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University Advancement Staff

Advancement Services and Research

Scott DenneyScott Denney
Systems Support Manager

Born and raised in Thailand, Scott earned a bachelor�s degree in computer science and psychology at Seattle Pacific in 2013. Intending to give back to the SPU community, he worked in Undergraduate Admissions after graduation and then transitioned into his current role in Advancement Services.

Rachel EllisRachel Ellis
Gift Processing Manager


Rachel oversees gift processing and donor acknowledgement for all gifts made to Seattle Pacific University. She graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2010 with a BA in psychology and joined the staff at SPU in 2012.

Kyara HartmanKyara Hartman
Gift and Data Entry Coordinator


Kyara graduated from SPU in 2004 with a BA in business administration and concentration in marketing. Following graduation, she served in University Services until joining Advancement Services in 2016.

Jennifer LaBrieJennifer LaBrie
Director, Research Development and Information Strategy


Jennifer oversees Advancement Services and is responsible for all aspects of donor research in support of Seattle Pacific’s major gifts. Her SPU degrees include a BA in social sciences, secondary education and a MS in marriage and family therapy. Jennifer joined University Advancement in 2011.

Jennifer LaBrie, Prospect ResearcherBeth Schaafsma
Assistant Director, Advancement Services

Beth is a third-generation SPU alum. She earned her BS in biology in 2008, and is excited to be working on campus, providing data support to University Advancement. Prior to joining Advancement Services in 2015, she was a research entomologist.

Megan Stariha, Prospect Development AnalystMegan Stariha

Prospect Development Manager

Megan works in research on a variety of projects related to prospect identification and management. She joined the SPU Advancement in 2015, bringing with her experience in nonprofit work and a passion for education.



Donor Relations

Doro DoyleDoro Doyle
Stewardship and Donor Relations Manager

Dorothy helps donors realize the significant impact their gifts to SPU make in students' lives. Before joining the Advancement team, she worked for more than 20 years connecting faith-based nonprofits with their supporters. She has an MEd in higher education and a BS in communication.


Maribeth Martin, Senior Gift OfficerMaribeth (Martin) Lopit
Director, Advancement

For more than 20 years, Maribeth 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. She joined the Seattle Pacific development team in 2011.

John PersonJohn Pearson
Advancement Officer

John joined the Advancement team in 2015. Prior to SPU, he was an area director for Young Life, working to improve donor relationships and giving strategies. He has a BS in business administration from the University of Montana.

An TranAn Tran
Advancement Officer

An joined the SPU staff in 2015, bringing with her 10 years of experience connecting donors and volunteers with secondary schools. She earned a BA in human biology from Stanford University and is an active volunteer for the Haas Center for Public Service.


Endowment and Gift Planning

Marlon Sandlin, Director of Development - Gift PlanningMarlon Sandlin
Director, Endowments and Gift Planning

Marlon has served SPU since 2001 and has more than 30 years of gift planning experience with various Christian organizations. He 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.


Foundation and Corporate Relations


Kathie Delph
Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer

Kathie oversees Foundation and Corporate development for SPU, joining the University Advancement team in 2015. She has spent most of her career working in international development for faith-based organizations and is the parent of an SPU graduate.


125th Celebration and Event Planning


John Glancy
Director, 125th Anniversary Celebration

John has been an important part of the Seattle Pacific campus since his days as an undergraduate. A 1970 graduate, he’s had several important roles at SPU, including director of university communications, director of graduate admissions, and now director of the 125th celebration.

Lindsay LeVecque
Events Manager

Lindsay joined Seattle Pacific in 2011 as events manager. She works on significant events, including the annual Downtown Business Breakfast, Sacred Sounds of Christmas, and President�s Circle Dinner. She has a BA from Eastern Washington University.