11 new members to serve on WKU Alumni Association Board

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The WKU Alumni Association recently elected nine new board members for 2019-2020 and recognized two members who will serve in one-year appointments.

The following new members will serve for three-year terms:

Georgena Brackett of Scottsville, Ky., is a 1987, 1992 and 2010 alumna and Lifetime Member of the WKU Alumni Association. An R.H.I.A., L.C.S.W., F.A.C.H.E. and M.B.A., she is System Health Information Management Director at Med Center Health. During her time at WKU, Brackett was President and Leadership Award recipient for the Medical Records Student Association, participated in the campus chapter of Hands Across America and was a Resident Assistant, a Kentucky Museum tour guide and a proctor in the Department of Psychology.

Dr. Todd Cheever of Bowling Green, Ky., a 1987 alumnus and Lifetime Member of the WKU Alumni Association, serves Associate Dean of the UK College of Medicine – Bowling Green Campus. He is a member of WKU President’s Circle and Cherry Society, and he presented the 2018 L.Y. Lancaster – Hugh Puckett Lecture. As a student, Dr. Cheever was a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta and Beta Beta Beta.

Brent Ditto of Elizabethtown, Ky., a 2002 alumnus and Lifetime Member of the WKU Alumni Association, is a Certified Financial Planner at Ditto Wealth Management, LLC. Ditto is an active member of the Heartland Chapter of the WKU Alumni Association, a longtime Cupola Society donor and was recognized as WKU’s Young Alumnus of the Year in 2011. As a student, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, the Economics Club and the Spirit Masters and was recognized as Intramurals Executive of the Year.

Michael L. Fogle of Glasgow, Ky., a 2014 alumnus and Lifetime Member of the Alumni Association, serves as Account Manager for J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. He gives his time and expertise to the WKU Gordon Ford College of Business PEAK program and the Center for Career and Professional Development. During his time at WKU, Fogle was a part of the Dynamic Leadership Institute and Building Men of Worth.

Sherri Goldsmith of Bowling Green, Ky., a 2001 alumna and Annual Member of the WKU Alumni Association, is an R.N. with an M.S.N. and M.B.A. and serves as Chief Nursing Officer at SKY Rehab Hospital. She is also a member of the Nursing Advisory Board and is a former adjunct faculty member at WKU.

Dr. Jenna Haugen of Louisville, Ky., a 2007 and 2009 alumna and Lifetime Member of the WKU Alumni Association, serves as an Assistant Professor in the College of Business at the University of Louisville. She is a member of the President’s Circle and the WKU Sisterhood and has been involved with the Greater Louisville Alumni Chapter. During her time at WKU, Haugen was a member of the Alumni Leadership Scholars, the Student Government Association and Spirit Masters, as well as a participant in the Dynamic Leadership Institute.

Rita Roberts-Turner of Goodlettsville, Tenn., a 1993 alumna and Annual Member of the WKU Alumni Association, is Chief Administrative Officer of Nashville MTA. During her time as a student at WKU, she was involved with the College Heights Herald and Talismanas well as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, where she served as chapter President, the Amazing Tones of Joy, Black Student Alliance and the SGA. She recently spoke at an Etiquette Dinner presented by the WKU Student Alumni Ambassadors.

Jon Rue of Atlanta, Ga., is a 1979 alumnus, a Lifetime Member of the WKU Alumni Association and a health care attorney and Partner with Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP. A member of the President’s Circle and Cherry Society, he has supported the Augenstein Alumni Center and student scholarships, served his alma mater on the Parents’ Advisory Council, and been active in Atlanta-area alumni events. As a student, he was a member and President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Mike Tarter of Somerset, Ky., a 1985 alumnus and Lifetime Member of the WKU Alumni Association, is President and CEO of Forcht Broadcasting. During his time at WKU, he was Sports Director of the student AM radio station, did play-by-play of WKU basketball, baseball and football games and was a student assistant in the radio lab. Tarter also worked on campus at the Margie Helm Library and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the WKU Broadcasting Club.

In addition, the following two board members will serve one-year terms as representatives of affiliated organizations:

Juan “Jonny” Garcia of Nashville, Tenn., a 2016 alumnus, will represent the Young Alumni Council (YAC). Garcia is a Business Development Representative at Preferral. In addition to serving as President of YAC, he is a member of the Cupola Society with three years of consecutive giving to WKU.  As a student, he was a LeaderShape participant and a member of the Spirit Masters and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Lucas Hackman of O’Fallon, Ill., a WKU senior who is majoring in Health Care Administration, will represent the Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA). In addition to serving as President of SAA, he is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has participated in international opportunities through the Semester at Sea and WKU Study Abroad and Global Learning.

“Members of our Alumni Association National Board of Directors are helping us redefine how we engage current students, recent graduates and alumni of all ages to ensure we have a strong network that benefits the entire WKU family,” said Dr. Anthony McAdoo, Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association. “Each of these new board members brings a unique perspective, and we are grateful to have their leadership as ambassadors of their alma mater.”

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