Advancement Services, Campaigns, Endowments, Gift Planning and Major Gifts
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 304
Seattle, WA 98119-1957
President, Seattle Pacific Foundation, Endowments and Gift Planning
Tom Box previously served as SPU’s Vice President for University Advancement, Athletic Director, and Director of Development. During Box’s tenure in Athletics, five Falcon teams were national runners-up. Individual athletes also excelled, collecting 14 national championships during that span. Box played a pivotal role in the formation of the Great Northwest Conference in 2001, of which SPU is a member. Prior to becoming Athletic Director in 1998, Box spent nine years as SPU’s Director of Development. He managed the development staff and was responsible for the $1.2 million Annual Fund, as well as researching, cultivating, and soliciting new donors. Initially, he came to SPU in 1980 as Director of Management and Budget.
Director of Development - Major Gifts & Campaigns
Dean, originally from San Jose, California, earned his BA in political science at Seattle Pacific in 1987 and came on staff in 1999. He enjoys developing relationships with SPU supporters, and provides 20 years of experience helping individuals achieve their charitable goals. “I’m always honored to help people make a difference for our students and programs."
Gift Acknowledgement & Stewardship Coordinator
Rachel supports the efforts of the major gift and gift planning programs. She graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in 2010 with a BA in psychology. Following graduation, she served as a post-baccalaureate records specialist at PLNU prior to joining the staff at SPU in August 2012.
Administrative Assistant – Advancement Services
Karen Engle joined the Advancement Services team in October 2013 after five years working as an administrative assistant at a local church. She earned a BA in anthropology from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Assistant to the President, Seattle Pacific Foundation
Lynne earned her BA from Seattle Pacific in 1976 and joined the University Advancement team in 2000. After 5 years as administrative assistant in the Alumni Office, she made the transition to the office of the Vice President. Lynne brings to her position experience as an elementary school teacher and 10 years as children’s ministries administrator at her church. She and her husband, Ken (’77) have three grown children.
Bryan joined Seattle Pacific’s development team in November 2011, after serving the prior 10 years in SPU Undergraduate Admissions. With the experience of being both an SPU student and an admissions officer for his alma mater, Bryan has developed a unique perspective. He worked closely with both students and parents, guiding them through the college admissions process, and in doing so became very aware of how vital both scholarships and financial aid are for a student’s success.
Prospect Research Manager
Jennifer joined the University Advancement staff in 2011. She is responsible for all aspects of donor research in support of Seattle Pacific's major gifts. Her strong ties to the University include a BA in social sciences, secondary education and an MS in marriage and family therapy. Prior to working at SPU, she was the admissions director at a local Bible college.
Maribeth joined the Seattle Pacific development team in August 2011. For more than 20 years she has worked for local organizations, connecting donors and volunteers with causes ranging from children’s health care, global relief and development, to affordable housing for seniors. “It is a joy and privilege to come alongside people who are passionate about SPU and who desire to maximize their charitable giving to expand opportunities for students to learn and serve.”
Program Coordinator – Annual Giving
Eric Melch oversees the Falcon Investment Team, Advancement Core, Student Philanthropy, and Faculty and Staff Giving. He earned a BS in recreation from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Prior to his time at Seattle Pacific, he worked in a sales capacity with the Seattle Storm and the Tacoma Rainiers.
Senior Development Officer
Kristi serves alumni, parents, and friends, connecting them with Seattle Pacific and matching their charitable goals with opportunities at the University. Kristi specializes in current/deferred giving techniques and while she enjoys working with all supporters, she has a keen focus on parents of current students. Kristi has a BA in Christian theology (2002) and an MBA (2008) from SPU.
Jennifer brings more than 20 years of experience at Seattle Pacific to her role in development. She is passionate about SPU’s vision and eager to help alumni, parents, and friends connect with the University in meaningful ways. She holds a BA in psychology from SPU, and an MEd from Western Washington University.
Director of Development - Gift Planning
Marlon serves Seattle Pacific constituents in estate planning and charitable gift planning, helping them achieve their philanthropic objectives while also addressing family, income, and tax considerations. He has served SPU since 2001 and has more than 30 years of gift-planning experience with various Christian organizations. Marlon earned his BA in sociology from UC Berkeley in 1975, an MDiv from Fuller Seminary in 1979, and obtained his Certified Financial Planner™ certification in 1990.
Director of Advancement Services
Katie oversees systems, gift processing, and reporting. Prior to this position, she spearheaded annual giving initiatives at the University. Katie previously worked in marketing and branding at another private Christian university. She earned her BA in marketing communication from California Lutheran University in 2002, and in 2005 she became a certified specialist in marketing and fundraising for nonprofit organizations.
Assistant Director of Advancement Services
A proud alumna, Andrea helps oversee the University’s Advancement Services unit with special attention paid to gift processing and reporting. Prior to her work with Seattle Pacific, Andrea spent six years in upper administration for direct social service programs in the fields of education, domestic violence, and homelessness. She received her BA in history, and an executive master’s degree in nonprofit leadership from Seattle University.