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Meet the Alumni Staff


Raina Lenney, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations

Tenure at AU: Since 2009

Education: BA, Theatre, Florida State; MA, Women's Studies, The George Washington University

Areas of Responsibility: Oversight of all alumni relations operations

What I Love About AU: Our alumni are inspiring; their dedication to public service, and their commitment to improving the world around them is uplifting, and I am honored to engage with our alumni on a daily basis.

Contact: 202-885-5936 or lenney@american.edu

alum staff vacancy

Currently Vacant, Director of Alumni Programs

Tenure at AU:

Education:

Areas of Responsibility: Oversight of all alumni programming, including all presidential and signature events, Toast to Graduates, and AU Alumni Awards

What I Love About AU:

Contact: 202-885-5921


Isaac Thweatt, Director of Alumni Outreach

Tenure at AU: Since 2012

Education: BM, Music, George Mason University; Graduate studies, Management/Leadership, The Catholic University of America

Areas of Responsibility: Oversight of student-alumni programming; alumni affinity groups; benefits & services.

What I Love About AU: The diverse experiences and backgrounds of our alumni. Each and every story is unique.

Contact: 202-885-5930 or thweatt@american.edu

Traci Crockett

Traci Crockett, Director of Alumni Communications

Tenure at AU: Since 2010

Education: BA, English, Roanoke College

Areas of Responsibility: Oversight of all alumni relations communications, including Alumni Update e-newsletter, the alumni website, e-mail marketing, the alumni section of American magazine, collateral materials, and the alumni social media accounts.

What I love about AU: The community's drive to make a difference and working with people who are impassioned by their support of higher education.

Contact: 202-885-5910 or crockett@american.edu

Pat Rabb

Pat Rabb, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Admissions Volunteers

Tenure at AU: Since 2012

Education: BA, Communications/PR, Simmons College

Areas of Responsibility: Oversight of alumni volunteer programming in support of undergraduate admissions.

What I Love About AU: I love the opportunity to connect with our alumni volunteers who are passionate about sharing their love of AU by engaging prospective students during the admissions process.

Contact: 202-885-3413 or rabb@american.edu

Stephanie Block

Stephanie Block, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, School of International Service

Tenure at AU: Since 2012

Education: BA, Communications/Public Relations, Bradley University
Expected in 2015; MPA, Nonprofit Management, American University

Areas of Responsibility: Oversight of alumni relations efforts for the School of International Service.

What I Love About AU: It is rewarding to serve a school and university that continually works to serve and change the world. My work allows me to grow and feel inspired every day.

Contact: 202-885-1616 or block@american.edu


Melissa Bevins, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Outreach Activities

Tenure at AU: Since 2010

Education: SIS/BA '02

Areas of Responsibility: Domestic and international alumni chapters, including event planning and volunteer management; Washington, D.C. and New York City young alumni chapters; athletics programming.

What I Love About AU: I love the opportunity to learn from my fellow alumni about what made their experience at AU unique. The university works to instill a core set of values and a commitment to service in each student, and it is fascinating to see what people do to fulfill that commitment once they leave the university.

Contact: 202-885-5933 or bevins@american.edu

Carlita Pitts

Carlita Pitts, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Special Events & Programs

Tenure at AU: Since 2011

Education: BA, Communications, The Ohio State University

Areas of Responsibility: All-American Weekend and Local Alumni Programs

What I Love About AU: I love working with a network of alumni who are passionate about giving back to AU. Whether it's through financial support, community service or mentorship, they demonstrate their commitment to the university through active leadership.

Contact: 202-885-5902 or cpitts@american.edu

Rebecca Vander Linde

Rebecca Vander Linde, Alumni Communications Coordinator

Tenure at AU: Since 2010

Areas of Responsibility: Management of social media accounts, major functions of the online community, and other communications-related tasks.

What I Love About AU: I enjoy working with a dedicated network of alumni, learning about their accomplishments, and helping them stay involved with the university beyond graduation. AU alumni are unique in their dedication to public service and changing the world, and I am proud to be a member of the AU community.

Contact: 202-885-6618 or vanderli@american.edu

Kristena Wright

Kristena Wright, Alumni Programs Coordinator

Tenure at AU: Since 2013

Areas of Responsibility: Alumni Audit Program, Benefits and Services, Student-Alumni programs, events support.

What I Love About AU: the commitment to service.

Contact: 202-885-5962 or kwright@american.edu

Pat Oltmann

Pat Oltmann, Alumni Career Programs Coordinator

Tenure at AU: Since 1997

Education: BA, Family Studies, University of New Hampshire; MEd., Counseling, American University

Areas of Responsibility: Liaising between the Office of Alumni Relations and the Career Center, sharing information and participating in events for both offices, coordinating and implementing annual networking receptions for students and alumni in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of International Service, and School of Public Affairs.

What I Love About AU: I love working on a college campus in a stimulating academic environment, with so many talented alumni, faculty, staff, and students.

Contact: 202-885-1801 or poltman@american.edu

Teresa Young

Teresa Young, Staff Assistant

Tenure at AU: Since 2012

Areas of Responsibility: Provides event support for all alumni events, assists with projects related to the Alumni Board, handles scheduling for the Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations, and has the pleasure of interacting with alumni daily.

What I Love About AU: the commitment to service.

Contact: 202-885-5968 or tyoung@american.edu

Megan Patterson

Megan Patterson, Alumni Programs Assistant

Tenure at AU: Since 2013

Education: SIS/BA '11

Areas of Responsibility: Event registration; RSVPs; event prep for "signature" events such Presidential Receptions, Deans' Events, etc.

What I Love About AU: The community of AU has been a wonderful experience; I've made incredible friends here as a student, and I continue to meet new and interesting people every day!

Contact: 202-885-5960 or mpatters@american.edu