Anne Sassaman


member since 2015

My first experience with Wesley was as a student at Auburn University, and I loved the community of friends there. I was accompanist for the Wesley choir and also assistant organist at Auburn Methodist Church. After graduate school at Duke, I spent my career in research and research administration at the National Institutes of Health, and retired from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park. My husband and I have three children, and their families are spread out from Richmond, VA to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, with one in between in DC. We have four granddaughters. We have been active members of University United Methodist Church for 32 years, and have been supporters of Wesley’s programs and presence there. I have been a member of the Board for almost three years and have been inspired by the students, the student leadership, and especially Ryan’s leadership and commitment to students. I have worked with other Board members in plans for expanding the Board and identifying new members, and also on decisions about The Loft and a search for more appropriate space. I am pleased that University UMC is able to host dinners and Sunday evening worship services for Wesley.

I’m particularly interested in outreach, on campus, in our community, and beyond. Because of our desire for young people to experience different cultures, I am pleased that Wesley students have been recipients of funds from an endowment my husband and I have at University UMC to help fund individuals desiring to serve in other countries. We are pleased and excited that Wesley students have discerned their mission to be one of engagement and building relationships. I look forward to working with the Board and student leaders to build an even stronger program in the year ahead.