Contact Advancement


Strategic Partnerships and Advancement

At the office of Strategic Partnerships and Advancement, we’re happy to serve Saint Mary's College and our philanthropic community. Please contact our staff to answer your questions or make a meaningful gift for students.

Please get in touch with one of our helpful staff members, listed below. Or contact us by email or calling 925.631.4509.

Contact Our Office

By email or by phone, 925.631.4509.



Patrick Carew
Vice President for Strategic Partnerships & Advancement, 925.631.4328

Tom Carroll '04, MA '07
Associate Vice President, Deputy Athletic Director, 925.631.8685

Beth Johnson
Assistant Vice President, Annual Giving & SPA Services, 925.631.4505

Courtney Carmignani '05, MA '07
Assistant Vice President of Alumni Engagement and Events, 925.631.4200


Major and Special Gifts

Heidi Sornetta Butler
Executive Director, Principal, Major Gifts, 925.631.8666

Suzie Swift '05
Associate Director, Leadership Gifts, 925.631.4217

Frances Renty Williams
Associate Director, Leadership Gifts, Reunion Giving, Student & Parent Program, 925.631.4803

Annual Giving 

Beth Johnson
Assistant Vice President, Annual Giving & SPA Services, 925.631.4505

Michele Johnson
Executive Director, 925.631.8742

Seth Newman
Director, 925.631.8160


Tom Carroll '04, MA '07
Associate Vice President, Deputy Athletics Director, 925.631.8685

Staci Byrne
Associate Director, 925.631.4699

Daniel Wray
Associate Director, 925.631.4259

Corporate and Foundation Relations

Bill Olds
Executive Director, 925.631.4542

Tom Naab
Director, 925.631.8759

Marianela Marshall-Diaz
Associate Director, 925.631.4220

Legacy Planning

Cavan McCarthy
Executive Director of Legacy Planning, 925.631.4194
Executive Director


Courtney Bennett, PhD
Director, 925.631.4168

Kelly Mains
Program Manager, 925.631.4019

External Relations

Lucy Dendinger
Director of Administration, Boards & Volunteers, 925.631.4328

Vanessa Gutierrez
Associate Director, External Relations & Philanthropy

Advancement Services

Wendy Peter Chinn
Executive Director, 925.631.4434

Antoinette Darrow
Director, 925.631.4331

Laura Light
Research Associate, 925.631.4221

Ashley Franklin
Gift Processing/Report Specialist, 925.631.4342