Emily Lafon


Alumni Relations Coordinator, Advancement & Foundation

503-838-8710 | lafone@wou.edu

Why I chose WOU

I chose WOU because of the people, the community and the experiences it offers. Everyday feels like you're in your hometown and the relationships are the absolute best.

At WOU since



Cooking, gardening, exercise, wine tasting and anything outdoors.

Fun fact

I'm originally from Minnesota and an avid Vikings fan.


Duluth, MN and Hood River, OR

Favorite book/movie

Major League, The Hangover, Pretty Woman

Areas of responsibility

  • Alumni relations- events, engagement opportunities, monthly e-newsletter, building relationships with alumni and businesses to find sponsorship possibilites, community relations. 
  • Alumni Board of Directors- oversee and manage volunteers and volunteer activities, recruit and train board members, run meetings and develop relationships with board members 
  • Emeritus Society and Retirees- the go to staff member for the Emeritus Society and retirees, hold events and plan meetings for the members, attend field trips and build relationships 


BS from Oregon State University 

Major: Human Services, concentration in public service 

Minors: Nutrition and chemistry 

Professional experience

 Events and Reservations Coordinator at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, Oregon State University - 2008 - 2014 

Alumni Relations Coordinator, Western Oregon University - 2014 - current 

Other experience- 

  • Wedding and event planning side gig 
  • Arbonne consultant 
  • Volunteer in the nursery and with childrens programs at church 

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