UW Retirement Association

UWRA Staff

UWRA has three staff members who work with member-volunteers to produce the organization’s events and communications. The staff also works on behalf of the UW to support and inform all UW retirees.

Executive Director Pat Dougherty, Administrative Coordinator Jack O'Brien III, Associate Director Cathy Randolph

Executive Director Pat Dougherty, Administrative Coordinator Jack O’Brien III, Associate Director Cathy RandolphTara Brown Photography

Pat Dougherty joined the UWRA as Executive Director in March 2000, by which time she was already a long-term UW staffer. She was drawn to the UWRA based on her interest in older adults and, shortly after taking the director role, finished off a UW Certificate in Gerontology.

Pat is a native Washingtonian, born in Clarkston and raised in Western Washington. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma and completed a master’s degree at Vancouver School of Theology in British Columbia.

At work Pat’s interest in later-life fulfillment focuses on serving UW retirees as continuing, contributing members of the UW community. She is increasingly interested in developing our pathways to meaning throughout later life.

Cathy Randolph has worked at UWRA since January 2010. While growing up near the UW, Cathy attended University Heights Elementary, Eckstein Middle, and Roosevelt High. She is a graduate of Middlebury College, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University. While living in Nashville, Cathy taught high school English and then, after completing her PhD, taught and did research at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.

Cathy finds helping UWRA members navigate the UW’s systems especially rewarding. Her goal is that every UW retiree will feel welcomed by UWRA and see it as his or her own personal campus resource.

Jack O’Brien started as UWRA’s Administrative Coordinator in 2015. Jack is a retiree from the UW Ombud’s office who brings with him a broad knowledge of the university along with excellent customer service, technical and organizational skills.