Alumni Board of Directors


The purpose of the organization is to foster unity and loyalty among alumni members, to provide opportunities for lifelong learning, and to promote the ideals, goals and interests of Marygrove College.


Association Officers

President – Dr. Vanessa Howell Ghant ’92
Vice President – Elizabeth Poliuto Loria ’70
Treasurer – Alisa M. Fergerson ’02
Secretary – Brittany Mack ’12

Members At-Large

Mark Bartnik ’79
Samual Blue ’93
Gloria Brown-Banks ’11
Rahjinah Johnson ’03, ‘05
Margo R. Lee ’00
Brigeda Nelson ‘06
Miranda Linzmaier Outlaw ‘14
Frances L. Brown Simmons ’85

Janice Machusak, Director of Alumni Relations

Committee Membership

Admissions/Retention Committee

In conjunction with the Office of Admissions, the Admissions/Retention Committee develops and implements strategies that utilize alumni in promoting and marketing Marygrove College to prospective and accepted students.  This committee also works with the Office of Student Affairs to implement strategies designed to increase student retention.
Chair – Dr. Vanessa Howell Ghant ’92
Spencer Richardson-Moore ‘15

Affinity Committee

The Affinity Committee is responsible for assisting the Director of Alumni Relations/Annual Giving in cultivating donor relationships; coordinating fundraising efforts for the Alumni Association; assisting with college-wide fundraising initiatives; recognizing the accomplishments and/or significant events in the life of the alums; and in developing innovative strategies to bond alums with the College, with each other and with current students.
Chair – Mark Bartnik ’79
Sally Janecek ’71
Elizabeth Poliuto Loria ’70
Yesenia Venegas ’06

Career Committee

The Career Committee works closely with the Office of Student Affairs/Career Services and the Alumni Director to provide support services, programs, and events for current Marygrove students and alumni that enhance market readiness, career development, and career networking for alumni of all ages. 
Co-Chair – Samual Blue ’93
Co-Chair- Miranda Linzmaier ’14
Alisa M. Fergerson ’02
Brittany Mack ’12
Henry Outlaw ’15

Program Committee

The Program Committee is responsible for developing and implementing programs designed to meet the needs of Marygrove's diverse alumni population.  Activities may include community service, Alumni Reunion, alumni travel, academic programming, social events and career mentoring.
Chair – Frances L. Brown Simmons ’85
Mark Bartnik ’79
Gloria Brown-Banks ’11
Alisa M. Fergerson ’02
Rahjinah Johnson ’03, ’05
Margo R. Lee ’00
Rita Whitley

Membership Committee

This committee is responsible for a proactive effort to source talented Marygrove Alumni to serve on the Board and its committees.  The committee is responsible for presenting a slate of candidates annually for the Board of the Alumni Association, as well as focusing on the vibrancy of the Board over the long term.
Chair - Mark Bartnik ’79, Board President 2006-2009
Dr. Vanessa Ghant ’92, Current Board President
Elizabeth Poliuto Loria ’70, Vice President
Alisa M. Fergerson ’02, Treasurer
Brittany Mack ’12, Secretary
Yesenia Lara Venegas ’06, Board President 2014-2016
Sherrie Konkus ’06, Board President 2012-2014
Dr. Rita Fields ’96, ’02, Board President 2009-2012
Lorry Ashe Kempf ’67, Board President 2003-2006

Ex officio members of all Committees:

President – Dr. Vanessa Ghant ‘92
Director of Alumni Relations- Janice Machusak

Benefits & Service

Benefits & Services

The Marygrove College Alumni Association provides numerous benefits and services available to all alumni of the college.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Marygrove College Distinguished Alumni Award is an honor bestowed by Marygrove College and the Marygrove College Alumni Association to recognize and honor alumni who have distinguished themselves and their alma mater.

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