Office of University Advancement

209 Hurt Street • 424 Andy Holt Humanities Building • 731-881-7626 • advancement@utm.edu

Jeanna Swafford

Jeanna Swafford

Vice Chancellor of University Advancement

Jeanna is a fundraiser who advocates for the university to alumni and friends. She specializes in planned and deferred giving. Jeanna came to UT Martin in 1992 as assistant director of development; she was named director of development in 1997, assistant vice chancellor in 2011, and associate vice chancellor in 2020. She received the UT Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors Award for Exemplary Service in 2019. Jeanna holds a master’s in strategic communications from UT Martin and a bachelor’s from Murray State in journalism/public relations. She and her husband, Keith Swafford, own a poultry farm in Dresden, TN. She has a son, Curt, and a stepson, Colter.

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Jennifer Schlicht

Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Jennifer began her career at UTM in 2003 where she worked as the administrative assistant for the Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking for 17 years and served as the assistant to the dean of the College of Business and Global Affairs for a year and a half until joining the University Advancement team in November 2021. She is a 2002 alumna of the University of Tennessee at Martin. She resides in Dresden, TN, with her two sons, Hayden and Cameron.

Office of Alumni Relations
and Annual Giving

600 University Street • 1900 Alumni Way – Dunagan Alumni Center • 731-881-7610 • alumni@utm.edu

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Jackie Johnson

Assistant Vice Chancellor of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

Jackie Johnson, a 2008 alumna, joined Alumni Relations in 2016 as the associate director of alumni programs. In 2019, she was promoted to assistant vice chancellor of alumni relations and annul giving. She was raised in Somerville, TN, and began working at UT Martin in 2009. She received her bachelor’s in international studies and MBA from UT Martin. Most recently, she received her Doctorate of Learning and Leadership from UT Chattanooga. She is married to Chris Johnson, a 2009 graduate of UT Martin, and they have two daughters, Claire and Camryn.

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Matt Borden

Associate Director of Annual Giving

Matt Borden, a 2014 UTM alumnus and former transfer admissions counselor, joined Alumni Relations in 2019 as the associate director of annual giving. Matt serves as the coordinator of Captain’s Challenge, the UT Martin Engagement Center, and various campus giving initiatives. He was raised in Martin and received his bachelor’s in communications from UT Martin in 2014 and his master’s in higher educational leadership in 2020. Matt lives in Martin with his wife, Kayci, and their daughter, Blair.

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Kelley Trevathan

Senior Alumni Relations Assistant

Kelley began her career at UTM in the Development Office in 2006. She joined the Alumni Relations team in March 2008. Kelley has over 22 years experience as an administrative professional. She earned her Certified Professional Secretary Certificate in 2008. Kelley and her husband, Richard, owner of Trevathan Bros. Machine and Fabrication, reside in Dresden, TN, with their two daughters, Tristen and Taelyn.

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Ava Abad

Assistant Director of Alumni Programming

Ava joined the UT Foundation in March 2024. Ava serves as the media support for alumni communications and assists in developing programs and functions for the UT Martin Alumni Relations office. She was raised in Martin and graduated from UT Martin in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance. After graduating, she moved to Nashville where she held many positions that helped her advance her knowledge with education programs, event planning, and project management. She currently resides in Fulton with her other half, Harrison, and her dog, Murphy.

Office of Development

600 University Street • 1900 Alumni Way – Dunagan Alumni Center • 731-881-7620 • development@utm.edu

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Ben Jones

Director of Development

Ben joined the UT Foundation in September 2017 as the associate director of development; he was named director of development in 2020. He represents the Office of Development as the direct contact for the College of Business & Global Affairs, College of Education, Health & Behavioral Sciences, Academic Affairs, Paul Meek Library, and the UT Martin Somerville Center. Ben received a bachelor’s in 2001 and a master’s in strategic communications in 2020 from UT Martin. He resides in Martin with his daughter, Rebecca.

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Julius McNair

Associate Athletic Director for Development

Julius McNair joined the UT Foundation in September 2020 in the position of assistant athletic director for development. Julius is no stranger to Skyhawk Athletics, as the 2013 alumnus spent a decade at UT Martin as a student-athlete and an assistant football coach. He played on the Skyhawk football squad from 2008–12 before transitioning into an administrative role on the coaching staff for five seasons. From 2014–18, Julius was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Skyhawk football.

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Laura Suiter

Director of Development

Laura joined the UT Foundation in August 2016 in the position of assistant athletic director of development. Laura is a 2004 graduate of UT Martin and has served the last 10 years in the pharmaceutical and medical industry. During that time she has held many positions including product training manager and director of marketing. Laura has strong connections to West Tennessee and was born and raised in Union City. She is married to JB Suiter, who currently teaches and coaches in Union City, TN, and they have one child, Cole.

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Samantha Hutcherson

Associate Director of Corporate Relations

Samantha “Sam” joined the UT Foundation in June 2022 as the associate director of development for corporate relations where she fundraises and engages with corporations across Northwest Tennessee. Sam has served the last 8 years in the sports marketing and nonprofit industries. During that time she has held many positions as a personal assistant to 3 NFL Hall of Fame athletes and program manager for fundraising with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Coaching for Literacy. Originally from Southern California, Sam married into the Hutcherson family, which is deeply rooted in UTM history with her grandmother in-law having been a professor for UTM for 30+ years, and her father and mother-in law being UTM alumni. Sam is married to Dale Hutcherson, who is a licensed attorney in Martin, and they have one child, Mila.

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Holly Dethloff

Advancement Services Assistant III

Holly joined the development staff in 2009 but is no stranger to UT Martin. Holly received a bachelor’s in health and human performance in 2009 and a master’s in family and consumer science in 2011. Before coming to Office of Development, Holly was employed as a student assistant in the Office of Information Technology Services. Holly and her husband, Jonathan, reside in Sharon, TN, with their sons, Jaxton and Jamesen.

Office of Advancement Services

209 Hurt Street • 424 Andy Holt Humanities Building • 731-881-7620 • advservices@utm.edu

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Mary Baker

Assistant Director for Stewardship

Mary has worked at UT Martin since 1989. Prior to coming to Advancement Services, she worked in the College of Business & Global Affairs, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, and Purchasing. Mary completed the UT Martin Office Information Systems certification program and is the recipient of the UT Martin Outstanding Employee Award for the spring 2006 semester. Mary and her husband, Mike, have two daughters, Lauren and Allie.

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Makala Christine Sitzes

Gift Records Specialist

Makala joined the office of Advancement Services in February 2021. She is a 2017 UT Martin graduate with a Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies and comes from a background of customer service. Makala is a native of Greenfield, TN, where she currently lives.

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Savanna Fitzgerald

Advancement Assistant II

Savanna joined the office of Advancement Services in July 2023. She has experience working in both customer service and administration. She was born and raised in South Fulton, TN, where she currently lives with her husband, Joe. They are expecting their first child in March 2024.