Meet the Advancement Department
In May of 2013, Montpelier welcomed Kimberly Skelly as Executive Vice President for Advancement. Kimberly also served as Montpelier's Vice President for Development from 2007 - 2010 during the $65 million capital campaign, making this a homecoming for her. With nearly 20 years of progressive fundraising and communications-related experience, Kimberly has held leadership positions at the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mary Baldwin College, and lives in Somerset, Virginia with her husband and two sons.
Elizabeth von Hassell
Elizabeth joined the staff at Montpelier in June 2014. Previously, she served as Director of Major Gifts and Stewardship at Shenandoah University, with a proven track record in fundraising and marketing. A childhood in West Virginia prepared her well for a successful career in pharmaceutical sales in New York before returning to the Mid-Atlantic. She is an avid lover of tennis, horses, hiking, and her two sons enrolled at Woodberry Forest and Washington & Lee.
Anna Goltz joined Montpelier in January of 2014. Anna piloted innovative programs during her four years as Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs at George Mason University which earned a Circle of Excellence award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Anna also brings fundraising experience from work on political campaigns. A native of Minnesota and alumna of Mount Holyoke College, Anna is enjoying getting to know Central Virginia with her husband and their first dog.
Lisa joined the Advancement office in April 2014 as Director of Major Gifts. She started her development career in 2002 at St. Anne’s-Belfield School, a Preschool – 12th grade independent school in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she served as Director of Annual Giving and then as the Interim Director of Development. In 2007, Lisa went on to serve as Director of Development. In 2009 she became the Associate Head of School for Development. Under Lisa’s leadership, the School completed a successful $44 million campaign. She holds a B.A. in French and Art History from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Tyler joined Montpelier as Assistant Director of Major Gifts in May of 2014. Tyler launched his development career at Virginia Clean Cities, a statewide alternative fuels coalition and U.S. Department of Energy affiliate. As VCC's Interim Director of Development, he advanced cultivation and stewardship strategies, boosted board engagement, and led a profitable fundraising campaign. Tyler received his Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in nonprofit management from James Madison University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, summa cum laude, from Keene State College. He is currently working toward his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential.
Susan Donovan came to Montpelier in October 2014 with more than twenty years of non-profit management and fundraising experience. Having founded and served for twelve years as Executive Director of the International Rescue Committee’s Charlottesville resettlement office, she went on to administer the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for East Asia. A graduate of the University of Virginia in Government and Foreign Affairs, Susan has since had much opportunity to observe and appreciate the profound benefits of American constitutional self-government from both home and abroad.
Karen Costello, a twenty-year member of the Development department, is Montpelier Manager of Development Operations. She was named to her current position in January 2012. Throughout her career, Karen has worked on every aspect of development, including gift processing and special events. Karen began her work at Montpelier in February, 1988, as a receptionist.
Krista Costello has been Montpelier's Development Coordinator since December 2011. She began work at Montpelier in October 2005, and served as the department's Administrative Assistant and Development Administrator before being named to her current position. Prior to coming to Montpelier, Krista worked for 6 years as a retail office manager.