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Office of Development and Alumni Relations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences development and alumni relations team engages alumni and the broader community in the life of the college. We develop active volunteers, well-informed alumni, and committed donors. Our mission is to help the community make a meaningful contribution to the important work of the college and to ensure the college has the resources it needs to maximize its impact. We seek support for student scholarships, encourage interest in funding for faculty and research centers, and generate resources to sustain and expand the college’s educational footprint.

Connect with a member of our team to learn more about how to get involved in supporting our college.

Our Team

Eleanor Weis

Eleanor Weis, MPA
Senior Director of Development

Eleanor has worked in fundraising for 20+ years, most recently at Mason for six years. She is responsible for the strategic goals for the team, serves as an advocate for the college’s goals, and is a resource to faculty and staff who wish to donate or to learn how to raise funds. Upon request, Eleanor offers a “How to Ask” workshop and has taught classes in Donor Stewardship and Professional Presence and Communication.

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Dawn Cassidy
Development Operations Manager

Operations Planning and Effectiveness

Dawn's work encompasses every aspect of office operation, especially prospect management, board relations, stewardship, and development activities for a campaign. She works closely with chairs, directors, and departmental staff to execute stewardship programs and provides financial management of our foundation accounts.


Alecia Bryan
Director of Advancement Communication
Communications, Grants, and Major Gifts

Alecia is the team’s strategic development communities lead—managing corporate and foundation grant applications for CHSS centers and faculty research, writing donor-specific proposals, and working closely with the college's marketing and communications team to contribute alumni and development content for college publications, such as the annual report and magazine, Horizon. Alecia also works with top prospects and major donors on their initiatives. 

Suzanne Terrillion

Suzanne Terrillion
Director of Development

Suzanne serves as the Director of Development for the college and focuses on major gift identification, cultivation, and solictation. She has spent her career of 20+ years on education-focused fundraising with proven achievements in campaign strategy, design and execution, major gift fundraising, relationship development, and volunteer and board management. 

Raymond Davis

Raymond Davis, MSL
Associate Director of Major Gifts 
Major Gifts and College Initiatives

Raymond joined the college in June 2021, bringing nearly 6 years of major gift and more than 9 years of fundraising experience in higher education. He is responsible for connecting with Mason alumni and prospective donors in the DMV area, and around the country, to discuss how their philanthropic interests align with the needs and goals of the college. Additionally, he partners with CHSS faculty and leadership to secure resources for the college and our students. He is a resource to discuss simple (and more complex) estate and planned giving questions and to share stories of how some individuals take advantage of these gift vehicles to benefit their communities and families.


Shannon Donohue

Shannon Donohue, CFRE
Associate Director of Development 

Major Gifts

Shannon joined the team in January 2022 and she brings more than 5 years of experience in fundraising for Mason, which includes her previous roles with the College of Health and Human Services and the Scalia Law School. Her role with CHSS includes connecting faculty, alumni, and donors to discuss how their philanthropic interests align with the needs and goals of the college.

Shannon is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Johnson Center Spire - GMU Fairfax

 Director of Alumni and Community Engagement

Leadership Annual Giving

Our director of alumni and community engagement secures volunteer support and financial resources for the college with an emphasis on helping alumni manifest their passion into meaningful philanthropic and volunteer support for the college. They also lead the team for scholarship management, alumni recognition, and annual fund support.

Heather Moss

Heather Moss
Assistant Director of Events and Community Engagement
Events, Alumni Engagement, Sponsorships

Heather is our assistant director of events and community engagement leads our team in planning and implementing alumni and fundraising events for the college, which includes our college's signature event, Community and Catalysts, our LinkUp mentoring events, and other events designed to focus on cultivation, engagement, and stewardship.

Heather joined Mason in 2011 as an event coordinator in the Office of University Events. She also has experience in campus-wide conference management and large-scale university events, such as graduation. She is currently a BIS student and will complete her degree in Well-Being Education in May 2023.

Susan Grunder

Susan Grunder
Graduate Professional Assistant
Alumni Outreach and Communications Support 

Susan serves as liaison to CHSS alumni and conducts interviews with our diverse graduates to write about their Mason and career experiences. She also provides writing support for articles we publish on our website and for the college's print publications. 

Susan is a full-time PhD student in the Higher Education program at CHSS with an interest in student affairs, student engagement, spirituality, and institutions with religious affiliations.