Welcoming Our New Alumni Association Board of Directors President

By IC Staff, September 4, 2021
Tanya Hutchins ’89, named new president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Dear IC friends,

We are very pleased to introduce and welcome our new president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Tanya Hutchins ’89, a graduate of the Roy H. Park School of Communications.

Tanya has been an incredible volunteer and donor, and deeply understands the needs of alumni, having actively served as an ambassador for Ithaca College and the alumni association for many years. She has provided important leadership as the president of the Washington, D.C., area alumni chapter and chair of the alumni board’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, facilitating the creation of its Inclusive Excellence Position Statement in support of the board’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

Tanya’s commitment to students is evident through her involvement at IC as a regular classroom speaker for the Park School and as a mentor for students. She has also consulted with the college on important initiatives including the Center for IDEAS; the Office of Access, Opportunity, and Achievement; and the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services.

We are also pleased to welcome the board’s new vice president, Lynnore Thames ’89, a graduate of the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Lynnore has been a longtime IC volunteer leader and donor, serving as a member of the alumni board’s Bylaws Committee, an annual ambassador at Network Nights, a speaker at alumni events, a representative for the alumni board with the Park School’s board of advocates, and a mentor and classroom speaker. 

In addition, the board is happy to welcome six new directors: Jennifer Cooley Fleisher ’92 (Health Sciences and Human Performance), Lauren Kaufman ’09 (Park), Karen Jennings McCarren ’98 (Health Sciences and Human Performance), Tarshene Miller-Greaves (Humanities and Sciences), Sarah Nix ’96 (Park), and Alyssa Orlando ’14 (Park). We are excited to have such an incredible and committed cohort of IC alumni serving on the alumni board!

As in-person gatherings slowly start to become a reality, everyone at the college looks forward to having the opportunity to see you at upcoming events. IC Alumni Homecoming Weekend 2021 (October 1–3) will be an especially great time to see friends, celebrate class reunions, and enjoy the Ithaca College campus while it’s brimming with energy!

As we reflect on the past year with so many upheavals and uncertainty in the world, we are thankful for you, our alumni, families, and friends, for supporting us through and through. In looking to the future, we know Ithaca College will be strong because of you, as you are the very heart of Ithaca Forever.

If you have questions or suggestions for the alumni board, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at alumni@ithaca.edu. We want to hear all your creative ideas for how we can support you or keep you involved with the college.