Marianne Downey (downey1) came to Uni in October 2010 after previously serving as the Director of Advancement at the University of Illinois College of Law and at Cathedral High School, a private high school in Indianapolis. Marianne has an MA in Teacher Leadership, Education Leadership at University of Illinois Springfield, and a B.S. in Business at Indiana University - Kelley School of Business. She earned a Certificate in Fund Raising Management at the Indiana University, Center on Philanthropy Fund Raising School. Marianne first qualified for Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) status in 1997 and has successfully recertified through 2016. Marianne serves on the campus Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) meetings led by the Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement and attends the school Administration and Executive Committee meetings. She reports at the Parent Faculty Organization PFO meetings each month from August through May of each year. She is responsible for organizing the Advancement Committee and the Advisory Board meetings. She leads the Advancement Team including the Assistant Director of Advancement, Kymberly Burkhead-Dalton, the Advancement Office Support Associate, Corissa Clark and the Communications and Publications Coordinator Carol Lombardi. Marianne is the Membership Chair on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals of East Central Illinois (AFPECI) through December 31, 2014. She also serves on the Mayor of Urbana’s Neighborhood Safety Task Force.
Prior to joining Uni as the Assistant Director of Advancement, Kymberly previously worked in alumni and student relations for the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Kymberly holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgia State University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Troy State University in Alabama. She is currently working on a Doctorate of Public Administration degree at the University of Illinois Springfield. She has also held fund development positions at Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and St. Jude’s Recovery Center in Atlanta, GA. Kymberly is a participant in the UIUC campus Annual Fund Round Table, the Stewardship Round Table and the campus Advancement Diversity Committee meetings. She is member of the East Central Illinois Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and was a member of Champaign-West Rotary from 2009-2012. She continues to serve the community by volunteering with Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, Habitat for Humanity and the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.