Alumni and Parent Engagement Staff

Cindra Stackhouse Taetzsch '82

Senior Director for Vocation and Alumni Engagement
Executive Director, Wheaton College Alumni Association

630.752.5047 | alumni@wheaton.edu

As Senior Director for Vocation and Alumni Engagement, Cindra is responsible for overseeing three teams: Alumni and Parent Engagement, the Center for Vocation and Career, and Opus: The Art of Work. Cindra also serves as Executive Director of the Wheaton College Alumni Association, and works closely with the eighteen-member volunteer Alumni Board of Directors. A 1982 graduate and a current Wheaton parent, Cindra’s work experience includes fourteen years in higher ed administration, ten years at home with three children, and several years in corporate positions in New York and Austin, Texas.

Becky Baker '13

Reunions Coordinator
630.752.5473 | becky.baker@wheaton.edu

As Reunions Coordinator, Becky focuses on the behind-the-scenes logistics to bring a warm welcome to all alumni returning for their respective reunions in the fall and spring. Becky graduated from Wheaton College with the class of 2013, earning a double major in History and Bible/Theology. While a student, Becky followed in her father’s footsteps and participated in Wheaton in the Holy Lands—a trip she would love to repeat! Leaving her home state of New York, Becky recently returned to Wheaton. She loves flowers—whether designing wedding floral or savoring the wild blooms in nature. Becky also enjoys conversations with friends over a good cup of coffee, blogging her theological reflections, and going for hikes.

Laura Bennett

Regional Events Specialist
630.752.5737 | laura.bennett@wheaton.edu

As Regional Events Specialist, Laura focuses on the development and implementation of the Wheaton College Regional Events program which highlights Wheaton College faculty, staff, administrators and alumni in innovative ways. Laura works with regional volunteers around the world to build active and supportive connections between the College and local communities. Laura is an avid home cook, sports enthusiast and neighborhood party planner. Laura and her husband have lived in Wheaton for 25 years and have three children.

Scott Carrick '14

Digital Communications Coordinator
630.752.5514 | scott.carrick@wheaton.edu

As Digital Communications Coordinator, Scott takes care of the email and web communications to alumni and parents. Scott graduated from Wheaton’s Conservatory of Music in 2014. As a student, he played bassoon for the orchestra and band, and sang in the Men’s Glee Club. After a stint in the logistics industry, Scott changed paths and completed Startup Institute Chicago’s Web Development program in December 2015. He is passionate about continual education and self-improvement, which he writes about in his blog. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found playing shows with his band, Cardinal Harbor.

Cindy Neff Cochrum ’85

Parent Engagement Coordinator
630.752.5712 | cindy.cochrum@wheaton.edu

Cindy joined the Alumni and Parent Engagement team after serving for five years on the Parent Council. She and her husband, Kent '85, have three sons – Jared '12, Drew '14, and Caleb '17, one daughter-in-law - Megan '12, and one daughter - Tori, who is eagerly anticipating spending 2016-17 as part of Wheaton's Vanguard Program at HoneyRock. As Parent Engagement Coordinator, Cindy enjoys helping to facilitate communication between Wheaton College and the parent community and also partnering with the Parent Council to welcome visiting parents during Orientation and Family Weekend. Cindy loves spending time with family and friends, teaching and writing Bible studies, relaxing on a warm beach, and snacking on dark chocolate.

Karen Kennedy Gehl '89

Director of Alumni and Parent Programs
630.752.5049 | karen.gehl@wheaton.edu

As Director of Alumni and Parent Programs, Karen is responsible for overseeing alumni reunions, regional gatherings, travel, parent engagement, and front desk communications. Karen joined the alumni engagement team in 2007, after 18 years in the executive office-suite industry, as general manager with Regus. Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark and son, Michael. She loves reading, travel, outdoor activities, and spending time with Wheaton alumni.

Cindy Hoidas

Cindy Hoidas HON

Senior Office Coordinator
Assistant to the Senior Director of Vocation and Alumni Engagement

630.752.5049 | cindy.hoidas@wheaton.edu

Cindy joined the Alumni Engagement team in 1999 when her previous employer, Conservative Baptist International (CBI) relocated to Littleton, Colorado. Her main responsibilities in the alumni office include assisting the director with scheduling, travel arrangements, telephone calls and correspondence. She also assists in functions relating to the WCAA board of directors: setting up meetings, preparing materials, and organizing grant, scholarship and award applications as directed by the director. She helps with the children's program in her church and enjoys walking, bicycling, motorcycling and reading. Cindy and her husband, Mike, live in Wheaton and have two children.

Richard Kroll '07

Richard Kroll '07

Associate Director of Reunions
630.752.5521 | richard.kroll@wheaton.edu

Richard oversees the implementation of reunions for alumni of all ages at Homecoming and Alumni Weekend. Richard graduated from Wheaton in 2007 with a major in Biblical Studies and a minor in Spanish. While at Wheaton he became involved with the Office of Christian Outreach, spending a summer in Ukraine through Student Missionary Project and serving as administrator for SMP the following year. Richard grew up as a missionary kid in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and spent 9 years of his childhood there. He lives in Chicago with his wife Lindsey, and is dependent on good, black coffee.

Megan LaRusso '11

Megan LaRusso '11

Student and Young Alumni Programs Coordinator
630.752.5679 | megan.larusso@wheaton.edu

Passionate about serving students and young alumni, Megan focuses on connecting these groups through student programs, Wheaton in Network (WiN) and young alumni events. While at Wheaton, Megan took full advantage of several off-campus opportunities including HoneyRock, Semester in Spain, and the Black Hills Science Station. Each of these experiences further enriched her education and accelerated her graduation in three years with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Megan’s work experience includes serving as Office Administrator for a local evangelism organization and Associate Director of Marketing and Recruitment for Semester in Spain. Originally from the countryside of West Virginia, Megan is still adjusting to the below-zero temperatures of Chicagoland winter weather. To stay warm she drinks café con leche, dances everything from salsa to swing, and plays Ultimate Frisbee.

Lynne Morris

Office Coordinator
630.752.5047 | lynne.morris@wheaton.edu

As Office Coordinator, Lynne is the first face you'll see when entering Westgate. Lynne came from the Center for Vocation and Career in August 2015 and brings 25+ years of corporate administrative, customer service and front office experience. Her main responsibilities in the alumni office include greeting and directing visitors, answering questions about Alumni and Parent Engagement programs, coordinating address and email requests and constituent data changes. Lynne also assists the Senior Office Coordinator with administration of the Alumni Association Board of Directors meetings. In her free time, Lynne loves to host family and Wheaton students in her home, encourage women in their faith, bake and be outdoors. Lynne and her husband Jon reside in Glen Ellyn and have two sons.

Josh Okerman '07

Digital Communications Manager
630.752.5173 | josh.okerman@wheaton.edu

As the Digital Communications Manager, Josh manages the overall online communication to alumni and parents, as well as overseeing the web and email communication for the Center for Vocation and Career. Josh graduated from Wheaton in 2007 with a degree in Business/Economics and minor in Communications. While at Wheaton, he served as chair of the Christian Service Council and was on cabinet for the Missions in Focus conference. Josh grew up in Kobe, Japan and lived there until coming to Wheaton. In his free time, he continues to be involved with the TCK community on campus, helping others to transition to life in the states. Josh loves the outdoors, ultimate frisbee, and traveling to new countries and places.

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