Office of Advancement
The advancement team staff is available to assist you in whatever ways you wish to support Oglethorpe University. If you are unsure of whom to connect with, contact us, and we will be happy to direct you to the appropriate person.
Note: All mailed gifts and correspondence should be addressed to Oglethorpe University, Office of Advancement, 4484 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.
Office of the Vice President
Kate Bobb, JD
Director of Engagement
[email protected], (404) 504-1020
Kate is the Director of Engagement at Oglethorpe University. Kate is an attorney with a background in non-profit management. She worked for over 10 years at an Atlanta-based non-profit providing services to victims of gender-based violence. Kate received a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communications and History from Elon University and a Juris Doctorate from Elon University School of Law. She is a member of the Georgia and North Carolina State Bar Associations. In her spare time, Kate enjoys traveling, exploring the Atlanta restaurant scene and spending time with her family.
The development team members support donors who are interested in making a major gift or pledge to the university or a specific department or program, planning for estate gifts, or establishing an endowed scholarship or named fund.
Jason B. Zwang, CFRE
Senior Director of Development
Jason provides leadership and strategic vision for major, special, and planned giving at Oglethorpe University, specializing in expanding the depth and breadth of relationships to advance important initiatives of alumni and the university through philanthropy. He previously served as Director of Development at Emory University School of Medicine and Habitat for Humanity International. Jason holds a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management and is pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Connecticut. Jason also holds a B.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Connecticut and holds the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) international professional designation. Jason is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, serves as a Mentor for the Diversity Fellows program and is also a Coach for Altruicity, a fundraising strategy and management firm empowering Jewish nonprofits based in Jerusalem serving Jewish clients around the globe.
Jason and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Southeast Atlanta and have identical twin girls, Sarah and Samantha.
Director of Development
Bob Preston has served in fundraising leadership positions in educational, healthcare and non-profit organizations. His experience includes capital campaigns with major, annual and planned components. His most recent position was with Georgia College and State University where he served as the Senior Major Gift Officer for the College of Arts and Sciences. A Georgia native, he graduated from Columbus High School in Columbus, Georgia, and holds a B.B.A. degree in economics from Mercer University. Professionally, he is affiliated with Council Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Georgia Education Advancement Council (GEAC), and Georgia Planned Giving Council (GPGC).
In his free time, Bob enjoys swimming, cycling and yoga. His interests span film, religion, history, cosmology, politics, economics, philosophy, and social justice.
Senior Associate Director of Development
(404) 364 – 8532
Bryan Hirt joined the Oglethorpe University Office of Advancement staff as Senior Associate Director of Development in July 2023. Bryan comes to Brookhaven having served in intercollegiate athletic fundraising roles for the past four years. His most recent position was within the global sales division of Legends – a premium experiences company – at their Georgia Tech property, serving as Associate Director of Annual Giving and Ticketing. His primary focus was to fundraise for the Alexander-Tharpe Fund, the Georgia Tech Athletic Association’s fundraising arm for all facilities, endowments, and current operations. Bryan made his way onto The Flats of Georgia Tech after spending two and a half years at Mercer University and the Mercer Athletic Foundation (MAF). A Long Island, New York, native, Bryan graduated from Marian University–Indianapolis with a bachelor’s degree in 2017, where he was a scholarship student-athlete and captain on the MU bowling team. He later earned his master’s in sport administration from the University of Louisville in 2019.
Bryan and his fiancé, Brittany, live off the Marietta Square with their teacup dachshund, Lyla.
John Daniel Tilford
Curator of Collections and Development Associate
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
A native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, John completed his bachelor’s degree in art history at the University of Memphis while interning at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. He obtained his master’s degree in the history of art at Balliol College at the University of Oxford. He was awarded a fellowship at the University of the South in 2006 before being appointed Curator of Special Collections in 2011. He began his appointment at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in Atlanta in 2013 and was promoted to Curator of Collections in 2015. During his tenure at OUMA the museum’s permanent collection has grown by more than 600%. His research interests focus on underserved voices and unspoken narratives. Notable exhibitions include Hattie Saussy: Rediscovery of an Artist (2017) and Mattie Lou O’Kelley: The Long Journey to Success (2022). He also serves as supervisor of the museum’s inaugural visual artist-in-residence program as well as being an Adjunct Professor of Museum Studies.
Corporate and Foundation Relations
Senior Director of Advancement
Durba has over twenty years of experience in higher education fundraising. She has extensive experience with prospect development, database management and has a data-driven perspective for fundraising strategies and planning which has helped her secure some transformational gifts for her former employers. Durba has worked for small private undergraduate universities, large state universities, system office administering the entire technical college system of Georgia and now at an independent K-12 institution. Durba also has the experience of working at institutions at various phases of campaigns and leadership changes.
Durba completed her first MBA from the University of Burdwan, India, and her second MBA from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She has been a member of numerous professional and community organizations and enjoys professional and personal networking. She has been a member and a volunteer for CASE, AFP and APRA and AASP and has served on the APRA-GA board as Vice President and Program Director. She loves sharing her professional experience by presenting at CASE, AFP and AADO.
In her spare time, Durba enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking and traveling.
The advancement operations team can assist donors with giving history, matching gifts, stock or wire transfers, credit card gifts, pledge reminders, tribute gifts, tax receipts, or updates to university records related to deaths or changes of address. They also manage prospect research and data tracking.
Senior Director of Advancement
(see details above)
Elizabeth “Liz” Mills
Associate Director of Prospect Management and Research
Elizabeth “Liz” Mills is the Associate Director of Prospect Management and Research at Oglethorpe. Using best practices and database analysis, she works closely with Operations and Development teams to identify potential major and planned giving opportunities. She most recently served as Assistant Director of Prospect Research at Emory University. Liz holds two bachelor’s degrees from the College of Charleston in history and Spanish and completed a master’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a member of APRA-GA and completed a certificate in Prospect Research from APRA International.
Liz and her husband Dan live in Decatur with their son Whit and rescue pup Ginny. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Manager, Advancement Operations
Saurav joined Oglethorpe University as the Development Services Specialist in May 2019. He is a Nepali citizen and was born and raised in Meghauli, Nepal. Saurav is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College (USA) with a degree in Economics, and he currently holds the designation of Blackbaud Certified in Raiser’s Edge (bCRE-Pro). He has previously worked at Birmingham-Southern College, the UNA-USA Greater Birmingham Chapter and most recently at Atlanta International School. He is actively involved in the local nonprofit community and serves on the Board committee for SABHA, Inc. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time volunteering, hiking, playing soccer and traveling.
Data Entry Specialist
Emily graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Computer Science and a concentration in Graphics & Human-Computer Interaction. She previously worked as an administrative assistant at the Career Advancement Center at Georgia State University, where she discovered her passion not only for helping students, but also for exploring data for insights and creating data visualizations. In November 2022, she joined Oglethorpe University as the Data Entry Specialist. Outside of work, she enjoys learning Spanish, dancing and playing piano.
The constituent engagement team members can assist with questions related to the Alumni Association, alumni events and reunions, senior class giving and participation, mail and email solicitations, or volunteering.
Kathryn Ethridge Henderson ’17
Director of Alumni Engagement and Giving
Kathryn graduated from Oglethorpe with a degree in communication and rhetoric studies and a minor in nonprofit management. After graduation, Kathryn remained actively involved with Oglethorpe and served on the Young Alumni Committee as a volunteer. In 2019, she returned to Oglethorpe as a member of the Advancement Office staff. Previously, Kathryn served as the Major Gifts Officer at the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and Database Manager for Families First. She is an active member of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals serving on their Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee and the National Philanthropy Day Committee.
Kathryn and her husband, Nathan, live on the Westside of Atlanta with their son Marshall and dog Huck. As an Atlanta native, Kathryn enjoys taking advantage of all the local social and cultural entertainment Atlanta offers, particularly the incredible restaurants and breweries. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Associate Director of Annual Giving and Digital Engagement
Kerry graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2014 with a degree in history, and has held numerous positions in nonprofits including event management, database management and annual fund fundraising. In addition to her work experience, her professional development includes a Raiser’s Edge certification, and prior participation as a Diversity Fellow with the Atlanta Association of Fundraising Professionals. Kerry is passionate about helping others and has invested her time in the community through several initiatives, including Lekotek of Georgia. An Atlanta native, Kerry enjoys spending time with her husband and their 2-year-old French bulldog, baking and cheering on the Atlanta Braves.
The philanthropic communications team directs print and electronic publications and curates and shares stories of philanthropy and impact throughout the Oglethorpe community.
Michelle Geiger, APR
Director of Philanthropic Communications
Michelle directs the communications initiatives of the advancement team, in collaboration with colleagues across the university, including the Alumni eNewsletter and feature stories highlighting philanthropic impact and alumni engagement.
She has extensive strategic communications and marketing experience in educational institutions and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Michelle brings expertise in advancement communications, admission marketing, brand development and strategic communications planning and management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina. She also holds a graduate certificate in nonprofit management and received her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). She is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Georgia chapter and co-chaired its accreditation committee.
Associate Director of Philanthropic Communications and Special Events
Jazmin works to inspire and deepen engagement with Oglethorpe alumni and friends through meaningful storytelling and tailored events. Jazmin previously worked in Oglethorpe University’s Office of Admission and has served in many other capacities across higher education. She is passionate about building relationships and being a force for good, especially as it relates to student success.
Jazmin grew up in Lilburn, GA. She holds a BFA in Communication from Valdosta State University and a MS in Communications from Syracuse University. In her spare time, Jazmin enjoys traveling, cycling, escaping reality by watching reality TV and spending time with family, friends and her dog, Pisces.