Meet the Parent/Family Council

The Gonzaga Parent & Family Council,  is a representative group of families who meet on campus twice annually. Their objective is to generate and maintain the goodwill and support of student families. Parent & Family Council members help to inform other families about Gonzaga and strive to promote the welfare and advancement of the institution. 

We are your fellow GU parents and are here to make sure that you have the resources to make the Zag Family experience as enriching and rewarding as possible.

We also serve as Gonzaga University ambassadors in our various hometowns. We’re passionate about fostering community and shining a light on what makes the Gonzaga educational experience extraordinary.

If you have questions for the any of the Parent and Family Council email them at parents&family@gonzaga.edu

Jeff and Marianne Kersten
Jeff and Marianne Kersten

Parent and Family Council National Chairs, Oregon Region

The Kersten’s Story: “The Parent and Family Council is truly an extension of each and every family that attends GU. There is no problem to small or too large for us to lend a hand if needed. We would not be involved unless it was truly an amazing group of individuals entrusted by GU to make certain that your child's experience is the best possible.”


Hank and Alice Davis
Hank and Alice Davis

Colorado Region

The Davis’ Story: “Gonzaga embraces the whole student. When your child comes home from Gonzaga University and is excited to talk about serving others and making a difference in the world, they come back looking at life through multiple lenses. Gonzaga University does a great job of keeping students on a 4-year plan, they take the investment seriously.”


Kevin and Julie Cipoletti
Kevin and Julie Cipoletti

Western Washington Region

The Cipoletti’s Story: “We have been beautifully astounded by the attention given to individual students at Gonzaga University. It’s unprecedented. Professors and staff know students’ names and invest in their success. There is a culture of caring which spans departments and inspires students to become the best versions of themselves, while living out the Jesuit mission.”


Jack and Meg LeComp
Jack and Meg LeComp

Western Washington Region

The LeComp’s Story: “We fell in love with Gonzaga University and its approach that students are more likely to succeed if they are supported. Gonzaga believes a student needs support from the university programs and administration, as well as from the students’ family. The Parent and Family Relations Office offers parents a way to stay connected to campus life, while still allowing their child to fly solo.”


Barry & Mary Brown
Barry and Mary Brown

Montana Region

The Brown’s Story: “A deliberate effort is put forth by the university to communicate and keep families informed of things happening at the university to allow you to feel part of the #ZagFamily. The university also takes proactive actions to continually improve the Gonzaga experience. You can expect a well-rounded, responsible graduate who will make a difference in the world.”


Jeffrey and Hazel Lowe
Jeffrey and Hazel Lowe

Northern California Region

The Lowe’s Story: “The warmth of community that spans students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents and families is special. Anyone with a connection to the University, regardless of the level, is proud to be associated with the school. It gives peace of mind knowing that Gonzaga University is the right place to establish a solid foundation for personal growth, academically, socially and spiritually.”


John and Susan Phillips
John and Susan Phillips

Southern California Region

The Phillips’ Story: “We would sum up our thoughts about Gonzaga in a single word as “Accepting”. The University welcomes everyone who wants to be part of the GU family, trying to live the mission, with a warm, sincere and loving embrace. They seek to provide a rock-solid foundation of the spirit, mind and body to commit to bringing about a better world for all”


Richard and Michel Duval
Richard and Michel Duval

Southern California Region

The Duval’s Story: “Gonzaga is different because of the sense of community that you get there. We like that it gives students a chance to explore career paths, choices and options independently. The small class sizes and interactions are positive and adds to the experience.”


Luis & Cecilia
Luis and Cecilia Parra

Arizona Region

The Parra’s Story: “GU is different because of the focus on the individual student and their focus on the development of the individual character of that student. Parents and families feel the community oriented warmth anywhere they go on campus. Gonzaga University families and students in the Arizona Region can expect to receive that support and warmth from us as well.”


Brian and Amy Gruis
Brian and Amy Gruis

Utah Region

The Gruis’ Story: “Gonzaga University has a commitment to help parents and families play an instrumental role in our student’s educational success. Gonzaga’s theme ‘Cura personalis’ or care for the individual is unique and we have seen it in action. The families/students from Utah that choose Gonzaga University can expect us to be here to assist or help answer any questions or to support them in the decision to send their child to Gonzaga.”