Willamette Announces Alumni Award Winners
Laila J. Cook '98
Young Alumni Leadership Award
Laila Cook is the manager of development for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon. She is responsible for raising more than a million dollars annually to help fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Cook has also served as director of stewardship and events for the Catlin Gabel School, director of the Children's Ministry for Vermont Hills United Methodist Church and as the Eastside area coordinator for Willamette University's residence halls. Cook's service to Willamette extends into all areas of the University, from fund raising and alumni networking to admissions and event planning. She has served as a class agent for the Willamette Fund, a Career Network volunteer, and is an avid Cardinal and Gold booster. Cook received her bachelor of arts in political science, and she is currently working on a master's degree in public administration at Portland State University.