In the summer of 1991, I entered medical school and was drafted to spend my first year in Pullman, Wash. I was initially reluctant to leave Seattle, but in the end, it was a fabulous start to an incredible education. The WWAMI program has since gone on to add a “W” for Wyoming, it just celebrated its 40th birthday, and it is one of the many aspects of UW Medicine that make me proud to be a Husky graduate.
I am honored to serve the next two years as your alumni association president, and I’m joined by another new arrival: Sarah Brown Rothschild, our director for alumni relations. Together, we ask you to get involved — help us learn more about you, what we can do for you as an alumni association, and how we can become a part of your daily life. The UW Medicine Alumni Association Task Force, explained on page 23, was formed to gather just this sort of feedback from you. I hope to connect with all of you, too: through Facebook, email or alumni events with students.
Finally, I’d like to recognize two important people: the first is Annie Pontrelli, who served for nearly 12 years as our alumni director. Her warmth and her expertise were put to tremendously good use in building relationships among our members. I’d also like to recognize Trish A. Raymer, M.D. ’89, Res. ’92, who recently completed her term as our president. Both Trish and Annie have done a great deal for the alumni association, and they have my deepest thanks.
Angela J. Chien, M.D. ’95
President , UW Medicine Alumni Association