July 16, 2015

LACEY, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University welcomes Dana Pethia as the new director for fundraising events and corporate sponsors.

Pethia holds a bachelor of arts degree in speech communication from Central Washington University and brings more than 20 years’ experience in supporting small and large businesses. Her professional background includes capital campaign fundraising, marketing consultation and financial education. Most recently, she served as an educational marketing expert in the Pacific Northwest for Constant Contact, an online marketing company.

“Dana’s commitment to service above self is evident in her professional and personal accomplishments,” says Cecelia Loveless, the University’s vice president of institutional advancement. “It aligns well with Saint Martin’s mission and core values of faith, reason, service and community. She is an excellent and welcome addition to our team.”

In her new post, Pethia will report to Loveless and will direct fundraising events such as the Saint Martin’s Gala and the Saint Martin’s Golf Tournament. In addition, she will manage a portfolio of prospects and donors and support athletics fundraising through the golf tournament.

Pethia’s background includes service on the boards of Leadership Thurston County, the Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau and the National Youth Involvement Board. Since 2010, Pethia has educated more than 10,000 small businesses about online marketing. She also has been a keynote and educational instructor at various trade and organization events.

Pethia is an active community member. She is currently a board director for the Rotary Club of Olympia and Children’s Music Foundation in Seattle. She was named as Together, Thurston County’s “Champion for Kids” in 2002 and selected for the South Sound Business Examiner’s “40 under Forty” list in 2008. During her years in the credit union industry, she developed a K-12 “financial fitness” program designed to provide financial education to youth in public schools. She has also volunteered her time and expertise with the Boys and Girls Club of Thurston County and the Youth Development Council of the Washington Credit Union League.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing¬ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic¬tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes nearly 1,200 under¬graduate students and 323 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. 

For additional information:

Cecilia Loveless
Vice President, Office of Institutional Advancement
360-438-6138; CLoveless@stmartin.edu

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager
360-412-6126; MDwyer@stmartin.edu