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Meet the new Alumni board members

The WWU Alumni Association board of directors is an increasingly diverse group of accomplished alums

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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)

Location: Benton City

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).

Stephanie Artino('98)

Location: Bellingham

Major: Accounting

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."

Tracy Bundy('88)

Location: Sammamish

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."

Derwynn Dominguez('96)

Location: Seattle

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."

Carese Busby('95)

Location: Seattle

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."

Luz Gonzalez('02)

Location: Seattle

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.

Shari Campbell('83)

Location: Sumner

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."

Shannon Hutchinson('06)

Location: Redondo Beach, Calif.

Major: Journalism

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.