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2017 Alumni Award Honorees

4 Under 40 Leadership Award

The 4 Under 40 award is presented, each year, to four alumni who exhibit a commitment to personal growth and community service. They are recognized leaders in their profession or volunteer service; and under 40 years of age.

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José Iñiguez


Ryan Scully


Abe Silvestri


Kimberly Whipple


Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes CWU graduates who have distinguished themselves in their fields; have earned a high degree of respect among their colleagues and in the general community; and whose impact has been felt on a regional, national and/or international level. 

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Frank Gavaldon

College of
the Sciences

Andrea Klouse

College of Arts
and Humanities

Kathy Cahill

College of Education
and Professional Studies

Terry Robling

College of

Legacy Award

The Legacy Award honors individuals whose contributions and achievements in the community embody CWU’s mission of fostering citizenship, being responsible stewards of the earth, and leading enlightened and productive lives. Through mentorship, their commitment supports the university’s vision of educating leaders through intellectual inquiry and excellence achieved through a diversity of ideas and people. The person selected will be recognized for contributions to the community at-large, as well as unwavering dedication and commitment to the advancement of Central Washington University.

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Ruth Harrington




4 Under 40 Leadership Award

José Iñiguez is an alumnus from the College of Business who has excelled as an award-winning Latin music artist. Iñiguez has a strong philanthropic background and has used his music and performances to raise over $150,000 for student scholarships, organizations, and community groups. As a CWU Legacy family, Iñiguez has kept close ties with Central and our students, establishing the first Latino endowment at Central Washington University and raising close to $40,000 for the endowment through his music program, Encanto.Jose Iniquez

Ryan ScullyRyan Scully graduated in 2002 with a College of Arts and Humanities degree in Fine Arts and has navigated a successful career as a visual artist and painter. His inventive landscape paintings have been showcased nationally and internationally. Scully currently runs Warshaw Blumenthal, New York City’s largest storyboard agency, and is also the Creative Director of Turbo Dog Productions, a boutique production facility. In 2011 the College of Arts and Humanities recognized Scully’s achievements by presenting him with the Alumni of the Year Award.

Abe Silvestri is a College of Education and Professional Studies alumnus who earned a bachelor in Early Childhood Education and a masters in Athletic Administration. Silvestri has been a leader in the sports management industry, starting at Central, creating the first ever graduate-assistant position for CWU Baseball and serving as Assistant Coach for five years. Silvestri moved on as Director of Baseball Operations at Washington State University and Athletic Director for the Cle Elum School District before becoming the visiting Club House Manager for the San Francisco Giants.Abe Silvestri

Kimberly WhippleKimberly Whipple graduated Central Washington University in 2006 with a Geological Sciences degree from the College of the Sciences. Whipple has been a strong advocate for Central, attending the grand opening of the Science II Building and contributing to the CWU College of the Sciences Dean’s Fund for Excellence. Whipple’s exceptional career path includes her current position as Senior Director, Technical Advisor, and Geophysicist at IHS Markit. Whipple is a rising star in an innovative company that is growing rapidly around the world.

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Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees

Frank Gavaldon
College of the Sciences

Frank Gavaldon is a Marine Corp veteran who served three tours of duty in Vietnam. Gavaldon retired from the City of Tacoma as a Civil Rights Investigator in 2011, but has remained committed to assisting individuals who have been victims of discrimination. In 2012, he formed the Tacoma Human Rights Council, a non-profit agency with a mission to eliminate discrimination in the U.S. Amongst his many honors, in 2015 Gavaldon had the distinct honor of assisting General Al Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps, in laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and in 2016 he received the Warriors Medal of Valor from the Vietnam Dog Handlers Association.


College of Arts and Humanities

Andrea Klouse has a national reputation as a composer, conductor, and accompanist. She has conducted and performed at numerous U.S. and international festivals, including the Vesprehm Festival in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and Hungary, and in 2004 “I hear Sweet Music, a composition by Klouse, was commissioned by the Washington Educators Association for the All State Choir. Contributing to the greater community, Klouse founded “Vivace!” Choral Program in 1999, which provides students ages eight and up, from the South Puget Sound area, the opportunity to experience music with professionals from around the world. In 2012, Klouse was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame.

Andrea Klouse

Kathy Cahill
College of Education and Professional Studies

Kathy Cahill serves as the vice president for PATH’s International Development division, directing strategy development and implementation across the organization’s international presence in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Cahill has over 20 years of experience in public health with a background in leadership of programs for sexually transmitted infections, childhood immunization, HIV, non-communicable diseases, and maternal and child health. Previously, Cahill was deputy director of Integrated Health Solutions for Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led development of the foundation's strategy for tobacco control, was program officer for health systems, and deputy director for Integrated Delivery Services, and also worked at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as director for Policy, Planning, and Evaluation.


College of Business

Terry Robling is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of 38 years, serving in the Marine Corps’ largest operational command billet at the Commander, and retiring in 2014 as a Lieutenant General. Previously, Robling served as the Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Commander of Marine Corps Forces and Marine Corps Bases, Japan, and Commanding General of III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan. Recognition of Robling’s service, leadership, and commitment include the Defense Superior Service Medal and Legion of Merit. In 2015 Robling came out of retirement to lead PKL Services, Inc., a global provider of aerospace services, as Chief Executive Officer.

Terry Robling

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Legacy Award


Ruth HarringtonIn 1973 Ruth Harrington began organizing luncheons to raise money for CWU scholarships that would benefit high school seniors and single parents. 44 years later, she helped raise over one million dollars. As of June 30, 2017, a total of 1,022 scholarships had been awarded thanks to Harrington’s leadership and dedication.With the scholarship luncheons, Harrington brings people together and raises money for a worthy cause. She has become a staple in the lives of CWU students and the Central Washington community. In 2013, The Ellensburg Downtown Association honored her with the Town and Gown Award for her contributions supporting a strong and collaborative partnership between CWU and the Ellensburg community.

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