Would you like to support the UWPIAA? We have openings in all areas and the chairs would be delighted to hear from alumni who wish to contribute to helping the alumni association begin to offer more networking, connections, programs, events and opportunities for alumni. Please have a look below to learn more about the opportunities and fill out the interest form here.
Alumni Community: working with the cast/crew and regional reps/sharing info through those “connectors” to other alumni
Chair, Kristina T’Seyen ’78C – BEL
Alumni Engagement: helping to recruit volunteer needs for different groups/finding prospective nominees for the board
Chair, Jeffrey (JD) Douglas ’91B – USA
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
Global Impact: community impact events/possibly creating “volunTour” opportunities for alumni/liaising with UWP as they begin their program
Chair, Karen Cvitkovich ’84B – USA
Internal Development: overseeing compliance and inclusivity; creating onboarding and training materials for the BOG
Chair, McKell Neilson ‘95E – CAN
Professional Development: creating opportunities for networking connections; a space for alumni to seek and share their talents and wares, with potential for much more
Chair, Lori Lucas Howe ’92B – 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
Technology: support the website, the mail server and the database
Chair, Jon Griffin ’88E – USA
Travel: create travel programs for alumni, in depth weekend programs and possibly special tours
Chair, Colleen Dowd ’84A – USA
For a detailed description of each committee’s role, click here.
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.
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).
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 team, so alumni volunteers with varying interests and amounts of time are needed. If you have questions, or are more interested in serving, please fill out our UWPIAA Interest Form and we’ll be in touch!
Thanks for taking a look and we hope to hear from you soon!