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Development

Keene oversees all day-to-day fundraising activities for the University and manages the overall direction of the development team. With responsibility for identifying and securing leadership gifts to support Monmouth University’s strategic priorities, she sets the goals, strategies, and objectives for identifying, engaging, and soliciting major, principal, and planned gift prospects across the team. The Executive Director of Development supervises the work of the directors of development, corporate and foundation relations, prospect management and research. In addition, Keene provides oversight and guidance for assisting alumni and friends in supporting Monmouth University through estate and planned gifts. This role also works closely with the Vice President for University Advancement to manage the University’s priority fundraising initiatives.

Karen Keene

Executive Director of Development

kkeene@monmouth.edu

732-571-3475

Beth Brody

Director of Development

bbrody@monmouth.edu

732-571-3617

Photo of Beth Brody

As a Director of Development, Brody facilitates relationships with donors, alumni, parents, and friends toward securing private major gift support for the University’s strategic priorities. This role is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding our philanthropic supporters, often working collaboratively with campus partners. In addition, our directors of development assist in engaging and recruiting individuals toward meaningful volunteer involvement on behalf of the University.

Chuck Gerdon

Director of Development

cgerdon@monmouth.edu

732-923-4623

As a Director of Development, Gerdon facilitates relationships with donors, alumni, parents, and friends toward securing private major gift support for the University’s strategic priorities. This role is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding our philanthropic supporters, often working collaboratively with campus partners. In addition, our directors of development assist in engaging and recruiting individuals toward meaningful volunteer involvement on behalf of the University.

Christopher Hellstrom

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

chellstr@monmouth.edu

732-263-5774

Hellstrom facilitates relationships with corporate and foundation partners toward securing private philanthropic support for the University’s strategic priorities. This role is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding our corporate and foundation partners, often working collaboratively with campus partners and the Office of Grants and Contracts. In addition, Hellstrom plays a key role in engaging and recruiting sponsorships and charitable support for the University’s Marquee fundraising events.

David Howell

Director of Development

dhowell@monmouth.edu

732-923-4642

As a Director of Development, Howell facilitates relationships with donors, alumni, parents, and friends toward securing private major gift support for the University’s strategic priorities. This role is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding our philanthropic supporters, often working collaboratively with campus partners. In addition, our directors of development assist in engaging and recruiting individuals toward meaningful volunteer involvement on behalf of the University.

Jessica Lewis

Director of Prospect Management and Research

jlewis@monmouth.edu

732-571-3504

Lewis is responsible for all aspects of prospect management and research, assisting the directors of development and director of corporate and foundation relations in identifying and aligning the interests of philanthropic supporters with the strategic needs of the University. This role assures accuracy in data tracking throughout the proposal and gift cycle and collaborates with colleagues in Advancement Services to enhance data visualization in pipeline reporting. In addition, Lewis provides research support and analysis for the President’s Office, University Advancement leadership, and University boards and volunteers.

Linda Oertel

Administrative Assistant, Development

loertel@monmouth.edu

732-571-7528