Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing
Staff Listing

Scott PetersonVice President for University Relations

Rev. Scott Peterson
Phone: (740) 397-9000, Ext. 4132

Scott Peterson oversees the work of Campus Ministries, Church Relations, University Marketing, and University Advancement. He provides overall leadership and management for the comprehensive programs within each area of University Relations and is responsible for internal and external communications. Scott serves on the Senior Leadership Team and reports directly to the President.

Laura ShortManaging Director of University Advancement

Laura Short ('09 MSM)
Phone: (740) 397-9000, Ext. 4302

Laura leads University Advancement which encompasses Alumni Relations and Development. She coordinates development strategies which include major gifts, donor cultivation, planned giving, corporate sponsorship, stewardship and special events. Laura works closely with the Vice President for University Relations developing advancement and alumni initiatives.


Taylor KochheiserAssistant Director of Development Giving

Taylor Kochheiser ('15)
Phone: (740) 397-9000, Ext. 4134

Taylor oversees all annual giving programs including direct mail appeals, faculty/staff campaigns, data entry, report writing and generation, and donor stewardship. She works closely with the Managing Director of Development and Marketing.



Esther CarpenterGift Receipts and Records Coordinator

Esther Carpenter
Phone: (740) 397-9000, Ext. 4332

Esther diligently ensures that every gift is processed, recorded, and receipted properly. She works closely with development staff and Accounting to properly document the philanthropic support of all MVNU constituencies.

Kelly DanielsOffice Coordinator for University Relations & Development

Kelly Daniels
Phone: (740) 397-9000, Ext. 4132

Kelly assists the Vice President for University Relations and Managing Director of Development with office organization and administrative responsibilities. She helps with the coordination of University Relations and Development events.


Heather HoagAssistant for Alumni Relations

Heather Hoag ('98 BA)
Phone: (740) 397-9000, Ext. 4310

Heather assists the Director of Alumni Relations with office organization and administrative responsibilities. She is instrumental in the maintenance of alumni records, assists with the coordination of Homecoming and other alumni events, and collaborates with Marketing in the production of various alumni mailings.

Deb Oakes, Photo UpcomingDevelopment Services Coordinator

Deb Oakes
Phone: (740) 397-9000, Ext. 4331

Deb manages endowment and scholarship records, contacts, and awarding. She works closely with Student Financial Services to ensure that scholarship allocations are distributed to MVNU students. She also assists the Managing Director with prospect management, various donor and alumni reports, and maintaining annual and cumulative donor records that are listed in annual donor report.

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