Spencer Lewis, Director of Development and Alumni Relations
B.A., Business, Virginia Tech
Spencer Lewis, director of development and alumni relations for Penn State World Campus, sets the vision for and oversees the breadth of fundraising initiatives, including scholarship and program endowments and alumni and donor relations. He has contributed to the success of two prior University capital campaigns and is leading Penn State World Campus in fundraising for A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence. After graduating from Virginia Tech, Lewis served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and then pursued a more than 30-year career in fundraising. He has held positions with the Penn State Smeal College of Business, the Penn State College of Engineering, and the American Cancer Society.
Rob Butler, Director of Major Gifts
M.A., Television, Radio, and Film, Syracuse University
B.A., English, Bates College
Rob Butler, director of major gifts, has a fundraising portfolio that includes initiatives at Penn State World Campus, such as program and scholarship endowments. He joined the Penn State World Campus Development and Alumni Relations team in 1999, and he has held the positions of development assistant, assistant director, and associate director. Before his career in fundraising, Butler was a radio news anchor/reporter in Augusta, Maine, and an associate producer for television and radio at WPSU.
Amber Redmond, Director of Alumni Relations
Master of Public Administration, Penn State World Campus
B.S., Management, Penn State
Amber Redmond, director of alumni relations for Penn State World Campus, began her career at Penn State in the Office of Gift Planning within the Division of Development and Alumni Relations in August 2013. After three years in central development, Redmond transitioned to a role in the Admission Services and Financial Aid Office with World Campus. During her time in this role, Redmond also coordinated the operations of the Penn State World Campus Alumni Ambassador Program, where she developed her affinity for working closely with World Campus alumni. In February 2020, Redmond returned to the Division of Development and Alumni Relations and assumed her role as director of alumni relations for World Campus.
Amy Sharer, Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations
Associate of Applied Science, Pennsylvania College of Technology
Amy Sharer, director of stewardship and donor relations, began her career at Penn State in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Dean for the Commonwealth Educational System. She spent several years as the development assistant for the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications and as assistant director in administrative information systems for Penn State Development and Alumni Relations. Sharer joined the World Campus Development and Alumni Relations team from the Penn State College of Engineering, where she served as the College’s stewardship coordinator.
Nick McCarthy, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
M.A., English, Penn State
B.A., English and American Literature, University of Warwick, UK
Nick McCarthy, strategic initiatives coordinator, leads communications for the Penn State World Campus Development and Alumni Relations team, which includes managing volunteer campaign communications. Her responsibilities encompass researching and developing major proposals, developing relationships with foundations, and managing special projects. Previously, she was a publications writer for The Penn Stater, proposal writer for the Grand Destiny Campaign, and assistant director of the Center for Computational Mathematics and Applications at Penn State. She also served as a technical communications specialist with the Justice and Safety Institute in Penn State Outreach.
Chrissy Long, Development Assistant
Associate in Specialized Business, South Hills School of Business and Technology
Chrissy Long, development assistant, supports the planning and implementation of fundraising programs. She joined Outreach and Online Education in 2000, and in 2004, she became the staff assistant for the Penn State World Campus Development and Alumni Relations team. Long was promoted to her current role in 2008.
Suzie Hassinger, Administrative Support Assistant
Diploma in Accounting, South Hills School of Business and Technology
Suzie Hassinger, administrative support assistant, joined the Penn State World Campus Development and Alumni Relations team in 2014. Previously, she was an administrative support assistant for the Grants and Contract Office in Outreach and Online Education. Her experience also includes providing administrative support for Statewide Continuing Education, Outreach Marketing, and Cooperative Extension.