Phyllis Takisaki Campbell (’73 Bus. Adm.) has been named president and CEO of The Seattle Foundation, the state’s oldest and largest community foundation. She succeeds Anne V. Farrell, who served in that position for 19 years before announcing her retirement last December.
“This is a dream come true for me,” Campbell says, “and an unparalleled opportunity to make a positive difference in our region.”
In 2002, the foundation distributed nearly $39 million in grants, and has assets approaching $285 million.
Campbell concluded a 28-year banking career as president of U.S. Bank of Washington, 1993-2001. She was appointed to the Washington State University Board of Regents … » More …
Chris Rettkowski learned firsthand the positive impact his mother has on other people’s lives, including his own. When his father died of a brain tumor four-and-a-half years ago, Chris and his sister, Lynne, were left looking for answers.
Their mother, Becky Rettkowski, became “the glue that held the family together,” he said in a letter nominating her for the 2003 Washington State University Mom of the Year award.
She and four other finalists for WSU Mom were recognized April 12 during the Mom’s Weekend Brunch on campus.
Nothing could replace the love his mother has provided, Chris said. Her constant support allowed him to focus … » More …
As a student at WSU in the late '60s, Ken Alhadeff questioned authority
with zeal. "I was part of a group of folks that marched down the
streets of Pullman to President Terrell's house with torches, demanding
that the Black Studies Program not be eliminated. It was a war between
us and those insensitive, bureaucratic regents," says Alhadeff . . .
who is now a regent.
Two years ago Mary Alyce Burleigh bought herself a bright yellow scooter. The former Kirkland mayor and current city council member uses it to zip around town to meetings and local fundraisers. She finds she is as busy in her retirement as she was during her 29 years as a teacher for Redmond High School. Recently she parked her scooter and perched on a city park bench in downtown Kirkland to talk with Hannelore Sudermann about life, civic involvement, and getting 80 miles to the gallon.
My goal was always to be a high school history teacher. I really took a broad range of courses … » More …