Ventura, CA, June 22, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- “I've always had a real fondness for Villanova, so I've always wanted to give back," says estate-planning attorney Dianna Adams Wilke, a 1988 alumna of Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai, CA who was born and raised in town.
A graduate of Southwestern University School of Law with a Master of Laws in Estate Planning from the University Of Miami School Of Law, Dianna is a partner in Ryder Wilke Law, a Ventura firm that specializes in trust and estate planning and elder law.
Dianna is now putting her legal and financial expertise to use for Villanova as the new chair of the Development Committee, a sub-committee of the school's Board of Directors.
Among her goals as development chair is to encourage her generation of alumni to revisit the campus, share their professional expertise with the students and to become significant donors.
Toward that goal she is organizing an alumni reception to coincide with the 83rd annual reunion weekend set for July 29-30. The reception will honor Mr. Tim Bunce, also an Ojai native, who is Villanova’s longest-serving teacher and has served the campus since 1985. She has already spoken with some of her classmates who will attend the 6 pm, July 29 reception at the campus.
Wilke is looking upon her former classmates as "the next generation of donors." She has been a consistent donor to Villanova's annual fund for the past several years and believes strongly in Villanova's commitment to student scholarships. "I want to give somebody else the opportunity to benefit from the school the way I did, regardless of their economic means," she says. "The more that we (alumni) can give back to the school, the more opportunity we can provide for other deserving students."
Villanova was an environment that fostered close relationships for Wilke.
"Many of my best friends today are my former classmates," she says.
Because of her expertise in estate planning and planned giving she hopes to call attention to the many opportunities that planned giving presents for alumni as they prepare for the future - both their own and Villanova's.
A lot of younger alumni may not have the cash flow to give significantly today, but there's going to be a wealth event later on, or there's going to be money available when they've passed away, she said.
"Putting a plan in place today will ensure that you can give to this school even when you're no longer here," she said.
Wilke knows that many alums like her have young families and are no doubt more concerned with their protection.
"Remembering Villanova in your estate plan - if you structure it properly - can have little or no impact on your family," she says.
The Wilke family's estate plan is set up so that if she or her husband dies, "the one of us who survives and our children will be taken care of," she says. "But there's a chance that something could happen to all of us at the same time, and so we have named Villanova an alternate beneficiary."
For more on the Mr. Bunce Appreciation Reception, Planned Giving or the Villanova Development Committee please contact: Jeanne Brown at 805 646-1464