Meet Our Staff

Reed Sheard

Reed Sheard, Vice President for College Advancement and Chief Information Officer, joined Westmont in October 2008. He comes from Spring Arbor University in Michigan where he served as vice president and CIO for five years. [more]

Steve Baker

Stephen Baker, Associate Vice President for College Advancement, has been in the Development/Advancement field for 26 years. He spent three years directing and managing capital campaigns for Community Counseling Service, an international fundraising [more]

Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas, Assistant Vice President for College Advancement, has served in nonprofit leadership roles for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Westmont in January 2015, he was executive director of Free Arts Minnesota. [more]

Alex Nizet

Alex Nizet, Senior Director of Development, received a B.A. in Philosophy at UC Berkeley and a J.D. from McGeorge School of Law. A licensed attorney in California, Alex went on to receive his Master of Divinity from Yale University. [more]

Annette Richards

Annette Richards, Regional Director of Development, joined Westmont in January of 2008. She is based in Newport Beach and represents the college in both Orange and San Diego Counties. Annette has a B.A. in Economics and Business from Westmont. [more]


Kati Buehler

Kati Buehler, Senior Director of Gift Planning, joined Westmont in 2007. She enjoys helping alumni, parents and friends of the college think of creative ways to support Westmont through their wills, trusts, and other planned gift strategies. [more]

Mona Motte Wilds

Mona Motte Wilds, Director of Gift Planning, has worked in development for a variety of non-profit and educational organizations including the United Way, Boys Clubs of America, and Wagner College in New York City. She came to Westmont College in 2004 as a Regional Director of Development [more]

Amanda Girdler

Amanda Girdler, Advancement Assistant, joined Westmont in June 2016 and provides administrative support for the Gift Planning and Major Gifts teams. Amanda and her family relocated to Santa Barbara from their native United Kingdom in 2015. In her previous role, she worked for 9 years as an administrator for a Christian Charitable Trust in Oxfordshire, England. [more]


Julie Rubio

Audra Pearce, Advancement Services Assistant, joined the College Advancement team as the gift processing specialist in 2009. Her responsibilities include processing donations, online gifts, recurring gifts [more]

Julie Rubio

Julie Rubio, Advancement Services Assistant, has been in Advancement Services/Donor Relations since 2005. In her support role she assists the director of donor relations in the stewarding of named scholarships and donors. She also supports the director [more]

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Message from the President

President Gayle BeebeYour investment in Westmont helps us accomplish our distinctive mission as a rigorous undergraduate, liberal arts college with a deep Christian commitment where students live in a close residential community and develop a broad global perspective.

The genius of Westmont lies in connecting these five essential characteristics in a unique educational experience that transforms young men and women into leaders inspired to change the world for Jesus Christ.

Students grow deeper in all areas of their lives -- intellectual, spiritual and personal -- while they develop their talents, discover their calling and prepare for a lifetime of service meeting the great, pressing needs of our time.

Gayle Beebe