Advancement is comprised of separate teams: Alumni Relations, Philanthropy, Planned Giving, 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


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    Carolyn Hamilton
    Vice President for Advancement
  • Lori Thompson
    Administrative Assistant
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    Robert Bovell
    Associate Director

    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
    Associate Director

    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. 

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    Lucas Patterson
    Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships
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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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    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.

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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    Ashley Fox, Assistant Director



    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. 



    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. 

    • Kimberly Bobenhausen
      Planned Giving Coordinator