The NAU Alumni Association Board Mission and Vision

2017 NAUAA Board of Directors

Join Us

A Board member's role includes contributing to defining the organization’s mission, along with governing and actively participating in the fulfillment of that mission, and to carry out the functions of a board member.

If you’re a Northern Arizona University alumn, and you have a desire to be actively involved, we encourage you to apply for a position on our board. Nominations and applications are accepted throughout the year. For more information about becoming a board member, send us an email.

*Please note that opportunities on the NAU Alumni Board of Directors are limited and are based on the diverse needs of the board at any given time. Applications are reviewed annually. Refer to the deadline noted on the application. 


The mission of the NAU Alumni Association is to advance the interests of Northern Arizona University. The Association will accomplish this by providing a medium through which alumni can contribute to the welfare of the university in the areas of advocacy, counsel, student recruitment and fundraising. The Association will foster a spirit of commitment and loyalty between alumni and the university; promote beneficial relationships among its members; acquaint alumni with the progress and needs of the university; and communicate the needs of alumni to the university.


NAU Alumni will take pride in the university and value a lifelong connection.

Your Board

The 19 voting members of the Board of Directors support and direct the efforts of the Northern Arizona University Alumni Association, which represents a base of more than 150,000 alumni.

The board convenes on a quarterly basis, and its committees meet regularly via conference calls to formulate and execute plans, policies, and programs, and to give advice to the executive director.


Marissa Graves, '09 (Finance and Accountancy) President
Heidi Hansen, '91 (Communication) Vice President
Colleen Belford, '06 (Marketing and Accountancy) Secretary/Parliamentarian
Chris Petroff, '03 (Management) Immediate Past President


Josh Aldred, '03 (Civil Engineering)
Ben Allen, '03 (Finance) Fundraising Chair
C.J. Fay, '02 (Electronic Media)
Debbie Grogan, '90 (Political Science)
Stephanie Hastings, '96 (Hotel and Restaurant Management) 
Carol Lindsay, '61 (English)
Carmelle Malkovich, '03 (Public Relations and Advertising)
Joe Mead, '83 (Telecommunications)
Bill Nyman, '70 (Marketing)
Bob Orrill, '80 (Marketing) Traditions Chair
Steve Pallack, '82 (Arts and Sciences) Nominations Chair
DeeAnn Palin, '93 (Communication) NAU Foundation Board Chair
Katie Patten, '09 (Marketing) Alumni Outreach Chair
Janet SweigART, '83 (Interior Design)


Marketing and Communications
Alumni Outreach