Get Involved

How can I get involved?

We are currently recruiting for six Board positions and ALL of the committees.

To apply to join the Board, click here. The deadline is extended to 4 January 2023, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Read on for more information about the new Board.

The diagram below visualizes the concept of the structure, where there are board members who focus on operating the association (Officers and Internal Development); a Strategy Chair, with an eye on how we can continue to evolve and change as an association and better serve our alumni; and alumni-focused chairs, who can be divided into implementers (Events & Reunion, Professional Development, External Relations, Travel, Programs, and Global Impact) and supporters of all endeavors (Communications, Alumni Community, Alumni Engagement, and Technology).

New board structure of the UWPIAA showing gears representing interconnected committees

For a detailed description of each committee’s role, click here.


Committees in need of Chairs on the Board and alumni volunteers:

Alumni Community: working with the cast/crew and regional reps/sharing info through those “connectors” to other alumni

Alumni Engagement: helping to recruit volunteer needs for different committees/finding prospective nominees for the board

Global Impact: community impact events/possibly creating “volunTour” opportunities for alumni/liaising with UWP as they begin their program

Professional Development: creating opportunities for networking connections; a space for alumni to seek and share their talents and wares, and potentially also courses at some point

Technology: support the website, the mail server and the database. If you know CiviCRM and use it regularly, PLEASE apply!

Travel: create travel programs for alumni, in depth weekend programs and possibly special tours


Committees who do have Chairs, and are recruiting alumni volunteers:

Communications: writing for UpBeat, liaising with other committees who need to communicate about their programs; social media support; website support; suggestions for content and engagement (Chair, Marisa Connors ‘95E – USA)

Events and Reunions: support for Reunion 2023 and beyond; support events of other committees (Chair, Mary McCullough ‘90B – IRL)

External Relations: building relationships with alumni-run organizations; finding alumni affiliates/partners; alumni awards program (Chair, Debbie Lagomarsino ‘68B – USA)

Finance/Investment: advising on the IAA budget and investments based on experience in the field (Chair, Jeff Zadroga ‘84C – USA)

Internal Development: overseeing compliance and inclusivity; creating onboarding and training materials for the BOG (Chair, McKell Neilson ‘95E – CAN)

Programs: producing diverse education, entertainment and professional development programs for alumni, working closely with the other committees (Chair, Donalda McCarthy ‘91B – USA)

Strategy: create the future plan for the IAA, develop and test new ideas and guide the pace for implementation (Chair, Giselle Kuri ‘13A – MEX)

Our current officers are:

President: Stu Shepherd ’78E – USA
Vice President: Birger Husted ’87A – DEN/CZE
Secretary: 
Heather Reilly ’92A – CAN
Treasurer: Jeff Zadroga ’84C – USA

and our UWP Rep is Phil Worcester ’76C – USA.


Please note: Not every project can start right away. It will be up to the chair and the alumni who volunteer to help shape and guide what is possible and how quickly any of it can happen. There is so much potential—it’s an exciting time to get involved!

Some ideas may be tested at Reunion 2023; others may start on a smaller scale or as a pilot program. We are assessing interest level and viability of all the ideas, also making sure a strategy is in place to measure our results and not take on so much at once that it is an impossible task.

There will be small and large tasks available for each committee, so alumni volunteers with varying interests and amounts of time are needed. If you have questions, or are more interested in serving on a committee, please fill out our Board and Committee Interest Form and we’ll be in touch!

Thanks for taking a look and we hope to hear from you soon!

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