About Me

Professional Experience

Associate Vice President for Advancement, Lynchburg College, 9/2008-present

  • Provide leadership for College fundraising, including current Leadership Initiatives.
  • Manage total of 14 staff, in addition to duties listed below for AVP of Alumni Relations

Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia. 2005-2008

  • Strategic and tactical management of programs for 22,000-member Association
  • Manage Board of Directors
  • Ensure goals sync with Best Practices/ Blue Ribbon Panel Recommendations
  • Manage staff of professionals and students to conduct the programming, event management, and communications work for the Office of Alumni Programs
  • Direct marketing, partnerships, and major programs of the Association
  • Key Accomplishments:
    • Grew management duties from three professional staff to more than 15
    • Doubled Homecoming registrations since 2005
    • Launched Alumni Online Community, netting over 2,600 users in less than one year. Cited by service provider as strongest client launch ever
    • Incorporated new systems in Association management including:
      • Traffic management for all outbound communication
      • Multi-channel social networking capacity
      • Implemented volunteer-drive programming
      • Built data-driven approach to decision-making and budget allocations
      • Online and live presentations with consistent marks as “Gold Star Speaker” for the international Council for the Advancement and Support for Education (CASE)
      • Created Speed Networking events to bring volunteer leaders into high-impact contact with students.  Program being adopted by College’s Trustee Board due to success
      • Created Leadership Guides to help volunteers plan and execute Reunions and Club events
    • Reorganized Alumni Board to increase involvement, leadership opportunities, and to reflect more corporate structure
    • Volunteer leadership, program volume and participation levels have jumped since 2006
    • Created strong alliance with each of past three senior class executive groups
    • Serve on College Marketing Committee, advisor to student organization and National Panhellenic Council, and member of the College Student Success (Retention) and Human Rights committees

Senior Sales & Client Relations Manager, Collegiate Insurance Resources (formerly American Insurance Administrators), Columbus, Ohio. 2003-2005

  • Managed 70 Alumni Association accounts, offering and marketing insurance and financial services-related member benefits
  • Created and conducted multimedia sales presentations. Led team in product placements and new client acquisitions
  • Managed company’s relationships with three of four recognized professional organizations
  • Planned and managed special events for clients
  • Corporate Communications Team member

Director, Alumni Products & Services, William & Mary Alumni Association, Williamsburg, Virginia. 1999-2003

  • Grew $2.5 million alumni marketing and retail operation
  • Managed affinity programs, magazine advertising sales, retail operation, facility rental and sponsorship programs
  • Responsible for Center rental and retail operation and facility maintenance

Director, Alumni and Parent Relations, Hampton Roads Academy, Newport News, Virginia. 1997-1999

  • Published monthly and annual magazines and newsletter for alumni, donor, friend, and parent communities
  • Coordinated Reunions and advised volunteer committees

Associate Director, Alumni Programs, William & Mary Alumni Association, 1994-1996

  • Managed 37 Alumni Chapters and interest groups.
  • Recruited and trained volunteers, managed public relations and planned events
  • Managed $300,000 New York Auction, and 25th Reunion and Homecoming Parade

Licensing Supervisor, Virginia Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation, 1993-1994

  • Managed staff of six in state contractor licensure program

Community Leadership

  • Leadership Council, Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2007-present
    • Alumni Committee Chair, 2008-09
  • Leadership Lynchburg, Graduate, 2007
  • Board of Trustees, Virginia Episcopal School, Lynchburg, Virginia. 2008-present
  • Chair, Alumni Association, Virginia Episcopal School, Lynchburg. 2006-2008
  • Board of Directors, Dance Theatre of Lynchburg. 2006-present
    • Vice President, 2007-present
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Lynchburg Alumni
    • Polemarch (President), 2008-present
    • Vice Polemarch (VP), 2005-2008

Education

  • Master of Science, Journalism, Ohio University, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Athens, Ohio
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

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