About Us

About Us

The purpose of the Western Alumni Association is to foster a relationship with alumni, building a sense of pride in their alma mater and a commitment to advocate for the work of the college. In addition, alumni promote the recruitment of prospective students, hire graduates, are valued program resources, and provide financial support for scholarships, programs, and other college needs.

The Western Alumni Board, in collaboration with the Alumni Office, provides direction for the alumni association, facilitating strong affiliations among alumni, students, staff and community. The board members serve as leaders and role models for other alumni, ensure the mission of the association is maintained, advise the college when requested, are liaisons between the college and its alumni, and serve as ambassadors in their communities.

Alumni Board Members

Paul Balmer '92 Mechanical Design Fastenal
Kathy (Moriarity) Brudos ’77 Nursing Retired - Gundersen Health System
Joseph Dolzani Student Representative
Sally Emerson Alumni and Foundation Manager Western Technical College
Jessica (Klinkner) Frei ’13 Marketing Bank of Cashton
Ellen Gianoli ’92 Supervisory Management Gundersen Health
Jessica (Dull) Hennessey ’99 Respiratory Therapist VA Medical Center
Tim Hyma ’10 Landscape Horticulture Sparta Chamber of Commerce
Lenora Parr ’10 Respiratory Therapy VA Medical Center
Brian Reitzel ’92 Wood Tech Kaplan
Kim (Schroeder) Ryan ’03 Human Resources-Business Administration CenturyLink
Domanic Scardino ’06 Marketing US Cellular
Sandra Schulz ’11 Disability Support Specialist
’12 Central Service Technician
Western Technical College
Jean (Marks) Walleser ’80 Medical Records La Crosse County Health Department
Bill Welch ’70 Electronics Retired - Western Technical College
Ken Wing Foundation Board Representative Western Technical College

Alumni Board Emeritus Members

  • Chad Dutton, '92 Mechanical Design, TRW Automotive Electronics
  • Patty Fetting, '80 Secretarial Science, Dairyland Power Cooperative
  • Tina Flick, '04 Supervisory Management, Gundersen Lutheran
  • Denise Hanrahan-Brown, '85 Respiratory Therapy Technician, Mayo Clinic - Franciscan Healthcare
  • Mary Jo Klos, '80 Nursing, Retired, VP Gundersen Health System
  • Debbie LeJeune, '97 ITC Computerized Accounting/CIS Microcomputer Spec, '07 Accounting, Hawkins, Ash & Baptie
  • Lynn Lenz, '86 Respiratory Therapy Technician, Western Technical College
  • Cinda Vingers, '77 Secretarial Science, '88 Supervisory Management, Dairyland Power Cooperative

Mission Statement

The Western Technical College Alumni Association will support the mission of Western Technical College by developing a lasting and mutually beneficial relationship between the college and its alumni.

Goals & Objectives

Committee Functions and Goals

To develop an alumni association which supports the mission and goals of the college and foundation. Develop effective communication with alumni.

  • Provide opportunities for alumni to network and interact with the college, students, and communities served.
  • Engage a broader base of alumni by promoting services and support.
  • Promote the alumni association and develop a relationship with current students in order to encourage their involvement as alumni.
  • Educate alumni about the value and opportunities for philanthropic support.

To create a responsible and productive alumni association board which sets strategic direction and brings value to the work of the association.

  • Recruit enthusiastic and committed board members representing the demographics of Western graduates.
  • Develop accurate and functional bylaws.
  • Create productive committees to support the purpose of the alumni association and increase alumni engagement.
  • Develop high quality and effective programs for alumni.