Alumni Awards

Westminster College has a long tradition of honoring distinguished alumni. Established in 1985, the Westminster Alumni Awards recognize alumni who exemplify the values of a Westminster education by positively impacting our diverse and changing world through their careers or volunteer service to their communities.

Awardees are honored at the Alumni Awards reception every April. In 2022, the Distinguished Alumni Awards, hosted by the Westminster Alumni Board, and the Athletics Hall of Fame were merged to honor all alumni as a campus community.

The next Alumni Awards reception is April 15, 2022.

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2022 Alumni Awards


 
Tillie Uribe

Tillie

Uribe

Distinguished Alumni

Alumni who exemplify a Westminster College education by excelling in their careers or through service to their community receive the highest honor as a Distinguished Alumni.

Tillie Uribe has been creating an inclusive community for all students and families as a teacher in the Salt Lake City School District for twenty-eight years. Tillie’s passion lies in teaching science to both students and teachers, earning her the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching in 2010. Tillie also fosters movement, play, and developmentally appropriate teaching practices in her classroom. Tillie builds an environment full of experiential learning.

She is a Site Teacher Educator for several universities and colleges throughout the state and teaches science professional development classes for the district. She has also served on the core curriculum writing committees for the state science core. Tillie partnered with Wasatch Community Gardens to create an outdoor classroom and a community garden. When she is not teaching, she travels to the small country of Eswatini in Southern Africa and serves the children and community of Ekudenzi.

  • Amy Leininger ('11) - 2020
  • Charles (Chuck) Chiarotti ('85) - 2020
  • Marlene M. Von Friedrichs-Fitzwater (’82) - 2019
  • Michelle Leo Cousins (’02, MPC ’12) - 2019
  • Scott Beck (MBA ’94) - 2019

  • Bill Mouskondis (’57) - 2017
  • Carlos Linares (’01, MBA ’05) - 2017
  • Patrick Mullen (’10) - 2017
  • Tofi Ta’afua (Honors ’01, MBA ’00) - 2017
  • Chris Wharton (’06) - 2016
  • Jeffery Nelson (MBA ’04) - 2016
  • Trent Thursby Alvey (’87) - 2016
  • Ginger Giovale (’65) - 2015
  • Joe Muscolino (’75) - 2015
  • Ray Bradford (’07) - 2015
  • Ann Merritt (’66) - 2014
  • Ashley Babbitt (’10, MSC ’16) - 2014
  • Ronald Jibson MBA (’91) - 2014
  • Julie Balk (’83) - 2013
  • Kim T. Adamson (’79) - 2013
  • Solomon Swan (’07, MBA ’12) - 2013
  • Frances Battle, M.Ed (’78) - 2012
  • Khosrow Semnani (’72) - 2012
  • Richard Paff (’67) - 2012
  • Babs De Lay (’76, ’79) - 2011
  • Dirk van Klaveren (’70) - 2010
  • James Andersen (’74) - 2010
  • Patrick Iverson (’76) - 2010
  • DeAnne Dunn Hanson (’64) - 2008
  • John “Jackie” Robertson (’78) - 2008
  • Roberta Roberts Patrick (’56) - 2008
  • France A. Davis (’77) - 2007
  • Josie Valdez (’83) - 2007
  • Mark Wheatley (’89) - 2007
  • Barbara Parady Hoagland (’70) - 2006
  • Lowell Judson Farmer (’56) - 2006

  • Owen D. Wells (’75) - 2006
  • Christine Pannier Chytraus (’77) - 2005

  • David Litvack (’94) - 2005
  • William L. Sedgewick (’94) - 2005
  • William Y.K. Wong (’58) - 2005

  • Shirley Michel (’87) - 2004
  • Thomas Metcalf ('65) - 2004
  • Doug Morton (’73) - 2002
  • Forrest S. Much (’73) - 2002

  • June Cline (’87) - 2001
  • Patrick Moore (’77) - 2000

  • Richard D. Wood (’77) - 1999
  • Irene Warr - 1998
  • Bernice Bradshaw - 1985
  • Jim Martin (’97) 
  • Steve Crane (’70)

Catherine Foster

Catherine

Foster

Outstanding VOLUNTEER

Outstanding Alumni Volunteers provide significant volunteer hours supporting the success of our students and the college as a whole.

Catherine Foster is a brand strategy and design consultant on a lifelong quest to create designs, environments, and strategies that speak to the human experience, resolve a need, and inspire the soul.

Though she considers herself a lifelong student of experimentation, she holds a B.A. in Communication and a master’s degree in Strategic Communication — both from the beloved private liberal arts institution, Westminster College in Salt Lake City.

She is the founder and creative director of Treadaway Co., a multi-disciplinary creative consultancy building unforgettable brands using design thinking, a keen understanding of brand experiences, and a little bit of humor. The companies she consults with span countless industries and countries including consumer goods, eCommerce, non-profits, interior design, healthcare, law, real estate, and consulting/coaching.

Adept at aligning teams and with a keen focus on philanthropy, she currently serves as a member of the Robert S. Hartman Institute Board of Directors and as the Board Chair of her alma mater Honors College Advisory Board. The quote she lives by is:

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.”

—Arnold J. Toynbee

  • Tyson Olcott ('13, '17) - 2020
  • Rodney Glore ('16) - 2019
  • Stephanie Tobey ('98, MBA '00) - 2017
  • Jim Carter ('72) - 2016
  • Susan T. Holt ('73) - 2015
  • Noreern Rouillard - 2013
  • Elvira Charles Nelson ('79, MM '84)
  • Lee Payne (MBA '03)
  • Stacie Luftkin Whitford ('92)
Jeanne Ambruster

Jeanne

Ambruster

Honorary Alumni

Honorary Alumni provide outstanding service and dedication to the mission of Westminster College.

Jeanne Ambruster founded the Avenues Company in 2001 and has served as CEO for over twenty years. She works with clients to successfully translate innovative medical technologies from the laboratory to clinical adoption. Avenues' areas of therapeutic focus include tissue regeneration, wound healing, and inflammation. Avenues has extensive experience partnering with research organizations, healthcare professionals, and industry to build demand for innovations in these categories.

Jeanne earned her BA degree in biology from Pitzer College in 1979. After attending UCSF Medical School for neuroscience, she began her career at W.L. Gore's Medical Division in 1981, where she worked for 17 years building and leading a global regenerative technologies business. Gore’s founders—Bill and Vieve—had an outsized influence on Jeanne’s career, especially the importance of organizational culture in unleashing human potential and innovation. John Giovale was Jeanne’s sponsor at Gore and his wife, Ginger Gore Giovale, has been a dear friend and important mentor.

Jeanne has served on and chaired several for-profit boards in the medical technologies space. She was also a proud member of the Westminster College Board of Directors for 16 years, serving with 4 Presidents and as chair from 2016-2021. During her first 3 years as chair, Jeanne supported Steve Morgan as he led the college masterfully through a challenging transition. As chair, she presided over the selection, hiring, and integration of Bethami Dobkin as Westminster College’s 19th President—her proudest achievement.

Presently, Jeanne serves on the Operating Committee for Michigan-Pittsburgh-Wyss Regenerative Medicine Resource Center (MPWRM RC) in partnership with NIH/NIDCR, which focuses on dental, oral, and craniofacial (DOC) tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. She is an “Expert in Residence” at the Harvard Innovation Lab and most recently joined the Board of Advisors for the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She is also is a founding board member of The McGuire Institute (iMc), which is a leading clinical research organization generating “Real World” evidence in practice-based settings.

  • Kristi Jones - 2020
  • Bill Orchow - 2019
  • Alan Rogers - 2017
  • Preston Chiaro - 2016
  • Curt Crowther - 2015
  • Mary Crowther - 2015
  • Michael Bassis - 2012
  • Bob Frankenberg
  • Steve Morgan
Scott Iverson

Scott

Iverson

Athletics Hall of Fame

Alumni who performed exceptionally well in one or more Westminster College athletic programs, receiving athletic recognition and displaying good character and citizenship.

Scott came to Westminster College after serving three years in the United States Marine Corps, where he was named to First Team All-Marine Corps Basketball Team in 1964. He lived in Carlson Hall and was a resident assistant. Scott competed in men’s basketball and was named Honorable Mention to the NAIA All-American 1964–65 team. Scott majored in physical education and minored in history, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1967. After Westminster, Scott attended BYU on a graduate assistantship and got a Master of Science degree in physical education and a graduate minor in Counseling and Guidance in 1968.

Scott taught high school social studies, physical education, and coached boys' basketball and baseball in four different states for 30 years. He retired from the Yuma Union High School District in Yuma, Arizona in 1998. During his coaching years, Scott’s teams won three state championships in basketball and made several appearances in state tournaments.

Scott and his wife Winnie and have been married for 40 years and have lived in St. George, Utah since 2004.

Shalee Fackrell

Shalee

Fackrell

AthLetics Hall of Fame

Alumni who performed exceptionally well in one or more Westminster College athletic programs, receiving athletic recognition and displaying good character and citizenship.

Shalee Fackrell graduated from Wasatch High School in 2002. While in high school, she lettered in soccer, softball, track, and basketball. During her senior year playing basketball, Shalee led the state of Utah in scoring, helping lead Wasatch to a state championship, and was named the 3A player of the year. Shalee received a scholarship her first year of college to play for SUU and then transferred to Westminster, where she led the NAIA in scoring and was named an all-American her senior year. She graduated from Westminster with a BA in education and a minor in special education in 2008.

After college, Shalee played professional basketball in Austria and the Czech Republic. Shalee has helped coach high school girls’ basketball from 2010 up to the present time, and currently coaches at Wastach High. She is now working towards her master’s degree as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor at Liberty University, and will graduate in May 2023.

Shalee lives in Heber City with her four beautiful children Mahala, Ariah, Talon and Silas. 

Alumni Award Nominations

Any individual can nominate a Westminster College alumnus for an award. Nominations are accepted through September 30 for the following year. An alumni board committee selects awardees every winter.