Advancement Staff

Randy Nelson, Vice President for Advancement

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 Randy Nelson received an associate’s degree from Hiwassee College in 1991 and went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in human services at Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1993. As Vice President for Advancement, Randy provides senior leadership for all aspects of development and communications, including the offices of alumni relations, annual giving, public relations, major gifts, foundation/government relations, planned giving, stewardship and marketing.  Randy has 15 years of experience in non-profit fundraising and administration with seven years of experience in the higher education field.

Marica Merck, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

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Marica holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Georgia State University, Atlanta where she competed on the cross country team. As Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, Marica coordinates fundraising of annual gifts, alumni and parent relations, community partnerships, homecoming and other alumni events. Marica works closely with our fourteen-member volunteer Alumni Association Board of Directors to develop events and programs to support alumni. Marica joins Tennessee Wesleyan from her position as director of marketing and career services at Bryan College. She has over 15 years’ experience working in education in various roles including fundraising at Kennesaw State University and Georgia State University.


Stacie Clifton, Advancement Coordinator


Stacie attended Middle Tennessee State University and Arkansas Northeastern College. She joined the advancement team in June 2012 after nearly ten years in public service. As the advancement coordinator, Stacie coordinates advancement functions and oversees the college’s stewardship efforts. She maintains records for daily advancement office operations and provides support for the advancement and communications staff. She hopes to continue her education at Tennessee Wesleyan College in the future.

Jared Wright, Interim Alumni Relations and Advancement Specialist

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Jared received his bachelor of science degree in business administration: accounting & finance from Tennessee Wesleyan College in May of 2009. He joined the advancement team in December of 2009 and currently serves as the office’s advancement specialist. Jared oversees and facilitates the entering of donor gifts, as well as creating the reports for all giving to TWC. He maintains the advancement database, ensuring that data is entered correctly and efficiently.

Lacey McDonald, Grant Writer

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Lacey McDonald received her bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration and Finance from ETSU. As Grants Coordinator, Lacey is responsible for pursuing partnership opportunities through foundations and community benefit programs to support TWC priorities and needs.  Lacey has seven years of fundraising experience including campaign finance. She also was a co-founder of a regional healthcare access non-profit that she led for five years in Johnson City, Tenn.