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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Assistant Director of Next Generation Philanthropy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Annual Giving
Virginia Athletic Foundation
Andrew Sadler joins the VAF afterspending the past five-plus years with the University of Georgia Athletic Association (UGAAA) and The Georgia Bulldog Club (TGBC). He joined TGBC in September 2019 and served in various roles as an Intern, graduate assistant, assistant director of development for annual giving, and associate director of development. Andrew solicited financial support for Georgia student-athletes through aiding all annual giving efforts. He coordinated the fundraising efforts for the Georgia Baseball Fund (GBF), Gymnastics Excellence Fund (GEF), Women's Basketball Fund (WBF), and Men's Basketball Fund (MBF). He also assisted in the fundraising efforts of annual giving and priority seating for football (WCHF).
In his new role, Andrew will provide overall leadership, strategy, and direction for the Virginia Athletics Foundation annual giving program.
Outside of work, he enjoys traveling to visit friends and family and being active, whether walking, hiking, and playing sports.
Associate Director, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) and Corporate Philanthropy
Erin Chandler has been a stalwart leader with the CMNH program, annual giving, local partnerships, and events. She leads by example through her relationship building, cross-Grounds partnerships, and intra-hospital collaboration. She has successfully expanded the CMNH territories to align with the growth of the health system and increase revenue for the Children’s Hospital. From the Week of Giving to HooThon, her commitment to the mission of UVA Health Children’s shines.
She has also helped spearhead our corporate philanthropy model to build on, and expand upon, current and prospective corporate partners to Children’s. Her work with CMNH partners is a natural fit which expands her role to include corporate partners that support the philanthropic mission of Children’s. She will work closely with Joon Cho and the future director of corporate philanthropy within HSD.
Senior Writer and News Director
As Senior Writer and News Director in Advancement Communications, William Cocke will be responsible for overseeing the strategic and editorial direction of news coverage for campaign gift announcements in both internal and external media. He will work closely with senior leadership, including the Vice President for Advancement, the Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts, and serve as liaison to University Communications to ensure the timeliness, quality, and accuracy of giving-related news stories. He will continue to work with colleagues across Grounds as a principal writer for Envision and manage a team of writers in Advancement Communications.
Executive Director of Gift Planning
As Executive Director of Gift Planning, Dane Ferré will lead the day-to-day operations of the Office of Gift Planning. Dane joined the Office of Gift Planning in 2022 as Philanthropic Advisor, in which role he increased the University’s ability to accept gifts of business interests and other complex assets. Prior to joining the Office of Gift Planning, he practiced corporate law with international law firms in New York and Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of UVA’s College of Arts and Sciences and Emory University’s School of Law.
Associate Director of Prospect Management
Since joining the PMR&A team, Ali Freeman has proven herself to be indispensable. She has identified operational gaps, pioneered new programs, and established robust partnerships with the schools and units she serves. In this role, she will supervise prospect managers and spearhead the development of contemporary policies and procedures to foster further growth in prospect management.
Associate Director, UVA Clubs Global Network
Sadira Glendenning has been an integral part of the UVA family for 5 ½ years, and since joining the UVA Clubs Global Network team in 2021, she has brought an incredible energy to her role. Her dedication to revitalizing various clubs, such as Austin, Phoenix, Twin Cities, Salt Lake City/Park City New River Valley, and Northern Shenandoah Valley, has been truly commendable. Sadira's leadership in the UVA Club Student Ambassador program and her contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives have earned her well-deserved recognition, including an ACE award from her peers.
Ann Lawrence Grasty
Executive Director, University Annual Giving
Ann Lawrence Grasty, who joined UVA in 2014, has played a pivotal role in the growth of annual giving at UVA. Under her leadership, the team has expanded from 4 to over 20 members. Ann Lawrence's strategic approach has led to an 18% increase in alumni undergraduate giving in FY23, earning UVA recognition as one of the top 3 annual giving teams for growth in donors among public universities. Her development of new initiatives including DXO, Next Gen, and Peer to Peer fundraising has showcased her innovative thinking. Ann Lawrence's leadership has not gone unnoticed, as evidenced by being selected to lead the Annual Giving Consortium and as a recipient of a UVA ACE Award.
Senior Director, Analytics & Decision Support
For more than 10 years, Anna Hodges has served the UVA Advancement Community. From her talented leadership in our reunion giving program to her focused work in annual giving and strategic initiatives for the School of Engineering, Anna has been committed to serving her alma mater. This commitment to advancement at UVA has been recognized by her peers with an ACE award for Relentless Determination. In 2022, Anna joined Advancement Operations as the Director for Analytics and Decision Support and led the charge in rebuilding our Prospect Management, Research & Analytics team to support the needs of our modern advancement environment.
Associate Director of Prospect Management, Health Development
Since joining the PMR&A team, Chelsea Laxer has consistently demonstrated her expertise in healthcare philanthropy. She has excelled in prospect management and has built strong relationships with development officers and senior leadership. We look forward to witnessing her continued success in fostering strategic collaboration and partnership with the Health Development team.
Associate Director, Donor Relations
Caroline Livingston, with four years of dedicated service to UVA, has been instrumental in leading the strategy for our Leaders in Philanthropy program. Her creation of a donor-centric milestone giving program and strategic communication plan has greatly enhanced our relationships with major donors through the Lawn and Cornerstone Societies. Caroline's innovative stewardship events and partnerships with Advancement Communication and Development Major Gift Officers have added a highly personalized touch to our interactions with our esteemed supporters.
Chief Employee Engagement Officer
As the Chief Employee Engagement Officer, Ashley Privott will be responsible for fostering connections within the UVA Advancement Community, to UVA, our work, and each other. She will work closely with the ACE committee to champion and reinforce our culture, promoting a sense of belonging and purpose. Over the past six years, Ashley has built our Days and Weeks of Learning into a hallmark of employee engagement, with more than 400 attendees at our event last week. She will continue to provide leadership to these events and others in an effort to connect and inspire our employees.
Chief User Experience Officer
Joe Ruoto joined University Advancement in 2018 as an experienced project manager, charged with standing up several advancement technology platforms, including Marketing Cloud and EverTrue. Joe is a gifted speaker and is known for being able to bust complexity with humor. He is a true partner, bringing stakeholders from across Grounds together to accomplish ambitious goals, and for that, he was recognized with the 2021 ACE Award for Strengthening Community. In his new role as the Chief User Experience Officer, Joe will be committed to providing a seamless experience for external and internal users of our advancement technologies.
Assistant Director, Gift Administration
Jennifer Sisko’s promotion is a testament to her unwavering dedication to the University and her outstanding contributions to the University Advancement Services team since its inception in June 2020. She has consistently demonstrated exceptional skills, commitment, and a proactive approach in her role. The promotion serves as a recognition of her remarkable achievements and the positive energy she brings to the team. As Assistant Director of Client Services, she will continue to excel and make significant strides in providing outstanding service to our donors and colleagues.
Assistant Director, User Experience
Chase Sylvia has done a wonderful job servicing the Advancement Community via the Help Desk and special projects as the Enterprise Applications Specialist. As our group expands to include the Learning Management System (LMS), the Hub intranet, and other departments also using the Help Desk, Chase’s role will be promoted to Assistant Director for User Experience and will include setting strategic objectives and helping to manage those applications. Leading by example, the goal is to empower our end users with the training and skills needed to be their most successful.
Associate Director, UVA Clubs Global Network
Beth Zitzman, who joined the Office of Engagement in 2022, brings with her a wealth of experience from a 25-year career in event experience management, most recently with Radio City Music Hall. Her contributions include the revamping and enhancement of our signature programs for UVA Clubs: Accepted Student Celebrations, Summer Socials and Student Send-offs, and Hoos Here. Beth's collaborative efforts in creating Hoos Stories, fostering an inclusive environment for sharing personal stories, have been particularly noteworthy. Her dedication has not gone unnoticed, as she recently received an ACE Award from her peers.
Assistant Director of Gift Accounting
Kevin Hickman joins University Advancement Operations as Assistant Director of Gift Accounting. He previously worked at his alma mater, Longwood University, as Scholarship Administrator and Junior Accountant. After Longwood, he transitioned to the role of Finance Director for Buckingham County, which is where he grew up.
Kevin married his high school sweetheart and has a 3-month-old little girl, Olive Ruth. He also has two sweet pups, Winston (Golden Doodle) and Lily (Labradoodle). In his free time, he likes to watch sports on TV or in person. His favorite place to be is at Camden Yards in Baltimore (Go O’s!).
Associate Director, Donor Experience
Jeanna has worked as a Donor Experience Officer since the inception of the DXO program. In that time, she learned the foundations of digital engagement work and has grown tremendously as a fundraiser and team leader. As the Associate Director, she'll oversee the day-to-day operations of the DXO program, coordinate strategy moving forward, and maintain a portfolio of DXO prospects.
Senior Principal Gift Officer
Please join the principal gifts team in congratulating Lori Brookins on her new position as a Senior Principal Gift Officer at Virginia Tech starting January 25, 2024. In her new role, Lori will work closely with VT’s senior associate vice president for advancement, Monecia Taylor. She’ll also re-join a former colleague from Harvard Business School.
During her 5-year tenure, Lori has enjoyed great success securing significant gifts to many areas of the University. She’s also initiated and nurtured relationships with countless prospects, donors, students, and colleagues--relationships that will continue to serve the University for years to come.
Lori’s new role allows her to work remotely, so she won’t be leaving Charlottesville. She welcomes the opportunity to stay in touch, compare notes and strategies, and continue her many strong friendships and partnerships.
Assistant Director, Donor Relations
Delphine Koutone joins the Donor Relations team this week as an assistant director, where she will support objectives to steward donors to the University and focus on efforts to engage donors to scholarships and the student beneficiaries who benefit from UVA’s donor-funded scholarships. Delphine is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in biology. She worked as an admission tour guide while in college, and also has experience in retail.
Outside of work, Delphine likes to watch movies of all different genres.
Associate Director, Donor Communications
UVA Health Development
As Associate Director for Donor Communications, Paige Kostanecki will lead UVA Health Development's acknowledgment program and draft highly customized donor correspondence for UVA Health leadership. She will also prepare a growing number of custom stewardship reports for UVA Health's most generous donors, and spearhead other communications projects designed to deepen relationships with donors.
In her nearly six years on the Donor Relations team, Paige fully re-envisioned University Advancement’s gift acknowledgement program into a modern, streamlined, and donor-centric machine. As a result of thoughtful collaboration with colleagues from across Grounds, Paige has written thousands of heartfelt and wildly well-received letters on behalf of President Ryan, Mark Luellen, and other University leaders. Paige also took the lead on growing our custom stewardship reporting program. When she began in the role in 2018, she was responsible for creating single report. Since then, she has developed a progressively sophisticated catalogue of report templates and an impressive library of print and digital reports that serve as a benchmark for reporting excellence.
Senior Project Manager
Brenda Rodriguez has officially joined University Advancement in a permanent part-time capacity, as Senior Project Manager. Over the past year, Brenda has been an invaluable asset to Advancement Operations in a temporary role, contributing significantly to various projects, notably the mentorship pilot and Staff Success Enterprise.
Bringing a wealth of experience from a distinguished career at Cornell University in event planning, Brenda’s expertise and dedication have been instrumental in our achievements thus far. In her new role, Brenda will be collaborating closely with Julie Featherstone and Cindy Fredrick on an array of projects, including the development of the new Event Experience team within Engagement.
Despite residing in Tennessee, Brenda’s passion for our mission and her unwavering commitment make her an indispensable member of our team. We are excited about the continued contributions she will bring to UVA.
Assistant Director of Board Relations
As Assistant Director of Board Relations, Katie will support the Darden School Foundation's Board of Trustees and Alumni Board. Many know Katie as the always helpful Darden Ambassador who warmly welcomes visitors to Saunders Hall. In addition to her highly visible role as “the face of Darden," Katie has supported the Dean's office with a variety of behind-the-scenes projects, including event and meeting planning, VIP guest and visitor management and supporting enterprise-wide communications and collaboration.
Director of Annual Giving
Fralin Museum of Art
The Fralin and UA would like to give a big thank you to Sarah Althoff for her 9.5 years of service to the museum and to UVA! Sarah has worked very hard to create a number of processes and procedures at the museum and is famous for her keen attention to detail. We are grateful for her loyalty and dedication for almost a decade. Best of luck, Sarah!
Advancement Associate, Alumni & Parent Travel
Marieke Cappa joins the Alumni & Parent Travel team as an Advancement Associate. She comes to us from the office of the VP of Student Affairs at UVA, where she worked in administration. Her past work experience is primarily in nonprofit and social work capacities. She has a master’s degree in international business administration.
In her free time, Marieke loves being outside with her kids and doing anything artistic, from singing and playing piano to painting.
Director, Virtual Philanthropy
As Director of Virtual Philanthropy, Joe Montante will lead the virtual one-to-one philanthropy efforts of Cavalier Connect, the Donor Experience officers, Next Generation Philanthropy, and Peer-to-Peer fundraising. Joe started his career in advancement as a student fundraiser at Cavalier Connect during his first year at UVA, rising through the leadership ranks and managing Cavalier Connect after he graduated from the University. When we partnered with EverTrue to expand undergraduate alumni participation, he was the inaugural leader of our DXO program, working with EverTrue to create the successful fundraising program it is today.
Courtney Harris will be leaving our team to take on an exciting opportunity leading the Grand Challenges program for the Office of the Vice President of Research. She will be serving in a new position as Senior Program Manager, reporting to the Chief of Staff for the VPR. She will be working with many faculty, schools, units, and administrators in this role and is glad to still have a connection to UVA Health. Her last day of work will be Tuesday, November 21.
During her two years on our team, Courtney has contributed in many ways, building and rebuilding provider relationships across clinical departments, engaging with patients about their philanthropy, leading grateful patient fundraising trainings, and in being an all-around true team player. She has been thoughtful, diligent, and collaborative, and our team and the patient fundraising program are stronger today for it.
While we will undoubtedly miss her greatly, Courtney will put her great project and process management skills to use in this new role and we are glad she will remain in the UVA community. Please join me in wishing Courtney well in this next phase of her professional journey.
Senior Director for Event Experiences
Casey Brown will lead the newly formed team which combines the Donor Relations Strategic Event team and the Office of Engagement’s Signature and Partnership Events teams. Casey became part of UVA earlier this year, serving as the Senior Associate Director of Donor Relations, following a remarkable nine-year career in event management. Her most recent role was with Easton Events, where she was a lead event planner. Prior to that, she spent seven years at Goldman Sachs, working as an associate and event manager for Goldman's C-Suite and executive office.
Director of Development, Community Hospitals and Executive Director, UVA Community Health Foundation
UVA Health Development
Carolyn Hays’ last day as UVA Community Health Foundation Executive Director was, October 27, 2023. We are grateful to Carolyn for her work in relaunching the UVA Community Health Foundation, and wish her all the best.
Assistant Director, Graphic Design
Jessica DeAngelis joins the Office of Engagement as Assistant Director for Graphic Design. Jessica is a seasoned graphic designer with over eight years of experience in higher education. She specializes in pushing creative boundaries while maintaining brand identities, thriving in collaborative environments that champion people to produce exceptional work. Her strengths lie in art direction, innovation, and crafting compelling content across various platforms.
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys browsing antique stores with iced coffee in hand, reliving the magic of the Harry Potter books and movies, and spending time with her family.
Assistant Director of the Annual Fund
Virginia Athletic Foundation
Sam Woodward joins the Virginia Athletic Foundation, where he’ll be responsible for soliciting annual fund gifts that support athletic scholarships, the academic experience of student-athletes, and sport-specific operational costs. Prior to joining the VAF, Sam spent over two years working in ticket sales for SMU Athletics, most recently serving as the premium sales manager.
Outside of work, Sam enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, rooting for his beloved Philadelphia Eagles, and spending time with his family.
Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Katie Shevlin has accepted a new position with the Southern Environmental Law Center and will be leaving her role as Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. She joined the team nine years ago as the Director of Foundation Relations. Starting out with a team of two (including herself), she has grown CFR to include ten staff who focus on foundation relations, corporate relations, and fundraising for the School of Data Science. Under Katie’s leadership, CFR has increased our average foundation support by more than 60% to $120 million annually and our average grant size has grown 167% from $75,000 to $200,000. The team has also secured major, multi-million-dollar commitments from the Mellon Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Capital One, and more.
Aside from her work to expand and develop her team, Katie has been the driving force behind many cross-Grounds efforts during her time with the University. She transformed the relationship between Advancement and the Office of Sponsored Programs, rewriting the University’s gift and grant policy and reimagining the process for accurately counting private grants in our system. In recent years she has worked closely with the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research, co-leading the University’s efforts to invest in and strengthen our research enterprise and infrastructure. She has also led by example across the Advancement Community, serving as a mentor, a member and chair of the ACE Committee, and was the first ever winner of the ACE MVP Award.
Project Associate, Lifetime Learning
Jessica Fittro is thrilled to be joining University Advancement as a Project Associate for the Lifetime Learning team. Prior to this role, she had the privilege of working in Program Management for WorldStrides, an educational travel and experiential learning company. Her strengths include overseeing programs from inception to completion, developing customized itineraries, negotiating contracts, and initiating workflow improvements to support cross-team collaboration. She is excited to lend her expertise to new areas and looks forward to contributing to Lifetime Learning’s continued success.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys running marathons and exploring new trails with her two dogs, Beau and Chloe. She’s also an avid reader and writer.
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