Where Are They Now?
Profiles of Past Student Body Presidents
Ever wonder what happened to your student leaders at Westminster? Student Government Association and Associated Students of Westminster College presidents have always been some of the most well-known, passionate, and active students on campus. As Westminster prepares to celebrate the grand opening of the Kim T. Adamson Alumni House and reunions for the classes of ’38, ’48, ’58, ’68, ’78, ’88, ’98, and 2003, we wanted to catch up with some former SGA/ASWC presidents.
JOSEPH W. CLARKE, (’68)
Student Government Association President, 1968
After graduating from Westminster with two bachelor’s degrees, one in sociology and the other in speech/theatre, Joseph Clarke went on to a fulfilling career in social work. Joseph says the best part of his life was when he focused his time and talent on helping the developmentally disabled in Sonoma, California.
In 1965, Joseph married his Westminster sweetheart, Judy Clarke (Spencer) (’75). They have two children and five grandchildren. Now retired, Joseph spent a good deal of time in seminary, which allowed him to travel the country spreading goodwill. He ended up in Washington state, where he has lived for the past 13 years. Joseph is planning on attending Reunion Weekend this fall, where he hopes to see many of his classmates.
Helen Langan, (’98, MPC ’07)
ASWC President, 1998
Helen Langan’s career in politics has come full circle from the Westminster campus. After serving as ASWC President in 1997–98, she graduated and was selected to intern in the Clinton White House Press Office. From there she accepted a full-time communications position with US Senator Bernie Sanders. She returned to Salt Lake City after 9/11, and Westminster hired her as a consultant for the inauguration of President Michael Bassis, which led to her coordinating the college’s strategic plan approved. With the president inaugurated and the strategic plan approved, the college knew that her talents and media expertise could be valuable in the Office of Communications. Helen stayed at Westminster for four years, finishing her Master of Professional Communication degree. She left Westminster again in June of 2007 to take a position in public relations with a local firm, the Summit Group.
However, the lure of political life was strong for Helen, who had always been active in Democratic politics in Utah. For four years, she has been one of Utah’s Democratic National Committeewomen, and she has worked on several local campaigns. Another turning point in her career occurred this past January. Helen had worked on the Salt Lake City mayoral campaign for Ralph Becker. He was so impressed that he asked her to be his deputy communications director.
We know that 2008 will be a good one for Helen. She married Jared Conger in June, and Helen won’t miss her 10-year Westminster reunion!
Ana Fonua, (’04)
ASWC President, 2003
Shortly after her graduation, this Westminster political science major moved to Chicago to begin a career in the fashion industry. Starting as an account representative for designer clothier Chanel, Ana began making a name in the industry and was soon offered a position representing Ralph Lauren’s Polo line. In August 2007, she left Polo to take an opportunity as a buyer for Sears Holding. “This is corporate America,” Ana says. She’s enjoys her fast-paced Chicago lifestyle and takes advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. This fall she will begin a Master of Business Administration program at DePaul University.
Ana credits much of her success to Westminster. “It made me a well-rounded individual.” One aspect she remembers as having a huge impact is Westminster’s lecture series, especially hearing presidential candidate Ralph Nader speak on campus. Ana hopes all of her classmates are doing well and are out changing the world. “Westminster is an open environment for learning. I hope my classmates are doing their part to get the knowledge they need to accomplish whatever they set out to do.”
Speaking of “where are they now,” you can be instrumental in helping us find some of our former student leaders from the class years we will be celebrating this fall. We are looking for the following people: Michael Hansen, 1988; Wayne Carey, 1978; Martin Allred, 1958; and Ralph Lubeck, 1948. Please contact the Alumni Office at 866.WC.ALUMNI or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have updated contact information for any of these people.