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Institutional Advancement Staff

Institutional Advancement | Advancement Services | Alumni Affairs | Annual Giving | Corporate & Foundation Relations
Development | Major Gifts | Planned Giving | 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.

Chris Tobin

Chris Tobin

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

Email: tobinc@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.3694

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Sarah N. Lewis

Executive Associate and Board Liaison

Email: lewissn@cofc.edu
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

Email: Alisauskasr@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5761

About Rudy

Marijana Boone

Marijana Radic Boone '01, MPA '03

Executive Director of Advancement Services

Email: boonemr@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5647

About Marijana

 

Cherise Browder

Operations Manager

Email: browderc@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.7510

About Cherise

Sara Gallagher

Sara Gallagher

Assistant Director, Research & Prospect Management

Email: gallagherse2@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.6468

About Sara

 
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Julia Hammer

Gift Administrator

Email: hammerjk@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5113

About Julia

Sitara B. Smith

Sitara B. Smith

Research Assistant, Advancement Services

Email: smithsb2@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5765

About Jillian

 
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John Stabinger

Assistant Director of Digital Communications

Email: stabingerjm@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.3619

About John

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Jillian Tintle

Assistant Director of Database & Reporting

Email: tintlej@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5779

About Jillian

 

Alumni Affairs

The College's nearly 89,000 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 alumni@cofc.edu or 843-953-5630.

Meredith Chance

Meredith Chance '16

Associate Director, Clubs and Affinity Groups

chancem@cofc.edu
(843) 953-6631

About Meredith

As the Associate Director of Alumni Chapters and Affinity Groups, Meredith is the primary communication liaison for all Alumni Chapters and the Office of Admissions. Get connected with your local Alumni Chapter, or find out how to create one near you, in order to stay informed, get involved and give back!

Tammie Pritchard Dean

Assistant Director, Operations, Alumni Affairs

deantp@cofc.edu
(843) 953-6473

About Laney

As the Assistant Director of Events, Laney plans and executes all of the College of Charleston Alumni signature events, including the Alumni Awards Gala and A Charleston Affair.  Laney is originally from Spartanburg, SC, and graduated from the College in 2012 majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management and Business Administration. Laney fell in love with both the College and Charleston, and has since never left.

 

Laney Talbert Friedman '12

Assistant Director of Events, Alumni Affairs

cltalber1@cofc.edu
(843) 953-7108

About Laney

As the Assistant Director of Events, Laney plans and executes all of the College of Charleston Alumni signature events, including the Alumni Awards Gala and A Charleston Affair.  Laney is originally from Spartanburg, SC, and graduated from the College in 2012 majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management and Business Administration. Laney fell in love with both the College and Charleston, and has since never left.

Karen Burroughs-Jones

Karen Burroughs Jones’ 74

Director, Alumni Communications and Executive Secretary of the Alumni Association

JonesK@cofc.edu
(843) 953-5773

About Karen

Karen Jones has been with the Alumni Office since 1990 and has served as the Executive Secretary of the Alumni Association since 2000. As Executive Secretary, she is the liaison between the Alumni Association Board of Directors and various College constituencies. In her role as director of alumni communication, she works closely with College departments to ensure alumni are informed and involved.

 

Ann Looper Pryor '83

Vice President, Alumni Affairs

pryoral@cofc.edu
(843) 953-2060

About Ann

Ann is responsible for the general management of the Office of Alumni Affairs. As such, she oversees the development and implementation of the Alumni Association's strategic plan.

 

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Najeema Davis Washington

Associate Director, Alumni Engagement & Career Services

Email: washingtonnd@cofc.edu
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.

Maria Alfieris

Maria Corontzes Alfieris '76

Administrative Assistant for Annual Giving Programs

Email: alfierism@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.7361

About Maria

Jenny Gilson

Jenny Gilson Alstad '07

Director of Annual Giving Programs

Email: gilsonjm@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5974

About Jenny

 
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M. Seaton Brown '09

Assistant Director, Annual Leadership Giving

Email: brownms@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.3667

About Seaton

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Lauren Whiteside Mann, '07

Assistant Director, Annual Leadership Giving

Email: whitesideel@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5172

About Lauren

 

Ryan Holmes Small, '01

Assistant Director, Annual Leadership Giving

Email: smallr@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.7362

About Ryan 

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Brenda M. Shively

Assistant Director, Call Center & Digital Fundraising

Email: shivelyb@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.7742

About Brenda

 
Laurie Soenen

Laurie Dufour Soenen

Executive Director of Annual Giving Programs and Parent Advisory Council

Email: soenenl@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.3418

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

Email: ciccarellimd@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5018

About Denise

 

Development

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.

Cathy Mahon

Cathy Mahon

Vice President of Development

Email: mahonc@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5432

About Cathy

Jenny Fowler

Jenny Fowler Peck

Director of Development

Email: fowlerj@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.6620

About Jenny

 
Kenton Barham

Kenton Youngblood

Director of Development

Email: youngbloodk@cofc.edu
Phone: 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 Foundaton.

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Debye Alderman

Executive Director, Finance and Administration

Email: aldermanda@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.7458

About Debye

J. R. Barnhart

Associate Director of Financial Services

Email: barnhartjr@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5769

About JR

 
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Leah Cannon Barron

Assistant Director, Investments (Endowment Funds Manager)

Email: barronlc@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.607.5970

About Leah

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Crystal Mead

Assistant Director, Investments

Email: meadc@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.0970

 

 
Tie Smith

Tie Smith

Senior Accountant

Email: smithtd1@cofc.edu
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.

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Halley Cella Erickson, CFRE

Senior Development Officer

Email: cellah@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.6526

About Halley

John King

John King

Senior Development Officer

Email: kingj1@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.4374

About John

 
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Barbie Schreiner, MPA '13

Senior Development Officer

Email: Schreinerbr@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.0781

About Christie

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Christie Tinsley

Senior Development Officer

Email: tinsleyce@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.3633

About Christie

 

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

Director of Planned Giving

Email: cieslikowskiph@cofc.edu
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

Assistant Director, Stewardship and Donor Relations

Email: conwayk@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.7518

About Kendra

Carin Jorgensen

Carin Jorgensen

Executive Director of Stewardship, Donor Relations, and Communications

Email: jorgensencl@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5859

About Carin

 
Emily Padgett

Emily Padgett ’12

Assistant Director, Scholarships and Donor Relations

Email: espadget@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5742

About Emily