Linda de Romanett ‘74
Although Linda de Romanett spent her career as a physician, she is now blazing trails in media evangelism. Founder of the nonprofit corporation Family First Radio Network, de Romanett has worked independently or with congregations to launch radio stations in cities with large populations, primarily the southeast. Family First is dedicated to reaching people through talk radio. Since the first radio station began broadcasting in Columbia, S.C., in the late 1990s, more than 500 baptisms have resulted from network’s broadcasts. To support the media evangelism elsewhere, de Romanett has purchased FM construction permits for local churches and ministries in the western United States.
Roman Hintz '64
As a teacher, missionary, volunteer, administrator, and world traveler, Roman Hintz has dedicated his life to serving others. Hintz served in the field of education for 41 years in posts ranging from grade school and academy teacher in Oregon and Washington to principal and business manager of Maxwell Adventist Academy in Kenya. There he led in converting the small school into a 12-grade boarding academy. Although officially in retirement, he is involved in mission projects for the Quiet Hour, Auburn Academy, and Maranatha. Close to home in Walla Walla, he uses his video production skills for Gospel Outreach, where he helps produce 50 to 60 programs each year.
George Fearing '79
As the son of a minister and a nurse, George Fearing says the spirit of public service was instilled in him at an early age. Today, Fearing is a judge serving on the State Court of Appeals Division III, serving all of eastern Washington. He was appointed to the post in May 2013 by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. Prior to his appointment, Fearing served more than 30 years as a private lawyer based in Kennewick, Wash., distinguishing himself in the area of trial law. Fearing, a past president of the Walla Walla University Alumni Association, has also served as an active volunteer in professional organizations and in his home church in Pasco, Wash.
Bernadine Irwin '69
In 2009, after more than 38 years as a nursing educator, Bernadine Irwin retired and founded the nonprofit foundation Freedom to Be: The George Irwin Foundation. Through the foundation, she leads outdoor recreational programs for at-risk teenagers, leading many to personal and spiritual transformations. Irwin taught nursing at Walla Walla University, Southern Adventist University, and Loma Linda University, and for 18 years worked for the California State Board as a counselor for nurses with addictions. She has also written several books, including “Ellen White: We Never Knew You” and “For the Love of Jessica,” recounting the experience that inspired her to establish the foundation.