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Meet the Staff

The Office of Alumni & Development delivers programs, events, benefits, services and volunteer opportunities to our ever-growing constituency of Bridgewater State University alumni, now more than 75,000 strong.

We want to help you:

  • extend your Bridgewater State education throughout your life;
  • mentor and strengthen future generations of students and alumni;
  • connect with dynamic, fascinating and accomplished fellow alumni;
  • support and cultivate your career and personal interests; and
  • bring together groups and communities who seek to make a difference.
The team at the Office of Alumni & Development is here to help you connect with BSU in the most helpful and enjoyable way. Email us at with ideas or just to say hi!

Alumni & Development

Ellen Cuttle Oliver

First started working at BSU in 1986-1989 and 2019-Present

I provide strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of Bridgewater State University's alumni and community engagement efforts, as well as fundraising opportunities. My job is to inspire and motivate members of the greater BSU family to find a place within our community where there can thrive and give back to their alma mater in support of our amazing students. To be able to serve the university that I love leading the Alumni & Development team is a dream come true and I look forward to welcoming my fellow Bears home! "Not to be ministered unto, but to Minister."

A key part of my job most people don't know about that I also serve as the Executive Director of the BSU Foundation board of directors.

Favorite song in college: "Mack the Knife" by Frank Sinatra

First started at BSU in 2019.

My primary responsibilities include supporting the Executive Director of the BSU Foundation by managing schedules, coordinating meetings, and managing the day-to-day office activities. I act as a liaison with the President’s Assistant, Vice Presidents and their staff, other university departments, and interact with external agencies.

A key part of my job that people might not know about is that I provide administrative support to the BSU Foundation including attendance at full board and sub-committee meetings.  I also provide occasional administrative support to the Bridgewater Alumni Association board and the Afro Am Alumni Association.

I became a non-traditional student in the late 1990s earning my bachelor’s degree in business in 2003 and master’s degree in criminal justice in 2005. My favorite decade of music is the 1970s and always rock, now considered classic rock! The 1970s left behind a rich legacy that continues to inspire modern-day musicians. I can’t pick just one favorite song or artist!

Michelle Slavick

First started working at BSU in 2000

My responsibilities include taking care of the Alumni & Development, Foundation, and Bridgewater Alumni Association budgets, travel expense reports and credit card reconciliation for the department. 

A key part of my job most people don't know about is that I work closely with Procurement Services and Accounts Payable to troubleshoot any issues with vendor quotes, requisitions, purchase orders and invoices.

First started working at BSU in 2008

As the Director of Operations and Logistics for the Alumni and Development Department, I am responsible for overseeing the management of all the Foundation properties; this includes establishing effective communication avenues with the Division of Operations (DIVO), working with outside contractors and DIVO on facility renovations and new construction, assisting with scheduling, and managing work expectations.  I also assist BSU’s Facilities Management (FM) with the Foundation properties in reviewing work assignments, maintenance schedules, performing inspections of work in progress and upon completion, assisting in monitoring property safety compliance, and meeting with FM supervisors as needed. 

Favorite Song from College: "Pictures of You" by The Cure


Alumni Relations

Daniel Darcy

First started working at BSU in 1996-2001 and 2020-Present

My primary goal is developing initiatives that will connect our students with alumni. We will do this through a mentor program, our affinity groups, a legacy program, our Crimson Ambassadors, and coordinating various original events as well as attending and participating in established campus-wide programs. 

A key part of my job most people don't know about is I will be managing the Crimson Ambassador program.

Favorite song in college: "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Alexis Conley

First started working at BSU in 2008

My responsibilities as the Assistant Director are centered on connecting our fabulous Alumni back to the University in support of our amazing students. The key way that I do this is through the planning and execution of all of our in-person and virtual Alumni events. In addition, I provide the management and meeting facilitation for our numerous Affinity groups, plan and support our Alumni marketing initiatives through email and social media channels, oversee the Alumni website, help to create student/alumni programs such as Crimson Ambassadors and Bridgewater Next Generation, outreach and support for key Development initiatives such as Giving Day and Giving Tuesday, serve on university-wide committees, collaborate with university departments, and handle any general Alumni outreach that comes my way. Relating to our alumni isn't just a job to me, it is second nature because I'm a true Bear at heart! Remember, "Once A Bear, Always A Bear," and never hesitate to reach out if I can be of any help!

A key part of my job most people don't know about is that I am the lead planner for Alumni Homecoming Events. Also, I have been known to help decorate our beautiful Jones House for the holidays, especially foraging greens from campus to fill the front urns!

Favorite songs in college: "Ants Marching" by Dave Matthews Band, "Round Here" by Counting Crows, and "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys

Pamela Arrighi

First started working at BSU in 1985-1990 and 1999-Present

My responsibilities include working with staff on all aspects of event coordination. I also work with alumni and members of the university community in event planning, implementation and evaluation. 

A key part of my job most people don't know about is that I value the cycle of support from alum to the current student experience. It makes my job different every day and I love it!

Favorite song in college: "Rosalita" by Bruce Springsteen

Bailey Cormier Head Shot

First started working at BSU in 2022

My responsibilities as the Communications Coordinator are to promote, connect, and highlight the various opportunities available to the 75,000+ alumni community and current students at Bridgewater State University. In this position, I incorporate content strategy, brand development, and digital media to help navigate the success of major campaigns and events like Giving Day and Homecoming, as well as different networking and gatherings hosted by Alumni & Development.

I am excited to be able to have my first position in my career be at my alma mater, a place that means so much to me as it does our many alumni. BSU has changed my life – literally – and I am excited to connect with as many great people as possible who are also fellow Bears!

Favorite song from college: “Vienna” by Billy Joel

Nicholas Williams headshot

First started working at BSU in 2021

My responsibilities include assisting the communications coordinator with managing our social media accounts, updating the website, and creating digital and print media.

A key part of my job most people don't know about is that I assist with monitoring the alumni email inbox. I love interacting with everyone who reaches out to the alumni department!

Favorite song in college: "Nice for What" by Drake


Betsy Dubuque

First started working at BSU in 2005

Betsy is a graduate of UMass Amherst with a BA in Communications. Betsy joined the Bridgewater community over 15 years ago as a member of the Alumni and Development team. During that time, she earned her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Civic and Nonprofit Leadership and Administration, graduating from Bridgewater State University in 2011, and she has been a proud Bear ever since!

Betsy provides leadership to the fundraising, development, stewardship and donor relations teams, administering all aspects of fundraising solicitations and donor relations in support of the BSU Foundation and the philanthropic priorities of the university. Leading the Advancement Operations team, Betsy also provides oversight of the database. In her role, she oversees direct marketing for the Bridgewater Fund and other development initiatives at the university, with the purpose of providing critical financial support to students and programs. 

With nearly two decades of professional experience in the development field, Betsy continues to feel fortunate to have the opportunity to connect big-hearted people with meaningful ways they can make a real impact in the lives of others. 

Betsy lives on the Cape with her husband, Cory, G'13 (MAT Biology) and their two children, Edwin and Winnie, where when the weather is good, she can be found teaching them the love of kayaking. 

Sarah Landers

First started working at BSU in 2015

My responsibilities include overseeing Foundation and Alumni fund processes, ensuring all funds are spent in accordance with donor wishes, reporting to donors on status of their funds and donations, acknowledging gifts in a timely manner, and working closely with departments across campus to ensure proper stewardship of all donors takes place.

A key part of my job most people don't know about is that I ensure proper disbursement of all funds, not just scholarship funds. 

Favorite song in college: "Crash and Burn" by Thomas Rhett

Kara Thurston

First started working at BSU in 2011

My responsibilities include executing annual giving campaigns to acquire, retain and reactivate donors. I strategize and manage direct mail appeals, online giving, and fundraising events such as crowdfunding and social media solicitations. I also work collaboratively with partners on and off campus to build and strengthen university fundraising efforts. 

A key part of my job most people don't know about is that I work with several students and donors throughout the year to gather testimonials on their involvement with BSU to use for annual giving marketing content. The students and donors are always so appreciative for opportunities and experiences that Bridgewater has been able to offer for them. Hearing their stories are the best part of working in Development and for BSU! 

Favorite song in college: "I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyes Peas

Major Gifts/Planned Giving

Mary Abbott

First started working at BSU in 2017

I enjoy working with alumni and friends of Bridgewater State University who are interested in learning about creative ways to support the university's mission and meet its most pressing needs through charitable giving. I partner with planned giving donors and major gift donors who want to directly help students with their support. 

A key part of my job most people do not know about, which is also one of my favorite parts of my job, is to introduce scholarship donors to the students who received their awards. It is incredibly rewarding and uplifting to be able to help show a donor how much their support means to an individual student. 

Favorite song in college: "Blue in Green" by Miles Davis

hillary leahy staff photo

First started working at BSU in 2021. 

My responsibilities include working with alumni and friends of Bridgewater State University who are interested in supporting BSU philanthropically and help them decide on meaningful ways to do so. It is wonderful to be able to speak to alumni from all decades and listen to stories of their time as a student and how that connection has continued as an alum. 

A key part of my job most people do not know about is getting to introduce scholarship recipients to the donors who made that scholarship possible. It is so special to be a bridge between the two and witness the impact that gift had on a student’s time at BSU. 

Favorite songs in college: "All too Well" by Taylor Swift and “Beat of the Music” by Brett Eldredge

Advancement Services and Prospect Research

Beth Goodhue

First started working at BSU in 1998

My responsibilities include maintenance of the Raiser's Edge Alumni and donor database, integration with peripheral systems for online giving, event registration and prospect research tools, supervision of gift processors, prospect researchers and data entry assistant as well as serve as a liaison to IT.

A key part of my job most people don't know about is using TeamDynamix ticketing software to manage day-to-day Advancement Services workload.

Favorite song in college: "Black" by Pearl Jam

Robin Chaplain

First started working at BSU in 2013

My responsibilities include maintaining the Alumni & Development division's constituent management database by organizing a system of identifying, collecting and interpreting data to be entered and accurately inputting new and updated constituent information, generating and exporting lists and reports from the database.

A key part of my job most people don't know about is that I help departments across campus maintain connections with Alumni. 

Favorite song in college: "Out on a Limb" by Teena Marie

Lauren Moreau

First started working at BSU in 2018

My responsibilities include carrying out research and database screening initiatives in order to identify sources of major gift opportunities that support the fundraising goals of BSU. 

A key part of my job most people don't know about is that the BSU library is an invaluable resource for my work.

Favorite song in college: "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce

Cara Oliveira

First started working at BSU in 2006

My responsibilities include processing gift transactions including pledges, planned giving, event registrations, and gifts in kind. I collaborate with fiscal on the accounting, process accounts payable functions for Foundation and Alumni, and also oversee data integrity, reporting, pledge reminders, creating funds, uploading fund agreements, pledge agreements, matching gift paperwork, and any other pertinent information to donor record. I collect mail and process as needed, utilize the Raiser's Edge, Financial Edge, MobileCause, Net Community, Cybersource, and TeamDynamix programs. 

A key part of my job most people don't know about is that everything I do has multiple layers that effect different parts of the division as well as the university. 

Favorite song in college: "I'm Only Joking" by Kongos and "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" by Cage the Elephant

First started working at BSU in 2022

I process incoming donations and ensure that they are applied to the appropriate fund, appeal, and campaign. I generate and mail out acknowledgment letters in a timely manner. In addition, I help with registration, fees, and donations for events. 

Favorite song(s) in college: "No Games" by Serani, "Best I Ever Had" by Drake, and "Pretty Wings" by Maxwell

Contact Us

Alumni Relations

Jones Alumni House
Bridgewater State University
26 Summer Street
Bridgewater, MA 02325
United States


Jones Alumni House
Bridgewater State University
26 Summer Street
Bridgewater, MA 02325
United States

Federal Tax ID/EIN #22-2678005

Mail your tax-exempt donation to:
BSU Foundation (address check to "BSU Foundation")
P.O. Box 42
Bridgewater, MA 02324
United States