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Donor Funds Scholarships in Honor of Four College Trustees

January 02, 2013

Category: Academics, Alumni, Gifts, History & Politics


An anonymous donor has provided funds to established endowed scholarships at Catawba in honor of four members of the Board of Trustees.

The scholarships were created to recognize the contributions of Trustees Daniel "Dan" Bross '71 of Issaquah, Wash., William "Bill" Graham '83 of Salisbury, Richard "Dick" Seiwell '67 of West Chester, Pa., and Mona Lisa Wallace of Salisbury.

BrossDaniel "Dan" T. Bross '71
A native of East Berlin, Pa., Bross currently serves as Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft. After Catawba, he taught junior high school for two years at Corriher-Lipe in Landis, NC before earning a master's degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University. Following graduate school, he worked as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill before joining United Energy Resources as Director of Legislative Affairs in their Washington office. He was transferred to Houston, Texas, and spent two years leading United Energy's State Government Affairs and Community Affairs teams. Dan then spent 10 years in the non-profit sector where he held a variety of positions including Executive Director of AIDS Action Council in Washington, D.C. Dan joined Downey Chandler, Inc., a public affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C., in 1994 where he represented Microsoft. Dan and his partner, Bob Cundall, moved to the Seattle area when Dan joined Microsoft in 1998.      

He was included in "Treasury & Risk" magazine's annual "100 Most Influential People in Finance" list for 2012. He serves as vice chair of the Board of Net Impact; vice chair of The Conference Board's Committee on Political Accountability; a member of The Conference Board's Committee on Sustainability and is a member of the Advisory Board of Boston College's Center for Corporate Citizenship. He joined the Catawba College Board of Trustees in 1997.

William "Bill" Graham '83
GrahamGraham is a partner at Wallace and Graham Law Firm in Salisbury. He majored in political science at Catawba and went on to law school, completing his juris doctorate at Wake Forest University School of Law. He began his legal career prosecuting in Rowan and Cabarrus counties before joining the law firm of Wallace and Whitley in Salisbury.

He was asked to serve on Catawba's Board of Trustees in 2000 and now serves as its vice chair. He recently chaired the Board's Presidential Search Committee that recommended his alma mater's 23rd president, Brien Lewis. He has served on Catawba's Board of Visitors. Graham was candidate for N.C. Governor in 2008.

He met his wife, Shari '83, also a Catawba graduate, while the two were students in college. The two are parents of son Perry, a senior at Southern Methodist University, and daughter Caroline, a senior at Salisbury High School.

Richard "Dick" Seiwell '67
SeiwellSeiwell is a partner in Seiwell Advisors, LLC. He graduated from Catawba and went onto Ohio State University as a University Fellow where he earned his M.B.A. In 1977, he received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He was a founding partner and director of research for Cashman, Farrell & Associates, Inc.

He was tapped for service on the Catawba Board of Trustees in 1986 and has served continuously since that time. He chairs the Board's finance and endowment committee. He has served as a director and chair of the investment committee of New Covenant Trust Company.

Married to wife Linda, the two are parents of adult children, Andrew Porter, a first year medical school student at Texas A&M, and Julie, founder of JJ Design in Washington, D.C.

Mona Lisa Wallace
WallaceWallace is a founding partner of Wallace and Graham, P.A., in Salisbury, a firm that represents individuals in occupational disease claims and other workers compensation and civil cases. She earned her undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill, graduating a National Merit Scholar there, before earning her law degree from Wake Forest University.

She joined the Catawba Board of Trustees in 2002, after serving on the College's Board of Visitors, a Board she chaired for two years. She serves on the Hood Theological Seminary Board of Trustees and is a former member of the Wake Forest School of Law Board of Visitors. She is active in the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, the largest public interest law firm in the nation, and has served as its president, and currently serves on its executive committee and board of directors.

Married to husband Lee, the two are parents of adult daughters, Whitney and Lane.


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