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Carole Patrick
Vice President of Development and Communications

“You will rise by lifting others.” — Robert Ingersoll

As Vice President of Development and Communications, Carole leads the development and communications team, including grants and community relations, fundraising through special events, major gifts, annual campaign, endowment, capital campaign, planned giving, marketing, communications and public relations. Prior to VNA, Carole was Chief Development Officer at Stephen Center and spent over 15 years in higher education as a professor and dean.

Carole received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Marketing from Drake University and her Master’s Degree and Doctorate from Oxford University in the Integration of Psychological and Theological Constructs. She has fundraising certifications through Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in Principles and Techniques of Fundraising and Developing Annual Sustainability.

Carole currently serves on three boards: she is board president for Urban Abbey, a Methodist Church and non-profit coffee shop in Omaha’s Old Market; board president for Circle Theatre, a community theater company focused on providing opportunities for artists with disabilities; and board member for the State of Nebraska Foster Care Probation Board. Carole and her therapy dog, Gilligan, volunteer through Love on a Leash, providing emotional support to others in the community. She has also served as a Commissioner on the Council Bluffs Civil Rights Commission, and on the City of Omaha Mayor’s Collaborative for Children and Families. Carole’s family includes her daughter, Hannah, son-in-law, Alex, and canine side-kick, Gilligan.