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Posted on 2 October 2017 | 2:11 pm

Institutional Advancement Staff

Institutional Advancement | Advancement Services | Alumni Affairs | Annual Giving | Corporate & Foundation Relations
Development | Major Gifts | Planned Giving | Property Management | Stewardship & Donor Relations

Institutional Advancement

The Division of Institutional Advancement provides the guidance, protocols, processes, infrastructure and organizational leadership to the rest of the campus in order to identify, secure, steward and invest necessary resources to enrich academic, athletic and campus life at the College of Charleston. Committed to cultivating a culture of philanthropy, inclusiveness and support, the professionals in the IA Division work closely with alumni, parents, friends and campus partners to assure boundless opportunities for students, graduates and the College.

Cathy Mahon

Cathy A. Mahon ’80

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

Mobile: 843.345.8465
Phone: 843.953.5432

About Cathy


Hanna H. Spencer

Executive Associate and Board Liaison

Phone: 843.953.1827

About Sarah


Advancement Services

Advancement Services ensures the responsible and ethical management of alumni and donor information and provides information services and infrastructure to support the fundraising and engagement activities of the Division of Institutional Advancement and the College of Charleston overall.

Rudy Alisauskus

Rudy Alisauskas ’03, ’07

Database Specialist

Phone: 843.953.5761

About Rudy


Julia Hammer

Gift Administrator

Phone: 843.953.5113

About Julia

Sitara B. Smith

Sitara B. Smith

Research Assistant, Advancement Services

Phone: 843.953.5765

About Jillian


Alumni Affairs

The College’s nearly 95,000 alumni are served by a staff of eight full-time professionals who administer the Alumni Association. All former students who earned credit toward a degree at the College are members in good standing of the Alumni Association. The Association’s mission is “to manifest interest in, and to promote the welfare of the College.” Its strategic plan is to engage alumni to stay informed, get involved, and give back. Staff members direct communications, organize programs and events, coordinate with our CofC Clubs around the world, provide career services, administer member benefits, and keep alumni contact information updated. Should you need assistance, please contact or 843-953-5630.


Darren W. Callihan ’16

Assistant Director, Marketing & Communication

About Meredith

Meredith Chance

Meredith Chance ’16

Associate Director, CofC Clubs & Affinity Groups

About Meredith


Tammie Pritchard Dean

Assistant Director, Operations, Alumni Affairs

About Laney

Karen Burroughs-Jones

Karen Burroughs Jones’ 74

Director, Alumni Communications and Executive Secretary of the Alumni Association

About Karen


Ann Looper Pryor ’83

Vice President, Alumni Affairs

About Ann


Brianna Sabacinski, ‘16

Alumni Engagement Assistant

About Brianna

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Najeema Davis Washington

Associate Director, Alumni Engagement & Career Services

Phone: 843.953.1833

About Najeema


Annual Giving

Annual Giving provides scholarship support to students every day. Annual Giving is a vital funding source that creates unique opportunities for students and faculty and enhances programs across campus. Every year, thousands of alumni, parents, friends and students help shape the College of Charleston experience with their gifts to annual giving.

Jenny Gilson

Jenny Gilson Alstad ’07

Director of Prospect Management and Research

Mobile: 843.408.1683
Phone: 843.953.5974

About Jenny


Morgan Long

Assistant Director, Annual Leadership Giving

Phone: 843.953.7362



Brian Rowe

Development Officer

Mobile: 843-991-4361
Phone: 843.953.3667

About Brian

Laurie Soenen

Laurie Dufour Soenen

Executive Director of Annual Giving Programs and Parent Advisory Council
Interim Director, Advancement Services

Phone: 843.364.9511

About Laurie


Corporate and Foundation Relations

The CFR Office welcomes the opportunity for corporations and foundations to partner with us by becoming involved in the College of Charleston’s diverse academic initiatives, vibrant community-based and experiential learning programs, undergraduate research, and our expanding campus.

Denise Ciccarelli

Denise Ciccarelli, CFRE

Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Mobile: 843-324-3108
Phone: 843.953.5018

About Denise

Andi Judt

Andi Judt

Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Mobile: 843.323.7949
Phone: 843.953.4356

About And



Private philanthropy touches every corner of campus: from student scholarships and faculty research funds to cutting-edge technology and world-class athletics. The Development Office partners with schools, units and the many volunteers, alumni, parents and donors who are committed to preserving the College of Charleston’s success and oversees multiple areas of fundraising including Annual Giving, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Major Gifts and Planned Giving.


Tracey Bailey

Development Associate

Office: 843.953.5568

About Jenny

Jenny Fowler

Jenny Fowler Peck

Director of Principal Gifts

Mobile: 843.377.6183
Office: 843.953.6620

About Jenny

Kenton Barham

Kenton Youngblood

Director of Major Gifts
Interim Director, Prospect Management and Research

Mobile: 843.324.5620
Office: 843.953.5348

About Kenton


Financial Services

Financial Services provides operational and strategic leadership of the Institutional Advancement division. The team leads all fiscal management and funds activities for the College of Charleston Foundation including Board reporting, accounts payable, cash management, investment strategy and reporting and fixed assets. In addition, the department coordinates the annual financial audit with its external auditors. The team regularly meets and consults with Foundation Board members to review strategy and update reporting. They work in partnership with colleagues across campus to coordinate the prudent stewardship and financial responsibilities of IA and the Foundation.


Debye Alderman

Executive Director, Finance and Administration

Phone: 843.953.7458

About Debye


Leah Cannon Barron

Associate Director, Investments (Endowment Funds Manager)

Phone: 843.607.5970

About Leah


Crystal Mead

Assistant Director, Investments

Phone: 843.953.0970


Tie Smith

Tie Smith

Senior Accountant

Phone: 843.953.5780

About Tie

Major Gifts

The Major Giving team works closely with alumni, parents and the community to identify meaningful opportunities for philanthropic investment in the College’s mission to provide a high-quality education in the arts and sciences, education and business. Gift officers are aligned to schools, units and geographic regions to ensure that no matter what your affiliation with the College or where your current hometown is, there’s a partner in the Development Office able to assist you in making an impact.


Lauren Whiteside Mann, ’07

Senior Development Officer

Mobile: 843.607.6227
Office: 843.953.1718

About Lauren

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Brian Sisco

Senior Development Officer

Mobile: 843.509.8318

About Christie

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Christie Tinsley

Senior Development Officer

Mobile: 843.566.3653
Office: 843.953.3633

About Christie

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Lauren Van Buskirk

Senior Development Officer

Mobile: 843.494.2889
Office: 843.953.5532

About Lauren


Planned Giving

Planned giving offers donors an opportunity to achieve their larger philanthropic goals at the College. Typically, planned gifts are arranged in the present and allocated at a future date. Gifts range from simple beneficiary designations and bequests to life insurance, trusts, charitable gift annuities and real estate. No matter your situation, planned gifts can help you create a meaningful charitable legacy without sacrificing your quality of life.

Peggy Cieslikowski

Peggy Cieslikowski

Executive Director of Planned Giving
Interim Director, Development Operations

Mobile: 843.323.8434
Phone: 843.953.6475

About Peggy


Stewardship and Donor Relations

The Stewardship and Donor Relations team is responsible for celebrating the impact of philanthropy at the College of Charleston, educating donors about the impact of their giving, recognizing our donors’ generosity, and inspiring continued and greater support.

Kendra E. Conway

Director of Special Events and Donor Relations

Phone: 843.953.7518

About Kendra

Carin Jorgensen

Carin Jorgensen

Executive Director of Stewardship, Donor Relations & Communications

Mobile: 843.471.4961
Phone: 843.953.5859

About Carin


Jennifer Wilson

Assistant Director of Scholarships and Donor Relations

Phone: 843.953.5742

About Emily


Property Management

Property Management ensures that the properties owned by the College of Charleston Foundation for the exclusive use of the College of Charleston are managed professionally and effectively.


Barney Holt ‘74

Director of Property Management

Mobile: 843.345.6150
Phone: 843.953.1836