Universitywide development and communications staff
School of Medicine
Amy Lane, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean for Development
Phone: (804) 827-4937
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In 2010, Amy joined the major gifts team in the School of Medicine after having served in VCU’s corporate and foundation relations office for six years. Prior to VCU, Amy held development roles at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and the College of William and Mary. A native Virginian, Amy earned a B.S. in psychology from James Madison University, an M.Ed. from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in higher education from the College of William and Mary.
Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs
Phone: (804) 827-4939
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Director of Development Communications
Phone: (804) 827-4938
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Erin Lucero loves telling the stories of the medical school’s alumni, donors, faculty and students. In more than 15 years as director of development communications, she has produced a variety of collateral pieces that support philanthropic and alumni relations priorities. She has launched three print periodicals, including the school’s 12th & Marshall alumni magazine as well as an email newsletter for the school’s alumni. Before joining the medical school in 2001, Erin worked for 10 years in what is now the public affairs office on the MCV Campus, coordinating with local, regional and national news crews on stories out of the hospital, cancer center and five health science schools. A graduate of Radford University, she is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Institutional Advancement.
Director of Development
Phone: (804) 827-6297
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Meyer joined VCU in 2015 with a strong background in public service, fundraising, grant writing and public relations. For the previous five years, she served as chief development officer at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond during their $8 million campaign. She worked as an associate director of corporate and foundation relations for the College of William and Mary. Prior to her tenure at William and Mary, she served for seven years at Old Dominion University, working as a grant writer and then as a major gifts officer in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Meyer has a master's in public administration and a bachelor of science in communications, both from ODU.
Assistant to the Director of Development, Department of Psychiatry
Phone: (804) 628-3878
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Bryan Heinitz joined the School of Medicine department of psychiatry as assistant to the director of development in 2019. A Richmond native, Heinitz has a bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University in arts administration. He came to VCU from St. Joseph’s Villa, a local nonprofit that serves children and their families with various mental health diagnoses. Outside of work, you can find him walking the Capital Trail on a sunny day, visiting one of Richmond’s many breweries or traveling to new cities far and wide.
Carrie R. Bickford
Interim Director of Development
Phone: (804) 828-3652View bio
Phone: (804) 828-3055
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Associate Director of Donor Stewardship and Reunions
Phone: (804) 827-4932
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Associate Director of Donor, Alumni and Stewardship Communications
Phone: (804) 828-5290
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Jodi T. Smith
Senior Development Officer and Director of Constituent Relations
Phone: (804) 628-2248
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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. Jodi also serves as a major gift officer and supervises the Associate Director of Donor Stewardship and Reunions position. 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.
Senior Major Gift Officer – Cardiopulmonary Disease Corridor
Phone: (804) 828-0423
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Senior Major Gift Officer – Trauma, Transplant, Diabetes, Burn Disease Corridor
Phone: (804) 828-3291
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Director of Annual Giving
Phone: (804) 827-4931View bio
A native of Richmond, Carmichael holds a B.A. from Dickinson College, where he majored in English and Spanish, and an M.A. in Spanish literature from the Universidad de Málaga in Spain. After working for several local nonprofits, he joined the School of Medicine in 2014 and works as director of annual giving.
Phone: (804) 828-3684
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Payton Hardinge (B.A.’11/H&S)
Phone: (804) 828-3407View bio
Phone: (804) 827-4935View bio
Email: Laura.Renaud@vcuhealth.orgView bio
Laura Renaud is a Baltimore native who relocated to Richmond to join the DAR team at VCU in May 2019. Laura graduated from Davidson College with a B.S. in psychology and is currently pursuing her master's degree in communication at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to VCU, Laura worked at Johns Hopkins for six years in various development capacities on both the university and medicine teams, most recently as a gift officer in the department of neurology.
Phone: (804) 828-4100View bio
Kathie Spraggins joined the VCU Health team in November of 2015 and has a B.S. in communications education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After 13 years in special events at the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Special Events and National Air and Space Museum, she came to Richmond with her husband and daughter and has been here for 20 years. She previously held positions in marketing at Markel Corporation and most recently as an instructional assistant with Henrico County Public Schools. As a development assistant, Spraggins provides administrative support to the senior development officer and other members of the development team.
Phone: (804) 827-4934
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Vaughan has been a member of the School of Medicine development office since 2000. She served as the special events coordinator for many years until the economy declined and fewer events were hosted. Vaughan now serves as development coordinator for the associate dean, assistant dean, major gift officers and development directors, processing travel, purchasing, local donor/student events, gift processing and daily office operations.
Priscilla C. Wiggin
Interim Director of Major Gifts
Phone: (804) 827-4933View bio
Priscilla Cash Wiggin joined the VCU School of Medicine’s major giving team in 2015. Priscilla works with alumni in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and West.
Prior to her major gifts officer role, Priscilla served as Assistant Director of Leadership Annual Giving at VCU Massey Cancer Center. Priscilla 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. Priscilla’s fundraising career began in San Francisco with the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, having been a field-based alpine mountaineering and rock climbing instructor for the organization for four years.
Priscilla holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Radford University and a nursing degree from the Johns Hopkins University. Priscilla also completed a certificate program in fund raising from the Indiana University Lily Family School of Philanthropy and serves on the nursing advisory board of the Madison School of Healthcare/Ashworth College.
Wren Wyatt (M.P.A.’15)
Associate Director of Development Information Management
Phone: (804) 828-5008
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Wyatt joined VCU's Corporate & Foundation Relations Office in 2014 on a graduate fellowship through the Wilder School, where much of his research focused on post-secondary education. Prior to VCU, Wren 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 and electrical engineering sales roles.