WPI Wire, Vol. 10, No. 2 - Summer 1996

Revised roster for University Relations

The next time you venture into the Office of University of Relations, you may be surprised to see some familiar faces behind unfamiliar desks, a couple of new faces, and at least one face from the past.

Take, for example, Denise Rodino. Formerly director of foundation relations and director of the Parents Fund, Rodino recently assumed the new position of executive director of corporate and foundation relations. Previously responsible for overseeing WPI's interactions with foundations, Rodino's role has expanded to include the university's corporate constituents.

Rodino came to WPI in 1979 as research coordinator. She has been working with foundations since 1984, when she was appointed assistant director of development for foundations. In her work with foundations she has raised between $1 million and $2 million annually, inclduing major grants from such national foundations as Andrew Mellon, Keck, Kresge and Sloan. Nearly 10 years ago, she reinstituted the Parents Fund and has since raised approximately $100,000 annually from parents of current and former students.

A graduate of Douglass College/Rutgers University, Rodino was an English teacher in Boston and Los Angeles public schools early in her career. She currently resides with her son, Sam, in North Brookfield, Mass.

Lisa C. Maizite is the new director of the Alumni Fund. She succeeds Robert G. Dietrich, who has been promoted to director of individual giving. Maizite, who earned a B.A. in history and political science at the University of Vermont, spent the last four years at Clark University, most recently as associate director of the Clark Fund. She was nominated for Employee of the Year at Clark, is vice chair of UVM's Young Alumni Committee, and is a member of the board of Worcester's Seven Hills Youth Association, which targets its annual fund-raising efforts to local nonprofit organizations that focus on at-risk young men and women.

In her new post, Maizite is responsible for all aspects of the Annual Fund, including the President's Advisory Council, the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Council and the Senior Class Gift Committee.

Pamela O'Bryant, former alumni records assistant/locator, is assisting Maizite with the Alumni Fund. Kathleen Lavigne succeeds O'Bryant as locator.

Elizabeth B. Siladi, who served as director of WPI's Alumni Fund from 1986 to 1991, has returned to the university as director of planned giving.

Siladi was director of annual giving at Brandeis University in 1991-92. Since 1993 she has been director of gift planning and senior development officer at Radcliffe College, where she developed and implemented operating and marketing plans for a planned-giving program and secured leadership gifts for Radcliffe's $100 million capital campaign.

A graduate of Colby College, Siladi resides in Marlborough, Mass., with her husband, Wayne, and daughter, Rebecca.

David R. Beers has been named executive director of annual giving. He will be responsible for all aspects of WPI's Annual Fund and has assumed stewardship of the Parents Fund.

Beers, too, is a graduate of Colby, where he began his career in development. Prior to joining University Relations, he served as director of annual giving at Colby-Sawyer College and spent the last five years as director of development at Worcester Academy. He resides in Rutland, Mass., with his wife, Nancy, and daughter, Carol.

Linda C. Looft, who has a B.S. in management from Worcester State College, has joined WPI as director of special projects. Looft will coordinate major campaign and public relations events on and off campus and assist with the implementation of a public relations program to enhance the university's image and visibility. During the 1995-96 academic year, Looft organized and orchestrated a series of programs and events that showcased Albert Sacco Jr., chemical engineering professor and department head, who was a payload specialist aboard the space shuttle Columbia last fall.

Looft ran her own public relations consulting business before accepting her current post. She and her husband, electrical and computer engineering Professor Fred J. Looft, and their son, Matthew, live in Leicester, where Linda is a member of the School Committee.

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