Office of Sustainable Giving

Mark Ernest

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Mark is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University and has served in the Office of Sustainable Giving since 2008. He oversees mass solicitation efforts for the DeLand campus with areas of responsibility including direct mail, email solicitation, student phonathon and special targeted giving programs such as student philanthropy, faculty and staff, reunion and online giving day campaigns.


Becca Thomas

thomasDirector, Outreach & Transitions

Rebecca Thomas joined Stetson University's Office of Development and Alumni Engagement team spring of 2016 as the assistant director of sustainable giving. In her role, Rebecca worked to develop relationships between students and alumni and served as a resource for the student body regarding alumni, campus, and philanthropic activities. She also worked to achieve an increased sense of school spirit among students by developing programs designed to engage students in the life of the university. These initiatives include “Humble Hatter Week”, “Senior Week”, “Thank-A-Donor Day”, career networking, and others. Additionally, she was responsible for the development, recruitment, training, retention, and goal setting of the student organization within the Office, Green, White & YOU – the Student Alumni Association.

In February 2019, Rebecca transitioned to her current role director of outreach & transitions, where she shares her passion for Stetson with alumni from across the state and the country. Working primarily with students and young alumni, developing and implementing a comprehensive program designed to set the university's most recent graduates firmly on a path of life-long engagement with the university and each other.

Rebecca received her bachelor's degree in education in 2010 and received her master's degree in sport and exercise science in 2012 from the University of Central Florida. She currently holds a certification in nonprofit management from Rollins College Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership and a certification in hospitality and event management from the University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality Management.


Christine Martin

media/martin-c.jpgSustainable Giving Coordinator

Christine is a member of the Sustainable Giving team working in an environment dedicated to advancing the mission of Stetson University by developing, planning and implementing a comprehensive program that will broaden the university's donor base and increase overall participation and financial support of Stetson. She is the project manager for mass print and email solicitations as well as being responsible for planning, managing and executing the calling program, maintaining the Development web pages, and overseeing the university's fundraising compliance.


Olivia Nutting

Student Philanthropy Coordinator

Olivia joined Stetson University's Development team in the fall of 2019. As the Student Philanthropy Coordinator, she oversees the student organization, Green, White & YOU, which serves as the student alumni association and student philanthropy group. The organization aims to foster a positive on-campus experience toward philanthropic culture, education and participation. Olivia graduated from the University of Florida in 2018 with a bachelor's in public relations. After graduation, she completed a year of service through AmeriCorps VISTA with Starkville Habitat for Humanity in Mississippi.