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Elise Hamner
Foundation Director
Kelsey Guenther
Foundation Developer

(541) 888-7211 or (541) 888-7209
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Your gifts make education possible

When you choose to support the Southwestern Foundation you are choosing to improve people's lives right here in our local community. We fundraise and “friend-raise” to support our students through scholarships, volunteerism and community collaboration.

Some of our most impactful work is providing scholarships. This year, the Southwestern Foundation will award more than 100 scholarships to students attending Southwestern. More than half of our students are the first in their families to go to college and are enrolled to pursue professional and high-tech training. Without this assistance, many of our students could not attend college.

Other special projects we invest in help our students on their paths to become tomorrow's leaders. Our current focus is on faculty innovation, and continuing our campaign to complete a new health and science technology building.

This is all made possible thanks to the support of generous donors who care about education and our community.

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Meet our Board of Trustees and Staff

Who We Are

We are fortunate in the SWOCC Foundation to have a committed board of trustees made up of business and community leaders, and alumni. These individuals are passionate about our college and committed to meeting students where they are and in equitable ways to help all students thrive. Our Foundation staff and volunteers strive to connect donors, alumni and friends with SWOCC in ways that are meaningful and create opportunities for diverse students of all ages and interests. 100% of gifts to our Foundation support scholarships, faculty excellence and capital investment. This in turn is important to our college in ensuring students complete studies, SWOCC attracts inspiring faculty and we maintain world-class facilities.


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Mark Wall
Chairman

Land and Timber Manager, Roseburg Resources Co.

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Judy Ann Mogan
Vice Chairwoman

Owner, My Yarn Shop

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Carolyn Thompson
Secretary

Certified Public Accountant, Carolyn D. Thompson CPA LLC

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Donna Nichols
Treasurer

Community Affairs (consulant), Jordan Cove LNG LLC

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Suzy Callery
Trustee

Retired educator

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Dr. John Flaxel
Trustee

Retired Ophthalmologist, Bay Eye Clinic

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Dr. Patti Gates, O.D.
Trustee

Optometrist, Coos Bay Vision Center

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Caddy McKeown
Trustee

State Representative, House District 9

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Terri Porcaro
Trustee

General Manager, The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park

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Arnie Roblan
Trustee

State Senator, Senate District 5

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James Turner
Trustee

Director of Projects, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

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Our Mission

We support Southwestern Oregon Community College through promotion of philanthropy to improve people’s lives – socially, culturally, economically and educationally – through Friend-raising and Fundraising.

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