Oglethorpe University is open, however, the campus is closed to outside visitors for spring 2021. The Advancement and Alumni Relations staff are working remotely and happy to help with questions and provide assistance for making gifts. Please email development@oglethorpe.edu and someone will be in touch. We are checking our email and voicemail daily. You can also visit us online to make your gift now. Thank you!

Our Staff

 

saurav bhandarySaurav Bhandary 

Development Services Specialist

Saurav joined Oglethorpe University as the Development Services Specialist in May of 2019. He is a Nepali citizen and was born and raised in Meghauli, Nepal. Saurav is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College (USA) with a degree in Economics, and he currently holds the designation of Blackbaud Certified in Raiser’s Edge (bCRE-Pro). He has previously worked at Birmingham-Southern College, The UNA-USA Greater Birmingham Chapter and most recently at Atlanta International School. He is actively involved within the local nonprofit community and serves on the Board committee for SABHA, Inc. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time volunteering, hiking, playing soccer and traveling.

 

Kathryn Henderson

Principal Gifts Officer

Kathryn graduated from Oglethorpe with a degree in Communication and Rhetoric Studies. After graduation Kathryn remained actively involved with Oglethorpe and served on the Young Alumni Committee. In 2019, she returned to Oglethorpe as the Principal Gifts Officer in the Development Office. Before returning to campus Kathryn served as the Major Gifts Officer at the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and the Database Manager for Families First. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves on their Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee as well as the National Philanthropy Day Committee. As a native of Atlanta Kathryn enjoys taking advantage of all the local social and cultural entertainment Atlanta has to offer, particularly the incredible restaurants. When free she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family. In the fall you will likely find her between the hedges cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs!

Phone: 404-364-8439 
Email: khenderson1@oglethorpe.edu

 

Barb HenryBarbara Bessmer Henry ’85

Director of Donor and Volunteer Relations

Barbara (Barb) joined the Development and Alumni Relations Department in 2003 after 15 years in the Admission Office. She has a BBA in economics from Oglethorpe and enjoyed a career in the financial services industry prior to returning to Oglethorpe. She is a member of CASE (the Council for Advancement and Support of Education). Barb is married to her college sweetheart Don Henry ’83 and they have 3 children, their youngest graduated from Oglethorpe in the class of 2020.

 

Juan McGruder headshotJuan McGruder

Vice President of Advancement

Juan is the Vice President of Advancement at Oglethorpe University. Previously he served as SVP & Chief Development Officer at Junior Achievement of Georgia. Juan completed a doctorate (Ph.D.) in education and human development at Vanderbilt University, where his research included HBCUs and institutional advancement. McGruder earned a master’s (Ed. M.) at Harvard University in administration, planning, and social policy. He holds a master’s (M.A.) in counseling and human development from CAU, an Education Specialist (Ed. S.) in Student Affairs from Western Kentucky University, and a Certificate in Romanesque and Gothic Architecture in Britain and Europe from University of Cambridge, England. His baccalaureate (B.A.) is in political science/pre-law from Clark College. He also holds the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) international professional designation.

Juan is married to Dr. Henraya F. McGruder, an Epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) in the United States Public Health Service (PHS), and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Spelman College. They have two children, Alexander (age 15), and Hailey (age 14) at Westminster Schools—Atlanta.

 


Andrea Sharper headshot

Andrea Sharper

Director of Development Operations

Andrea Sharper has spent the last 15 years building her career in advancement services and fundraising operations in the Atlanta area. Previously working for The American Red Cross, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The National Kidney Foundation and most recently, The American College of Rheumatology where she was the Sr. Specialist for the Rheumatology Research Foundation. Andrea enjoys serving her Sandy Springs community volunteering for The Healthy Youth USA Foundation as an executive board member; serving as the finance chair for Woodland Elementary Charter School’s governance board and finance committee board member at her church. Both Andrea and husband Charles are natives of Michigan and the proud parents of Tyson, Olivia and US Airman, Caleb.

Phone: 404.364.8328
Email: asharper@oglethorpe.edu

 

Maura Springstead ’18

Philanthropy and Digital Appeals Specialist

Maura graduated from Oglethorpe University with a degree in English Literature and Language. After graduation, she attended the University of Alabama where she completed an MS in Marketing with a specialization in Digital and Social Media. In 2020, she returned to Oglethorpe as the Philanthropy and Digital Appeals Specialist in the Development Office. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, yoga, and spending time with her family.

Phone: 706-248-5742
Email: mspringstead@oglethorpe.edu

 

Clara St. Urbain ’14

Associate Director of Alumni Relations

Clara joined the Alumni Relations team in March of 2019. She graduated from Oglethorpe University with a Degree in Communications and Rhetoric Studies. After graduating she remained in Atlanta working in software and later as the Director of Operations at Tailored Living of Marietta. Clara is thrilled to be back on campus working with students and alumni. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing soccer and traveling.

 

Mary Rinaldi WinnMary Rinaldi Winn

Director of Alumni Relations

Mary joined the Oglethorpe University staff as the Director of Alumni Relations in the summer of 2015. Before arriving on the higher education scene in the Alumnae Relations department at Agnes Scott College in 2012, Mary spent most of her career in marketing and business development roles in the US and Europe. Mary holds a B.A. in French from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. A native Atlantan, Mary is thrilled to be back in Atlanta raising her two daughters near family and lifelong friends.