Development staff directory
Elizabeth Bass (M.S.W.’03/SW)
Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations
Phone: (804) 828-8192
Elizabeth Bass has worked in higher education and the nonprofit sector for 20 years, with an emphasis on volunteer training and management, community outreach and collegiate civic engagement. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1999 with a bachelor’s in sociology and from VCU in 2003 with a master’s in social work.
Since 2013, Bass has served as executive director of the Virginia Mentoring Partnership, a statewide organization that partners with schools, universities, corporations and nonprofit organizations to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships, and to promote effective youth mentoring across the commonwealth.
Amy Gray Beck, Ph.D. (Ph.D.’19/E)
Executive Director, Alumni Relations
Phone: (804) 828-8191
A member of the VCU team since 2012, Amy Gray Beck has a B.A. from Virginia Tech, an M.Ed. from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from VCU.
Her primary focus is on alumni engagement strategy, overseeing the outreach and engagement team. She has experience in student affairs, strategic enrollment management, student advancement programs, and alumni relations
Larry Powell (B.S.’85/MC)
Director, Alumni Affinity Programs
Phone: (804) 828-8194
Larry Powell joined VCU in 1996. He manages VCU Alumni's shared interest groups and select regional chapters, coordinates athletics-related alumni engagement, coordinates the African-American Alumni Council’s scholarship and mentoring programs and serves as VCU Alumni’s primary point of contact for diversity-related activities. He holds a bachelor's in mass communications/public relations from VCU.
Director, Student and Alumni Engagement
Phone: (804) 827-0311
Director, Alumni Career and Personal Development
Phone: (804) 828-3359
Latisha Taylor is the associate director of alumni outreach and engagement for alumni career programs. Taylor, a graduate of both Old Dominion University and George Mason University, previously worked in VCU’s central career services unit. She will provide alumni with meaningful opportunities to network, in-person and virtually, as she builds out a programming model that focuses on the industries in which our alumni work and not simply the academic areas in which they received a degree. Taylor will collaborate across the university in her efforts to engage alumni and strengthen their professional network.
Stefani Bonner (B.S.’15/H&S)
Assistant Director, Regional Alumni Engagement
Phone: (804) 828-7017
Assistant Director, Student and Regional Alumni Engagement
Phone: (804) 827-0986
Director, Alumni Reunion and Recognition Programs
Phone: (804) 828-7162
Ashley Burton joined VCU Alumni as the director of alumni reunion and recognition programs in August 2018. She is responsible for the strategy, growth and success of reunions on the MCV and Monroe Park campuses. She also ensures that alumni are appropriately recognized for their contributions, both personally and professionally, through meaningful award ceremonies and events.
Most recently, Burton spent six years at the VCU School of the Arts in Qatar, where she managed events, festivals, ceremonies, conferences and diplomatic and VIP protocol. Before working in Qatar, she worked at VCU Massey Cancer Center, where she led sponsorship, fundraising and marketing for the center’s largest fundraising event, The Massey Challenge.
She maintains a professional certification as a Certified Special Event Professional through the International Live Events Association and is a licensed trainer by The Protocol School of Washington to teach intercultural etiquette and protocol.
Burton is a graduate of Longwood University and earned a certificate in event management from The George Washington University.
Lauren Sformo Leavy
Assistant Director, Alumni Reunion and Recognition Programs
Phone: (804) 628-2249
Lauren joined VCU Alumni as a project coordinator for outreach and engagement in February 2017 and became senior coordinator of alumni engagement events in August 2017. In her current role, she coordinates recognition programs such as 10 Under 10, and the alumni-owned business program. Lauren also assists with the MCV Campus Reunion Weekend and other recognition programs.
Before coming to Richmond, Lauren worked in the event planning field for five years in Rochester, New York. She received her B.A. in Communications Studies and Digital Media Arts from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Lauren received her Corporate Event Planning Certificate through the VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education in 2017 and her Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs in 2019.
Administrative and Program Assistant
Phone: (804) 828-7023
Veda Bellamy has served as a support staff member in the VCU Alumni office since 1975. She has served as manager of the alumni house on the Monroe Park Campus, helped with program events, set up board of governors' meetings, assisted with the membership fulfillment and renewal program, supervised student workers and their daily assignments and performed other special duties.
Director, Strategic Operations
Phone: (804) 937-2409
Parks Smith formerly worked for the alumni relations office at his alma mater, Longwood University. He focuses his energies at VCU on enhancing the alumni volunteer experience and directs our alumni volunteer engagement strategy with a focus on how to recruit, train, retain and steward alumni into meaningful volunteer roles.
Diane Stout Brown
Alumni Outreach Assistant
Phone: (804) 828-4513
Paige Hazelgrove (B.S.’13/H&S)
Manager of Board Relations