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Board of Directors

Meet our current board members below. The Board of Directors helps plan and implement alumni programs and events and meets three to four times per year. Board members play a crucial role in the success of the Alumni Association and alumni engagement.  We rely on our board members to help us run events, recruit interested and qualified individuals, mentor current students and recent graduates and be the face of the Alumni Association.

 Want to get involved?

We currently have openings on our board and are looking for alumni from all different areas to join us.  Being a board member takes commitment and initiative but is also very rewarding and will be something you can be proud of and is a great way to give back to your university. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in becoming a board member and making a difference in your alma mater so please contact the alumni office at 503-838-8710 or alumni@wou.edu to get more information.

 Our Mission

The Western Oregon University Alumni Association exists to unite in fellowship, promote goodwill in the community, and strengthen our pride and loyalty as Wolves, while increasing the involvement and support in the university and the advancement of future generations of WOU alumni.

Board Members

AMBER WOOD, 2015Amber Wood ’14, member since 2014

Amber Wood has been a board member since 2014 and graduated from Western with B.A. in communications. Amber lives in Salem, OR with her husband and three children. In her free time, Amber enjoys spending time with family and camping.
Ashley fink, 2015Ashley (Zentz) Fink ’07, member since 2011

Ashley Fink graduated from Western Oregon University with a B.A. in Education with an emphasis on Secondary level Language Arts in 2007. Continuing her education on WOU turf, she completed in 2009 a Masters of Science in Education adding an ESOL endorsement and Middle Level credentials for teaching Social Studies. This native Oregonian has remained in her roots of Polk County living with her husband Daniel (a graduate of the Art Institute of Portland) and their cat, Simon. Ashley teaches literature and writing courses to 9th through 12th graders at Santiam Christian School in the Adair Village. She assists in planning events where alumni may reunite, socialize and connect to a network of many professionals who share a background of WOU. Among serving on the alumni board she is also very active in her church on the worship team and other ministry groups.
Betty Crawford, Blurry, 2015Betty Crawford Secretary, member since 2015

Betty received her B.A, in elementary education and enjoyed a career as a special education instructor with the Canby School District. After retirement, Betty continues to work with special needs students in various capacities and loves doing so. Her and her husband, Tony, have two children and four grandchildren, whom they enjoy spending time with.
Blake Moeller, 2015Blake Moeller ’14, member since 2015

Blake graduated with a B.S. in business. He currently works with as a partner with Blue Pacific Logistics Inc. out of Eugene. Blake hails from a small town in Oregon and claims that his hometown helped make him who is is today. Blake enjoys traveling, sports, spending time with family and friends and volunteering.
Brandon HarrisBrandon Harris '10, member since 2015

Brandon graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and then studied accounting at Portland State University. He currently works at Talbot, Korvola, & Warwick, LLP as a staff accountant. He met his wife, Jackie, at Western and has many great memories from his years in college. Brandon brings a background of fundraising, event planning and alumni engagement with him to the Board. While at WOU he was an active member in the MUN program and has founded the WOU MUN alumni group. He hopes that the group will create opportunities for students and alumni to connect in order to advance their academic and professional paths.
Photo coming soon!Evan Sorce '10, member since 2015
George Jeffery, 2015George Jeffery ’94, member since 2015

George has been a great supporter of WOU for many years. Among his role on the alumni board, he serves on several other community and university boards and committees. George spent over 20 years in the Marines Corps before attending WOU. He received his B.A. in Business in 1994 and spent 20 years working for the State of Oregon. George lives in Monmouth with his wife, Carol, and enjoys spending time with his children, riding his Harley Davidson and volunteering.
Jackie, new pictureJackie Fitzner '11, member since 2015

Jackie graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and currently works as an Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at the Portland State University Foundation. She met her husband Brandon while at Western, participating in the MUN program. Jackie is passionate about alumni engagement and brings a background of volunteer and project management and alumni relations. She hopes to strengthen the WOU alumni network so that alumni can better connect with each other socially and professionally.

jons_000Jon Scheirman ’99, member since 2009

Jon is a third generation graduate from WOU and earned his BS in Fire Service Administration from WOU in 1999. He works for Clackamas Fire District #1 where he is a Battalion Chief. Jon met his wife Lisa while at WOU, they had their first son, Aden, in October of 2010, and their second son, Teagen in March of 2015. Jon, Lisa and their two sons reside in Monmouth. Jon is an Elder at Monmouth Christian Church, an avid runner, mountain biker, reader, he also enjoys wakeboarding and jet skiing.
Patrick Moser, 2015Patrick Moser ’96, member since 2008

Patrick graduated from Western Oregon State College with a B.A, in speech communication. Patrick currently works at WOU as the director of Werner University Center. In his free time, Patrick enjoys volunteering with organizations such as the Ella Curran Food Bank, and is heavily involved with community theater. Patrick has landed starring roles in many musicals and plays around the Willamette Valley. He is also a former Monmouth City Council member and an avid sports fan, including being a season ticket holder for the Blazers.
paulkyllo79Paul Kyllo ’79, Past-President, member since 2008

Paul Graduated with a B.S. in Math Education in 1979. Paul graduated from OCE in 1979 with a degree in Math/Education. He retired after twenty years of serving the members of the Oregon Education Association as a UniServ Consultant. In May 2013 he was elected to the Salem-Keizer School Board of Directors. He became the Alumni Board President on June 8, 2013.
reina-morganReina Morgan '15, member since 2016

Reina is an Operations Support and Project Analyst for the President’s Office at Western Oregon University (WOU). She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Organizational Leadership and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology due to her interest in improving job satisfaction, employee engagement, and workplace culture. In addition to the Alumni Board of Directors, Reina is active at WOU on the Community Internship Program advisory board, Student Conduct Committee (staff chair), and as a mentor for the global connections residence hall. She is also on the Board of Directors at Horses Adaptive Riding and Therapy (HART) where she serves as the secretary and chair of the governance committee.
russell-jRussell Jones '11, member since 2015

Russell graduated from Western Oregon University in 2011 with a double degree in Law Enforcement and Psychology. Russell currently works at Portland State University as the Assistant Director for Student Leadership & Engagement. Russell met his wife while working at Portland State in 2012. He enjoys going on hikes with his wife and dog, reading, traveling, and volunteering his time in support of education. Western Oregon University has played a significant role in transforming Russell into the person he is today and he happily serves as a member of the alumni to offer a similar experience to others.
ornamentsetc260Tara Preston ’10, member since 2011

Tara graduated with a B.A. in Art in 2010. After graduation from WOU she interned as graphic artist with the Salem Art Association. Tara has been working as program assistant at Travel Salem the convention and visitors association for Marion and Polk counties since November 2010. Tara is an emerging artist with multiple group & solo shows. Tara lives in Independence, Oregon and her hobbies include: gardening, reading and hiking.
Tony Crawford, 2015Tony Crawford ’80, President, member since 2015

Tony graduated from Oregon College of Education with a B.A. in elementary education. Tony recently retired from a 35 year teaching career as a middle school teacher in Canby, OR. Tony says that his entire teaching career was inspired by the quote posted over the entrance into the former elementary school (Now the ITC building) “Who dares to teach, must never cease to learn.” He and wife, Betty, enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren, traveling, volunteering and are avid Blazers fans.
Photo coming soon!Travis Meuwissen '14, member since 2016
Photo coming soon!Victoria Scholerman ’04, Vice President, member since 2015

Victoria received her B.A. in Elementary Education and has been teaching at an elementary school in Salem for the past several years. During her time at WOU, Victoria was involved in the PLUS team, student government and student advocates. Victoria enjoys spending time with friends and family when she is not working and enjoys getting involved in volunteer opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT US

Emily Lafon Alumni Relations Coordinator

(503) 838-8710 | or e-mail: lafone@wou.edu  | Location: The Cottage