PULLMAN, Wash. – Members of Washington State University’s task force coordinating the university’s efforts to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina have been announced by task force co-chairs Melanie Brown, WSU Community Service Learning Center director, and Tom Brigham, professor of psychology and assistant to the president


The task force, which includes representatives of major WSU student, faculty, and staff groups, supports existing relief activities and identifies and develops additional relief projects that may be supported by the university community. A subgroup of the task force has already spearheaded two relief efforts, Operation Good Samaritan and Backpacks for Hope.


In addition to Brown and Brigham, members include Cynthia Avery, administrative manager, political science; Mary Gresch, associate vice president, Strategic Communication and Marketing; DaVina Hoyt, president, Graduate and Professional Students Association; Larry James, associate executive vice president, Office of the Provost; Nina Kim, president Council of Multicultural Presidents; and Mike King, vice president, Associated Students of WSU.


Members also include David J. Leonard, assistant professor, Department of Comparative Ethic Studies; Megan Masias, undergraduate representing the greek system; Tim Marsh, University Relations; Rene Scourey, communications/donor relations vice president, WSU Foundation; Ken Struckmeyer, horticulture and landscape architecture associate professor and Faculty Senate chair; Eric Trumble, president, Residence Hall Association; and Mark Wilcomb, WSU Alumni Association operations director.