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Gift Support

Development

With responsibility for identifying and securing leadership gifts to support Monmouth University’s strategic needs, Parsons sets the goals, strategies, and objectives for identifying, engaging, and soliciting principal gift prospects to support the University’s strategic initiatives. She supervises the work of the School-based directors of development, helping to maximize their efforts to generate five, six, and seven-figure gifts in support of the top strategic initiatives.

Parsons also reviews the efforts of the Director of Planned Giving and the Office of Prospect Management and Research.

Wendy Parsons

Associate Vice President for Development

wparsons@monmouth.edu

(732) 263-5758

Beth Brody

Director of Development for the School of Education and the School of Social Work

bbrody@monmouth.edu

732-571-3617

Beth Brody

As development officer for the School of Education and the School of Social Work, Brody works closely with Dean Henning and Dean Mama to facilitate donor relationships with faculty and administrators in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of alumni, parents and friends. She also manages the engagement and recruitment of prospective Deans Advisory Council members.

Chuck Gerdon

Director of Development for the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences

cgerdon@monmouth.edu

732-923-4623

Gerdon supports the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, working with Dean Womack and the chairs, directors, and faculty of Monmouth University’s largest school to raise private funding to advance key initiatives. In addition to managing the engagement and recruitment of Deans Advisory Council members, the development director supports the Monmouth University Polling Institute and the Center for the Arts.

Christopher Hellstrom

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

chellstr@monmouth.edu

732-263-5774

Hellstrom is responsible for planning and executing the University’s fundraising program to secure philanthropic support from corporations and foundations. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Development, he oversees the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate and foundation donors, and initiates, strengthens and manages strategic relationships with these philanthropic partners. Hellstrom develops strategies to match University needs with corporate and foundation interests, establishing and maintaining donor relationships, preparing and submitting grant and funding proposals that advance the University’s academic plan and priorities. He also works with the Office of Grants and Contracts and the wider University to build awareness of corporate and foundation grant-seeking activity.

David Howell

Director of Development for the Leon Hess Business School

dhowell@monmouth.edu

732-923-4642

Howell is responsible for supporting Dean Moliver and the departments and centers of the AACSB Accredited Leon Hess Business School, including the Kislak Real Estate Institute, the Monmouth University Center for Entrepreneurship, and key annual events including the Distinguished Business Leaders Dinner. As the lead development officer for the School, he also manages the engagement and recruitment of Deans Advisory Council members and serves as a liaison to members of the Business Council.

Karen Keene

Director of Development for the School of Science, and the School of Nursing & Health Studies

kkeene@monmouth.edu

732-571-3475

As the lead development officer for the School of Science and the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, Keene supports the deans, chairs, directors, and faculty to articulate cases for support with the goal of securing private funding to advance each school’s mission. She also manages the engagement and recruitment of Deans Advisory Council members who advise and support Dean Bachrach and Dean Mahoney.

Jessica Lewis

Director of Prospect Management and Research

jlewis@monmouth.edu

732-571-3504

Lewis is responsible for all aspects of prospect management, defining and refining assisting the front-line development officers in identifying and aligning the interests of philanthropic supporters with the strategic needs of the University. As Director, she serves as lead in the identification of new areas of support, and assuring accuracy in data tracking throughout the proposal and gift cycle. Lewis provides strategic prospect management to maximize the efforts of the fundraising operation and collaborates with colleagues in Advancement Services to enhance data visualization in her pipeline reporting.

Emily Miller-Gonzalez

Director of Planned Giving

emillerg@monmouth.edu

732-263-5393

Miller-Gonzalez has responsibility for assisting alumni and friends support to Monmouth University through gifts of estates, trusts, and various other financial venues that reflect financial planning and deferred giving opportunities. She also serves as fundraising liaison to several University areas and prepares written materials, training, and support for other staff members working with donors on deferred and planned gifts such as trusts, charitable annuities, life insurance, wills, and bequests.