Institutional Advancement Staff

The Division of Institutional Advancement is an integrated team that is dedicated to furthering the mission of the University and engaging alumni, parents and the community in the Westfield State experience.

Together, the different units support students, faculty and staff through fundraising, communications and engagement of external constituencies in meaningful interactions that foster pride, advocacy and private support for the University. We also provide fundraising leadership through the stimulation and facilitation of healthy, productive and lifelong relationships with our colleagues, alumni, friends, foundations and corporations.

Our offices are located in the Horace Mann Center, 333 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA 01086.

Staff in Westfield State’s Division of Institutional Advancement are prepared to answer questions and assist you in determining how to fit your contribution to your own financial and philanthropic objectives.

Meet Our Team!

Lisa McMahon
Interim Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Executive Director of Westfield State Foundation, Inc.
(413) 572-8645

Joanne Leighton 
Staff Assistant to the VP Institutional Advancement and Executive Director, Westfield State Foundation, Inc.
(413) 572-8811


Bonnie Hanson
Administrative Assistant II, Advancement
(413) 572-8631

Marnie Dacko
Major Gifts Officer
(413) 572-8648

Bill Hynes
Director, Advancement & Major Gifts
(413) 572-8647





Alyce Stiles
Senior Coordinator of Advancement Services
(413) 572-8654

Nicole Pratt
Administrative Assistant I, Advancement
(413) 572-8654


Ryan Meersman '12. M'18
Associate Director, Alumni Relations
(413) 572-5404

Thomas Convery '78
Staff Associate, Alumni Relations
(413) 572-8649

Cheri Baranowski
Administrative Assistant II, Alumni Relations
(413) 572-8652