Development staff directory

Principal Giving

Magnus H. Johnsson (M.P.A.’10/GPA; Cert.’10/H&S) [View Image]

Magnus H. Johnsson (M.P.A.’10/GPA; Cert.’10/H&S)

Senior Associate Vice President for Development

Phone: (804) 827-1363

Email: johnssonm@vcu.eduView bio

Magnus Johnsson joined VCU in 2007 as executive director of external relations and development for the School of Education before taking on his current role in February 2015. 

Johnsson brings more than 20 years of fundraising experience and has served volunteer leadership roles as past president of the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Virginia Chapter. His work experience includes senior leadership roles at UMFS and the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. Johnsson received his Certified Fund Raising Executive credentials in 2004 and is a member of the 2015 Class of Leadership Metro Richmond. 

He earned a M.P.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.S. in public administration from James Madison University. 

As senior associate vice president for development, Johnsson oversees the areas of principal giving, regional giving and corporate and foundation relations. 

Brian Campbell [View Image]

Brian Campbell

Senior Campaign Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 828-1475

Email: becampbell@vcu.eduView bio

Brian Campbell joined VCU in 2018 as the leader of the fundraising program for the VCU College of Engineering, coordinating major gift and annual fund strategies. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Averett University and a master’s from the University of Virginia.

During his lengthy career in higher education administration, Campbell has served in similar roles at the North Carolina State University, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, the Nevada System of Higher Education, Iowa State University and the University of Virginia.

Campbell was a member of the Virginia State Board of Social Services from 1994 to 2001. He also served as a member of the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing of the United States Air Force from 1980 to 1986, participating in contingency operations in Egypt, Panama, Germany and Honduras. 

Laura P. Foy [View Image]

Laura P. Foy

Project Coordinator

Phone: (804) 828-3173

Email: foylp@vcu.eduView bio


Corporate and Foundation Relations

Ariana Bracalente [View Image]

Ariana Bracalente

Senior Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Principal Giving

Phone: (804) 828-1230

Email: abracalente@vcu.eduView bio

Ariana Bracalante has been with VCU since 1987 and a part of Development and Alumni Relations team since 1998.

She has worked in corporate and foundation relations for nearly 20 years, focusing on grant development and management, identifying potential funding matches for university priorities and building relationships with corporate and foundation partners. Her greatest joy is working with faculty and colleagues to develop and craft successful corporate and foundation proposals. She hails from the College of William and Mary but calls VCU her home team. 

Frannie Noble [View Image]

Frannie Noble

Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Email: noblesf@vcu.eduView bio

Molly Oudekerk (Cert.’19/GPA; M.P.A.’19/GPA) [View Image]

Molly Oudekerk (Cert.’19/GPA; M.P.A.’19/GPA)

Corporate and Foundation Relations Specialist

Email: oudekerkmb@vcu.eduView bio

Molly Oudekerk joined the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations in 2021. She 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.


Sandy Turnage, Ed.D. [View Image]

Sandy Turnage, Ed.D.

Director of Corporate Relations

Phone: (804) 828-3620

Email: scturnage@vcu.eduView bio

Booth Greene [View Image]

Booth Greene

Associate Director of Corporate Relations

Phone: (804) 828-5658

Email: wbgreene@vcu.eduView bio


University Development

Chad Krouse, Ed.D. (Ed.D.’18/E) [View Image]

Chad Krouse, Ed.D. (Ed.D.’18/E)

Assistant Vice President for University Development

Phone: (804) 828-2346

Email: cmkrouse@vcu.eduView bio


Chad Krouse joined VCU in 2012 as a regional major gift officer after several years of annual giving and major gift work at Hampden-Sydney College. In 2015, he was promoted to oversee VCU’s regional giving program for the university in conjunction with the Make It Real Campaign for VCU.


Krouse earned his Bachelor of Arts from Hampden-Sydney College in 2002, and a Master of Divinity from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2010. In 2018, Krouse earned his Doctor of Education in Leadership from the VCU School of Education. Krouse serves on the advisory boards for the VCU Rams in Recovery program as well as the CX Certificate program at the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond. Krouse is an adjunct professor at the William & Mary School of Education and the VCU Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.


Richard T. Spain IV (M.Ed.’13/E) [View Image]

Richard T. Spain IV (M.Ed.’13/E)

Director of University Development

Phone: (804) 828-6502

Email: spainrt@vcu.eduView bio

Before joining the University Development team, Rich Spain (M.Ed.'13/E) worked primarily with the VCU Honors College leading the development and alumni relations efforts. Before coming home to VCU, he worked at Rice University and University of Virginia. Spain earned his B.S. in business administration from East Carolina University, where he ran track, and a Master of Sport Leadership from VCU. 

Robert Chisley [View Image]

Robert Chisley

University Development Engagement Officer

Email: chisleyrl@vcu.eduView bio

Jayla Gilliam [View Image]

Jayla Gilliam

University Development Engagement Officer

Email: gilliamj2@vcu.eduView bio

Matt Rowe [View Image]

Matt Rowe

University Development Engagement Officer

Email: rowemr3@vcu.eduView bio

Before joining VCU's University Development team as an engagement oficer, Matt Rowe served as a case manager and student advocate in the Dean of Students office at Virginia Tech. He earned his bachelor's degree in agribusiness management from Virginia Tech and a Master of Education in higher education from the University of Virginia. 

James Wasilewski [View Image]

James Wasilewski

Senior Director of University Development

Phone: (804) 828-6205

Email: wasilewskijr@vcu.eduView bio

Corey Humphrey [View Image]

Corey Humphrey

University Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 827-9344

Email: schumphrey@vcu.eduView bio

Corey Humphrey holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Wooster in Ohio. Prior to joining the University Development team, he worked as a leadership annual giving officer at the VCU School of Education, and from 2014-17 as the director of development for MENTOR Virginia. 

Trevor Worden [View Image]

Trevor Worden

University Gift Officer

Phone: (804) 828-1357

Email: taworden@vcu.eduView bio

Joycelyn Mahone [View Image]

Joycelyn Mahone

Director of University Development

Phone: (804) 828-3214

Email: jemahone@vcu.eduView bio

Before joining VCU's University Development team, Joycelyn Mahone was assistant director of leadership annual giving at the University of South Florida. Mahone earned a B.A. in legal studies from the University of Central Florida and a master's in organizational leadership from Brenau University. 

Ashley Hanel [View Image]

Ashley Hanel

Senior University Development Officer

Phone: (804) 828-4754

Email: ashanel@vcu.eduView bio

Before joining VCU's University Development team, Ashley Hanel served as an annual giving officer at Virginia Tech. She received a bachelor's in public health from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Arts in higher education from the University of Mississippi.    

Emily Starks [View Image]

Emily Starks

Senior University Development Officer

Phone: (804) 828-2015

Email: ekharlan@vcu.eduView bio

Before joining VCU's University Development team, Emily Starks served as the manager of corporate relations for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. She received a bachelor's in economics and politics from Washington & Lee University. 

Gift Planning

Thomas C. Burke, CFRE, MPA [View Image]

Thomas C. Burke, CFRE, MPA

Executive Director of Gift Planning

Phone: (804) 828-3958

Email: tcburke@vcu.eduView bio


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