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Herring joins Advancement team
Former Harvesters manager is first director of alumni relations and donor outreach


September 12, 2012

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Deanna Nelson

KANSAS CITY, Mo - Vanessa Herring, who has worked at the top levels of fund raising and development in two states over the past 11 years, has joined Avila University’s Advancement team as its director of alumni and donor outreach, the University announced today.

This newly-created position not only will be responsible for cultivating and enriching relationships with thousands of Avila alumni, but also will seek fund-raising opportunities within that group.

“I am delighted to have someone of Vanessa’s caliber join the Avila University team,” said Robin Rowland, executive director of development. “She is a rising star in our community and we are lucky to have her join our Advancement efforts at Avila as we serve and support our alumni.”

Herring has accumulated a vast amount of experience in both areas, most recently with her work for Harvesters - The Community Food Network in Kansas City, Mo. where she served as annual giving manager, raising more than $5 million annually and increasing annual donations by 18 percent from 2009-12. Before that, she served as development manager-sustainable funding with The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, increasing giving there as well. Herring started at the Oklahoma food bank as regional development coordinator in 2007.

She also was communications/HR specialist for Craig Elder Oil & Gas in Oklahoma City from 2006-07.

Herring graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater in 2006 with a bachelor of science in business administration.

“I am thrilled to be joining a team of hardworking, dedicated professionals committed to advancing Avila’s tradition of excellence in education,” Herring said. “The future is bright for Avila, because of its students, its leadership and its opportunity for growth, and I am excited to become a member of the Avila team. I look forward to working with alumni, students, staff and faculty in my new role in the Advancement office.”



Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.