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New Overseers

John R. Blackmon ’79

John Blackmon

Residence: Las Vegas, NV

Education: BA from Whitman 1979, MBA from UW, Pacific Coast Banking School

Career: Independent banking industry pro-
fessional, president of Western Thrift & Loan

Family: Wife, Susan; six children; four grandchildren

Whitman Community involvement: Whitman College Alumni Board member, Alumni Board representative to the Whitman College Board of Overseers, class representative for the Annual Giving fund, alumni admission representative

Community volunteer efforts: President of The First Tee of Southern Nevada, chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, president of the UNLV Rebel Football Foundation

Megin Flaherty Edwards ’91

Megin Edwards

Residence: Seattle, WA

Education: BA from Whitman 1991

Career: Former associate director of development, University of Washington School of Medicine; associate director of the annual fund, Whitman College

Family: Husband, Derek Edwards; children, Jake (7) and Logan (4); parents, Linda and John Flaherty ’64, overseer emeritus; brother, Sean Flaherty ’87

Whitman Community involvement: Whitman alumni fund volunteer, associate class representative and current class representative, Whitman Annual Fund Advisory Committee member, Western Washington Campaign Committee member

Community volunteer efforts:
Program for Appropriate Technology in Healthcare; Magnolia Cooperative Preschool Board and Executive Committee

Why I serve as a volunteer leader for Whitman: “Whitman has touched many important parts of my life, and I am happy to give back through my time.”

Michael P. Flannery ’76

Michael Flannery

Residence: Spokane, WA

Education: BA from Whitman 1976

Career: Retired stockbroker

Family: Partner, Dean Lynch

Community involvement: Inland Northwest Business Alliance, Spokane, founding member; Planned Parenthood of Spokane, past board member; Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane, past board member; Spokane Symphony, past board member; Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, Seattle, past board member

Why I serve as a volunteer leader for Whitman: “It is a way for me to support my strong commitment to a co-ed liberal arts education. I believe in the importance of professor-led small classes.”

Thomas H. Oldfield ’67

Tom Oldfield

Residence: Gig Harbor, WA

Education: BA from Whitman 1967, JD from University of Washington

Career: Partner/attorney, Oldfield & Helsdon, PLLC

Family: Wife, Mary “Skip” McNichols Oldfield ’67; children, Katherine Oldfield, Shelley Oldfield Higgins, Elizabeth Fairchild ’96 and Paige Fairchild

Community involvement: Board member, Children’s Home Society of Washington

Whitman Community involvement: Alumni Board vice president

Why I serve as a volunteer leader for Whitman: “I volunteer because of the benefit that I believe one derives from Whitman’s liberal arts education, and it’s also an excellent way to keep in touch with alumni. I am constantly reminded of the value of a liberal arts education as I encounter Whitman students and alumni in diverse work and community activities … There is an unmistakable difference in the foundation Whitman provides students for their future lives.”

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