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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.

April Castro

Director of Development Operations

April joined Oglethorpe University in 2018 as the Director of Development Operations. April has served as an Advancement Services professional for Atlanta-area educational institutions for the past decade – including Emory University School of Law, Atlanta International School, The Paideia School and the Westminster Schools. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Boston University. She currently serves on the Columbia College Chicago Alumni Association National Board. April and her husband, Aras Petrulis, reside in the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta.

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!

Barb HenryBarbara Bessmer Henry ’85

Development Officer, Special Projects and Campaign Initiatives

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.

kristy henryKristy Henry

Director of the Annual Fund

Kristy is an engineering graduate from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. After graduation, she worked in the biotechnology industry and received her MBA from Auburn University. Kristy joined Oglethorpe University in 2018 as the Director of the Annual Fund. She previously served as Director of Annual Giving for Barry University in Miami, FL and also held roles in athletics development for the University of Miami Hurricane Club and the North Carolina State Wolfpack Club. An avid college sports fan, Kristy enjoys traveling to games and spending time with family and friends. Kristy and her daughter reside in Marietta.

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.

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.