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A Report from the Westminster Alumni Board

by Annalisa Anderton Steggell, '92

During the past year and a half, the Westminster Alumni Board has been working to lead alumni to more prominent and active roles within the Westminster community.We are proud of the following accomplishments: 

  • Increasing Alumni Board membership from five members with limited representation to more than 20 members with different majors, ages, graduation years, and experience.Bulleted list item
  • Launching a mentoring program that assists students in career and life planning, while developing future active alumni and providing an example of continued engagement.
  • Establishing an e-newsletter containing alumni and campus news which reaches more than 4,000 alumni each month. (Go to to register.)
  • Promoting continued alumni involvement with the college through value-added events, bringing alumni back to campus, and helping them get and stay in touch with other alumni and faculty.
  • Hosting events in other cities, and broadening our reach nationwide to alumni and prospective students.
  • Evaluating and rewriting our mission and constitution to reflect our new goals. • Determining Distinguished Alumni Award recipients based upon our definition of the characteristics that make Westminster alumni unique and impressive.
  • Creating Westminster Wednesdays as informal social opportunities for Westminster alumni along the Wasatch Front to meet, talk, eat, drink, and be merry.
  • Gathering profiles of Westminster alumni to share stories with each other and prospective students. The fourteen amazing people who have accomplished all of the above constitute the Westminster Alumni Board for 2004–05: Kathy Ashton ’87, Gene Barton ’86, Mike Bills ’03, Bing Fang ’89, Rolayne Fairclough ’87, Dane Ishihara ’02, Adam Mangone ’02, Amy Marshall ’02, Pat McLaughlin ’77, Becky Pugmire ’02, Susan Stacey ’97, Victoria Witherow ’88/’95, vicechair Stacie Whitford ’92, and chair Annalisa Steggell ’92.

As outgoing chair, I’d like to thank the board for all they’ve done—for their dedication to the purpose of Westminster College and specifically to Westminster alumni.We’ve worked hard, but we’ve had a lot of fun. I encourage each Westminster alumnus to attend a Westminster event in his or her city or on campus, such as a lecture or play, or to come to “Westminster Wednesdays.”

You’ll learn, as I did, that even though it may have been a while since your graduation, when Westminster people gather, it still feels like home.

Annalisa is so passionate about Westminster College, and so inspired by her work on the Alumni Board, that we are pleased to announce she has recently become the Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations. She can be reached at (801) 832-2755 or

Westminster Online Community

It’s easier than ever to connect. Just visit Membership is free. Simply log on, register in four simple steps, and receive the following benefits:

  • Online Directory
    A password-protected directory with powerful search features you can use to update information about yourself, search for friends, and network.
  • Email Newsletter
    A monthly newsletter from the Alumni Association sent to you after you update your email address in the directory.
  • Permanent Email Forwarding
    A permanent Westminster email address that automatically forwards to your account regardless of how often you may change your ISP.


Westminster gift annuities provide a fixed income for life. Capital gains and income tax benefits are an added bonus.

Westminster College offers the following lifetime gift annuity* rates:

Age 60                5.7%
Age 70                6.5%
Age 80                8.0%
Age 90                11.3%

For more information, call Lisa Actor, Director of Gift Planning:

Tel. (801) 832-2731
Toll Free (866) 832-2730

*Annuities are also available for two lives.

Class Notes


What’s happening in your life? Please let us know what’s new for you professionally and personally. Just go to the Westminster College Alumni Online Community at . You can also keep us current by sending us a quick email at . We look forward to updating your classmates and friends on your activities in the next issue of the Review. If you have any questions, please contact the Alumni and Parent Relations Office by phone toll free at (866) 832-2730.


Doug Snyder (’57) serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Legal Services Corporation and on the Board of United Campus Ministry at the University of Maryland.


Lee Barker (’66) wrote that he really enjoyed reading through the last-page portrait of Jay Lees in the last Westminster Review. He said, “It was a fine nightcap after a nourishing meal of Westminster’s current health and direction.” Lee graduated with a degree in English and, along the way, was a radio personality at KALL in Salt Lake City. Now living in Portland, Lee’s sixth endeavor is chronicled at


Steven (Steve) E. Kazor (’70), a former standout lineman at Westminster, has made his mark in coaching. He has coached in a Super Bowl, nine NFC Division Championship games, the Cotton Bowl for a national title game, and numerous other college bowl games. He held coaching positions at Colorado State, University of Texas, Texas El-Paso, and Wayne State before coaching for 15 years in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, and Chicago Bears. George Seifert recruited Kazor to Westminster in the late 1960s where he earned four letters.

Reed S. Andrus (’73) During the last week of May and the first week of June, Reed successfully completed his written and oral comprehensive exams in the history Ph.D. program at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He is now officially classified as all but dissertation (ABD). His dissertation defense is scheduled for August 2007. Elaine Roanhorse Benally (’75) received a bachelor of science degree in behavioral science from Westminster College and a master of education administration degree from New Mexico State University. She has worked with San Juan College since 1989 as Director of San Juan College West, an off-campus center serving western San Juan County (Kirkland, Shiprock, Newcomb, and Naschitti). She is the mother of two daughters and a son. Elaine enjoys working in her garden, reading, and working with the community and 4-H children.

Babs De Lay (’76 / ’79), broker/owner of Urban Utah Homes and Estates in Salt Lake City, received the 2005 Award For Outstanding Advocacy and Community Work in Ending Sexual Violence from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Babs was presented with the award as a result of her efforts defending the cause of survivors on her weekly radio show on Salt Lake City’s KRCL (Thursdays, 9AM–noon, for the past 25 years. Babs has singlehandedly raised more money as an individual through fundraising concerts and benefit performances of VDay in Utah than any other person in Utah. The awards ceremony was attended by Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, and the award was instigated by the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Babs also serves as a Salt Lake City Planning and Zoning Commissioner, but really spends 80 hours a week selling homes! She also now has four grandchildren.


John Evans (’83) was recently appointed as fire chief of West Valley City in Utah. He worked for Midvale’s (Utah) fire department before joining West Valley’s fire department.

Kayne Pyatt (’86 /MeD’89), of Rock Springs, just retired from Western Wyoming College after 14 years as assistant professor of communication. She received the 2004 Wyoming Women of Distinction Award given by the Wyoming Council on Women’s Issues. Pyatt has run retreats for women, mentored other women, and developed a course on feminine mythology at the college. She is the author of two books: a children’s picture book, Old Woman’s Garbage, and a novel called The Women of Eden, based loosely on the story of Cain and Abel, but with women. She’s also written part of two anthologies: Crazy Woman Creek and Ahead of Their Time.

Brenda Owen (’87) recently visited the campus while on a trip to the United States. Brenda is now a lieutenant colonel and a certified nurse midwife with the U.S. Air Force living in Germany.

John Golding (’87) was recently promoted to assistant manager, organizational development, from senior consultant at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, North America, located in Georgetown, Kentucky. “I accepted a position to create human resources development programs for all Toyota North American operations after seven years on the road as a consultant. Now, I am enjoying more time at home and working for a fast-growing and very successful company.”

Tamara L. Radice (’87/MBA’00) is an investment representative with a practice at an Edward Jones brokerage office in Salt Lake City. She says, “It’s exciting to build a business and work with the market.” Her daughter has been accepted to summer semester at Brown University in a special program for high school students between their junior and senior years.

Charlie (Glen) Kizzire (’88) had been with Westminster for 21 years, as a student, alumnus, and employee, before he accepted a position with Sodexho at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Charlie left Westminster College at the end of the 2004–2005 school year to begin his new adventures in the great northwest. He says, “I will miss the many friends I have made here during that time. Thanks for all the memories and support.”

Kathy Russell (’88) married Eric Plonski, also an alumnus. They are the parents of two teens and live in Cheyenne,Wyoming. Eric finished his degree in psychology, and Kathy works as a public health nurse.


Matthew M. Beard (’92) joined the Army Reserve in 1996. He spent the last six years working for the Titan Corporation as a Chinese linguist and analyst. The Army called him to active duty in July 2004 and retrained him as an interrogator. He spent a short time in Bagram, Afghanistan, but was then sent to the town of Asadabad in Konar Province for one year.

Diane Lora Damer (’92) received her MBA from the University of Utah in 1995. She currently telecommutes, working for JPMorgan Chase Global Technology Division.

Linda (Lynn) Allen (MBA ’93) worked in the Development Office and then in the Financial Aid Office at Westminster College. In 1997 she began working for the UDOT Engineering Section as a technical writer, a position she held for four years. There she wrote or edited many documents for the Department of Engineering and won two state and two national awards for her pioneering work on the Manual of Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction. Lynn was awarded Technician of the Year from UDOT and was one of six semi-finalists for Outstanding State Employee of the Year from Utah. She also won an Award of Merit from the American Public Works Association and a Pathfinder Award from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. She remarks that her MBA degree and the classes she took in the MPC program all contributed to her success at UDOT. Since 2001, Lynn has lived in her native state of Oregon working as an advisor in the financial aid industry at Oregon State University.

Mathilda (Wailes) Uribe (’94) writes, “I’m a first grade teacher and mentor teacher leader at Escalante Elementary. In the past year, I have been a presenter at the West Coast Literacy Conference in California and received, along with colleagues, the Utah Association of Teacher Educators’ Project of the Year Award. I also have had a manuscript accepted for publishing and am in [the midst of the] publishing process.”

Jennifer Rogers Merbach (’96/MPC ’00) is the communications director for the American Heart Association in Salt Lake City and also tutors at Educational Advantage in Park City, Utah. She married Christopher Merbach two years ago, and they are expecting their first child. The Merbachs live in Park City where she worked as the education editor for the Park Record last year. She is active in the International Association of Business Communicators Utah as president-elect and will serve as president in 2006–07.

Don Penrose (’97) held a domestic partner celebration on June 18, 2005, with Scott Tozzi. Don is a senior application analyst with Contra Costa Community College District and also serves as a consultant for human resource and payroll systems.

Danielle DiMeo (’98) met Joe Ferrari on a blind date at a Westminster College Appreciation Gala for faculty and staff. They fell in love and married on June 26, 2005. Danielle teaches sixth grade at Valley View Elementary School in Bountiful, Utah, and Joe is the campus events coordinator for Westminster. See photo above.

Gina Valencia (’98) has returned to campus as assistant director of graduate admissions and recruitment. Gina earned her bachelor’s degree in international business management and relations at Westminster and was an MBA student here as well. Most recently, Gina served as a special events and venue project manager and managing partner with responsibility for the sales, negotiations, implementation, management, and operation of all contracts related to special, corporate, and sporting events. Her clients included ESPN, NFL, NHL, MLB, and the Olympics. Gina served as technology program manager and senior project manager for eleven years at AT&T. But, as she tells it, Gina had the most fun as technology project manager for the 2002 commonwealth games in Manchester, England, and for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Nicholas Brunetti (’00) completed a second undergraduate degree in interior design in Chicago in 2004. Now he has accepted an offer to study interior architecture in a master’s program at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Emily (Levinson) Roberts (’00) and Stephen Roberts were married on June 18, 2005, in Boulder, Colorado. They currently reside in Westminster, Colorado. The bride’s attendants included Kristina (Kortkamp) Muck, also a graduate of Westminster. The couple honeymooned in San Francisco and Napa Valley.

Victoria (Tory) Stirling (MPC ’01) has left Westminster to start law school this fall. Tory worked at the college for seven years as web developer and admissions counselor. In fact, many of the words on the admissions, marketing, and academic pages of Westminster’s awardwinning website are Tory’s!

The international financial firm of Goldman Sachs has discovered the gem Westminster College has had on campus since1997: Tofi Ta’afua (’01/MBA ’03), the former ASWC president and assistant director of alumni relations, has accepted an incredible opportunity as a financial analyst for the Goldman Sachs office in Salt Lake City.

Lisa Walker (’01) and Rod Harris are delighted to announce their engagement. Lisa and Rod originally met while living in Hogle Hall and have been dating for nearly seven years. The wedding ceremony took place in September 2005 at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley.

Amy (Gross) Floyd (’02) and Bobby Carol Floyd married on March 12, 2005, in Mesa, Arizona, where they currently reside.

Emily Lewis (’02) is the new assistant director of career services in the Career Resource Center at Westminster. After graduating from the college, she attended Bowling Green State University and earned a master of organizational development degree in 2004.

Aaron Melville (’02) graduated from Vermont Law School in May 2005. He has accepted the position of principal contracts administration analyst at Timken Aerospace in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He has also launched Brobdingnagian Inc.— his own consulting business serving political, business, and legal professionals nationwide. His consulting practice focuses on research, ethics, strategic planning, and corporate responsibility. He and his wife, Michelle, have two children.

Lieutenant junior grade Peter Stavrides (’02) recently qualified for aircraft landings on the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier after taking off from Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida. In the photo above, he’s pictured just after qualifying.

Bryan Boyd (’04) was awarded the Jordan School District’s “New Teacher of the Year” award. Bryan teaches second grade at Westvale Elementary in West Jordan, Utah.

Recent grad Krissi Paczolt (’05) is working as a freshman admissions counselor/territory manager at Westminster. Krissi has worked for the admissions office as a tour guide and travel coordinator for four years.



Max K. Oliphant (’54)

Ronald (Puff) Puffer (’73)

Barbara J. Sceili (’87)



Westminster College made a difference in your life. Include the college in your will, and make a difference for future Westminster students.

For more information, call Lisa Actor Director of Gift Planning: Tel. (801) 832-2731 Toll Free (866) 832-2730