Universitywide development and communications staff

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Julia M. Carr

Julia M. Carr

Executive Director of Development

Phone: (804) 827-4676

Email: carrj@vcu.edu

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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 VCUarts 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.

 
Kimberly N. Catley

Kimberly N. Catley

Associate Director of Print and Digital Content

Phone: 804-827-1591

Email: sasilitch@vcu.edu

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Kia N. Wilson

Kia N. Wilson

Communications Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-6236

Email: wilsonkn@vcu.edu

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Caroline Blank

Caroline Blank

Development Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-9384

Email: cgblank@vcu.edu

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Reyna Pannell

Reyna Pannell

Development Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-9384

Email: pannellrn@vcu.edu

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