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Development Staff

The staff of the Smeal College of Business Development Office.
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Jill Ashton

As director of major gifts for the Smeal College of Business, Jill Ashton works to help alumni and friends develop and achieve their philanthropic goals. Her focus is on working with donors and prospective donors in the Washington, D.C. area and the southern U.S., particularly Florida.

Jill joined the Smeal Development team in August 2010. Before joining Smeal, Jill was director of development for the Graduate School and Division of Undergraduate Studies at Florida State University. Jill is a graduate of Florida State, with degrees in political science and art history.

Email: jca12@psu.edu
814-863-0345

Jill Ashton

Elizabeth Beck

Betsy Beck is development specialist for the Smeal College of Business. In this role she supports the fundraising activities of the college, with a special focus on staff travel and support for the director of development.

Betsy joined the Smeal team in January 2009 following four years in Development with the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Betsy holds a degree in psychology from Penn State.

Email: egb3@psu.edu
814-863-4955

Elizabeth Beck

Susan Lingle

Sues Lingle is college and alumni relations assistant for the Smeal College of Business. In this role she supports the fundraising activities of the college, with a special focus on staff travel, budget, and football.

Sues joined the Smeal Development team in March 2007, following seven years with Penn State's School of Nursing. She holds an associate degree in business administration.

Email: quw2@psu.edu
814-867-1679

Susan Lingle

Jonathan Thurley

As director of major gifts for the Smeal College of Business, Jonathan Thurley works to help alumni and friends develop and achieve their philanthropic goals. His focus is on working with donors and prospective donors in the Philadelphia, Chicago and Texas regions.

Jonathan joined the Smeal Development team in April 2012. He comes to Smeal from the College of Communications, where he was the Associate Director of Development. Jonathan is a graduate of Western New England University, with a degree in Marketing Communications/Advertising.

Email: jgt11@psu.edu
814-863-1284

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Aaron Tressler

As assistant director of development for the Smeal College of Business, Aaron Tressler works to identify alumni and friends with strong affinity for the college and solicit their philanthropic support. His geographic focus is Metro Philadelphia and Metro New York City.

Aaron joined the Smeal Development team in January 2013. Previously, he was with The Tavern Restaurant of State College. A member of the varsity baseball team, Aaron graduated from Penn State with a degree in Turfgrass Science and spent 5 years as a professional baseball player with the Toronto Blue Jays Organization.

Email: amt910@psu.edu
814-863-2556

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Ronda Williams

Ronda Williams is development assistant/stewardship coordinator for the college. In this role she supports the fundraising activities of the college, with a special focus on stewarding Smeal donors.

Ronda has worked for the Smeal College for more than twenty years, and she has been a member of the Development staff since 2005. She is a graduate of South Hills School of Business and Technology.

Email: rqw2@psu.edu
814-863-5944

Ronda Williams