Meet the Advancement Staff
VP for Advancement
Phone: (828) 689-1194
Education: B.A., Wake Forest University, 1980; M.A., Wake Forest University, 1982
After 17 years in the advancement field, including over a dozen in "planned giving," I realize my primary role is that of a dream weaver. We all have dreams. We all rightfully want to leave a legacy: be it spiritual, emotional, or financial. We want to make a difference both now and in the future. As a dream weaver at Mars Hill, it is gratifying to work with alumni and friends, help flesh out their dreams, and consider how those dreams can best benefit themselves, their family, and Mars Hill University. It is a privilege to witness dreams unfold. On a personal note, dream weaving for me naturally includes my incredible family: my wife Sally and teenage daughters Rachel and Sarah.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”- Jeremiah 29:11
Alumni Relations Resource Consultant
Phone: (828) 689-1438
Education: A.A., MHC (1958), B.S., English Education, Appalachian State in (1960), M.Ed, English Education, UNC-G in (1968).
I came to Mars Hill College in 2001 after serving in Enrollment at UNC-Greensboro and Florida State University. At MHC I work with the president on special projects and with all alumni-related activities. My family has had a long relationship with the college: I’m a 1958 alum; my late husband, Jack, was on the MHC Board of Advisors; and my daughter Gretchen graduated from MHC in 1996.
I live in Mars Hill and am a member, deacon, and substitute Sunday school teacher at Mars Hill Baptist Church. I’m also a member of the Rotary Club and serve on Rotary Executive Board, am an executive board member of SART Guild, and a member of Mars Hill Woman’s Club.
Director of Advancement Services
Phone: (828) 689-1295
Director of Alumni Relations
Phone: (828) 689-1148
Education: BA, Mars Hill College, 2000
Gift Services Associate
Phone: (828) 689-1584
I joined the staff of the Office of Institutional Advancement in 1998 where I serve as the Gift Services Associate. My primary responsibilities are to manage the day-to-day booking and receipting process for donations to the college. Previously, I worked in the Admissions Office for 17 years, and three years in the Career Planning and Placement Center.
I love teaching children in Sunday school and serve as church pianist. I live in Marshall with my husband Jim and have one stepdaughter.
Director of Annual Giving
Phone: (828) 689-1122
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Phone: (828) 689-1277
Education: B.S. Auburn University; M.S. University of Tennessee
I am pleased to have joined the Mars Hill staff in 2007, and have over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising and grants development at other institutions of higher education or non profit organizations. My career has spanned such areas as Austin, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Knoxville, Tennessee. I am an active member of the American Association of Grants Professionals, a member of their national Professional Growth and Development Committee, and the former president of the Austin chapter. I have been married for 25+ years to my husband Max, an engineer and math teacher, and have two adult children. When not working, one may find us at church activities, attending a theatre event, driving or hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoying life in the mountains.
”May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”
- Romans 15:13
Director of Development
Phone: (828) 689-1435