WWU Foundation Report

University Advancement

Your philanthropy makes a world of difference at Western

The Western Washington University community is truly fortunate to have such a strong network of support.  Throughout the past academic year, we were continually reminded of the ways your philanthropy makes an impact on our students, faculty and programs.  In talking with students, attending faculty presentations and participating in WWU Foundation and Alumni Association board of director meetings, we hear first-hand the difference you make.  

Some of the stories are truly extraordinary, many of them about students overcoming significant obstacles to attend and remain in school.  Some are inspirational, about young scholars conducting research that will someday change the world.  Others build pride, like when our student-athletes compete at the highest level of Division II athletics and achieve unprecedented success.  Behind each and every story are contributions from our alumni, community members, parents, corporations, private foundations and friends of Western.
During the 2021-22 academic year you:

  • Contributed more than $17 million to Western, a 72% increase over the previous year.
  • Helped make our annual Give Day the most successful ever, providing nearly $1.1 million in a 24-hour period.
  • Grew participation in the President’s Society to more than 960 individuals.
  • Generated $3.7 million from endowments to provide for student scholarships, research experiences, faculty support and program enhancements.
  • Participated in more than 100 webinars, in-person and hybrid events.
  • Provided support for two capital projects that will significantly enhance our campus: Kaiser Borsari Hall and the Coast Salish-style longhouse.
  • Made the Western experience an inclusive, welcoming and transformational experience for our amazing students.

In the following pages, you will read of ways private contributions make an impact.  And these are only a glimpse at the countless ways you help change lives.  You inspire students to strive for success, you offer mentorship and advice, you applaud their successes and you engage in their journey. Western would not be what it is today without your partnership and active participation.

As we embark on a new academic year, I invite you to campus.  Please look for our quarterly e-newsletter which lists Viking Athletics events, lectures, academic presentations and music, art and theatre events happening on campus.  If you are not receiving our emails, please send a note to donorrelations@wwu.edu and we will be sure to include you.  And if you have any questions at all about your philanthropy, please reach out. We always enjoy hearing from you.

My heartfelt thanks to each of you.

Kim O'Neil posing on a walkway surrounded by greenery, wearing a dark blue blazer and blouse and gray skirt

Kim O’Neill
Vice President, University Advancement
President and CEO, Western Washington University Foundation,
Executive Director, WWU Alumni Association 

Many thanks to our volunteer board members

Volunteers play an integral role in both the WWU Foundation and Alumni Association. Their commitment of time, talent and treasure helps to ensure both organizations fulfill their mission of supporting Western Washington University.
We are grateful for their service.

WWU Foundation Board of Directors

  • Andrea Sturm, Board Chair; Community Volunteer
  • Tony George, ’86, Board Secretary; President and COO, Kitsap Bank
  • Sydney Hunsdale, Immediate Past Chair; Chair, Finance Committee; Principal, Global Business; Consultant, SKH Consultants
  • Colette Taylor, ’87, Board Treasurer; Managing Director and CEO, Russell Investments Trust Co (ret.)
  • Rick Anderson, ’73, Chairman/CEO, Moss Adams (ret.)
  • Deb Atwood, ’77, Senior Fellow and Executive Director Agree, Meridian Institute
  • Michael Bayless, Community Volunteer
  • Carol Francisco, ’73 and ’78, Statistical Consultant
  • Greg Grant, Chair, Strategic Initiatives; Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker Bain
  • Christy Johnson, ’01, Chair, ADEI Committee; Founder and CEO, Artemis Connection
  • Jennifer Kutcher, ’97, President and CEO, Whatcom Educational Credit Union
  • Warren Michelsen, Vice President-General Manager, Northwest-Hawaii District; Trane Climate Solutions Ingersoll Rand
  • Trinity Parker, ’96, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs, Symetra Life Insurance Company
  • Paula Radloff, ’83, VP, Global Talent Acquisition & Executive Recruiting, Nike, Inc.
  • Mark Reis, ’75, Managing Director, Sea-Tac International Airport (ret.)
  • Tasha Repp, CPA, Tribal Services Partner and National Practice Leader, Moss Adams
  • Karen Richards, ’82 and ’89, First Vice President and Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Vini Samuel, ’94, Attorney-at-Law, Mayor , City of Montesano
  • Ingrid Sarapuu, Vice President, Syndication, Risk Transfer & Strategy, Boeing Capital Corp (ret.)
  • Brinton Scott, ’90, Managing Partner-Shanghai,
  • Winston & Strawn LLP, Shanghai Representative Office (US)
  • Bart Shilvock, ’76, Managing Director, The Boeing Company (ret.)
  • Drew Zogby, President, Alpha Technologies Services, Inc and EnerSys Reserve Power-America

Alumni Association Board of Directors

  • Scot Studebaker, ’90, Board President; Partner, EY
  • Hamraj Ghumman, ’14, Chair, Finance and Audit Committee
  • Finance Manager, Salesforce
  • Brett Jordan, ’07, Chair DEI Committee; Internal Auditor, Russell Investments
  • Mason Luvera, ’14, Chair, Engagement Committee Communications; Manager, City of Mercer Island
  • Jody Mull, ’84, Chair, Legislative Committee; Paraeducator, Issaquah School District
  • Bill Aslett, ’81, Council Member, City of Burlington
  • Nabeel Chowdhury, ’12, VP & General Manager, 24 Seven Inc.
  • Edward Coe, ’11, Senior Strategy Manager, Microsoft
  • Brandy Corujo, Partner, Cornerstone Insurance
  • Heather Flaherty, ’09, Executive Director, Chuckanut Health Foundation
  • Russ Mikow, ’98, Owner, Rocksteady Law, PLLC
  • Bryan Page, ’03, Shareholder/Attorney, Carmichael Clark
  • Corey Spears, ’00, Director, Healthcare Interoperability Standards
  • Janis Velasquez-Farmer, ’03, Director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Bellingham School District

Emeritus Members

  • Shari Campbell ,’83, Owner, C2
  • Don Hardwick, ’84, President, Hardwick and Associates
  • Gerrilynn Lindley, ’83, Owner/Office Manager, Lindley Financial Services
  • Todd Lindley, ’83, Owner/Certified Financial Planner, Lindley Financial Services