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University Advancement Staff

Advancement Services and Research

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.

Jonathan RahaeuserJonathan Rahaeuser
Gift Processing Manager


Jon is responsible for managing SPU’s gift processing systems, as well as the financial reporting of gifts and pledges to the university. He worked in education prior to joining University Advancement in 2017.

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.

Chris SmithChris Smith
Systems Support Manager


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 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.


Endowments and Gift Planning




Bryan Jones

Senior Gift Planning Officer


Bryan has served SPU since 2001 in admissions, major gifts, alumni and parent relations, and now endowments and gift planning. As a 1999 alumnus of SPU, Bryan’s passion for SPU and its mission to engage the culture and change the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ is what motivates him in his work day in and day out, serving SPU alumni, donors, and friends find ways they can partner with SPU.

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.