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Vice President’s Office

Marti K.S. Heil

Marti K.S. Heil

Vice President

Phone: (804) 828-2343

Email: mheil@vcu.edu

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Marti K.S. Heil joined VCU in 2013.

In previous positions, Heil directed several capital campaigns that each exceeded $1 billion goals. Under her leadership, Indiana University in 2010 was named first among public institutions of higher education for overall fundraising results.

Before Indiana University, Heil served a distinguished 29 years at Michigan State University, where she rose through the development ranks to be associate vice president and director of development, the university development's chief operating officer. She was responsible for 35 separate fundraising programs across the university, directed a 175-member staff and managed a $14 million operating budget. Heil successfully co-directed a $1.2 billion comprehensive capital campaign, more than doubling annual average giving totals. During her tenure, university giving increased by 142 percent.

Heil began her career with the Capital Area United Way in Lansing, Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University. 

 
Henry Davis III

Henry Davis III

Director of Finance and Budget

Phone: (804) 828-5142

Email: hdavis8@vcu.edu

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Henry Davis joined VCU in June 2014 as director of finance and budget.

A licensed CPA in Virginia, Davis spent 10 years as controller at GRTC following by three years as CFO. He was responsible for a $45 million operating budget and a $9 million capital budget.

Davis earned a Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Virginia.

 
Magnus H. Johnsson (M.P.A.'10/GPA; Cert.'10/H&S)

Magnus H. Johnsson (M.P.A.'10/GPA; Cert.'10/H&S)

Senior Associate Vice President for Development

Phone: (804) 827-1363

Email: johnssonm@vcu.edu

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Johnsson joined VCU in 2007 as executive director of external relations and development for the School of Education before taking on his current role in February 2015. 

Johnsson brings more than 20 years of fundraising experience and has served volunteer leadership roles as past president of the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Virginia Chapter. His work experience includes senior leadership roles at UMFS and the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. Johnsson received his Certified Fund Raising Executive credentials in 2004 and is a member of the 2015 Class of Leadership Metro Richmond. 

He earned a M.P.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.S. in public administration from James Madison University. 

As senior associate vice president for development, Johnsson oversees the areas of principal giving, regional giving and corporate and foundation relations.

 
Samantha Wheeler Marrs

Samantha Wheeler Marrs

Senior Associate Vice President for Development Operations

Phone: (804) 828-1229

Email: swmarrs@vcu.edu

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Samantha Wheeler Marrs joined VCU in 2000 as director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Today, her primary responsibility is to manage the central departments of the division, including donor relations, communications, annual giving, regional philanthropy and corporate and foundation relations.

Her previous experience includes eight years as program associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where she coordinated higher-education grants. She holds degrees from Smith College and Columbia University. She has served as president of a local middle school PTA, chairman of the board of the Virginia Poverty Law Center and secretary/treasurer of the board of VirginiaFIRST, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding STEM activities across the commonwealth.

 
Douglas W. McCartney, J.D.

Douglas W. McCartney, J.D.

Executive Director of Gift Planning

Phone: (804) 828-5563

Email: dwmccartney@vcu.edu

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McCartney joined VCU in August 2015 as its first executive director of gift planning, bringing more than 21 years of development experience to the university. He previously worked for 10 years at the University of Virginia, first in the UVA Health System development office and then in UVA’s Office of Gift Planning where he supported all schools and units while also serving as liaison to the health system. McCartney played a significant role in UVA reaching its gift planning goal in the university’s recent $3 billion campaign. He joined UVA from Lexis/Nexis, where he was associate director of government relations.

Prior to working in Charlottesville, McCartney was vice president for development and foundation executive director at Wayne State College in Nebraska where he moved after having served as a gubernatorial appointee as chief deputy director of the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. McCartney also previously served as national director of gift planning and deputy executive director of major gifts for a major nonprofit in Virginia Beach, and he practiced law in the Virginia Tidewater area for 10 years before he began his career in gift planning.

He is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, the Virginia Gift Planning Council, the Estate Planning Council of Richmond and maintains an active license with the Virginia State Bar. He is a graduate of the O.W. Coburn School of Law (J.D.) and Oral Roberts University, Business Administration and Management (B.S.). 

 
Chris Ritrievi

Chris Ritrievi

Senior Associate Vice President for Campaign Leadership and Constituency Relations

Phone: (804) 828-4205

Email: critrievi@vcu.edu

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Chris Ritrievi joined VCU in May 2014 as senior associate vice president for campaign leadership and constituency relations.

Ritrievi brings a wealth of leadership and fundraising experience, serving at a number of prestigious universities, including Princeton, Stanford and Michigan State. Most recently, he helped to plan a $1 billion campaign at Indiana University's Bloomington Campus. He holds an M.B.A. from Lehigh University and a bachelor's in economics from Princeton.

 
Marilyn Baxter

Marilyn Baxter

Personnel Administrator

Phone: (804) 828-0767

Email: mjbaxter@vcu.edu

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Baxter, a long-time VCU employee, started her career in 1987 in university advancement, assisting the executive director of development. Now involved with human resources and personnel activities in central Development and Alumni Relations as personnel administrator, her focus is on position descriptions, posting positions in eJobs, new hire paperwork, timekeeping, contract letters, personnel updates and HR issues and concerns.

 
Terry Clark

Terry Clark

Senior Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations

Phone: (804) 827-0536

Email: tbclark2@vcu.edu

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Lutie Hanson (B.A.’89/H&S)

Lutie Hanson (B.A.’89/H&S)

Assistant to the Director of Finance and Budget

Phone: (804) 828-1219

Email: llhanson@vcu.edu

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Ingrid

Ingrid "Izzy" Kane

Senior Project Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-4708

Email: irkane@vcu.edu

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Kane joined VCU in 2010 as a graduate student worker in corporate and foundation relations. She then went on to work in the Office of Research Subjects Protection at VCU before coming back to Development & Alumni Relations to assist Samantha Wheeler Marrs as senior project coordinator. She holds a B.S. in hospitality administration from Boston University and an M.P.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill.

 
Alex McDougall (B.S.'13/H&S)

Alex McDougall (B.S.'13/H&S)

Executive Assistant for Campaign Leadership and Constituent Relations

Phone: (804) 828-0933

Email: mcdougallaj@vcu.edu

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S. Annette Meade

S. Annette Meade

Director of Guest Relations

Phone: (804) 828-2047

Email: sameade@vcu.edu

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Devin J. Wilson

Devin J. Wilson

Project Coordinator, Principal Giving

Phone: (804) 828-3173

Email: djwilson@vcu.edu

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Devin Wilson joined VCU in April 2016 as project coordinator for principal giving. She previously worked for four years at the University of Richmond as administrative coordinator in the major gifts office. She holds a bachelor's of web development (2012) with a concentration in computer science from ECPI University and earned a certificate in information systems (2016) from the University of Richmond.

 

Advancement Services

Blake MacIver (M.P.A.'07/GPA)

Blake MacIver (M.P.A.'07/GPA)

Executive Director of Advancement Services

Phone: (804) 828-6898

Email: maciverbc@vcu.edu

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Blake MacIver, a member of the VCU team since 2005, earned an M.P.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill.

He has experience in fundraising operations, concentrating in prospect research, moves management, report writing and campaign/data analysis. He is a current member of APRA and AASP.

 
Leslee Gensinger

Leslee Gensinger

Advancement Services Trainer

Phone: (804) 828-4751

Email: lrgensinger@vcu.edu

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Gensinger joined the VCU team in 2015. She holds a B.S. in communications ('00) and an M.A. in management and leadership ('13) from Liberty University. She has spent years growing her skills as a trainer and is using those skills to develop a training program to benefit her team at VCU. She has certificates from the Association for Training and Development in Creating New Manager Training Programs, E-Learning Instructional Design and Training.

 
King P. Goldman

King P. Goldman

DAR Building Manager

Email: kgoldman@vcu.edu

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King P joined our team in July 2015 as assistant to our Advancement Services Trainer. In Jan 2016 King was beckoned to use his talents to serve as the interim Project Manager/Executive Assistant to the Associate VP of Advancement. Given his previous experience directing and managing housekeeping and environmental service operations in both hotels and VCU Health System; inviting King to serve as our building manager in May 2016 seemed to be a no-brainer. King’s education vitae includes a BS in Human Development from U of Illinois at Urbana; MS in Instructional Design- Bellevue University; and Post-Masters Certificate for Six Sigma Greenbelt course completion via Villanova University.

 
Kristin Richardson

Kristin Richardson

Director of Prospect Development

Phone: (804) 827-4588

Email: kfrichardson@vcu.edu

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Joining the VCU staff in 2015, Richardson earned her B.S. in Marketing at Virginia Tech and an M.L.I.S. at the University of South Carolina.

Richardson had more than 15 years of financial sales, customer service and home health care administrative management experience before diving into the higher education development arena. Her current career path began in 2012 when she joined the staff at the University of South Carolina as director of prospect research. In that position, she grew and expanded the resources, deliverables and capabilities of the prospect research team. Richardson introduced data analytics to the development office by implementing data analysis, predictive modeling and data visualization tools that informed decision making by leadership.

At VCU, Richardson will implement a prospect management system, coordinate prospect strategy, manage the prospect development team and implement data analytics for the development team.

 
Cintra Davis (M.P.A.'06/GPA)

Cintra Davis (M.P.A.'06/GPA)

Associate Director of Prospect Development

Phone: (804) 828-2852

Email: daviscj2@vcu.edu

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Cintra Davis has been a member of the VCU team since 2012. She earned an M.P.A. from VCU's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and a B.A. from Virginia State University. She also holds a certificate from the VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute.

Her responsibilities include advanced prospect research and wealth analysis, prospect identification, management of wealth screening projects, corporate and foundation research, and assisting in the development and implementation of strategic goals for development research and prospect management.

Davis has more than seven years of combined professional experience in development research, state government finance and policy analysis. She previously worked in advancement at the University of Richmond and served in the Office of the Secretary of Finance for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine. She has been a member of the Virginia Chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement since 2011 and serves as a volunteer board member for the Junior League of Richmond and Historic Richmond Foundation.

 
Carrie Naumann (M.P.A.'08/GPA; Cert.'08/H&S)

Carrie Naumann (M.P.A.'08/GPA; Cert.'08/H&S)

Assistant Director of Prospect Development

Phone: (804) 828-2850

Email: naumanncp@vcu.edu

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Carrie Naumann joined the VCU team in October 2012. She provides primary prospect research, management and strategy support to various schools and units within VCU. She also is helping support the growth of data analytics within the prospect development office. She received a B.A. in government and international relations from George Mason University and an M.P.A. and certificate in nonprofit management from VCU. Before joining VCU, Naumann worked in prospect research for a nonprofit consulting firm in New York City as well as for the marketing and communications department of the Metropolitan Opera. She is webmaster for the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement Virginia Chapter (APRA) and has been involved with Women in Development, N.Y., New York Women’s Agenda, APRA Greater New York Chapter and the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Fundraising Day in New York.

 
Debrielle K. Williams (B.S.'13/H&S)

Debrielle K. Williams (B.S.'13/H&S)

Development Research Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-2862

Email: williamsd8@vcu.edu

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Debrielle Williams joined the VCU DAR staff while still an undergraduate in 2012. She previously served as an administrative assistant to the development coordinator at the nonprofit Greater Richmond SCAN. She obtained her bachelor's degree in sociology from VCU in 2013.

 
Ben Bromley

Ben Bromley

Development Research Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-4546

Email: bsbromley@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 2014, Bromley earned a B.A. in history and religious studies from the College of William & Mary and a M.S.I.S. in information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His career has spanned different facets of managing information, having previously worked in special collections and archives for William & Mary and the Library of Virginia.

 
Mandy L. Smith

Mandy L. Smith

Director of Gifts and Records Management

Phone: (804) 828-0348

Email: mlsmith4@vcu.edu

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Courtney Buckio Rowe (M.P.A.'08/GPA; M.B.A.'12/B; Cert.'15/B)

Courtney Buckio Rowe (M.P.A.'08/GPA; M.B.A.'12/B; Cert.'15/B)

Associate Director of Gifts and Records Management/Manager of Compliance and Stewardship

Phone: (804) 828-2048

Email: cbrowe@vcu.edu

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Courtney Buckio Rowe, a member of the VCU team since 2007, has a B.A. in political science and Spanish from the University of North Carolina and an M.P.A. and an M.B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

She has more than five years of development and prospect research experience. Most recently, she worked on managing various projects for the Advancement Services area of DAR. She joined VCU in June 2007, as a graduate research assistant in the prospect research area of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Previously, she spent nearly four years working for two local credit unions.

 
Michaelann Greene-Russell (B.S.'91/B)

Michaelann Greene-Russell (B.S.'91/B)

Compliance Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-4595

Email: migreene@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 1992. Greene-Russell has a B.S. in business administration from VCU. Her previous work experience includes various roles in alumni relations and accounting.

 
Brogan King

Brogan King

Stewardship Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-0632

Email: beking@vcu.edu

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Brogan King attended M.I.T. for two years. She relocated to Richmond and has spent the past several years working in administrative and support roles.

 
Lisa Coble

Lisa Coble

Stewardship Assistant

Phone: (804) 628-8015

Email: lcoble@vcu.edu

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Connie M. Rigsby

Connie M. Rigsby

Manager of Data Integrity

Phone: (804) 828-0288

Email: cmrigsby@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 2011, Connie Rigsby has more than 20 years of experience in Advancement Services with an emphasis on IRS guidelines, CASE best practices, database management and data integrity all while adhering to the intentions of donors.

 
Brenda L. Smith

Brenda L. Smith

Data Integrity Tech

Phone: (804) 828-3774

Email: blsmith2@vcu.edu

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Heidi Hernandez (B.A.’10/H&S)

Heidi Hernandez (B.A.’10/H&S)

Data Integrity Tech

Phone: (804) 828-9812

Email: hernandezht@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 2012, Hernandez has a B.A. in English from VCU. Her previous work experiences involved inventory control data management and sales auditing in the retail industry.

 
Cynthia D. Brunson

Cynthia D. Brunson

Data Integrity Tech

Phone: (804) 828-1218

Email: cdbrunson@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 2004, Cynthia Brunson has 17 years of experience in the field of accounting, financial reporting and reconciling and nine years of processing, customer service and analytical service.

 
Khaleliah N. Williams

Khaleliah N. Williams

Gifts and Records Manager

Phone: (804) 828-9430

Email: knwillia@vcu.edu

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Andrew Daniel

Andrew Daniel

Document Clerk

Phone: (804) 828-0348

Email: danielam@vcu.edu

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Catherine L. Vincent

Catherine L. Vincent

Team Lead Transaction Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-9430

Email: clvincent@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team as of April 2016, Vincent has 19 years of experience in the Advancement Services areas of gift and records management and data base management.

 
Betty Palmer

Betty Palmer

Transaction Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-4222

Email: bapalmer@vcu.edu

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A member of the team since 2015, Palmer has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University. She has held a variety of positions through the years, from automotive service and parts factory rep,  owning three family businesses and accounting management.

 
Melanie Riezner

Melanie Riezner

Transaction Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-5019

Email: mriezner@vcu.edu

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Riezner joined the VCU team in 2015 as a transaction analyst. She has a B.S. in psychology from the University of Houston. Prior to relocating to Virginia, she spent 17 years at a Houston nonprofit in various roles, including director of gift records.

 

 

 
Johnathon D. Hanson

Johnathon D. Hanson

Transaction Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-9804

Email: jdhanson@vcu.edu

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Symanetta L. Powell

Symanetta L. Powell

Transaction Processor II

Phone: (804) 828-2816

Email: slpowell@vcu.edu

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Rob Downs (M.S.'06/B)

Rob Downs (M.S.'06/B)

Director of DAR Information Systems

Phone: (804) 828-0421

Email: rmdowns@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team for more than 10 years, Downs has a B.S. from James Madison University and an M.S. from VCU. He was worked in VCU Technology Services, Creative Services and Advancement Services in all aspects of web and technology.

 
Arthur Serbin III

Arthur Serbin III

Assistant Director of Application Development

Phone: (804) 828-7025

Email: arserbin@vcu.edu

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Tom Scarlett

Tom Scarlett

Senior CRM Developer

Phone: (804) 828-0421

Email: ttscarlett@vcu.edu

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Tom Scarlett joined Advancement Services as a senior CRM developer in May of 2016. Prior to coming to VCU, Tom was a lead systems architect at the University of Connecticut Foundation for five years, working on customizations and warehouse design for UConn's implementation of Blackbaud's CRM product. Prior to his time at UConn, Tom spent 15 years at a software company as a lead technical consultant working on fundraising system implementations at institutions across the U.S., the U.K., the Middle East and Russia. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in political science and economics.

 
Nate Parker (B.S.’10/B)

Nate Parker (B.S.’10/B)

Senior Application Developer

Phone: (804) 827-4587

Email: parkerjn2@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 2011, Parker earned a B.S. in information systems with a concentration in application development from VCU in 2010. He is part of the team that implemented the new DAR online giving and event pages and a new alumni website.

 
Matthew E. Chitty (B.S.'01/B)

Matthew E. Chitty (B.S.'01/B)

Application Developer

Phone: (804) 828-9853

Email: mechitty@vcu.edu

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Matt Kane (B.F.A.'06/A; Cert.'09/B)

Matt Kane (B.F.A.'06/A; Cert.'09/B)

Team Lead, Data Analytics

Phone: (804) 828-0462

Email: kanemj@vcu.edu

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Malcolm McIlraith

Malcolm McIlraith

Report Writer

Phone: (804) 828-3718

Email: tmmcilraith@vcu.edu

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McIlraith joined DAR in October of 2015 as a report writer. He received his B.A. from Wheaton College in Illinois in 2012 and has spent much of his career working in nonprofit fundraising and development.

 
Jeff Green (B.F.A.'08/A)

Jeff Green (B.F.A.'08/A)

Web Developer

Phone: (804) 828-4739

Email: greenjc@vcu.edu

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Green joined the VCU team as a web developer in 2014. His main responsibilities include event registration and giving forms as well as maintaining and developing the VCU Alumni website, DAR support website and DAR intranet. He has a B.F.A. in graphic design from VCU and worked previously as a graphic designer and web developer. 

 
Ben Lansing

Ben Lansing

Web Developer

Phone: (804) 827-0653

Email: btlansing@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 2011, Lansing has a B.B.A. from the University of Richmond and certification in web design from John Tyler Community College.

Lansing has worked as a web developer and designer in small business, city government, private school and higher education organizations. Lansing is the recipient of the Virginia Press Association's first place award for Information Graphics.

 
Matt Yopp

Matt Yopp

Team Lead, Desktop and Systems Support

Phone: (804) 828-5315

Email: mdyopp@vcu.edu

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Yopp, who joined the VCU team in 2012, has a B.A. from Collins College and holds A+ Certification and HDI CSR Certification. He has 10 years experience in IT and related technology fields.

Hobbies include outdoor activities, photography, graphic design, horseback riding and woodwork/metallurgy.

 
William

William "Chris" Faris

Desktop Support Technician

Phone: (804) 828-2285

Email: wcfaris2@vcu.edu

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William "Chris" Faris joined Advancement Services in 2016 as a desktop support technician. Chris brings more than 10 years in the IT support field and holds Network+ and HDI CSR certifications.

 

Alumni Relations

Diane Stout-Brown (B.S.W.'80/SW)

Diane Stout-Brown (B.S.W.'80/SW)

Senior Director of VCU Alumni

Phone: (804) 828-7020

Email: dstout@vcu.edu

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Stout-Brown, who holds a B.S. in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, has been with University Alumni Relations for almost 25 years.

Responsibilities have included: student programs, alumni engagement, membership and marketing, volunteer development and coordination, and special events development and implementation.

Stout-Brown began her career at VCU as an assistant director for student/alumni engagement. She was promoted to associate director, served as interim director of Alumni Relations and was named executive director of the VCU Alumni Association. Stout-Brown assumes the role of senior director of VCU Alumni Relations with the reorganization of the department.

Before her VCU career, she worked with nonprofit organizations including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and American Cancer Society with responsibilities in fundraising, special events and program services.

 
Amy Gray Beck

Amy Gray Beck

Interim Senior Director of Outreach and Engagement

Phone: (804) 828-8191

Email: acbeck@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 2012, Beck has a B.A. from Virginia Tech, an M.Ed. from Clemson University and is in the educational leadership Ph.D. program at VCU. She works primarily with academic, geographic and shared-interest constituent organizations as well as athletics support. Beck's focus is on group development, student engagement and experiential leadership. She has experience in student affairs, admissions and advancement.

 
Allison Toney

Allison Toney

Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement

Phone: (804) 827-0311

Email: aktoney@vcu.edu

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Tamara Martin (B.A.'04/A)

Tamara Martin (B.A.'04/A)

Director of Membership and Business Development

Phone: (804) 828-5658

Email: tnmartin@vcu.edu

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Tamara N. Martin (B.A.'04/A) joined VCU Alumni in June 2014 as director of membership and business development. Martin has more than 10 years of experience in national and international resource development, public relations, community engagement, brand strategy and multimillion-dollar fundraising campaigns. She has implemented and executed multifaceted plans for increased revenue by focusing on constituent recruitment, retention and growth, resulting in more than $15 million in collective annual giving over the past 10 years.

Being a goal-oriented strategist, Martin has managed affinity programs, campaigns and individual giving efforts with an emphasis on continual program improvement. Earlier in her career, she served as the program director for a development program, where she reorganized organizational processes and implemented a new creative direction. This resulted in company expansion and the opening of five new program locations across the U.S. Martin has successfully launched a variety of marketing appeals and is seasoned in direct mail acquisition. More recently, she served as annual giving manager for an international community impact organization where she managed the workplace giving program for 250+ companies. She has led nonprofit development training sessions for hundreds of development professionals. Jones has worked one-on-one with a plethora of celebrities, actresses, dignitaries and ambassadors in the U.S., Canada and Cairo, Egypt.

Martin graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising in 2004.

 
Larry Powell (B.S.'85/H&S)

Larry Powell (B.S.'85/H&S)

Assistant Director of Alumni Outreach and Engagement

Phone: (804) 828-8194

Email: wlpowell@vcu.edu

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Veda Bellamy

Veda Bellamy

Administrative and Program Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-7023

Email: vmbellam@vcu.edu

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Bellamy has served as a support staff member in the VCU Alumni office since 1975. She has served as manager of alumni house on the Monroe Park Campus, helped with program events, set up board of governors' meetings, assisted with the membership fulfillment and renewal program, supervised student workers and their daily assignments and performed other special duties.   

 
Lauren Sformo Leavy

Lauren Sformo Leavy

Program Coordinator of Outreach & Engagement

Phone: (804) 628-2249

Email: lsformo@vcu.edu

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Regina Phinizey (B.S.'82/B)

Regina Phinizey (B.S.'82/B)

Fiscal Administrator

Phone: (804) 828-7022

Email: rhphinizey@vcu.edu

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Julia Ratliff (B.S.’12/H&S)

Julia Ratliff (B.S.’12/H&S)

Senior Project Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-4240

Email: jbratliff@vcu.edu

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Adam Smith

Adam Smith

Staff Accountant

Phone: (804) 628-2720

Email: smithca3@vcu.edu

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Annual Giving

Michael P. Andrews (M.S.'05/E)

Michael P. Andrews (M.S.'05/E)

Executive Director of Annual Giving

Phone: (804) 828-0236

Email: andrewsmp@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU staff since 2006, Michael P. Andrews earned a B.S. from Hoftstra University and an M.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

After seven years of business-to-business sales and marketing experience with two Fortune 500 companies, he transitioned into higher education. Today, his primary focus includes generating annual fund revenue streams through direct marketing via mail, phone, digital, crowdfunding and emerging technology strategies.

He excels in Web and print communications with emphasis on alumni relations and fundraising. In August 2011, Andrews split responsibilities with the College and central DAR as he helped to build what is now a hybrid annual giving office. In 2012-2013, Andrews was instrumental in building out a 19-center on-site call center known as the Gold Line. It continues to be the most successful tool in the effort to attract alumni donors.

Since his arrival in central development, Andrews has been the catalyst for increasing alumni participation donors by 33% (8,064 in FY12 to 10,788 in FY16). That increase in alumni donors also helped to more than double alumni annual giving revenue to $5.6M in FY16.

In 2013, Andrews received an Emmy award for his role in producing the "Invest in VCU" TV spot, which aired during the VCU men's basketball games. In February of 2016, under his direction, the Annual Giving office received Platinum and Gold awarded honors from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. In April of 2016, Andrews earned a merit award in the category of Brief Events and Observances for the Battle for the Capital Alumni Giving Challenge.

 
Jenna Baer Hart (B.S.'06/B)

Jenna Baer Hart (B.S.'06/B)

Director of Annual Giving Outreach

Phone: (804) 828-0232

Email: jbhart@vcu.edu

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Jenna Hart joined VCU in August 2014 as associate director of annual giving. She works to increase alumni participation by focusing annual giving operations on retaining, renewing and acquiring alumni donors. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master's degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Richmond. She spent five years working at the University of Richmond where she managed direct mail, email and social media annual solicitations for the undergraduate alumni population. She also recruited, trained and motivated more than 250 alumni volunteers who worked toward the university's class giving goal of $2 million annually.

 
Mary Riddick

Mary Riddick

Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Phone: (804) 827-4653

Email: riddickm2@vcu.edu

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Riddick joined the annual giving team in October 2014 as a stewardship coordinator and became assistant director of annual giving in March 2015. Aside from assisting the office with direct marketing efforts to increase alumni participation and retention, she also is tasked with the research and development of additional revenue programs including a central leadership giving effort to support universitywide initiatives. Riddick earned a B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.P.A. from Old Dominion University. After three years in media sales and five years with the YMCA, she transitioned into higher education to use her sales and program development experience to support the annual giving office.

 
Phoebe Torchia

Phoebe Torchia

Program Center Manager, Ruffalo Noel Levitz

Phone: (319) 373-3754

Email: phoebe.torchia@ruffalonl.com

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Corporate and Foundation Relations

James Parrish

James Parrish

Director of Foundation Relations

Phone: (804) 827-4454

Email: jtparrish@vcu.edu

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James T. Parrish Jr. has more than 24 years of development experience in both higher education and the nonprofit sector. He currently serves as director of foundation relations for Virginia Commonwealth University.

Parrish has a total of 13 years of service to VCU, including 8½ years as director of development of the VCU School of Nursing and three years as director of corporate and foundation relations (1997-2000).

On occasion, he serves VCU in a very different way: as an adjunct faculty member, teaching undergraduate classes in filmmaking and film history for the VCUarts Department of Photography and Film and the School of World Studies. In addition to being a performer and filmmaker, Parrish is co-founder of the Richmond-based nonprofit James River Film Society, and he is currently leading an effort to establish the Bijou Film Center, an independent art house cinema, café and nonprofit film center, in the heart of Richmond’s downtown arts and cultural district. In recognition for his commitment to the arts and independent film, Parrish was selected as a Professional Development Fellow for the 57th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in 2011, was selected as one of Style Weekly’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2006 and received the Theresa Pollak Prize for Photography/Film in 2005.

Parrish has been married for more than 25 years, has two children, loves Eastern North Carolina barbecue and is a proud alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 
Ariana Bracalente

Ariana Bracalente

Senior Development Writer

Phone: (804) 828-1230

Email: abracalente@vcu.edu

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Ariana Bracalante has been with VCU since 1987 and a part of Development and Alumni Relations team since 1998.

She has worked in Corporate and Foundation Relations for more than 16 years, focusing on grant development and management, identifying potential funding matches for university priorities and building relationships with area corporate and foundation partners. Her greatest joy is working with faculty and colleagues to develop and craft successful corporate and foundation proposals. She hails from the College of William and Mary but calls VCU her home team.

 

Development and Alumni Communications

Melanie Irvin Seiler (B.S.'96/MC)

Melanie Irvin Seiler (B.S.'96/MC)

Senior Director of Development and Alumni Communications

Phone: (804) 828-3975

Email: miseiler@vcu.edu

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With almost 20 years of professional communications experience, Seiler has greatly expanded the central office of Development and Alumni Communications during her nine years at VCU.

She directs and executes the delivery of multifaceted messages to a variety of audiences, internally and externally, while setting policy and tone for development and alumni communications across the university.

Before arriving at VCU, Seiler worked for nine years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She holds a bachelor degree in mass communications with a double major in political science from VCU, where she was executive editor of the thrice-weekly Commonwealth Times, and is a 2012 graduate of the VCU Leadership Development Program at the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute. In 2011, she won an Emmy for her work on an institutional giving video, “Invest in VCU.”

 
Kristen Caldwell (B.S.'94/MC)

Kristen Caldwell (B.S.'94/MC)

Associate Director of Development and Alumni Marketing and Communications

Phone: (804) 828-3977

Email: kcaldwell2@vcu.edu

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Caldwell joined VCU in 1996 as a managing editor and assistant creative director in University Relations before joining the DAR Communications team in 2015. In her role of associate director of development and alumni marketing and communications, she manages the VCU Alumni magazines, Shafer Court Connections and Scarab; writes and develops communications for membership campaigns and alumni events; and sets strategy for social media. She holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from VCU.

 
Emma Coates

Emma Coates

Assistant Director of Donor Communications and Marketing

Phone: (804) 828-2694

Email: ekcoates@vcu.edu

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Coates joined VCU in 2015. In her role of assistant director of donor communications and marketing, she manages and edits Impact, the magazine for donors and friends of VCU, and writes and edits donor impact reports, campaign materials and annual giving communications pieces, among other assignments. Previously, Coates spent 20 years in the magazine publishing industry, at titles including Billboard, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and, most recently, Richmond magazine. A U.K. native, she earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Liverpool in England.

 
Katie Dolvin (B.S.'10/B)

Katie Dolvin (B.S.'10/B)

Assistant Director of Donor and Alumni Communications

Email: dolvinkr@vcu.edu

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A member of DAR since 2011, Dolvin leads the team of direct marketing associates who interact with all units for DAR-related business communications. She is responsible for coordination, scheduling and quality control for alumni and donor emails, direct mail and event communications. Serving as the lead strategist for VCU Alumni social media, Dolvin has led successful paid and unpaid social campaigns supporting engagement goals for the offices of annual giving and alumni relations. She earned a B.S. in marketing with a minor in Spanish language from VCU in 2010. Dolvin won the DAR Spirit Award in 2015.

 
Mitchell Lee Moore (B.S.’07/MC; M.S.’08/E)

Mitchell Lee Moore (B.S.’07/MC; M.S.’08/E)

Associate Director of Creative Content

Phone: (804) 827-3617

Email: mooreml3@vcu.edu

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Moore joined Development and Alumni Communications in January 2014. In his current role, he serves as creative director for all donor and alumni digital and print productions, including Impact donor magazine, Shafer Court Connections and Scarab alumni magazines, direct mail solicitations, donor events and alumni membership. Moore has worked as part of multiple CASE award-winning productions, including a grand award for graphic design of a donor impact report in 2016. Prior to joining DAR, he spent six years in the VCU Athletics Communications office as a graphic designer and primary media relations contact for six intercollegiate sports. Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a master’s in recreation, parks and sport leadership from VCU.

 
Terri Curtis

Terri Curtis

Creative Content Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-1223

Email: tlcurtis@vcu.edu

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Curtis is a leading graphic designer with a passion for higher education design. In 2015, she joined VCU as a creative content assistant. In Development & Alumni Relations, Terri is able to visually reach out to alumni, donors, friends and colleagues. She is enjoying the new campus community and is embracing the Ram culture. Previously, Terri worked for Virginia State University, contributing her diverse design and marketing skills for several campaigns. She holds a bachelor's of fine arts degree in graphic design from VSU and was named Better Creative Directors on the VSU homepage in 2014 to promote the graphic design program. She has a gift for typography and design concepts.

 
Will Gilbert (B.S.'15/MC)

Will Gilbert (B.S.'15/MC)

Communications Assistant

Email: gilbertws@vcu.edu

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Gilbert graduated from VCU's Robertson School of Media & Culture in December 2015, receiving both top scholar and outstanding journalism student awards. However, he joined DAR in May 2015 as an office assistant in the former alumni house but changed roles in September 2015 to join the communications staff as a communications assistant. Gilbert focuses on producing creative video and photo content for social media and the two magazines published by the communications team. 

 
Brendan Hood (B.S.'15/B)

Brendan Hood (B.S.'15/B)

DAR Marketing Associate

Phone: (804) 827-3574

Email: hoodbp@vcu.edu

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Hood, a member of the Development and Alumni Relations team since May 2015, earned his B.S. in marketing from the VCU School of Business and a certificate in product innovation from the VCU da Vinci Center. His responsibilities include coordinating direct mailing, email and event communications as well as building advanced segments for use in configuring direct marketing efforts into VCU’s CRM -- RADAR. He also serves as a point of contact for universitywide clients regarding the implementation of RADAR, marketing strategy and best practices.

 
Anthony Langley (B.S.'16/MC)

Anthony Langley (B.S.'16/MC)

Communications Assistant

Email: langleyat@vcu.edu

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Langley joined Development and Alumni Communications in October 2015 and earned his B.S. in Public Relations from VCU’s Robertson School of Media and Culture in 2016. During his time as a student, he helped design public relations campaigns for the Central Virginia Emergency Management Alliance and the Virginia Department of Social Services.  He is responsible for researching and writing articles for the alumni magazine, website, and monthly e-newsletter, as well as helping to develop social media strategies and campaigns.

 
Jessie Pavlidis

Jessie Pavlidis

DAR Marketing Associate

Phone: (804) 827-2664

Email: pavlidisjl@vcu.edu

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Pavlidis has been a member of the DAR team since May of 2015. She has a B.A. in communication from Virginia Tech and is pursuing her M.B.A. at VCU. Her duties include coordinating emails, compiling and organizing direct mail efforts, providing mailing lists by use of query and inputting all necessary data into the new CRM system -- RADAR. Her focus is to utilize the new CRM system to benefit her clients by providing knowledge and tools to better understand how to market to alumni and donors.

 
Brelyn Powell

Brelyn Powell

Donor Communications Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-3797

Email: blpowell@vcu.edu

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Brelyn Powell joined VCU in March of 2016 as Donor Communications Specialist. She graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2014 with a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing. Throughout her education, she focused on writing for public relations, philanthropy and civic engagement. Before starting at VCU, she worked for the Virginia Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on the Student Series Campaign team.

 
Julie Young

Julie Young

Internal Communications Specialist

Phone: (804) 827-2188

Email: jbyoung@vcu.edu

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Young joined the VCU DAR team in August 2015 to write weekly newsletters and other internal communications. Her duties include providing digital marketing content for TV screens in the new DAR building, updating the DAR intranet, writing newsletters, stories and other internal marketing pieces for the annual faculty/staff/retiree fundraising campaign and assisting with Talent Management initiatives. She also contributes stories to VCU Alumni publications, having written for for three daily newspapers during a lengthy journalism career. She spent 12 years writing for the Richmond Times-Dispatch Flair sections, winning a first-place Virginia Press Association award in 2011 for her home and garden stories. She is a freelance writer for Richmond Magazine's R*Home and holds an English degree from the University of Virginia.

 

Donor Relations

Anne Hoffler

Anne Hoffler

Senior Director of Donor Relations

Phone: (804) 828-3383

Email: aahoffle@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 1999, Hoffler has a B.A. and an M.Ed., both from The College of William and Mary. She has 18 years of experience in stewardship, donor relations and university special events.

 
Jenn Papenfuse (M.P.A.'06/GPA; Cert.'06/H&S)

Jenn Papenfuse (M.P.A.'06/GPA; Cert.'06/H&S)

Director of Stewardship Programs

Phone: (804) 828-0745

Email: jbpapenfuse@vcu.edu

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A member of the VCU team since 2004 (she started as a student worker), Papenfuse has a B.A. the University of Virginia and an M.P.A. from VCU.

Her focus is on donor events - large (campaign celebrations, President's Reception) and small (university suite home basketball games), stewardship through donor communications and improving donor data and processes.

She won the DAR Team Spirit Award in 2012.

 
Sally Holzgrefe (M.Ed.'88/E)

Sally Holzgrefe (M.Ed.'88/E)

Donor Relations Event Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-2875

Email: scholzgr@vcu.edu

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Audrey Walls (B.A.'10/H&S; M.F.A.'13/H&S)

Audrey Walls (B.A.'10/H&S; M.F.A.'13/H&S)

Donor Relations Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-2049

Email: awalls@vcu.edu

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Audrey Walls joined DAR in 2015 and holds a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in creative writing from VCU. She has previously served in administrative and student services roles in the English department and the department of dance and choreography.

 

Regional Philanthropy

Chad Krouse

Chad Krouse

Senior Director of Development, Regional Giving

Phone: (804) 828-2346

Email: cmkrouse@vcu.edu

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Krouse joined VCU in 2012 following annual giving and major gift work at Hampden-Sydney College. At VCU, he focuses on building regional donor engagement with alumni and friends of the university across the country in key regions: Boston, Charleston, S.C., Denver, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

He earned his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College and a M.Div. from the School of Theology, The University of the South. He is presently pursuing an Ed.D. at the School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

Athletics

Glenn Hofmann

Glenn Hofmann

Executive Associate Athletic Director

Phone: (804) 828-7398

Email: gahofmann@vcu.edu

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A native of Baltimore, MD, Glenn Hofmann has been with the VCU Athletic Department since November 2012. Hofmann graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1988 with a B.A. in mass communications and earned his M.A. in sports management from East Stroudsburg University in 2004. Hofmann has worked at several institutions, including Lehigh University, Niagara University and Merrimack College. In his role as executive associate athletic director, Hofmann oversees all external relations areas of the athletic department, including fundraising, marketing, communications, ticket sales and video. He also is the liaison to VCU Sports Properties. 

 
Lionel J. Bacon (B.G.S.’90/H&S; M.I.S.’94/H&S)

Lionel J. Bacon (B.G.S.’90/H&S; M.I.S.’94/H&S)

Associate Athletic Director for Development

Phone: (804) 828-1726

Email: ljbacon@vcu.edu

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Brittany Dixon (B.S.'09/MC)

Brittany Dixon (B.S.'09/MC)

Special Events and Fulfillment Director

Phone: (804) 828-3956

Email: bgdixon@vcu.edu

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A native Richmonder, Dixon is a 2009 graduate of VCU, where she majored in public relations and received a bachelor of science degree. Having joined the VCU Athletic Department in June 2014, she is responsible for managing VCU Athletic Department special events. She works closely with the development staff, ensuring that each event is executed smoothly while providing an enjoyable and unique experience for the many supporters of VCU Athletics.

 

 
Daniel O'Brien (M.Ed.'14/E)

Daniel O'Brien (M.Ed.'14/E)

Assistant Athletic Director for Development and Major Gifts

Phone: (804) 828-4771

Email: dobrien2@vcu.edu

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College of Humanities and Sciences

Bethanie Constant

Bethanie Constant

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-4543

Email: constantb@vcu.edu

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Constant serves as the senior director of development for the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences and has been at VCU since 2012. She is a certified fund raising executive by CFRE International and holds a certificate in fundraising and development from the University of Richmond. Constant leads the College of Humanities and Sciences team that is responsible for fundraising and alumni engagement, including the capital campaign, major gifts, annual giving, stewardship, alumni relations and strategic planning. She earned her B.S. in history from Lander University in 2002 and was a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. She has held various development roles since 2006.

 
Gregg R. Johnson

Gregg R. Johnson

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 827-1351

Email: grjohnson@vcu.edu

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Johnson joined the College of Humanities and Sciences in 2012 as director of communications. He is responsible for the college's websites, print collateral and social media. Prior to his work in higher education, Johnson worked in marketing and development for two area nonprofit agencies. He holds a B.A. in political science from Virginia Tech.

 
Chnoic T. Adams Clarke

Chnoic T. Adams Clarke

Major Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 827-1306

Email: ctadamsclark@vcu.edu

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Chnoic Adams Clarke has served as the Development and Alumni Relations manager for the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences since May 2014. She is responsible for direct mail, annual giving, development and alumni relations' online presence within the college and its departments and major gifts. Prior to joining the College of Humanities and Sciences, she was assistant director of development for the VCU School of Pharmacy for nine years. She earned her B.S. in merchandising management from Virginia Tech in 2004 and her post-baccalaureate graduate certificate in nonprofit management from VCU in 2014.

 
Caitlin Smith Hanbury (M.A.'12/A)

Caitlin Smith Hanbury (M.A.'12/A)

Stewardship Manager

Phone: (804) 827-0862

Email: cshanbury@vcu.edu

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Hanbury has served as stewardship manager for the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences since May 2014. She earned a B.A. in art history and English language and literature from the University of Virginia in 2005 and an M.A. in art history with a concentration in museum studies from VCU in 2012. She handles alumni interviews for publication and discovery, fundraising and cultivation events, scholarship coordination and alumni and donor communications for the unit. Prior to VCU, Hanbury served as a development associate for the Maymont Foundation and as a programs and exhibitions manager for the Hermitage Museum & Gardens.

 
Lauren Stewart (B.S.’10/MC; M.S.’11/MC)

Lauren Stewart (B.S.’10/MC; M.S.’11/MC)

Robertson School of Media and Culture Assistant Director for Development and Alumni Relations

Phone: (804) 827-3761

Email: stewartla@vcu.edu

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Stewart is the assistant director for development and alumni relations at the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture. She holds an M.S. from VCU in strategic public relations and a B.S. (Summa Cum Laude) from VCU in mass communications. Stewart graduated top of her class in 2010 with a 4.0 G.P.A., receiving the distinguished national honor of the Top Scholar Award for highest class ranking from Kappa Tau Alpha, the National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communications. Stewart was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key Honor Society. At the Robertson School, Stewart focuses on development, communications and alumni relations. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the school’s branding projects, industry outreach, media relations, social media, internal and external communications, special events, annual fundraising and major gift strategies as well as leadership giving programs. Stewart works with a wide range of constituents, including more than 6,000 alumni, traditional and new media organizations, the school’s professional advisory board, individual donors, corporate entities and philanthropic foundations. Stewart is an active member and volunteer with the Richmond Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

 

 

Honors College

Josh Bowerman

Josh Bowerman

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-3155

Email: jbowerman@vcu.edu

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Josh Bowerman joined the VCU in 2015 as the first-ever person to serve in a full-time development and alumni relations capacity for the VCU Honors College.  He holds a BA in rhetoric from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX and an MBA from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY.  

Bowerman brings to VCU almost 20 years of experience at liberal arts-focused institutions including Susquehanna University, Bucknell University, and Austin College.  He has also held senior leadership positions at Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  

In addition to these experiences, Josh served the 17th Congressional District of Texas as an Omar Burleson Foundation Congressional Fellow in 1997, and received the Virginia Carter Smith award for outstanding young advancement professionals from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in 2003.  He has also held professional positions with the American Diabetes Association and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

 
Margaret J. Tinsley (M.F.A.'92/H&S)

Margaret J. Tinsley (M.F.A.'92/H&S)

Communications Specialist

Phone: (804) 827-1715

Email: tinsleymj@vcu.edu

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Institute for Contemporary Art

Carol Anne Baker Lajoie (B.S.'99/H&S)

Carol Anne Baker Lajoie (B.S.'99/H&S)

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-2777

Email: cablajoie@vcu.edu

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Prior to joining the ICA, Carol Anne Baker Lajoie served as the chief development officer for the YWCA of Richmond. Baker Lajoie has worked for Richmond area nonprofits for more than 15 years. She spent 11 years at the Virginia Historical Society before moving to the YWCA. In addition to fundraising, she also spends time as a patient advocate for the Regional Hospital Accompaniment Response Team (RHART) collaborative. She serves on the board of the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives and volunteers with the Marketing Committee for Nonprofit Learning Point. She is a member of the leadership team of Impact 100, an all-female grant-making collaborative that gives away annual grants to transform area nonprofits.

 
Maura Scanlon

Maura Scanlon

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 828-7013

Email: mbscanlon@vcu.edu

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Chelsea Lea Neal

Chelsea Lea Neal

Marketing and Production Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-5615

Email: clneal@vcu.edu

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Susan Norkus (M.A.'15/A)

Susan Norkus (M.A.'15/A)

Membership and Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-2815

Email: smnorkus@vcu.edu

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Norkus is a graduate of VCU School of the Arts, earning a master’s in art history with a concentration in museum studies. Norkus also held internships at VCU’s Anderson Gallery and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. A native of Raleigh, Norkus developed an early appreciation for the arts through volunteer opportunities at the North Carolina Museum of Art and local non-profits, Artspace and Arts Together. She received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

 
Anita D. Yearwood (B.S.'06/H&S; Cert.'14/GPA; M.P.A.'14/GPA)

Anita D. Yearwood (B.S.'06/H&S; Cert.'14/GPA; M.P.A.'14/GPA)

Special Events Manager

Phone: (804) 828-8497

Email: adyearwood@vcu.edu

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Anita Yearwood, Special Events Manager, is responsible for planning the ICA’s fundraising events and opening celebrations. She has served in event planning roles for corporate, nonprofit, government and higher education institutions.

She has earned the top credentials in the meeting, convention, exhibition, and event industry, as a Certified Meeting Professional and Certified Government Meeting Professional. In 2015, Yearwood was recognized as a “40 under 40” honoree by Connect Magazine

Yearwood holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications (2006) and a master’s degree in public administration (2014), both from VCU. In addition, she earned a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from VCU and a certificate in meeting and event planning from the University of Virginia.

 

Massey Cancer Center

Michelle Adcock

Michelle Adcock

Director of Board Relations

Phone: (804) 828-1187

Email: madcock@vcu.edu

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Adcock oversees Massey's Community Advisory Board and Massey Alliance Board. Her role is to facilitate strategic engagement of board members through education, communication and participation and ensure they are equipped to be effective fundraisers, friend raisers and advocates for Massey. She has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Canisius College. She most recently served as director of development for Norfolk Collegiate School in Hampton Roads and has previously served as director of development for Junior Achievement of Western New York and the National Kidney Foundation serving upstate N.Y. She has been with Massey since August 2015.

 
Carrie R. Bickford

Carrie R. Bickford

Director of Major Gifts and Stewardship

Phone: (804) 827-0652

Email: crbickford@vcu.edu

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Jasmine J. Davis (M.S.'10/H&S)

Jasmine J. Davis (M.S.'10/H&S)

Assistant Director of Leadership Annual Giving

Phone: (804) 828-4812

Email: jjdavis3@vcu.edu

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Julie Dillon

Julie Dillon

Senior Director of External Relations

Phone: (804) 628-1917

Email: jdillon@vcu.edu

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Julie Dillon oversees board relations, communications, fundraising-related public relations, peer-to-peer fundraising and event-based fundraising for Massey Cancer Center. Her background includes marketing, public relations and event planning at a small nonprofit, fundraising with the American Cancer Society and directing cause marketing programs for a large corporation. She serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers (NACCDO). Dillon is passionate about using effective communications and engagement strategies to impact giving and to empower donors and board members to serve as effective advocates.

 
Payton Hardinge (B.A.’11/H&S)

Payton Hardinge (B.A.’11/H&S)

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Phone: (804) 827-9486

Email: hardingepf@vcu.edu

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Loren Hatcher

Loren Hatcher

Major Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 628-3322

Email: hatcheral@vcu.edu

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Ocelia Hudson

Ocelia Hudson

Donor engagement coordinator

Phone: (804) 628-1663

Email: ohudson@vcu.edu

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Lauren Kiger (M.P.A.’11/GPA; Cert.’11/H&S)

Lauren Kiger (M.P.A.’11/GPA; Cert.’11/H&S)

Assistant Director of Development Events

Phone: (804) 828-1451

Email: kigerml@vcu.edu

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A native of Norfolk, Lauren Kiger joined Massey's development team in 2011. She works as part of Massey's strategic engagement team, primarily overseeing peer-to-peer fundraising program, the Massey Movement, and the fundraising initiatives of the Massey Alliance. Kiger has a master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management from VCU and an undergraduate degree in communication studies from Virginia Tech. Prior to working at Massey, she served as volunteer and outreach manager at FeedMore.

 
Lisa Randolph

Lisa Randolph

Assistant Director of Development Events

Phone: (804) 827-2195

Email: lrandolph3@vcu.edu

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Danielle Ransom

Danielle Ransom

Executive Coordinator

Phone: (804) 827-2232

Email: djransom@vcu.edu

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Robinette Tiller

Robinette Tiller

Coordinator of Annual Giving

Phone: (804) 828-0034

Email: rmtiller@vcu.edu

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Cynthia Zilch

Cynthia Zilch

Chief Development Officer

Phone: (804) 828-1452

Email: czilch@vcu.edu

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MCV Foundation

Margaret Ann Bollmeier

Margaret Ann Bollmeier

President

Phone: (804) 828-2392

Email: MargaretAnn.Bollmeier@vcuhealth.org

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Margaret Ann Bollmeier provides strategic leadership aimed at strengthening MCV Foundation’s philanthropic efforts and relationships in the community and at Virginia Commonwealth University. A seasoned advancement professional with more than 25 years of experience, including 14 years as a foundation chief executive, Bollmeier has held leadership positions at Cornell University, the University of Virginia, University of Washington, Humanities Washington, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Providence Medical Center Foundation. She received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law.

 
Brian S. Thomas

Brian S. Thomas

Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Phone: (804) 828-0067

Email: Brian.Thomas@vcuhealth.org

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Thomas joined VCU in 2005 as vice president for the School of Engineering Foundation before joining the MCV Foundation staff in 2009 as senior executive director of development. He was promoted to vice president and chief development officer of the MCV Foundation in December 2015. Thomas has more than 32 years of fundraising experience and has served in leadership positions in national organizations, including CASE and the ABA Section for Institutional Advancement. During his career, Thomas has worked for Hampden-Sydney College, the University of Richmond, Stetson University College of Law and Vanderbilt University. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Richmond and his B.A. in economics from Hampden-Sydney College. As vice president and chief development officer for the MCV Foundation, Thomas works with donors to secure principal, major and planned gifts for the benefit of the MCV Campus, including five health sciences schools, Massey Cancer Center, VCU Hospitals and other centers and programs.

 
Alex Henley

Alex Henley

Director of Marketing Communications

Phone: (804) 828-3870

Email: alex.henley@vcuhealth.org

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Alex Henley joined the MCV Foundation as director of marketing communications in January 2016. She has more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Most recently, Henley was social media and publications manager at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, marketing the Commonwealth of Virginia as a premier location for businesses. Her previous experience includes serving as marketing communications manager at ITT Corp. and other communications roles at Fortune 500 companies Microsoft Corp. and Wachovia Securities. A long-time Richmond transplant from the northeast, she began her career at a local private equity firm. Henley has a bachelor’s degree in business/economics from Wheaton College. 

 
Alexandra Anderson

Alexandra Anderson

Assistant Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship

Phone: (804) 828-5518

Email: Alexandra.Anderson@vcuhealth.org

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Jane Garnet Brown

Jane Garnet Brown

Director of Gift Planning

Phone: (804) 828-4599

Email: janegarnet.brown@vcuhealth.org

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Elizabeth Bunting

Elizabeth Bunting

Director of Special Programs

Phone: (804) 628-0358

Email: Elizabeth.Bunting@vcuhealth.org

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Joyce Bush (B.S.'88/B)

Joyce Bush (B.S.'88/B)

Accountant

Phone: (804) 828-9734

Email: Joyce.Bush@vcuhealth.org

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Paula Griffin

Paula Griffin

Gifts Administrator

Phone: (804) 828-2390

Email: Paula.Griffin@vcuhealth.org

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Sarah Levine

Sarah Levine

Gifts Administrator II

Phone: (804) 628-0164

Email: Sarah.Levine@vcuhealth.org

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Alison Smith

Alison Smith

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Phone: (804) 828-2393

Email: alison.b.smith@vcuhealth.org

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Maria Snyder

Maria Snyder

Executive Assistant to the President

Phone: (804) 628-1963

Email: Maria.Snyder@vcuhealth.org

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Bonnie Moore

Bonnie Moore

Administrative Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-9734

Email: Bonnie.Moore@vcuhealth.org

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VCU Health

Lauren Moore

Lauren Moore

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-3632

Email: lauren.moore@vcuhealth.org

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Lauren Moore is the lead development officer for the VCU Health System and a member of the VCU School of Medicine development team. She leads the grateful patient program for VCU Health supporting VCU Hospitals, VCU School of Medicine and MCV campus centers of excellence. Prior to joining VCU in 2011, Moore worked as a development officer for University of Minnesota’s Masonic Children’s Hospital and Minnesota’s Department of Pediatrics and for the University of Tennessee, where she received an undergraduate and master's degree.

 
Caitlin E. Powell

Caitlin E. Powell

Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-3407

Email: caitlin.powell@vcuhealth.org

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Caitlin Powell has been with VCU Health since 2010. She spent four years in the workers’ compensation and insurance department as a business systems analyst before moving to the office of development in 2014. As development coordinator, Powell manages events, stewardship, the Community Internship Program and annual giving solicitations for various clinical specialties within VCU Health. A California native, Caitlin earned her B.A. in economics and global studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

 
Kathleen

Kathleen "Kathie" Spraggins

Development Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-4100

Email: kathleen.spraggins@vcuhealth.org

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Kathie Spraggins joined the VCU Health team in November of 2015 and has a B.S. in communications education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After 13 years in special events at the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Special Events and National Air and Space Museum, she came to Richmond with her husband and daughter and has been here for 20 years. She previously held positions in marketing at Markel Corporation and most recently as an instructional assistant with Henrico County Public Schools. As a development assistant, Spraggins provides administrative support to the senior development officer and other members of the development team.

 
Carrie Mills

Carrie Mills

Senior Major Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 828-0423

Email: carrie.r.mills@vcuhealth.org

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Carrie Mills leads the fundraising efforts for the cardiopulmonary areas at VCU Health. This includes working with the faculty and grateful patients of the Pauly Heart Center, Johnson Center for Critical Care and Pulmonary Research and the Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Research.

Prior to joining VCU Health in 2017, Carrie spent almost eight years at the University of Florida, where she worked with the Dean to lead alumni and reunion-based development for the College of Medicine. Previously, she worked in community fundraising at the March of Dimes in Jacksonville, FL. She holds a degree in communications, with a concentration in nonprofits, from Appalachian State University.

 

School of Allied Health Professions

T. Greg Prince

T. Greg Prince

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-7247

Email: tgprince@vcu.edu

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Dr. T. Greg Prince joined Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Allied Health Professions on September 19, 2016. Prince has 21 years of professional experience in university development and advancement. Prior to VCU, Prince led the university advancement effort at Salisbury University, a small public regional institution on Maryland’s eastern shore.  During his career, Prince has had a track record of initiating new development programs and donor/stewardship initiatives; as well as forming volunteer groups. He will be serving as the Senior Director of Development for the School and will work closely with the Dean on the School’s top priorities, as well as with the School’s individual department heads.

At SU, Prince created a Women’s Circle focused on philanthropy and mentorship; formed a sales force by adding major gifts officer positions; established an Advancement Services Department; initiated several stewardship efforts, including an annual scholarship luncheon; created a planned giving recognition society and developed a high-end annual fund-level society. He also oversaw the installation of a customer management system which has improved the University’s website. Prince played a role in a multi-million-dollar gift of real estate and a citywide fiber optic cable project, among other major gifts.  His work prior to Salisbury focused on academic medicine development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and at East Carolina University's Medical & Health Sciences Foundation.  In December 2015, he graduated with his Ed.D. in educational leadership from East Carolina University.

 
Beth Ayers (M.S.’91/E)

Beth Ayers (M.S.’91/E)

Director of External Relations - Department of Health Administration

Phone: (804) 828-8662

Email: bwayers@vcu.edu

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Beth Ayers joined the Department of Health Administration in 2010 and serves at the director of alumni relations. Prior to her current role, she served for five years in a similar capacity in the dean’s office of the School of Allied Health Professions. In her current position, she works with the 2200-plus alumni of the department’s three programs, directs all alumni functions, manages alumni communication and marketing and is involved with donor gifts, stewardship, development and fundraising efforts. Ayers manages all reunions, attends health care-related national conferences and works closely with the Alumni Advisory Council. Beth holds a B.S. in business from Belmont University in Nashville and an M.S. from VCU’s School of Education.

 
Heather E. Millar (M.B.A.’08/B)

Heather E. Millar (M.B.A.’08/B)

Director of Development - Department of Nurse Anesthesia

Phone: (804) 628-3787

Email: hemillar@vcu.edu

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Millar has several years of demonstrated success in alumni relations, fundraising and marketing as well as working with the local Richmond community and board management in the private and public sector. She holds an undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon College and an M.B.A. from VCU. Her most successful development experience to date includes the establishment of an institutional advancement office with a 50-year constituent base that had never been cultivated for the Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing. This included implementing effective processes and procedures, defining and implementing a strategy for annual giving, creating an alumni council and planning and executing a 50th anniversary. Millar also served as the executive director of a small nonprofit in the Richmond area that supports a local childhood cancer foundation. She has been asked to serve on several boards, speak at national conferences and has received various awards and honors, including Richmondmom.com’s April 2011, “Rockstar.”

 
Rachel Hill

Rachel Hill

Stewardship & Alumni Relations Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-1357

Email: rhill8@vcu.edu

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School of the Arts

Julia M. Carr

Julia M. Carr

Executive Director of Development

Phone: (804) 827-4676

Email: carrj@vcu.edu

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Louie A. Correa

Louie A. Correa

Associate Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-6081

Email: lacorrea@vcu.edu

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Correa joined the development team in March of 2015. He has 14 years of experience in development and nonprofit management. Prior to joining VCU, he served as chief executive officer of Project 375 (formerly The Brandon Marshall Foundation) based in Chicago. He also served as an associate consultant for Campbell & Co., a fundraising consulting firm based in Chicago, where he worked with many arts and higher education clients throughout the U.S. Prior to his time in Chicago, Louie spent nearly a decade in Indianapolis in development roles with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The TKE Foundation. He has authored articles in Advancing Philanthropy and chapters in Giving USA. He has a master's degree from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University (2010) and bachelor's degrees in rhetoric and English from the University of Illinois (2002).

 
Jessica Lee Sorensen

Jessica Lee Sorensen

Lead Annual Giving Officer

Phone: (804) 828-3592

Email: jlsorensen@vcu.edu

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Sorensen has served as development coordinator for VCUarts since January of 2013. After receiving her B.S. in sociology from James Madison University in 2010, she interned for the summer with the VCU donor relations team. Following her experience at the VCU Foundation, she became the administrative assistant to the dean of external affairs at the VCU School of Business from August 2010-January 2013. She is a native of Richmond.

 
Kelly Kerr

Kelly Kerr

Director of Events and Sponsorships

Phone: (804) 828-9182

Email: kkerr@vcu.edu

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Kerr joined the VCU arts development team in August 2012, where she serves as director of events and sponsorships. She previously worked for VCU's Office of the President as manager of the Scott House. She earned her M.F.A. in ceramics from James Madison University.

 
Linda S. Johnston

Linda S. Johnston

Administrative Director

Phone: (804) 827-4541

Email: lsjohnst@vcu.edu

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Johnston is proud to have been a part of the VCU Department of Music since 1988. She is an alumna of VCU Music with a bachelor of music education degree. She also serves as music director/organist at Pine Street Baptist Church, where she has served since 1972. Johnston serves the Department of Music as the fiscal administrator as well as human resources liaison. One of her many responsibilities in the department is to maintain relationships with VCU Music alumni and donors. 

 
Suzanne Silitch

Suzanne Silitch

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 828-6819

Email: sasilitch@vcu.edu

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Silitch leads the communications strategy at VCUarts. She has 14 years of communications and management experience in an academic setting, with expertise in strategic planning, external affairs, print and web communications. Prior to joining VCU, she worked at Williams College, where she was the college's creative director. She also served as the communications and external affairs director at the Williams College Museum of Art. She has a graduate certificate in business administration from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (2013), an M.F.A. in painting from SUNY Stony Brook (2001) and a B.A. from Mary Washington College (1995), where she double majored in sociology (concentration anthropology) and fine art. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the American Marketing Association.

 
Katharine E. Stein

Katharine E. Stein

Development Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-6469

Email: steinke2@vcu.edu

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School of Business, Brandcenter and da Vinci Center for Innovation

Shannon Kay Duvall

Shannon Kay Duvall

Chief Development Officer

Phone: (804) 828-1035

Email: skduvall@vcu.edu

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Joey Broussard

Joey Broussard

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 827-7408

Email: jebroussard@vcu.edu

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L. Katherine Oliver

L. Katherine Oliver

Senior Director of Communications and Marketing

Phone: (804) 828-6576

Email: lkoliver@vcu.edu

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Emily H. Toalson

Emily H. Toalson

Director of Development

Phone: 804-827-8868

Email: ehale3@vcu.edu

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Toalson joined VCU School of Business as director of development in 2014. She has lengthy experience in a higher education fundraising environment and has had significant involvement in all aspects of institutional advancement programs. Toalson takes a leadership role for development activities at the School of Business and represents all departments, centers and institutes. Her work includes volunteer management, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects and donors as well as deferred giving programs. She plans and participates in corporate, foundation and individual giving and actively seeks to expand constituent groups who will invest in School of Business initiatives. Her previous experience includes associate regional director of major gifts at Virginia Tech, director of development at John Tyler Community College and assistant director of leadership annual giving/special gifts at Radford University. She earned an M.S. in corporate and professional communications and a B.S. in media studies/minor in public relations from Radford University.

 
Sandy C. Turnage

Sandy C. Turnage

Director of Development

Email: scturnage@vcu.edu

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Laura Kottkamp

Laura Kottkamp

Executive Director, School of Business Foundation & Corporate Relations

Phone: (804) 828-1734

Email: lekottkamp@vcu.edu

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Katy Beisheim

Katy Beisheim

Manager, Annual Giving

Phone: (804) 827-0075

Email: kbeisheim@vcu.edu

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Emory B. Gunn

Emory B. Gunn

External Affairs Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-6552

Email: ebgunn@vcu.edu

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Carolyn McCrea

Carolyn McCrea

Program Coordinator

Email: cmccrea@vcu.edu

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Dawn McDermott

Dawn McDermott

Program Manager

Phone: (804) 828-1479

Email: dmmcdermott@vcu.edu

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School of Dentistry

Gloria Callihan

Gloria Callihan

Associate Dean for Development

Phone: (804) 828-8101

Email: gfgreinercal@vcu.edu

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Marie Norton (M.F.A.'10/H&S)

Marie Norton (M.F.A.'10/H&S)

Executive Administrative Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-5615

Email: mpnorton@vcu.edu

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Norton re-joins the School of Dentistry’s as administrative assistant in the development department. Previously Norton worked at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and Capital One. She is a graduate of VCU’s masters of fine arts in fiction writing. In 2012, she won the Virginia Commission for the Arts fellowship in fiction.

 

 
Barbara Payton (B.S.'83/MC)

Barbara Payton (B.S.'83/MC)

Director of Development for Major Gifts and Reunion Giving

Phone: (804) 827-1537

Email: bpayton@vcu.edu

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Payton graduated from the Robertson School of Media and Culture at VCU in 1983 and has been an employee since 1990. She was an assistant director in the VCU Alumni activities office from 1990-1995. From 2000 until 2012, she served as executive director of the MCV Alumni Association before being recruited to become the development director for leadership annual giving for the School of Dentistry. She serves as the director of development for major gifts and reunion giving for the School of Dentistry.

 
Dr. James H. Revere (D.D.S.'65/D)

Dr. James H. Revere (D.D.S.'65/D)

Director of Planned Giving

Phone: (804) 827-0438

Email: jhrevere@vcu.edu

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Cristina Cruz

Cristina Cruz

Director of Leadership Annual Giving and Stewardship

Phone: (804) 828-2931

Email: cmcruz@vcu.edu

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Cristina Cruz serves as the assistant director of development communications and special events at the VCU School of Dentistry. She manages the school's donor relations efforts, including alumni engagement and stewardship events, and coordinates alumni and donor communications. She has worked in development at the School of Dentistry since 2010 and has a background in public relations and event management. Cruz is a 2006 graduate of James Madison University with a B.A. in public relations and Spanish.

 
Namuun Khurelchuluun

Namuun Khurelchuluun

Development Aide

Phone: (804) 828-9245

Email: khurelchuluun@vcu.edu

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Kendra Novey

Kendra Novey

Assistant Director for Reunion and Student Engagement

Phone: (804) 828-1138

Email: kwnovey@vcu.edu

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School of Education

Ed Kardos

Ed Kardos

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-4692

Email: egkardos@vcu.edu

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From 2012 to 2015, Kardos served as director of development for major gifts at the VCU School of Dentistry, where he secured more than $3.5 million in total donations dedicated to scholarship and professorship endowments. In 2004, Kardos had been charged with reframing the school’s development and alumni program and completing the capital campaign begun in 1999. Prior to joining the School of Dentistry, Kardos served as executive director of development for the VCU School of Nursing, director of development for Benedictine High School and the first full-time annual giving director at James Madison University. He is a Nina Abady Award recipient (2004), the highest award given by the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives for lifetime career excellence.

 
Diana Burkett

Diana Burkett

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 827-2614

Email: dburkett@vcu.edu

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Burkett joined the School of Education in August 2014 after spending two years at University of Richmond as communications manager for the Office of Alumni and Career Services. A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Burkett focuses her efforts on supporting the mission and initiatives of the school by developing and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy consistent and integrated with VCU strategic goals and brand requirements. She also manages the communications team and provides communications council to school leadership. She has more than 10 years of experience in communications and public relations, including at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Edelman Public Relations and Chandler Chicco companies.

 

 
Molly M. Moshofsky

Molly M. Moshofsky

Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 827-3616

Email: mmmoshofsky@vcu.edu

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School of Engineering

Michael B. Dowdy

Michael B. Dowdy

Chief Development Officer

Phone: (804) 828-1475

Email: mdowdy@vcu.edu

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Cara Clark (B.F.A.'05/A)

Cara Clark (B.F.A.'05/A)

Donor and Board Relations Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-2909

Email: clarkce@vcu.edu

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Cara Clark, a Raleigh native, holds a B.F.A. in dance and choreography from VCU and has worked as donor relations coordinator at the Carolina Ballet in Raleigh. She also holds an M.F.A. in film and video production from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has worked as a multimedia specialist at Georgetown University Library's Gelardin New Media Center and as editor and videographer for the American Dance Festival’s video blog.

 
Philip L. O'Connor

Philip L. O'Connor

Corporate Relations Officer - School of Engineering Foundation

Phone: (804) 828-9551

Email: oconnorpl@vcu.edu

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As corporate relations officer for the VCU School of Engineering, O’Connor has an insatiable curiosity and passion for engineering, manufacturing and technology. He joined VCU in 2013 after spending several years in private industry, most recently working with the engineering and manufacturing industry in Central Virginia. Taking a concierge approach to corporate relations, he serves as a conduit between industry and the School of Engineering and is responsible for leading the industrial outreach efforts. O'Connor seeks to understand each business and help them engage with students, partner with faculty and access our facilities -- all with an emphasis on corporate philanthropy. He earned his B.S. in political science from Radford University in 2007.

 
Anita Taylor

Anita Taylor

Director, Career Services

Phone: (804) 827-7028

Email: ahtaylor2@vcu.edu

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School of Medicine

Thomas Holland

Thomas Holland

Associate Dean of Development

Phone: (804) 827-4936

Email: tehollan@vcu.edu

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Joy Sanders

Joy Sanders

Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs

Phone: (804) 827-4939

Email: ajsanders@vcu.edu

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Nathan G. Bick

Nathan G. Bick

Major Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 828-4900

Email: ngbick@vcu.edu

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Jack Carmichael

Jack Carmichael

Director of Annual Giving

Phone: (804) 827-4931

Email: john.carmichael@vcuhealth.org

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A native of Richmond, Carmichael holds a B.A. from Dickinson College, where he majored in English and Spanish, and an M.A. in Spanish literature from the Universidad de Málaga in Spain. After working for several local nonprofits, he joined the School of Medicine in 2014 and works as director of annual giving.

 
Amy Lane, Ph.D.

Amy Lane, Ph.D.

Director of Major Gifts

Phone: (804) 827-4937

Email: aglane@vcu.edu

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In 2010, Amy joined the major gifts team in the School of Medicine after having served in VCU’s corporate and foundation relations office for six years. Prior to VCU, Amy held development roles at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and the College of William and Mary. A native Virginian, Amy earned a B.S. in psychology from James Madison University, an M.Ed. from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in higher education from the College of William and Mary.

 
Erin Lucero

Erin Lucero

Director of Development Communications

Phone: (804) 827-4938

Email: erin.lucero@vcuhealth.org

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Kenneth Melvin (B.S.’12/H&S)

Kenneth Melvin (B.S.’12/H&S)

Major Gifts Officer

Phone: (804) 827-4935

Email: melvinkj@vcu.edu

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Lynn Meyer

Lynn Meyer

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 827-6297

Email: lynn.meyer@vcuhealth.org

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Meyer joined VCU in 2015 with a strong background in public service, fundraising, grant writing and public relations. For the previous five years, she served as chief development officer at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond during their $8 million campaign. She worked as an associate director of corporate and foundation relations for the College of William and Mary. Prior to her tenure at William and Mary, she served for seven years at Old Dominion University, working as a grant writer and then as a major gifts officer in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Meyer has a master's in public administration and a bachelor of science in communications, both from ODU.

 
Lauren Moore

Lauren Moore

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-3632

Email: lauren.moore@vcuhealth.org

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Lauren Moore is the lead development officer for the VCU Health System and a member of the VCU School of Medicine development team. She leads the grateful patient program for VCU Health supporting VCU Hospitals, VCU School of Medicine and MCV campus centers of excellence. Prior to joining VCU in 2011, Moore worked as a development officer for University of Minnesota’s Masonic Children’s Hospital and Minnesota’s Department of Pediatrics and for the University of Tennessee, where she received an undergraduate and master's degree.

 
Caitlin E. Powell

Caitlin E. Powell

Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-3407

Email: caitlin.powell@vcuhealth.org

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Polly Roberts

Polly Roberts

Associate Director of Donor, Alumni and Stewardship Communications

Phone: (804) 828-5290

Email: polly.roberts@vcuhealth.org

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Jodi T. Smith

Jodi T. Smith

Senior Development Officer and Director of Constituent Relations

Phone: (804) 628-2248

Email: jtsmith@vcu.edu

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Kathleen

Kathleen "Kathie" Spraggins

Development Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-4100

Email: kathleen.spraggins@vcuhealth.org

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Kathie Spraggins joined the VCU Health team in November of 2015 and has a B.S. in communications education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After 13 years in special events at the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Special Events and National Air and Space Museum, she came to Richmond with her husband and daughter and has been here for 20 years. She previously held positions in marketing at Markel Corporation and most recently as an instructional assistant with Henrico County Public Schools. As a development assistant, Spraggins provides administrative support to the senior development officer and other members of the development team.

 
Leetah Stanley

Leetah Stanley

Associate Director of Donor Stewardship and Reunions

Phone: (804) 827-4932

Email: lstanley@vcu.edu

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Pam Vaughan

Pam Vaughan

Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 827-4934

Email: pamela.vaughan@vcu.edu

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Vaughan has been a member of the School of Medicine development office since 2000. She served as the special events coordinator for many years until the economy declined and fewer events were hosted. Vaughan now serves as development coordinator for the associate dean, assistant dean, major gift officers and development directors, processing travel, purchasing, local donor/student events, gift processing and daily office operations.

 
Wren Wyatt (M.P.A.'15)

Wren Wyatt (M.P.A.'15)

Major Gifts Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-5008

Email: wren.wyatt@vcuhealth.org

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Wyatt joined VCU's Corporate & Foundation Relations Office in 2014 on a graduate fellowship through the Wilder School, where much of his research focused on post-secondary education. Prior to VCU, Wren attended the University of Virginia, graduating with a degree in international relations. He brings a variety of skills and experiences to the School of Medicine, drawing on previous roles as an English teacher overseas, an attorney liaison for a large Richmond law firm and a variety of defense and electrical engineering sales roles.

 

 
Priscilla C. Wiggin

Priscilla C. Wiggin

Major Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 827-4933

Email: pwiggin@vcu.edu

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Samantha DiBiase

Samantha DiBiase

Development Assistant

Phone: (804) 628-3878

Email: Samantha.DiBiase@vcuhealth.org

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School of Nursing

Kate Haydon

Kate Haydon

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 827-0020

Email: khaydon@vcu.edu

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Haydon joined the School of Nursing in 2014 and leads the development team as the senior director of development. She oversees major, annual fund and planned giving as well as the alumni relations and communications programs. She works closely with the dean, senior administrators and volunteer leadership to ensure that VCU'S School of Nursing reaches its philanthropic goals. Her previous development experience includes work as director of advancement for Benedictine College Preparatory in Richmond, major gifts and planned giving manager for Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, major gifts officer for Fordham Law School in New York and corporate events director (Heart Walk) in Purchase, N.Y.

 

 
Angela L. Flagg

Angela L. Flagg

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 828-1071

Email: flaggal@vcu.edu

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Brittany Taylor

Brittany Taylor

Alumni Relations & Stewardship Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-2993

Email: bstaylor2@vcu.edu

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Amanda Mullins

Amanda Mullins

Leadership Annual Giving Officer

Phone: (804) 828-5548

Email: amullins3@vcu.edu

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Mullins joined the VCU School of Nursing in August 2015. As leadership annual giving officer, she manages the leadership annual giving program for the School of Nursing, including personal visitation, direct mail and telefund efforts in support of the school’s overall fundraising goals. She also manages volunteer relations as it relates to annual fund activities and stewardship of the school’s scholarship donors. Previously, she worked as annual giving officer at Virginia Tech. She holds a master’s degree from Auburn University and a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech.

 
Shawnte T. Reynolds

Shawnte T. Reynolds

Communications Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-1071

Email: s2streyn@vcu.edu

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School of Pharmacy

Ellen Carfagno

Ellen Carfagno

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-3016

Email: emcarfagno@vcu.edu

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Ellen Carfagno was born and raised on Long Island and received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Geneseo. She received her M.S. in business communication from Radford University and joined Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001.

 
Genevra Mirenda

Genevra Mirenda

Donor Relations and Annual Fund Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-3531

Email: gmirenda@vcu.edu

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Stephanie Monn

Stephanie Monn

Gift Stewardship and Special Events Coordinator

Phone: (804) 827-2524

Email: smonn@vcu.edu

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Cynthia McMullen (M.A.'89/H&S)

Cynthia McMullen (M.A.'89/H&S)

Director of Public Relations and Communications

Phone: (804) 828-6470

Email: chmcmullen@vcu.edu

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School of Social Work

Adam B. Caldwell (B.A.’08/H&S)

Adam B. Caldwell (B.A.’08/H&S)

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 828-4830

Email: caldwellab@vcu.edu

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Portia G. Chan

Portia G. Chan

Donor Relations Associate

Phone: (804) 828-0154

Email: pgchan@vcu.edu

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VCU Foundation

Thomas C. Burke (B.S.'79/E; M.P.A.'95/GPA)

Thomas C. Burke (B.S.'79/E; M.P.A.'95/GPA)

Executive Director of the VCU Foundation

Phone: (804) 828-3958

Email: tcburke@vcu.edu

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Burke is executive director of the VCU Foundation. He joined VCU in 1986 as the external relations officer for the School of Dentistry. At the School of Dentistry, Burke was responsible for fundraising activities and concluded his 13-year tenure as assistant dean for development and continuing education. In 2000, he was named executive director of the VCU Foundation. As director, he oversees day-to-day operations, investments and development activities. During his 30 years at VCU, he has been involved in all three of the university’s capital campaigns, which have raised more than $800 million in support of university priorities.

 

VCU Libraries

Kelly Gotschalk (B.F.A.'90/A; M.A.'97/A)

Kelly Gotschalk (B.F.A.'90/A; M.A.'97/A)

Director of Development and Major Gifts

Phone: (804) 827-1163

Email: kjgotschalk@vcu.edu

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Gregory G. Kimbrell (M.F.A.’11/H&S)

Gregory G. Kimbrell (M.F.A.’11/H&S)

Events and Programs Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-0593

Email: kimbrellgg@vcu.edu

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Sue Robinson

Sue Robinson

Director of Communications and Public Relations

Phone: (804) 828-0129

Email: srobinson26@vcu.edu

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Antonia FD Vassar (B.A.'05/A)

Antonia FD Vassar (B.A.'05/A)

Director of Annual Giving and Donor Relations

Phone: (804) 827-1165

Email: vassaram@vcu.edu

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Antonia F.D. Vassar, assistant director of annual giving and donor stewardship, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005 with a B.A. in music. She became interested in fundraising and philanthropy after working in the VCU Libraries Development Office as a student. She enjoys seeing VCU Libraries donors engaged and active in the larger VCU and Richmond communities.

 
LaJuan Neal

LaJuan Neal

Development Aide

Phone: (804) 827-3616

Email: nealls@vcu.edu

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LaJuan joined the VCU Libraries development team in July 2016, where he provides supports to volunteer boards, and assists staff with fundraising efforts and special events planning.  He is a graduate of VCU, having completed his undergraduate studies in May 2016.

 

VCU Life Sciences

Catherine Dahl

Catherine Dahl

Director of Development and Special Projects

Phone: (804) 827-7372

Email: ccdahl@vcu.edu

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Dahl joined VCU in 1998 as director of special projects for the newly conceived VCU Life Sciences -- primarily focused on developing outreach programs. In 2006, with the formation of a site development plan for the VCU Rice Rivers Center, she became director of development for VCU Life Sciences. Prior to moving to Richmond, she lived in England, her native country, working in the financial sector. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, Tripos Part III from Cambridge University, U.K., in mathematics and her M.A. from the University of Virginia in international relations.

 
Lauren A. Kern

Lauren A. Kern

Administrative Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-7357

Email: kernla2@vcu.edu

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Lynne C. McCarthy

Lynne C. McCarthy

Communications and Alumni Relations Officer

Phone: (804) 827-1164

Email: lcmccarthy@vcu.edu

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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

James Wasilewski

James Wasilewski

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-1466

Email: wasilewskijr@vcu.edu

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Pamela Stallsmith

Pamela Stallsmith

Director of Communications and External Relations

Phone: (804) 828-4581

Email: pstallsmith@vcu.edu

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Tiffany Murray

Tiffany Murray

Public Relations Specialist

Phone: (804) 827-1253

Email: tfmurray@vcu.edu

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