Alumni Leadership

We are here for you. We serve to promote the interest of Willamette University and to establish and maintain life-long and mutually beneficial relations between each other, and between the university and our current and future alumni.

About the Alumni Board of Directors

Willamette University Alumni are represented by a Board of Directors who are elected to serve on behalf of the entire Alumni Association. Each member serves a term of three years and may be eligible for a second three-year term if re-elected. Directors are limited to two consecutive terms. Directorship is entirely voluntary and there is no compensation or reimbursement for regular director duties. The Board of Directors also includes student and faculty representatives from all WU schools.

Full Board meetings are held three times per year and directors are required to attend at least two meetings per year and participate in committees and other activities and projects of the board between regular meetings.

Your Alumni Board Directors

Kayley Abrams '15
Curtis Acosta '94
Rebekah (Bradshaw) Anderson ’86
Russ Beaton '60
Matt Benjamin '02, MBA'05 - Vice President
Peggy Berglund '01
Ellie Booth '92
Elliott Dale MBA'05
Adam DuVander '01 - President
Dan Findley '82 - Member-at-Large
Susan Gilpin '69
Morgan Gratz-Weiser '13
Bob Heck '07, MBA'11
Dave Jory '75, JD'78
Abby Kahl '05
Linda Kelly '69 - Immediate Past President
Linda Lewis '79 - Secretary
Jim Lottsfeldt '85
Barry Nelson '99
Jean Orth '97
Andres Oswill '15
Nicole Pantera '03, JD'07
Lopaka Purdy '05
Cynthia Sheaks-McGowan ’87
Jeff Sirginson '14
Andrea Spuck '86
Cathy (Welch) Tronquet '70
Amy Varga '97
Crayton Webb '94
Donal Welch '84
Kathy (Cook) Wraith '85, MBA'86

Alumni Board Representatives

Gretchen Moon (CLA faculty)
Liz Hartman '18 (CLA student)
Liz Simonovich '19 (CLA student)
Delainy Salazar '20 (CLA student)
Edward J. Harri JD'73 (Law faculty)
Cody Gregg JD'18 (Law student)
Larry Ettner (AGSM faculty)
Nowshin Ahmed MBA'18 (AGSM student)

How the Board is Formed

Chaired by the Vice President of the Alumni Board, the Alumni Board Leadership Development Committee is responsible for the growth of volunteer leadership within the alumni community. All nominations, applications, and recommendations are reviewed by this committee of alumni volunteers which seeks to build a sustainable group of volunteer leaders at many different levels including the Alumni Board of Directors.

Alumni of all Willamette schools are eligible to serve on the Alumni Board of Directors. Applications and recommendations are accepted from the Willamette community for review by the Leadership Development Committee. Official nominations may be made by any Director. The Leadership Development Committee reviews all submissions and makes recommendations to the Executive committee (comprised of Alumni Board of Directors, Officers and Committee Chairs). The Executive Committee approves nominations and submits nominees to the full Board of Directors for approval.

Current Committees

  • Membership and Awards
  • Career
  • Admission
  • Affinity