As the new president of Wittenberg’s Alumni
Board, Megan P. McCann ’93 has extensive
ties to the university. After graduating with a B.A.
in English, McCann worked for the Office of
Admission as an admission counselor, recruiting
students from both stateside and abroad. She has
remained connected to the college ever since,
including serving on the Alumni Board for the
last two years.
“It is a great honor and privilege to continue
supporting the university in this capacity,”
McCann said. “I look most forward to working
with all of our wonderful alumni who serve on
our Alumni Board. The Board represents the interests of all
our 25,000 living alumni, and I hope that we can ensure that
their voices are heard as we work collectively to advance our
A founding member of Geneva Technical
Services, L.L.C., an IT professional services firm
based in Chicago, McCann currently serves as its
director of operations. Her career in information
technology began more than 10 years ago at
another professional services organization where
she held key recruiting and sales positions.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., McCann also
volunteers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation
of Illinois, where she serves as a Wish Granter.
In addition, she serves on the Wish Policy
Committee and the Associate Board. McCann
worked on the 2006 Wish Ball Committee for
the 20th Anniversary Celebration and served as a chair of
the 2007 Wish Ball where more than $960,000 was raised
in support of the Foundation, an increase of $460,000 from
the previous year.
Beals Leads Alumni Relations Efforts
Linda Prain Beals ’87, interim
director of alumni engagement,
has been named the new director
of alumni relations. Beals bring
e x tensive e xperienc e to t he
position, including more than 18
years in college admissions.
“I’m honored to have t he
opportunity to work with our amazing
alumni on a daily basis,” Beals said.
“Their stories and their lifelong connections to Wittenberg inspire
me, and I hope that we, as a university, can celebrate these connections
through a range of unique alumni programming efforts.”
Originally from Avon, Conn., Beals has numerous connections to
Wittenberg. Her brother is a 1984 graduate, and her sister graduated
in 1989. She is also married to 1988 alumnus Brad Beals.
Active on campus while a student, Beals, who majored in
sociology, was a four-year letter winner in field hockey, a Shifter
and a member of Chi Omega sorority. She began her Wittenberg
career in 1999 as an associate director of admission and served
as interim director in 2004.
Petersen Tapped As Assistant Director
Ashley Petersen ’07 of Loveland,
Ohio, has been named the assistant
director of alumni relations.
Peterson began her position on
During her senior year, Petersen
helped to develop the university’s
Community Partners Program
with Amy Holden ’07. Under
the supervision of Lin Erickson,
director of government, foundation and corporate relations in
Wittenberg’s Office of Advancement, the program capitalizes
on the institution’s urban setting as it seeks to “foster beneficial
partnerships between community organizations and the university
to improve the quality of life in the greater Springfield area.”
As assistant director, Peterson will provide support for
alumni programming and various Alumni Chapter activities.
Wittenberg currently has 15 chapters in the United States,
including Boston, Denver, Sarasota, Seattle, Chicago, New
York City, Washington, D.C., and throughout Ohio. For more
on all the chapters, log on to www.wittenberg.edu.