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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.
Betty Crawford, Blurry, 2015Betty Crawford, 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.
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!Clark Hamor '79, Past President, member since 2017.
Clark and his wife Donna are very involved with WOU and passionate about volunteering with the Board of Directors and Admissions. Clark recently came back to the board as Past-President after taking a year long hiatus. Clark enjoys traveling, spending time with people and fly fishing.
Doug Ladd '88, secretary, member since 2017
oug Ladd grew up in Portland and attended Wilson High School where his father, Clayton Ladd OCE Class of 1963 ,was his football and track coach. Doug served with the Oregon State Police for 25 years. He held various positions working in Patrol, Major Crimes, the Portland Gang Unit and Capitol Mall Patrol, finishing his career as the Station Commander in Roseburg, OR. Doug was a member of the OSP Honor Guard for 23 years. He was also a member of the OSP Mobile Response Team for 13 years. He was an adjunct instructor at the Oregon Public Safety Academy and facilitated classes in leadership through the academy’s Center for Policing Excellence. He retired from OSP in 2015. He holds a BS in Law Enforcement from Western Oregon State College graduating in 1987. He played football and was on the track team while attending WOSC. He is currently employed as the Security Manager at Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, OR. Doug and his wife, Donna, reside in Roseburg and have three daughters.
Evan Sorce '10, member since 2015
Evan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He then continued his studies at Oregon State University, where he graduated with a Master of Public Policy in 2012. He currently works for Oregon State Representative Paul L Evans as his Chief of Staff. While at WOU Evan was a member of various groups on campus including the Peer Mentors, the Plus Team, and ASWOU. He served as the Student Body President in the 2009-2010 academic year. Evan is thrilled to serve on the alumni board and looks forward to working with current students, helping them connect to future employment and service opportunities.
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.

reina-morganReina Daugherty '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
Travis is a former ASWOU Student Body President and is actively involved with work at the state capitol in Salem.
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