TNCC Names New Director of Development

Published: May 22, 2013

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) welcomes Lara M.S. Overy as the new Director of Development. As a member of TNCC’s Institutional Advancement team, Overy directs and manages the College’s development and outreach efforts to the community by seeking private funds to enable TNCC to enhance new and current programs, services and facilities. “We are pleased to welcome Lara Overy to TNCC to lead its development effort, and we look forward to working with her to garner greater support for our students from the businesses, organizations and individuals served by the College,” said Cynthia Callaway, TNCC’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Prior to joining TNCC, Overy served as Tidewater Community College’s (TCC) Executive Director of the Educational Foundation and Director of Development. She led the Development team in securing private, corporate, and foundation funding for TCC. She also coordinated the Educational Foundation’s fundraising efforts and represented the interests of both the College and the Foundation to current and prospective donors. Under Overy’s leadership, TCC’s Development Team exceeded its goals and increased the number of donors.

A magna cum laude graduate of Thomas Nelson, Overy knows the value of community colleges firsthand. “Who better to advocate for TNCC than a graduate who can personally acknowledge the high quality education and training provided by the College? She can also relate to the challenges faced by today’s community college students,” Callaway said.

Overy also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from William & Mary. She brings not only education but experience from William & Mary. She served her alma mater as Lead Annual Giving Officer, where she was heavily involved in cultivation and relationship building with prospects, donors, and alumni. She was also instrumental in achieving the college’s annual solicitation goals. Prior to this, she filled a role as William & Mary’s Reunion Gift Officer, where she transformed the existing Senior Class Gift Program from a short-term pledge campaign to a program geared toward actual gifts and participation.

With nearly two decades of service in philanthropic community organizations, Overy is currently President of the Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg and serves on the Board for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. In addition to supporting the fundraising efforts of a broad spectrum of non-profit and community groups, she is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a graduate of the James City County Citizen Leadership Academy, and served as a Citizen Representative on the Regional Issues Committee appointed by the James City County Board of Supervisors. For eight years, Overy served as the Troop Leader for Girl Scout Troop 1377, which she founded, and served many years on the Board of Inclusion Inc., a Williamsburg non-profit benefiting children.

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