Universitywide development and communications staff

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Niles Eggleston

Niles Eggleston

Assistant Vice President for Development VCU Health & School of Medicine

Phone: (804) 828-2112

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.

 

 

 

 
Amy English (Lane), Ph.D.

Amy English (Lane), Ph.D.

Executive Director of Development Operations

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Nathan G. Bick

Nathan G. Bick

Senior 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.

 

 

 
Rohn Brown

Rohn Brown

VCUH Auxiliary Board Development Assistant

Phone: (804) 828-5633

Email: Rohn.Brown@vcuhealth.org

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Rohn Brown joined the Med-Health Development team in 2022. He coordinates the VCU Health auxiliary grants program and assists with other special projects. Before joining VCU, he completed 31 years of state and local government service in Virginia. He was an employer representative for 11 years with the Virginia Retirement System in his last stint. He also managed grant programs with the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority. Rohn has lived in the Richmond area since 1987 and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Longwood University and a M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia.

 
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.

 

 
Priscilla (Wiggin) Cash

Priscilla (Wiggin) Cash

Senior Director of Development

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.

 

 

 

 

 
Ashley Congdon

Ashley Congdon

Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 628-8643

Email: ashley.congdon@vcuhealth.org

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Hope Elliott

Hope Elliott

Executive Assistant

Phone: (804) 628-3607

Email: hope.elliott@vcuhealth.org

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Romina Gutierrez

Romina Gutierrez

Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 628-8287

Email: romina.gutierrez@vcuhealth.org

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Payton Hardinge (B.A.’11/H&S)

Payton Hardinge (B.A.’11/H&S)

Director of Development, Neurology

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.

 
Justin Jannuzzi

Justin Jannuzzi

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 628-8905

Email: justin.jannuzzi@vcuhealth.org

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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.

 
Jackie Kruszewski

Jackie Kruszewski

Associate Director for Donor, Alumni and Stewardship Communications

Phone: (804) 828-3291

Email: Jackie.Kruszewski@vcuhealth.org

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Jackie joined the VCU team in 2020 as a communications specialist at the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. She moved to the School of Medicine in 2022, where she writes and edits content that tells the stories of donors, alumni, faculty and students for print and web. She also creates and edits collateral that supports the communications and engagement aims of the development team.

Before joining VCU, Jackie worked in communications for a state agency and as a local reporter and freelance writer. She has worked in development for a Richmond performing arts center and a museum in New York City, as well as having experience in advocacy communications for an environmental nonprofit in Washington, D.C.

Raised in the Richmond area, Jackie holds a bachelor’s degree in political and social theory from the University of Virginia.

 
Erin Lucero

Erin Lucero

Senior 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.

 

 

 

 

 
Joy Malkin

Joy Malkin

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.

 

 

 

 
Donna Martin-Devine

Donna Martin-Devine

Development Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-4100

Email: donna.martindevine@vcuhealth.org

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Lynn Meyer

Lynn Meyer

Director of Donor Engagement

Phone: (804) 827-6297

Email: lynn.meyer@vcuhealth.org

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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.

 

 
Carrie Mills

Carrie Mills

Senior Director of Development

Phone: (804) 828-0423

Email: carrie.r.mills@vcuhealth.org

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With more than 15 years of advancement experience, Carrie Mills joined the VCU Medicine and Health team in 2017. She works with the faculty, grateful patients and donors of the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center and the Department of Surgery. She led the development of the VCU Medical Philanthropy Academy, which trains faculty and staff 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, where she led alumni giving and a $30 million scholarship campaign. Prior to 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.

 
Brenna Monk

Brenna Monk

Senior Major Gift Officer

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.

 

 
Sarah Neely (B.S.'14/H&S; M.Ed.’22/E; Cert.’22/GPA)

Sarah Neely (B.S.'14/H&S; M.Ed.’22/E; Cert.’22/GPA)

Associate Director of Development

Phone: (804) 628-8908

Email: sarah.neely@vcuhealth.org

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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. 

 
Bernadette O'Shea

Bernadette O'Shea

Senior Director of Development for Neurosciences and Wellness

Phone: (804) 828-3652

Email: bernadette.oshea@vcuhealth.org

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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.  

 
Heather Phibbs

Heather Phibbs

Director of Development

Phone: (804) 628-8907

Email: heather.phibbs@vcuhealth.org

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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.

 
Polly Roberts

Polly Roberts

Senior Associate Director of Development 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.

 

 

 
Natalie Roby

Natalie Roby

Assistant Director of Clinical Annual Giving Programs

Phone: (804) 828-9832

Email: natalie.a.taylor@vcuhealth.org

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Beth Schecter

Beth Schecter

Assistant Director of Development Operations

Phone: (804) 828-3684

Email: elizabeth.schecter@vcuhealth.org

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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.

 
Jodi T. Smith

Jodi T. Smith

Director of Development, School of Medicine

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.

 

 
Emily Starks

Emily Starks

Senior Major Gifts Officer

Phone: (804) 628-6206

Email: emily.starks@vcuhealth.org

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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.

 
Shamera Stewart (B.S.'16/B)

Shamera Stewart (B.S.'16/B)

Development Specialist for Constituent Relations and Stewardship

Phone: (804) 828-3055

Email: shamera.stewart@vcuhealth.org

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Pam Vaughan

Pam Vaughan

Development Office Manager

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.

 

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

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

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.

 

 

 
Laura Yawman

Laura Yawman

Director of Constituent Relations and Stewardship

Phone: 804-628-6226

Email: Laura.Renaud@vcuhealth.org

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Laura Renaud 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 the Johns Hopkins University and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Davidson College.