Universitywide development and communications staff

MCV Foundation

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Margaret Ann Bollmeier

Margaret Ann Bollmeier

President and CEO

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.

 
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.

 
David Silver

David Silver

Chief Financial Officer

Phone: (804) 828-2393

Email: David.Silver@vcuhealth.org

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David joined the MCV Foundation in 2018 as chief financial officer. He worked in several operational and financial management positions in the hospitality and property management industries before moving to the higher education and nonprofit sectors in 1997. Since that time, he has worked at several institutions including Johns Hopkins University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the Catholic University of America, an international microfinance education organization and the University of Maryland College Park, where he served as executive director of financial management for the Division of University Relations and assistant treasurer for the University of Maryland College Park Foundation.

He holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a CPA. As a key member of the MCV Foundation’s leadership team, David has overall responsibility for accounting, financial management, budgeting, audit, tax, investment and general operations. 

David has a private pilot’s license and usually flies a single engine Cessna aircraft. One of his favorite flying ventures originated in Nags Head, North Carolina, and finally touched down in Ocracoke, North Carolina, after several stops along the Outer Banks.

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

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

Director of Communications

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.

 
Ann Deppman

Ann Deppman

Director of Gift Planning

Phone: (804) 828-4599

Email: ann.deppman@vcuhealth.org

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Ann Deppman joined the MCV Foundation in September 2020 as director of gift planning.

In this capacity, she provides strategic leadership and supports planned giving efforts across the MCV Campus in partnership with development officers. She enjoys the opportunity that planned giving offers to help tailor gifts to a donor’s unique needs and interests.

Ann brings more than 13 years of leadership experience, most recently as director of gift planning for Oberlin College, where she led successful efforts to increase institutional support through outright and planned gifts.

Ann is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Middlebury College, and she earned her law degree from Vermont Law School.

Ann and her husband, Vance, have four grown sons. In their spare time, they enjoy biking and walking their two small dogs in addition to sharpening their skills as amateur home baker (Ann) and chef (Vance). They look forward to getting to know the Richmond community, especially the local restaurants and parks.
 

 
Laura Dickinson

Laura Dickinson

Development Analyst and Project Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-5518

Email: laura.dickinson@vcuhealth.org

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Laura joined the MCV Foundation in September 2019 as development analyst and gift planning coordinator. In this capacity, she provides data analysis and project management to support development activities for the foundation. Laura has worked in resource development in the nonprofit sector for more than 10 years and brings a breadth of skills and experience to the foundation, including database management, special events, prospect research, analytics and reporting. Laura holds a B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a certificate in fund development from University of Richmond.

Laura is passionate about the city and lives in the Carillon neighborhood of Byrd Park with her husband Ash and 3-year-old daughter Willow. She spends most of her free time with her family and friends, and enjoys exploring the city, traveling, trying new restaurants, seeing live music and visiting museums.

 
Crystal Puryear

Crystal Puryear

Executive Assistant

Phone: (804) 628-1963

Email: crystal.puryear@vcuhealth.org

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Crystal Puryear joined the MCV Foundation in November 2017 as the executive assistant to the president. In addition to providing high-level support to the president, she is the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies and serves as the liaison between foundation staff and the MCV Foundation Board of Trustees. She also plans and facilitates all quarterly board and committee meetings. 

She joined the foundation with more than 10 years of experience supporting C-level executives and senior leadership in the financial services industry and nonprofit sector. Additionally, she played an integral role in the rapid growth of an outreach organization where she amassed a wealth of knowledge in community relations, event planning, volunteer management and marketing. 

Outside of work, Crystal enjoys traveling, hiking and seeing live music with her family.

 
Amber Yancey (B.S.’07/MC)

Amber Yancey (B.S.’07/MC)

Assistant Director of Donor Relations

Phone: (804) 828-4576

Email: amber.yancey1@vcuhealth.org

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Amber Yancey joined the foundation’s Development Team as assistant director of donor relations in August 2021.

Prior to this role, she was a development and scholarship specialist at the VCU School of Nursing, where she helped manage the scholarship process, alumni relations and events for the development team. Amber brings a wealth of experience to her role. She previously served as corporate partnerships and events manager with the Richmond Ballet and was a development and special events coordinator for Saint Gertrude High School.

Amber earned a B.S. in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She also completed a certificate in non-profit marketing from the University of Richmond’s Institute of Philanthropy. She lives in the Northside with her husband, Keith, and their dog, Guapo.

 
Tracey Bigelow

Tracey Bigelow

Administrative Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-9734

Email: tracey.bigelow@vcuhealth.org

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Tracey joined the MCV Foundation in December of 2018 as the administrative assistant and receptionist. Her responsibilities include providing administrative support to the vice president and chief development officer and the director of planned giving. She also supports all functions of the development, communications and finance teams.

Before joining the MCV Foundation, Tracey spent 14 years in the staffing industry where she was responsible for recruiting, account management and sales. She is a graduate of North Country Community College and has associate degrees in business management and math & science.

In her free time, Tracey loves gardening, crafting, following Buffalo sports teams and, above all, spending time with her granddaughter.

 
Paul Brockwell

Paul Brockwell

Associate Director of Communications

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.

 
Penelope Carrington

Penelope Carrington

Design Services Manager

Email: penelope.carrington@vcuhealth.org

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Penelope joined the foundation in August 2021 as a design services manager in the Communications Department. Prior to this role, she was the public relations coordinator and later the creative services manager for the American Civil War Museum, where she lead design for the magazine of an award-winning museum dedicated to telling an inclusive history of the Civil War.

An accomplished reporter and storyteller, Penelope won several awards during her time at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where she began as a reporter and became editor of an award-winning weekly teen section written by local youth. Later, she also worked as a general assignment features writer and multimedia reporter. In 2008, she received a prestigious fellowship to train at a multimedia reporting and convergence workshop at the University of California Berkeley’s Knight Digital Media Center. In addition to her many skills, she is a talented photographer and runs her own freelance practice. Her photographic work is part of the permanent collections at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Family Lifeline.

Penelope earned her B.A. in print journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia. She lives in Short Pump with her two children.

 
Julie Woodward

Julie Woodward

Controller

Phone: (804) 828-4792

Email: julie.woodward@vcuhealth.org

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Julie joined the MCV Foundation in 2018 as the controller.  Prior to joining the foundation, she served as accounting manager at DuPont Teijin Films. She brings with her valuable nonprofit experience, having served four years as the associate controller for the International Mission Board, a global nonprofit. 

Julie has handled all aspects of financial management operations during her nearly 25-year career, which has included significant experience in small business accounting throughout the Greater Richmond area.  Julie is a CPA and attended Virginia Commonwealth University and Strayer University, earning a bachelor’s degree and an M.B.A. in finance.

As a Richmond native, Julie has a passion for serving urban communities. Her drive for community service began during her first downtown experience in Open High School.  She currently serves as CFO for Beacon Hill Church in the City of Hopewell and leads the church’s Celebrate Recovery program in the Beacon Theatre.

 
Gina Padrone

Gina Padrone

Assistant controller

Email: gina.padrone@vcuhealth.org

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Gina joined the MCV Foundation in February of 2019 as the assistant controller. Prior to joining the foundation, Gina served as accounting manager at St. Joseph’s Villa, the longest continuously operating children’s nonprofit in the United States. Gina's past work experience also includes development, event planning and donor management at the state and national level.  

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Gina received both a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Master of Accountancy degree from the VCU School of Business.  

Outside of the office, Gina enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering as the treasurer for the Henrico Police Foundation. She is a member of SEAL Team Physical Training and an avid runner. 

 
Paula Griffin

Paula Griffin

Senior Accountant

Phone: (804) 828-2390

Email: Paula.Griffin@vcuhealth.org

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Paula joined the MCV Foundation as a gifts administrator in 2011. She analyzes and processes daily gift deposits, reconciles monthly giving and fees, and provides multiple gift, accounting and audit reports. Her previous accounting experience includes AP, AR, billing, bookkeeping and reconciliation, most recently at Performance Food Group and Christian & Barton.

She graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a bachelor’s degree in statistics and also holds an Accounting Career Studies Certificate.

 
Cat Vincent

Cat Vincent

Gifts Administration Manager

Phone: (804) 827-1700

Email: catherine.vincent@vcuhealth.org

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Cat Vincent began as gifts administration manager on the foundation’s finance team in May 2021.

Prior to joining MCV Foundation Cat worked in the Gifts and Records Management department in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was the Team Lead Transaction Analyst for five years. Prior to her time at VCU, she served with the University of Richmond Advancement Office for 19 years in gifts and records management.

Cat brings more than 23 years of experience in advancement services. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys being in the outdoors, traveling, shopping and trying new restaurants.

 
Tyler Trumbo

Tyler Trumbo

Digital Content Producer

Email: tyler.trumbo@vcuhealth.org

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Tyler joined the foundation in July 2021 as a digital content manager focusing on videography and photography. Prior to this role, he was a producer and editor with Fourth Line Films, a Richmond-based firm specializing in documentary filmmaking. In his work, he has helped mission-driven organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution and the American Association for the Advancement of Science to tell important stories. Most recently, he produced and edited a feature documentary that was distributed through the Public Broadcasting System as part of the Reel South film series. 

An accomplished visual storyteller, Tyler has taught as an adjunct instructor in filmmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University and Old Dominion University. In the community, he volunteers as sound mixer and archivist for Secretly Y’all, a nonprofit storytelling event group. He also co-founded RVA Documentary as a social and professional forum for documentary storytellers and the Doc’s Addition Screening Series.

Tyler earned his M.F.A. in documentary film and video from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in American studies from William & Mary. He lives in Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood with his wife, Caron, three small and very energetic kids, and a golden doodle named Toby.