda University's 2023 Alumnus of the Year! You can watch the video honoring Dr. Sakala here

Dr. Sakala was featured in a Westwind article. Read More here >


Stephanie (Lampson) Holmes
2015 | Business Administration

Stephanie (Lampson) Holmes currently serving as the director of finance for Centura Parker Adventist and Littleton Adventist hospital, is the recipient of the Centura Health Performing Exceptional Tasks & Affirming Lives (PETAL) Award for exceptional staff members.  
Read more >


Jason Panasuk
2008 | Aviation Management  

Jason Panasuk has been selected as the new finance officer for Adventist Health Portland. 
Read more >


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Back to You

Alumni share their stories in their own words

You won't believe it
August 08, 2023

You won't believe it

Janelle Heisler '12, '15, health promotion and nursing

Good writing, good science
July 12, 2023

Good writing, good science

by Susan (Sanders) Gardner '70, English

Reaching younger generations through film
January 02, 2023

Reaching younger generations through film

By Carlos Magalhaes '21, Cinema, religion, and worldview (M.A.)

Changing tides
November 28, 2022

Changing tides

by Ivory Vogt '17, international communication

Challenged and changed
October 04, 2022

Challenged and changed

by Cameron Barruga '18, biology

Westwind magazine

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Current issue: Summer 2023

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In Memory
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 Kelsi Nash
Student staff writers: Megan Carreon, Emma Dodds