September 27, 2022

Transitions in the Advancement Office

The Advancement Office was busy over the summer with numerous staff transitions. See the new faces, new titles, and a few farewells.

Recognizing the importance alumni and parent engagement plays in the lives of our students as well as the vital support donors provide to Lewis & Clark, Vice President for Advancement Josh Walter has made several promotions and organizational changes.

“These changes will further strengthen our programs and initiatives to foster alumni, parent, and donor engagement at the college,” Walter said.

New Roles and Responsibilities

Rebecca Holt BA ’01 was recently promoted to assistant vice president for advancement and gift planning. Rebecca brings her years of experience and knowledge to lead our Major Gifts, Prospect Development, and Stewardship offices. Rebecca’s team is primarily responsible for discovering, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding our major donors and prospects. With the success of the campaign to date, there continues to be incredible growth for our major gift strategies and execution moving ahead. Christine Liu and Pier Merone continue serving as senior advancement officers, and John Aney BA ’88 and Tess Anawalt BA ’08 recently joined as senior advancement officers to round out the team.

David Johnson has been promoted to the associate vice president of foundation relations and strategic philanthropy to recognize his extensive work with foundations and incorporate his new responsibility of managing a portfolio of donors in Texas. David will be the lead on partnerships with foundations, corporations, and other organizations within the philanthropic world.

Julia Unangst has been promoted to be the director of foundation relations and strategic philanthropy. Julia continues to have great success with our foundation fundraising and will take on even more responsibilities and opportunities in this advanced role.


Stephen LeBoutillier BA ’00 has been promoted to assistant vice president for engagement, a new position which oversees Advancement Services, and two newly rebranded departments: Alumni and Parent Engagement (formerly Alumni and Parent Programs) and Donor Engagement (formerly Annual Giving). In this new role, Stephen is utilizing his extensive experience in alumni and parent relations to increase opportunities for alumni and parents to become more engaged with the institution. By sharing their networks with young alumni and mentoring students, volunteering in regional chapters, advisory boards, at events and class reunions, and choosing to include L&C among their philanthropic priorities, alumni and parents provide a strong foundation for the L&C community to grow.

To assist with this new collaboration, two additional promotions recognize tireless service to alumni and parents:

Emily Decker BA ’85 has been promoted to director of Alumni and Parent Engagement as she continues to strengthen programs that promote and celebrate alumni and parent engagement. Emily’s 35+ years at Lewis & Clark—seven in Alumni and Parent Engagement—provide a strong foundation and ample institutional memory to lead the team as they create exciting events and manage a network of alumni chapters.

Julie Newsome has been promoted to director of donor engagement as she sets new goals for the annual fund, and seeks to increase the number of alumni giving to L&C. Julie’s seven years of experience at L&C managing all aspects of donor engagement and working with the L&C community make her a natural to lead the department. Joining her is Natalya Hill as the new assistant director of donor engagement, phonathon, and student philanthropy and Jen Lewis as the new associate director of donor engagement communications.

Additional Changes 

Recognizing her leadership role and more than eight years of experience at Lewis & Clark, Ginger Moshofsky BA ’83, P ’18 has been promoted to senior associate director of Alumni and Parent Engagement where she will support Emily and help lead the team in programming engaging events.

Amanda Brewer Valley, who has worked in CAS Admissions for nine years, recently accepted the position of associate director of Alumni and Parent Engagement and will start her new role on October 17.

Lauren Lottman has been promoted to senior director of advancement in recognition of her tireless work ensuring data integrity over the past seven years. This spring, Lauren and her team masterfully completed a database conversion from Raiser’s Edge to Slate and continue to ensure the entire team has access to constituent data. Fulfilling this conversion in the midst of a campaign was no small feat!

With the retirement of Chris Atchison after 14 years of service at L&C, Tara McIrvin has been promoted to director of donor relations and stewardship after seven years experience in Annual Giving and Alumni and Parent Programs. Tara’s extensive event planning and constituent relations experience makes her well-qualified to steward and cultivate donor relationships.

Recognizing her incredible hard work and dedication to Lewis & Clark and her added responsibilities, Mattie Levendosky has been promoted to become the senior executive assistant for advancement and advisory boards. Mattie continues to be the glue that holds the division together and will now take on more responsibility for the entire team.

Finally, the Travel Program has quickly become a popular program among alumni, parents, and friends and showcases L&C faculty and their expertise. Andrew McPheeters has become the associate vice president for community education and travel programs and will continue to grow this important program. He will devote all his energy to working with faculty to develop exciting new offerings for community education and travel programming.