Development Biographies


Meet the Development Department

Elizabeth von Hassell

Development Director

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. 

Marlee Stynchula
Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Marlee joined the Montpelier Advancement staff in spring of 2015. Prior to coming to Montpelier, Marlee worked with the Advancement Team at James Madison University where she also earned a degree in Public Policy and Administration with a strong emphasis in nonprofit management. While at James Madison's Office of Annual Giving, Marlee assisted with several fundraising campaigns as an undergraduate liaison to students and the alumni community. A life-long lover of soccer, she played for JMU's NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Team and enjoys any chance to play the game.

Lisa Mann
Director of Major Gifts

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 Rines
Associate Director of Corporate & Foundation Giving

Tyler joined Montpelier in the spring 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, Tyler advanced cultivation and stewardship strategies, boosted board engagement, and led a profitable fundraising campaign that was 55% over goal. Tyler now serves on VCC's Board of Directors where he provides strategic leadership for fundraising and environmental policy initiatives. Tyler received his Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in nonprofit management and philanthropy from James Madison University and holds a B.A. in sociology, summa cum laude, from Keene State College. He is currently working toward his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential.

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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