WWU Alumni Association Board

  • July 23
  • September 17
  • November 19
  • January 21
  • March 10
  • May 19

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 2020 & 2021
Alumni Association Business Meeting
Friday, April 23, 2021, 12:30 pm
University Church, Fellowship Hall

Board Member Roster 2019-2020

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

Board Chair

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.

Brent Stanyer '84


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.

Jackie Crombie Stonas '96

President Elect

Term: 2019-2022

Jackie Crombie Stonas has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from WWU and enjoyed serving as ASWWC social vice president. Jackie and her husband manage a handful of small businesses, including yogurt shops and a storage facility, as well as several real-estate ventures. She has enjoyed chairing a daycare board for the past few years and served multiple terms as vice chair on her local school board. Her three daughters currently attend WWU. Jackie enjoys traveling, cooking, her dogs, husband and all things family.

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.

Laurel Rogers '95


Term: 2019-2021

Laurel Rogers completed a bachelor’s degree with majors in English and speech communication while thoroughly enjoying her four years at WWU. She also has a master’s degree in writing from Portland State University. Laurel’s passion for clear communication drives her desire to keep alumni well-informed of their board’s activities by serving.

David Hall '93

Term: 2019-2022

David Z. Hall is a third-generation WWU alumni. After WWU, David graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine where he completed residencies in preventive and occupational medicine, including a master’s degree in public health nutrition. He now works for Portland Adventist Medical Center. David has fond memories of time spent at Rosario Beach Marine Station and serving as a student missionary in Pohnpei, Micronesia, “I loved my college years at Walla Walla. The professors are amazing and I made so many lifelong friends.” He relishes time with his wife, son, and daughter.

Mindi (Vories) Irvine att. ’88—’90

Term: 2019-2022

Mindi (Vories) Irvine graduated from Loma Linda University with a masters in physical therapy in ‘93 and earned her doctorate in ‘11. She and her husband, Lance, have four children enrolled in Adventist education from Rogers through WWU. She loves being active in their lives. Mindi owns a multi-site physical therapy practice of 17 years in Tri-Cities, Washington, and is passionate about helping people improve their health and longevity through physical therapy and lifestyle medicine.

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.

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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