Director of Donor Relations
Yvonne has over 30 years of experience (despite turning 29 on her most recent birthday) in event planning, fundraising and public relations. Prior to joining Converse in the fall of 2015, she worked as Director of Public Relations serving as brand manager, college webmaster and communications manager for Spartanburg Methodist College; where she also served as Director of their Paralegal Certificate Evening Program for twelve years.
After relocating to Spartanburg in 1998, Yvonne served as the Director of the GSP Drug-Free Workplace Alliance for the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce until 2008. She then held the title of Program Manager for the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce until 2013, overseeing Leadership Spartanburg, Junior Leadership, Spartanburg Young Professionals, Diversity Committee, the Chamber's Annual Meeting, Economic Champions, Women in Business Conference and Luncheon, Economic Outlook Breakfast, Minority Enterprise Dinner and Awards Banquet, and other chamber-related programming and events.
A native of Virginia, Yvonne was as a litigation and bankruptcy paralegal for thirteen years while also serving as Assistant Director and an instructor in her alma mater's Pre-Law/Paralegal program. In addition, she worked as the Community Relations/Fund Development/Volunteer Coordinator with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, procuring $500,000 in grant funding for a 30,000 sq. ft. facility; and served as Director of Marketing and Community Relations for Theatre Bristol, the Appalachian Regional Theatre.
Yvonne obtained a double-bachelor of arts degree in Pre-Law/Paralegal Studies and Business from Virginia Intermont College. A dedicated alumni volunteer, she was the National Vice President of the Alumni Association from 1995-2001, Assistant Treasurer from 1990-1995, and a member of the VI Cobra Club Board of Directors 1995-1997. Yvonne currently resides in Converse Heights with her husband Will, and their sons, Whit and Wesley.