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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Mary Ann joined the Advancement Department at Ursinus in September 2012 as Senior Director of Major Gifts. In this capacity, Mary Ann works collaboratively with a team of professionals to broaden the base of alumni and friends of the College. As a Major Gifts Officer, Mary Ann is responsible for building strategic partnerships among individuals and corporations supporting needs across the College particularly those in the sciences. Mary Ann serves many east coast states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Prior to joining Ursinus College, Mary Ann served as Director of Development at Drexel University working with the College of Library and Information Science and Drexel’s flagship, the College of Engineering. As Executive Director of Fund Development at Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, Mary Ann was responsible for building a new culture of philanthropy for the Lutheran Foundation; as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County, Mary Ann managed a $1.2M social welfare agency while building successful marketing and development programs. As Vice President of Marketing at the Philadelphia Protestant Home, Mary Ann spearheaded the efforts to promote and fully occupy a new health care center, troubleshoot occupancy issues in assisted living, implement an aggressive marketing plan and public relations strategy. Mary Ann worked as a free-lance writer, administrator, and strategist.
An alumna of St. Joseph’s University and Temple University, Mary Ann earned an M.S. and B.S. respectively. Volunteer activities include board membership with the Community Design Collaborative, Philadelphia, writer for AchieveAbility also in Philadelphia, consultant and strategic planning committee member, St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington, DE. Mary Ann resides in Huntingdon Valley with two sons, Brian and Shawn, and pets Ziggy and Charlie.
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.
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 first 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 11 years, and she also keeps busy walking her dogs, Ruby and Sally.
Major Gifts Officer
Brie joined the Ursinus Advancement staff in the fall of 2007 and previously held the position of Director of Alumni Relations & Advancement Outreach until transitioning into a 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. 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 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 Country with their daughter, Elle and son, Noah.
Associate Director of Alumni Relations
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Abbie Cichowski is a recent 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 chapter of Theta Chi, an Admissions Tour Guide and a member for various intramural sports teams. She studied abroad in Florence, Italy during the fall semester of her junior year.
As Associate Director of Alumni Relations, she is responsible for programmatic elements of National Council, recruitment efforts and volunteer management 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 1963 as they prepare for this special milestone. She also co-coordinates outreach to our Young Alumni Council and is in the process of drafting a Policies & Procedures Manual for the Office of Alumni Relations. She assists, as needed, with other on campus and off campus events and initiatives which surface throughout the fiscal year.
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
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Kelly joined the Advancement team in May 2012. As Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, she is responsible for all elements and programming of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming. Kelly also co-coordinates our Young Alumni Council and works closely with various departments on campus, including Career Services, Student Affairs and the Office of Admission, to better serve the needs of our alumni and connect them to campus.
She comes to Ursinus after working as the Director of Program Development and Administration for The Main Line Chamber of Commerce; in this role, she managed all aspects of their flagship programs, including marketing and event execution. Prior to this position, Kelly served as Stewardship and Special Event Coordinator for Cabrini College in Radnor, PA, where she created cultivation and stewardship events, including donor recognition receptions, lecture series and presidential inaugural events. She began her career as the Wedding Consultant for The Radnor Hotel in St. Davids, PA, focusing on maximizing revenue and reaching one-million dollars in sales.
Kelly graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lafayette College with a B.A. in Religious Studies and a minor in French. She continues her involvement with her alma mater by serving as the President of their Philadelphia Alumni Chapter. She and her husband, Ryan, live in the great Borough of Collegeville.
Elizabeth Burns ’12
Project 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.
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
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As Assistant 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 has designed and is beginning to implement a Student Philanthropy Council. The council's goal is to foster a culture of philanthropy at Ursinus through educational and creative programs recognizing those who have generously given back to the UC Annual Fund. The council also encourages students to give to their Senior Class Gift Drive and remain active donors as alumni.
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 Zepp joined the Advancement team in December 2011 as our Director of Advancement Operations responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the advancement services and prospect management units – which includes research, reporting, gift entry and database administration.
Ingrid comes to us from the Devereux Foundation, a non-profit behavioral healthcare provider, where she was the National Director of Database Management and Research. In that role, she was responsible for the overall integrity and management of the organization’s database, training staff in 11 states to better use computer resources and prospect research in managing donor relationships, and working with senior leadership to more effectively use database information in support of institutional priorities and strategy.
Prior to Devereux, Ingrid was the Director of Operations and Research for Kennesaw State University in the metropolitan Atlanta area, where she managed the database and prospect research functions for the university. Before joining the staff at Kennesaw State, she was the Computer Systems Administrator for the Development Office at the Medical College of Georgia.
Ingrid holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia School of Music and an M.M.C. 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. She and her husband moved to the Collegeville area in 2002 with their two daughters.
Associate Director of Advancement Operations and Donor Relations
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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.
Administrative Assistant to Major & Planned Gifts
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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.
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. She also plans and oversees the College’s commencement and baccalaureate ceremonies.
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.
Associate Director of Advancement Communications
Heather joined the Advancement team in February 2012 and manages the Annual Fund’s direct mail and electronic communications program. She comes to Ursinus after working as an upholsterer and assistant buyer for a high-end furniture company based out of NYC. Prior to her experience in the world of fine furniture and hand-tied springs, Heather worked as an Assistant Director for The Washington Fund, the annual fund at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. She also worked as a Development Assistant at Parsons the New School for Design, where she began work towards her M.F.A. in Design and Technology. Heather holds a B.A. in Art and Theatre from Washington College.
Heather lives in Philadelphia with her husband Dusty, their daughter Charlotte and dog Gristle.