The Whitman College Board of Overseers has elected three new members. Stephen Hammond ’79, of Potomac Falls, Virg., Timothy Frits van Oppen ’70, of Hillsborough, Calif., and Danielle Garbe ’97, of Bethesda, Md., will serve four-year terms on the board.

The 60 members of the Board of Overseers serve as ambassadors of Whitman College, promoting the college in their communities to help with student recruiting and philanthropic efforts. Members serve on governing board committees with trustees and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees to help guide policy formulation, strategic planning and operations.

“These three new overseers bring with them a diverse wealth of knowledge and a level of commitment that will be vital to the college as we chart its course into the future,” said President George Bridges. “I look forward to working with each of these remarkable and talented alumni.”

Hammond, acting director of the National Geospatial Program’s Emergency Operations Office, U.S. Geological Survey, graduated from Whitman College in 1979 with a combined major of mathematics and geology and from the Federal Executive Institute in 2003. Hammond has worked with the U.S. Geological Survey, a bureau within the Department of the Interior, for 32 years; the positions he has held during that time include serving as director of the Science Information and Education Office.

Hammond’s community service includes two terms as president of the Dominion High School Parent-Teacher Organization; school board candidate, Loudoun Co., Virg.; chairman of the Loudoun Co. Advisory Commission on Youth; and member of the Fort Valley State University, Ga., Cooperative Development Energy Program Consortium. He is also actively involved in an intensive two-week summer program through Fort Valley State University, designed to introduce high school students to public service and careers in earth sciences. He was involved in the GeoFORCE Texas.

Hammond and his wife, Charlotte, a 1979 Whitman alumna, serve as associate class representatives for the Whitman Class of 1979, in support of the Whitman Annual Fund. The couple has two children, Kerstin and Brianna.

Members of Frits van Oppen’s family have studied, graduated, and served the college for generations. In fact, as Tim begins service as an overseer, he joins his brother Peter, a trustee, in serving the college as a governing board member. The Fouts Center for Visual Arts, opened in 2008, is named in honor of the van Oppens’ mother, Elizabeth Fouts van Oppen, a 1940 graduate of Whitman College.

After graduating from Whitman in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, van Oppen earned an MBA from University of California, Berkeley, in 1976. He is currently a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Van Oppen and his wife, Ann Holt van Oppen, have three children, Catherine, a 2008 graduate of Whitman, Eric, and Brian. His community involvement includes service on the executive board of the Center for Financial Reporting and Management, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. He has also served as the treasurer for the Hillsborough AYSO Soccer League, and is a former member of the Whitman Alumni Association Board.

Garbe, whose home town is Moses Lake, Wash., graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor’s degree in politics with honors, cum laude. She also earned a master’s degree in public administration from the Columbia University School of International and Political Administration in 2001.

Garbe, who now makes her home in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State since 2001, and has served in Jakarta, Indonesia, and several assignments in Washington, D.C., including as a special assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She served in the operations center of the State Department’s 24/7 crisis management office, where she responded to terrorist attacks on the London Underground, Hurricane Katrina, and the Pakistan earthquake of 2004. As a consular officer in Jakarta, Indonesia, she was responsible for helping the American victims of the Bali terrorist attacks of 2002. She is currently the Turkey desk officer and began a one-year State Department Fellowship with the U.S. Congress this summer.

She has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State with a Superior Honor Award for her work assisting the American victims of the 2002 terrorist attack in Bali. She has been active in the Whitman community, volunteering as a member of the career consultant network, serving as a member of the Alumni Board since 2007, and working as an admission representative since 1999. She was an associate class fundraiser from 2004-2007, and won the prestigious Pete Reid Award for Young Alumni in 2006 from the Alumni Association.


CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156