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Dana G. Allen

Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations/Executive Director of the Alumni Association
Old Dominion University

Dana G. Allen

Dana Allen currently holds the dual titles of Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and the Executive Director of the Alumni Association at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Her 17 year career in alumni relations has spanned a variety of institutions both dues and non-dues based with significant impact on the programs at each.

Ms. Allen is an alumna of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, earning a degree in Speech Communications with a concentration in Conflict Resolution. Beginning in 1996, she served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the American Red Cross chapter in Staunton, Virginia before being appointed as the Director of Volunteers for the Alumnae/i Association at Mary Baldwin College in 1998. While at Mary Baldwin, she was named outstanding Student Organization Advisor. In 2001, she began an almost 6 year career with the Penn State Alumni Association in State College, Pennsylvania, first as a Regional Director within the Volunteer Services Unit, then rising to serve as the Associate Director. In 2007, she was appointed to her current role at Old Dominion University, leading the efforts of its 130,000 members of the Alumni Association.

During her career, Ms. Allen has been an active participant with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at the District Level. Her work with CASE has included serving on the scholarship selection committee, presenting on multiple occasions and serving on the planning committee as the alumni track chair or co-chair for District III conferences. Her areas of focus include board development and metrics/assessment in alumni relations. On a state level, Ms. Allen has taken an active role with alumni relations directors across Virginia, and while ODU was a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, she was instrumental in an alumni relations benchmarking effort of programs across the CAA in collaboration with CASE’s national office.

A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Ms. Allen resides in Norfolk where she enjoys volunteering for the Southeastern Virginia Foodbank in her spare time.

Monica Armenta

Director of Communications
Albuquerque Public Schools

Monica Armenta

Monica Armenta joined Albuquerque Public Schools in 2005, after 23 years in the television news industry at KOB-TV.

In her current role, she manages the communications/web efforts for the 34th largest district in the country, with 89,000 students and 16,000 employees in 142 schools and 82 departments. In addition she works directly with parents, advocates, government agencies and concerned citizens on a wide variety of issues, serves on the superintendent’s leadership and executive leadership teams and acts as the liaison between the APS Board of Education and the media.

In recent years Monica has been instrumental in initiating a number of successful enterprise projects with business partners on behalf of the district. The funds raised through the enterprise efforts have been used to fill gaps in educational programs for staff and students.

Monica spent most of her tenure at KOB behind the anchor desk of highly successful programs including New Mexico Today, Eyewitness News Midday and Eye on New Mexico.

She has won numerous awards including an Emmy Award for news coverage, the University of New Mexico Alumni Zia Award, the University of New Mexico Professional Achievement Award, Los Alamos National Laboratory Latina in Leadership Award, Albuquerque the Magazine’s Most Likely to Change Albuquerque Award and many others.

She has also served or is serving on many boards of directors in Albuquerque including the Hispano Chamber of Commerce, PBS New Mexico Board of Directors, Albuquerque Police Department Community Recruitment Committee, the APS Education Foundation Board and a four-year stint as a judge of the New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards.

A New Mexico native, APS and UNM graduate, Monica lives in Albuquerque with her husband- the proud parents of a recent UNM College of Nursing graduate and a younger son who is a junior at UNM.

Lynn Trojahn

Vice President of Advancement
Accion

Lynn Trojahn

Lynn Trojahn, Vice President of Advancement for Accion New Mexico · Arizona · Colorado · Nevada · Texas (Accion), has been in the fundraising field for 31 years, starting in San Francisco at the Breakthrough Foundation as an intern who, due to her fundraising results and public speaking acumen, was promoted to Director of Development supporting an annual $2 million budget.

After moving back to her hometown of Albuquerque in 1993, it was very fitting that through her connection with the University—her father was a UNM faculty member for over 20 years and her mother received her PhD at UNM—she became the first Director of Development for the UNM General Library system raising $6 million during her tenure and supporting the UNMGL system move from a ranking of 97th to 47th in the Association of Research Libraries to being a Top 50 Library System—a Top 10 goal of UNM’s Centennial Campaign. Lynn engaged students as assistants, on fundraising committees, and through student leadership to create an excellent library system serving every student and faculty member. During her tenure, Lynn initiated monthly Faculty Acknowledgement Receptions recognizing outstanding faculty from each UNMGL affiliated school and college that were first-of-their-kind events.

During her six years at Bosque School, she helped raise over $12 million to build a new campus, create a financial aid endowment, involve student participation in key fundraising events, enhance operations and create an alumni association for the school.

Lynn has worked with Accion since 2005, where she spearheaded raising over $64 million for operational, endowment, in-kind, lending, and building capital. Lynn led Accion’s capital campaign to secure 2.6 acres of land and build its regional headquarters with no debt, move from a one-state to a five-state region, support a student intern program, and create a thriving base of client contributors, an anomaly for nonprofits like Accion. In all four positions, Lynn enrolled and trained volunteers to support special events, resource development and fundraising goals for numerous projects.

Lynn is a board member with significant leadership responsibilities at United Way of Central New Mexico, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Laguna Community Foundation and the 2015-2016 chair of A Network for Grateful Living. Lynn was president of the NM Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2000 receiving the NM Outstanding Fundraising Executive award in 2003. In 2012, Lynn received the Small Business Administration’s Financial Services Champion of the Year award. Since 1999, she has been distinguished as a community leader in many categories of New Mexico Business Weekly and Albuquerque Business First.

Lynn is a native New Mexican and Valley High School graduate. She has a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Colgate University and a master's degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management. Her daughter is an engineer at Sandia National Labs and her husband of 26 years is a Financial Advisor. Lynn and her husband love to play golf around the country and near her family’s ranch, the Salman Raspberry Ranch in La Cueva, NM.