ALUMNI RELATIONS AND ANNUAL GIVING
Erin Dougherty earned a bachelor's degree in literary studies with a minor in neuroscience and a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). She has served as the UD's executive director of alumni relations and annual giving since August 2015. She has worked in higher education alumni relations for more than a decade, and her prior experience includes serving as senior director of alumni relations and annual giving at the UTD.
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Larisa (Chavez) Thelen, a native of Houston, Texas, graduated from UD in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in art history and a concentration in Spanish. As assistant director of alumni events, Larisa manages local and regional events for alumni across all colleges at the university. She also works to promote the Haggerty Art Village and gallery space for students, alumni and visitors.
Prior to returning to UD to work, Larisa interned at the Vatican Museums' Patrons of the Arts office in Rome, Italy, where she was involved in fundraising efforts for the Museums and served as liaison to visiting benefactors. Once back in the U.S., Larisa worked with the Southern Methodist University Meadows Museum Curatorial Department to complete an exhibit by Spanish impressionist Joaquin Sorolla.
Larisa is an active volunteer at Christ the King Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas, and a parishioner of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, also in Dallas.
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