Why Join?

Members of the Young Alumni Advisory Council make a tangible difference through their direct work with the College's administration, departments and other volunteer organizations.  Our topics of discussion and action are extraordinarily timely and important to the future of the institution.  If you want to make a difference today, this is where you should be.  Council membership is a primary means of "paying it forward" where member skills, knowledge and experience are vital tools in the effort to sustain and invigorate the Institution.


The purposes of this Council shall be to support the development and continued sustainability of Berea College, to encourage fellowship and social activity among the young alumni of the College, to promote communication and provide information among young alumni and while developing opportunities for dialogue between young alumni and other segments of the College community, to assist the College’s development efforts with the young alumni and to promote fund raising within the Council, and to support the College’s mission and the Great Commitments of Berea College and other governing documents of the institution.  


Member responsibilities include serving as an ambassador for our alma mater daily, attending teleconference meetings, Homecoming meeting and events, and more. Our group has found electronic communication to be our primary means of identifying needs, developing solutions and collaborating. The organizational structure provides for a President, Past-President, President-Elect, Executive Vice President and at large members. The Executive Committee is entrusted with providing leadership to the Council through a variety of ongoing responsibilities Membership requires commitment and engaged action. The YAAC does a lot of heavy lifting of the mind and body, but the effort and challenge is most rewarding. Members find that the more they give, the more they receive.

Contact Us

Missy Naseman Rivera '05
Young Alumni Advisory Council President
Email: nasemanm@gmail.com

Lisa Colletti-Jones
Coordinator of Student, Young Alumni and Volunteer and Engagement Programs
Email: lisa_colletti-jones@berea.edu