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Foundation Staff

The men and women who make up the staff of the VMI Foundation are committed professionals who bring an impressive variety of talent, training, education, and experience to their work.

Thanks to their dedicated efforts, the VMI Foundation is able to continue its mission of fostering excellence in every aspect of the Institute’s extraordinary education and supporting the important work of the VMI Alumni Association, the VMI Keydet Club, and the George C. Marshall Foundation. 

Tracy AkersData Processing Supervisor
Supervises the data entry department, answers general questions, and reviews problems with data entry procedures and gift processing.

Also, provides the VMI Alumni Agencies staffs’ with training and support with Raisers Edge Software as well as compiling complex queries and reports for the staffs as needed.

Email: takers@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 219

Scott Belliveau '83Director of Communications
Responsible for VMI Foundation’s communications efforts, including the VMI Alumni Agencies Report and the VMI Foundation’s website.

Email: scottb@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 242

Vickie BlackDirector of Prospect Management and Research

Responsible for the overall coordination and production of information on prospects and donors for the VMI Alumni Agencies and VMI in support of fundraising and stewardship activities. Duties include tracking cultivation efforts and solicitation progress and identifying prospects.  

Reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer of the VMI Foundation.

Email: vblack@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 255

Rita BlackwellExecutive Assistant
Provides administrative support for the Vice President of Planned Giving and the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Email: rita@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 234

Cathy BlalockAccounting Specialist
Processes invoices and miscellaneous receipts and performs some general ledger functions such as posting Raisers Edge gifts and reconciling trust accounts and stockbroker statements. 

Email: cblalock@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 218

Diane BrownExecutive Assistant

Responsible for supporting the Vice President, Major Gifts. Responsibilities include scheduling of activities and donor management.

Email: dbrown@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 245


Chief Executive Officer

Buddy has served the VMI Foundation for more than four decades in a number of roles, most recently as its Vice President for Major Gifts. From January 1, 2017 to April 22, 2017, he served as the Interim CEO of the VMI Foundation.

On April 23, 2017, the Board of Trustees voted to make Buddy the Chief Executive Officer.  In this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the VMI Foundation, setting the strategic direction for the organization, and acting as its official representative in various capacities.

Email: bbryan@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 236

Payroll and Benefits Coordinator

Prepares each monthly payroll and files all reports associated with payroll.

Also enrolls and maintains each employee’s participation in elective deductions including health and dental benefits, retirement benefits, flexible spending plan benefits, and other elections as sponsored by the VMI Alumni Agencies.

Email: ccathcart@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 229

Becky ClemmerReceptionist/Switchboard Operator
Answers incoming for VMI Alumni Agencies and the George C. Marshall Foundation. 

Email: bclemmer@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 200

Terrie ConradVice President Planned Giving
Responsible for VMI Foundation’s successful planned giving program.

Develops and executes strategies to mesh donors’ intentions and financial situations with the Institute’s on-going needs.

Email: tconrad@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 238

Crissy ElliottAssistant Secretary-Treasurer

Plans, coordinates, controls, supervises, and participates in the provision of activities and services relating to accounting, finance, and administration.

Serves as Secretary of the VMI Investment Holdings, LLC.

Email: celliott@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 252

Christina C. HatcherDonor Relations Coordinator
Responsible for the efforts related to donor relations and recognition, including the annual Institute Society Dinner and the Stewardship Luncheon, as well as scholarship recognition.

Email: chatcher@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 254

Brandy HulveySystems Operator
Handles the processing of all donations, biographical changes, and matching gift information.

Email: brandy@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 267

Donna JohnsonMail Room Manager
Performs mailings for the VMI Alumni Agencies, orders supplies for the mailroom, take care of the equipment, put postage on mail, pick up the mail from the post office and sort according to departments and deliver, take the mail to the post office after work, backup for the switchboard.

Email: djohnson@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 217

Denise Koch

Assistant Director of Annual and Reunion Giving
Responsible for managing the 10th Reunion Campaign, The Institute Society, the Barracks Program, and acknowledgement efforts.

Email: dkoch@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 210

Megan NewmanDirector of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Responsible for engaging corporations and foundations on behalf of VMI and stewardship of corporate and foundation donors.

Email:  mnewman@vmiaa.org
Phone:  540-464-7287 Ext 270

Jennifer M. G. PalmerIT Specialist
Responsible for managing web-based services.

Email: jpalmer@vmiaa.org

Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 231

David PrasnickiVice President and Chief Financial Officer
Responsible for all support operations for VMI Alumni Agencies, including accounting and information technology. Coordinates activities of VMI Investments, LLC.

Email: dpras@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 223

Amy ReidExecutive Assistant to the CEO and Corporate Secretary
Provides administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer and serves as Corporate Secretary for the VMI Foundation, providing support to the Foundation's officers and Board of Trustees.

Email: areid@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 245

Norma RobinsonExecutive Assistant and Office Manager
Responsible for supporting the Vice President of Annual and Reunion Giving. Responsibilities include management of the Class Agent program and recognition programs such as the Brick Program.

Also participates in the solicitation efforts of the Annual and Reunion Giving Program.

E-mail: nrobinson@vmiaa.org
Telephone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 243

Sam SorrellsAssociate Director of Alumni & Reunion Giving 
Manages the 25th and 50th Reunion Campaigns and the Society of VMI Family & Friends. Oversees matching gift and pledge management.

Whenever necessary, he represents the Vice President.

Email: ssorrells@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 250

Wanda SorrellsSystems Operator
Handles the processing of all donations, biographical changes and matching gift information.

Email: wsorrells@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 224

Franklin VanvalkenbergCall Center Manager

Responsible for managing the operations of the VMI Call Center.

Email:  vanvalkenburg@vmiaa.org
Phone:  540-464-7287 Ext 239

D. Ramon Williams '90Major Gifts Officer
Description: Responsible for managing long-term relationships with current and potential major donors.

Email: rwilliams@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 257

John J. Wranek III '85Vice President Alumni and Reunion Giving
Responsible for management of Alumni and Reunion Giving efforts, to include 10th, 25th, and 50th Reunion Campaigns as well as annual Foundation Fund effort. Coordinates solicitations with VMI Keydet Club, oversees the Barracks Program, and manages donor acknowledgement programs.

Email: jwranek@vmiaa.org 
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 244