Clark College Alumna to be honored

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Joanne Kendall
Joanne Kendall ’84 is this year’s Outstanding Alumna

Joanne Kendall ’84 to receive accolade during June event

VANCOUVER, Wash.—Joanne Kendall ’64, founder of Open House Ministries, is the Clark College Outstanding Alumni Award recipient for 2014.

Kendall and her late husband, Robert, founded Open House Ministries in 1986 with 10 beds for at-risk families in Vancouver. A new building was erected 10 years later and today the 107-bed shelter predominately serves homeless children.

Joanne Kendall continues to be part of the Open House Ministries board. Additionally, she shares the 1994 Clark County First Citizen Award with her husband and is also the 1993 Women of Achievement Award winner. Since 2000, Kendall has been a member of the Vancouver Women’s Foundation. She supports her alma mater through a variety of gifts including scholarships and charitable gifts, with a particular fondness for helping students complete their GED.

Kendall will be honored at the 10th annual Clark College Alumni-Student Dinner on Tuesday, June 3. Tickets are available for $25. Clark alumni, current students, faculty, staff and the public are invited. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in Gaiser Hall Student Center at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver, Wash. Register online or contact Krista Longfellow at or 360.992.2789.

The host of the dinner is the Clark College Alumni Association with support from Riverview Community Bank. In addition to the Outstanding Alumni Award, two Alumni Association Scholarships will be announced.

The alumni association reunites former students with the college and one another, provides alumni services and supports Clark College’s focus on learning and an enriched community. They also support the Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment Fund.

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