Board of Directors

The EWU Foundation board of directors provides oversight for the work of the Foundation. The Board determines the goals and objectives of specific fund raising initiatives, sets policy with regard to investments and spending and ensures that proper attention is paid to stewardship of gifts already received. Directors are elected to serve a three-year term of office. Directors can serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of all of our volunteers.


Alexis AlexanderAlexis Alexander ’14 CSTEM
Spokane River Manager
Avista Corporation

Gordon BudkeGordon Budke '63 CBPA
Budke Consulting
(EWUF Audit Chair)

Ron DallaRon Dalla
Retired Dean of Graduate Studies
Eastern Washington University
(EWURA Representative)

Mike EkinsMike Ekins '68 CBPA
Interface Commercial Capital, Inc.
(EWUF Immediate Past Chair)

Karla GehlenKarla Gehlen '85 CBPA
Corporate Human Resources Manager, Itron

Curtis GriffinCurtis Griffin '91 CBPA
Zip's Investments, LLC

Otto GuardadoOtto Guardado, CFP '95 CALE
Certified Financial Planner
Ameriprise Financial – Guardado and Lander

Krisann HatchKrisann Hatch '88 CBPA
Regional Manager
Washington Employers
(EWUF Vice Chair)

Margo Hill Margo Hill ’08 CBPA
Assistant Professor
Eastern Washington University

CMarc HughesMarc Hughes
Farmers Insurance Agency, Cheney

Claudette KenmirClaudette Kenmir ’84 CBPA
VP Regional General Manager
Physicians Insurance

Jay KirkpatrickJay Kirkpatrick ’98 CSS
Wealth Management Advisor
Merrill Lynch

Rich Marll Rich Marll ’95 CBPA
Director, Human Resources
(EWUF Secretary/Treasurer)

Richard Mount Richard Mount 
Witherspoon Kelley

Mike MumfordMike Mumford '81 CBPA
Vice President
UBS Financial Services

James MurphyJudge James Murphy
Superior Court Judge (Ret.)
(BOT Representative)

Kim Pearman-GillmanKim Pearman-Gillman
Business Development Director
(BOT Representative)

No Image AvailableCorey Ross '01 CBPA
VP Senior Account Executive/Co-Founder
Fusion Business Finance

Yvonne Smith Yvonne Smith ’88 CALE
Spa Director
Northern Quest Casino & Resort

Jeff StannardJeff Stannard ’91 CSS
EWUAA Representative
Customer Development Manager
Mondelēz International

Stu SteinerStu Steiner ’01 CSTEM
Senior Lecturer
Eastern Washington University

Mark ThompsonMark Thompson '86 CBPA
Vice President/Commercial Banking Officer
Wheatland Bank
(EWUF Chair)

Tom TiffanyTom Tiffany '65 CSHE
Retired President/CEO
Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories

No Image AvailableVin Vu '86 CSTEM
Technical Program Manager
F5 Networks

Karen Weis Karen Weis 
Vice President Legal/Compliance
Numerica Credit Union

Brett WrightBrett Wright
Sr. Manager of Community Engagement & Intelligence
Autodesk Inc

Non-Directors (committee only)

Benji EstrelladoBenji Estrellado ’87 CBPA
Associate Broker/Marketing Representative
Cheney Realty, Inc.

Michelle HegeMichelle Hege'95 CSBS
Desautel Hege Communications

Ex-Officio (non-voting)

Mary Cullinan, PhDMary Cullinan, PhD
Eastern Washington University

Chandra SchumakerChandra Schumacher
Interim Executive Director, EWU Foundation
Director of Advancement Services

*An administrative fee of up to 5% will apply to your donation.
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