Clarion University Foundation, Inc., has welcomed Michael A. Greer as director of development and Colleen M. Sherman as development officer.
"With Mike and Colleen joining the foundation development team, two critical positions are now active daily again: Mike as the leader of our development group and Colleen as our broadly focused development team member," said Michael Keefer, foundation CEO.
Greer is the senior development officer for the Clarion University Foundation, Inc., and is responsible for the execution of a comprehensive advancement program to increase Clarion University's visibility among key influencers, constituents and major donors. Additionally, he manages major gift officers in implementation of the foundation's sesquicentennial campaign and the annual fund staff for operational and programmatic support of the university.
Prior to coming to Clarion, Greer was director of development for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Campbell University, Buies Creek, N.C. There, he provided leadership and management of the direction, planning and execution of fundraising and development-related activities for seven college programs including pharmacy, physician assistant, nursing, physical therapy, clinical research, pharmaceutical sciences and public health.
Greer holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Brenau University, Gainesville, Ga., and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from St. Mary's College, St. Mary's City, Md. A native of southern Maryland, he plans to relocate to the Clarion area with his wife, Lisa, a registered nurse, and their children: Griffin, 9, Lily, 6, and Clara, 1. In his spare time, he enjoys youth sports, NFL football and travel.
As development officer, Sherman serves as a primary fundraiser for the foundation and holds a key role in securing significant gifts that can enhance the university's ability to achieve its goals and accomplish its mission. She is responsible for developing, initiating, cultivating, securing, and acknowledging major gifts of $25,000 and greater as well as annual fund gifts of lesser value.
Before joining the development team at the foundation, Sherman worked extensively with non-profit organizations, including serving as executive director of the American Red Cross, Keystone Chapter, where she was the organization's main fundraiser and oversaw all of the organization's operations within her assigned territory. Other past employment was as executive director of American Cancer Society, Cambria/Somerset/Bedford counties, where she was primary fundraiser, and as development director for the western Pennsylvania region of Special Olympics Pennsylvania.
Sherman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State. She lives in Clarion with her four children: Jacob, 19; Ailish, 17; Quinn, 15; and Molly, 13. In her free time, she enjoys reading and participating in her children's activities.