Western Alumni Association | Western Technical College

Alumni Association

Building Western pride one student at a time, the Alumni Association is committed to keeping you connected long after you've earned your diploma.  From alumni events and support for scholarship to helping recruit prospective students, they serve as the connection among alumni, students, staff, and the community.

Whether you were in the class of 2016 or 1980, the Alumni Association is your lasting connection to Western.

The Alumni Association Vision and Mission


The Western Technical College Alumni Association will champion a life-long relationship between Western Technical College and its alumni in support of being the college of first choice in our region.


The Western Technical College Alumni Association celebrates and builds traditions and promotes high quality education by engaging alumni, students, and friends of Western Technical College.

Alumni Association Goals & Objectives

  • To further develop an alumni association which supports the mission and goals of Western Technical College and the Foundation.
    • Ensure effective communication with alumni.
    • Provide opportunities for alumni to network and interact with the college, students, and communities served.
    • Engage the alumni constituency by promoting services and support.
    • Promote the alumni association and engage current students in order to enhance their educational experience and encourage their involvement as alumni.
    • Educate alumni about the value and opportunities for philanthropic support.
  • To maintain 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.
    • Foster productive committees to support the purpose of the alumni association and increase alumni engagement.
    • Develop high quality and effective programming for alumni.

Alumni Association Board

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

Kathy Brudos '77 Nursing Retired - Gundersen Health System
Pat Cavadini '01 Electronic Servicing Tech Dairyland Power Cooperative
Sally Emerson Alumni and Foundation Manager Western Technical College
Troy Englerth Student Government Rep Western Technical College
Ellen Gianoli '92 Supervisory Mgmt Gundersen Health System
Craig Halvorson '03 CIS Network Specialist Business Biology CEO
Tim Hyma '10 Landscape Horticulture Sparta Chamber of Commerce
Summer Niemeier '09 Business Mgmt
'99 Commercial Art
Thorson Graphics
Lenora Parr '10 Respiratory Therapist VA Medical Center
Rachel Reeck '15 Nursing
'14 Practical Nursing
Gundersen Health System
Kim Ryan '03 Human Resources-Business Admin ABR
Domanic Scardino '06 Marketing Credit Acceptance Corp
Stacy Steinke '04 Administrative Assistant La Crosse County
Mary Jo Stokes '86 Nursing Retired - State of Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services
Anna Van Loon '07 Accounting Fastenal Company
Jean Walleser '80 Medical Records J & J Farms

Alumni Board Emeritus Members

  • Paul Balmer, '92 Mechanical Design, Fastenal
  • Josh Berg, '06 Culinary Management, UW-Stevens Point
  • Chad Dutton, '92 Mechanical Design, ZF TRW
  • Jeff Fancher, '81 Electronics and '86 Supervisory Management, Western Technical College
  • Patty Fetting, '80 Secretarial Science, Dairyland Power Cooperative
  • Tina Flick, '89 Health Unit Clerk and '04 Supervisory Management, Gundersen Health System
  • Jessica Frei, '13 Marketing, Bank of Cashton
  • Denise Hanrahan-Brown, '85 Respiratory Therapy Technician, Franciscan Healthcare
  • Tina Johns, '91 Medical Administrative Specialist, Viterbo University
  • Mary Jo Klos, '80 Nursing, MJKlos Consulting, LLC
  • Debbie LeJeune, '97 ITC Computerized Accounting/CIS Microcomputer Spec and '07 Accounting, Hawkins, Ash, Baptie
  • Lynn Lenz, '86 Respiratory Therapy Technician, Western Technical College
  • Brian Reitzel, '86 Wood Tech, All American Home Inspections
  • Sandra Schulz, '12 Central Service Tech and '11 Disability Support Spec, Western Technical College
  • Cinda Vingers, '77 Secretarial Science and '88 Supervisory Management, Dairyland Power Cooperative
  • Bill Welch, '70 Electronics, Retired, Western Technical College

Alumni Awards

Western's greatest source of pride is the personal and professional achievements of its alumni, those who have gone on to distinguish themselves in their personal and professional lives, representing the best that Western has to offer. Recipients are selected based on demonstration of the following:

  • Dedicated service to the community or nation
  • Leadership
  • Personal growth and achievement
  • Professional achievement
  • Contributions to the Western district


Nomination forms are due January 30.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

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