Medical Philanthropy and Alumni Relations

Niles Eggleston

Niles Eggleston

Senior Associate Vice President for Medical Philanthropy and Alumni Relations

Phone: (804) 828-2112

Email: egglestonn@vcu.edu

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Niles Eggleston joined VCU in April 2020 as the assistant vice president of alumni and development serving VCU Health and the School of Medicine. Most recently he was associate dean of advancement at the University of Virginia, where he led the School of Engineering development team into the Honor the Future Campaign, with three of the largest cumulative fundraising totals in school history. He brings more than 20 years of development experience to VCU, including leading alumni and community development offices at the University of Florida Health Science Center and at the University of Rochester (New York) Medical Center.

At VCU, he leads a team of 20 professionals to secure philanthropic support vital to the medical school and VCU Medical Center and works to engage and connect alumni, friends, corporations and foundations to advance the vision and mission of the academic medical center.

Niles earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Colorado and his master’s degree in sports management from North Carolina State University. He and his wife, Meghan, and their three children, Bo, Grady and Moriah, live in Maidens, Virginia.

 

 
Margo Maier

Margo Maier

Senior Project Coordinator

Phone: (804) 827-4800

Email: maiermk@vcu.edu

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Pam Vaughan

Pam Vaughan

Development Office Manager

Phone: (804) 827-4934

Email: pdvaugha@vcu.edu

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Pam Vaughan joined the team in 2000. She oversees daily activities in the office including processing travel authorizations, reimbursements, purchasing and vendor payments as well as serving as a resource on university policies in these areas. She has served in a number of roles since 2000, including as a special events coordinator for the team.

Prior to joining VCU, Pam spent more than 17 years at AT&T in various positions.

Originally from Emporia, Virginia, Pam earned a certificate in computer programming from ECPI University and attended Virginia State University.

 

 

Operations

Amy English (Lane), Ph.D.

Amy English (Lane), Ph.D.

Executive Director of Development Operations

Phone: (804) 564-4049

Email: aglane@vcu.edu

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Part of the team since 2010, Amy thrives on the new discoveries, new students and new stories that she encounters every day on the MCV Campus. As director of major gifts, her favorite part of fundraising is finding the perfect match — aligning the diverse interests of our alumni and patients with the exceptional developments at our academic medical center. 

 A proud winner of the VCU Development and Alumni Relations Spirit Award, Amy has been with the university since 2004, having first served in VCU’s corporate and foundation relations office for six years. Prior to VCU, Amy held development roles at Reynolds Community College and William & Mary. 

 A native Virginian, Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from James Madison University, an M.Ed. from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in higher education from William & Mary.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Wren Wyatt (Cert.’14; M.P.A.’15)

Wren Wyatt (Cert.’14; M.P.A.’15)

Director of Development Information Management

Phone: (804) 828-5008

Email: wyattww@vcu.edu

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Wren Wyatt joined VCU’s corporate and foundation relations office in 2014 on a graduate fellowship through the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, where much of his research focused on postsecondary education. Before working at VCU, Wyatt 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 industry and electrical engineering sales roles.

 

 

 
Beth Schecter

Beth Schecter

Assistant Director of Development Operations

Email: schecterea@vcu.edu

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Beth Schecter joined the Med-Health Development team in 2021, providing project coordination and strategic management for the team’s programs and daily operations. She also manages grateful patient educational programming for School of Medicine faculty and serves as the program manager for the Medical Philanthropy Academy. Before joining VCU, she was the development stewardship manager at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. She is a recent transplant to Richmond and enjoys running, reading, baking and spending time with her young kids.

 

Health and Wellness

Andrew Hartley

Andrew Hartley

Director of Development, Health and Wellness

Phone: (804) 827-0387

Email: aphartle@vcu.edu

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Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center

Caitlin Doelp

Caitlin Doelp

Executive Director of Development, VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center

Email: doelpc@vcu.edu

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Meron "Mia" Mesfin

Meron "Mia" Mesfin

Development Coordinator

Email: mesfinm2@vcu.edu

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Jasmine J. Davis (M.S.’10)

Jasmine J. Davis (M.S.’10)

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-4812

Email: jjdavis3@vcu.edu

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Amy Brackett

Amy Brackett

Director of Development, Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center

Email: bracketta@vcu.edu

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Carissa Liverpool

Carissa Liverpool

Associate Director, Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center

Email: liverpoolc@vcu.edu

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Patricia Jackson

Patricia Jackson

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 628-5258

Email: jacksonp2@vcu.edu

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Norbrian Ronase

Norbrian Ronase

Associate Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-4812

Email: ronasen@vcu.edu

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Neurosciences

Bernadette O'Shea

Bernadette O'Shea

Senior Director of Development for Neurosciences

Phone: (804) 828-3652

Email: osheab@vcu.edu

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Bernadette O'Shea joined Med-Health Development in 2021, responsible for leading the Neurosciences team, including neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry divisions. A strategic leader and campaign expert with specialized knowledge in health care and major and principal giving, Bernadette has two decades in fundraising — including roles as a consultant, community hospital C-Suite executive and senior director for the neurosciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Bernadette is on the boards of Keaton's Kids in New York and the Institute of Transactional Philosophy in California.

She is a transplant of Chicago and a lifelong learner pursuing an MBA; she enjoys live comedy, reading, traveling and outdoor adventures. Bernadette and her family look forward to exploring Richmond and meeting the community.  

 
Allie Betts

Allie Betts

Director of Development, Neurosciences and Psychiatry

Email: bettsa@vcu.edu

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Allie Betts joined Medical Philanthropy and Alumni Relations in 2023, bringing with her nearly 15 years of development experience in major gifts and gift planning. Most recently, she served as the director of development at the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, where she earned her CFRE. Previously, she worked as the senior gift planning officer at Greater New Orleans (community) Foundation. While there, she earned a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, enabling her to help numerous donors and their families plan their philanthropic legacies and achieve their philanthropic goals through complex and less traditional assets. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from the College of William & Mary and a master’s degree from Tulane University. A Virginia native but a Richmond newcomer, Allie lived in New Orleans for 20 years. She is excited to explore and learn more about the new city she calls home.

 
Heather Phibbs

Heather Phibbs

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 628-8907

Email: phibbsh@vcu.edu

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A native of Richmond, Heather joined the Med-Health Development team in 2022 with 20 years of combined experience in fundraising and marketing communications. Since 2009, she has worked in development for national  health and human services nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity and the Alzheimer’s Association. She has led the planning and execution of major fundraising campaigns, both local and national in scope. A graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s journalism school, Heather also previously worked in advertising and public relations.

 
Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr

Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-3652

Email: kerrm@vcu.edu

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Miranda Kerr joined Medical Philanthropy and Alumni Relations in 2023. She supports the Neuroscience and Health & Wellness teams with planning, organizing, event coordinating and administrative tasks. Previously, Miranda worked in the nonprofit, hospitality and finance fields. A Virginia native, Miranda has lived in Richmond since 2015. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the VCU School of Social Work in 2019.

 

Pauley Heart Center

Carrie Mills Miller

Carrie Mills Miller

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-0423

Email: millercr9@vcu.edu

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With more than 15 years of advancement experience, Carrie Miller joined the Office of Medical Philanthropy and Alumni Relations in 2017. She works with the faculty, grateful patients, and donors of the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center and the Department of Surgery. In 2023, she led the Pauley development team to raise more than $9.3 million. She led the creation of the VCU Medical Philanthropy Academy, which trains faculty and staff on how best to partner with the development team

Before joining VCU, Carrie was senior director of development and alumni affairs at the University of Florida College of Medicine, where she led alumni giving and a $30 million scholarship campaign. She also managed grateful patient giving for the departments of anesthesiology, dermatology, otolaryngology and orthopedics. Before that, she worked in community fundraising at the March of Dimes in Jacksonville, Florida.

Carrie has a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in nonprofits from Appalachian State University

 
Justin Jannuzzi

Justin Jannuzzi

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 628-8905

Email: jannuzzijp@vcu.edu

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Justin Jannuzzi joined Med-Health Development in 2021. His focus is working with grateful patients of the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center, especially advanced heart failure and surgery, as well as supporting Pauley’s advisory board. Previously, Justin spent 15 years fundraising in college athletics, holding leadership positions at VCU, Old Dominion University, Duke University and James Madison University. Most recently, he worked in health technology sales at Whil, a division of Rethink.

Justin holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wabash College and a master's degree in sport leadership from VCU. He and his wife Jessica both grew up in Richmond and have two daughters, Josephine and Jocelyn.

 
Sarah Neely (B.S.'14; M.Ed.’22; Cert.’22)

Sarah Neely (B.S.'14; M.Ed.’22; Cert.’22)

Associate Director of Development

Phone: (804) 628-8908

Email: neelysb@vcu.edu

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Sarah Neely joined Med-Health Development in 2022. Her focus is working with grateful patients of the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center and managing the Pauley Heart Society. Previously, she served as the officer of annual giving and corporate stewardship for VCU Libraries. Prior to joining VCU, Sarah worked for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in various roles, where she ultimately landed in their development office managing boards, events and stewardship. She holds three degrees from VCU: B.S. in psychology, M.Ed. in educational leadership studies and a certificate in nonprofit management. Sarah is a Richmond, Virginia local and grew up in Old Church. 

 
Hope Elliott

Hope Elliott

Senior Development Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-4100

Email: elliotth2@vcu.edu

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School of Medicine/Internal Medicine

Nathan G. Bick

Nathan G. Bick

Executive Director of Development, School of Medicine and Department of Internal Medicine

Phone: (804) 827-0387

Email: ngbick@vcu.edu

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Nathan Bick joined VCU in 2016. He has enjoyed building philanthropic relationships with distinguished alumni around the nation and is a member of the Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center team. 

Prior to VCU, Nathan was director of development for the Oregon Bach Festival at the University of Oregon. In that role, he led a team that raised more than $20 million in two years and became the first university unit to reach its campaign goal in a $3 billion universitywide campaign. 

With 13 years of nonprofit development experience encompassing higher education, medicine/health and the arts, he holds an M.B.A. and a master’s degree  in arts administration from the University of Cincinnati, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in voice performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

 

 

 
Jodi T. Smith

Jodi T. Smith

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 628-2248

Email: jtsmith@vcu.edu

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A native of Richmond, Jodi T. Smith, received her B.A. from Randolph-Macon College in 1994. Beginning in 1999, Smith has served many roles with the School of Medicine/Medical Philanthropy and Alumni Relations team. She has been the director of annual giving, senior development officer, and director of constituent relations for the School of Medicine. She has led Reunion Weekend and the stewardship team while carrying a major gift portfolio. In Smith's current role as director of development, she works with alumni in the mid-Atlantic and with faculty in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, the Department of Internal Medicine — Pulmonology division, and the Department of Dermatology.

 

 
Brenna Monk

Brenna Monk

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 628-5813

Email: monkb@vcu.edu

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Brenna Monk joined the Development team in 2019. She supports the Annual Giving program’s direct response campaigns and travels around Virginia to engage alumni.

Prior to coming to VCU, Brenna served as a development intern with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and as a digital and social media intern at VPM.

Brenna, a Richmond native, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in arts administration and studio art and a minor in leadership.

 

 
Emily Starks

Emily Starks

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 628-6206

Email: starkseh@vcu.edu

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Emily joined the Med-Health Development team in 2022. In this role, she works primarily with School of Medicine alumni. Prior to joining Med-Health, Emily served as a university development officer with VCU’s central development team, focusing on West Coast-based VCU alumni across all schools and units since 2018. Previously, Emily worked in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in corporate relations and as a fundraiser for a public affairs consulting firm. She’s completing an MBA from the VCU School of Business and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and politics from Washington & Lee University.

 
Stephanie McCoy

Stephanie McCoy

Scholarship Coordinator

Phone: (804) 827-4939

Email: mccoys5@vcu.edu

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Strategic Engagement

Michelle Adcock

Michelle Adcock

Executive Director of Strategic Engagement

Phone: (804) 828-1187

Email: madcock@vcu.edu

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Michelle 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.

 
Angelica Williams (B.A.’22)

Angelica Williams (B.A.’22)

Project Coordinator

Phone: (804) 628-8909

Email: coxa3@vcu.edu

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Annual Giving

Jack Carmichael

Jack Carmichael

Senior Director of Annual Giving

Email: jscarmichael@vcu.edu

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Jack Carmichael serves as the senior director of Annual Giving for the School of Medicine and VCU Health, overseeing direct response campaigns for the medical school’s alumni as well as grateful patients. Jack joined the School of Medicine in 2014 and has served in various roles during his time here, including programming support for Reunion Weekend and front-line leadership of annual giving.

A Richmond native, Jack received his B.A. from Dickinson College, where he majored in English and Spanish. He holds an M.A. in Spanish literature from the University of Málaga, Spain, as well as an M.A. in English from VCU.

 

 
Riley Cain

Riley Cain

Development Engagement Officer

Phone: (804) 827-4044

Email: cainr@vcu.edu

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Riley Cain serves as the Donor Engagement Officer, Team Lead for Medical Philanthropy and Alumni Relations. Prior to working with MPAR, Riley worked in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences and VCU Athletics. Riley received her B.S. from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from The Citadel. Riley is currently working on an Ed.D. from VCU's School of Education.

 
Graceanne Gershner

Graceanne Gershner

Donor Engagement Officer

Email: gershnerg@vcu.edu

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Robinette Tiller

Robinette Tiller

Associate Director of Annual Giving

Phone: (804) 828-0034

Email: rmtiller@vcu.edu

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Michelle Holder

Michelle Holder

Stewardship Coordinator

Phone: (804) 827-4935

Email: holderm2@vcu.edu

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Michelle Holder joined the team in 2019 and currently oversees production of acknowledgement letters, pledge reminders and tribute reports.

Prior to VCU, she spent 10 years at UPS Freight serving as both a health and safety supervisor and an employee relations supervisor. Holder’s background in relationship building, data management, investigation and root-cause analysis equipped her with a high-level of expertise in both the human and legal sides of safety and HR compliance.

Michelle earned a diploma from The Braxton School of Business in 1987 as well as master level Microsoft Office user specialist certification in 2003.

 
Jayla McNeill (B.S.'19)

Jayla McNeill (B.S.'19)

Assistant Director for Annual Giving Creative Content

Email: mcneillj@vcu.edu

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Liza Moore

Liza Moore

Donor Engagement Officer

Email: mooreve@vcu.edu

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Natalie Roby

Natalie Roby

Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Phone: (804) 828-9832

Email: robyna@vcu.edu

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Board and Hospital Relations

Charmica Harris

Charmica Harris

Director of Development, Board and Hospital Relations

Phone: (804) 628-6967

Email: eppscd3@vcu.edu

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Emily Pumphrey

Emily Pumphrey

Assistant Director of Board Relations

Phone: (804) 827-2232

Email: pumphreyej@vcu.edu

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Communications

Erin Lucero

Erin Lucero

Senior Director of Development Communications

Phone: (804) 827-4938

Email: eclucero@vcu.edu

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Erin Lucero loves telling the stories of our alumni, donors, faculty and students. In 19 years as director of development communications, she has produced a variety of collateral pieces that support development and alumni engagement priorities. She has taken three print periodicals from concept to production, including the School of Medicine’s 12th & Marshall alumni magazine, and launched the school’s email newsletter, which, in its 19th year, enjoys a better than 25% open rate. 

 Before joining the School of Medicine in 2001, Erin worked for a decade in what is now the public affairs office on the MCV Campus, coordinating with local, regional and national news organizations for stories about the hospital, Massey Cancer Center and five health science schools. 

 A native Richmonder, Erin holds a bachelor’s degree from Radford University and is an award-winning member of both the Public Relations Society of America and the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Institutional Advancement.

 

 

 

 

 
Chris Progler

Chris Progler

Development Coordinator

Email: proglercj@vcu.edu

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Polly Roberts

Polly Roberts

Senior Associate Director of Development Communications

Phone: (804) 828-5290

Email: ptroberts@vcu.edu

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Polly Roberts joined the School of Medicine in 2016. The opportunity to tell the stories of the medical school and support a $300 million campaign drew her from corporate communications back to VCU, where she had served as web content manager in University Relations from 2006-13. Polly began her career as a journalist with Richmond.com, covering health and education.

 Her responsibilities at VCU have a web focus, including managing the quarterly alumni e-newsletter. She also manages the medical school’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages, which earned an AAMC GIA Bronze Award in Social Media for a Facebook campaign to introduce the Class of 2021. In addition to writing and editing for the website and alumni magazine, Polly also collaborates with university partners to maximize the reach of each story.

 Born in Tennessee and raised in the Richmond area, Polly holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

 

 

 
Timothy Shea

Timothy Shea

Associate Director for Development Communications

Phone: (804) 828-3291

Email: sheat2@vcu.edu

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Katherine Layton

Katherine Layton

Associate Director of Development Communications

Email: laytonk@vcu.edu

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Events

Caitlyn Noto

Caitlyn Noto

Director of Medical Philanthropy Events

Phone: (804) 828-1187

Email: notoc@vcu.edu

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Meghan Zapiec

Meghan Zapiec

Strategic Engagement Officer

Phone: (804) 433-7182

Email: mzapiec@vcu.edu

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Stewardship and Engagement

Lynn Meyer

Lynn Meyer

Senior Director of Stewardship and Donor Engagement

Phone: (804) 827-6297

Email: lmeyer3@vcu.edu

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Lynn Meyer joined the team in 2015. Her fundraising career spans more than 21 years. Prior to joining VCU, she served as chief development officer at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, completing an $8 million capital campaign. She worked as an associate director for corporate and foundation relations for William & Mary and, before that, worked at Old Dominion University for seven years, first as a grant writer in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, then as a major gift officer in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. 

Lynn has a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor’s in communications, both from ODU.

 

 
Laura Yawman

Laura Yawman

Director of Constituent Relations and Stewardship

Phone: 804-628-6226

Email: yawmanlr@vcu.edu

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Laura Yawman joined the team in 2019. Prior to VCU, Laura served as the associate director of development at Johns Hopkins Medicine, fundraising for the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research. She spent six years at Hopkins in both health care and higher education settings. 

Passionate about connecting committed donors with philanthropic opportunities, Laura has spent her entire career in the nonprofit sector. She served on the membership committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Maryland Chapter, and sits on the alumni board of Maryvale Preparatory School in Baltimore. 

She is pursuing a master’s in communication from Johns Hopkins University and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Davidson College.

 

 

 

 
Leslie Altaffer

Leslie Altaffer

Associate Director of Stewardship

Phone: (804) 628-9100

Email: laltaffer@vcu.edu

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