Gateway to Service….. Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Welcome to the Office of Alumni Relations

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The Office of Alumni Relations is dedicated to serving the Washington Adventist University Alumni Community.  The Office of Alumni Relations provides alumni and friends of the university with information about, connection to, and opportunities for support of Washington Adventist University and its mission as a learning community dedicated to the Seventh-day Adventist Christian vision of service and excellence.

Please use the links to your right to explore what the Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association is doing to keep you informed and connected. 

Office of Alumni Relations 301.891.4125 | alumni@wau.edu

Meet our Staff

Tanya Sweeney, Executive Director of Development

Tanya worked for almost 20 years in sales and marketing in the telecommunications industry with AT&T, Lucent Technologies and COMNET International Co., a Chicago software development company before making the transition from the corporate world to the non-profit arena in 2006. At that time she began working as Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Union County in Elizabeth, NJ, then as Director of Major Gifts for the Epilepsy Foundation headquarters in Landover, MD, and most recently as Director of Development at Friendship Place in Washington, DC, a homeless services provider. She joined Washington Adventist University in March, 2017.

She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, a MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a certificate in Executive Management from Northwestern University.

Knowing how God has guided her life, she holds Proverbs 3:5-6 as her favorite scripture - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He shall direct your paths."

You can reach Tanya at 301-576-0105 or tsweeney@wau.edu.

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Lahna Farver, Executive Assistant for the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations

Lahna joined the Advancement and Alumni Relations team in 2006. For the last ten years she has given leadership, support, and creative innovation for the office’s daily operations and strategic goals.

As a lifelong educator one of her favorite quotes is by Lee Iacocca, “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less.”

You can reach Lahna at 301-891-4133 or lfarver@wau.edu

- THE SCHOOLS -

School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.