Development staff directory

Development Operations

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.

 
Ingrid “Izzy” Kane

Ingrid “Izzy” Kane

Development Operations Specialist

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.

 
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.

 
S. Annette Meade

S. Annette Meade

Director of Guest Relations

Phone: (804) 828-2047

Email: sameade@vcu.edu

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Talent Management

Julia Ayscue

Julia Ayscue

Director of Talent Management

Phone: (804) 828-3196

Email: joayscue@vcu.edu

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Leslee Gensinger

Leslee Gensinger

Assistant Director for Talent Development

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. 

 
Elizabeth Cox

Elizabeth Cox

Operations Trainer

Phone: (804) 828-7370

Email: ecox2@vcu.edu

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Advancement Services

Prospect Development

Kristin Richardson

Kristin Richardson

Executive 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.

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

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

Sr. Associate 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.

 
Ben Bromley

Ben Bromley

Assistant Director of Prospect Research

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.

 
Adrienne E. Robertson

Adrienne E. Robertson

Sr. Prospect Research Analyst

Phone: 804-828-2862

Email: aerobertson2@vcu.edu

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Lindsay Rogillio

Lindsay Rogillio

Assistant Director of Prospect Development

Phone: (804) 828-0808

Email: lrogillio@vcu.edu

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Rachael Taylor

Rachael Taylor

Sr. Prospect Development Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-2043

Email: rftaylor@vcu.edu

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Gifts and Records Management

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)

Senior Matching Gifts 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.

 
Christina Haines (B.A.’18/H&S)

Christina Haines (B.A.’18/H&S)

Stewardship Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-3758

Email: hainesca2@vcu.edu

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Betty Palmer

Betty Palmer

Compliance Coordinator

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.

 
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.

 
Heidi Hernandez (B.A.’10/H&S)

Heidi Hernandez (B.A.’10/H&S)

Team Lead, 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.

 
Clevon Hall

Clevon Hall

Data Integrity Tech

Email: cchall@vcu.edu

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Clevon Hall earned his B.A. in English and Film Studies from Randolph-Macon College in January of 2017 and joined VCU in February of 2017 as a Data Entry Clerk. While a student he worked as an Assistant for the R-MC Office of College Advancement.  After graduating he spent more than a year working for VCU as a Data Entry Clerk, giving him multiple years of Development and Alumni Relations experience.

 
Russell Johnson (B.S.’15/H&S)

Russell Johnson (B.S.’15/H&S)

Data Integrity Tech

Email: johnsonrc5@vcu.edu

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Chris Laney

Chris Laney

Data Integrity Tech

Phone: (804) 828-1221

Email: cdlaney@vcu.edu

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Brenda L. Smith

Brenda L. Smith

Data Integrity Tech

Phone: (804) 828-3774

Email: blsmith2@vcu.edu

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Jackie Wilson

Jackie Wilson

Data Integrity Tech

Email: jewilson3@vcu.edu

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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

Fiscal Technician

Phone: (804) 828-0348

Email: danielam@vcu.edu

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Catherine L. Vincent

Catherine L. Vincent

Team Lead Transaction Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-8987

Email: clvincent@vcu.edu

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

 
Johnathon D. Hanson

Johnathon D. Hanson

Transaction Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-9804

Email: jdhanson@vcu.edu

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Antwane Lewis

Antwane Lewis

Fiscal Tech

Email: lewisad5@vcu.edu

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Symanetta L. Powell

Symanetta L. Powell

Transaction Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-2816

Email: slpowell@vcu.edu

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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.

 

 

 
Lisa Coble

Lisa Coble

Transaction Analyst

Phone: (804) 628-8015

Email: lcoble@vcu.edu

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Information Systems

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.

 
Nate Parker (B.S.’10/B)

Nate Parker (B.S.’10/B)

Senior Associate Director of CRM Development

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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Sam Giacco Jr.

Sam Giacco Jr.

Application Developer

Phone: (804) 828-7025

Email: sgiacco@vcu.edu

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Jenny J. Yoo

Jenny J. Yoo

Application Developer

Phone: (804) 827-4589

Email: jjyoo@vcu.edu

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Matt Kane (B.F.A.’06/A; Cert.’09/B; M.S.’17/B)

Matt Kane (B.F.A.’06/A; Cert.’09/B; M.S.’17/B)

Assistant Director of Data Management and Analytics

Phone: (804) 828-0462

Email: kanemj@vcu.edu

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Gordon Blum

Gordon Blum

Data Analyst

Phone: (804) 828-4739

Email: blumg@vcu.edu

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Allen Fournier

Allen Fournier

SQL Report Developer

Phone: (804) 828-5160

Email: afournier@vcu.edu

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Jazmine Gordon

Jazmine Gordon

Data Analyst

Phone: (804) 972-3986

Email: gordonjs@vcu.edu

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Jeff Green (B.F.A.’08/A)

Jeff Green (B.F.A.’08/A)

Web Developer

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. 

 
Matt Yopp

Matt Yopp

Assistant Director of 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 “Chris” Faris

William “Chris” Faris

Desktop and Systems Engineer

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.

 

Strategic Marketing and Engagement

Melanie Irvin (B.S.’96/MC)

Melanie Irvin (B.S.’96/MC)

Assistant Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Engagement

Phone: (804) 828-3975

Email: irvinms@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.”

 
Caleb Nathaniel Capaz (B.A.'16/H&S; M.P.A.’17/GPA)

Caleb Nathaniel Capaz (B.A.'16/H&S; M.P.A.’17/GPA)

Senior Project Manager

Phone: (804) 827-4590

Email: capazcn@vcu.edu

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Caleb Capaz received a M.P.A. from VCU in 2017, directly following a B.A. in Political Science in 2016. Caleb is a former president and treasurer of the Public Administration Student Association at VCU and a former Vice-President of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science honor society at VCU. He previously worked at VCU's Honors College, as a VCU UCI Worlds Ambassador, and as a VCU Student Orientation Leader. 
 
As senior project manager, Caleb works to ensure the effective day-to-day operation of Strategic Marketing and Engagement. He also tracks larger projects that require long-term implementation planning.
 
Booth Greene

Booth Greene

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Phone: (804) 828-5658

Email: wbgreene@vcu.edu

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Rob Reid

Rob Reid

Director of Digital Engagement

Phone: (804) 827-0632

Email: rjreid@vcu.edu

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Rob Reid joined VCU in 2016 as media director for University Relations, where he developed media strategies and managed the paid advertising budget for the Make it real. undergraduate recruitment campaign. In 2018, he joined the Office of Annual Giving team as a digital fundraising strategist. As part of DAR, his primary responsibilities are to develop data-driven strategies that increase engagement and giving through digital media. 
Rob earned his B.S in communications from the University of Tennessee and has worked in various media-planning and buying roles at ndp, RightMinds, Cavalier Telephone and S&K Menswear. He has also been active in the advertising community, serving on the board of directors of the Advertising Club of Richmond as president and treasurer. 
 
Jordan Vernon

Jordan Vernon

Project Assistant

Phone: (804) 827-4590

Email: vernonjb@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 (M.S.'05/E) earned a B.S. from Hofstra University and master'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 is generating annual fund revenue streams through direct marketing via mail, phone, digital, crowdfunding and emerging technology strategies.
He excels in multichannel marketing, emphasizing alumni engagement and fundraising. In August 2011, Andrews split responsibilities with the College of Humanities and Sciences and central Development and Alumni Relations to build the university's first centralized 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 DAR, Andrews has been the catalyst for increasing alumni participation donors by 42 prcent (8,064 in FY12 to 11,469 in FY18). That increase in alumni donors also helped to increase alumni annual giving revenue to from $12.7 million in FY12 to $40.1 million in FY18.
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 2016, under his direction, the annual giving office received Platinum and Gold honors from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. In April 2016, Andrews earned a merit award in the CASE 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.

 
Jessie Pavlidis (M.S.’19/B)

Jessie Pavlidis (M.S.’19/B)

Project Coordinator

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 an M.S. in business from VCU. Her duties include working with each unit on their yearly solicitations, coordinating mailings and organizing and implementing an approach for each unit to achieve their annual giving goals. She also manages the Igniter crowdfunding platform and coordinates projects that are surfaced in the spring and fall of each year.  

 
Amanda Grace Dela Cruz (B.S.’18/MC)

Amanda Grace Dela Cruz (B.S.’18/MC)

Campaign Coordinator for Employee Giving

Phone: (804) 828-3620

Email: delacruzag@vcu.edu

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Amanda joined the Office of Annual Giving team in January 2019.  She graduated from VCU's Robertson School of Media & Culture mass communications program with a concentration in public relations and a minor in business.  At VCU, she's worked as an account executive for the P.R. Research and P.R. Case Studies and Management Program and for the RAM Agency, where she and a team put together a recruitment campaign for the Chesterfield County Police Department. Since 2015, Amanda has worked with Gold Line call center, eventually becoming a supervisor. In May 2019, she became Leadership Annual Giving Officer for Employees.

 

Development and Alumni Communications

Kristen Caldwell (B.S.’94/MC)

Kristen Caldwell (B.S.’94/MC)

Senior Director, DAR Communications

Phone: (804) 828-3977

Email: kcaldwell2@vcu.edu

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Caldwell joined VCU in 2006 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.

 
Judy Arginteanu

Judy Arginteanu

Copy Editor

Email: arginteanj@vcu.edu

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Margaret Corum (B.S.’15/H&S)

Margaret Corum (B.S.’15/H&S)

Communications Specialist

Phone: (804) 827-2188

Email: corumml@vcu.edu

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Latryce Noel

Latryce Noel

Assistant Director of Alumni Marketing and Communications

Phone: (804) 828-2746

Email: lnoel@vcu.edu

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Noel joined DAR Communications in 2019 as assistant director for alumni marketing and communications. In her role, she leads and executes strategic communications campaigns that engage and inform alumni. Prior to joining DAR, was at Virginia State University, where she served as a public relations and marketing specialist for the past eight years. 

 

 
Anthony Langley (B.S.’16/MC)

Anthony Langley (B.S.’16/MC)

Digital Media Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-0022

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.

 
Erica Naone

Erica Naone

Alumni Communications Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-7020

Email: enaone@vcu.edu

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Naone joined VCU Development and Alumni Communications in 2018. As alumni communications specialist, she researches and writes profiles of outstanding and fascinating VCU alumni, manages the monthly e-newsletter and stays up to date on milestones in the lives of alumni. She previously worked as Information Technology Editor for Web and Social Networking for MIT Technology Review, and then as a freelance writer. As a freelancer, she has written for publications including Astronomy Magazine, Discover Magazine and Atlas Obscura. She holds a B.A. in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and an S.M. in science writing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

 
Katie Buzby (B.S.’10/B)

Katie Buzby (B.S.’10/B)

Director of Constituent Marketing

Email: kdbuzby@vcu.edu

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A member of DAR since 2011, Buzby 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, Buzby 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. Buzby won the DAR Spirit Award in 2015.

 
Joshua Cross

Joshua Cross

Communications Analyst

Phone: 804-827-0653

Email: jcross5@vcu.edu

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Joshua Cross joined VCU in March of 2018 as Communications Analyst. He graduated with a B.S. in Information Science from Christopher Newport University in 2010. Prior to joining DAR, he was in the inaugural class of University Fellowship Program at Christopher Newport and later was responsible for maintaining the database used in communicating with prospective students.

 
Brendan Hood (B.S.’15/B; Cert.’15/DVC; M.B.A.’19/B)

Brendan Hood (B.S.’15/B; Cert.’15/DVC; M.B.A.’19/B)

Assistant Director of Constituent Marketing

Phone: (804) 827-3574

Email: hoodbp@vcu.edu

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Brendan Hood, a member of the Development and Alumni Relations team since 2015, supports VCU’s units in their efforts to engage constituents through strategic marketing and communications. Hood consults with clients on multi-channel strategies, ensures consistent messaging and coordinates projects through VCU’s CRM, RADAR. He holds a B.S. in marketing and an M.B.A. from VCU, where he was president of the student alumni association and student representative to the university's board of visitors.

 
Kyle Springer (B.F.A.’15/A)

Kyle Springer (B.F.A.’15/A)

Creative Content Specialist

Email: springerkb@vcu.edu

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

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

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

Assistant Director of Creative Content

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.

 
Desiree Charity (B.S.’17/MC)

Desiree Charity (B.S.’17/MC)

Creative Content Assistant

Phone: (804) 827-2349

Email: charityd@vcu.edu

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Jud Froelich

Jud Froelich

Creative Content Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-5563

Email: ajfroelich@vcu.edu

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Eric Schey

Eric Schey

Communications Project Manager

Phone: (804) 828-6511

Email: erschey@vcu.edu

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Emma Coates

Emma Coates

Associate 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.

 
Brelyn Powell

Brelyn Powell

Donor Communications Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-3797

Email: blpowell@vcu.edu

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Powell joined VCU in 2016. As donor communications specialist, she writes feature articles for Impact, the magazine for donors and friends of VCU, as well as articles for DAR’s campaign giving news site. She graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2014 with a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing, and she has maintained a focus on writing for public relations, development and civic engagement throughout her education and career. 

 

 

Donor Relations and Events

Anne Hoffler

Anne Hoffler

Executive Director, Donor Relations and Events

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 23 years of experience in stewardship, donor relations and university special events.

 
Jenn Papenfuse (M.P.A.’06/GPA; Cert.’06/GPA)

Jenn Papenfuse (M.P.A.’06/GPA; Cert.’06/GPA)

Senior Director, 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.

She won the DAR Team Spirit Award in 2012.

 
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)

Director of Stewardship Events

Phone: (804) 828-2875

Email: adyearwood@vcu.edu

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Anita Yearwood (B.S.’06/H&S; Cert.’14/GPA; M.P.A.’14/GPA) is director of stewardship events in the Office of Donor Relations. Yearwood is the lead event planner for strategic, creative, universitywide and other donor stewardship events. She comes from the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, where she served as special events manager since 2016. She has more than 13 years of special event planning/strategy experience.  

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

Debrielle K. Williams (B.S. ’13/H&S)

Donor Relations Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-2049

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.

 
Stephanie Monn

Stephanie Monn

Engagement Events Specialist

Phone: (804) 827-8247

Email: smonn@vcu.edu

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Stephanie Monn is the donor engagement events specialist in the Office of Donor Relations. Monn plans regional and presidential-level salon events with regional giving, principal giving and VCU Alumni. She comes from the VCU School of Pharmacy, where she served as gift stewardship and special events coordinator since 2016. She has worked in nonprofit business strategy, marketing and customer service for more than 10 years. She is pursuing an M.B.A. from VCU and holds a B.S. in marketing and management from Portland State University. 

 
Kyra Molinaro

Kyra Molinaro

Stewardship Communications Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-3858

Email: kjmolinaro@vcu.edu

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Kyra joined VCU in May 2018 after nearly three years on the marketing team at The Steward School. She has a B.A. in journalism from Elon University and hopes to pursue a graduate degree at VCU. Her major duties include managing presidential gift acknowledgements and writing/overseeing donor award nominations, donor biographies, annual holiday mailings, and event communications. In her spare time, Kyra is an award-winning freelance writer whose work frequently appears in Richmond magazine, R•Home, and Richmond Bride. She lives with her husband, Tyler, and their two cats in the West End.

 
Nena Huss

Nena Huss

Donor Relations Project Manager

Phone: (804) 827-4570

Email: nlhuss@vcu.edu

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Budget and Finance

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.

 
Joy Heaton

Joy Heaton

Manager of Finance and Budget

Phone: (804) 628-2720

Email: heatonjl@vcu.edu

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Joy Heaton is a CPA who earned a bachelor's degree (double major) in accounting and mathematics. She worked in the banking, insurance, and software development industries for many years before returning to graduate school to earn a master's and doctorate in theology. In 2009 she was diagnosed as being in the final stage of blood cancer and was successfully treated at VCU's Massey Cancer Center, where she recovered fully. In 2012 she and her husband founded a small, nonprofit corporation, Just Compassion, which provides free medical and dental care via mobile units to underserved children in pockets of poverty throughout Virginia and West Virginia. While her husband manages the nonprofit during the week, she does public speaking/fundraising on the weekends. Heaton joined DAR staff in 2017 as a grateful patient/staff accountant and is now manager of finance and budget. She loves giving back to the university that literally saved her life!

 
Nicholas Merrill

Nicholas Merrill

Accounting Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-4827

Email: merrilln@vcu.edu

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Nick joined the Alumni Relations finance team in February 2019 as an accounting assistant. He is enrolled in the VCU School of Business accounting program with an expected graduation date of May 2020. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue CPA licensing and continue his career as an accountant. Nick is responsible for the day-to-day accounting records of the VCU Alumni Association, which is a 501(c)(3) corporate entity.

 
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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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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