Executive Director of the Catholic Community Foundation
Margaret began working at the Diocese in 2010. As Executive Director, she works closely with the Board of Directors and oversees the management and administration of the Foundation.
Her involvement with the Diocese began as a volunteer for the McMahon Parater Foundation for Education in 2009. She is an active community volunteer on the Boards of Directors of Greater
Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), Cristo Rey Richmond High School, the International Catholic Stewardship Council and the St. Joseph’s Villa Corporation.
Margaret and her husband, Jerry, have two children and live in Richmond, where they are active parishioners at St. Bridget Catholic Church. Margaret earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in History and American Studies and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Richmond.
Director of Development & Operations
Alex began working at the Diocese in 2010 with the primary responsibility of overseeing and restructuring the Diocesan Annual Appeal. In the years following, Alex conducted multiple parish efforts within the Living Our Mission campaign and served as the planned giving officer of the Diocese. In his role as Director of Development and Operations, Alex oversees the areas of planned giving, parish development services and the general operations of the Foundation in addition to his continued management of the Annual Appeal.
Prior to his career at the Diocese, Alex worked as the Director of Workplace Operations for the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University and resides in Midlothian with his wife, Jennifer, and his daughter, Abigail.
Director of the McMahon Parater Scholarship Foundation
Joyce joined the Diocese in 2012 as Director of Development for Schools. Her position has evolved and she now serves as the Director of the McMahon Parater Scholarship Foundation (MPSF). Joyce oversees the development efforts at 29 schools in the Diocese and manages the Educational Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit program. She has more than 35 years of development and marketing experience, including employment with CCS Fundraising, National Public Radio, Miami University, the Ohio State University, Florida State University and Nashville Public Television. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati and her Masters’ degree from Miami University in Ohio.
Director of Legacy Giving
As Director of Legacy Giving, Maggie is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s planned giving program and manages the administration of charitable gift annuities and bequests. Maggie developed a legacy giving program for parishes and schools and oversees the Lumen Christi Legacy Society. She also works with parishes, schools and individuals interested in establishing an endowment fund with the Foundation. Maggie moved to Richmond from Savannah, Georgia where she worked in fundraising, planned giving, foundation program management, and brand philanthropy for over 25 years.
Maggie earned a Doctorate from the University of Georgia in Higher Education. She is a member of the Virginia Gift Planning Council and was in the Inaugural Class of the Robert Hull Leadership Fellow Program of the Southeastern Council of Foundations. Maggie is an avid long distance runner, enjoys skeet and trap shooting, and dabbles in genealogical research for others.
Mission Advancement Manager
Gabriela joined the Diocese of Richmond on April 2014 and is responsible for supporting parishes with offertory and social media needs. In addition, she works with donors to help them realize their philanthropic goals as well as help them become more connected in the Church through their mission interests. Gabriela also serves as the key liaison between the Foundation and members of the Hispanic community.
Gabriela is originally from Caracas, Venezuela where she grew up as a Catholic, went to Catholic schools and graduated from Law School at Santa Maria University. She earned a Criminal Justice Master’s Degree and studied Spanish Linguistics at University Central Florida. Mom of a son and a daughter who attend Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School and Saint Gregory the Great Catholic School in Virginia Beach. Gabriela has been involved in different ministries in the Hispanic community at her parish, St. Gregory, over the last 14 years.
Mission Advancement Manager
Veronica joined the Diocese in 2014 and transitioned to the Catholic Community Foundation in 2015 as Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director and to the Director of Development and Operations. Veronica was promoted to Mission Advancement Manager in 2020. She is responsible for supporting parishes with offertory and social media needs. In addition, she works with donors to help them realize their philanthropic goals as well as help them become more connected in the Church through their mission interests.
Veronica and her husband spent 20 years traveling the country and overseas. During her time as a military spouse she was very active as a Religious Education teacher at numerous parishes/dioceses as well as a very active member of many PTA’s. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Wright State University. She and her husband have 3 teenagers who are students at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, University of Virginia and Deep Run High School.
Amanda has been an employee of the Diocese since 2008. As Database Coordinator, she insures that all donors’ gifts are properly applied according to their intentions. She works with donors and parishes to research, coordinate and facilitate gifts and ensures data integrity. Amanda brings her database knowledge and customer service expertise from 15 years of working for non-profits and always puts the donors’ needs first. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.
Jenny has been an employee of the Diocese since 2011 where she started in the Office of Catholic Schools supporting the Superintendent as an Administrative Assistant/Data Manager for school data. In 2016, Jenny transitioned to the Foundation’s team as the EISTC Data Specialist to support the data management of the tax credit scholarship program. Her primary responsibilities include managing reports related to donors, student and school data, processing forms and donations as well as corresponding with schools and donors regarding scholarships and donation requirements. Jenny earned her Bachelor of Arts from Randolph-Macon College and is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Joy joined the Diocese in 2018 as Administrative Assistant for the McMahon Parater Scholarship Foundation, supporting the development team, donors, and schools for the Educational Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit program. She has a background in office administration and was Office Manager for an electrical engineering defense contractor while living in Binghamton, New York. Joy moved with her family to Virginia in 2002 and was a stay at home mother for several years. During that time, she kept her administrative skills current by volunteering on the executive board of her children’s PTA as both Fundraising Chair, and then President. For the past several years she was employed by Henrico County Public Schools first as a substitute, and then as an elementary Exceptional Education Instructional Assistant. Joy, her husband Wade and their 3 teenaged children are all active parishioners of Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Glen Allen. Joy enjoys cooking, baking and gardening.