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Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement

Woody O'Cain

media/ocain-w.jpgAssistant Vice President of Alumni and Parent Engagement

Woody guides the university's strategic vision, focus and direction for Stetson’s alumni engagement efforts while helping to foster the advancement of lifelong alumni connections through all constituencies connected to Stetson. A member of the development senior leadership team, Woody leads a staff that seeks to provide meaningful, value-added activities for alumni through a wide variety of initiatives through professional, social, volunteer and educational programs.

Woody arrived at Stetson in the fall of 2014, after spending his entire career in higher education developing lasting relationships between institutions and the people they serve. He brings more than 27 years of higher education experience in admission, recruitment and enrollment management from a variety of institutions. Woody was at Queens University of Charlotte from 1987 to 1992 and helped recruit the first coeducational class. From 1992-96, he was in charge of recruitment for all colleges including the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina. He served as associate vice president for enrollment at the University of Evansville from 1996-98 before being called back to his native state of South Carolina to become the director of admissions at Furman University, where he served until 2008. During his 10 years at Furman, he successfully shaped the Furman community through his role in admissions. His efforts helped elevate the university to a more nationally recognized, academically competitive and diverse liberal arts institution.

He left Furman when he was named vice president for enrollment management at his alma mater, Erskine College. Woody then served as the associate vice president for enrollment management and dean of admissions at Queens University of Charlotte. In addition to his years in higher education, he also worked as a consultant for Performa Higher Education, now called CREDO, as the director of admission solutions. He worked closely with its enrollment team to guide small, private colleges and universities through their admission and recruitment strategies.

As part of his previous roles in enrollment, Woody has served on the board for the Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors, and has served as both keynote presenter and panelist for more than 80 schools around the country on all topics related to the college selection process. He and his wife, Patty, live in DeLand and have two daughters, one a biology major at Wofford College (SC) and the other a high school student.

wocain@stetson.edu

386-822-7481

www.linkedin.com/in/woodyocain

Amy Dedes '04

media/dedes-a.jpgAssociate Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement

Amy joined the Office of Alumni Engagement in the fall of 2008 as an administrative secretary before becoming assistant director. Promoted to associate director in October 2014, Amy now manages the planning of alumni events across the country, including district get-togethers for alumni and current parents, recruitment events for prospective students, on-campus Alumni Board meetings and Homecoming. She also works on programming to help increase student and alumni engagement and advises the Student Alumni Association. Her work on Homecoming 2012 earned a CASE Award for Special Merit in Alumni Programs.

Amy earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Stetson in 2004. She went on to earn her M.S. from Nova Southeastern University before returning to Stetson as a staff member. Amy has a love for Stetson that shows in her work with students and alumni. She was awarded the 2014 Spirit of Stetson Award at the annual employee recognition banquet. Outside of work, she volunteers with her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and spends time with her husband, John, also a Stetson graduate, and their young children, Adonis and Ava.

adedes@stetson.edu

386-822-4234

Robin Kazmarek

media/kazmarek-r.jpgAssociate Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement

Robin joined the Stetson University team in the fall of 2005 and has held a variety of positions within the university with a focus on student and alumni development. In July 2015, Robin transitioned from Stetson’s Career and Professional Development office to the Office of Alumni Engagement where she works on initiatives tied to alumni engagement and programming, collaboration with faculty and staff, and social media. Before coming to Stetson, Robin worked at both private and public institutions including Duke, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt.

Through her professional career, she has had the opportunity to work in the areas of financial aid, Greek life (fraternities and sororities), residential life, judicial affairs, career services and alumni engagement. She has been involved in a number of professional associations, presented at conferences and served on the board of directors for multiple organizations. Robin was honored with the Florida Association of Colleges and Employers’ Brownlee Leadership Award in 2013. She has also been recognized by Stetson for her commitment and excellence to advising and mentoring and for her dedication to being a team player.

After earning her bachelor of science degree from Virginia Tech, Robin continued at her alma mater and finished a master’s degree in education with a focus on higher education and student affairs.

rkazmare@stetson.edu

386-822-7460

Patty Guevara

Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement

As a recent graduate of Stetson with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Patty joined the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement as the assistant director in the summer of 2017. Patty primarily specializes in engaging young alumni of Stetson University. In addition to overseeing the development of a young alumni program, she collaborates alongside Green, White & YOU with student programming like Senior Week and also manages office involvement with the Hatter Alumni Recruitment Team program’s recruitment events for prospective students.

During her four years as an undergraduate student, Patty maintained several work-study positions in the Office of Development, through which she gained an even greater love and appreciation for Stetson.

Patty currently resides in DeLand with her younger sister, Thanya, who is a current Stetson student. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending time at the beach.

pguevara@stetson.edu

386-822-7482

Cathy Foster

media/foster-c.jpgAdministrative Secretary

Cathy provides administrative support to the Office of Alumni Engagement. She supports special events held during the year across the country by Alumni Association Board members and traveling staff members.

Cathy came to Stetson in December 2009 and has graduated two daughters/Hatters.

cmfoster@stetson.edu

386-822-7483