Meet the Team

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Marcy Romary
Interim President of Medical & Health Sciences Foundation
Director of Women's Philanthropy

Marcy is the Interim President for the Medical & Health Sciences Foundation and Director of Women's Philanthropy. Along with managing the development program for the Medical & Health Sciences Foundation, Marcy directs the Women's Roundtable at East Carolina University. Marcy will celebrated her 10th anniversary with ECU in August, 2013. She has previously served as the Interim Executive Director for Health Sciences Development, Major Gifts Officer for the College of Education and College of Health and Human Performance.

Dwain Teague

Dwain P. Teague
Major Gifts Officer
Laupus Health Sciences Library and Academic Library Services 

Dwain is responsible for donor relations, fundraising, and board management for the Laupus Health Sciences Library; the Country Doctor Museum in Bailey, NC; Joyner Library and the Music Library on East Campus . Dwain has served as a major gift fundraiser for the past 16 years and previously oversaw the development efforts for the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as the University Libraries at the University of Central Florida and North Carolina State University. Dwain earned the M.A. in English, Technical and Professional Communication, and the B.S. in Communication from East Carolina University. Heco-authored an article for Technical Services Quarterly entitled “Reconnect with your alumni and connect to donors.”


Mark Alexander, '04
Director of Development, College of Nursing  

Mark is the director of development for the College of Nursing and has served in this capacity since January 2007. He is responsible for the fund raising program for the college as well as overseeing the scholarship program. He is a 2004 graduate of ECU, earning a B.S. in economics. He is currently taking classes at ECU to pursue a master's degree in public administration with a concentration in non-profit management.


Patrice M. Frede
Director of Development,
College of Allied Health Sciences  

Pat's primary responsibility is to garner financial support for the College of Allied Health Sciences by matching prospective donors' objectives to existing critical needs. She has a B.S. in psychology from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin. Pat is also a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve and was recalled to active service from August 2009 to October 2010. She served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Kathy Brown

Kathy Brown
Senior Major Gifts Officer
Brody School of Medicine   

Kathy is a Senior Major Gifts Officer for the Medical & Health Sciences Foundation and she is assigned to the Brody School of Medicine. She is an ECU graduate who has spent 20 years working in various capacities for the Advancement Division. Previous to her assignment to Brody School of Medicine, Kathy has worked on behalf of the ECU Honors College, the College of Human Ecology and the College of Health and Human Performance. She has also taught Health Education courses at the university.


Kristen Ward
Director of Development, School of Dental Medicine

Kristen is the director of development for the School of Dental Medicine. Previously, Kristen served as associate director of development at North Carolina Wesleyan College and director of development for the American Red Cross. She has a B.A. in English and psychology and a non-profit management certificate from Duke University.


Renee Safford-White, '10
University Program Associate  

Renee is part of the foundation team serving as the annual fund coordinator. She is also the liaison for the Brody Scholar Program. Renee has more than 15 years of experience working at ECU as an executive assistant and working with special events. She graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in business education, earned her M.B.A. in November 2011, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Administration and Policy.


Elizabeth K. Briney, '04
Executive Assistant 

Elizabeth is the executive assistant to the president. She works closely with the Medical & Health Sciences Foundation board of directors and is responsible for the administration of board activities. Elizabeth is a 2004 graduate of ECU with a B.S. in child development and family relations and has worked at ECU since January 2006.


Candace Darden
University Program Associate  

As a part of the team, Candace is responsible for the management of all aspects of personnel administration for the foundation. She also assists with fund raising support and publication design. She graduated from Mount Olive College with a B.S. in business administration and organizational development. Candace has been with ECU since April 2007.


Allison Brown Cavanaugh
Administrative Support Associate  

Allison provides administrative support in a number of critical areas. Her voice is often the first one you hear when you call the foundation. Her responsibilities include data coordination, gift processing and development support. Allison has been with the foundation for 11 years.


Financial Services


Britt Sholar

Britt Sholar is a 2008 ECU College of Business graduate, where he earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Accounting. He is the Controller for both the Medical & Health Sciences Foundation and the ECU Alumni Association. Prior to joining the financial services team in March of 2012, Britt spent 4 years in public accounting as an auditor for Dixon Hughes Goodman. He is a CPA and originally from Chinquapin, NC.

Mandy King

Mandy King is part of the Medical & Health Sciences Foundation financial services team, serving the University since 2003, having served several years as an accountant for the ECU Foundation. Mandy is a graduate of Texas A&M University.

Julia Sligar

Julia Sligar
Administrative Support Specialist  

Julia is part of the financial services team, serving as the administrative support specialist for the Medical & Health Sciences Foundation. She processes accounts payable and a number of critical reports. Julia is a graduate of Georgia State University and has been with the foundation for more than six years.

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