Seen and Heard archive

WWU alumni in the news


Have you or a fellow WWU alumnus been in the news? Share your story!
Your career milestones are an inspiration to current and future WWU students.
Send an email to  westwind@wallawalla.edu.


Sarah (Caldwell) Gorton

2015 | Nursing
Sarah Gorton was interviewed about her work in a respiratory cardiology unit during the coronavirus pandemic.
Watch and read more >

Brent Davis

2008 | Business administration (pre-law)
Brent Davis was named vice president and chief financial officer for the AdventHealth Central Florida Division—North Region.
Read more >

Tim Kosaka

2018 | Business administration
After graduating from college and discovering the challenges of staying connected to the Adventist church as a young person, Tim Kosaka developed Adventist Young Professionals as a way for young Adventists from around the world to share inspirational digital content with each other.
Read more >

Ginger Ketting Weller

1985 | Elementary Education
Ginger Ketting Weller named eighth president of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines
Read more >

Kevin Coleman

2009 | New Media Imaging

Coleman develops app to inspire random good deeds and a positive perspective
Read more >

Carrie Ojanen

2007 | English and French

Ojanen publishes new book of poetry
Read more >

Kevin Wilfley

1979 | Theology
Wilfley receives Excellence in Ministry award
Read more

Archie Harris

1988 | Elementary education
Harris named associate superintendent of education for Upper Columbia Conference
Read more

Elizabeth Jones

2013 | Business and pre-law
Elizabeth Jones announced as a Supreme Court Fellow
Read more

Darryl Fisher

1987 | Aviation
Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation earns Veteran Supporter of the Month honor
Read more

Paddy McCoy

1999 | Religion and speech communication
Paddy McCoy will lead Crosswalk PDX, a new church in Portland, Oregon.
Read more >

Christy Billock

Att. 1990–93 | Preprofessional (occupational therapy)
Christy Billock was interviewed on ABC7 News on April 10, 2020, regarding strategies to copy with stress brought on by life changes as a result of COVID-19.
Watch here >

Vesna Dodge

1997 | English and history
Vesna Dodge has been promoted to the position of executive vice president/Baker Boyer asset management for Baker Boyer Bank.
Read more >

Bethany Logan Ropa

2006 | French
Logan Ropa featured in American Builders Quarterly for leadership and pioneering work at UBS Investment Bank
Read more >

Tom Evans

1990 | Theology and Speech Communication

Evans named Outreach Ministries Director for Oregon Conference
Read more >

Jason Courtright

1996 | Mechanical Engineering

Tom Hamel

1996 | Mechanical Engineering

Wes Georges

1997 | Mechanical Engineering

Colorado Springs defense contractor Apogee Engineering lands $190 million in contracts.
Read more >

Brandon Spangler

2016 and 2017 | Social Work
Counselor draws on personal experience
Read more

Myron and Candace Isemeinger

1986 | Theology, Education
Myron Iseminger, World Church Undersecretary, returns to Egypt as new field president
Read more​​

Elta Jackson-Henry

1995 and 1996 | Social Work
Jackson-Henry shares personal experiences during MSNBC Town Hall segment on racism in America
Read more

Anthony Stahl

1990 | Business administration
Anthony Stahl was named president of Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Read more >

Carrie Ayagaduk Ojanen

2007 | English and French
Carrie Ayagaduk Ojanen’s poem “the pomegranate’s decimation” was posted on poets.org, part of the Academy of American Poets.
Read more and listen here >

Victoria Burghart

2016 | Biology
Victoria Burghart, a fourth-year medical student studying psychiatry at Loma Linda University, was interviewed on the podcast “Psychiatry & Psychotherapy” on the topic “Is Social Media Good for Mental Health?”
Read more >

Carl Wilkens

1981 | Industrial Education
Carl Wilkens was awarded the 2019 Abarinzi b’lgihango (Protectors of Friendship Pact) award for his courage in protecting thousands of Rwandans during the 1994 genocide and for promoting reconciliation in its aftermath.
Read more >

Lori Ciccarelli Stotko

1981 | Communication Media
Lori Ciccarelli Stotko’s book  “Myself, My Responsibility: Tools to Self-advocate” was named as a finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards, Children's Educational category, sponsored by American Book Fest
Read more >

Michael Woodruff

2013 | Business Administration

Christopher Lindsey

2016 | Biology

Woodruff and Lindsey break record by documenting 146 bird species in Pend Oreille County in 24 hours
Read more >

Jason Wells

1996 | English, religion minor

Wells to preside over Ukiah Valley and Howard Memorial in the new year
Read more

Andray Abrahamain

2000 | History and mass communications
Abrahamain named 2018–19 Stanford University Koret Fellow
Read more >

Peter McPherson

1996 | History, religion minor
McPherson named chief deputy in Idaho State Department of Education
Read more

Monte Saxby

1982 | Math
The Big Ride to Chicago
Read more

David Vixie

1977 | Elementary education
Pioneer Days teaches immigrant history with fun and games
Read more

Richie Brower

1995 | Theology
Richie Brower develops ActivityOutpost.com for parents of young children looking for activities during physical distancing.
Read more >

Mindi Irvine

Att. 1988–90 | Preprofessional (physical therapy)
Mindi Irvine was featured in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin for her work to provide free health care during the COVID-19 pandemic for those on the front lines caring for us.
Read more >

Jessica Craik Coffee

2003 | Technology, concentration in graphic design
Jessica Coffee’s work on itty-bitty dollhouse home design is featured in The New York Times.
Read more >

Eric and Katie Harris

2008 | Business and Automotive Service
2012 | Nursing
Eric and Katie Harris were featured in the Gleaner, the magazine of the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, for their work to establish Bear Canyon Farm, a working farm at Mount Ellis Academy in Bozeman, Mont.
Read more >

Lauren Graham

2004 | Social work
Master of social work graduate Lauren Graham was named the 2019 Social Worker of the Year in Wyoming by the National Association of Social Workers
Read more >

Sara Archer

1991 | Communication
Archer receives Women in Business Inspirational Woman Contest from Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce
Read more >

Annette Gibson

1968 | Business administration
Gibson coauthors textbook on business ethics
Read more >

Karl Haffner

1985 | Business and Theology
Haffner named vice president for student experience at Loma Linda University Health
Read more >

Jay Wintermeyer

1996 | Mass communication major

Wintermeyer named communication director for North Pacific Union Conference
Read more >

Craig Foster

1990 | Business administration, history minor 
Sheltair aviation announces Craig Foster as general manager of their new FBO at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC)

Read more

Mathieu Wiliams

2012 | Business administration, web design minor
Meet Hawaii’s 2019 Teacher of the Year
Read more

Matthew Klein

2008 | Engineering
People of Reclamation: Meet Matthew Klein, Professional Engineer
Read more

Event Details

Shown in {{ timezone.name }}