’03 Business Administration, MIS, and Electronic Communication
Account Manager and Consultant, Matisia Consultants
Information Systems Board, Chair
WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME TO BE A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL BOARD OF ADVISORS?
I see the positive influence alumni can have on helping students to see a big picture beyond the classroom. As board members, we provide a significant and imperative voice on how programs at our University and college can mature. Years ago, I decided not to wait on only others to guide this college and institution, but to become part of those leading the charge.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS?
Appreciate the alumni who assist you and your fellow students, no matter if the assistance presents as an internship opportunity, panel sessions, or donations. Those efforts and qualities deserve a sense of gratitude—and it is that same gratitude that will inspire you to support and mentor Coug students of the future.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY OF WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY?
Back in December 2001, the Cougar football team and fans traveled to the Sun Bowl facing the Purdue Boilermakers in El Paso, Texas. My father gave me a late Christmas present: a flight to El Paso to watch the Cougs. The plan was for me to call my friends after I landed in El Paso, and they would inform me at which motel they decided to stay. Note these are the years before cell phones were common. Long story, short—none of my friends answered my phone calls that evening. As luck would have it, I chatted with four Coug alumni during the flight down. After landing, they realized I had nowhere to stay and offered me dinner, drinks, and a spot on their hotel floor for the evening. The next day, they fed me breakfast and drove me to the game, where I finally found my friends. I asked the alumni why they would be so gracious to a random Coug student. They replied, “It’s a Coug thing.
Someday you will understand and do the same.” I never saw them again until a random, friendly run-in 12 years later. Go Cougs!