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WWU Alumni Association Board

  • September 18
  • November 18 at 3 p.m.
  • January 15
  • March 19
  • May 21

Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Havstad Alumni Center Board Room, unless announced otherwise.

The next regularly scheduled business meeting:

Homecoming Weekend 2019
Alumni Association Business Meeting
Friday, April 26, 12:30 pm
University Church, Fellowship Hall


  1. Welcome and opening prayer: Steve Walikonis ‘78, board chair
  2. Review approval of meeting minutes: Heidee Hanson ‘02, secretary
  3. Treasurer’s report: Steve Walikonis (for Giselle Hepker ‘09, treasurer)
  4. President’s report: James Kneller ‘95, president
  5. Director for Alumni and Parent Relations’ report: Claudia Santellano ‘14, director for Alumni and Parent Relations
  6. Question and answer: James Kneller and Steve Walikonis
  7. Singing of the WWU school song, “Out Where the West Winds Blow”: Steve Walikonis; Brent Stanyer ‘84, president elect; Bill Dickerson ‘61
  8. Closing prayer

Board Member Roster 2018-2019

The president-elect is elected annually and will serve a three year term—one year as president-elect, one year as president, then one year as the board chair. The board secretary and treasurer will serve staggered two-year terms. All other members will serve three-year terms.

James Kneller '95


Term: 2017-2020

James Kneller is a cardiac electrophysiologist at Yakima Heart Center in Yakima, Washington. As a WWU student, he received the Engineering Department Merit Scholarship, served as a Christian Service Volunteer in Australia, and was president of his class in 1995. Since graduating from WWU, he has served as a class agent. James has an M.SD. and PhD. from McGill University and received fellowship training at Columbia University and at UCLA. He has devoted his medical practice to the people of Eastern Washington and has brought several new technologies and procedures to the state.

Steve Walikonis '78

Board Chair

Term: 2016-2019

Steve Walikonis has a bachelor’s degree in theology from Walla Walla University and a masters of divinity from Andrews University.  He is an associate pastor at the Village Church in College Place, and has been a pastor in the Upper Columbia Conference for 37 years.  He enjoys reading, travel and music.  Steve and his wife, Cindy ’78, have two daughters; Charis ’05 and Christa ‘10

Brent Stanyer '84

President Elect

Term: 2018-2021

Brent Stanyer is proud to be part of a fourth-generation family of Walla Walla University students/graduates including his grandparents, parents, wife (Helaina  Bouliers ’84), children and in-laws.  Brent is an elder law and estate planning attorney in Spokane, Washington where he and Helaina has her optometry practice. He is a “wannabe” triathlete and sings in the Spokane Symphony Chorale.  He is a board member for Spectrum/Adventist Forum and is active at his local church, nonprofit and professional organizations.

Giselle Hepker '09


Term: 2018-2020

Giselle Hepker has a bachelor’s degree in business from Walla Walla University and is currently working on completing an MBA with a specialization in project management from Florida Institute of Technology. She is a financial analyst for the cutting edge Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory operated by Caltech and MIT. Previously she worked as a senior accountant for WWU and executive director and events manager for the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus. Giselle lives in Portland, Oregon with her family. She enjoys traveling, camping, music and skiing.

Heidee (Leno) Hanson '02


Term: 2017-2019

Information coming soon

Amy Alderman '13

Term: 2016-2019

Amy Alderman is the Digital Marketing Manager at Overlake Medical Center and Clinics where she puts to good use her degree from WWU in mass communications. Amy previously worked as the Marketing Manager at Walla Walla General Hospital.  She lives in Bellevue and enjoys hiking, acro yoga, cooking, and baking.

Ben Marson '01

Term: 2017-2020

Ben Marson has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from WWU and is a graduate of the Washington Bankers Association Executive Development Program. He is a senior accountant at Banner Bank and a certified public accountant. Previously he worked as an internal auditor for Adventist Health in Roseville, California, and as a financial analyst to Castle Medical Center in Kailua, Hawaii. Ben lives in College Place, Washington with his wife and daughter. He enjoys traveling, reading and learning.

Greg McCulloch '00

Term: 2017-2020

Greg McCulloch is the chief financial officer at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was president of his class at WWU and has been a class agent for the past 16 years. During his time at WWU, he served as a Christian Service Volunteer in Pohnpei, Micronesia, and he continues to go on short-term mission trips with his family. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from WWU in business, is a certified public accountant, and has a M.B.A. in finance and organizational management from the University of California, Davis. He lives in Sonora, California with his wife and their two boys.

Teri (Pifer) Richardson '86

Term: 2016-2019

Teri Richardson has a bachelors degree in nursing. She has worked in acute care, home infusion services, and for the past 13 years, in a perioperative care at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. She is happiest when cooking, exploring a new destination, gardening and quilting.

Jan Roberts '73

Term: 2018-2021

Jan Roberts has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and used it extensively during the nearly 40 years she lived overseas. Jan is very active in the music community in the Walla Walla area as well as working as the collaborative pianist for Whitman College and Walla Walla University. Jan also enjoys working as an accompanist with the Walla Walla Choral Society. She has been a mentor of freshman students at WWU since 2014. She loves cooking new recipes, walking and keeping in touch with people around the world. Jan is the mother of three children, all of whom continue to serve overseas.

Tom Thompson '68

Term: 2018-2021

Tom Thompson is retired in the Walla Walla valley with his wife, Clare, after teaching mathematics at Walla Walla University for over 42 years. He has a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Washington and a doctoral degree in mathematics from the University of California. He enjoys woodworking, reading, amateur astronomy, travel, hiking, genealogy and sharing juice from his tiny vineyard.

Jodi Wagner '92

VP for Marketing and Enrollment Services


Claudia Santellano ‘14

Alumni and Parent Relations Director


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