Joanne Ferchland-Parella has over 25 years of higher education experience that includes significant management expertise in strategy, program planning, implementation and budgeting of comprehensive advancement efforts including alumni relations, annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, and capital campaigns. She served as Associate Vice President of Development at San Diego State from 2012-2014; Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL from 2008-2012; and Assistant Dean for External Relations at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland College Park from 2001-2008. Ferchland-Parella holds a BA from Loyola University of Maryland; an MLA from Johns Hopkins University and an EMBA from University of Maryland College Park. She currently lives in Solana Beach, CA with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, she acts as the lead singer and guitarist in a local rock band.