Fall is my favorite season for many reasons. I love making leaf piles with my boys, snuggling up with a good book, and apple cider to name a few. As I walk around familiarizing myself with campus and see the leaves falling from the trees, I realize this season is also reflective of the changes that are happening in my life as I transition into my new role as Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Admissions for the colleges of Optometry and Audiology.
As many of you know after six years of service, Janelle Holmboe is leaving her position as the Associate Director for Graduate and Professional Admissions, to pursue a new and exciting opportunity on the East coast. During her time at Pacific, Janelle has made significant contributions to the College of Optometry (I am literally in awe of her knowledge), and it has been an honor to have the opportunity to work with her during the transition into my new role. The enthusiasm that Janelle has for the profession of optometry is contagious, and I am humbled by her commitment to the students that she works with, as well as her passion for the profession of optometry. It is evident from the short time that I have spent on campus that Janelle will be greatly missed.
As sad as even I am to see Janelle leave, now that I have had the chance to get to know her, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Andrea Lybarger, and I will proudly be carrying the torch for Janelle! I am originally from Oregon, and received my Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Southern Oregon University, which is where I met and married my husband James. I have a professional background in marketing and graduate admissions, having previously worked in admissions for a chiropractic college in Davenport, Iowa. I currently live in Beaverton with my husband, a practicing chiropractor and our three sons, Aidan, Brody and Evan. Rounding out the family is our dearly loved dog, an adorable white schnoodle named Charlie. As you can imagine our house is not quiet! My hobbies include hiking, reading and cooking with fresh seasonal ingredients abundant in this area.
Transitions in life can be challenging, I know for myself being away from my sons has been more difficult for me than I anticipated, but I can say from the short time I have spent on campus I have already felt the family atmosphere that exists at Pacific. Amazing is the word I would use to describe the amount of support I have received from co-workers, faculty and current students. I look forward to being a resource for prospective students, and I am eager to share more about my experiences at Pacific, because it truly is a special place to be a part of.