Mari Penshurst-Gersten, an advancement professional with extensive
experience in alumni and constituent relations at medical schools in the
western part of the United States, has joined Western University of Health
Sciences as assistant vice president of university advancement in charge
of constituent relations.
She comes to Western University from both the University of New Mexico
Health Sciences Center, where she was director of alumni affairs, and from
the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California,
where she was director of alumni and constituent relations.
“”Alumni bring an extraordinary value to a university,”” Penshurst-Gersten
said. “”How well a school succeeds is due, in great part, to the continued
involvement of its alumni. I’ve noticed a great passion for the school
among Western University’s alumni and I’m greatly looking forward to
speaking to our alumni and hearing how we can better serve them.””
In her new position, Penshurst-Gersten will manage and support the
university’s alumni association and other constituencies, supervise the
prospect research office, donor records department and the annual giving
program, as well as donor cultivation and stewardship.
“”She has the experience and ability to develop and manage a comprehensive
strategic plan to serve and engage the broadest possible connection with
alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of Western University,”” said
Richard M. Nordin, vice president of university advancement. “”She has a
strong knowledge of database management and cultivation of both annual and
major donors and is an important additional to Western’s advancement team.””
A native of England, Penshurst-Gersten now lives in Pasadena. She has two
adult children, Kimberly Gersten of Dallas, Texas, a writer and animator,
and Trevor Gersten, an intelligence officer in the USAF in England.