Advancement Biographies


Meet the Advancement Department

Kimberly Skelly
Executive Vice President for Advancement 

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. 

Gillian Kane
Director of Annual Giving

Gillian Kane was named Director of Annual Giving in February 2014.  Before coming to James Madison’s Montpelier, Gillian was Director of Development for Belmont Bay Science Center Foundation located in Woodbridge, Virginia.  Her career in fund development has spanned fifteen years in the northern Virginia market and she has recently returned to her hometown of Louisa, Virginia.  Gillian received her B.A. in Sociology from George Mason University in 1993

Anna Goltz
Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Anna Goltz joined Montpelier in January of 2014 as Assistant Director of Annual Giving. Previously, she spent four years as Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs at George Mason University and also brings experience from political campaigns. A native of Minnesota and alumna of Mount Holyoke College, Anna is enjoying getting to know Central Virginia.  

Mike Marvaso
Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving

Mike Marvaso has been a familiar face at Montpelier with five years as an interpretive guide on tours of the mansion. He joins the Advancement team as Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving. Mike will build upon his 35-year career at Dow Jones & Co. where he held senior management positions including National Director of Operations and National Sales Director.  

Karen Costello
Manager of Development Operations

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
Development Coordinator

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.



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