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

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

Warren

Chief Operating 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 Operating 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 Gift Planning
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

Director of Annual Giving
Responsible for management of annual Foundation Fund effort.  Coordinates solicitations with VMI Keydet Club, oversees the Barracks Program and the Call Center, and helps manage donor-acknowledgment programs. 

Email:  cgibson@vmiaa.org 
Phone:  54--464-7287 Ext. 233

Major Gifts Officer
Responsible for managing long-term relationships with current and potential major donors.

Email:  jirby@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 209

Major Gifts Officer
Responsible for managing long-term relationships with current and potential major donors.

Email:  ahagan@vmiaa.org
Phone:  540-464-7287 Ext. 207

Administrative Assistant to the Director of Annual Giving
Responsible for supporting the Director of Annual Giving.

Email:  pharris@vmiaa.org
Phone: 540-464-7287 Ext. 227

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

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

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 '90Senior Major Gifts Officer
Responsible for managing long-term relationships with current and potential major donors.

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