Meet The Advancement Team

 We are here to serve and each of us is eager to make a connection with you.

Stephanie Bacon
Major Gifts Officer-West Coast

sbacon@fit.edu
321-674-7198

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Marjorie Beckett
Budget Specialist

mbeckett@fit.edu
(321) 674-7642

Marjorie handles all things accounting and budgetary for the department and plays a vital role in setting the organizational processes for our team. She earned both her B.S. & MBA at Florida Tech and has worked as Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs as well as worked in the Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering Departments. Marjorie has also taught several Florida Tech College of Business online courses as well as courses at the local community college.

Daniel Blucker
Manager of Gifts & Financial Reporting

dblucker@fit.edu
(321) 674-6142

Daniel handles all areas of gift entry and gift processing for the department as well as accurately records all data in the Raiser’s Edge database ensuring all is reconciled with the Controller’s Office. In addition, he is responsible for completing various financial reports.

Steffanie Brown
Director of Prospect Research and Development Services

steffanie@fit.edu
(321) 674-6201

Steffanie provides the all the research and information management for the team. When she’s not in the office, she can usually be found at any Florida Tech sporting match! 

Alyssa Carney
Admin III

acarney@fit.edu
(321) 674-6162

Alyssa provides administrative support to the Sr. VP for the Office of Advancement, as well as undertakes the responsibilities of being our Stewardship Coordinator. This includes ensuring all donors are appropriately recognized and celebrated so that philanthropy for the department grows. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration (’14) and my M.B.A. (’16) from Florida Tech. Alyssa was a part of the Cheerleading Program at Florida Tech and enjoys spending time with her dog, Cooper. 

Donna Cassario
Major Gift Officer, Parent Philanthropy

dcassario@fit.edu
(321) 674-8424

Donna is a graduate and a parent, so naturally she leads our Parent programs, working with the Parent Leadership Council and spearheading parent giving and engagement. 

John Cornell
Major Gift Officer--Central Region

jcornell@fit.edu
(321) 674-7506

John is responsible for the qualification, cultivation and solicitation of major gifts in the Midwest region. He has long had a passion for higher education, along with athletics, the arts and live music. Originally from Connecticut, John has lived up and down the east coast, always gravitating to the water. While he is not yet ready to take on Gary in chess, he plays a mean game of backgammon and a not-so-mean game of tennis.

Gary Grant
Senior Vice President for Advancement

ggrant@fit.edu
(321) 674-6160

Gary is our fearless leader for the Advancement team and works closely with major donors, trustees and leadership volunteer groups. He thinks he has a witty sense of humor, but he’s wrong. Plays a decent game of chess though. 

Shelley Johnson
Major Gift Officer--East Region

shelley@fit.edu
(321) 431-0445

Shelley’s role is to engage with alumni, industry, the local community and constituents along the Mid to Northeast Coast of the United States in support of the university’s mission and values.  Originally, from Palm Beach County she has lived in Indialantic for more than 20 years and has been with Florida Tech since 2010. When not serving as a vital ambassador for Florida Tech, she is often found on the golf course, tennis court or boating with her family. 

Ameena Kero
Foundation Relations Officer

akero@fit.edu
(201) 562-2218

I started my career in Higher Education, working in different departments in the U.S. and at the international level. As the Foundation Relations Officer of Advancement at Florida Tech, I search for foundations and funding opportunities, write proposals and grants for funding requests, and assist Deans and faculty to complete proposals and submissions of independent proposals for grant opportunities.

Jillian Leclerc
Director of Alumni Affairs

jleclerc@fit.edu
(321) 674-6826

Jillian manages events and communications for the Alumni Affairs Office, making some of our Panthers’ favorite programs like Homecoming, Grad Bash, and alumni receptions happen! Her primary focus is keeping #PantherPride high with Florida Tech’s graduates by keeping them informed of university news and gatherings, as well as connecting the university’s alumni network of 65,000+ Panthers with each other.

Mary Ida Spradlin
Asst. Director Annual Giving

mspradlin@fit.edu
(321) 674-8696

Mary manages a diverse a Student Philanthropy Team that is a growing initiative to connect alumni with students as well as establish giving habits to increase participation rates. She also directs our Day of Giving activities.

Lindsey Turner
Major Gift Officer--South Region

lturner@fit.edu
(321) 674-8904

Lindsey is responsible for the qualification, cultivation and solicitation of major and planned gifts. In her role, she manages a portfolio of approximately 100 alumni, friends and foundations capable of supporting the university with gifts of $25,000 or more. She recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine State from the Washington, D.C. area, however, she was born and raised in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of VA!

Alaena Wade-Meadows
Sr. Manager, Advancement Services

awademeadows@fit.edu
(321) 674-6205

Lanie makes sure that our constituent relations database plays nicely. She gets everyone the lists they need and ensures data integrity (that means accuracy). She’s good with computers and people!  

Timothy Worzick
Donor Engagement Coordinator

tworzick@fit.edu
(321) 674-6211

Tim is our Donor Engagement Coordinator. Together with Gary, he manages our volunteerism programs for alumni, parents, and friends.  In addition, he oversees donor stewardship, NetCommunity emails, and Online Express event registrations. You can often catch him pairing students with interviewers in his favorite mapping tool.

Gina Yates
Director of Constituent Relations

gyates@fit.edu
(321) 674-8428

Gina works with the Advancement team as well as the Office of Alumni Affairs to lead virtual and in-person engagement events for Florida Tech alumni and friends. She coordinates our flagship Chopper Dropper/Sporting Affair event each year and works with people across the country to bring awareness and excitement to campus.

Joanne Zito
Leadership and Planned Gift Officer

jzito@fit.edu
(321) 674-6152

Joanne provides administrative support to the Sr. Vice President for the office of Advancement. She interacts and communicates with all Advancement staff, donors, trustees, and other VIPs. Also, Joanne provides support and manages department events, including the Alan Smith Lecture, Tastes of the Season, and other stewardship and fundraising events.