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Alumni Association Names New Board Members
By: Holly Gordon
When the Alumni Association Board (AAB) convenes this fall, six new board members will join the returning directors in their efforts to build and renew Carnegie Mellon’s Alumni Association. The 2004-05 AAB will include representation from all but one college and seven geographical areas, and will span five decades of graduation.
New Alumni Association Board members:
A graduate of CIT, Richard Creech, E’84, enters as the only engineering representative on the board. Along with his engineering perspective, Creech brings a wealth of volunteer experience within CIT. A former member of the CIT Dean’s Leadership Council (DLC), Creech continues to donate his time by mentoring students, participating in an entrepreneurship panel and helping to kick-start a fund dedicated to DLC projects.
While Creech’s volunteer background is guided by campus relationships, Timothy Liu, HS’85, a consultant, offers his time to his home community. Liu has been a strong member of the Washington, D.C./Baltimore Chapter. During his tenure with the chapter, Liu has served as treasurer, event coordinator, communications chair and president. Liu brings his organizational skills and an understanding of the role of the alumni volunteer to the board.
The third addition to the Alumni Association Board, Louie Martirez, HNZ’95, combines both of these volunteer styles. Martirez has been involved with recruitment and mentoring of Hispanic and Asian students entering the Heinz School and organization of alumni gatherings in the San Francisco Bay Area. Martirez’s involvement in organizations such as the Andrew Carnegie Society, the Heinz School Dean’s Circle and the West Oakland Project Area Redevelopment Board will make him a valuable addition.
Toni Ungaretti, MM’70, is making her volunteer presence known on the east coast by getting more involved. She previously has given her time as a regular host of the Baltimore/D.C. Network Night program and as a featured alumna for the Margaret Morrison Carnegie History Book. Furthermore, as associate dean in the School of Professional Studies at Johns Hopkins University, she understands the importance of alumni participation in university life. The board will be a place for Ungaretti to share her insight into higher education with the Carnegie Mellon alumni community.
Kristine Werlinich, HNZ’96, is reviving the Los Angeles chapter as its new president. In her short time as president, she has aggressively and successfully sought to increase membership and activities within the chapter. She has implemented a new board of directors, including new committee chairs, while keeping past members actively involved. Also, as director of alumni relations for the UCLA School of Law, Werlinich brings an insider’s perspective that will benefit the board’s efforts to enhance alumni relations at Carnegie Mellon.
Beverley Wheeler, HS’76, HNZ’78, the sixth new addition to the board this year, has served Carnegie Mellon in a variety of volunteer roles since her graduation. She has been a member of the Heinz School Alumni Executive Board and is a lifetime member of the Board of Trustees for the Committee of 100 for the Federal City. She will bring a wealth of volunteer knowledge with her to help strengthen the board and grow Carnegie Mellon’s alumni relations activities.
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