Jill Rouw is a retired business owner and perpetual volunteer, community leader, mentor, and proud alumnus of Skagit Valley College. She has made—and continues to make—an enormous impact on her community. In recognition of that impact, Jill was recently awarded the SWAN Lifetime Achievement Award.
At SVC, Jill was a “returning” student (in her early thirties), as are many of today’s SVC students. After SVC, she completed an accounting degree at WWU, and then passed her CPA exam. She started her own firm and for many years provided accounting and tax services to area businesses and families.
Jill has joined the SVC Foundation Legacy Society by including support for students in her will. We are thankful for the many contributions from this outstanding alum!
In 2010, Mike Witmer retired from Skagit Valley College. He had begun as an instructor in psychology in 1973. During his 37 years he served as an instructor, department chair, faculty union president, assistant coach, musician and aficionado of the blues, KSVR disc jockey, and mentor and friend to students and colleagues.
Skagit Valley College Foundation recently learned that Mike’s commitment to education and generosity to students did not end with his retirement. He intends to establish a scholarship for students in behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology and anthropology) at Skagit Valley College. Mike has included the Foundation in his will. When the bequest is received, it will be used to establish the scholarship he envisions.
Mark DeForrest grew up on a small farm outside of Anacortes, Washington and attended Skagit Valley College as a first-generation college student after graduating from Anacortes High School. He was a member of the SVC student body government and earned his Associate of Arts degree in 1990. Mark then attended Western Washington University graduating with a degree in history, followed by Gonzaga University School of Law as a Thomas More Scholar. While in law school he was a member of the Moot Court Council, an associate editor of the Gonzaga Law Review, and a George Washington Fellow with the Discovery Institute, a public policy foundation located in Seattle, Washington.
Mark looks back on his time at SVC as a formative time in his personal and academic development. He is proud to be a Skagit Valley College Cardinal and grateful to the faculty, staff and fellow students who he worked with and learned from during his time at SVC. Go Cardinals!