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May 14, 2024

Staffing Matters

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New Staff

Abby Ramsay

Abby Ramsay 

Assistant Director, Donor Relations 
University Advancement

Abby is originally from Virginia Beach but has most recently lived in Washington, DC since graduating from James Madison University in May 2022. In DC, she has worked as a corporate fitness center director and personal trainer. Abby is so excited to join the UVA community and transition her skills and experience into working with the Donor Relations team. In her free time, Abby likes to hike, spend time with friends and family, dabble in photography, and dance. 

Welcome, Abby!

 

 

Role Changes

Mary Katherine Barbour

Mary Katherine Barbour 

Senior Director of Strategic Gifts
Darden 

Mary Katherine has been promoted to Senior Director of Strategic Gifts. In this role, she will continue to manage and coordinate all aspects of Darden’s Gift Planning Program in partnership with Central Gift Planning and focus on cultivating meaningful relationships with a portfolio of prospective donors who have the potential to make principal gifts of $5M+. In this role she will work closely with donors and others across the Darden enterprise to maximize donors’ philanthropic support and personal engagement with Darden and focus on long-range strategic priorities and transformational giving opportunities. 

Congratulations, Mary Katherine!

 

 

Carter Hoerr

 

Carter Hoerr  

Senior Advisor to the Foundation President 
Darden 

Carter will build on his current role as a senior advisor to the advancement team and transition to a role as Senior Advisor to the President in the Foundation President’s office. In this role, he will work closely and strategically with Rob to maximize the impact and effectiveness of our advancement work and the Foundation. He will support Rob’s activities and interactions with key Foundation stakeholders and serve as a liaison to the Dean’s Office on advancement related activities. Carter will serve on the Foundation Senior Leadership Team and continue to manage a personal portfolio of principal gift prospects, oversee the Powered by Purpose Campaign and work closely with the Campaign Cabinet and other stakeholders to achieve campaign success. 

Congratulations, Carter!

 

 

Kim McKean

 

Kim McKean 

Senior Associate Director Advancement Operations 
Darden 

Kim has been promoted to Senior Associate Director of Advancement Operations. In this role, Kim is responsible for managing Darden’s advancement data and reporting infrastructure to support world-class constituent engagement and fundraising success. Jose will report to Kim and together they will ensure that fundraising and engagement strategy is informed by sound data which includes implementing metrics, reports, systems, and processes to promote effective and efficient fundraising and stakeholder engagement. Kim will manage and prepare information to guide sound and effective business decisions and ensure that systems and processes run smoothly. Kim will work closely with Isaac, Jose and advancement department leaders to regularly assess the needs and opportunities of team, evaluate how Advancement Operations can support these needs, and promote cross-team collaboration.  

Congratulations, Kim!

 

 

Isaac Stephenraj

 

Isaac Stephenraj  

Senior Director, Advancement Systems Strategy 
Darden 

As we prepare for the upcoming Salesforce CRM implementation, evaluate myriad new technology solutions, and integrate AI into our advancement and engagement work , Issaac is transitioning to a new role as Senior Director, Advancement Systems Strategy. In this role, Isaac will play a pivotal role in shaping the systems that support Darden’s strategic fundraising and engagement efforts, and act as a liaison between the advancement/engagement and technology teams. He will help identify business challenges and opportunities and recommend and implement IT solutions that align with and meet business needs. He will continue to serve as the primary liaison with UVA on the Salesforce CRM implementation and will continue to serve on the University Advancement Technology Steering Committee. 

Congratulations, Isaac!

 

Farewell

Jeffery Reason

Jeffrey Reason 

Project Associate, University Annual Giving 
University Advancement 

Jeffrey Reason's last day at the University of Virginia was May 6. We wish him well in his next adventures! 

Best wishes, Jeffrey!

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New Staff

Agatha Walker

Agatha Walker

Donor Experience Officer
University Advancement

Agatha Walker joins University Advancement this week as a Donor Experience Officer, where she will be responsible for developing personal, customized relationships with an assigned portfolio of current and former alumni donors in support of the University’s fundraising and alumni participation goals.

Agatha grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts, attended Williams College, and then spent decades working in advertising sales in New York City. She now resides in Madison, CT with her husband (UVA '96) and 3 children, and enjoys life on the Connecticut shoreline.

Welcome, Agatha!

 

Britany Wentz

Britany Wentz

Associate Director, Event Experiences
University Advancement

Britany Wentz joins the Event Experiences team as an associate director, where she will serve as lead event planner and strategist for a robust portfolio of University Advancement events. She brings over a decade of dedicated experience in event management, specializing in creating unforgettable experiences.

In her free time, Britany enjoys cheering on the DC sports teams, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and  listening to Taylor Swift.

Welcome, Britany!

 

Farewell

Caroline Livingston

Caroline Livingston

Associate Director of Donor Relations
University Advancement

Please join the Donor Relations team in congratulating Caroline Livingston on her new role as Director of Donor Relations with Washington State University! Caroline’s last day with UVA will be Friday, May 10, and she will start her new (remote) role later this month.

Since joining the Donor Relations team in 2018, Caroline has been an essential contributor to our donor stewardship program and the greater Advancement Community. As the lead strategist on our pan-University Leaders in Philanthropy program, she was responsible for stewardship of donors with collective lifetime giving of over $5B. In this capacity, Caroline designed and implemented a tremendous number of new events and communication strategies to surprise, delight, and increase top donor affinity for UVA. In addition to growing the Leaders program, Caroline was essential in creating our first 25 custom stewardship plans for top donors, as well as designing and launching a new program to recognize donor milestones with highly-customized gifts.

Throughout her time at UVA, Caroline has been an engaged and dedicated member of the Advancement community taking on roles like co-chair of the ACE Committee, serving as an active member of OOE’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Justice Committee, and taking on the role of co-chair of the Stewardship Community of Practice. She is widely known for her creativity, get-things-done mentality, her notable generosity, and for being a wildly kind and caring colleague to all who know her. Please join us in celebrating Caroline, she will be missed!

Best wishes, Caroline!

Role Changes

Nicole LaBruno

Nicole LaBruno

Assistant Project Manager
University Advancement Operations

Nicole has been with University Advancement since 2004 and throughout her tenure has adeptly navigated various roles, from web developer to data specialist. For the past 12 years, she has been the primary liaison for Advancement Communications, overseeing 100+ projects annually. In her new role, Nicole will serve as a collaborative force, actively engaging across multiple projects to streamline processes, monitor progress and track goals-based key performance indicators (KPIs).

Nicole is the proud mom of Michael, now 16, is a Peloton junkie, loves traveling, and spending time with her family.

Congratulations, Nicole!

 

Katherine Leatherman

Katherine Leatherman

Senior Associate Director, Direct Marketing
University Advancement

In her new role as the Senior Associate Director, Katherine will be supervising four project managers within the Direct Marketing team and helping to guide the strategy and execution of appeals for school and unit partners.

Katherine has more than 10 years of experience at UVA with 4 of those years in University Annual Giving. Since joining University Annual Giving, Katherine has executed more than 200 direct marketing appeals and worked with 19 different school and unit partners.

Congratulations, Katherine!

 

Farewells

Nicole Thomas

Nicole Thomas

Director of Development for Student Affairs
University Advancement

Starting May 6th, Nicole Thomas will embark on a new journey within the University community, assuming the pivotal role of Commons Director for the Contemplative Sciences Center, marking the beginning of an exciting chapter in her career.

Nicole's transition into this role is a testament to her multifaceted talents and dedication. With her background in both student wellness research and development, Nicole is uniquely poised to lead the center's programming and operations. Her passion for supporting student flourishing, coupled with her extensive relationships across the University community and Student Affairs, ensures that she will forge impactful partnerships and cultivate enriching opportunities.

One colleague beautifully encapsulated Nicole's impact when introducing her to a prospective donor, saying, "Nicole heads up the fundraising side of things for Student Affairs, but even more importantly she is a true Student Affairs professional in every sense of the word. Nicole’s passion lies within helping give our students the world-class experience they deserve while they are on Grounds."

Please join us in extending our heartfelt congratulations to Nicole and expressing gratitude for her unwavering dedication to securing resources for our students. While we bid farewell to her in her current role in University Advancement, we eagerly anticipate the positive contributions she will continue to make in this new capacity. Nicole's presence at UVA remains a source of strength, and we wholeheartedly support her in this exciting new chapter of her career.

Congratulations, Nicole!

 

Jill Pollard

Digital Communications Specialist
University Advancement Operations

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the departure of Jill Pollard from Advancement Operations. Since she joined us in September 2022, Jill has been a huge asset to our team. She’s enhanced the look and feel of our Take 5 newsletter and has boosted the Advancement Hub with key content like Staffing Matters, the latest events, and all the buzz about AI and the CRM project.

Jill’s a Cvent guru, turning our Day and Week of Learning websites from meh to wow and making the registration process easier for our users. And let’s not forget the digital treasure trove she’s created – from the warm welcomes for new hires to the snazzy LinkedIn announcements and those eye-catching infographics and reports.

As Jill sets her sights on fresh challenges, we’re sending a massive thank you for the magic she’s brought to our team. Her creativity and collaborative spirit have left a mark, and while we’re sad to see her go, we can’t wait to see her conquer new heights.

Best wishes, Jill!

New Staff

Andrea Walker

Andrea Walker

Assistant Director, Event Experiences
University Advancement

Andrea Walker joins the Event Experiences team as an assistant director, where she will serve as lead event planner and strategist for a robust portfolio of University Advancement events. After working for five years in the hospitality and restaurant industries, and completing her bachelor's degree while working full-time, Andrea found her passion for organizing events in higher education. She most recently worked at James Madison University as an event manager, where she loved working with students, alumni, and other stakeholders to make events a success.

In her free time, Andrea enjoys spending time with friends and family, cycling, exploring the outdoors, traveling, and attending concerts.

Welcome, Andrea!

 

Role Changes

Bina Hopkins

Bina Hopkins

Assistant Director, Event Experiences
University Advancement

Bina joined the Event Experiences team in November 2023 as a project associate, bringing a wealth of institutional knowledge and experience planning events. She was a competitive candidate in a competitive search and we are thrilled about this new opportunity for her!

Congrats, Bina!

 

Jacqui Wood

Jacqui Wood

Associate Director, Event Experiences
University Advancement

Jacqui joined UVA as an assistant director in July 2023 and has proven herself a capable, committed member of the team. We are thrilled to see her thriving at UVA and excited for the opportunities this new role will give her.

Congrats, Jacqui!

 

 

Role Changes

Bryant Powell

Bryant Powell

Senior Associate Director of Data Operations
University Advancement

Since Bryant joined Advancement Operations, he has developed multiple improvements in our Evertrue integration to help stabilize and add new features for our users. He has also taken responsibility for our Ellucian applications. In recent months Bryant has been part of our data warehouse project, and his new role will expand to help lead the build of this warehouse for our community. This is big project and one that will help us improve our data structures and overall data management moving into the new CRM.

Congrats, Bryant!

 

Farewells

Doug Mauney

Director of Development, University Priorities
University Advancement

Doug Mauney has accepted a new position as Executive Director of Development with the School of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he will lead the school’s advancement efforts. 

Doug joined University Advancement in 2018 as the Director of Development for Faculty Excellence, and during his time here he’s worked with the Office of the Provost and helped expand our pan-University efforts in a variety of areas across the country with the University Priorities team. Doug has been a great contributor to University Advancement, with a particular skill for identifying custom research interests from donors (resulting in multiple opportunities over the years).

Doug's last day will be Friday, April 12. We will miss Doug's professionalism and willingness to collaborate, and wish him well in his new role with Virginia Commonwealth University.

Best wishes, Doug!

Welcome, New Staff

Melanie Blosser

Melanie Blosser

Assistant Director of Strategic Alumni Engagement
UVA Health Development

Melanie Blosser joins UVA Health Development’s Donor Relations & Strategic Engagement (DRSE) team, where she will implement strategic engagement activities for the School of Nursing’s alumni constituencies, manage the activities of the School of Nursing’s volunteer alumni board, and serve as the primary liaison to the School’s faculty, staff and students. Melanie graduated from James Madison University in 2015 with a degree in sociology. During and after college, she worked with various nonprofit organizations, both nationally and internationally, that provided aftercare for children rescued from sex-trafficking. After traveling, she began working in education, and later in higher education, greatly enjoying the opportunity to champion students and work with alumni.

Melanie and her husband have two boys and a cattle farm to keep life exciting!

Welcome, Melanie!

 

Kayle Seever

Kayla Seever

Gift Administrator
University Advancement

Kayla Seever joins the Advancement Services team this week as a gift administrator, where her duties will include researching, entering, and maintaining data in the database of record, and auditing the integrity of that data. She has roughly 18 years of professional administrative experience in healthcare, customer service and academic settings.

Kayla is married to her best friend and has two children, 10 chickens, a puppy and a cat. She and her husband love to hike and support their children in their activities. As a family, they love to travel and create as many memories as possible. 

Welcome, Kayla!

Welcome, New Staff

Felicia Blow

Felicia Blow

Executive Director, UVA Community Health Foundation & Director of Development, Community Hospitals

As Executive Director of the UVA Community Health Foundation & Director of Development for Community Hospitals, Dr. Felicia Blow, APR, will serve as the lead fundraiser for our community hospitals in Culpeper, Prince William, and Haymarket, and will coordinate at a high level with hospital leadership to create a strategic development operation and build a culture of philanthropy. Felicia is an award-winning leader with extensive organizational, strategic planning, leadership and management experience. Her 25+ year career includes work in manufacturing (Caterpillar, Inc.); waste management and environmental services (Southeastern Public Service Authority); telecommunications (Cox Communications); and higher education (Paul D. Camp and Tidewater Community Colleges and Hampton University). She served in an interim role with Elizabeth City State University as an Assistant Vice Chancellor for Corporate and Foundation Fundraising, and at Hampton University, she led the $150 million Dream No Small Dreams II Campaign. She serves as CEO and Co-Founder of Walker Blow Consulting, a boutique agency specializing in fundraising/development, strategic communications, and information technology services.

Felicia is the mother to three children (two surviving) and has been married to her husband, Rev. Alvin Blow, for more than 34 years. She loves reading and has a strong interest in Spanish.

Welcome, Felicia!

 

Kat Cannon

Katherine "Kat" Cannon

Gift Administrator

Kat Cannon joins the Advancement Services team this week as a gift administrator, where her duties will include researching, entering, and maintaining data in the database of record, and auditing the integrity of that data. Kat recently completed her MBA at Regent University, and her most recent work experience includes event management and donor relations. She is looking forward to continuing to pursue her interest in university advancement.

Kat and her husband proudly welcomed their first baby last year. She enjoys spending time in the Outer Banks with family, a well-deserved Diet Coke break, and walking with her doodle, Sadie. She is thrilled to join UVA in this new role and excited to be part of such an esteemed institution.

Welcome, Kat!

 

Haley Cook

Haley Cook

Advancement Associate

Haley Cook joins University Advancement Operations as an Advancement Associate. She will provide support to the Prospect Management, Research, and Analytics (PMR&A) team. Haley is originally from Roanoke, Virginia, and completed her undergraduate degree at William & Mary, studying applied statistics. She is also a fairly recent graduate of Trinity College Dublin (Ireland!), where she received a master’s degree in marketing.

In her free time, Haley really enjoys spending time with her dog, Piper, and traveling to new places.

Welcome, Haley!

 

Leigha Rae

Leigha Rae

Gift Administrator

Leigha Rae joins the Advancement Services team this week as a gift administrator, where her duties will include researching, entering, and maintaining data in the database of record, and auditing the integrity of that data. She has worked for many years in the nonprofit sector and really enjoys helping people. 

In her free time, Leigha enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, watching documentaries and spending time outdoors.

Welcome, Leigha!

 

Congratulations on Your Role Change

Cynthia Donley

Cynthia Donley

Assistant Director of Gift Processing

Cynthia Donley has consistently demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication in overseeing UVA's corporate matching gifts administration, and has stepped into the role of Assistant Director of Gift Processing, effective March 25.

Congrats, Cynthia!

 

 

Farewell

Andy Levinsky

Andy Levinsky

Senior Writer, UVA Health Development

Andy Levinsky developed compelling stories for UVA Health Development publications, PULSE and Investing in Hope. He also collaborated with the Communications team to develop collateral materials. We wish Andy the best in his future endeavors.

Best Wishes, Andy!

 

Welcome!

Penny Cabaniss

Penny Cabaniss

Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff

Penny Cabaniss joins University Advancement in the role of Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President for Advancement. In this role, Penny will serve on the senior leadership team in University Advancement and provide executive-level support to Mark Luellen.

Penny received her bachelor’s degree from the College in 1993 and then worked in the Virginia House of Delegates for twelve years, during which time she completed her MBA at the University of Richmond. Penny returned to UVA in 2005 and has since served in various roles, including her most recent appointment as Assistant Vice President for Operations and Chief of Staff to the Senior Vice President for Operations and State Government Relations.

Welcome, Penny!

 

Farewells

Sean Clarkson

Sean Clarkson 

Sean Clarkson, Director of Development, University Library, is relocating to Chapel Hill, NC for opportunities at the University of North Carolina, where his wife recently started working as Senior Conservator for Special Collections, and where Sean has accepted a position as Executive Director of Development for Schools and Units. We are thrilled for Sean and his family as they embark on their next adventure.

Sean has been critical to strengthening the Library’s development enterprise, and has made an indelible mark on our community that will be felt for campaigns to come. In the near term, Sean’s contributions will be felt as the Library will likely achieve it’s $100M campaign goal this fiscal year! Sean’s leadership, empathy, integrity, and creativity will be missed. 

Best wishes, Sean!

 

Danielle King

Danielle King 

Join us in wishing Danielle King the very best as she begins her new role at William & Mary as Senior Director of Advancement Events, where she will lead the strategic development and management of events across the university. Danielle joined the Donor Relations team in January of 2022, and has been an integral contributor as a member of the new Event Experiences team, most recently receiving high praise for her event management of the successful VA2030 events. 

Best wishes, Danielle!

 

New Hires

Cameron Kennedy

Cameron Kennedy 

Donor Experience Officer

Cameron Kennedy joins University Advancement this week as a Donor Experience Officer, where he will be responsible for developing personal, customized relationships with an assigned portfolio of current and former alumni donors in support of the University’s fundraising and alumni participation goals. With almost 5 years in sales and customer service, he brings a passion for building connections.

Cameron and his wife, Kianna, enjoy traveling, playing board games, and spending quality time with their energetic dog, Atlas. He is thrilled to kick off this exciting journey and contribute to the success of UVA Advancement.

Welcome, Cameron!

 

 

Role Changes

Meg Flanagan

Meg Flanagan 

Assistant Director of Advancement, McIntire

Meg Flanagan started her new position as a frontline fundraiser for the McIntire School of Commerce Foundation on February 20. She was formerly a Donor Experience Officer with University Advancement.

Congratulations, Meg!

 

 

New Hires

 

Hunter McConville

Hunter McConville

Assistant Director of Event Experiences

As Assistant Director of Event Experiences, Hunter McConville will serve as lead event planner and strategist for a robust portfolio of advancement events, including board meetings, receptions, tailgates, academic programs, dinners, and webinars. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Annual Giving & Young Alumni Philanthropy at Washington & Lee University. He has a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and received a master’s in English from Boston College.

Hunter was recently married and lives with his wife, Sophie, in Fishersville, Virginia. He loves reading and writing in his spare time, when his golden retriever, Finn, leaves him alone long enough.

Welcome, Hunter!

 

 

Farewells

 

Linda Sherck

Linda Sherck

Associate Director of Development, Batten

After a more than 30 year career in higher education fundraising - at Duke, UNC and UVA - Linda Sherck is departing for her next adventure. She is joining the Peace Corps, heading to Senegal in March.

Best wishes, Linda!

 

Marilyn Wright

Marilyn Wright

Senior Associate Director, UVA Parents Fund

Please join the Parents Program in extending our sincere appreciation to Marilyn Wright on her retirement. Marilyn's journey began three decades ago as an independent contractor with the Virginia Festival of American Film and subsequently encompassed roles within University Development, Athletics, and finally, the UVA Parents Program.

Throughout her tenure, Marilyn's contributions have been notable, from coordinating events and managing operations to her strategic initiatives within the Parents Program. Her ability to cultivate meaningful relationships within UVA and with our parent donors has been particularly noteworthy, leaving a lasting impact on our community.

As Marilyn embarks on this new chapter, we extend our best wishes for a fulfilling retirement. We are grateful for her contributions and wish her well in her future endeavors.

Best wishes, Marilyn!

New Hires

Olivia Hathaway

Olivia Hathaway

Assistant Director of Next Generation Philanthropy
University Advancement

As Assistant Director of Next Generation Philanthropy, Olivia Hathaway will engage students and recent graduates philanthropically, educate undergraduate students on philanthropy and develop a fundraising strategy for fourth years and undergraduate alumni of the last decade. Olivia is a recent graduate of UVA (summer 2023, B.S. Biochemistry, B.A. Biology), and her previous work experiences include hydroponics, manufacturing, assistant teaching, and plant biology lab work. Her previous fundraising experience in fundraising largely volunteer - personal fundraising, fundraising with UVA clubs, and now fundraising as the treasurer for a non-profit.

In her free time, Olivia likes to paint, draw, embroider, garden, and take photos. At home, her activities are at all times supervised by her cat Pepper, who is equal parts menace and angel. She is very much looking forward to her new role at UVA, and can't wait to get started promoting our culture of philanthropy.

Welcome, Olivia!

 

Cait Mohr

Caitilin Mohr

Director of Corporate Relations, Health System

As Director of Corporate Relations, Health System, Caitlin (Cait) Mohr will be responsible for building industry connections across every area of the health system: research, teaching, innovation, operations, and more. Her background includes more than a decade of experience building relationships that align academic institutional needs with external funding opportunities. She recently served as Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving and Director of Grants at Piedmont Virginia Community College, growing a diverse portfolio of funders supporting the advanced technologies and healthcare, student affairs, workforce development, and capital projects.

Cait and her husband moved to Charlottesville in 2007 from Albany, New York, and they have three daughters (a singleton and twins) and a Scottish Terrier. She loves hot weather and traveling.

Welcome, Cait!

 

Navin Ramoutar

Navin Ramoutar

Associate Director of Development, Batten

As Associate Director of Developmen, Navin Ramoutar will be responsible for managing a portfolio of donor prospects and developing a comprehensive solicitation and stewardship strategy related to the priorities of the Batten School. Navin is a results-driven professional with a robust background in marketing and fundraising. With notable tenures at Vanderbilt University and Heineken, Navin has honed his skills in building meaningful partnerships, and contributing to the overall success of diverse projects.

On weekends, you can find Navin coaching youth soccer, and enjoying moments with friends and family.

Welcome, Navin!

 

Role Changes

Megan Murphy Keller

Megan Murphy-Keller

Senior Associate Director, Development
UVA Alumni Association

Megan Murphy-Keller has led the Alumni Association Annual Fund for years and is our go-to for all things tech-related in Advancement. This new role adds pipeline development, moves management, and staff supervision to her portfolio of responsibilities.

Congratulations, Megan!

 

 

Farewells

Lindsey Paynter

Lindsey Paynter

Senior Associate Director, Direct Marketing

Congratulations to Lindsey Paynter on her new role as the Director of Annual Giving in the Office of Advancement & Alumni Relations at St. Anne's-Belfield School! Lindsey’s last day at UVA is Friday, February 9. 

Lindsey has been with the University Annual Giving team for 6 years. In that time, she has played an instrumental role in establishing current project management processes, supervised a team of 4 project managers, became a subject matter expert in Salesforce Marketing Cloud (and trained others to become experts), onboarded 15 Direct Marketing partners, and has helped review and execute over a thousand appeals.

Thank you, Lindsey, for all that you have done for University Annual Giving, the Office of Engagement, and the University of Virginia.

Best wishes, Lindsey!

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