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Duane D. Oakes

Chapter Director, Southwest Region

Duane graduated from Brigham Young University in 1989 with his bachelor’s degree in Youth Leadership and in 1990 with his master’s degree in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership. Duane has worked in higher education for over 30 years with a goal of helping students become better citizens through leadership and service.

Duane is married to Geniel for over 32 years. Together they have 3 awesome sons, 1 amazing daughter-in-law and 2 beautiful granddaughters and they are excited to be welcoming their first grandson in August 2022.

Duane and his wife served as the BYU Alumni Association Phoenix Chapter Chairs from 2000-2015. Spreading the “Spirt of the Y” is something Duane strives to do every day as he has tried to live his life with the BYU motto, "Go forth to Serve."