Institutional Advancement

Welcome to the Office of Institutional Advancement

What is Advancement? Glad you asked! We are a dynamic team of professionals who lead MMI’s efforts for fundraising and development, alumni affairs, communications and public relations, scholarship management, strategic engagement, and government affairs. Whew!  Sounds like a lot, right? That answer is YES! We’re all either talking on the phone, writing, traveling, creating, designing, planning…just lots of “strategery” in general…but always starting with a brain storming session first thing in the morning over hot cups of coffee.

Seriously though, our mission is broad, but our focus is very clear. We do all we can do to inspire commitment, engagement, and opportunities to advance the mission of MMI. Explore our pages to learn more.

Suzanne McKee
Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Executive Director for the MMI Foundation

Ask me about being an MMI mom…twice, our eight pets, and why I like Eddie Vedder

If I were a cadet, you would find me in the band room, playing guitar with another cadet, or sneaking off to a concert (and then marching my penalty hours).

Favorite part my job is working with an incredible Advancement team and hearing every day from alumni who say MMI made them who they are today!

334-683-2347
334-683-2396 (fax)
smckee@marionmilitary.edu

 

O’Neal Holmes
Director for Alumni and Community Affairs, Executive Director for the MMI Alumni Brigade

Ask me about marathon running and native plants.

If I were a cadet, you would find me planning the class prank.

Favorite part of my job is picking out the Dove Shoot shotgun each year and alumni happy hours.

334-683-2350
oholmes@marionmilitary.edu

 

Laura Shaner
Advancement Services and MMI Foundation Accounting Officer

Ask me about 1SG Dunfee!

If I were a cadet, you would find me in class daydreaming about 1SG Dunfee!

Favorite part of my job is getting to see 1SG Dunfee!

334-302-1023
lshaner@marionmilitary.edu

 

Dawn Curtis
Database Manager, Executive Assistant to the President

Ask me about animal rescue and planning themed parties.

If I were a cadet, you would find me serving as Social Chair.

Favorite part of my job is knowing that I am a part of a 175-year legacy of educating tomorrow’s leaders.

334-683-2302
dcurtis@marionmilitary.edu

 

Susanna Barnes
Development and Grants Officer

Ask me about my pig “Penny,” my grandmother’s pound cake, and surviving four years as a West Point mom.

If I were a cadet, you would find me serving as SGM, so I could call cadets to AT-TEN-TION!

Favorite part my job is realizing how proud I am to say I work for Marion Military Institute.

334-683-2364
sbarnes@marionmilitary.edu

 

Marietta Holmes
Public Information Officer

Ask me about seafood recipes and historical fiction novels.

If I were a cadet, you would find me cheering in the 6th Man section at basketball games.

Favorite part of my job is watching MMI families celebrate graduation day with their cadets.

334-683-6502
mholmes@marionmilitary.edu

 

Claire Sherling
Public Information Officer Assistant

Ask me about obstacle course racing and Ireland.

If I were a cadet, you would find me in Airborne School and on the softball field with the Lady Tigers.

Favorite part of my job is covering the cadets’ adventures through photography.

334-683-2394
csherling@marionmilitary.edu

 

Vanessa Nicholson
MMI Foundation Archivist

Ask me about the 2 “mini-ponies” living inside my house.

If I were a cadet, you would find me crying …I am not that tough!

Favorite part of my job is finding wonderful pieces of MMI’s history in the archives room.

vnicholson@marionmilitary.edu