Alumni Association Announces New Leadership
Jeff Stannard ’91, BA communication studies, began his term as EWU Alumni Association president on July 1. He is married to Leslie (Dumont) ’91, BA business. They have three children and live in Kent, Washington. Jeff works for Mondelez International as a customer category manager and recently celebrated his 25th anniversary with the company.
The EWU Alumni Association (EWUAA) is the official body representing EWU alumni. The organization is a volunteer-driven, non-dues-paying, nonprofit organization, working in partnership with the university’s Office of Alumni to continue to strengthen the bond between the alumni and the university. EWUAA encourages and fosters lifelong involvement of the alumni, in partnership with the university, through advocacy, support, service and communication. All EWU graduates are automatically enrolled in the Alumni Association upon graduation and are invited to join in alumni activities.
New board members include Alvaro Figueroa ’13, Rick Garretson ’91, Holly Johnson ’14, Lori Johnson ’05, Rusty Madsen ’07 and Morgan Willis ’16.
Board members serve a two-year term and the number of vacant positions varies annually. A complete list of board members is available at www.alumni.ewu.edu.
Williams Named Principal of the Year
Mike Williams ’87 was named the 2016 Principal of the Year by the Idaho Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary Principals. He’s the principal of Middleton High School, Middleton, Idaho. He represented Idaho in the national program.
Williams graduated from EWU in 1980 with a BA in education. In 1987, he earned his MEd and principal certification in 1988. While at Eastern, he played football.
All the state winners are honored during a Principal’s Institute in Washington, D.C., every year, and that event also functions as a forum for honorees to advocate for education and share best practices and expertise.
Williams’ career as a principal started in 1988. Over the years, he’s worked in many different communities, each with its own story and culture. “I have adapted my leadership style to each environment to ensure student achievement is a priority,” says Williams. “From working on a reservation in Northern Idaho to serving as a P-12 principal in Washington, to leading three distinctly different central/southern Idaho high schools, the clientele that I have served has each been unique and required varied approaches. These approaches have grown my depth and range as a leader.”
His bio in the NASSP Principal of the Year magazine described his career highlights as: “Developing electronic teacher portfolios, and electronic student portfolios for college admission.”
Class Notes Fall 2017
’17, ’14 Kyra Phelps, MS communication studies, BA visual communication design, is working as the marketing communications coordinator at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. Previously, she worked as a graduate student associate for EWU’s Outreach and Engagement (2015-17) and as a social media intern for EWU Marketing & Communications (2016-17), while attending graduate school.
’16, ’13 Breann Booher, MS physical education, BS athletic training, and ’16, ’12 Katie Del Monte, MPH, BA interdisciplinary studies, were married July 1 in Spokane. Breann teaches sports medicine and is the head athletic trainer at Mt. Spokane High School. Katie works for the Spokane Regional Health District. Several members of their bridal party are also Eastern alumni.
’16 Samantha Charlton, BA communication studies, has joined Hanna & Associates as traffic coordinator. She has two years of previous marketing experience and specializes in project organization and management.
’15 Nicolas “Nico” Phelps, BS technology, will be working with the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons as an equipment assistant. He worked with the EWU football team as an equipment manager (2013-17) and as an intern with the San Diego Chargers in 2016.
’15 Amanda Strong, BA communication studies, has been selected to the board of directors of Partnering for Progress, a nonprofit that sends volunteer teams to help with infrastructure in Kenyan villages. She is a program manager at CHAS Health.
’14, ’08 Alexis Alexander, MBA, BS electrical engineering, has been selected to the Eastern Washington University Foundation’s board of directors. He works at Avista.
’13 Jessica L. “Jessi” Johnson, BS applied developmental psychology, and Joe Kraudel married June 24, at Mader Farms, near Genesee, Idaho. Johnson is a member of the support staff at Frontier Behavior Health in Spokane.
’12, ’10 Sean Moss, MEd, BA visual arts education, has been selected as the new K-12 principal by the Quilcene School Board. Quilcene, Washington, is located on the Olympic Peninsula. Moss has worked for the past six years as an art, history, technology and senior-project teacher, as well as principal intern for the Rosalia School District in eastern Washington.
’11 Kira Burt, BS physics, has accepted a tenure track position in physics at Spokane Falls Community College. She earned her MS in physics and PhD in nuclear and particle physics at the University of California, Riverside. She previously worked at as part of an international team inside the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland.
’11 Kelli Hills, MS communications, has started a new position as research and prospect management specialist at Eastern Washington University in addition to her current responsibilities as assistant director of Annual Giving for the university.
’11 Scott Spears, BA criminal justice, and Connie Kirk married July 15 at the Inn at Spanish Head resort in Lincoln City. Scott is a security guard at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho.
’11 Jeremy S. Vincent, MEd, has been hired by the Ferndale School District to become the principle of Ferndale High School, effective July 1.
’11 Mark Woodman, BA music, is the 70th president of the Rotary Club of Downtown Puyallup, Washington.
’10 Hilary Ishii, BS athletic training, was part of the Eastern Oregon University’s athletic training staff recognized as the Cascade Collegiate Conference Athletic Training Staff of the Year. Ishii joined the EOU staff in January 2016 after serving as an assistant at Eastern New Mexico University from 2012 to 2015.
’10 Jack K. Schneider, BS electrical engineering, has been promoted to associate principal at NAC Architecture.
’10 James Wohrle Jr., BA marketing, and Alexis Dandelles married June 17 at Whistle Punk Brewing Company, Newman Lake, Washington. Wohrle is an account executive with Lamar Advertising.
’09 Brandon Rapez-Betty, master’s degree urban and regional planning, has been named one of 10 Spokane Journal of Business Rising Stars for 2017. He is the customer and community relations manager for Spokane Transit Authority.
’08 Chad M. Kubik, BA marketing, has been recognized by Banner Bank as one of nine Spokane-area “Banner Bank’s Best.” He is a loan officer.
’08 Mynor A. Veliz, MBA, is the new chief financial officer at Headwaters Health Foundation. He has more than 10 years’ experience in the health and medical services sector. Previously, he served as CFO of Intermountain, a behavioral health care system serving more than 2,000 children and families each year throughout Western Montana. He also serves as a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, providing career guidance to young professionals.
’07 Rachelle R. Green, BA criminal justice, has been recognized by Banner Bank as one of nine Spokane-area “Banner Bank’s Best.” She is an assistant vice president.
’07 Alicia Kinne-Clawson, BA government, will be the new policy director for King County councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles. Previously, she served as the assistant director of Government Relations for Eastern Washington University.
’07 Lindsey Knopik, BA journalism, has joined Multnomah Group Inc. as the marketing manager. Previously, she was the marketing manager for K&L Gates.
’06 Craig Fischer, MA English, is the director of faculty enhancement for Washington State University and is an adjunct instructor of ethics in business, public administration, at Whitworth University. Previously, he was the training manager at SCAFCO Corp.
’05 Emily S. Gwinn, MFA, received a $1,500 Spokane Arts Grant to compile and publish an anthology celebrating the Spokane Poetry Slam. All proceeds from the sales of this collection will support the Individual World Poetry Slam coming to Spokane in October 2017.
’05 Latisha Hill, master’s degree urban and regional planning, has been named one of 10 Spokane Journal of Business Rising Stars for 2017. She is a senior vice president at Avista Development.
’05, ’04 Bryan Ryerse, MS and BA communication studies, joined Korsmo Construction in Tacoma as a project manager. He has over 10 years of work experience in the construction industry.
’05 Shelly M. Colomb, BA human resource management, has been named one of 10 Spokane Journal of Business Rising Stars for 2017. She is a commercial banking team leader at U.S. Bank.
’04, ’03, Thom Caraway, MFA, BA English, and partners Bethany Taylor and Derek Landers, received a $7,500 Spokane Arts Grant for Millwood Print Works, a nonprofit letterpress and screenprint shop whose mission is to train new production printmakers, provide access to letterpress and screenprint artists, and develop the regional text-based artists’ community.
’04, ’03 Grant Pemberton, MA English, BA history, has been named one of 10 Spokane Journal of Business Rising Stars for 2017. He is the general manager of Nicks Handmade Boots.
’04 Randi Aud Holm, BS communication studies, co-owner of the family business, Holm Made Toffee Co., announced the expansion of its production facility/commercial kitchen to a 1,200 sq. ft. in Bend, Oregon. The company won the 2017 Oregon Chocolate Festival Best in Show and Best Chocolate Candy — honorable mention for its cardamom and vanilla hazelnut toffee.
’04 Kathryn E. Smith, MFA, received a $2,000 Spokane Arts Grant for a poetry project called The Chosen Companions of the Goblin based on three sisters whose claims to communicate with the dead sparked the American Spiritualist movement.
’03 Shawna Benner-Erickson, MPT, is the new owner of Lake Country Physical Therapy in Sandpoint, Idaho, where she has worked for the past 12 years as a physical therapist.
’03 Heleen Dewey, BS community health, of the Spokane Regional Health District, has been selected for The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health Initiative. Dewey leads the Health District’s Active Living Program.
’01, ’94 Lisa Poplawski, MEd, BA graphic communications, director of alumni advancement at EWU, has joined Wishing Star Foundation’s board of trustees.
’00 Wendy K. Dodge, BA accounting, CPA, has joined Siegfried’s Detroit market as an associate director. Most recently, she was at Deloitte, one of the big four accounting firms, where she served as an audit senior manager.
’00 Angela Dubay, BA journalism, of Delta Dental of Washington, has been elected treasurer of the Spokane Association of Health Underwriters. She was also selected as president-elect and will serve as president for 2018-19.
’99 Shae (Olson) Johns, BA social work, Southern Oregon Goodwill executive, joins Goodwill Industries International board of directors. She will also serve as a member of the social enterprise’s Conference of Executives (COE) Executive Council, representing the Goodwill membership at the national level.
’98 Casey (Spencer) App, BA marketing, has been appointed vice president of product marketing for Bridgepoint Education Inc. in San Diego. Previously, she served as vice president of marketing at NuFACE, where she led the highest revenue-generating product launch of 2015 with the NuFACE Mini.
’98 Angela B. Gardea, BEd reading, has been named School Counselor of the Year for 2016 by the Washington School Counselor Association (WSCA). She is the counselor for Garrison Middle School in the Walla Walla School District. Gardea began her career with Walla Walla Public Schools in 1999 at Pioneer Middle School. She transitioned to school counselor in 2007, first at Pioneer Middle School and most recently at Garrison Middle School. She was recognized at the WSCA annual conference in March.
’98 Maura C. Jackson, BA sociology, of Spokane’s Special Assault Unit, was named Community Corrections Officer of the Year at the Washington State Department of Corrections Annual Agency Awards in Tumwater, Washington, in April.
’98 Wade C. Johnson, BA psychology, has been appointed president and CEO of St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, Montana. He has more than 15 years of experience in health care leadership. Previously, he served as the CEO of Valor Health in Emmett, Idaho. He has achieved Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a certified change management facilitator.
’98 Deborah Lacombe, BS physics, has joined HLA Engineering and Land Surveying Inc., a civil engineering company in Yakima, Washington, as a senior planner. She has 14 years of local, state and federal transportation planning experience.
’98 Mark Richard, BA government, was named to Catalyst Business/Spokane CDA Living magazine’s “Power 50,” a list of businesspeople and political figures who are the power players in the region. He is the president of Downtown Spokane Partnership.
’96 Kevin Wiley, BA recreation management, is the district branch manager at the Silverdale, Washington office of Waddell & Reed. Previously he was a financial advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services Inc.
’95 Michael S. James, MURP, has joined the Phoenix Public Transit Department as the city’s first BRT administrator, after spending the past four and a half years planning and managing rail and transit corridors in Seattle. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
’93 Corey Doty, BA sociology, a community corrections officer with Spokane Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) West, received an Innovation Team Award at the Washington State Department of Corrections Annual Agency Awards in Tumwater, Washington, in April.
’92 Amy Shively Hawk, BA communication studies, has authored the book Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton: An Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in Vietnam, the story of Capt. James Shively, with a foreword by prison mate Sen. John McCain. Shively Hawk is the stepdaughter of Capt. Shively, who married her mother after his release from the Hanoi prison. The author was 5 years old at the time. Shively Hawk and her family live in Hood River, Oregon.
’91 Dave Spencer Crimps, BA radio/TV, is the new co-host of the Morning News Express, 590KQNT, iHeartMedia. He’s been the program director there since April 2016. For more than 30 years, he’s served as the public address announcer for EWU.
’91 Kathryn Lamb, BA sociology and criminal justice, from the Spokane Valley office, was named Supervisor of the Year at the Washington State Department of Corrections Annual Agency Awards in Tumwater, Washington, in April.
’91 Yolanda “Lonnie” Tortorelli, BA sociology and criminal justice, a community corrections officer with the Spokane Community Justice Center, received an Innovation Team Award at the Washington State Department of Corrections Annual Agency Awards in Tumwater, Washington, in April.
’90 Todd Mielke, BA business, was named to Catalyst Business/Spokane CDA Living magazine’s “Power 50,” a list of businesspeople and political figures who are the power players in the region. He is the CEO of Greater Spokane Inc., the regional Chamber of Commerce.
’90 Justin Watson, MA English and rhetoric, has been named provost at Holy Cross College in South Bend, Indiana. In 2000, he earned a doctorate in English at the University of Notre Dame. He’s worked as an English professor at Holy Cross for more than 20 years, directed its first BA program, became the dean of faculty in 2007 and vice president for academic affairs in 2013. He served as the first faculty athletics representative when the College joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
’89 Darrell Early, BA government, was named division chief of the Idaho Attorney General’s Office of Natural Resources Division. He’s been with the attorney general’s office since 1999.
’85 Collette C. Leland, BA history, was named Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine – a list of the top attorneys in Washington. She is an attorney with Winston and Cashatt in Spokane.
’85 Dean Stuart, BA operations management, has been promoted to vice president of Crown West Realty LLC’s Spokane operation, and general manager of Spokane Business and Industrial Park. He has been with the company since 2000.
’84 Claudette Kenmir, BA finance, has been selected to the Eastern Washington University Foundation’s board of directors. She works as vice president and regional general manager for Physicians Insurance.
’84 Rob L. Stewart, BA finance, has been promoted to SBA loan officer at Columbia Bank. Most recently the vice president and market manager at Columbia’s downtown Spokane branch, Stewart will work with teams in Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, and Idaho.
’81 Larry F. Soehren, BA marketing, was named to Catalyst Business/Spokane CDA Living magazine’s “Power 50,” a list of businesspeople and political figures who are the power players in the region. He is the president and CEO of Kiemle & Hagood Company, one of the largest property management and commercial real estate companies in the region.
’76 Steven Storey, BA urban and regional planning, has been selected to the Eastern Washington University Foundation’s board of directors. He works as senior vice president of commercial lending at Home Street Bank.
’72 Randy Hatfield, BA recreation administration, was inducted into the Western Fairs Association Hall of Fame at the annual WFA convention held in Reno in January. He started his career working at the Kitsap County Fair and Parks Department in 1972 and later became the fair manager and parks director in 1981. Currently, he is the fair manager and CEO for the Del Norte County Fair in Crescent City, California. He plans to retire at the end of this year.
’68 Rich Tschirgi, BA sociology, a retired teacher and administrator from the Medical Lake School District, was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall Of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He has been a board member, official, assigning secretary and active participant in wrestling for 42 years in the state of Washington. He assigns officials for wrestling for 61 schools in four counties. He is also the chief evaluator for the Mat Classic Wrestling finals held in the Tacoma Dome each February.
’67, ’65 Kialynn Glubrecht, MA mathematics, BA mathematics education, is retiring after 50 years of teaching math at Spokane Falls Community College. She taught at Eastern, Shadle Park High School, and Medical Lake High School before starting SFCC in 1967. She recently won a lifetime achievement award from the Washington Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.