Universitywide development and communications staff

 

Athletics

Bryan Allen

Bryan Allen

Associate Athletic Director for Development and Major Gifts

Phone: (804) 828 1764

Email: blallen@vcu.edu

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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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Hagan Watson

Hagan Watson

Athletic Special Events and Fulfillment Director

Phone: (804) 828-3956

Email: hhwatson@vcu.edu

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College of Engineering

Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell

Executive Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-1475

Email: becampbell@vcu.edu

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Brian Campbell joined the College of Engineering in 2018 as the leader of the fundraising program, coordinating major gift and annual fund strategies. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Averett University and a master’s from the University of Virginia.

During his lengthy career in higher education administration, Campbell has served in similar roles at the North Carolina State University, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, the Nevada System of Higher Education, Iowa State University and the University of Virginia.

Campbell was a member of the Virginia State Board of Social Services from 1994 to 2001. He also served as a member of the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing of the United States Air Force from 1980 to 1986, participating in contingency operations in Egypt, Panama, Germany and Honduras.

 
Cara Clark (B.F.A.’05/A)

Cara Clark (B.F.A.’05/A)

Senior Development and Board Relations Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-2909

Email: clarkce@vcu.edu

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Cara Clark, a Raleigh, North Carolina, 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.

 
Kendra Gerlach

Kendra Gerlach

Director of Marketing and Communications

Phone: (804) 827-0631

Email: kegerlach2@vcu.edu

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Emi Endo

Emi Endo

Writer

Phone: (804) 828-9046

Email: eendo@vcu.edu

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Philip L. O'Connor

Philip L. O'Connor

Executive Director, College of Engineering Foundation and Corporate Relations

Phone: (804) 828-9551

Email: oconnorpl@vcu.edu

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Anita Taylor

Anita Taylor

Director, Career Services

Phone: (804) 827-7028

Email: ahtaylor2@vcu.edu

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Laura Keller

Laura Keller

Development and Strategic Engagement Associate

Email: kellerl3@vcu.edu

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College of Health Professions

T. Greg Prince, Ed.D.

T. Greg Prince, Ed.D.

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-7247

Email: tgprince@vcu.edu

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T. Greg Prince, Ed.D., joined VCU’s College of Health Professions in September 2016. Prince has more than 20 years of professional experience in university development and advancement. Before coming to VCU, Prince led the 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.

His work before 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. She previously served for five years in a similar capacity in the dean’s office of the College of Health Professions. In her current position, she works with the 2,200-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 and works closely with the Alumni Advisory Council. Ayers holds a B.S. in business from Belmont University in Nashville and an M.S. from VCU’s School of Education.

 
Malorie Burkett

Malorie Burkett

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 828-7247

Email: mgburkett@vcu.edu

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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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Heather Millar 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. Millar also served as the executive director of a small nonprofit in the Richmond, Virginia, area that supports a local childhood cancer foundation. She has served on several boards, speaks at national conferences and has received various awards and honors, including Richmondmom.com’s April 2011 “Rockstar.”

 
Ann Charlescraft

Ann Charlescraft

Lead Annual Gift Officer - Department of Patient Counseling

Phone: (804) 828-0540

Email: acharlescraft@vcu.edu

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Trevor Worden

Trevor Worden

Leadership Engagement Officer

Phone: (804) 828-1357

Email: taworden@vcu.edu

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College of Humanities and Sciences

Alexis Finc

Alexis Finc

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 827-1351

Email: alfinc@vcu.edu

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Alexis Finc is the director of communications for the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences. She is responsible for all internal and external communications, strategic messaging, and creative positioning for the college. Prior to joining VCU, Alexis spent the last six years overseeing communications at two different independent schools, Saint Gertrude High School in Richmond and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in Los Angeles, where she worked on numerous digital and print materials, marketing efforts, web and social media presence, fundraising collateral and overall communications strategy.

Before entering the world of educational communications, Alexis worked as an editor and writer in New York and Los Angeles for such companies as NBC Universal, Seventeen Magazine and Total Beauty Media. Alexis earned her B.A. in women and gender studies and English from Rutgers University and an M.F.A. in creative writing - poetry from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She currently lives in the Museum District with her husband and young son.

 
Anne Cabot Galeski

Anne Cabot Galeski

Major Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 827-1306

Email: acgaleski@vcu.edu

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Anne Cabot Galeski joined the VCU team in 2019 as a leadership annual giving officer. Before joining VCU, Galeski spent over four years at Randolph-Macon College as assistant director for annual leadership giving and major gift officer. Before her development career, Galeski worked in private wealth management at Scott & Stringfellow in Richmond and Merrill Lynch in Washington, D.C. In 2009, Galeski received a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Virginia, where she was also a member of the field hockey team. She also holds a Certificate of Planned Giving from the University of Richmond and completed the Southeastern Trust School certificate program through Campbell University's Lundy-Fetterman School of Business in 2019.

 
KaCey Jackson (M.P.A.’17/GPA)

KaCey Jackson (M.P.A.’17/GPA)

Major Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 828-7053

Email: jacksonk7@vcu.edu

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Caitlin Smith Hanbury (M.A.’12/A)

Caitlin Smith Hanbury (M.A.’12/A)

Assistant Director of Community Affairs

Phone: (804) 827-0862

Email: cshanbury@vcu.edu

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Caitlin Hanbury was named the assistant director of community affairs for the College of Humanities and Sciences in July 2018. 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 reputation management and stakeholder strategic messaging with a focus on alumni, donors, prospects and the larger community for the College of Humanities and Sciences. She previously served as the stewardship manager for the college and, before VCU, served as a development associate for the Maymont Foundation and as a programs and exhibitions manager for the Hermitage Museum & Gardens. 

 

Institute for Contemporary Art

Lisa Winn Bryan, Ed.D.

Lisa Winn Bryan, Ed.D.

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-2815

Email: winnl@vcu.edu

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Massey Cancer Center

Martha Quinn

Martha Quinn

Executive Director of Development

Phone: (804) 827-0652

Email: mquinn3@vcu.edu

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Michelle Adcock

Michelle Adcock

Director of Board Relations and Chief of Development Operations

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.

 
Leslie Altaffer

Leslie Altaffer

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Phone: (804) 628-9100

Email: laltaffer@vcu.edu

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Jasmine J. Davis (M.S.’10/H&S)

Jasmine J. Davis (M.S.’10/H&S)

Director of Annual Giving and Donor Relations

Phone: (804) 828-4812

Email: jjdavis3@vcu.edu

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Christopher Mereen

Christopher Mereen

Leadership Annual Giving Officer

Phone: 804-628-3322

Email: mereencl@vcu.edu

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Robinette Tiller

Robinette Tiller

Senior Annual Giving Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-0034

Email: rmtiller@vcu.edu

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Ocelia Hudson

Ocelia Hudson

Strategic Engagement Development Manager

Phone: (804) 628-1663

Email: ohudson@vcu.edu

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Emily Pumphrey

Emily Pumphrey

Administrative Coordinator

Phone: (804) 827-2232

Email: pumphreyej@vcu.edu

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Lisa Randolph

Lisa Randolph

Strategic Engagement Development Manager

Phone: (804) 827-2195

Email: lrandolph3@vcu.edu

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Cynthia Zilch

Cynthia Zilch

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-1452

Email: czilch@vcu.edu

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Cynthia Bade

Cynthia Bade

Major Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 828-1452

Email: badec2@vcu.edu

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Patricia Jackson

Patricia Jackson

Major Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 628-5258

Email: jacksonp2@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.

 
David Silver

David Silver

Chief Financial Officer

Phone: (804) 828-2393

Email: David.Silver@vcuhealth.org

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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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Brian 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 30 years of fundraising experience and has served in leadership positions in national organizations, including CASE and the ABA Section for Institutional Advancement. 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. At 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 Health 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 longtime Richmond, Virginia, 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. 

 
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

Director of Gifts Administration and Accountant

Phone: (804) 828-2390

Email: Paula.Griffin@vcuhealth.org

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Paul Brockwell

Paul Brockwell

Marketing Communications Manager

Phone: (804) 828-1232

Email: Paul.Brockwell@vcuhealth.org

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Paul Brockwell began as marketing communications manager in July 2019 at the MCV Foundation. Previously, he was a senior communications strategy specialist with the State Corporation Commission and worked nearly six years in higher education communications at the University of Richmond, where his writing earned CASE and PRSA regional recognition. Brockwell earned a master’s in public communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and a B.A. in religious studies from William & Mary. In the community, he serves on the Library of Virginia board, the W&M Leadership Advisory Council, Omicron Delta Kappa’s National Advisory Council and in various roles at Grace Baptist Church. He loves obsessing about good television/pop culture, trying to read as many books as he can and hiking the James River trails in his spare time. In the past, he has written about Richmond’s food and drink scene for Style Weekly.

 
Eric Peters (B.S.’08/MC; M.P.A.’15/GPA)

Eric Peters (B.S.’08/MC; M.P.A.’15/GPA)

Marketing Communications Manager

Phone: (804) 828-2358

Email: eric.peters@vcuhealth.org

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Eric Peters first came to VCU to work on the MCV Campus in 2011 as a public relations specialist in University Relations. For nearly five years he managed media relations and news content for the health sciences schools and spent time as public relations manager for the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research. He returned to the MCV Campus in 2017 after working in the federal government for nearly two years. Peters holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from VCU, a master’s degree in corporate and professional communication from Radford University, a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from VCU and accreditation in public relations from the Public Relations Society of America.

 
Tracey Bigelow

Tracey Bigelow

Administrative Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-9734

Email: tracey.bigelow@vcuhealth.org

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Crystal Puryear

Crystal Puryear

Executive Assistant

Phone: (804) 628-1963

Email: crystal.puryear@vcuhealth.org

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Imelda Sanchez

Imelda Sanchez

Accounts Payable Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-9733

Email: imelda.sanchez@vcuhealth.org

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Jennifer Wandelt

Jennifer Wandelt

Development Associate

Phone: (804) 828-4576

Email: jennifer.wandelt@vcuhealth.org

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Julie Woodward

Julie Woodward

Controller

Phone: (804) 828-4792

Email: julie.woodward@vcuhealth.org

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Gina Padrone

Gina Padrone

Assistant controller

Email: gina.padrone@vcuhealth.org

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Laura Dickinson

Laura Dickinson

Development Analyst and Project Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-5518

Email: laura.dickinson@vcuhealth.org

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Christena Plasse

Christena Plasse

Accountant

Phone: (804) 828-9733

Email: christena.plasse@vcuhealth.org

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Medicine and Health

Niles Eggleston

Niles Eggleston

Assistant Vice President of Alumni and Development

Email: niles.eggleston@vcuhealth.org

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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, their three children, Bo, Grady and Moriah, live in Maidens, Virginia.

 

 

 

 
Nathan G. Bick

Nathan G. Bick

Major Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 827-0387

Email: nathan.bick@vcuhealth.org

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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.

 

 

 
Carrie R. Bickford

Carrie R. Bickford

Interim Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-3652

Email: carrie.bickford@vcuhealth.org

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Carrie Bickford joined the School of Medicine in 2017 as the fundraising team lead for Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center. In March 2019, she added the role of interim director of development for VCU Health, helping lead clinical and capital fundraising initiatives alongside a growing grateful patient program. 

 Prior to joining the team, Carrie served as director of major gifts for VCU Massey Cancer Center, where she worked for more than 12 years. 

 Carrie has more than 18 years of fundraising experience with nonprofits in the Richmond area, including Theatre IV/Barksdale Theatre (now Virginia Repertory Theatre) and Randolph-Macon College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in theater and English.

 

 

 

 
Jack Carmichael

Jack Carmichael

Director of Annual Giving

Phone: (804) 827-4931

Email: john.carmichael@vcuhealth.org

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Jack Carmichael serves as the 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.

 

 
Payton Hardinge (B.A.’11/H&S)

Payton Hardinge (B.A.’11/H&S)

Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives

Phone: (804) 828-3407

Email: payton.hardinge@vcuhealth.org

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Payton Hardinge joined the team in 2017 and oversees capital fundraising initiatives’ timetables, leadership structures and activities, including the strategic master facilities plan. She also develops and implementis strategies, programs including the Community Internship Program and events to identify and integrate new donors and advocates into strategic priorities. Her work ensures that development activities related to medicine and health are strategically directed and generate appropriate return on investment. 

Prior to joining the Medicine and Health team, Payton worked for six years with VCU Massey Cancer Center. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in Spanish from VCU.

 

 

 
Michelle Holder

Michelle Holder

Stewardship Coordinator

Phone: (804) 827-4935

Email: Michelle.Holder@vcuhealth.org

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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.
 
Amy Lane, Ph.D.

Amy Lane, Ph.D.

Director of Major Gifts

Phone: (804) 827-4937

Email: amy.lane@vcuhealth.org

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Erin Lucero

Erin Lucero

Director of Development Communications

Phone: (804) 827-4938

Email: erin.lucero@vcuhealth.org

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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.

 

 

 

 

 
Lynn Meyer

Lynn Meyer

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 827-6297

Email: lynn.meyer@vcuhealth.org

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Lynn Meyer joined the team in 2015. In her work in the VCU Department of Psychiatry, she supports efforts to raise awareness about the growing need for behavioral health services for children and adults. 

Lynn's 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.

 

 
Carrie Mills

Carrie Mills

Senior Major Gift Officer – Cardiopulmonary Disease Corridor

Phone: (804) 828-0423

Email: carrie.r.mills@vcuhealth.org

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Carrie Mills joined the team in 2017. She works with the faculty, the grateful patient program and donors to the Pauley Heart Center and the Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Research. She developed and now leads the VCU Medical Philanthropy Academy, which trains faculty members to partner with the development team.

Before joining VCU, Carrie was senior director of development and alumni affairs at the University of Florida, where she led a $30 million scholarship campaign. Prior to that, she worked in community fundraising at the March of Dimes in Jacksonville, Florida. 

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

 
Brenna Monk

Brenna Monk

Annual Giving Coordinator

Phone: (804) 628-5813

Email: brenna.monk@vcuhealth.org

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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.

 

 
Molly Oudekerk (Cert.’19/GPA; M.P.A.’19/GPA)

Molly Oudekerk (Cert.’19/GPA; M.P.A.’19/GPA)

Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-3055

Email: molly.oudekerk@vcuhealth.org

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Molly Oudekerk joined the School of Medicine in 2017. She provides administrative support for gift officers and also manages a number of projects for the team.

Molly has an M.P.A. and postbaccalaureate certificate in nonprofit management from VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech.

 

 
Laura Renaud

Laura Renaud

Development Officer

Phone: 804-628-6226

Email: Laura.Renaud@vcuhealth.org

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Laura Renaud joined the team in 2019 and works with the Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center. 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 the Johns Hopkins University and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Davidson College.

 

 

 

 
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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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.

 

 

 
Joy Malkin Sanders

Joy Malkin Sanders

Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs

Phone: (804) 827-4939

Email: joy.sanders@vcuhealth.org

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Joy Malkin joined VCU School of Medicine as its first major gift officer in 2006. Joy is a member of the Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center team and loves building relationships with donors and helping them meet their philanthropic goals. 

 She began her career with the American Cancer Society before moving to the United Way and after that, into higher education advancement. Prior to joining VCU, she worked as a regional gift officer for the University of Kentucky during its first billion-dollar campaign.

 Joy earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Kentucky.

 

 

 

 
Jodi T. Smith

Jodi T. Smith

Senior Development Officer and Director of Constituent Relations

Phone: (804) 628-2248

Email: jodi.smith@vcuhealth.org

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Jodi T. Smith has served as senior development officer and director of constituent relations for the School of Medicine since 2009. She leads Reunion Weekend programming and reunion class giving campaigns. Smith also serves as a major gift officer. From 1999-2005, she was the director of annual giving for the medical school.

A native of Richmond, she received her B.A. from Randolph-Macon College in 1994.

 

 
Kathie Spraggins

Kathie Spraggins

Development Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-4100

Email: kathleen.spraggins@vcuhealth.org

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Kathie Spraggins joined the team in 2015. She provides administrative support to the interim director of development; she also manages the VCU Medical Center Auxiliary Grant process and supports the interim director as fundraising team lead for the Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center team.

Prior to joining VCU, Kathie most recently worked as an instructional assistant with Henrico County Public Schools. Before that, she held positions in marketing at Markel Corp. in Richmond and in special events at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Kathie earned a bachelor’s degree in communications education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

 

 
Leetah Stanley

Leetah Stanley

Associate Director of Donor Stewardship and Reunions

Phone: (804) 827-4932

Email: leetah.stanley@vcuhealth.org

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Leetah Stanley joined the School of Medicine in 2009. She manages the office’s stewardship program, creating systems to acknowledge donors as well as connect students and other beneficiaries with their respective donors. She coordinates personalized donor experiences and supports gift officers working with donors considering their next transformational gift. 

Leetah joined VCU in 2005 in the School of Dentistry. Prior to VCU, she worked for seven years in the nonprofit community in Nashville, Tennessee. She served in a development role at the Sexual Assault Center, whose program received the Frist Foundation’s Award of Achievement for Management Excellence.

Leetah earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Christian theology from Life Christian University.

 

 

 

 

 
Leslie Stewart

Leslie Stewart

Senior Major Gift Officer – Internal Medicine and Hume Lee Transplant Center

Phone: (804) 828-3291

Email: leslie.stewart@vcuhealth.org

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Leslie Stewart joined the School of Medicine in 2017 with a focus on cultivating a major gifts program and a grateful patient program in support of clinical, educational, research and capital needs.  

Leslie came to VCU with fundraising experience of more than 25 years in a wide variety of philanthropic sectors including health care, public policy, nonprofits and foundations. She has served in leadership positions as a nonprofit mentor, educator and board member.

Leslie is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. She has trained at the Indiana University School of Philanthropy, with CASE, the AAMC, AFP and the Council on Planned Giving.

 

 

 
Pam Vaughan

Pam Vaughan

Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 827-4934

Email: pamela.vaughan@vcuhealth.org

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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.

 

 
Priscilla (Cash) Wiggin

Priscilla (Cash) Wiggin

Interim Director of Major Gifts

Phone: (804) 827-4933

Email: priscilla.wiggin@vcuhealth.org

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Priscilla Cash joined the VCU School of Medicine’s major giving team in 2015. She works with alumni in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and West and with faculty in the Department of Urology.

Priscilla previously served as assistant director of leadership annual giving at VCU Massey Cancer Center. She also served in sales and sales management roles for the pharmaceutical and device-manufacturing companies of Hydro-Photon and Sanofi-Aventis, covering domestic territories in the Northeast as well as in Canada and Mexico. Her fundraising career began in San Francisco with the Pacific Crest Outward Bound school; she spent four years as an alpine mountaineering and rock-climbing instructor for the organization before moving into development.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Radford University and a nursing degree from the Johns Hopkins University. She also completed a certificate program in fundraising at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. In her spare time, Cash enjoys the outdoors, music, travel and cooking for family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 
Wren Wyatt (Cert.’14/GPA; M.P.A.’15/GPA)

Wren Wyatt (Cert.’14/GPA; M.P.A.’15/GPA)

Associate Director of Development Information Management

Phone: (804) 828-5008

Email: wren.wyatt@vcuhealth.org

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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.

 

 

 

School of the Arts

Julia M. Carr

Julia M. Carr

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 827-4676

Email: carrj@vcu.edu

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Rebecca Blader

Rebecca Blader

Assistant Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-9384

Email: bladerr@vcu.edu

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Kelly Kerr

Kelly Kerr

Director of Events and Sponsorships

Phone: (804) 828-9182

Email: kkerr@vcu.edu

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Kelly 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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Linda 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's in music education. 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

Executive Director for Strategic Communications

Phone: (804) 828-6819

Email: sasilitch@vcu.edu

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Suzanne 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. Before 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: kncatley@vcu.edu

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Reyna Pannell

Reyna Pannell

Development Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-9384

Email: pannellrn@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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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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Cheryl Slokker

Cheryl Slokker

Marketing and Communications Manager

Phone: (804) 827-2702

Email: caslokker@vcu.edu

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Laura Kottkamp

Laura Kottkamp

Executive Director, School of Business Foundation & Corporate Relations and VCU Foundation

Phone: (804) 828-1734

Email: lekottkamp@vcu.edu

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Angela Bartee

Angela Bartee

Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Phone: (804) 828-5308

Email: adbartee@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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Carolyn McCrea

Carolyn McCrea

Director of Student and Corporate Engagement

Email: cmccrea@vcu.edu

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Caitlin Burns (M.Ed.’15/E)

Caitlin Burns (M.Ed.’15/E)

Assistant Director, Student & Corporate Engagement

Phone: (804) 827-1805

Email: cmburns@vcu.edu

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Sara Fetherolf

Sara Fetherolf

Development Specialist

Email: sfetherolf@vcu.edu

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Joshua Guffey

Joshua Guffey

Program Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-1595

Email: jsguffey@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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Marie Norton previously 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.

 

 
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.

 
Nan Johnson

Nan Johnson

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 828-0324

Email: nljohnson@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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Katy Stockdon

Katy Stockdon

Development Aide

Phone: (804) 828-4516

Email: kmstockdon@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, Ed 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. Before 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.

 
Corey Humphrey

Corey Humphrey

Leadership Annual Giving Officer

Phone: (804) 827-9344

Email: schumphrey@vcu.edu

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Meredith Melo

Meredith Melo

Development Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-3715

Email: mpmelo@vcu.edu

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School of Nursing

Pamela Lowe

Pamela Lowe

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 827-0020

Email: plowe@vcu.edu

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Angela L. Flagg

Angela L. Flagg

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 828-1071

Email: flaggal@vcu.edu

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Amber Yancey (B.S.’07/MC)

Amber Yancey (B.S.’07/MC)

Alumni Relations and Stewardship Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-2993

Email: abyancey@vcu.edu

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Sydney Taylor

Sydney Taylor

Development Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-5548

Email: taylors11@vcu.edu

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School of Pharmacy

Louie A. Correa

Louie A. Correa

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-3016

Email: lacorrea@vcu.edu

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Louie Correa joined the VCU development team in March 2015. He has 14 years of experience in development and nonprofit management. Before 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. Before his time in Chicago, Correa 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).

 
Greg Weatherford (B.S.’95/MC; M.F.A.’12/A)

Greg Weatherford (B.S.’95/MC; M.F.A.’12/A)

Director of Communications

Phone: (804)828-6470

Email: goweatherfor@vcu.edu

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Jessica Lee Sorensen

Jessica Lee Sorensen

Leadership Engagement Officer

Phone: (804) 828-4246

Email: jlsorensen@vcu.edu

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

 
Katharine Stein (B.F.A.’15/A)

Katharine Stein (B.F.A.’15/A)

Gift Stewardship and Special Events Coordinator

Phone: (804) 827-2524

Email: steinke2@vcu.edu

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Katharine Stein is a 2015 VCUarts alumna from the Department of Sculpture. She previously served as a development coordinator at VCUarts before a stint in the development office at the Science Museum of Richmond. 

 

School of Social Work

Mary Riddick

Mary Riddick

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-7166

Email: riddickm2@vcu.edu

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Mary Riddick joined the School of Social Work team after three years working on VCU's annual giving team. Riddick connects with social work alumni, emeriti faculty, community partners and friends to the school to engage them with future initiatives that will shape the next 100 years of service to the community. Riddick earned a B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.P.A. from Old Dominion University.

 
Anna Givens

Anna Givens

Development Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-7166

Email: givensa3@vcu.edu

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Geoff LoCicero

Geoff LoCicero

Director of Communications

Phone: (804) 828-9335

Email: locicerog2@vcu.edu

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Geoff LoCicero joined the VCU School of Social Work in July 2019. Previously, he was coordinator of digital marketing and communications for the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi, after serving as the university’s director of web services from 2009-17. He was the first director of web communications at the University of South Carolina from 2005-09.

Before that, LoCicero was a trainer and researcher at the Ifra Newsplex at the University of South Carolina, a public-private partnership that focused on the development of cross-media strategies and training for journalists in the U.S. and abroad.

He also worked as a copy editor and page designer at The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina and as a sports copy editor and designer at the Birmingham Post-Herald.

 

 
Nicole Passmore (B.S.’17/H&S)

Nicole Passmore (B.S.’17/H&S)

Communications Specialist

Phone: (804) 828-4830

Email: passmorenm@vcu.edu

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Student Affairs

Anthony Muscatello

Anthony Muscatello

Assistant Director for External Relations - Recreational Sports

Phone: (804) 828-1702

Email: amuscatello@vcu.edu

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Anthony Muscatello is an Ohio native, graduating from Youngstown State University. He joined VCU after working at Drexel University where he served students, faculty and staff in Recreational Athletics. Muscatello has been with VCU Recreational Sports since May 2012. During his time, he's worked with operations and special events overseeing the Cary Street Gym and the MCV Campus Recreation and Aquatics Center. Most recently, Muscatello has moved to a marketing, outreach and development role within Rec Sports. His focus is the development of membership, programs, community engagement and corporate partnerships.

 

VCU Foundation

Laura Kottkamp (Ed.D.'19/E)

Laura Kottkamp (Ed.D.'19/E)

Executive Director

Phone: (804) 828-1734

Email: lekottkamp@vcu.edu

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Paige Hazelgrove (B.S.’13/H&S)

Paige Hazelgrove (B.S.’13/H&S)

Manager of Board Relations

Email: givenspe@vcu.edu

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VCU Libraries

Caslin Applewhite (B.F.A.’11/A)

Caslin Applewhite (B.F.A.’11/A)

Events and Communications Coordinator

Phone: (804) 357-7655

Email: applewhiteec@vcu.edu

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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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Sarah Neely

Sarah Neely

Officer of Annual Giving

Phone: (804) 827-3616

Email: neelysb@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 Stewardship and Volunteer Engagement

Phone: (804) 827-1165

Email: vassaram@vcu.edu

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Antonia F.D. Vassar 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.

 

VCU Life Sciences

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) 828-6205

Email: wasilewskijr@vcu.edu

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Tiffany Murray-Robertson

Tiffany Murray-Robertson

Interim director of communications and external relations

Phone: (804) 827-1253

Email: tfmurray@vcu.edu

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Katherine Huynh (B.S.’11/B)

Katherine Huynh (B.S.’11/B)

Events and Messaging Strategist

Phone: (804) 827-0867

Email: huynhkp@vcu.edu

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Laura P. Foy

Laura P. Foy

Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-6706

Email: foylp@vcu.edu

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Briana Williams (M.S.’13/MC)

Briana Williams (M.S.’13/MC)

Communications Strategist

Phone: (804) 827-21680

Email: williamsbl5@vcu.edu

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