Jill Leauber Marsteller 1978
Senior Vice President for Advancement
Marsteller, an alumna of Ursinus College, joined the selective liberal arts college administration in September 2009 after serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, where she oversaw the successful completion of a $100 million fundraising effort and led several new and effective marketing and communications initiatives.
Her most recent achievements in higher education include serving in 2007 as President of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa., and as Vice President of Institutional Advancement for eight years at Haverford College. At Haverford, Marsteller contributed to the most dynamic period of programmatic growth in Haverford's history, leading a successful $200 million capital campaign, revamping many philanthropic programs and initiating the first comprehensive international efforts of the college.
As leader and chief strategist of Haverford’s most ambitious campaign in the college’s history, she led an effort that doubled annual giving, while significantly increasing alumni participation, and through philanthropy enabled the creation of three new integrated academic centers, including a Gold LEED-certified $28 million athletic facility; $25 million additional dollars for financial aid, and $10 million for new programs to address diversity and globalization issues. As a result, Haverford was recognized with a Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) award for the most improved fundraising programs. She was also responsible for developing new faculty initiatives, overseeing a branding initiative which enhanced visibility, energizing and increasing alumni activity and events and establishing the first comprehensive Parents’ Program at the college.
Marsteller also served as Vice President for University Advancement at Lehigh University, and in various positions at Lehigh from 1995 to 2000, where she led the transition team overseeing the introduction of Lehigh's 12th president; secured a $25 million gift to name the College of Engineering, the largest single gift in Lehigh's history; and oversaw the opening, fundraising and programming for the Zoellner Arts Center, now in its 12th year of operation. She has been a consultant to various organizations and foundations including the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, The Haverford School, Haverford, Pa., The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, New York, N.Y., and Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Ct.
She returns to Ursinus, where she began her advancement career in the Ursinus Development Office in the late 1980s and early 1990s, contributing to the successful outcomes of two major capital campaigns. During that same period she served as an adjunct lecturer in the Ursinus English department.
Marsteller received her bachelor’s degree from Ursinus in 1978, graduating cum laude with honors in English. She received her master’s degree in English from Villanova University in 1980.
Her many community activities recently include membership in The Forum for Executive Women, Trustee and Development Committee Chair of the Perkiomen School, and membership and leadership in a wide swath of professional advancement and higher education associations.
Mark P. Gadson, CFP
Executive Director of Major and Planned Giving
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Mark came to Ursinus from Washington College in Chestertown, MD where he served as the Director of Development, as well as directing their planned giving program. During his time at Washington College, Mark successfully oversaw annual giving and major gift fundraising efforts while working to develop a solid planned giving program. Previously, Mark held planned giving and major gifts positions at Union College in Schenectady, NY, and DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.
Mark also has held senior director positions in investment management and financial and estate planning areas at such prestigious firms as SEI Investments and Fleet Investment Services where he headed up the charitable gift planning area for the bank. Early in his career, Mark become a Certified Financial Planner and has achieved other professional designations and licenses in the planned giving field.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Advancement, he is responsible for managing the major and planned giving efforts at Ursinus College, with a special emphasis on growing the endowment and ensuring that the Advancement office has a strategic plan to secure funding for major projects identified and prioritized by the leadership of the College. In addition, he will personally work on gift planning strategies with the College’s top donors to secure gifts of $100,000+. Mark and his wife live in West Chester, PA with their two children.
Mary Ann Conway
Major Gifts Officer
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As a Senior Major Gifts Officer, Mary Ann reports to the Executive Director of Major and Planned Gifts with her primary responsibility to qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of current and potential donors with the capacity to make gifts of $25,000+. She works collaboratively with colleagues in the Advancement Office, Ursinus faculty and staff and high level volunteers to create and implement plans that result in major gifts for the College.
Mary Ann is a seasoned advancement professional who joined our staff in September 2012 with over 22 years of development and fund-raising experience. She came to Ursinus after serving as Executive Director of Fund Development at the Lutheran Foundation of the Lutheran Social Ministries and previously served as Director of Development at Drexel University. In addition, she has served as a consultant in the areas of fund development and marketing strategies.
Mary Ann holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University and a Master of Science degree from St. Joseph’s University.
Senior Director of Development
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Laura joined the Ursinus team in May 2011, initially as Senior Director of Major Gifts, and then as Senior Director of Development beginning June 2012. She serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Advancement and supervises the Annual Giving, Donor Relations and Communications, and the Advancement Operations divisions, which includes gift accounting, information systems, prospect management and research. Within the Annual Fund, she manages a portfolio of leadership gift donors focusing on the Berman Museum of Art and Athletic affinity groups.
Prior to coming to Ursinus, Laura worked for the University of the Arts where she was the Director of Alumni & Parent Relations. In that role, Laura wrote and coordinated annual fund appeals, managed a major gift pool including trustees and alumni council members, and directed a comprehensive outreach program for alumni and parents of the University. Previously, Laura was the Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs & Development for the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University where she was responsible for reunion campaigns, regional chapter development, prospect research, and donor qualification for the silent phase of their $4 billion “Far Above” capital campaign.
Laura holds a B.A. in Music and Education, and an M.P.A. in Education Policy & Administration from Cornell University. She was trained as a classical percussionist and performed regionally in central New York. While no longer a professional musician, she remains active in public policy in her local community and is a 2011 LEADERSHIP Fellow for Philadelphia. In addition to her passion for the arts, Laura enjoys hiking, wines, and organic gardening. She and her husband live near Hibernia Park in Chester County with their son, Steven.
Rosemary Pall P'12
Director of Annual Giving
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Rosemary started at Ursinus in October 2012 as Director of Annual Giving, and is responsible for the College’s comprehensive efforts to increase annual unrestricted giving from alumni, parents and friends through direct mail, phonathon, reunion campaigns, and other special events. She also has primary responsibility for rebuilding and managing the Parents Fund.
Rosemary comes to Ursinus after working for seven years at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, most recently as Director of Development. She worked primarily with the law school's unrestricted fundraising, but also raised funds for scholarships and special projects. Prior to her time at Widener, Rosemary was Director of Development at Holy Child Academy in Drexel Hill, PA. She received her bachelor's degree from La Salle University and her Juris Doctor from The Catholic University of America. Before her career in development, Rosemary practiced law for 13 years.
Rosemary and her husband Leo live in Havertown and are the parents of three grown children: Rachel is a family nurse practitioner; Dan, a computer engineer; and Kathryn, UC Class of 2012, a second year student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at University of Maryland in Baltimore. Rosemary enjoys reading and is a member of a book club that has been going strong for 12 years, and she also keeps busy walking her dogs, Ruby and Sally.
Major Gifts Officer
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Brie joined the Ursinus Advancement staff in 2007 and previously held the position of Director of Alumni Relations & Advancement Outreach until transitioning into her Major Gifts Officer role. She is responsible for working collaboratively with both colleagues and volunteers to create and implement plans and meetings that result in major gifts for the College of $25,000+.
Brie came to Ursinus from the corporate sector where she worked in marketing, including positions at Philadelphia Magazine and Metrocorp Publications. She is a graduate of Penn State University at University Park where she earned a B.S. in Marketing, and is currently completing her MBA at Saint Joseph’s University. While at Penn State, Brie held several internships including working under the directors of Membership and Planning & Development for the Penn State Alumni Association. She is a founding board member of the Penn State Professional Women’s Network of Philadelphia where she served in various roles, including Vice President, and has also served as a board member of the Inter-Faith Housing Alliance of Ambler. Brie and her husband live in Chester County with their two children, Elle and Noah.
Associate Director of Alumni Relations
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Abbie Cichowski is a proud Ursinus alumna, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 2010 with Interdisciplinary Distinguished Honors in Media & Communication Studies and Theatre. During her time as a student, she was a member of the Ursinus College Ambassadors, a leadership organization on campus dedicated to community service. As a Theatre major, she acted in a number of productions and directed for the student-run Breakaway Student Productions. Abbie also served as a Writing Fellow and Tutor for the Center for Writing, President of the MCS Honors Society, an Admission Tour Guide and played intramural basketball and soccer. She studied abroad in Florence, Italy during the fall semester of her junior year.
As Associate Director of Alumni Relations, she is responsible for off-campus programming and volunteer management through the National Council, as well as recruitment efforts in each region. This year, she is co-staffing the 50th Reunion Committee with Mark Gadson and will be working closely with volunteers from the Class of 1964 as they prepare for this special milestone reunion. She also co-coordinates outreach to our Young Alumni Council. She assists, as needed, with other on campus and off campus events and initiatives throughout the fiscal year. She is excited to collaborate with on campus partners in Admission, Career Services, Student Activities and Faculty from across disciplines. Abbie also serves as an Ursinus College Ally, and is a member of the Professional Development Subcommittee of the Staff Assembly.
When she’s not at Ursinus, she can be found acting, dancing, traveling or writing. She also never turns down the chance to play a pick-up basketball game.
Director of Advancement Communications and Donor Relations
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Jacqui joined the Ursinus Advancement office in October 2013. In her role as Director of Advancement Communications and Donor Relations, she is responsible for strategic communications as it pertains to the College’s advancement efforts. This includes the development of marketing, communications, and stewardship plans for Ursinus’ broad donor base.
Prior to coming to Ursinus, Jacqui spent eight and a half years at the University of Pennsylvania, where she most recently served as Senior Associate Director of Stewardship for the Wharton School. In that role, she spearheaded donor relations outreach efforts which included fund reporting, acknowledgment letters, a biannual newsletter, donor recognition signage and events, and press releases. Her career at Penn spanned the University’s entire $3.5 billion Making History campaign, and she played a key role in developing end-of-campaign donor outreach for Wharton.
Jacqui received a B.A. in Journalism from Temple University, where she was a history minor and completed requirements for an honors certificate. She earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania with an individualized focus on History and Literature. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, tennis, biking, hiking, and watching movies. She also is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia Phillies. Jacqui and her husband live in Phoenixville.
Elizabeth Burns ’12
Program Coordinator of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving
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Elizabeth Burns is a recent Ursinus alumna, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication Studies. While a student at Ursinus, Elizabeth served as President of the Campus Activities Board, a student run organization dedicated to planning, organizing and executing events for the entire student body. She was also a student representative on President Fong’s Inaugural Committee, which lead to her work as an Events Assistant in the UC Advancement Office. Outside of her work with events, she worked as a Writing Fellow and Tutor in the Center for Writing, a 2011 Summer Fellow, an AFAC Board Member, an editor of the Ruby, and participated in UC United—Society of Leaders.
As the Program Coordinator for Alumni Relations and Annual, Elizabeth assists all departmental staff to ensure successful programming and the attainment of fundraising goals. She supports the staff for major initiatives, such as Alumni Weekend, Homecoming and President Circle events. In addition, Elizabeth manages student workers and joins with other administrators and volunteers to increase enthusiasm, advocacy and support for Ursinus.
Associate Director of Annual Giving
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As Associate Director of Annual Giving, Maura is responsible for all aspects of the student Phonathon program. This includes the recruitment, hiring, and training of 30+ student callers and a team of student managers, the defining and assigning of segments to strategically align with the solicitation schedule, and facilitating two calling seasons per academic year to best achieve the overall goals of the Ursinus Annual Fund. She is also responsible for the Senior Class Gift Drive, including managing the student committee, marketing the drive, planning and implementing programming to increase education about philanthropy, and raising funds for the Ursinus Annual Fund through effective peer-to-peer solicitation. Additionally, Maura takes the lead on Student Philanthropy programming with goals of fostering a culture of philanthropy through educational and creative programs and recognizing those who have generously given back to Ursinus College.
Maura joined the Ursinus Advancement Department in January 2012. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Loyola University Maryland with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in English. As an undergrad, Maura was employed by Loyola’s Phonathon and participated as a committee member for Loyola’s 2011 Senior Class Gift. She was also an Evergreen Orientation Leader, participated in several service programs, including an immersion trip in Jamaica and studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia in Spring 2010.
Director of Advancement Operations
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Ingrid joined the Ursinus Advancement team in December 2011 and is responsible for the advancement services and prospect management teams. Her group is responsible for the overall integrity and management of the College’s database and manages all information going in and out of it, including providing senior management with analysis, reports, lists, and customized research. She works collaboratively with the annual and major giving teams, the alumni office and others on campus to provide information on the College’s alumni, parents and friends.
She is an Advancement professional with more than 15 years of experience, including eight years in higher education. Before coming to Ursinus, she was the National Director of Database Management and Research at the Devereux Foundation. Prior to that, she was the Director of Operations and Research in the Development Office of Kennesaw State University in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Ingrid holds a B.M. degree from the University of Georgia School of Music and an Master of Mass Communication from the University of Georgia College of Journalism. She continues to be active in music, playing in several area orchestras and chamber groups, as well as teaching private clarinet students.
Associate Director of Advancement Operations
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As Assistant Director of Advancement Operations, Rob is responsible for managing the day-to-day information and database systems supporting the Advancement Department; including Alumni Relations, Annual Giving and Major Gifts. He also oversees the daily processing of donor gifts and updating of the Advancement database. This position reports to the Director of Advancement Operations, and interacts with members of the Advancement team and other members of the Ursinus community to further alumni and donor relations.
Rob joined the Advancement team in July, 2012. Prior to coming to Ursinus, Rob worked at the Austin Children’s Museum as Development Associate, and the United Way of the Capital Region (Harrisburg, PA) as Assistant Director of Resource Development. Before moving to the non-profit sector, Rob worked for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Corporation as a Business Relations Specialist. He is an ordained minister of the Episcopal Church. Rob graduated from Allegheny College with a B.A. in History, and received his M.A. in History from Shippensburg University.
Senior Associate Director of Prospect Management and Research
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As Senior Associate Director of Prospect Management & Research, Mark is responsible for developing and managing the prospect research program for the College in support of its overall fundraising and constituent engagement efforts. This includes the identification, evaluation, and analysis of potential donors and leaders to contribute major gifts or service to the College.
Mark comes to Ursinus after working for Merrimack College in Massachusetts as the Director of Research and Information. In this role he developed and coordinated prospect management and database administration for the Advancement Office and Senior Leadership. He has over 10 years of comprehensive Advancement experience in prospect research, data analysis and reporting, as well as grant writing and management. He also has experience in mission development and strategic planning. He previously worked in City Hall in Lawrence, MA and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer through the Augustinian Volunteers, affiliated with The Augustinians of the Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova.
Mark graduated from Merrimack College with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration.
Gift Records Coordinator
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Martena Roshon joined the Advancement Operations team in September 2012. As Gift Records Coordinator, she is responsible for entering all donations into the Raiser’s Edge data base system, creating daily gift reports, producing acknowledgement letters, maintaining data base integrity and assists department staff as needed. Martena resides in Boyertown. She loves spending time with her family and enjoys both gardening and reading.
Administrative Assistant to Major & Planned Gifts
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Michele joined the Ursinus Advancement staff in February 1996. She previously worked as an administrative assistant in the sales area for several businesses. She provides administrative support for the entire Major and Planned Gift team including the preparation of gift agreements, running financial illustrations for planned gifts, and assisting with donor appointments, travel and prospect briefings. When not at work, Michele enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her granddaughter.
Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President
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Maria joined Ursinus College in June of 2010 and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Senior Vice President for Advancement. In this role, Maria acts as the department’s liaison to the President’s Office and manages Mrs. Marsteller’s calendar and Trustee interactions. She provides additional administrative duties as needed, including budget projections and analysis. Prior to joining Ursinus, Maria supported the Senior Vice President for Advancement at Fox Chase Cancer Center, helping to fulfill her personal passion for supporting patient care and cancer research. Maria and her husband Gino have been married for 17 years and have 11 year old twins, Colette and Vincent.
Executive Assistant to Development
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Doris was hired by President Richter in 1984 and worked in the President’s Office. In 1986, she took the position of Administrative Assistant of College Relations providing support to the Senior Vice President and continued to assist the President’s Office. Duties included working with the Board of Trustees, coordinating the President’s schedule, helping with major advancement events and major college events such as Commencement.
In 2012, Doris assumed the position of Executive Assistant for Development overseen by the Senior Director of Development. She is responsible for supporting the Advancement team with special emphasis on donor relations; managing the cultivation and stewardship needs of alumni, donors, and friends of the College. She also continues to support signature advancement events and provides institutional history, research and guidance to the staff.
Doris does volunteer work and fundraising for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Doris lives in Graterford with her husband John.
Director of the Alumni Relations
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As Director of Alumni Relations, Pamela is responsible for developing and managing a National Council, building regional alumni volunteers, engaging alumni, parents and friends in the Ursinus community and encouraging them to support the College. She manages a team of professionals who organize and plan National Council events and outreach efforts to alumni, parents and friends. The Director works collaboratively with the Annual Giving team, the Advancement staff and other groups on campus to enhance Alumni Relations.
Pamela joined the Ursinus Advancement Department in March 2011 as Director of College Events, where she was responsible for signature college, academic and advancement events. In 2012, she led a college-wide team of staff, faculty and students to plan and execute the Presidential Inauguration. She is an Advancement professional with over 10 years of higher education experience. She previously held the position of Director of Special Events in the Institutional Advancement Department at Immaculata University and was previously the Events Coordinator at Albright College. Prior to her career in academia, Pamela worked as a Marketing and Communications specialist in the energy industry.
Pamela graduated Cum Laude from Saint Francis University and holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. She holds a certification in meeting planning from Temple University.
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
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Dana joined the Ursinus Advancement team in October 2013 as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving. She is responsible for planning, directing, and implementing the College’s Annual Fund direct mail program. Dana also works with the Fundraising and Outreach subcommittees of the Young Alumni Council on the annual young alumni giving challenge and the GOLD Standard quarterly e-newsletter.
Though this is Dana’s first position in Higher Education, she is no stranger to fundraising or small liberal arts colleges. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Art History from the University of Mary Washington, Dana went on to earn a Master’s degree in Museum Communication from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a Certificate in Fundraising from the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University’s School of Business. She comes to Ursinus after more than two years as Manager of Donor Relations at the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia.
Dana and her husband Jim live in Coatesville, PA with their cat, Luna, and two dogs, Lola and Link.