January 31, 2017 - New Member Celebration

We inducted our newest Rotarian to the Ellensburg Downtown Club family, Dr. Jenna Hyatt.  Dr. Hyatt is the Director of Residence Life and New Student Programs at Central Washington University, which means she oversees the life of students on campus and all orientation programs that support students transitioning to CWU. Dr. Hyatt also teaches masters level students at CWU in the graduate program for higher education. Dr. Hyatt has served on many national boards for her profession and has presented at national conferences on many topics including generational theory and the impact on teaching and learning.

Dr. Hyatt is a married to Gary Hyatt, Associate Athletic Director at CWU. They met as undergraduates at CWU while both playing rugby!  They have 3 boys. Tommy, is 17 and a senior at EHS (Student body president, NHS, FCA, student varsity athlete in Swimming and Tennis for EHS, Honors student and college bound). William is 7 years old and a 1st grader at Lincoln Elementary. He is on the EAST Swim and plays soccer. A tragedy took their middle son Henry in a sledding accident 2003-2008. Henry would be 13 now. Jenna and her family live in Ellensburg. She completed her undergraduate degree at CWU in the early 90s. She went on to complete her masters degree in Indiana and then married Gary Hyatt. Days after their wedding they moved to Tucson Arizona where Jenna served for three years at the University of Arizona in Student Affairs and Gary as a Football coach and high school teacher.

They then went on to Dallas Texas and lived there for ten years working at Southern Methodist University as a Director and Gary as a Division I football coach. Jenna completed her doctoral degree from the Univeristy of North Texas.  Both have many family in the state of Washington and the pull to come 'home' to Ellensburg was strong. They live in the University Historic District neighborhood on East Tenth a few homes down from the CWU Presidents home. They have now lived here in Ellensburg for almost 10 years.

We are fortunate to have Dr. Hyatt joining the "fun" club, so please join me in welcoming Dr. Jenna Hyatt!!