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.
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 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 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, 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.