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Welcome new National Advisory Council members

Three new members have joined the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council as of July 1 for FY2015. We'd like you to meet them.

Barbara Bassi

Barbara Bassi

    Barbara Bassi graduated from WSU in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, majoring in secondary education-business education. While a student at WSU, she served for five years as the student assistant to President Ahlberg. She also was involved in the Student Activities Council. Bassi has supported the College of Education for many years. She is well-traveled and has lived in several cities around the world. Her husband, Pete, is the retired president and chairman of Yum Restaurants International and was a featured speaker in 2013 for the James P. Schwartz Lecture Series at WSU. Barbara and Pete reside in Newport Coast, Calif.

Jeff DeGraffenreid

Jeff DeGraffenreid

    Jeff DeGraffenreid graduated from WSU in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He was active as a student, participating in the Student Government Association and other groups. His juris doctor is from Washburn University. DeGraffenreid is deputy general counsel at Spirit AeroSystems. Prior, he worked as litigation partner at Foulston Siefkin LLP. DeGraffenreid has supported many areas of WSU, including the WSU Alumni Association, the Gordon Parks Papers Collection Fund, Men’s Basketball Margin of Excellence and the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization (SASO). He is a member of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisory Board and a life member of the WSU Alumni Association, serving as its board president from 2002-2003, and on various committees through the years. DeGraffenreid is a recipient of the Young Alumni Award. He has served on the boards of SASO and the Intercollegiate Athletic Association. He and his wife, Kelley, also a WSU alumna, reside in Sedgwick.

Gene Zaid

Gene Zaid

    Gene Zaid graduated from WSU with a Master of Science in chemistry in 1977. His undergraduate degree in business is from Kansas Wesleyan and he has a doctorate in mathematics from California. Zaid is the former owner and current CEO of JACAM Chemical Company, a company he founded in his garage in 1982. Zaid has contributed to the Gene Zaid Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry, established by Clay Blair, in addition to the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Ablah Library. He has authored nearly 40 patents and was one of the top three finalists for the Lemelson-MIT Inventor of the Year award in 1995. He and wife, Michelle, live in Sterling.