Advancement announces changes

The Office of Institutional Advancement at Mercyhurst College has restructured and added positions that will enhance its ability to work with donors, foundations and alumni of the college, according to David Livingston, Ph.D., vice president for advancement.

“We had a strong fundraising year for the college in 2008-2009 and are pleased that a dynamic team is now complete and ready to continue our success in 2009-2010,” Livingston said.

Following are the personnel changes:

Jeanette Britt is promoted to assistant vice president for advancement.
Britt, a lifelong resident of Erie, is a Mercyhurst alumna and holds two bachelor degrees: one in accounting and the other in management information systems. She is currently working on an MBA at Gannon University. Britt has worked for the college for 15 years, most recently as executive director of advancement services. She is the daughter of William and Shirley Britt of Erie.

Joseph Howard is the director of alumni relations and annual giving.
Howard is originally from Warren, Pa., and an alumnus of Mercyhurst. He received a bachelor’s degree in 2003 and a master’s in organizational leadership in 2009. Before coming to the advancement department he held the position of coordinator of student life at Mercyhurst. Howard lives in Erie.

Carrie Bach is the assistant director of alumni relations and annual giving.
Bach, originally from Sharpsville, Pa., is a Mercyhurst alumna, Class of 2000. Before joining the advancement team, she was employed by Saga Cruise Ship Lines, where she had the opportunity to travel the world. Prior to that, she was a legislative assistant in the Girard office of state Rep. John Evans. Bach and her husband, Geoff, live in Millcreek.

Sheila Coon is the director of external affairs and government relations.
Coon, originally from Dryden, N.Y., is also an alumna of Mercyhurst and was most recently the college’s director of marketing and public relations. Prior to coming to Mercyhurst, Coon worked for the Times Publishing Company and the Gannett Company where she held several director positions in advertising and marketing. Coon and her husband, Malcolm, and daughter, Bethany, live in Lawrence Park.

These professionals join Livingston and the team of Patricia Liebel, Brady Louis, John Melody, Sherrie Shumate, Kathy Richardson, Debbi Tarasovitch, and Cathy Windeatt.
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