Cooper Joins CMU Advancement Team
The newest face in the Advancement Department at Central Methodist University is no stranger to CMU, or to mid-Missouri.
Deanna Cooper began work recently as director of development and alumni activities at CMU. She spent most of the past three years in the region with the American Red Cross as a donor recruitment sales representative.
In fact, one of Cooper's clients for Red Cross blood drives was Central Methodist - and the more she became acquainted with CMU, the more interested she became.
"I enjoyed the opportunity to work with faculty, staff and students of CMU on various levels," Cooper said. "I came to appreciate all that CMU represents and strives to achieve.
"To be part of this institution is an honor, and I am very excited to be a part of the CMU family and of its terrific mission," she added.
In her role at CMU she will be involved in seeking annual and major gifts to the University, and maintaining and growing relationships for the University, as well as meeting with alumni and friends and staffing various alumni events.
In her work with the Red Cross, Cooper managed an eight-county (Macon, Shelby, Randolph, Chariton, Howard, Saline, Carroll and Cooper) area. She has held positions with Sprint Nextel, the Knox (Mo.) County Nursing Home, and with several other private companies, and worked in the Gunnison (Colo.) County Assessor's Office for nine years.
Cooper is a native of Gunnison, Colo. and was raised on a working cattle ranch. She has attended Western State College in Colorado and is currently taking classes from Ft. Hays (Kan.) State University, but intends to transfer her credits and complete her degree from CMU.
She and her husband Mike, a department manager for Kirksville Farm and Home, live in La Plata. They have a daughter Jessica and a son Clayton. She is active in the Macon Rotary Club and in the Fayette Golden Study Club.
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