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STAC Announces New Assistant Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations

Feb 21, 2018

STAC Announces New Assistant Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations

Rhonda VanAntwerp was recently appointed as the new assistant director of corporate and foundation relations at St. Thomas Aquinas College, announced Karen Wright, vice president for institutional advancement at the College.

VanAntwerp, of Mahwah, NJ, previously held the position of development and events manager for The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, where she coordinated signature events and introduced new online revenue streams to diversify funding and increase the organization’s donor base. She began her professional career in higher education, working in student development with an emphasis in advancing campus community. She has worked with local affiliates of well-known, international youth development organizations, including Junior Achievement and Girl Scouts. Her fundraising, communication, and strategy counsel have increased efficiency and philanthropic support for entities including United Way of Passaic County, The New Jersey Naval Museum, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and Educating Every Child.

As assistant director of corporate and foundation relations, VanAntwerp is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of private foundations and corporate grants and gifts. She establishes new partnerships and strengthens existing relationships with corporate and private foundation sectors, as well as federal, state and local government agencies, resulting in funding for the immediate and long-term goals of the College. Within the department of institutional advancement, she works closely with the directors of development and alumni relations to create opportunities to build awareness among funding constituencies.

 “As an experienced nonprofit professional, Rhonda brings new ideas and a unique set of skills to St. Thomas Aquinas College, which will no doubt help STAC continue to develop and succeed,” said Wright. “We are thrilled to have her on the institutional advancement team.”

VanAntwerp earned her B.F.A. with honors, from University of Illinois at Chicago and her M.A. in Administration and Supervision (educator/trainer concentration) from Montclair State University (NJ). 

headshot of Rhonda VanAntwerp

Rhonda VanAntwerp was recently appointed as the new assistant director of corporate and foundation relations at St. Thomas Aquinas College, announced Karen Wright, vice president for institutional advancement at the College.

VanAntwerp, of Mahwah, NJ, previously held the position of development and events manager for The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, where she coordinated signature events and introduced new online revenue streams to diversify funding and increase the organization’s donor base. She began her professional career in higher education, working in student development with an emphasis in advancing campus community. She has worked with local affiliates of well-known, international youth development organizations, including Junior Achievement and Girl Scouts. Her fundraising, communication, and strategy counsel have increased efficiency and philanthropic support for entities including United Way of Passaic County, The New Jersey Naval Museum, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and Educating Every Child.

As assistant director of corporate and foundation relations, VanAntwerp is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of private foundations and corporate grants and gifts. She establishes new partnerships and strengthens existing relationships with corporate and private foundation sectors, as well as federal, state and local government agencies, resulting in funding for the immediate and long-term goals of the College. Within the department of institutional advancement, she works closely with the directors of development and alumni relations to create opportunities to build awareness among funding constituencies.

 “As an experienced nonprofit professional, Rhonda brings new ideas and a unique set of skills to St. Thomas Aquinas College, which will no doubt help STAC continue to develop and succeed,” said Wright. “We are thrilled to have her on the institutional advancement team.”

VanAntwerp earned her B.F.A. with honors, from University of Illinois at Chicago and her M.A. in Administration and Supervision (educator/trainer concentration) from Montclair State University (NJ). 

VanAntwerp can be reached in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 845-398-4284 or at [email protected].


St. Thomas Aquinas Collegeis an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part-time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).