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Central Administrative Offices

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Office of Annual Giving
Commonwealth Campuses Central Development Office
Corporate and Foundation Relations
Development Communications
Donor Relations and Special Events
Donor and Member Services
Office of Gift Planning
Information Systems
Leadership Gifts
Office of Prospect Tracking
Office of Research and Analytics
Office of Talent Management



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
E-mail: AnnualFund@psu.edu

Ann Lehman, executive directoraxw14@psu.edu

Mike Cipriani
, director, Lion Line, mjc158@psu.edu
Clifton Colmon, associate director of development, analytics, cwc119@psu.edu
Geoff Hallett, assistant director, gdh15@psu.edu 
Iris Held, data manager, ieh2@psu.edu
Liz King, President's Club director, emk19@psu.edu
Erica Kresovich-Rockey, administrative support assistant, emk128@psu.edu
Kathy Kurtz, associate director, klk13@psu.edu
Jessica Peters, assistant director, Lion Line, jld352@psu.edu
Juliann Peters, database specialist, jmp5072@psu.edu
Mark Rudloff, associate director, direct mail, mer12@psu.edu
Kathleen Shondeck, assistant director, kmh19@psu.edu
Eric Smith, programmer/analyst, ems31@psu.edu
Laurie Stanley, administrative support assistant, ljs48@psu.edu
Mindy Terpak, administrative support assistant, Lion Line, mbl2@psu.edu
Lori Witherite-Zellers, annual giving specialist, lkw113@psu.edu
Mary Wombacker, annual giving specialist, mkw5117@psu.edu 

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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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, dad23@psu.edu

Rachel Breon, administrative support assistant, rdb28@psu.edu
Dorothy Greer, development assistant and stewardship coordinator, deg3@psu.edu

The Office of the Executive Director of University Development manages the campus development programs.

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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, msa17@psu.edu

Kathy Addleman, development assistant, kla9@psu.edu
Sharon Bassett, administrative support assistant, seb18@psu.edu
Beth Colledge, director of major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, bac39@psu.edu
Cathy Dufour, director of major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, csd6@psu.edu
Sandra Ebel, administrative support assistant, sle21@psu.edu
Eric Reinhard
, associate director, emr124@psu.edu

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, rcm18@psu.edu

Gregg Baptista, writer/editor, gsb139@psu.edu
Cathy Carlson, associate director and senior writer/editor, cac34@psu.edu
Kaitlin Hedberg, writer/editor, krb225@psu.edu
Nicolette Hylan, writer/editor, njh14@psu.edu
Jenn Pegher, marketing research specialist, jlp5170@psu.edu   
April Scimio, creative director, ajs4@psu.edu
Courtney Van Sky, staff assistant, cev13@psu.edu

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
E-mail: specialevents@psu.edu

Kris Meyer, executive director, klm31@psu.edu

Mandy Brajuha, associate director of donor relations, recognition, apb17@psu.edu
Chrissy Castles, associate director of donor relations and special events, ccc13@psu.edu
Gail Driban, alumni relations and stewardship officer, gjm15@psu.edu 
Lori Ebert-Tyworth, associate director of donor relations - stewardship, lme7@psu.edu
Sherri Etters, administrative support assistant, sle189@psu.edu
Abby Hopkins, associate director of donor relations - stewardship, amh143@psu.edu
Danielle Pelipesky, administrative support assistant, dlp22@psu.edu     
Amy Pollock, associate director of special events, amp29@psu.edu
Shannon Rice, administrative support assistant, snr5037@psu.edu
Michelle Schafer, alumni relations and stewardship officer, mls61@psu.edu
Erin Tench, associate director, ext120@psu.edu
Kerry Tolton, development assistant/stewardship, klr187@psu.edu  
Kimberly Woodward, administrative support assistant, kms40@psu.edu

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

Lori Baney, executive director, llb1@psu.edu , 814-863-4864

Wilma Aungst, wja2@psu.edu, 814-863-4858
JoEllen Campbell, jec4@psu.edu, 814-863-0107
Janet Cherry, jlc8@psu.edu, 814-863-0310
Bridgette Clouserbec15@psu.edu, 814-865-8057  
Jennifer Cowfer, jrc5017@psu.edu, 814-867-1974
Robert Cross, rac7@psu.edu, 814-863-9534
Tammy Golden, tqq2@psu.edu, 814-865-0275
Charlene Harpster, cmh236@psu.edu, 814-865-0309  
Deb Hill, dak4@psu.edu, 814-863-1605
Olga Igolnikov, oui1@psu.edu, 814-863-4863
Molly Irvin, mkk6@psu.edu, 814-863-7517
Rose Lyons-Spicer, ras30@psu.edu, 814-863-4862
Christy Martin, cbm15@psu.edu, 814-865-4467
Sarah Meyer, slm49@psu.edu, 814-865-3888
Bobbie Montresor, blc108@psu.edu, 814-865-0274
Jessica Pavliskajep283@psu.edu, 814-863-4860
Jami Rauch, jjv1@psu.edu , 814-863-4859
Buffy Ripka, dqr4@psu.edu, 814-863-4852
Marcia Smith, mbs10@psu.edu, 814-863-0376
Jodi Snookjms1235@psu.edu, 814-863-1866
Sherry Stricek, sle2@psu.edu, 814-863-4868
Ashlee Tate, amj174@psu.edu, 814-865-3896
Corie VonGundencac20@psu.edu, 814-865-9479 

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
e-mail: giftplanning@psu.edu
www.giftplanning.psu.edu

Mike Degenhart, assistant vice president for gift planning, mjd33@psu.edu

Terri Assael, assistant director, tlj10@psu.edu
Jennifer Bamer, administrative support assistant, jbm22@psu.edu
Tina Cigich, assistant director, tqc2@psu.edu
Aimee Crihfield, administrative support assistant, alc21@psu.edu
Tina Hennessey, gift planning officer, cdf103@psu.edu
Brian McCullough, Esq., gift planning officer, bjm172@psu.edu
Nichole Peters, administrative support assistant, ned3@psu.edu
Amber Redmond, administrative support assistant, adg5020@psu.edu
Pat Roenigk, Esq., director of individual gifts,plr4@psu.edu
Jeanne Sallade, assistant director, jms1006@psu.edu
Nichole Schlegel, administrative support coordinator, nxl12@psu.edu 
Kurt Westley, administrative support assistant, krw16@psu.edu

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, tam1@psu.edu

Thomas Anderson, programmer/analyst, tda10@psu.edu
Tracy Bowman, programmer/analyst, txb14@psu.edu
Sharon Bywater, programmer/analyst, seb9@psu.edu
John Confer, programmer/analyst, jhc1@psu.edu
Michelann Diehl, programmer/analyst, mxd198@psu.edu
Nick Gephart, IT consultant, nag3@psu.edu
Amy Grattan, IT trainer, abg3@psu.edu
Michael Gustine, programmer/analyst, mdg14@psu.edu
Wendy Hanson, database specialist, wmh10@psu.edu
Valerie Hendricks, programmer/analyst, vjh3@psu.edu
Susan Kolonay, programmer/analyst, slk35@psu.edu
Tammy Kurtz, administrative support assistant, tlb28@psu.edu 
Sherri Letterman, IT consultant, sll2@psu.edu
Gene Merritts, programmer/analyst, rem33@psu.edu
Linda Plozner, programmer/analyst, lcp1@psu.edu
Chris Reese, programmer/analyst, car191@psu.edu
Donna Sabol, IT manager, djs64@psu.edu
Elizabeth Saxon-Giles, programmer/analyst, eps13@psu.edu
Daniel Sickels, manager, network and information systems, dps140@psu.edu
Christa Williams, programmer/analyst, clh20@psu.edu

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Office of Leadership Gifts

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

Joanne Cahill, director, jtc7@psu.edu

Peggy McMullin, assistant to director, mxm476@psu.edu  
Karen Michel, administrative support coordinator, ksm15@psu.edu
Amy Miller, administrative support assistant, arm2@psu.edu  

Penn State’s leadership 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.

Leadership 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 Leadership Gifts Office 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 Leadership Gifts Office 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, drb2@psu.edu
Nancy Norris, administrative support assistant, nxf4@psu.edu

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, kas1@psu.edu

Dee Ann Abrashoff, administrative support assistant, dua12@psu.edu
Christine Adams, senior research analyst, cda11@psu.edu
Mike Bratton, administrative support assistant, msb27@psu.edu
Terri Buchignani, senior research analyst, tlt180@psu.edu
Billie Jo Glasgow, administrative support assistant, bjg21@psu.edu
Brent Laskowski, associate director, bdl110@psu.edu
Kim Leynes, senior research analyst, kjn104@psu.edu
Marybeth Lieb, senior research analyst, mxo102@psu.edu
Phillip Manning, associate director for analytics, pjm294@psu.edu 
Patricia Phillips, senior research analyst, pap2@psu.edu  
Jana Saupe, senior research analyst, jes81@psu.edu
Lisa Spicer, administrative support assistant, las61@psu.edu
Stephanie Wagner, senior research analyst, srs156@psu.edu
Kendra Yoder, senior research analyst, kky1@psu.edu

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, cmk6@psu.edu
Stacey Lyons, administrative support assistant, srl18@psu.edu 

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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