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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.
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).
Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and Family Engagement
Megan Haake Milby ’03
Director of Alumni and 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.
Associate Director of Alumni Engagement
Colleen, originally from Louisville, Kentucky,
from Transylvania University in 2006 with a B.A. in Business
Administration/Marketing and Studio Art. For eight years
has published a small quarterly professional magazine. Colleen lives in Nicholasville with her
husband, Alex, and her son, Henry.
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.
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.