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.

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.