Advancement is comprised of separate teams: Alumni Relations, Development, Planned Giving, Volunteers and WSMC. These areas work together for a common goal, and each staff member is an integral part of our team.

Office Hours
Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

To make a gift over the phone you may call 423.236.2772  and speak with Candy Reichert. You may also send by mail:
Southern Adventist University
P.O. Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37421


Alumni Relations

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    Evonne Crook 
    Director of Alumni Relations

    Evonne Kutzner Crook moved from Canada to Collegedale with her family in 1972 in order to escape the snowy winters and for opportunities to attend an Adventist academy and college.  She graduated from Southern Adventist University in 1979 with a degree in English.  After graduation, she taught various levels of grades K-12, worked in the Records Office and Counseling and Testing Center at Southern, stayed home for a few years to raise her two children, and then owned and operated a pre-school.

    She returned to Southern in 1995 as the office manager, gift records coordinator, and database manager for Advancement until moving into her current position in this department as Director of Alumni Relations in 2003.  Evonne enjoys connecting with alumni around the world and looks for meaningful opportunities to strengthen their relationships with students and the university. 

    In rare moments of spare time, she enjoys making fun memories with her grown children and two grandchildren, traveling, hiking, reading, writing, and tending her herb garden.







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    Geovanny Ragsdale 
    Associate Vice President for Advancement

    Geovanny has been a part of the Southern family since 2009. She enjoys building relationships with our Southern alumni and generous givers.

    One of her favorite pastimes is to cook and host friends at home. She seeks ways to create value and make a difference in our community though a number organizations like Leadership Chattanooga, Toastmasters, La Paz, and at The Well, her home church.

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    Eric Baerg
    Database Manager

    Eric Baerg joined the Advancement team in 2005.  As a Blackbaud Certified Raiser’s Edge Professional, he manages Southern’s Raiser’s Edge alumni and fundraising database and does whatever he can to provide outstanding support and service to his coworkers and customers.  Eric is a weekend warrior, enjoys almost any sport with a ball, and plays on many faculty/staff intramural teams.

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    Ashley Fox
    Annual Giving Officer


    Although born and raised in Michigan, Ashley quickly fell in love with Tennessee during her freshman year at Southern. She enjoys reading, spontaneous road trips and spending time with her family and friends. 

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    Lindsay Wood
    Call Center Coordinator
    Lindsay began her career with the Advancement team as a Call Center Representative in 2010 and has continued fundraising throughout her college career. She was blessed with the opportunity to work full time as the Coordinator for the calling team, and has appreciated the ability to work with and train students, while being able to impact the mission of Southern Adventist University. Currently she is taking classes part-time to complete a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and is planning on graduating May 2016.
    Though she is a native of Colorado, Lindsay has grown to think of Chattanooga as her home. In her moments of free time she loves playing guitar and ukulele, singing, and exploring downtown thrift shops.
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    Candy Reichert
    Donor Recognition & Records Coordinator

    Candy ensures that all of the donations that come in to the university, including cash, checks, credit cards, and all gifts-in-kind are receipted accurately and in a timely matter. She also enjoys showing Christ’s love by sharing music with the residents at The Lantern at Morning Pointe, every month, along with friends in the Joyful Strings Dulcimer group.



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    Robert Bovell
    Regional Relationship Manager

    Robert joined the Advancement team in September 2013 as a Major Gift Officer.  He is an alumnus of Southern Adventist University and enjoys the opportunity to build lasting relationships with alumni and constituents to help advance the university’s mission and transform students’ lives.

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    Kenny Turpen
    Regional Relationship Manager

    Kenny Turpen joined the Advancement team in 2013 as a Major Gifts Officer.  Kenny graduated from Southern Adventist University in ’09 and now enjoys building relationships with alumni and constituents to further the advancement of the university. 




Planned Giving

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    Carolyn Liers
    Director of Planned Giving

    Carolyn has served Southern Adventist University’s Planned Giving office since 1996.  She has a passion for raising awareness of Biblical financial principles - encouraging alumni and friends to leave a legacy that provides life-changing opportunities for students at Southern.

    Certified to perform Planned Giving/Trust Services, Carolyn’s leadership continues to maintain the highest level of accreditation standards with the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  She continues to build relationships with area professionals who make their services available in drafting legal documents such as Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney for health care and finances.  An appointment or a phone call with Carolyn can help you begin your estate planning journey.

    Carolyn is a greeter at her local church and is a member of the Legacy Society, Planned Giving Committee, Fundraising Committee, and Administrative Council. Before coming to Southern, she worked in management and corporate travel consulting. 

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    Sue Kaufman
    Planned Giving Coordinator

    Sue Kaufman has served as Planned Giving Coordinator for Southern Adventist University since June 2005. Previously working eight years in Trust Services at Georgia-Cumberland Conference, she received her certification in Trust Services through the North American Division in 2003. Although raised in the Mid-west, Sue loves living in the South and learning from and rubbing shoulders with her Southern neighbors.

    Other career capacities spanning over two decades include administrative assistant for two Adventist medical centers and a privately held corporation, and office manager of a school for Navajo children.

    Sue is so thankful for the windows of opportunities opened to her since becoming a Seventh-day Adventist and currently relishes working on the campus of Southern Adventist University among great co-workers and young people who are being molded into Christian servant leaders.