Office of Vice President – University Advancement

William McAvoy
William J. McAvoy

William McAvoy

Senior Vice President of University Advancement
Office: Higgins House, Suite 5
Phone: 508-831-5337

Bill McAvoy joined WPI in 2012 as vice president for university advancement, working closely with WPI’s president and the board of trustees to support strategic institutional priorities. He is responsible for all advancement activities, including fundraising and relations with individual donors, foundations, government, and WPI’s 38,000 alumni in 104 countries. Under his leadership, WPI recently completed a $248 million campaign, surpassing the goal of $200 million.

Prior to joining WPI, he spent 11 years as director of development at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston, working with the MFA's director, board of trustees, and senior management while also overseeing all aspects of fundraising for the museum. He has also held senior advancement positions at the Boston Museum of Science, Pine Street Inn, and Plimoth Plantation.

He has sat on boards of directors for several organizations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the ALS Association, the Plymouth County Development Council, and currently the Peter Farricker Spirit Foundation.

McAvoy received a BS in biology from the University of Connecticut, and a graduate degree in management with a concentration in nonprofit administration from Suffolk University.

Gina Patterson

Executive Assistant
Phone: 508-831-5010

Office of Lifetime Engagement

Peter Thomas

Peter Thomas

Executive Director Lifetime Engagement
Phone: 508-831-6074

Peter is the Executive Director of the Office of Lifetime Engagement for Alumni Parents and Friends.

Peter is responsible for fostering and creating positive alumni relationships that assist WPI in meeting the university’s goals.  He is lead staff for alumni programming including Homecoming and Alumni Weekend, for coordination with the alumni association; international chapters, and alumni affinity programs.  He also oversees the Annual Giving campaigns including the Annual Fund, Staff and Employee giving, Parent’s Fund, Student Call Center and the Student Philanthropy Program.

Prior to joining WPI, Peter was Sr. VP and Chief Professional Officer at United Ways of New England, where he ran a not for profit focused on relationship management and fund raising in some of the largest New England area companies.  Peter has spent 25 years at various roles in United Way including; president, interim president, and VP of resource development.  He also led two separate United Way mergers and the subsequent integration efforts.  He is a graduate of Colby College and has continued his education with management and fund raising courses at Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise and the National Academy for Volunteerism.  Peter has served on several nonprofit and trade association boards and is an active volunteer in his community.

Elizabeth Alletto
Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Elizabeth Alletto

Assistant Director Annual Giving
Elizabeth Chirico

Elizabeth Chirico

Associate Director Annual Giving
Jennifer Daigle

Jennifer Daigle

Operations Associate
Phone: 508-831-6089
Monica Ellis

Monica Ellis

Director of Annual Giving
Phone: 508-831-4836
Thea Marcoux

Thea Marcoux

Associate Director of International Advancement
Maureen Maynard

Maureen Maynard

Associate Director Alumni Relations
Phone: 508-831-5606
Brianne Ross

Brianne Ross

Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
Phone: 508-831-6751
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Aubrey Valley

Director Lifetime Engagement
Phone: 508-831-5697

Advancement Events & Communications

Judith Jaeger

Judith Jaeger

Exec Dir Advancement/Events Co
Phone: 508-831-5962
Christine Brown

Christine Brown

Production Manager
Anna Dealy

Anna Dealy

Associate Director-Advancement
Theona K. Scola

Theona K. Scola

Asst Dir Advancement Events
Office: Higgins House
Phone: +1-508-831-5784
Leigh Sjogren

Leigh Sjogren

Director Advancement Events
Phone: 508-831-5348

Foundation & Corporate Philanthropy

Erin Harper

Associate Director of Foundation & Corporate Philanthropy
Wendy King

Wendy King

Info System Support/Grant Asst
Lynn Lancaster

Lynn Lancaster

Director of Foundation & Corporate Philanthropy

Development

Lisa Maizite

Lisa Maizite

Assistant VP for Development
Phone: 508-831-5073
Bethany McNulty

Bethany McNulty

Stewardship Reporting Coordinator
Stephanie Murphy

Stephanie Murphy

Dir Donor Relations & Steward

Sira Naras

Assistant Director, Donor Relations
Office: 85 Prescott St 2nd flr
Phone: +1-508-831-4890

Leadership Giving

Donna Stock

Donna Stock

Asst VP Leadership Giving
Phone: 508-831-6073
Margarita Alicea

Margarita Alicea

Asst Dir of Advancement Ops
Phone: 508-831-4177
Tracy Baldelli

Tracy Baldelli

Associate Director of Development
Phone: 508-831-6021
Pamela Cummings

Pamela Cummings

Administrative Assistant VI
Phone: 508-831-4965
Lynne Feraco

Lynne Feraco

Exec Director, Planned Giving
Michael Kushmerek

Michael Kushmerek

Director of Development
Phone: 508-831-6596
David Pula

David Pula

Director of Development
Phone: 508-831-6292
Kate Renaud

Kate Renaud

Director of Development
Karen Sharpe

Karen Sharpe

Director, Academic Advancement
Maria Torres Reyes

Maria Torres Reyes

Manager of Planned Giving Operations
Phone: 508-831-6001

Volunteer Engagement

Stephanie Pasha

Stephanie Pasha

AVP, Strat Vol Engagement
Phone: 508-831-6620

Stephanie Pasha has been working at WPI since 2004, and joined the Office of the President as assistant vice president, chief of staff, and secretary of the corporation in 2014. She has worked with the university leadership team and the rest of the WPI community on a number of institutional initiatives and major campus events, including two presidential inaugurations. She was a lead on developing TouchTomorrow, WPI’s signature event promoting science and technology to a broad, public K-12 audience.

She worked at Boston University for over a decade in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and for BU's Dean of Arts and Sciences. She earned a BS in business administration and an M.Ed at Boston University, and an MA in English and creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University.

Cynthia Woehrle

Cynthia Woehrle

Administrative Assistant V
Phone: 508-831-6947

Government & Community Relations

Linda Looft

Linda Looft

Asst VP of Gov&Comm Relations
Phone: 508-831-5570
Mary Centrella

Mary Centrella

Office Coordinator
Phone: 508-831-6024

Global Strategies & Special Projects

Karen Bean

Karen Bean

Exec Dir Academic Advancement
Phone: 508-831-4169
Thea Marcoux

Thea Marcoux

Associate Director of International Advancement
Catherine Seed

Catherine Seed

Advancement Associate
Phone: 508-831-5736

Advancement Services & Information Technology

Cheryl Cerny

Cheryl Cerny

Asst Vice Pres, Adv Operations
Phone: 508-831-4967
Kaitlin Badjo

Kaitlin Badjo

Advancement Service Gift Coord
Christina DeVries

Christina DeVries

Exec Dir Advancement Services
Phone: 508-831-6716

Christina Foley

Biographical Records Spec
Elizabeth Gribbons

Elizabeth Gribbons

Dir of Prospect Mgmt & Res
Jodi Hogan

Jodi Hogan

Mgr, Advancement Serv Ops
Wendy King

Wendy King

Info System Support/Grant Asst

Kathy Kuhlwein

Financial Reporting Mgr
Phone: 508-831-6740
Anthony McMahon

Anthony McMahon

Dir of Advancement Info Tech
Phone: 508-831-5333

Rebekah Nydam

Prospect Research Analyst
Samantha Yonika

Samantha Yonika

Asst Dir, of Prospect Mngt