Institutional Advancement

The Office of Institutional Advancement nurtures and facilitates permission based support for the college. By building authentic and long lasting relationships with benefactors, alumni, staff, students, faculty and members of the corporate and foundation community. We endeavor to fulfill philanthropic goals, honor our donor's wishes and market our Mercy mission, image and vision to our community.

Institutional Advancement
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Meet the Team

Pamela Witter
Vice President for Development
& Community Engagement
Emily Burns Perryman
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Sandra Miller
Director of Grants, Foundations & Community Relations

Julie Cioccio
Coordinator of Graphic Design


Kristy Kibler
Marketing Communications Specialist


  Lisa Schaffer
Administrative Assistant



Lindsey Dotson
Director of Development





The development office exists to provide an ethical and mission-based approach to fundraising for the college by developing relationships and working closely with benefactors, alumni, faculty, staff, students, friends and trustees of the college.  Since an educational institution cannot exist through tuition-based funding alone, it is the role of the development and alumni office to engage support from individuals and corporations who support the mission of the college and in turn recognize the generosity of these constituent groups. For information on how you can support Trocaire College through voluntarism or by making a donation, please contact by calling 716.827.4340.


In support of the mission of Trocaire College, the Communications Office promotes the institution through advertising efforts, press and media relations, social media engagement, and other forms of communication.

Please visit the communications web page for more information.


The Director of Grants, Foundations and Community Relations works closely with the President, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the President's Council, and members of the faculty and staff to develop proposals to advance programming and activities at the College. The Director continuously seeks to boost grant funding to Trocaire through cultivation and stewardship activities and ensuring that the college submits the best possible proposals for funding.

Outside grant aid provides support for traditional areas of need, such as scholarship funds and academic programming, facilities renovation and they enable Trocaire to launch new initiatives without depleting the college's unrestricted resources.

If you would like more information about our grants, foundation and government fundraising program, contact our Director of Grants, by calling 716. 827.4348.