The Office of Advancement and External Affairs encompasses the Offices of Advancement Operations, Alumni Engagement, Annual Giving, Leadership and Planned Giving, Partnerships and Institutional Relations and University Communications. 

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Advancement is charged with creating, strengthening and stewarding relationships with alumni, friends, corporations, foundations and other members of the community for the purpose of developing increased involvement in and financial support of the University and its strategic vision.

  • Donor Relations is responsible for delivering high quality communication to donors in regards to gift acknowledgment, donor recognition and reporting in order to foster long-term engagement and investment.
  • Planned Giving assists those interested in making a bequest to Saint Peter’s or receiving information related to estate planning.
  • Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for identifying, researching, cultivating and soliciting corporations and foundations.
  • Advancement Services maintains the University’s alumni and donor database.  If you have you moved, married or received a promotion, please send your new information to or call (201) 761-6106.
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Annual Giving

Annual Giving works to build and maintain a base of consistent unrestricted support for the University’s operating needs as well as the general scholarship fund.

University Communications

University Communications ensures that the University’s strategic vision and core values are supported and promoted through an organized communication program; messages enhance the profile of the University, its students, faculty, programs and activities.

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Alumni Engagement

Alumni Engagement provides programs, services and communications to alumni so that they may become more connected and remain engaged in the life of Saint Peter’s University.


Hilsdorf Faculty Hall, First Floor

Leah M. Leto, M.Ed.
Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs
(201) 761-6110

Hilsdorf Faculty Hall, First Floor

Michael Thunell
Director of Advancement Operations
(201) 761-6127

Sonia Aquije, M.P.A. ’18
Advancement Operations Project Coordinator
(201) 761-6118

Tanya Reyes-Storey
Advancement Operations Officer for Data Management
(201) 761-6105

Hilsdorf Faculty Hall, Room 105

Claudia Pope-Bayne, Ed.D.
Senior Director of Alumni Engagement
(201) 761-6111

Liliana Huerta
Alumni Engagement Officer
(201) 761-6112

Hilsdorf Faculty Hall, First Floor

Scott Donovan
Director of Annual Giving
(201) 761-6109

Hilsdorf Faculty Hall, First Floor

Linda Moore
Senior Director of Leadership and Planned Giving
(201) 761-6128

Christopher Hansen ’04
Leadership Gifts Officer
(201) 761-6104

Sharon Morrissey, M.B.A., M.Ed. ’13
Director of Planned Giving
(201) 761-6126

Hilsdorf Faculty Hall, First Floor

Rolando Lavarro
Senior Director of Institutional Relations
(201) 761-6108

Gerald G. Gabinete ’20
Institutional Relations Officer
(201) 761-6106

Hilsdorf Faculty Hall, Room 302

Sarah Malinowski Ferrary
Assistant Vice President University Communications
(201) 761-6239

Angeline Boyer
Director of University Communications 
(201) 761-6238

VP/Advancement /Alumni Engagement Fax: (201) 761-6101
University Communications Fax: (201) 761-6241

Please contact us with any questions about alumni events, giving opportunities or media inquiries. For general inquiries, please email

Office of Advancement and External Affairs
Saint Peter’s University
2641 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07306