Distinguished Alumni Citation

Laurie (Monnes) Anderson ’68
Area: Public Service

Laurie Monnes Anderson received a degree in biology from Willamette and was an active participant in the Pi Beta Phi sorority, university choir, acting and Honeybears. She has continued to be involved with Willamette over the years, including service as part of Mentor Day, and was nominated for an earlier alumni citation in 2003. Following her graduation from Willamette, she went on to pursue a master’s degree in biology and a BSN from Radford. She used this education to succeed as a public health nurse and manager for a number of years.

Following her professional development, Monnes Anderson was elected to the Oregon School Board Association and the Gresham-Barlow School District Board of Directors in the 1990s. She participated in the Oregon Women’s Health and Wellness Alliance, the Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition, the Oregon Environmental Council, the PERS Special Session 5 Committee, the Interim Task Force on Health Care Personnel, the Drug & Alcohol Abuse Council, the Commission on Children & Families, and the Pain Commission.

Monnes Anderson was elected for two-terms as State Representative (District 50) beginning in 2001 and was elected in 2004 as Oregon State Senator (District 25). She was re-elected in November 2008 and has been selected as deputy majority leader by her senate peers.

Monnes Anderson also takes part in the Gresham Chamber of Commerce, Mount Hood Legacy Medical Center Foundation Board, Human Solutions Board, Oregon League of Women Voters and the Gresham United Methodist Church. She enjoys golfing when she manages to find some spare time.