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Appreciating Alumni Who Serve on Linfield Committees

Many Linfield alumni contribute to the college by serving on committees. They give of their time and expertise by participating on the Board of Trustees, the President's Circle Leadership Team, the Business Advisory Committee, and the Alumni Leadership Council to list just a few.  Read about some of the many alumni who support the college through their committee participation.

Lauren RossLauren Ross '11
Volunteering has always come naturally for Lauren Ross. At Linfield, she was a sociology major who spent a week each March on an Alternative Spring Break work site. Now, Lauren serves as site director for Notre Dame Mission Volunteers in Seattle, Wash.  Since 2013, Lauren has volunteered on the Alumni Leadership Council. That group meets three times a year to advise staff about events, communications and programs for alumni. They make decisions related to the alumni awards and the alumni scholarship. Linfield is grateful to Lauren for her continued service.

Marianne MillsKent Sasaki '07
Kent Sasaki majored in International Business and took full advantage of his Linfield experience. He ran Cross Country and Track, where he led as team captain and received All Northwest Conference and All West Region honors.  He also minored in Japanese and studied abroad in Yokohama at Kantogakuin University.  During his freshman year at Linfield, Kent started his career in Insurance as an intern at Liberty Mutual, and continued this work until he graduated.  13 years later, his insurance career continues to thrive, and now is Vice President and Shareholder at USI Insurance Services.  Kent still finds ways to stay involved at Linfield, golfing and donating at the annual Wildcat Open, and hosting various Alumni events.  Recently, he was elected onto the Linfield Business Advisory Council and hosted their spring board meeting.  The mission of the Linfield College Business Advisory Council is to provide to the Business Department with a professional, external program review, strategic direction, and advocacy and development. Kent takes great pride in serving on the BAC, which has allowed him to come full circle from being an intern, to helping develop one at his company for Linfield business students in the future. 

Dave Dillon '89
Dave is executive vice president of Oregon Farm Bureau, a non-profit membership organization for farm and ranch families. Dave met his wife, Anastacia (Sims) Dillon ’89, at Linfield’s first competitive scholarship weekend where she bested him at both Trivial Pursuit and the Political Science exam. He was active in ASLC, including serving as student trustee and president, and started participating in alumni activities two years after graduation. He has served as alumni board president, hosted career shadow students, and helped in other career mentoring activities. Elected trustee again in 1996, he has served on nearly every board committee and represents the board on the College Planning and Budget Council. One of many highlights was serving on the presidential search committee that engaged President Hellie. He has also served on the President’s Circle Leadership Team and was part of the college’s mission statement-writing task force. Dave’s mom, Jan Dillon '04  is a Linfield graduate and his son, Nathan is a freshman at the college this year. He enjoys outdoor activities and is training for his first half iron man triathlon. 


Garlinn (Hansen) Story '69
Garlinn (Hansen) Story, who is a retired attorney, former Executive Director of a non-profit public interest law firm for seniors, has served on more than one Linfield committee. From 2008 to 2015, Garlinn was an active and beloved member of the Alumni Leadership Council. However, no sooner had she stepped down from the alumni council then she was recruited to join the President’s Circle Leadership Team. She has been a member of that committee since 2015. Though she and her husband Mike ’68 recently moved to Georgia, she still finds time to make it to the occasional meeting. She was also instrumental in coordinating a reunion tea for her sorority, Kappa Alpha Phi, for which she served as president in college. Though she is still quite actively engaged as a volunteer for numerous organizations in the community where she lives, she and Mike usually attend Homecoming.