Assistant Vice President, Foundation Relations
Vera leads and supports Duke’s engagement with private foundations to advance research, education, and service, and coordinates the university’s partnership with The Duke Endowment. She has a background in seeking foundation funding in the sciences, having supported many Duke faculty in developing proposals. Vera has worked at Duke since 2001, with previous experience in University Development’s Principal Gifts and Prospect Research offices. Outside of the office, she spends time with her family, their pets, and hopes to someday have an impressive garden
Beth A. Eastlick
Senior Advisor, Foundation Relations
Beth provides advice and institutional knowledge to members of the Foundation Relations team. She engages in foundation strategy in collaboration with team members and colleagues in the schools and units, and she assists Vera Luck in coordinating the University’s relationships with major foundation funders, including The Duke Endowment. Beyond strategy, Beth specializes in astute edits and budgetary wizardry. Originally from Montana, Beth earned a BA from Yale and an MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She and her husband, Duke English Professor Tom Ferraro, live in Durham and have two grown children.
Senior Associate Director, Foundation Relations
Carol is a seasoned development professional with more than 16 years of experience across all sectors of fundraising. She likes working with faculty on foundation proposals and can skillfully guide new and experienced fund seekers through foundation research and proposal development to winning grants. At Duke she works with senior leadership and faculty in the arts, humanities, and libraries and manages the Duke relationships with the Andrew W. Mellon and Ford Foundations.
Alexandra de Havilland
Associate Director, Foundation Relations
Alexandra assists faculty in public policy, law, and the social sciences. She views her role in Foundation Relations as equal parts educator, networker, editor, and coach, and she uses each of those skills as she works with faculty members on developing proposals for funders. Prior to joining Duke, Alexandra led a non-profit organization that provided comprehensive services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Outside of the office, you’ll see Alexandra biking around campus to get to meetings, running laps around East Campus, or at the Duke Hospital volunteering with the Pet Therapy Program.
Associate Director, Foundation Relations
Steve works with science and engineering faculty and, being incurably curious, loves learning about their varied research and helping them pursue foundation funding for their work. Prior to moving to Durham and Duke, Steve led all of the fundraising activities for the Food Bank of the Albemarle, a regional hunger relief organization serving 15 northeast NC counties. When he’s not working, Steve is usually playing his guitar, adding to his vinyl collection, spending time with his wife and dogs, or perfecting his BBQ technique.
Angela keeps her Foundation Relations colleagues in line by managing all staff calendars and appointments, the office budget, and anything else office related. She also manages the Trent Memorial Endowment Fund for faculty and staff across the university.
Laura supports Foundation Relations as a data analyst from her perch in the Business Intelligence team of Alumni Engagement & Development. She brings extensive knowledge of Duke’s financial and sponsored research systems. Laura has been at Duke since 2005, with time in the Law School Alumni & Development office, the office of the University Secretary, and Arts & Sciences / Humanities. Before coming to Duke she was a consultant to colleges on admissions, financial aid and fundraising. Laura lives in Hillsborough. Her two sons are both in college and she is enjoying the newly empty nest.
Crystal Pratt is the Stewardship Coordinator for Foundation Relations and has been with Duke since May 2015. Crystal is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism and mass communication with a concentration in public relations. Outside of work, she enjoys painting, photography, and exploring museums with her daughter.
Diane researches the initiatives and programs of philanthropic foundations for the Foundation Relations team. She works with the team as a kind of matchmaker, one who discovers points of connection between the research priorities of Duke faculty and the grant making missions of foundations. Prior to joining Duke University, she earned her Ph.D. in Art History at UNC Chapel Hill with a focus on women and science in eighteenth-century Europe.
Office for External Partnerships:
Director, Partnership Resources
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Senior Executive Director, Foundation Relations and Strategic Partnerships, Duke Health Development & Alumni Affairs
Jennifer leads the Duke Health Office of Foundation Relations and Strategic Partnerships, serving Duke’s schools of medicine and nursing, and the health system. She spearheads activities to initiate and strengthen Duke Health’s partnerships with foundations and companies. Jennifer has extensive experience supporting multi-disciplinary teams in order to pursue grant opportunities in support of research and education. She enjoys collaborating with academic leaders, faculty members, and staff to seek support for strategic priorities, and serving as a partner and resource for representatives from foundations and companies. Prior to joining Duke Health, Jennifer held various positions in foundation relations and research development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in the UNC system office. Jennifer earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University.
Anita Gunn Shirley
Director Foundation Relations, Foundation Relations and Strategic Partnerships, Duke Health Development & Alumni Affairs
(919) 530-0520 (cell)
Anita joined Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs in 2006, after serving for more than 20 years in the development field. Anita works with faculty and administrators across the health system to advance strategic priorities centered on health and medical sciences, faculty development, and scholarship support. Before joining Duke, Anita served for five years as the Southeast Foundations Officer for Environmental Defense Fund, for five years as Director of Grants and Programs at Meredith College, and for ten years at Capital Development Services where she authored directories of foundations and corporate philanthropy in North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. Anita holds a master’s degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from Beloit College.
Senior Associate Director
Duke Health Foundation Relations & Strategic Partnerships
919-385-1592 (o) | 984-278-2016 (c)
Brooke joined the Duke Health Office of Foundation Relations and Strategic Partnerships as Senior Associate Director in January 2022. She serves Duke’s schools of medicine and nursing, and the health system, to build and sustain partnerships with philanthropic foundations that support Duke Health’s strategic goals. Prior to joining Duke, Brooke was with the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for many years, where she led foundation engagement across health affairs. Before then Brooke held various roles in primary care program development and evaluation, including work with the North Carolina Office of Rural Health. Brooke has a Master of Science in Public Health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Duke University.