University of Georgia Athletic Association
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Coordinator of Stewardship & Donor Relations
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Major Gifts Officer
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Director, Georgia Athletic Hospitality
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Director of Development
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Mark Slonaker was named Executive Director of the Georgia Bulldog Club in July of 2011. Since being named Executive Director by Athletic Director Greg McGarity, the Georgia Bulldog Club has implemented an Advisory Committee, a Young Alumni Ticketing program, an Endowed Named Coaching/Administrator program, fundraising plans for the Foley Field Revival and Equestrian Center facility projects as well as restructuring the Endowed Scholarship program. During Slonaker’s tenure as Executive Director, the 2013 William C. Hartman Fund attained the highest donation amount since 2008 and Capital/Endowment Giving’s Gifts and Pledges have increased approximately 160% since 2011.
From 2008-2011, Slonaker served as a Regional Director for Principal & Major Gifts on the staff of the UGA Development Office. As part of the University’s Central Development team, Slonaker spent most of his time in the major cities on the west coast identifying, cultivating, and soliciting UGA alumni and friends for major gifts.
A native of Rahway, N.J., Slonaker lettered for the Bulldogs (1975-79) and was co-captain of Coach Hugh Durham’s first team at Georgia in ’79. After graduation, he coached basketball at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia State University, University of Georgia as an assistant, Head Coach at Pensacola Junior College, and 11 years (1997-2008) as the Head Coach at Mercer University. His 2003 team won 23 games and captured the school’s first ever Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. Slonaker was named National Coach of the Year by Collegeinsider.com at the end of the season.
Slonaker also served as color analyst on the Georgia Basketball Radio Network from 2009-2013, earned his B.S. degree in Education from UGA in 1980 and his Master’s degree in Sport Administration from Georgia State in 1989. He and his wife Kathy have three grown children: Michael, Meaghan and Patrick.
Steven Farmer joined the Athletic Association staff in August of 2002 as a Major Gifts officer. Steven's responsibilities include the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of private and corporate financial support for the Athletic Association.
Before joining the UGA Athletic Association, Steven worked for the Tulane Athletics Department for three years (1999-2002). He first went there as a business office intern, then was hired full-time as the assistant business manger for the Athletics Department. Steven then moved to the Tulane Athletics Fund (TAF) Office as a Revenue Development Officer. In March of 2002, Steven was named Director of TAF.
The native of Rome, GA, earned his bachelor's of business administration in Finance from UGA in 1998, and a master's of education in sports management, also from UGA, in 2000. Steven was a manager on the football team in 1996 and 1997 and a graduate assistant in the football equipment room in 1998.
Patrick Gray joined The Georgia Bulldog Club in August of 2010 and currently serves as Associate Director of Development. Patrick's responsibilities include oversight of the Gymnastics Endowment Fund, Basketball Enhancement Fund, the G-Club (former student-athlete outreach), the Young Alumni program, as well as the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of private and corporate financial support for the Athletic Association.
Before joining the UGA Athletic Association, Patrick worked for The Rams Club at The University of North Carolina first as a graduate intern in 2008, and then was hired as an Assistant for Special Projects in 2009. Prior to attending Graduate School, Patrick worked for The Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club for five years (2002-2007) in an Alumni & Community Relations capacity.
The native of Oakville, ON, Canada earned a B.S. in Sport Management from Brock University in 2003 as well as a Master's Degree in Sport Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009. Patrick currently lives in Grayson, GA with his wife Melanie.
Barbara Hartman Howell joined the Georgia Student Educational Fund staff in 1986 and became an employee of the Athletic Association in July 2000 when the fundraising arm of athletics was taken under the umbrella of UGAAA. Barbara promotes and develops relationships with donors as well as campus and community groups. She is also involved with major gifts as well as annual gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship process.
Barbara began her career as an assistant to Leonard Postero and the Leonard’s Losers Radio Show. She was an office assistant for the Georgia Student Educational Fund and became Assistant Director. Barbara worked closely with area Georgia Bulldog Clubs and coordinated the Bulldog Road Tour as well as directed solicitations for the Georgia Educational Enhancement Fund (now the William C. Hartman, Jr. Fund named for her father), the Georgia Basketball Enhancement Fund, and the Gymnastics Endowment Fund.
A native Athenian, Barbara earned an ABJ from the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism, University of Georgia, in 1973. Barbara has a son, Stuart, who graduated from The Terry College of Business in the spring of 2013. Her late daughter, Amanda, was a 2003 graduate of UGA with a degree in Spanish.
Brad Bell was hired as a Major Gifts Officer with The Georgia Bulldog Club in May of 2014. In this role Brad works to build relationships with individuals and corporations interested in partnering with the UGA Athletic Association through financial support.
Prior to joining The Georgia Bulldog Club team, Brad served as the Director of Private Gifts for UGA Student Affairs from 2012-2014. In this role he led the effort to raise private support to enhance the student experience outside of the classroom. Prior to that, he spent five years in the financial services industry with Synovus Bank in the Athens area.
Brad is a 2007 graduate of Furman University where he majored in Business Administration and was a member of the football team. He is also a proud Bulldog, having graduated with his MBA from UGA's Terry College of Business in 2011.
Debbie Daniel joined The Georgia Bulldog Club in June of 2014 as the Coordinator of Stewardship and Donor Relations. Debbie's responsibilities include desigining and managing the donor recognition and stewardship program for The Georgia Bulldog Club, creating exceptional experiences for donors, and supporting the efforts of both the annual giving and major gift teams wtihin The Georgia Bulldog Club.
Before joining the UGA Athletic Association, Debbie spent nine years working in the Development Office at Athens Academy, a College Preparatory School in Athens, Georgia.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Debbie grew up in Macon, Georgia. Debbie is a proud graduate of The University of Georgia where she earned her BBA with a major in Marketing in 1988. Debbie and her husband John have four children: Will, Lauren, Allen and Hannah.
Travis Epling joined The Georgia Bulldog Club in June of 2014, and currently serves as Major Gifts Officer. Travis’ responsibilities include identification, cultivation, and solicitation of private and corporate financial support for the Athletic Association.
Before joining the UGA Athletic Association, Travis worked for The Big Green Scholarship Foundation at Marshall University from 2010-2014. His responsibilities included soliciting gifts towards a $30 million Capital Campaign and serving as the director of the M Club. He also had an instrumental part in implementing a reseating and reparking plan for both football and basketball. Travis oversaw four regional chapters with the Big Green, as well.
The native of Point Pleasant, West Virginia earned a B.B.A in Marketing from Marshall University in 2008, as well as a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management from Marshall University in 2010. Travis attended MU as a student athlete running cross country from 04 to 08 where he was named to the All C-USA team in 2008. From 2008-2010, he worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Track & Field/Cross Country teams. Travis married his high school sweetheart Whitney Scarberry of Point Pleasant, WV in June 2012, and the couple lives in Athens with their dogs Tucker and Nelly.
Epiphany Clark joined The Georgia Bulldog Club in July 2014. Her duties include managing the Young Alumni Program, an exclusive club in which recent UGA graduates will have an opportunity to request renewable season tickets at a special rate, providing front line customer support to Bulldog Club members, responding to information requests and assisting with donor communication through the Bulldog Cub.
Prior to coming to Athens, Epiphany served as a Graduate Assistant for University Development at Baylor University and Intern for Baylor Athletic Marketing. In her role in the development office Epiphany main responsibilities were donor relations oriented, and prospect development. In this role Epiphany wrote and designed collateral materials and electronic communications distributed to donors, provided critical support in the preparation and execution of all events sponsored by university development and helped to re-seat over 2500 constituents in Baylor’s new McLane Stadium. Through her position in the marketing office, Epiphany managed game-day operations, and oversaw preparation for 19 varsity sports.
A native of Choctaw, Oklahoma, Epiphany earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Masters of Education in Sport Management from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Former University of Georgia quarterback Mike Cavan joined the UGA Athletic Association Development Office as a consultant in August, 2002.
Cavan, who over the past 16 years has served as head football coach at Valdosta State, East Tennessee, and SMU, is a former star quarterback for the Bulldogs from 1968-70. As a sophomore in 1968 he led Georgia to an 8-0-2 record, the Southeastern Conference championship, and berth in the Sugar Bowl. He was named to the All-SEC Sophomore team by the Associated Press outpolling such stars as Archie Manning at Ole Miss and Scott Hunter at Alabama.
He served as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs from 1975-85 after two seasons as a graduate assistant. Cavan served as head coach at Valdosta State from 1986-91; East Tennessee from 1992-96; and SMU from 1997-2001.
He is married to the former Becky Pittard of Duluth, Ga. They have two grown children who live in Dallas, TX.; Son, Michael and daughter Mima, who is married to Chase Schavrda with one son Charlie.
Returning to the University of Georgia Athletic Association in February 2008, Jay Lowe serves as associate director of development. His responsibilities include oversight of the William C. Hartman Jr. Fund as well as identification, cultivation and solicitation of private and corporate financial support for the Athletic Association. Prior to returning to the Athletic Association, Lowe was serving as the assistant director of development at Miami University in Oxford, OH, working directly with the annual fund and major gifts for the Red and White Club.
While earning a bachelor’s of arts in journalism from UGA, Lowe served as a student-assistant in the Athletic Association’s Sports Communications office. In 1999, Lowe was awarded a graduate assistantship in Event Management from the Athletic Association and began work on his masters of education in sports management. Following completion of his master’s degree, Lowe served as operations assistant at Wake Forest University from 2000-2002. In mid-2002, Lowe accepted the position of event manager, summer camp coordinator and football travel coordinator at Northern Illinois University. Already having ties to the Southeastern Conference, Lowe then served as Director of Operations and Facilities in Vanderbilt University’s Department of Student-Athletics from 2003-2007.
Born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, Lowe is married to the former Courtney Alexander (BSEd ’05) of Lawrenceville, GA. The Lowe's live in Oconee County with their two wonderful daughters, Arabelle and Emery, and their three dogs, Salem, Sherman and Yoda.
Jana White returned to the University of Georgia Athletic Association as Associate Director of Development in September 2012. Her responsibilities include oversight and sales of premium seating for football and men's and women's basketball as well the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of private and corporate financial support for the Athletic Association.
Prior to returning to Athens, White was Assistant Director of Gator Boosters, Inc., overseeing premium seating and assisting with annual giving efforts for the University of Florida Gators. Previously, White was a Graduate Assistant in The Georgia Bulldog Club while earning her Master's degree in Sports Administration from UGA.
Amanda Bennett was promoted to Assistant Director of Development for Stewardship and Donor Relations in January 2013. She oversees the stewardship program for annual and major giving to the Athletic Association, including gift acknowledgement, fund reporting, and donor recognition and appreciation.
Amanda joined the Athletic Association staff full time as an Administrative Associate in April of 2006 after working as an intern for The Georgia Bulldog Club. As Administrative Associate, Amanda managed administrative needs for the Executive Director of The Georgia Bulldog Club, assisted with gift processing and reporting, assisted the Director of Capital Support with all functions related to the Scholarship Endowment Program, and conducted day to day donor support.
Prior to her work with the Athletic Association she served as a Marketing and Promotions Intern for the Nashville Sounds Baseball Team during their 2003 season and a Season Ticket Sales Account Executive for Spurs Sports & Entertainment in San Antonio, Texas.
A native of Watkinsville, GA and a 1998 graduate of Oconee County High School, Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies from the University of Georgia in 2002 and her Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management in 2012. She is married to Shaun Bennett of Watkinsville, GA. The couple resides in Athens.
Dolores Hughes began her role as Gift Receiving Manager in 1990 after spending nine years working part time in both the Athletic Ticket Office and the GSEF/Bulldog Club.
Dolores processes and manages all matching gifts for the William C. Hartman Jr. Fund, the Gymnastics Endowment Fund and Basketball Enhancement Fund. Her responsibilities include entering donations for all three annual funds, tracking donations, updating data entry, maintaining donor fund files as well as day to day donor support.
An Athens native, Dolores graduated from Athens High School and Athens Technical College. She is married to Ned Hughes, also of Athens and they have a daughter, Denise, a 1995 graduate of the University of Georgia.
Michelle returned to Georgia Athletic Hospitality (managed by Colonnade Group) in January of 2014. Her duties with GAH include premium seating management of football, basketball, and gymnastics. Michelle also schedules and oversees rental events in UGA athletic venues.
A proud graduate of the University of Georgia, Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture in May 2009. While in school, she was a member and captain of the UGA Equestrian team and helped win two National Championships. Post-graduation, Michelle joined Colonnade Group in their inaugural season at UGA as an intern under the leadership of Bethany Hawkins. Upon completion of her internship, Michelle was hired by Colonnade Group as the Director of Premium Seating at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL serving in that position from 2010-2013.
After four seasons with the Jax State Gamecocks, Michelle now enjoys life “between the hedges” with her husband, Anthony, and favorite four-legged friends: Max & Cannon (rescue dogs), Mia & Mr. Berkley (rescue cats), & Libbie (the horse).
Bethany began working with The Bulldog Club in February of 2009 after the UGA Athletic Association teamed up with The Colonnade Group to manage its premium seating areas. Bethany manages all day-to-day as well as game day operations for the premium seating areas (Sanford Stadium SkySuites, SkyClub, Champion’s Club, Stegeman Coliseum Courtside Club and Hospitality Room, and Gymnastic Hospitality). Also included in Bethany’s scope of work are facility rentals for the Athletic Department.
Bethany joined The Colonnade Group as an intern in the Bulldog Suites office, The Colonnade Group’s university office in Starkville, Miss. She most recently served as the Assistant Hospitality Director for TCG’s office at the University of Tennessee, where she was instrumental in opening that office in its inaugural year.
A native of Gulf Shores, Alabama, Bethany graduated with honors from Mississippi State University with degrees in Marketing and Sports Communication.
Born and raised in Douglas, Georgia, Jessica moved to Athens to attend The University of Georgia in 2008. While at UGA, she served as Editor -in-Chief for Mandala Journal, an online multicultural journal published by the Institute for African American Studies, in addition to volunteering with several local organizations. She began working as a student assistant in the Development office at the Terry College of Business during her second year of college, where she remained until graduation. While at Terry, she worked primarily within the Annual Fund and Donor Relations departments. Jessica completed her degree in English in May of 2012.
Originally from Douglasville, Georgia, Lisa moved to Athens to attend The University of Georgia. Lisa completed school in May 2011 with a B.B.A. in Marketing from the Terry College of Business. After graduation, Lisa took positions with Aspen Heights as Sales and Marketing Coordinator and the Atlanta Hawks as an Inside Sales Representative before beginning as the fulltime intern with The Georgia Bulldog Club back in August 2012.
Lisa has now joined The Colonnade Group as the Georgia Athletic Hospitality Assistant. She will help manage and operate the hospitality areas and premium seating for football, basketball, and gymnastics. As well as facility rentals for the UGA Athletic Association.
Originally from Canton, Georgia, Jessica moved to Athens in 2010 to attend The University of Georgia. Jessica completed school in May 2014 with a B.B.A. in Marketing from the Terry College of Business and a B.S.Ed. in Sport Management from the College of Education. While in school, Jessica worked part-time with the UGAA Marketing Department as a student intern which ultimately led to her new position in June 2014.
Jessica is now working with The Colonnade Group as the Georgia Athletic Hospitality Assistant. She helps manage and operate the hospitality areas and premium seating for football, basketball, gymnastics, and baseball as well as facility rentals for the UGA Athletic Association and the GAH Student Ambassador communication.
Laurel Hosmer joined The Georgia Bulldog Club in August 2013. Her duties include managing the G-Club, a network of all UGA Varsity Letter-Winners, providing front line customer support to Bulldog Club members, responding to information requests and assisting with donor communication through the Bulldog Cub.
Prior to coming to Athens, Laurel served as a Graduate Assistant and Intern for two years for the UMass Minutemen with responsibilities in the development, compliance and business office. In her role in the development office Laurel re-launched and ran social media for the Minutemen Club, wrote and designed collateral materials and electronic communications distributed to donors, and provided critical support in the preparation and execution of Minutemen Club events. Through her position in the compliance and business office Laurel managed all student-athlete athletic aid, worked with the entire athletic department staff to ensure adherence to University and NCAA policies and procedures, and oversaw preparation for a compliance review through the transition from FCS to FBS status.
While at UMass, Laurel earned her MS in Sport Management from the Mark H. McCormack School of Sport Management in May 2013. A native of Winchester, MA, Laurel received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from SUNYIT in May 2009 where she played soccer and served as captain her senior year.
Anna Stadel joined The Georgia Bulldog Club in July 2014. Her responsibilities include oversight of the G-Club, a network of all former UGA letter winners, assisting with donor education for all three annual funds, gift acknowledgements and receipting, development communications, game day donor relations, and serving as a frontline customer service representative for The Georgia Bulldog Club.
Prior to her arrival in Athens, Anna interned in the athletic department at Santa Clara University from 2011-2013. She held positions in academics, compliance and student-services, marketing and promotions, and the Bronco Bench Foundation. She also spent the fall of 2011 interning in volleyball operations at Stanford University.
Anna was a four year letter winner for the University of Oklahoma volleyball team from 2004-2007 where she was a member of the Sooners’ 2006 Sweet 16 squad and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 team three times. After completing her volleyball eligibility, she worked as an undergraduate assistant in the athletic department at OU for the Senior Woman Administrator.
A native of Osage City, Kansas, Anna received her B.S. in Health & Exercise from OU in 2008 and her M.A. in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco in 2013.
A native of Athens, Georgia, Sameer Vashisht joined The Colonnade Group in June of 2014 as the Georgia Athletic Hospitality Assistant. Sameer helps manage and operate the hospitality areas and premium seating for football, basketball, gymnastics, and baseball as well as facility rentals for the UGA Athletic Association and the GAH Student Ambassador communication.
In 2013-2014 Sameer worked as a full time intern in The Georgia Bulldog Club. Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Sameer received a Bachelor of Art and Science in Psychology from UGA in 2011 and a Master of Education in Sport Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 2013.