Mary Maloney '97 Pursues Major Gifts, Raffi Der Simonian Directs Alumni Relations

Published on Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Becker College announces the new position of major gifts officer and that Mary Elizabeth Maloney ’97 has taken that role. Maloney has served Becker alumni since 2006 as director of alumni affairs and The Becker Fund.

Maloney has nearly 30 years of experience in the admissions and alumni relations fields at both the secondary and collegiate levels. Mary has been active in many community organizations, including Girls’ Inc., and Children’s Friend, and she was recognized in 2008 with the Notre Dame Academy Knollwood Alumna Award.

A Worcester native, Maloney graduated from Becker College with an associate’s degree in 1991 and a bachelor’s degree in business in 1997. She went on to earn a master’s degree in public administration from Clark University in 2003.

To fill the position of director of alumni affairs and The Becker Fund, the College recently lured Raffi Der Simonian away from self-employment in his native Waterville, Maine.

Der Simonian’s expertise runs the gamut of public relations, marketing and communications. He has served as e-commerce marketing executive for Orient Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises; marketing projects coordinator for the Providence Performing Arts Center; and completed an internship in the marketing department of the Royal Festival Hall in London.

As principal of Der Simonian Communications, LLC, his clients included the Maine International Film Festival, the YMCA of Greater Providence, the Associated General Contractors of Maine and a range of non-profits throughout the state of Maine.  Der Simonian’s prior experience also includes orchestrating internships and working closely with students from Brown University, Colby College, Drexel University, Champlain College and University of New England.

Der Simonian holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in communications from Clark University. While an undergrad at Clark, he founded the Armenian Students’ Association.