Organizational Changes in University Advancement Division

Posted on 10/3/2018 4:37:22 PM

I am delighted to let you know of several organizational changes in the University Advancement Division.

As of October 1, 2018, Emily Smeltz ’01, ’02 is serving as interim director of Development for the College of Health and Human Services. She has served as a member of the Annual Giving team at IUP since 2007. As Annual Giving director, she built a comprehensive, multichannel solicitation, stewardship, and employee volunteer engagement program. An IUP alumna, Smeltz earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminology.

Stephanie Sell has been appointed interim director of Annual Giving. Previously assistant director of Annual Giving, she has been a member of the staff since 2013 and has provided strategic oversight of the phonathon fundraising program and contributed to our record-breaking student giving and philanthropy programs. Prior to her position at IUP, Sell worked for RuffaloCODY as a consulting manager, assigned to IUP’s phonathon program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human resource management at IUP and is currently working toward her MBA.

Kyleen Ressler ’02 is now serving as administrative assistant to the vice president. For the last three and a half years, she has served as secretary to the vice president, and, before that, she served in the Political Science Department. She graduated from IUP with a degree in communications media.

Since December 2017, Anthony Cancro ’12 has served as the executive director of Development. Cancro joined IUP in 2015 as the development officer for the College of Fine Arts. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences was added to his portfolio during the summer of 2017.

Cancro will continue to serve the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as oversee the office of development—managing all the directors of development, a critical component to the success of IUP’s Imagine Unlimited Campaign. Cancro has 13 years of fundraising campaign experience with board and volunteer management. Before his arrival at IUP, Cancro served as a development officer at Saint Vincent College and, prior to that, he was campaign counsel for the nonprofit fundraising firm Graham-Pelton. In addition to having an MBA from IUP, he has bachelor’s degrees in biology and political science from Thiel College.

Debra Valentine-Gray, who has served as the regional advancement officer in Pittsburgh, is now a member of the development team, serving the College of Fine Arts as director of development. She also is responsible for corporate and foundation relations, as well as diverse alumni initiatives and has moved her base from Pittsburgh to Indiana to facilitate collaboration with colleagues across campus. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism/communications from Point Park College. She also studied early childhood education at UCLA and California State University Dominguez Hills. An alumna of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Minority Advancement Institute, she has received several community service awards for her efforts in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.

Jennifer Luzier Dunsmore ’98 is now associate director of Donor Engagement, reporting directly to the vice president. This is an evolving role that addresses all stewardship and engagement needs of donors through multimedia communications, events, and activities across the university. Dunsmore has 20 years of experience in event planning, customer service, and prospect engagement through her work at the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce in Norfolk, Virginia; at Lightyear Communications in Louisville, Kentucky; at Downtown Indiana, Inc. and Red Oak Advertising, both in Indiana. She graduated from IUP with a bachelor’s in journalism.

In addition to staff changes, all development officers are now directors of development, and in the office of annual giving, Mary Jo Ludwig is now the leadership giving officer, to better reflect broad responsibilities of their areas. The Office of Alumni Relations has been renamed Office of Alumni and Friends, to recognize the University Advancement Division’s role in serving as the lead with a variety of audiences.

I look forward to collaborating with all of you in advancing our university this year and the many years ahead. Please reach out to me, or any of us in the division, with any suggestions or ways that we can work together.

Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna
Vice President for University Advancement