Universitywide development and communications staff
School of Medicine
Assistant Vice President for Development VCU Health & School of Medicine
Phone: (804) 828-2112
Niles Eggleston joined VCU in April 2020 as the assistant vice president of alumni and development serving VCU Health and the School of Medicine. Most recently he was associate dean of advancement at the University of Virginia, where he led the School of Engineering development team into the Honor the Future Campaign, with three of the largest cumulative fundraising totals in school history. He brings more than 20 years of development experience to VCU, including leading alumni and community development offices at the University of Florida Health Science Center and at the University of Rochester (New York) Medical Center.
At VCU he leads a team of 20 professionals to secure philanthropic support vital to the medical school and VCU Medical Center and works to engage and connect alumni, friends, corporations and foundations to advance the vision and mission of the academic medical center.
Niles earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Colorado and his master’s degree in sports management from North Carolina State University. He and his wife, Meghan, their three children, Bo, Grady and Moriah, live in Maidens, Virginia.
Nathan G. Bick
Senior Major Gift Officer
Phone: (804) 827-0387
Nathan Bick joined VCU in 2016. He has enjoyed building philanthropic relationships with distinguished alumni around the nation and is a member of the Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center team.
Prior to VCU, Nathan was director of development for the Oregon Bach Festival at the University of Oregon. In that role, he led a team that raised more than $20 million in two years and became the first university unit to reach its campaign goal in a $3 billion universitywide campaign.
With 13 years of nonprofit development experience encompassing higher education, medicine/health and the arts, he holds an M.B.A. and a master’s degree in arts administration from the University of Cincinnati, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in voice performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Carrie R. Bickford
Interim Director of Development
Phone: (804) 828-3652
Carrie Bickford joined the School of Medicine in 2017 as the fundraising team lead for Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center. In March 2019, she added the role of interim director of development for VCU Health, helping lead clinical and capital fundraising initiatives alongside a growing grateful patient program.
Prior to joining the team, Carrie served as director of major gifts for VCU Massey Cancer Center, where she worked for more than 12 years.
Carrie has more than 18 years of fundraising experience with nonprofits in the Richmond area, including Theatre IV/Barksdale Theatre (now Virginia Repertory Theatre) and Randolph-Macon College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in theater and English.
Director of Annual Giving
Phone: (804) 827-4931
Jack Carmichael serves as the director of Annual Giving for the School of Medicine and VCU Health, overseeing direct response campaigns for the medical school’s alumni as well as grateful patients. Jack joined the School of Medicine in 2014 and has served in various roles during his time here, including programming support for Reunion Weekend and front-line leadership of annual giving.
A Richmond native, Jack received his B.A. from Dickinson College, where he majored in English and Spanish. He holds an M.A. in Spanish literature from the University of Málaga, Spain, as well as an M.A. in English from VCU.
Priscilla (Wiggin) Cash
Senior Major Gift Officer
Phone: (804) 827-4933
Priscilla Cash joined the VCU School of Medicine’s major giving team in 2015. She works with alumni in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and West and with faculty in the Department of Urology.
Priscilla previously served as assistant director of leadership annual giving at VCU Massey Cancer Center. She also served in sales and sales management roles for the pharmaceutical and device-manufacturing companies of Hydro-Photon and Sanofi-Aventis, covering domestic territories in the Northeast as well as in Canada and Mexico. Her fundraising career began in San Francisco with the Pacific Crest Outward Bound school; she spent four years as an alpine mountaineering and rock-climbing instructor for the organization before moving into development.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Radford University and a nursing degree from the Johns Hopkins University. She also completed a certificate program in fundraising at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. In her spare time, Cash enjoys the outdoors, music, travel and cooking for family and friends.
Phone: (804) 628-3607
Payton Hardinge (B.A.’11/H&S)
Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives
Phone: (804) 828-3407
Payton Hardinge joined the team in 2017 and oversees capital fundraising initiatives’ timetables, leadership structures and activities, including the strategic master facilities plan. She also develops and implementis strategies, programs including the Community Internship Program and events to identify and integrate new donors and advocates into strategic priorities. Her work ensures that development activities related to medicine and health are strategically directed and generate appropriate return on investment.
Prior to joining the Medicine and Health team, Payton worked for six years with VCU Massey Cancer Center.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in Spanish from VCU.
Phone: (804) 827-4935
Michelle Holder joined the team in 2019 and currently oversees production of acknowledgement letters, pledge reminders and tribute reports.
Prior to VCU, she spent 10 years at UPS Freight serving as both a health and safety supervisor and an employee relations supervisor. Holder’s background in relationship building, data management, investigation and root-cause analysis equipped her with a high-level of expertise in both the human and legal sides of safety and HR compliance.
Michelle earned a diploma from The Braxton School of Business in 1987 as well as master level
Microsoft Office user specialist certification in 2003.
Amy Lane, Ph.D.
Director of Major Gifts
Phone: (804) 827-4937
Part of the team since 2010, Amy thrives on the new discoveries, new students and new stories that she encounters every day on the MCV Campus. As director of major gifts, her favorite part of fundraising is finding the perfect match — aligning the diverse interests of our alumni and patients with the exceptional developments at our academic medical center.
A proud winner of the VCU Development and Alumni Relations Spirit Award, Amy has been with the university since 2004, having first served in VCU’s corporate and foundation relations office for six years. Prior to VCU, Amy held development roles at Reynolds Community College and William & Mary.
A native Virginian, Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from James Madison University, an M.Ed. from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in higher education from William & Mary.
Director of Development Communications
Phone: (804) 827-4938
Erin Lucero loves telling the stories of our alumni, donors, faculty and students. In 19 years as director of development communications, she has produced a variety of collateral pieces that support development and alumni engagement priorities. She has taken three print periodicals from concept to production, including the School of Medicine’s 12th & Marshall alumni magazine, and launched the school’s email newsletter, which, in its 19th year, enjoys a better than 25% open rate.
Before joining the School of Medicine in 2001, Erin worked for a decade in what is now the public affairs office on the MCV Campus, coordinating with local, regional and national news organizations for stories about the hospital, Massey Cancer Center and five health science schools.
A native Richmonder, Erin holds a bachelor’s degree from Radford University and is an award-winning member of both the Public Relations Society of America and the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Institutional Advancement.
Director of Development - Psychiatry
Phone: (804) 827-6297
Lynn Meyer joined the team in 2015. In her work in the VCU Department of Psychiatry, she supports efforts to raise awareness about the growing need for behavioral health services for children and adults.
Lynn's fundraising career spans more than 21 years. Prior to joining VCU, she served as chief development officer at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, completing an $8 million capital campaign. She worked as an associate director for corporate and foundation relations for William & Mary and, before that, worked at Old Dominion University for seven years, first as a grant writer in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, then as a major gift officer in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
Lynn has a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor’s in communications, both from ODU.
Senior Major Gift Officer – Cardiopulmonary Disease Corridor
Phone: (804) 828-0423
Carrie Mills joined the team in 2017. She works with the faculty, the grateful patient program and donors to the Pauley Heart Center and the Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Research. She developed and now leads the VCU Medical Philanthropy Academy, which trains faculty members to partner with the development team.
Before joining VCU, Carrie was senior director of development and alumni affairs at the University of Florida, where she led a $30 million scholarship campaign. Prior to that, she worked in community fundraising at the March of Dimes in Jacksonville, Florida.
Carrie is pursuing a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and has a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in nonprofits from Appalachian State University.
Leadership Annual Giving Officer
Phone: (804) 628-5813
Brenna Monk joined the Development team in 2019. She supports the Annual Giving program’s direct response campaigns and travels around Virginia to engage alumni.
Prior to coming to VCU, Brenna served as a development intern with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and as a digital and social media intern at VPM.
Brenna, a Richmond native, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in arts administration and studio art and a minor in leadership.
Molly Oudekerk (Cert.’19/GPA; M.P.A.’19/GPA)
Phone: (804) 828-3055
Molly Oudekerk joined the School of Medicine in 2017. She provides administrative support for gift officers and also manages a number of projects for the team.
Molly has an M.P.A. and postbaccalaureate certificate in nonprofit management from VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech.
Senior Major Gift Officer
Laura Renaud joined the team in 2019 and works with the Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center. Prior to VCU, Laura served as the associate director of development at Johns Hopkins Medicine, fundraising for the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research. She spent six years at Hopkins in both health care and higher education settings.
Passionate about connecting committed donors with philanthropic opportunities, Laura has spent her entire career in the nonprofit sector. She served on the membership committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Maryland Chapter, and sits on the alumni board of Maryvale Preparatory School in Baltimore.
She is pursuing a master’s in communication from the Johns Hopkins University and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Davidson College.
Associate Director of Donor, Alumni and Stewardship Communications
Phone: (804) 828-5290
Polly Roberts joined the School of Medicine in 2016. The opportunity to tell the stories of the medical school and support a $300 million campaign drew her from corporate communications back to VCU, where she had served as web content manager in University Relations from 2006-13. Polly began her career as a journalist with Richmond.com, covering health and education.
Her responsibilities at VCU have a web focus, including managing the quarterly alumni e-newsletter. She also manages the medical school’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages, which earned an AAMC GIA Bronze Award in Social Media for a Facebook campaign to introduce the Class of 2021. In addition to writing and editing for the website and alumni magazine, Polly also collaborates with university partners to maximize the reach of each story.
Born in Tennessee and raised in the Richmond area, Polly holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Joy Malkin Sanders
Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs
Phone: (804) 827-4939
Joy Malkin joined VCU School of Medicine as its first major gift officer in 2006. Joy is a member of the Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center team and loves building relationships with donors and helping them meet their philanthropic goals.
She began her career with the American Cancer Society before moving to the United Way and after that, into higher education advancement. Prior to joining VCU, she worked as a regional gift officer for the University of Kentucky during its first billion-dollar campaign.
Joy earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Kentucky.
Jodi T. Smith
Senior Major Gift Officer and Director of Constituent Relations
Phone: (804) 628-2248
Jodi T. Smith has served as senior development officer and director of constituent relations for the School of Medicine since 2009. She leads Reunion Weekend programming and reunion class giving campaigns. Smith also serves as a major gift officer. From 1999-2005, she was the director of annual giving for the medical school.
A native of Richmond, she received her B.A. from Randolph-Macon College in 1994.
Phone: (804) 828-4100
Kathie Spraggins joined the team in 2015. She provides administrative support to the interim director of development; she also manages the VCU Medical Center Auxiliary Grant process and supports the interim director as fundraising team lead for the Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center team.
Prior to joining VCU, Kathie most recently worked as an instructional assistant with Henrico County Public Schools. Before that, she held positions in marketing at Markel Corp. in Richmond and in special events at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Kathie earned a bachelor’s degree in communications education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Associate Director of Donor Stewardship
Phone: (804) 827-4932
Leetah Stanley joined the School of Medicine in 2009. She manages the office’s stewardship program, creating systems to acknowledge donors as well as connect students and other beneficiaries with their respective donors. She coordinates personalized donor experiences and supports gift officers working with donors considering their next transformational gift.
Leetah joined VCU in 2005 in the School of Dentistry. Prior to VCU, she worked for seven years in the nonprofit community in Nashville, Tennessee. She served in a development role at the Sexual Assault Center, whose program received the Frist Foundation’s Award of Achievement for Management Excellence.
Leetah earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Christian theology from Life Christian University.
Senior Major Gift Officer – Internal Medicine and Hume Lee Transplant Center
Phone: (804) 828-3291
Leslie Stewart joined the School of Medicine in 2017 with a focus on cultivating a major gifts program and a grateful patient program in support of clinical, educational, research and capital needs.
Leslie came to VCU with fundraising experience of more than 25 years in a wide variety of philanthropic sectors including health care, public policy, nonprofits and foundations. She has served in leadership positions as a nonprofit mentor, educator and board member.
Leslie is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. She has trained at the Indiana University School of Philanthropy, with CASE, the AAMC, AFP and the Council on Planned Giving.
Phone: (804) 828-9832
Development Office Manager
Phone: (804) 827-4934
Pam Vaughan joined the team in 2000. She oversees daily activities in the office including processing travel authorizations, reimbursements, purchasing and vendor payments as well as serving as a resource on university policies in these areas. She has served in a number of roles since 2000, including as a special events coordinator for the team.
Prior to joining VCU, Pam spent more than 17 years at AT&T in various positions.
Originally from Emporia, Virginia, Pam earned a certificate in computer programming from ECPI University and attended Virginia State University.
Wren Wyatt (Cert.’14/GPA; M.P.A.’15/GPA)
Associate Director of Development Information Management
Phone: (804) 828-5008
Wren Wyatt joined VCU’s corporate and foundation relations office in 2014 on a graduate fellowship through the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, where much of his research focused on postsecondary education. Before working at VCU, Wyatt attended the University of Virginia, graduating with a degree in international relations. He brings a variety of skills and experiences to the School of Medicine, drawing on previous roles as an English teacher overseas, an attorney liaison for a large Richmond law firm and a variety of defense industry and electrical engineering sales roles.