Board of Directors

Meet our current board members below. The Board of Directors helps plan and implement alumni programs and events and meets three to four times per year. Board members play a crucial role in the success of the Alumni Association and alumni engagement.  We rely on our board members to help us run events, recruit interested and qualified individuals, mentor current students and recent graduates and be the face of the Alumni Association.

 Want to get involved?

We are currently looking for alumni of OCE and WOSC to join our board. Being a board member takes commitment and initiative but is also very rewarding and will be something you can be proud of and is a great way to give back to your university. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in becoming a board member and making a difference in your alma mater so please contact the alumni office at 503-838-8710 or alumni@wou.edu to get more information.

 Our Mission

The Western Oregon University Alumni Association exists to unite in fellowship, promote goodwill in the community, and strengthen our pride and loyalty as Wolves, while increasing the involvement and support in the university and the advancement of future generations of WOU alumni.

Board Members

Amanda Deyerle '03, member since 2017
Received a B.A. in Social Sciences in 2003. While attending WOU, was a member of ASWOU, and a member of MUN. Went on to earn a Masters in Public Administration from Portland State University in 2006. Has spent the past 11 years working for a local legal aid program. Enjoys living in Salem.
Photo coming soon!Bobby O'Donnell '88,
member since 2021.
CM Hall '00, Secretary, member since 2020.
CM Hall is a proud Western alum and gleefully makes her home in Newport. She first started at Western in 1992 and graduated with a degree in ASL/English Interpreting. She returned as a staff interpreter in 2006 and has been working since 2007 as an interpreting grant administrator through Western’s RRCD and Division of Deaf& Professional Studies. In 2008, CM introduced the DeafBlind Culture, Communication & Guiding course and the Seabeck DeafBlind Retreat practicum experience to ASL-fluent students. In 2012, CM introduced the LGBTQ Studies course and helped start the Safe Zone and started LGBTQ Alumni Facebook page.


CM received her Master's in Education with an emphasis in LGBTQ and Gender Studies from Oregon State University and is a nationally-certified sign language interpreter. CM is the Co‐Director for the DeafBlind Interpreting National Training and Resource Center interpreter training grant and teaches DeafBlind Culture, Communication & Guiding as well as LGBTQ sociology courses at Western Oregon University. Among her professional accomplishments, CM co-created DiscoverInterpreting.com, to encourage those considering a career in interpreting. She also created and runs an active Facebook group of the same name. CM regularly provides training and workshops on topics related to interpreting and for several years provided ongoing professional development for sign language interpreters on Guam and Saipan. CM also successfully ran a national campaign to convince the Unicode Consortium to add the ASL “I Love You” handshape to text emoji options on smart devices.
Cory Meisch '99, member since 2021.
Cory Meisch is a 25 year IT professional in the Portland area and currently resides in Vancouver, WA. He has a wife and 2 college age daughters. When he's not maintaining the Infrastructure at Oregon PERS, he is brewing and judging beer with his wife. This hobby takes him all over the state for competitions and festivals, which is great because he and his family love to travel.
Doug Ladd '88, President, member since 2017
Doug grew up in Portland and attended Wilson High School where his father, Clayton Ladd OCE Class of 1963 ,was his football and track coach. Doug served with the Oregon State Police for 25 years. He held various positions working in Patrol, Major Crimes, the Portland Gang Unit and Capitol Mall Patrol, finishing his career as the Station Commander in Roseburg, OR. Doug was a member of the OSP Honor Guard for 23 years. He was also a member of the OSP Mobile Response Team for 13 years. He was an adjunct instructor at the Oregon Public Safety Academy and facilitated classes in leadership through the academy’s Center for Policing Excellence. He retired from OSP in 2015. He holds a BS in Law Enforcement from Western Oregon State College graduating in 1987. He played football and was on the track team while attending WOSC. He is currently employed as the Security Manager at Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, OR. Doug and his wife, Donna, reside in Roseburg and have three daughters.
Evan Sorce '10, member since 2015
Evan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He then continued his studies at Oregon State University, where he graduated with a Master of Public Policy in 2012. He currently works for Oregon State Representative Paul L Evans as his Chief of Staff. While at WOU Evan was a member of various groups on campus including the Peer Mentors, the Plus Team, and ASWOU. He served as the Student Body President in the 2009-2010 academic year. Evan is thrilled to serve on the alumni board and looks forward to working with current students, helping them connect to future employment and service opportunities.
Photo coming soon!Griffin Bates '03, '05, vice president, member since 2017
Jennifer Schoorl '90, member since 2020. Jennifer grew up in Monmouth and graduated from Western (WOSC) with a B.A in Psychology. She has been working in Human Resources for 25 years and enjoys mentoring others. Her passion for helping others “be their best self and valued in the workplace” spurred her to get a Masters degree in Management/OD from Marylhurst University. She is a strong advocate for continual learning and enjoys spending Tim with family. A second generation graduate from WOU, her parents attended OCE where they met and stayed in Monmouth. Her hobbies are sewing, cooking, baking, and teaching life skills when the moments arise!
Sheila Lorance-Twist '86, member since 2021.
I graduated from Western Oregon University in 1986 I majored in Law Enforcement/Corrections with a minor in Sociology. I was the first one in my family to attend college and had no idea what I was doing. I registered for 21 credit hours my first term, including a 400 level Geology class. I was the only Freshman in the class and somehow managed to make it through that first term and completed a full year of the Geology class (I did reduce the number of credit hours after that first term). I worked several jobs to put myself through college and completed 4 years with very little debt.



Two weeks before graduation I was hired as an officer at the Oregon State Penitentiary where I worked for two years. I then went to work for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office where I worked for 30 years and retired as a Commander in August 2018.



My time at WOU helped prepare me for a career in Law Enforcement and many other aspects of my life. Being a part of the Alumni Board has been an honor and given me an opportunity to engage students and give back.
Victoria Scholerman ’04, past-president, member since 2015

Victoria received her B.A. in Elementary Education and has been teaching at an elementary school in Salem for the past several years. During her time at WOU, Victoria was involved in the PLUS team, student government and student advocates. Victoria enjoys spending time with friends and family when she is not working and enjoys getting involved in volunteer opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT US

Emily Lafon Alumni Relations Coordinator

(503) 838-8710 | or e-mail: lafone@wou.edu  | Location: The Cottage
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