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Development Staff

Leadership | Administrative Support | Advancement Services | Annual Giving | Corporate & Foundation Relations
Major Gifts | Marketing & Communications | Planned Giving | Stewardship & Donor Relations

Leadership

George Watt

George P. Watt Jr.

Executive Vice President, Institutional Advancement and Executive Director, College of Charleston Foundation

Email: wattgp@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.4367

About George

George serves as executive vice president of institutional advancement and executive director for the College of Charleston Foundation. He is responsible for providing a coordinated, campus-wide approach to advancement, as well as for assuring growth in the endowed funds held for the College by the Foundation. George also works in partnership with the president, the provost, the executive team and two volunteer boards while leading an organization of professionals engaged in alumni relations, university development, annual fund programs, advancement services and institutional funds management.

Chris Tobin

Chris Tobin

Vice President of Development

Email: tobinc@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.3694

About Chris

Chris provides operational and strategic leadership to the College’s Development Office, including Annual Giving, Corporate & Foundation Relations, Major Giving, Planned Giving, Stewardship & Donor Relations and Advancement Services. Chris also directs a Management Team in support of the College’s current $125M comprehensive Campaign and is a staff liaison to the Foundation Board’s Development Committee and the Board of Trustees’ Institutional Advancement Committee.

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Administrative Support

Maria Alfieris

Maria Corontzes Alfieris ‘76

Administrative Assistant

Email: alfierism@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.7361

About Maria

Maria provides administrative support for special projects within Institutional Advancement for the Vice President of Development, Assistant VP of Major Gifts, Director of Parent Advisory Council and the Donor Relations Coordinator.

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Debbie McQueeney

Administrative Assistant

Email: McQueeneyD@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.1827

About Debbie

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Sheila Vanek

Sheila Vanek

Administrative Assistant

Email: vaneks@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5568

About Sheila

Sheila provides administrative support for the Vice President of Development and the Associate Vice President of Development.

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Advancement Services

Marijana Boone

Marijana Radić Boone '01, '03

Director, Advancement Services

Email: boonemr@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5647

About Marijana

Marijana leads and supervises the Advancement Services team, which includes research & prospect management, database administration, constituent records, gift processing, technology support, and web strategy. As senior member of the Development team, she provides expertise in Advancement Services to recommend strategies and resources necessary to accomplish strategic division goals including school, unit and institutional campaigns.

Rudy Alisauskus

Rudy Alisauskas '03, '07

Database Specialist

Email: Alisauskasr@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5761

About Rudy

Rudy provides database maintenance and facilitate the transfer of data between users, and provide software training to new users.

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Cherise Browder

Advancement Services Coordinator

Email: browderc@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.7510

About Cherise

Cherise oversees the administrative area for Advancement Services & Sottile House, IT - Hardware, and software for the division of Institutional Advancement.

Jacee Brown

Jacee Brown

Web Strategy Manager

Email: brownjc@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.3619

About Jacee

Jacee is responsible for online strategy for all Institutional Advancement initiatives, including websites, social media, and email. Her primary objective is to create a positive online experience for our alumni, parents, donors, and all those interested in supporting the future of the College of Charleston.

Thelma Gadsden

Thelma Gadsden

Data Coordinator

Email: gadsdent@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5765

About Thelma

Thelma is responsible for creating, updating and researching constituents information in the Raiser’s Edge database.

Sara Gallagher

Sara Gallagher

Prospect Research Associate

Email: gallagherse2@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.6468

About Sara

As the Prospect Research Associate for the College of Charleston, Sara is responsible for researching and expanding the College’s major gift prospect pool of alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations. Additionally, she works with campus administrators and volunteer leadership to identify and cultivate potential donors.

Patrick Manning

Patrick Manning '96

Assistant Director of Database & Reporting

Email: manningp@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5779

About Patrick

Patrick is responsible for the management and administration of information systems within Institutional Advancement (IA), which includes institutional fundraising / development, alumni relations, and other supporting applications. He oversees and directs the development, implementation, maintenance and distribution of all custom fundraising, constituent management, and analytical reporting within Institutional Advancement.

Vickie Sessions

Vickie Sessions '98

Gift Administrator

Email: sessionsv@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5113

About Vickie

Vickie manages and reviews gifts and commitments to the Foundation to include the Matching Gift Program; preparation of gift receipts and management of pledge reminders.

Jeanne Sharp

Jeanne Sharp

Director of Research and Prospect Management

Email: sharpjl@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.6475

About Jeanne

Jeanne directs and oversees the College’s efforts to research and expand its pool of major and principal gift prospects. She also works closely with gift officers and senior management to advance major gift prospects through our strategic relationship management system.

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Annual Giving

Laurie Soenen

Laurie Dufour Soenen

Director, Annual Giving Programs

Email: soenenl@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.3418

About Laurie

Laurie oversees the Annual Giving Office and the programs that fall underneath it; inclusive of Reunion Giving, Chapter Challenges, Faculty & Staff Drive, Cougar Calling Center, Parent Giving Programs, Young Alumni Giving, Student Giving Programs and many more. She also works closely with the Alumni Association, Admissions, Student Affairs, Parent Advisory Council, and the Foundation Board of Director’s Development Committee.

Jenny Gilson

Jenny Gilson ‘07

Assistant Director, Annual Leadership Giving

Email: gilsonjm@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5974

About Jenny

Jenny works with alumni and friends to advocate for the mission of the College of Charleston Fund and the College’s 13 annual giving impact funds. She works to engage constituents and to raise vital funds that support the College’s most immediate needs, which include creating unique opportunities for students and faculty and enhancing programs across campus.

Christina Kelley

Christina Kelley '11

Assistant Director, Calling Center

Email: cdkelley@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.7742

About Christina

Christina serves as the assistant director for the College of Charleston Cougar Call Center, including coordinating the daily routine, solicitations, analysis of fundraising, training and supervising of student callers. She also works closely with the Office of Advancement Services, Alumni Relations, Marketing, and with the members of the Annual Giving Office to assist in solicitations and communications with our alumni, parents, students, and friends of the College.

Brandon Sutherland

Brandon Sutherland ‘08

Assistant Director, Annual Giving Programs

Email: sutherlandb@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.7362

About Brandon

Brandon promotes and advocates for the College of Charleston Fund. He also manages the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Society and overall solicitation of the College’s young alumni, including the Reunion Challenge and Chapter Challenge.

Ann Treat

Ann Ward Treat, '04 & MPA '09

Assistant Director, Parent Giving Programs & Director, Parent Advisory Council

Email: treatat@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.3667

About Ann

Ann works with all things CofC parents and collaborates with campus partners to make sure our parents (and their students) have a stellar experience while at the College and beyond graduation. She works with the College of Charleston Parents’ Fund and the Parent Advisory Council to engage ALL parents to raise important funds to support the student experience and programs, scholarships, and our low faculty-student ratio.

Corporate and Foundation Relations

Denise Ciccarelli

Denise Ciccarelli, CFRE

Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Email: ciccarellimd@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5018

About Denise

Denise leads the College’s efforts to facilitate and grow mutually beneficial relationships between corporate and private foundation partners. She serves as a conduit for the College to share innovative opportunities that benefit economic growth throughout our region. She is focused on building lasting partnerships through engagement and stewardship, understanding the importance that each stakeholder brings to the College.

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Major Gifts

Cathy Mahon

Cathy Mahon

Associate Vice President of Development

Email: mahonc@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5432

About Cathy

Cathy is responsible for the strategic planning, development and management of the Major Gift Program and Major Gift fundraising team.

Kenton Barham

Kenton Barham

Senior Development Officer

Email: barhamek@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5348

About Kenton

Kenton is a Senior Development Officer at the College of Charleston working closely with both the School of the Arts and constituents in the northeast.

Peggy Cieslikowski

Peggy Cieslikowski

Senior Development Officer

Email: cieslikowskiph@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.0781

About Peggy

By strengthening relationships between the College of Charleston and alumni, parents and friends, Peggy works to advance the philanthropic priorities of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She also work to advance the philanthropic priorities of the College in its entirety by engaging alumni, parents and friends throughout the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

Jenny Fowler

Jenny Fowler

Regional Director of Development

Email: fowlerj@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.6620

About Jenny

Jenny serves as the major gift officer for the College of Charleston libraries, including the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, as well as the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs and the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program. She also works closely with development priorities and donors for Dixie Plantation, and serves as the regional development officer for the mid-Atlantic region.

Alex Niefer

Alex Niefer

Senior Development Officer

Email: nieferag@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5532

About Alex

Alex works with constituents in the northeast region and the School of Sciences and Mathematics to further the mission of the College of Charleston. He enjoys working with alumni, parents, and friends to create transformational opportunities for our students and faculty.

Colby Rankin

Colby Rankin

Director of Development, School of Business

Email: rankinc@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.3633

About Colby

Colby serves as the principal fundraiser for the undergraduate and graduate programs of the College of Charleston School of Business. He also travels regularly to advance relationships with current and prospective major gift donors, with a particular focus on individuals located on the west coast.

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Marketing and Communications

Jennifer Lorenz

Director, Advancement Communications

Email: lorenzjl@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5126

About Jennifer

Jennifer provides communication strategies, messages and experiences that encourage greater understanding and support for the College of Charleston. Using print, electronic and social media, communications raise awareness of the College’s priorities and the vital role of philanthropy among its alumni, parents, corporations, foundations, and friends.

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Planned Giving

David Masich

David Masich

Director, Gift Planning

Email: masichd@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.1835

About David

David explores creative, philanthropic estate planning ideas with alumni, faculty/staff and friends who care so deeply about the future of the College of Charleston that they would consider making it a part of their legacy.

Paula Ruth

Paula Ruth

Gift Planning Administrator

Email: ruthp@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5766

About Paula

Paula serves as the administrator for the planned gift program and is responsible for the stewardship of our legacy donors.

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Stewardship and Donor Relations

Carin Jorgensen

Carin Jorgensen

Director, Stewardship and Donor Relations

Email: jorgensencl@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5859

About Carin

Leads efforts to ensure positive experiences for the College’s donors and manages priorities such as the gift acknowledgement system, special events, investor reports, leadership donor societies, and the annual Donor Report. Works closely with Deans and Department leadership to execute best practices to thank our donors, educate them on the impact of their philanthropy, and inspire them to continue their support.

Emily Padgett

Emily Padgett '12

Scholarship Program Coordinator

Email: espadget@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5742

About Emily

Emily facilitates the relationship between scholarship recipients and their donors through gathering thank you notes, holding special events and the like. She works closely with financial aid in the stewardship portion of all scholarship funds.

Nina Marsh-Thomas

Nina Marsh-Thomas ’97

Donor Relations & Events Coordinator

Email: marshthomasn@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.7518

About Nina

Nina manages the College of Charleston’s giving societies, donor events, and is the liaison with campus executive leadership.

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