Karla Williams DeSpain ’80, of Columbia, Missouri, is the new president of the William Woods University Alumni Association.
Other officers are Christi Slizewski Tennyson ’97 of St. Peters, Missouri, vice president; Leigh Hailey Kieffer ’72 of Kansas City, Missouri, secretary; and Meredith Varnell Leslie ’95 of Dayton, Ohio, treasurer. They will serve terms of two years.
Elected to the board for one-year terms were Amy Orr Michel ’87 of Carthage, Missouri, and Margaret Holmquist ’87 of Dallas, Texas.
Board members who will serve three-year terms are Ilana Archuleta ’13 of Fulton, Missouri; Martha Hutchins Cockerell ’73 of Kansas City, Missouri; Brooke Byars Hostetler ’97 of Tulsa Oklahoma; Kristen Trenary Stremel ’91 of Joplin, Missouri; LeeAnn Beard ’08 of Quincy, Illinois; Sandi Henderson ’84 of St. Louis, Missouri; Joy Henderson Primoli ’97 of St. Louis, Missouri; and Katherine Wortmann ’13 of Columbia, Missouri.
The alumni association includes active, associate and honorary alumni of William Woods University who continue to be active participants in the university. They contribute time, ideas and monetary support for William Woods so that current and future students may share the same experience they had.