Parents Council Leadership Team 2015-16
Sean and Leslie Kelley
Student: Natalie Kelley '18, Mass Communications major. Natalie is a member of Alpha Phi and honor society. She is an avid runner, loves hiking and exploring new places, and is very passionate about healthy living. This past summer she and another Linfield student started a health and fitness blog called Blondes Gone Clean, which keeps her very busy! She also works on campus as a Linfield Student Ambassador.
Occupation(s): Leslie is self-employed as a color consultant, helping her clients choose just the right colors for their homes, businesses, projects and designs. She is also an artist and sells her work on Etsy. Sean is a program director for Microsoft's Military Affairs organization, championing education and employment opportunities in the technology industry for military veterans. He has been a leader in Microsoft's HR and Operations organizations for over 15 years.
Other volunteer activities: Leslie volunteers with her local chamber of commerce and serves on the board of the Woodinville High School Falcon Athletic Booster Club. Sean provides leadership and counsel to a number of military veteran NGOs, most notably Team Red, White & Blue, Student Veterans of America and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Hiring our Heroes. Leslie and Sean together have been deeply involved with Hopelink, which provides support to the Redmond-Bellevue area's under-served community members with transitional housing, food assistance, heating & energy subsidies plus employment training and counseling.
Why did you join the Parents Council? Sean and Leslie joined the Parent's Council because, just like Natalie, they fell madly in love with Linfield College during their very first visit.
John and Georgianna Cobb
Student: Lauren Cobb ’17; Education major, Psychology minor. Lauren is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She enjoys running, swimming, tennis, travel, and community service. Lauren uses and advocates for Learning Support Services.
Occupation(s): John is the chief financial officer at Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. Georgianna is a homemaker with prior work experience as a corporate paralegal in Palo Alto, Calif., and as a buyer for Meier & Frank in Portland.
Other volunteer activities: John and Georgianna have served on several parent committees for their children’s schools and have led or participated in many school fundraising activities.
Why did you join the Parents Council? We are excited that our daughter has chosen to attend Linfield College and want to contribute to Linfield in any way possible.
Student: Conner Floan '16, Business Management, History minor. Conner has played football for Linfield and currently is enjoying many of their intramural sports, especially basketball! He is a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and has served in their leadership positions. Conner loves to play both the acoustical and electric guitar, enjoys fishing, snowboarding and zip lining. He is truly enjoying the all around experience of Linfield.
Occupation: I'm currently a stay at home mom, am a college grad and worked for Bank of America in Commercial Banking in the Columbia Tower in downtown Seattle for many years.
Other volunteer activities: I have presided on PTSA Boards and served on very successful auctions to raise money for the schools. I have several friends with autistic children and have helped at many of the auctions and Walkathons for Feat of Washington which provides help and support for families with autistic children.
Why did you join the Parents Council? I joined the Parents Council after I had written to President Hellie about how much my son has enjoyed his experience at Linfield. Conner was apprehensive about what school to attend and what would be a good fit. He chose Linfield and he has never looked back. My husband and I are so impressed with the education, guidance, support and ...OK, I'll say it...LOVE he's received at Linfield. It's a very special place, and will always feel like a second home to him.
Student: Anthony Guttadauro '19, Finance major, on the Linfield football team
Occupation: Joe has been a financial adviser for 28 years and will be moving his practice to Ameriprise Financial in late November.
Other Volunteer Opportunities: Recently completed four years on the UCLA Parent's Council, He is very proud of his Italian Heritage and involved in promoting it through membership in the Italian- American Heritage Foundation, Italian Catholic Federation and the Sons of Sicily. He and his wife are very active in their church, St. Christopher's Church of San Jose.
Why did I join the Parents Council? I have always been involved in volunteering at my children's schools It's a way for me to stay engaged with him/them. I am new at Linfield College, but what I have seen so far is very impressive.
Student: Annika Lindburg '17 Mass Communication. Annika just returned from an incredible, enriching semester abroad spending Fall 2015 studying in Vienna, Austria. Linfield did a great job organizing the study abroad program to maximize the student's experience. In addition to her studies, Annika loves creative writing/promotion and has been producing marketing material for on-campus events.
Occupation: Peter has been enamored with internet startups over the last 15 years. Peter is currently heading business development for a young firm introducing a software/methodology platform to help companies better define and execute their strategic plans.
Other volunteer activities: Six years on the board of the Northwest Children's Fund. NWCF is involved in raising funds and evaluating small, grass root, pacific northwest organizations supporting children at risk.
Why did you join the Parents Council? Peter is a firm believer in the value of a liberal arts education as a way to broaden and enrich a student's exposure to the world and it's opportunities. Linfield has a dedicated set of professors teaching in small class room settings within a safe, inviting campus. Peter joined PCLT to help Linfield better connect and cement relationships with other prospective students and parents.
Jeff '90 and Suzy Krier
Students: Sam Krier ’16 Business major, Sport Management minor, and Dani Krier ’18 Athletic Training and Nursing dual major. Sam is active on campus on many fronts. He is general manager of KSLC, Linfield’s student radio station. He is on the student senate. He is President of Theta Chi Fraternity. He also maintains a part-time job, too. He is looking forward to traveling abroad study in Italy this year. Dani is also active on campus. She is member Linfield's women’s basketball team and is a student athletic trainer. She also maintains a part-time job.
Occupation(s): Jeff is an insurance and financial service agent for State Farm and has been with the company since 1992. Prior work experience was with Evergreen Aviation upon graduation from Linfield in 1990. Suzy is a Team Member at Jeff’s State Farm office and has been in the insurance/financial service field since 1993.
Other volunteer activities: Jeff is active in Eugene Delta Rotary, Mid-Oregon Executive Association, and as a volunteer at Marist High School. Suzy is active volunteering at Marist High School.
Why did you join the PCLT? The Kriers have had a wonderful experience at Linfield throughout the years and wanted to be a resource for other parents.
Student: Callahan (Cal) Neely, Class of 2018, Business major with a Sports Management focus. Cal is a pitcher for the Linfield Baseball Team. He loves all Linfield sports and currently works as an endzone camera man for the Wildcats' football team. Cal is a new member of the Theta Chi fraternity.
Occupation: I am a nurse working in the Burn and Pediatric ICU at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
Why did you join the Parents Council? From our first campus visit, I have been so impressed with what Linfield has to offer academically. Serving on the Parents' Council offers me an opportunity to relay feedback from other parents and provide my own to help make Linfield an even more student/parent and community friendly place.
Molly and Ryan Nopp
Student: Ellen Nopp '19 Sports Science major, member of the women's golf team, Social Chairman for Newby Hall.
Occupation(s): Molly is a bookkeeper and a board member of Juice Counter Corp. Ryan is the owner of E&A Property Development.
Other volunteer activities: Involved with several local charities, active in high school athletics program, team manager for Bend FC Timbers U-18 Girls Club Soccer Team.
Why did you join the Parents Council? We are impressed with the power of a small college and what Linfield has to offer our daughter. We are excited to be part of the Parent Council and enjoy being involved in the school happenings. Volunteerism has always been a big part of our lives and it’s exciting to continue being involved (behind the scenes) during our daughter’s college years.
Karen Pyeatt '85
Student: Laura, '19, undeclared major with natural interest in supporting people to become more complete and capable. She loves Linfield! The friendships and support available make her feel at home here. She is active in the Chaplain’s Team and is looking forward to her study abroad opportunity next year.
Occupation: Karen graduated from Linfield-Good Samaritan in the first BSN class ('85). From there her career has included work in hospitals, clinics, as well as urban and rural volunteer opportunities all while raising her Wildcat girls (Laura and McKenna, '13). She is currently a district nurse for the West Linn Wilsonville School District where she supports the health needs of students K-12.
Why did she join PCLT? She can now give back to Linfield College a bit of what she was only able to take as a student. Because of scholarships and opportunity, Karen learned how to be a productive member in society and advocate for others. Dynamic educators (regardless of their degree or job classification on campus) offered intelligence and compassion, helping to maximize her Linfield experience. She is grateful to show appreciation to those who came before her at Linfield and to allow those who follow to have their own life changing experience by supporting Linfield’s vision.
Student: George Saul, Business Management and Communication Arts majors,Senior Class Senator, Peer Advisor, Track & Field-thrower, Theta Chi Fraternity
Occupation: Science Teacher, Co-owner of Northwest Animal Supply, a dairy sanitation and animal health company and The Springhill Ranch, LLC, a registered black angus farm and horse boarding facility
Other volunteer activities: Gaston School District Booster, Knights of Pythias, Cycle Oregon and SweetHome Music Festival
Why did you join the Parents Council? I joined Parents Council to provide my input toward improving Linfield College.
Want to get more involved?
The Linfield College Parents Council welcomes and involves parents of current and former students as vital members of the Linfield community. The goal of the council is to enhance the Linfield experience for students and their families -- by helping parents connect with other parents, alumni, students, staff, faculty and administrators. Parents Council members gather for and host events, advise Linfield leaders, contribute their support and serve as Linfield ambassadors and hosts.
The council is guided by members of the Parents Council Leadership Team. Contact Debbie Harmon, director of alumni and parent relations, for more information.