Recent Placements

Chief Program Officer, Alumni Association

Heidi Crapol has more than 25 years of mission-driven leadership in nonprofit, corporate and higher education environments. Her work has focused on philanthropy, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, communications and organizational development.  Ms. Crapol began her career in the nonprofit sector in fundraising and nonprofit management with the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She later moved to the private sector where she held a number of leadership positions at Altria in corporate affairs.

Executive Director, Graduate Marketing and Admissions, McIntire School of Commerce

Judi Byers was most recently Executive Director of Admissions & Financial Aid at Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business. In this role, she led strategic recruitment and admissions for the Two-Year and One Year Residential MBA programs in Ithaca, New York. Prior to Cornell, Judi served as Director of Admissions for the graduate business programs at American University’s Kogod School of Business and successfully led student recruitment and enrollment for the Full-time, Professional, and Dual Degree MBA programs as well as six Specialized Master’s programs.

Executive Director, UVA Licensing & Ventures Group

Richard Chylla, Ph.D.,  has been named Executive Director of the University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group (UVA LVG) effective January 24, 2022. 

Chief Technology Officer, Alumni Association

Elizabeth Turrisi joined the UVA Alumni Association as Chief Technology Officer in November 2021 to lead the Alumni Association’s technical vision and provide strategic direction and day-to-day oversight of the Data and Technology team. Partnering and collaborating with Alumni Association staff, the University, University Information Technology Services, and University Advancement, Elizabeth will lead the team to develop and manage the architecture and technology roadmap to optimize resources, improve customer service, and ultimately increase alumni ‘connectedness’ to the Association.

Executive Director of Federal Government Relations and Special Assistant to the President

Julia Smith has accepted the position of Executive Director of Federal Government Relations and Special Assistant to the President. A graduate of Dickinson College, Julia will be the University’s first full-time federal government relations professional.

Executive Director, Cancer Programs

Corley previously served as Assistant Vice President, Advancement Strategic Initiatives at the Darden School Foundation where she is the senior leader and fundraiser. She achieved the Foundation’s largest contribution in 2021 of $44 Million, the School's largest by a living donor.

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