Office of Institutional Advancement
170 Malaga Street
74 King Street, P.O. Box 1027
St. Augustine, FL 32085-1027
Executive Director of Institutional Advancement
Kristy received her BA in Psychology/Secondary Social Science Education from Auburn University in 1993. As a student at Auburn, Kristy was tasked with providing leadership to the phonathon program as the first phonathon director (1991-1993), and this is where she realized her passion for higher education fundraising. Upon graduation in 1993, she was promoted to director of annual giving. Her successful tenure in that position prepared her well for the easy transition one year later into major gifts fundraising, where she served as the director of development for the College of Sciences and Mathematics from 1994-2000. Kristy briefly left Auburn in 2000 to pursue a career in corporate sales where she served as an award-winning Senior Executive Sales Representative for Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals. She returned to Auburn in 2006 to continue her fundraising career as the managing director of development for the College of Human Sciences. Kristy retired from a distinguished 23-year fundraising career at Auburn to join the Flagler team in November 2018. She has been warmly embraced into the Flagler family and looks forward to building on the long-standing tradition of excellence for which Flagler College is known.
Director of Development
Jeff graduated with a sport management and business administration degree, coordinated part of the volunteer effort for Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville (2005), and then worked in the community relations office of the Miami Dolphins. He returned to Flagler College in 2008 to coordinate the annual giving initiative, in 2012 he became a Development Officer and in 2018 he was promoted to Director of Development. Jeff earned an MBA degree from the University of North Florida in 2012 became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2013. In 2016 he served as the President for the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and currently sits on the board as the VP for Communications.
Kerri Carlyon '02
Assistant Director of Development
A 2002 graduate of Flagler College, Kerri earned degrees in business administration and communication. After graduation, she worked for six years as an advertising account executive. In 2012, she returned to her alma mater to assume the role of Research and Stewardship Manager in the Office of Institutional Advancement and in 2013 became the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. She will assume her new role as Assistant Director of Development on June 24, 2019.
Jody joined the department in January 2016 after moving to St. Augustine from Oklahoma. Before moving to Florida, she worked as the Administrative Assistant for the Academic Deans of Western Oklahoma State College; was the event coordinator for the Oklahoma River Cruises; owned/managed Gelato & More in Las Vegas, and was the Systems Analyst at Sun Oil Co. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with minors in Computer Information Systems and Management. She is grateful to be part of such a great team and an amazing college.
Sierra Aitken ‘17
Manager of Annual Giving
After relocating from Nassau, Bahamas, Sierra attended Flagler College and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Communication in 2017. During her time as a student, Sierra was one of the top callers in the student phonathon program, president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals collegiate chapter and an avid volunteer in advancement and alumni events. As the new Manager of Annual Giving, Sierra enjoys using marketing and strategic thinking in order to advance the Annual Fund at Flagler College. Sierra is grateful to be carrying on her Flagler Legacy as the first college graduate of the Aitken family.
Megan Austin '17
Annual Giving Officer
Megan graduated from Flagler in 2017 with a degree in Sport Management. During her time at Flagler. Megan also captained the championship-winning Volleyball team and was President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Upon graduating, she began working in the professional golf industry with companies including IMG|WME and the PGA TOUR. She is proud to be back with her Flagler family and is eager to begin serving the college that gave her so many great experiences and memories.
Jay Kelly ‘12
Director of Advancement Services
A 2012 graduate of Flagler College, Jay, earned degrees in English and philosophy. He initially worked with the Office of Institutional Advancement through Flagler's work-study grant during his three-year enrollment at the College and joined our department in 2013.
Manager of Gift Administration
Josephine joined the Office of Institutional Advancement in December 2017 after relocating from Williamsburg, VA. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with specialization in Accounting from Saint Leo University. She worked at the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations/AidData – a research lab for international development at the College of William and Mary as Financial and Business Analytics Manager for grants and contracts and previously worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation as Program Cost Control Analyst at Fort Eustis, VA. She is thrilled to have joined another institution that makes a difference in society.
Erin Rice '17
Originally from Denver, CO Erin attended Flagler College and earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Upon graduating in 2017, she decided to stay in St. Augustine, and in May of 2018 joined the Office of Institutional Advancement team as a Database Specialist. As an alumna, Erin is excited to be a part of her alma mater and is looking forward to working with the College.
Office of Alumni Relations
Margo Thomas ‘06
Director of Alumni Relations
A 2006 graduate of Flagler College, Margo holds a degree in English. She started with Flagler in the Annual Giving Office in late 2006 and moved into her role as Director of Alumni Relations in 2010. In 2017, Margo spearheaded the campaign for the Alumni House on campus, which opened in May 2018. Margo is currently pursuing a masters degree in public administration from Syracuse University.
Office of Foundation and Government Relations
Director of Foundation and Government Relations
A 2005 graduate of Flagler College, Beth earned her degree in Political Science. She recently returned to the college after serving as the Director for Policy and Government Relations with the St. Johns County School District. She has extensive experience with governmental relations with the School District and the federal, state and local government. She has written numerous position papers and monitored the implementation of new statutes and programs. She facilitated the community education, communication resources, and technical components of the school district’s efforts to pass the half-cent sales tax. Before working for the St. Johns County School District, she was a Legislative Aide to State Senator Ronda Storms from 2006-2011.