AEC members

Get to Know the AEC

Created: January 13, 2020  |  Last Updated: September 1, 2020  |  Category: ,   |  Tagged: ,

The Alumni Executive Council (AEC) is a dedicated group of alumni focused on strengthening the Washington & Jefferson College connection for alumni and students.

AEC members, who serve three-year terms, represent a variety of majors, class years, and geographical areas. Get to know some of the 20-person council below and learn more about the entire AEC at

Steve Martin ’81, President

Sewickley, Pennsylvania

An active mentor to W&J students, Steve values the ongoing relationships he has with his W&J mentors, including economics and accounting faculty like Professor Emeritus of Economics and Business K. Wayne Robison, C.P.A. As a retired financial service executive at PNC Bank, Steve has focused his career on developing and building relationships and has used this experience to help students and young alumni accelerate their careers.

“I want to leverage my experience and time to help the College move forward in pursuit of strategic objectives. I also want to serve as a conduit to other alumni to understand and represent their interests in the College.”

Elizabeth Wood Sanders ’96

Lumberton, North Carolina

Elizabeth has put her English major from W&J to good use in her years since graduation. She is the lead English teacher at Bladen Early College High School and an author with E. Marie Sanders Ink! Publishing. Elizabeth is involved with Faith Tabernacle Christian Center (youth minister and dance leader), North Carolina Association of Educators, and the North Carolina English Teachers Association.

“I hope to contribute to the collective voice of the alumni and to help others understand that even though our time of study on campus is over, we have a responsibility to our alma mater’s reputation and sustainability now more than ever.”

Brenden Kelley, Esq. ’12

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

With some of his favorite memories at W&J including debating politics with Professor of Political Science Joseph DiSarro, Ph.D., after class, it is no surprise Brenden is now an attorney, practicing with Wuliger & Wuliger. Outside the classroom, he fondly remembers his Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brothers and unique experiences like traveling to The Gambia with Professor of Political Science Buba Misawa, Ph.D. 

“More than just the memories, W&J taught me so much about myself and left an incredible mark on who I am today. That’s why I give back to W&J.”


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