The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is located in the Reichlin House. Summer office hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All campus offices will be closed on the following Green Fridays: June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, and August 2. Office hours those weeks will be Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Office of Development and Alumni Relations
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497
Jesse R. Shafer
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Jesse joined PhilaU in July 2010 and is focused on working closely with the University’s senior leadership, the Board of Trustees and the development and alumni relations team to plan and execute Power to Innovate: The Campaign for Philadelphia University, a five-year, $40 million fund-raising effort to support the implementation of core initiatives of the University’s Strategic Plan. His extensive background includes a diverse, 18-year career in fundraising with leading higher education, health care, special education and social service organizations. Prior to joining PhilaU, Jesse served for more than nine years as senior campaign director and, for the last several years, vice president with CCS Fund Raising, one of the nation’s oldest and largest fund-raising consulting firms. He received his undergraduate degree in English from La Salle University.
Joshua E. Liss
Assistant Vice President for Development Operations
Joshua came to PhilaU in March 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he held leadership roles in the areas of annual giving and alumni programming, and worked in its Schools of Veterinary Medicine and Dental Medicine. Previously, Joshua also served as director of annual giving at Ursinus College and worked in development for Philadelphia University early on in his career. In his position, Joshua oversees the University’s advancement services, prospect research, and stewardship programs. He received his undergraduate degree in history and political science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Michael S. Molloy
Assistant Vice President for Major Gifts and Planned Giving
Michael joined PhilaU in May 2011 and is responsible for engaging alumni and friends in the life of the University. He is also reinvigorating the planned giving program and encouraging donors to include PhilaU in their estate plans. He came to PhilaU from the Devereux Foundation, serving as the national director of development. Mike oversaw the successful completion of a $20 million capital campaign and the effort to meet a major challenge grant. He has also held leadership fundraising positions at the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross and the Philadelphia Zoo. Mike received his undergraduate degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Major Gifts Officer
Casey joined PhilaU in August 2010 as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving and managed the PhilaU Phonathon, Senior Class Gift and The Theodore C. Search Society Young Members programs. In May 2012, Casey was promoted to Major Gifts Officer and now works closely with the University’s alumni, friends, and parents to help secure the resources needed to prepare our students for professional success. Casey is a graduate of The George Washington University where she served as a caller and student manager for The Colonial Connection phonathon program. She was also very active in the senior class gift program while at George Washington. She received her undergraduate degree in women’s studies and creative writing.
Robert J. Skomorucha
Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations
Rob, who joined PhilaU in October 2010, works with faculty and staff to advance the University’s Strategic Plan by managing a portfolio of corporate and foundation prospects. He also works closely with the Office of the Provost to provide support to University researchers and other faculty and staff in all facets of government grant application and management. Rob previously worked at Widener University, where he served as the director of government and external relations. He helped to attract $2.2 million in government capital construction awards and approximately $3 million in earmarks and competitive grants for academic programs. His higher education experience also includes serving as the assistant vice president for government and community relations at Saint Joseph’s University. Rob received his undergraduate degree in humanities from Saint Joseph’s.
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Michael came to PhilaU in August 2012 and is responsible for the PhilaU Phonathon, Senior Class Gift and The Theodore C. Search Society Young Members programs. He also works closely with Alumni Relations in promoting young alumni involvement. Michael is a graduate of La Salle University where he served as a caller and student manager for the La Salle Student Phonathon. He helped form Students for La Salle, which is a student philanthropy organization that raises student awareness about the need to give back. He received his undergraduate degree in history.
Director of Alumni Relations
Elona came to PhilaU in July 2012 from Cabrini College, where she served as the Annual Fund Coordinator. Previously, Elona was the Associate Director of Alumni Relations at Drexel University and the Alumni Relations Coordinator at The Art Institute of Philadelphia. In her current role, Elona oversees PhilaU’s alumni programming and events, volunteers and networks, and benefits and services for alumni. She received her undergraduate degree in speech communication from Millersville University.
Alumni Relations Coordinator
Jenny joined PhilaU in January 2013 as the Alumni Relations Coordinator. Previously, Jenny was an intern at Cashman and Associates and the Public Relations Society of America. Jenny supports alumni programming and events, and handles a variety of administrative tasks for the office. She received her undergraduate degree in communications from Chestnut Hill College.
Stacy Gillins ’05
Stacy came to PhilaU in 2001 from Temple Continuing Care Center, where she worked on the software conversion of the advancement and asset management systems. She has also participated in several software implementations at an insurance company. At PhilaU, Stacy is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the institution’s advancement system, managing gift and pledge processing, ensuring database integrity, and assisting with reporting and data analysis. She received her undergraduate degree in management information systems from PhilaU and is pursuing her MS in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University.
John came to PhilaU in November 2007 and supports the effective solicitation of major gifts through individual prospect research and the development of donor profiles. Prior to joining PhilaU, he conducted donor and grant research and development duties for a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Ecological Society of America and the Anti-Defamation League, among others. John received his undergraduate degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Paula came to PhilaU in April 2011 and has worked in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations since October 2011. She is responsible for managing the office, and coordinating the Vice President’s calendar and work flow. Paula is also charged with developing and managing key relationships with prospects and donors, and collaborating with staff to develop cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies. She came to PhilaU from Sacred Heart University, where she was the office manager for their international campus in Luxembourg. Previously, Paula held donor relations positions at Cabrini College and Wilkes University. She received her undergraduate degree in communications from Wilkes University.