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Carol Rognrud
executive director, montgomery college foundation and director of development  


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Carol Rognrud headshotCarol Rognrud joined Montgomery College in November 2012 and has almost two decades of experience working in higher education and with nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she served as the director of transformational giving for the American Association of University Women since 2006. She raised over $22 Million in cash and pledges for the organization in major and planned gifts during that time. She has also held development roles at the American Association of Retired Persons and The Johns Hopkins University. Carol holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Western State Colorado University, where she graduated cum laude and a master’s degree in liberal arts from The Johns Hopkins University. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and has lived in the Washington, DC, area for over 15 years.


Donna Pina
director of foundation finance  


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PinaDonna-120x140Since 2006, Donna Pina has served as the director of foundation finance of the Montgomery College Foundation. She is responsible for operating the Foundation’s financial affairs, overseeing budgeting, financial reporting, investing, and gift processing. She manages three bond financing projects, totaling $65 million. Prior to her current position, Donna was capital budget manager for the College, where she prepared a six-year, $0.5 billion capital improvement request to Montgomery County and the state of Maryland. Prior to Montgomery College Donna had 13 years of corporate finance experience with Bristol-Myers Squibb and W.R. Grace, most recently as manager of financial analysis. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in general science from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in business administration from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.

Development Office


Francene T. Walker, CFRE
major gifts and planned giving director  


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Francene Walker is a certified fundraising executive with over 25 years of development experience. Before joining the Montgomery College development team, Francene served as director for individual and planned giving for UNCF - United Negro College Fund - where she was responsible for overseeing initiatives that generated several million dollars in annual support from individuals. Throughout her career, Francene has worked with community service organizations, as well as regional non-profits where she directed general fundraising activities, including grant writing, corporate relations, and media/public affairs. A big advocate for professional development, Francene formerly served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of the Greater Washington, DC Area. A native of Louisiana and transplant from Pittsburgh, PA, Francene has enjoyed living in Montgomery County since 1985.

La Verne Gordon
development associate director  



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La Verne Gordon joined the development staff in 2002. As development associate director, she is primarily responsible for securing major gifts from individuals. She has been directly involved in two major fundraising campaign initiatives at the College. Prior to her current position, La Verne worked in development and public relations for several organizations in the Washington, D.C., area, including Honeywell, Inc. La Verne is a graduate of Howard University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in English/business administration. She has completed graduate studies at The George Washington University and New York University. LaVerne volunteers with several civic and community organizations throughout the Washington, D.C./Baltimore region to help promote youth development, arts, and culture.

Katie Kumkumian
associate director, donor relations and board stewardship  


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Kathrine Kumkumian head shot   Katie Kumkumian is responsible for communication with and stewardship of donors, as well as assisting with the engagement of Montgomery College Foundation board members. Prior to joining Montgomery College in September 2012, Katie worked at Georgetown University in the Office of Donor Relations, where she focused primarily on stewarding the university’s very top donors. She also has served as the Special Assistant to the Vice President of Alumni and University Relations at Georgetown, acting as the liaison between the Office of the President and the development office. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in English from George Mason University and a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.

Stuart Tart
interim director of corporate and foundation relations  


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Stuart Tart  

Stuart Tart came on board in November 2012 to serve as associate development director, corporate and foundation relations. For eight years, he oversaw fundraising events, corporate giving, and direct mail for the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, a small national nonprofit in Gaithersburg that serves individuals with a rare brittle bone disorder. Stuart also has worked for Florence Crittenton Services of Greater Washington and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio, where he began his nonprofit fundraising career in 1998. He also has three years of experience as a high school English, yearbook, and history teacher. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Stuart volunteers as treasurer on the board for the Parkside at Germantown homeowners’ association.

Noah Saposnik
annual fund manager  


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Noah Saposnik  

Noah Saposnik joined Montgomery College in 2013 as annual fund manager. In this role, Noah manages regular gifts which come from individuals and organizations. He also solicits for annual scholarships coming from a variety of sources. Before joining Montgomery College, Noah acted as assistant director of alumni relations and annual fund for the University of Maryland School of Dentistry after serving as campaign associate at the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.  He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Central Florida and two master of arts degrees in Jewish communal service and public policy. Noah is originally from South Florida and has lived in Maryland for eight years.

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