Wayland-Hawaii honors alumnus with Distinguished Alumni Award at graduation

HONOLULU – Wayland Baptist University honored one of its alumni at a recent graduation ceremony in Hawaii. Amid a backdrop of degrees and addresses, human resources leader Dr. Kelly Boquer-Wintjen was named the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award winner for the Hawaii campus.

Dr. Boquer-Wintjen competes with winners from other Wayland campuses for the Alumnus of the Year Award, which will be presented at Homecoming in February 2023. Wayland has selected a winner for each of its campuses since 2018.

Currently serves as Director of Human Resources for a locally based conglomerate with more than 1,200 employees, Dr. Boquer-Wintjin has more than 20 years of experience in human resources and leadership, working in global business, nonprofit work and education, as well as federal and union contracts. She is a state and national member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and serves as an adjunct professor in the business school.

As an entrepreneur, she started a business called Encore Bags with her sisters. For this venture, she joined forces with Kababaihang Iisa ang Layuning Umunlad ang Sambayanan (KILUS) Foundation, a 500-plus-member women’s organization in Barangay Ugong, Pasig City, Philippines, from which Dr. Boquer-Wintjen hails. The women’s cooperative is known for their recycled juice packs that transform into stylish, functional handbags and accessories. The primary objective is to reduce waste and set up an educational fund for all KILUS Foundation members.

“In both her leadership examples and her business experience, Dr. Boquer-Wintjen is a great representative of what is outstanding about Wayland alumni. She is a servant in her workplace and is using her savvy to give back to her home country, and that makes her a great choice for Distinguished Alumnus,” said Jeffrey Vera, director of alumni relations.

Dr. Boquer-Wintjen’s relationship with Wayland-Hawaii started in 2005, enrolling in the graduate program. She earned a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources in 2007, then continued a few years later with a Master of Education degree in the HR specialization, graduating in 2012. When Wayland started its Doctor of Management degree program, she joined the second cohort and earned the degree in 2019.