Meet the team

Josh JacobsJoshua Jacobs, Ed.D.
Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations

"My favorite thing about Central is the everyday focus on improving the student learning experience. I also love seeing how successful our alumni have become and exploring the far reach of the alumni network."

Darlene Beaman

Darlene Beaman
Assistant Director of Operations Advancement & Alumni Relations

"Fayette is my home; I love this small town and this campus. It is such a pleasure to know people at CMU and spending my day with them is so fun!"

Megan FreeseMegan Freese
Director of Alumni Engagement

"My favorite thing about Central is the size of the campus. The students, faculty, staff and alumni are all so nice -- it's like one big family here at CMU! I love my work because it's fulfilling to create events for alumni & friends of CMU to provide them with the opportunity to reconnect and reminisce about their time at Central."

Andrea WanerAndrea Waner
Director of Annual Giving

"That feeling you get when you first step foot on the Central campus is electric. Having spent the last 11 years of my life in close proximity to a larger school, the familial environment here has been a welcome change. I truly enjoy meeting students, faculty, staff, and alumni and getting to hear the stories of how this institution has changed their life. I'm grateful and honored that I get to spend my days here, working to ensure education is available to all who wish to seek it."

Deanna CooperDeanna Cooper
Director of Development
Phone: 660-248-6397

"My favorite aspect of Central, is the ability to make a difference. Not only do I enjoy building relationships and making connections but each connect is an inspiration and an honor. Central is truly a special place and it's a privilege to witness students develop through their Central experience and step into the world as capable, responsible leaders who are able to contribute to the world around them. I see Colleagues who create life long impacts on the paths of others and hear alumni who share their gratitude towards their Central experience and the faculty who made a difference in their lives. This is Central and the opportunity to make a difference and provide the same for others is deeply gratifying. I am proud to be a part of the Central Family!"

Josh McCarrollJosh McCarroll
Assistant Director for Affinity Giving
Phone: 660-248-6239

"I'm ecstatic to be a part of such an incredible environment here at CMU! I love building relationships with alumni, helping them reconnect with the aspects of their time that made Central special to them, and providing a way to continue the development of cherished memories for new generations. Can you imagine a cooler thing to do with your time?"

Bobby RackleyBobby Rackley
Info Specialist- Research and Records

"My favorite thing about Central is that I have made many lifelong friends in my years working here. The thing I enjoy most about my job is meeting students, keeping in touch with them once they have graduated, and hearing about their successes."

Amy RoystonAmy Royston '13
Assistant Director of Advancement Services

"My favorite thing about CMU is the size of the campus. Central is warm and inviting; here you are not just a number. I enjoy building relationships and making connections with faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni."

Sabrina ShockleySabrina Shockley '14
Stewardship Coordinator

"I attended Central as an undergraduate and am beyond excited to be back working as a staff member! As an alumna of CMU, I have a unique mindset that plays an important role in my job every day. In facilitating our stewardship program, I have the opportunity to meaningfully acknowledge gifts given to the University, to ensure proper use of the gifts, to report the impact of philanthropic support to donors, and to encourage greater engagement of current donors. I have the pleasure to interact with our invaluable alumni on a daily basis, which is why I love my job so much."