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CWU Foundation
Phone: (509) 963-2160
foundation@cwu.edu

Meet the dedicated members of the CWU Foundation Board:

  • Joe Adams
  • Janet Backus ('72)
  • Pete Barlow ('71)
  • Kelly Bengston ('96)
  • Aaron Christophersen ('92)
  • Ralph Conner ('88)
  • Jason Davis ('97)
  • Michelle DenBeste (CWU Provost, Ex-Officio)
  • Paul Elstone (Executive Director)
  • Amy Hanson ('90)
  • Leonard Hill ('12)
  • Wendy M. Iwaszuk ('97)
  • Ozo Jaculewicz ('95)
  • Fred Kohout ('81)
  • Scott McCammant ('82)
  • Jim Ockerman ('86)
  • Jeff O'Donnell (Parent)
  • Ben Remak ('79)
  • Angy Smith ('95)
  • Jim Wohlpart (CWU President)

Executive Committee

Responsible for regular review of policies, by-laws, agreements and documents; oversee board assessment and assist in board self-appraisal process, ensures that the boards business/initiatives continue to move forward year-round.

  • Ralph Conner – Chair of the Board
  • Vacant – Vice Chair of the Board
  • Wendy Iwaszuk – Secretary
  • Joe Adams – Treasurer/Finance & Audit Committee Chair
  • Pete Barlow – Donor Development Committee Chair
  • Jason Davis – Board Development Chair

Donor Development Committee

Responsible for developing outreach and cultivation activities that result in the connection of potential donors to the CWU Foundation and University Advancement staff.

  • Pete Barlow – Chair
  • Janet Backus
  • Amy Hanson
  • Leonard Hill
  • Wendy Iwaszuk
  • Scott McCammant
  • Jeff O’Donnell
  • Ben Remak

Finance and Audit Committee

Responsible for oversight of the CWU Foundation investment manager (Wells Fargo) and audit (Moss Adams) relationships. Works with University Advancement staff to set and track the annual operations budget and to make sure that the CWU Foundation is meeting its growth and cash flow needs.

  • Joe Adams – Chair
  • Aaron Christophersen
  • Ralph Conner
  • Fred Kohout
  • Angy Smith

Board Development Committee

Responsible for nominating and recruiting alumni, donors and friends to serve on the CWU Foundation Board. Facilitates onboarding/mentorship process for new members and board development activities for the board membership as a whole.

  • Jason Davis – Chair
  • Kelly Bengston
  • Ozo Jaculewicz
  • Jim Ockerman
  • Freda Zimmerman

Updated November 2021