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Division Adds New Staff Members

The Development and Alumni Relations offices of Annual Giving and Development in the Life Sciences have added several new team members.

Patrick Maloney and Donna Pellinger recently begun duties in the Annual Giving office, while Karen Bean has begun work in the office of Development in the Life Sciences.

Patrick Maloney of Worcester joins the staff as associate director of annual giving. Maloney is a graduate of St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Mass., and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, where he spent the past several years working in the Admissions Office. At Holy Cross, Maloney worked on national recruitment, coordinated online recruitment tools and managed the alumni-volunteer program. As associate director of annual giving, Maloney helps steward parents in the Annual Fund. He manages the WPI Parents Fund in addition to helping the Annual Giving team increase support from alumni, parents and friends.

Donna Pellinger has been named associate director of leadership of Annual Giving. Pellinger joins WPI from the University of Oregon Libraries in Eugene, where she served as assistant director of development. She brings a wealth of development experience to WPI, beginning with her work at the American Leprosy Missions in Greenville, S.C., and as associate director of development at Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation in South Carolina. As associate director of leadership annual giving, Pellinger works with WPI's 25th Reunion class and the President's Circle, a society of alumni, parents, and friends committed to investing in the future of WPI at leadership-giving levels. Pellinger received a bachelor's degree in management from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

Karen Bean has been named director of development life sciences. Bean is responsible for securing major gifts that support WPI's programs in biology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, and chemical engineering, as well as management, fire protection engineering, and civil engineering. Bean, who received an MBA from WPI, brings a variety of fundraising and management experience to the university. Her previous positions include manager of accounting operations at Fidelity Investments in Marlborough, Mass., and chief operating officer for CADKEY Corporation, a mechanical computer-aided design software company she co-founded. She also worked in corporate planning for the Medical Center of Massachusetts (now UMass/Memorial Health Care, Memorial Campus). In memory of her daughter, who died in 2000, Bean founded the Tara Bean Foundation in 2005 to support research and treatment efforts for pediatric brain tumors and cancer. Through her leadership, the foundation has raised more than $800,000 for programs at Boston Children's Hospital and UMass/Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, including support for 2006 Nobel Laureate Craig C. Mello's RNai research.

October 9, 2008

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