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Whitman College Alumni Board

Top row (from left): Aaron Blank ’01, Emily Arneson ’06, Evan Jones ’97, Nehali Dave ’13, Ben Kubany ’05, Debi Aucutt Toews ’76, Russ Oliver ’93, Sarah Deming ’10,  Tom Henderson ’83   Bottom row (from left): Jane Carmody ’14, Dennis McNair ’67, Ellie Klein ’10, Tyler Dann ’00, Paulina Oceguera ’06, Matt Dittrich ’12, Laura Bales ’89, Greg Saliba ’90

Name City Email Address Term Expires
Aaron Blank ’01
New York, NY Email Aaron 2022
Dennis McNair ’67
Vice President
Johnstown, PA Email Dennis 2022
Emily Arneson ’06 Spokane, WA Email Emily 2022
Laura Bales ’89 Tacoma. WA Email Laura 2022
Jane Carmody ’14 Seattle, WA Email Jane 2023
Tyler Dann ’00 Anchorage, AK Email Tyler 2023
Nehali Dave ’13 Seattle, WA Email Nehali 2023
Sarah Deming ’10 San Francisco, CA 2020
Matt Dittrich ’12 Seattle, WA Email Matt 2021
Thomas W. Henderson ’83 Centennial, CO Email Thomas 2022
Evan Jones ’97 Pasadena, CA Email Evan 2022
Ellie Klein ’10 Seattle, WA Email Ellie 2021
Ben Kubany ’05 Portland, OR Email Ben 2023
Paulina Oceguera ’06 Portland, OR Email Paulina 2023
Russ Oliver ’93 Bothell, WA Email Russ 2023
Greg Saliba ’90 Lake Oswego, OR 2020
Debi Aucutt Toews ’76 Walla Walla, WA Email Debi 2022

Meet our Alumni Board Members

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What is the purpose of the Alumni Board?

In 1895, Whitman College alumni organized the Alumni Association to promote the interests of its members and their Alma Mater. Today the Whitman College Alumni Association continues to foster and maintain those interests between Whitman and its extended family.

To carry out this mission, the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association maintains standing committees which advise the Alumni Office on alumni matters and communicate alumni reactions to College programs.

In other words, they work to keep you connected, and to bring your concerns back to the administration. Let them know how you feel! Email the board members in your area.

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Statement of Inclusion and Diversity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Whitman College. The college strives to create and support a community that represents the diversity of our world: gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic class, disability, religion, spirituality, age cohort, and the infinite other dimensions that intersect to make each person unique.

The Alumni Association Board of Directors advances these values by committing to collaborate with the college to make all alumni feel valued as a members of the Whitman community. We do this by seeking to understand the unique perspectives of the alumni population, and striving to ensure their voices are heard in college decision-making and their interests are reflected in alumni programming. Moreover, the Alumni Association Board of Directors works to provide equitable access to connections and opportunities within our alumni population, and between alumni and the broader Whitman community of students, college leadership, staff, faculty, and parents.

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What can the Alumni Board do for me?

They are your representatives, your voice. They can take your opinions, thoughts, and ideas back to the college, and bring information home to you. If you move into one of their areas, call for information about your new city.

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The Alumni Association Board of Directors Nominations

Every January, the Alumni Board sends out a notice to alumni about board vacancies. All alumni are invited to consider petitioning with preference given to candidates who bring diverse experiences and perspectives to the position and contribute to increasing alumni engagement. Alumni who have previously submitted petitions will be considered. Board members serve three-year terms beginning July 1. The board should reflect the diversity of the Alumni Association, demonstrate volunteer service to Whitman and represent various class years, geographical areas and interests.

The alumni board meets in Walla Walla two times per calendar year and via conference call in between. Attendance is required at meetings and expected at local area events. Deadline to submit documents related to petitioning is March 15, 2020 c/o Nancy Mitchell, director of alumni relations, at mitchenl@whitman.edu.

If you are interested in submitting a petition for the Alumni Board, please review the Alumni Board Member Job Description and the Alumni Association Current By-laws (both pdf forms).

Alumni Association Board of Directors

Members of the board serve three-year terms beginning July 1. The Board should be representative of the diversity of the Alumni Association, with members who have demonstrated volunteer service to Whitman, represent various class years, geographical areas and interests. Alumni Board members meet in Walla Walla two times per calendar year and via conference call between meetings. Attendance is required at the meetings and expected at local area events.

How to join the Alumni Board

Board members are identified in two ways:

1.  Petition

Individuals interested in serving on the board must complete the following:

  • A signed “Willingness to Serve” form
  • Submit a bio of not more than 500 words
  • A statement of qualifications not more than 250 words
  • Twelve emails/letters of support from alumni

Click here for details.

2.  Nomination

Individuals may be nominated by another alumnus or by a member of the Whitman College administration/staff/faculty. Once a nomination reaches the Director of Alumni Relations, the individual will be contacted by a member of the Nominating Committee to gauge interest. If sufficient interest is shown, the nominee will be required to submit documents identical to a petitioner.

Documents should be submitted to Nancy Mitchell, Director of Alumni Relations, Whitman College, 345 Boyer Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362, mitchenl@whitman.edu. If you have any questions, please call 509-527-5952.

Once a petition or nomination is received, you will be contacted by a member of the Alumni Board Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee presents their final slate to the Alumni Board for a vote at the spring meeting.

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Whitman College Alumni Association

All graduates of Whitman College are automatically members of the Alumni Association. Anyone who has attended Whitman for one year, and whose class has graduated, can also become a member by calling the alumni office and asking to be added. You will receive the Whitman Magazine, newsletters, mailings about class reunions and alumni events in your area, and will be solicited by your class Alumni Fund representative for contributions to the College. There are no membership dues for the Alumni Association.

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