Meet Our Staff

BurtBert Griffin – Chief Advancement Officer :
A life-long Louisvillian, Bert joined Spalding in April 2013 and will provide direct oversight to all development and alumni programs including annual fund, special events, grants, capital and endowment programs. Griffin previously served at The Salvation Army Louisville as the director of development. He also served 10 years as fundraising consultant in his family’s marketing firm Griffin Fundraising & Marketing, helping organizations both locally and nationally achieve their funding goals; this included direct involvement with Spalding University’s 2009 Pathways to Success endowment program.  His community service includes involvement with the YMCA, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.  Click here to reach Bert by email.

photoPaul Bolton – Manager of Alumni Giving, Events & Relations: 
Paul graduated from Spalding University in May 2001 with his B.S. in Communication Studies. Paul is responsible for cultivating relationships and engaging with Spalding alumni, planning alumni events and coordinating social media outreach. Paul previously served at the Sullivan University System as an associate director in admissions. He has social media development experience, and he worked in sales for 13 years.

Paul is from Louisville, Ky., and in addition to his bachelor’s degree from Spalding, he has his Master of Science in Management from Sullivan University. Click here to reach Paul by email.


David CDavid Clark – Manager of Advancement Services & Data Support: 
David joined Spalding in February 2014 to manage Spalding’s alumni and development data base. His duties include biographical and gift data entry, project tracking and prospect research. He also assists with office administration. Previously, he worked as a development assistant at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., an assistant to a conference coordinator at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and development coordinator at Actors Theatre of Louisville. In development and education administration, he has experience in data maintenance and entry, event coordination, grant writing and stewardship.

David has a B.A. from Centre College and a M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Click here to reach David by email.


Lori Hagest – Manager of Annual Giving:
Lori started at Spalding University in September 2011 as Manager of Annual Giving. She is responsible for planning, implementing, managing, and evaluating the Annual Fund and other annual giving initiatives.  Lori has worked in fundraising for over 13 years.  She was the Assistant Director at The Mary Anderson Center for the Arts (an artist colony in Mt. St. Francis Indiana) and most recently the Manager of Grants and Donor Support at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.  She has extensive experience in many areas of development including annual giving, major donors, grant writing, corporate membership and sponsorship programs, planned giving, volunteer and internship programs and event planning and coordination (including the Mary Anderson Center’s Biannual Alumni and Friends Art Show and the Speed Museum pARTnership Ball).

Lori is from Borden, Indiana and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from DePauw University.  Click here to reach Lori by email.


Erin HErin Hamilton – Major Gifts Officer
Erin  is responsible for cultivating, soliciting and securing major individual gifts to the university. Erin previously worked at Spalding University from 2004 to 2007 in both the offices of admissions and advancement. Erin brings a wealth of experience in annual gifts, major gifts, grant writing and planned giving. Prior to returning to Spalding, she worked in the advancement offices of the University of Louisville and the American Red Cross.

Erin is from Louisville, Ky. and holds a B.A. from the University of Louisville and a M.S. from the University of Kentucky. Click here to reach Erin by email.


Beth HBeth Henley – Manager of Donor Relations and Stewardship:
Beth began working in the Spalding Admission’s Office in 2004, after 10 years as a teacher’s assistant for the primary grades at Holy Family School in Louisville. In 2006, she joined the Office of Advancement and Philanthropy and is now the  Coordinator of Donor Relations and Stewardship. Beth is charged with ensuring responsive Donor Relations in the Office of Advancement and Philanthropy. She is also responsible for the coordination of activities related to the donor community, including gift clubs, thank-a-thons, mail appeals, giving campaigns, and ensuring the stewardship of endowed gifts. Beth also supports the administrative functions of the Office of Advancement and Philanthropy, as well as plans and executes Advancement Events.

Beth is currently a Spalding University student, working towards a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities. Click here to reach Beth by email.