Universitywide development and communications staff

Institute for Contemporary Art

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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.

 
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.

 
Lara Belfield

Lara Belfield

Data Entry Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-2815

Email: lkbelfield@vcu.edu

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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.

 
Rachel Southard (M.B.A.’17/B)

Rachel Southard (M.B.A.’17/B)

Donor Relations Associate

Phone: (804) 828-1896

Email: rpsouthard@vcu.edu

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