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Alumni Advisory Council

The Alumni Advisory Council members serve as the representatives of Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. Representing over 11,000 alumni, council members advise the Dean and the Association in fulfilling the alumni association's mission to:
  • Unite the graduates of the legacy educational institutions of Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College,
  • Support the interests of the College, and
  • Promote the professional and educational advancement of nursing.

Shaping the Alumni Association

Being a member of the Alumni Advisory Council (AAC) provides the opportunity to shape the Alumni Association by planning communications and making recommendations to the Dean and the Director of Alumni Affairs. Recommendations could potentially involve:
  • Connecting current students and alumni,
  • Reunions, programming and social activities,
  • Publications and communications,
  • Awards and recognition,
  • Mentorship program, and
  • Archives.
The Alumni Advisory Council representatives have a framework to contribute to activities and programs that will more effectively engage the Barnes-Jewish alumni population.

2022 Alumni Association Advisory Council Members

The AAC is comprised of a diverse group of alumni, students, faculty graduates and staff. It maintains between two and eleven representatives from our legacy institutions and Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. Each representative serves no more than two terms of two years with rotating terms to ensure consistent representation.
Alumni Representatives
Chelsi Wright, '17 Chair 
Jennifer Trice Williams, '06, '07, '14, Past Chair
Marilyn Baumann, '83, Past Chair
George Holland, ‘06, Past Chair
Julie Lewis, '11, Past Chair
Penny Bari, ‘61
Dianne Benz, '71
Laura Decker, '05
Diana Economon, ‘75
Beverly Ervin, ‘60
Kat Galati, '17
Christine Hessler, '17
Rachel Tegerdine, ‘17
Kelly Megown, '21
Faculty Representatives 
Xiumei Lin, '06, '09, Professor
Julie Spencer, '09, Professor
Erin Walsh, '17, Professor
Student Representatives 
Marcus Koger, Goldfarb Men Excelling in Nursing (GMEN) President
Denise Watson, Student Council (STUCO) President
Natalee Skelton, Student Nurses' Association (SNA) President
Paige Boone, Students, Families, and Supporters (SFS) President
Jonny Moses, Veterans and Supporters Together (VAST) President 
Diamond Russell, Students Promoting Diversity in Nursing (SPD) President 
Staff Representatives 
June Cowell-Oates, Director of Alumni Affairs and Program Officer for Student Affairs and Diversity
Martha Stewart, Administrative Coordinator
Foundation Staff Representatives 
Pamela Dempski, Philanthropy Development Director
Marilyn Sheperd, Major Gift Officer 
To nominate yourself or a classmate to be a council member, please complete the online nomination form.


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