Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Robyn C. Furness-Fallin, CFRE, assumed the role of Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations in May, 2015. She began her professional life as an elementary school teacher followed by several marketing positions with consulting firms in the greater Baltimore area. Her nonprofit career started at the YMCA of Central Maryland in 1986 as the Vice President for Marketing and Development. In 1992 she moved to the YMCA of Santa Clara Valley assuming the position of Vice President of Marketing & Development. Robyn moved to Atlanta in 1994 as the Chief Development Officer for the Metro Atlanta YMCA where she oversaw financial and board development, public relations, communications, special events and new capital development planning and partnerships. From 2003-2011 she led 5 campaigns with the final effort being a comprehensive, 2 wave drive to secure $110 million to increase financial assistance to underserved families; build and expand facilities and support new program development. She then returned to San Jose to join the team at the YMCA of Silicon Valley as Executive Vice President for Strategy & Innovation in 2012. In 2013, she was asked to join the senior team at YMCA of the USA as the Chief Development Officer focusing on capacity building, major gifts and grant making. In 1998 Robyn received North American YMCA Development Organization’s Award for Excellence in Fundraising. She is also an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta and Leadership San Jose. Robyn graduated with a BA from McDaniel College and holds additional nonprofit management certifications from Goucher College.
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.
Gift Processing and Stewardship Coordinator
Before returning to her alma mater in October 2011, Brianne enjoyed a career in the nonprofit sector specializing in the areas of communications and public relations. She has worked with a diverse array of constituents in a wide variety of settings, including lobbying on Capitol Hill, speaking on matters of advocacy and public policy, interacting with members of the media, and producing communications vehicles. An honors graduate of Oglethorpe University, Brianne holds a degree in philosophy and is the author of an honors thesis in sociology.
Prospect Research Specialist
Lee joined the Development staff of Oglethorpe University in October of 2015. He holds a B.A. in English from Auburn University and an M.L.I.S. from the University of North Texas. He is also a member of the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA). Lee has previously lived in Alaska and Florida, but is excited to be back in his home state of Georgia.
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.
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.
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.
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!