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Laura Beth Ellis, Assistant Vice President
Annual Giving & Constituent Relations

Laura Beth has been with Queens since 2009 and oversees annual giving and constituent relations. In this role she works closely with volunteer leaders and directs fundraising initiatives related to annual giving. Laura Beth is a graduate of Florida State University where she earned a BS in Political Science, and is an alumna of the McColl School's MS in Organizational Development program. She is married to Eric Ellis and they have two children, Anna Claire and Jack and their four-legged child, Ruby.


Meghann Goddard, Assistant Director
Alumni Relations

Meghann is a 2009 graduate of UNC Pembroke and most recently worked as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. She worked specifically on reunion activities and served as the liaison for all assigned class agents and alumni volunteers. Additionally, she supported the technical aspects of all class web pages housed on the Norwich University Exchange site. She brings much enthusiasm in working with young alumni and brings fresh ideas and a love for higher education to her work at Queens.

Meghann Goddard


Patrick Lynch, Director
McColl School Excellence Fund & Special Projects

Patrick oversees the annual giving efforts for the McColl School of Business at Queens. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Miami University and is currently a student in the PMBA program in the McColl School. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Patrick moved to Charlotte shortly after graduation and loves living in the Queen City. Before joining the team at Queens, he spent three years working with local charter schools. Most recently he served as the founding Development Director at Socrates Academy in Matthews, North Carolina. Patrick also serves as the Director of Communication and Brand Management for EnvisionEight, LLC, a company he co-founded in 2007.  He and his wife, Kathleen, enjoy volunteering and tutoring in Charlotte and exploring the many beautiful parks here in Charlotte. If he is not doing one of these two things, Patrick can be found cheering on his favorite Cleveland sports teams.


Emily Pinkerton, Director
Alumni Relations

Emily serves as the Director of Alumni Relations. She graduated from Elon University in 2006 with a degree in Leisure & Sport Management. After managing events in the NASCAR industry and at the Duke Mansion, she joined the Queens family in 2010. She most recently served as the Director of the Queens Learning Institute, planning conference and lecture events for the university.  She is thrilled to have the opportunity each day to connect and engage with alumni both near and far. Emily enjoys entertaining, serving on the development committee of the Mint Museum and the Festival in the Park Board and exploring new happenings in Charlotte with her husband and friends.


Jane Williams, Assistant Director
Annual Giving

Jane is responsible for managing class fundraising volunteers and reunion giving efforts.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from North Carolina State University and is currently pursuing an MS degree in Organization Development through the McColl School.


Jamie Yearwood, Director
Queens Fund & Annual Giving

Jamie manages the annual giving efforts at Queens as they relate to raising awareness and support for the Queens Fund. Previously, she served as the Director of Alumni and Development for the McColl School, working specifically with our McColl alumni population. She graduated from University of Tennessee with an MS in Sports Management in 2008 and from Elon University with a BA in Corporate Communications in 2007. Prior to her time at Queens, she worked in the advancement office at Elon.

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