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Alumni Profiles

Here are some updates on our amazing alumni.  If you have information you would like to share, e-mail us at  Your information will be featured on our website, and may be featured in an upcoming issue of Central Connections magazine!


After 28 years of teaching communication, Gregory C. SCHMITT (‘68) recently retired. He taught communication at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.

Victory Over Cancer; Live As If It Were True ... Because It Is, a book by Valerie (LUDWICK) WILLMAN (’81) was recently written describing her journey through cancer. She still performs and worships with her batons…just like she did for 4 years at CWU!

Christopher COMTE (‘82) was recently promoted to the position of Northwest Regional Contacts Administrator for SAG-AFTRA, the newly-merged national labor organization comprised of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television & Radio Artists. Previously, he was AFTRA Seattle Local Membership Director from 2005 until the merger last year.

Debra N. RAYMOND (’83) is moving to New Maadi in Cairo, Egypt to teach 5th graders at Misr American College. Debra has experience teaching for 30 years now, from Kitsap and the Olympic Pennisula to Central and Eastern Oregon. She looks forward to an exciting new chapter in her life and teaching career, and thanks CWU for preparing her well for teaching.

Kristine (SCHMITZ) HILLIUS (‘90) is begin her 24th year in education this fall. For the past 7 years, Kristine has been principal of North Star Elementary School, in the Bethel School District. Her husband, Randy, and her have been married for 21 years and have two children: their son, Jacob is 19, and their daughter, Taylor is 17.

The day Christina SZIRMAI (‘09) was scheduled to to walk at graduation, she was boarding a plane to Mongolia as part of Peace Corps. She spent two years in Mongolia, where she learned so much. Christina now lives in Beijing, China, where she teaches young Chinese children English through the use of Disney movies. Every day, she uses something she learned while attending CWU, and she hopes to continue learning forever.

After graduating in 2012, Lori Lynn (HOCTOR) JOHNSTON attended law school and then moved on to be the first female prosecuting attorney in Klickitat County in 2011. She thinks that CWU is a wonderful school that gave her the foundation she needed to achieve success in her professional career.