The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) on Monday announced the hiring of Melanie Hanna as Director of Development and Sponsorships. Hanna brings with her an extensive and successful background both in non-profit work and university advancement efforts that spans over 15 years.
“We are thrilled to have someone with Melanie’s expertise and track record join our staff,” said NCEA Executive Director Dr. Leah Fiorentino. “The recent news from the NCAA that equestrian will remain an emerging sport was certainly a positive development for us, and with the addition of Melanie to our team we are sure to meet our goal of achieving championship status. The future is bright and we are excited to be moving forward.”
Hanna spent the last five years as Executive Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where she spearheaded an entrepreneurial approach that nearly tripled the chapter’s budget to $1.6 million from $600,000. While there, Hanna also launched a successful annual fund campaign that grew by 5% each year, and she also secured the largest chapter gift to date of $1.75 million.
Prior to her work at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Hanna served as the Development and Constituents Relations Officer at Brite Divinity School, a theological school associated with Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. While there, she worked with the President and Vice President of Advancement to solicit and secure over $25 million during its capital campaign. She also helped increase the Brite Divinity School Annual Fund campaign by 10% annually while expanding its donor base by 5% each year.
Hanna also served as a development officer at Texas Christian University, and before that she was the Senior Event Coordinator at March of Dimes.
Hanna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas Christian University. An active member of her community, Hanna has spent over 10 years as a volunteer with the Junior League of Fort Worth, serving in a variety of positions including Membership Vice President, Community Vice President and Nominating Chair.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to join the NCEA and I am looking forward to being a part of this great team that will grow the sport of equestrian at the NCAA level,” Hanna said. “Thousands of females been able to attend college as student-athletes because of the opportunities provided through equestrian, and it is our goal to continue to grow the sport and increase those opportunities.”
The NCEA will hold its winter meetings in Atlanta next month. The 2016 NCEA National Championship will take place April 14-16 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.