At age 14, Kristine Oller’s idea of fun was to clean her sister’s room. Some things never change.

Oller, a 1993 graduate of Linfield College in Oregon, organizational expert and career strategist, now spends her professional life organizing others. She uses her skills to not only assist professionals in their careers, but to also help Linfield College. For her efforts she has earned the Alumni Service Award.

The Glendale native is continually thinking of ways to help those who are farther from the college to feel connected. She has coordinated Los Angeles-area welcome to the alumni parties and meets with recent graduates in her area. At Linfield, she has presented programs on “Finding Your Focus” for both students and alumni, and also advised theater students who are considering careers in that field.


As an athletic kid, Dr. Loren Geller fell victim to numerous sports injuries that jump-started his interest in orthopedics. This, along with his ongoing curiosity about bones and joints, influenced his decision to become an orthopedic surgeon. Geller is finishing his first year working at Verdugo Hills Hospital.

“I like the balance that VHH provides. It has a small and friendly community feel while at the same time providing quality of care comparable to a large medical center,” Geller said.

A graduate of Glendale High School, he went on to complete his undergraduate studies in 1998 at USC. In 2002, he graduated from the USC Keck School of Medicine.

Before opening up his practice and joining the VHH team, Geller completed his residency at Canada’s McGill University Health Center in Montreal, Quebec, and finished his orthopedic sports medicine fellowship training in Birmingham, Ala.

Geller, who lives in Glendale, specializes in orthopedic sports medicine.


Beala B. Neel has graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox in Kentucky.

The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to the ultimate goal of becoming an Army officer.

College students experience and examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the Advanced ROTC course at their college.

The cadet is a student at the University of Tennessee.

He is the son of Beala B. and Cristina M. Neel of Glendale.

Army National Guard Pvt. Edwin S. Paik has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army history, core values and traditions.

Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

He is the son of Sunny and Sean Paik of La Crescenta. Paik is a 2009 graduate of Crescenta Valley High School.

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