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Meet the Advancement Team

Members of the advancement team are always available to assist you in your efforts to support the Scranton community.

Leadership Team

Gary Olsen

Gary Olsen

Vice President for University Advancement
M.S. in Counseling and Human Relations, Villanova University
B.A. in Sociology, Villanova University

In February 2013, Olsen was named Vice President for University Advancement at the University of Scranton. In this position, he manages a staff of 36, oversees all aspects of the University’s development and constituent relations program and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet. Prior to coming to Scranton, he served for 20 years as associate vice president of alumni relations at Villanova University, where he served as a member of the senior advancement team and was involved in the management of three capital campaigns.    

Olsen is a recognized leader in the advancement profession. He has served as a member of the CASE Board of Trustees and has chaired the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations. CASE, the Council for the Support and Advancement of Education, is the preeminent international higher education organization, serving 3,500 institutional members and 36,000 alumni relations, development and communications professionals. He has presented at numerous CASE educational programs and conferences including the CASE Summit for Senior Advancement Leaders, the CASE Latinoamerica Conference in Monterrey, Mexico, and the CASE Summer Institute on Alumni Relations, where he served as faculty chair. He has also presented at numerous CASE District Conferences and has hosted many professional colleagues for benchmarking visits. 

Olsen’s areas of expertise include board development, strategic planning, volunteer engagement, corporate partnerships and integrated alumni relations/development strategies. A frequent public speaker, he has spoken at the Bucks County PA September 11 Memorial Program and previously hosted and produced a public affairs radio program. Olsen has been a contributor to CASE Currents, a professional publication for development/alumni relations/marketing/communications professionals. Olsen holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in counseling from Villanova University. He and his wife Lisa, also an educator, have three grown children and one grandchild.

Cheryl Murphy

Cheryl Murphy

Associate Vice President of Development
B.A. in Communications/Journalism, Shippensburg University

Melissa Starace

Melissa Starace P'20

Associate Vice President for Annual Fund, Alumni Relations and Operations
Ed.D. in Higher Education Management, University of Pennsylvania
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Lehigh University
B.A. Sociology, Cedar Crest College

Rose Corrigan

Rose Corrigan

Assistant to the Vice President

Alumni and Parent Engagement


Maryjane Rooney '80

Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement
B.S. in Political Science, The University of Scranton

Lynn Andres

Lynn Andres '89 P'17

Associate Director, Volunteer Engagement
B.A. in Communications, The University of Scranton

Marge Gleason

Marge Gleason P'14, '17

Alumni Engagement Coordinator/Classnotes Editor
B.S. in Consumer Relations, Syracuse University

Annual Giving


Ashley Alt '09

Director of Annual Giving
B.A. in Communications, The University of Scranton

Bridget O'Connor

Bridget Chomko

Associate Director of Annual Giving
B.A. in Communications, Wilkes University


Kathryn Wynn

Assistant Director for Annual Leadership Giving
B.S. in Business Administration, Duquesne University

Alex Maier

Alexandra Maier

Assistant Director of Annual Giving
B.A. in Sociology, Susquehanna University

Pam Gavin

Pam Gavin P'19

Annual Giving Coordinator


Ruth David '14

Coordinator for Student Engagement
B.A. in Communications, The University of Scranton


Tim Pryle

Tim Pryle '89

Executive Director, PBC and Kania School of Management
M.A. in Higher Education Administration, Boston College
B.S. in Marketing, The University of Scranton

Paul Colaiezzi

Paul Colaiezzi '86

Director of Development – New York Metro
B.A. in Communications, The University of Scranton

Joe Cavanagh

Joe Cavanagh

Regional Director of Development – New York, New Jersey & New England
M.A. in Communications, William Paterson University
B.A. in Communications, The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh

Eric Eckenrode

Eric Eckenrode

Director of Athletic Development
M.B.A., Loyola University
B.A. in Communications, Loyola University

Meg Hambrose

Meg Hambrose '86 P'18, 20

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
B.A. in Communications, The University of Scranton

Carol Maculloch

Carol Maculloch

Director of Planned Giving
M.B.A., Wilkes University
B.B.A. in Business Administration, Wilkes University
C.F.R.E. Certification

Michele Felins

Michele Felins

Director of Parent Programs
B.A. in English, College of the Holy Cross

Sarah Eynon

Sarah Eynon

Program Manager, Affinity and Career Programs
Masters of Project Management, Keller Graduate School of Management
B.S. in Business Administration, Cairn University
B.S. in Biblical Theology, Cairn University

Debbie Lewis

Deborah Lewis

Research Analyst

Helen Otley

Helen Otley

Advancement Assistant


Tom Salitsky

Tom Salitsky

Director of Advancement Communications
B.A. in Communications, The Pennsylvania State University

Stewardship and Donor Relations

Trish Krisiak

Trish Krisiak

Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship
B.S.B.A. in Marketing, Bloomsburg University

Rose Striefsky

Rose Striefsky

Advancement Assistant

Advancement Services

Carl O'Neil

Carl O'Neil P'10, '15

Director of Advancement Services
M.B.A., Marywood University
B.S. in Human Resource Management, Keystone College

Chasity Whitmore

Chasity Whitmore '14

Assistant Director, Advancement Services
B.S. in Operations and Information Management, The University of Scranton

Linda Belack

Linda Belack

Advancement Services Assistant
A.A., Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Andrea Malia

Andrea Malia

Advancement Services Assistant
B.S. in H, R and I Management, The Pennsylvania State University

kelly smith 2

Kelly Smith

Advancement Services Assistant

Conference & Event Services

Frani Mancuso

Frani Mancuso '93

Director of Conference & Event Services
B.A. in Communications,The University of Scranton

Elizabeth Geeza

Elizabeth Geeza

Conference & Events Coordinator
B.A. in Public Relations, Susquehanna University

Peggy Doolittle

Peggy Doolittle

Advancement Assistant