Become an Alumni Ambassador

Lisa Orzepowski Hearld ’92

Lisa Hearld stands with a student. Lisa Orzepowski Hearld ’92 loves volunteering for Lawrence. A former marketing professional, Lisa now spends most of her time caring for her children and volunteering for various organizations, including Lawrence. Lisa has served on multiple Reunion committees and has been an alumni interviewer since the inception of the program. Through interviewing prospective students, Lisa has made profound connections that have lasted long past admissions season. 

“I was interested in interviewing prospective students because I have such a fondness and enthusiasm for liberal arts and specifically, Lawrence. However, I was skeptical that an eager 18-year-old would look across the table at a middle-aged woman, not currently working, and be inspired to choose Lawrence. I was supposed to help get students to go to Lawrence, not turn them away. My LU friends (lawyers, doctors, business owners, artists, professors, actuaries, musicians, architects, etc.) would be much better equipped to inspire an incoming college student. But my underemployment is a choice and a privilege that one day teenagers might be able to understand, so I went ahead and scheduled interviews with a handful of students. The one that stuck out the most was David Brooker. He was an Appleton native/townie, played tennis, was interested in a government major (all the same for me) and went to high school in my kids’ district. This was perfect. We met at Starbucks and chatted easily. David was smart, charming, enthusiastic and had a great sense of humor. I could tell instantly he would thrive at Lawrence. So, I shared my story about going to France, the Washington semester, and that my favorite and most memorable class was an Intro to Studio Art class I took my senior year—a random, yet interesting, fact. He ended with saying Lawrence was a strong contender for its academics, reputation and opportunity—but also because Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Ken Anselment had hand-delivered his Lawrence acceptance letter to him at Appleton North High School. And in true Ken fashion, he was sporting his Superman socks. That was impressive.

Three months later I entered the Fox Cities Racquet Club, and whom do I see sitting at the front desk? David Brooker. I re-introduced myself since we were both out of context and then curiously asked, ‘Are you going to Lawrence?’ He answered, ‘Yes!’ Yes, indeed—he is a full-time student and working a part-time job at the tennis club. I was so happy for him. Over the next few years we chatted weekly about school, classes, professors, LU culture, his ambition to graduate in three years, his grassroots political volunteering, off-campus programs and the fact that he ordered a Flat White at Starbucks. He confessed it was the worst-tasting drink he has ever had, but he drank it nonetheless. Then a few weeks ago he stuns me by telling me he is taking an Intro to Studio Art class. I was so thrilled to hear this; I hope that my story was his inspiration to take this class. We talked about how hard this class is, how impressive artistic ability is, and how it works such a different part of your brain. He recently elaborated on a collection of art they had studied from Elizabeth Ann Richardson M-D’40, who was a Red Cross volunteer during World War II. Remaining members of her family gave the art collection to LU as they settled the family’s estate. From the ’40s to the ’90s to present day, Lawrentians are being connected through art. 

I couldn’t be prouder of David’s choice of school, courses, personal achievements and amazing work ethic. Connecting with another generation of Lawrence students has been a fantastic experience. I certainly am not taking credit for his attendance or performance at LU, but I have an enormous sense of pride in knowing how well he fits in and encouraging him to take Intro to Studio Art. If I was a betting woman, I’d put my money on Dean Ken Anselment’s Superman socks sealing the deal for David to be a Lawrentian.”

Yang Hu ’10

Headshot of Yang Hu '10Yang Hu ’10 began volunteering for Career Services almost immediately after graduation. A senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting, Yang has hosted tours for the Lawrence Scholars in Business trips to Chicago and offered his advice to current students. As an international alumnus, Yang has a strong connection to international students and the unique challenges they face in the job market. This past year, Yang helped start a program for international students to be mentored by international alumni. The mentoring program is now expanding after a successful pilot year. Yang has found his experience with this mentor program quite rewarding. “Through a year-long program, we were able to make a lasting impact on the mentees’ time at Lawrence. Last year, as a senior, one mentee was not sure what he wanted to do after Lawrence. His GPA wasn’t very high, and he was discouraged by the political rhetoric to reduce legal skill-based immigration in the U.S. Luckily, he had a great mentor who encouraged him and helped him discover his passion in data science. The two of them worked tirelessly together, and he eventually landed a job in Chicago before graduation. When he told me that he couldn't have done it without this mentor and our program, I knew all our work was worth the effort."

Mary Jo Hibbert Powell ’75

Headshot of Mary Jo Hibbert PowellMary Jo Hibbert Powell ’75 has been volunteering for Lawrence for decades. Having served as class secretary and on Reunion committees, Mary Jo has worked hard to keep her classmates connected with each other and Lawrence. When the new class leadership team model was rolled out last year, Mary Jo was one of the first in her class to jump on board. When she heard that the Class of 1976 had no class leadership team volunteers, she happily filled in.

“Being a part of my class leadership team has allowed me to become better acquainted with the university, my classmates, and current students, faculty and administration. I live in Texas, which is admittedly a long way from Appleton. I once felt somewhat disconnected, but that changed once I started helping plan reunions, raising money for our 40th reunion class gift, and becoming responsible for Legacy Circle solicitations for the Class of ’75. The Alumni and Constituency Engagement (ACE) staff, who works closely with class leadership team members, took the time to discover my special interests and found the perfect Lawrence opportunity for me to support financially. In the early 1970s, there was little opportunity for anything other than ‘academic’ writing at Lawrence. Because the ACE folks knew of my interest in journalism, fiction and non-fiction writing, they got me involved in the prose writing program, a wonderful opportunity for all sorts of writers within the university community under the leadership of David McGlynn of the English department. Being able to support this program financially has made me feel much more connected to Lawrence, and it’s an opportunity I don’t believe I would have had without being a member of the class leadership team.”

Katelin Richter Davis ’12

Headshot of Katelin Richter DavisPrior to 2015, Katelin Richter Davis ’12 volunteered almost exclusively with the Career Services programs, hosting the Lawrence Scholars in Business trip to the Twin Cities and serving on career panels. However, for the past two years, Katelin has been serving as a core member of the LU Club of the Twin Cities committee. Along with co-chair Valeska Okragly ’03 and other committee members, Katelin has planned numerous events to help connect alumni with each other and Lawrence. “One of my favorite experiences was hosting Valeska Okragly ’03 and Ravi Katkar ’06 at my apartment to hash out a draft mission and program plan for the LU Club of the Twin Cities; it was great to talk through how our Lawrence experiences were transformational for each of us and how we could carry that experience forward to our local alumni community.”

Terra Winston ’00

Headshot of Terra WinstonAs a member of the Lawrence University Alumni Association Board of Directors, Terra Winston ’00 has been a dedicated volunteer for Lawrence. Terra co-chairs the Awards Committee of the alumni board, which selects between five and seven Lawrentians to honor with an alumni award each year. Through her service on the alumni board, Terra has renewed her connection with Lawrence and helped to reconnect other alumni with the university. “I often say that my parents raised me, but I grew up at Lawrence. What I mean by this was that Lawrence was the place where I first pushed out of my comfort zone. I first traveled with Lawrence overseas and had to set up an apartment for myself. Lawrence was the first place where I learned about my voice and learned to advocate for myself and for others. It challenged me in a number of ways and really set me up for my current work. I volunteer with Lawrence because I want the current students to have a place that will both support them and challenge them in ways that will set them up for their futures.”