Club Organization

Our U-M Club of Seattle is one of the best in the nation, thanks to the outstanding contributions of a local team of volunteers who are always working to strengthen the services we offer to the over 8,000 Wolverines who live in the greater Seattle metro area.

Our club's mission is to help local alumni stay connected to each other and to the University, and to be an active and contributing member of the greater U-M community.

Our all-volunteer staff is organized into two different groups. Our Board of Directors meets monthly, usually over dinner in a private room at a local restaurant. Friends of the Board are always welcome to attend our monthly meetings, but may be more selective about the timing and frequency of their involvement in club activities, while still receiving most e-mail communications sent to board members.

Board members are elected at our annual meeting held each May, with occasional vacancies filled by appointment throughout the year. Interested alums may join our Friends of the Board at any time.

Following is the complete list of our club leaders, including the results of our elections held at our annual meeting on May 10, 2018.

U-M Seattle Club Leaders
Name Role

Board Members

Herb Bowie
President
and Web Admin and Listserv Editor and Publisher

Michael Roberto
Vice President

Tyler Walz
Treasurer

Wenting Guo
Secretary

Ginny Rowley
Scholarship Committee Chair

Judi Trainor
Sports Chair

Tracey Melville
Big Ten Coordination

Jason Gomberg
Director at Large

Jenni Smith
Director at Large

Meena Beniwal
Director at Large

Pam Stoeffler
Director at Large

Pauline Bowie
Director at Large

Rachel Gefen
Website Editor
and Social Media

Sravan Rengarajan
Student Relations
and Alumni Student Recruitment (ASR) Club Liaison

Friends of the Board
Alex Stephen Friend at Large
Allison Haney Friend at Large
Amit Nagar Everyone's Friend at Buckley's
Ananda Pal Friend at Large
Anna Morris Friend at Large
Ari Schorr Student Relations
Ariana Bostian-Kentes Friend at Large
Barbara Otto Rural Friend
Ben Dehghan Friend at Large
Brian Blankinship Our Foreign Correspondent
Brian Goodwin Friend at Large
Brian Pistek Friend at Large
Colin Nelson Friend at Large
Dan Nash Golfing Friend
Devin Min Friend at Large
DiJon Hill Friend at Large
Eldin Ross Friend at Large
Erick Thompson Friend at Large
Greg Blindu Friend at Large
Harold Foster Watch Parties
Jaleh Shafii Friend at Large
James Brady Any Friend of Brian's
Jennifer Vahora Friend at Large
Jessi Parsons Eastside Friend
Joel Baldwin Friend at Large
John Hayner Old Friend
Jonathan Goodman Career Development
Kathy Burnaman Friend at Large
Kevin Crosby Friend at Large
Krishnan Sundaresan Friend at Large
Lank Archer Friend at Large
Lauren Riker Friend of the Arts
Lauren Rock Friend at Large
Levent Hamdemir Friend at Large
Meghan Maloney Friend at Large
Michael Tarlowe Scholarship Committee Member
Michael Wang Friend at Large
Nancy Gordon Friend at Large
Peter Harwood-Stamper Friend at Large
Rebecca Lawson Friend at Large
Rob Jablonski Old Friend
Rob Oikawa Friend at Large
Robert M Wiesen Friend at Large
Roger Lurie Photographic Friend
Roy Rubinstein Friend at Large
Ruth Mansoor Friend at Large
Sarah Roberts Graphics Friend
Saurabh Nayyar
Shima Abadi Scholarship Development
Snigdha Paruchuri Friend at Large
Stefanie Baldwin Friend
Stuart Wagner Friend at Large
Wendy Bergeson Friend at Large
Wendy West Friend at Large
Zach Chen Friend at Large

Position Descriptions

We're always looking to expand our team. In general, we're looking for local alums who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Interesting in meeting, engaging and working with a diverse group of local U-M alumni.
  • Interested in planning, coordinating and attending local events.
  • Has some free time on evenings and/or weekends to volunteer in one or more of the capacities listed below.
  • Still feels strong ties to the University of Michigan.
  • Interested in feeling a strong sense of worth and accomplishment by engaging with and giving back to the greater U-M community.

Does that sound like you? If so, then read on to see where you might best fit in our club organization. If you are interested in pursuing any of these volunteer opportunities, send us a note at club@umseattle.org. We'd love to have you join us!

Governance and Administration

All of these roles work closely with other local volunteers and with Alumni Association team members based in Ann Arbor.

President and Vice President

These two roles work together to plan, schedule and conduct our monthly board meetings, as well as other club meetings, such as our annual meeting and one or two planning retreats during the year. These two also play prominent and varied roles in a wide range of club activities. An alum should generally be an active and contributing club volunteer for at least a year before taking on one of these responsibilities.

It's also important for these two roles to help recruit new volunteers, and to encourage membership in the Alumni Association

Secretary

The secretary records and submits minutes of our meetings.

Treasurer

The treasurer initiates and records club financial transactions, in accordance with activities and spending limits approved by our board of directors, and prepares periodic reports on our finances to our board and cub members, and to the national Alumni Association.

Event Planning and Coordination

Our club offers a variety of U-M alumni events throughout the calendar year. Event coordinators must gather information on event costs, and propose a budget, a date, and a venue for each event. Once approved, the coordinator is in charge of establishing and monitoring registration for the event (or gauging interest in some other way, if registration is not needed for the event). The coordinator should supply event information to the communications team in order to promote the event. Coordinating with speaker(s) and the venue is another part of this role, as well as helping to check people in and host the event. Following the event, the coordinator will report to the board on the final results, in terms of costs, income, attendance and degree of enthusiasm.

In practice, two or more club volunteers often partner with each other in order to fulfill all of these responsibilities for a particular event.

General Event Coordinator

This role helps to plan and coordinate cultural, community, professional networking and other types of events. We generally have a number of volunteers who play this role.

Watch Parties

Football watch parties are our best attended events, and play a prominent role in our schedules during the fall, so we generally have two volunteers focused exclusively on these events.

Student Relations

We offer and participate in multiple annual events serving current and prospective students who are either from the Seattle area, or visiting here as summer interns. For many of these activities, we work hand-in-hand with the Alumni Student Recruiting program to help recruit distinguished local high school students to make Ann Arbor their home for the next four years.

Member Communications

We communicate with local alumni using a variety of media. Member communication plays two vital functions for our club. Most obviously, it plays a marketing function, encouraging local alumni to come out to our events. But less obviously, member communications helps to engage local alumni and reminds them of their membership in our local U-M community — even for those who rarely if ever actually attend any of our events.

Note that one volunteer may often fulfill two or more of the following communications functions.

Website Updates

Our club website at umseattle.org offers the earliest and most comprehensive reference information on all of our club activities. If anyone in our club needs to know information about an event or other activity, our website should provide a stable and reliable source for that information. Our website is built using Drupal, and content is generally provided using Markdown, although no prior experience with either of these is required, since someone can easily learn how to do website updates from a brief training session.

Website Admin

The Seattle club has its own domain name (umseattle.org), its own website and shared hosting account, and its own Drupal installation. This position requires familiarity with FTP and other website admin tools.

E-Mail

We use a listserv provided by the Alumni Association to send e-mail messages to our local alums. We generally send these out weekly. Each one goes out to a list of almost 5,000 local alums, so this is our most important and far-reaching communications medium. Each e-mail includes text describing upcoming events, photos or other graphics, and links to registration pages and other web resources with additional information about each event. Some prior experience with e-mail marketing is extremely helpful in order to play this role.

Facebook

Some of our local alums don't even have a Facebook account, but others seem to use it as their primary communications medium. All of our events are posted to our Facebook page, in addition to appearing on our website and in our e-mails.

Twitter

We use Twitter to some degree, but this is less critical to us than the other channels described above.

LinkedIn

We use this primarily to communicate to local alums about Career Networking events.

Scholarships

We award several club scholarships each year to deserving local students. Activities to support this fall into two different categories.

Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee communicates with students, reviews their applications, and selects scholarship recipients each year. The chair of the scholarship committee also serves as a member of our board.

Scholarship Fund-Raising

This role helps to raise additional funds for our scholarship.