Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
Phone: (804) 828-8192
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Amy Gray Beck (Ph.D. expected ’18/E)
Executive Director of Alumni Outreach and Engagement
Phone: (804) 828-8191
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A member of the VCU team since 2012, Beck has a B.A. from Virginia Tech, an M.Ed. from Clemson University and currently is in the Educational Leadership Ph.D. program at VCU with a research interest in women and philanthropy.
Her primary focus is on alumni engagement strategy and she works closely with the affiliated academic alumni chapters. Previous responsibilities include young alumni and student engagement. She has experience in student affairs, strategic enrollment management, and advancement.
Trammell Beckmann (B.A.’09/H&S; M.P.A.’12/GPA; Cert.’12/GPA)
Manager of Alumni Board Relations
Phone: (804) 828-4240
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Director of Business Development and Marketing
Phone: (804) 828-5658
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Allison K. Toney
Associate Director, Outreach and Engagement - Student and Recent Graduate Programs
Phone: (804) 827-0311
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Larry Powell (B.S.'85/H&S)
Associate Director, Outreach and Engagement - Alumni Affinity Programs
Phone: (804) 828-8194
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Powell joined VCU Alumni in 1996. He manages VCU Alumni's shared interest groups and select regional chapters, coordinates athletics-related alumni engagement, coordinates the African-American Alumni Council’s scholarship and mentoring programs and serves as VCU Alumni’s primary point of contact for diversity-related activities. He holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications/public relations from VCU.
Administrative and Program Assistant
Phone: (804) 828-7023
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Lauren Sformo Leavy (Cert. expected ’19/GPA)
Senior Coordinator of Alumni Engagement Events
Phone: (804) 628-2249
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Lauren joined VCU Alumni as a project coordinator for outreach and engagement in February 2017 and became senior coordinator of alumni engagement events in August 2017. In her current role, she coordinates signature events for VCU Alumni, including the MCV Campus Reunion and recognition programs.
Before coming to Richmond, Lauren worked in the event planning field for five years in Rochester, New York. She received her B.A. in Communications Studies and Digital Media Arts from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, and is currently pursuing her Corporate Event Planning Certificate through the VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education.
Regina Phinizey (B.S.'82/B)
Phone: (804) 828-7022
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Adam Smith (B.S.’08/H&S)
Manager of Budget and Finance
Phone: (804) 628-2720
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Assistant Director of Outreach and Engagement
Phone: (804) 828-3052
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Director of Alumni Volunteer Programs & Professional Development
Phone: (804) 828-2890
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Parks Smith is the director of alumni volunteer programs and professional development. He formerly worked for the alumni relations office at his alma mater, Longwood University. He will focus his energies at VCU on enhancing the alumni volunteer experience and will direct our alumni volunteer engagement strategy with a focus on how to recruit, train, retain and steward alumni into meaningful volunteer roles.
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Joy Heaton is a CPA who earned a bachelor's degree (double major) in accounting and mathematics. She worked in the banking, insurance, and software development industries for many years before returning to graduate school to earn a master's and doctorate in theology. In 2009 she was diagnosed as being in the final stage of blood cancer and was successfully treated at VCU's Massey Cancer Center, where she recovered fully. In 2012 she and her husband founded a small, nonprofit corporation, Just Compassion, which provides free medical and dental care via mobile units to underserved children in pockets of poverty throughout Virginia and West Virginia. While her husband manages the nonprofit during the week, she does public speaking/fundraising on the weekends. Heaton joined DAR staff in 2017 as a grateful patient/staff accountant. She loves giving back to the university that literally saved her life!
Stefani Bonner (B.S.'15/H&S)
Program Coordinator of Alumni Outreach and Engagement
Phone: (804) 828-7017
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Associate Director, Outreach & Engagement - Alumni Career Programs
Phone: (804) 828-3359
Email: Lntaylor2@vcu.eduView bio
Latisha Taylor is the associate director of alumni outreach and engagement for alumni career programs. Taylor, a graduate of both Old Dominion University and George Mason University, previously worked in VCU’s central career services unit. She will provide alumni with meaningful opportunities to network, in-person and virtually, as she builds out a programming model that focuses on the industries in which our alumni work and not simply the academic areas in which they received a degree. Taylor will collaborate across the university in her efforts to engage alumni and strengthen their professional network.
Program Coordinator with Outreach and Engagement
Phone: (804) 828-1124
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Prior to joining the VCU Alumni team, Lauren worked in fundraising for seven years, starting at Human Rights First in New York City and most recently at Teach For America - Dallas-Forth Worth. Lauren received her B.A. in Global Justice Studies and Spanish and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from James Madison University.