Kris Phillips | Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of
the APSU Foundation
Kris returned to APSU, his alma mater (’91), in 2016 after a 16-year tenure at the
University of Tennessee and the UT Health Science Center. In his role, he oversees
the APSU Foundation, alumni relations and advancement and is responsible for all university
engagement and fundraising activities. Kris and his wife, Tammy, have two sons, Brayden
and Parker. Parker is also an Austin Peay graduate and a former Governors baseball
Vonda St. Amant | Assistant Executive Director
Vonda is a 1983 graduate of APSU. After several years in non-profit fundraising, Vonda
returned to her alma mater in 2010 and currently serves as the assistant executive
director. In her role, Vonda oversees a dynamic development team and provides donor-focused
leadership to help meet the strategic goals of the University.
Kimberly Adkison | Director of Donor Relations and Scholarships
Kimberly is a Clarksville native and an APSU graduate with degrees in professional
studies and management (BS ’06 and MS ’10). She serves as the director of donor relations
and scholarships. Kimberly oversees stewardship management and scholarship compliance.
Rebekah Bishop | Director of Donor Operations and Annual Giving
Since 2004, Rebekah has worked in development services, prospect research, alumni
relations, donor stewardship, annual giving and event planning in higher education
in Tennessee and Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree from King University (’03)
and master’s degree from Boston University (’09). Rebekah oversees development services,
prospect research and annual giving.
Jared Green | Assistant Athletics Director - Development
Jared comes to APSU from the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame where he served as their
member engagement and development manager. He began his career at Ball State University
Athletics, where he spent three years as the manager of ticket sales and fan development.
Jared is a graduate of Indiana University (BS ’16) and Ball State University (MA ’19).
In his role at APSU, Jared is charged with raising private gifts for the APSU Department
of Athletics. He is eager for the opportunity to continue elevating the student-athlete
experience at Austin Peay and providing the resources necessary to enhance the athletic
facilities on campus. Jared and his wife, Ashlynn, have one daughter, Cali, and one
Jerica Swiger | Director of Development
Jerica Swiger has worked in the areas of arts, culture and development for several
years with organizations such as Ohio Northern University, Eastern Michigan University
and The Chicago Architecture Foundation. Jerica brings nearly 20 years of experience
in all areas of non-profit and higher education management to APSU, where she assists
the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Behavioral Health Sciences and the
College of Graduate studies with membership development, programming, board development
and fundraising. She holds a master’s degree in non-profit management with a concentration
in human services and a bachelor’s degree in arts management with a minor in management.
Brad Averitt | Director of Development
A native of Erin, Tennessee, Brad is a two-time Austin Peay alumnus (BS ('10) in corporate
communications and MS ('17) in health and human performance). He began his career
at APSU in enrollment management, serving as an admissions counselor from 2010 to
2016 and as the coordinator of graduate recruitment from 2016 to 2018. He is eager
for the opportunity to continue serving and strengthening his alma mater in his role
as director of development, working with the College of Business.
Sam Mynhier | Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Sam graduated from APSU in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication arts. After
working as a leadership consultant for his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order, Sam returned
to his alma mater in his role as the assistant director of annual giving. Sam oversees
the University's annual online giving campaign and other fundraising initiatives.
Payton Baggett | Advancement Communications Specialist
Payton is a Clarksville native and an APSU graduate with degrees in journalism and
marketing (BS ’14 and MA ’17). She previously worked as a reporter for ClarksvilleNow.com
and an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Clarksville-Montgomery County Education Foundation
before returning to Austin Peay in 2018. She oversees press releases, email marketing,
website content, social media and printed materials.
Ashley Puskas | Office Supervisor
Ashley is a native of Dickson County and a second-generation alumna of Austin Peay.
She earned her bachelor's degree in 2010. Thoughshe has a heart for earth sciences,
her head is in business. Her husband Eddie graduated from the APSU Center at Fort
Campbell in 2013. He is a veteran of the US Army. She is responsible for processing
donations and overseeing day-to-day activities in the Advancement office. In her free
time, she enjoys long walks outdoors, hunting and snuggling with her two dogs.
Kelley Board | Advancement Coordinator
In 2001, Kelley earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in
Knoxville with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. She entered the arena
of higher education in 2017 and worked her way to the assistant director of admissions
role at Daymar College in Nashville, Tennessee, before coming to APSU. In her position,
she works with stewardship and donor relations. Kelley has a six-year-old son, Richard
Emily DeSpain | Advancement Specialist
Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in public
relations and a minor in psychology from Austin Peay in 2015. She worked as a social
media marketer, event planner and administrative assistant before returning to work
at her alma mater. In her role, Emily processes donations and is involved in the day-to-day
office activities in the Advancement office.
Larry Wheeler | Business Technology Analyst
A military transplant, Larry made Clarksville his home after graduating high school.
He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in professional studies from APSU in 2002,
and now has worked at his alma mater for over 20 years. His primary responsibilities
are technical in nature. He maintains, reports from, and instructs others on the use
of the Raiser’s Edge database and NXT web view.