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Office of Annual Giving

Mailing Address:
27 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802-1500

Physical Address:
2583 Gateway Drive, Suite 200
State College, PA 16801

Phone : 814-863-2052 or toll free 1-888-800-9163
Fax: 814-865-8755

Kathy Kurtz, associate director,

Mike Cipriani, director, Lion Line,
Clifton Colmon, associate director of development, analytics,
Heidi Cornwall, administrative support assistant,
Geoff Hallett, assistant director, 
Iris Held, data manager,
Liz King, President's Club director,
Jessica Peters, assistant director, Lion Line,
Juliann Peters, database specialist,
Mark Rudloff, associate director, direct mail,
Kathleen Shondeck, assistant director,
Eric Smith, programmer/analyst,
Mindy Terpak, administrative support assistant, Lion Line,
Lori Witherite-Zellers, annual giving specialist,
Mary Wombacker, annual giving specialist, 

The Office of Annual Giving administers the Penn State Annual Fund, which is the direct mail, phone (Lion Line), and e-communication operation of University Development, focusing primarily on alumni and friends of the University who give up to $50,000 per year. Efforts are highly centralized, allowing college and region-based development officers to focus on gifts above the $50,000 level.


More than 100,000 alumni, friends, parents, faculty and staff made gifts to Penn State through the Annual Fund last year. For the tenth year in a row, Penn State has more alumni donors than any other university in the country.

Each year, contributions to the Annual Fund from generous Penn Staters enable the University to make great strides toward excellence in every area and discipline. Annual support may take many forms and may be directed to any college, campus, or program. Because of the generosity of alumni and friends, Penn State continues to make life better through teaching, research, and service.

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Office of Annual Leadership Gifts

18 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802

Danae Blasso, Assistant Director of Annual Leadership Gifts
18 Old Main,
Emma Geering, Assistant Director of Annual Leadership Gifts
18 Old Main,
Breeann Hall, Assistant Director of Annual Leadership Gifts
18 Old Main,
Ashlee Kochik, Development Assistant
18 Old Main,
Seth Senior, Assistant Director of Annual Leadership Gifts
18 Old Main,

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Commonwealth Campuses Central Development Office

One Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-8328
Fax: 814-865-5522

Dale DiSanto, Executive Director of Development
1F Old Main,, phone: 814-865-8328, cell: 814-880-8294, fax: 814-865-5522
Dorothy Greer, Development Assistant & Stewardship Coordinator
1G Old Main phone: 814-865-5523
Rachel Breon, Administrative Assistant
1 Old Main,, phone: 814-865-8326

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Corporate and Foundation Relations

17 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-4308
Fax: 814-865-6468

Mark S. Armagost, executive director,

Kathy Addleman, development assistant,
Sharon Bassett, administrative support assistant,
Beth Colledge, director of corporate relations,
Cathy Dufour, director of corporate relations,
Sandra Ebel, administrative support assistant,
Eric Reinhard
, associate director, foundation relations,
Heather Winfield, associate director, foundation relations,

Penn State's Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) is available to assist organizations assess opportunities for collaboration with the University and investing in our people and programs. CFR creates a bridge for partnerships with the University, while acting as a one-stop resource for corporations and foundations in need of knowledgeable faculty and staff, talented students, high-tech facilities, and opportunities for philanthropic support of activities that make a difference.

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Development Communications

5 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-867-0569
Fax: 814-867-2166

Ray Marsh, executive director,

Gregg Baptista, writer/editor,
Cathy Carlson, associate director and senior writer/editor,
Mark Golaszewski, senior multimedia designer,
Kaitlin Hedberg, writer/editor,
Nicolette Hylan, writer/editor,
Jenn Pegher, marketing research specialist,   
April Scimio, creative director,
Courtney Van Sky, administrative support assistant,

The Office of Development Communications maintains a comprehensive communications program for the Office of University Development. Our responsibilities relating to communicating the mission of the University's fundraising initiatives to our donor constituents include:

  • Writing and editing all major fundraising materials, including high-level gift proposals, for the University
  • Developing a range of publications, including a University-wide newsletter and the President’s Report on Philanthropy and Endowments
  • Producing informational materials and advertising
  • Preparing and reviewing news releases and gift announcements
  • Creating and directing development-related websites and e-communications

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Office of Donor Relations and Special Events

11 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-4300 or toll free 1-855-249-0222
Fax: 814-865-7115

Kris Meyer
executive director,
Chrissy Castles
associate director of donor relations and special events,
Laura Carson
administrative support assistant,
Gail Driban
assistant director - stewardship,
Lori Ebert-Tyworth
associate director - stewardship,
Sherri Etters
administrative support assistant,
Abby Hopkins
associate director - stewardship,
Julia George
associate director - recognition,
Danielle Pelipesky
special events planner,
Amy Pollock
associate director - special events,
Shannon Rice
administrative support assistant,
Michelle Schafer
assistant director – suites and ticket accountability,
Karen Szabo
administrative support assistant,
Erin Tench
associate director – special events,
Kerry Tolton
assistant director - stewardship,
Kimberly Woodward
administrative support assistant,

Private giving makes it possible for Penn State to touch people's lives through its teaching, research, and service to the community. It also makes all the difference in the world to students of limited financial resources who receive scholarships and graduate fellowships and to faculty who are leading the way in our classrooms and laboratories and making valuable contributions to our society.

Our office is here to serve as a resource to alumni and friends relating to their philanthropy to Penn State. We strive to understand and serve our contributor's interests in the University. We encompass four major areas:

  • Donor Cultivation
  • Donor Recognition
  • Donor Services
  • Donor Stewardship

Our mission is to cultivate, recognize, serve, and steward our donors through programs, events, and proper accountability in cooperation with other units and departments in order to help the University meet its fundraising goals and ensure its viability as one of the leading land grant institutions.

The University's preeminent individual giving recognition clubs — the Mount Nittany ($250,000 lifetime giving), Laurel Circle ($1 million lifetime giving), and Elm Circle ($5 million lifetime giving) societies — reside in our office.

We manage the President's Report on Philanthropy and all endowment reporting, and coordinate special events for University Development, the Office of the President, and the Board of Trustees.

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Donor and Member Services

Wilma Aungst
Accounting Supervisor, Donor and Member Services, (814) 863-4858,
Lori Baney
Executive Director, Donor and Member Services, (814) 863-4864,
Melanie Barton
Associate, Donor and Member Services Gifts/Pledges, (814) 863-4862,
JoEllen Campbell
Associate, Donor and Member Services Gifts/Pledges, (814) 863-0107,
Janet Cherry
Associate, Donor and Member Services Gifts/Pledges, (814) 865-0310,
Bridgette Clouser
Associate, Donor and Member Services Gifts/Pledges, (814) 865-8057,
Lee Conte
Associate, Donor Member Services Gifts/Pledges, (814) 863-2806,
Robert Cross
Associate, Donor and Member Services Membership/Biographical Records, (814) 863-9534,
Jenna Doksa
Associate, Donor and Member Services Gifts/Pledges, (814) 865-8057,
Tammy Golden
Associate, Donor and Member Services Gifts/Pledges, (814) 865-0275,
Charlene Harpster
Associate, Donor and Member Services Gifts/Pledges, (814) 863-4861,
Deborah Hill
Associate Director, Donor and Member Services, (814) 863-1605,
Molly Irvin
Associate, Donor and Member Services Membership/Biographical Records, (814) 863-7517,
Rose Lyons-Spicer
Associate, Donor and Member Services Membership/Biographical Records, (814) 865-4467,
Sarah Meyer
Associate, Donor and Member Services Gifts/Pledges, (814) 865-3888,
Bobbie Montresor
Associate, Donor and Member Services Gifts/Pledges, (814) 863-4859,
Katie Pentzer
Associate, Donor and Member Services Membership/Biographical Records, (814) 863-4871,
Buffy Ripka
Associate, Donor and Member Services Gifts/Pledges, (814) 863-4852,
Alanna Smith
Associate, Donor and Member Services Membership/Biographical Records, (814) 863-0376,
Jodi Snook
Associate, Donor and Member Services Gifts/Pledges, (814) 863-1866,
Sherry Stricek
Associate, Donor and Member Services Membership/Biographical Records, (814) 863-4868,
Ashlee Tate
Senior Administrative Data Specialist, Donor and Member Services, (814) 865-3896,
Corie VonGunden
Associate, Donor and Member Services Gifts/Pledges, (814) 865-9479,
Jaclyn Wesley
Associate, Donor and Member Services Gifts/Pledges, (814) 865-0274,

The Office of Donor and Member Services records, receipts and acknowledges Penn State's donors in a timely and accurate manner. The office also handles the recording of major pledges, sending of pledge reminders, the processing of credit card gifts and gift matching forms. We also handle the updating of non-alumni records (parents, corporations, foundations, etc.) on the Alumni/Development database. We enjoy working with all of the colleges, campuses, and units in helping them process gifts for their respective areas.

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Office of Gift Planning

103 Innovation Blvd., Suite 214
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-0872 or toll free 1-888-800-9170
Fax: 814-865-0893

Mike Degenhart, assistant vice president for gift planning,

Terri Assael, assistant director,
Jennifer Bamer, administrative support assistant,
Cassandra Blake, administrative support coordinator,
Keith Cook, director of gift planning,
Ali Delozier, administrative support assistant,
Brian McCullough, Esq., gift planning officer,
Nichole Peters, administrative support assistant,
Amber Redmond, administrative support assistant,
Pat Roenigk, Esq., director of individual gifts,
Jeanne Sallade, assistant director,

The Office Gift Planning is the central office responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, design, and administration of planned gifts. In addition, the office offers assistance in outright gifts of specific assets.

Our staff is experienced in gift planning and understands the importance of philanthropy as a part of a successful overall estate plan. We are available to assist donors and their advisers as they consider the many opportunities available. Our goal is to present donors with options and to help them make the best choice possible. We accomplish this by ensuring that gifts express donors' interests in the University, and maximizes the benefits the donor and the University receives from the gift.

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Information Systems

Tom Moore, executive director,

Thomas Anderson, programmer/analyst,
Tracy Bowman, programmer/analyst,
Sharon Bywater, programmer/analyst,
John Confer, programmer/analyst,
Michelann Diehl, programmer/analyst,
Nick Gephart, IT consultant,
Amy Grattan, IT trainer,
Michael Gustine, programmer/analyst,
Wendy Hanson, database specialist,
Valerie Hendricks, programmer/analyst,
Susan Kolonay, programmer/analyst,
Tammy Kurtz, administrative support assistant, 
Sherri Letterman, IT consultant,
Gene Merritts, programmer/analyst,
Linda Plozner, programmer/analyst,
Chris Reese, programmer/analyst,
Donna Sabol, IT manager,
Elizabeth Saxon-Giles, programmer/analyst,
Daniel Sickels, manager, network and information systems,
Christa Williams, programmer/analyst,

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Office of Principal Gifts

116 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-6159
Fax: 814-863-7520

Glen Jack, assistant vice president,

Peggy McMullin, assistant to the assistant vice president,  
Karen Michel, administrative support coordinator,
Amy Miller, administrative support assistant,  

Penn State’s Principal Gifts program is designed to focus attention on prospective donors at the highest levels—those capable of making transformational gifts. It is not necessarily about a specific level of giving, but these gifts are generally thought of as $5 million or more.

Principal Gifts strengthen Penn State’s mission by encouraging gifts that can literally transform parts of Penn State into nationally or internationally prominent entities. The Schreyer Honors College and the Presidential Leadership Academy are examples of both extraordinary generosity and compelling vision.

The staff in the Office of Principal Gifts works across all colleges, campuses, and units connecting benefactors with senior academic leaders and the University President to facilitate the dialogue that allows philanthropic ideas take shape. The Office of Principal Gifts also works closely with the Office of Gift Planning to ensure that our benefactors can structure their gifts in ways that fit their overall tax and estate planning.

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Office of Prospect Tracking

105 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802-1502
Phone: 814-863-3353
Fax: 814-863-6258

Denise Brooks, associate director,
Nancy Norris, administrative support assistant,
Brenda Myers, administrative support assistant,

The purpose of the Prospect Tracking and Management System is to enhance the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts (both outright and planned) from individuals, corporations, and foundations by providing a consistent and comprehensive platform to: foster communication, coordination, and teamwork; facilitate progression through the fundraising cycle; and document activity.

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Office of Research and Analytics

12 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802-1502
Phone: 814-863-4302
Fax: 814-865-2965

Kelly Snyder, executive director,

Dee Ann Abrashoff, administrative support assistant,
Christine Adams, senior research analyst,
Mike Bratton, administrative support assistant,
Terri Buchignani, senior research analyst,
Billie Jo Glasgow, administrative support assistant,
Brent Laskowski, associate director,
Kim Leynes, senior research analyst,
Marybeth Lieb, senior research analyst,
Phillip Manning, associate director for analytics, 
Patricia Phillips, senior research analyst,  
Jana Saupe, senior research analyst,
Lisa Spicer, administrative support assistant,
Rebekah Stout, senior research analyst,
Stephanie Wagner, senior research analyst,
Kendra Yoder, senior research analyst,

Research and Analytics provides relevant, quality information and analysis to development officers to assist them in building lifetime donor relationships with our alumni and friends.

Our role is accomplished by:

  • Proactively identifying potential donors and indicating their ability, access, and affinity.
  • Providing analysis of information gathered on prospects and working with development staff to determine the best strategies for moving forward.
  • Tracking the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activity of our prospective and current donors.

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The Office of Talent Management

102B Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-867-2415
Fax: 814-863-6258

Cheryl M. Kaplan, director of talent management,
Drew Kovacs, associate director of talent management,
Stacey Lyons, administrative support assistant, 

The Office of Talent Management is responsible for identifying and recruiting exceptional professionals to work in our division and to coordinate all training and professional development programs. Recruiting and retaining top notch employees is crucial to advancing the University’s overall mission of teaching, research and outreach to alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations. Advancing our current employees’ professional growth through enhanced training programs is another important aspect of our responsibility.

Our office also coordinates the Division’s summer intern program. Helping students to learn about and consider fundraising as a career option will help us build the pipeline of professionals interested in philanthropy and higher education.

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