Mount Mercy appoints Institutional Advancement Positions

Mount Mercy College has announced that Patrick Collins ’88 has been named director of annual support and Hilery Livengood has been named director of major and planned gifts in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Collins began his duties February 22, and Livengood began her duties March 1, 2010. 

As director of annual support, Collins will be responsible for the planning and execution of a comprehensive Annual Giving program designed to continue to build operating support for the College.  This includes developing annual giving strategies that utilize telemarketing, direct mail, internet and personal solicitations to increase both annual gift income and the number of individuals and corporations who participate.

As director of major and planned gifts, Livengood will be responsible for donor relations and fundraising with prospective major donors, including identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding outright leadership gifts and deferred gifts for college priorities. 

“We are excited to have Patrick and Hilery join our team, and look forward to utilizing their unique skills and background experiences in Mount Mercy’s comprehensive fundraising program,” says Vice President for Institutional Advancement Lonna Drewelow.
Collins has 20 years experience in marketing, branding, and admissions consulting for higher education companies and institutions, including Arizona State University, Brooklyn Zoo, Sacred Heart University, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Furman University and Richmond University. 

Prior to joining Mount Mercy, he served as a managing partner with Patro Media, where he developed and implemented Scholar Shares, an education fundraising system driven by media partnerships and consumer rewards systems. He has also served as a consulting director and principal consultant for Stamats Communications, a higher education marketing company for colleges and universities. Collins holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Mount Mercy College. 

Prior to joining Mount Mercy, Livengood served as interim executive director for Miracles in Motion, as well as a senior consultant with mStoner, Inc., where she developed strategy and consulting services for higher education institutions and other non-profits. Livengood also served as director of web strategies for the University of Iowa Foundation, where she spearheaded the creation, design, and maintenance of the University’s nationally recognized online fundraising program.

She is a member of the Cedar Rapids Public Library Board of Trustees, as well as a board member for the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library and Theatre Cedar Rapids. She holds a Master of Science in journalism degree from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Iowa.

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