Meet our Staff

The Office for Institutional Advancement


The Office for Institutional Advancement encompasses development (or fundraising), grants, and alumni relations. Our staff takes pride in Prescott College and its community by providing quality service and stewardship. Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions.


Richard A. Ach, Chief Advancement Officer


• Principle fundraiser for Prescott College
• Responsible for managing the Office for Institutional Advancement
• As a member of President’s Circle, involved in the general management of the College
• Publisher of Transitions magazine

Contact: (928) 350-4501 or

Marie Smith, Director of Alumni Relations


• On-campus and regional alumni events
• Ecos newsletter for alumni and friends of the College
• Liaison to Alumni Association Board and Student Alumni Association (SIC)
• Manages alumni online presences
• Advancement database management

Contact: (928) 350-4502 or

Ashley Mains, Coordinator for Advancement Communications


• Editor of Transitions magazine
• Copywrites/edits all fundraising and Advancement event communications (Annual Fund, Campaigns, etc.)
• Manages Advancement online presences
• Acts as press contact for all College Public Relations

Contact: (928) 350-4506 or

Deseree Zurcher, Advancement Assistant


• Assistant to Richard A. Ach, Chief Advancement Officer
• General office assistance to all Advancement staff
• Processes all donations to the College
• Donor stewardship and records/database management
• Prospect Research

Contact: (928) 350-4505 or

Miriam Glade, Advancement Graphic Designer


• Designer for Transitions magazine
• Designs and/or produces all fundraising and alumni event communications and materials
• Designs, advises on, and implements general College identity elements (signage, stationery, etc.)
• Co-manages College photo archive and color copier print services

Contact: (928) 350-4511 or

Contact Us

Contact the Office for
Institutional Advancement
(877) 350-2100 ext. 4505
FAX: (928) 776-5228

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