Meet the 2017 Alumni of the Year, honored for service and achievement that embody the spirit of their alma mater.
Kris Wettstein is music director for Mott Haven Reformed Church in the South Bronx in New York City. His “guerilla love choir,” The Street Singers, sings on the streets of New York “from a place of prayer, faith and love.” Wettstein also leads music for a Jewish congregation in Queens and teaches piano, songwriting, and drum set at Art House Astoria Conservatory for Art and Music. He creates and plays his own compositions in collaboration with other musicians in the city. Wettstein studied classical piano at WWU and at Rice University. His has lived in Senegal and Poland and is engaged to Emily Herzlin.
Kevin Krueger is vice president and general manager at WGTS 91.9, which serves the Washington, D.C. metro area. For 31 years, he was general manager for KGTS 91.3 in College Place, which grew under his leadership into the Positive Life Radio Network with broadcast outlets throughout Eastern Washington. During his time at KGTS, he introduced Hands and Heart projects, including Drive-Thru Difference, Christmas in July food drive, Days of Compassion, and Rice for Cambodia. He expanded KGTS community outreach through concerts, and marriage and family conferences. He helped with the development and start-up of KTSY in Boise, Idaho, and worked with the Adventist Radio Network team to produce live radio coverage of three General Conference sessions. Krueger has served as president and vice president of the Society of Adventist Communicators and as president of Adventist Radio Network and the Growing Christian Foundation. He lives in a suburb of Washington, D.C., with his wife, Lisa, and their two daughters.
Since her official retirement in 2016, Betty Winslow has been teaching part-time in the Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Nursing and is collaborating on a grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study nursing practice to improve population health. Winslow has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Walla Walla University (WWU), a master’s degree in community and school health nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Colorado. She has taught nursing at WWU, Pacific Union College, and LLU, as well as graduate nursing students in China, South Africa, and Thailand. Winslow received funding from the National Institutes of Health to study families caring for relatives with dementia and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, to study vulnerable populations. Through her work as a professor and director of research for the LLU School of Nursing, Winslow has shared her passion for nursing and research and has seen her students assume leadership roles in hospitals, colleges, and universities around the world. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has presented her research nationally and internationally. She and her husband, Jerry, have two daughters, Lisa and Angela; two sons-in-law; and two grandsons.
Ken Fox was a president and chief executive officer in health care for more than 20 years and served in health administration for more than 35 years. He has been vice president of Red Deer Regional Medical Centre in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and president of the Alberta Pastoral Care Association. As president and chief executive officer of Grand Prairie Regional Hospital in Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, he led in the development of a health care delivery system for Northwestern Alberta. This included building a new 450-bed regional facility, Queen Elizabeth II Health Centre, and administration of seven regional satellite facilities. Fox has also served as president and chairman of the board for the Alberta Hospital Association. After retiring from healthcare administration, he started a healthcare strategic planning consulting firm, Source Concepts Consulting. In 2001, he became president of Canadian University College (now Burman University) and then president of Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University). He has served on the executive committee of the Alberta Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SDA), is a life fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Canadian College of Healthcare Executives, head elder at the Rutland SDA Church, and is active in leadership of various charitable organizations. Fox and his wife, Bernice, have a daughter, Shonna, and a son, Todd.