Jennifer Vickerman ’97

Alumni and Administrator

Gift Planner in Advancement

Jennifer graduated from Gustavus in 1997 with majors in music performance and theatre. She completed the mini-MBA program for non-profits in 2010 and the fundraising certification program in 2015 at the University of St. Thomas. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

In her role as a Gift Planner, Jennifer serves donors in the Twin Cities, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. She works closely with the 50 year reunion class on their giving each year. Jennifer is also the Advancement liasion for Friends of Music, a group of faculty, students, administrators, alumni, and friends committed to furthering music excellence at Gustavus.

Prior to her employment at Gustavus, Jennifer worked at Thrivent Financial in the roles of senior new business development specialist, marketing communications training specialist, and financial advisor.  She spent the first portion of her career in music retail working for Musicland and Best Buy as a regional loss prevention manager, store auditor and store manager.

Music is an important part of Jennifer's life. She is a 19-year member of the VocalEssence Chorus under the direction of Philip Brunelle.  She is in her second year serving as the soprano section leader. Jennifer has served on fundraising committees for the organization as a silent auction co-chair and champion of the chorus giving campaign. Currently she is involved in an adaptive planning process for VocalEssence led by EmcArts. Jennifer has studied voice in the studios of Patricia Snapp, Dale Kruse, Krista Palmquist, and Audrey Stottler.

Jennifer has an entrepreneurial side and enjoys coaching a team of over 50 female small business owners in the Twin Cities and northern Iowa.

Jennifer lives in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis with her significant other Ramala Shelton. They enjoy biking and walking on the many trails in the area, watching movies and spending time with their cat Mischief. She is also God Mother to four amazing kids, one eight year-old and three five year-olds.

Education

B. A. Music Performance & Theatre, Gustavus Adolphus College; Mini-MBA for Non-Profit Organizations, University of St. Thomas