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Our office is located at 9221 Corporate Blvd, Rockville, Maryland 20850, and you can reach us at 240-567-7900.
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Joyce Matthews, vice president of development and alumni relations
executive director of the montgomery college foundation
As vice president for development and alumni relations / executive director of the Montgomery College Foundation, Joyce oversees the College’s fundraising activities and manages all aspects of the Montgomery College Foundation as well as alumni relations. She leads the creation and implementation of fundraising strategies to sustain and increase philanthropy. Joyce joined MC in April after a 30-year career at Penn State. She had served in several leadership roles including the director of admissions for 19 campuses; the director of research and prospect tracking; and the director of development for the Business College, the College of Information, Sciences and Technology, and the Eberly College of Science. She has a master’s degree in Counseling from Penn State and a BA from Shippensburg University in Journalism/PR.
Donna Pina, director of foundation finance
Since 2006, Donna Pina has served as the director of foundation finance of the Montgomery College Foundation. She is responsible for operating the foundation’s financial affairs, overseeing budgeting, financial reporting, investing, and gift processing. She manages four bond financing projects, totaling more than $100 million. Prior to her current position, Donna was capital budget manager for the College, where she prepared a six-year, $0.5 billion capital improvement request to Montgomery County and the state of Maryland. Prior to Montgomery College Donna had 13 years of corporate finance experience with Bristol-Myers Squibb and W.R. Grace, most recently as manager of financial analysis. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in general science from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in business administration from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.
Francene T. Walker, CFRE, director of transformational giving
Francene Walker is a certified fundraising executive with over 25 years of development experience. Before joining the Montgomery College development team, Francene served as director for individual and planned giving for UNCF - United Negro College Fund - where she was responsible for overseeing initiatives that generated several million dollars in annual support from individuals. Throughout her career, Francene has worked with community service organizations, as well as regional non-profits where she directed general fundraising activities, including grant writing, corporate relations, and media/public affairs. A big advocate for professional development, Francene formerly served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of the Greater Washington, DC Area. A native of Louisiana and transplant from Pittsburgh, PA, Francene has enjoyed living in Montgomery County since 1985.
La Verne Gordon, associate director, development
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La Verne Gordon joined the development staff in 2002. As development associate director, she is primarily responsible for securing major gifts from individuals. She has been directly involved in two major fundraising campaign initiatives at the College. Prior to her current position, La Verne worked in development and public relations for several organizations in the Washington, D.C., area, including Honeywell, Inc. La Verne is a graduate of Howard University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in English/business administration. She has completed graduate studies at The George Washington University and New York University. La Verne volunteers with several civic and community organizations throughout the Washington, D.C./Baltimore region to help promote youth development, arts, and culture.
Katie Kumkumian, donor relations and stewardship director
Katie Kumkumian is responsible for communication with and stewardship of donors. Prior to joining Montgomery College in September 2012, Katie worked at Georgetown University where she was the director of donor relations and focused on stewarding the university’s very top donors. She also served as special assistant to the vice president of Alumni and University Relations at Georgetown, acting as the liaison between the office of the president and the development office. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in English from George Mason University and a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.
Stuart Tart, corporate and foundation relations director
Stuart Tart came on board in November 2012 to serve as associate development director, corporate and foundation relations. For eight years, he oversaw fundraising events, corporate giving, and direct mail for the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, a small national nonprofit in Gaithersburg that serves individuals with a rare brittle bone disorder. Stuart also has worked for Florence Crittenton Services of Greater Washington and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio, where he began his nonprofit fundraising career in 1998. He also has three years of experience as a high school English, yearbook, and history teacher. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Stuart volunteers as treasurer on the board for the Parkside at Germantown homeowners’ association.
Noah Saposnik, annual fund manager
Noah Saposnik joined Montgomery College in 2013 as annual fund manager. In this role, Noah manages regular gifts which come from individuals and organizations. He also solicits for scholarships and student emergency aid from employees, alumni and outside clubs and organizations. Before joining Montgomery College, Noah acted as assistant director of alumni relations and annual fund for the University of Maryland School of Dentistry after serving as campaign associate at the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Central Florida and two master of arts degrees in Jewish communal service and public policy. Noah is originally from South Florida and has lived in Maryland for eight years.
Sandra F. Arez, foundation coordinator
Sandra Arez manages board relations and provides administrative support to the executive director of the Montgomery College Foundation. She brings extensive experience working in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining the foundation in May 2020, she worked for the foundation of a member-based medical organization managing their scholarship program and coordinating their fundraising activities.
Sandra received a BA in Spanish Language & Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. She’s also a Montgomery College alumnus.
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