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WKU Alumni Association Board of Directors appoints 16 members to serve on Diversity & Inclusion Council

The Western Kentucky University Alumni Association Board of Directors recently appointed 16 individuals to serve as founding members of the newly established Diversity & Inclusion Council.

The founding members were selected from a competitive nominee pool of 45 individuals from across the country who have professional expertise or volunteer experience working with diversity and inclusion programs.

According to Dr. Anthony McAdoo, Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association, the Council will work closely with the Board, staff and volunteers to provide leadership for diversity and inclusion initiatives of the Association. Additionally, this Council will play an important role in establishing alumni volunteer programs that support diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives on campus.

“The WKU Alumni Family has more than 114,000 members who have unique experiences, perspectives and cultures but share a common bond as Hilltoppers,” McAdoo said. “We appreciate everyone who invested time in our nomination process and are grateful for these 16 individuals who were named as founding members of the Council. The Council will help demonstrate the important role that alumni play in advancing the message that ‘We Are One WKU.’”

The following members will serve for two-year, renewable terms:

• Leyda Becker of Bowling Green, Ky., a 2001 alumna, is the International Community Liaison for the City of Bowling Green.

• Craig Brewer of Columbia, Mo., a 2011 alumnus, serves as a Senior Account Manager at Eli Lilly and Company.

• GeMonee Brown of Bowling Green, Ky., a 2015 and 2017 alumnus, is a Realtor with Crye-Leike Executive Realty, Inc.

• Terry Daniels of Bowling Green, Ky., a 1994 alumnus, serves as Vice President of Human Resources for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.

• Ashley Duncan, M.S., CDP, of Louisville, Ky., is the Diversity Hiring Specialist for Jefferson County Public Schools.

• Amy Caswell Hardin of Bowling Green, Ky., a 2002 and 2010 alumna, serves as Director of Philanthropy for the National Corvette Museum.

• Michelle Felder Jones of Bowling Green, Ky., a 1997 and 1998 alumna, is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at WKU.

• Diego Leal Ambriz of San Francisco, Calif., a 2012 alumnus, serves as a Customer Success Manager at Adobe Software.

• Dr. Larry Lyle of San Diego, Calif., a 1970 alumnus, is a retired physician.

• Grace Meiser of Wilder, Ky., is a WKU student majoring in Chinese, Sociology and Nonprofit Administration, as well as a Student Associate at the College Heights Foundation.

• Alayna Milby of Franklin, Ky., a 2014 alumna, serves as Director of Community Engagement at Hope Harbor, Inc.

• Behzad “B” Montazeri of Bowling Green, Ky., a 2017 alumnus, is a Product Manager for RKW North America.

• Chris Page of Bowling Green, Ky., a 2014 alumnus, is the owner of Shake Rag Barbershop.

• Melissa Wallace of Fort Worth, Texas., a 1985 alumna, is Director of Team Member Experience for American Airlines.

• Sam Watkins of Lutz, Fla., a 1994 alumnus, serves as Head of Sales and Account Management – Learning & Development, Americas for Refinitiv.

In addition to the 15 individuals selected as founding members, the Council’s charter calls for a member of the WKU Alumni Association Board of Directors to serve as a Board representative to the Council. Rita Roberts-Turner of Goodlettsville, Tenn., a 1993 alumna, serves as Chief Administrative Officer for WeGo Transit/Nashville MTA and will serve as the Board representative on the Diversity & Inclusion Council.

To learn more about the Diversity & Inclusion Council, visit alumni.wku.edu/diversity.

From Western Kentucky University

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