Since 1982, the Office of Program Development has supported and advocated for African American and Latino alumni and students. It raises funds for 30 scholarships and hosts Coming Back Together, the triennial reunion for African American and Latino alumni.

Meet Our Staff

Photo: Rachel Vassel '91, Assistant Vice President

Rachel Vassel ’91
Assistant Vice President
Rachel provides leadership of the office, with a focus on strategy, programs, and marketing efforts that increase black and Latino alumni engagement and philanthropic support. Contact Rachel at 315.385.9988 or revassel@syr.edu.

Photo: Adrian PrietoAdrian Prieto
Director of Development

Adrian is a major gift officer responsible for building and cultivating relationships with prospective donors, securing corporate partnerships and sponsors, and growing the Our Time Has Come endowment. Contact Adrian at 315.420.5334 or ajprieto@syr.edu.

Arianne DowdellArianne D. Dowdell G’96
Senior Director, Operations and Partnerships
Arianne is responsible for overall unit operations, as well as external partnerships. She also secures event sponsorships and corporate support for the Our Time Has Come scholarship and leadership program. Contact Arianne at 315.443.1561 or addowdel@syr.edu.

Miko HornMiko Horn ’95
Director of Alumni Events
Miko develops regional alumni events to ensure continuous, year-round engagement in our top diverse alumni markets. She also leads the planning for CBT reunions, both on campus and regionally, as well as alumni fundraisers and trips.

Angela Morales-Patterson
Assistant Director of Alumni and Donor Engagement

Angela leads student and alumni engagement, administration of the Our Time Has Come Scholarship Fund, mentoring and leadership programs as well as on-campus and regional event planning. She is also the editor of the Syracuse Manuscript. Contact Angela at 315.443.4888 or aamorale@syr.edu.

Photo: Administrative Specialist Susan C. BlancaSusan C. Blanca ’17
Administrative Specialist

Susan’s work supports many areas, including overall operations, group fundraising, events, and gift processing. Contact Susan at 315.443.4556 or scblanca@syr.edu.