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Thank you for your interest in the Montgomery College Foundation.

Our office is located at 9221 Corporate Blvd, Rockville, Maryland 20850, and you can reach us at 240-567-7900. 

Or you can use the specific staff contact information below.

Foundation Office

Joyce Matthews

Joyce Matthews, Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations
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As vice president for development and alumni relations Joyce oversees critical outward-facing priorities for the Montgomery College Foundation.  Joyce joined MC in April of 2019 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 and public relations.

Donna Pina

Donna Pina, director of foundation finance
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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.

Sandra Arez, foundation coordinator

Sandra F. Arez, foundation coordinator
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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 is also a Montgomery College alumna.

La Verne Gordon

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 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

Katie Kumkumian, donor relations and stewardship director
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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.

Cara Santucci

Cara Santucci, development and alumni giving assistant director
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Cara leads our engagement with alumni and other stakeholders who aspire to make a major impact through philanthropy. As a dedicated alumna of Montgomery College, Cara actively contributes to the Alumni Association and serves on the Board of Governors since 2016. With a business administration degree from the University of Maryland, she successfully led comprehensive fundraising initiatives at the American Heart Association, showcasing her proficiency in annual giving, major giving, and event management.

Noah Saposnik

Noah Saposnik, senior campaign director 
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Noah Saposnik joined Montgomery College in 2013. Most recently, he served as major gifts and annual giving director, overseeing annual giving strategy while engaging employees, alumni, and local organizations interested in supporting scholarships, emergency assistance, and planned gifts. As senior campaign director, Noah oversees campaign strategy and major giving staff while soliciting six and seven-figure gifts for College priorities. Prior to Montgomery College, he served 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.

Stuart Tart

Stuart Tart, corporate and foundation relations director
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Stuart Tart came to Montgomery College in November 2012. As Corporate and Foundation Relations Director, he writes grants and builds relationships with community partners interested in empowering students to build better lives through scholarships, wraparound services, and targeted programs. He earned an M.A. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University in 1997 and a B.A. in History and Journalism from Eastern Illinois University in 1993. Stuart is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Montgomery’s CORE Program, and he currently serves on the board for the Mill Creek Townhouses Condominium community in Derwood, MD.

Javiera Alarcon

Javiera “Javi” Alarcon, Annual Fund Manager
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As Annual Fund Manager, Javi manages direct mail, employee giving, local clubs and org. partnerships to achieve the philanthropic goals for the Montgomery College Foundation.

Javi has extensive nonprofit and development experience. Most recently, she served as Senior Development Officer for New America and Assistant Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the National Immigration Forum plus additional prior positions in social justice work. 

As a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Javi is committed to the ethical standards of fundraising and stewardship of donors. She also has obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

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