Meet the Emporia State University Foundation Team

Shane Shivley

Shane Shivley

President 

With more than 15 years of experience in higher education, Shane Shivley serves as the President and CEO of the Emporia State University Foundation.  He leads an advancement team in raising the bar in the largest comprehensive campaign Emporia State University has ever embarked upon, a $45-million effort known as Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University.

Under Shivley’s leadership, the foundation, university and community of Emporia has recently solidified the first-ever University Community in Motion initiative. The City of Emporia and Lyon County have aligned priorities to support student scholarships at Emporia State.

Prior to this appointment, Shane was the Vice President of Development for the Foundation. As a seasoned development executive, Shane built a reputation for driving results, strengthening programs, and creating strategic plans. Previously, Shivley served in a dual role as the Senior Director of Development and the Senior Associate Athletic Director.

Active in his community, he is the past president of Emporia Main Street and the Emporia Friends of the Zoo Board. Shivley also volunteered on the Emporia Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Board. He currently is a member of the Rotary Club of Emporia and graduate of Leadership Emporia Class of 2004.

Jennifer Denton

Jennifer Denton

Vice President for Stewardship and Administration

Jennifer Denton has led Emporia State University Foundation’s Stewardship and Administration team since August 2012. Under Denton’s leadership the team has successfully completed a total conversion of alumni, gift, and financial data software and associated business processes (from Banner to Blackbaud); has reinstated a personalized annual Stewardship Report mailing to nearly 800 endowment donors; and has executed more than 15 donor recognition events celebrating $5.4M+ in private giving. Previously, Jennifer served as Chief Operations Officer at Colorado State University–Pueblo Foundation.

A native Coloradoan, Denton redeemed her National Merit Scholarship at Rice University in pursuit of a chemical engineering degree. Following graduation she enabled client businesses to leverage technology as a Staff Consultant at Computer Sciences Corporation, Houston, Texas, and later served as a Marketing Specialist for a top-producing Colorado real estate team. Denton credits her unique educational and career journey with honing the analytical, client service, and communication skills necessary to help meet Emporia State’s $45M campaign goal.


In her free time you can find Jennifer, her husband Brian, and their two daughters enjoying the many musical, athletic, and family events Emporia has to offer.


Spencer Allen

Spencer Allen
Assistant Director of Development for Athletics

Donna Breshears

Donna Breshears
Assistant to the Foundation President Corporate Secretary

Connor Clark

Connor Clark
Student Building Manager

Carol Cooper

Carol Cooper
FS, Now and Forever Campaign Manager

Michelle Corkins

Michelle Corkins
BSB 2011
Assistant Director of Donor Relations

Teddi Davis

Teddi Davis
BS 2007
Director of Research Special Assistant to VP for Stewardship & Administration

Lorinda Duncan

Lorinda Duncan
BSB 1993
Chief Financial Officer

Sarah Eimer

Sarah Eimer
BFA 2003
Director of Donor Relations

Angela Fullen

Angela Fullen
BFA 2001
Associate Director of Development

Beth Hammond

Beth Hammond
MBA 1998
Assistant Director of Development

Natalie Lager

Natalie Lager
Student Assistant

John Lohmeyer

John Lohmeyer
BSE 1974, MS 1977
Director of Development

Roy Mann

Roy Mann
BME 1979, MS 1998
Director of Development

Sharon Mayers

Sharon Mayers
MBA 1999
Advancement Assistant

Aileen Miller

Aileen Miller
Fiscal Affairs Assistant

Paul Payton

Paul Payton
BS 2013, MED 2015
Communications Specialist

Mary Ralston

Mary Ralston
Research Graduate Assistant

Tina Ratcliff

Tina Ratcliff
Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Leticia Rust

Leticia Rust
Assistant Director of Development

Jennifer Sauder

Jennifer Sauder
Controller

Mary Shivley

Mary Shivley
BA 2001, MS 2004
Director of Advancement Communications

Samantha Volkman

Samantha Volkman
Student Assistant

Katie Werly

Katie Werly
Gift Records Manager

Stefanie Wiesen

Stefanie Wiesen
Donor Relations Graduate Assistant

Janice Williams

Janice Williams
Director of Data Analysis & Reporting