The WWU Alumni Association board of directors is an increasingly diverse group of accomplished alums
The Western Alumni Association Board of Directors has become an increasingly diverse group of accomplished alumni. The eight individuals who began their terms July 1 helped make the 30-member board more inclusive among gender, age groups, class years, ethnicity and geographical locations.
Each member serves on at least one of the board's eight active committees: Alumni Awards, Community Engagement, Finance, Governance, Legislative, Nominat1ons, Retreat and Scholarship.
The new members are:
Victor Cruz ('81)
Major: Industrial Technology
Second life: After an engineering career with Westinghouse, he founded a winery, Canon de Sol.
Grape wisdom: "Education opened many doors for me and gave me the opportunity to take a risk in the wine industry."
Western duo: He is married to Kim Douglas Cruz ('81).
Day job: CPA/principal with Metcalf Hodges P.S.
An edge from Western: "The business school at Western (gives) graduates a good pass rate for the CPA exam."
Western's campus is: "Beautiful to walk through, even in the wind and rain. It's what made me fall in love with Bellingham and not want to leave."
Major: Business Finance
Working woman: Retired Boeing systems analyst; now volunteers with kids' schools.
All in the family: Father Guy Leyritz ('66) and husband Ron Bundy ('89) are both alums. Teenage son and daughter -- third-generation Vikings?
Sense of place: "I think Bellingham makes Western a unique and special place to go to school."
Major: Environmental Policy
Web work: Senior manager of digital media marketing, Tribune Co.
Critical thinking: "The school and community of educators, students and staff helped shape the person and professional I am today."
Giving back: "I feel I owe it to the university to help recruit new students to the 'Western experience,' and also engage and mobilize fellow alumni to participate."
Major: Finance and Economics
Managing money: Senior mortgage banker and sales manager, Seattle Mortgage Co.
Western provides: "A top-notch education. ... I believe Western draws the best in faculty and staff."
Ask her about: Being a champion figure skater.
Fondest Western memory: "When Pearl Jam came and gave a spontaneous performance in Red Square one beautiful spring day."
Major: Science and Spanish
Healing hands: Pediatrician, Mercer Island Pediatrics
Close to home: A first-generation college graduate, she entertained job offers from around the country, but opted to stay and support her community in Seattle.
Advocacy: After medical school at UW and a residency at Seattle Children's Hospital, she has gained a reputation as a talented physician, family advocate and public speaker.
Creative career: Co-owner and vice president of JayRay, a communications and marketing agency in Tacoma.
Fundamentals: "I was fortunate to have really great professors teach me how to write and how to think I put my Western education into practice almost every day."
WWU loyalty: One of her two daughters is a junior. Husband Tim is "a UW grad who wishes he'd gone to Western."
Campus activities: President of ASWWU and the Korean Student Association; represented students on the Strategic Planning Committee.
Luxury job: Lexus project manager, Team One, a division of Saatchi & Saatchi.
Mad WWU skillz: "I honed my presentation and negotiation skills, as well as confirming my passion for strategic planning and multi-tasking, which I utilize each day."
Secret life: Enthusiastic foodie, blogger and runner.