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Alumni Engagement’s mission is to connect alumni with each other, with W&L, and to provide interesting avenues for lifelong learning.
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Alumni EngagementThe staff of the Office of Alumni Engagement provides programming and support for W&L alumni.
John Jensen Executive Director of Alumni and Career Services
Kelley Melvin Director of Alumni Engagement
Michelle Jones Associate Director of Alumni Engagement
Kristy Speers Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement
Kristy graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in Geography. She spent several years throughout the west working with the National Park Service before moving to Lexington in 2008 with her husband and two children. She has been with Washington and Lee since 2011. Prior to her role as senior chapter coordinator, she has worked in Development, Athletics, and the Outing Club.
Kay Hughes Administrative Assistant
Rob Fure Director of Lifelong Learning
Robert Fure, director of lifelong learning, joined the W&L faculty in 1977 after earning his M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American literature from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1981, he designed an administrative structure for non-traditional educational programs at W&L and was soon asked to oversee its implementation. In 1982, he established the W&L Alumni College and in 1985 the W&L Traveller program
Ruth Candler Assistant Director of Lifelong Learning
Ruth joined Washington and Lee's Office of Lifelong Learning in April, 2019. Prior to this position, she managed the Class Secretary Program for University Development. She has held a number of marketing and managerial positions in the publishing and graphic arts industries. From 2004 to 2011, she was director of marketing for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, an award-winning literary magazine. Ruth and her husband John Paul reside in Lexington and have two grown children.
Lisa D’Amelio Lifelong Learning Program Coordinator
Lisa joined the Office of Lifelong Learning in August, 2021. During her tenure at Washington and Lee, she worked in the Law School as Administrative Assistant and Recruitment Coordinator. Prior to her arrival at W&L in 2018, she worked in varied capacities in the field of education for more than twenty years. These experiences included teaching ESL for Rockbridge County Public Schools, Spanish at Waddell Elementary School, and English as a Second Language at Instituto Tecnologico in Chetumal, Mexico. Lisa also spent many years as the Director of a local preschool. She earned her M.Ed. from Wilmington University in 1996.
Taylor Meeker Assistant Director of Alumni and Career Services Marketing – Programs Lead
Pilar O’Valle Assistant Director of Alumni and Career Services Marketing – Social Media Lead