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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
Gary Kirk Director of Lifelong Learning Programs
Gary joined the W&L community in 2023. Previously, he was an associate provost at Dickinson College, where he provided leadership for the Center for Civic Learning & Action and the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. His interdisciplinary teaching and research are grounded in the fields of nonprofit studies and public administration, and his recent projects have considered civic infrastructure, systems thinking, and community resilience. He is an expert on experiential learning pedagogy and community-engaged scholarship. Kirk holds a Ph.D. degree in environmental design and planning from Virginia Tech and a B.A. in ecology from New College.
Ruth Candler Associate 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. She began her career at W&L as the Recruitment Coordinator in the Office of Career Strategy at the Law School. 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 Tecnológico 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.
Bridgett Zitmore Assistant Director of Alumni Chapter Programs
Murtaza M. Kapasi Assistant Director of Alumni Affinity Programming
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
Jesse Paul Office Manager