Alumni Spotlights

75th Anniversary

75th Anniversary

On October 11, 2014, during the college's 75th anniversary celebration, we asked alumni to share their stories. This spotlight shares the stories from alums Larry Stephenson, Earl Tilly, Roger Barnhart, Marian Stillman, Alicia Grandbois, and Ron and Jeanne Lodge. Click on the picture to watch the video.

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Steven Bechard

Steven Bechard came to WVC in the winter of 1971 when he was able to get released early from the military by attending higher education. Bechard studied the forestry program and says that WVC helped him, "learn to learn." Check out this video (click the photo) on alumnus and donor Steven Bechard to learn more about how WVC helped him in his career.

Rhia Foster

Rhiana Foster

Wenatchee Valley College alumna Rhiana Foster has returned to the college to teach Jazz History, a new music course offered spring quarter. Foster earned her transfer degree and associate of fine arts degree from WVC. She decided by the time she enrolled at WVC that her goal would be "music or nothing." The music program, which includes courses in theory, ear training, and harmonics, helped prepare her for advanced theory and harmonics. After leaving WVC, she was accepted into Berklee College of Music in Boston. At Berklee, Foster studied jazz almost exclusively. She earned one bachelor's degree in music business/management and entrepreneurship, and one in vocal performance. 

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Dianne Cornell

Dianne Cornell

Alumna Dianne Cornell studied at WVC from 1965-1966. During this time she played basketball and took part in the humanities program, where she learned the importance of community. Cornell went on to become the executive director for United Way in Wenatchee and continues to push the importance of philanthropy. Cornell is married to Perrin Cornell, who is also an alumnus of WVC. She is pictured here with her husband and her daughter, Sara Higgins.

Sweetheart Special

Luckensmeyer, Lodge and Seman

This month's alumni spotlight is a sweetheart special in honor of Valentine's Day! Check out the video to hear the stories of three couples that met at Wenatchee Valley College! This video includes spotlights on alumni Matt and Stacy Luckensmeyer, Ron and Jeanne Lodge, and Mark and Heather Seman.

Lance Brender

Major Lance Brender

WVC Alumnus Lance Brender graduated from WVC as a Running Start student in 2001. He then transferred to Pacific Lutheran University, where he joined the R.O.T.C program. Brender is now a military adviser for the U.S. Army. He spends the majority of his time living in Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia. In this alumni spotlight, Brender discusses life in Saudi Arabia, being a father, and his time at Wenatchee Valley College. The WVC Alumni Association would like to thank Brender and all other alumni and donors who have served our country.

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Jerry Kenoyer

Jerry Kenoyer

Jerry Kenoyer, of Cashmere, recently received the 2014 Wenatchee Valley College Distinguished Alumni of the Year award. Kenoyer is a life-long resident of Cashmere and highly respected member of the fruit industry. Click the picture to watch the video of Jerry and his wife Lucy to learn more!

Wells House

Wells House Girls

Judy Johnson, Lucy Kenoyer and Shirley Lindell attended Wenatchee Valley College in the early 1950s. During this time, Wells House was an all-girls dormitory and housed registration, Helen Van Tassell's office, and a cafeteria. Watch the October Spotlight video to learn more about what life was like in the 50s at the Wells House and the steps these three women have taken to preserve the home.

Luke Marney

Luke Marney

Luke Marney is a graduate of the Medical Lab Technician program at WVC. Learn about how the program helped him become an Investigator Scientist at the University of Cambridge in London. Click on the picture to watch!

Sandy Cooprider

Coach Sandy Cooprider

Sandy Cooprider has been a huge part of the success at Wenatchee Valley College. He has been a student. coach, and professor at the college. Click on the picture to watch the video!

Dick Ward

Dick Ward

Dick Ward is from the class of 1948 and a World War II Veteran. Click on the picture below to watch him tell his story.

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Bridget & Dakota Shae

Watch this great interview with two former students whose experiences at WVC helped them start their own yoga studio

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Shiloh Schauer

Shiloh Schauer

Shiloh is the executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. Also, she was the 2013 co-recipient of the Woman of the Year award presented by the local Business and Professional Women's group.

Melissa Ortega

Melissa Ortega

Melissa was a member of Wenatchee Valley College's softball team that was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame, and she is also the owner of Castle & Bay. 

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Ted Zacher

Ted Zacher

$432,723.89 in a single donation just received by WVC Foundation!

Local orchardist and Wenatchee Valley College alumnus Ted Zacher has generously donated more than $400,000 to the WVC Foundation.

Alisa Strutzel

Alisa Strutzel

Each month we will be spotlighting a WVC Alum. November is our first one and spotlights Alisa Strutzel, owner of Tastebuds Coffee and Wine.