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University Advancement announces new staff members


October 19, 2007

The department of University Advancement at Wake Forest has announced the addition of five new staff members.

Kristin Tyrrell Burch has been named assistant vice president and director of alumni activities.  She will have overall responsibility for the activities of the Alumni Association and developing strategies for alumni involvement both on campus and nationally.  Burch has served as director of alumni relations at Georgetown University since 2005; she had been at Georgetown since 2000 and had previously served as assistant director of development for the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown.  She graduated from Wake Forest in 1996 with a degree in sociology with a business concentration.

Debbie Miller has been named assistant vice president for prospect development.  She will be responsible for managing the university’s prospect development group and developing research strategies to support fundraising initiatives.  Since 2005, Miller has served as director of prospect development at The Nature Conservancy and prior to that worked in prospect research at Virginia Tech, where she earned an undergraduate degree, a Master of Business Administration and is currently a doctoral candidate.

Patricia Boone has been named alumni affinity programs officer.  She will be responsible for developing the Alumni Association’s merchandising and affinity programs, and Lifelong Learning, Wake Forest’s alumni education program.  Since 2004, Boone has served as associate dean of continuing studies at Salem College, and for the past year, as adjunct professor of business.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media arts from Hampton University and a law degree from North Carolina Central University.

Georgia Thompson has been named alumni programs officer for the professional schools.  She will be responsible for developing engagement strategies for alumni on volunteer boards and will support professional school alumni events on and off campus.  Thompson is a 2005 graduate of Wake Forest, with bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and political science, and has served since 2005 as a project coordinator for Water Missions International, a relief agency based in Charleston, S.C. 

Kathryn “Kate” Yandell has been named assistant director of alumni programs.  She will develop alumni programs such as Homecoming and reunions, will advance the young alumni engagement strategy and will also work with student programs.  Yandell is a 2007 graduate of Wake Forest with a bachelor’s degree in classical studies, and she completed a senior internship in membership and development at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


Kate Yandell, assistant director of alumni programs.
Kate Yandell, assistant director of alumni programs.
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Georgia Thompson, alumni programs officer for the professional schools.
Georgia Thompson, alumni programs officer for the professional schools.
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Patricia Boone, alumni affinity programs officer.
Patricia Boone, alumni affinity programs officer.
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Debbie Miller, assistant vice president for prospect development.
Debbie Miller, assistant vice president for prospect development.
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Kristin Burch, assistant vice president and director of alumni activities.
Kristin Burch, assistant vice president and director of alumni activities.
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