Ann VolkStaff

Executive Assistant in Marketing and Communication

As of July 2018, Ann has joined the Marketing and Communication team as the Executive Assistant.  She assists the Vice President, Tim Kennedy.  She works on signature events of the College including: Nobel Conference, Christmas in Christ Chapel, Commencement and A Royal Affair along with other events on campus.  Ann manages the Gustavus University Tickets for public events.  She also manages the 30-plus student employees of the Marketing office.

After working in Advancement since September 1997, Ann served most recently as office manager and assistant to the vice president for advancement.  She has extensive experience in budgeting, leadership events at the college, fund-raising, and skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, google docs, Ellucian and Reeher. She coordinated the logistics for donor visits, events, and companion tour work.  Ann coordinated events for advancement including President's Dinner, leadership events, solicitation events, inauguration, former trustee events, campaign events and National Summit Meetings of Commission Gustavus 150. Other events she works at includes: Nobel Conference, Symposiums, Homecoming, Reunions, Royal Affair, GIVE Day, Sesquicentennial and all aspects of The Royal Visit.

Ann began at Gustavus as the assistant in The Gustavus Fund office in September 1997 and was promoted to administrative assistant to the vice president for institutional advancement in April 2000.  In the spring of 2015, Ann was promoted to Officer Manager of the Advancement office.  Ann received the Augusta Carlson Schultz Award in October 2015 and the Alumni Association "Honorary Gustie' Award in November 2018.

Ann (Wenner) is a lifelong St. Peter resident and graduate of St. Peter High School. Ann is married to Jeff Volk and they have three daughters: Jordan (Gustavus Class of '12), Taylor (Gustavus Class of '13) and Bailey (Gustavus Class of '16).  Ann enjoys her grandma time with Finnley (born July 2021) and Kinsley (born January 2022).

Ann advises Colleges Against Cancer and the Ambassadors at Gustavus, co-chairs the Relay For Life of Nicollet County, is a member of the Midwest Relay Advisory Team and formerly on the State Leadership Board (for the American Cancer Society), volunteers at the Church of St. Peter, serves as Executive Secretary on the Nicollet County Fair Board, and formerly served on the St. Peter High School All School Reunion (and represented this group on the St. Peter High School Hall of Fame committee).


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