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ELLENSBURG, Wash.—The Central Washington University Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 11 individuals who have been selected as CWU’s 2022 Distinguished Alumni.

Recipients are selected for their personal accomplishments, professional achievements, community service involvement, and/or contributions made to CWU.    

This year’s recipients include:   

Alumni of the Year 

Julie A. Back (’92)—Senior Vice President and Advisor, Wealthspire Advisors 

Philanthropists of the Year

Jean (’88) and Joe Adams

Young Philanthropist of the Year

Hilary J. Tanneberg (’09)—Senior Manager of Business Assurance, Moss Adams, LLP 

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients 

College of Arts and Humanities 

Morgan M. Bresett Brown (’75)—Retired Advertising Account Executive and Freelance Musician  

College of Business 

Julie A. Back (’92)— Senior Vice President and Advisor, Wealthspire Advisors 

College of Education and Professional Studies 

Brian A. Clarke (’87)—Managing Member, GEW.LLC Risk Management Solutions; Co-Managing Member, HEILL Safety Solutions 

College of the Sciences 

Edward L. Schneider (’69)—Retired President and CEO, Botanical Research Institute of Texas 

4 Under 40 Leadership Award Recipients

College of Arts and Humanities 

Amanda J. Bury (’15)—Owner and Sole Proprietor, A. Bury Pottery  

College of Business 

Jacob M. Ozuna (’12)—Sales Manager in Digital Client Success, Microsoft Advertising 

College of Education and Professional Studies 

Andrew J. Graham (’18)—Real Estate Agent, Avalon 24 Real Estate 

College of the Sciences 

Manuel Rodriguez (’05)—Director of Early College Outreach, Central Washington University 

“We are thrilled to honor this year’s outstanding alumni awardees, all of whom have made an impact on their industries, their communities, their alma mater, and the lives of others around the world,” said CWU Alumni Association President Andrew Mork. “We look forward to a fantastic evening celebrating their accomplishments in person and back on campus. Congratulations to the 2022 Distinguished Alumni, we look forward to continuing to see the positive impacts you make in your communities in the years ahead, we are proud of you!”

All are welcome to attend the Distinguished Alumni Award ceremony in the Student Union & Recreation Center (SURC) Ballroom on May 13, 2022. Space is limited and you must RSVP to attend.

May 2022

Media Contact: Robin Burck, University Advancement Communications, 509-963-2846,