Fall 2011 Issue

Alumni Connection

Alumni Relations welcomes new team members

The University is pleased to announce that three newcomers with almost 30 years experience in alumni relations and nonprofit fundraising have been brought on to lead the Office of Alumni Relations. Heading the team is Elizabeth Reed as the assistant vice president for alumni relations. Reed jumps into her new role at Barry with nearly a decade of experience in the field. Prior to accepting the position with the University, Reed was the alumni relations manager for Sanford-Brown College, where she oversaw the alumni populations from four campuses: Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville and Atlanta.

In addition to conceiving and implementing a wide range of alumni events and activities for more than 20,000 Sanford-Brown graduates, Reed also developed marketing, communications and social media plans for Sanford-Brown. Reed began her alumni relations career at her alma mater, Cornell University, where she was the associate director for Alumni Affairs and Development. Her responsibilities included managing alumni activities and supporting admissions and fundraising for more than 20,000 Cornell alumni living in the southeastern United States. Reed recruited, trained and managed more than 250 volunteer leaders and increased alumni involvement in the southeast region by 26 percent.

In her spare time, Reed is president of Alpha Omicron Pi's Fort Lauderdale Alumnae Chapter, a director at large for the Cornell Club of the Gold Coast and a volunteer and instructor for the Paw Hero Program, educating the children of Broward County about animal cruelty and neglect.

Vanessa Garcia, Barry's new director for alumni programs, comes to the University with extensive alumni relations and fundraising experience. Most recently, she was the development manager for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in Charlotte, NC, where she had a proven track record of cultivating and soliciting gifts, planning events, writing grants and developing relationships in the local community.

Prior to that, Garcia was the manager of alumni relations for the southeast region of Johnson & Wales University where she increased alumni membership and participation by 75 percent in her region. Garcia has served as a member of many organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Junior League, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

Ryan O'Donnell, who graduated from Barry this past May with a Bachelor of Science in sport management, was named the new coordinator for alumni relations. O'Donnell, who also minored in business, with a specialization in the scuba diving industry, has been heavily involved in Barry the past few years.

As a student, O'Donnell worked in the Annual Fund as a phone-a-thon associate and was later promoted to senior phone-a-thon supervisor. In this role he supervised and trained fellow students in addition to soliciting gifts for Barry. O'Donnell was also one of only nine students selected to intern with Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation, where he received training on all aspects of park operations including event planning, volunteer coordination, fundraising and grant writing. O'Donnell was also involved in extracurricular activities where he served as an alumni relations student ambassador, was awarded a Council for the Advancement and Support of Education scholarship, and was elected chapter president for Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

The new staff members join veteran office manager Susan Lang, who has held that position for eight years.

For more information or to connect with a member of Barry's Alumni Relations staff, phone 877-899-2586 or email alumni@barry.edu.