The CWU Alumni Association annually honors individuals who embrace the university’s spirit and mission. The Distinguished Alumni Awards showcase exceptional Wildcats for their personal accomplishments, professional achievements, community service involvement, and/or contributions made to CWU.
2019 Alumni of the Year
Doug and Sharon Andrews
The association is honoring Doug and Sharon Andrews for their decades of service to CWU. Doug is a 1968 graduate with a degree in business administration and Sharon is a 1990 graduate who received her degree in accounting.
During Doug’s time at Central he was challenged with a learning disability, but through the support he received from the school he flourished and went on to have a successful career owning a construction supply business. Doug’s passion for Central never left him; he served on the CWU Alumni Board of Directors from December 1974 to October 2012.
Both Doug and Sharon say the education, friendships, and connections they made through Central nurtured a heartfelt love of the university. In 2016, they established a scholarship for students with a documented accommodation with CWU’s Disability Support Services.
“Central was so accepting of those who had challenges,” Doug said. “The school and the teachers were able to help students like me who had potential, but just needed a little extra help.”
Philanthropists of the Year
Ben and Nancy Remak
The foundation is honoring Ben and Nancy Remak for their years of support of CWU. In addition to providing full-tuition scholarships in law and justice and history, they also financially support CWU volleyball, football, Wildcat Commons, and, more recently, the Freedman-Remak Student-Athlete Academic Success Center—a facility that offers a dedicated learning environment for student-athletes.
Ben, a 1979 CWU graduate, and Nancy both give back to the university by serving on boards. Ben is on the CWU Law and Justice Department Advisory Board while Nancy has recently joined the College of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board.
Young Philanthropist of the Year
The association is recognizing Andrew Mork (’11) for his generous giving to many areas of CWU. Despite being only 30 years old, Mork has made significant contributions to Wildcat Commons, athletics scholarship support, and the CWU Alumni Association. He is an Account Vice President of Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services and serves on the Alumni Board of Directors and on the Certified Financial Planning Advisory Board for the College of Business.
2019 College of Business Alumna of the Year
The college is honoring Amy Hanson (’90) for her professional achievements and support for the university. As the founder of Hanson Consulting Group, Hanson has over 20 years of finance, IT, business operations, and management experience.
Prior to starting her company in 2009, Hanson worked 11 years at Microsoft. She also held management positions in finance information technology, corporate accounting, royalty operations, and global outsourcing. She is a member of the CWU Foundation Board.
2019 College of The Sciences Alumnus of the Year
The college is recognizing Scott McGuane (’95) for his accomplishments in the global finance world. His career path has seen him rise to senior leadership in some of the largest financial institutions in America. He grew up in the Chicago area and chose to attend CWU on the reputation of its mathematics department.
2019 College of Arts and Humanities Alumna of the Year
The college is honoring Rachel Harry (’04), who has taught drama at Hood River Valley High School for more than 30 years. In 2017, she received a Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education, after being nominated by her students. She used the cash prize to help Hood River Valley High School establish a costume library.
2019 College of Education and Professional Studies Alumna of the Year
The college is recognizing Teresa King (’02) for her advocacy for STEM education, including volunteering as an afterschool science and math teacher and promoting engineering as a career choice. King currently oversees Cabin Technology Development & Integration for The Boeing Company. She is also a proud Wildcat mom to a recent CWU graduate and married to Central alumnus, Dr. Christopher Bigelow (’89).