Following an extensive national search I am pleased to announce the appointment of Erika E. Hellstrom as Director of Development, Division of Institutional Advancement/External Affairs.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Hellstrom served as Acting Director of Development, and from 2006 to 2009 she served in the capacity of Director of Foundation, Corporate, and Government Relations, where she wrote and prepared grant proposals and researched funding opportunities through individual, corporate/foundation, and government resources. From 2000 to 2006, Ms. Hellstrom was the business owner of Hellstrom Media Group LLC, where she designed marketing, political, and fundraising campaign strategies. She has also served as Director of Community Marketing and Membership Relations for the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island and Director of External Communications for the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

Ms. Hellstrom currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Staten Island Not-For-Profit Association where she chairs the Development Committee, and she also serves on the Board of Directors for A Vision for Staten Island.

She holds an MBA from Wagner College and a Bachelor of Technology in Communication Design from New York City Technical College/CUNY.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gloria Garcia, who served as the Chair of the search committee, as well as the other search committee members for their hard work, which resulted in this successful appointment.

Please join in congratulating Erika Hellstrom on her new position.