Alumni Advisory Committee
Members of the WWU Alumni Advisory Committee have served the maximum number of terms allowable on the Alumni Board, but choose to continue their service as committee members. Members Emerita are former members of the Alumni Board or Advisory Committee who are still involved but who are not subject to attendance requirements.
Linda Peterson Campbell '73
Linda Peterson Campbell '73 lives in McKinney, Texas. Linda, a WWU Alumni Board member since 2005, holds a BS degree from William Woods. She is currently employed as the director of marketing and architectural sales at C&M Sales and Marketing. Linda was active in several clubs and organizations during her years at The Woods, including her sorority, Alpha Phi, Phi Beta Honorary Fraternity, and a Little Sister of Minerva. Linda is an active community member and is involved with several philanthropic organizations and activities, including the North Dallas Shared Ministries, Open Arms, the Dallas Zoological Society and Presbyterian Village. She is an Elder at Bentwood Trail Presbyterian Church. In her spare time, Linda enjoys being with her husband, children and grandchildren.
Gracemarie Cretella '83
Gracemarie Cretella '83 lives in Glendale, California. Gracemarie, alumni board member since 2007, holds a B.F.A. degree in dance and theatre from William Woods. She is an actress. During her time at WWU, her interests included her sorority, Chi Omega, dance, and theatre productions. Gracemarie was a resident assistant at Jones Hall and had the honor of receiving the Amy Shelton McNutt Award. After leaving The Woods, Gracemarie moved to New York and later to Los Angeles to pursue her passion for the arts. She danced with the Los Angeles Opera, has been in numerous television productions, along with several films. Gracemarie has served as an Alumni Speakers' Series presenter, assisted students with internship placements, and has served as her class reunion chair.
Ronda Fults '87
Ronda Fults '87, lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Ronda, a WWU Alumni Board member since 2005, holds a BA degree from William Woods and an MBA/TM degree from University of Phoenix. Ronda is a Production Support Manager- Windows and Citrix at Sun Trust Bank.
Susan Howard '73
Susan Howard '73 lives in Centerville, Ohio. Susan holds a BS in Biology from William Woods. After graduation she worked in medical research at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis for four years before returning to her home state of Ohio. There, she worked for the U.S. Air force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. She retired in 2007 after more than 30 years of service that included tours living in England and Germany for several years. Her interests include gardening, genealogy, reading, cooking, travel, taking care of her pets, and helping others with anything PC-related.
Adam Patchett '02
Adam Patchett '02 lives in Columbia, Missouri. A board member since 2007, he holds a BA in mathematics from William Woods. After completing his degree at WWU, he enrolled at Oklahoma City University School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 2006. That fall he was admitted to the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law in the LL.M. (Master's of Law Taxation) program which he completed in 2008. While working on his LL.M., Adam worked for H&R Block World Headquarters in Kansas City. Adam now works as an attorney with Powell and Bush Law Firm in Columbia, Missouri. While at WWU, he was a member of the baseball team and the founding president of the Lambda Eta chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha. Adam is currently a member of the Missouri Bar Association and the American Bar Association and enjoys spending time with his wife, Jessica.
Stephanie Westwood Rothermich '87
Stephanie Westwood Rothermich '87 resides in Columbia, Missouri. She has been a board member since 2005 and holds a BA degree in Business Administration. Stephanie is owner of Westwood Financial Group. She started her business in 1988 with an affiliation with Massachusetts Mutual Financial Group in Kansas City, Missouri and continues an affiliation with HighPointe Financial Group, LLC of Overland Park, Kansas. Stephanie has a wide range of financial expertise. She has earned the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and a Certified Family Business Specialist (CFBS). Her professional affiliations include: Investment Advisor Representative (RIA), registered representative with MML Investors Services, Inc., National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors, Million Dollar Roundtable (qualifying member since 1999), Mid-Missouri Estate Planning Council and Family Business Partners, Advisor. During Stephanie's years at The Woods, her interests ranged from Student Alumni Council to her sorority, Chi Omega. Stephanie and her husband have two children.
Laura Hill Steinbeck '85
Laura Hill Steinbeck '85 lives in Fulton, Missouri. Her professional experiences include serving as both vice president and account executive for Sallie Mae, Inc., in Reston, Virginia. At WWU she has served in several capacities. Laura also worked as an Account Executive for USA Group, Inc. Laura holds a B.A. in business administration from WWU. Among her honors and awards are Best Execution of State Strategy and Central Region Salesperson of the Year for Sallie Mae, the Leadership Award for the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce and the WWU Alumni Service Award. Laura has served as a member or officer of numerous financial aid and admissions-related organizations. Her civic memberships include serving as a member of WWU Callaway County Alumni Association, serving on committees and boards for Columbia, Callaway County United Way, and the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of Chi Omega. Laura served as the president of Bartley PTO, the Fulton Mayor's Advisory Council, Transportation Board of Directors, Tax Increment Financing Commission and Strategic Planning Team.
Jennifer Beggs Vescovo '86
Jennifer Beggs Vescovo '86 lives in Memphis, Tennessee. She holds a BA in Business Administration from William Woods. While Jennifer attended The Woods, she was an active member with her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. Jennifer is currently involved in supporting her alma mater by hosting alumni gatherings and helping to organize Alumni Weekend activities.
Deborah Weedman '77
Deb Weedman '77 lives in St. Albans, Missouri. Deb is very active in the Alumni Weekend Gold Tournament and hosting alumni gatherings at her home. She holds a BS degree in Paralegal Studies from William Woods. While she was an undergraduate student, Deb was involved with Alpha Phi, Panhellenic Council, made both the Dean's and Achievements Lists, held membership with the Student Alumnae Council, played basketball and softball, and was the Vice-President of the Young Republican's Group. Professionally, Deb is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the American Bar, the St. Louis Metropolitan Bar Association and the St. Albans Homeowner's Advisory Board. Deb was the recipient of the WWU Alumni Association's Green Owl Award in 2006.
LaVern Hildebrand Covington '39
LaVern Hildebrand Covington '39 lives in Columbia, Missouri. LaVern holds an A.A. degree from William Woods. During LaVern's years at The Woods, her interests included glee club, chorus, serving as senior song leader, Little Symphony ('38), YWCA, and the plays "Another Beginning" and "World Without Men." LaVern has served as the 1939 reunion chair in 1979, 1995, and 1997.
Virginia "Piggie" Wallace Herndon '47
Virginia "Piggie" Wallace Herndon '47 lives in Fulton, Missouri. Piggie has been a member and president of the Callaway Community Hospital Auxiliary and the Fulton Colleges Fund/Board of Associates. She also served on the board of the First Christian Church in Fulton and served as secretary to the annual Kingdom of Callaway Supper. Piggie is a member of the William Woods University Callaway County Alumni Association. She has also been a member of the President's Community Council.
Violet Strank Lehman '32
Violet Strank Lehman '32 lives in Atchison, Kansas. Violet was the Outstanding Service Award recipient in 1992 and the Green Owl Award recipient in 1982. Violet, a WWU Alumni board member for many years, Violet holds an Associates degree from William Woods in 1932 before earning a BS degree from the University of Missouri. During Violet's years at The Woods, her interests included the education department, education sorority, and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She was active in "We Moderns," Phi Alpha Gamma, Student Council, and French Club. Violet was the senior class president. In addition to extensive foreign travel, Violet is currently active in the Episcopal Diocesan College Board and the church choir, and has participated for over 20 years in the DAR, the PEO, and is president of her local library board. Violet served as her class reunion chair in 1972, 1982, 1988, and 1992.
Pat Murphy O'Rourke '52
Pat Murphy O'Rourke '52 lives in Fulton, Missouri. She graduated from William Woods College, and after it became a four-year institution, returned to earn a BS degree in 1974. She continued her education at the University of Missouri. As a student, Pat worked in the alumni and public relations offices. Pat has served WWU by sitting on the Presidential Search Committee when Dr. Jahnae Barnett was hired. Pat received the Green Owl award in 1996 and the Service Award in 2006. Pat has served on the WWU National Alumni Board of Directors for many years, and has served on the Bid and Breakfast committee, President's Concert and Lecture Series Committee, Ivy Pathway Committee, and as a docent for the WWU art department. Pat was integral in re-convening the William Woods Callaway County Alumni Association. Pat spent her career in education, teaching at the Missouri School for the Deaf from 1969 to 1996. After her retirement, she continued to serve as the associate editor of The Missouri Record, MDS's alumni publication, on a part-time basis. Pat is the co-author of Daytrips Missouri: a Travel Guide to the Show-Me State and Daytrips Illinois: a travel guide to the Land of Lincoln. Pat and her husband, Earl, enjoy hooking rugs as a hobby, and they have donated many of these to the University's annual alumni weekend auctions.