Meet the Staff

Phone numbers

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Shawn Lyons '81
Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement

Shawn graduated from Centre in 1981 with a B.S. in Biology and a Kentucky Secondary Teaching Certificate. He joined the College's Admission staff immediately after graduation. He served in several administrative positions over the next decade, including Director of Development from 1985-1990. Shawn returned to Centre in his current role in September 2001. In the interim, he served as the chief development officer at Washington College (MD) and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and as President of the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation. He has four adult children.

Jamey Leahey '92
Vice President of Legal Affairs and Gift Planning

Jamey works with donors and their advisors to design deferred and estate gifts that best suit their personal and financial goals.  He also serves as the College’s general counsel and teaches the occasional class during the College’s three-week CentreTerm.  Jamey earned his law degree from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington in 1995. He and his wife, Beth Braswell Leahey '92, have two children, Patrick '19 and Kate '21.


Richard Trollinger
Senior Philanthropy Advisor

Richard Trollinger, who joined Centre in 1994, has more than forty years of experience in college advancement work. In addition, he holds a M.Ed. degree from Vanderbilt University in higher education administration and an M.A. degree from Indiana University in philanthropic studies, and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in educational policy studies. He is co-author with John R. Thelin of Philanthropy and American Higher Education (2014).

Elizabeth Graves
Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations

Elizabeth works with Centre leadership to secure corporate and foundation grants and gifts that help the college achieve its strategic goals in curriculum development, capital improvements, the creation of endowed scholarships, and enhancement of the student experience. Elizabeth received her M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 2001 and her B.A. in history from Princeton University in 1993. She has lived abroad in Ireland and Hong Kong with prior roles in international marketing, news publishing, and non-profit program management.


Steve Lownds '81

Director of Gift Planning

Steve graduated from Centre in 1981 with a degree in Economics and Management. Prior to returning to Centre, he served as the Chief Development Officer for Family Tree, a Denver Metro human services organization. His role at Centre is a perfect fit for his career focus of creating sustainability for missions and organizations he is passionate about. Steve and his wife, Mary Jo, have four children, Kelsey '12, Kimberly '14, Stephanie and Shelley '20.

Laura Coleman Pritchard '05
Director of Leadership Gifts and Campaign Communications

Laura, a native of Calhoun, Kentucky, graduated from Centre in 2005 with a B.A. in Government. She also holds a master’s in communication from the University of Kentucky.  Laura joined the Centre staff in 2011 as the assistant director of marketing and public relations in the College communications office. Prior to returning to her alma mater, Laura worked at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort.


Matt Osborne '07

Director of Leadership Gifts

Matt graduated from Centre in 2007 with a B.A. in History and enjoyed a successful stint in political fundraising and public affairs.  In 2012, he was named the Fundraiser of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants. Matt lives in Lexington with his wife Sara ’05 and son Teddy and enjoys fishing and watching Arsenal in his free time.

Mary McKee Hunt '80

Director of Leadership Gifts

Mary graduated from Centre in 1980 with a degree in English and holds an MBA from the University of Louisville.  She came to Centre in 1991 as Director of Alumni and later became Director of Development and Alumni Relations.  She left in 2005 to accept the position of Executive Director of the Library Foundation in Louisville.  Mary returned to Centre in 2016 as Director of Leadership Gifts for the Third Century Campaign.  Her husband, Scott Hunt ’71, is an alumnus, as are her son, Duncan Paynter ’06, and her stepdaughter, Shelly Hunt Pierce ’98.


Joey Gilbert
Director of Annual Giving

Joey joined the development staff in October 2017.  He has over a decade of experience in fundraising and has served in higher education for over fifteen years.  Joey is a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University, where he obtained his bachelor’s and master’s in business administration.  He later completed his doctor of education degree at the University of the Cumberlands.  In addition, Joey earned a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University School of Philanthropy.  He also holds an Executive Certificate in Leadership and Management from the University of Notre Dame.  In his leisure time, he enjoys hiking, biking, and spending time with family.  Joey and his wife, Jamie, live in Danville with their two children, Braden and Emalee.

Krista Rinehart '99
Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Krista graduated from Centre in 1999 with a B.A. in history.  She went on to complete a Masters of Public Administration at the University of Kentucky’s Martin School in 2005. Prior to returning to Centre, Krista spent eight years with The Council of State Governments in Lexington, Ky.  As the National Leadership Center Coordinator at CSG, Krista managed a nationally renowned leadership development program for state government officials, the Toll Fellowship Program.


Traci Wilson
Executive Secretary, Office of College Relations

Traci began working at Centre in the Office of College Relations in 2001. She and her husband, Tony, have two children, Ashley and Ryan, and a granddaughter, Taylor. In her spare time, Traci enjoys reading a good book and writing short stories.

Carol Maddox
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Legal Affairs and Gift Planning

Carol Maddox joined the development staff as secretary in October 2011.  Carol worked in classified advertising at the Advocate Messenger and as a supervisor and assistant manager at Peeble's Department store.  She was also a loan input clerk at Farmers National Bank.  Carol's husband Randy works as Centre as an electrician.

Donor Relations & Research

Jacky Thomas Seaver '02
Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship

Jacky graduated from Centre in 2002 with a B.A. in English and history, and she completed her master’s degree in higher education administration at the University of Kentucky in 2008.  Prior to accepting the position of Director of Annual Giving in September 2009, Jacky served as the Director of Alumni Affairs for six years.  She also helped to direct the College’s strategic planning efforts as Planning Associate.  Jacky and her husband, Rob, live in Danville with their son, Ben.

Vickie Glidewell
Prospect Research Analyst

A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Vickie began working at Centre in 1997. She worked as Division III secretary and as communications assistant before joining the development staff in 2001.  In her spare time Vickie enjoys walking, boating, and watching sports.  Vickie and her husband, Chris, live in Danville.


Mary Kay Godbey
Manager of Advancement Information Systems

Mary Kay began working at Centre in 1992. In charge of the database that keeps the Development office running, Mary Kay manages geographic reports, mailing data, the transfer of data between various software vendors and the annual fund summaries. She is also one of the driving forces behind the annual Donor Report.

Lori Burke Assistant
Manager, Alumni / Development Information Systems

Danville native Lori began working at Centre in 1997. She helped transition Centre’s development office to Millennium software in 1999, and she has attended classes to implement the new software. Alumni can contact Lori to change their addresses and to obtain alumni lists. Lori and her husband Jeremy still live in Danville with their children, Riley and Maggie.

Alumni & Family Engagement

Megan Haake Milby ’03
Director of Alumni & Family Engagement

Megan graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from Centre in 2003. She joined Centre’s staff in 2007 and became the director of alumni engagement in 2009. Megan stays active on campus by serving on several College committees including Human Resources, Creative Campus, and the Bicentennial Executive Committee. Locally, she serves as a board member for Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Bluegrass and chairs the Stewardship Committee for Trinity Episcopal Church. Megan and her husband, Kevin, reside in Danville, Ky.

Colleen Courtwright
Associate Director of Alumni Engagement

Colleen, originally from Louisville, Kentucky, graduated from Transylvania University in 2006 with a B.A. in Business Administration/Marketing and Studio Art. For eight years Colleen has published a small quarterly professional magazine. Colleen lives in Nicholasville with her husband, Alex, and her son, Henry.


Anaris Sickles

Associate Director of Alumni & Family Engagement

Anaris joins us after a successful stint in operations with the Kroger Company in the Central Kentucky and Louisville area. She and her daughter, Cardin, are from Harrodsburg, KY.

As a student-athlete, Anaris played for and graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN, in 2010. She majored in Exercise Science and is currently pursuing her MBA at NKU. In her free time, she enjoys working out, attending sporting events, coaching AAU basketball and watching her daughter play soccer! Anaris was recognized as a 2018 Black Achiever and loves to be involved with the program. She also gives back to the community by volunteering for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and currently mentors a little sister named Sarah.

Mackenzie Nichols '17

Alumni and Development Fellow

Mackenzie, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, graduated from Centre in 2017 with a B.A. in Art History. Although she joined Centre’s staff following graduation, she is no new face to the Alumni House. As a student, she was a member of Student Advancement Board and Phonathon for two years, on top of having a student internship with Alumni Development her senior year. In her spare time Mackenzie enjoys time with her puppy, cooking and doing yoga.


Rickie Gay
Assistant to the Director of Alumni Engagement

A Kentucky native with roots in Eastern Kentucky, Rickie and her husband Jamey, moved to Danville in 1988 when he accepted the job as Athletic Trainer in the Centre College Athletics Department.  Rickie joined the Centre staff in 2012.