Supporting the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus

Advancement Team


The Office of Advancement at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus works with alumni, friends, and donors to support students, faculty, research, and outreach initiatives at the university. Your gift of cash, property, or service plays a key role in the future development of academic programs, scholarships, and facilities and infrastructure support.

Donors and friends of the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus are our most important asset.  Whether you choose to make a single gift now, a multi-year pledge, or include the Sarasota-Manatee campus in your estate planning, we can help you meet your needs and make a difference to the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

Private philanthropy at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus is the engine for progress in scholarship, research, outreach, and more. Support for new and existing programs and initiatives made possible by our family of donors touches the lives of untold thousands here on campus and across the region, the nation, and the world.

As a donor to the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, you join thousands of others who have given their time, money, and talent to promote and sustain our mission; each and every one who gives to the campus becomes a partner in our enterprise of delivering higher education to desirous and deserving students.

Please consider helping us invent the future by making a gift to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus.

For more information about ways to give, please contact:

University Advancement
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus
8350 N. Tamiami Trail | Sarasota, FL 34243
Office: 941-359-4603


Meet the Team


Lee Williams Advancement USFSM

Lee Williams, CFRE
Vice Chancellor for Advancement

With more than 25 years of front-line fundraising and advancement leadership experience in both public and private universities, Lee launched a consulting group called “Williams & Associates” (W&A) in 2015.

Through W&A, Lee provides relationship building knowledge and solution based experience– derived first hand–for a variety of clients. Most recently, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University hired Lee to lead their advancement efforts, on a term basis, as Interim Senior Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations.

Throughout her career, Lee has held progressively higher development leadership positions and has participated as a teammate and team leader to achieve multimillion dollar campaign goals.  Her experience includes the following universities: Mississippi State University, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of South Florida, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education, an M. S. in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) through the Association of Fundraising Professionals.



Marrie Neumer Advancement USFSM

Marrie Neumer
Senior Director of Development

Marrie Neumer has spent her entire professional career in higher education and has an extensive record of success in building relationships with individuals and corporate partners to secure major gifts in support of university priorities. She also has experience developing and leading comprehensive fundraising campaigns, in addition to vast strategic management experience.

Prior to joining the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, she spent 16 years at Cornell University, where she guided donors to provide annual support and endowment for faculty research, financial aid for undergraduate and graduate students, and the construction of new buildings. Notably, she managed the fundraising campaign for the new wing at Cornell’s Johnson Museum of Art while serving as the museum’s head of development. She also closed the campaign to build the Bill & Melinda Gates Hall for computing and information science.

Previously, she spent two decades as a swimming coach at Springfield College, the University of Rochester, the University at Buffalo and Cornell. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from College of Wooster, where she was a four-time NCAA All-American swimmer, and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Springfield College.


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Clara Reynardus de Villanueva
Associate Director of Development

As Associate Director of Development, Clara Reynardus de Villanueva helps expand relationships within the community in support of the university’s fundraising efforts. Most recently, she served as development liaison with Sarasota-based CAN Community Health, where she worked closely with existing and potential donors to develop fundraising partnerships.

Prior to that role, she worked in sales and client-facing service roles in the Sarasota business community after relocating to the area from Massachusetts five years ago. She previously served for nine years as a product marketing manager for MCI WorldCom in Boca Raton. Additionally, she is a fine artist and Cuban art collector.

In addition to her professional experience, Reynardus de Villanueva has served in a leadership capacity in a variety of community volunteerism roles. She currently is a member of the Women in STEM Leadership Committee at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, a co-captain for the Child Protection Center 40-Year Initiative and a board member of the Cuban Art Alliance, Inc., of Longboat Key.

She is a graduate of Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social relations.

 Pam Gleason USFSM Advancement


Ms. Pam Gleason
Executive Administrative Assistant and Development Specialist

Pamela Gleason serves as an executive administrative assistant and development specialist in the Office of Advancement. Gleason has assisted the regional vice chancellor for advancement, as well as the directors of development, in the office’s day-to-day operations since 2005. 

A Certified Administrative Professional, Gleason maintains the office’s prospect, donor and event databases, assists in nearly all event planning, including commencement and major fundraising events, and supports the office’s search committees and work-study programs to benefit USF Sarasota-Manatee campus students.

Gleason has been a Certified Professional Secretary since 1998 and previously worked as an executive assistant and office manager at the not-for-profit Council on the Study of Religion, Inc., in Valparaiso, Ind. She has attended business classes at both State College of Florida (Bradenton) and Valparaiso University.

“I absolutely love working with our supporters. They are passionate, kind, generous and really understand our unique mission in serving local students who want to become just like them someday.  It’s awesome to be able to match students with financial needs with people who can help meet those needs.”


USF Foundation

The USF Foundation is a not-for-profit entity authorized to accept, invest, and distribute private gifts on behalf of the University of South Florida.  USF relies on private support–gifts from alumni, parents and friends, as well as grants from corporations and foundations–to support every aspect of its mission as a multi-campus, national research university strongly committed to the balanced pursuit of excellent teaching, significant research, and useful public service.

For more than 50 years, the USF Foundation has served as the fiduciary for the philanthropic support provided by alumni and friends to support USF as it touches countless lives in our community, region, and the world.

For more information about the USF Foundation, please contact: 
University Advancement
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus
8350 N. Tamiami Trail | Sarasota, FL 34243
Office: 941-359-4603