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Jefferson Appoints New College Development Officer

Jefferson Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa M. Familo, Dexter, to the position of college development officer for the Jefferson Community College (JCC) Foundation. As executive director for the Jefferson Foundation, Ms. Familo will be responsible for the development and implementation of strategic advancement objectives for the College relating to annual, major gifts, capital and planned giving programs; and alumni programming.  She brings nearly 15 years of non-profit managerial experience and skills in strategic planning, financial administration, fundraising, and developing community partnerships. Mrs. Familo holds a master of nonprofit management (M.N.M) from Regis University, a bachelor of arts in communication from North Carolina State University and a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. 

Prior to moving to the North Country in 2014, Ms. Familo served for 10 years as executive director of the Harnett County Partnership for Children in Lillington, North Carolina subsequent to serving as program manager with the organization for three years.   The Harnett County Partnership for Children is a 501(C)(3) organization created to provide programs and services for young children and their families through community-based programs focusing on health, education and family support.  As executive director, Ms. Familo administered a $3.8 million annual budget, supervised a staff of 10 as well as community volunteers, and developed and implemented a comprehensive strategic plan for the organization.  During her tenure, she increased the local community’s ability to provide services by fostering collaboration and developing partnerships with local organizations and agencies.  She also developed a comprehensive fundraising plan and, in 2014, exceeded 380,000 in grants, in-kind and cash contributions.

Previously, Ms. Familo served as executive director of the North Carolina Alliance for Health, a Morrisville-based organization that advocates for policies that promote wellness and reduce the impact of obesity and tobacco.  In this role she managed overall operations, developed and implemented a comprehensive strategic plan, and created a fund development plan that included strategies for membership recruitment, renewals and major donor solicitations.

In the Harnett community, Ms. Familo was involved in a number of professional and local organizations including the Harnett County United Way where she served as chair and vice chair, the Harnett Area Business Professional Woman where she served as Vice President, the Harnett County Business Education Partnership, Kiwanas of Harnett County, and Local Interagency Coordinating Council of Harnett County among others. In addition, Ms. Familo was involved in the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  She completed Leadership Harnett in 2004 along with the Smart Start Leaders Collaborative in 2012, Foundations of Leadership at the Center for Creative Leadership in 2006 and “Realistic Idealism” in 2001, a program of the Duke Institute on Nonprofit Leadership.

“I’m excited about the expertise in nonprofit leadership and in developing community partnerships that Lisa brings to Jefferson,” said Carole A. McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College. “She has a proven ability to advocate at local, state and federal levels and a track record of building successful community collaborations.   Those factors combined with her enthusiasm will complement the work of the JCC Foundation Board of Directors in leading fundraising efforts in our community.”

"As a native of Oswego (NY), I am thrilled to be back in my home state and proud to be calling the North Country home,” said Ms. Familo.  “It is an honor to be appointed to the position of college development officer and I am looking forward to working with the board of directors, College, alumni and community to advance the mission of the JCC Foundation. I am confident that my background and experience will allow me to add continual quality and value to Jefferson Community College."

Ms. Familo’s first day at Jefferson Community College will be Monday, July 20, 2015.