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CVM Welcomes New Development Officers

Posted June 21, 2017


Monika Blackwell

Two new employees of the Texas A&M Foundation have joined the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) staff.

Monika Blackwell came to the CVM as assistant director for development & client relations in May.

In the role, Blackwell engages and cultivates grateful clients and provides a more convenient mechanism for them to support the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital through charitable gifts.

Blackwell has worked with Texas A&M since 2010, first as a communications specialist in the Office of Admissions and Records/Communications and in the College of Liberal Arts, and then moving to the Texas A&M Foundation, with which she served as manager of campaign communications for more than four years.

With the Texas A&M Foundation, she was responsible for editing and writing Spirit Magazine, distributed to more than 130,000 students, alumni, donors, faculty, and staff three times a year; managing the creation and distribution of printed and electronic custom proposals for gift requests ranging from $100,000 to $20 million; coordinating media and public relations; overseeing the design and production of printed marketing materials; and producing The Sound of the Spirit podcast program, which she also developed.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of Vanderbilt University, Blackwell began her career as an associate producer at NewsChannel 5 in Nashville.

In 2009, she and her husband moved to Texas, along with their three beloved pets: a dog named Libby and two cats named Fish Taco and Simba.


Linzy Woolf

This month, Linzy Woolf joined the CVM as director for development, for which she will work to match donor passions to the initiatives and priorities of the vet school and biomedical sciences program.

A 2001 Texas A&M graduate with a degree in animal sciences, Woolf earned a master's degree in animal science at Stephen F. Austin State University.

After having ridden on the TAMU Equestrian Team for four years, she went on to be among the founders of an equestrian team at SFA, as well as help the team gain NCAA status.

Prior to her current role, Woolf served as associate head coach for the 12-time national champion TAMU Equestrian Team, followed by three years of serving as assistant director of development for the Mays Business School. During her time at Mays, she assisted former students, corporations, and friends of the school with ideas for supporting students, faculty, and programs via current and future gifts ranging from $25,000 to $10 million.

A native of Lufkin, Woolf has a golden retriever named Ella.

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