My mother-in-law Cher Desautel was honored with a lifetime achievement award from Eastern Washington University. The Alumni Gala was a really fun event and I’m very proud to call her “Mom”.
DHC President and CEO Cher Desautel was the star of the show at this year’s EWU Alumni Awards Gala, earning the Lifetime Achievement award for a career filled with unwavering dedication to her craft and many days that were, in her words, “real rip-snorters.”
At the event, presenters coined the award “the highest honor bestowed by EWU’s Alumni Association”, and we are proud they’ve made Cher part of an exclusive list of recipients. EWU outlines four criteria of award recipients, and well, we think she fits the bill quite nicely:
- Demonstrate a history of active participation in EWU’s community and a commitment to ensuring its future vitality
- Have a lifetime record of substantive contributions to their professional field
- Exemplify outstanding leadership and mentorship to others
- Serve as a role model through a strong commitment to community service
Not only is Cher an active EWU alum, she has served as a faculty member and hired EWU grads as interns and full-timers. Cher has represented EWU and DHC on countless boards and committees over the years, taught at every one of our regional universities, and has served as a powerful mentor for scores of young professionals. We could go on and on about Cher’s leadership in our community, our industry and here at DHC, but this fantastic video created by EWU captures it all.