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Meet the Staff



Deborah M. McCreery, J.D.
Vice President for Advancement

McCreery oversees the College’s Advancement Division, comprising alumni relations, college relations and marketing, and development, as well as the $55 million That Their Light May Shine: The Campaign for Albright College, the most ambitious fundraising initiative in the school’s history. Prior to joining Albright, Deborah served as vice president for institutional advancement at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, N.J., where she secured the institution’s largest single alumna donation, a gift of $1.2 million for a biology laboratory renovation project, and increased annual giving by 25 percent. Prior to joining the College of Saint Elizabeth, McCreery spent 20 years at Widener University School of Law. McCreery holds a juris doctor from Temple University School of Law and a bachelor of arts from Temple. She was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1991 and the U.S. Supreme Court in 2002.


Christy Agnese
Director of Donor Relations & Special Projects

Christy Agnese joined the development team at Albright College in July 2016. Her responsibilities include working with donors to structure gift plans that best meet donor intent, furthering the mission of the College, and overseeing a comprehensive donor relations program. In addition, she serves as the department’s liaison to Athletics. Before moving to Berks County, she worked at Ithaca College in the School of Music overseeing their operations and external relations efforts, as the executive director for Habitat for Humanity in Tompkins and Cortland Counties, and at The Philadelphia Orchestra in education and development. She received her B.A. in music from Ithaca College and her M.S. in arts administration from Drexel University. A graduate of the HERS Women’s Leadership Institute and Leadership Berks, she currently serves on the Ithaca College Alumni Association Board of Directors, Pennsylvania American Council on Education (PA ACE) Women’s Network Executive Board of Directors, and Association of Fundraising Professionals of Berks County National Philanthropy Day Committee.

Ralia Vardaxis

Ralia Vardaxis
Leadership Gifts Officer

Ralia Vardaxis joined the development team at Albright College in February 2011, where her responsibilities include building and strengthening relationships with leadership donors and prospects to advance the College’s mission. Prior to that, she managed the community relations function for Wachovia Bank in Central Pennsylvania, until joining the Reading Symphony Orchestra, leading their development efforts.  Ralia is an Albright alumna from the Class of 1987, who received her B.A. in English-Communications and German.  She is active in the Reading community having served as Board President for Berks Arts Council and currently a member of the Board of Directors for the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts.



Andy Baumbach
Leadership Gifts Officer

Andy Baumbach joined the development team at Albright College in June 2013, where his responsibilities include identifying, building and strengthening relationships with parents, alumni and friends to advance Albright’s mission. In addition, he serves as the department’s liaison with athletic fundraising. Prior to arriving at Albright, Andy worked at various colleges and universities as a development professional, including Syracuse and Villanova Universities. He received his BS in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a M.Ed. from Temple University.


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