Staff Profiles


Brenda Nester

Director

Brenda Nester

(540) 568-2823

nesterbb@jmu.edu

Biography

Brenda has served as the director of Advancement Gifts and Records at JMU since 2005. Brenda has been with JMU for 24 years and within Advancement Gifts and Records since 1988. Her previous positions have included Interim Assistant Director, Business Manager, and Gift Processor.

Brenda recently served on the Advance Project Team implementing the Advance system. Brenda will now focus on business processes needed for Advance. Activities of Advancement Gifts and Records includes processing and receipting all gifts to the JMU Foundation, maintaining current and accurate records within the constituent database of all alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations.

When she is not in the office, Brenda enjoys reading and shopping. She is a cat lover and has two very spoiled cats as ‘family.’


Cassie Henry

Assistant Director

Cassie Henry

(540) 568-2822

henry2cl@jmu.edu

Biography

Cassie has been the assistant director of Advancement Gifts and Records since November of 2007. Cassie has been with JMU and University Advancement since 1996. Her previous positions include the Assistant to the Senior Vice President for 7 years and an Administrative Assistant to Development.

Cassie oversees the day-to-day operation of all biographic and demographic entry, gift processing, matching gift program, gift receipting, daily deposits, and reporting of all gift activity. Cassie’s responsibilities include processing major and leadership gifts, the reviewing of endowment agreements, and creation of new endowment fund codes.

Cassie also manages, plans, and executes policies to ensure accuracy of the University Advancement database as well as supervising all staff within Advancement Gifts and Records.

Cassie completed a BS in Financial and Technology Management in May 2009. When not at work, Cassie enjoys spending time with her family.


Corinne Stauffer

Matching Gift Manager

Corinne Stauffer

(540) 568-2853

stauffcj@jmu.edu

Biography

Corinne is a Pennsylvania native who graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2008 with a BA in Psychology and Biology. She started off at JMU in the Office of Prospect Research, and then joined the AGR team in October of 2012.

Corinne enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling, and gets her adrenaline rush by rock climbing and sky diving on occasion.

 

 

 

 

Lizzy Barnette

Gift/Biographical Database Specialist

Lizzy Barnette

(540) 568-2821

barne2ea@jmu.edu

Biography

Elizabeth graduated from Hollins University in 2008 with a BA in Communication Studies. Having worked at Stuart Hall School in Staunton in the Development Office before coming to JMU, she joined AGR in November 2011. Her position includes gift processing and maintaining biographical and demographical data in the University Advancement database.

When not working, Elizabeth enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends and dog, Jackson.

Sheena Braxton

Gift/Biographical Database Specialist

Sheena Braxton

(540) 568-7076

braxtosd@jmu.edu

Biography

Sheena graduated from JMU in 2006 with a degree in Psychology and Media Arts & Design. Having worked at JMU in the Office of Admissions since 2008, Sheena joined Gifts and Records in April 2010. Her position includes gift processing and maintaining biographical and demographical data in the University Advancement database.

 

 



Administrative Assistant/Gift Processor

VACANT

(540) 568-8053

@jmu.edu

Biography