WWU Alumni Association Board

 

  • July 25
  • September 19
  • November 21
  • January 16
  • March 19
  • May 21

Meetings are held at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom, unless announced otherwise. 


The next regularly scheduled business meeting:

Homecoming Weekend 2024
Alumni Association Business Meeting
Friday, April 26, 2024, 12:30 pm
Alaska Room in Kellogg Hall, Walla Walla University

Board Member Roster 2022-2023

The president-elect is elected annually and will serve a three year term—one year as president-elect, one year as president, then one year as the board chair. The board secretary and treasurer will serve staggered two-year terms. All other members will serve three-year terms.


Jerry Woods '97

Board Chair

Term: 2021-2024

Jerry Woods ’97 graduated from Walla Walla University with a B.A. in mass communications. During his time on campus, he worked at Positive Life Radio where he continues to do a weekend show. He jumped into media with both feet and it has taken him to Christian radio stations in Idaho, North Carolina, and Washington D.C. In D.C., he currently serves as the morning host and director of promotions for WGTS 91.9 reaching close to 600,000 people weekly. He is married to Crystal and they have two daughters, Adilynn and Maya, who look forward to attending WWU one day.

Lisa Jervey Lennox '88

President

Term: 2022-2025

Lisa Jervey Lennox earned a BA degree in English. Following graduation, she worked in the Registrar’s Office and taught College Writing. She taught one year at Greater Boston Academy before earning her MA in English at Western Washington Univ. She returned to WW as Assist. Director for the TLC, overseeing the Writing Center and developing a special services program for students with disabilities. For the past twenty years, she and her husband David have worked for Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Lisa is the Assistant Director of Volunteer Initiatives for Alumni Affairs. Memorable experiences at WWU include forging lifelong friendships while working on the Collegian, becoming a reader’s theater pro under the tutelage of Donnie Rigby, and being the recipient of numerous acts of kindness by dear WWU faculty and staff who, Lisa says, taught her to be a critical thinker while simultaneously demonstrating how to be a gracious and generous human being. She and David have two daughters, Sarah and Hannah, who are in their 20s. In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading, gardening, sharing her floral arrangements with others, and traveling.

Brad Brown '98

President-Elect

Term: 2023-2026

Brad Brown ’98 graduated with bachelor's degree in theology and pastored in the Washington and Montana conferences for 14 years. He later graduated from Andrews University with a Doctorate in Ministry. In 2012 he accepted the position of Director of Mission and Spiritual Care for Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in Paradise, California. Brad married Melea Spencer (class of 97’) and they had two children. Unfortunately Melea passed in 2018 after a 6 year battle with cancer.  Five months later the town of Paradise experienced the worst wild fire in the history of California. Brad was recognized for his efforts in saving patients and community during Campfire by TIME magazine as hero of the year 2018.  Brad has remained in the Paradise community to support the rebuild efforts and finish raising his children who both now attend Walla Walla University. Jaron is a junior electrical engineering student and Alina is a freshman pre-dental hygiene student. Brad enjoys dirt biking, fly fishing and traveling.

 


Jimmy Johnson '97

Treasurer

Term: 2022-2024

Jimmy Johnson graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Jimmy has worked as the assistant treasurer and corporation treasurer for Upper Columbia Conference for the past 20 years. He is married to Debbie and together they have three children: Chloe (senior at WWU), Tori (freshman at UCA) and Jack (6th grade). Jimmy enjoys vocal performance, water skiing, camping, and reading.

Laurel Rogers '95

Secretary

Term: 2021-2023

Laurel Rogers completed a bachelor’s degree with majors in English and speech communication while thoroughly enjoying her four years at WWU. She also has a master’s degree in writing from Portland State University. Laurel’s passion for clear communication drives her desire to keep alumni well-informed of their board’s activities by serving.


Danielle Craig '11

Term: 2022-2025

Danielle Craigg is a proud graduate of the Honors General Studies program at WWU. She obtained a bachelor’s degree of biology, after she received her doctorate in medicine from Loma Linda University. Currently she is perusing a specialization in Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University and obtaining a Master of Public Health simultaneously. Engaging with medical student education, participating in cancer research, creating community awareness of preventive medicine. She is passionate about lifestyle education, global health, cancer research and disaster preparation. She currently resides in Long Island, NY.

Craig Cummings '94

Term: 2021-2024

Craig Cummings ’94 graduated from Walla Walla University with a bachelor of arts in business administration and a minor in aviation. After serving as a flight instructor for the college he went on to instruct and fly traffic watch in the Seattle area followed by a four year stint with Mesa Airlines. Craig was hired as a pilot at Alaska Airlines in 2001 where he currently serves as a Seattle based 737 captain. He has enjoyed serving in his local church as a youth leader, deacon and elder and his hobbies include airplanes, home improvement projects and (pre-COVID) attending his two children's sports activities. As the father of a high school senior and an eighth grader he looks forward to being involved at WWU for the next eight years.

Loren Dickinson (faculty alumnus 1962-2000)

Term: 2023-2026

"I'm an implant--not born here nor schooled here. Our family of four jettisons here in the early 60's from Takoma Park, MD. Carolyn took a job in the accounting office; I managed KGTS and taught communications courses. My aspirations were simple: Seek the appropriate education available, and work to be a credible instructor. I'll support notions reasonable and timely. I'll oppose those not useful or untimely. In that process I'll listen to your views as you offer them."


Joy Veverka '04

Term: 2023-2026

Joy Brunt Veverka '04 earned a master’s degree in curriculum. She began her teaching career at San Diego Academy where she taught for almost 12 years. Later she taught for 12 years in the Oregon Conference, and finally for 19 years at Rogers Adventist School. For more than a decade of her time at Rogers, she taught education classes for WWU. Additional career experience includes being co-owner of nursing homes on the Oregon coast where she served as administrator of the residential care portion and comptroller. Her three children, Donny, Deanna, and James are WWU alumni. She delights in spending time with them and their families including six grandchildren.

 

Teresa Wilkens '81

Term: 2021-2024

Teresa Wilkens '81 graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. She and her husband, Carl Wilkens ’81, headed as missionaries to Africa shortly after receiving their degrees, serving a total of 12 years in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Rwanda.  In the fall of 1996, Carl and Teresa moved with their 3 children (who later would also become graduates of WWU) to Milo Adventist Academy.  For the next 11 years Teresa worked first as administrative assistant to the principal and later as the accountant for the school.  In 2008, Carl and Teresa founded an educational non-profit to support Holocaust/Genocide educators around the globe.  Teresa & Carl currently reside in Spokane where Teresa serves as part-time receptionist at the Upper Columbia Conference office.  Along with a life-long love for playing the piano, and the many amazing travel opportunities with Carl, Teresa also is loving her latest adventure, which began in Dec 2020 when her first grandchild was born!  


Jodi Wagner ‘92

VP for Marketing and Enrollment Services

EX-OFFICIO MEMBER

Claudia Santellano ‘14

Alumni and Parent Relations Director

EX-OFFICIO MEMBER

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